December 2018 archive

UK-Utah postgame notes, numbers

Tyler Herro (Vicky Graff Photo)

DEC. 15, 2018

Final Score: No. 19/18 Kentucky 88, Utah 61

Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky is 8-2 on the season and Utah is now 4-5.
Kentucky leads the series 10-2 and has won eight in a row.
Next for Kentucky: The Wildcats continue their stretch of five straight Saturday games, taking on North Carolina on Dec. 22 in Chicago’s United Center in the CBS Sports Classic. Game time is 5:15 p.m. ET and it will be televised, of course, by CBS.
Kentucky’s 1993 Final Four team was honored at halftime.

Keldon Johnson makes Utah pay for defensive gamble, Cats roll 88-61

Keldon Johnson made five 3-pointers. (Vicky Graff Photo)


Keldon Johnson hit five 3-pointers in the first half to let Kentucky overcome a 10-2 deficit to start the game to blitz Utah 88-61 Saturday in Rupp Arena.

Johnson finished with 24 points on 8-for-9 shooting, including 6-for-7 from 3-point range.

Coming into the game, Johnson was 8-for-25 from 3-point range and that included the half-court shot he hit to force overtime at Seton Hall.

Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak said the plan was to keep Johnson from his strengths — getting to the rim and going to the foul line.

Kentucky-Middle Tennessee Photo Gallery by Vicky Graff

Cats put four in double figures, beat Middle Tennessee 72-55

Blair Green hit 3 3-pointers and had 11 points. (UK Athletics Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Maci Morris scored 14 points, leading four players in double figures, as the 18th-ranked Kentucky women’s basketball team topped Middle Tennessee 72-55 on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Coliseum.

Morris hit four of her six shots from the field, including her only attempt from behind the arc, while making all five of her free throw attempts in the game.

Sophomore KeKe McKinney had a career-high 13 points, while senior Taylor Murray had 12 points and six assists. Freshman Blair Green added 11 points, including a perfect three-of-three from behind the arc.

Kentucky women’s basketball halftime show today one of my all-time favorites (Larry Vaught/Verizon Video)

Numbers favor Cats by 15 points over Utah

By RICHARD CHEEKS, Contributing Writer

The fall semester ended on Friday with the end of Finals Week, As the semester closes, Quade Green announced he is leaving the basketball team to seek better opportunities. While Green’s departure for greener pastures is the first to occur during the Calipari Era during the course of the season, Green’s departure is not the first Calipari recruited player to conclude that their future will be better served playing basketball somewhere else for another coach.

John Calipari to Jemarl Baker: “Don’t try and create and go crazy. Just score the ball.”

Jemarl Baker (UK Athletics Photo)


With Quade Green no longer on the roster, redshirt freshman Jemarl Baker could now finally get his chance to play because he’s apparently finally healthy and UK is down to three guards.

“I feel good. I feel really good. Going through treatment, rehab and all those things, I feel good. I feel back to 100 percent. I’m just glad to be with the team,” Baker said Friday.

Baker said “minor stuff” like knee swelling had kept him from playing after his knee surgery last season. He finally briefly got in the game last week against Seton Hall and could play more today against Utah.

Mike Pratt still not ready to give up on Nick Richards

Nick Richards (Jeff Houchin Photo)


Kentucky Radio Network analyst Mike Pratt thought before the season started that sophomore center Nick Richards could be UK’s most important player this season because of his ability to defend the rim. Despite Richards’ lack of production, Pratt is not ready to give up on Richards even if coach John Calipari has significantly reduced his playing time.

“I still think he can be that guy. I am a Nick guy. I am totally amazed with a 7-footer that can run and jump like that,” Pratt, a former UK All-American, said. “He has all those athletic skills. Makes me wish I had that and what could I do with those skills.

John Calipari wants fans to be “positive and upbeat” with departed Quade Green

Quade Green. (Denise Henderson Photo)


Sophomore PJ Washington said players were “obviously sad” that sophomore Quade Green decided to leave the team and transfer this week.

“We’re happy for him and he made the best decision for him and we can’t be mad at that. We’re just going to support him the rest of the way,” Washington said Friday. “Guys have to step up and just play better, play better on both ends of the floor. We got Jemarl (Baker) back, so we’re just hoping he brings where Quade left off. Happy for him and happy for Jemarl as well.”

Benny Snell turning pro, but will he play in Citrus Bowl? “Snell Yeah” answered Snell

Benny Snell (Vicky Graff Photo)


In a move that should have surprised no one, Kentucky junior running back Benny Snell announced in a video he posted on Twitter today he will declare for the 2019 NFL draft and bypass his senior season at UK.

“There comes a time where you have to leave home to build a life of your own. That’s what I’m about to do. I have decided to enter the NFL draft and pursue a dream I’ve had as long as I can remember,” Snell said in the video