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GAMEDAY: The Cats are Underdogs in College Station

Cats are Searching for Shots (and Wins)

To win basketball games you have to make shots.  Plain and simple.  It sounds easy, but it hasn’t come easy for the Cats lately.

“You gotta make some shots at some point,” John Calipari said yesterday. “You’re going to have to drop some shots. In the games we really played well, we made some shots. They’re all capable of that. I’ve got five guys in there that are capable shooters, more than capable shooters. But, we’ll see.”

Entering College Station on a two-game skid, the Aggies’ interior defense will not let Kentucky get easy offense near the rim.  That strategy has worked well for UK’s previous opponents, and nobody is better at it than A&M.  If UK can’t knock down a few jump shots, it could be a long night in College Station.

The Last Time Cal’s Cats Played A&M

Texas A&M passed the injury bug to Kentucky when the Aggies traveled to Rupp Arena.  It was their first game with a full roster and UK’s first without Quade Green.  Kentucky let a lead slip away in the final minute, but remained composed long enough to force A&M to make a play in the final seconds.

Kentucky was cold from the outside (4-12 3FG), but still managed to shoot 55.8 percent from the field.  Replicating that kind of success is a tall task, but it might be required to beat a team that looks completely different than the one that came to Rupp last month.

Will Cal’s Birthday Wish be Granted?

Today John Calipari turns 59 years old.  If Kentucky can pull off an upset win on the road, I have a feeling he’ll celebrate on the flight home with an entire tray of Mrs. Cal’s brownies.

Two Streaks on the Line

John Calipari has never lost three games in a row at Kentucky.  Earlier this season that streak was kept safe with a 13-point win vs. Miss. State.  If UK keeps that streak alive, they’ll have to keep the three-point streak alive, something that almost didn’t happen when UK went on the road last Saturday.

TV, Radio, Vegas

TV — A late 8:15 tip-off on ESPN with Dave Flemming and Dan Dakich (sigh) on the call.

Radio — KSR Pregame Show on 630 WLAP at 5:30. Hear Leach and Pratt on the UK Sports Network, Sirius-1378and XM-191.

Vegas — Texas A&M -5

College Basketball on TV

Time Game Network
Noon Butler at #1 Villanoca Fox
Noon Ok. State at #19 West Virginia ESPN
Noon Florida at South Carolina CBS
2:00 #10 Kansas at Baylor CBS
2:00 #17 Oklahoma at Iowa State ESPN
2:00 #21 North Carolina at NC State ACCNE
2:00 Miss. State at Mizzou ESPN2
2:00 Texas at TCU ESPNU
2:30 #5 Xavier at Creighton Fox
3:30 #8 Auburn at Georgia SEC
4:00 #3 Purdue at #4 Michigan State ESPN
4:00 Florida State at Notre Dame ESPN2
6:00 Iowa at #14 Ohio State BTN
6:00 #15 Tennessee at Alabama SEC
6:15 Va. Tech at #2 Virginia ESPN
8:00 #7 Texas Tech at Kansas State ESPNU

Two Impressive Indiana Buzzer-Beaters

Greenwood High School in central Indiana executed this overtime play to perfection.  They would go on to win in double overtime.

The best three points from Romeo Langford’s 53-point night was this full-court heave.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

9 Comments for GAMEDAY: The Cats are Underdogs in College Station

  1. bosshogg24
    10:49 am February 10, 2018 Permalink

    Why recruit people who can’t shoot? If you can’t shoot by 17 or 18 years of age you are not going to be a shooter! If they can’t shoot or make fouls shots don’t recruit them!

    • henderblue
      12:25 pm February 10, 2018 Permalink


    • henderblue
      12:28 pm February 10, 2018 Permalink

      That comment, I mean

    • BigBlueNationDude
      3:58 pm February 10, 2018 Permalink

      Agree. Cal needs to stop with the “athletes” mentality and get some guys who can shoot or score.

    • sbueck
      6:08 pm February 10, 2018 Permalink

      Or, realize we are not going to be good shooters and run?!? Press! Crash the boards! Speed the game up! This is not a half court set it up and jump shot team and our opponents know it and clog things up. Where is coaching adaptability??

  2. luke_emberton
    12:12 pm February 10, 2018 Permalink

    we are gonna get destroyed today and tbh I’ll be shocked if it’s not a double digit blowout

  3. Get a vintage Kentucky Colonels championship shirt here!

    No, I don’t have an interest in this. It’s just that I see a lot of folks on here who, like me, wish the Colonels had become an NBA team.

  4. John
    1:53 pm February 10, 2018 Permalink

    Cal loses 3 straight after today. I remember some coach saying the following. “When we get it right, we’ll be number 1 in the country. We’ll be number one seeds.”

    There’s nothing right at this point. It’s all jacked up.