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Derek Willis’ Sunday Morning Wakeup

I would like to dedicate today’s post to our diamond in the rough, Mr. Derek Willis. He has been playing way better than most of us knew he could play as of lately, which has earned him a spot in the starting lineup each of the last two games. I think it’s a pretty safe to say Derek will be a starter for the third game in a row this upcoming week after the performance he had against Vanderbilt yesterday.

Willis led the team in rebounding, again, and made some big plays throughout the game that give credit to the amount of time on the floor he has been receiving. Willis may not be a heralded star, but the Bullitt East product has come very far in his three years at UK, and we can’t wait to see more of it. Keep it up, Derek.

Cats roll past Vandy, 76-57

Tyler Ulis, Alex Poythress, and Jamal Murray accounted for 55 of the team’s 76 points yesterday, and Vandy only scored 57. UK looked has looked dominant in consecutive games for the first time in SEC play and the Cats are hitting their stride just a week before the showcase road matchup against Kansas at Phog Allen. UK shot 55% from the field and held Vandy to only 16-50 shooting for the game.

Archie hits a game winner in Phoenix

Archie Goodwin had a game-high 24 points, 4 assists, 2 steals & 2 blocks in Suns’ 98-95 win over Hawks last night. With Bledsoe out for the season, young Booker and Goodwin have earn extended roles in the lineup and they’re taking advantage of it. Here’s Archie’s dunk from the fourth quarter of the same game, don’t geek.

Jamal Murray on track to own freshman scoring record

Jamal Murray has had the greenlight since he first stepped on campus as a very late signee in the class of ’15. Murray has averaged 17.8 points per game through his first 18 games, and is on track to break Brandon Knight’s UK freshman scoring record (657 points).

Assuming the Cats make it to the SEC championship game in Nashville in about a month or so, and they can make an appearance in the Elite 8, Jamal Murray would surpass Knight by one point if he continues scoring at his same record pace of nearly 18 a game.

Oh, Karl

So nice you needed to see it twice. This dunk by Karl Towns last night was absolutely vicious. Rarely do you see big men with athleticism like that, but Towns destroyed that rim.

Since you’re already here, check out this sequence by Cauley-Stein from last night’s game against the Pacers. You’re welcome, friends.

And how about DeMarcus Cousins with the career-high 48 points to go along with 13 rebounds! Rajon Rondo recorded his sixth triple-double setting the Sacramento single-season record.

NFL Matchups on today

3:05 pm – Patriots vs. Broncos

6:40 pm – Panthers vs. Cardinals

Article written by Kaan Solagan

Senior at the University of Kentucky. Atherton High School Alumnus. "Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth." - The Greatest

17 Comments for Derek Willis’ Sunday Morning Wakeup

  1. Kaan, what format are the first two videos in? They won’t play on my iPad but the last one did.

    Boy was it fun watching Willie and Karl do that when they were wearin’ the blue! (I was able to see Karl’s dunk in the other post)



  2. sa_hunt
    9:53 am January 24, 2016 Permalink

    Only bottom video plays, the other two don’t.



  3. Rixter
    9:55 am January 24, 2016 Permalink

    As we learned from Archie’s one year in Lexington, if you take enough shots, one is going to fall occasionally.



    • mobile2
      1:36 pm January 24, 2016 Permalink

      No joke. I’ve watched some Phoenix games this year…Same ol’ Archie: drive into a congested lane, throw up a wild shot, fall down. Rinse. Repeat.



  4. kamron.cox
    10:19 am January 24, 2016 Permalink

    Not to be a jerk, but what makes us think this Kentucky team is going to go to the Elite Eight? They’ve played two good games in a row but this team still has a lot of work to do. We are fortunate that we don’t have to play a lot of good teams as our boys progress, because they may be in serious jeopardy if so.

    But let’s be real, we don’t suck. So we are going to beat any subpar team in Rupp and most subpar teams on the road. But I dont see us beating many tournament teams in a neutral site. Depending on the seed and matchup, UK could very well lose in the first round and I am fairly confident they’ll lose by the Sweet 16.



    • jonthes
      10:24 am January 24, 2016 Permalink

      The only team I’ve seen I wonder if we could beat would be Oklahoma – they have tall NBA level three point shooters. Cal has shown he can take a flawed team to the FF even if faced with the best team in the country in their path (Wichita State, Ohio State). Few teams will be able to deal with our three point guards if they’re in sync.



    • UK Big Board Update
      6:04 pm January 24, 2016 Permalink

      Sounds like the Vandy fan is trying to make himself feel better after the loss….



  5. Stopover
    10:20 am January 24, 2016 Permalink

    Let’s be honest with ourselves. The SEC is terribly weak. Judging our team based on conference games (especially at Rupp) is fool’s gold.



    • UK Big Board Update
      5:51 pm January 24, 2016 Permalink

      Trollin, trollin, trollin………



  6. jonthes
    10:21 am January 24, 2016 Permalink

    I’m telling you Willie is a very special talent. I still cherish whacking the bore Len Elmore over this last spring on Twitter. We’ll never see another center at UK who could have guarded Tyler. I suspect we will see that in the NBA.



  7. Jaxson
    10:27 am January 24, 2016 Permalink

    Cauley-Stein is playing good defense. His teammate Demarcus Cousins had a career-high 48 points last night too…..



    • Dusten
      10:45 am January 24, 2016 Permalink

      Yeah, I was surprised about the no mention of Cousins’ 48 points…



  8. Long Dong Silver
    11:09 am January 24, 2016 Permalink

    Wow, who is that interviewing Willie?



  9. damage_control
    11:11 am January 24, 2016 Permalink

    Somebody will eventually have to remind Chris Webber about his comments- not just yet (although WCS is looking awfully DeAndre Jordan-like) but maybe after the season. If you aren’t watching the Kings when you get a chance, you’re really missing out. Boogie, Rondo, WCS are leading that team and are so fun to watch.



  10. Cat House
    11:51 am January 24, 2016 Permalink

    That is a BIG girl talking to Boogie.



    • Long Dong Silver
      12:51 pm January 24, 2016 Permalink

      Yes, tall and built. Damn.