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Kentucky pulls away from Transy 74-28

In a game that started out very slowly for Kentucky, the  young Cats finally found somewhat of an offensive rhythm to completely pull away from Transy  74-28. Kentucky buckled down a bit defensively and held Transy to a 10 minute stretch in the second half where they didn’t score a single point. Is it safe to say this is a second half team?  Nerlens Noel led the way with 15 points, pacing 5 Wildcats in double figures. Other than the painfully slow start, the big story line became the status of Julius Mays. Mays, who had a strong game especially from long range, went down late in the game holding his knee. The preliminary reports made it sound like he just strained his right leg. Mays was all smiles on the bench at the end of the game, though he had a bag of ice on his leg.

Calipari didn’t seem discouraged by the rocky start, but knows his team has a long way to go before Friday. “We’re either winning or learning,” said John Calipari in his post-game interview.

Article written by Ally Tucker

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50 Comments for Kentucky pulls away from Transy 74-28



  1. First
    9:56 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    First



  2. Jus sayin
    9:58 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Willtjer needs to not start. I hate to say it but he just hasnt come far enough yet.



  3. kentuckyrules
    9:59 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Good 2nd half guys! One thing I did notice, something about KWilt isn’t right. He seems either out of sync or just not jivin just yet. The end of this game, when the bench was in there, they panned the bench, guys smiling, lauging, etc, except KWilt..he had a scowl on him…not sure what it was…maybe he had gas?

    Also, Hoodie…triple-threat position man!! He gets the ball, doesn’t even WANT to score/shoot…gotta have that option or the D will sway off him. Go Cats!



  4. laugh and love
    10:00 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Poythress is not a small forward



  5. manlySmell
    10:01 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Ah man.. missed the game… anyone who can provide a link to a replay..there is a bag of potato chips in it for you



  6. coach search
    10:01 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    These kids might be able to play. I know Hood is starting to look like he appreciates his role on this team. Unlike, Lemonds who needs to grow a pair before his wife looks to Saul for services…



  7. Slick
    10:04 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Buzz Baker has ears like Baby New Year!



  8. Interesting
    10:06 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    He had ice on his left knee. Maybe this is some type of new medical technique.



  9. DB11
    10:06 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    To add to the monotony of this post i shall simply state, kerfufllumps



  10. Rob
    10:07 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Why doesn’t twanny Beckham ever play?



  11. bigbluejon
    10:07 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    5. Replay @12am on Fox Sports



  12. bigbluejon
    10:09 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Love the new HD broadcast, but I wish they would pita shot clock on there somewhere



  13. bigbluejon
    10:09 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    *put a



  14. Austinustin
    10:11 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    What channel is the post game on??



  15. BigBlueBallz
    10:11 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    @ 10, my dude has a back injury. Would love to see Twany get some minutes.
    Hey KSR. For real. Dakari Johnson just reclassified to 2013. This is the 3rd post I’ve hollered at. Give the cat some attention!



  16. Kristy
    10:12 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Twany is hurt



  17. blue
    10:13 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    anyone know where to find a box score?



  18. manlySmell
    10:14 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    #11 Cool..thanks – hope you like Fritos



  19. eastcoastcat
    10:14 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    RIDE THAT HORSE WCS!!!



  20. Niceville_CAT
    10:14 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    WCS is going to be really really good at the end of the season



  21. Biggass Hungguy
    10:21 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Didnt watch the game, but really what is the point of playing Transy? Almost lost Mays for the season playing against a bunch of honks that have no business on the Rupp floor. Hopefully this is the end of the series, playing a team just because they are in Lexington and can walk to the game is a joke.



  22. comeon
    10:21 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    I watched his highlights. He is less athletic than kwilj can’t get 2 inches off the ground



  23. comeon
    10:22 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    ^@15 on dakari Johnson



  24. Darth
    10:23 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Julius Mays is very impressive on the post game show. Very well spoken, thoughtful/insightful answers and very mature and comfortable sounding. He’s going to be big on this team. Not only with his shot making ability but with his leadership in practice, in the games and off the court. He’s my early favorite player on this team.



  25. SadCat
    10:24 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    this is a 5 man team, not Wilt, not Harrow.
    Last year 6 did it.
    Can 5 stars plus two below average guys get it done???



  26. Cking9698
    10:34 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Come on now kiddies, Wiltjer isn’t going to look great against 6-2 guys out on the perimeter. I am calling it right now… KWILT is going be huge in the DUKE GAME! Davis had 6 points in an exhibition last year. Don’t judge just yet…

    BTW… Wasn’t it Late Dec last year before going on a 21-0 run? This team is going to be special.

    If they play like they did in that second half run with consistency and continue to get better, this team will be able to beat anyone.



  27. wait what
    10:40 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    15. the people in the fanbase that really care about that dont go to this message board, this one is about personalities ha sad and im not even your alls feeble trolls im a UK fan that is strikingly intrigued with dakari johnson part of ’13 still with 2 of wiggins randle gordon. That’d be 3 more ‘come on down?s.



  28. Thinkbeforeyouspeak
    10:41 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    26. Its a little early to be making any kind of assumptions on how any of these players will be by the end of the season……. Also playing transy is one of the worst games to judge our players by. They dont have any size on their entire roster, and this is not what Uk will face off against all year. Last year I heard the same kind of comments against our great 2011-2012 championship team. People just need to calm down and show a little patience…….



  29. wait what
    10:41 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    we are rebuilding the #1 frontcourt next year folks



  30. LoganBleedsBlue
    10:51 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Hopefully we bring the second half confidence out on the court on Friday. If we play like we did in the first half against Maryland things could get ugly really fast.



  31. HawkD
    10:54 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    What did Wiltjer do in the offseason? He certainly didn’t get stronger, faster, or quicker. He got his stuff pitched back in his face by a little white guy. He is beyond weak going at the basket and is a streaky shooter at best. I was really hoping to see some athletic improvement from him coming into this year.



  32. Duke sucks
    10:56 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    #26 I will like to hear you in March. Harrow and Wiltjer can both play. It’s a preseason game. Show some patience. Harrow can play and will be one of the top point guards in the country bye march. Cal is playing the same mind games with him he does with all his point guard. On them hard untill about december then workes with them over Christmas break and turns them lose. Teague was a turnover machine this time last year.think he work out just fine for us.



  33. Duke sucks
    10:58 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Wiljer lost 20lbs over the summer. Yes he’s stronger. Damn dude it’s a pRe season game. Relax



  34. bmt22033
    11:01 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Some observations:

    1. The team just plays better when Julius Mays is in the game. His experience, albeit not at Kentucky, really shows compared with the freshmen. Not only is he a good perimeter threat, but he provides some stability. I’m sure I wasn’t alone in holding my breath when he went down.
    2. Goodwin seems like he’s on the cusp of possibly being the best overall player on the team. Calipari seemed to be riding him pretty hard during the All Access segments and it’s hard to know exactly how he’s dealing with that. But as long as he takes it all to heart, I think he’s really going to be a special kid.
    3. Wiltjer had an off night as far as his shooting was concerned but wow, does his defense really, REALLY need improvement! I know he’s not the most athletic player on the team but I can’t help thinking that he’s capable of better D than we’ve seen from his thus far.
    4. Calipari really got a diamond in the rough in WCS. So much potential. I get excited just thinking about how good he could be by mid to late season.
    5. Nerlens seemed improved from the first exhibition game but still very raw. His potential is also just crazy to imagine. I have no doubt that he’ll be a beast to contend with in the paint later this year.
    6. I’m still not sure what to make of Poythress. The talent is there, for sure, but it doesn’t seem like he’s completely bought in to how good he can be yet. He’s got the physical tools, so maybe it’s just a personality or motor issue at this point. I have faith in Cal to maximize his potential, though.
    7. Harrow is going to get muscled by every team we play. Not unlike Teague did. I think he’s very talented and he can work on strength but his mild-mannered personality comes across as not really believing in himself. If that’s true, it’s a shame because I really believe that he can be a great PG.
    8. Is Twany Beckham still injured?
    9. I’d like to see some more of Lanter to see how good he is.
    10. Brian Long just looks like…well, like he doesn’t belong there but he doesn’t realize it and doesn’t fully appreciate the opportunity that he’s got. I don’t know him and that might not be fair of me to say but that’s how *I* perceive it.



  35. HawkD
    11:02 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    34) I understand it’s a preseason game, but he isn’t a freshman who is new to college basketball. He won a championship last year and practiced and played against numerous players who are now in the NBA. There is no excuse for being 6’9″ and not going strong to the hoop, especially when being guarded by someone who plays D III ball who is also at least 6 inches shorter than you.



  36. ibpoe
    11:04 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    WCS for Pres!!!!



  37. ibpoe
    11:05 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    I mean, WCS for starter!!!



  38. E
    11:08 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    35- did you just say Teague was not strong last year? Dude was a pit bull. No one out muscled him.



  39. ibpoe
    11:10 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    36) well said. DivIII players much shorter than him. He could have at least shot over them. Somewhat disappointing from a top recruit that played with national champs



  40. bmt22033
    11:14 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    39 – I said that opposing teams tried to muscle teague because of this small stature and frame. He definitely improved as the season went on. But if you look at him in March vs November, he looked a lot different.



  41. Obama
    11:17 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Poythress is not skilled enough to be a three. The lineup should be harrow mays goodwin poythress Noel dribble drive four around 1.



  42. ibpoe
    11:20 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Harrow
    Mays
    Goodwin
    Noel/Poythress
    WCS/Noel



  43. ibpoe
    11:24 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Shoot, get beefy

    Goodwin
    Mays
    Poythress
    Noelle
    WCS



  44. ibpoe
    11:32 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    What about HUGE?

    Goodwin
    Noel
    Poythress
    Willie
    Wiltjer

    OK, stretching it now



  45. Bobby Knight
    11:40 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    44. In what world is nolle offensively capable enough to play 4? Transy played pretty well and WCS should get the helment for the nasty dunk by Brandon Rash. But everyone getting their panties in a wad over this game needs to realize- you dont think Cal let the game get close in the first half?



  46. What
    11:52 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    @46 Noel will get his like he did tonight. Him and WCS in their we be our best defense and would negate any offensive difficulties Noel might have. Plus I think people are under selling Noel offensive game.



  47. Guest
    12:42 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    1. Harrow (he can put the ball in the basket and only extended minutes will allow him to grow into the point guard we need him to be by the end of the season)
    2. Mays (the guy can absolutely score the ball)
    3. Goodwin (probably our best scorer)
    Note. The 2 and 3 spots are interchangeable
    4. Poythress (like Harrow, he needs playing time to reach his full potential – which could be huge)
    5. Noel (his ability to block and alter shots and finish hard around the rim require him to be out there)
    Bench. Wiltjer (should come off the bench early and often to provide a shooting threat and create matchup problems); WCS (like Wiltjer, should see as much playing time as some of the starters b/c his all-around game and hustle are very impressive thus far – and the twin towers work really well when he defends up top – for some reason having the two down low all the time cancels them out, especially w/r/t offensive rebounds)



  48. wtf
    1:10 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    #35, thanks for a top 10 of captain obvious. and u were so proud of that post…..



  49. j a brooks
    2:05 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    News flash, there’s a bigger speed difference between a 6’9 and 6’3 guy then a 6’9 and 6’8 guy. When wiltjer and poythress play against teams that don’t play 5 guards you’ll see a big difference. This has happened in the past yet some of our fans Forget every year.