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Blue beats White, 89-88

The annual Blue/White game is in the books. No more intersquad scrimmages. Bring on the real opponents. Your 2012-13 University of Kentucky Wildcats scrimmaged each other one last time in front of the fans on Wednesday night, with the Blue team coming out victorious, 89-88. The rosters changed throughout the game, so the final score is meaningless, but the game started off as a contest between the projected starting five (Harrow, Goodwin, Poythress, Wiltjer, and Noel) against their backups (Polson, Mays, Beckham, Hood, and Cauley-Stein.) The reserves (Blue) jumped out early on the starters (White) with a 29-19 lead ten minutes into the game before Cal jumped in and made roster adjustments. It was just a lot of dunking from there.

Let’s talk about it…

  Archie Goodwin led all scorers on the night with 32 points, but he wishes he could’ve finished the game with 33. The freshman from Arkansas stood at the line for three foul shots with no time on the clock and a chance to tie the game, but he couldn’t convert all three. The opportunity to tie the game at the stripe came after Tod Lanter (we’ll get to him in a minute) missed a free throw with two seconds left to stretch the Blue team’s lead out to four and seal the victory.

Afterwards, Archie said he really wishes he could’ve capitalized on the free throws after Kyle Wiltjer fouled him on the game’s final field goal attempt. “I wanted those,” he told reporters in the hallway outside the locker room/construction zone. “It felt so good when I let it go but it didn’t go in.”

Had all three free throws gone down, the game would’ve ended in a tie and the Blue team’s 11-game win streak in the Blue/White game would be no more.

  I don’t know if the TV cameras caught it but Coach Cal nearly ran out onto the floor while yelling at Archie after he threw down a big dunk in the second half. Archie told us after the game that Calipari was upset because Archie kept it himself on the fast break, rather than advancing the ball to the open man ahead of him. While the play looked great to fans, Cal thought Goodwin was selfish by not giving up the rock.

“We’re just trying to create more of a team atmosphere,” Goodwin said of the play. “You know, pass the ball ahead, because (Cal) would want them to do the same for me.”

   Speaking of big dunks, Alex Poythress.  Oh my.  This team is going to make a lot of posters.  Opponents will eventually learn to just get out of the way.

   He might’ve been on the receiving end of Poythress’ best slam, but Willie Cauley-Stein was the surprise, and maybe the star of the night. He impressed us all with his versatility on the offensive end by knocking down a baby hook over Nerlens, banking in a 15-footer — Was that Tim Duncan? — and, of course, dunking. Cauley-Stein scored 14 points to go with his 12 rebounds and assured everyone in the stands that the #AutoLob is back for another season.

  Willie’s counterpart, Nerlens Noel, had an average outing in the paint for the White team. He fell down a lot, whatever that means, on his way to a nine-point outing with eight rebounds. Nerlens has a LONG way to go offensively, but he showed us why Anthony Davis’ single season block record could already be in jeopardy. Nerlens swatted seven shots and altered no telling how many more. It’s a nasty combination of length, elevation and timing. Don’t break that weak action around him.

  If I were naming UK’s starting five based only Wednesday night, Nerlens would be the backup to Willie Cauley-Stein. I can’t believe I just wrote that, either.

  Thoughts on Ryan Harrow? Calipari said his point guard played okay. “I think he’s a better player than that,” Cal said of Harrow’s Wednesday night showing. “He needs to be.”

Harrow scored 20 points, most of them layups, to go along with a game-high six assists.

  I’m afraid it’s going to be another love-hate* relationship with Kyle Wiltjer this season. We’re going to love him on offense and we’re going to groan when he’s in on defense. Wiltjer had a hell of night with the ball in his hands as he showed off a new catalog of moves and acrobatic buckets down low on his way to 28 points. His defense, however, wasn’t all there. Calipari said, “Jon Hood had his way with him. Kyle is going to have to defend better.”

Cal then added, “I told Kyle, you’ve got to do other things other than rely on jump shots. If you’re not making that, I have to sit you down. It’s hard to make shots when you have to make shots, if that’s the thing that keeps you in the game.”

*We would never ‘hate’ Kyle Wiltjer. It’s just that his defense can be frustrating at times.

  Cal likes his team, by the way. I don’t know if he’s mentioned that publicly yet.

  Did you see Tod Lanter out there? The new kid was running up and down the floor for everyone who has ever dreamed of wearing Kentucky blue. The practice walk-on from Dunbar knocked down a three-pointer on his first career field goal attempt and struggled to fight back the smile as he ran back on defense. I’ve never been so jealous and happy for a guy at the same time. But on a serious note, Lanter has size, something the team needed for practice while Beckham was out, and he played pretty well considering his role and very short time with the team. Both sides were playfully giving him a hard time as he got ready to shoot the two free throws at the end of the game, which tells me he’s already fitting right in with his new friends. He’ll be a big help behind the scenes and could very well end up with his own jersey if he continues to work hard.

  I wonder how Brian Long and Sam Malone feel about Lanter coming in and taking all of their minutes? Neither one of them saw action during the scrimmage, while Lanter played quite a bit. And does Lanter appreciate it?

  Gotta give an online fist bump to Jon Hood for playing a great game. He said his knee is back to 100% and it felt good to finally get out there and play. The city of Madisonville is very proud of those 17 points. Keep it up.

  And finally, here are the two couples from the first ever KSR Dating Game. I hope they enjoyed themselves and, who knows, maybe they found love.

Jordan and Corey

Jessica and Adam


That’ll do it for now. I need to watch the new All-Access Kentucky before I fall asleep. We’ll have even more from the game and Coach Cal in the morning.

Go Cats.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

40 Comments for Blue beats White, 89-88

  1. Michael Gray
    12:06 am October 25, 2012 Permalink

    Does anyone know why Beckham was left on the bench for so much of the game (sorry if I am going to scroll down and read this somewhere)?

  2. Makin Whoopie
    12:13 am October 25, 2012 Permalink

    Who wears a hat on a first date? I don’t care if it is a Polo hat. Get some game.

    1 – He’s injured. Played a bit but couldn’t really move too well.

  3. Scotty Sharp
    12:14 am October 25, 2012 Permalink

    1) Beckham is dealing with a back injury. He tried to give it a go, but was noticeably limping out there and was pulled after a few minutes of each half.

  4. Taylor Friesz
    12:35 am October 25, 2012 Permalink

    Bell she’s taller than you

  5. SeaCat
    12:43 am October 25, 2012 Permalink

    This team will be great!
    Noel, WCS, Poythress, Goodwin, Harrow, Mays!!!!!!!!!
    Six super stars can do it!

  6. Scotty Sharp
    12:49 am October 25, 2012 Permalink

    5) You’re forgetting someone. Don’t think too hard.

  7. goblue
    12:56 am October 25, 2012 Permalink

    somebody put the game on youtube so I can watch it!

  8. Mikie Ford
    1:01 am October 25, 2012 Permalink

    Jordan Bell….for 3

  9. Kevin C.
    1:27 am October 25, 2012 Permalink

    At some point this season, I expect to see a headline…either in a paper, or on a sports website… with the words “The Cauley-Stein Monster” in reference to WC-S and his game. I think it needs to trademarked now, and UK should go ahead and plan on t-shirts.

  10. SeaCat
    1:38 am October 25, 2012 Permalink

    6) I wish! Wiltjer needs 30 lbs of muscle
    and 2-3 inches in height. Steroids and
    HCG can make it happen. He needs to
    grow and bulk up for the only position
    he will ever play in the NBA: the 5

  11. yousuck
    2:02 am October 25, 2012 Permalink

    “We need to temper expectations this year”
    “We are expecting too much”
    “We are sooo young”

    Fu(& that bit(#es, this ain’t Duke. Let’s win #9

  12. FakeRyanLemond
    3:05 am October 25, 2012 Permalink

    I would also come out on the losing end but the ladies are far and above better looking than the dudes…It surely would have to be a match made in Big Blue Heaven.

  13. i slack
    3:20 am October 25, 2012 Permalink

    10.) ur outta ur mind if u ever think kyle will EVER be a 5 in the nba. learn basketball. he’ll never be a 5 at uk. and as hard as it is to remember, even uk is still ncaa bball. and nice cargo pants first-date dude.

  14. i slack
    3:23 am October 25, 2012 Permalink

    and i hope the first guy scored. she’s smokin…

  15. barn
    4:05 am October 25, 2012 Permalink

    corey is lethal hot

  16. Thomas
    6:25 am October 25, 2012 Permalink

    Cargo pants? Not a good look man.

  17. DirtyDutchMantel
    6:31 am October 25, 2012 Permalink

    I hate the Cards as much as anyone. But at this point, if ryan Harrow is a first round pick, Russ smith must be as well. I actually think smith would school him badly. Now I am going to go vomit.

  18. CouchCat
    6:31 am October 25, 2012 Permalink

    The little short guy with the hat is Casual Gamer Reed

  19. TAXman
    6:53 am October 25, 2012 Permalink

    Corey may be “hot” but listening to her on the radio made me want to kill myself. I’d take Jessica over her anyday.

  20. TAXman
    6:54 am October 25, 2012 Permalink

    and speaking of Jessica, I’m sure she couldn’t have been pleased with the way Adam showed up to the date looking like an 18 hour a day gamer. Who tucks in a T-shirt to Cargo Pants for a first date?!?

  21. Some Guy in Kentucky
    7:44 am October 25, 2012 Permalink

    Fox South will replay the Blue-White game at 9am-11am est today.

  22. Brian
    7:59 am October 25, 2012 Permalink

    Bell- I am just glad you didn’t wear cargo pants. I don’t think that was the “laugh” Jessica was looking for.

  23. SexnNursinHomes
    8:06 am October 25, 2012 Permalink

    OMG!!! These chicks are already pregnant!! CONGRATS!!!!!! First date and now babies.. Man, life moves fast these days. Next thing ya know, tomorrow they will be grandparents.. woo hoo!!!

  24. tony
    8:06 am October 25, 2012 Permalink

    Corey, Give it up for the little guy..but your way out of your leauge !

  25. tony
    8:09 am October 25, 2012 Permalink

    Oh, by the way was Corey the guy or was Jordan? lol Both lovely, sweet cute girl names………anyway the guy is out of his leauge in this one!

  26. Smitty
    8:12 am October 25, 2012 Permalink

    Adam appears to be wearing firefighter pants with that long sleeved t-shirt

  27. JaredCarterIsMyHomeboy
    8:20 am October 25, 2012 Permalink

    At least there is no hoverhand.

  28. October team
    8:22 am October 25, 2012 Permalink

    You could see that smile on Jordan’s face from the top of the Big Blue building. Way to go, guy…..

  29. W. Cauley-Swat
    9:07 am October 25, 2012 Permalink

    Was sitting about 30 ft away from the daters. Corey is a dream girl and she knows it. She also knew she was way out of dude’s league. She ste my heart forever when she stood up to sing the fight song, every time.

  30. ThatGuysCargoPants
    9:19 am October 25, 2012 Permalink

    Tucked in cargos???? Tell me thats a joke. Poor girl. ‘Cargo Pants Guy’ = ‘Poor Man’s Rick Pitino’

  31. Big popa
    9:31 am October 25, 2012 Permalink

    Anybody see the shitter on that critter? good lord

  32. Adam
    10:22 am October 25, 2012 Permalink

    Trip’n on my britches?
    I’m standing by my cargo pants.
    I mean, what if there was a fire?

  33. Head Bussa
    10:23 am October 25, 2012 Permalink

    Corey is hardly a dream girl. She is not out of Jordan’s league. Do your thing Jordan! Get ya some!

  34. huntin chickens
    10:37 am October 25, 2012 Permalink

    holy shoot that jordan is one fine hen, id love to hunt her. #creepypost

  35. CatSinceBirth
    10:40 am October 25, 2012 Permalink

    Cal might have chewed on Archie a bit, but from what I seen, he had a clear path to the goal,and it appeared the defender wasn’t going to be able to get over and get set for the charge, thus Archie thunder dunked it. When you got Archie Goodwin, it’s hard to chastise for a play like that. I didn’t think he was being selfish at all.

  36. John Wall
    11:12 am October 25, 2012 Permalink

    I pictured corey being hotter

  37. Un-Jerry Tipton
    11:29 am October 25, 2012 Permalink

    I like my bikini models to have a huskier tone.

  38. 1998
    11:41 am October 25, 2012 Permalink

    Hey Adam, Im calling to get my cargo pants back.


  39. DMAC
    12:29 pm October 25, 2012 Permalink

    Wait, I thought “Kyle Wiltjer finished with a steady 16 points” (, here it says he has 28 points, that’s a huge difference, that’s the difference between average/solid and great. Does anyone know which one is correct or have a link to a box score?

  40. DakkoN
    1:16 pm October 25, 2012 Permalink

    #34, Jordan is the man, not the woman.. Lol