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Cats Thump Gators 70-54 – Gain Some Mojo For The NCAA’s

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All in all, huge game and a huge win for Kentucky.  The theme from the weekend was Kentucky playing to their potential.  They started off a little shakey with Ole Miss but we saw them refuse to give up the lead and win going away.  That momentum carried on through the Alabama and Florida games, and this team is beginning to play their best basketball at the right time of the season.  What happens in conference tournaments can sometimes fool you when you get into the NCAA’s, but the fact that this team avenged two losses and dominated the number 12 team in the nation on their path to a championship (with injuries,) says a lot regardless of the event.

Some quick notes before we get to the Selection Show.

—Congratulations to Brandon Knight for making the all tournament team as a freshmen.  Knight got off to a slow start in Atlanta, but by the end of the tourney he was dominating.  He finished today’s game with 17 points, 4 assists and only 2 turnovers, and carried the team early offensively.  When Knight came in this year he looked uncomfortable playing the point, but Calipari has him playing like a general, getting points when we need them and threading the needle for easy buckets.

—Knight wasn’t alone on the all tournament team though, as he was joined by Darius Miller – the tournament MVP. Miller had a huge weekend and is a few games away from me being fully convinced he is the player we always knew he was.  He is providing leadership and consistency in bounds.  A number of times today Kentucky was in need of a basket and Darius took it inside, shot his floater and nailed it, giving a boost to the rest of the team.  I’m really excited to see how he continues to develop over the next month (and the next year.)  Great signs from the Kentucky kid.

—And the final Kentucky player on the all tournament team?  Josh Harrellson.  His is a story you’re all familiar with by now, but it’s nonetheless a great one.  From Billy recruit to almost off the team, to spotty minutes to almost off the team, to SEC All Tournament team.  Josh is an example of what hard work and dedication will do for you. When the season started it looked like our hopes for a fun post season would start and end with Enes’s elligibility, but Jorts has got us asking ‘Enes who?’ and loving it.  He is consistently making the extra effort plays, getting rebounds and put backs like nobodies business, and we love him for it.

—The Injury Bug that bit Kentucky yesterday didn’t seem to have too much of an effect, as both Deandre and Doron played solid minutes today. Both played solid defense, and while Lamb only contributed 6 points – quite a few off his average – he looked aggressive and in control, barely favoring his ankle if at all.  Gotta give huge props to the trainers for getting him ready to play today and let’s hope he can be 100% by this weekend.

—Terrence Jones, while he didn’t have the greatest tournament, played a pretty good game today.  He had 16 points, including making the three he attempts every couple games, and three huge blocks early in the game that seemed to scare Florida out of the paint for a little while.  Gotta give Jones credit for bringing the effort and the finesse today, something that was missing as of late.  Great sign to see from him.

Eloy Vargas must hate the Florida Gators. He has had about five really positive games this year, and three of them were against the Gators.  He played big for a few minutes today, getting fouled, hitting free throws and pulling down 4 boards.  Some nice, positive signs from Eloy always makes a win that much sweeter.

—While we won’t know our tournament seeding for a few more hours, it seems likely that we have secured that number 3 seed with the win today. There is still plenty of movement that could be done, but if Kentucky is passed over for a 3 seed it would be shocking – at least to me.  There is even an argument (albeit a very unlikely one that I will probably get yelled at for even bringing up,) that they should be considered for a 2 seed.  Unlikely and if I had to bet money on it I’d go three seed by far, but look at the numbers.  Kentucky’s SoS and RPI are both up to number 9 after the win today, and according to Lunardi’s latest bracketology, they hold wins over a 1 seed (ND), 2 over a 3 seed (Florida), a 4 seed on the road (Louisville,) a 5 seed (Vandy,) and a 7 seed (Washington.)  Their two out of conference losses came against two seeds on the road (UNC and UConn.)  Of course, this is all subject to change, but it’s interesting either way.  And obviously we have a lot of ugly road losses, but hey, there aren’t any road games in the NCAA’s (unless you’re in Dukes bracket.)

We’ll have more throughout the day, including the brackets as they are announced and a first look preview at the first round opponent.

It’s a good day to be a Wildcat.

Article written by Will Lentz

49 Comments for Cats Thump Gators 70-54 – Gain Some Mojo For The NCAA’s



  1. reality
    3:52 pm March 13, 2011 Permalink

    1st Go Cats!



  2. mocha
    3:53 pm March 13, 2011 Permalink

    Why doesn’t someone let Polson up to the front in one of these photos?



  3. BoomKentucky
    3:54 pm March 13, 2011 Permalink

    Pelphrey was fired today.



  4. tdogg4033011
    3:54 pm March 13, 2011 Permalink

    why is Jones scared of Ohio St?? we can beat with those chumps too !!!



  5. tdogg4033011
    3:55 pm March 13, 2011 Permalink

    Matt Jones that is



  6. notsavoringthismoment
    3:56 pm March 13, 2011 Permalink

    i can’t wait to complain about our seed slight / brutal draw !



  7. yeahus
    3:56 pm March 13, 2011 Permalink

    yeahus !



  8. AppyCat
    3:58 pm March 13, 2011 Permalink

    Good effort brought today. Keep it up.

    Go Cats!!!!



  9. comments
    4:00 pm March 13, 2011 Permalink

    >>>



  10. Polson
    4:01 pm March 13, 2011 Permalink

    I’m shorter than the trophy



  11. Bret Michaels
    4:02 pm March 13, 2011 Permalink

    Fan outfitters is selling blue tiger blood by the bottle.



  12. David
    4:04 pm March 13, 2011 Permalink

    Is Jorts flipping the bird with his left hand in that picture?



  13. RidgeRunner
    4:05 pm March 13, 2011 Permalink

    27 Tourney Titles Baby!!! –and this team has came on at the right time more than I ever imagined. Thx Coach Cal for a great job this year & I am stoked!!! Go Big Blue!!!!!!!



  14. Dennis
    4:05 pm March 13, 2011 Permalink

    After the Ark. game I was down because the improvement was not there. Then all of a sudden this team jells and is on a roll. These guys are playing better every game and do you see them having fun doing it too? Great SEC Champs and look out NCAA. GO CATS!!!



  15. Dennis
    4:08 pm March 13, 2011 Permalink

    # 13 DITTO!! Coach Cal has done a great job and totally out coached everyone in the SEC.



  16. Bob
    4:09 pm March 13, 2011 Permalink

    If UK fans are capable of self-reflection, then just how stupid do many of you feel after yesterday’s nonsense. Still an average coach? Still worried about Lamb being out until second weekend of the NCAA tourney?

    Don’t worry… I forgive you all. You can’t help yourselves.



  17. Capnmonkey
    4:13 pm March 13, 2011 Permalink

    What are peoples thoughts on Kanter in hindsight? If Kanter is eligible, Harrelson is still the same guy he was last year and the year before and likely doesn’t have much basketball in his future after his UK career. With Kanter ineligible Harrelson gets big minutes, steps up and exceeds expectations, and maybe plays himself into a job playing basketball somewhere after life at UK.

    Worth the trade?
    Real happy for Josh and team, go cats!



  18. BZ
    4:15 pm March 13, 2011 Permalink

    Where can you see cutting the nets down/trophy presentation?



  19. dgtuk
    4:19 pm March 13, 2011 Permalink

    17….i think josh’s improvement is first a credit to him….BUT I think there is some thanks to be given to Enes. It helps to go against someone like that in practice……Go Cats



  20. CatsfaninFL
    4:20 pm March 13, 2011 Permalink

    Amen, Bob… My guess is those trolls aren’t around today.



  21. whatumacallit
    4:23 pm March 13, 2011 Permalink

    16)Will you practice the same self reflection if the cats have a bad shooting day in the 1st round of the tourn? the coach wasnt responsible for all the losses nor can he take all the credit if they win! the cats are jelling togather at a good time it seems, they can fall apart just as quickly. just got to love them all the same!



  22. NBA league pass
    4:25 pm March 13, 2011 Permalink

    17) I think Josh would have got some minutes, more than last year. Who knows though, he’s playing great right now for sure.



  23. Enquiring Minds
    4:26 pm March 13, 2011 Permalink

    C-A-T-S cats………….cats……………cats C-A-T-S cats……………cats…………….cats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  24. cracka
    4:31 pm March 13, 2011 Permalink

    alabama being represented in the ncaa tourney!!! … by alabama state, awwww



  25. comments
    4:36 pm March 13, 2011 Permalink



  26. me
    4:36 pm March 13, 2011 Permalink

    does anyone else hate Lunardis bracket as much as I do??



  27. ukfaninohio
    4:36 pm March 13, 2011 Permalink

    #4.I wanna beat or go farther than ohio st almost as much as i wanna win it all ive been hearing how good they are from there stupid fans all year!Anyone wanna help a brother out on facebook i could use it.Beat ohio st!!!



  28. wazzz he saying ?
    4:39 pm March 13, 2011 Permalink

    Has anyone seen go vols ? lol. Hey Scottie if ur out there then now u know why Darrius was Mr. Basketball.



  29. wazzz he saying ?
    4:42 pm March 13, 2011 Permalink

    Ole Miss and Bama felt the sting, now put us in a bracket with UNC and UCONN, I dont care what they say, revenge is sweet.



  30. mattyice57
    4:42 pm March 13, 2011 Permalink

    18 minutes till the selection show! i always love this time of year



  31. tdogg4033011
    4:43 pm March 13, 2011 Permalink

    27) I hear ya, UK’s top 6 are as good as ANYONE in the tourney. Keep playing like
    they have in the SEC tourney and lets see how this thing plays out ….. I have faith !!!!!

    GO CATS



  32. gog8ors
    4:49 pm March 13, 2011 Permalink

    Refs changing calls that according to the replay were correct the first time, calling a T on a player and giving no explanation, 29 free throws to 8. UK was handed the game, they didn’t win it. Shame that a conference tournament game couldn’t have been called more fairly and the two teams on the floor decide the outcome. UK was allowed to play aggressive on defense but the Gators weren’t allowed to play in the same manner. Oh well, Gators still won the conference by three games over the Cats. Refs can’t take that away from us. Go Gators! On to the big dance, where we will go farther than UK.



  33. Brian
    4:51 pm March 13, 2011 Permalink

    26- yes. Big East homer.



  34. NBA league pass
    4:51 pm March 13, 2011 Permalink

    27) I hear you. I live in Cleveland and the OSU fans are coming out of the woodwork acting like they know about basketball all of the sudden. I think most of these guys just started watching games last week (kind of like UF fans when they were good). It gives me a headache. Just tell them their football team is screwed, that usually shuts them up.



  35. Skeptic
    4:52 pm March 13, 2011 Permalink

    Knight is a puss. Jones is a punk. God help us against Faried and Morehead.



  36. reality
    4:52 pm March 13, 2011 Permalink

    32………..really, after that ass-whooping?



  37. Capnmonkey
    4:52 pm March 13, 2011 Permalink

    32.) I’d be fine with giving Florida another 20 free throws, they’d only have hit 5 of them based upon their FT percentage in the game up to that point and UK would still win by 9 or so.

    Go cats!



  38. tdogg4033011
    4:52 pm March 13, 2011 Permalink

    32) need a little cheese with that??



  39. bigblue84
    4:56 pm March 13, 2011 Permalink

    32. Actually Florida did a very poor job of penetrating the lane and getting to the lane to even draw fouls. And they also settled on a lot of contested shots instead of running a good offense. Shots that I’ll admit normally fall for Boynton and company. It was a good old fashioned ass spankin today, I’m not sure you can spin it any other way. GO CATS!



  40. Brian
    4:58 pm March 13, 2011 Permalink

    32. You are SO right. Had it been called “fair” you would have only lost by 7. As far as who goes further, we will see. Let’s just hope pouty reptiles don’t run into long athletic guards…we saw how you handle those. Just accept THE SEC basketball team is back. Accept your role as a decent team and a football school. Seriously though, don’t you have a gator site to pontificate on? I wouldn’t know. I just look on MY teams boards. Troll.



  41. Blueburg
    5:11 pm March 13, 2011 Permalink

    32 you are pathetic. I almost feel sorry for you. The bottom line is your experienced, deep, seasoned team (as all the espn idiots have spun it all wk) got their a$$es handed to them by the green, inexperienced yet tougher, grittier team! We wanted it more. We beat you by 16 and pretty much controlled the whole game. Billy got outcoached today. Your guys were grabbing their shorts and panting for air while our guys were getting all the 50/50 balls. You turned the ball over too much. And obviously your boy Kenny’s language wasn’t fit for television. Yeah you won the conference but your best basketball is BEHIND you and ours is still ahead. So you can whine on all you want on a UK blog, but that doesn’t change the fact that your team is soft no matter how much digger, hubert, reese and jay try to convince us otherwise. NONE of the other teams in the NCAA wanna play us right now. You really think anybody’s afraid to play Florida?! He!! No.



  42. gog8ors
    5:13 pm March 13, 2011 Permalink

    Cat fans will take it anyway they can get it. Even if they have to have the refs give it to them. Celebrate the win if you want to call it that. Your record shows you can’t win on a legit away court. So you won’t go far in the big dance, here’s hoping you get beat in the first weekend. Gators will be playing when you are home watching, write it down. Go Gators! Regular Season SEC Champs!



  43. Sammydog
    6:45 pm March 13, 2011 Permalink

    #32 You only shot 8 free throws because you were playing like a team of nanceys. You were not aggressive and did not attack the basket. The Cats drove thru your defense and drew fouls. You obviously didn’t understand what you were watching. The soft Gators will flame out early.



  44. bluetooth
    6:58 pm March 13, 2011 Permalink

    is chandler parson justin beibers older brother ? by the way 32 we own your ragged a$$es



  45. Todd
    7:39 pm March 13, 2011 Permalink

    Dear #32, the only two people who think Chandler Parsons is SEC Player of the Year are Chandler and his MOM. Thanks for particiapating in the UK Wildcats post season invitational tournament!!! Oh and we are still the winningest program in NCAA basketball history BITCH!!!!



  46. Todd
    7:41 pm March 13, 2011 Permalink

    Dear #42, the only two people on earth who think Parsons is player of the year is Chandler and his MOM! Thanks for your participation in the University of Kentucky Post-Season Invitational Tourn. Oh btw, we are still the winningest tradition in college basketball B*tch!!!



  47. blueblood
    8:08 pm March 13, 2011 Permalink

    GTH WL



  48. tdr76
    9:30 pm March 13, 2011 Permalink

    Great game CATS, made me proud to be a fan in gator land!



  49. Roach K
    8:35 am March 14, 2011 Permalink

    As of now, anyone who says Kentucky doesn’t get consistently screwed in seeding has officially lost the right to voice their naive opinion. The truth can no longer be denied after last night…