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Merry Christmas! UK beats Loyola 87-63

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UK only led Loyola (MD) by six points at the half, but the Cats put the Greyhounds away in the second in dominating fashion. Kyle Wiltjer was the leading scorer with 24 points and Anthony Davis picked up his fifth double-double of the year with 15 and 11. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist also had a great game with 15 points, seven rebound and four assists. MKG is rushing to the airport now to catch a flight home. His mother is in the hospital. We don’t have any details but keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

The Greyhounds committed 25 personal fouls and sent the Cats to the line 37 times where they made 28, both season highs. We’ll have more shortly. Merry Christmas!

Article written by Matthew Hays

44 Comments for Merry Christmas! UK beats Loyola 87-63



  1. BPsycho
    3:09 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    Shabazz Muhammad



  2. covered
    3:11 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    The line closed at 23, so they covered… THANK U WILTJER!!



  3. Tommy
    3:13 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    Hope that Bazz the Christmas gift. But I don’t think that would b legal until he signs



  4. Mark Wilson
    3:14 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    WILTJER ….YOU DA MAN!!!!!!……PRAYERS TO MKG AND FAMILY…….. HAPPY HOLIDAYS CATS GOOD WIN!!!!!



  5. joe m
    3:15 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    Merry Christmas, team…. Come back strong, Terrence…



  6. BBN
    3:20 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    The word is Cal has reworked the schollies and will announce the addition of Jarnell Stokes.



  7. Wiltjer Bear
    3:23 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

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  8. echo 1
    3:24 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    Michael Avery



  9. Crackerhillbilly
    3:26 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    Wow, this team really can’t shot the three. Jones’ pinky could turn out to be a huge blessing by giving Wiltjer the minutes to fnd his confidence and his stroke.



  10. RYNO
    3:27 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    7- No, everybody knows that the Bird is the word



  11. RYNO
    3:28 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    Is there a post-game show link?



  12. Hicks pick up sticks
    3:29 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    Someone tell Ol’ Oscar Combs that we have a
    player named Wiltjer…not Wiltzer



  13. RYNO
    3:33 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    Found it. Here for anyone interested–> http://www.iheart.com/#/live/965/?autoplay=true



  14. Truth
    3:35 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    HOO HOO HOO HOOSIERS



  15. SexNinnappropriateAnimalRelations
    3:35 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    anybody else been noticing how spot on the Vegas Oddsmakers are with their point spreads on the Kentucky games lately? we could all be millionaires by betting their predictions. definitely something to think about. merry christmas!



  16. ktmiln2
    3:37 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    8- Quit using pedobear if you’re not going to use him correctly.



  17. catfanatic
    3:37 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    this will be a much better team when Davis learns how to move and score with the ball instead of just dunking all the time



  18. RYNO
    3:38 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    Hilarious reading the comments from a few people bit**ing about Glen Beck being bumped for KSR. Here’s the general gist: “Wha? No Beck? Well I’m just gonna have to change the channel! Who’s this Matt Jones character?”



  19. KidCody
    3:38 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    8- I don’t think that bear….means what you think it means.



  20. GoCats2
    3:41 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    Have yourself a Merry Kidd-Christmas.



  21. Ncaa
    3:42 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    This in jones out for the year for rule violation
    And shabz found ineligible for same rule violation

    Being to awesome
    That is all



  22. AylortheImpaler
    3:42 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    Did I read that correctly the leading scorer was Wiltjer????!!!! Wow. the one game I dont get to watch and he comes out blasting. That’s awesome.



  23. UKBlueMadness
    3:42 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    8-not all of us have a 54inch monitor.



  24. RYNO
    3:46 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    Cal just said in post-game comments, “Eloy, come up with…balls”



  25. ktmiln2
    3:47 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    25. What was the deal with the player and his mom? I missed the beginning of that.



  26. Catsantonio
    3:51 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    #2 – Nope……24.5 = no cover



  27. Al B. Sure
    3:51 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    Wiltjer shot well in the 2nd half, but still looked terribly over-matched on defense.



  28. RYNO
    3:55 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    26) He just said that MKG’s mom is in the hospital, and the whole team gathered around to show their support for him (paraphrasing).



  29. BBN is awesome!
    3:56 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    Great win! I want to wish a Merry Christmas for all of BBN, Coach Cal and the Cats. Be safe in ur travels.
    GO CATS!!



  30. Ciggy
    3:57 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    good for wiltjer having a good game, he is gonna end up being a beast.



  31. Real Cats Fan
    3:59 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    Prayers going out to Mike Kidd-Gilchrist’s mother. I hope she gets better and is out of the hospital in time for Christmas. Michael has been through way more than any young man his age should have to deal with. It goes to show what kind of player he is to stay focused and play effectively with something like that hanging over him. Certain teammates who shall remained unnamed should take note of this.



  32. SuperTroy
    4:00 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    Poor MKG. He’s had some really tough stuff to get through in his life. I hope his mom is okay and I hope he can get some really good time in with his family. That kid is more of a man by now. He’s pretty special.



  33. Ryan
    4:03 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    Wow BBN. Our best players Mother is in the hospital and only one of you wishes he and his family well. Especially after all mkg has been through with his family. Prayers and thoughts to mkg and his family over this Christmas holiday.



  34. phrakture
    4:04 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    MKG’s mom followed me on twitter.. Very nice lady, hope she’s ok.



  35. KYSurrealist
    4:05 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    I echo your posts, #32 and #33. In the end, UK fans are a caring and compassionate lot.



  36. RYNO
    4:06 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    34) WOW. Somebody rode his high horse to KSR today.



  37. Bastard Yak
    4:14 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    27) gametime spread ended up being -23.5…. Cover.



  38. Truth
    4:18 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    HOO HOO HOO HOOSIERS wish Ms. Gilchrist well. You see us whoop Howard by 57 the other night. It feels so good to be back on our throne of college basketball’s single most electrifying university. HOO HOO HOO HOOSIERS!



  39. Brew Crew
    4:21 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    Thoughts go out to the MKG family. Best of luck!



  40. mikey4583
    4:24 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    Prayers go out to Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s family, that young man has been through a lot in his life, amazing how he keeps pushing forward. He’s a special kid.



  41. Al B. Sure
    4:32 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    15 & 39) I appreciate your well wishes towards MKG’s mom, but… Although IU and UL fans have comments on every single thing that UK does, it may surprise you that UK fans could give a crap about your teams. No, we did NOT see you “whoop” Howard, or any other duck. We really didn’t even know you were playing and really don’t care… but it is obvious that you know each and every time UK plays. I don’t even know… does IU have a fan site where their team can be discussed? Probably not, but if they do… why don’t you go there.



  42. billy
    4:37 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    Wiltzer is everything as advertised. He slow on defense but he is a good passer and has great IQ. He is now showing the fans his offensive skills. The great thing about him is he will be here for four years.
    I went to the ST Johns game and sat down as soon as the gates opened and Wiltzer was shooting threes and hitting at least 90 percent of them. Really. He is that good. JUst needs the confidence to go along with the ability.



  43. ???
    4:47 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    Why do people keep posting “HOO HOO HOO HOOSIERS”?



  44. mike
    11:05 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    Hope your MOM gets well quick MKG, Merry Christmas to all the coaches and players and thanks for a great season so far this year, all your effort dont go unnoticed by BBN.