October 2016 archive

Stoops’ Cats better prepared, more excited

Mark Stoops liked what he saw at Missouri. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Mark Stoops liked what he saw at Missouri. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Mark Stoops always starts his weekly press conference with an opening statement. He did again Monday, but pay attention to what the Kentucky coach had to say going into Saturday’s game at Georgia after a convincing win at Missouri  last week.

Stoops’ pride in what his team did is obvious.

“I was most pleased with our preparation. I felt like the guys really had a tough mindset last week and was confident. But we were prepared and extremely disciplined,” Stoops said.  “We did the little things, even with the early game.

Middleton, Snell Earn SEC Weekly Honors

Benny Snell (Vicky Graff Photo)

Benny Snell (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky sophomore defensive tackle Adrian Middleton and freshman running back Benny Snell Jr. were named Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week, respectively, for their impressive play in the Wildcats’ 35-21 victory at Missouri, the league announced on Monday.

This is the second consecutive week Kentucky has had two players honored for the same game, and just the third time in school history. Snell also earned Freshman of the Week honors last week in the victory over Mississippi State and was joined by junior kicker Austin MacGinnis as Special Teams Player of the Week.  In 2007, linebacker Wesley Woodyard was SEC Defensive Player of the Week and guard Jason Leger was SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week following a win at Arkansas. 

Highlights from Cats’ exhibition win over Clarion

Kentucky vs. Clarion Photo Gallery

Photos by Vicky Graff

Clarion coach sees UK playing in Final Four

Bam Adebayo had a double-double against Clarion Sunday. (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

Bam Adebayo had a double-double against Clarion Sunday. (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

By LARRY VAUGHT

It was only an exhibition game, but Kentucky’s 108-51 win over Division II Clarion Sunday night left Clarion coach Marcess Williams convinced this could be a special year for the Wildcats.

“They’re as good as advertised. They’re really long and really athletic. We knew we were coming down here and playing against five or six potential pros,” Williams said. “We thought they might deny the pass lanes a little bit more, but they really didn’t. They were really climbing in us with the guy with the basketball.

Playing fast suits Calipari and players

Sacha Killeya-Jones says UK's depth lets if play fast. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Sacha Killeya-Jones says UK’s depth lets if play fast. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

During his clinic for high school coaches Saturday, Kentucky coach John Calipari said he would ideally like for his team to be able to score five seconds after an opponent’s made or missed shot.

With the overall speed and athleticism on this year’s team, Kentucky seems capable of doing that and certainly forced the pace in Sunday night’s win over Clarion.

UK-Clarion postgame notes, numbers

Brad Calipari, center. (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

Brad Calipari, center. (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

Kentucky Men’s Basketball, Clarion at Kentucky

Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky., Oct. 30, 2016
Attendance: 20,099

 

FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 108, Clarion 51

  • This was the first of Kentucky’s two exhibition games this season.
  • Kentucky is 56-4 all-time in exhibition contests and has won 27 in a row, including 15-0 under Coach John Calipari.
    • This is the second time that UK has played Clarion in an exhibition. Calipari is a 1982 graduate of the school.

Briscoe does it all in easy 108-51 exhibition win

By LARRY VAUGHT

LEXINGTON — There was a lot to like about the way Kentucky handled Division II Clarion 108-51 in Sunday night’s exhibition game.

Kentucky’s freshmen were all as good as advertised and showed off all their athleticism and skill.

But the player who impressed me the most was sophomore guard Isaiah Briscoe. He did a lot of things well but it is what he didn’t do — force any shots — that shows his maturity.

He didn’t take his first shot until over six minutes into the second half. But he had seven assists, three rebounds, one steal and one forced five-second violation by that time.

Guest post: Numbers project 57-point win over Clarion Sunday

Malik Monk. (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

Malik Monk. (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

By RICHARD CHEEKS

As the Cats prepare for their 2016-17 basketball season, many observers rank them as a top 5 team. 2016-17 UK opponents in the preseason top 50 are Michigan State #14, UCLA #21, North Carolina #5, Louisville #9, Kansas #3, Texas A&M #30 twice, and Florida #17 twice. That will be 9 (5 nonconference and 4 SEC) basketball games against teams in Pomeroy’s preseason top 50. Last season, the Cats played 8 (3 nonconference and 5 SEC) regular season games against teams that ended the season in Pomeroy’s top 50.

Stoops doesn’t want team “satisfied” with road win

Josh Allen (41) put the pressure on Missouri Saturday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Josh Allen (41) put the pressure on Missouri Saturday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky had only one road win in almost four seasons under coach Mark Stoops until it won 35-21 at Missouri Saturday in a game it dominated.

Stoops knows it was important to prove his team could win on the road.

“What I loved about it is I loved our guys’ preparation – and that’s not coach-speak. I love the way they went about it. This group – that’s what I just asked them right now, ‘Are we satisfied? Is that it? Are we satisfied with this or are we going to go take it to another level?’” Stoops said after the game.