Sindarius Thornwell on Cats: “They’re young, athletic, and dangerous.”

Malik Monk (Photo by Chet White/UK Athletics)


Sindarius Thornwell was a McDonald’s All-American the same time that Julius Randle, James Young, Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, Dakari Johnson and Marcus Lee were

Thornwell is now a senior at South Carolina, and scored 34 points in Saturday night’s loss at Kentucky. All the former Wildcats except Lee left for the NBA after two seasons. Lee transferred after his junior year and is now sitting out this season at California.

So how does Thornwell compare this Kentucky team to the three previous Kentucky teams he has faced?

Kendra Harrison just misses American record

Kendra Harrison (Photo by Elliott Hess | UK Athletics)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The sheer numbers don’t lie. The 23rd-annual Rod McCravy Memorial Track and Field meet was awesome. Again.

Not just the quantity of world-leading times (four), NCAA-leading marks (eight), meet records (six) and facility records (four).

The quality of the times too.

Chief among them was the 60-meter hurdles time that world record holder Kendra Harrison (100H) posted.

UK-South Carolina postgame notes, numbers

Bam Adebayo (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
South Carolina at Kentucky, Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky.
January 21, 2017
Attendance: 24,389

Final Score: No. 5/5 Kentucky 85, No. 24/24 South Carolina 69

Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky is 17-2 overall, 7-0 in the Southeastern Conference. South Carolina is 15-4 overall, 5-1 in league action.
This is the third time in Coach John Calipari’s eight seasons at UK that the Wildcats have been spotless through their first seven league games.
Kentucky leads the series 51-11, including 27-2 in Lexington.
Next for Kentucky: the Wildcats play at Tennessee on Tuesday at 9 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN.

Willis, Hawkins help Cats overcome adversity to beat South Carolina 85-69


LEXINGTON — This was not exactly the scenario Kentucky needed going against South Carolina, the only other team unbeaten in Southeastern Conference play entering Saturday’s game.

Freshman point guard De’Aaron Fox went out early with a right ankle injury. He played just eight minutes and spent the second half on the bench in a walking boot after using crutches to get back on the floor.

Sophomore Isaiah Briscoe played 29 minutes but did not score. He was 0-for-2 from the field. Even worse, he had seven turnovers against four assists and just three rebounds.

Wildcats End Two-Game SEC Road Swing Sunday at Auburn

Taylor Murray (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – In the midst of a three-game Southeastern Conference win streak, including two road wins over teams that were receiving votes in the Associated Press Top 25, the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team looks to continue its winning ways Sunday at 3 p.m. ET against Auburn inside Auburn Arena.

The game will be broadcast live on SEC Network with Sam Gore and Mike Thibault calling the action. The game will also be available through WatchESPN on computers, smartphones and tablets. Now in his 12th season, Neil Price will have the call on the UK Sports Network. Fans in Lexington can hear Price’s call of the game on 630 AM WLAP.

ESPN Game Day at Rupp Arena for Kansas game; Paul Finnebaum Show live from Rupp on Friday

LEXINGTON, Ky. – With the Kentucky-Kansas game as its backdrop, ESPN College GameDay is coming back to Rupp Arena on Jan. 28 for the first time since the 2013-14 season.

The ESPN College GameDay crew of Rece Davis, Jay Bilas, Jay Williams and Seth Greenberg will be in Lexington on Saturday morning to broadcast its popular pregame show. The show will air live at 11 a.m. inside Rupp Arena and will air on ESPN.

Numbers favor UK by 13 over South Carolina

Photo by Keith Taylor/Kentucky Forward


On Tuesday evening, the Cats built an impressive 18-point lead, 64-46, when Malik Monk dunked the ball with 12:19 remaining in the game. An 18 point lead less than 8 minutes into the second half after building a 12 point halftime lead signaled the Cats were on their way to another impressive 20+ point road win at Mississippi State. However, after Malik Monk threw the ball through the rim, he hung on the rim, and the officials made the call. Technical Foul-Malik Monk.
Coach Calipari had seen this set of circumstances before, and he was not a happy man, pulling Malik Monk from the game immediately and getting in his face. Another teaching moment? Let’s hope so.

Calipari: “I don’t blame officials” for so many foul calls

Isaiah Briscoe (Keith Taylor/Kentucky Forward)


Give Kentucky coach John Calipari credit for not only accepting fouls being called on his team, but also for encouraging officials to continue doing their jobs.

“People must be fouling. Let me just make my position clear. I think we’ve got to keep calling fouls, but you have to make sure they’re fouls. So there are some replays that you look at and you say, ‘Well, that wasn’t even close to a foul.’ Those shouldn’t be called, but I mean, there’s a forearm on a drive, there’s a body check on a big, those should be automatic calls,” Calipari said Friday.

Calipari respects how hard South Carolina coach Frank Martin is on his players

Wenyen Gabriel (Keith Taylor/Kentucky Forward)


While senior Sindarius Thornwell was suspended, South Carolina lost three games. South Carolina is 5-0 since Sindarius Thornwell returned from suspension and is 11-0 on the season with him in the lineup.

“He’s like one of those guys that can score baskets. He can rebound. They play him at the four at times when they go small. Now they have four guards and he’s a pick-and-pop guy or they just run their action,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said Friday.

Willis knows physical South Carolina will try to “take us out of what we do”

Derek Willis (UK Athletics Photo)


Derek Willis remembers that Kentucky had a close game at South Carolina last year until the final 10 minutes of the game. What he didn’t exactly remember was that coach John Calipari got thrown out of that game in the opening minutes.

“I’m not sure if that was one of the games Coach got T’d up and ended up getting kicked out of the game. It was a hard game at first. It was real physical. It kind of took us some time to get used to it and then, like I said, we eventually broke away from them,” Willis said Friday.

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