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#40MINS of UK Hoops Live Diary

Breakfast at Memorial….and scared of middle schoolers.

It’s an early start in Memorial Coliseum today as the Cats get set to play the Miami (OH) Redhawks at 11am. Today has officially been dubbed “Class of 2019” day as over 2,000 6th graders will be in attendance from middle schools around Lexington. It’s gonna be preteen heaven up in here and I really hope the high levels of raging hormones from these kids doesn’t affect the Wildcats’ level of play. Either way, Kentucky is 4-1 on the season, and the Redhawks are 3-2 and picked to win their division in the MAC. Here’s to hoping I don’t punch a middle schooler in the face today….let’s do it.

Kentucky Wildcats vs Miami (OH) Redhawks

FINAL SCORE KENTUCKY 92 MIAMI (OH) 53 It was a slow start to today’s game for the Cats against a talented and experienced Miami team today, but Kentucky was able to pull away in the second half and totally dominate the Redhawks. Bernisha Pinkett finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds, both career highs. Freshman Janee Thompson also finished with a career high 11 points. Solid performance overall, and Mitchell will have a lot to preach during practice this week as the Wildcats get set to take on the 7th ranked Cardinals of Louisville on Sunday at 6pm. Hayley Minogue and I will be in attendance…pray we don’t get captured by a line bearded Card fan and taken away to drink Crown Royal.

2nd Half 3:53: A’dia Mathies is the definition of a silent assassin as she’s scored 14 points here today, and I honestly can’t remember any of her shots. Kentucky’s had a nice balance in their offense today with Thompson and Pinkett running the perimeter and Stallworth completely manhandling the paint. 6th graders now dancing to Cotton Eyed Joe…fun stuff. As much as I can get annoyed by middle schoolers…a real class act by the UK Hoops media department to reach out to the Lexington community and invite all these local schools to todays game. Cats closing this one out 80-47.

2nd Half 6:17: This one’s all but over as the Cats try to learn a few more lessons before their matchup on Sunday against 7th ranked Louisville. Miami’s Courtney Osborn has not disappointed for her team as she entered as their leading scorer and has 18 points so far today. Pinkett is one rebound away from a double double….LET’S DO IT. Goss has added double digit scoring for the Cats as well as more players on the team started to get in check as the game went on. The four Redhawks fans that are here look displeased. Cats winning 73-46.

2nd Half 11:42: You wouldn’t expect it, but today’s attendance of 6,476 is a season high for UK Hoops…shouts to you middle schoolers for making that happen. Stallworth and Pinkett have been the constants for UK this game in terms of energy, and without them this game would be a lot closer. Kentucky’s ability to pull away from Miami and completely shut them down defensively has been impressive this game, because the Redhawks are a good team and will definitely win a decent amount of games this season. Cats dominating 62-39. 

2nd Half 15:35: Bria Goss has turned on the jets so far early in the second half, and nails two quick 3 pointers to start the Cats on offense. Bernisha Pinkett adds another 3 and a layup to give her 17, and Miami has seen enough as the Cats are beginning to pull away. Looking to my left and to my right is the weirdest dichotomy of my life. To the left….older fans who didn’t have to go go to work today and are all in their seats, cool, calm and collected. To my right…hoards of 11 year olds going through the worst stage of their lives obnoxiously dancing and high pitched squealing. Oh yeah…Cats extending their lead 55-35. 

Halftime festivities included volleyball coach Craig Skinner getting the crowd pumped for his team’s appearance in the NCAA Tournament this Friday; they’re hosting the first two rounds here in Lexington. He also was pretty great at getting the crowd to do a unified U…..K…..HOOPS chant. After that…my total nightmare came true: 2,000 6th graders danced in unison to Gangnam Style……I have no words….

HALFTIME KENTUCKY 40 MIAMI (OH)  28 The game today hasn’t been pretty, but the Cats have scrapped and clawed out to a 12 point lead. The amount of high pitched squealing from the 6th graders here in reaction to T-shirts being thrown is mind numbing. Pinkett, Stallworth, and Thompson were definitely the MVP’s of that first half of play, Pinkett with 12 points. I think Mitchell will ask his team for a more steady and focused attack in the second half. In case you were wondering Coach Fantanarosa yells at Hannah Robertson more than my mom’s ever yelled at me, and that’s a lot. “GET THE BALL HANNAHHHH!”

1st Half 2:44: Bernisha Pinkett is having herself a game with 9 points and a career high 7 rebounds already today. Her and Stallworth have been the only sparks of energy so far for the Cats. UK is letting the physical play of Miami affect them, something they can’t do against the bigger and better teams down the road. Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley-Stein are in attendance, cheering on the ladies. Janee Thompson is also playing solid so far for the Cats, with 5 points. Cats lead 35-20.

1st Half 7:37: Samarie Walker has definitely been working on her j-work as she nails a jumper from behind the free throw line.  DeNesha Stallworth answers that with a resounding block and the Cats are looking to assert their dominance. Kentucky has not been able to turn the Redhawks over nearly as much as they’ve wanted to so far, but Stallworth is completely dominating, scoring whenever she wants to, and already has 8 points. Bernisha Pinkett scores a layup and the foul and Fantanarosa is chewing her team out in the timeout huddle. Cats look a little more in sync now, and lead 22-15.

1st Half 11:34: 6th graders are STILL filing in and the Redhawks aren’t backing down. They’ve countered every punch UK has delivered to them and even delivered some of their own. Cats look very sluggish early, not really accomplishing anything on the offensive side of the floor. Coach Mitchell looks very displeased from the sidelines and Coach Fantanarosa…yeah she’s still screaming. I wouldn’t be surprised if this Miami team could compete with a decent number of SEC teams, so this is a very good non-conference test for the Cats. Kids are screaming for t-shirts…once again someone help me. Cats are down 13-12.

1st Half 15:02: Well….the “starting Conwright” experiment didn’t turn out to well. She’s had two early turnovers for the Cats and is quickly subbed out for Kastine Evans. The Redhawks definitely aren’t intimidated here early, and you can tell Coach Fantanarosa knows what she’s doing…she’s currently standing right in front of Hayley and me screaming her lungs out and squatting to the floor. I’m officially scared. Slow start for the Cats on offense, but Stallworth is running things so far and has all of Kentucky’s points. Cats lead 6-3.

BzzzzZzzzZZZZzzzZ: No lie the 6th graders have brought some pretty good energy to the Coliseum today. Maegan Conwright makes her first start of the season for UK; Mitchell must have liked the way she’s played lately. The Redhawks are definitely the tallest team UK has faced this season, other than Baylor, so look for the post players to be tested more than they have been of late. The band has toned down the pelvic thrust dance moves so far…nice of them to keep things G rated for the children. Cats win the tip and we’re underway.

10 Minutes Before Tip: The amount of Carly Rae Jepsen being played and awkward looking pre-pubescent teens is slightly overwhelming, but in times like this one must focus on what’s important: UK Hoops. The Cats should get more of a challenge than they have the past few games from the Redhawks, but at the end of the day look for another UK blowout (let’s hope). Miami’s coach Maria Fantanarosa has been in charge of her team for a whopping 14 years now, and is very well respected around the coaching world. The 6th graders are slow to arrive so far…typical.

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24 Comments for #40MINS of UK Hoops Live Diary

  1. funKYcat75
    10:59 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    My 6th grade son is there today. Feel free to punch him in the face if he gets out of line. He’s the one wearing blue and white.

  2. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    10:59 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Please stop with the PC “UK Hoops” as if only the women’s team plays “UK Hoops” already! Do the men not play “UK Hoops”? Bring back the “Lady Kats”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Hummm
    11:00 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Is this like a recurring thing? I never read it, but it’s always hanging around. Who do I talk to about making this piece go away?

  4. Laker Cat 18
    11:04 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Went to 630 WLAP to listen to Hoops and you can barely hear the guy announcing. Something’s wrong with the feed. Thanks for killing my morning of KSR for this garbage.

  5. Gettin Old
    11:08 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    I just realized I was in 6th grade 20 years ago. Thanks. Gonna go have a 6 bourbon lunch to drown my sorrows.

  6. Nick Papageorgio
    11:18 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    How ’bout instead of a picture of you two, you post a picture of something to do with the game? Seriously…

  7. Already Old
    11:24 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    5, you’ll get no sympathy from me, young pup. College graduation was over 23 years ago and rapidly receding in the rear view mirror of life…

  8. justin
    11:32 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Louisville just joined the ACC.. need a post

  9. Bob Loblaw
    11:36 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Am I the only one bothered by the picture being backwards?

  10. Gypsy Robyn
    11:37 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Love the Mathies jump (pic) shot on Twitter…more please!

  11. Gypsy Robyn
    11:48 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Do the 6th graders realize Alex & Willie are in the stands? I can imagine hoards of kids desperate for autographs!

  12. RealCatsFan
    11:57 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Coach Fantanarosa is to Hannah Robertson what Coach Cal is to Ryan Harrow…

  13. RealCatsFan
    11:59 am November 28, 2012 Permalink

    11, took my kids to the game Friday, and my 8YO daughter was lined up trying to get Nerlens to sign the poster she made up for the game. Unfortunately, with her small stature she got overlooked with all of the taller kids and adults trying to get basketballs signed. I told her she needs to be a lot more assertive.

  14. Gypsy Robyn
    12:09 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    #13 poor baby…it was the same for me at that age. Keep making those posters, don’t give up!

  15. Women Everywhere
    12:15 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Lucky kids, going to a basketball game. We always went to Waveland.

  16. RealCatsFan
    12:19 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    To the author of the article, I say ‘welcome to my world’. Every weekend that my 10-YO daughter has a bunch of her friends over for a sleepover, I get a little sample of what you are experiencing. 🙂

    Gypsy, thanks for the props. She got A.D.’s autograph last year at the mall, but we had to pay dearly for it.

  17. UKStudent
    12:25 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Dang kids filled up the parking garage that I paid 300 dollars for a parking pass for. Good thing I didn’t have an exam because they wanted me to park past Commonwealth Stadium because the lot was full. SMH at UK parking. Made me late for class.

  18. schwing
    12:31 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    9, exactly. what is the point of that? the camera didn’t take it that way. somebody had to go and take the time to flip it.

  19. Gypsy Robyn
    12:31 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t blame the kids…adults screwed up the parking. This game is going to be a memory these kids will have years from now. It’s possible that this will be the only UK game some of these kids will ever have the opportunitiy to attend.

    12:33 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Haha, I sympathize for you RealCatsFan

  21. jacocat
    12:38 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    The Miami coach has a nice looking fantanarosa.

  22. DanvilleBrian
    1:13 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Is that Froto Baggins!?

  23. Micheal porter
    4:15 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    Can’t believe I missed this golden opportunity

  24. Vegas
    5:01 pm November 28, 2012 Permalink

    John Short is point shaving !