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Marist Game Recap/ Friday Night Notes


– The Cats trounced the Marist Red Foxes 108-58 tonight on the UK IMG Sports Network . The poor game feed prompted the Turkey Hunter to quip: “IMG uses bank surveillance cameras.” While the picture quality was indeed lacking, the pace of play was top rate. The two teams combined for 81 points in the first half, but it was the second half that displayed the real fireworks.

– Cal started the first half with Miller, Lamb, Kidd-Gilchrist, Teague and Davis. Kentucky jumped to a 4-0 lead after the first minute, but the Red Foxes brought the score to 18-17 at the 13:30 mark. That timeout led to the entrance of Terrence Jones to the game, who struggled through the first half. John Clay cleverly Tweeted, “Terrence Jones playing like someone who was out at 2:30 a.m.” The Cats went into the locker room leading 45-36. Kidd-Gilchrist led all scores with 11 points, Davis contributed 10 points and 5 boards.

– If the first half was a Kentucky struggle, the second half of the season opener was a very different story. Terrence Jones started half #2 in the place of Miller and helped the Cats blast off to a 6-0 run. Kentucky finally got the offense rolling in this second period, shooting 60% from the field, extending the lead to thirty six with 7:30 left. The rest of the game was a Big Blue Steamrolling, with Kentucky breaking the 100 point marker for the second straight game. Sam Malone put on a scoring clinic in the last minute, scoring two pretty buckets. The Cats closed out the Red Foxes 108-58. Kyle Wiltjer and Kidd- Gilchrist had great games and finished with 14 points.

Game Notes:

Marquis Teague is the Real Deal

-Much has been made over the young PG Teague and he proved why tonight. Teague posted a 16 point, 4 assist and 3 steal performance in his big blue debut. Absent too are the high PG turnover numbers that usually accompany new PGs, as Teague posted only 3. Cal will say that is three too many, though.

Sub of The Day

-Despite his slow start, Terrence Jones came off the bench and scored 5 points for UK in the first half. Jones started the second half and helped the Cats sprint to a 21-2 run to start the second frame. Jones finished the game with eight points. This wasn’t Jones’ best game by any stretch, but it is clear that it was a very different team with him on the floor. When TJ entered, the game was 18-17; it was never really close after he subbed in.

Doron Lamb was “Over the Top”

-Lamb exited the game in the first half due to an apparent eye injury. Lamb must have executed the Lincoln Hawk “hat-around” in the locker room, because in his eleven second half minutes, Lamb put up six points and five assists. A few of those assists were simply incredible. Lamb shot 50% from the field (6-12) and was 3-5 outside the arc.

A Tale of Two Defenses

– The Cats entered the break up only 9 but finished with a 50 point win. The stat that jumps off the page is Marist’s FG %: The heroic 50% from the first half dropped to just 17.1% in the second period. While there are many factors can be credited, the huge interior presence of Davis and Kidd- Gilchrist top the list. The Cats seemed to be comfortable in the press, and it resulted in 14 Red Fox turnovers. The defense has a lot of work to be UNC game ready, but I’ll take a 50 point W tonight.

Anthony Davis is a Monster

-It should surprise absolutely no one that Anthony Davis dominated tonight. It’s like he’s playing with Game Genie on. The freshman succeeded 10 of 13 slams and finished the contest with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks. Those numbers makes Davis the third Wildcat all time (Terrence Jones and Sam Bowie) to record a 20 and 10 performance in their first freshman NCAA game. This kid may end up being pretty good.


Friday Notes:

– The roundball story of the day (off the court) was the saga surrounding an on-campus car accident involving UK players Stacey Poole and Terrence Jones. According to police reports, a car carrying Poole and Jones collided with another vehicle at approx. 2:30 Friday morning. Coach Cal released a statement confirming that the players did not violate team rules. Cal also indicated that a team curfew would be imposed as a result of the incident. After the game tonight, Grown Jones owned up to his mistake (leaving the scene) which resulted in some Twitter love from the Legend Oscar Combs. TJ also said he was upset about reports that he was drinking and he denied that he was. (Click for complete statements via Ky Kernel’s UK basketball writer Aaron Smith).

–  The C-J posted a story about UL coach Rick Pitno today that featured a bizarre picture of the coach’s face. As Matt reported earlier, the substance of the story is still unknown because the picture hauntingly protects the text. While many speculate the picture served as Christopher Nolan’s inspiration for the “Two Face” character in “The Dark Knight,” the director has not issued a comment.

– “Baby Drake” Drew Franklin linked to a WSJ story called “The NBA Fan’s Guide to College Baketball.” The Journal noted, “If you love NBA Swagger” then you’ll love Kentucky. Or put another way, “Kentucky is a Swagasaurus-Rex and all other teams are swagaphobic.” Hi Shabazz. Again, it cannot be overstated how much different this program is now from this time 2008. It feels good to be on top. Thanks again, Cal.

– The Football Cats are 13.5 point dogs to Vandy tomorrow. Your boy Aaron Cordero previewed the game (below), and picked Kentucky to prevail 23-21. In other news, I’ll have what he’s having. The game will be televised on the SEC Network at 12:21pm EST.

– Perhaps the biggest story of the day was the farewell post from BTI. In his 1,450th career post, BTI articulated his thoughts about the comments section and the public perception of the BTI persona. It was truly a fitting finale for one of KSR’s brightest stars and early numbers indicate that “BTI’s farewell post” is on pace to beat the series finale of “The Playboy Club.”

– Chris Thomas will usher in your Saturday morning blogging experience bright and early, or at least before McDonald’s stops serving breakfast. Don’t miss it.

Article written by Tyler Montell

64 Comments for Marist Game Recap/ Friday Night Notes

  1. Rick Perry's Pause
    11:16 pm November 11, 2011 Permalink

    Good riddance, BTI

  2. 3 dead at occupy wall street, GO HOME IDIOTS!
    11:22 pm November 11, 2011 Permalink

    This team is going to be awesome in March!!

  3. Rumor
    11:29 pm November 11, 2011 Permalink

    Heard that the last post of BTI not only beat the Playboy Club finale, but BTI beat it to the Playboy Club finale as well.

    • Tyler Montell
      11:48 pm November 11, 2011 Permalink

      3) I woke up my dog laughing at that. Well played.

  4. My Sack Stanks
    11:43 pm November 11, 2011 Permalink

    UK needs new TV announcers. Did you hear Dave Baker call Gilchrist “Kidd-Davis?” LMAO. Kyle Macy and Dave Baker are terrible. And so is Rob Bromley with his injury report crap. Those guys need to give it up and some new folks like Kige Ramsey need to take their place.

  5. Ag.Wildcat
    11:47 pm November 11, 2011 Permalink

    Wow. Excellent recap T. Mont.

  6. Cking98
    11:55 pm November 11, 2011 Permalink

    Wow watch out for the TROLLS on the previous comment sections.

    4 things I learned from tonight about the college basketball landscape.

    1. Kentucky plays and executes so well with Teague at the point. Kid gets no love compared to the bigs on the national scene Austin Rivers? Pleeaassee.

    2. Carolina sucks at rebounding, and plays with country club intensity. They move as slow as molasses. I can’t wait for Barnes to meet The “KIDD”. I bet Henson still sees Jones grill when he closes his eyes at night.

    3. Jared Sullingers subway diet worked! He looks like he has lost way too much weight, and hasn’t increased his foot speed.

    4. We scored 108 points with Terrence Jones, and Miller having lackluster offensive production. That’s Scary!!!

    Props to Belmont for playing the fighting plumblees, poop tooth, and AUSTIN OVERATED, ver close in Cameron. They should have won!

  7. Huff
    11:57 pm November 11, 2011 Permalink

    That feed IS horrible. And is it just Northern Kentucky’s cable provider, or is it IMG that has cut out, IN THE MIDDLE OF ACTION to a run of commercials in every game aired so far this season? They seriously cut to a commercial AT FREAKIN’ TIPOFF and cut back in two minutes into the game. There was at least one other unexplained commercial break tonight….same with all of the other games so far. I’m trying to figure out who I need to complain to (if it’s Insight of NKY or IMG, one or the other has an ape producing these games)

  8. mashburnfan1
    12:02 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    Just saw that the brother of Enes Kanter is playing high school ball in florida at jville acd. Anyone know if he has skills, I know Rex Morgan always has top quality teams down there.

  9. mashburnfan1
    12:02 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

  10. Cat Crazy
    12:28 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    We should nickname Anthony Davis “Billy Graham” because he is going to baptize a lot of people this year.

  11. bmac
    12:28 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    How is it that Duke always seems to do the bare minimum to win? They have to be right up there with UConn for the most 1 point wins in history.

  12. .
    12:42 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    Besides his 3 turnovers, Teague had 4 personal fouls. He was out-assisted by two teammates.

  13. Kige Ramsey
    12:47 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    4) I concur.

    7) I love Doc Rivers, but Austin is without a doubt the most overrated college basketball player. He was overrated coming out of high school. He can’t do anything especially well.

  14. Ryan
    1:01 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    Jones for Sub of the Game? Surely you jest. This belongs to Kyle Wiltjer.

  15. tdogg4033011
    1:05 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    11) I dont know if Davis is going to “baptize” alot of players, but he sure is going
    to posterize alot …..

  16. Cking98
    1:28 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    I am glad Duke had a close one, cause guess who is watching them closely? Shabazz!!!
    Guess who lost tonight? UCLA!!! To LMU!!! How embarrassing!!! Can do nothing but help our cause!!
    Shabazz the choice is clear!! Go CATs

  17. Mike Garlich
    1:41 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    KUDOS to the author as this was a great blog entry/recap. The “IMG uses bank surveillance cameras” is too damn funny!!! BUT at the same time utterly pathetic. As UK fans, lets all flood Coach Cal’s inbox (when he asks for questions)about poster #8’s question. First why SO CRAPPY PICTURE…and why in the hell is the game cut off at certain times. I’m with Insight in NKY and have to change from channel 929 (fake high def w/ IMG) to channel 73 which doesn’t cut into the game.


  18. me
    1:43 am November 12, 2011 Permalink


  19. keep rolling
    1:55 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    Matt, Do you think UCLA struggling early on and UK dominating (if it continues) will have any effect on Shabazz Muhammad decision?

  20. keep rolling
    1:58 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    I could see it going either way help restore UCLA to glory or help UK continue it’s domination. Just curious what others take is on situation.

  21. Larry vaught
    2:21 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    John Clay retweeted my witty 2:30 comment

  22. UKmichael
    2:58 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    I dont think he would want to go to UCLA for 1, Coach Howland has his own system and does NOT change it. Pretty much he runs Tubby ball. 2. He said he wanted to go where he felt he could get better for the next level (NBA). If he was having to carry a whole team it would actually hold him back and ULCA slow deliberate offense would add to that. He knows, as any other college hoops fan, where to go if thats what he is looking for. Plus having other talented players to play with will allow him to expand his game and set him free. He is coming to UK. Of this I have no doubt.

  23. UKmichael
    3:02 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    I mean UCLA, not ULCA. And I meant if he wants to go somewhere to get better for the NBA then everyone knows the top place to do that. UK

  24. UKmichael
    3:03 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    Shit, I mean UCLA not ULCA. Everyone knows where to go to get better for the NBA. UK

  25. Aaron
    7:03 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    Anyone else notice that on ESPN and rivals its say that Alex Poythress already commmitted and signed his LOI. Is this for real or am I up way too early??? If so, whata great way to start the day!! GO CATS!!!

  26. Aaron
    7:05 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    LOL, probably should’ve checked the date on that. Oh well, we got him!!!

  27. GoCats2
    7:06 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    #26 you must have had a rougher night than Terrence Jones on Thursday. He signed Thursday afternoon.

  28. Aaron
    7:09 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    Yeah, overtime has been cutting into my UK news and views the past couple of days.

  29. Boogie
    7:11 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    #26 He signed on weds, where have you been?

  30. David Stern
    7:39 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    Has anyone paid any attention to the NBA lockout news? Owners are demanding the age be raised to 20, along with a bunch of other stuff ie. Being Able to send the 14-15th players down to d league and being able to change players contracts in the first five years to d league minimum salary? What do you guys think that could mean for next year? Could you imagine keeping all the freshman plus adding our class and say bennet or stokes and shabazz? Wow. Just wonder how it would affect Cals recruiting… GO BIG BLUE!!!!

  31. GoCats2
    7:47 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    #31 if the 20 year old age rule passes all the freshman would come back, Jones, Lamb, Vargas, and miller would be gone. We would have 3 scholarships left for the 2012 recruits which are Cauley, Goodwin, and Poythress. Now if we would want to get Shabazz than one more player would have to leave(Poole). That would give us Davis, Gilchrist, Teague, Wiltjer, Harrow, Beckham, Polson, Hood, Cauley, Goodwin, Poythress, and Shabazz! Wow!

  32. RidgeRunner
    7:49 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    MKG is an assasin. I mean…damn, just the small things this kid does without the ball out there. Coach limited him some on the court before he killed somebody in red. LOL

    OK, Cal will have a few days to tune up for KU and the team can put this Jones/Poole thing aside with things getting back to normal.

  33. billly
    7:56 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    Believe me, there are a lot of point guards out there in college that are far better point guards than Polson. HIS PARENTS JUST HAVE TO KKNOW SOMEBODY INSIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. RidgeRunner
    8:00 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    34….Here’s the thing. Everyone knows there are better backups -geeze. But those same “better backups” require playing time. Get it? So, a program like UK -which is “Point Guard U”…can’t have that many hands at that position as opposed to other positions. It’s the quarterback. Polson will do fine till Beckham is available.

    Get off the conspiracy theory. Damn.

  35. Art Vandalay
    8:06 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    MKG plays defense so much like Liggins it’s scary. Then on the offensive end he has a better handle, more sized and strength inside, and a better overall nose for scoring. Hes without doubt thecspark plug that drives this team right now.

    Looks like he downed a months supply of Ritalin prior to each game.

  36. GoCats2
    8:08 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    Polson just has to be our back up for about 6 weeks than Beckham will be getting Polson’s minutes and Polson will be playing with Long and Malone.

  37. Eric
    8:12 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    CAN WE GET A KSR20 COde activated for FANOUTFITTERS Today!!!!

  38. bung
    8:53 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    miller looked good in the 2nd half

  39. Japrick
    8:54 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    At no point in any of the comments from Jones, Cal, and Miller in Aaron Smith’s article, is any reference made to Stacey Poole. It’s all on Jones. HE screwed up. HE caused them to have curfew. I think they all know that Poole is gone, so it doesn’t matter what he does.

  40. bung
    8:59 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    pratt and leach were great on radio

  41. tdogg4033011
    9:32 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    I hope UK puts a beat down on the Gayhawks ….. 30 or more would be nice !!!

  42. make-a-swish foundation
    9:38 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    Gotta love MKG for immediately checking to see if that little buttsniffer for Mairst was ok when he hit the deck hard on that rebound. I know we started a little slow in the first half, but I don’t think carolina can beat us right now. They look soft as baby food.

  43. NKYbluefan
    9:46 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    The iphone would take better picture quality than whatever dinasaur cameras IMG is using….is this really the best they can get?? lol.
    I think we need to add another column to the stats bar for Davis: “ALLEYOOPS”!

  44. Coco the Monkey
    9:50 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    Brumley sounds awful. They all did. They kept calling out the wrong names

  45. LOGO
    9:57 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    Its really hard for me to say this, but even my girlfriend noticed it. We think Kidd-Gilchrist acts way too feminine. Just watch his movements and gestures and you’ll know what I mean….

    10:01 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    There is a Big Blue Smile on my Face

  47. Token2 Extreme
    10:05 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    36) Liggins energy, yes; shutdown level, not yet (based on Marist game) but he’ll get better

  48. GoCats2
    10:06 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    #46 go tell him that. I dont even know what that is supposed to mean or what it has to do with basketball. Maybe you need to not watch the games with your “girlfriend” so you can focus on picks, screens, boxing out, etc. that are a part of basketball game. The fact that you are focused on looking to see if Gilchrist does things that are too feminine says more about you than it does him.

  49. Shirley Q Liquor
    10:07 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    Jayhawks r goin down bb

  50. tdogg4033011
    10:08 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    49) thanks buddy, couldn’t have said it any better myself

  51. Bigbluecalizone
    10:11 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    Well I noticed that “The Mothership” had to throw in about T.J.’s 2:30am misque and mention in passing that “although no drugs or alcohol were found in the vehicle, Jones was questioned by police after leaving the scene before they arrived,.” This before we could get to any game highlights. What a bunch of tools. DAN NATION ROCKS!!!

  52. jake
    10:13 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    46 i would have not really noticed it until you said it but yeah He swag is a little bit different. not much but a little.

  53. Me
    10:17 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    46. Would you say that to him to his face? Yea I didnt think so.

  54. raunchy rhonda
    10:18 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    #14 Look I dislike the dookies as much as anyone, but you’re retarded if you think austin rivers ‘doesn’t really do anything well’…lmao…he’s as great a pure perimeter scorer that has come out of high school since kobe bryant or maybe dajuan wagner. a petulant douche? yes, of course. but the kids has skills.

  55. Skeps
    10:19 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t know what everyone expects for the Kansas game, but you are not going to be able to dunk on them like these other teams. Cal’s reluctance to have this team shoot 3’s will come back to haunt them. Did anyone else see how many open 3’s they passed up? I had hoped Cal learned his lesson after last year about that. If you force the drives, you will commit turnovers and charges. The DDMO is a POS.

  56. tyrus
    10:22 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    Priorities and commitments…it’s something we all have in life. The latest actions by some UK players makes me question theirs.

  57. Pour Out a little Lick Her
    10:25 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    #46.. What a idiot comment. What in the hell does MKG’s sexual preferences have to do with Ky Basketball? I thought our society was past this? What are you a child or just a clueless scumbag?

  58. UKmichael
    10:31 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    #56 you are an idiot. We did not shoot alot of threes cause there was no need to. And if you will look we have shot the 3 very well this year. All of our players can shoot the 3 or take you off the dribble. When you try to help, and believe me you will have to, we will be nailing wide open 3s. About last year, the three pointer was what got us to the final four jackass. It was the best 3 point shooting team in UK history by the numbers. You, EPIC FAIL

  59. Token2 Extreme
    10:48 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    For the Marist game, UK’s ratio for assists/FGs made was 52.2% (24/46). The A/FGM ratio for Transylvania was 56.4%.(22 assists/39 field goals made). A/FGM for Morehouse was 56.4% (31A/48FGM). Kentucky should beat Kansas, as long as UK’s defense continues to improve and UK’s A/FGM ratio can continue to exceed 50%.

  60. make-a-swish foundation
    10:50 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    We will dub Kansas. Robinson can hoop but I’m not so sure about the other scrubs on their team. MKG and T Jones won’t let us lose if it’s close, but we’ll dub em

  61. Token2 Extreme
    10:51 am November 12, 2011 Permalink

    Correction for 60: Morehouse A/FGM was 64.6 % (31A/48 FGM).

  62. Kige Ramsey
    5:32 pm November 12, 2011 Permalink

    55) It has nothing to do with Duke.

    “he’s as great a pure perimeter scorer that has come out of high school since kobe bryant or maybe dajuan wagner.”

    Is that a joke? He shot 32% from 3 in high school.

  63. SaintLurch
    7:02 pm November 12, 2011 Permalink

    Kyle Wiltjer reminds me of Larry Bird when he played at Indiana State. Has similar 1/2 hook and a good fake before he shoots. He not quick yet he exhibits good court sense like Bird. What do you all think?