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March 23rd, 2019

UK Hoops Will Take on NC State at 7:00 on Monday

KeKe McKinney (Photo via | UK Athletics)

After an excellent second-half defensive effort from six-seeded Kentucky in round one against the Princeton Tigers, the Wildcats are now set to face the host, the three-seeded N.C. State Wolfpack, at 7 p.m. EST on Monday night.

N.C. State defeated the 14-seeded Maine Black Bears 63-51 in their round one matchup to advance to the Round of 32. The winner of Kentucky-N.C. State will move on to the Sweet 16 in Greensboro.

In case you missed it, here’s the recap from Kentucky’s win over Princeton along with some highlights courtesy of Kentucky Wildcats TV.

Kentucky Drops Second Straight Series, Losing to No. 13 Texas A&M


Five games and five losses to open SEC play for Kentucky. The Bat Cats drop game two to No. 13 Texas A&M 9-3 to lose their second straight weekend series.

Texas A&M made sure to jump on the Kentucky pitching early, scoring a run in each of the first two innings then added two more in the fourth. The backbreaker came in the fifth on a three-run home run by Mikey Hoehner to give Texas A&M a 7-1 lead. Kentucky tried to battle back with two runs in the seventh started by Elliott Curtis’ first career home run.

After Curtis’ home run Austin Schultz would score on a throwing error after his double, but it was too little too late as the Aggies tacked on two more to win 9-3.

It was not a banner day at the plate for Kentucky, as every starter struck out at least once in a 17-strikeout effort.  Texas A&M starter Asa Lacy was on the right side of 13 of those strikeouts through six innings of work. Dalton Reed and Coltyn Kessler had the dreaded hat trick.

Outside of Curtis’ home run, the only other bright spot in Kentucky’s lineup this afternoon was Jaren Shelby who had two hits including an RBI-single in the first inning. A bright spot came on the defensive end as well for the boys in blue as Cam Hill tried to outdo his outfield counterpart, Jaren Shelby, with a diving catch of his own.

Grant Macciocchi dropped to 1-2 as a starter this season. He gave up ten hits and seven runs through five innings of work.

Kentucky will try to break through in the win column in conference play tomorrow afternoon for the final game of the weekend series with Texas A&M at Kentucky Proud Park. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m. if you can’t make it out to KPP, you can watch the game on SEC Network+.

Kentucky is now 14-9 on the year.


Ashton Hagans put Storm Murphy on the floor

(Matt Stamey-USA TODAY Sports)

Let’s watch Ashton Hagans embarrass poor Storm Murphy with that spin move.

Have a seat, bud.


John Calipari on Kentucky’s win: “I danced in that locker room”

I think every Kentucky fan breathed a sigh of relief after the Cats’ 62-56 win over Wofford today, but John Calipari insisted the only emotion he felt was pure joy; in fact, Cal told a reporter that he was so happy his short-handed squad advanced to the Sweet 16 that he busted a move in the locker room.

“No, here’s what I would say to you: In this profession I’m in, if winning is a relief, it’s time to retire. Now, I may not be showing it right now, but I danced in that locker room. I am ecstatic when my team wins, and when we didn’t finish the game off like we normally have, maybe it’s because PJ is not playing, but no, there’s no — I don’t think that way, and I don’t — I just want my team in the hunt. I want them playing at their best.”

That’s not easy when your star player is out. With PJ Washington on the sideline in a cast, Kentucky struggled, at times looking lost on offense, but they still won. That fact might lead anyone — including Cal — to shimmy.

“We’ve only got eight guys. We can’t even practice. So if you take yourself out, you’re going to go back in. We don’t have enough guys.”

Normally, I’d call BS on Cal’s claim that he danced in the locker room, but Kentucky says they have the footage to prove it:

Yet again, counting down the minutes until the next episode of The Journey.

HIGHLIGHTS: Kentucky survives Wofford to advance, 62-56

It was a close one, but Kentucky survived the Round of 32 to advance to the Sweet 16. Reid Travis led the way for the Wildcats, finishing with 14 points. Ashton Hagans was the only other Cat to finish in double digits, recording 12 points, five rebounds, four assists and one steal.

Meanwhile, Kentucky’s defense was able to hold Wofford superstar Fletcher Magee to 0-12 from the three-point line. The senior finished with eight points.

Check out the best moments of the game, courtesy of the NCAA:

Jemarl Baker’s eight points apparently qualified him for some post-game rewards. Watch Kentucky’s redshirt freshman add Kentucky’s name to the Sweet 16 line.

The Cats will be back in action next Friday.


Tyler Herro’s defense on Fletcher Magee was huge

If you just looked at today’s box score, you would think Tyler Herro had a horrible day; offensively, he did, but his defense more than made up for it. Herro held Fletcher Magee, the NCAA record holder for career threes, to eight points and a shocking 0-12 mark from the behind the arc. Afterwards, John Calipari admitted he was hesitant to put Herro on Magee, but Herro proved it was the right call.

“I worried about putting Tyler on Magee, and I worried about it because I didn’t want to wear him out because we need his offense because PJ is not playing. So we need to go to him and get him to make some baskets. But if he’s running around with Magee, running in circles, running out, dribble hand-off, get being bumped, screen down, we’ll do that, like every possession, do it 12 straight possessions. It’s like being an offensive lineman in football. And so I worried about it, but he said, Coach, I’ll be fine. Well, obviously probably took away from his shots and he missed some shots that we’ve all seen him make.”

Ashton Hagans, Kentucky’s go-to lockdown defender, praised Tyler for letting him know when he needed to switch off Magee.

“We knew coming into this game he was a great shooter, so the game plan was just make him make a basketball play, put it on the floor. That’s what we was trying to do. Tyler did a great job of talking to me when he wanted to switch, but you know, for us to be at our best, we’ve just got to talk and be for one another.”

Thank you, Tyler.

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LIVE: John Calipari and players recap Kentucky’s win over Wofford

John Calipari and select players are about to take the podium to discuss Kentucky’s win over Wofford. Watch below courtesy of the NCAA: