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Sweet escape! Cats edge Princeton, 59-57

It was one of those games that had the weird feeling of an impending upset.  The Cats couldn’t buy a bucket and Princeton couldn’t miss anything they threw up.  The Tigers hit fadeaways, runners, banks and pretty much anything that went near the rim or backboard went in.  Meanwhile, no one not named Darius Miller or Josh Harrellson could score for the Cats.  But, with the game tied and with the Cats needing a big shot, Brandon Knight made his first field goal of the game, -a running layup – with two seconds left to move the Cats on to a date with West Virginia Saturday.  It wasn’t easy by any means and UK’s trio of freshmen made little difference, but the duo of Harrellson and Miller carried the team on their backs and the Cats survive and advance. 

It keeps getting prettier every time….

Article written by Thomas Beisner

64 Comments for Sweet escape! Cats edge Princeton, 59-57



  1. Sid Bream's Leg
    5:11 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Cat’s win and the Dirty Birds go home.



  2. bhtxcatfan
    5:12 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Go Big Blue. Got to go. I have change pants.



  3. jp
    5:14 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    I think my blood pressure is 300 over 10000000 now.



  4. John
    5:15 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Yea for the upperclassmen!!
    Wake up Freshmen. The tournament has started!



  5. Puckered Up
    5:15 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Time to thrash the inbreeders from WV.



  6. Computer Blue
    5:16 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Cats squeak out a win and Louisville chokes up a loss. This is the best St. Paddy’s Day ever!



  7. HackRichards
    5:16 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    HottDamn! Both my alma maters(Pikeville College & Morehead State) win + UK advances! It’s been a great week!



  8. BobTinKY
    5:16 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Survive and Advance!!!!! More basketball for Kentucky Blue!!!!!!!



  9. chief_cat
    5:16 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    survive and advance!!! Go CATS!!!



  10. Bleedblue
    5:16 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    The effort from Jorts today made me weep. And thank god for BK coming through in the clutch.



  11. dykster
    5:17 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    I hate watching the Cats’ tourney games. Hard to enjoy unless their up by 20.



  12. ThatsAShame
    5:17 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    We played Princeton’s game exactly and came out on top. I’ll take it. TJ needs to get on the glass not many excuses for 2 rebs. Otherwise men welcome to the NCAA tourney. Get the butterflies out of your system and let’s have some FUN!



  13. Bubba in Glenpool
    5:18 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Don’t forget Liggins’ clutch assists to Jorts, he made big plays! Hit your free throws Jorts but great game!



  14. nottrumanclaytor
    5:19 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Is it wrong to wish for the quality of SEC officials?



  15. matfug
    5:19 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    i think i almost passed out listening to that game….my blood pressure couldnt take much more…very fortunate to hold on to that one…hopefully the guys will realize its over if they lose, and actually come to play saturday and seek revenge on WV….



  16. CatfaninTN
    5:19 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    A huge Thanks to Miller, Liggins, and Harrelson. They won this game and they deserve all the praise !

    CFT



  17. wes
    5:20 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    i dont get why miller didnt take more shots in the second half



  18. KittyCat
    5:20 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Holy Balls! I am glad that is over!



  19. hahaha
    5:20 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    shew..too close for comfort, just another way that pitino gets in trouble from morehead!!(pun intended)



  20. Tshirt
    5:23 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    goodness sakes alive … survive baby, just survive



  21. fla_ashley
    5:23 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Whew! more head and Kentucky is SWEET!



  22. Mark Liptak
    5:23 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Survive and advance is right (something Louisville is thinking about right now…LOL)

    It was an ugly game, the freshmen showed their inexperience after the team got off to a good start but they got the W, that’s all that matters. Hopefully they play loser and easier Saturday.

    I guess it was fitting that Knight who missed so many potential game winners during the season, would hit the one that mattered most when it was needed.

    Whew.

    Mark Liptak



  23. HOLY $hit
    5:23 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Holy $hit!!!!!!!!!!!! That was not fun.



  24. Uk
    5:25 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t think we can beat WV. Especially since we let Princeton out rebound us.



  25. SKat
    5:25 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Best line of the day: “Pitino just couldn’t handle Morehead.”



  26. I Popped A Blood Vessel
    5:28 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    THAT’S ONE HELL OF A 2 POINT GAME!



  27. Go Cats
    5:29 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    I did not see the game or hear it, but from looking at the box score, decent shooting game and defensive game, but we gave up too many offensive rebounds……….Vargas gets 2 blocks and 1 assist – that’s huge for a close game…..glad to see BK still taking the winning shot attempt and making it. GO Cats!!!



  28. SKat
    5:29 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    or . . . “take Morehead.”



  29. Computer Blue
    5:29 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    24 – Every year I see teams barely make it out of the first round that then go on a nice winning streak. Let’s hope the butterflies are out of the system.



  30. 2020
    5:29 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Not sure why we sat back on defense and didn’t pressure the ball…



  31. SCCat
    5:30 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    I wondered how many comments it would take before someone said WV would beat us….24.

    We get a total do-over on Sat. I think we’ll come out much differently. We struggled and won – I’m thinking we win by double digits Saturday.

    Revenge time!



  32. John
    5:31 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Uk… Go back across the Big Sandy!



  33. The Real Pioneer
    5:31 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Have they said at all what time we will play West Virginia on Saturday yet?



  34. uk fan in oh
    5:32 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Should have beaten them by 15 or more. We better play better than that or those damn EER’S will get us again and I’ll have to listen to all the trash talk at work. I work in WV.



  35. 1FAN
    5:32 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Did noone notice the lack of play calling? All the guys just stood around flat footed until someone took a jump shot. We wont go anywhere playing like that!



  36. Ohioukfan75
    5:33 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    What’s game time Saturday



  37. Enquiring Minds
    5:33 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    We played their game!!! WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  38. Korean Tacos
    5:33 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    I’m not sure why we went away from Jorts so early in the first have. He was dominating.



  39. RidgeRunner
    5:34 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    I need an IV inserted in my arm. That was tooooooo close.



  40. CatfaninTN
    5:34 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Its March people, you win, you move on. That was a good team that hit some tough shots. Survive and advance, its what March is all about. Ill take a win by 1 or 2 points for the next 5 games !]

    CFT



  41. gcat4496
    5:35 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Fnally win a close game by 2 points. DOn’t you think these mean more than Arkansas in Feb.



  42. Go Cats
    5:35 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Bummer for UL losing in the 1st round for second straight year, but hey, at least they have a new arena with a yummy name and an old coach who is a good salesman….



  43. CatfaninTN
    5:35 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Oh, you could be a UL fan to, you dont think they wouldnt have loved to win like we did! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA . Go Moorehead !

    CFT



  44. John
    5:36 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Freshman keep playing like this, and we’ll have a very loaded team next year because they shouldn’t go pro! Now I’m scared of my bracket of UK/KU in the championship game. Even said earlier this year that I wouldn’t do like I normally do and take CATS all the way, but then they looked so good at the end of the year and I take them all the way again.

    Hoping it was just jitters and underestimating your opponent!



  45. DT in DC
    5:38 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    I am 8.5 months pregnant. This game almost put me into labor!



  46. BPsycho
    5:38 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    #40 **** yeah!



  47. Korean Tacos
    5:39 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    On the positive side, Knight and Jones were horrible but we still won. I don’t see Knight having another game like this.



  48. RidgeRunner
    5:40 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    25…Thx, I needed to laugh as I take the IV outta my arm now! Good stuff.

    Almost every tourney run, your gonna have to have a game like this. God, let this be the one. Lets bust WVU by 15 or more.



  49. Go Eers!
    5:41 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Yes! Looks like WVU will be heading to the swwet 16 again this year! 1-8.



  50. Chicken dinner
    5:42 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t hate UofL like most. I’m just happy for morehead played a great game. Go cats.



  51. RidgeRunner
    5:43 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    50…agreed. I just hate them…………………more than most.
    MUHAHAHA



  52. UK
    5:48 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    49, dont count your chickens before they hatch. It will be a good game, and to think that we play like we did today again, is a little unreasonable.

    SO GLAD that we are finally able to learn from WINNING close games, rather than learning from losing them. Good solid win, and hopefully this woke the freshmen up some! WV will be a tough game!

    AWESOME game from Miller, Harrelson, and Liggins for carrying the team today!!!

    Lets get some rest, get our minds right, and come out hot against WV on saturday!!!



  53. ukfaceman
    5:49 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    A win is a win…I’ll take it! However, it was pretty disappointing watching some of the defensive lapses and missing some shots they usually make. Hopefully they will play (shoot and rebound the ball) better on Saturday. On Saturday, the Mountaineers will go down and Vandy will get Morehead…



  54. cabethy
    5:49 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    45- If you had the baby today you would have to name it JORTS!! lol



  55. CWood1
    5:51 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Calipari better put together a scouting report next time. Our players should have an idea of what to expect from the other team.



  56. CoronaryinNC
    5:53 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    These guys are killin’ me. But I guess Freshmen thought Princeton would roll over for them. Everything was backwards: the NBA draft picks couldn’t hit the side of a barn and the blue collar guys, juniors and seniors, won the game. Guys, just come to the WVA game awake, OK? Guys? Guys? Anybody home?



  57. jp
    6:02 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    We played their game. We stood around on the offensive end and tried to play 1 on 1 ball most of the game. Had no offensive flow at all. We are very lucky Harrelson, Miller, and Liggins played today. Lamb wasn’t too bad. Jones wasn’t horrible as he hit that big 3. Knight was horrible except for the big shot at the end. So it’s at least encouraging they made some big plays towards the end. Now let’s keep that rolling Saturday. But really, we should have beat that team by 20 points. We are so much better than that.



  58. Princeton
    6:08 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Give Princeton some respect here people. We should of beat them by more. Whatever?? Princeton could of stayed in the game with just about anyone playing as well as they did today. The shot 46% and only had 6 YES ONLY 6 turnovers. That’s pretty damn good when a team can take the shot clock all the way down than score.



  59. DT in DC
    6:12 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    54 – My due date is around the National Championship day. I’ve told my husband if I have this kid the same day UK wins the National Championship, we’re naming him Cal!



  60. Mike
    6:19 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Do you think the Cats will get to see any film on W.V.U.??? The team wasn’t up for this game and not sure the coaching staff was either.



  61. Holler Baller
    6:29 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    We earned another day, let’s take advantage of it. No doubt when Knight went to the hoop it was goin’ in. GO CATS!!!!!



  62. CoronaryinNC
    6:31 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    These freshment need to understand that if they don’t give 110% for 40 minutes, they’re going back to the house.



  63. BLEEDSBLUEINBAMA
    6:53 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    LET’S NOT FORGET LIGGINS!! HE PLAYED A BIG ROLE AS WELL!! I LOOK FOR THE NEXT GAME TO BE A BLOWOUT!! TODAY WAS A WAKE UP CALL AND WVU IS PAYBACK TIME!!!!!!!!!!!



  64. E.Sutton
    9:43 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Little Brother made my day…I need a new perm.