Kentucky is 20-0 after winning one of the worst college basketball games you will ever →
By Drew Franklin on ©January 30th, 2015 @ 12:24am
Kentucky is 20-0 after winning one of the worst college basketball games you will ever see. Missouri stretched it out longer than it needed to go by fouling on seemingly every possession, but the game is finally over and Columbia is in the rearview mirror with a 69-53 victory.
It’s really late and, honestly, I quit paying attention midway through the second half. (You wanted it to end, too. Don’t lie.) So we’re going to run through this recap quickly so we can rest up and attack it all again tomorrow as we get ready for Saturday’s game in Lex.
Let’s get to it, night owls…
Andrew Harrison was excellent.
EXCELLENT and hopefully this silences some of the Andrew-haters. Remember Cal saying the rain in Lexington is Andrew’s fault? The wreck on 75 is Andrew’s fault? We need to get away from all that because it’s unfair, undeserved and Andrew’s a great point guard, like he showed us tonight against Missouri.
He really played with confidence, got to the foul line a lot, hit his free throws, found his teammates, played good defense and did really anything else one could ask of him. It was an all-around great game from Jeff Goodman’s least favorite player in America.
Way to go, Andrew. We forgive you for the rain in Lexington.
There were entirely too many fouls called.
The two teams combined for 54 fouls in this one. Fifty. Four. Fouls. There’s no excuse for that. Kim Anderson said he didn’t want his team to commit 31 fouls, but it’s clear his gameplan was to get physical, and in some cases, hack the hell out of Kentucky.
54 fouls… I mean, really guys???
Devin Booker loves road games, but struggled a little tonight.
Tonight was a homecoming for Devin Booker, but he loves all road atmospheres, not just this one, he says. Booker told Mike Pratt he grew up watching college basketball and enjoys being the enemy now that he’s at this level. He loves to hear boos when he touches the ball.
However, he wasn’t the Devin Booker we’ve grown used to tonight. “He struggled a little,” Cal said of his star freshman.
The one-time Mizzou target went 3-for-7 from the field for nine points, plus four turnovers. It wasn’t quite enough to silence the crowd, especially when this happened:
Tyler Ulis made a bad pass.
Guys, I really don’t know how to say this because I don’t believe it myself but Tyler Ulis made a bad pass. I saw it. I saw it with my own eyes. He threw it out of bounds when trying to get it to a big man inside.
Someone check hell because I believe it’s frozen over.
Willie Cauley-Stein took the night off.
Two points on one field goal attempt, three rebounds, no blocks, no steals and 0-for-4 at the line.
Kentucky can win against teams like Missouri when Willie zones out, but it can’t happen against a legit contender. Gotta have Willie to win the big ones.
“He will be fine,” said Andrew Harrison.
This team now has the third best start in school history.
Three more wins to tie 1965-66, five more to tie 1953-54 and six more wins until the best of the best.
Damn this is a season.
I’ll leave you with this awesome Vine.
Ohhhhhhhhh… We’re halfway there!
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©January 30th, 2015 @ 12:20am
Seth Greenberg handled the sideline duties tonight, and ESPN decided to get funky with it and resurrect Jimmy Dykes’ old shoulder cam to celebrate. While I appreciated Greenberg’s head stubble in HD, it’s not exactly my favorite camera angle, although it still beats the dreaded overhead cam from a few years ago.
Actually, it kind of made me miss Jimmy Dykes a little bit:
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©January 30th, 2015 @ 12:02am
Actually, they probably don’t, but it gave me an excuse to use this video. That guy up front LOVES HIM some Metallica.
Anyways, give Matt a call to talk about tonight’s game. It’s late and he needs your help to make it through. You know the drill: 1-800-444-8484 or 502-571-8484.
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By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©January 29th, 2015 @ 11:58pm
Coming in, you can’t blame Devin Booker for being a little nervous. His father was a legend at Missouri and the Tigers recruited him HARD. Booker was the subject of several student section chants throughout the night and he struggled, scoring nine points off 3-7 shooting from the field and 0-1 from behind-the-arc, especially chilly stats for a shooter that’s been en fuego the past month.
After the game, John Calipari said he should have expected that Devin would struggle tonight. “He didn’t play with an edge, he was almost standing straight up. Turning it over because he wasn’t being aggressive,” Cal said. “He’s 18 years old, he’s one of the youngest kids in college basketball. He’s coming to Missouri where his dad played and he’s getting booed. What did you expect? I should have expected that more. I got on him hard in the first half, the shots that he missed today he doesn’t usually miss those, and he missed them badly. He wasn’t shooting in the ocean today.”
Shake it off, shake it off, Devin. The BBN, especially Josephine, still loves you.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©January 29th, 2015 @ 11:42pm
Andrew Harrison led all scorers tonight with 15 points, earning major praise from John Calipari after the game. “He has more confidence,” Cal said. “Overall, I just really think he did some good stuff today.” Andrew hit a whopping 9-11 free throws, which is just one indicator of how ugly and slow this game become.
Cal was not as impressed with Willie Cauley-Stein, who only scored two points. “Come on. You’re one of the best players in the country. Go do your thing,” Cal said of Willie afterwards. Did Cal think that, as a junior, Willie was beyond these vanishing acts? “No, these kids–all these college players in every program including mine, you think they are these confident guys, until they miss three shots or a raindrop hits them on the shoulder and then ‘Oh my God, what?!’ Every college player is the same. The tough ones will fight through it.”
Andrew’s not worried about Willie. “Willie will be fine,” Andrew said. “I’ve had my ups and downs.” Cal put it best on his ESPN postgame remarks. “Willie was invisible tonight, and we still win.”
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©January 29th, 2015 @ 11:24pm
By Austin Monnett on ©January 29th, 2015 @ 10:45pm
For the first time since 2011, Kentucky falls to Tennessee in Lexington, 73-72. Coming off a road win in Columbia against Missouri, the Cats lose their third game in their last five, by a combined 14 points in the three losses. UK is now 16-5 on the season, 5-3 in the SEC, good enough for fifth in the conference.
The Cats followed this season’s narrative once again with a slow start in the first half, hitting only one of their first eight shots. However, four three pointers for Kentucky, compared to UT’s 0-5 from behind the arc, were able to help lift UK to a six point, 31-25, lead going into halftime.
Near the end of the first half, Tennessee’s Isabelle Harrison became the 39th Volunteer to score 1,000 points in their career. Harrison was also the Vols’ leading scorer tonight as well with 19 points on 8-12 shooting, also chipping in 10 rebounds. Afterwards Mitchell called her a great player, but also blamed his “mystifying” defense for allowing her to catch the ball in the high post so easily.
“Tough game to lose. It’s a tough match-up, both teams wanted to win. It’s an important game and I wish we could’ve won it… We just had a stretch there where I thought we had the ability to control the game and just stopped playing defense,” head coach Matthew Mitchell said post-game. Offensively, however, Kentucky played solid, putting up the second-most points Tennessee has allowed all season.
The second half was much like the first with lead changes and ties taking place frequently, but the intensity somehow picked up even more. In a nearly full Memorial Coliseum (attendance: 7,407 – largest of the season), the crowd was loud and on their feet for most of the game, especially following the buzzer, where the fans booed the refs out of the gym.
Makayla Epps scored last 10 points for UK including two HUGE three pointers in the last two minutes to cut Tennessee’s lead to just one. In the final minute, the Lady Vols were unable to match Epps’ shots after Jelleah Sidney came up with a huge block, giving UK the ball with 46 seconds on the clock. A missed three pointer by O’Neill was erased after a Goss offensive rebound, turning the shot clock off, giving UK the final possession. Epps’ hot streak ended at the wrong time, as she missed a jumper with 4 seconds left, but luckily the rebound was tipped out of bounds off of Tennessee. Coach Mitchell called a timeout to set up Alexis Jennings with the final shot, but she was unable to convert with 2 seconds left on the clock. Tennessee escaped.
Kentucky will return to Memorial on Sunday for Alumni Day to face the no. 21 Georgia Bulldogs. The game can be seen on the SEC Network at 1pm.
By Miss J.C. Ausmus on ©January 29th, 2015 @ 6:52pm
Good evening Cats fans! Austin and I are here in beautiful Memorial Coliseum where a sea of blue is flooding into the building right now, mixed with a tiny bit of that ‘throw-up inside of a pumpkin’ orange. Tonight’s game is between two top ten teams and is sure to be a battle. #6 Tennessee enters tonight’s game undefeated in conference after beating Georgia earlier this week. The Lady Vols are also third in the SEC in defensive scoring per game with 53.4 ppg. No team has scored more than 58 points on the Vols this season.
Kentucky, on the other hand, is riding a 13 game winning streak in Memorial, the sixth longest streak in program history and the nation’s 14th longest home winning streak. In the last game against Mizzou, five Wildcats scored in double figures with Jen O’Neill and Makayla Epps leading the way with 19 and 18 respectively.
The game is on the SEC Network at 7 if you want to follow along with us tonight before the boys take on Mizzou tonight at 9.
Final: Austin: After back-to-back three pointers by Makayla Epps, the Tennessee lead was cut to one. However, the Volunteers were not able to score following Epps’ last shot, giving UK the final possession of the game. After a missed shot, an offensive rebound, another missed shot, and a tip out of bounds, the Cats were received the ball with 4.3 seconds left down just one. With the crowd on their feet, unfortunately, Alexis Jennings’ shot was tipped out of bounds, leaving Kentucky just .4 seconds left for O’Neill to air ball a tip attempt at the buzzer. Tennessee wins for the first time in Lexington since 2011, 73-72.
Second half 2:28: J.C.: This game is stressing me out. After Tennessee’s Ariel Massengale tied the game at 5:42, Alexis Jennings tipped it in to take back the lead. At the 4:54 mark, Isabelle Harrison, who was this week’s SEC player of the week, tied the game back up at 62 all. After Tennessee got the lead off of a free throw by Harrison, Makayla Epps hit a layup to give Kentucky the lead once again. Now, Kentucky trails by three after Tennessee’s Harrison hits two jumpers in a row. This game is a nail-biter and it is definitely going to come down to the last minute. Hopefully Kentucky can pull off the upset and get revenge for their loss against the Vols in last year’s SEC Championship game. Makayla Epps has a team high 16 points with 13 just in this half alone. Kentucky trails, 69-66.
Second Half 7:06: Austin: Double-double watch: Jelleah Sidney has 7 points and 8 rebounds. Jennifer O’Neill is also playing solid with 12 points of her own along with 4 assist. Harrison (UT) is also closing in on a double-double with 8 points and 9 rebounds on 3-7 shooting. Cierra Burdick (UT) has nearly doubled her scoring average, leading all players with 16. Each team has two players with three fouls, but it doesn’t look like it will be too big of an issue coming down the stretch. Makayla Epps is looking to carry the load offensively here at the end with an and-1 around the 8-minute mark along with another smooth layup, giving her 11 points in the game. The Cats cling to a three point lead 59-56.
Second Half 11:31: J.C.: Tonight’s attendance is the most that Memorial has seen all season at 7,407. If that doesn’t tell you how big this game is, nothing will. Here in the second half, Kentucky has mostly kept the lead over Tennessee, but the Vols are 6 for 9 this half. The Cats have forced 18 turnovers on the Vols and eight steals. Alexis Jennings leads Kentucky in scoring with 10 and Jelleah Sidney leads in rebounds with eight. Kentucky was down one after a layup by Tennessee’s Jaime Nared at 11:53, but after a foul by UT’s Isabelle Harrison, Linnae Harper steps up to the free throw line to give the Cats the lead back, 46-45.
Second Half 15:01: Austin: Linnae Harper (2-9) starts off the second half with a three pointer following a Bria Goss steal. Harper’s bucket was the only one of Kentucky’s that was able to go down in their first six, allowing for Tennessee to come back and tie the game at 34-34. Going back to the first half, UK has only hit 2 of their last 11 shots, whereas UT has hit 5 of 7. Alexis Jennings has 10 points and 5 rebounds already, but unfortunately has 3 fouls to go along with them. Kentucky leads 39-36.
HALF TIME: J.C.: The last two minutes of this game have been crazy, first up, Jelleah Sidney makes a huge jumper to give the Cats the lead, then Tennessee answers with a free throw after Sidney turns around and fouls to cut Kentucky’s two point lead to one. Then, Jen O’Neill makes a HUGE three pointer to extend the Wildcat’s lead to four. After a steal by Makayla Epps, Sidney does it again with a lay-up to run the lead out to six. The half ends with an extremely loud “Go Big Blue” cheer. Alexis Jennings, O’Neill, and Sidney are all tied with seven points to lead the team in scoring. The Cats are shooting 37% from the field and 40% from the 3-point arch. Alexis Jennings leads all UK rebounders with five. Kentucky leads 31-25.
First Half 4:59: Austin: Jordan Reynolds of Tennessee has taken seven shots already, sinking just two of them. Three pointers have kept UK in the game so far, as they’ve hit 3-8 compared to UT’s 0-5. Senior Isabelle Harrison, the Lady Vols’ leading scorer with 12.1 per game, just became Tennessee’s 39th player to score 1,000 points in their career. Kentucky has struggled in the last 5 minutes, shooting 0-5 (2 of their last 10) with 6 turnovers. Matthew Mitchell calls a timeout to regroup with his team trailing 20-15.
First Half 8:19: J.C.: Memorial is LOUD and proud tonight. You can definitely tell this is a rivalry game; both teams are leaving it all on the floor. Tennessee’s head coach Holly Warlick is screaming at a frequency I didn’t know was possible for humans to hear. In tonight’s #KSRFashionUpdate, Matthew Mitchell is looking sharp in a navy blue suit with matching tie. Coming out of the time out at 15:29, Makayla Epps shot a beautiful, deep three pointer to give Kentucky the four point lead, to say the crowd went crazy is an understatement. Then, at the 13:20 mark, Tennessee took the lead with a jumper by Cierra Burdick. After a small drought, Kentucky finally takes the lead back after Linnae Harper shoots a three pointer, but Tennessee answers in under 20 seconds with a layup by Isabelle Harrison. This is a back and forth game for sure. Both teams want this victory, but Kentucky wants revenge for the 71-70 loss against the Vols in last year’s SEC Championship game. Tennessee leads by three, 18-15.
First Half 15:47: Austin: Kentucky, although trailing in the Tennessee series 50-10, has won the past two home games and four of the last six overall in Lexington against the Volunteers. UT grabbed the tip and scored on its first two possessions before UK’s defense settled in and forced a couple turnovers. The Cats have struggled offensively to start the game, once again, making just one of their first eight shots (Harper – 0/4). But a three by Jennings gives UK a 5-4 lead going into the first TV timeout.
5 minutes til tip: J.C.: Guys, this Tennessee orange is so stinking ugly. I honestly think the color has gotten worse since the last time I’ve seen it. Memorial is hopping tonight and is probably 3/4 of the way full already. This is the 61st meeting between the Lady Vols and the Cats with UK meeting Tennessee more than any other rival. Tennessee leads the series, 50-10 with 21 of those wins in Lexington. Tip is coming up shortly.
By Drew Franklin on ©January 29th, 2015 @ 6:20pm
Sorry. I had to do it. I really am sorry.
Today’s pre-Mizzou show starts at 6:30 p.m. and will stream live on WLAP.com.
Feel free to comment below.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©January 29th, 2015 @ 6:12pm
Throughout the evening, ESPN’s Marc Stein has been leaking out which players will be named NBA All-Star reserves. Unfortunately, Stein says it appears that DeMarcus Cousins didn’t make the cut:
ESPN sources say LaMarcus Aldridge has made the Western Conference All-Star team … but DeMarcus Cousins appears to have missed out
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) January 29, 2015
UPDATE: It’s official: Demarcus is NOT an All-Star. Despite being 5th in the league in points per game, 3rd in rebounds per game, and 4th in double-doubles. Total BS.