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November 25th, 2015

Stoops says he expects Alex Montgomery to go through with his rehab

It’s been a rough road for sophomore wide receiver Alexander Montgomery, who suffered another knee injury during the Vanderbilt game. It’s not the same knee he tore his ACL in a few years back, but it’s still a significant setback that Stoops told reporters will require surgery.

“He needs surgery, so he’ll be out for some good time,” Stoops said on today’s SEC Coaches Teleconference.

According to Jon Hale, Montgomery told reporters a few weeks back that if he injured his knee again, he would consider retiring from the sport instead of going through rehab again. Fortunately, Stoops said he doesn’t believe that’s the case.

“We haven’t had any of those discussions yet,” Stoops said. “I know it was a tough rehab for Alex the first go around, so hopefully he’ll handle it better. He has some experience at it, it’s a tough situation for him but I expect him to battle his way back.”

Hang in there, Alex.

Governor’s Cup Positional Analysis

In a seemingly quiet Governor’s Cup game week, the Cats and Cards are preparing for Saturday’s showdown. Louisville is favored; but after digging in on statistics, schedules, and other factors, I wouldn’t be comfortable declaring either a prohibitive favorite.

Here’s an interpretation of position group analysis:


Quarterback: Louisville

Lamar Jackson or Kyle Bolin? Most likely both based upon situation, weather, down-distance, and momentum. True freshman Lamar Jackson has, at times, put on a freakish athletic show and, on other occasions, reminded Cardinal fans that he is just one year removed from high school. Jackson is most dangerous with his legs; however, he’s shown improvement as a passer. Lexington’s Kyle Bolin was forced into action last year and with the help of DeVante Parker, beat the Cats 44-40. Bolin is a pure pocket-passing quarterback. Within the U of L offense, it all starts and finishes with the quarterback position.

Drew Barker will be making his second start in the biggest game of the year. While I don’t feel Barker is easy to rattle, the moment is going to be awfully big for the redshirt freshman. His first start was efficient as he managed the elements and explosive run game for a 58-10 win over Charlotte. Drew will be helped by a trio of capable running backs.

Running back: Kentucky

Both Boom Williams and JoJo Kemp went over the 100-yard mark against Charlotte. Sihiem King added 5 carries for 90 yards as Mikel Horton remains at the ready. A new wrinkle in a jumbo/short yardage package was the addition of 336-pound fullback, Jacob Hyde. Kentucky is coming off of 415 yards against Charlotte and 225 against a Vanderbilt defense that was only allowing 113 per game.

Louisville’s leading rusher is quarterback,Lamar Jackson. RB Brandon Radcliff has gained 569 yards and scored 5 touchdowns.

Offensive line: Even

Against Charlotte, the Cats had something going on the right side with Cole Mosier and George Asafo-Adjei. It became obvious that part of the Wildcat OL struggles correlated with Asafo-Adjei’s absence due to injury. Left tackle Jordan Swindle will have his hands full on Saturday and will require RB/TE assistance versus Louisville edge rushers. Kentucky has allowed 27 QB sacks and 74 tackles for loss (TFL). UK is averaging 379 yards and 25.3 points per game.

The Cardinals have given up 43 QB sacks and 86 TFLs. Starting three freshmen has been a trial by fire for the U of L front five. Even with the overabundance of lost yardage plays, Louisville is averaging 398 yards per game and 28 points.

Receiver/TE: Louisville

Cards average 253 passing yards per game as it spreads catches throughout a young yet effective receiving corps. Replacing DeVante Parker has proven to be as challenging as Kentucky finding its next Bud Dupree. James Staples and James Quick lead with catches, yards, and touchdowns. TE Mickey Crum has developed into a chain moving target.

Kentucky’s passing yardage has declined as the season progressed. It’s now averaging 210 yards per game. Dorian Baker leads the team in catches as Garrett Johnson tops the receiving corps in yardage. CJ Conrad and Darryl Long have not been targeted nor thrown to; however both are potential first down producing pass catchers.


Defensive line: Even

This advantage or lack thereof may surprise. But, following research, Kentucky and Louisville have two defensive linemen in its Top 10 tacklers. For Kentucky, Cory Johnson is third and Farrington Huguennin is sixth.

Sheldin Rankins leads the Cardinal defensive front with 48 tackles, 5 QB sacks, and 10 TFLs. Rankins will be the best defensive lineman in the game and is assured to play on Sundays. DeAngelo Brown has 6.5 TFLs and 2 QB sacks.

Linebackers: Louisville

The Cards are deep and talented at this position. In the preseason, UofL LBs were considered potentially the best in the ACC. Keith Kelsey, James Burgess, DeVante Fields, Keith Brown, and Trevon Young are active, disruptive, and aggressive. An extremely high number of TFLs and QB sacks/hurries statistically supports: 30 QB sacks and 80 Tackles for Loss.

Secondary: Louisville

Louisville has intercepted 15 passes. Its secondary is not as dynamic as 2014, but still a solid group led by former Georgia Bulldog Josh Harvey-Clemons. He’s joined at safety by Charles Williams. Corners are fellow former Dawg Shaq Wiggins and Trumaine Washington.

Kentucky’s true freshmen cornerbacks are gaining momentum and confidence with each snap. Chris Westry and Derrick Baity will be challenged on Saturday. The Wildcat safeties are its only true, SEC two deep at the position. AJ Stamps and freshman Mike Edwards are this week’s starters with Darius West and Marcus McWilson in the rotation. Given the Cats’ 8 interceptions compared to 15 for the Cardinals, this analysis was close. Louisville has played poor offenses in the closing portion of its schedule.


Kicker Austin MacGinnis’ health is again under the microscope. Miles Butler has ably filled in for the All-SEC performer. Landon Foster has somewhat returned to 2014 form. Governor’s Cup field position battle will be critical.

Louisville’s Traveon Samuel returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, but other than that, the two teams are a wash.

Miscellaneous Thoughts

  • Louisville best position group: Linebacker
  • Kentucky best position group: Safety
  • If it rains: Advantage Kentucky
  • Kentucky wins at home if it plays like it did vs: Missouri (When Maty Mauk existed)
  • Louisville wins if it plays like it did on the road vs: Perhaps NC State. Louisville has not played well on the road in 2015.

What does this mean?

Numbers give the Cardinals a slight edge. The game could come down to which freshman quarterback makes the least mistakes (Lamar Jackson or Drew Barker) and which struggling offensive line plays the best; however, in a rivalry game, the unexpected is expected. Last year’s game broke the trend of the winner goes to the team with the highest rushing totals. If the game comes down to the ground game, Kentucky would have the advantage.

For the Cats to win, it must stay out of certain passing situations. Louisville’s pass rushers are just too good for Kentucky’s offensive line to sustain. Conversely, UK’s pass rushers have to produce QB sacks and TFLs as field position will play a critical role.

As for who wins? Vegas says Louisville. BBN says UK. Card Nation says UofL. As for me, Saturday is a toss-up dependent upon situational execution, field position, and turnovers. For the Wildcats, 1st down offensive plays cannot continue to lead to 2nd and 10 plus. Passes have to be caught. Tackles cannot be missed.

Sit back and enjoy, this one may go down to the wire. 

Doron Lamb signs with pro team in Montenegro


I didn’t think it was possible, but Doron Lamb’s Twitter account is about to get even more interesting. According to Sportando, Lamb has signed with KK Buducnost Voli, a professional team in Podgorica, Montenegro.

Also on Buducnost? Former St. John’s star Omar Cook. After reading the roster, I’m pretty sure everyone else is from Montenegro or one of the other Balkan states. And don’t worry, judging by the videos on their Facebook page, basketball is a BIG THING over there:

Mali dio atmosfere sa večerašnje utakmice :-)#Ono_kad Varvari sa svadbe “svrate” da podrže svoj klub! :-)#BudućnostSeVOLI

Posted by KK Budućnost VOLI on Saturday, October 17, 2015

I don’t even know where to start with that video, so I guess I’ll just say “Who up, Podgorica?”.

Save BIG on basketball tickets during the holidays

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Sacha Killeya-Jones enjoyed himself last night

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Did you spot a tall kid with crazy hair behind the bench last night? That was future Cat Sacha Killeya-Jones, who just wrapped up a visit to Lexington. Judging by his tweets, he enjoyed himself:

Sacha got a taste of what his future in Lexington will be like when fans lined up for over an hour after the game to get his autograph:


Wow. You people are, well, you know.

KSR is at Sternberg Automotive to give away UK/UofL tickets (Wednesday Show Thread)

Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Wednesday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio, which is coming to you live from Sternberg Automotive on 6507 Preston Highway in Louisville. Matt and Ryan are celebrating Thanksgiving Eve by talking about last night’s win over Boston and Saturday’s game against Louisville. In fact, they’re going to give away tickets to Saturday’s showdown, so if you’re able, get on over there and enjoy the show.

Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080.

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The Holderness Family’s Wednesday Morning Wakeup

The latest parody video by the Holderness Family is making the rounds on Facebook this week, and if you like it, we can’t be friends.

Who is the Holderness Family? They’re a family from Raleigh who spends their time making awful parody videos. You may remember them from such hits as “All About that Baste” and “#XMAS JAMMIES,” videos so vile that I made it about 30 seconds through before the dad rapping made me dry heave. Unfortunately, the dad’s having the last laugh; the videos have been so successful, he quit his normal job as a newscaster to make more.

The Thanksgiving mashup is slightly less offensive, but only by a little bit. I actually thought “Let me sip my chardonnae nae” was a clever line, but it was all downhill from there. Like falling down a hill and rolling in dog poop bad. Both Adele and Drake deserve an apology. Parents, be honest with me: is this one of those things that becomes funny when you have kids? If so, I’m never procreating.

In short, Holderness Family got me like:

Anyways, here’s the agenda for the rest of the day…

We’ll hear from Mark Stoops twice

I didn’t think it was possible for the UK/UofL game to fly under the radar, but so far this week, it has. Mark Stoops will be on the SEC Coaches Teleconference around lunch and will also address reporters after practice. Today is the last time the media will hear from him before Saturday’s showdown with the Cards, so check the site for recaps.

Speaking of, did you listen to the latest KSR podcast?

I joined Nick, Freddie, and Jared to recap the Charlotte game and get ready for Louisville and, unwittingly, played the role of Debbie Downer. I’m trying my hardest to be positive for Saturday’s game, but after being burned so many times this season, it’s tough.

Regardless, we covered a lot of fun topics, like how awesome Les Miles is, which position group could win the game, and our favorite Thanksgiving side dishes. Get through a slow work day with the podcast, which you can find on iTunes at “Kentucky Sports Radio” or HERE.

The basketball team leaves for Miami

It’s a quick turnaround for John Calipari and his squad, who will leave for Miami around noon. Once in Miami, the team will do an activity at the Alonzo Mourning Center and practice at the Miami facility before going out to dinner tomorrow night. On Thanksgiving, they’ll practice at noon and have a meal at a country club in Miami with a friend of Calipari’s around five. Cal said some of the players’ families will also be in Miami and they’ll have a dessert bar at the hotel for everyone to enjoy.

I don’t even want to know how much pumpkin pie a college basketball team can consume. Guesses?

It was subtle, but Calipari took a little shot at Louisville last night

While discussing the pains of traveling with a team over the holidays, John Calipari took an itty bitty little shot at the Cards last night, telling radio listeners that he’d rather his guys get extra time with their families over Christmas than bust their butts preparing for Louisville.

“Everybody goes crazy, ‘why wouldn’t you practice over Christmas to get ready for Louisville?’. Because I’m not worried about Louisville,” Cal said, pausing to stare at the crowd. “I’m worried about my family and these kids’ families. You know what? I know how good Louisville is, and I think these guys having time off is better for them.”

Subtle? Yes, but look at that face:


Is it December 26th yet??

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Come on down to 6507 Preston Highway to enjoy the show and register for the chance to win UK/Louisville football tickets. It’s the day before Thanksgiving; you’d just be pretending to work at work anyways. 

BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Wednesday Morning Playcalling Breakdown (Charlotte)

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A rundown of how the DEFENSE performed this weekend against Charlotte, as well as combined season statistics over the first 11 games of the season.

Run: 20 rushes for 42 yards (2.1 ypc)
Pass: 3-7, 36 yards, 1 sack for -4 yards

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 217 rushes for 995 yards (4.6 ypc), 2 TD
Pass: 77-114, 1044 yards, 5 TD, 3 INT, 5 sacks for -16 yards

RECAP: For the first time since the Missouri game, the defense was DOMINANT on 1st down.  Did you see what happened when teams are forced into 2nd and long?  Good things.  A little late now, but an absolutely great performance.

2ND DOWN AND LONG (6 yards or more)
Run: 15 rushes for 112 yards (7.5 ypc)
Pass: 4-7, 10 yards

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 99 rushes for 601 yards, 1 TD (6.1 ypc), 1 TD
Pass: 45-84, 475 yards, 4 TD, 1 sack for -5 yards

RECAP: Cats did allow a couple lengthy runs in this scenario, although the game was out of hand when they occurred.  The pass defense was fantastic too.

2ND DOWN AND SHORT (5 yards or less)
Run: 2 rushes for 10 yards (5.0 ypc)
Pass: 1-1, 3 yards, 1 TD

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 55 rushes for 266 yards (4.8 ypc), 4 TD
Pass: 14-21, 76 yards, 1 TD

RECAP: Touchdown pass occurred after turnover so hard to criticize defense for that.  Otherwise, only 2 short runs.

3RD DOWN AND LONG (6 yards or more)
Run: 3 rushes for 10 yards (3.3 ypc) (converted 0 of 3)
Pass: 2-9, 29 yards, 2 INT, 2 sacks for -12 yards (converted 2 of 11)

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 18 rushes for 78 yards, 1 TD (4.3 ypc) (converted 3 of 18)
Pass: 36-73, 441 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT, 6 sacks for -46 yards (converted 23 of 79)

RECAP: If there is one thing on defense the Cats have been good at in nearly every game its their pass defense on 3rd down.  And considering how many times over the year opponents converted 3rd and long through the air, that’s really an improvement.

3RD DOWN AND SHORT (5 yards or less)
Run: 3 rushes for 4 yards (1.3 ypc) (converted 1 of 3)
Pass: NONE

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 47 rushes for 176 yards (3.7 ypc), 8 TD (converted 31 of 44)
Pass: 8-15, 67 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 2 sacks for -16 yards (converted 6 of 18)

RECAP: FINALLY.  The Cats stopped someone on 3rd and short with the run.  Only took 11 games and a pitiful Charlotte team, but hey, progress.

Poythress and Skal push Kentucky past a cold shooting night at Rupp

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© Mark Zerof | Getty

Judging by the first few minutes, it looked like Kentucky was going to wipe the floor with Boston; however, the Terriers lived up to their mascot’s reputation by nipping at the Cats’ heels throughout the game until Kentucky eventually pulled away to a 82-62 win.

It’s late, so let’s run through the highlights.

Alex Poythress was the star

It surprised me on Friday and it still surprises me now that Alex’s double-double against Wright State was only the third of his career. He followed that performance up with another double-double tonight, putting up 14 points and 10 rebounds off 7-8 shooting. Alex wasn’t perfect — Calipari berated him for a slow start — but he finally clicked into beast mode and gave Kentucky a much-needed inside presence on a night outside shots weren’t falling.

“I thought Alex — I subbed him four seconds in. He didn’t go after a ball. Athletically, you’re an athlete, explode and go get balls, even if it’s on the floor. And he stood there and watched it. Boom, you’re out.”

“Then he got back in and he’s a double double and he could be dunking every ball, making free throws, getting fouled. I mean, that’s who he is and that’s where we got to get him back to.”

Alex played well enough that Calipari told him after the game that he thinks he should be starting.

“I just said, when I went in after, I think he should be starting, but we’ll figure that out. He’s a starter, it’s just he or Marcus.”

Speaking of Alex, let’s watch that lob from Ulis again:

Want to know what Kentucky looks like when they’re cold?

Look no further than tonight. Last year, Kentucky was able to survive cold shooting nights with smothering defense and post play. Tonight, we saw what could happen when Kentucky’s guards go cold. Kentucky shot only 3-15 from three, a paltry 20%. It wasn’t much better from the free throw line, where Kentucky shot 13-26 for 50%.

“We do have good shooters, we just don’t have good makers,” Cal quipped. “I will say this, we got, you got to make some threes, you can’t win good games being 3-15 from the three-point line. And we have been that now since the beginning of the year.”

Tyler Ulis was 1-5 from behind the arc, but Calipari is encouraging him to shoot through the mini-slump.

“We’ve got to make some threes,” Cal stressed. “Right now Tyler’s not making them. I just told him, you got to shoot ’em. You got to let it go.”

Skal continues to progress

Labissiere was the leading scorer tonight, with 16 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 turnovers, and 1 steal. For anyone else, that’s a pretty impressive stat line; for Skal, it’s just scratching the surface of what could be.

“Skal did some good stuff. He’s coming, but he’s still got some things he’s got to do,” Cal said, continuing to reference Karl Towns’ struggles early last season. “He’s getting better. Look, last year, I think I’m going to get for him to see where Karl was in some of these games, because it may have been Buffalo he had 3-pointers and two rebounds last year, Karl did. Couldn’t get it to the basket, was shooting fade aways, couldn’t get a ball, had a couple blocks and it’s going to take time.”

Like Karl, Skal continues to react well to Cal’s criticism.

“If I wanted pats on the back, I could have gone anywhere else,” Skal said.

Charles Matthews was the unsung hero

We know the top six in the rotation — Ulis, Murray, Briscoe, Labissiere, Lee, Alex — but beyond that, it’s been a bit of a mystery. Derek Willis, Isaac Humphries, and Charles Matthews have all battled for the seventh man spot, but tonight, it was Matthews that impressed the most. The freshman shooting guard put up three points, seven rebounds, and endless hustle in 18 minutes of play.

“I thought Charles Matthews was outstanding,” Cal said. “I think he moved into the rotation now. If you ask me, he changed the whole game. It’s not what he just did offensively, it’s what he did defensively and coming up with balls and being active and trying.”

Isaac was held out, but should be good to go Friday

Humphries has been battling a foot injury and although he dressed tonight, he did not play; however, Calipari said he should be good to go vs. South Florida on Friday.

“Isaac, I didn’t play him today only because of his foot. He limped around for a couple days. But I’m thinking South Florida, who won today by the way, beat Albany. I’m thinking that he has a chance, because that’s a game. They have a couple guys that I think he could guard that he can play with.”

Meanwhile, Dominique Hawkins got some minutes at the end when Jamal Murray got into foul trouble and appears to be getting back to full strength.

We teach ’em young in the Bluegrass

Ten years old and he’s already better at spotting walks than Karl Hess.

How did Boston’s coach compare this team to last year’s?

Boston’s strong first-half performance was reminiscent of last year’s game against Kentucky, when the Terriers were within five at halftime. Head coach Joe Jones was asked to compare last year’s team and this year’s team, and his response sounded pretty familiar.

“They’re both remarkable teams,” Jones said. “They’re both really talented teams. Obviously, last year had more depth than this year’s team. I thought the girth and size of last year’s team was unbelievable. This year’s team, the guards may be a little more skilled  — Briscoe, Ulis, Murray — than the guys that played the bulk of the minutes last year. But both teams are very talented, both teams are very long, both teams execute at a pretty nice level, both teams play as a group. I just thought last year’s group had a little more depth up to this point in the season.”

Depth or this trio of guards? Never thought I’d say it, but I’m taking the latter.

Josh Hutcherson was in the house

On a night with so many Hutchersons, was it a coincidence that a certain Hutcherson was in the house? For those of you who actually get that inside joke, I think not. Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson was courtside at Rupp tonight, his second appearance at Rupp. Although I’m happy he supports the Cincinnati Reds, I suggest he get a blue hat next time.

Cal is Already Taking Shots at Louisville

John Calipari is taking his team to South Beach for Thanksgiving.  He doesn’t normally like to do anything around the holidays, but the schedule wouldn’t allow him to give his players any time off.

Looking ahead to Christmas, he already plans on giving his players four days off to go home to see their families, even though they play UofL December 26.  Cal told all of the fans that wonder why he won’t be preparing them for Louisville: “Cause I’m not worried about Louisville.”

He’s going to give his players off because that’s what Swaggy Cal does.

November 24th, 2015

Everything John Calipari said after the Game

COACH CALIPARI: I said, let me think about that before I ask you. No, they’re a good team and I’m still fighting guys. I thought Alex — I subbed him four seconds in. He didn’t go after a ball. Athletically, you’re an athlete, explode and go get balls, even if it’s on the floor. And he stood there and watched it. Boom, you’re out.

Then he got back in and he’s a double double and he could be dunking every ball, making free throws, getting fouled. I mean, that’s who he is and that’s where we got to get him back to.

I didn’t think — Skal did some good stuff. He’s coming, but he’s still got some things he’s got to do. Again, we got to make some threes.

And right now Tyler’s not making them. I just told him, you got to shoot ’em. You got to let it go.

I thought Charles Matthews was outstanding. I think he moved into the rotation now. If you ask me, he changed the whole game. It’s not what he just did offensively, it’s what he did defensively and coming up with balls and being active and trying. And I said, look, get in the gym and shoot free throws. If he makes free throws, he’s in that seven-man rotation and he pushes guys out.

Q. You mentioned the early play there with Alex. But there were a couple times he seemed to not be worried about his body, threw himself at people mid air —
COACH CALIPARI: He’s getting better.

Q. Is he forgetting about it more?
COACH CALIPARI: I told the team after, I’m not going to accept anything other than an elite athlete when I watch him play. If he’s not an elite athlete, he’s out. He’s not playing. Because he’s capable of doing it, it’s just really hard. And it’s having to have him break through some confidence in his body.

So, I’m kind of demanding it and he — I love what I’m seeing. We got to make some threes, you can’t go 3-15. I think on the year we’re shooting 23 percent. 22 percent. And we’re still scoring a lot of — think about it, what I’m saying. What if we made five or seven more threes. And we’re capable of that. We’re just not doing it right now.


Cal on the Cats’ 3-Point Shooting Woes

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The guard-oriented team went ice cold for one of the first times this season.  Balls rolled all around the rim, but just wouldn’t go in.

“We have good shooters, we just don’t have good makers,” Calipari said.

20% performance’s can happen from time-to-time, but he wants to see Tyler Ulis take a more active role behind the arc.  “We gotta make some 3’s.  Right now Tyler’s not making ’em.  I told him he’s gotta shoot it, ‘You gotta let it go.'”

It was one of those nights, but at least they knew when to quit, only taking 15 on the night.  Hopefully it’s only one of the few bad outings, and not the start to a slump.

Nobody’s Impressed Cal more than Charles Matthews

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Charles Matthews only had 3 points, but it isn’t what he put in the box score that impressed his head coach.

Coming off the bench, Boston Coach Joe Jones said Matthews was disruptive with three consecutive offensive rebounds.  Cal needed somebody to provide energy off the bench during a tight stretch and Matthews did the trick.

“He moved into the rotation now.  I thought he was outstanding.  If you ask me he changed the whole game,” Calipari said.  That praise didn’t come with a caveat, “If he makes free throws he’s in that 7-man rotation and he pushes guys out.”

Matthews totaled 7 rebounds but missed 3 free throws in 18 minutes of action.  Matthews’ heart has gotten him playing time, but he’ll need to improve his execution to remain a permanent fixture.

Watch Highlights from UK’s Win over Boston

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When you miss a lot of shots, there’s a lot of opportunities to clean up the glass with dunks.  Alex Poythress took advantage of that opportunity early and often.

Watch Calipari’s postgame press conference