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Unlikely hero spurs first Kentucky win of the season, 72-69

(via UKAthletics.com)

Perhaps the one person not surprised by his performance tonight was Jarrod Polson. After all, the former walk-on, a junior from Nickelsville Nicholasville, Kentucky, has only been practicing against the likes of Brandon Knight, Doron Lamb and Marquis Teague for 2 years now. For about a year, Polson has been quietly waiting for an opportunity– a moment– a chance. Polson has quietly let on to the fact that he doesn’t just want to be the player who the student section yells “SHOOOOOOOOOOT!” at every time he comes on the floor at the end of games. Polson has never wanted to be that player. He has never seen himself as simply fulfilling the typical walk-on role. A guy who had a chance coming out of high school to play for some smaller Division I schools such as Liberty, chose the prolific program 15 miles down the road that he dreamt of as a young kid. He was given walk-on status initially, but never seemed fully satisfied with the role. For two years, by all accounts, he showed up and worked hard at every single practice– knowing he was behind McDonald’s All-Americans and future NBA stars. Jarrod Polson wasn’t a name in the long list of Calipari’s great point guards. And tonight won’t change that, either. But stories like this don’t always come along, and when they do, they are worth shedding some light on.

Jarrod Polson was the hero for this Kentucky team tonight. People were not yelling “SHOOOOOOOT!” at their television screens tonight because he was trying to dribble out the clock in an already-decided game. People were yelling, “Put Polson back in the game!” when he was given a quick break toward the end of the game, with the result still very much on the line. On a night when Kentucky’s starting point guard, a flu-ridden Ryan Harrow, was essentially a non-factor– and back-up Archie Goodwin looked very much the part of a nervous freshman with the ball in his hands– junior Jarrod Polson stepped up. And boy did he step up  in a big way.

Polson entered the game stunningly early and pretty much stayed in for the majority of the first half. When the game started to get away from Kentucky a bit in the 2nd half behind a 15-0 run from Maryland (more on that later), Polson re-entered the game and made multiple game-changing plays for Kentucky. In one of the key plays of the game, clinging to a 2-point lead, Kentucky missed a free throw and Polson scrapped to pry the ball loose from a Maryland player. Polson went on to drive to the basket, finishing an improbable lay-up in traffic to extend the lead to 4 points. Though the cushion was small, it proved to be important in the way the last few minutes played out. Maryland had to play from behind and trade fouls/free throws for baskets down the stretch.

Every great story needs a great ending. And tonight’s story had just that. As if to put the cherry on top of the Jarrod Polson cake, Polson was the Kentucky player fouled and sent to the line to ice the victory. With a two point lead, Polson calmly stepped up and sunk both free throws. Kentucky victory. Jarrod Polson hero.

Polson may not play as significant of a role from here on out for this Kentucky team, but for at least one night– the headlines all belong to Jarrod Polson. Whether it was the flu-like symptoms or some kinks to be worked out before flourishing into a typical Calipari point guard, Ryan Harrow isn’t quite where he needs to be. Polson might get a few more opportunities in the meantime.

For a guy who has had 7 points in his Kentucky career thus far, his 10-point performance and victory-clenching plays tonight will find their place among some of the memorable Kentucky basketball moments. Jarrod Polson, ladies and gentleman. Jarrod Polson. “Obviously, I’m not one of the most talented guys out there on the court. I know I have to do a lot of different things.”

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“I like my team. It was good for us to be in this type of atmosphere. We’re still young. We didn’t rebound, but we learned.”

–By far the most maddening statistic of the night had to be the rebounding margin. If you had taken a drink for every time Maryland got an offensive rebound, you and Drew Franklin would probably have a lot in common right now. Maryland out-rebounded Kentucky 54-38, including 28 offensive rebounds. Maryland had 75 shots on the game compared to 56 for Kentucky. When a stat sheet reads that way after a game, you feel a bit fortunate to come out on the winning side of the score.

— Kentucky simply couldn’t keep their hands on the ball under the basket on the defensive end, allowing a (for the most part) poor-shooting Maryland team stay in the game by keeping offensive possessions alive. Even with the height advantage, especially with big guys like Nerlens Noel, Willie Cauley-Stein and Alex Poythress on the floor, Kentucky continually left fans and John Calipari scratching their heads (or screaming).

— “They set an NCAA record for offensive rebounds,” Calipari joked after the game. “Archie Goodwin had two rebounds. You gotta be kidding me. The team with 7-footers, five guys that can jump above the square, should not give up 30 offensive rebounds.” When the players in the post-game press conference were asked what Calipari will have them working on the most at the next practice, they all responded quickly with “rebounding.” Calipari nodded. (I’m nodding too, are you?)

— Calipari had nothing but good things to say about Jarrod Polson. “I’m proud of him. He comes to practice every day and works hard.” Even though starting point guard Ryan Harrow was virtually ineffective in only 10 minutes of play (keep in mind, he missed practice this week due to the flu), Calipari hasn’t lost faith in his point guard. “Ryan has all my confidence.” Calipari seemed to chalk some of the bad night up to the flu. Dreams of a ‘Ryan Harrow flu-game’ like Michael Jordan’s flu-game didn’t quite come true.

— The game got off to a rather slow start with the referees calling the game extremely tight. Kentucky had 4 players in foul trouble early, including Alex Poythress, Archie Goodwin and Nerlens Noel. Other than some tough drives that drew Maryland fouls by Archie Goodwin, the offense struggled to find a rhythm early on. The tide began to really turn when Kentucky went on a run sparked by none other than…Jarrod Polson. Polson hit a jumper. Willie Cauley-Stein had an absolutely phenomenal block on the defensive end, and then Kyle Wiltjer buried a three on the ensuing offensive possession.

Kentucky rode the solid play of Jarrod Polson and the shooting hand of Kyle Wiltjer to a 49-36 halftime lead. The 49 points were impressive for 20 minutes of play. Maryland was unable to capitalize on a number of offensive rebounds though, allowing the deficiency to slide for the Cats in the first half.

— Early in the second half, Maryland’s poor offensive display caught fire and the Terps went on a 15-0 run to tie the game. The run put the Cats on their heels and a few important things came to fruition with this team: Julius Mays is the vocal leader. When Maryland was in the midst of their big run, the guy who was pulling his teammates’ jerseys, gathering them together and getting in their faces was Julius Mays (who by the way, looked dead on Nelly with the band-aid). The veteran, who had a solid night himself (7 points in 30 minutes of play), showed one of the reasons why Calipari was happy to bring him on this team. He has a presence with these younger guys, and he showed leadership when Kentucky’s backs were against the wall. Another important realization was that Kyle Wiltjer was the “go-to” guy when Kentucky was desperate for a basket after being tied, and then falling behind. Multiple times during that stretch, when Kentucky came down the court, the ball was put in Wiltjer’s hands to make a play. To Wiltjer’s credit, he answered with a couple of huge baskets– including a 3-pointer to disrupt the big run. Wiltjer led the team in scoring with 19 points, including 4-6 shooting from behind the arc (including one 3-pointer in which Wiltjer had already turned around to go defend before it even went through the net. When you know, you know).

Alex Poythress looked uncomfortable almost all night long. He didn’t seem confident with the ball in his hands on the perimeter a number of times, passing the ball on without looking to make plays for himself. Poythress came alive twice, once before the halftime break and once right after. Poythress followed a miss with a tremendous put-back dunk near the end of the first half. The ball was put into his hands (I don’t think that was an accident on Cal’s part) to make a play on the first offensive possession of the second half, and Poythress once again delivered. Poythress finished with 8 points, but only attempted 4 shots. Though all Calipari teams have great balance, Poythress will likely need to find a way to assert himself more offensively if this team is to compete at the highest level. Calipari wasn’t particularly pleased with Poythress’ rebounding. Poythress finished with 7, but Calipari said he “should have had 12. We’ve got guys who don’t think it’s their responsibility.”

— When Alex Poythress gets comfortable…watch out. Will it be next week against Duke, or a month from now? It’s hard to say, but Poythress wasn’t in the game during the final stretch. For a guy who many believe could be, and might one day be the best player on this team, that’s a bit of a surprise.

— It’s hard to completely judge Ryan Harrow off of this game. It’s hard to decipher how much was illness and how much was him not playing well. Unlike in years past when Calipari played his struggling young point guards, Harrow was not on the floor during the crucial stretches in the game. Instead, Calipari turned to Archie Goodwin and then Jarrod Polson. Again, that could be due to illness and Calipari still seems to speak confidently about Harrow. Hopefully Harrow will feel 100% against Duke.

Nerlens Noel only had 4 points, but had a strong game on the defensive end. Noel challenged a number of shots and was extremely active defensively. He finished with 3 blocks, but his presence is extremely noticeable on nearly every single defensive possession. Much like the rest of his teammates tonight, his rebounding left a bit to be desired at times–though he finished with 9.  Fellow big-man Willie Cauley-Stein had an active night on both ends of the court as well, finishing with a well-rounded 8 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks in 28 minutes. Cauley-Stein looked great on a few of his blocks and ran the court well for a few easy finishes. This much is clear: Cauley-Stein is not a starter (at least not right now). But he will play “starter minutes.”

— Archie Goodwin finished the game with 16 points in 37 minutes of action. In a huge bright spot, Goodwin was 9-11 from the free throw line. That stat is especially good because it seems that Goodwin is going to make a living driving to the basket in traffic, often times drawing fouls. At times, Goodwin looked a bit out of control and his decision-making on when to take it himself and when to drop it off to a teammate still needs some fine-tuning. With that said, Goodwin is explosive and he is clearly a fearless playmaker.

— Once again, in the end…the story line begins and ends with Jarrod Polson. Take a moment to enjoy this great picture sent to Polson on Twitter by his sister. The picture below is apparently Polson’s parents watching the game…

 

– Also, a huge congratulations to the UK Women’s soccer team for their 1-0 OT victory in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament tonight. Coach Lipsitz is the man, and Kentucky will live to see another day.

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

72 Comments for Unlikely hero spurs first Kentucky win of the season, 72-69



  1. I wear a chicken bucket
    12:46 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    He is already there..that was an Italian robot coaching the blue team in Brooklyn tonight



  2. Isaac in Long Beach
    12:53 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    How cool would it be to be the parent of a Kentucky-grown kid like Polson, watch them go from walk-on, to benchwarmer, to the role he played tonight? I have that same dream that all of us have – that just maybe my future son will someday play for the Blue and White. But man, Polson’s parents must be proud.



  3. Awesome
    1:00 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    What an awesome picture!



  4. Harvey Gene
    1:08 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Is Mr. Polson getting ready to fart on Mrs. Polson? Man I hope not. That could disrupt up a happy home.

    2. You’re not the real Harvey Gene. Just a right winged poser.



  5. VinDatuk
    1:09 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    If that picture doesn’t give you chills – you aren’t a UK fan. What a moment for a Kentucky family. Stadium Frame’s notes should start selling that Tweet!



  6. StuckAtWork
    1:09 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    #1 & 2 No…you can go to bed now. Good night 🙂



  7. iucansukabigblue......
    1:13 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    That is the most awesome picture ever! I love the benches reaction at the top also. 🙂

    I was standing from about the 7 minute mark. I’m saving all these text messages from the Loseville fans. They was blowing the phone up. We will see. They just need to worry about keeping that ranking (prob #1)…

    Go Big Blue!!!



  8. dude
    1:17 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    I was thinking the exact same thing about Polson during the game. That it’s not all that surprising when you think about the level of competition he has played against on a daily basis the last couple years. he’s not likely to play against anyone better in a real game.



  9. KYboyinCALifornia
    1:22 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Ahem…Polson is from Wilmore.



  10. wildcat81
    1:22 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    The look on his dads face is what its all about.



  11. Evan Partin
    1:24 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Louisville fan here stopping by to say congrats on the win. I don’t think I’ve pulled for a UK player as hard as I did for Polson tonight. When he got that steal & finished it off with the bucket I jumped up off my couch. Great to see good things happening for a class act guy. Hope he continues to get minutes because I like the way he runs the offense compared to Harrow



  12. bigredbleedsblue
    1:27 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    So much fun to be a wildcat fan. Yep we are young. Sure we will take some lumps, but if our biggest competition is supposed to be the sweet-sixteen Indiana, and over-rated little brother bird-brains, then I like our chances. Still real early, but this team is supper talented and fun to watch!



  13. bigredbleedsblue
    1:30 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    By the way Evan thanks for keeping it classy. I guess I jumped the gun a little when I posted. Forgot not all fans are idiots like Harvey! It’ll be a fun match-up in December, and maybe again in March!



  14. iucansukabigblue....
    1:34 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Cool post Evan. See ya Dec. 29 🙂



  15. Linda Taylor
    1:36 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    23 – It’s so refreshing to see a UL fan with class. We usually just get the trolls on here. Sometimes you begin to wonder if there are any UL or IU fans out there that can behave with any kind of decency. I actually used to root for UL to do well when they weren’t playing UK, but after being on these message boards I got so sick of some of the UL fans that my attitude changed completely. In reality it is good for the state of KY when both teams are doing well. Thanks for the great post.



  16. Drew
    1:39 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    This is POLSANITY!!



  17. Harvey Gene
    1:58 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Well said. (Golf clap)



  18. FIGHT CLUB
    2:05 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    HIS NAME IS JARROD POLSON



  19. John
    2:07 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    We want PETRINO news!!!

    BOBBY BOBBY!



  20. UK Student
    2:36 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    The only Petrino news I want to know is when he takes the Auburn job. I don’t understand why people like Petrino so much. He is a winner at football but a loser at life. He would bolt on UK immediately. We don’t need him, there are plenty of other coaches that might not bring success as quickly but would actually be able to build something at UK. Petrino would be the Billy Clyde hire of the football team.



  21. bigredbleedsblue
    2:40 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Linda, don’t feed into negative behavior.



  22. Kevin C.
    3:13 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Polson and Wiltjer with Cal at the post-game presser.

    http://johnclay.bloginky.com/2012/11/10/video-jarrod-polson-and-kyle-wiltjer-after-win-overr-maryland/#

    It’s so surreal to see Polson up there after a game…not to mention, seeing he and K-Wilt in a video that doesn’t involve nerdy activities and lipsyncing.



  23. BatesUKfanJ
    3:42 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Very proud of Pol-CAT tonight! That’s what it’s all about. A win is a win, no matter how ugly!



  24. Badams
    3:43 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Jarrod I ain’t readin shit for you proved us all today you are the bomb. It was crazy how you played and awesome. Love ya!



  25. Badams
    3:52 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    I have said since he was a freshmen that polson would play a major roll for the cats, seems its here. He was awesome and I hope that continues. Good luck Polson!



  26. Dave Ball
    4:33 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    classic…just a great showing by Polson…moxie…say what you will about the freshmen, but this is a TEAM…and Jarrod showed he belongs in the game…has the confidence of the coach…which is a great thing in and of itself… good to see…and proud of him…way to ball JP



  27. WsetKY Wildcat Fan
    5:21 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    If we don’t learn to rebound, there’s going to be some ugly losses this season. For a team with that size, that was pretty pathetic on the defensive boards.



  28. bigcatelswick
    5:21 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Picture gave me chills! Have to be some proud parents and I’m sure the whole family got to live the dream each of us have. Congrats to Polson on very excellent play. His play doesnt surprise me though, he had the same demeanor to his game when he was in the state tournament. Cool, calm, collected, and CLUTCH.

    I hope Cal really takes notice and gives him the nod going forward. Harrow hasnt played with that type of intensity yet this season. His defense is average at best, and he too looks as lost as Poythress on offense. Maybe he felt the keys were his and he would just be waiting his turn with no other PG coming in. But Cal definitely has a decision going forward. If Polson can play that sticky defense, hustle, and most importantly be the leader of this team on offense, he has enough playmakers around him to be successful starting here.

    For some of you that may seem crazy because the “stars” of Harrow are more abundant than Polson, but based off of proven play i’d take Polson at this point.

    And one more thing, I’m going to get this started now.. Cal must start Polson at the first home game in Rupp Arena to give him the ovation he deserves in front of the home crowd. He’s earned it. We’re 0-1 without his play last night.

    So.. START JARRED POLSON @ RUPP ARENA vs. Lafayette



  29. Big Whoop
    5:34 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    We found a real PG last night who knows how to run a team and his name isn’t Harrow, Goodwin or Mays. Our best PG was exposed to the public last night. He settled the team and provided focus. Archie showed how talented he is, but his lack of control hursts, much like Teague last year. He will come around to Cal’s way, but when? Harrow was benched at the end because he wasn’t communicating. Mays is a good 2G and showed some leadership.

    Just when I was asking why Wiltjer was even in the game, he caught fire. He’s still soft, slow and can’t jump, but he can score.

    Poythress is no Kidd-Gilchrist. MKG had the heart of a warrior. Will Poythress get it or will he look dazed and confused all season? I kept hearing Vitale say that we haven’t seen the real Poythress yet, but I wonder if his fame was merely based on his HS competition in Tennessee? We’ll see. Like Cal says, you can’t hide at Kentucky. My hope is that this ugly duckling will eventually turn into a swan. Three games isn’t enough to tell, but I’ve not been pleased with this kid so far.

    I thought Nerlens had a good floor game, but when you’re that tall, how can you not rebound. Same for Willy.

    Our most effective lineup, imo, last night was Polson, Mays/Goodwin, Cauley-Stein, Wiltjer and Noel.



  30. SamKat
    6:55 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    That was a wonderful game write-up, Ally!

    You nailed all of my thoughts and more!

    Thanks Matt and KSR!



  31. wiltfor3
    7:07 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    I hate the tards more than anyone, but i would take russ smith all day over harrow.



  32. The King
    7:08 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Nelly’s bandaid was below his eye on the cheek. Other than that, great post.



  33. Preston LeMaster
    7:36 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    You know nothing, Jarrod Polson.



  34. JohnHogan
    7:46 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Yell Polson saved us, but on real note if we are going to have to depend on Polson to run the team. Moving forward, thats not gonna be the makings of a twopeat. It’s obvious this team is not as strong as his other three. The rupp streak will end sooner than we hoped. Just being real about what i saw. Maryland is a bad team.



  35. kfund
    7:47 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Shabazz inelligible
    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaab-the-dagger/ucla-freshman-shabazz-muhammad-ruled-ineligible-ncaa-040044716–ncaab.html

    How flat would UK have been last night if he had been on our roster. Heck, they even might have had problems getting fired up to rebound.



  36. Yab
    8:09 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Good stuff Ally.



  37. Kory
    8:26 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Kinda sold Polson a little short. He hit the last two free throws when we were only up 1 point, not 2. He made the Terps have to attempt a three to tie. Just figured I’d note that correction since everyone else seems to be concerned with nonsense.



  38. Dane Brammage
    8:32 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Polson is a shtud.
    Wiltjer shot well (does he defend?).
    This will be a long and disappointing, or interesting, season. Definitely different.



  39. SeaCat
    8:33 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Great work tonight Ally!
    You post as well as Polson played!



  40. Older than dirt
    8:35 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Ally, by golly, i think you just may be a writer! Nicely done



  41. BrowJones
    8:35 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Awesome, Awesome, Awesome!!!! Love that pic!!!



  42. diehardcatfan
    8:46 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Such a awesome picture; I am so happy for Jarrod; He can contribute !



  43. Mike
    8:50 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    One thing is certain…..NN is not an AD…He will continue to get better but 4 pts. and 3 blks….and this is from the #1 rated player coming in (NOT).



  44. Truth
    8:52 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    First off great win however I’m sure you all have to agree with me that if we played a true top five team (IU or UL) we would have lost big tonight.



  45. greg
    9:00 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Polson Parents Picture is EPIC



  46. Newt
    9:16 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    The rebounding, the foul trouble, Poythress’ play…can chalk all those things up to 1st-game jitters (hopefully). And while I’m happy to see Paulson’s hard work paying off for him, the story of the game (not a good way) was Nerlens. He was an impressive help defender, last play of the game included. But he got absolutely worked all night by the guy who he was assigned to guard. His primary responsibility was the guy who almost led Maryland to a win. That’s concerning, as is the 2nd-half disappearance of WCS after a solid first half. Guys have to hold the paint down better than that.



  47. bung
    9:29 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    25 defensive rebounds and only 1 fastbreak basket????
    Hood would have helped us like Poslon did with his hustle and experience…



  48. RaleighCat
    9:32 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    FWIW the refs absolutely sucked last night. All the crap they called on us in the 1st half they didn’t call on MD in the 2nd, during their big run. The refs- as much as our opening night jitters- played a big factor in that game.

    Rebounding needs to improve obviously. But a lot of MD’s offensive boards were flukey bounces off bad outside shots. I mean they bricked several 3’s and the rebound went back out to the shooter or other MD guard. That’s not going to happen very often.

    Great win for a much more inexperienced team than any of us have seen in years. They are going to be fantastic by February. Go Cats!!



  49. Old cat
    9:34 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    I love that picture of Polsons parents. Can you imagine how proud they are!!



  50. Ky #1FAN
    9:42 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    It’s only one game…. Do you guys remember how we looked after one game last yr? This team has talent and they will get better…. All the fans talking about the guys now need to understand the adjustment from HS to college… Maryland dominated the boards because they are grown men with yrs of college experience. All the talk about Noe, remember AD wasnt creating anything for himself in the beginning of the season, he wasnt rebounding, Cal was calling him weak.. So to compare this team in nov to last yrs team in march is totally unfair… I’m happy with what I saw last night because I know our best bball is ahead of us.. great job jarrod, I’m so proud that he didn’t transfer and he earned playing time… Next victim is Duke!!!! GO CATS!!!!



  51. Sammydog
    9:51 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    I was pleasantly surprised at how well they played considering it was 1st game against a good team. They ooze talent and could be just as frightening as last years team come tournament time. Yes they are green and need to learn their roles but if fans can avoid getting all bent out of shape over some losses this should be a fun season.



  52. fish on
    9:54 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    75-good call. Polson was not a fluke last nite… he impressed me all preseason. when i saw him making shots and out playing ryan harrow and taking the ball from him i thot it was a fluke, but not anymore… he gives a 4th legitamite(?) guard and a very capable backup point guard that not only can score but he doesnt turn it over and he makes good decisions… 3rd year in the program too



  53. GTL
    9:56 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    The three Maryland players standing on the floor, priceless. Someone needs to caption this!



  54. Jenny Craig Pitino
    9:58 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Polson out played Harrow in the Blue-White game also. So his play was not a fluke. Maybe he can be this years Jorts, and fill a needed role for the team.



  55. Philbilly
    10:11 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Why so surprised about PolCat (43 I like that). He has been playing against pros for the last 2 years or do you think Cal can’t coach?



  56. Steve
    10:17 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Ally, I believe it was a one point game when Polson went to the line, not a two point game as you indicate. Hence the 3 point victory.



  57. Big Whoop
    10:26 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    I watched Duke-Ga. St. before, and during commercial breaks of, the UK game. The Maryland big guy is better than Marshall Plumlee and Maryland may be more athletic than Duke. Duke plays pretty decent defense, but as usual all you have to do to beat them is guard the three point shot. They don’t have much of an inside game.



  58. RealCatsFan
    10:27 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    #66, for the love of God, it was his first game. Go back and look at the stats from last year – Anthony had at least five games below double figures. Against Penn St he went for 3 points and 6 rebounds, and I don’t recall PSU having a seven footer playing for them who is a projected first round draft pick. (talking about Len). You are the type of fan that Calipari is referring to when he says it is not fair to compare NN to AD. Get you panties untwisted! SMH.



  59. Big Diesel
    10:27 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Phil Jackson back to Lakers. Sorry Gene. You can now stops whacking off to the idea that cal is leaving. We are going to dominate for many years to come.



  60. fish on
    10:30 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    87- i agree their big guy, len, went off… he played like a 7-1 future nba player



  61. Jon Hood
    10:31 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Hopefully someday soon Cal will give me a chance to show what I can do. I seem to be in his doghouse for some reason.



  62. eastcoastcat
    10:39 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Havent read any of these posts but I was at the game. These old cat fans were behind me and kept telling me sit down. They ended up finding other seats. Our fanbase was drowned out by Marylands. It was pathetic.



  63. 朝青龍
    10:46 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Cherries go on sundaes, not cakes, btw.

    Go Polson!



  64. Newt
    11:27 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Shake your head til it hurts, #58. No one–not me at least–compared Nerlens to AD at all. AD is a once-in-10 years kind of talent. Nerlens got beat up by Zen, that’s a fact proven by stats and game tape. It was is 1st ever college game, fact. Just like what I said is a fact–that guy worked him, & WCS, and it was a bit concerning to see. Our boys will be a formidable team & tough-as-nails come March. But get off your soapbox and stick to the facts…the big fellas need to keep the other team’s 7-footers at bay better than that.



  65. brooklynwildcat
    11:42 am November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Pretty hostile environment last night. The Maryland fans were majorly boo-happy. There were two really young Wildcat fans that the Jumbotron couldn’t get enough of yet the Terps folk even aggressively booed children. And teenagers competing during media timeouts for Applebees gift cards. No negativity from class act if a little quiet Cats fans. They won all the gift cards too! I’m glad I have enough confidence in my team that I don’t have to hassle a bunch of 18 year old in the hopes that they choke.

    Though there was a pretty awesome moment of universal communion when a guy wearing a Duke tshirt came on the big screen. The whole house hissed at that.



  66. RealCatsFan
    12:20 pm November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Newt, I was referring to a post by “Mike” – actually now #46 – a bunch of troll posts were deleted. I agree with you that ALL of the kids – the whole team – have a lot of work to do. But we knew this coming in – Cal will get them playing together by Feb. Not on a soapbox, but I do want to see our fans give the newcomers a fair chance before we get all hot and bothered after one real game.



  67. lonnieb
    12:45 pm November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Bunch of stupid comments on here……

    People calling for hood to play more….SMH

    If polson actually has to play consistently because of Harrow struggles……we can forget about final 4/NC etc….I love the kid and im glad he got to experience that…he cannot be primary guard’

    People on Noel……..Ad struggled mightily last year guarding his own guy in most games….help defense needs no explanation.

    I am the most nervous about Poythress………….he is the best player on the team………..however he looks unmotivated a lot…..sometimes I think the transition of dominating so easily in high school hurts because the player thinks they can do it on talent alone.

    Lens looked good……1st rounder when he leaves….only maybe zeller will be better big we face this year.



  68. gridiron_cat
    1:32 pm November 10, 2012 Permalink

    Way to go Polson, the picture of his folks is awesome<-Living the Dream. Any true UK fan has probably seen themselves or somebody in their own family look exactly like that at some point. Heck, I was in pretty much the same position during the last play of the OSU game in the tourney.

    @67, man I think you are setting the bar pretty high on this team if you expect a NC. Last year was a special squad and I think history will remember them more and more fondly as time passes. This team looks much more like a typical freshmen led team. Expecting a sweet 16 and hoping for a final 4 is much more realistic with this group. Anything can happen in March though…



  69. JMFATZ47
    2:41 pm November 10, 2012 Permalink

    67) Stokes is another good big we will face



  70. Ruppeat Offender
    3:34 pm November 10, 2012 Permalink

    I think you’re wrong, Ally Tucker – WCS is starter material – and he will be in the starting lineup before the end of the month.

    And, a big congrats to Polson. He’s been a practice dummy for NBA players for two years and the effect on his confidence and his game is apparent. He looks sharp and will be a great backup. Hope he gets 10 mins a game.



  71. lonnieb
    3:35 pm November 10, 2012 Permalink

    @ 68
    Not setting expectations for that…….its a weak field this year…..if IU and UL the 2 best out there we are in the mix.

    I know most people think vegas is full if crap……….but we were 4-1 at betus.com this week before season starting with UL/IU next best @ 6-1..

    We will be a team to beat at the end…….but we need harrow to be good is all i was saying. no knock on polson but if he’s the man its not looking good.

    @69
    Right…im just saying there is probably less than 5 games on schedule with a big as good as LEn…hes legit first rounder when he goes out.

    There is not gonna be many 7 footers with Len’s mid range and skill set we face…..



  72. Bh
    4:33 pm November 10, 2012 Permalink

    FU! You bunch of blow hards!