Archive for July, 2010

Kentucky Football: 2010

July 26, 2010 8:47 am

As the 2010 season creeps closer and closer, it’s time to break down the upcoming schedule for Kentucky.

  • Sept. 4th- @ Louisville: UK has won 3 in a row vs UL for the first time since 1994. In the last 10 matchups between the Cats and the Cards, the team with the most yaradage on the ground took home the W. Prediction: Kentucky 31-20
  • Sept. 11- Western Kentucky: The Hilltoppers and Cats have only met once with UK dominating that game in 2008. Kentucky is 10-1 all-time against current Sun Belt teams and I expect the Cats to roll in this one. Prediction: Kentucky 45-7
  • Sept. 18- Akron: The Cats and Zips have never met on the gridiron before Akron makes this mid-September trip to Commonwealth Stadium. UK is 24-7-1 all-time agains MAC teams and they should improve on that number in this one. Prediction: Kentucky 55-10
  • Sept. 25- @ Florida: 23 in a row, that is how many Kentucky has lost in a row to Florida. Yes it’s the begining of the post-Tebow era in Gainesville but I don’t see that making all too much of a difference here. Prediction: Florida 41-17
  • Oct. 2- @ Mississippi: The Rebels will enter this SEC match-up with a lot less fire power offensively as compared to last year’s Ole Miss squad. It will be tough to replace QB Jevan Snead and HB Dexter McCluster in one season. This is a critical game for the Cats as it is a winnable road SEC game. Prediction: Kentucky 28-24
  • Oct. 9- Auburn: The Cats went down to the plains last season and with a true freshman making his first start, knocked off the Tigers for the first time since 1966. This game marks the begining of a critical 3 game homestand for the Cats. Prediction:¬†Auburn 35-31
  • Oct. 16- South Carolina: Its a make or break year for the Ole’ Ball Coach in Columbia. Spurrier has had his way with Kentucky through the years and with a team that is expected to compete for an eastern division championship I think it will be to much for Kentucky to handle. Prediction: South Carolina 38-17
  • Oct. 23- Georgia: The Cats ended another long streak last year taking advantage of key turnovers late in the game and knocked off the Bulldogs on the road for the first time¬† in 32 years. Kentucky needs to avoid a halftime deficit like they had last year (20-6) to have a chance in this one. Prediction: Kentucky 31-24
  • Oct. 30- @ Mississippi State: Kentucky should enter this game having already wrapped up bowl eligibility or needing this one to do it. The ‘Dogs and especially RB Anthony Dixon proved to much for UK last year but I expect the Cats will be looking for a little revenge. Prediction: Kentucky 24-10
  • Nov. 6- Charleston Southern- This is the only game against a FCS team this season and should give the Cats the opprotunity to rest up a few player before making the final push at the end of the season. Prediction: Kentucky 63-7
  • Nov. 13- Vanderbilt: The ‘Dores are coming off a 2-10 season and had their head coach abruptly resign right before the start of the season. The Cats should take care of business if they don’t overlook Vandy. Prediction: Kentucky 35-10
  • Nov. 27- @ Tennessee: Is this the year? The only losing streak in the NCAA longer than Kentucky’s losing streak to Florida is their losing streak to Tennessee. They’ve been close the last few years and with a new head man in Knoxville this may be the year. Prediction: Kentucky 28-24

So there we have it. A 9-3 season for the Cats should end up with a New Year’s Day Bowl. Of course they will need solid production from the QB position which is still somewhat of an unknown. Each week we will still be around with more in-depth scouting reports for each team. Go Big Blue!!!

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SEC Media Days

July 22, 2010 9:11 am

The college football season is officially upon us. In what has become a right of passage in transferring from the dog days of summer to a new season, the coaches of the Southeastern Conference (4 coaches speak with the media over 3 days) met the media today in Hoover, AL. Day 1 included reigning national championship coach, Nick Saban (Alabama), Dan Mullen (Mississippi State), Urban Meyer (Florida) and our own Joker Phillips who were all grilled by the media. Not a lot of news came from Coach Phillips’ first SEC Media Day appearance. Here is what we learned:

  • Coach Phillips’ goals when putting together his staff is, #1 when hiring his assistants is recruiting, #2 is can that coach teach, and #3 does he have “juice”, which translates to passion and energy.
  • What does Operation Win mean? The Football Cats will win in the classroom, they will win in the community by helping out in churches and charities around Lexington, and finally winning on the field. Coach Phillips noted that the players must buy in to this concept and if they don’t, they will either be off the team or they will be the best conditioned player on the team.
  • Coach also took a minute to address how far ahead recruiting is right now compared to this time last year by noting at this time a year ago UK had 2 commits and this year they currently have 14.
  • Summer workouts with strength and conditioning coach Rock Oliver is going great and the team is working hard.
  • According to Coach Phillips, Randall Cobb will be the sorest player in the league as they will look to get the ball in his hands in whatever way they can, including special teams and many different offensive sets designed for him.
  • The last few years, Kentucky has relied on their quarterbacks to manage games, this season he expects the quarterbacks to win games for the team, and as of the end of spring ball, Mike Hartline is #1 on the depth chart, but Hartline, sophomore Morgan Newton, and redshirt freshman Ryan Mossakowski are all competing for the starting job.

That pretty much sums up the majority of Coach Phillips’ thoughts. Thursday will feature Arkansas’ Bobby Petrino, Georgia’s Mark Richt, South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier, and Vanderbilt’s interim head coach Robbie Caldwell. We will be back late this weekend to break down the 2010 schedule for the Cats as September 4th creeps closer and closer. Go Big Blue!

Summer League Wrap-Up

July 19, 2010 8:46 am

The NBA Summer League has come to an end and a few former Cats have some new hardware to take home. DeMarcus Cousins was named the T-Mobile NBA Rookie of the Month for July while John Wall won was named the NBA Las Vegas Summer League MVP. I think it’s going to be a 2 horse race for rookie of the year this winter and I still give Cousins the slight edge. Here is a recap of how all our former Cats fared.

  • John Wall- 23.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 7.8 apg
  • DeMarcus Cousins- 16.2 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 2.2 apg
  • Patrick Patterson- 9.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.0 apg
  • Eric Bledsoe- 9.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.3 apg
  • Daniel Orton- 3.2 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 0.6 apg
  • Jodie Meeks- 14.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.2 apg
  • Joe Crawford- 17.8 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 0.5 apg
  • Randolph Morris- 5.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 0.0 apg

And with that, it is now time to get ready for football. SEC Media Days is this week and Kentucky is slotted for the 2:20 time slot on Wednesday. We will begin our season preview then. Go Big Blue!!!

Countdown To Operation Win: 50 Days

July 16, 2010 12:01 am

Just 50 more days untill Coach Phillips and the newly formed “Operation Win” head 70 miles down I-64 to destroy the dirty birds.

Catching Up On Some Summer League Action

July 14, 2010 2:55 pm

NBA Summer League action is in full gear right now and having 5 players taken in the first round just a few weeks ago, it means there’s at least one former Cat in every other game. Having been a bit under the weather the last few days, I’ve had the ability to watch way more summer league basketball than one could ever want, and with that here is a quick summary of how our former Cats have looked.

  • Daniel Orton- Having been selected in the 1st round, D.O. is guaranteed a contract for the next 3 years, and after watching his summer league performance that is a great thing. Orton started all 5 games for the Orlando Magic and in his first game managed to pick up 3 offensive fouls in the first 5 possessions. He looked confused, frustrated, and a bit lazy for the majority of each game he played and those things attributed to his 3.2 points and 1.8 rebounds a game on only 14% shooting from the floor. A very poor performance for D.O. in Orlando.
  • Joe Crawford- Crawford was added to the Orlando Magic’s summer league team just before the start of summer league action. After being drafted late in the 2nd round by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2008 he has spent the last 2 years in the NBA Developmental League. Crawford saw action in 4 of the 5 games for Orlando starting 2 of them. He looked like the Joe Crawford we remember from his senior year as it seemed when he wanted to he could score at will. He led the Magic in scoring at 17.8 per game shooting 51% from the field and 43% from behind the arc. An outstanding week for Joe Crawford in Orlando.
  • Jodie Meeks- Meeks started all 5 games for the Philadelphia 76ers. He looked like he was forcing a few things which led to a lower shooting percentage than he should have actually had but all-in-all he looks to have solidified his spot on the 76ers roster for next season. He was 2nd on the team in scoring at 14.6 a game behind Jrue Holiday. It should be noted that he outscored former 1st round picks of the 76ers Marreese Speights and Evan Turner.
  • Patrick Patterson- Everyone’s favorite former Wildcat has looked good out in Las Vegas as he has started 3 of the 4 games for the Houston Rockets. Pat seems to fit in real well with the Rockets organization and once the regular season tips off will be playing alongside everyone’s other favorite former Cat Chuck Hayes. Pat leads the team in rebounding at 6.5 a game and is 4th on the team in scoring at 10 a game. The Rockets have one more game at 4:00 today.
  • DeMarcus Cousins- The Sacramento Kings are only 2 games into their 6 game summer schedule. Cousins has started both games for the Kings and leads the team in both scoring and rebounding averaging 16.5 points and 11 boards. Cousins, my pre-season pick for NBA Rookie of the Year, is making me look good right now. Let’s see if he can keep it up through an 82 game season. The Kings have 4 games left, tonight at 10:00, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
  • Eric Bledsoe- The Los Angeles Clippers have only taken the court once in Las Vegas and it was a head-to-head match-up against John Wall. Bledsoe went toe to toe with Wall and managed to put up some good numbers as well. Bledsoe put up 17 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists. The only problem Bledsoe experienced was in the turnover category. 10 turnovers is way to many at any level and is the one area Eric must focus on if he wants to succeed in the NBA. The Clippers have 4 games left including an 8:00 tip tonight as well as games on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.
  • John Wall- The #1 pick in this year’s NBA Draft took the floor for the first time in front of a packed house on Sunday. Wall didn’t disappoint as he got his jumper going to drop 24 on the Warriors. Much like his former backcourt teammate, Wall has struggled in the turnover category as he’s coughed it up at an average of 8 a game in his 2 summer games so far. He leads the team in both points and assists per game averaging 21 points and 9 assists in 2 games. The Wizards have 3 games left on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

We’ll give you all the final numbers once the NBA Summer League ends this weekend and then all attention will be turned to the approaching football season. Go Big Blue!