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A couple notes on the Princeton win…


We’ll dive into things much more later this evening, but here’s a few quick notes on this afternoon’s win against Princeton…

 – I absolutely love Brandon Knight taking that final shot.  The play looked like it was set up for Darius Miller to be an option after he set the pick, but I love Knight as the ball handler and decision-maker there – even when he has zero points.  Knight has the type of short memory that all great players have and will never question his ability to hit a big shot.  He said earlier in the season after missing a potential game-winner against Florida that he’ll never shy away from those shots or lose confidence in his scoring ability.  You knew that he was going to break through Thursday at some point.  It turned out some point was the last possession for Kentucky.  And Knight delivered just as we all knew he would. 

 – In the neverending quest to identify growth, the win over Princeton marked another step forward.  Kentucky was able to win a close game on the backs of their veteran players.  Though Knight made the final shot, it was unquestionably a game controlled by the upperclassmen, most notably Josh Harrellson and Darius Miller.  Kentucky was able to overcome the lack of production from their freshmen and withstand a number of lucky bounces from Princeton because they again played well defensively and again played efficiently on offense.  Right now, next to winning, evolution is the single most important thing for this team.  Another HUGE step forward in Tampa Thursday.

 – We’ve talked about this a number of times already, but the new wrinkles in the offense have been incredible the last few games.  The ability of Kentucky to isolate Darius Miller on the block has become the highest-percentage look and this new “find Josh Harrellson” feature has been astoundingly successful.  Harrellson works hard for his position in the post, but also has discovered an uncanny ability to find a soft spot.  When he does, Liggins, Knight and Miller are getting him the ball and he’s finishing.  All of a sudden, Jorts has become a threat to score the ball.  That has to concern the teams that hand out scouting reports.

 – On the negative side, Kentucky got beat on the boards by Princeton.  That’s something that’s going to have to get fixed before Saturday.  West Virginia is going to pound on them and they’re an awful shooting team.  They’re best chance to score with Kentucky will come off offensive rebounds and putbacks.  Cats need to control that aspect much better.

 – Forget Doron Lamb’s ankle.  The hottest postgame injury report talk centered around Terrence Jones being sick.  Twitter reports say he spent much of the postgame coughing.  They deemed him sick.  If it were Rashad Carruth, would it be chalked up to celebration?

 – If we learned anything about Princeton fans, it’s that no matter how fancy of a cover you paste on it, Princeton is still New Jersey.  The other thing we learned:  Princeton girls actually not that bad.

 – Brandon Knight hits the game-winner and Stacey Poole displays athleticsm that we’ve been waiting to see all year.  i hope you caught it.

 – What is this?  Some sort of mind trick?  I’m not buying it.

Finally, here’s the box score….

Article written by Thomas Beisner

80 Comments for A couple notes on the Princeton win…

  1. Cousins Fake Teeth
    8:02 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    I dont get it? The “mind trick”

  2. catcrawler
    8:06 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink


  3. catcrawler
    8:09 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    WOW… so our forwards carried us and our guards got dominated…wow.

  4. Dildobiggins
    8:09 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    What time is the game Saturday?

  5. bung
    8:09 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    We just wont run…..

    Princeton…………… 6 9 – 15
    Kentucky……………. 2 2 – 4

    POINTS IN PAINT 1 2 – Tot
    Princeton…………… 14 16 – 30
    Kentucky……………. 18 16 – 34

    2ND CHANCE POINTS 1 2 – Tot
    Princeton…………… 5 4 – 9
    Kentucky……………. 5 2 – 7

    Princeton…………… 6 0 – 6
    Kentucky……………. 2 0 – 2

  6. Tshirt
    8:09 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Liggins was big in this game … each basket was at a key pt and so were his assists … GO LIGGY !

  7. Diller
    8:10 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Chicks from New Jersey are easy. Very Easy. Even if they are associated with Princeton.

  8. d1ja
    8:10 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    noticed that TJ was coughing during the game on an inbounds pass to BK

  9. old_school
    8:11 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Seeing Stacy Poole in that picture reminds us that these are just kids. I hope Poole will stay around and be a solid contributor in four years. We’ll need guys like him to turn into the next Liggins/Miller. If we’re gonna rely on freshmen – we MUST get guys like this to stick around.


  10. larry
    8:18 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    what did Poole do?

  11. GoCats2
    8:19 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    I am of course happy we won, in the tourney its win and advance, it doesnt have to be pretty. However, this is the worst I have felt after a win in a long time. I had to leave for work with 5 minutes left so I listened to the rest on radio. Couldn’t even enjoy the Louisville loss because I was a nervous wreck for our game. Dont get me wrong I have all the confidence in the world that this team has just had their one bad game and they can keep on winning but my stomach hurts the same way it normally does after a loss.

  12. LansingCat
    8:20 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Knight made the last shot, but MIller won the game for us. Was pulling out what little hair I have left, but the LOLouisville Loss made it that much sweeter. Walked into a bar w/my UK2K shirt on here in Chicago and was immediately greeted by Loserville fans. We watched our games together. You shoulda seen their faces.

  13. mattyice57
    8:20 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    i hope our guys are ready for the physicality that they will be facing against HuggieBear’s boys on saturday…they will bruise up T Jones down low if he aint ready

  14. PatPattersonISWalkingThruThatDoor
    8:20 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink


  15. JeffCat
    8:21 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    I’m not a fan of Charles Barkley but he just said he hoped every Big East team loses. Here, here Sir Charles.

  16. catcrawler
    8:23 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink


  17. Confused
    8:24 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Yea, what did Poole do?

  18. Juan4UK
    8:24 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    so, what did poole do?

  19. Stack30
    8:25 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    I have been saying it all year…Knight is overrated. He makes the shot at the end and he is the savior again. But, he is not that great of a shooter. And the only reason he is effective at all is b/c Cal has completely changed the offense to hide his flaws. We have to be a slow(boring) paced team. No fast breaks!! And it’s b/c Knight can’t play that way b/c he cant go around anyone. Makes it a lot easier not to have turnovers when you play as slow as the cats do. Only advantage of playing this way is when we play a run and gun team b/c it will frustrate them. Heck, it frustrates me…feel like I’m watching Tubby ball again. Now that I vented, yay for the victory. I was priviledged to be at the game and open practice yesterday. Love all these kids (including Knight) and hope they can pick it up so we can get some revenge against W.Virgina.

  20. Stack30
    8:26 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Oh and FYI, NONE of our players should go pro this year. Well, except for the one they didn’t let play. NCAA sux balls!

  21. catcrawler
    8:26 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    LOL#15, Thats coming from an Auburn fella!

  22. Boogie
    8:29 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    What time is the game Saturday???

  23. Bleedblue
    8:29 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    5. If we run we’ll just give them more blocked shots. We just don’t have the athleticism this year. This year its all about low risk, low turnovers.

  24. bosshogg24
    8:30 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    UK doesn’t have the players to play the Dean Smith four corner offense. Uk fans do not want this type of basketball. We need to run, turn these guys loose and let them play! UK only took 47 shots today, that’s Tubby ball!

  25. Odd Man Out!
    8:31 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    UK started the SECT slow too guys…Ole Miss gave them one heck of a fight but look at the next two games…beat ALA and FL pretty good.

    I think it was just first game jitters and now that they’ve put one win up…the sky is the limit for these guys!!

    T Jones though…has to bring his A game from now on! He has to get off the 3 point line and stop calling for the ball 20 feet out! He’s a F…not a 2G! Love T Jones but the young man needs to get back inside and bang with whoever is in there!! He’s just lost his confidence I think…only thing he can do is get back in there and put the ball in the basket! WVU won’t care if he’s sick, having a bad day or he’s off his game a tad…he doesn’t bring it, not sure UK can go past this round!

  26. tdogg4033011
    8:31 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    19 = IDIOT

  27. Big Blue 66
    8:33 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    19, our lack of fast breaking was not due to Knight, it was because they hit shots and they rebounded so we didnt have any opportunities. I think you are dead wrong on Knight.

  28. NKYCatFan
    8:33 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    19 – Knight is 43% overall and 38.5% from 3’s, while averaging 17 ppg…..I can handle a slightly lower % from the leading scorer. As he gains strength, his game will open up. Be patient, still a freshman and not going anywhere till he has a degree in his pocket, I’d bet.

  29. Brandon
    8:34 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    19. not a good shooter? I think you’re not a very good basketball analyst.

  30. Big Blue 66
    8:37 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    i think we have a few UL trolls trying to disguise themselves on here because they cant show themselves without being crushed. LOL

  31. DeandreDNA
    8:42 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Glad we won, but is anyone else sick of that moving screen at the top of the key on every play? If they are going to let that go, lets have Jorts kill their guard every play too.

  32. bung
    8:42 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    19 and 24) right on.

  33. bung
    8:44 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    more shots…fast break….start scoring over 80 per game= wins

  34. bung
    8:46 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    29) what is bk fg% last 5 games?

  35. bung
    8:47 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    i meant 29 not 19

  36. Viren
    8:48 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    19 is a Louisville fan any Kentucky fan would see and appreciate that Knight saved the day and he is much better shooter than Wall who was a #1 NBA draft pick. Give him a break a better #4 seed moved on to the next round and we wont have to hear BE trolls especially from Louisville bashing on Kentucky as soon as we get knocked out of the big dance.

  37. RidgeRunner
    8:49 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    8..Yeah, I caught that too with Jones along with some sneezing but at the time I didn’t think much about it.

  38. RidgeRunner
    8:50 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    19…shut up. just……..shut up.

  39. SCCat
    8:52 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    26 – Tdogg, I concur.

  40. bung
    8:52 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    36)…any real Wildcat fan wants the team to be effective enough to win the big ones and we won’t run and have a motionless half court.

  41. bung
    8:54 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    I think the ones that cant see our deficiencies are the trolls

  42. SCCat
    8:57 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Bung, so we got sucked into another team’s gameplan. One game ago we rolled Florida off the court and we didn’t play slow. My personal feeling is that Cal planned for Sat – we overlooked those smart kids…and we almost payed for it.

    That said – relax.

  43. amsterdamcatfan
    8:58 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    #31 – I think my wife got sick of me complaining about that all game. And there were two of the worst out of bounds calls I’ve ever seen! All in all though, the refs did a good job. They let the boys play for the most part…that’s the kind of reffing we need in this tournament!

    When is Beisner gonna tell us what Poole did???

  44. coolio
    9:06 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    i did not see Poole do anything……………………whatsoever

  45. UKhoopshysteria
    9:16 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Poole didn’t…he is refering to his hops while celebrating in the above picture.

  46. Big D
    9:16 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Just a question. With Huggins record against Cal being so lopsided, is it just the way the matchups have been, or does Huggins have something he has figured out in regards to Cal’s style? Sure would like to send the Mountaineers packing.

  47. Jesus is the only way to Heaven
    9:21 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Has anyone else noticed that during the last few UK games, there have been technical difficulties?? That drives me batty. It never happens during any other game, just the UK games.

  48. Juan4UK
    9:23 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    match-ups. many of his losses to huggs have been in down years

  49. Big D
    9:29 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Basketball overload. Must have adult beverage.

  50. BA
    9:31 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    The Poole reference was tacky at best. Is that all you can do? Ona day when UK had an emotional close call game against a bunch of nerds, take a shot @ a kid who loves the school, who has had the toughest year of his life because he was inthe dog-house with a coach who misunderstands him? Have some F**KING class.

  51. Jesus is the only way to Heaven
    9:37 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    I still can’t get over the fact that Kentucky boasts this resume and still got a 4 seed!!! Something should be done about the selection process, because with this resume, we deserved a 3 seed at least and quite possibly a 2 seed.

  52. Jesus is the only way to Heaven
    9:38 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    My last post didn’t work, so here I go again. Check out UK’s resume and tell me why the heck we got a 4 seed. I know it’s water under the bridge, but I’m still tore up about it. It’s ridiculous and something should be done about it in the future. This resume speaks for itself and is deserving of a 2 or 3 seed in my opinion.

  53. blueman42
    9:47 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Poole celebrated to the extreme when Knight hit the shot.

  54. Mojo74
    9:49 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    What time do we play?

  55. JVice
    9:51 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Miller has gone beyond “Reappearius”. The way he’s been knocking down the big shots lately, I think he’s turned into Carryus Miller.
    a-thank you… a-thank you.

  56. Dominator
    9:54 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    When did ksrbetterhalf become exksrbetterhalf ?I sense an Atlanta story

  57. RidgeRunner
    9:56 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Guys…the round 2 and 4 game-times are never released until the end of day 1 and day 3 respectively. It’s been that way for years.

    So from now till the end of tonights last game…we will know the “time” for UK-WVU & what network they will be on.

  58. Boogiewoogie
    9:57 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    19- You are a dope. Knight has carried this team and is the LEADER. He has played fantastic besides this one game. Shut it, fool.

  59. RidgeRunner
    9:58 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Should have said both round 2 games and not round 4…my apologies.

  60. RidgeRunner
    10:02 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    It will be our luck if Jones gets down with the flu and passes it on…

    Between losing Enes, growing pains, no bench, and a sucky NCAA seeding…hell, we ought to epect it.

  61. Not_old_school
    10:05 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Maybe jorts is giving her facebook pokes again

  62. RidgeRunner
    10:05 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Man…..has Michigan State fell from grace this year. Sitting watching the game with UCLA and they look so out of whack. UCLA has a player named Lamb and the dude has yellow shoes…strange sh*t.

  63. FackThamel
    10:15 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    19 = why people HATE UK. Stupid ‘fans’ that know Nothing about the game. Stupid fan = if we don’t win by 30 and have 25 three’s and 10 all-americans – 5 starters the others red shirts, then UK is down and we need to complain becuase it isn’t like the good old days when Ricky p’ was here.

    19 – shut up

  64. dykster
    10:17 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Jorts and Miller. Thank them for moving on.

  65. Pkms
    10:29 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Sidney said hes coming back to State next year, Team will be loaded.
    transfer Arnette Moultrie and Sidney will a load for Sec teams to deal

    Cats need to sign big manSimpson to help Dais in the middle!

  66. Billy C.
    10:29 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    @Thomas So when Matt made me out to be dumb for suggesting that shot wasn’t for Brandon Knight I was on something? right? Can you relay that to the grand poobah himself…

  67. 1FAN
    10:35 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Noone can deny that the half court offense is awful! They all just stand and watch. No movement at all. Same goes for rebounding, except for Jorts. The play calling needs to improve and if we just rely on the three all the time, YES, we will lose to WV again. Need motion against a zone. Passing the ball. Not dribbling on the three point line hoping the defense breaks down!

  68. md
    10:45 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    I realize this game in particular was extra slow, but UK was the highest scoring team in the entire SEC, are people forgetting this…

  69. Sheeeeiiit
    10:48 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    19-that’s actually funny. I hope you were joking. Knight is the biggest overachiever UK has had in a very long time. He is a brilliant student. He actually is not a point guard. Early in the season he struggled big time with running the team and now he is an underrated point guard. One thing about BK though is he could always shoot the ball. So total FAIL moron.

    46-bung, you know, I agree with some of your stuff but your just negative man. I would love to see a fast paced game every game too but with a young team and a SG for a PG teams have been able to control tempo on us. The good news is we are learning how to win anyway and at the right time of year. So no offense to you at all but I’m happy with the way we pulled this one out.

  70. coldspringmike
    10:49 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    That is such a neat picture, 2 kids who have had no playing time this year, enjoying the thrill of victory and cheering on their teammates. I to hope Poole stays all 4 years and contributes to the program.

  71. md
    10:53 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    I’m completely ok with seeing a low scoring game as long as UK continues winning, and they are 25-1 when the other team is below 70, pretty solid.

  72. RidgeRunner
    10:54 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    70…nice point about Brandon playing off position.

  73. 2020
    11:29 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Certainly didn’t play tough on defense… Didn’t pressure the ball at all. How did we only have 8 fouls?? That’s actually a problem when you’re not being aggressive and physical, particularly with a slower, weaker opponent. 6 turnovers by Princeton? Yikes, turn up the intensity, boys!!!

  74. bluetexan
    11:32 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    As usual, lately, Jorts & Miller have been our ‘saviors’…now, if just Jones/Knight can regain confidence, we’ll be alright with Lamb’s ankle being 100%…not going to give this one up against Huggie.

  75. SanDiegoDave
    2:12 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    I’m sure Poole plays hard in practice.

  76. Stack30
    3:00 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    First off, I’m not gonna defend myself. I’m a true diehard UK fan. I’d be the first to stand up and say I admire Knight and his academics. 70- YOu are right. He is NOT a point guard. That is the problem. I love him at the 2 spot though (especially is he stays next year when Teague shows up).
    For the rest of you hating on me… Knight is shooting 43% from the field and 38% from behind the arc. Both Darius and Doron have a better field goal and 3 point field goal shooting percentage. And even as bad as Terrence Jones has been playing, he has a better field goal percentage than Brandon(And John Wall did too…he shot 46%). Say what you want, but today wasn’t the first time we have played slow. When Cal realized Knight wasn’t a true point, we had to slow the pace down. It’s truth…love Brandon none the less, but push come to shove..we have to be an execution team b/c we aren’t great playing fast which is a reflection of the point guard position. Hate all you want…lol call me a troll, but its truth. Your over reaction to my comments is an indicator of the ignorance you have to this matter. Your emotions are causing for an extreme reaction to something that isn’t a big deal. Never said I didn’t like him or didn’t want him at UK. I do…just got to remember he’s not the reason we won today. Yea, he made a great winning basket (but he also went to soon by leaving 2 seconds on the clock and enough time for them to get off a shot to beat us). He just doesn’t have that killer in him!!!

  77. Outrebounded?
    7:58 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    Glad for the win, but being out rebounded by Princeton (who only had 28 boards), is inexcusable. Liggins, Knight, and Jones have got to be better on the glass for the Cats to beat Huggy Bear.

  78. Lou eaton
    8:27 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    68 makes some good points. Zero movement on offense and dribbling out around the three point line…awful offensive display. If we play same against WVA the game will be over for us at halftime. Jorts and Miller were fantastic while the freshmen were three point shots by Lamb??? Why??? We cannot beat anyone else in this tourney playing as poorly as we did against Princeton who lost to PUKE by 30 something because a press resulted in 1000 turnovers! Nobody watched that game? Nobody learned anything about this opponent??? Why???

  79. 7 and Counting!!!
    8:48 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    Shoutout to Jorts and his amazing game! He was all over the court and in every play in a pivotal stretch of the second half!!!

  80. tomcat9698
    11:20 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    One of the first things i noticed after the BK shot was Poole leaping in the air. Love to have that kind of enthuism on the bench,especially from a player who most fans think is not happy and looking to transfer after the year.GBB