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Cats Face Flyers in NCAA’s

In their quest for an elusive Final Four, the journey continues tonight for the UK Hoops team. The 28-5 and second seed Kentucky Wildcats take on the 28-2 and seven seed Dayton Flyers. It is a very interesting match up no matter how you look at it, and with a Sweet 16 berth on the line, both of these teams will be sure to leave it all on the floor in Queens tonight. For the second year in a row, the Cats are faced with an early game against a proven and talented squad, but who got shafted in the seeding process due to their “mid-major” status. The Flyers were admittedly salty after the Selection Show, believing their resume warranted a higher seed, but they are here now and ready to compete against the Cats.

Dayton finished the regular season sweeping their conference opponents with a 14-0 record in the Atlantic 10. Despite a stumble in the conference tournament semifinals against St. Joes, the Flyers have looked on point against all of their competition all season. Their only other loss came on the road to Bowling Green. Kentucky and Dayton have two common opponents this season, as both teams have faced off against and beaten DePaul and Vanderbilt. The Cats took down both these squads by a total of 54 points in the regular season, while Dayton only beat them by a combined 17 points. Comparative results against common teams can only tell you so much, but you have to think it means something.

Expect tonight’s game to be an extremely fast paced, up tempo game. Both the Flyers and the Cats are very talented offensively, and can beat you from multiple positions on the court. Dayton is led by Andrea Hoover, who averages over 12 points a game and shoots around 40% from behind the arc. In Kentucky’s first round game against Navy, the Cats struggled to defend the 3-pointer early on as the Midshipmen broke the press, so UK must come out from the gates with a strong defensive presence against this explosive Flyer team.

Despite not having played since the 90’s, these teams do have a certain familiarity with each other. The Cats and the Flyers met up for a pre-season scrimmage this past summer, and both coaches admitted that while the scrimmage doesn’t help them prepare much in terms of x’s and o’s, it helps to know what kind of team they are up against. This level of familiarity is rare in NCAA Tournament games, so don’t expect there to be a learning curve for either team. Samarie Walker and Dayton sophomore Abby Mallot have known each other since Walker was in eighth grade from the AAU circuit in Ohio, and the Flyers feature two Kentucky gals: Brittany Wilson from Louisville and Bre Elder from Lebanon. It’s no secret, Kentucky is going to press. Dayton already averages around 16 turnovers a game, and the Cats will look to exploit that number into easy fast break points.

A’dia Mathies is coming off of the first game in her career in which she didn’t score a single field goal. After the win, neither Mitchell nor Mathies were quite sure why she was “off”, but I would bet a large sum of money on it not happening again. Mathies has never really had a “slump”. She is reliable, and you can always count on her to get back up and explode. Look for the senior star to have a great game tonight in hopes of propelling her team to the Sweet 16.

Game tips at 7:15 on ESPN2….watch it.

@WilderTreadKSR

Article written by Wilder Treadway

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40 Comments for Cats Face Flyers in NCAA’s



  1. jerry c
    6:14 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    Why can’t we call them the lady cats? This whole Hoops thing seems like some stupid marketing ploy.
    Its still girls basketball no matter what you name it.



  2. Wes
    6:39 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    Good luck to Matthew Mitchell and the Women’s Hoops team!!! GO BIG BLUE!!!!



  3. Seriously
    7:07 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    @1 Indeed

    Girls basketball being completely objective is hard to watch and humorous. They foul the hell out of each other the entire time, turn the ball over every 5 seconds, and i die laughing every time i watch it.



  4. BradinMississippi
    7:12 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    What, no live blog?



  5. Gypsy
    7:18 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    #3…seriously? You clearly haven’t watched our Cats play!



  6. WOW
    7:24 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    #3 go away!



  7. Linda Taylor
    7:24 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    Neil Price said a number of players and staff have been dealing with a stomach bug since getting to NY for the tournament. Hopefully enough players feel well enough to get this win. They’ll just have to suck it up and gut it out.



  8. UK_Gr8ness
    7:24 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    Currently ticked off… ESPN2 is showing 3 seed UNC (if you can imagine that) over the 2 seed UK game!!! WTF????



  9. TeeJay
    7:26 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    Besides ESPN2, is there any place online to watch it?



  10. UK_Gr8ness
    7:26 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    Stuck watching an alternate channel in SD… smh! No love!



  11. Linda Taylor
    7:27 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    It was good to see A’dia hit that 3 after her Sun. game. She apparently is one of the players suffering from the stomach bug along with Kastine and Azia.



  12. Linda Taylor
    7:40 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    Terrific D by our ladies.



  13. RahRah
    7:41 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    Can’t believe this isn’t on tv!
    Go Hoops!



  14. Dwight (the blur) Anderson
    7:44 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    On Dish 147



  15. Linda Taylor
    7:45 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    13 – It is on ESPN2, but depending on where you live they may be showing a different game. If you can’t find it on ESPN2 HD try your ESPN2 SD. If not, then try ESPN3 online.



  16. bosshogg24
    7:45 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    UK- Dayton Dish Channel 148!



  17. Linda Taylor
    7:46 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    A’dia is on fire!



  18. bosshogg24
    7:48 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    Dish Channel 148 for UK – Dayton!



  19. Linda Taylor
    7:48 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    Uh oh, Samarie has the stomach bug now, barf city.



  20. Gypsy
    7:54 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    Geez, those poor girls…so sick! Yet able to play tough!



  21. catfan45
    7:54 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    in lex market espn is showing duke, louisville, and north carolina and no UK hoops. 🙁



  22. WhatChannel
    7:59 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    Its on 148 on Dish Network and 733 (SD) and 733-1 (HD) on Direct TV



  23. BluegrassBabe
    7:59 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    Anybody have a link to the game? Stuck at a hotel in Cedar Keys, FL, and it’s not on ESPN2. Don’t get ESPN3 either. Live stream, anyone?? Thanks and Go Cats!



  24. Linda Taylor
    8:00 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    21 – Not true, if you have Insight/TWC you are watching UK-Dayton on ESPN2.



  25. Gypsy
    8:01 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    ESPN is killing me, switches to the KY game then back to Duke again! Gimme a break! I want my UKHoops!



  26. kelkat
    8:02 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    I live in Louisville and the UK game isn’t on ESPN2…least not Directv’s ESPN2 here.



  27. Linda Taylor
    8:02 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    15 points for A’dia!



  28. WhatChannel
    8:02 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    Its on 733 (SD) and 733-1 (HD) on Direct TV



  29. Gypsy
    8:11 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    Thank goodness for Neil Price! ESPN not so much!



  30. Linda Taylor
    8:11 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    Here is a copy from a tweet from UK Hoops:

    UK Hoops ‏@UKHoopCats 9m
    ESPN is telling us the game should be on DirectTV channel 733 and Dish channel 148.



  31. Linda Taylor
    8:14 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    Gypsy – Agree, I never listen to TV commentators. I feel sorry for anyone who isn’t able to watch this game. The ladies are showing how tough they are with so many of them sick and still competing so hard. So proud of them.



  32. Roland
    8:23 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink


  33. Gypsy
    8:35 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    I am so proud of this team! “40Minutes” isn’t a cute, catchy phrase they throw around, they truly believe it & play accordingly.



  34. Linda Taylor
    8:40 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    Bria’s playing hard tonight. 9 points for her. And you can always count on her tough D.



  35. Linda Taylor
    8:49 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    25 for A’dia! She is bringing it. She doesn’t want this to be her last night in a KY uniform



  36. Linda Taylor
    9:14 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    6 3s for A’dia, 34 points and a new career high. She’s a warrior.



  37. Linda Taylor
    9:17 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    What a gutsy win for our ladies!



  38. Gypsy
    9:18 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    Sweet Sixteen here we come! Go Big Blue!



  39. Linda Taylor
    9:23 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    Make that A’dia tied her career high. I hope everyone gets well very soon. Poor A’dia said she felt like she was going to throw up several times out on the court. You sure couldn’t tell by her performance.



  40. kelkat66
    11:45 pm March 26, 2013 Permalink

    Well I wish someone had told me that it was on 733… I ended up watching the NC game