Last night’s outcome was disappointing to some, but as they say in sports, a win is a win. Kentucky is now in a three-way tie for first in the SEC with Florida and South Carolina, all having 19-5 overall and 9-2 SEC records.
This morning we’ll look back at how the Cats got that 19th win and how it could’ve been better, plus a little bit more from around basketball.
1. How do you only beat LSU by seven? At home! As a 25-point favorite!
Everyone beats LSU by double digits. You have to really go out of your way to not beat LSU by double digits.
I’ll tell you how: you play terrible defense. You give up 85 points to a team that had only scored in the 80s five times all season. You let a team that’s only shot 50 percent from the field five times, shoot 50 percent from the field.
Seven-point win over LSU. Seven. Unacceptable.
2. Cats will practice for three hours today.
It’s going to be a long day in the Joe Craft Center for the Cats. Calipari said they will hold a three-hour practice today, and, “If anybody says they can’t go, you won’t make the trip to Alabama. So don’t go, or you’ll go.”
Bam Adebayo said, “If we puke, we puke.”
3. Forget about the bad defense by watching the KY Wildcats TV highlights.
There were some exciting plays before the wheels fell off down the stretch.
4. Calipari will trim the rotation if he has to.
“Don’t want to shorten the rotation to five or six guys, but I will if I have to,” he said after the game. “I’d like to play eight or nine guys so they all get a chance to play, have fun, morale, all that. But you better deserve to be on that court, or… We’re at that time of the season.”
5. Alan Cutler’s hair is on fire.
I'm doing my normal live shot at 5pm and why do these things happen to me ? Ha pic.twitter.com/cs3sOFUpNl
— alan cutler (@cutler18) February 7, 2017
6. In other basketball news, Lonzo Ball’s little brother scored 92 points in a high school game last night.
LaMelo, the younger Ball, took 61 shots in his high school game last night and finished with 92 points, 41 of which came in the fourth quarter. Poor Eli Scott had a pretty nice triple-double and no one is saying a word about his night.
LaMelo Ball is only a sophomore, ranked as the No. 1 point guard in 2019, and he is already committed to UCLA.
7. Hello, Alex Poythress!
— NBA D-League (@nbadleague) February 8, 2017
8. How adorable is this photo from last night’s game?
Hopefully it finds its way to PawPaw so he can frame it.
Also, you should check out our entire UK-LSU photo gallery from Dr. Michael Huang Photography on Facebook by clicking below:
9. Rupp Arena is auctioning off old basketball goals.
Rupp is auctioning off basketball goals used in Kentucky games from October 2000 until September 2016. They will be available for inspection on February 10th and 17th between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. behind Rupp Arena at the Service Entrance, and they’ll go to the highest bidder(s) between now and February 27th at 4 p.m.
For more information or to fill out your bid form, click here.
10. Who up Philadelphia!
I am flying to the City of Brotherly Love tomorrow to meet with Quade Green and to watch his game Friday night. If you’re in the Philly area, you should go to his game and wear blue and we can yell UK things together. Have your people contact my people.