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Cats send the Pilots back to Portland with a 28-point loss

Good afternoon, friends.  How ’bout that basketball game?  John Calipari still believes his basketball team is mentally soft and out of shape, and it shows, but the Cats still managed to roll past Portland, 74-46, to improve to 6-3 on this young basketball season.  Archie Goodwin and Alex Poythress combined for 30 of UK’s points while Nerlens Noel set a career high with seven blocks and Archie Goodwin threw down a lot of dunks.  Archie also dished out four assists to make it six straight games with at least four dimes.

Let’s talk about it…

  Kentucky still lacks a point guard, but we saw glimpses of one this afternoon from Ryan Harrow.  He played well off the bench in 25 minutes of game action and posted UK career highs with eight points, four rebounds and six assists.  Harrow’s emergence impressed Coach Cal, who said afterwards that he’s happy for Ryan and the way he played.  There were two lapses of his old self in the game, though, and Calipari had to pull Harrow to keep him from reverting back.  “I absolutely jerked him out of the game,” he said.  “The other parts of the game, I thought he did fine.”

  It’s clear this team’s best offense is with Archie Goodwin at the two or three, not at point guard, so he can get out ahead of the break.  Harrow called Goodwin unstoppable on fast breaks and said he looks to get him the ball.  “I’ll find him,” he said of Goodwin. “I’ll find anyone if they’re open.”

Harrow thinks the flow is better when he’s running the point because of the contrasting styles of play between the two guards.  Harrow said Goodwin has more of a scoring mentality, while he likes to distribute the ball and get everyone looks.

  One more Harrow note: He sent Calipari a text message earlier this week and thanked him for how hard he is pushing him.  Calipari told him he’s making strides.

  Archie Goodwin and Alex Poythress scored 15 points each to lead Kentucky in scoring.  One leads the SEC in field goal percentage; the other is still way too out of control.  Goodwin is so fun to watch and so good at getting to the basket, but he has to learn to pull back on the reigns when it’s not there.  The lower-your-head-and-drive tactic will only work for so long.

On a related note, Goodwin’s dunk in the final minutes of the game was soooo nasty.  Poor Portland has gotten crammed on two years in a row now.  Don’t do ’em like that, Archie.

  STOP!!!

I love how Coach O looks directly up to the big screen to see if the cameras were on them.  Don’t worry.  No one saw it.

  Nerlens Noel limped off the court early in the game with a lower leg contusion.  Nerlens said the injury was tendonitis in his knee and it came during warm-ups.  He called it no big deal, just soreness from playing a lot.

  Kyle Wiltjer Slump Watch: 1-for-3 on three-pointers; 5-for-8 overall.  I think he’s out of it.

Wiltjer put together a pretty good game against all the familiar faces on the Portland bench.  He scored 12 points and added two assists and three rebounds.  Afterwards, Coach Cal told the radio show crowd that he heard them give Kyle a round of applause for the way he rebounded.  He said, “He finally rebounded! We’re happy with three!  That’s just where we are right now.”  Calipari also said he had to pull Wiltjer three different times for not going after loose balls.  That led to another long spiel on how his team is out of shape and needs conditioning.  You know how that one goes.

  Once again, Coach Cal is disappointed with the way his team started the second half.  He mentioned using a different starting five out of the half to see if they can do better.  It’s either that, or find something different to make them play aggressive.  “We’ve lost the first five minutes of the second half in every game,” he said.

  Calipari: “We’ve made strides, but we’re still not where we need to be.”  He thinks if conference play started tomorrow, Kentucky would finish last.  “Florida is about 35 points better than us right now,” he said. “Maybe 40.”

  Right now he’s pushing his guys to be in that top tier of college basketball teams.  He thinks there are 8 to 10 teams that are better than everyone else in the country.  He asked the players if they want to be one of those teams and what they need to do to get there.

“We may have some of the better players in the country, but not right now,” he said.

  Next week is finals week for UK students so the team will have Monday off and then they’ll return to practice Tuesday evening after final exams.  The next game is a week from today against Lipscomb and then it’ll be time for Camp Cal.  “Three-a-days after Lipscomb,” he said with a smile.  “Eat, sleep and play basketball.”

 

That’ll do it for now.  I’ll leave you with a photo of the 1996 team with Santa Claus…

 

 

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

52 Comments for Cats send the Pilots back to Portland with a 28-point loss



  1. Drew Franklin
    4:18 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Accidentally left my notes at the bottom of the post for a few minutes, just pretend you didn’t see that.

    Go Cats.



  2. Drew's Notes
    4:19 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    The first five minutes of every game, we’ve lost in the second
    Start a different starting five in second half, or do something different to make them play aggressive
    I was happy for Ryan, thought he did some good things today. Every time he reverted back to his old self, I took him out.
    We’re holding them all accountable the same way
    He finally rebounded. He had three rebounds, we’re happy with three! That’s where we are right now
    Alex is up to three minutes and five seconds then I have to take him out
    It’s a three-week process
    Took Kyle out three times for not going after loose balls
    We’re breaking down a lot of things right now. Inside guys, perimeter guys are figuring things out. ”We’ve made strides, but we’re still not where we need to be.”
    Monday off, finals Tuesday
    Three-a-days after Lipscomb game
    Eat, sleep, play basketball
    8-10 teams are better than everyone else in the country. They have a chance to win it. Do we want to be one of those teams?
    We may have some of the better players in the country, but not right now.
    Mentally soft
    If we’re not out there fighting like crazy, then we’re not doing what we need to do.



  3. Drew Franklin
    4:20 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    And that’s how the sausage is made, folks.



  4. big poppa
    4:23 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Cameron Mills looks like he ate Jason Lathrem



  5. Me
    4:23 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    When did the Cal yelling STOP at Orlando happen? What point of the game?



  6. BPsycho
    4:23 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    lol



  7. g-mill
    4:24 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    who is the fat guy….not Santa



  8. big poppa
    4:26 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    #7 Cameron Mills. Too much bread and wine



  9. g-mill
    4:28 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    dude needs to stay away from the church potlucks



  10. Beatle Bum
    4:34 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Besides Santa, who is the guy with the hair?



  11. Who's that?
    4:34 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Can someone list the names by row of the players in this photo? I recognize most of them, but am uncertain on a few.



  12. big poppa
    4:38 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Shep, Epps, Prickett
    Anderson, Turner, Claus,Walker, Mccarty, Mills



  13. stan
    4:39 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    What was Cal so upset with O.A. for? Looks really pissed!



  14. James K
    4:41 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    #4 I made the EXACT same joke on Twitter. DAMN YOU.



  15. Badams
    4:52 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Antigua was pointing somethin out to the players, then dropped his hand and then done it again. Cal then pushed his arm out of the way and yelled stop i guess cuz his arm was across him. I love Cal, but that was a total douche move. Don’t treat your assistant like crap when he’s tryin to help the team. And don’t treat them like crap when they could have easily left already and is a main reason you get some of the recruits you do. I wonder if O and him have a conversation about it or if he lets it go.



  16. Deer hunter
    4:57 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Who paid for Antoine ticket to get to lex???



  17. Big Whoop
    5:07 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    This is the first game I’ve seen movement without the ball on offense, so there’s some improvement. I like the way Harrow is starting to come on. Six assists is decent. I swear Poythress looks bored on the court, but the kid does have talent.



  18. MN CAT
    5:09 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    11,12: The upper right is Pope, not Prickett. And I think the bottom row goes Turner, Anderson, not Anderson, Turner. Can someone confirm?



  19. hulk
    5:15 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    harrow sucks ass!!! you all know it. maybe ksr should have put his face on here when cal was fussing at him and he was about to cry. why would you invest so much in a player when he has to be out the door next year to make room? cal’s frustration showed today because he is trying to pull out something that isnt there.



  20. MG
    5:23 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    18 – Wrong in both counts.



  21. Blueswade
    5:26 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Coach O would break the old man in half if he wanted to…..those 2 guys both know who’s in charge.
    Still doesn’t look too good on tv.



  22. Blueswade
    5:28 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    That’s Prickett….not pope.



  23. RRG
    5:29 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    20-Do I know you, MG?



  24. CaptObvious
    5:29 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    19. Harrow is a good player…for a mid major. He just lacks the confidence to play for a program like UK and a hardazz coach like Cal.



  25. KY Realist
    5:34 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Cal is a huge douche.



  26. UK Freshmen
    5:35 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    OMG!! It’s against Portland. We are talking about Portland. Relax.



  27. Shane
    5:39 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    What in the world happen to Cameron Mills? I know it’s been 16 years but my gosh! He could be a contestant on the biggest loser.



  28. Cats in the NBA
    5:40 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    O.A. needs to stop yelling while Coach Cal is trying to say something to one of the players. That’s all.

    And Wayner Turner is obviously still the fastest guy on the team. Now approximately 5x faster than Pope, and 50x faster than Cameron Mills.



  29. Got CAL?
    5:41 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    I think on the Cal and coach O momment, it was a time that Cal had been telling the players how to do something, and coach O was yelling for them to do something else also. Cal likes to have them have one voice to worry about during a game, HIS. For Matt to say on the postgame radio show, that if he did not pick clips like this and make a big deal out of nothing, he would not be on the postgame shows? STOP IT!



  30. TheRealHambone
    5:42 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    #19 the stupidity that you and a lot of others show on here never ceases to amaze me. You’re a member, I’m sure, of the same crowd that is continually chiming in during the year as the “we” crowd,”(we) played well tonight”,”(our) defense is terrible” etc. etc. If the truth be known you and the rest of the “we’s” probably look like the fat Cam Mills’ twin brother and never played a day of organized sports in your life. And as far as proclaiming someone ‘sucks ass’ only 9 games in the season shows what a moron you are. “We” could do with a lot less of your imbecilic analysis in the future.

    m



  31. Badams
    5:42 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Harrow wasnt highly recruited for no reason. He makes us better when he’s our pg, Goodwin is not a pg. Harrow is a much better passer.



  32. Tennesse Wildcat
    5:44 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Cal was in a very bad mood today and I understand why, based overall on the performance. The point spread on this win was definitely deceptive. Can’t wait to see how this team progresses after a month of unlimited practices.



  33. boogie
    5:45 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Cameron Mills has not aged well. He looks 55.



  34. bornblue
    5:47 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    #12 is correct. Guaranteed!



  35. HOLY FAT BATMAN
    5:51 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Cameron Mills done got all fat on us. McDonalds ba da ….ba ba ba HE LOVIN’ IT.



  36. TROLLS GALORE
    5:55 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    The trolls are out in this comment section. Get a life you losers, shouldn’t you be trimming up your line-beards, smoking menthols, drinking budweisers, and purchasing your flat bills w/ the stickers on it. L’s UP!



  37. Cats in the NBA
    5:59 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    I am thinking that Cameron Mills can still whip all of his church buddies at HORSE and AROUND THE WORLD, though. (Or any other shooting games that do not include bending over.) I would still bet on him. (And then donate 10% to the church…)



  38. Clam
    6:02 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    I graduated from UK in 1996, so it’s nice to be reminded of how old I am. 🙂

    By the way, Wayne Turner is forever a bad ass!



  39. JC
    6:19 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Who the hell ate Cameron Mills?



  40. SKat
    6:42 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Finally got to watch the 1996 championship game again. That team was a beast! Nearly 40 minutes of full court press defense, with a deep, deep bench, quickness, speed, lots of hops and veteran play. Wow. If they had all shot like Tony Delk, they would have beaten Syracuse by 30. Last year’s NC team was very special and unique in their own way, but I have to take ’96 team for their experience and depth. I had forgotten how special they were.



  41. Boo Tubberville
    6:48 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Cameron Mills is with out dought the finest human being to ever wear KENTUCKY across his chest. Verry classy person. UK was better for having him!



  42. Boo Tubberville
    6:50 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    #40 Don’t forget Mercer who played a small role that year turning on that game. Showed what he was capable of doing.



  43. Sammydog
    6:50 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Antigua was shouting instructions to someone while Cal was also shouting to the team. He wanted him to shut up so the team could hear what Cal was saying. His arm was also blocking Cal’s vision of the court.



  44. animaluk86
    6:54 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    You all are looking way too much into Cal pushing Coach O’s arm. Smh petty petty but leave it to some BBN fans to make something out of nothing.



  45. Boo Tubberville
    6:58 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Anthony Epps was the best pure point guard I’ve seen at UK. The numbers might not reflect that, but he knew how to run a team. He controlled the game. Need to show Harrow some tape of his game. Didn’t turn the ball over got everyone in the right spot and all ways made the easy play



  46. omg
    7:01 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    o wow he pushed his arm



  47. Tim
    7:41 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Coach O is an instrumental part of our recruiting domination, so of course the smarmy, shallow nitwits of KSR have to revel in this embarrassing moment. Tact is free. You people need to get some.



  48. Jus Sayin
    8:34 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    47 said it. Sometimes BBN adn this blog especially, eats it’s own.



  49. spookykim
    9:18 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    I love the 96 team, & love the picture above! Most of us put on weight as we get older. I can’t wait for 15-16 years from now when last year’s Nat’l champs get together, & the bloggers all make fun of how fat Anthony Davis has gotten!



  50. hulk
    9:20 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    #30,he he. they erased what i said db



  51. wildcat t
    12:19 am December 9, 2012 Permalink

    may be a little bigger now but back in the day THEY WERE BAD ASS!!!!!!!!!!