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Wildcats devour the Leopards, 101-49

It was a Felidae family affair when the Wildcats (Felinae) hosted the Leopards (Pantherinae) in Kentucky’s regular season home opener in Rupp Arena Friday night. (#shoutout to my 6th grade Life Science teacher!)  The Wildcats dominated from start to finish, led by Kyle Wiltjer’s 23 points and another 22 from Alex Poythress.  Julius Mays contributed to the scoring output with a quiet but impressive 10 assists from his combo-guard position.

If you’re here reading this on a Friday night, we applaud your dedication and devotion to KentuckySportsRadio.com.  If you’re not here reading this, then this entire sentence is meaningless.  Now I’m just rambling.  Let’s get to it.

  Kentucky moved to 2-1 on the 2012-13 basketball season with a 101 – 49 win over the Patriot League’s Lafayette College in the second of four Barclays Center Classic games.  It was the first ever meeting between the two schools and the first time Lafayette has faced a ranked opponent since losing at Villanova, 86-41, in 2010.  The Leopards came out rather hot to start the game but Kentucky was doing too much scoring of its own on the other end for it to matter.  Kentucky played its best offensive game of the young season, which included a 39-2 run in the second half, and poured it on Lafayette throughout the entire contest.

  Kyle Wiltjer led the way for Kentucky with a Tayshaun Prince-esque performance from beyond the arc. He scored a game-high 23 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the field, including a career-high seven 3-pointers on 11 attempts.  After Tuesday night’s loss to Duke, Calipari said Kyle will need to find a way to get open and make shots or he’ll find the bench.  It looks like he got the message.  Wiltjer moved well without the ball, fought through screens, and found gaps in the defense, and it was all buckets from there.  Goggles up.

  Not far behind Kyle Wiltjer on the scoring list is Alex Poythress with 22 points.  Poythress, again, showed what a beast he can be when he sets his mind to it.  The freshman from Clarksville played with aggression on both ends and used his advantage in size and athleticism against the smaller Lafayette defenders to have his way with the competition.  He finished the game with an outstanding 9-of-10 shooting performance, because, well, no one could stop him.  He was a man playing in a co-ed youth league.  If Kentucky is going to get where we all want them to go, Alex Poythress The Man will have to continue to show up.  We’ve seen him two games in a row now.

  You and I may think Poythress has been an unstoppable force in Kentucky’s last two games, but his coach still expects much more.  Coach Cal said after the game that he still thinks Alex is only going hard 60% of the time.  “I want him to be the best version of him,” Cal said in the press conference. “Not just playing good.”

If 22 points is “playing good,” I don’t know if I’m ready to see what 100% Poythress can do.  I’m kind of scared, actually.

  One guy who’s not being questioned about his effort is Nerlens Noel.  The nation’s top-rated freshman leaves it all out on the court and then some.  Noel filled up the stat sheet tonight with 15 points, seven rebounds, four assists, four steals and one block (although I’m certain he had more than one.)  After the game, Calipari said he told the other players to do what Nerlens is doing.  “Give (Nerlens) a hand,” he told his guys. “It’s embarrassing when they’re jogging and he’s the one diving on the ground.”

Maybe it’s the Celtics hat…


(via Carolina Hall)

  Lafayette was doomed from the start when starting center Dan Trist went down to injury during the team’s shootaround prior to the game.  The 6-foot-9 sophomore scored 30 points on 14-of-18 shooting from the field last time out in Lafayette’s overtime win against LIU-Brooklyn.  When it was announced that he would sit, the game was over.  Well, actually, it was over when it was announced that Lafayette would play Kentucky.  But losing Trist only made it uglier.

  The Cats were without Ryan Harrow again tonight and UK officially lists Harrow as day-to-day.  I’ll let you all do the speculating.

  Both teams came into this one on the wrong end of the rebounding margin (Lafayette -9, Kentucky -8.5) so far this season, so one team had to win the battle of the boards. Tonight, as expected, Kentucky controlled the glass, but not by much.  The Cats out-rebounded Lafayette 31-27, leaving room to improve in the next game.

  Julius Mays had a great night distributing the ball with 10 assists and 0 turnovers.  Calipari noted that a lot of Mays’ assists came from kicking the ball out to the red hot Kyle Wiltjer. Still a great night from the old man.

  Archie, Archie, Archie, what are we going to do with you?  One minute he is throwing down one of the nastiest dunks you’ll ever see; the next minute he’s losing the ball off his knee and walking back on defense.  The hustle and attitude will come in time, so right now we’ll just focus on his incredible ability to get to the basket whenever he wants.  Goodwin finished with 13 points and led the team in furious yells from Calipari for the third game this season.  He’s so good, though.  Only four other UK freshmen have scored in double-digits in their first three games under Calipari: Wall, Knight, Jones and Lamb.

  Can someone go check on Willie Cauley-Stein?  I’m told he’s still at Rupp Arena, dunking the basketball on smaller Lafayette players.  Cauley-Stein had his first double-figure scoring night as a Wildcat with 14 points. At least 10 of those came from dunks.

  The lob to Jon Hood needs some work.  I like where it’s going, though.  Hood grabbed two rebounds in a solid 11 minutes of action.  We also finally saw Twany Beckham for his first four minutes of the season and Tod Lanter got his first real action as a Wildcat.  Good to see everyone getting involved.

  Nerlens on Kyle Wiltjer: “He’s an assassin. He’s a sniper.”

 

That’ll do it for now.  We’ll have more tomorrow as the Samford football game approaches.

 

I’ll leave you with the picture of Rick Bozich on press row, because KSR Live blog commenters always get what they want.  I’m just a pawn in Winston and Carruth’s Entourage’s live blog game of life.

Swag.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

66 Comments for Wildcats devour the Leopards, 101-49



  1. stmlax03
    10:42 pm November 16, 2012 Permalink

    what the fugs wrong with archie’s attitude drew?! I’m gonna punch you



  2. stmlax03
    10:42 pm November 16, 2012 Permalink

    hat



  3. stmlax03
    10:43 pm November 16, 2012 Permalink

    scat



  4. stmlax03
    10:43 pm November 16, 2012 Permalink

    ratatat



  5. stmlax03
    10:43 pm November 16, 2012 Permalink

    tat



  6. HillbillyInBC
    10:44 pm November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Remember Boogie’s Peter Parker swag? Nerlens is in that league, Bozich not so much.



  7. Buckets
    10:48 pm November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Rick Bozich = douchenozzle



  8. Peter Jurkin
    10:49 pm November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Bozich havin visions of Sypher!



  9. UKClay
    10:51 pm November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Drew, I’m angry I didn’t make it in with Winston and Carruth. I even got the “There he is” at the beginning of the blog. Regardless, awesome pics. Even better in a post.



  10. Dominator
    10:55 pm November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Harrow has fibromyalgia



  11. Ralph Barstow
    10:57 pm November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Cal never said Kyle was gonna find the bench. What he said was that Kyle is such a critical offensive weapon for us that we have to find more ways to get him the ball when teams like Duke decide that neutralizing Wiltjer is the key to beating us. He did also say Kyle needs to learn to get his shot off better. But never did he say Kyle was going to find the bench. I don’t understand the constant drumbeat of hate against Kyle on this site.



  12. beltieboy
    10:57 pm November 16, 2012 Permalink

    The second of four Barclays Center Classic Games…tonight…really?



  13. crazycatfan
    11:04 pm November 16, 2012 Permalink

    GO KYLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  14. BigBlueHaitian
    11:11 pm November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Kyle’s 3s were nice, but Archie Goodwin had the play of the night.
    http://www.ballinisahabit.net/2012/11/posterized-almost-dunk-of-year.html



  15. Hank
    11:18 pm November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Whoa #11, were you in the locker room? I don’t think anybody’s hating on Kyle.



  16. Bhamilton
    11:21 pm November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Is there a way to see a replay of the game? I’m out of town and forgot to record. Thanks



  17. BigBluSoTru
    11:24 pm November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Omg i don’t see why with this win we are not voted number one. Our win was 10 times more impressive and better compettion than IU and UL. we are so lethal cards don’t stand a chance.



  18. Looks like....
    11:25 pm November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Looks like shabazz is eligible now… Damn haha. Oh well still the only people seeing him play will be the 17 people up at 11:30 on fsn…

  19. Nerlens is doin’ the Floyd R. Turbow swag (a Twinkie if you get the reference).



  20. jon
    11:32 pm November 16, 2012 Permalink

    That is one ugly hat



  21. moonie says
    11:34 pm November 16, 2012 Permalink

    cal needs to try another approach to goodwin instead of eating him out in public , it aint working



  22. Oj
    11:42 pm November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Is there a way to watch the img games on the Internet



  23. MemphisCat
    11:43 pm November 16, 2012 Permalink

    After watching Alex he reminds me of a more athletic Grandmama



  24. Chane Behanan
    11:53 pm November 16, 2012 Permalink

    These numbers are irrelevant.. UK seen what happened to them when they stepped to a DECENT team in DUKE. IT’S OVER WHEN Y’ALL COME TO THE YUM CENTER



  25. lip set
    12:03 am November 17, 2012 Permalink

    17) get off the crack. we just got our butts handed to us a couple days ago, remember?



  26. RealCatsFan
    12:04 am November 17, 2012 Permalink

    I can’t believe no one GIF’ed Cal doing his impression of Alex jogging up the court. Comedy gold.



  27. Derek
    12:04 am November 17, 2012 Permalink

    #11- Kyle Wiltjer is a fan favorite. Not sure what you’re talking about…



  28. RealCatsFan
    12:05 am November 17, 2012 Permalink

    24, you forgot to end with “point blank. period.”



  29. Derek
    12:05 am November 17, 2012 Permalink

    21) You know there’s a reason he’s the coach and you’re the fan?



  30. RealCatsFan
    12:07 am November 17, 2012 Permalink

    Archie will be fine. Don’t get your panties in a wad. Some were all worried about Teague getting chewed last year, and Jones the year before, and Cousins the year before that. Cal always picks a favorite target every year, but he only picks the kids who can take it, and will respond, eventually. He knows how to relate to these kids – kind of the “anti-BCG”.



  31. Culver
    12:07 am November 17, 2012 Permalink

    24) Behanan will most likely be incarcerated by the time the CATS visit the yummy center…just saying. He’s 100% punk!



  32. Catfan
    12:08 am November 17, 2012 Permalink

    Not only can Nerlens fill up the stat line he can find a hat that won’t mess up his high top fade.



  33. uk
    12:08 am November 17, 2012 Permalink

    in all honesty, harrow might actually have an std, as terrible as it sounds this is earily simmiler to the magic johnson situation back in the day, i hope not but he could have HIV



  34. Timbo
    12:21 am November 17, 2012 Permalink

    anybody know how i could watch a replay of the game, other than ESPN3?? My local station showed it as tape delayed, BUT it didn’t come on!!!! SO pissed right now…



  35. Potterman
    12:35 am November 17, 2012 Permalink

    #34 – not sure bout the replay but if it’s “the king of craps”, hope you been doin well!



  36. Hmm
    12:41 am November 17, 2012 Permalink

    Harrow is suffering from Anal leakage



  37. Jimmy wa11
    12:42 am November 17, 2012 Permalink

    Where has Sam Malone been?



  38. moonie
    12:43 am November 17, 2012 Permalink

    29 I thought every one on this site was a coach



  39. Kermit
    12:51 am November 17, 2012 Permalink

    37 Sam wasn’t feeling good tonight, didn’t sound serious but enough for him not to play



  40. blueblue
    12:57 am November 17, 2012 Permalink

    WTF!!! Just saw where the NCAA has reinstated Shabazz Muhammad. Enes Kanter wasn’t allowed to repay his impermissible benefits. Not a surprise that there is again an example of inconsistence from the NCAA.

    http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/ncb/story/_/id/8640531/shabazz-muhammad-ucla-bruins-reinstated-ncaa



  41. tc571
    1:36 am November 17, 2012 Permalink

    21.) Only Louisville’s coach eats people out in public.



  42. Drakesrake
    1:39 am November 17, 2012 Permalink

    36). So is your mouth



  43. Cats
    2:02 am November 17, 2012 Permalink

    Guarantee harrow has meningitis. Had 2 friends that had it and doctors couldn’t identify it for weeks. From what I’ve heard such as Ryan having zero energy, symptoms sound similar. Signed, Dr. Cats



  44. Rick Bitizich
    2:20 am November 17, 2012 Permalink

    Like omg, i bet Pitino would like 17 seconds with me. hehe. Ricky is so cute. 🙂



  45. Really?
    2:49 am November 17, 2012 Permalink

    Kyle Wilther?



  46. CliffFrankLou
    6:22 am November 17, 2012 Permalink

    43, guarantee? What with cash? Of course, you with such vast clinical expertise and intimate knowledge of Ryan’s signs and symptoms determined this? Low energy is unique to meningitis? Let’s leave the doctorin’ to the pros.



  47. F Joker
    6:28 am November 17, 2012 Permalink

    Donald Russell (you know the RB Joker ran off) is having a great season for Georgia State and is an NFL prospect now. Thanks Joker.



  48. F Joker
    6:33 am November 17, 2012 Permalink

    Donald Russell AT GEORGIA STATE: Powerful running back who finished his career as the leading career rusher in Georgia State history … Played two seasons at GSU after transferring from Kentucky … Downhill runner with good speed … Rushed for 1,412 yards and 12 touchdowns in 18 games in a GSU uniform … Six 100-yard games … Also had 21 receptions for 204 yards and one touchdown, for a total of 1,616 all-purpose yards

    2012: Was leading the CAA in rushing with over 100 yards per game when he suffered a knee injury on his fourth carry in the eighth game of the season versus Villanova … Sustained a sprained MCL in his left knee and missed the remainder of the season.



  49. fish on
    6:40 am November 17, 2012 Permalink

    I’m glad Shabazz Mohammed is eligible cuz i wanna see him play… i just cant stay up that late though



  50. Tampa Satchel
    7:10 am November 17, 2012 Permalink

    #17 Are you high? #1!? We’ve got a long way to go. We are #15+ without a 100% Harrow.



  51. blueblue
    7:20 am November 17, 2012 Permalink

    I went through an experience where I had no energy. When my doctor figured out what it was, it was type 3 diabetes.



  52. the truth
    7:51 am November 17, 2012 Permalink

    no love for polson huh. well the truth is, he is better than harrow. the truth is harrow knows it or he has mono. either way, he may not come back. when I get sick, I go to the doctor and they are quick to find out what it is. dont worry, he’ll play his rear off whether you give him love or not.



  53. I'm Batman
    7:55 am November 17, 2012 Permalink

    Why are people so desperate to pump up Hood? You really needed to point out his 2 rebounds? And there was nothing solid about his play. Geez, I wonder if you all watch the game or just listen to dave baker’s terrible announcing.



  54. UKNation
    8:15 am November 17, 2012 Permalink

    I want to try to be Jerry Tipton for a minute (sarcasm):

    Cal must go.
    Everyone (starters) defected from last years team leaving no returning starters.
    This team is one game above .500
    Lost to the most hated rival imaginable.
    Only wins this years have been from mid-major schools.

    OK

    It’s easy to put a negative spin on things. No wonder Jerry does this all the time.



  55. Mandingo
    8:26 am November 17, 2012 Permalink

    I need to see a YouTube clip of Goodwin dunking, even though a foul was called it was a nasty dunk.



  56. Usefulijit
    8:43 am November 17, 2012 Permalink

    Lafayette snow leopards



  57. Kyle
    8:49 am November 17, 2012 Permalink

    New head coach = Sonny Dykes. Mark it down.



  58. barn
    8:59 am November 17, 2012 Permalink

    47-why doesn’t mitch go after georgia state’s coach? oh, wait…



  59. Hmm
    9:00 am November 17, 2012 Permalink

    42) please stop taking advantage of farm animals.



  60. KSR1080Fan
    9:02 am November 17, 2012 Permalink

    #55 link above from #14 for Archie’s dunk. That site also does a great job of calling out the ref. #BBN



  61. bigbluejon
    9:05 am November 17, 2012 Permalink

    This just in…Tom Cream eats gums off the floor…it was on SportsCenter last night



  62. Ben
    9:07 am November 17, 2012 Permalink

    Great dunk! However, his man was wide open for a dunk on the opposite side! Need to pass the ball to be a great team!



  63. lee
    9:09 am November 17, 2012 Permalink

    No postgame postcast???



  64. Brandon
    9:19 am November 17, 2012 Permalink

    Oh it will be fun watching the flat top feller this year!
    😀



  65. I'm not a real doctor, I just play one on TV
    12:50 pm November 17, 2012 Permalink

    Lime disease, West Nile virus, Pneumonoultramicroscopicvolcanoconiosis?



  66. I'm not a real doctor, adjusted diagnosis
    12:55 pm November 17, 2012 Permalink

    “Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis”