Photos by Vicky Graff
Kentucky coach John Calipari knows his team should have won at Kansas instead of losing 90-84 in overtime and did not mince words after the game.
“I’m still hacked off that we lost,” Calipari said. “I’ll probably think of something that was good. We fought. But when you have a chance to win like we did, you choke it – every play is a winning play. It’s not just about missing free throws. OK, we missed, but I showed them tape this week of teams down nine – Virginia, showed them the end of that game. You’re never out of it. Just keep playing.
No. 20/19 Kentucky at No. 4/3 Kansas
Allen Fieldhouse – Lawrence, Kan.
Jan. 30, 2016 Attendance: 16,300
Final Score: Kansas 90, Kentucky 84
Team Records and Series Notes
• Kentucky is now 16-5 on the season. Kansas is 17-4.
• Kentucky is 0-1 in overtime games.
• Kentucky leads the all-time series 22-6
• Kansas has a four-game winning streak in Lawrence. UK last won in Lawrence on Dec. 31, 1984.
• Kansas snapped UK’s three-game winning streak in the series.
• Kansas has won 35 games in a row inside Allen Fieldhouse.
• Next for the Wildcats: UK travels to Tennessee on Tuesday, Feb. 2. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET and it will air on ESPN.
How awesome was it that a guy like J.D. Shelburne would take time to send me a good luck video at my change of career celebration party. The rising country singer, who had a pregame concert at Commonwealth Stadium this year, is a die-hard Kentucky fan and someone I am proud to call a friend. Thanks for doing this J.D.
By LARRY VAUGHT
Where do I start?
The retirement/career change party put on for me Friday night at Mallard’s in Danville by my friend Tina Cox is something I’ll never forget.
I never expected so many friends from so many walks of life to show up and say so many nice things about me.
Think about this? Two former UK football players who both played in the NFL both spoke. Dennis Johnson is now the head football coach at Woodford County and Jacob Tamme is still playing in the NFL for Atlanta. Tamme was hilarious and probably stole the show. But what both said meant more to me than they will ever know.
By RICHARD CHEEKS
Kansas and Kentucky share a long, rich basketball history. Dr. Naismith created the game and coached at Kansas. Phog Allen was a legendary Coach. Coach Rupp played basketball at Kansas and became a legendary coach at Kentucky. The teams have played many times, at Lawrence, in Lexington, and on neutral courts. There was a span of time when the teams played the UK home game at Freedom Hall.
By RICHARD CHEEKS
For the record, the Cats have now posted three consecutive very strong performances since their inexplicable loss at Auburn 2 weeks ago. The last two games, against Vanderbilt and Missouri in Rupp Arena represented back to back season bests for this team. On Saturday evening, the Cats will venture into the Phog in Lawrence, Kansas to find out if their new found surge to high performance levels can be sustained in a hostile environment against one of the Marquee college basketball programs of all time.
By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky coach John Calipari joked Friday that Kansas had lost three home games in 10 years when asked how hard it might be to win at Allen Fieldhouse tonight.
“You have really good players. You have really good fans that push you over the top many times. You have a team that’s comfortable in that environment. I think that’s both schools. To win those kinds of games as an opponent you’ve got to be careful of runs and 3’s,” Calipari said. “A team like that can score a bunch in 12, 15 seconds, and that’s what you’ve got to guard against.
By LARRY VAUGHT
John Calipari was an assistant coach at Kansas early in his career and he knew exactly what to say Friday when asked about his fondest memory of his time there.
“Meeting my wife. You knew I was going to say that. Met my wife there,” Calipari said. “I had nothing. I had no aspirations for anything other than to learn basketball. Felt so blessed that I had an opportunity to start on that campus. The guy who invented the game was their first coach. (Then) Phog Allen, who coached Adolph Rupp, who was, you know. Wilt (Chamberlain). I mean, you can go on and on, but I was just blessed to have that chance. Made no money.”
Evan Daniels, Brian Snow and Josh Gershon have an article on Scout.com today evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the five members (so far) of Kentucky basketball’s 2016 class:
- De’Aaron Fox
- Malik Monk
- Wenyen Gabriel
- Edrice Adebayo
- Sacha Killeya-Jones
Scout rates Fox as the top point guard prospect in the country and Monk as the top shooting guard. Gabriel is rated third and Killeya-Jones seventh at power forward. Adebayo is rated No.2 at center.
Click here to read the story and be prepared to be excited.