Archive for January, 2010

#1 Kentucky-85 #23 Vanderbilt-72

January 31, 2010 8:30 pm

I was away at a golf tournament on Saturday and was unable to catch the game so I won’t have a full breakdown available for this game, but based on DeMarcus Cousins’ stat line (21 pts, 10 boards) it seems the big guy brought his A game again and helped Kentucky cruise to a 13 point win. A couple quick notes for the night

-Darnel Dodson got the start over Eric Bledsoe today. There have been no comments made as to why by the coaching staff but I do know they were very upset with Bledsoe’s play on Tuesday in Columbia so its worth keeping an eye on this Tuesday when Ole Miss comes to town.

-LeBron James was in attendence for Saturday’s game. It has been rumored many times before that he would show up for a game and finally he did. Coach Calipari and James have developed a very close relationship through the years and Lebron showed up on a rare night off to show support to his close friend.

-As well as DeMarcus Cousins played Saturday, he still couldn’t escape Rupp Arena without some controversy. Cousins threw an (intentional) elbow towards the face of Vanderbilt player. The referees reviewed the play on the monitors courtside and let him go with just a foul. Cousins caught a break there but later during the 2nd half he was given a technical for something he said to a referee. Coach Calipari said he heard what Cousins said and he did deserve the technical.  As much as I love the attitude that #15 plays with, you can almost count on at least one moment in every game where you find yourself holding your breath hoping he stops before he does get tossed. In Cousins defense, the big man does get pushed and shoved more than anyone I can remember and with the exception of Saturday’s game has come a long way in maturing on the court.

-And finally the UK Hoops team for the 2nd time this week went on the road to Starkville, Mississippi and overcame a 1 point halftime deficit to knock off the Lady Bulldogs 69-59. Victoria Dunlap again led all scorers with 19 and the win improves the UK Hoops team to 18-3.

The updated rankings come out tomorrow  and I believe we will find ourselves ranked 3rd or 4th so I will be around to update those and on Tuesday I will have the scouting report on the Ole Miss Rebels getting you set for tip off at 7:00 on ESPN.  Wednesday I will go through all of the signing day news and take the first look at the 2010 edition of Kentucky Football. Go Big Blue!!!

The Vanderbilt Commodores: ESPN 4:00 EST

January 29, 2010 3:01 pm

Kevin Stallings will bring his 23rd ranked Vanderbilt Commodores into Rupp Arena Saturday looking to stay on top of the SEC. Coming off of an impressive victory Wednesday night in Knoxville, the Commodores will put their 10 game winnning streak on the line while looking to pull ahead by 2 games in conference play. Our heros in blue will look to end Vanderbilt’s winning streak so lets take a look at who Kentucky will be dealing with.

#44 Jeffery Taylor- Vanderbilt’s leading scorer at 14.1 ppg who hails from Norrkoping, Sweeden presents a tough     defensive match-up for Kentucky. At 6-7 Taylor can put the ball on the floor and finish at the rim. He is not a great shooter from the perimeter, only connecting on 1 of his 8 attempts this year, but showed during his freshman tour that he is capable of knocking down the open looks. I expect a combination of Darius Miller, DeAndre Liggins, and  Darnel Dodson to have the difficult task of slowing down Taylor.

#4 A.J. Ogilvy- Another international player for Kevin Stallings, the 6-11 junior from Sydney, Australia will more than likely draw the defensive attention of Demarcus Cousins. Ogilvy scores a majority of his 13.8 ppg facing the basket, and this is how I anticpate his offensive game working on Saturday, as he will have no physical advantages going against the combination of Cousins, and Daniel Orton. Ogilvy is also Vanderbilt’s leading rebounder at 6 boards a game making it imperative that from the tip to the final horn, Kentucky must put a body on #4 and box out.

#0 Jermaine Beal- Vanderbilt’s senior point guard will need to take care of the ball and handle Kentucky’s defensive pressure for 40 minutes on Saturday. Beal comes into tomorrows contest averaging nearly 14 ppg and shooting from behind the arc at 35%. It is absolutely crucial that the Cats close out at all times on Beal and not let him get into an offensive flow early in the game. Beal doesn’t have the ability to beat Kentucky by himself, but as evident in Wednesday nights game against Tennessee where he did not commit a single turnover in 38 minutes played, he wont beat himself.

#23 John Jenkins- The 4th Commodore averaging double figures in scoring at 10.8 ppg and shooting a blistering 49% from the 3-point line. This will be the freshman’s first game in Rupp and will probably draw the defensive assignment of John Wall. It will be very important that Kentucky’s perimeter player rotate off screens and communicate to slow down Vandy’s 3-point threats.

This will be a tough test for Kentucky on Saturday. Vanderbilt does best (shoot the 3) what Kentucky does worst (defend the 3). Add in to the mix that Kentucky comes into this game recovering from their first loss of the year and it should be a great 40 minutes of basketball.

Prediction: Kentucky by 8

Holla

January 28, 2010 10:05 pm

Here at  Big Blue Sports we will periodically use nicknames for the mens baksketball team from time to time. To help identify who we may be referring to- lets put some faces with some names…and nicknames.

#15 DeMarcus Cousins-aka “Big Cuz”, “Boogie”

Freshman

Mobile, AL

16.0 ppg   9.7 reb  

#5 Ramon Harris-aka “Razor”, “The Alaskan Assassian”

Senior

Anchorage, AK

2.5 ppg   3.3 reb

#21 Perry Stevenson-aka “Purry”, “Prarie Dog”

Senior

Lafayette, LA

1.4 ppg    1.5 reb

#11 John Wall-aka “Blue Jesus”, “Your Future #1 Draft Pick”

Freshman

Raleigh, NC

17.1 ppg   3.7 reb   6.6 ast

So now that we are all on the same page with nicknames – on to the news of the day. Matthew Mitchell led his #23 UK Hoops team down to Baton Rouge for a top 25 matchup tonight against the Lady Tigers of LSU who found themselves ranked 19th in the country. Victoria Dunlap’s 24 points and 9 boards led the Cats to a 2nd half surge breaking a halftime tie to give Mitchell’s UK Hoops their 17th win this season. On the mens side, head coach John Calipari recieved a call from Texas coach Rick Barnes today and the two discussed being “under attack” as together both teams have lost 3 in a row while being ranked #1 (UT: @ Kansas St and @UCONN, UK: @USC). We will be around tomorrow to get you prepared for the SEC leading Vanderbilt Commodores, until then GO BIG BLUE!!!

Did he or didn’t he

January 28, 2010 12:47 pm

I am not going to go into the disaster that was Tuesday night in Columbia. As will be the case in any future loss, the Cats were the more talented team but a combination of lack of hustle and poor games by everyone with the of DeMarcus Cousins. However, after the final horn sounded our favorite player from Mobile, Alabama was involved in some controversy. A student at South Carolina and a local writer in Columbia claim that as the students stormed the court (for which USC was fined $25,000 by the SEC for their 2nd offense, the first of which also came against UK) an accusation was made against Cousins claiming that he punched a student in the face. Take a moment to review this video provided by ESPN and at about the 5 second mark is when the alleged incident takes place. After reviewing all angles of this event I have found no evidence of this allegation being true, but if there was going to be an incident of this nature to take place, I think its safe to assume our man “Boogie” would somehow be involved

Welcome to Big Blue Sports

January 28, 2010 12:16 am

Good evening Big Blue Nation and welcome to Bigbluesports.com. This site will be dedicated to bringing you news from all of the greatest university in the world’s athletic teams with a main focus on basketball and football. I also will update periodicly on the womens teams and different olympic sports that represent the University of Kentucky. With the establishment of this site I hope to provide Big Blue Nation (probably just family and friends at first) recruiting news for football and basketball along with in season updates and pre game reports as well as post game breakdowns. To start things out I will go with about 1 post per day and see where we go from there. There will be a comment section under each post so feel free to leave questions and comments. On the right side of the site you will find a couple quick links that I will get some of my news from and also provide good insight. I will in my post be sure to link any site that I get my information from as I do not have any personal links inside the program (yet). With that I will wrap up this introduction to the site as we get ready for the Vanderbilt Commodorks who will come into Rupp on Saturday leaders of the SEC. Until next time….GO BIG BLUE!!!