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November 22nd, 2014

Randall Cobb’s News & Views


Since we didn’t get to see UK football in action this week, I want to talk a little football.  Tonight, I’d like to highlight one of Kentucky’s best former football players.  Randall Cobb has had a phenomenal 4th season in the NFL.  After 10 games played this season, Cobb already has 54 receptions for 779 yards and 10 touchdowns.  Before the season began, he only had 13 career touchdowns.  So if you’re doing the math, that projects Cobb to possibly more than double his career number of touchdowns this year.  Keep in mind though, Cobb missed most of last season due to a knee injury.

It certainly helps when you’re on the Green Bay Packers, and you have Aaron Rodgers throwing you the ball.  But the crazy thing is, Cobb’s teammate Jordy Nelson has 1000 yards receiving and 9 touchdowns of his own.  Cobb is definitely proving to be an elite receiver at the next level.

Being a Bengals fan all my life, I can certainly tell you that he makes it worth watching the Packers.  It also helps that I have him on my fantasy football team, too.  Which brings me to another stat; Cobb is ranked as the 6th best WR overall in the NFL fantasy football standings, averaging 13.2 points per game so far.  I’d say that’s pretty good.


Anthony Davis goes wild on the Utah Jazz

If the game had ended earlier, Davis would’ve got the highlight of the night.  However, the game just finished and wow, did Davis have a career night or what?  Davis ended up with a career-high 43 points and 14 rebounds, leading the New Orleans Pelicans to a 106-94 victory of the Utah Jazz.  There’s no doubt that Davis has become an elite power forward in the NBA, no surprise to us.

Tonight’s performance puts Anthony up to 24.8 points per game and 11.2 rebounds per game on the year.  The former Wildcat continues to dominate the paint, as he looks to play DeMarcus Cousins and the Kings next.


UK Hoops defeats Central Michigan in a close one

Matthew Mitchell had to sweat it out on the road this evening, as the UK Hoops team won a nail-bitter, 71-68.  What was once a 20 point lead, the 13th/9th ranked Cats almost let one get away in the 2nd half.  Central Michigan started to cause some problems after switching to a zone trap defense, which allowed them to cut into UK’s big lead.

Leading UK Hoops tonight was Jennifer O’Neill, who had 19 points and connecting on 5 three-pointers.  A win’s a win, so the Cats will take it and look on to Illinois, who’ll they play next on Thanksgiving day.

(Image via UKAthletics)

(Image via UKAthletics)

The Cats and Cards will kickoff at Noon next weekend

Well it seemed like an eternity, but tonight the UK/UL football game was finally set for a noon kickoff.  The Cats will roll into Papa John’s Stadium early Saturday morning, hoping to end their 5-game losing streak and become bowl eligible.

Being the Cats’ final bye week, Coach Stoops feels like his team will be refreshed and ready to go.  It was a long stretch for UK over the past two months, playing some of the nation’s best teams (SEC) back-to-back-to-back.  Hopefully the team will get the most out of this rest and be prepared to upset Louisville, who’s coming off of a 31-28 victory over Notre Dame.

Kentucky/Louisville Football Game a Noon Kickoff

After a week of waiting, it has been announced that next Saturday’s Kentucky/Louisville football game in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium will be a noon kickoff and televised on ESPN2.

Expect Cardinals to begin the Crown Royal/line beard themed pregame to begin around 5am.



Kentucky Women Hang On to Escape Central Michigan On The Road

Photo: Britney Howard UKAthletics

Photo: Britney Howard UKAthletics

Playing in their first road game of the season, the 13/9th ranked Kentucky women’s basketball team watched a once 20 point lead dwindle down to two , but the Cats hung on to win 71-68. Senior Jennifer O’Neill led the way offensively with 19 points on five three-pointers followed by Makayla Epps with 12 and Linnae Harper with 10.

It wasn’t pretty, but it was a win, and a road win at that. The Cats are now 4-0 with a win over top-10 Baylor under their belt, and now an impressive victory of the predicted winners of the MAC on the road.  CMU is a perennial mid-major power in women’s college basketball, and Coach Mitchell is sure to be happy to have his Cats tested early on. There is plenty of film to watch and plenty to improve upon and Kentucky will do just that as the season progresses.

These two teams faced each other in Lexington a year ago, and Kentucky ran away with the 22 point win. It looked to be more of the same this year as the Cats were able to build an 18 point lead at halftime, but then things fell apart. The Chips switched to a trapping 2-3 zone which rattled the rhythm of Kentucky’s offense, and CMU cut the lead all the way down to just two points before the Cats were able to seal the victory.

The Cats will gear up for a Thanksgiving weekend tournament in the Virgin Islands next week, as Kentucky will face up against Illinois on Turkey Day, followed by Oklahoma and South Florida on Friday and Saturday. Let’s all agree that we’re extremely jealous and would do anything to be in the Virgin Islands on the beach, or is that just me?



Your Damien Harris Update

The Bad

The Madison Southern standout has been on the move recently, and in a very southern direction. The back took an unofficial visit last weekend to Tuscaloosa for the Bama win over then top-ranked Mississippi State. Harris is again going back to Tuscaloosa next weekend on his official visit for the Crimson Tide’s final game of the year against their rival, Auburn. For our sake, I’d say there’ll be a bunch of War Eagle cheers throughout the Big Blue Nation next weekend.

The Indifferent

Harris still has to take official visits to Florida and Texas A&M after he visits UK on the 13th. Gut feeling that neither of those visits will even matter in the long run, though.

The Good

Something worth noting I believe is that Harris visited UK 3 seperate times after his official visit to Ohio State. One of which was the day after he had just gone to OSU, so that has got to be good.

He is still scheduled for his Dec. 13th official visit to UK, which coincidentally also happens to be UK basketball’s home game against a more than likely Top-10 ranked Carolina Tarheel team. HA! Take that Bama! But really, if the Cats come up with a big win against the dirty birds next weekend at Petrino’s Pizza Palace, it’ll be a great atmosphere for Damien Harris to soak in and he’ll get to see one last time in person what the BBN is all about.

I’m no expert, but I’d say someone at UK probably had something to do with the “coincidental” timing of the visit. UK currently leads 247’s crystal ball predictions with 49%, behind UK is OSU with 45% and Michigan with 4%.


Cal had a message for his squad

Coach Cal took to both Twitter and Facebook to voice the message above that he gave his team today in practice. As a player, hearing that has to light a fire under the Cats before they go out tomorrow and take the court against Montana St at 6 PM EST. Still no reports yet on whether Shaq Alex Poythress will be back in the starting line-up tomorrow against the Bobcats.

Put up or shut up.


UK Hoop Cats take on Central Michigan at 8 PM EST tonight

The UK women’s team takes on the Chippewas of Central Michigan in an away game for the Cats tonight. The game is live streaming on ESPN3 and will also be broadcast on the UK Radio Network. 

The Cats are led by senior guard, Jennifer O’Neill, who had 22 points against Baylor on Monday in what was the second-largest crowd ever to watch a UK Hoops game. This is UK’s first road game of the season and the Cats are looking to come back to Lexington with a 4-0 record for the second straight year.

Go Cats!



ICYMI: Florida almost lost in OT last night…to ULM

SEC basketball continues to look like the SEC basketball we have known it to be these past few years, and the Florida Gators aren’t helping out. Donovan’s 8th-ranked Gators did their best Will Muschamp impression and almost lost to Louisiana Monroe at home last night.

The Gators barely ended up beating the Warhawks by a narrow margin of victory, 61-56. This Gator squad was fresh off a Monday-night loss to Miami, a game that the Gators did lose at home. Yes, last night the Gators were without starters Eli Carter and Dorian Finney-Smith, but the Gators on the court didn’t look that great, they struggled heavily to score the ball. They were led in scoring by Michael Frazier II with 21 points (4-11 from the field, 11-13 FT).

If Florida doesn’t get it together, and Arkansas doesn’t play up to at least the minimal hype they’ve been receiving, it may be the easiest SEC basketball season the Cats have ever played. The SEC is just bad. Again.

Basketball recruits seemed to have had a great time on their visit to UK


UK hosted a plethora of basketball talent to campus this weekend. Kobi Simmons (2016 five-star point guard) took a visit through the facilities earlier today and took to twitter to post about it.

The Wildcats also hosted three other heralded recruits for Friday night against Boston. Huntington Prep teammates Thomas Bryant (2015 five-star center), Miles Bridges (2016 five-star small forward), and Curtis Jones (2016 four-star guard) all took a trip to Rupp for the game last night. All three do not have offers from UK yet, but I bet at least the first two will be getting letters soon.

Matthew Mitchell brings in another top 20 recruiting class

Britney Howard |

Britney Howard |

Matthew Mitchell has a lot to be cheering about after signing his sixth-straight top 20 recruiting class. Four of the nation’s best recruits signed letters of intent to play for the Cats next season. The class is ranked seventh nationally by Blue Star Basketball and 13th by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report.

Here is a little breakdown of each player they signed:

Batouly Camara

This 6′ 2″ Neew York City power forward is considered the No. 2 PF and the ninth-best post player in the country. Last season, she averaged 12.5 points and 12.0 rebounds per game in helping lead Blair Academy in Blairstown, N.J., to a 19-3 finish.


Maci Morris

A Pineville, Ky. native, Morris has played varsity basketball for Bell County High School since 7th grade. Last season she averaged a team-high 22.0 points, 9.5 rebounds per game and shot 55.4 percent from the field in helping the Lady Cats win the 52nd District championship and advance to the 13th Region title game.


Taylor Murray

Although she might not have the height at 5′ 6″, the Maryland native is rated as the No. 18 point guard by espnW and the No. 15 overall player by MaxPreps. She is a four-year starter at Annapolis Area Christian where she averaged a team-high 25.5 points, 9.6 rebounds, 9.3 steals and 3.1 assists last season.

Most impressively,  Murray was named to the USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team this past summer and  she helped the USA to a 5-0 record, a gold medal and a berth into the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship.


Morgan Rich

Another Kentucky native, from Scottsville, 6-Foot Rich averaged d 20.4 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 2.5 steals and 2.2 blocks last season before tearing her right anterior cruciate ligament in February. She signs as  the No. 30 guard in the 2015 class.

Prior to her injury, Rich broke the Allen County-Scottsville career scoring record with 1,754 points and set the school’s single-game scoring record with 45 points. As a sophomore, she broke the school record for most points in a single season with 672 and was all-state honorable mention.




Don’t forget the women travel to Central Michigan today to face the Chippewas for its first road contest of the season. You can catch the game on ESPN3 at 8 p.m.




ICYMI: Here are some UK vs. Boston Highlight

The first half might not have been pretty, but Kentucky can still play.


Happy Birthday, Megan Calipari! Wait….what?


This was Calipari’s face this morning after he tweeted this Happy Birthday tweet to his middle child, Megan.





While the tweet was very sincere and sweet. There was one problem:




Coach Cal had a smooth save though:


Poor Cal.


Denzil Ware hints at injury

(h/t @ejhs18)

In today’s edition of ‘Reading Twitter Tea Leaves’, it looks like Redshirt Denzil Ware might have an injury to be on the look out for.

Ware came to Kentucky last year as the highest-rated signee according to ESPN which ranked him as the No. 113 overall prospect and the 12th best DE. While it won’t affect Kentucky on the field against Louisville, it is something to be worried about for the upcoming off season.

Ware started hinting at something wrong yesterday with these tweets, which are average for a football player just being thankful:


But then came this tweet this morning:


This comes a day after offensive coordinator Neal Brown said he thinks Ware has shown major potential during his redshirt season:

“I’ve been really impressed with Denzil Ware. I think he’s got what it takes to be an edge rusher in this league, especially in the three-down front stuff that we’re doing, I like his demeanor. He’s got a good burst. He’s getting better going against our two tackles.”


Take it how you will.


Women’s soccer advances to first-ever Sweet 16

(h/t @ukathletics)

(h/t @ukathletics)

For the first time in school history, The University of Kentucky women’s soccer team advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 with a 3-1 defeat of Arizona State Friday.Last night the Cats dominated on the scoreboard and in stats, out-shooting the Sun Devils 12-9 with six shots on goal from the Cats.

Courtney Raetzman scored in the fifth minute with an assist from Jade Klump. Arizona State hit the equalizer in the 50th minute with a goal from Whitney Kanavel. Kentucky responded three minutes later with a goal from Zoe Swift off an assist from Courtney Raetzman. In the 66th minute, Cara Ledman scored the Cats’ final goal to bring the score to 3-1.

The Cats will play the winner of Virginia vs. Rutgers tomorrow at 5 p.m.


Saturday morning links


Good Morning, Sunshine! Here are some links to get your day started:


— As always, here is a rundown of today’s SEC Football Schedule. Of course, there’s no Kentucky football today because of the bye week. It also looks like it is a weak schedule for the SEC this week with no Top 25 matchups.


— I always hate to see former Cats fight and hope that Bledose and Noel can work this out. Obviously Bledsoe is still upset over what happened on the court. I really think Bledsoe was joking with his comment of how Kentucky could beat the 76ers and hope they can work this out off the court.


— Even with Kentucky not playing the best basketball last night, after watching Kansas, Louisville, Florida and Kentucky play this past week there is one thing I have learned: There is a huge difference between the #1 team’s playing level and the playing level of anyone #5 or up. Here is a look at the Top 25 men’s basketball teams and how they fared. My favorite part is where Louisville struggled to handle a very weak Marshall team in a rebuilding period.


— Seventh-ranked Alaska handed the No. 2 Kentucky rifle team its first loss of the season after winning 4693-4665 in a Friday matchup. Alaska outscored UK by a 2370-2355 score line in air rifle and a 2323—2310 margin in smallbore. The team will be back at it today against another strong opponent No. 5 Nebraska at 1 p.m., continuing the team’s stay in Alaska.


— After day one, at the Ohio State Invite, Kentucky Swimming and Diving team member Danielle Gallyer won the 200 individual medley and broke a school record. The Cats finished the day with 19 members placed in the top 10 in 11 events. The women sit in second place, while the men are in fourth.


— The University of Kentucky gymnastics team will have a season preview today with its Blue/White meet at 4 p.m. in Memorial Coliseum. Admission is free and it will be the last chance for UK to tune-up before the 2014 begins in January. The Wildcats, who finished 21st in the national rankings last season, return 13 gymnasts from the 2013 squad that posted the program’s highest-ever NCAA Regional team score of 195.925.



November 21st, 2014

Eight notes from a letdown rout

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

After flying high after the rout over Kansas, the Cats needed to be pulled back to Earth a bit, and tonight, the Boston Terriers tried their best to play the spoiler. Of course, UK still won by 24, but that seems to be a pattern this season: even with an incomplete performance, the Cats are big and strong enough to cruise. Let’s go through the highlights.

Hangovers are real, yo

The first half wasn’t pretty. As predicted, UK jogged out of the gate after the huge win over Kansas, and to their credit, the Terriers were truly pesky, nipping at the Cats’ heels like the friskiest of Jack Russells. “We did not fight in the first half,” Calipari said. “I expected a letdown, I was just hoping it wouldn’t be too bad.” After the game, Boston head coach Joe Jones acknowledged that his squad may have caught Kentucky at a good moment after the thrilling win over Kansas.”I thought it was always hard to get up for a game like this when they had such a big game and they played so well in that game,” Jones said. “I was using everything at my disposal.”

Jones is a character and obviously loved the spotlight of UK’s stage. After he was done with his press conference, he “accidentally” tried to walk into the wrong locker room, joking “Is this Kentucky? I’m going to change teams.”

Really, can we keep him?

Ryan Lemond tackled the UK mascot at halftime

In case you haven’t been to a game yet this season, Ryan Lemond now handles halftime festivities, emceeing halfcourt shots. Tonight, the UK mascot made the halfcourt shot, and Ryan tackled him in celebration.

Yes, those are zippers on his back pockets. Zipper pockets on the jeans! Mark this down as a show topic for Monday.

Boston got chippy

The second half escalated quickly. Boston stayed right with Kentucky for the first ten minutes thanks to several fouls from the refs, which sucked up any life in Rupp Arena. The officials called a double technical on Aaron Harrison and Cedric Hankerson, and another technical on Nathan Dieudonne. Boston clearly wasn’t scared of the Cats, jawing and scrapping until the end. In fact, UK only won the rebounding battle by five; however, the Cats opened it up with about seven minutes left, cracking BU’s 2-3 zone by going to their strengths: length and lobs.

Andrew Harrison got mad

Andrew Harrison only had eight points tonight, but I’d argue he shifted the momentum in the second half. After the refs tried to choke any and all rhythm from the court, Andrew got mad, driving the ball, drawing a foul, and sinking two free throws. He followed that up with a beautiful lob to Willie Cauley-Stein. Andrew also had five assists, second to only to Devin Booker, the star of the game. UK shared the ball better than they have all season tonight with 24 assists, the most in a game since dishing out 28 vs. LIU-Brooklyn in 2012.

Speaking of Harrisons, Aaron had a lot of these, too:

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Devin Booker took over

Remember when Devin Booker finally found his shot vs. Kansas? That hot streak continued tonight, and in the second half, it seemed like Devin couldn’t miss. He finished with 15 points off 5-8 shooting, 4-6 from behind the arc. Even better were Booker’s seven assists, a team high. Booker admitted that getting his shot to go down vs. Kansas was a huge confidence boost. “Finally got to see a shot go in. so, that was good,” Booker told reporters afterwards. “Shooters keep shooting. I feel like I kind of shot myself out of it and from here on out I’ll be good.”

Still looking for a full performance

It seems crazy, but we still haven’t seen a complete performance from the Cats. Tonight, the offense finally flowed in the second half thanks to Aaron and Devin, but the defense struggled. On defense, Calipari said that against Kansas, UK looked like a “January team,” whereas tonight, they looked like a “November team.” He also issued his standard disclaimers, warning that this team isn’t as great as everyone is making them out to be. “We all expect this team to be world-beaters every time out, and let me say this, folks: they’re not going to be,” Cal said.

I get Cal’s point, but the fact that it’s only November and the team looks this good and still has room to improve has me heading to bed happy. These quotes from Boston head coach Joe Jones help. “They have so many guys that someone is gonna get hot. They are so good,” Jones said. “Even though it was a close game, they were playing as a team. You can win big that way.”

“They’ve got a chance to get better and better. That’s the scary thing.”

Really, let’s keep him.

Meanwhile, in Athens, Georgia…


LOL. No, you don’t.

This dunk by Dominique Hawkins is all you need to see

Dominique got the start after Alex Poythress sat out because of illness, and made the most of it with this dunk, the first of his career at Kentucky. “Now people know I can dunk. I feel like I’m the best dunker on the team,” Dominique said.

There’s no topping that. Enjoy the rare Saturday off.