UK-Seton Hall postgame notes, numbers

UK MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES

KENTUCKY vs. SETON HALL

MADISON SQUARE GARDEN | NEW YORK

DEC. 8, 2018
ATTENDANCE: 10,244

Final Score (OT): Seton Hall 84, No. 9/8 Kentucky 83

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky dropped to 7-2 on the season. Seton Hall improved to 6-3. 
    • Seton Hall snapped Kentucky’s seven-game winning streak
  • This was the third game between UK and Seton Hall but first since the 1988-89 season. Seton Hall took a 2-1 series lead with the victory. 
  • Kentucky’s Madison Square Garden winning streak was stopped at four games. UK is 13-4 overall in the venue.

John Calipari not “discouraged” despite overtime loss to Seton Hall

By LARRY VAUGHT

Seton Hall came into Saturday’s game with Kentucky in Madison Square Garden as the worst shooting 3-point team in the Big East.

It ended Saturday’s game with Kentucky thanks to a 3-point dagger in overtime that was one of 11 3’s it made it the game to upset Kentucky 84-83 on a trey by Myles Cale over the defense of PJ Washington and Nick Richards.



Special Olympics Charity of Choice for UK student-athletes

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee has selected Special Olympics Kentucky as its Charity of Choice through April 2020. Over the next year-and-a-half, SAAC will work to make maximum impact with an organization that creates year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

“This year SAAC decided to select a Charity of Choice as part of our community outreach efforts,” SAAC President and softball senior Katie Reed said. “By partnering with one organization, we can be more impactful as a group, build stronger bonds and raise more awareness for the organization’s purpose. Special Olympics Kentucky was nominated by our women’s soccer representative, Payton Atkins.”

Mike DeCourcy doesn’t see NBA owner making Rick Pitino a head coach

By LARRY VAUGHT

Sporting News columnist Mike DeCourcy doesn’t see any NBA owner turning over his team to former Kentucky/Louisville coach Rick Pitino.

Rick Pitino (Vicky Graff Photo)

“He’s a great coach and skill developer, but who would want to be his boss,” DeCourcy said when asked about Pitino’s future. “He has not had a boss since C.M. (Newton at Kentucky). He worked with (Louisville athletics director) Tom (Zurich) more than for him.

Kentucky plays at No. 5 Louisville Sunday

Maci Morris (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 19 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team will face its toughest test of the season Sunday when it travels to play in-state rival No. 5 Louisville at 2 p.m. ET inside the KFC Yum! Center in downtown Louisville, Ky.

The game will be streamed on the ACC Network Extra with Don Russell, Sara White and Cortnee Walton on the call. The action can also be seen through WatchESPN on computers, smartphones or tablets. Darren Headrick will have the call on the UK Sports Network on 630 AM in Lexington and 840 AM in Louisville. Live stats and free live audio will be available online at UKathletics.com.   

Numbers favor Kentucky by 4 over Seton Hall

Reid Travis (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By RICHARD CHEEKS, Contributing Writer

Basketball games are a full 40 minutes, and trying to cherry pick a portion of the game, say 20, 24, 33, or even 38 minutes, to make a point is deceptive in its intent and affect. For example, so games end with an opponent scoring a flurry of very late points against reserve players with the effect of reducing the final margin and reducing the game’s ANE. Other times, the winning team may finish the game with a flurry of unanswered points against a defeated and dejected weaker opponent with the effect of increasing the final margin and increasing the game ANE.

Zion Harmon says Tyrese Maxey and Kahlil Whitney great fits for Kentucky

Marshall County sophomore Zion Harmon is the only Kentucky prep player that has been involved in USA Basketball where he has played against UK signee Tyrese Maxey and UK commit Kahlil Whitney.

“I have seen Maxey play a lot. He is one of the best combo guards I have ever seen, especially in that 2019 class. Really explosive. He plays with rhythm and flow. He will be a good fit for Kentucky,” Harmon, one of the top-ranked point guards in the 2021 recruiting class, said.

Harmon has played with and against Whitney, who will sign with UK in April.

Good news for UK football: Josh Allen will play in Citrus Bowl

Josh Allen (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Josh Allen, a potential top five NFL draft pick, has ended the speculation about whether he will or will not play in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando on Jan. 1.

The senior linebacker posted this on Twitter Friday:

“I am deeply humbled by the nominations and awards I have received this week. I want thank my coaches, teammates and the BBN. I am honored to say we have unfinished business and my teammates and I plan to bring the Citrus Bowl trophy back to Lexington. BBN see you in Orlando!”

Minnesota sweep knocks UK out of NCAA tourney

MINNEAPOLIS – No. 7 Nebraska advanced past No. 10 Kentucky on Friday afternoon with a 3-0 win (25-17, 25-10, 25-23) at Maturi Pavillion on the campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. It snapped a 23-match winning streak for the Wildcats.

Nebraska will advance to Saturday’s NCAA Regional Final against the winner of (2) Minnesota and (15) Oregon. The Wildcats finish the season with a record of 26-5 overall, while Nebraska improves to 27-6.

Citrus Bowl has plenty of parking, entertainment options for Kentucky fans

Kentucky fans can take part in a Citrus Bowl pep rally Dec. 31 in Orlando. (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

If you are looking for the best parking advice if you are going to the VRBO Citrus Bowl in Orlando, then Sam Gardner — director of marketing and communications for the bowl — has a suggestion for Kentucky fans.

“We only have about 3,500 parking spots at Camping World Stadium. If you want to buy a parking spot at the stadium, do so now on our website (https://citrusbowlorlando.com/),” Gardner said. “But we have great parking options downtown.