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By Wilder Treadway on ©November 28th, 2014 @ 8:47pm
After losing their first game of the season to Illinois at the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands, the 9th ranked Kentucky women’s basketball team came back from down eight points with 1:24 to go to defeat the Oklahoma Sooners 92-88 in overtime. Sophomore Makayla Epps led the way with a career high 29 points and 10 rebounds for the Wildcats in a topsy-turvy affair that featured various nine point leads for both teams before knotting up at 79 at the end of regulation. The Cats are now 5-1 on the year.
For the most part, Kentucky has looked pretty discombobulated in the Virgin Islands, with poor defense, a lot of fouls, and confusion on offense, but Epps and fellow sophomore Linnae Harper have been the bright spots for Kentucky, as Harper also added a career high 23 points and 12 rebounds in the win tonight. Oklahoma had the eight point lead with under 90 seconds remaining but were unable to seal the game with free throws, and a crazy double-foul call with 1.1 seconds left helped the Cats tie it up. Nicole Kornet was running down the court as the Sooners held a 79-78 lead when Harper pulled her jersey, getting called for an intentional foul. As her jersey was getting pulled, Kornet slammed the ball into the ground, resulting in a technical foul. Epps hit 1-2 free throws to tie the game, while OU missed both of theirs and bam. Overtime.
A win is a win and Mitchell and Co. will be happy and relieved to walk out of the gym tonight with a W, but it’s certain Kentucky will need to clean things up to have continued success this season. The Wildcats return for their third and final game of the Paradise Jam tomorrow evening against the South Florida Bulls at 8:15.
By Drew Franklin on ©November 28th, 2014 @ 8:36pm
Following his mediocre performance in today’s game at the Bluegrass Showdown, Caleb Swanigan told Ben Roberts Cal has said he doesn’t plan to platoon again after this season. Apparently Swanigan got a little selfish in the second half of his game when his team trailed, something he said won’t fly if he plays for UK in college.
“What I did in the 2nd half wouldn’t work at Kentucky,” he told Roberts. “Coach Cal would chew me out. They play as a team and they play together.”
Swanigan finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds in the double-digit loss, but committed eight turnovers and did not make a bucket in the second half.
He will visit UK during the Cats’ practice tomorrow before playing again at Dunbar tomorrow night.
By Drew Franklin on ©November 28th, 2014 @ 8:00pm
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By Drew Franklin on ©November 28th, 2014 @ 5:16pm
Dakari Johnson went an absurd 12-of-14 from the stripe in Kentucky’s Tuesday win against UT Arlington, much better than his career 45 percent foul shooting entering that game. He was 12-of-25 on the year before finding the hot hand against the Mavericks.
In today’s pre-Providence press conference, Coach Cal was asked what happened to turn the poor shooting big man into Kyle Macy 2.0:
“Let me ask you, if he went for 12 for 14, that means he’s capable of that,” Cal told reporters. “So what gets in the way of him making 12 out of 14? It’s those six inches between his ears.”
Cal believes Dakari’s bad misses come when he’s thinking, ‘I may miss this one,’ when he needs to be shooting with confidence on every trip to the line.
“They weren’t bouncing around and in and swishing,” Cal said of Tuesday’s made shots. “But he’s capable now and he has to have his own confidence and demonstrated performance, which he has had. I say that to other guys on my team. I’ve said it for years.”
It will be interesting to see how Johnson responds on Sunday against Providence. If he has another impressive night at the foul line, do we dare say Dakari is a player we’re comfortable seeing at the line?
By Drew Franklin on ©November 28th, 2014 @ 4:20pm
Caleb Swanigan, the first of several UK targets in the Bluegrass Showdown, is currently on the court for Homestead out of Indiana. Coach Cal, Kenny Payne, Bruce Pearl and several other coaches from around college basketball are in attendance to watch the former offensive lineman play.
Swanigan is the third-ranked center in the class with heavy interest from the Cats since his breakout performance at the Peach Jam. He picked up his offer in July and took an unofficial visit to Lexington in October.
Watch him LIVE below:
By Drew Franklin on ©November 28th, 2014 @ 3:46pm
No matter what happens in tomorrow’s game, remember: Bobby Petrino is a changed man, coaching in a family atmosphere at Louisville. Wins and losses are meaningless. It’s all about loving your neighbor and being the best person you can be. He’s a family man now. HE CADDIED FOR HIS DAUGHTER.
Football is an afterthought. Remember that tomorrow at noon when the Governor’s Cup kicks off, because that’s the way Bobby sees it. He’s a brand new man.
By Drew Franklin on ©November 28th, 2014 @ 2:47pm
When Isaiah Briscoe committed to the University of Kentucky earlier this month, he said on the ESPN Recruiting TV special that he will wait until the spring to sign the paperwork. However, 24 hours later, news broke that he changed his mind and sent his Letter of Intent to UK.
In an interview with ESPN Insider this week, George Briscoe, Isaiah’s father, explained the sudden change of plan:
“We went out to dinner right after the show and spoke as a family,” Briscoe told ESPN.com. “We didn’t want to leave any doubt that we were all in and 100 percent solidified, so we decided to sign and put it to bed.”
The signed LOI was a relief for Cal and his staff; had Briscoe waited, he still would’ve been heavily pursued by St. John’s until the spring, and UK would’ve spent precious time keeping him on board when they could be out recruiting others. But now, he’s 100 percent in and can’t be touched.
By Drew Franklin on ©November 28th, 2014 @ 2:00pm
The University of Louisville is encouraging its fans to wear red — much more specific than the usual “please wear shirts” — to tomorrow’s game in Papa John’s Stadium. The Cardinals are calling it a “Red Out” for the Governor’s Cup game.
Sir, you’ll have to leave your “I Promise To Rep The Ville” shirt at home this time. The earrings and knockoff sunglasses are fine, as is any additional jewelry and accessories you purchased from a kiosk in the middle of the mall.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©November 28th, 2014 @ 1:00pm
When asked what improvements need to be made in the Cats’ perimeter shooting, John Calipari said that Aaron Harrison needs to start making more 3-pointers. So far this season, Aaron is only 7-28 from behind the arc for 25%, but Calipari says Aaron is still his go-to guy in late game situations.
“If it’s a late game and it’s tight, who do you think I’m gonna go to? I don’t care if he’s shooting 12%, I’m going to him. The reason is demonstrated performance. I’ve seen it, I know it. I’m not testing the waters with other guys. Ain’t happening.”
Even the purest shooters can panic in clutch situations. Not Aaron. “He believes he’s making it. Everyone in the building believes he’s making it. The other team believes he’s making it,” Cal said. “We’ve just gotta create it so he can get it off.”
Meanwhile, your Calipari GIF of the day:
By Drew Franklin on ©November 28th, 2014 @ 12:10pm
Today Coach Cal confirmed what we already believed to be true: the new series with UCLA will serve as a replacement for the North Carolina series for two years. “North Carolina has already sent us a contract for after those two years,” Cal said today. “This is plugging that hole right now.”
Kentucky is scheduled to play North Carolina in Las Vegas in 2016 as part of the CBS Sports Classic, so the home-and-home series needed that year off. But taking off one season throws off both schedules, so the two sides agreed to take a two-year hiatus to accommodate the CBS tournament and keep their home schedules balanced for the future.
Therefore, we get a trip to UCLA next season and a visit from the Bruins in 2016 before it’s back to Cats and Heels.
In related news, No. 5 North Carolina stomped No. 22 UCLA last night, 78-56. We’ll see them in back-to-back weekends beginning December 13th with UNC coming to Rupp, followed by a subzero trip to Chicago on December 20th. Can’t wait.