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2010-2011 UK Basketball Schedule

August 26, 2010 5:41 pm

  • Nov 1- Pikeville (EXH)       TBA           Big Blue Sports Network
  • Nov 5- Dillard (EXH)          TBA           Big Blue Sports Network
  • Nov 12- East Tennessee State     TBA    Big Blue Sports Network
  • Nov 19- vs. Portland (Rose Garden) 10:30 PM    ESPNU
  • Nov 22-Oklahoma#             5:30                   ESPN 2
  • Nov 23-Virginia/Washington  TBA         ESPN/ESPN 2
  • Nov 24-EA Sports Maui Invitational#    TBA     ESPN/ESPN 2/ESPNU
  • Nov 30-Boston      TBA          Big Blue Sports Network
  • Dec 4- @ North Carolina     12:30      CBS
  • Dec 8-vs. Notre Dame (Freedom Hall)  9:30   ESPN
  • Dec 11-Indiana      5:15           ESPN
  • Dec 18-Mississippi Valley St     TBA     Big Blue Sports Network
  • Dec 22-Winthrop     TBA     Big Blue Sports Network
  • Dec 28-Coppin State      TBA       Big Blue Sports Network
  • Dec 31-@ Louisville      12:00            CBS
  • Jan 3-Penn      7:00      ESPNU
  • Jan 8-@ Georgia    4:00       SEC Network
  • Jan 11-Auburn       7:00       ESPNU
  • Jan 15-LSU             4:00        SEC Network
  • Jan 18-@ Alabama       9:00          ESPN
  • Jan 22-@ South Carolina      6:00       ESPN
  • Jan 29-Georgia       4:00      ESPN
  • Feb 1-@ Ole Miss          7:00           ESPNU
  • Feb 5-@ Florida (ESPN College Gameday) 9:00   ESPN
  • Feb 8-Tennessee    9:00      ESPN
  • Feb 12-@ Vanderbilt    1:00       CBS
  • Feb 15-Mississippi State         7:00         ESPN
  • Feb 19-South Carolina         4:00         SEC Network
  • Feb 23-@ Arkansas             8:00      SEC Network
  • Feb 26-Florida          4:00         CBS
  • Mar 1-Vanderbilt     9:00            ESPN
  • Mar 6-@ Tennessee      12:00         CBS
  • Mar 10-13-  SEC Tournament       SEC Network/ABC

Countdown To Canada

August 14, 2010 1:36 pm

Fresh off of some big recruiting news yesterday, we are now just hours from the first tip with the newest edition of your Kentucky Wildcats. Coach Cal and some fresh new faces will begin the first game of a 3 game set in Windsor, Ontario. The Cats will be without postmen Enes Kanter and Eloy Vargas. There will be no foul-outs as well as unlimited time-outs so look for these games to maybe run a bit long. Kentucky will be by far the dominant team on the floor in all 3 of these exhibitions but it will be interesting to see the new DeAndre Liggins that has been all the rage over these last 10 days of practice as well as the incoming freshmen (Brandon Knight, Stacey Poole, Doron Lamb, and Terrence Jones).

The Football Cats are holding a closed scrimmage today that should help determine the depth chart at some position battles, including QB. It’s about time to start nailing these things down as we are just 3 weeks away from teeing it up at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

We will be back tomorrow night to recap all of the action from Windsor. Go Big Blue!

Breaking News: Anthony Davis Commits

August 13, 2010 6:06 pm

Anthony Davis Jr of Perspectives Charter High School in Chicago has committed to Kentucky according to chicagohoops.com. Davis is currently the 8th ranked player in the class of 2011 but after an outstanding summer many expect that he will be the #1 player when the updated rankings come out, that would give the Cats three of the top 5 players for next season which is unheard of. Davis is a 6’10 220 lb forward. 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!!!

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!

Cats Picked In The First Round

June 28, 2010 7:10 am

After Thursday’s record setting night, Kentucky has placed 28 players in the first round of the NBA Draft. Here they are:

1949 Alex Groza- 2nd pick-Indianapolis

1949 Wallace Jones- 9th pick- Washington (traded to Indianapolis)

1953 Frank Ramsey- 5th pick- Boston

1967 Pat Riley- 7th pick- San Diego

1975 Kevin Grevey- 18th pick- Washington

1978 Rick Robey- 3rd pick- Indiana

1978 Jack Givens- 16th pick- Atlanta

1979 Kyle Macy- 22nd pick- Phoenix

1984 Sam Bowie- 2nd pick- Portland

1984 Melvin Turpin- 6th pick- Washington (traded to Cleveland)

1986 Kenny Walker- 5th pick- New York

1988 Rex Chapman- 8th pick- Charlotte

1993 Jamal Mashburn- 4th pick- Dallas

1996 Antoine Walker- 6th pick- Boston

1996 Tony Delk- 16th pick- Charlotte

1996 Walter McCarty- 19th pick- New York

1997 Ron Mercer- 6th pick- Boston

1997 Derek Anderson- 13th pick- Cleveland

1998 Nazr Mohammed- 28th pick- Utah (traded to Philadelphia)

1999 Scott Padget- 19th pick- Utah

2000 Jamal Magloire- 19th pick- Charlotte

2002 Tayshaun Prince- 23rd pick- Detroit

2006 Rajon Rondo-21st pick- Phoenix (traded to Boston)

2010 John Wall- 1st pick- Washington

2010 DeMarcus Cousins- 5th pick- Sacramento

2010 Patrick Patterson- 14th pick- Houston

2010 Eric Bledsoe- 18th pick- Oklahoma City (traded to the Los Angeles Clippers)

2010 Daniel Orton- 29th pick- Orlando

So with that we officially close the chapter on what was the 2009-201o season and turn our attention to football. I will be away this week so there will be no posts unless any news comes up. Enjoy your July 4th week! Go Big Blue!!!

2010 NBA Draft

June 24, 2010 7:38 pm

As expected, John Wall was the 1st pick of the 2010 NBA Draft. He becomes the first Wildcat ever taken with the #1 pick and he also makes Kentucky only the 10th school to have a #1 pick in both the NBA Draft as well as the NFL Draft.

UPDATE 8:01- DeMarcus Cousins has been selected with the 5th pick by the Sacramento Kings.

UPDATE 8:56- Patrick Patterson has been selected with the 14th pick by the Houston Rockets. Patterson will join former Cat Chuck Hayes in Houston.

UPDATE 9:16- Eric Bledsoe has been selected with the 18th pick by the Oklahoma City Thunder. Bledsoe sets a new Kentucky record as the 4th player selected in the 1st round.

UPDATE 9:29- Eric Bledsoe has been traded to the Los Angeles Clippers for a future 1st st round pick.

UPDATE 10:12– Daniel Orton has been selected with the 28th pick by the Orlando Magic. With that pick, the University of Kentucky has set a new record with 5 players selected in the 1st round.

NBA Draft Primer

June 21, 2010 9:11 am

The 2010 NBA Draft is only 3 days away, meaning we could be just 3 days away from yet another record the University of Kentucky can lay claim to. The Cats have 5 players entered in the draft (4 freshman and 1 junior) and could be the first school to have 5 players drafted in the first round. With that, let’s take a look at the possible destinations of our former Cats.

  • John Wall (#1)- There is no drama going into Thursday’s nights draft as to who the #1 pick will be. John Wall will join the Washington Wizards who since obtaining the #1 pick have sold over 800 season tickets in anticipation of John Wall moving to town. Wall has already signed a shoe deal with Reebok valued at $25 million over 5 years, which other than Lebron James’ deal with Nike is the largest endorsement deal for a player who has yet to play a NBA game.

Prediction: #1 Washington Wizards

  • DeMarcus Cousins (#2-#6)- This is where it starts to get interesting. There has been a lot of talk about DeMarcus Cousins inmaturity, conditioning, and the way he carries himself off the court. These issues, which I believe will be proved false, are what is keeping Cousins from being taken #2 by Philadelphia. Cousins is probably the most talented player in this draft and that’s including John Wall, but he is far from a finished product. The Detroit Pistons have shown a lot of interest in the big man from Mobile, Alabama, but picking at #7, he probably won’t be available. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Pistons move up to snag Cousins by trading with Sacramento or Golden State.

Prediction: #5 Sacramento Kings

  • Patrick Patterson (#9-#16)- Pat has done nothing but help himself since the end of the season. He has always been considered a bit undersized to play the “4” in the NBA, but he measured in at 6’8 at the combine. He is very athletic for a player in his position and just like he did for 3 years in Lexington, he has absolutely blown away every GM he has had an interview with. The Indiana Pacers have expressed a lot of interest in Patterson at pick #10, but I think they will play it safe and take the hometown kid in Gordon Hayward allowing Pat to fall in to the arms of the Hornets.

Prediction: #11 New Orleans Hornets

  • Daniel Orton (#12-#24)- It’s tough to try and figure out where Daniel Orton will end up. Orton only averaged 3.4 points and 3.3 rebounds during just 13.2 minutes per game. Those are not numbers that are usually associated with a first round pick, but teams love Orton’s size and potential and that is what the draft is all about. I don’t think Orton will still be on the board when the Oklahoma Thunder have their first of two first round picks come up at #21, but if he is don’t expect the hometown team to pass on the Oklahoma City native.

Prediction: #21 Oklahoma City Thunder

  • Eric Bledsoe (#12-#28)- Of the 5 Wildcat’s to enter the NBA Draft, Bledsoe’s game may be the farthest from NBA ready, but this draft is very thin at the point guard position. That opens the door up for Bledsoe to make his way into the first round and his decision to leave UK after one year the correct decision. Bledsoe is the 2nd best point guard in this draft but after 10 point guards went in the first round last year it will be interesting to see who goes for Bledsoe.

Prediction: #25 Memphis Grizzlies

It should be a great night for the Big Blue Nation on Thursday. We will be here on Thursday to update all the action. In case you missed it, ESPN’s Outside the Lines’ Andy Katz did a piece on DeMarcus Cousins and his preparation for the draft. Here it is.

Enjoy your Monday and Go Big Blue!!!

A Few Mid-Week Notes

June 17, 2010 8:23 am

A few notes for your Thursday…

  • After a few weeks of anticipation all we are left with regarding the realignment of college athletics is Nebraska joining the Big 10 and Colorado and possibly Utah heading to the Pac 10. The landscape will stay very similar to how we see it today but the question is did this all just get shoved to the back burner for a few years and will we see this issue again in 5-10 years? Who knows, but as of now all remains relatively the same.
  • Coach Calipari said on Wednesday that he may still add one more player to the roster for next season and late Wednesday night it may have become a little clearer who that player may be. A Minnesota college basketball writer said that Royce White (pictured above) is “narrowing in” on Kentucky. The interest appears to be mutual between UK and White and after Arnett Moultrie picked Mississippi State last week, White could step into his spot as a big time transfer. If the name seems familiar, it’s because White was a former 5-star McDonalds All-American out of high school before he committed to Tubby Smith and the Minnesota Golden Gophers. He was then suspended indefinitely in October of 2009 for shop lifting at The Mall of America. White then quit the team in December and is currently assessing all his options. Coach Calipari has always been known for giving kids a second chance and this may be another one he hands out.
  • Reports out of Philidelphia are that rookie corner Trevard Lindley may be working his way into a starting role for the Eagles. Lindley struggled with injuries during his senior campaign but was a “lock-down” corner during his 5 seasons in Lexington.
  • Rajon Rondo will be looking for his 2nd ring tonight in the NBA Finals Game 7. A win by the Celtics and Rondo will collect the 19th NBA Championship for a former Wildcat.

We will have more this weekend previewing the NBA Draft which is a week from tonight. Untill then stay cool and Go Big Blue!!!

The Next Team In The SEC?

June 14, 2010 4:23 pm

The talk of conference realignment is starting to take on a “soap opera” type feeling. Every day a new team is mentioned with a new conference. It is largely believed that the SEC is targeting Texas A&M to join the conference trying to get them to break ties with the other Texas schools and head east instead of west. Texas A&M brings a good football tradition as well as a solid basketball program but more importantly, A&M will bring the Dallas/Houston/San Antonio media markets as well. If Texas A&M were to join the Southeastern Conference, SEC Commissioner Mike Slive would add another university to balance the league out at 14. Virginia Tech has been a name tossed around but it’s still to eary to speculate. We should know within the next 2-10 days what will happen with Texas A&M. I just hope that Coach Calipari is already figuring out a gameplan to stop these guys.