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UK Fans of the Day Want Some Sunday Afternoon Notes

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A great Saturday for the University of Kentucky is worth three quick notes from Indian Wells:

— I am very impressed with the resolve of the UK basketball team in getting the win over the Gators. In many ways, Kentucky has no business beating Florida. The Gators are a terrible matchup for the Cats and possess potentially the worst style of play and personnel for this Kentucky team. But even though the Cats’ backs were completely against the wall, they turned a 7 point lead into a 4 point win with key stops, huge plays and smart decisions down the stretch. All of those have been weaknesses for this year’s Kentucky team and that is why it was such a relief to see them have success. Willie Cauley-Stein manned up in the post, Alex Poythress got big rebounds, Julius Mays hit key shots, Archie Goodwin keyed a run and Ryan Harrow made good decisions, all of which contributed to the victory. What looked like a dire situation, a potential Thursday game in the SEC Tournament and a nearly impossible path to a NCAA bid, now looks quite good. Kentucky plays the winner of Arkansas/Vandy, then potentially Missouri or Ole Miss (either of which could give UK a quality win) and a path to even getting out of the “First Four” series. It was once dark in Kentucky and now it is slightly brighter…and a team that has taken a lot of criticism, deserves credit for that change.

— The UK Women’s Team is mere moments away from a SEC Tournament victory that is as rare as a dodo bird for the school. Matthew Mitchell’s team has had an amazing year and I hope for them that they can get it done. The way this team plays, with heart, grit and a strong entertainment value reminds virtually everyone of the Pitino UK teams before they got loaded with talent. They deserve a chance to bask in the glory of competing the last thing that UK Hoops hasn’t done in a long time. Tonight at 6 on ESPNU, I hope it happens.

— The State High School Championship game was one to remember. An epic ending, that included an unbelievable late steal and three pointer completed what was one of the best tournaments in recent years. This will also be remembered as the year that a postseason High School run helped propel a kid to stardom as Madison Central’s Dominique Hawkins has officially become directly in the Kentucky staff’s wheelhouse. Calipari attended three of the four Sweet 16 games and Orlando Antigua attended them all as Hawkins put on a show for all to see. I hope he ends up with a scholarship, both because he deserves it (the kid can ball and has heart) but because of what it says about this program and this state. A kid can come from relatively off the radar and be a part of the greatest college basketball program in the land. It’s like a Disney movie, albeit one that also includes a potentially very good player.

We are in Indian Wells doing our tennis thing and having way too much fun. You can read our work here at THE OUTER COURTS and I hope you will stop by. Whether you like tennis or not, you will recognize Drew and my style and I think you will be entertained. Plus there we have audio of Roger Federer saying “GO CATS” on the UK postgame show. Enjoy and we will catch you again a bit later.

Article written by Matt Jones

43 Comments for UK Fans of the Day Want Some Sunday Afternoon Notes



  1. ale84life
    6:18 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    1,1



  2. Phili5
    6:23 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    Yes and hell yes.



  3. Walden Schmidt
    6:24 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    That’s what I’m talking about.



  4. Cats in the NBA
    6:27 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    “Words are very unnecessary. They can only do harm.” – Depeche Mode



  5. CPACAT
    6:34 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    That’s the same furniture that was in those buildings when I lived there 1988-1991!! I can’t believe I noticed the furniture!



  6. Muzz
    6:36 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    Turn on ESPN … Tom Crean is crying.



  7. SexnNursinHomes
    6:42 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    3- taaaaa down!

    Wooo Matt Jones did well on this pict. Short skirts but classy looking. mmm mmm Well done ladies> A salute your parent’s DNA-making capabilities…



  8. kramer
    6:49 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    Trying to post a comment on that Outer Courts, but not sure how, wants me to sign in as something, don’t understand it…..I stick with posting here. Damn IU!!



  9. KYStout
    7:05 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    #5 that furniture was there in 1985 as well and that’s a fact. Jeez going on 30 years I think it’s time to get some new chairs lol.



  10. bluegrassrebel
    7:07 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    5 – that IS disturbing that you would notice the furniture! If you’re gonna admit to stuff like that, please change your name!signed – fellow CPA, who did NOT notice the furniture, though it was there in ’78 also!
    Go Cats!



  11. KYStout
    7:09 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    That’s one of the common areas in Kirwin-Blanding.



  12. Jon Crook
    7:10 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    I’ve got a woodie!



  13. VickieD
    7:11 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    Tom Cream working to match Cal’s championship rings. Don’t think these two will be exchanging Christmas cards. Whatever you can do, I can do better.



  14. SoCal Will
    7:14 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    Matt, can KSR interview the Great Wizard Marrow each month to hear what magic he is brewing in his Ohio meanderings?



  15. NKY_UK_fan
    7:16 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    Last night on the tennis live blog, Matt said he’s hearing Randle to UK and Poythress coming back.



  16. Hello?
    7:21 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    #13-This is a UK Board! Go to your board and cut down the nets already.



  17. Fire Cal Now
    7:24 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    15. Randle is welcomed but Poythress needs to GTFO.

    I guess that all means no Wiggins either 🙁



  18. Bigcat4453
    7:27 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    Oh, let the Loser fnas have their due. This is their first conf. title in 20 year.



  19. Dude
    7:31 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    15, anyone can tell you UK is the favorite for Randle and has been since Day 1. And where would Poythress go? He wouldn’t get drafted till late first round, of course he’s coming back.



  20. BigBlue
    7:32 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    Would love to see Hawkins get an offer. We need someone with pride in state wearing the uniform.



  21. HOO
    7:33 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    B1G title!!!!



  22. HOO
    7:34 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    Matt Jones is still a b!tch



  23. GoForIt
    7:36 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    20-yes! These are the exact type of players we need to mix in withe the burger boys.



  24. BigBlue
    7:47 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    Those Hoosiers are a funny bunch. We whipped those red headed step children for years on end and they are having a pretty good year this year and want to come to a UK site beating their chests! Hope you make the most of this season boys because next year it’s back to reality!



  25. Fancoulo
    7:49 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    Nice pix, I like it. Fancoulo you too.



  26. Wildcatsteeler
    7:50 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    I’m gonna take the brunette on the right. Who wants to be my wingman and take her friend?



  27. Brad
    7:59 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    I’ve watched a lot of basketball and Dominique Hawkins is the real deal. He would be a perfect fit for KY. Cal would be crazy not to offer him a full ride. Congrats to him and his teammates of Madison Central High School for winning the 2013 State Championship!



  28. Just being real dawg
    7:59 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    Dat women’s live blog is da saddest thing eva fo real doh



  29. Ron Fowler
    8:06 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t understand Matt at the tennis tournament. What if it works out well? Are we at some point in your rear view member. That’s fine, but to leave during March? God luck to you and yours, as Gomer would say



  30. Ron Fowler
    8:07 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    mirror



  31. Ryan Sexy Panties
    8:23 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    Matt is a turncoat. He’s biten on almost every offer hes gotten and left this site at least 5 times. Of course he fails at everything because he is a major d-bag and no one can stand him or working with him and then comes back to KSR. His next failure will be a run for political office. A commie arrogant d-bag who loves Obama should go over real well here in Kentucky 😀



  32. Greg
    8:25 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    I feel dirty….these girls were probably born in like 1995.



  33. steve
    8:32 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    Who are those ladies? Wow!



  34. Dude
    8:34 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    “@MattJonesTennis: This may be the best job I have ever had, perfect weather, very little stress and no Rick Bozich or Pat Forde within sight”. Hey bet you got a lot of nice comments after this tweet. Pretty dumb thing to say from a dude who gets paid to cover Kentucky basketball.. But hey I bet your having a last watching Nadal run around in his short shorts and tight shirt



  35. Poop
    8:42 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    Ahhhhh college. See what you get for all of your hard work in high school.



  36. Jealousy
    9:14 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    Don’t hate on Matt jones just because he got pockets more swole than you + likely gets his with fine women like the one on tha right each time he stunts in Lexington.



  37. Dude
    9:18 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    36. Definitely not jealous buddy. Just said it was a dumb thing to say.



  38. KY Realist
    9:22 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    Florida’s ineptness gave uk the win. Bottom line. UK will get curb stomped in the play in game.



  39. eastcoastcat
    9:39 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    hey HOTties, they don’t want us in the BIG dance cause we might WIN the damn thing. go cats



  40. DerbyDemon
    10:23 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    #4–Enjoy the Silence…



  41. Some Guy in Kentucky
    10:45 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    GO BIG BLUE!!



  42. The Blue Goose
    11:00 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    Them legs is like a rainy day.

    I’d like to see’em clear up.



  43. UK fan
    2:07 am March 11, 2013 Permalink

    I just returned home from Indian Wells. It was awesome seeing Matt and Drew there!!! I watched the first set of the Maria Kirilenko match and must say she is mighty fine.