Kentucky vs Baylor….12/6/13.. Friday 10PM (TV-ESPN)
(Game played in Arlington, Texas at Texas Stadium)
UK leads the series 7-1
Baylor Bears (Big 12 Conference)
Location: Waco, Texas
Head Coach: Scott Drew
Career Record: 200-149 (57.3%) 12 Seasons
At Baylor: 180-138 (56.6%) 11 Seasons
2012-13 Record: 23-14
2012-12 Big 12 Record: 9-9
2012-13 Postseason: 5-0 (NIT Champions)
2013-14 Record: 7-1
Baylor 72 Colorado 60
Baylor 66 South Carolina 64
Baylor 87 Louisiana –Lafayette 68
Baylor 69 Charleston Southern 68
Baylor 93 Chaminade 77
Baylor 67 Dayton 66
Syracuse 74 Baylor 67
Baylor 104 Hardin-Simmons 59
3 PT%-43.1% (7.1 PG)
RPG-40.4 (+10.1 PG)
Probable Starting Lineup:
Royce O’Neale-F 6’6” Jr……………………….8.1 PPG.
Cory Jefferson-F 6’9” Sr……………………….13.1 PPG
Isaiah Austin-C 7’1” Soph……………………..10.3 PPG
Kenny Chery-G 5’11” Jr……………………….12.0 PPG
Gary Franklin-G 6’2” Sr……………………….7.9 PPG
Other Key Players:
Brady Hazlip-G 6’2” Sr………………………..12.3 PPG
Rio Gathers-F 6’8” Soph……………………….4.0 PPG
Ish Wainright-F 6’5” Fr…………………………2.0 PPG
Taurean Prince-F 6’7” Soph…………………….4.7 PPG
Baylor returns 3 starters from last season and starts a veteran and experienced team of mostly seniors and juniors. Coach Drew goes 9 deep and each plays 13 minutes plus. Importantly, Baylor has excellent size starting with 7’1” Isaiah Austin who shoots well from the field and FT line while garnering 5 RPG and leading the team in blocks with 26.
Senior 6’9” Cory Jefferson leads the Bears in scoring and rebounds. Guard Kenny Chery leads the team in assists averaging 5.1 PG. Baylor is an excellent perimeter shooting team hitting 43.1%….with Brady Heslip hitting 21-42 from long range for an amazing 50%. Gary Franklin also is hitting at near 50% making 14-30 perimeter shots while Royce O’Neale has made 7-10 3 point shots. The Bears are averaging 7 made perimeter shots PG so long range shooting is a very important part of their game strategy. Bottom line…this is a very good Baylor team that will likely be playing in the NCAA tourney this season!
Baylor defeated UK at Rupp arena last season 64-55 so they likely will have a lot of confidence facing UK this season in Texas. However, they will find a lot of new very talented UK players that weren’t at Rupp arena last season!
3 PT%-31.8% (5.1 PG)
RPG-46.9 (+15.5 PG)
UK took a significant step forward in both their offense and defense in defeating a good Providence team in Brooklyn. The Cats did a good job against the Friars zone defense….and Willie Cauley Stein had the game of his career blocking 9 shots! Importantly, there was good ball movement on offense and the Cats shot very well including from the perimeter. It was great to see James Young hit 3-4 perimeter shots and shoot well overall.
In a post game interview both WCS and James Young pointed out that the team made an emphasis of communicating much better with each other….and that they were now understanding how important that is especially on defense.
These young Cats are now showing a glimpse of their incredible potential…there is obviously more improvement needed on both offense and defense….but this young team is buying in to Cal’s coaching and there is terrific chemistry on the team! One area they need to work on is cutting down on unforced turnovers.
The game against Baylor in Texas stadium….arguably the greatest stadium in the world and the site of the NCAA Final Four….will provide these young Cats great experience.
Baylor is a very good basketball team that will test UK in the paint as both teams have great size on the frontline. UK must play tough defense on the perimeter and minimize the Bears great long range shooting. These young Cats will need to bring their A game….I see a UK win by 7-9 points…..GO CATS!
Thursday, December 05, 2013
Kentucky vs Baylor….12/6/13.. Friday 10PM (TV-ESPN)
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
UK Coach John Calipari, Julius Randle and Dominique Hawkins on Kentucky's matchup on Friday with Baylor in AT&T Stadium.
Monday, December 02, 2013
SEC Men's Basketball: Kentucky’s Aaron Harrison named Freshman Player Of The Week
Kentucky’s Aaron Harrison, a 6-foot-6, 218-pound freshman guard from Richmond, Texas, was named SEC Freshman of the Week after averaging 18.5 points, five rebounds and three assists in wins over Eastern Michigan and Providence. Harrison notched 22 points and a career-high seven rebounds in the win over Eastern Michigan. Logged 15 points and a career-high four assists against Providence at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Made 9-of-11 free throws against EMU and 7-of-9 field goals against PC.
UK's Stallworth named SEC Player of the Week
DeNesha Stallworth • Kentucky
Senior • Forward
• Stallworth averaged a near double-double with 14.5 points and 9.0 rebounds in helping UK improve to 8-0 with wins over Bradley and No. 4/3 Louisville.
• Collected her second double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 boards in the win vs. Bradley.
• Scored 15 of her team-high 16 points and grabbed six of her game-high tying eight rebounds in the decisive second half vs. Louisville.
• Helped the Wildcats rally from a 14-point deficit in the game by grabbing four crucial offensive rebounds in the second half.
• With the game on the line, she knocked down 3-of-4 free throws down the stretch to help seal the win.
• Scored 11 of 13 points and grabbed six of her 10 rebounds after halftime vs. Bradley
• Hit 62.5 percent (5-of-8) from the field and 75.0 percent (3-of-4) from the free-throw line vs. the Braves.
Sunday, December 01, 2013
DeNesha Stallworth scored 15 second-half points and Jennifer O'Neill hit a critical jumper with 40.8 seconds left, rallying No. 7 Kentucky from a 14-point deficit to beat No. 4 Louisville 69-64 on Sunday.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Kentucky vs Providence 12/1/13 Sunday 8:30PM (TV-Fox)
Game played at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY (Arena-17,732)
UK leads series 1-0
Providence Friars (Big East Conference)
Location: Providence, R.I.
Head Coach: Ed Cooley
Career Record: 126-101 (55.5%) 7 seasons
At Providence: 34-23 (51.5%) 2 seasons
2012-13 Record: 19-15
2012-13 Big East Record: 9-9
2012-13 Postseason: 2-1 NIT
2013-14 Record: 7-1
Providence 82 Boston College 78 (OT)
Providence 73 Brown 69
Providence 93 Marist 48
Providence 70 Vermont 49
Providence 67 Vanderbilt 60
Providence 71 LaSalle 63
Maryland 56 Providence 52
Providence 78 Fairfield 69
Probable Starting Lineup
LaDontae Henton-F 6’6” Jr………………..13.6 PPG
Tyler Harris-F 6’9” Soph…………………..13.3 PPG
Kadeem Batts-C 6’9” Sr……………………13.5 PPG
Josh Fortune-G 6’5” Soph………………….6.6 PPG
Bryce Cotton-G 6’1” Sr……………………18.5 PPG
Other Key Players
Carson Desrosiers-F 7’0” Jr……………….4.5 PPG
Kris Dunn-G 6’3” Soph……………………3.8 PPG
Providence returns 4 starters from last season and has solid experience along with good size. The Friars are led in scoring by senior guard Bryce Cotton who also leads in assists. LaDontae Henton leads the team in rebounds and is the only good perimeter shooter thus far…..hitting 43.5%. Otherwise, Providence struggles from the perimeter shooting a dismal 29.4%. Importantly, the Friars are an outstanding FT shooting team hitting 82.7%. Recent remarks by head coach Ed Cooley reveal very little respect for UK suggesting that the Cats are no better than any other Big East team. Coach Cooley may regret those remarks!
Kentucky travels to Brooklyn to face Big East Providence that has only one loss thus far. UK played poorly and struggled to defeat Cleveland St. 68-61 and then showed some overall improvement in winning over Eastern Michigan 81-63. Unfortunately, the Cats continue to shoot poorly from the perimeter hitting only 28.9%….with James Young hitting only 13-48 for a dismal 27.1%….in fact, Young is only shooting 35.9% overall. Young came to UK with a reputation as an outstanding shooter from the perimeter and an excellent scorer….hopefully, Young can break out of his shooting slump very soon!
Unforced turnovers and poor decisions continue to be a problem for these young Cats. However, UK is starting to improve their overall FT shooting which is very important.
The Providence game is the start of a series of much more difficult games which these young Cats must face….it will be exceedingly important that UK continues to show solid improvement offensively and defensively. I see a 10 point win over Providence. GO CATS!