1. Huge Win
Kentucky defeated North Carolina 103-100 in front of nearly 20,000 people in Las Vegas. Malik Monk (more from him later) was unstoppable as he hit the game winning three with 16.7 seconds remaining in the game. This game is the early front runner for game of the year as it was an exciting 40 minutes of basketball. Kentucky led for 32:41 and were able to shoot lights out for both halves.
2. Malik Monk
Malik Monk broke the Kentucky freshman scoring record by scoring 47 points on 18 of 28 shooting, including going 8 of 12 from beyond the arc. To say he was on fire is an understatement. Monk had one of the best single game performances in Kentucky basketball history as he became only the FIFTH player in Kentucky history to score at least 47 points. He joins Bob Burrow, Dan Issel, Cliff Hagan and Jodie Meeks on that list. Monk’s point total was the highest for an SEC freshman, since Chris Jackson of LSU scored 55 against Ole Miss on March 4th, 1989.
Entering the game, the key for Kentucky was to keep the rebounding margin close. The Cats finished by out rebounding North Carolina 39-35. This proved to be, other than Monk’s play, a major difference in the game. On rebounding Calipari said, “biggest thing for us & we talked all week is we out-rebounded them/I can’t believe it/Never thought it would happen”
Just because we all know you want to relive this game.
5. Officially Louisville Week
Following the big win over North Carolina, the Cats can now focus their full attention on Louisville. Kentucky travels to the Yum Center on Wednesday for another top-25 showdown. The Cards are led by Donovan Mitchell (11.4 ppg) and Quentin Snider (10.8 ppg). The Cards defeated Eastern Kentucky 87-56 yesterday in their final tune up before the big game.
5. UK Hoops takes on Radford
UK Hoops will look to get back on track following losses in 2 of their last 3 games. They will face the Radford Highlanders (7-1) at 2pm in Memorial Coliseum. The Highlanders are riding a 7 game win streak into Lexington and boast a strong defense. They have only allowed an opposing team to score 60 points once this entire season.
6. Insane Game-Winning Touchdown
Youngstown State wide receiver Kevin Rader made this insane catch against the back of the defender. The touchdown gave the Penguins a 40-38 lead with 0:01 left in the game. Of course Kentucky has many connections to Youngstown State, most notably it being where Mark Stoops’ father was the longtime defensive coordinator and was where Vince Marrow played 2 years of college football. Good luck to the Penguins as they advance to the FCS National Championship game against James Madison.
This week has been a week with two fantastic pieces highlighting two UK Athletes. The first, coming from our own Tyler Thompson, who wrote a magnificent piece on Wenyen Gabriel and his family’s hardships leaving South Sudan. The second was from Jen Smith of the Lexington Herald Leader on Alex Montgomery and how he has remained positive even through hardship. Check out both below:
8. NFL Sunday
A good slate of NFL games highlight today in professional sports. Some games to watch out for would be: Steelers at Bengals, Saints at Cardinals, Patriots at Broncos, and the intriguing matchup of the Bucs and the Cowboys.
9. Happy Birthday!
Happy Birthday to the following people:
- Sia- 41
- Brad Pitt- 53
- Christina Aguilera- 36
- Stone Cold Steve Austin- 52
- Steven Spielberg- 70
- Katie Holmes- 38
- Keith Richards- 73
- Ray Liotta- 62
10. Today is National Answer the Phone like Buddy the Elf Day
To truly get into the holiday spirit, today has been pegged as “National Answer the Phone like Buddy the Elf Day,” so be sure to answer any phone calls with the famous line, “Buddy the Elf, what’s your favorite color?”