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Monday Night Notes From The UK Alumni Game

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I’m exhausted from a long weekend of UK football and Calipari fantasy camp and I’m sitting in a borrowed room at the Hyatt to write tonight’s night post, so we’re going to run through this one. But before we do, I just want to mention, once again, that Andre Riddick and Todd Svoboda participated in the first alumni game tonight. I was a huge Riddick fan growing up and it was great seeing him back and still in basketball shape. And kudos to whoever set that up.

Oh, and Krebs did a 360 dunk, too.

 

 The UK alumni charity basketball game lived up to the hype, and exceeded it. Games of that nature tend to get boring at times, lacking any effort or true competitiveness from the players, but tonight we saw a group of former Wildcats that have long heard the comparisons between each other from fans and they were anxious to settle it on the court. To be honest, I expected a boring game and a decent crowd. But what we got was an actual competition in front of a near-packed and electric Rupp Arena. The boys put on quite a show for Big Blue Nation.

 The Blue Team, coached by DeMarcus Cousins and Butch Carter, walked away with the win, led by John Wall’s MVP-worthy performance. Wall finished the game with a triple double: 40 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. He said Eric Bledsoe told him he couldn’t score 40, so he scored 40. Patrick Patterson and DeAndre Liggins backed him up with 20 points apiece.

At one point in the game, DeMarcus, disappointed in Patterson’s effort, walked over to the scorer’s table and asked for his stats. “Gimme Pat’s stats,” he told the statistician. “I’m about to take his ass out of the game.”

That’s coaching, folks. Check out Tyler’s Instragram video toward the bottom of our running diary for more examples of Boogie’s in-game coaching.

 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Brandon Knight did all of the work for the White Team. Knight put up a team-high 30 points and seven assists, followed by MKG’s 26 points and 14 rebounds. Terrence Jones added 22 and Anthony Davis only managed to score 12, although three of those came on the Play of the Night.

 The total attendance was 19,225. On a Monday night. In September.

John Wall said he wasn’t surprised at all by the turnout. “It’s a basketball state,” he said.

Yeah, but still. Almost 20K??? You people are crazy.

 Eric Bledsoe thinks UK will win it all next year. He’s not the only one who thinks that, either.

 There were a handful of important visitors in town for the game, as many of you already know, and things seem to going well for them in Lexington, according to this tweet from Jason Jordan:

Uh, yeah, according to this text #Kentucky is doing a really good job at hosting recruits for visits again.

— Jason Jordan (@JayJayUSATODAY) September 10, 2013

Okafor? Booker, maybe?

Whoever it is, they’re having fun and I assume that goes for the entire group.

 Last night at Cal’s house and again this morning on Kentucky Sports Radio radio, Jay Bilas bragged about how great of a guy John Calipari is off the court. That wasn’t any more apparent than it was tonight when Calipari announced that his fantasy camp raised over one million dollars for charity. I’d like to hear what the Calipari naysayers have to say about that. One million dollars raised for those in need, right here in the bluegrass.

 Lost in all of the excitement from the incredible show Monday night is the fact that the Louisville game is only days away. Mark Stoops held his weekly press conference luncheon earlier this afternoon to discuss it and he had this to say about Teddy Bridgewater: “He’s just very good at what he does.  He has a great feel in the pocket.  He eludes the pressure when and where he needs to, and the rest of the time he sits in there and distributes the football.  But he’s very athletic, and he’s very live.  He’s just very fast.  He’s very quick with everything he does.  Very, very good delivery and gets the ball there in a hurry.  Again, he eludes the pressure when he has to.”

If UK can somehow find a way to contain Touchdown Teddy and upset the Louisville Cardinals, do the fans storm the field? I say no, but Matt says yes. What do you think?

 An update on the status of starting wide receiver and kick returner DeMarco Robinson: Stoops said he doesn’t know. “I really don’t.”

Cody Quinn is back on the depth chart at cornerback, though, backing up Nate Willis.

Beat Louisville.

 Max Smith is listed ahead of Jalen Whitlow at quarterback on the depth chart, but expect them to split time under center for a second week in a row. When asked about the two-quarterback system, Stoops said, “I liked it. I liked it. I think Neal had a great feel for it, and it may be what the quarterbacks needed as well. Just eliminate a little bit of pressure from them, and they both have their strengths, like we said, and our offense has some good packages with both of them. Obviously, our offense can run the same with a good percentage of it with either quarterback, but then they each have their strengths as well.”

Welp. Whatever works for Stoops and Neal Brown works for me. I typically vote against a two-quarterback system but I guess we’re going to roll with it a little longer.

That’ll do it for tonight, folks. Before you go to bed tonight, take a second to thank the basketball gods for making John Calipari our head basketball coach. He put on a hell of show tonight and raised a lot of money doing it. Kentucky, once again, proved it’s the gold standard in college basketball.

Go Cats.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

30 Comments for Monday Night Notes From The UK Alumni Game



  1. Catscatscats
    10:19 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    No way we storm the field. They are little brother. We storm the field if we beat a powerhouse and they don’t deserve that title and never will.



  2. Please, no
    10:25 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    Storming the field is bush league under almost any circumstances. Why would UK fans storm the field after beating UL? It’s not like UK hasn’t beaten them plenty of times. They are better than UK right now but they are no big deal compared to Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, LSU, Texas A&M, or for that matter Ole Miss or Miss. St. Storming the filed would be giving UL way too much respect. In the unlikely event UK wins, PLEASE DON’T STORM THE FIELD!!



  3. BravoBigBlue
    10:26 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    Storm the field? Really? How pathetic.



  4. BravoBigBlue
    10:28 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    Why even ask that question? Shows stupidity.



  5. kountrykeith
    10:29 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    Where is everyone at right now. In town trying to drink some beers staying at the hyatt. Where can a guy get a drink?



  6. timefor9
    10:30 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    I would definitely want to storm the field! They are a top 10 team and we, well we really aren’t much on the national scale. Also, recall the game in ’07. Huge upset, stormed the field, it capped off a great night! However, I do see the reason behind not doing it as well. I’ll be happy as long as we win!! Go Cats.



  7. Orangello
    10:34 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    Heck no, we don’t storm the field. You drop the mic and walk away like it was easy.



  8. LeX
    11:04 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    Why the hell are we even talking about rushing the field. We should be happy if were not down by 30 going in to the half. Stop.



  9. RexRox
    11:05 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    No storming the field. I’m not even sure they are really that good. Bridgewater looks great but he has all day to throw the ball. What happens when he gets some pressure from Smith and DuPree? Their fans always want to point to the Florida game from last season but they never want to discuss Syracuse and UConn. I say, Cats win and walk away like it was nothing. After all, the Cats have won 4 of the past 6.



  10. LeX
    11:39 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    Wait, do you people actually think Kentucky has a chance?



  11. jimp
    11:59 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    Hell NO! You don’t rush the field after beating UL. I don’t care if they are ranked No. 1. Have some pride. That kind of stuff just gives them and their fans something else to talk crap about. They are not a big time football program. They have a good team once in awhile but it never last for long. If you want to build up to be a top program, act like it and don’t rush the field against a team like UL. They think because they beat Florida they are some almighty team ready to take on the Ravens in the Super Bowl. Just think about the fact that they lost to Syracuse, Connecticut, were almost beaten by Rutgers and were very lucky to beat Southern Mississippi who didn’t win a game last year. Most of the rest of their games were close against terrible competition. They may well beat us this year, however, they are not a team you rush the field for is you win.



  12. DrewFranklinBetsPennies
    1:05 am September 10, 2013 Permalink

    We are not very efficient at storming the field. Anyone remember the LSU game? Oh, everyone? Yeah, we should never storm the field ever again.



  13. woooooowww
    2:21 am September 10, 2013 Permalink

    You guys are boring fuggin pricks… Of course we should storm the field! Fug the ego’s with them being little brother. This is football, not basketball. Not only is it a great time (rushed the field in the 2007 win), it just ads salt to the wound. You guys are sucky little biotches.



  14. Wildcatsteeler
    2:37 am September 10, 2013 Permalink

    Please. If we beat UL that is our bowl game for the season. You storm the field. That isn’t even a question. Unless you’re a teen or twenty-something and have no idea what this season is gonna end up like. Once you get enough experience with UK football as you are old right now you’ll get it.



  15. UKBlue
    2:51 am September 10, 2013 Permalink

    Storming the field: that’s a catch 22 question. UK does things with a certain amount of cache & class, and storming the field is so not UK. Then again, if we beat UL, I feel sorry for any security guard or cop trying to stop the student section from bum rushing the field. If we win, I’d say Vegas Odds are the field is getting stormed & field goal post are getting ripped down. All the blue hairs better get out of the way if we somehow win or they might end up with a broken hip & in UK hospital. Actually more of the pressure is on UL because this game is essentially their entire season & we have nothing to lose.



  16. Smh
    3:52 am September 10, 2013 Permalink

    15… Ha, don’t give me that ‘class’ bs… Douche



  17. Strong
    6:20 am September 10, 2013 Permalink

    You hillbillies won’t need to worry about rushing the field. You will be heading for the exits and back to the trailer park 5 minutes into the second half.



  18. cotton nash
    6:46 am September 10, 2013 Permalink

    Big Cuz’ comment about benching PPat is hilarious! And I also love the fact that Andre Riddick was there. I always loved Andre. Drew Franklin for President!!!



  19. What?
    7:24 am September 10, 2013 Permalink

    “Strong.” Are you representative of the U of L fan base? Your post is terrible.



  20. The Truth
    8:01 am September 10, 2013 Permalink

    UL fans are idiots, but UK fans are even bigger idiots



  21. btowncatfan
    8:41 am September 10, 2013 Permalink

    Krebs a 360? Where’s the video? Even then I would think it’s a fake.



  22. jimbob
    9:15 am September 10, 2013 Permalink

    LOL Of course you guys would storm the field. You did in 2007, how would this season be any different?



  23. jimbob
    9:17 am September 10, 2013 Permalink

    LOL people talking about having pride in UK football. I get if you don’t want to rush the court in basketball, but you have no pride in football. You are worthless. You should be storming the field after beating any ranked team.



  24. Bottom Line
    9:24 am September 10, 2013 Permalink

    UK football sucks donkey [email protected]



  25. [email protected]
    10:06 am September 10, 2013 Permalink

    jimbob could you possibly swing any harder from our jocks? keep sweating us, it shows the true little brother complex that we love to laugh at.



  26. Cards!
    10:09 am September 10, 2013 Permalink

    Ha ha redkeks u really think u have chance against us real foottball playaz? We gon beat u to pulp. Your footttball team blowz and ourz is da best. We gon drink some Crown and hit some green afta we smoke u first. L yeah!



  27. jimbob
    10:36 am September 10, 2013 Permalink

    Oh I wish to be just like UK Football!! Little brother so jealous of your proud team and winning tradition. Take any argument and just say “Little brother complex!” It works every time!

    Have fun laughing at us on Saturday. I’m assuming you’ll be laughing at home since the game isn’t even soldout haha.



  28. theWilkman
    11:12 am September 10, 2013 Permalink

    jimbob – the fact that you post on this site proves the “little brother” point. Keep it up!



  29. CatsFanFrankfort
    11:29 am September 10, 2013 Permalink

    Its a little early to be talking about storming the field against UofL, isnt it?

    That said, I am of the opinion that (this year, anyway) we should only storm the field against either Florida or Alabama:

    –Alabama because of the obvious reasons: its Alabama, they should be #1 in the polls, etc.
    –Florida,even though they lost to Louisville, and UofL fans might look at it as a ‘been there, done that’ situation, there is still The Streak



  30. ibescooth
    2:36 pm September 10, 2013 Permalink

    #25- Krebbs definitely did a 360, but it was one of those ‘start spinning before you leave the ground and finish with a two hand dunk’ type of dunks. Impressive, yes, but definitely not a true 360. Jones had the best dunks IMO, and Wall had a few nice ones as well.