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UCLA hands Kentucky its first loss of the season

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In what was undoubtedly Kentucky’s worst performance of the season, the Cats fell to Larry Bird and the UCLA Bruins, 87-77.

Everyone not named Tyler Ulis or Derek Willis had a bad game.

And this happened…

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18 Comments for UCLA hands Kentucky its first loss of the season



  1. Are You Floreal
    11:18 pm December 3, 2015 Permalink

    Hopefully this can be a loss the team can grow a lot from, and we didn’t have Marcus Lee most of the game which also hurt. I recall a certain team that got upset in December that went on to win a National Title not too long ago…



  2. blueballs80
    11:18 pm December 3, 2015 Permalink

    WTF is up with Skal. Get some toughness man. Cmon!! Own the damn paint!!



  3. Big Kat
    11:20 pm December 3, 2015 Permalink

    Got whipped tonight, but elite programs never storm the court. Thanks Ucla for confirming what everyone thought about the remains of your program. They still lost to Monmouth, wake, and Boyle county.



  4. CATilactica
    11:23 pm December 3, 2015 Permalink

    I can’t wait for wynyard to start practicing with the team. He’s going to eat skal for lunch. Maybe give him some toughness



  5. ColoradoCat3
    11:23 pm December 3, 2015 Permalink

    Ulis was 2-12. He had a bad game. Briscoe was pretty good, though.



  6. CATandMONKEY
    11:26 pm December 3, 2015 Permalink

    Sadness. None of my mojo maneuvers helped. Will continue to drink in hopes of improving odds for next game.



  7. Reese Davis
    11:26 pm December 3, 2015 Permalink

    The offense will come, defense is what needs a ton of work. Still, we have a hell of team and maybe we needed this stay humble after handily beating Duke.



  8. ukcamel
    11:30 pm December 3, 2015 Permalink

    Skal was worthless, and Murray, Ulis and Poy were bad. Briscoe and Willis were good and Humphries was ok. That is the silver lining – the guys I was most worried about played well. Those other guys will get it together. We will get better, this loss sucks but isn’t the end of the world. Main thing is hope Lee is ok and Ulis’s injury doesn’t linger on.



    • Big Kat
      11:32 pm December 3, 2015 Permalink

      Agree. Willis should start next game. Bring skal off the bench and see how he responds.



  9. catsby91
    11:33 pm December 3, 2015 Permalink

    This game was obviously not called in our favor but we aren’t deep enough for our post players to be in foul trouble that early..



    • Bill the Cat
      11:43 pm December 3, 2015 Permalink

      Called in our favor? Is that what it takes to win? We got exposed tonight. This team just isn’t all that good right now. We have a huge hole in the middle! Looked like a McDonald’s All American game out there at times tonight. No cohesive play, just individuals trying to make plays. Big loses loom vs LSU, Vandy, A&M and, I hate to say but we probably lose to stripper pole U down the road. Slick Rick has 15 fouls waiting for us in the center position and routinely plays two 7-footers that will push Skal all over the place, 2 guards that can fill it up from the outside and a defense much better than what we faced tonight.



    • Booby Petrino
      8:42 am December 4, 2015 Permalink

      settle down Bill. While I”m gonna agree with you that the calls weren’t the problem, the sky isn’t falling. UCLA played out of their minds; that happens when teams want revenge after getting embarrassed last time we played. First road game for our guys, they looked tired and flat. We’ve won 7 games by double digits, including a spanking of Duke, I’m pretty sure we’ll be fine.



  10. thelexcat
    11:34 pm December 3, 2015 Permalink

    Given the way both teams played, we only lost by 10….smh



  11. RealCatsFan
    11:35 pm December 3, 2015 Permalink

    Geesh UCLA, act like you’ve been there before. You will NEVER, EVER see the court stormed at Rupp.



  12. dstnshpp
    11:35 pm December 3, 2015 Permalink

    That’s a poor excuse for a court storming



  13. small_town
    11:36 pm December 3, 2015 Permalink

    They played well. We didn’t. Hoping Marcus is okay. And hoping the early December loss is as beneficial as we always hear it is.



  14. 2thepoint
    12:09 am December 4, 2015 Permalink

    The Cat’s haven’t played well except against Duke and Duke has a lot of youth as well. I believe they needed the loss, but not to ucla. I hate aFORD and his son. That kid got away with pushing off and hooking all night long. Parker did as well plus hit people in the head with his elbow, but not one foul because of it.

    In the end they will be better and perhaps they will listen now. I know Murray needs to get a shot back. I loved how hard Briscoe plays and if he could just learn to hit free throws the sky is the limit. Perhaps the one good thing could come of that game is Willis. He has needed a game in which he could stay in and after a slow start he finished well. He has always been a little tight in games so I look for him to benefit from the game because it was a pressure game.



  15. UK Fan In Nashville
    10:21 am December 4, 2015 Permalink

    To say Poythress played bad is not fair. He was working his ass off and the only one that seemed to try to defend in the paint. Three fouls in a 1:50 stretch to start the second half was the reason he seemed ineffective. When he was on the court we were at our best. I don’t blame the refs for us losing, but I think a fairer called game and this would have been a one possession game throughout. There was one stretch when Briscoe was guarding Alford without the ball. Briscoe had is arms out extended to his sides. Alford brought his hands into Briscoe’s body and lifted them up through him flailing about and Briscoe just standing in good defensive position gets called for a foul. The next offensive trip for UK, Ullis drives to the basket and a UCLA defender swats down on his shoulder knocking him to the ground and causing him to throw up an errant shot and nothing was called, UCLA gets a fast break and hits a three.