TV schedule released for first three UK football games
July 18, 2013
The Southeastern Conference has announced the early season schedule comprising the first three weeks of the upcoming college football season.
Kentucky's season opener against Western Kentucky will kickoff at 7 p.m. at LP field in Nashville and will be televised live by ESPNews. Kentucky's home opener against Miami (OH) on September 7th will kick off at noon and be televised by Fox Sports Network. Kentucky's September 14th game against the Louisville Cardinals is scheduled for noon and will be televised live on ESPN.
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A UK football player has been injured in a car accident in GA
May 6, 2013
University of Kentucky Safety Ashley Lowery has been hospitalized in Georgia with injuries suffered in a car accident Friday night.
UK athletic department spokesman Tony Neely confirmed that Lowery was being treated in a hospital but the school is still gathering details about the accident, where he is hospitalized and his condition.
Lowery played in eight games last season as a sophomore; he started all of those games.
He ranked fifth on the team with 43 tackles.
Last season he also had a career best nine tackles against Vanderbilt and recorded his first career interception which he returned for 21 yards.
Several UK players have asked for prayers for Lowery through twitter.
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UK's football Wildcats have lost a top commitment
April 10, 2013
Four star defensive end Denzel Ware has de-commited from UK.
Ware made the announcement via Twitter on Tuesday.
He said he wanted to thank the Big Blue Nation and every coach at UK, but at this time he had decided it was best to de-commit and look at his other options.
Ware is from Florida and was originally committed to Florida State when Mark Stoops was there. Ware also has offers from Alabama, Ohio St. and Texas among others.
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UK Guard Ryan Harrow is leaving The Cats
April 1, 2013
Point guard Ryan Harrow is leaving UK to transfer to Georgia State.
John Calipari says, "Given the health of his dad, we fully support Ryan's decision to transfer to Georgia State to be closer to his family in Atlanta."
Harrow's father suffered a stroke before the 2012 season. He told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he will petition to be able to play next season because he wants to be close to his father.
Calipari said, "Ryan was a vital part of this year's team and an important player in practice during our 2011-12 national championship run." Calipari continued, "I want to thank Ryan for his efforts and hard work and wish him the best of luck at Georgia State."
Harrow averaged 9.9 points and 2.8 assists after sitting out the season following a transfer from North Carolina State.
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Changes Are Coming To UK's Annual Spring Football Game
February 27, 2013
You will need a ticket to attend the annual UK spring football game this season, which is set for April 13 at 7 p.m. at Commonwealth Stadium. It will still be free, but with small service fee through Ticketmaster. There will be reserved seating this year.
Season ticket holders will get an opportunity for the free tickets will begin Thursday, Feb. 28, at 9 a.m. Current season ticket holders will receive an e-mail this week detailing how they may obtain up to eight reserved seats:
Seats can be purchased through TicketMaster.com or by calling TicketMaster at 800-745-3000
Tickets are free but there is a small service charge per ticket
UK students may obtain their free tickets beginning Thursday at 9 a.m. at the Joe Craft Center ticket office. Students may pick up two tickets per ID.
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Wiggins To Visit UK
February 13, 2013
A big recruiting day for Kentucky in both basketball and football.
Scout.com is reporting that Huntington Preps Andrew Wiggins, the nation's number one recruit, will visit UK on February 27.
The 6'8" small forward has already visited Florida State and he's scheduled three more trips.
His confirmed to visit Kentucky on February 27 is when the Cats take on Mississippi State and then he's tentatively set to go to Kansas on March 4 and North Carolina on March 9.
In football, another huge get for head coach Mark Stoops. Rivals reports UK has picked up a commitment from 6'3", 220 lbs linebacker Denzel Ware from Crestview, Florida.
Ware is a former Florida State commitment who chose the Cats over the Noles, Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Georgia Tech, Louisana- Lafayette, Ohio State, Texas and USC.
He's listed by some as the third best outside linebacker prospect in the country, although rivals says he'll play defensive end at UK.
ESPN's College Gameday Is Coming To Rupp Arena
February 13, 2013
ESPN's hit Saturday morning show, College Gameday covered by State Farm, returns to Rupp Arena on Saturday, Feb. 23rd.
Tickets to attend College Gameday will be available starting today at 6:00 p.m., online through Ticketmaster and at Ticketmaster outlets.
GameDay tickets are free of charge and orders will have a minimal service fee attached. There is a limit of eight tickets per household.
The Wildcats will host the Missouri Tigers to cap off the full day of activities that evening at 9 p.m. ET.
A special edition, individually numbered UK Basketball poster will be given out to the first 10,000 people through the door.
Tickets to ESPN College Gameday Covered by State Farm are not valid for admission to the UK vs. Missouri basketball game, but to the College Gameday event itself. Doors will open at 8:00 a.m. and the event begins at 9:00 a.m.
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A House Committee has approved a project including Commonwealth Stadiums makeover
February 7, 2013
Six of Kentucky's public universities have cleared an initial hurdle for a plan to spend $363 million on construction projects, including a makeover for the Kentucky Wildcats' Commonwealth Stadium.
The House Appropriations and Revenue Committee approved legislation Wednesday allowing the universities to proceed with the projects.
The top selling points for the proposal are that the projects will be paid for by the universities without any General Fund money and that they will create more than 5,000 construction jobs.
The biggest expenditure would be $110 million to renovate Commonwealth Stadium. Morehead, Murray, Northern and Western Kentucky universities also would get upgrades, as would the University of Louisville.
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Jason Hatcher caps off a stellar recruiting day for Kentucky football
February 7, 2013
Defensive end Jason Hatcher out of Trinity High School in Louisville is headed to Kentucky. Hatcher made his announcement at 3:00 p.m. and becomes the 22nd signee for new UK coach Mark Stoops.
Hatcher, rated a 4-star prospect, previously committed to Southern Cal twice but decommitted. Hatcher wore a white suit and ended any suspense by putting on a UK cap.
Kentucky's recruiting class is ranked 23rd nationally.
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Kentucky, North Carolina agree to plans for future games
February 1, 2013
Kentucky is set to renew its rivalry with North Carolina next year.
The rivalry of two tradionally basketball-oriented schools will resume next season as Kentucky and North Carolina have agreed to a two year home and home series begining in the 2013-14 season.
The Wildcats will travel to Chapel Hill in 2013 to take on the Tarheels, and the series will return to Rupp Arena during the 2014-15 season.
Kentucky has won 3 of the last 4 meetings between the schools, while North Carolina holds a 22-13 edge in the all time series.
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UK denies rumors that its football head coaching job has been offered
November 19, 2012
Despite reports that the UK head football coaching position has been offered to UC head coach Butch Jones, Kentucky officials say its simply not true. UK executive Asst. Athletic Director Dwayne Peevy denied the rumor, saying the job has not been offered to anyone as of yet.
The 247 site for University of Cincinnati sports reported that the job was offered to UC's current coach. Jones was mentioned early as a candidate for the UK job after Joker Phillips was fired two weeks ago.
Speculation concerning Jones had died down but has emerged again in recent days. Jones was an assistant under Brian Kelly at Central Michigan, then became the head coach when Kelly left for Cincinnati. Jones was then named head coach at UC when Kelly left for Notre Dame. Jones is 21-14 overall at UC and 10-9 overall in the Big East Conference.
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Kentucky fires Joker Phillips
November 5, 2012
Athletic director Mitch Barnhart announced Phillips' firing Sunday in an open letter on the Wildcats' website. The letter stated Phillips would be let go, effective at the end of the season, but athletic department spokesman DeWayne Peevy later said the coach's status for the final two games was still to be determined.
The Wildcats lost their eighth straight game on Saturday, a 40-0 home loss to Vanderbilt. It was their worst loss to the Commodores in 96 years. Kentucky now sits at 1-9 overall and 0-7 in the SEC. Kentucky plays Samford on November 17 before closing out the season against SEC rival Tennessee on the road.
Barnhart said the school will immediately begin the search for a new coach. Phillips had two years left on his contract, which pays him $1.7 million per season, and Peevy said the school would honor the contract. The 49-year-old coach was 12 and 23 overall in three seasons at Kentucky. He led the Cats to a bowl game appearance in the first season but they have gotten worse in each season since.
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Calipari lands another top recruit for an already stellar 2013 class
October 18, 2012
Kentucky Coach John Calipari received another top-ranked commitment on Wednesday when five-star recruit Marcus Lee chose the Cats over his home state of California's Golden Bears.
The 6'10" center is known as a shot-blocker and defensive specialist. Lee is rated as the #2-rated center in the class of 2013 and as high as 15th overall by some. Lee joins the highly-touted Harrison twins, James Young and Derek Willis as Kentucky's class of 2013.
With all five recruits being rated in the top 15 nationally, some experts are posing the question: could this be the top recruiting class in history? Time will certainly tell as the Cats look to the coming years.
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Join Q95 FM for UK football this Saturday
September 13, 2012
Join Q95 FM on Saturday evening as the Kentucky Wildcats play host to Western Kentucky. Hear all the play-by-play action starting at 5:30 pm with countdown to kickoff followed by kickoff at 7:00 p.m. Catch UK football all season long on Q95 FM.
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Davis, Kidd-Gilchrist go 1-2 in NBA draft
June 29, 2012
The University of Kentucky has some more bragging rights to go with their eighth national championship trophy. They are now the first and only school to have two players chosen first and second in the NBA draft.
First, it was New Orleans snagging Anthony Davis as the No. 1 overall pick. He grabbed a quick hug from fellow Wildcat Kidd-Gilchrist before taking the stage--and it wasn't long after that Kidd-Gilchrist took the stage himself, as No. 2, picked up by Charlotte.
Four Wildcats were chosen in the first round: Terrence Jones went out at No. 18 to Houston, and Marquis Teague went at No. 29 to Chicago.
A total of six UK players went on to be drafted. Later in the night, Doron Lamb was tabbed by Milwaukee at No. 42, and Darius Miller (No. 46) will join Davis at the New Orleans Hornets.
Whether or not you agree with Coach Calipari's aggressive one-and-done recruiting strategy--scouring the nation for top talent, cultivating it in one season into a cohesive, championship-caliber unit, and then losing all that work to the NBA draft--it undoubtedly produced results this season.
UK defeats KU 67-59 to win eighth national championship
April 4, 2012
What may have sounded like a cheer of triumph thundering in the Superdome after UK's 67-59 win was really just a collective sigh of relief.
The Big Blue Nation has known this team was championship-capable for months now. That sort of knowledge comes not from the many W's they strung together, but the way they were earned: a high octane offense, consistent free throw shooting, and a smothering, spirit-crushing defense led by the nation's best blocker.
That kind of play has the potential to hang banners at Rupp, no doubt. But after seeing Kentucky power down in the SEC title game against Vanderbilt, and understanding the incomparable capacity Kansas has shown this season for the big comeback, this year's title game was as tense as possible when you consider Kentucky's crop of talent.
Sure, they were in command all game long. Sure, the first half was a twenty minute highlight reel. But in the second half, where Kansas has repeatedly put its stamina and heart to good use throughout the tournament and the season, Calipari says he pulled the reins back on the Cats and tried to get them to calm down and reset. That meant a much more relaxed, methodical play, where the Cats were often forced to take it back to half court to reassess the situation.
At one point, Kansas closed to within five, a slim enough lead to evoke some worry. Down the stretch, though, it was clutch free throw shooting and more of the same in defense that won Kentucky's eighth national championship.
So who can we look to and say led the Cats Monday night? Doron Lamb led all Cats in scoring with 22 points, including two 3-pointers within 33 seconds at a time when Kansas felt the momentum might be headed their way.
But then there's Anthony Davis, who only put up 6 points--including just one field goal--yet was named outstanding player, thanks to sixteen rebounds, six blocks, five assists and three steals. He shot 1 for 10, and decided early on that he would be playing the role of support to get the ball to his scoring teammates.
And it was that consummate philosophy--teamwork and fundamentals--that brought UK fans their long-awaited number 8.
While we may be losing several of these talents to the NBA, that was always in the cards. Coach Cal says he'll be going recruiting again on Friday.
UK vaults over U of L and into the national championship game
April 2, 2012
For all the aura and spectacle of a UK and U of L showdown in the Final Four, it seems like it happened months ago, because the fans and the Cats themselves are instead looking forward to tonight's championship game.
In a way, it did happen months ago--the December game produced a nearly identical result. It was 69-62 on New Year's Eve, 69-61 yesterday. The stage, though, and the stakes, were wildly different.
The Cats seemed steady and in control all game long. When U of L rallied and the score was tied 49 all with less than 10 minutes to play, UK ratcheted their play up and tore off an 11-2 run.
It's a style of play they've maintained all season long: controlling the game while leaving enough gas in the tank to put the hammer down if they really need to.
And they'll need to tonight. UK and Kansas are, historically, the country's two best teams. And this will be the first meeting of UK and KU in a national championship game. KU's Thomas Robinson is the closest competition Anthony Davis has for player of the year.
Hopefully, Davis can pull off another game like the leading performance he put together yesterday against Louisville: 18 points, 14 rebounds, 5 blocks, 2 assists and 1 steal. The Cats will have to stay out of foul trouble, capitalize on their free throws, maintain their strong defense, and sink their field goals.
They've already beaten Kansas once this season, 75-65 at Madison Square Garden. Can they do it again, and in the process, deliver UK's long-awaited eighth national title? We'll find out soon. Pre-game starts around 7:00 p.m. on Q95 FM, and tipoff is slated for 9:23.
UK outguns Baylor 82-70, marches on to second straight Final Four
March 26, 2012
Are there any easy games in the NCAA tournament? Of course not. But a team as good as this year's Wildcats can make it look easy.
Their 82-70 shutout of the Baylor Bears didn't look so inevitable in the opening minutes. A couple poor decisions and missed opportunities gave Baylor a 10-5 lead, when Calipari called a time out and hit the reset button with his Cats. The 16-0 run that followed wrested control of the game squarely into their hands.
They maintained a steady pace and a rock-solid defense, leading 42-22 at halftime. Kidd-Gilchrist again led UK's effort with 19 points, and Anthony Davis tipped in 18, back on form after a lacking performance against Indiana. Terrence Jones may not have tallied as many points, but his presence on court netted nine rebounds, six assists, three blocks and two steals. It's that kind of well-rounded, fundamental gameplay that Calipari instills in his young team, and it's that kind of gameplay that leads to championships.
The only major scare of the game was a second-half injury, when Anthony Davis and Perry Jones III of Baylor collided, landing Davis on the hardwood grabbing at his knee. After a few tense minutes, trainers worked it out and not long after, Davis headed back into play with a roar of applause behind him.
The Cats will now face their long-standing in-state rival, Louisville. And while they've defeated U of L before (69-62 on New Year's Eve), that was certainly not on a stage as big as the Final Four. They'll face off in New Orleans, site of UK's loss in the SEC tournament. That may have been only a couple weeks ago, but it's another lifetime entirely in the minds of the Cats, because the winner of the next game will go on to face the winner of an Ohio State/Kansas game for the national title.
Cats get another swipe at Indiana, win 102-90
March 24, 2012
They're both juggernauts in the annals of college basketball. They're rivals. And after Christian Watford's 3-pointer at the buzzer gave Kentucky its first defeat of the season, they were understandably determined to change the outcome when they faced the Hoosiers again. Moving onto the Elite 8 may have been their primary goal, but besting Indiana in a tournament rematch must have been on their minds.
And what a rematch it was. It was an up-and-down, back-and-forth brawl that saw both teams scrambling across the court. In the end, Kentucky had them covered, and Indiana fell 102-90.
The performance was headed up by Kidd-Gilchrist at 24 points, Lamb's 21, and efforts of 19, 14, and 12 from Miller, Teague, and Jones. Anthony Davis, who picked up two fouls very early, spent a lot of time on the bench, and only racked up 9. Without Davis, Indiana's offense was less afraid of getting blocked, and the Hoosiers began railing on the inside to keep the game close. Watford led all players with 27 points.
But the Cats would not be denied. They drew numerous fouls and capitalized fantastically, shooting 35/37 at the free throw line, including Kidd-Gilchrist knocking in 10/10. He also grabbed 10 rebounds.
UK led 50-47 at the half, and kept the pace up in the second, ending 102-90 and heading off to their second straight Final Four. They'll face Baylor on Sunday.
Win against Iowa State takes Cats to Sweet 16
March 19, 2012
Led by an electric performance by freshman Marquis Teague, the Cats put all the pieces together and methodically fought their way over Iowa State and into the Sweet 16.
Coach Cal and Teague both realized the Iowa State defense was leaving him open--a vulnerability that allowed Teague to rack up a career-high 24 points. He also tallied seven assists.
Miller, Lamb, and Davis put 19, 16, and 15 on the board, respectively, as an unstoppable second-half surge took the game from tied at 42 to a decisive 87-71 victory.
Next on the calendar is a Friday rematch against Indiana, the first of only two teams able to claim they've bested Kentucky this season. You can bet that buzzer-beating 3-pointer has weighed heavily on their minds these past few months.
And though they're deliberately avoiding the word "revenge," they're very eager to get into the rematch and demonstrate how they've learned and grown as a team in all that time.
Coverage starts at 8 p.m. Friday on Q95 FM, and tipoff is set for 9:45.
UK edges Louisville 69-62
January 2, 2012
In a crucial faceoff with bitter rival Louisville, the Wildcats did not disappoint. The 69-62 win wraps up a five-game run of home appearances for the Cats and extended their streak of wins at home to 44, the nation's highest.
Both teams brought the heat: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist clocked in with his best performance of the year, tallying 24 points and 19 rebounds. Louisville's Russ Smith racked up a career-high 30 points.
Louisville only saw the lead after they sunk the first basket of the game, but the win was by no means easy. The Cardinals kept the pressure up until the final buzzer, never trailing very far and going so far as to tie the game up early in the second half.
No. 3 Kentucky and no. 4 Louisville have never before faced each other with such high rankings. After 40 minutes and 52 fouls, Kentucky is now 13-1 headed into the new year.
Cats beat Lamar 86-64
December 29, 2011
With a match against rival Louisville looming just days away, Kentucky (12-1) rolled over Lamar 86-64.
The game marked the return of Terrence Jones, who injured his left pinky in the game against Indiana two weeks ago. He added 9 points, while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist led the Cats with 18.
No. 3 Kentucky will take on No. 4 Louisville on New Year's Eve.
Wiltjer shines in 87-63 win over Loyola
December 23, 2011
In their first ever meeting with Maryland's Loyola Greyhounds, the Cats knocked down yet another team to extend their 41-0 record at Rupp Arena under Coach John Calipari.
Kyle Wiltjer said he wanted to make the most of his time on the hardwood with Terrence Jones still sidelined by an injury to his shooting hand in the Chattanooga game last Saturday. And that he did, scoring a career-high and game-high 24 points to lead the Cats to an eventual 87-63 win.
But it was far from a blowout. Loyola came out swinging, and though UK led from a 4-2 lead to the end of the game, the Greyhounds kept the first half closely contested. The Cats managed to claw out a 33-23 lead, when Loyola came back with 8 unanswered points to cut the lead to 2.
The 45-39 lead at halftime got cut to 45-41 when Erik Etherly sunk the first basket of the second half for Loyola. He led all Greyhounds with 14 points, followed by Dylon Cormier and Justin Drummond at 13 and 10, respectively.
It was then that UK shifted gears and stomped on the gas pedal, running 22-4 and keeping Loyola without a point for over five minutes with a stifling defense. On top of Wiltjer's 24 points, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 15 with four assists and Darius Miller contributed another 13. Anthony Davis racked up 15 of his own along with 11 rebounds and three blocks, going double-double for the fifth time and totaling 52 blocks on the year.
Kentucky plays Lamar on the 28th, with coverage on Q95 FM starting at 7:00 p.m. After that, they end their run of home games with a match against rival Louisville on New Year's Eve.
Cats bounce back against Chattanooga
December 19, 2011
Out for blood after the loss to Indiana, Kentucky is back to winning form after defeating Chattanooga 87-62 on Saturday night.
Terrence Jones sustained a finger injury very early in the game. He spent most of the game on the sidelines, and accounted for no points. Anthony Davis led the Cats with 14 points and 18 rebounds.
Coach Cal made it clear after reviewing the Indiana game that one-handed rebounding was instrumental in their loss last week, and drove the point home early in the first half. UK sunk nearly 50% of its attempts, including 36% of its 3-pointers. Now 9-1, they'll host Samford (Tuesday at 5:30) and Loyola (Thursday at 11:30) this week.
Indiana upsets No. 1 Kentucky with buzzer-beating 3-pointer
December 12, 2011
The Hoosiers didn't disappoint their fans, some of whom camped out in the cold to get tickets to the game. The bleachers emptied and the court flooded with fans after Christian Watford sunk 3-point shot at the buzzer to hand Indiana the win over No. 1 Kentucky.
Watford found himself with 20 points when the dust cleared, helping get Indiana their first win over a number one team since toppling Duke in 2002, and their first 9-0 season since '89-'90.
Doron Lamb's 19 points and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's 18 led the Wildcats' scoring. The frenzied final minutes saw the lead repeatedly change hands, but missed free throws in the closing seconds seemed to seal Kentucky's fate. They now head back to Lexington for five straight games from home, starting with Chattanooga on the 17th and culminating in a throwdown with Louisville on New Year's Eve.
Down to the wire against UNC, Davis makes a big block
December 5, 2011
Forty minutes of intense play by two of the best teams in the nation came down to the final five seconds. The clock quickly disappearing, North Carolina's John Henson had the shot that could have won UNC the game, but Anthony Davis proved again that he doesn't just block shots--he blocks shots when it's all on the line.
The swat kept Kentucky ahead until the buzzer sounded, giving them a narrow 73-72 win despite North Carolina's better 3-point game. Davis is shaping up to establish himself as one of the best blocker's in the program's history, after coming off a game against St. John's contributing eight of the record-setting 18, just one shy of an individual record.
The Cats, now 8-0, travel to Bloomington to face 8-0 Indiana.
Davis, Jones lead Cats to victory over St. John's
December 2, 2011
The No. 1 UK Wildcats put on a clinic of fundamentals and didn't relent in defense to trump St. John's 81-59 Thursday. The combined efforts of freshman Anthony Davis (15 points, 15 rebounds, 8 of a school record 18 blocks) and Terrence Jones (26 points, 9 rebounds) accounted for no small part of the games big numbers. The Cats, now 7-0, are up against No. 5 North Carolina on Saturday.
Practice going well in preparation for Ole Miss game
November 4, 2011
As the Wildcats gear up to face off with Ole Miss on Saturday, Coach Phillips says he's pleased with the team’s performance. He's quick to cite their energetic, intense practice ethic as a good omen, and credits the energy and intensity of the assistant coaches.
As junior QB Morgan Newton recovers from a high ankle sprain, the position of starting quarterback has not yet been set in stone. Most are looking to freshman Maxwell Smith, who replaced Newton against Mississippi State and threw a solid game.
Asked about the Ole Miss offensive line, Coach Phillips says he has an eye on their quarterback, Randall Mackey. "[He’s] a dynamic player... He plays with his legs and arms. They have some skilled guys. They have two really good running backs. One is usually a jet sweeper and they have some really good young receivers also. They have a huge offensive line and might be the biggest offensive line we have faced all across the board."
Coverage will start on Q95 FM with pre-game at 2:00.
Cats flex muscles in 97-53 win over Transy
November 3, 2011
Terrence Jones’ 22 points and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s 19 were instrumental in a 97-53 exhibition game victory over Transylvania University.
Their showing on Wednesday bodes very well for the season, as the freshmen crew did not disappoint and the team showed tight cohesion. The Pioneers led in the opening moments of the game by as many as 7 points, but the Cats knuckled down and went on two 13-0 runs to lead 37-23 by halftime and 97-53 by the final buzzer.
The two schools actually have a colorful history, as outlined by Jon Scott in this piece for the Herald-Leader, but hadn’t played each other for the past century.
Cats No. 2 in preseason poll
October 29, 2011
For the third straight year under the tutelage of Coach Calipari, the Wildcats basketball program has ranked in the top 10. This year, they go into the season ranked number 2 in the ESPN/USA Today poll. They trail only North Carolina, and lead rivals Duke (6th) and Louisville (8th). It's the Cats’ highest placement in the poll since the ’95-’96 season was ranked #1.
Cats gearing up to face Mississippi State "Blackout Game"
October 29, 2011
Joker Phillips and his 2011 Wildcat crew are gearing up, both physically and mentally, for what everyone is expecting to be a highly physical Saturday showdown.
"This is a game that you have to come out and execute and play your responsibilities on defense, execute on offense and in the kicking game to have an opportunity to win the game. And, you have to play physical and that is what we have to get our minds ready to do," Phillips said.
The Wildcats will enter Commonwealth Stadium 3-4 tomorrow, coming off a decisive victory over Mississippi State to snap a four game losing streak. So far, they're 2-2 at home.
Phillips said he's seen the requisite athleticism from his defensive line in the week's preparations, and that the offense has shown great improvement, but the team still has far to come.
Saturday is a "Blackout Game"--the Cats will take the field in black uniforms for the first time in their history, and fans are encouraged to wear black as well. Though they've had the idea and the jerseys all season long, they wanted to pick the right game to debut them. The night game, starting at 7 p.m. tomorrow, fit the bill.
Coverage will start on Q95 FM with pre-game at 5:30.