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Kentucky Defeats Tennessee 74-66

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It was looking like a tough outing during the first half but the Cats got big performances from the superstar trio of the Harrison twins and Julius Randle. Andrew Harrison was particularly good in the second half as he scored a new career high of 26. Julius Randle was an unstoppable beast in the first and finished the game with 18 on 6-9 shooting including his first career three. Perhaps most impressive was the fact the Cats got the win despite being out rebounded by the Vols 39-23. If you would have heard that stat before the game you wouldn’t had much hope for our young Cats but 7-16 from downtown and making 23-24 from the charity strip with the only miss coming late in the game. Turns out free throws can make a huge difference.

What impressed you most about the Cats big win today?

 

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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47 Comments for Kentucky Defeats Tennessee 74-66



  1. DownTown
    2:17 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

    Free throw shooting. 22-23 from the line.



    • binarysolo
      2:25 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

      I’m with you, I’m sure this is on many of our minds. If we shot our season average from the FT line we would have missed 8 free throws, which would have made this a tie game at the end.



    • iacatfan
      2:45 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

      Free Throws won that game today!!!



  2. [email protected]
    2:17 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

    Andrew Harrison & his FT shooting. A+ game today.



  3. Rei
    2:18 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

    if they can keep 80% or better from the line night in and night out they don’t lose another game. I’ll remark that the only reason we shot so well is because WCS and Dakari didn’t shoot a foul shot.



    • lonnieb
      3:10 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

      Thats probably true but since no one in the country shoots 80% as a team I would assume thats not gonna happen….I think if they shoot above 70% as a team they should be in good shape



  4. Blue Jesus
    2:18 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

    Weird game, got out rebounded by 16 but shot 96% from the free throw line. Didn’t expect that!



  5. Appalachianassassin
    2:19 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

    They still haven’t played their best ball yet.



    • Yet to Peak
      2:22 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

      You’re absolutely right. I like how commentators say, “This is a team that no one will want to see in March.”



    • Ridge runner
      2:35 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

      Absolutely agree. If ( big if ) we ever start firing on all cylinders, watch out



    • Rise
      3:57 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

      Commentators said that about our team last year as well.



  6. Typical KSR commentor
    2:22 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

    Andrew Harrison is the worst PG in UK HISTORY!



    • Lalala
      2:26 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

      You’re an idiot he had his best game of the season. I’m sick of people like you.



    • Nope
      2:28 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

      @Lalala You realize he was being sarcastic right?



    • jimmyhat
      2:32 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

      lalala, did you happen to notice the name of the poster? Probably sarcasm.



    • Rachel Reality
      2:42 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

      You obviously never saw Saul Smith play the point.
      Andrew has his problems, but if he can control his WAY too many turnovers and get a lot quicker on defense (he wasn’t that great again today in truth defensively), he can be an okay Lead Guard. He left his man open way too many times today, and we are just very lucky UT had an off night shooting. They missed many wide open threes, and if they had hit their season average from three, we would not even have been in the game.



    • Typical KSR commentor
      3:00 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

      I was being sarcastic guys… also Rachel Reality what the hell are you talking about?



    • KG
      4:07 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

      If is a might big word Rachel. IF the stripes call every foul committed by tennessee’s bigs today,especially Stokes we shoot 40 FTs. That is IF



  7. Chaz
    2:23 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

    Nice welcome to the world gift from the Wildcats. Granddaughter Charlotte finally checked in at 6:45am this morning after 26 hours of keeping us waiting. Going to see if Cal can give us a dated autographed team photo. Can I contact him at coachcal.com?



  8. Stuart Lackey
    2:28 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

    96% on Free throws and 8 turnovers cures a lot of ills. Haven’t shot this well from the stripe since the Indiana game in 2012 Sweet Sixteen. 44% from 3 doesn’t hurt either…



  9. the twins
    2:31 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

    To the haters…GET OFF OUR BACK.



    • Rachel Reality
      2:45 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

      To The Twins: got an easy cure for that: START PLAYING LIKE YOU DESERVE THE UNIFORM. Quit driving the lane with nowhere to go, hoping to get bailed out by a foul call (which happened today, lucky or us). Start playing some defense instead of trailing your man everywhere. And don’t take threes unless you are going to shoot EVERY game the way you shot today.
      Oh, and quit whining every time a call goes against you.



    • Huh
      2:55 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

      First of all… AARON HARRISON has been our most consistent player. Second of all you clearly don’t know basketball. “don’t take threes unless you are going to shoot EVERY game the way you shot today” That’s like saying don’t swing unless you are going to hit a homerun.



    • Nodle
      5:35 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

      hope you don’t listen to the negative stuff. Keep playing basketball guys.!!!! Stuff happens …..love you!!



  10. MikeUKFan
    2:31 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

    Not sure but I think we had only around 8 turnovers. Shoot FT and don’t turn it over and you will still win even if you lose the rebound margin



  11. JayOne
    2:34 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

    Has WCS declared for the draft?



    • WRB
      2:43 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

      No Chane, unlike you he is still playing in college.



    • JHA
      3:07 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

      I guess like Bill Clinton, it is how you define playing. Oh WCS plays alright against children but not men. But hey somebody will draft him and that is all that matters right



  12. G - ROD 333
    2:41 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

    W C S was a burden to us today , as was he in Arkansas . He seems soft , loses rebounds he should never lose (i.e. against a guard ) , and plays lazily against good to above average teams !!!! # B B N .Go to work Willie , as ya have much room for improvement . Go U K , let’s start playing like were suppose to , hard on EVERY position !



  13. BoNosesFTs
    2:44 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

    I was impressed by the fact Coach Cal taught the team how to shoot free throws in 4 days. All it takes is focus and confidence. Great game by the cats. Gave up some rebounds but kept their three point shooters in check.



  14. Big Dave
    2:52 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

    Negatives: Interior defense/fighting for the ball has to improve when we go against guys that our just as big or bigger than our guys. I don’t what’s wrong with WCS, but I’m sure he’ll get it together.

    Positives:Andrew Harrison played amazing today (got some good mid-range looks) and didn’t seem out of control like he did at Arkansas. Even more amazing, we went 22-23 at the line! I also saw better penetration in the offense and movement of the ball (Randle 4 assists).



  15. Jb
    3:05 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

    Said it after the Arkansas game, WCS does not perform against an average or above average opponent. He had his games against Providence, and whoever else but he is a zero threat offensively, defensively can get blocks but does not rebound well and jumps out of position too often. When he does get in good position and gets his hands around a rebound he’s too soft with it, loses it, and falls on the ground.



    • KYHILLJACK
      3:14 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

      He shot his wad with the yellow hair.



  16. jim
    3:06 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

    Won’t lose another game …………………………………….in Rupp.



  17. KYHILLJACK
    3:11 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

    Thank the refs for ignoring Randle’s shoulders, that spent most of the game in Tenn.’s chest.



    • Beavis
      3:19 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

      Careful,,,,,some of the Louisville faithful will start talking about how they got hosed in Rupp. The refs are just not very consistent. Saw one of the Harrisons tackle a Tn player heading for the basket,,,no call. Later saw Randle get called for a foul under the basket because the Tn player missed the layup and he was the closest player to him. The SEC needs to upgrade the refs something awful. Just a couple of examples of the really bad officiating today.



    • KYHILLJACK
      3:37 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

      Or the knee on the goal line while saving the ball.



  18. jq
    3:12 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

    NOTHING, NADA, NOT A DAMN THING!



    • KYHILLJACK
      3:15 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

      Forgot nil.



  19. SP
    3:22 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

    Is anyone else starting to see that our offense runs better with Poythress on the floor and Randle on the bench? He’s a terrible ball hog and everyone stands around when he gets it because thy all know he’s going crashing to the basket. If he could shoot better from range or at least make an attempt to pass out of the triple team it might be different. He’s got one move. I’m more comfortable with Poythress out there at this point. It will never happen, but if like to see Randle in the sixth man role to come out and dominate for few minutes and head off again.



    • CATandMONKEY
      3:32 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

      Randle is the ONLY reason we weren’t down by 15 early on.
      His three and a couple of jumpers definitely show he has no range. (sarcasm off)



    • Number9
      3:36 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

      Completely agree. When Randall dominates we tend to lose, if he is on the bench the rest of the team attacks and competes.



    • KYHILLJACK
      3:38 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

      I think it’s a contract thing.



  20. KYHILLJACKtheTURDeatingTROLL
    3:51 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

    Seriously, KYHILLJACK, is that all you have to do on a Saturday? lol, you UofLol fans slay me.



  21. SP
    3:57 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

    You sure about that C&M? Seems to me we were being dominated with no offensive flow other than the Randle spin move/turnover show the first 5 minutes. Then when he went out the offense and defense got it in gear. Id need to see a plus minus for the game, especially the first half, but I’m pretty sure randles minutes were a minus.



  22. ShepKat
    4:04 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

    What imprssed me? That our starting back court got as many rebounds that our starting front court did…:(



  23. CatsfanMike
    4:06 pm January 18, 2014 Permalink

    I am most impressed that they won without rebounding well. Rebounding has been and will be the Cats strength. Today they shot the 3, protected the ball and hit free throws. This is a real sign of progress. When they continue those aspects plus rebound, they could dominate. It is taken awhile for this young team, but they are showing signs of potential greatness.