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Kentucky vs. Alabama Game Recap

(via Jeff Drummond of CatsPause.com)

This game was close from start to finish which says a lot about the coaching of Anthony Grant and the athletes of Alabama. Give them credit for sticking with the Cats and making it tough. Coach Cal looks correct in his assessment of Alabama being one of the final sixteen teams left in the country. These kids shot at an incredible clip (65.7%) in the second half (48% for the game), and did it mostly without their leading scorer and rebounder, Tony Mitchell. Mitchell sat most of the first half after picking up two early fouls and eventually fouled out with 5:32 left in the game. Bama found other ways of scoring, though. At one point Bama’s Trevor Releford was scoring everything and JaMychal Green hit some crucial buckets late. Ultimately, Kentucky proved to be too much for Alabama and squeezed out a 77-71 win. It says a lot about our Cats that we could survive that type of shooting output in the second half, never give up the lead, and close out the game. Good win, fellas.

More notes:

-Kentucky moves to 19-1 on the season and 5-0 in conference play. Cal has yet to lose a game at Rupp Arena and the Cats  have now won 47 in a row at home.

Darius Miller and Marquis Teague were clutch. When they got fouled and had to go to line to keep the lead, they delivered. Grant called a timeout in between both of Miller’s last two free throw appearances to try and ice the senior, but Miller didn’t flinch. The Cats continue to show the ability to be able to knock down important free throws which bodes well for March. UK’s last field goal was at the 6:57 mark. They hit 15 of 19 free throws (79%) to finish the game.

-For the first time since February 19, 2005 the Wildcats had six players in double figures. (Teague (10), Davis and Miller (11), MKG (13), Lamb (14), Jones (15))

-Kentucky only turned the ball over eight times against the Tide. Alabama opponents averaged 14 turnovers a game coming into today’s match-up.

-Three NBA General Managers were at Rupp today. Chris Grant of the Cavs, Daryl Morey of the Rockets, and interim Blazers GM Chad Buchanan were all there to check out the future of their league. Blazers might need a point guard late in the first (Teague) and both the Cavs and Rockets will be in the lottery hoping to win the Anthony Davis sweepstakes.

-Ashley Judd was the celebrity “Y” today, but she couldn’t get a seat at the post-game press conference.

(via Drew Kidd-Franklin)

Journalists are A-holes. SMH.

On, On, U of K.

 

 

Article written by Rashawn Franklin

61 Comments for Kentucky vs. Alabama Game Recap



  1. UofK
    4:03 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    2012 National Champions



  2. Matt Jones' barber
    4:05 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    Is Jaymichael Green getting any pro attention. Kid could definitely play at the next level.



  3. QuickyRicky
    4:13 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    C’Mon man, at least let Ashley sit on your lap.



  4. Mike
    4:16 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    Our D was very porous today and especially in the 2nd half…we couldn’t defend the post well at all and we made too many fouls in trying to do so. Grant might have had a better gameplan for us than we did them. You could tell he was really focused during the game.



  5. AntBanks
    4:19 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    Mike Hughes take on Willis, from ITV premium:

    Derek Willis recruitment (4 votes)

    ——————————————————————————–

    He’s going to pick Kentucky, which isn’t a surprise to any of us here.

    You guys know that I shoot straight, and I’m not disappointed the least in Willis’ decision.

    Certainly Willis is a good prospect with size and skill, but he’s not what I’d call a producer. He’s certainly not an immediate impact player at Louisville or Kentucky, though he could develop eventually into a contributor.

    I’m surprised John Calipari went this far with Willis because he’s not the type of talent he usually goes after. It’s my opinion that Calipari’s biggest interest in Willis was one-upping Rick Pitino for a top local recruit. I sat next to Mr. Calipari in the Bullitt East gym the night he evaluated Willis. I left scratching my head that night wondering why a coach who ‘recruits’ NBA players was making a move on Willis.
    Mike Hughes



  6. NBA GM
    4:21 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    If you seriously think Marquis Teaque is NBA ready you are out of your mind. I love the CATS but these kids are ALL puffed up. Anthony Davis has 0 offensive game. He will sit on the bench in the NBA for at least 2 years. All the guy does is dunk. I know the NBA is all about potential and he will go #1 but how is he going to guard guys in the nba? He has to get some type of offensive game. I guess he’ll learn that in the pros.



  7. Holler Baller
    4:22 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    More evidence Ashley is no longer on the A-List



  8. Truth
    4:23 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    Ashley Judd only has about 1500 miles left on those tires.



  9. Kentucky Effect
    4:28 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    It really is a job well done by Calipari when Teague and Jones are being talked about as NBA first rounders. Teague is getting better but is still shaky and cant shoot at all. Jones is an absolute lost cause right now. He isnt rebounding, he isnt playing defense, he constantly fumbles the ball and all he wants to do is play on the outside. I miss Knight telling him to go in the post everytime he came out.



  10. snl1960
    4:28 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    i can find her a place to sit.



  11. Paducah Patty
    4:28 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    Since when is she a member of the press?



  12. Pinch 'n' Roll Tactician
    4:28 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    that is embarrassing did no one really give her their seat? you dont ask you insist….damn i give up my seat to ladies on subways when im in cities and the media is making ashley judd sit on the floor? what in the world



  13. jimmy dinklewinker
    4:36 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    Jerry Tipton took the last seat.



  14. string music
    4:37 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    As long as I have a face, Ashley Judd has a place to sit.



  15. Musehobo
    4:38 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    I love it when ppl think they know more than NBA scouts. If he was going to ride the pine for 2 years, they wouldn’t draft him first. Yeah but I’m sure you know more than all these professional talent scouts. Let me guess, thus is the first UK game you’ve watched?



  16. Snapperlicious
    4:41 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    She can ride my pine!



  17. Dane Brammage
    4:43 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    While I agree it is chivalrous to allow Ms. Judd one’s chair, it appears that most of these folks are working. The gathering of news, the deadlines, all committments therein supercede generosity as, arguably: A man’s gotta eat.



  18. jimmy dinklewinker
    4:49 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    she could also stand in the back where UK athletic staff stand



  19. Backwoods
    4:50 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    She can sit in my lap. #8. She can put the last 1500 mi on me



  20. serdi
    4:51 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    1. Green proved to me today that you don’t want him if your an NBA team. He dogs it most the time, scored 6 at home vs Vandy that other night, has had numerous single digit games, and them plays like an All-American when he is on the big stage. You need to bring it every game.

    2. Everybody talks about Anthony Grant being a great coach. Does a great coach get his players ready to play every game or just whenever? He looked like a good coach today and his team played their best game of the year and beyond all their abilities…Relleford for example falling down, flips the ball in the air, hits the rim bounces high 4 times of the rim and rattles in…really? And then he has struts around?…really?

    3. Cal is right Bama is final 16 team if they play like they did today, but guess what, they won’t…they have already proved that.



  21. sunnycat
    4:51 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    15. Getting drafted doesn’t guarantee not sitting the pine. If you can’t bang in the post in college how you gonna do it in the pros? And players rarely develope once they get in the NBA.



  22. BPsycho
    4:56 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    Doug Gotbleebbleeb just stated again he doesn’t like Anthony Davis… He’s just a hater.



  23. InternationalPhilosophy
    5:04 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    Gottlieb is, and always has been, an idiot.
    AD is intelligent, motivated, has mad skills and has played a grand total of 20 college games and any pro team would take him in a heartbeat.
    “Not that good.”
    It is to laugh.



  24. Ashley Judd
    5:06 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    She could sit in my lap after a get the erection.



  25. CAUKFAN
    5:06 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    Calipari has not lost at Rupp…….That blows my mind.

    I thought Jones looked good today. 15 point and made some key plays……couldn’t have won the game without him.



  26. Tomas
    5:11 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    The NBA is a different animal. Have you guys not noticed that outside of Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum there aren’t any other great centers. The NBA has become a perimeter game even with the bigs. Davis obviously will struggel with big bodies in the pros, but few teams “bang” in the post. The NBA prefers athletic big men who can handle the ball and create their own shot. Thats why guys like Jared Sullinger will not be good in the NBA. Even Jorts is relegated to shooting threes. Davis rebounds fairly well and can handle the ball and can guard three positions on the court. Guys like Gottlieb don’t like him because Davis represents a fundamental change in the game that they don’t want.



  27. Robukpt
    5:15 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    If you think AD will ride the pine you’re a moron. He got pushed around a little but still had 11-9-5-4 and the big block and clutch free throws to seal it. You don’t drat a guy #1 and sit him unless he’s kwame brown. And can the Teague haters please just go away. Kid is getting better. He was clutch when he needed to be and overall played pretty well. He will be the floor general by march.



  28. Mike
    5:15 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    Anybody watching the UT/UC game. Stokes is showing how much of a stud he is already with very little experience. I would take his overall game over any of our bigs right now.



  29. Snapperlicious
    5:23 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    28) Go root for the vols you jerk off!



  30. Stokes
    5:26 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    I just learned how to start today!



  31. J Stokes
    5:31 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    Ashley Judd doesn’t know how to stretch.



  32. Mike
    5:32 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    29. Glad I got ur attention…will stand by the statement I made….he has a better outside shot and already has 10 boards…wouldn’t be surprised to see him make first team “freshman” at end of year.



  33. Cherith Cutestory
    5:33 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    Another game where the opposing team plays the best game they will all year and they still loose, Go Cats!!



  34. Eric McKendrick
    5:42 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    So cal recruits one and dones and he catches hell. Cal just recruited a 3-4 year player and he’s catching he’ll. People are not smart.



  35. Warren
    5:48 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    She could sit on my lap… and we would have another Erupption Zone to talk about.



  36. Tomas
    5:49 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    Jarnell Stokes does not have a better outside shot that Terrence Jones who is shooting over 42% from 3. He also gets the majority of the rebounds because no one else on Tennessee knows how to rebound against good teams. Our front court all average at least 6 rebounds. Davis averages about 10 a game. I agree that Stokes is good but quit making aburd statements without looking at the actual numbers.



  37. Seriously Concerned
    5:51 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    Mike Hughes:If Coach P. has so much talent lined up for us for the 13-14 season that Willis can’t help, tell us about it.I am looking at the curent roster and list of commitments and thats not the way it looks to me, just a regular fan.



  38. Tomas
    5:52 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    Also Stokes is 2-7 from the free throw line which is putrid. Our big men shoot better free throws too. The key to Tennessee is Cameron Tatum. When he plays well Tennessee does well. Tatum is 4-7 from three currently. But Stokes makes them an NCAA tournament team but you are acting like Jimmy Dykes and over hyping everything he does.



  39. The Cheese
    6:07 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    Does Ashley have press credentials?



  40. High Point Cat Fan
    6:16 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    Cold blooded three by FSU to beat Duke in Cameron!!!! See ya later, home winning streak. Kinda like Indiana’s win, but better at Duke.



  41. kingrex
    6:30 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    Anyone making these ridiculously negative comments about Ashley Judd is pure trash.



  42. carlos toomer
    6:36 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    Ashely Judd was born in California. Quit propagating rumors about her being from Kentucky.



  43. Mike
    6:44 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    36. Jones has done some good shooting at the 3 but has nothing in between, and he has difficulty finishing at the rim, and u don’t know if he is going to show from game to game. Stokes only practiced 4 times before he put up 9 on his. He has a very good court demeanor and some leadership qualities that TJ hasn’t shown much of. I love AD and what he does for the team but he has no outside shot away from the rim either. A month into the season for Stokes vs. TJ and AD during the same time period, I would take Stokes from what little I have seen of him.



  44. Nacho Libre
    7:22 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    #14 Funniest thing ever. Thanks dude I needed that!!!!



  45. Hoss
    7:31 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    first- I don’t care if you are working press, have press credentials or are Walter Freaking Cronkite, if there is a lady sitting on the floor while your fat male ass rests in a nearby chair, you get up and you offer her a seat. Reprobates. I would do this for my own Mother-in-law and I promise you I care a whole lot more about Ashely Judd than I do about wifey’s mum.

    second- I couldn’t give 2 flips where, when or if these guys ever play a single second in the NBA, if they are ready or even if they’ll ever be ready… none of us should, really, until multiple NBA failures start to become an issue for UK/Cal’s recruiting. I’m a UK fan. This is a UK site. NBA is that way —->

    third- (insert sophomoric double entendre referencing any random body part, some inanimate object on which one could sit and, of course, Ashley Judd)



  46. lee
    7:49 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    Should of turned the lights out since the power was provided by coal ashley can go back to LA and stay off our bandwagon.Can anyone go back stage for it?All of us hard working folks from eastern ky are very sick of ashley ‘hollywood’judd and here no coal bulls*^%



  47. BBN
    8:14 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    #47 Bandwagon!!!!!!!!!



  48. InternationalPhilosophy
    8:14 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    “…here no coal…”

    That’s what she said.



  49. BBN
    8:14 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    #46 Bandwagon!!!!!!



  50. Cat Daddy
    8:18 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    The internet gives a voice to the ignorant.



  51. bluebiscuit
    8:33 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    The fact she can sit on the floor rather than demand special treatment shows she’s got some class. Drew, I hope you offered her a hand and helped her up after the presser. (Why don’t you all ask her to write a guest column? Then she could be a member of the press. And we could get something good to read.)



  52. KYStout
    8:35 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    Wow, some really classy people posting here.

    Every media member that didn’t offer Ashley a chair should be punched in the face.



  53. bluebiscuit
    8:42 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    But she has to write about the Cats. Not coal.



  54. tangledupinblue
    8:49 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    14 = LMAO !!



  55. JoeDaddy
    8:50 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    Ashley can sit in a cold dark room without any electricity as far as I am concerned after all the negative things she has said about coal. Coal keeps the lights on. But, she can sit on my little willie in that cold dark room if she wants to.



  56. DaveUK
    8:58 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    #50 – Amen! I’d venture to guess that the posters that are asking if she has press credentials have no idea how UK’s K-Fund works. By virtue of her annual giving, she likely has enough points to gain access into any UK event she wants. If she’s at the Reserve level, she automatically gets press conference credentials, plus can attend closed practices and other events. The fact that she isn’t above sitting on the floor should indicate how classy and humble person she really is.



  57. Rupp in a wife beater
    9:03 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    Ashley was the Y tonight. She isn’t quite in game shape and would need Pitino to help her get the ole body fat percentage down a bit. Rick could do this remarkable feat in about 15 seconds.



  58. Grow up
    10:14 pm January 21, 2012 Permalink

    Comments about Stokes reminds me of the loser schools comments about Derek Willis. Cal is a great recruiter but we can’t win them all.

    Some of you should be ashamed of your comments about Ashley Judd. Does your mother know you talk about women that way?



  59. Captain Obvious
    1:48 am January 22, 2012 Permalink

    Pretty scary to think that there are actual human beings, who walk around society, behind the keyboards making some of these comments.



  60. Cat fan
    9:53 am January 22, 2012 Permalink

    Ashley is awesome! And she happens to be beautiful too.



  61. Blue/White
    1:24 pm January 22, 2012 Permalink

    Far be it from me to question Coach Cal, but I was wondering if anyone else is confused by the lack of use of Eloy in this game. Alabama’s game plan was to bang UK down low and be physical and push Davis around, a good game plan really, but I feel like Eloy would have been productive because is a bigger body at least in terms of muscle. His offensive game is not great but he could bang and provide some rebounding. Just curious if anyone else has thoughts on it.