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Kentucky Soars Over Pilots 74-46

With just two days of Camp Cal under their belts Kentucky is already starting to play better. From the start Portland was over matched and while Kentucky struggled a few times this was one of the more complete games they have played all year.

Archie Goodwin and Alex Poythress lead the way for the Cats as they combined for thirty. The supporting cast got in on the fun too as Mays and Wiltjer scored in double digits while Nerlens flirted with a triple double. What was your favorite part of today’s game? Drew will be by shortly for the full recap.

Kentucky 74- Portland 46


Article written by Andrew Cassady

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78 Comments for Kentucky Soars Over Pilots 74-46

  1. really?
    2:07 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    are we really playing like a new team, or are we simply playing lesser competition ?

  2. Trey
    2:09 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Archie Goodwin #SCTop10

  3. Brown OC?
    2:10 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Will Tubberville going to UC help or hurt our chances of getting Brown to be OC. Wonder if TT will give him a look.

  4. HOO
    2:10 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    1 – no, you are playing inferior competition. UK should be playing IU today but PayPal Cal fears Tommy Crean!

  5. HOO
    2:11 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Why’s PayPal Cal so afraid of Tommy Crean?

  6. Brown OC?
    2:12 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    #4 No use being bitter will let you see our trophy we got last year.

  7. ShelbyCatFan
    2:12 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    PayPal Cal. The originality is overwhelming

  8. Sad day at rupp
    2:13 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    What a dumb post. At 7 min left in game cats were up 11. That doesn’t say a whole lot for jar writer or the cats.

  9. playersfan
    2:13 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Still can’t pass, can’t rebound, Nichols or whatever for Portland 12 rebounds?

  10. Brown OC?
    2:13 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Afraid???? Last time I checked we just put a beating on IU in the FF.

  11. Hey
    2:14 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    #5 why does your mother choke on 3 at the same time?

  12. PayPal Cal
    2:14 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    I know Indiana is the premier basketball state and knew if I got my a$$ handed to me every year by Tommy Crean, all the $$$$ in the world couldn’t get Indiana guys like Marquis Teague to UK! I’d be stuck with the Jon Hood’s of the world because Kentucky has no athletes like Indiana.

  13. Jonah
    2:14 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    #4 Indiana will never be able to revenge last years lost to Kentucky because that team is gone. Get used to it.

  14. Brown OC?
    2:16 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Cal will fix this team over the Christmas break. That’s when Cals teams always get better!

  15. yoyo
    2:16 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    The halfcourt offense is tough to watch right now, and jeez they get beat off the dribble a lot…not worried about this team at all though, they will be ready to rock come tourny time.

  16. esteban
    2:16 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    archie=dunk of the year…much better performance and good effort. hell with the naysayers

  17. Slash
    2:16 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Worse free throw shooting team I’ve ever seen. Until we figure that out, we’ll never be a good team. Not to mention how many layups we miss. At least they’re freshman, but progress needs to come soon.

  18. BbCat
    2:16 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Hoo , IU could have played Uk at a neutral site instead of Rupp, but Crean shot it down. Sounds like Crean is the scared one to me.

  19. PayPal Cal
    2:17 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    I’m removing Baylor from our schedule next year and replacing with SMU. We are a players first program and I cannot risk another season like this one playing with all freshmen. Thank God I pussed out of playing IU every year!

  20. LoganBleedsBlue
    2:17 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Very strong finish. Positive signs especially at the end of the game. Portland made it very difficult for UK to set any kind of rhythm but we pushed through at the end. Getting better. Go Cayts!!!

  21. Willie's Headband
    2:18 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    How about talking about the game rather than debating Uk vs. Indiana with trolls?

  22. PayPal Cal
    2:18 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    I have a right to run down UK and its players because I played ball myself and was better than anyone. I am beyond reproach. Just ask me.

  23. HOO
    2:19 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    IU beats this team by 30

  24. yoyo
    2:20 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    12–cal is 3-1 against IU and Cream since coming to kentucky, just a heads up.

  25. RH
    2:20 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Haven’t watched it yet because of work, but radio said harrow had nice game! Hope this is beginning of more to come!

  26. Brown OC?
    2:20 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    #12 Why be so sad because Cal has come into Indiana and picked anther player. It must suck that a home kid committed to IU untill he improved then decided UK was a better school. I case you missed it we beat you out of the FF on our way to 8!

  27. bmt22033
    2:21 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Harrow had a lot of nice passes today. That’s good to see.

  28. GoodChicken
    2:21 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    PayPal must have been on the receiving end of that Archie Goodwin dunk. He’s a little bitter.

  29. SeoulCat
    2:22 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Goodwin still can’t defend. When the half-court defense breaks down, it usually starts with Archie letting his man beat him off the dribble. He’s worse than Wiltjer.

  30. PayPal Cal
    2:22 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    I’m such a loser. I have nothing better to do than to post on a fan site of a school I don’t even like.

  31. Raazoul
    2:22 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    I like the name Pay Pal Cal. All his players are now millionaires. All the IU alums are still in Assembly Hall as ushers. Tom Crean has gotten rich in his 10 mediocre years in Indiana. How many players are in the NBA since he got there? None?

  32. PayPal Cal
    2:23 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    I’m glad I saved some money this year on this weak a$$ freshmen cla$$! More money to give to Matt “Butthole Troll” Jones to keep him from questioning my players first program and ice cream soft schedule.

  33. SeoulCat
    2:23 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    #27 Harrow looked very good today. I have no doubt he will be a solid PG by the time conference play rolls around.

  34. ASf345
    2:24 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    IU will always be inferior to last years team and there is nothing they can ever do about it. IU by 30 over this team is laughable, just ask Georgetown.

  35. Raazoul
    2:25 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Hey, remember when IU rushed the court after winning a home game in November? I’d literally kill myself if I was an IU fan. Jump off a tall haystack or something.

  36. PayPal Cal
    2:25 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    I love how I have the sheep that are BBN believing the hype of my players first program! Their tuition dollars go up to support my salary and payments to players while I make them millionaires! Who cares if most students end up as used car salesmen or working at Verizon wireless! Players first!

  37. Truth
    2:26 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Georgetown beats this team by 15

  38. 1234
    2:26 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    #36 Move out of your moms basement. You are so pathetic.

  39. Mike
    2:27 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Noel only got off 3 shots and 7 pts. against a inferior team?? Nicholas outplayed both our bigs…kinda shocking.

  40. Brown OC?
    2:27 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Crean doesn’t want to play outside of the hall of calls!! IU has the most classless fans in the country! IIt’s a shame that the Hoosier fans still love RMN and the man loathes the state of Indiana

  41. Hey
    2:28 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    36 actually the players leaving UK now own companies like Verizon.

  42. Rod Strickland's Secret Smile
    2:28 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    The Cats went on a nice 16-0 run in the first half, then struggled for much of the second half before pulling away over the last few minutes. Put the whole game together, and they did just a little better than expected against an outmatched Portland team: picked them to win by 23 (80-57), and they managed to win by 28 (74-46).

    In the search for a point guard, Harrow had a nice line, with 8 points, 6 assists, and 1 turnover in 25 minutes. It was the first time I’ve seen him where he looked like he knew what he was doing. That’s a great sign. Goodwin did little to vindicate my argument that he’ll be the team’s best option at point by the end of the year, still struggling with recognizing when to pass.

    On rebounding, we did better than expected on the defensive end, a little worse on the offensive end. This still needs work.

    On defense, there were some slip ups, particularly during the first ten minutes of the second half, but the guys looked like they’re talking more, and missing fewer assignments.

    Similarly, on offense, they looked more in sync here for most of the game, but still had a long stretch in the second half where they looked confused and directionless.

    Overall, I’d count this game as steady, unspectactular progress. The book is out on UK: get back to prevent run outs, be physical with them – especially on the boards, mix up your defenses to confuse them, and be prepared to take plenty of charges, particularly from Goodwin. Against inferior competition, I thought the Cats showed that they were learning how to handle these adjustments that other teams are making against them more often than not, while still looking outplayed for about a quarter of the game. The dunk fest during the last four minutes inflated the score, stirred up the fans, and maybe boosted the team’s confidence a little. It doesn’t mean much, as long as it didn’t make anybody overconfident – and I doubt that’s an issue right now.

  43. ColoradoCat
    2:30 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    I get some sick pleasure from reading Hoo’s and PayPalCals’s posts here lately. Were you really better than anyone back in the day PayPal?

  44. 1234
    2:30 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    I thought our bigs looked fine.

  45. L1C4
    2:33 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Cards will whip the kitty cats! Get ready to grab ankles hillbillies!

  46. Cat89
    2:34 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    In case anyone from the four corners of the earth ever wondered how AWSOME and dominant UK’s Basketball program was over every other program especially those that boarder the sweet commonwealth of Kentucky all you would have to do is come to this site and read the posts of those “want to be” programs fans and read their poor attempts at ridiculing our team and coach. I mean why bother if we’re irrelevant? Oh they may poorly attempt to offer other reason but their secret love and longing to be like UK is totly transparent. Their lame attempts to prove otherwise serve as confirmation. UK IS KING OF THE BASKETBALL UNIVERSE !!! Suck on that IU.

  47. BigBlue1976
    2:35 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Hey PayPal, shows how much you really know. UK’s athletics department operates INDEPENDENTLY from UK academics. Cal’s salary does NOT take tuition dollars. In fact, the athletics department generates revenue back to the university. If you’re gonna troll, please, at least have your facts straight.

  48. Robukpt
    2:35 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    For the guy who forgot to set his DVr while coaching his sons basketball game is there a replay link?

  49. Isaac in Long Beach
    2:37 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Ha. Hahahaha. IU fans!? REALLY? Thanks for the laugh, guys.

  50. Hoos yo daddy
    2:39 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Facts that IU fans just can’t get over!
    1) most wins all time
    2)8 NC
    3) beat IU in last years FF.
    4) made Knight cry like a little girl when we beat his untill then undefeated team in the FF.
    The only thing Indiana has over Kentucky in basketball is a better movie. Hoosiers beats the hell out of glory road! In any other way IU is inferior and the facts back this up.

  51. Truth
    2:43 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    UK fans hate to admit over half of their titles came before blacks were allowed to play along with the majority of their wins. That’s why I love the BBN though! A bunch of uneducated sheep!

  52. Hoos yo daddy
    2:45 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    #45 Hillbillys? Lol. You smart people in loserville do know that when people call Kentuckians hillbillys they include the whole state don’t you. They don’t exclude Lousville. You remind me of the fat girl at the prom who makes fun of the other fat girls.

  53. Hoos yo daddy
    2:47 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    The truth is UK has 8 NC IU doesn’t. Anything else is a lame attempt of a excuss

  54. Badams
    2:47 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Hoosier fan cracks me up. After years of mediocrity and probation, they finally have a good team and he acts as if his program is far more superior. Dude, look at how long it took Crean to have this good of a team and think of why…bc he could get the big time recruits. Cal on the other hand walks into UK after going to the NIT and still manages a #1 class, just like he has every year. Cal wants to play in. If arenas so his teams have an idea of what the NCAA tourney will be like…can you really fault the. A for that? Can you really fault him for not wanting his players to be trampled if you were to win? UK on the other hand would never rush the floor. Show some class and the series might start up again. And dont hate when Trey Lyles leaves Indiana for UK.

  55. Badams
    2:49 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Stupid iPad correcting crap…couldn’t get recruits, wanted to play in big arenas

  56. Truth
    2:50 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    UK fans have no rebuttal for all of their titles coming when blacks couldn’t play

  57. Hoos yo daddy
    2:53 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    #52 I know you trolls aren’t too smart but over half of our championships came before blacks could play? Let me break this down for you. Half of 8 is four we have won 4 since 1978. I’m think blacks where playing in 78. So that means unless you give us credit for anther championship somewhere you are wrong. You should change your name to half truth or just liar would do.

  58. Hoos yo daddy
    2:55 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    #57 it’s was over half now it all came before blacks could play. Lol

  59. Hoos yo daddy
    2:59 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    It’s clear the truth is either a IU or UL fan. How can you try to debate NC with UK. Neither has won a championship in over 25 years. Uk has won 3 since either school has even been relative.

  60. I Miss Last Year's Team
    3:00 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    MAYES is a ball hog looking to score rather than to play Kentucky team ball. 5 for 14 shooting? Are you kidding me?

    He can’t defend and he can’t jump.

    He is no good and will definately hurt us if he doesn’t change.

  61. Hoos yo daddy
    3:02 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Mayes was brought in to shoot the ball. He’s doing just fine.

  62. Jealous Rivals hahaha
    3:02 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Hate us today, hate us even more tomorrow. 25+ years and counting loosier and tard fans hahahahahaha. That 2012 banner sure does look good hanging in the rafters of Rupp baby!!!!!!!!!

  63. I Miss Last Year's Team
    3:07 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Mayes is trying to help Mayes. He is looking after one person and one person only. Mayes goes into the wonderful list of former wildcats like derrick miller and roderick rhodes…

    great company to be in…

    Hey mayes, how does it feel that harrow is the same height as you yet he can jump 35 inches higher?

    do us a favor and catch mono or twist an ankle.

  64. Old Fan since 1948
    3:18 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    UK’s NCAA titles came in ’78,’96.’98 and ’12 with blacks in the Wildcat starting line-ups!!
    Is “Truth” just an idiot and an uneducated troll?

  65. trolls
    3:27 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    “Truth”–you don’t need a rebuttal to something that isn’t “truth” UK’s 8 (I know its hard to count that high for you but its the number between 7 and 9) National Titles have come well past when African Americans were allowed to play. 78, 96, 98 and 2012…….when was the last time your school won a title? Perhaps you should change your name to “untruth”

  66. trolls
    3:28 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    4 of the 8 have come in the “modern” era….a place the rest of us live

  67. Hood yo daddy
    3:31 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    #62 Only bad thing about last years banner is its kinda gets lost in the rafters with the other seven flanking it.You know it is easier to spot a certain year when you only have 3 or 4. Ahhhhh the spoils of being a fan of the #1 program of all time( I’ll listen to a UCLA fans argument even though I think they are more a good run under a great coach not really a top all time PROGRAM).

  68. trolls
    3:34 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Paypal…HOO…lets get together and play some scrabble or something this evening? I mean its Saturday night and I know we have no lives to speak of and haven’t spoken to a woman in years–so lets shake it up a little bit and expand our horizons. what do ya say?

  69. Missed free throws
    3:43 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Hitting less than 65% from the free throw line was not a highlight. CATS must improve on their free throw shooting before they see the dirty birds or anyone in the SEC. Glad to see better rebounding and aggressiveness. There passing can improve – many passes and taking care of the basketball led to unforced turnovers. Overall, much improvement – especially Goodwins dunk in the 2nd half. Go CATS!

  70. Holler Baller
    3:50 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    I was at the game today and this team showed some fire, but has a long, long way to go to be a contenda!!!

  71. CatDaddy
    4:06 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Hey Truth, the last time I checked, in the years 1978, 1996, 1998 and 2012 “African Americans” were playing basketball, Kentucky also had a pretty good one by the name of Jack Givens in 1978.

  72. Hood yo daddy
    4:08 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Even more our 4 early championships where won on the court playing with the same rules as everybody else. Sure it was before integration but the other teams where all white too. Rupp was a long way from a raciest. He knew he was going to play at some places that where verry raciest and knew he couldn’t protect them. Kinda like Jackie Robenson in baseball, branch Rickie wasn’t looking for the best player he was looking for the man who could handle the BS he was going to get. Rupp was doing the same.

  73. What?
    4:10 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    I’ve seen three different people in this thread run their mouths at the IU troll by saying that Uk beat IU in the final four last year. Really? Are you bandwagon fans or is your memory that short? If IU had made the FF last year, those crazy folks would probably have made Crean the governor. They had a statewide circle jerk about making the sweet 16. Which is where the champs beat them.

  74. CATS
    4:20 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    One thing I have never thought about doing is trolling on an IU sports site. Life must be pretty miserable for them to feel the need to come here.

  75. Bledsoe's Biceps
    4:23 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    I agree with 29 (SeoulCat). Goodwin still makes absolutely no effort to play D. Unlike Wiltjer, he does has the physical capability to do it, but he makes no effort. He constantly gets beat off the dribble and then causes the defense to breakdown. Cal seems to give him a pass, because he rarely gets jerked out because of it

  76. Big Whoop
    5:18 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    The Hoosiers have a better team than us and can’t be satisfied with that. Rush That Court! Give out Rings! Build a Trophy Case! All for beating little ol’ UK. Didn’t work out for them when it counted in the Elite Eight, however. Worst case of envy I’ve ever seen. Worse than UL’s envy unless, of course, the UL fans rush the court.

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

    #73 thank you. I was one who made the FF mistake. Forgot they didn’t make the FF. they did give us the best game of the tournament but still came up short. Your right they probably would have renamed the state after Crean if they had beat UK.

  78. mudcreekmark
    9:29 pm December 8, 2012 Permalink

    29)I think Goodwin thinks he is too cool to play defense. He is my least favorite player on the team. I hope he changes my mind before the season is over.He made two of the worse passes in UK history at the beginning of the game in transition. Passing to players who were covered with their backs to him. I hate when he drives in against 3 defenders and then turns his back to the goal and falls backwards hoping for a foul and throws a shot up with his back to the basket. He does it every game.