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Seton Hall shows once again that Kentucky is not ready for prime time

John Calipari (James Houchin Photo)

By KEITH PEEL, Contributing Writer

After an 84-83 overtime loss to Seton Hall that saw the Kentucky offense have a complete meltdown in the overtime period it seems like it’s time for John Calipari to admit that as of now this is not one of his better defensive teams or shooting teams and he is short a point guard.

How good is Kentucky commit JJ Weaver?

JJ Weaver with UK defensive coordinator Matt House.

By LARRY VAUGHT

If you want to know how good Louisville Moore defensive end/linebacker J.J. Weaver is, let Western Hills receiver Wandale Robinson explain.

“When you want to talk about freak, that is a freakish athlete right there,” Robinson, a four-star player and winner of this year’s Paul Hornung Award as the state’s top football player, said. “That is somebody who is 6-6 and to be that big and move the way he can with a a first step like he has, he can do a lot of different things. I

Calipari has turned teams with early losses into Final Four teams before

By LARRY VAUGHT

With games against Utah, North Carolina and Louisville coming up the next three weeks, Kentucky could easily pick up another loss — or maybe two — before starting conference play.

The Cats took their second loss of the season Saturday when they fell in overtime at Seton Hall.

Kentucky has lost multiple games before Dec. 9 only three times under John Calipari — 2010-11, 2012-13 and 2013-14. But two of those seasons (2011, 2014) Kentucky went to the Final Four. The other season Kentucky went to the NIT but that had more to do with an injury to Nerlens Noel than the early losses.

John Calipari explains why he didn’t call timeout before UK’s final shot

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky’s overtime loss to Seton Hall at Madison Square Garden was perplexing for a lot of reasons, including why UK coach John Calipari didn’t call a timeout to set up a shot after Seton Hall hit a 3-pointer to take the lead.

The Cats had almost 10 seconds to get a shot trailing by one point — and the play Calipari designed at the end of regulation when UK had to inbound the ball under the Seton Hall basket with 1.5 seconds to play trailing by three points resulted in a miraculous half-court 3-pointer by Keldon Johnson to tie the game.



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.