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Kentucky survives sloppy first half, beats Utah Valley 73-63

After an atrocious first half, Kentucky got it together and put away Utah Valley 73-63 to start the season 1-0.

Like John Calipari, a lot of us had both feet on the panic button after the Cats trailed by nine at half thanks to 22% shooting, but an 18-0 run regained momentum, spurred by the 2-3 zone. Hamidou Diallo led the way with 18 points, 13 in the second half, followed by Shai Alexander with 13 and Kevin Knox with 12. In the second half, Kentucky found its shot, connecting on almost 60% from the floor.

In short, tonight, we learned that Calipari wasn’t exaggerating when he said this team has a LONG ways to go; however, more often than not, their talent and athleticism will carry them through. That being said, Vermont and Kansas scare me.

More coming from Cal in just a moment…


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13 responses to “Kentucky survives sloppy first half, beats Utah Valley 73-63”

  1. catsarerunnin

    Well all of last years “play zone” crowd should be happy. The 2-3 zone turned the game around. It’s going to be a struggle for awhile I’m afraid.

  2. AGSlater

    Good adjustments by Cal at half. The zone worked well. Lots of room for improvements. Sunday will be interesting.

    1. CatesDuncan

      Yay your being positive!

    2. Booby Petrino

      Yeah whoa a unicorn… Positive comment by Slater

    3. CATandMONKEY

      Who are you and what have you done with the real Slater?

    4. UK Big Board Update

      Damage control to keep from being banned. Luether does the same thing; “Great article, Mrs. TT!!”

    5. UK Big Board Update

      And for the record….

      AGSlater November 10, 2017 at 3:35 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      If K gets him Cal is officialy his Bi#$h

      AGSlater November 10, 2017 at 3:28 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      K is owning Cal now

      AGSlater November 10, 2017 at 1:27 pm | Permalink
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      Whats wrong BBN? You upset over our poop football season or how our bball team is gonna struggle?

      AGSlater November 10, 2017 at 5:10 am | Permalink
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      Oh im winning. Unlike Stoops or cal winning another title.

      AGSlater November 7, 2017 at 3:48 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      Cals only gonna win 1 here everyone. We will have solid years, but teams like this years will stress you out.

      AGSlater November 7, 2017 at 4:53 pm | Permalink
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      All that talent he has had and 1 title to show for it. After this year it will be 6 years and counting. You can count on cal being at draft though. Knox will be the only 1 in lottery this year.

      AGSlater November 1, 2017 at 2:31 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      They will be out of top 25 thia year at some point. Possibly 8-9 seed in tourny. We just dont have the players this year.

      AGSlater February 18, 2017 at 7:28 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      Cal lets the assistants do most of the coaching now. He is just a figure now that yells during games. Never seen the talent Cal has on a yearly basis look so bad in half court offense

      AGSlater February 18, 2017 at 6:15 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      They should count Briscoe jump shots as turnovers

      AGSlater February 18, 2017 at 6:33 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      Time for Briscoe to pack his bags after this season

      AGSlater February 18, 2017 at 6:43 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      We have to lead the country in walks.

      AGSlater February 18, 2017 at 6:49 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      Briscoe should never be allowed to take jump shots. If willis or gabriel miss they are out instantly but Briscoe is allowed to run a muck and shoot bricks all night

      AGSlater February 18, 2017 at 7:22 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      Might be Fox’s worst game

      AGSlater February 18, 2017 at 7:25 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      Gabriel also back to terrible again

      AGSlater February 18, 2017 at 7:38 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      Hawkins needs to play over Fox i guess. Meanwhile Briscoe with another horribly bricked jump shot. His misses just sound bad off the rim

      AGSlater February 15, 2017 at 4:36 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      Laugh out loud at this. We have played poorly at times. Now everyone say I am negtiven This is a fair statement. We are playing better, but it wong be suprising to go 1 and done. You mad Bros?

      AGSlater July 18, 2016 at 8:59 pm | Permalink
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      Duke has been getting every player they want even over UK.

      AGSlater April 6, 2016 at 1:28 pm | Permalink
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      Damn. They are stacked. Could go 40-0. Not a Duke fan whatsoever just being real

      AGSlater January 18, 2016 at 4:34 pm | Permalink
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      When do they release NIT bracketology? That’s where this team is headed

      AGSlater January 18, 2016 at 4:29 pm | Permalink
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      Not if, but when they lose to Arkansas they will be out of Top 25 for good. We don’t need to worry about rankings. Need to worry about missing tournament.

      AGSlater February 12, 2016 at 5:09 pm | Permalink
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      I think they will have 9-10 losses before selection day and be a 7-10 seed. No im not a Cards fan. Our resume is poor. 3-4 really bad losses and 1 decent victory. If more teams keep losing 5-6.

      AGSlater May 20, 2016 at 4:18 pm | Permalink
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      Our football program stinks and will always stink. Who would want to play for us? It gets old that kids say the school they decommit from is a top their list. Just shut up and say I will NOT be going to UK

      AGSlater September 19, 2016 at 5:31 pm | Permalink
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      Here is a stat- we suck

      ag slater December 1, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Permalink
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      Here comes another 2-10 season everyone. I predict 3 straight seasons without an sec win. Next years team may even be worse than this team. Everyone thinks barker is the golden child savior. Hilarious

      ag slater November 23, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Permalink
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      We suck so bad in football I really forgot that we were even playing a game at all until about 9. We are pathetic in every way possible.From the coaching to the players this football program is pathetic. Can we just take football away from the university It is pointless to play. The only thing our football program is good at is making a bad name for the university and making any team look awesome, How sad is it when your team cannot even win a conference game in 2 seasons. Absolute joke. laughing stock of all of football

      AGSlater October 7, 2017 at 10:26 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      Bold prediction. 27-24 uk is leading. But they are going to lose.

  3. Kat4Life

    Gabriel channeling his inner “Alex Poythress” by missing countless 1-foot put ins…….we’ll do better (or be 1-2 in a few days)

  4. Mc12

    Sometimes being “positionless” can mean not having an identity. I like Green controlling the offense, but that didn’t happen much. It’s the first year I can’t pick a starting 5 that is correct. I think Diallo and Knox could potentially be really good rebounders which could maybe change the rotation. It’s odd to not be able to pick the best 5. Gabriel plays with effort but is erratic and I really hate his game and almost wish he was a 3 and d guy and never dribbled. Idk. Whatever. On to the next.

  5. chris43

    I would say that I’m highly worried for Tuesday night…..but after watching this game I’m worried about Sunday. 😐

  6. Kat4Life

    Gonna be a few weeks of hair-pulling with this group…….settle in…….

  7. A_Blue_Wildcat

    Remember when we struggled against Buffalo in 2014 then 3 days later we beat Kansas by 30

  8. Lip Man 1

    Cal was right…it’s going to be a process and it’s going to be really, really painful at times.