Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Monday, December 30, 2013
James Young has hauled in Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week and ESPN National Player of the Week accolades it was announced on Monday. Young’s SEC Freshman of the Week nod is the second of his career, while ESPN’s Andy Katz tabbed the Rochester Hills, Mich., native as the nation’s top performer.
Young poured in a team-high 18 points while adding career-bests in rebounds (10) and assists (4) in a 73-66 victory over No. 6 Louisville on Saturday. He registered his first career double-double effort with the team-high tying tally of boards, while the four assists also ranked as a team best.
With the game tied at 53, Young hit a 3-pointer to spark a 13-3 Kentucky spurt and put the game away for the Cats over their instate rival.
For the season, Young has knocked down at least one 3-pointer in all but two games this season and multiple 3’s in eight games including the win over Louisville. Through 13 games, Young has connected for 29 long-range shots a mark that ranks 11th in program history for a freshman. He’s also poured in 179 points thus far which is the 52nd most by any UK freshman in program history.
The Wildcats have had three different players garner weekly conference honors this season and Young joins Aaron Harrison as a multiple-week winner. Young was last honored as the league’s top-performing freshman on Nov. 25 following a win over UT Arlington in which he led UK with 26 points and connected for a career-best five 3-pointers.
ESPN’s honor for Young is the first of the season for any UK player. Fellow freshman Julius Randle was namedCBSSports.com’s National Player of the Week following the opening week of the season.
Kentucky’s win over Louisville capped the end of the non-conference slate for the Blue and White. UK will next return to action with a home contest vs. Mississippi State on Jan. 8. Game time is set for 8 p.m. ET and will air live on channels affiliated with SEC TV.
Saturday, December 28, 2013
Friday, December 27, 2013
The University of Kentucky will unveil the first of a four-part men’s basketball poster series on Saturday at the Kentucky-Louisville game at Rupp Arena.
The four-poster series will feature current Wildcats on the men’s basketball roster throughout the remainder of the home schedule.
Fans are encouraged to arrive early. Doors open 90 minutes prior to tip-off.
The first 7,000 fans in attendance at Saturday’s game will be able to pick up the poster upon entry.
This is usual where I would give you some history on Kentucky's opponent, but I don't see the need for that with this game as I'm sure you know more than you care to about the Cardinals. Instead, let's just dive right in and see how these to stack up against each other…
BY THE NUMBERS:
PPG: 82 86
RPG: 44 41
APG: 13 15
SPG: 4 10
BPG: 7 5
TPG: 13 9
FG%: 48 47
FT%: 67 65
3P%: 31 35
Once again here is an opponent the Cats are pretty evenly matched with all except one stat that jumps out at you pretty hard, steals and turnovers. With the Cards averaging 10 steals per contest and the Cats averaging 13 turnovers you can see where things might get ugly for Kentucky if they don't take care of the ball on every single possession. There can be ABSOLUTELY NO weak passes as their guards are good at getting out in passing lanes and Julius Randle has got to be strong with the ball down low and avoid getting stripped whenever he makes his move to the basket.
The other thing to watch out for besides Louisville's full court press is their three point shooting. Yes they are streaky from outside, but if the shots are falling things could get ugly in a hurry in Rupp. Kentucky will have to guard the three WAY better than they did against Belmont where they gave up what seemed like one million wide open looks from three point range.
Kentucky leads the overall series with a record of 30-15 losing the last match-up 77-80 in the Yum Center.
Come noon Saturday, Rupp Arena will be rocking and we will see what this team will be going forward. If this team can't get amped up for a game like this on their home floor then there is no way to know how the season will end up. I hate to label this game as a "season maker or breaker", but that's exactly what it is..
For what it's worth, Dick Vitale gave his prediction on the outcome of the game earlier on Twitter…
@DickieV: It is getting to be nervous time 4 BBN - SAT vs Cards really big 4 UK-@Rupp Cats will dig in says VBDI & bring joy to BBN-UK 74-Cards 70!
I don't think I have ever wanted Dick Vitale to right so bad in my entire life...
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Time lapse of the crowds for this weekends games Kentucky vs. Belmont and Kentucky vs. Duke (women's). Pretty impressive to say the least.
Monday, December 23, 2013
Freshman guard Aaron Harrison was named the Southeastern Conference’s Freshman of the Week following UK’s victory over Belmont. The honor is the second of the Richmond, Texas, native’s career.
Harrison poured in 23 points in the Wildcats’ 93-80 victory over Belmont on Saturday. Eighteen of those points came after halftime as UK outscored the Bruins 52-37 following the break. Harrison has now topped the 20-point plateau in consecutive games and four times in his young career.
The 6-6 guard also added a career-high seven assists, a mark that matches his brother, Andrew, for the most of any player this season. He also hauled in six rebounds in the win which was one board shy of matching his career high.
Harrison sunk 8-of-11 free throws. The 11 attempts equaled a career-best mark. For the season, Harrison has poured in 181 points which is second on the team and a total that already ranks 51st among all freshmen in program history for a first-year player.
Kentucky will enjoy a week off from competition before hitting the hardwood again on Saturday, Dec. 28. UK will face in-state rival and No. 6 Louisville in Rupp Arena at 4 p.m. ET. The game will air live on CBS.
Saturday, December 21, 2013
#3, Jarrod Polson, G
“The crowd always likes when I do well. Having that behind me was a really good feeling. I think it got our team going a little bit too.”
“He was a beast today. He really helped us out a lot. He really got us through the first half with rebounds and put-backs and things like that.”
“Mainly, in practice I play the backup point guard. Being able to play today with the team and getting a lot of minutes like I did was really fun for me. I try and bring energy. That’s the biggest thing I try to do.”
“Energy. I’ll probably say that a lot. I think we were down 10 or 11 when I got in. The crowd was dead and (Belmont) was hitting shots. I tried to push the ball. That’s what Coach Cal wanted me to do. I felt like I did pretty good with that.”
#30, Julius Randle, F
“Jarrod is just a veteran and he’s been around here for so long. Only thing Dominique knows how to do is play hard. The rest takes care of itself for him and that’s all coach wants us to do. They just came in and brought energy to the team and things got going.”
“At the end of the day, Jarrod has been here for four years. He knows what Coach (Calipari) wants. He was able to come in and bring a big boost and Andrew did the same thing too.”
“Andrew’s a great player so I’m not worried about him. I love to have him on the floor, but the point guard position is a hard position to play and it’s going to be hard anywhere you go. Coach is just doing what he needs to do to bring the best out of Andrew. He’ll be fine.”
“That’s a big thing. Coach wants us to bring energy to the team so if we see a guy with his head down, any of us, we’re checking ourselves. We’re not doing that because bad calls are going to happen, we’re going to make bad plays and we’re going to make mistakes, but you can’t let that affect team and bring the energy down. You have to continue to have great body language and play hard.
“Definitely, we had a sense of urgency and hopefully (we will) keep that. Every game like that, everybody was hyped at the beginning. It was probably a little bit to do with that everyone is going home after (the game) but that is how it has to be every time.”
“We thought they were going to play a lot of 3-2 (zone) and so we were like if they play a 3-2 we should kill it in the paint. They ended up playing man, which was really surprising. From a man’s stand point that was just unexpected because we thought they were going to play a 3-2.”
“Just a lot of energy, (Jarrod) and Dominique (Hawkins) and Marcus Lee, they just bring a lot of energy and just gives a new look for us. Everyone needs to play like that and our defense will be really good.”