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Kentucky wins 74-50

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Kentucky charged out of the gates and performed exactly how you draw it up playing on the road. Make the electrified crowd a non-factor early and work the ball around to find open shots to keep piling it on. That’s exactly what the Cats did, behind Terrence Jones who put in serious work in the first half. He had ten points and six rebounds, to go along with two steals, one block, and one assist for a Doron Lamb three. This is Mr. Jones, ladies and gentlemen — the one I wrote about last week saying I felt a breakout game was coming. Later, Anthony Davis went down with a shoulder injury and a collective gasp could be heard across all of Big Blue Nation. He went to the bench and LSU made its move, cutting Kentucky’s lead to one. Davis returned and order was restored.

The second half started the same way the first half did. The Cats were running and LSU had no answer. Trent Johnson couldn’t do anything to slow down Marquis Teague’s pressure, and Anthony Davis couldn’t be stopped, even with a seven-footer and a bounty on his head. If this is the real Kentucky — which I believe it is very close to — this is a National Championship team. Every top team in the nation has shown a gaping vulnerability, but not Kentucky. (At least not yet, knock on wood). On to the notes…

Well hello Terrence Jones. Thank you for being a beast. I cannot put into words how happy I am to see him go off like that. I knew it was coming, but I didn’t know it would be this soon. TWENTY SEVEN POINTS! He had an incredible performance on a day he could have easily just slid by against a vastly under matched LSU team. He stepped his game up in ways I haven’t seen in months.

— Calipari says in the post-game press conference this was the best Kentucky has played all season and I cannot agree more. When Kentucky plays like this there isn’t a team who could come close to beating them. Judging by the last handful of games, I think the guys are starting to figure that out.

— I don’t care how good or bad LSU may be because teams can lose on the road, no matter what. Kentucky winning by 24 points says something about this team and their drive. Plenty of teams have found a way to lose (and lose big) on the road this season to not-so-great teams and the Cats just aren’t interested in being factored into that.

— Marquis Teague was consistent again. Meaning he is becoming consistently consistent. That’s a good thing from a point guard. He never racks up the stat column and probably never will, but he is getting in a groove of managing the game even without finding assists. If he keeps his turnovers down and doesn’t do anything stupid, well, that’s more than enough for the scorers to find open looks.

— Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had one point tonight, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. For Kentucky to win by 24 without Kidd-Gilchrist, that’s a positive thing for this team to build on. You don’t need to depend on one person to not only win, but blowout teams. What might go completely unnoticed was Kidd-Gilchrist’s defense on Anthony Hickey. He did a fantastic job blanking Hickey for nearly a full 40 minutes.

Have I mentioned how incredible Terrence Jones was? There wasn’t a single moment I was even remotely upset with his play today. Everything was textbook. Flawless. Perfection.

— We saw some Terrence Jones glamor shots coming back from a timeout which had Twitter abuzz and sent the ladies hearts throbbing. It was a random, interesting, but funny set of photos. Might was to rethink that career of yours, Terrence, you’ve got a face for the silver screen.

— Malcom White committed a flagrant-two foul on Anthony Davis that was extremely cheap and dirty. White was ejected, as he should have been. If you missed it while you were up fixing nachos or making a beer run, here it is.

— Anthony Hickey, the biggest concern Kentucky fans should have had going into the game, was a non-factor. He scored five points on 2-6 shooting. If an upset were to happen it would have likely flowed through his performance against the hometown team. Without Hickey in the game the Tigers were sunk from the get-go.

–There’s really nothing you can complain about with the game today, but if you really wanted to find something it was the free throw shooting. 15-26 is not good, so even as well as the team played it could get even better. A positive spin on a small negative, see?

— In a bit of semi-unrelated news: The Louisville Cardinals are playing tonight at Seton Hall where they are an underdog. That’s right; a supposed Top-25 team is an underdog at Seton Hall.

A few notable stats from the other guys:

Anthony Davis put up an extremely quiet double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

— Doron Lamb didn’t get up to his season average, but a solid nine points with two deep balls is plenty.

— Darius Miller dropped 13 and shot 3-5 from behind the arc. He’s on a big-time hot streak right now.

— Kyle Wiltjer logged 14 minutes but couldn’t connect on his bread and butter

Stick around; we’ll have a little bit more left on the LSU game the rest of the night. Go Cats!

Article written by Stuart Hammer

B.S. Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kentucky. @StuartHammerKSR

50 Comments for Kentucky wins 74-50

  1. High Point Cat Fan
    8:06 pm January 28, 2012 Permalink


  2. bmt22033
    8:10 pm January 28, 2012 Permalink

    I’m surprised that LSU didn’t suit up Mike the tiger and put him in against Davis. That BS foul by Malcolm White made some of the Louisville players look like angels.

  3. Brother Michigan
    8:11 pm January 28, 2012 Permalink

    I’d be happy if Malcom White never played another day of basketball in his life.

  4. Bulldawg
    8:12 pm January 28, 2012 Permalink

    As I said on the call in show, “Terrence Jones was hustlin’ harder than a pimp on a street corner!!! Great game TJ. Good post as well Hammer.

    On a side note, the brutal fouls by LSU were uncalled for and were hard to watch without getting concerned for the safety of the players.

  5. bmt22033
    8:13 pm January 28, 2012 Permalink

    @3 – I completely agree. I doubt it happens but he should, at a minimum, be suspended for a number of games because of that.

  6. Pitino Hater
    8:15 pm January 28, 2012 Permalink

    “Every top team in the nation has shown a gaping vulnerability, but not Kentucky.” Really? I don’t mean to be a downer but did you happen to see what LSU did when Davis was out of the game?

  7. Bankshot
    8:17 pm January 28, 2012 Permalink

    Now, we need Terrance to do that against Top 10 caliber teams.

  8. Wall2Cousins
    8:18 pm January 28, 2012 Permalink

    “extremely quiet double-double???” wtf…that kid was everywhere and got tossed around the gym the whole game by LSU players….he made the rim almost come down on a follow miss by Wiltjer…dont know what game you were watching but Anythony was doing it all.

  9. Harmon
    8:18 pm January 28, 2012 Permalink

    Trent Johnson did have a plan to stop Davis. Knock him out of the game. Perhaps he did put a bounty on Davis. Be glad when Trent is no longer coaching in the league.

  10. Big Blue 66
    8:21 pm January 28, 2012 Permalink

    off subject, but i would have loved to have seen Tony Wroten in Cals system. In Cal we trust though, just saying

  11. dave
    8:22 pm January 28, 2012 Permalink

    8- gotta agree. it was painfully obvious when davis hit the bench after hitting his head. the tigers went on a run & almost tied the game up. davis comes back in & cats back in biz

  12. strange brew
    8:25 pm January 28, 2012 Permalink

    Missed it. Had to work the night shift, I was asleep. Good win.

  13. Big Blue 66
    8:33 pm January 28, 2012 Permalink

    11. actually yes the tigers made a run with Davis out, however, Teague and Miller hit threes and we went back up by like 7 before Davis got back in. Its obvious that Davis is a game changer and very important, but it wasnt exactly like we didnt impose our will on them even when Davis was out.

  14. bigbluedude
    8:35 pm January 28, 2012 Permalink

    if malcom white blows out his knee, i will shed NO tears

  15. JimBobCooter
    8:38 pm January 28, 2012 Permalink

    13. Agreed. Though noticeably better with AD on the floor, the team had contained the LSU run and started a run of their own before he got back in.

    Also, the LSU run was helped by our players just being shocked at seeing their star player hit the floor hard and be more shaken up than they’d seen all year. That had to have had a psychological effect.

    But threat contained, never to get close again.

  16. Big Blue 66
    8:42 pm January 28, 2012 Permalink

    i will state something else too, a lot of people have been hard on Teague, and I can understand that, but he has played much better the last few games and he will absolutely take and make the important shots. I just love a kid that doesnt hide or back down from an important time in the game, and to me, Teague steps up when needed alot of times

  17. Big Blue 66
    8:48 pm January 28, 2012 Permalink

    okay, i know im posting alot but watching games…..but just saw the Boatwright kid from UConn that the NCAA just cleared because he is “cooperating”, and that he took over $8K and a car!!! OMG, just think if that kid was at UK

  18. InternationalPhilosophy
    8:49 pm January 28, 2012 Permalink

    Good point concerning Teague. He’s becoming a good floor general and really does have a decent shot from 3, a good short range jumper, and can get to the basket when he needs to.
    Did anybody else notice the smooth 12 ft. jumper from AD?
    He was already hard to defend, but that short jumper has to have the pros salivating even more than they already were.

  19. gcat4496
    8:50 pm January 28, 2012 Permalink

    Davis also got slapped in the face on a dunk. I am surprised the refs didn’t review that one during the break, because it was a fairly violent play as well. Davis really got beat up this game. There is a difference between being physical and plain old playing to hurt players.

  20. Shendo
    8:50 pm January 28, 2012 Permalink

    SEC should review that foul and dish out a suspension for that flagrant foul. No place for that in basketball.

  21. Eric K
    8:53 pm January 28, 2012 Permalink

    Good win!! BBN the CATS are getting better!! I’d say a B+ effort!! 11 missed foul shots ain’t cutting it!! CAL said on the post game, hope the team ready to run. GO CATS!!!

  22. gcat4496
    8:55 pm January 28, 2012 Permalink

    #17. Get ready to see Fab Mello back because, they will for sure clear up his academic problems. Shouldn’t Scoop Pat Ford or Pete Thamel be digging into Fab Mello academic issue. I am sure this would be an off the charts story if he played for UK.

  23. Mr Schwump
    8:55 pm January 28, 2012 Permalink

    Typical incompetence by stripes. Flagrant foul and ejection needs to be the call. Without that we’ll see more of this on down the road.

  24. InternationalPhilosophy
    8:56 pm January 28, 2012 Permalink

    Something else to take away from this game…in case no one has noticed, this team not only has talent, it has developed character that grows stronger with each game.
    The flagrant against AD might have resulted in a brawl, but our guys got their vengeance via the scoreboard.
    btw, still waiting to hear from the idiot who posted the other night that Teague and Jones are thugs…if you call yourself a UK fan, may I suggest you find yourself a different team.

  25. InternationalPhilosophy
    9:09 pm January 28, 2012 Permalink

    From espn’s recap:

    LSU’s frustration began to show when Malcolm White prevented a fast-break layup by grabbing Davis from behind by the shoulders and pulling him down. White was ejected for a flagrant foul. Davis was down momentarily but got back up and kept playing.

    “I asked him, ‘Were you faking it or did they really hit you?'” Calipari recalled. “He said, ‘Oh, they were whacking me, but I was from Chicago. I just kept getting up.'”

  26. Eloy
    9:13 pm January 28, 2012 Permalink

    I could be a starter at Seton Hall!

  27. Rixter
    9:16 pm January 28, 2012 Permalink

    It never ceases to amaze me how excited some posters get by being the first to comment. Their 2 seconds of fame, I suppose.

  28. samismammy
    9:48 pm January 28, 2012 Permalink

    In this video clip, Calipari came out onto the floor screaming “Michael, No!” Repeatedly. So was Gilchrist getting ready to kick some azz???

  29. InternationalPhilosophy
    10:00 pm January 28, 2012 Permalink

    Sounded like Cal came off the bench shouting “Michael, no!” then checked on AD, then walked toward his players shouting “Stop that stuff!”
    I think AD’s teammates were a little pissed and ready to take action, especially MKG.
    Cal did a good job talking (shouting) some sense into them, so they calmed down and got their revenge via the scoreboard.
    I said it in another thread, I think LSU did us a big favor by playing physical (more like dirty at times) and the result will be an unkinder, less gentle UK squad.

  30. Carl
    10:05 pm January 28, 2012 Permalink

    It looks to me like it is open season on UK players. The league office is allowing low talent teams like LSU and Georgia to beat, mug and hack their way into contention. Sometimes I hate the SEC.

  31. roharmon
    10:14 pm January 28, 2012 Permalink

    29, you are dead on, MKG was not going to let White get away with that, but Cal was quick off the bench and restored order to the cats. LSU’s plan from the start was to push, shove, elbo and kick all game long.

  32. InternationalPhilosophy
    10:14 pm January 28, 2012 Permalink

    To quote that old KSR stalwart, Friedrich Nietzsche:
    “What doesn’t destroy me, makes me stronger.”

  33. ekublue
    10:28 pm January 28, 2012 Permalink

    MKG is always the first to his team’s defense whenever someone is on the ground or fouled hard he’s ready to fight and defend his teammates and that’s how it’s suppose to be.

  34. cats11
    10:33 pm January 28, 2012 Permalink

    That double-double wasn’t quiet at all.

  35. Eric Whitmer
    10:37 pm January 28, 2012 Permalink

    I would hate to see a player like Anthony Davis get hurt, but I do not mind having other teams try to foul us enough to where the game slows down and the other coaches think that they can keep the game close. We have seen that strategy all year since the Louisville game. It didn’t work for them, and it wont work for anybody. Their players get in foul trouble, we shoot 20-30 free throws, and it just shows a sign of weakness that these coaches dont think there players can beat UK in a BASKETBALL game (They probably can’t, but would have a better chance). Also these are college athletes, they are not stupid (exception Tennesse, Stokes cant stretch, lol) and they know that their coaches do not have any confidence in them. You cant win without confidence.

  36. EZ
    10:40 pm January 28, 2012 Permalink

    Terrence Jones

  37. Dunkin' Donuts
    10:40 pm January 28, 2012 Permalink


  38. Kentucky Chucky
    10:42 pm January 28, 2012 Permalink

    Great win Cats!

  39. KCat
    10:42 pm January 28, 2012 Permalink

    None of Coach Cal’s teams have been good free throwers. Not one. Remember he lost (Errr. gave away)a National Championship at the free throw line not so long ago. Made Kansas very happy.

  40. Catnuts
    12:14 am January 29, 2012 Permalink

    MKG was trying to defend his buddy, good for him. I don’t want to see any of them fight but I like seeing teammates taking up for each other. They were abusing Davis all game and it needed to end.

  41. Sheeeeiiit
    1:17 am January 29, 2012 Permalink

    39 – What are you yapping about? We had an off game at the free throw line, mainly from Davis who was getting beat up. We have been great all year. You must be a troll with that sad observation.
    Stuart – Nice try saying you predicted the big game from Jones in your ultra-negative post last week. Reality: Jones proved you wrong faster then you expected.
    27 – Yep!
    Great Win. I guess these refs didnt read that Adams letter though.

  42. catfan68
    1:22 am January 29, 2012 Permalink

    LSU thugs need the shit stomped out of them

  43. Mack
    1:25 am January 29, 2012 Permalink

    Most players won’t do what White did unless they they coached at some level to do it.

  44. Mack
    1:27 am January 29, 2012 Permalink

    Sorry should have read “Most players won’t do what White did unless they are coached at some level to do it.”

  45. Weruk
    6:51 am January 29, 2012 Permalink

    From the clip, I wonder who White is nodding to right b4 he slams AD to the ground? It seemed like he was given the order to do so. The UK boys really demonstrated their composure today (with a little help from CC 🙂

  46. critical thinker
    11:05 am January 29, 2012 Permalink

    no place for that kind of foul at all. that is how chaos ensues. kid from lsu should be suspended at least a few games. on a side note, no place for cal to yell at players that one of his players will kick another players ass after the game. but words are nothing compared to that crazy horse collar ad got. could have been hurt really bad. no place for that at anytime

  47. Your Daddy
    12:20 pm January 29, 2012 Permalink

    #41 it is not an observation that Cal’s teams are poor free throwers. It is a fact. My son’s 5th and 6th grade little league team is shooting 78.9% free throws for their season. The little ones practice their free throws every day at practice. Cal’s Memphis team gave away a National Championship from the free throw line. Fact. Sometimes the truth hurts. Cal knows it. You know it. I know it.

  48. UK Grad
    12:28 pm January 29, 2012 Permalink

    I bet ADavis is sore as hell this morning. I don’t see how the SEC can NOT suspend White for the next three games for his tackle on AD. The SEC needs to send a clear message to all the thugs.

  49. #WWMKGD
    1:50 pm January 29, 2012 Permalink

    your daddy, you’re right. you little boy could beat all of cal’s team. *rolls eyes*

  50. Eric
    9:22 am January 30, 2012 Permalink

    I may be wrong, but I believe the one assist was to a Darius Miller 3.