If you didn’t watch the game, I’m sorry. After two years of pain and agony →
By Kory Henry on ©9:00 pm
Anthony Davis was held scoreless in the first half of the USA’s victory over Turkey. He was limited to just ten and a half minutes after picking up two early fouls. All he had was just one rebound. And then came the second half.
“I think we didn’t come ready to play in the first half and we can’t afford to do that if we want to win a gold medal,” Davis said. “So we’ve got to come out ready to play no matter who we’re playing against. I tried to come out in the second half and just be a different player, just be the player I’m used to being.”
Davis would finish the game with 19 points, 6 rebounds, and a couple of blocks. That is the player we are used to seeing. Davis had also scored 17 points in yesterday’s blow-out over Finland. He definitely has been the talk of Team USA all summer, and many think he will be a top 3 player in the NBA very soon. Even Coach Cal joined in on the talk before yesterday’s game.
“Right now, you look at (Davis) and say, ‘Man, in five years, he could be the best player in the NBA,’ ” Calipari said. “And this USA Basketball stuff pushes that date sooner. Again, here’s what it does for him: how to work, new things to add to his game, and confidence like, ‘These are the best in the world, so I’m all right.’ “
It’s certainly an exciting time right now for Anthony Davis. We are slowly watching one of our former Wildcats become the next NBA superstar.
By Kory Henry on ©8:00 pm
Class of 2015 defensive back, Darius “Dee” Smith, may hold out on his official visit to UK until after the 2014 football season. Smith is currently a 3-star defensive back/outside linebacker from Florence, Alabama. He’s a very talented player who could add to the depth Stoops is putting together on defense. Dee has offers from UK, Louisville, Miami-Fl, and Missouri. He doesn’t, however, have an offer from Alabama, but has participated in their camps. Without an offer from his home university, Kentucky is the projected front-runner according to 247 Sports’ crystal ball.
The Cardinals are hoping to lure Smith away from UK, as he may also attend this year’s rivalry matchup on an official visit to U of L.
Good chance talented DB Dee Smith from Alabama visits Louisville for their game against UK at end of season, & UK after the season.
— Justin Rowland (@RowlandRIVALS) August 31, 2014
By Kory Henry on ©7:00 pm
The brand new SEC Network will be giving out superlatives throughout the football season, and two Kentucky players are some of the first to earn one. Greg Mcelroy and Booger Mcfarland joined the SEC Network yesterday to pick their first “Saturday Superlatives”.
Patty Ice was Mcfarland’s “Unsung Hero”, after leading his offense to a tremendous day on the field. It sure was fun to watch, and Towles didn’t make too many mistakes. Maybe a few over/under-thrown balls, but no INTs or stalled drives for him. Just a lot of yards and more than a few touchdowns.
AJ Stamps was the unanimous “Defensive Star of the Day”, and who would disagree with that? After his one-handed interception, which was #3 on the ESPN Top-10 plays list, nobody was going to deny Stamps as the defensive player of the day. Along with his INT, Stamps also had a few tackles and pass break-ups to finish out the game.
By Kory Henry on ©5:45 pm
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) August 31, 2014
Team USA just defeated Turkey 98-77. The duo of Kenneth Faried and Anthony Davis completely took over the game, especially in the 2nd half. Faried finished the game leading Team USA with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Davis followed Faried closely with 19 points and 6 rebounds of his own. Both players are products of Kentucky basketball, and it’s always great to see them doing big things on the international stage.
If you didn’t catch today’s USA basketball action, they play again Tuesday at noon against New Zealand. Be sure to set your DVRs!
The talk of the game was Davis’ huge alley-oop slam in the 2nd half. Check it out!
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©5:10 pm
Jacob Casteel is a 14-year-old boy who has been diagnosed with Loeys-Dietz Syndrome, a connective tissue disorder in the spine that prohibits him from playing sports. If Jacob were to ever be injured, that injury could be fatal, a cruel joke for a teenager that loves sports more than anything else.
Through Team Impact, an organization whose goal is to help improve the life of children with life-threatening illnesses, Jacob has been named an honorary member of the UK Baseball team. His parents are currently trying to raise enough money to take him to meet a specialist at Johns Hopkins. Because all four of the Casteel children are cardiac patients at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Jacob’s mother has cardiomyopathy herself, raising the money to take Jacob to Baltimore has been difficult. So far, they’ve raised $480 of the $800 they need to make the trip to change Jacob’s life possible.
To learn more about Jacob’s story or donate, please click here.
By Chris Fisher on ©4:30 pm
There was no shortage of exciting moments in Kentucky’s decisive 59-14 season-opening win over UT Martin.
Patrick Towles shined in his first career start under center, as did AJ Stamps and Braylon Heard in their UK debuts.
If you missed any of the action at Commonwealth Stadium to kick off the 2014 season, relive it with this CatsPause.com Photo Gallery featuring 33 images from Saturday.
By Kory Henry on ©4:30 pm
Even though UT-Martin isn’t the best competition the NCAA has to offer, Kentucky put on a dominating performance yesterday. I think a lot of people were surprised, aside from the coaches, just how well this team executed. Putting up 59 points wasn’t something a lot of people expected, but I’ll gladly take it.
Kentucky was running on all cylinders, with barely any hiccup at all. We all worry about that fluke play, much like the run Mizzou gave up to South Dakota St., happening early in the game and knocking the wind out of our defense. But that didn’t happen. The 1st string defenders held their ground, looking as strong as ever. Aside from the 4th quarter “garbage-time TDs”, the final score would look something like 52-0. That would be 10 points better than UK’s last shutout victory, which was against Miami-OH inside of Paul Brown Stadium during the 2009 season. That team went on to face Clemson in the Music City Bowl. However, the record still stands at 59-14, but nonetheless UK is much improved.
So that brings us to the statistics. Where does Kentucky rank nationally after such a dominating performance? Well here’s a look at some of the more common stats:
2014 OVERALL FBS RANKINGS
Points against – 14.0 (34th Overall)
Now for the not-so-common statistics:
Kentucky leads the nation in average yards per play, ranking in with 10.75 yards every down. That gain would be good for another “First Down Kentucky” every snap. That’s unheard of! The Cats also lead the nation with the most plays of 30 yards or more with seven. In one game, that’s very good, but keep in mind it was just UT-Martin. Other nationally leading statistics for Kentucky include the turnover margin (+5), red zone conversion (100%), and 6 more yard-gaining stats. That’s 10 stats of which Kentucky currently leads the nation. 30 in total for statistics that have Kentucky in the top 10.
I’ll end with one obvious player statistic, Braylon Heard leads all rushers in the nation with 58 yards per carry, both ending with a touchdown. As Coach Brown jokingly mentioned yesterday, “He may never want to play again, he holds the all-time record for yards per carry.” That’s true, but UK really needs his explosive, playmaking ability if the Cats want to end their losing streak in the SEC this year.
By Courtney Sealey on ©3:45 pm
By Courtney Sealey on ©2:30 pm
In today’s non-Kentucky related news, a high school baseball game in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan started Thursday and took 50 innings and four days to determine a winner. Fifty innings is a lot, but I was more shocked at the starters’ pitch count.
Chukyo finally defeated Sotoku 3-0 in the 50th Sunday morning, but look at those pitching lines. Both starting pitchers played the entire game. Taiga Matsui hurled 709 pitches for Chukyo, and Sotoku’s Jukiya Ishioka threw 689 pitches.
Even though those numbers are spread over four days, it still seems like crazy amount of pitches to leave someone in for. After a little research I found the longest professional baseball game was between two triple A minor-league teams from April 18-19 and went 32 innings. However even in that game only a total of 882 pitches were thrown.
Crazy stuff. What would you do if your kid was in that pitching situation?
By Courtney Sealey on ©1:30 pm
Patrick Ruffini, a twitter strategist and math lover, did a little research to find out which state was talking about Football the most in the past 24 hours and you might be surprised where Kentucky ended in the polls:
Top states tweeting about football in the last 24 hours: 1 AL 2 OK 3 KY 4 TN 5 WV 6 MS 7 IA 8 SD 9 SC 10 KS 11 IL 12 GA 13 OR 14 OH 15 NC
— Patrick Ruffini (@PatrickRuffini) August 31, 2014
He also counted down which states were least likely to tweet about college football, as well:
States least likely to tweet about college football: 1 HI 2 NY 3 RI 4 ME 5 NV 6 CA 7 MA 8 AK 9 NJ 10 NH 11 CT 12 DC 13 DE 14 MD 15 WA
— Patrick Ruffini (@PatrickRuffini) August 31, 2014
By Courtney Sealey on ©12:45 pm
I am sure you all remember that interception by A.J. Stamps in the game yesterday. Well, that amazing catch has been all over SportsCenter as #3 in the Top 10 Plays of the Day. If any play deserved it from yesterday’s game, it is this one.
INT's like this make me love that college football is back https://t.co/ga52HWBhmU
— Football Vines™ (@fballviness) August 30, 2014
They grow up so fast. You’ve come a long way, Stamps.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©12:00 pm
To say yesterday was a big day for Patrick Towles is an understatement. It’s been a bumpy two years for the third-year sophomore, but with some humbling self-reflection and hard work, he’s finally delivering on the sky-high expectations heaped upon him when he arrived on campus in 2012. With his first 400-yard day under his belt, you could feel the relief wash over Towles when he met the media after the game. His entire family came to Lexington to see him play; however, there is one person Patrick hasn’t been able to share the victory with yet, his friend Brady Walz, who is currently in a hospital in Northern Kentucky battling cancer. Towles plans to visit him today, and he said he’s “extremely anxious” to see how he’s doing.
“I haven’t been able to see him much because I’ve been down here in Lexington, but yeah, he’s fighting hard,” Patrick said. “His battle is a lot more important than what we’re battling. So I’m excited to see him. I’ll try to get back Sunday, but I’m excited.”
Brady will be a freshmen in high school, and their friendship goes back to Patrick’s eight-grade year, when he started tutoring Brady in math. Patrick describes him as a “very athletic, awesome kid,” and said that his diagnosis this past March was very unexpected. “This past year, in March, I got a phone call. He was diagnosed. It was really out of the blue. But he’s fighting really hard. He’s a better fighter than I am, and I’m happy for him.”
Patrick said that right now, Brady’s having trouble texting, so he is in constant contact with Brady’s mom to get updates on his condition. The Towles family moved from Northern Kentucky to Paris to be closer to Patrick, which makes it harder to get back to see Brady on a regular basis, but Patrick made sure Brady received one of the custom “Towles” jerseys his family had made. “He’s got half my heart there in Northern Kentucky,” Patrick said. “Even though my parents moved to Paris, it still gives me a really good reason to go back.”
By Courtney Sealey on ©11:30 am
— UKWomensSoccer (@UKWomensSoccer) August 31, 2014
University president Dr. Eli Capilouto, Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart, men’s soccer head coach Johan Cedergren, and women’s soccer head coach Jon Lipsitz will all be speaking.
The first 500 fans to the stadium today will receive a commemorative soccer ball bell to mark the stadium’s historic opening. Fans will have the chance to tour the complex from 12:15 to 12:45 before the Wildcats face the Ohio Bobcats at 2 p.m.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©10:30 am
The UK football season is off to an exciting start, and no one is more excited than this pup with a UK pom pom in its mouth. I bet this dog went bonkers when it read this tweet from @UKEquipment (because dogs can totally read):
— UK Equipment Staff (@UKequipment) August 30, 2014
Hmmm…will the gray uniforms debut next week?