Calipari: “There’s no milk. There’s no eggs. And 25,000 figured out how to get here.”

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky fans didn't let a near blizzard keep them away from Rupp Arena Saturday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Kentucky fans didn’t let a near blizzard keep them away from Rupp Arena Saturday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

One Kentucky official told coach John Calipari he thought maybe 12,000 fans would be at Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt because of the weather. Calipari said he was optimistically hoping for 18,000.

Instead, over 22,000 fans braved the cold and snow to watch Kentucky pound Vanderbilt.

“These knuckleheads figured out how to get here,” Calipari joked. “I have no idea whether they came two days ago because they heard the storm. Whether they were stuck on the highway and walked here, I don’t know.

Since weather stopped the Firecrackers a look back at their time in Rupp from 2014

Tennessee will be “huge challenge” for Kentucky Monday night

Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

LEXINGT­­­ON, Ky. – Looking to get back in the win column following a setback on the road last Thursday at Ole Miss, the No. 9 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team welcomes No. 18 Tennessee to Memorial Coliseum on Monday at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

ESPN Game Day will be there for UK-Kansas

Ames, IA - January 17, 2015 - Iowa State University: Rece Davis, Jay Willimas, Seth Greenberg and Jay Bilas on the set of College GameDay Covered by State Farm (Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

Ames, IA – January 17, 2015 – Iowa State University: Rece Davis, Jay Willimas, Seth Greenberg and Jay Bilas on the set of College GameDay Covered by State Farm
(Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

ESPN College GameDay Covered by State Farm will be on hand for No. 3 Kansas vs. No. 23 Kentucky, as part of the third annual Big 12/SEC Challenge Presented by Sonic – staged for the first time on a common-bye date of Saturday, Jan. 30. The Saturday Primetime presented by DIRECTV matchup will air at 7 p.m. ET from Lawrence, Kan., with the morning show beginning at 11 a.m. and the evening edition beginning at 4 p.m. – all on ESPN.

Tyler Ulis is “the little engine that makes us go”

Ulis

Vicky Graff Photo

By LARRY VAUGHT

What do his Kentucky teammates think of point guard Tyler Ulis.

“On the court, he’s the little engine that makes us go. He’s like a little, mini coach out there,” said Alex Poythress after Ulis scored 21 points and  had five assists in a 76-57 win over Vanderbilt Saturday.

Vandy coach Kevin Stallings said Ulis, the smallest player on the court, was the game’s dominant player.

UK vs Vandy Photo Gallery (Photos by Vicky Graff)

Poythress not a bully, but he still helps UK dominate Vandy

By LARRY VAUGHT

Alex Poythress had 16 points in Saturday's win over Vanderbilt. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Alex Poythress had 16 points in Saturday’s win over Vanderbilt. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings didn’t have any trouble explaining what impact Alex Poythress’ play had on Saturday’s win over his team.

“Poythress was really good, really efficient and dominated the inside for them,” said Stallings.

How good? In 27 minutes, he was 8-for10 from the field for 16 points and had two rebounds. He didn’t have a steal, assist or blocked shot, but he also did not have a turnover and played solid inside defense.

Calipari’s choice was not to play Labissiere against Vanderbilt

By LARRY VAUGHT

John Calipari decided Vanderbilt was not a good opponent to play Skal Labissiere against. (Vicky Graff Photo)

John Calipari decided Vanderbilt was not a good opponent to play Skal Labissiere against. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Remember how well freshman Skal Labissiere played at Arkansas Thursday? He made shots. He rebounded. He blocked shots. He played with confidence.

Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt was going to be a chance for him to be on that success. Kentucky coach John Calipari said as much after the Arkansas win.

So what happened? He played all of four minutes, missed his only shot and did not have a rebound even though UK won by 19 points.

Kentucky-Vanderbilt postgame notes and numbers

Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

Kentucky Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
Vanderbilt at 23/19 Kentucky
Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky., Jan. 23, 2016
Attendance: 22,975

Final Score: Kentucky 76, Vanderbilt 57

Team Records and Series Notes
• Kentucky is now 15-4 on the season, 5-2 in Southeastern Conference action. Vanderbilt is 11-8 overall, 3-4 in league play.
• Kentucky leads the all-time series 141-46 and has won three in a row.
• Next for the Wildcats: UK plays host to Missouri on Wednesday at 9 p.m. EST. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.

Kentucky plays its best to throttle Vanderbilt 76-57

By LARRY VAUGHT

A week that figured to test Kentucky turned into a week filled with promise for the future.
Not only did Kentucky get an impressive road win at Arkansas Thursday, but the Wildcats demolished Vanderbilt 76-57 here Saturday.

And what made Saturday’s win so good was the way every player filled the role that coach John Calipari wanted. Tyler Ulis led Kentucky with 21 points, Jamal Murray 18 and Alex Poythress 16. On the boards, Derek Willis had nine and Murray seven. Ulis had five assists and Briscoe four. Murray had three steals.