Your University of Kentucky Wildcats moved to 8-1 on the season last night with a rout of the Fightin’ Alec Peters of Valparaiso in the final home game of the calendar year. Mrs. Tyler did a fantastic job in recapping that game for you late last night, but I have a little more for you this a.m. before we move past the game and on into the 2016-17 season.
So refill your coffee and then hit these quick-hitters from last night’s action to start your day…
Watch Dominique Hawkins, Derek Willis and Mychal Mulder review the game.
Mychal Mulder noted that his team didn’t bring the energy against UCLA and that was a big focus in bouncing back from that loss.
There were 27 NBA scouts in attendance.
Believe it or not, there were more scouts at last night’s game than at the UCLA game, when Lonzo Ball, a future lottery pick, was in town. 27 scouts from 21 NBA franchises were in the building last night to see Valparaiso’s Alec Peters go against the many pro prospects on Kentucky’s roster.
Shai Alexander attended the game, too.
The Kentucky signee made the trip to Lexington to watch his future team roll through Valpo. John Calipari shared a photo of the two from just outside the UK locker room.
The announcer could not pronounce ‘Adebayo.’
Rough night for Tom Hart of the SEC Network, who called the game alongside Kentucky’s own Tony Delk. Hart mispronounced Bam Adebayo’s name throughout the entire broadcast, showing the television viewers that he didn’t take the time to learn the name of one of the game’s stars.
Do better, Tom. You’re calling a basketball game; it’s not rocket surgery.
John Calipari saw a lot of potential in his team.
After the game, Coach Cal said, “There were signs today that we could be really good. And then the question is, how good do we want to be?”
The UNDER finally hit in a Kentucky game.
After four straight games of hitting the over out in Las Vegas, last night’s game went under the 156.5 total for the first time since Duquesne game. The Cats did cover, however, which brings their record against the spread to a staggering 6-2 on the year.
Other brief notes and anecdotes:
— Kentucky’s 21-0 run after the game was tied at four was the biggest of its kind of the season.
— Malik Monk has scored in double figures in every game.
— Derek Willis has three straight in double figures.
— Kentucky forced Valpo into 19 turnovers. The Cats have forced at least 17 turnovers in all but one game this year.
— Pat Adams really is the worst official in college basketball.
Did you watch Hey Kentucky! before the game?
If not, check out this clip of Matt and Jeremy Jarmon playing a fun game of “True or False.”
You can see the entire episode of Hey Kentucky! here.