Whatever it takes to win, Kevin Knox willing to do it

Kevin Knox (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

If it takes playing 38 minutes for Kentucky to win, then bring it on because Kevin Knox is going to make sure he’s ready to do just that.

“That’s a lot of minutes. Being in shape. I do a lot of running at practice. We do a lot of running as a team in practice. So being able to stay up to my game with all those minutes, I gotta do what my team needs me to do,” Knox said.

UK-Arkansas postgame notes, numbers

P.J. Washington had two blocks Tuesday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

UK MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES

KENTUCKY at ALABAMA

BUD WALTON ARENA | FAYETTEVILLE, ARK.

FEB. 20, 2018
ATTENDANCE: 18,038

Final Score: Kentucky 87, Arkansas 72                                     

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is 19-9 overall, 8-7 in the Southeastern Conference. Arkansas is 19-9, 8-7 SEC in the SEC.
  • Kentucky leads the series 31-11, including 8-7 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

o   UK has won six in a row vs. Arkansas.

Cats stick with game plan, overcome 11-0 deficit to beat Arkansas 87-72

John Calipari liked his team’s fight at Arkansas. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

During his time at Kentucky there have been a lot of special regular-season wins for coach John Calipari.

However, I’m not sure there has been a better one — or at least a more unexpected one — than Tuesday night’s 87-72 win over Arkansas.

Not only was Kentucky an underdog going into the game, but the Razorbacks started the game with an 11-0 lead. The rest of the way, though, UK outscored the Hogs 87-61, including 44-29 in the second half.

Record Crowd Fills Cliff Hagan Stadium But UK Falls To Xavier

Elliott Hess Photo

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The largest regular season home crowd in Kentucky history opened up the 50th and final season of Cliff Hagan Stadium as Xavier held on to defeat the Wildcats 3-2 in 10 innings on Tuesday night.

The Musketeers (1-3) scored a pair of runs in the first innings before being shut out over the next eight innings but the No. 8 Cats (4-1) couldn’t capitalize on several late scoring chances in their first defeat of the season. A double with an error that allowed the batter to advance to third and a sacrifice fly proved to be the difference in the extra frame.

Numbers favor Arkansas by 5 points

P.J. Washington (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By RICHARD CHEEKS, Contributing Writer

Midway through the second half, the Cats and the Crimson Tide were knotted up at 52-52 and at the under 8 and under 4 media timeouts, the Cats had managed to secure fragile leads of 1 and 3 points respectively. Over the final 3 minutes and 35 seconds of the game, the Cats managed to put away the Crimson Tide by outscoring them 12-5 primarily due to five Alabama turnovers over their final 9 possessions of the game.

Special Olympics Kentucky to Hold Second Annual Unified Basketball Game at Rupp Arena Wednesday

Ashley Dusek, Craig Skinner (Vicky Graff Photo)

Lexington, Ky. – On Wednesday Special Olympics Kentucky and Rupp Arena will team up for the second year in a row for a Unified Blue-White basketball game at the legendary home of the University of Kentucky Wildcats. The Unified game will pair Special Olympics athletes from Lexington and Northern Kentucky with former UK athletes and other invited guests during the evening’s marquee event.

Among those scheduled to take part in some capacity are Jack Givens, Jon Hood, former UK football players Anthony White and Austin MacGinnis, UK Football offensive coordinator Eddie Gran, UK Volleyball coach Craig Skinner, members of the UK volleyball team and members of the Kentucky State Legislature.

Fisher, Torres, Viverito, Cutler, basketball officials will join me on radio shows

Alan Cutler, right, will join us on WPBK-FM Thursday morning from 7:30-8. (Gary Moyers Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Wednesday I’ll get to host the Leach Report from 9-10 a.m. and will have Chris Fisher, Aaron Torres and Frank Viverito as guests.

Tom Leach will be in Arkansas Tuesday night calling the UK-Arkansas game for the UK Radio Network.

Fisher covers UK sports and recruiting for The Cats Pause and the 247Sports Network. He’ll update us on recruiting but I also want his perspective on how freshmen have played this year compared to what he expected.

Louisville must vacate title, wins; pay fine

Louisville must vacate men’s basketball records in which student-athletes competed while ineligible during the 2011-12 through 2014-15 academic years according to a decision issued by the NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee.

The appeals committee also upheld the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions penalty that requires the university to return to the NCAA money received through conference revenue sharing for its appearances in the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championships.

Gabriel says losses “bonded” Cats

Wenyen Gabriel (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

It sound so simple, yet it is a message that Kentucky coach John Calipari has to keep telling his team.

“I think one of the main things Cal said before the game (against Alabama Saturday) was just go out there and try to play harder than the guy on the other side. That’s gotta be the main goal when you’re going out there, then you can have fun,” Kentucky sophomore Wenyen Gabriel said Monday.

Daniel Gafford could be big problem for Cats

Kentucky might wish it had Bam Adebayo — the Y at Saturday’s game — back at Arkansas to guard Daniel Gafford. (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

One big reason Arkansas has won four straight games, including a 19-point win over Texas A&M Saturday, is the play of 6-11 forward Daniel Gafford.

The freshman was 7-for-8 from the field and had 19 points, six rebounds, two assists, two blocked shots and one steal in the win over Texas A&M. He has a team-high 54 dunks this season — one major reason he’s shooting 62 percent from the field.