By Maggie Davis on ©March 24th, 2019 @ 1:30pm
Willie Cauley-Stein has brought out some awesome new shoes for March Madness, and they honor his collegiate team. The former Cat is known for his (sometimes-questionable) fashion choices, but these are pretty sweet.
The Sacramento Kings tweeted the pictures, saying “Still dancin’ #BBN”
Nicely done, Willie. You’ve come a long way, my friend:
By Brent Wainscott on ©March 24th, 2019 @ 1:00pm
Jonny David’s All Access episodes have been a great addition to this Kentucky basketball season along with the journey series. Nick Richards caught a lot of flack from his teammates for his comments on Friday when he said Kentucky’s bigs were better and more athletic than Wofford’s.
Richards, however, was right, but that didn’t stop Jonny David and the rest of the Wildcats from giving Richards a hard time after the 62-56 victory over Wofford.
Check out David’s All-Access:
Here is the All-Access BBN! The preview happened at the very end so I don’t think I can let Keldon touch the mic ever again?????????? pic.twitter.com/6zgZ80zYmy
— Jonny David (@JonnyDavid) March 24, 2019
At least Nick backed it up, guys.
By Zack Geoghegan on ©March 24th, 2019 @ 12:30pm
Good afternoon, folks. It’s officially spring and the young BBNBA stars are in full bloom. Let’s talk NBA.
- Bam Adebayo has effectively replaced the Hassan Whiteside as the Miami Heat’s starting center as the team makes a final push for the playoffs. Adebayo has started the last 14 games for the Heat, who are one game up on the Orlando Magic for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. But Whiteside just isn’t even playing that much anymore off the bench. Against the Wizards on Saturday night, Whiteside played only five minutes, the second time in four games he’s failed to play at least six minutes in a game. And you know why? Because Miami is 10-4 since Adebayo inserted into the starting lineup. His stat line from Saturday consisted of 16 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists, and four blocks on 6-11 shooting. Whiteside hasn’t topped more than three assists in a single game this season. Bam has done it 18 times. It’s just blatantly obvious who the better prospect and player is right now and Miami is reaping the benefits of the lineup move.
- This Karl-Anthony Towns stuff is just becoming repetitive at this point… Seriously, I’m going to sound like a broken record when I say that Towns put up 32 points and 23 rebounds on 12-20 shooting (and 4-7 from deep) because I swear he’s done that, like, a thousand times in the last month. 23 rebounds is tied for his second-most on the season.
[17-57] Suns – 103 @ [36-36] Kings – 112
- KAT’s former Kentucky teammate, Devin Booker has similarly been on a scoring rampage as of late. Booker posted 32 points and 10 assists (albeit, on 10-27 shooting and 2-11 from three) for the Phoenix Suns. Booker is averaging 28.6 points per game over his last 15 outings.
- But the Sacramento Kings were able to pull out the win over Booker and the Suns behind a combined 50 points from Buddy Hield and Harrison Barnes. De’Aaron Fox and Willie Cauley-Stein both struggled, as Fox shot a poor 3-12 from the field for 13 points, but did contribute four rebounds and nine assists. WCS played only 17 minutes and registered just three points and zero rebounds. Fox did nearly break the Internet with this game-sealing windmill slam, however.
FOXY WINDMILL ? pic.twitter.com/SuJtkaQ4ZG
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) March 24, 2019
- DeMarcus Cousins and the Golden State Warriors were completely outplayed at home by the Dallas Mavericks behind a triple-double from Luka Doncic. Cousins had himself a solid overall game, though, adding 19 points on 8-11 shooting in addition to six rebounds and three assists in 22 minutes.
- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist sat out his second straight game with a concussion as his Charlotte Hornets squad overcame an 18-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Boston Celtics. Malik Monk posted 13 points on 3-4 shooting from beyond the arc.
- Check out the full stat sheet below.
|Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)||112-99 W @ MEM||33||12-20 (4-7)||23||3||1||1||5||+12||33|
|Devin Booker (PHX)||103-112 L @ SAC||32||10-27 (2-11)||1||10||2||0||3||-5||39|
|DeMarcus Cousins (GSW)||91-126 L vs. DAL||19||8-11 (1-1)||6||3||0||0||3||-27||22|
|Bam Adebayo (MIA)||113-108 W @ WAS||16||6-11 (0-1)||11||8||0||4||5||+16||35|
|Malik Monk (CHA)||124-117 W vs. BOS||13||3-6 (3-4)||1||1||1||0||2||-9||16|
|De'Aaron Fox (SAC)||112-103 W vs. PHX||13||3-12 (0-2)||4||9||1||0||4||+9||33|
|Enes Kanter (POR)||117-112 W vs. DET||10||5-9 (0-0)||7||0||1||0||0||+1||16|
|Willie Cauley-Stein (SAC)||112-103 W vs. PHX||3||1-1 (0-0)||0||1||1||1||2||-8||17|
|John Wall (WAS)||108-113 L vs. MIA||DNP-Heel||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)||124-117 W vs. BOS||DNP-Concussion||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Skal Labissiere (POR)||117-112 W vs. DET||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Alex Poythress (ATL)||129-127 W vs. PHI||DNP||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
12:00: Clippers (Gilgeous-Alexander) @ Knicks (Knox)
4:30: Cavaliers (Knight) @ Bucks (Bledsoe)
5:00: Nuggets (Lyles, Murray, Vanderbilt) @ Pacers
6:00: Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk) @ Raptors
7:00: Rockets @ Pelicans (Davis, Miller, Randle)
7:30 (NBATV): Spurs @ Celtics
8:30: Pistons @ Warriors (Cousins)
9:30: Kings (Cauley-Stein, Fox) @ Lakers (Rondo)
By Brent Wainscott on ©March 24th, 2019 @ 12:00pm
Wofford’s starting point guard, Storm Murphy is a viral sensation on Twitter this morning. Unfortunately for Storm, it is due to Ahston Hagans collecting his ankles in the 2nd half of yesterday’s victory. Just in case you forgot, I’ll show you again.
Never forget pic.twitter.com/7DjiwuiH01
— Not Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton2) March 23, 2019
But, Fortunately for Stormy, he was already a viral star well before his matchup with the Cats in the round of 32. Two and a half years ago, Stormy Murphy shared how his family celebrates Thanksgiving, which involves some questionable dance moves to a horrible thanksgiving song that went viral in 2016.
— Storm Murphy (@Murphy_Storm) November 24, 2016
I guess this kind of stuff was considered ‘cool’ in 2016? More cringe-worthy than anything. Regardless, I’m not sure if I would have been able to sleep well at night knowing we lost to someone who proudly put that on twitter.
Kentucky is still dancing in the NCAA Tournament, but at least Storm can continue dancing on twitter.
It go down it go ?? down pic.twitter.com/ZzMx6Bfux8
— Storm Murphy (@Murphy_Storm) October 21, 2016
I can see why sophomore Nick Richards was so confident before the game.
By Brent Wainscott on ©March 24th, 2019 @ 11:00am
Before the basketball Cats took down Wofford in the NCAA tournament Saturday, Kentucky football was back to work as well with their first scrimmage in preparation for the spring game. After a successful Pro Day for his former players, Mark Stoops seemed to be in high spirits yesterday afternoon, especially regarding the improvements the offense is making this spring. Here are some notes from the first spring scrimmage.
Ahmad Wagner to play a Bigger Role
Last season, Ahmad Wagner stepped on the football field for the first time in a while after transferring from the Iowa basketball program. In his short appearances on the field, he still made an impact, seemingly getting a pass interference called in his favor every time a ball came in his direction. With his size and athleticism, Ahmad Wagner will likely play a much more significant role in 2019. In the first scrimmage today, Wagner seemed not to disappoint.
“Hopefully he’ll have a big impact,” Coach Stoops said. “Just getting his feet back underneath him, and having a year to play football after being away from football for a few years. We were joking earlier he had a big impact last year without a stat. He will draw some attention, and today he got the ball down the field.”
Receivers Making Improvements
It seems like every offseason, we’re hoping to hear the receivers have stepped up, because almost every year since Kenan Burton and Stevie Johnson left, the wide receiving core as a whole has been somewhat subpar. But this spring, the receivers seem to be doing much better.
“I think the receivers are making some plays, definitely,” Coach Stoops said. “I think not only today but in all our practices. With production and throwing the ball down the field, we’ve been more efficient for sure. We are further ahead in that area definitely, right now and that’s an area we want to continue to improve.”
Ahmad Wagner added that welcoming this challenge has motivated the offense as a whole to improve, and they’re really clicking early. Wagner also noted that Josh Ali and Ishaih Epps had improved a lot this spring.
Kavosiey Smoke looks to be a leader this season
With the loss of talent and experience from Kentucky’s locker room this season, there will obviously be a void that needs to be filled. The one who plans to seize his opportunity is sophomore running back Kavosiey Smoke.
“It means a lot in the locker room, we won’t have a J. Jones, J. Jones got everybody hype, even the coaches, but I’m gonna try to do that this year,” Smoke said. “Bring everyone up; be a good teammate.”
Smoke is currently in a battle for the number one running back spot, alongside AJ Rose and Chris Rodriguez. Smoke said this year it’s more wide open to get to that one spot. Sure, these three guys have large cleats to fill in the absence of Benny Snell, but this three-headed monster backfield will be dangerous next season.
Kentucky’s Spring Game will be Friday night, April 12th at 6:00 p.m. ET at Kroger Field.
By Zack Geoghegan on ©March 24th, 2019 @ 10:30am
The Kentucky women’s basketball team is moving on to the Round of 32. It was a close game against the Ivy League champion Princeton Tigers, but the Wildcats were able to pull out the win thanks to a strong second-half performance. Let’s dive into some takeaways from the 82-77 win in round one.
The seniors aren’t done yet
Saturday’s game was all about the two seniors, Maci Morris and Taylor Murray, who both scored 19 points apiece on 13-24 shooting from the field and 5-8 from three.
Starting with Morris, who played her best game in weeks. She had been in a mini-slump since scoring 17 points in a win against Alabama on Feb. 11 but came out determined to continue her Kentucky career for at least one more game. Along with a couple of steals and an impressive block, she also pulled in four rebounds and played the second-most minutes of the season at 36.
Morris shot 6-13 against Princeton and 3-5 from three, one of the coming right at the third quarter buzzer to give the Cats a nine-point lead heading into the final frame. It was that third quarter that got her rolling, as she went 4-4 from the field and 3-3 from the perimeter. After shooting 15-61 in her last six games overall, I asked her how it felt to finally watch those first few buckets fall through.
“It felt really good,” Morris said about watching her shots go in. “When I see them go in like that, it just gets me going. So it felt really good since I’ve been struggling a little bit this past few games.”
Behind Morris’ 11 third-quarter points, the Cats were able to win that period 28-15, which would ultimately be the deciding 10 minutes of the game.
On to Murray, who is just a pure spectacle to watch play defense. On top of her 19 points, she posted a team-high five rebounds, four assists, three steals, and only one turnover. She was the striking point for Kentucky’s disruptive full-court press. Every single possession, she was locked into her defensive stance and annoying the hell out of any Princeton ball handler. I have no doubt that Carlie Littlefield – who had the displeasure of bringing the ball up the floor against Murray for the majority of the game – will be seeing her in nightmares for years to come. But I’ll go into Murray’s defensive impact a bit more in just a bit.
Kentucky threw everything and the kitchen sink at Bella Alarie
The back-to-back Ivy League Player of the Year, Bella Alarie, had a considerable height advantage over any Wildcat, but that didn’t matter when she was being constantly double- and triple-teamed. I said that Alarie would come out and shoot at least 20 shots (she shot 24) but I also said she’d make at least half of them. She made eight field goals for a field goal percentage of only 33 percent.
Kentucky made sure to prove me wrong, too. Nearly everyone got a crack at guarding Alaire in some fashion, whether it was face-guarding her or collapsing on her with hands swiping freely to poke for loose balls. There were a couple of times where multiple players would swarm Alaire the second she got the ball, forcing her into turnovers and noticeable frustration.
Alaire finished with four turnovers, although she did have five assists, recording most of them early as she was looking to open up her teammates while dealing with constant traps. Ironically, Princeton played better when Alarie was deferring.
Princeton’s Sydney Jordan dropped 17 points in 22 minutes to the shock of everybody in the arena, including her coach, who said she would have been surprised if Jordan scored 17 points in an open gym. It was her season-high and she did it on 7-11 shooting. Then it was the sharpshooter, Gabrielle Rush, who I said would take at least 10 threes. Well, she threw up 11 of them just for good measure and hit six of them. There was one three in particular where she fired it up right over the raised hand of Jaida Roper and hit nothing but net. Her 22 points led the Tigers and she played the entire 40-minute game.
Alarie started to force her shot a bit more in the second-half (taking 14 shot attempts after halftime compared to only 10 before that) without much to show for it. The Wildcats didn’t even bother to guard Alarie beyond the perimeter and it resulted in her missing all four of her wide-open three-point attempts. I will say this though, Alarie is a very special player and should probably be the favorite to win Ivy League Player of the year for the third time as a senior next year.
Tatyana Wyatt specifically did an excellent job on Alarie, which brings me to my next takeaway…
Tot Wyatt is playing her best ball of the year
I sometimes find myself looking ahead to next year’s team (I know, poor timing) and what life will be like for this squad without Morris and Murray. One thing I am 100 percent confident we’re not going to have to worry about is who the team’s best frontcourt player is. It’s clearly Tot Wyatt and her last five games prove why.
After back-to-back games late in the SEC schedule in which Wyatt scored a combined eight points on 4-16 shooting in 28 total minutes, she’s been playing her best brand of basketball all season. And doing so while not fully healthy.
“She’s played really like a warrior,” Head coach Matthew Mitchell said about Wyatt. “And so proud of her and I thought she really brought it today. I thought she really brought it, she was in some pain today, played through, it was tough.”
Through her last five games, Wyatt is averaging 12.4 points and 4.6 rebounds in 26.6 minutes per contest while shooting 44 percent from the field (she’s also 17-19 from the free throw line during that span). Against Princeton, she contributed 12 points on 4-4 shooting to go along with five boards. Three of those rebounds were on the offensive glass, and all three resulted in points for Kentucky. When Alarie got in a bit of early foul trouble, Wyatt took advantage; crashing the boards, working in the post, playing excellent one-on-one defense against the Princeton star. Given the circumstances, I’d say it was her best performance of the season.
The Wildcats typically start KeKe McKinney alongside Wyatt, but coach Mithcell elected to go with a four-guard lineup, starting Amanda Paschal instead despite all five of Princeton’s starters listed at 5-foot-9 or taller. Alarie herself stands at 6-foot-4. But the strategy worked for the most part. Wyatt was tasked with maintaining Alarie while the guards collapsed with quick hands to knock the ball free. As the scoreboard would indicate, it was an effective strategy.
The full-court press featuring Murray and Jaida Roper
It doesn’t show up directly in the stat sheet, but the defensive effort from Murray and Jaida Roper in the full-court press was nothing short of spectacular. I already talked about Murray a bit, but she pioneered the defense from start to finish and dictated the pace throughout. If Murray wasn’t playing as hard as she did every moment she was on the court, who knows how many extra possessions Princeton might have had.
Kentucky forced the Tigers into 16 total turnovers and converted those into 22 points, but it was the amount of time that Princeton wasted just trying to get the ball across half-court that was most impressive. Along with Murray, Roper played fantastic defense all game.
“Jaida is like a really good spark person for us,” Murray said. “She brings that energy whenever we need hustle plays. We need those hustle plays to really get us a lead-in to the second half. So she brung that energy for us… Whenever she needed a defensive stop, she was there for us. So she is a tremendous part of our team and when she brings energy we all can feed off her.”
Spark-plug is a great way to describe Roper. She likes to get fancy. She wants to juice up the crowd with flashy passes and passionate defense. The rainbow three is a Jaida-special. She finished with seven points, five assists – including the nastiest no-look pass I’ve seen from her all season – three rebounds, and two steals. She leaves it all on the court and did everything in her power to deter the scoring duo in Princeton’s backcourt.
The first-half brought some sweaty palms to the Big Blue Nation, but the team responded in impressive fashion when it mattered most. I didn’t even mention freshman superstar Rhyne Howard in this piece, although she finished with (a rather quiet) 15 points and five rebounds. It was just a great overall team performance from everybody and the Cats should feel good heading into its matchup with the three-seeded N.C. State on Monday.
By Kindsey Bernhard on ©March 24th, 2019 @ 10:00am
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- More than 1 million Raisinets are produced per hour. That adds up to a little less than 30 million Raisinets a day
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Kentucky Punched Their Ticket to Sweet 16
I LIKE MY TEAM.
Half of the Sweet 16 is Set
Saturday was fun, let’s do it again today.
- No. 3 LSU 69, No. 6 Maryland 67
- No. 2 Kentucky 62, No. 7 Wofford 56
- No. 2 Michigan 64, No. 10 Florida 49
- No. 4 Florida State 90, No. 12 Murray State 62
- No. 1 Gonzaga 83, No. 9 Baylor 71
- No. 2 Michigan State 70, No. 10 Minnesota 50
- No. 3 Purdue 87, No. 6 Villanova 6
- No. 5 Auburn 89, No. 4 Kansas 75
The SEC continues to Roll in the Tournament
Saturday’s games started with two SEC wins and ended with an SEC win. LSU and Kentucky got it started and Auburn finished the day.
LSU took down Maryland on a last-second layup by Tremont Waters and Auburn DOMINATED Kansas. Auburn led Kansas 51-25 at the half, Kansas’ worst halftime deficit in NCAA Tournament history.
— SLAM (@SLAMonline) March 23, 2019
The Ja Morant Show is Over
Florida State ended Ja Morant and Murray State’s season with a 90-62 win. Even though the Morant Show was short, he still lived up to the hype during his two tournament games. He finished his college basketball career with 28 points.
After the game, Morant made sure to give a young fan his shoes. Everybody should be wishing their NBA teams drafts this kid.
Before he left the arena, Ja Morant went back to the crowd to give his shoes to this boy ?
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) March 24, 2019
The Caliparis Are Coming For Ya
Get your popcorn ready for next weekend, folks.
Can’t wait to see u so we can collaborate on what we say to people on Twitter https://t.co/zz4nS9ea87
— Brad Calipari (@bradcalipari) March 24, 2019
Can’t wait to collab. It’s going to be a pleasure working with you ???
— Megan Calipari (@MeganteCalipari) March 24, 2019
Today’s Tournament Schedule
|Iowa vs. Tennessee||12:10 pm||CBS|
|Washington vs. North Carolina||2:40 pm||CBS|
|UCF vs. Duke||5:155 pm||CBS|
|Buffalo vs. Texas Tech||6:10 pm||TNT|
|Liberty vs. Virginia Tech||7:10 pm||TBS|
|Oklahoma vs. Virginia||7:45 pm||truTV|
|Ohio State vs. Houston||8:40 pm||TNT|
|UC Irvine vs. Oregon||9:40 pm||TBS|
By ShopKSR.com on ©March 24th, 2019 @ 9:45am
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By Jack Pilgrim on ©March 23rd, 2019 @ 11:00pm
They were exactly what we thought they were.
The Wofford Terriers were feisty, incredibly skilled on the perimeter, and had several opportunities to come up with a victory.
But when push came to shove, Kentucky was able to capitalize on their talent, length, strength, and pure athleticism, ultimately forcing just enough separation at the end to pull out the 62-56 victory.
Let’s look at the key takeaways from UK’s gritty Round of 32 performance.
Credit where credit is due
Before we get into the specifics on Kentucky’s end, we have to give credit to what.
To start the game, Wofford made Kentucky incredible uncomfortable, especially on offense. The Wildcats were unable to get anything going with the ball in their hands for the majority of the first half, settling for contested jump shots and making questionable decisions over and over again.
With 4:23 remaining in the first half, the Terriers found themselves up by six points, which felt like 20 considering how hard points were to come by at that point. The Wildcats fought back and retook the lead before halftime, but the Cats still only managed 28 points before intermission. Again, the Terriers forced the Wildcats to play their way, not the other way around.
In the second half, Wofford clawed back to take a three-point lead with 17:02 remaining, but Kentucky’s sheer talent and strength was too much to handle. The Cats took back the lead one final lead and never lost it the rest of the way.
If it weren’t for Wofford star guard Fletcher Magee missing everything he threw at the rim, though, the Terriers absolutely could have pulled off the upset.
Now that we got that out of the way…
Jemarl Baker was the game MVP
When Kentucky needed a spark, it wasn’t one of the usual suspects saving the day. This afternoon, that person proved to be redshirt freshman Jemarl Baker Jr.
In the first half, Baker was one of the main reasons the Cats were able to come back, finishing with five points (1-2 shooting, 3-3 from the free throw line) and a +/- of +10. He followed it up with an even better all-around performance in the second, finishing with eight points, two rebounds, one steal, and a +/- total of +19.
On defense, the Wildcat shooting guard had a pretty impressive day, specifically off the ball. He absolutely made his impact known on both ends of the floor.
Baker finished with a career-high seven points against Abilene Christian on Thursday, and he followed it up with another career outing in the victory today.
Reid Travis was unstoppable… when he wanted to be
To start the game, the senior forward was incredibly frustrating. Despite being the strongest and most dominant player on the floor, Travis never demanded the ball. And when he finally got it, he relied on unnecessary jumpers and gave the ball up to some of the other Wildcats struggling with their shots (Tyler Herro and Ashton Hagans).
Even when Wofford’s best frontcourt player, Cameron Jackson, got in foul trouble early, Kentucky wouldn’t force the issue and capitalize with Travis in the paint. They needed points, yet still didn’t utilize their most consistent option to make that happen. After starting the game with just two points in the first 17 minutes, he finally managed four points in the final three minutes of the half to help
In the second half, however, the Travis we expected to see coming into the game finally arrived.
Almost immediately, the senior forward demanded the ball in the post, and the abuse followed. He would work to create space down low, hit the Wofford defenders with a variety of post moves, and score with ease. He proved to be unstoppable.
Travis finished the day with a team-high 14 points, 11 rebounds, and one steal in 37 minutes of action. With star forward PJ Washington out, they needed the senior big man to come up big in crunch time, and he managed to do just that.
Ashton Hagans was a force on both ends
Like Travis, Hagans settled for several frustrating jumpers and failed to find his groove on offense to start the game.
Once he realized he was more athletic than the opposition and could get to the rim at will, it was like a switch flipped with the freshman point guard. He attacked on the perimeter and worked his way to the paint time and time again. If he wasn’t scoring, he was getting fouled and going to the line. Sometimes he did both.
He also did this, which was pretty freaking ridiculous.
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) March 23, 2019
On defense, Hagans wreaked havoc in the second half, contesting Wofford jumpers and making the Terrier backcourt uncomfortable. He slipped up several times in the first half in leaving shooters open on the perimeter, but he cleaned things up and really found his footing after intermission.
He finished the day with 12 points (4-11 shooting), five rebounds, four assists, and one steal in 33 minutes.
We saw a new side of Tyler Herro
For star shooting guard Tyler Herro, while his shot was cold (nine points on 2-11 shooting, 1-6 from three), his impact on the defensive end was second-to-none and one of the key reasons Kentucky was able to pull off the victory.
Matched up with Wofford star guard Fletcher Magee, Herro allowed almost zero easy shots on the perimeter. In fact, the only real mishap the Wildcat guard had was on a backdoor cut in the second half. He looked exhausted at various points, but it was justified, as he chased the Terrier sharpshooter all across the floor from start to finish.
The major storyline of this game was Magee’s horrendous performance from three, and Herro is a major reason for that.
The scoring is fun and we certainly appreciate it, but him stepping up on defense was much more important today.
Kentucky needs PJ Washington back on the floor
They didn’t need him against Abilene Christian, and they were able to win without him this afternoon against Wofford, but the Wildcats can’t afford another NCAA Tournament game without star forward PJ Washington.
When Kentucky needs a basket, Washington has been the player to do that throughout the season. When they need a big stop or a momentum shift, he has been that guy time and time again. As the overall level of competition improves each round, the significance of those moments increases.
They got by today, but there are certainly no promises that remains the case moving forward.
Kentucky needs PJ Washington back out on the floor.
By Zack Geoghegan on ©March 23rd, 2019 @ 10:30pm
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.
? Monday Game Times (all ET) ?
7 – Mich St vs Notre Dame
7 – S. Dakota St. vs Cuse
7 – UCLA – Maryland
7 – Kentucky vs NC State
9 – Missouri St. vs Iowa St.
9 – Cal vs Baylor\
9 – Gonzaga vs Oregon St.
11 – BYU vs Stanford#ncaaW
— NCAA WBB (@ncaawbb) March 24, 2019
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.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©March 23rd, 2019 @ 10:00pm
With a 62-56 victory over Wofford, the Kentucky Wildcats are headed to the Sweet 16.
As we celebrate the big victory and look forward to Kansas City, check out just a few photos KSR took down in Jacksonville this afternoon:
Here is the entire gallery, filled with almost 70 of the best images you’ll find from the victory:
By Brent Wainscott on ©March 23rd, 2019 @ 9:00pm
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.
— Kentucky Baseball (@UKBaseball) March 23, 2019
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.
— Kentucky Baseball (@UKBaseball) March 23, 2019
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.
By Drew Franklin on ©March 23rd, 2019 @ 7:00pm
You might’ve noticed that Reid Travis ditched his knee brace midway through the game. If he hadn’t, he doesn’t think he would’ve been able to finish.
“I was just cramping way too much,” said Travis, when Kyle Tucker asked why he removed his knee brace. “I wanted to keep it on, but I didn’t think I could finish the game, as far as my leg. It’s tough having it on there, it’s heavier, it kind of cuts off my circulation. I knew if I kept it on I was probably going to cramp down the stretch and I wasn’t going to finish the game, so I kind of just made that call on my way own.”
Travis felt that his rehab and training paid off, which is why he was able to play so hard on that right knee down the stretch. He plans to continue on without it (without the brace, not the knee), but he will see how the it holds up in practice next week before making a final decision.
Calipari also spoke about Travis’ training on a much broader level, in how Travis was ready for his first NCAA Tournament.
“He trained his whole life for this,” said Calipari. “Before the last game, I just told him, you’ve been waiting for this your whole life, and yesterday he was unbelievable, had eight of nine or whatever he did, 18 points, and today he did well again, and every time we needed a basket to separate, we were throwing it to him.
“He is truly professional in how he deals with everything, from training to weight training to keeping his body right to being where he’s supposed to on time. People that have come in my gym and watched us coach said that kid never takes his eyes off you. He is totally engaged with what you’re saying. And I get on him, now. Like I’m on him like I am these young kids. I just don’t have to as much because his is never effort. Theirs is always effort. His is never effort. It’s like some other things he may do, and basically it’s revert back some.”
Now enjoy this funny moment from the locker room when Reid Travis and WHAS’s Kent Spencer couldn’t get on the same page.