Bam Adebayo: “I feel like I played great.”

Bam Adebayo (Vicky Graff Photo)

Here is what Bam Adebayo had to say after getting 22 points, 15 rebounds and three blocked shots in Tuesday’s win at Missouri.

On how he played tonight …
“I feel like I played great. We came out with the W so I couldn’t be happier.”
On what made the difference for him …
“Just being in the right position at the right time. That was pretty much it. Working on footwork, getting in front of post players and just coming with energy.”
On whether Cal was telling his teammates to get him the ball …
“Through our offense, you can throw it to me or if you’re open shoot it. So it wasn’t really a big emphasis on getting me the ball. But down the stretch they got me the ball, so we won.”
On whether a play was called to get him the ball when the score was tied 52-52 …
“Some of their big men were in foul trouble and we took control of that and we capitalized.”
On the difference in his rebounding …
“As I said before, just being in the right position. Just holding my man off and getting the rebound.”
On whether they were inspired by Missouri’s energy …
“No, because everywhere we play, home or away, it’s everybody’s Super Bowl. So they’re trying to beat us and we came out slow at first and then we got going and we won.”
On why they started slow …
“It’s a long game. What time did we play? We played at 9 technically, at home (Eastern Time). So it’s a long day. Everybody was just laying around ready for the game. We just came out slow. We got in our groove and we came out with a W.”
On Saturday’s game vs. Florida …
“We’re going to come out with intensity, we’re going to have and we’ll see where this thing goes.”

UK-Missouri postgame notes, numbers

Dominique Hawkins (Vicky Graff Photo)

Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes

Kentucky at Missouri, Mizzou Arena, Columbia, Mo.

Feb. 21, 2017

Final Score: No. 11/10 Kentucky 72, Missouri 62                                                  

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky won its fifth game in a row and is 23-5 overall, 13-2 in the Southeastern Conference. Missouri is 7-20, 2-13 in the SEC.
  • Kentucky leads the series 10-0

o    UK leads 3-0 in Columbia.

  • Next for Kentucky: the Wildcats return to Rupp Arena Saturday against Florida. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET on CBS.

Bam Adebayo helps UK hold off Missouri

Bam Adebayo (Vicky Graff Photo)


Hopefully Kentucky was looking ahead to Saturday’s showdown with Florida in Rupp Arena that likely will decide who wins the Southeastern Conference championship.

If not, there’s no explanation for the way UK played Tuesday at Missouri before winning 72-6 against the SEC’s second worst team.

Respected national sportswriter Dick Weiss posted this on Twitter during the first half: “kentucky and missouri are tied at 24 with 6 (minutes) to play in first half. game shouldn’t be this close,” Weiss treated.

Special Olympics Kentucky to Hold Unified Basketball Clinic and Game Wednesday at Rupp Arena

Jack Givens (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By MARK BUERGER, Special Olympics Kentucky

Special Olympics Kentucky athletes will get the chance to practice and play on one of the most hallowed basketball floors in the world when Rupp Arena plays host to a Unified Basketball Clinic and Game on Wednesday from 6-9 pm.

The Clinic will be led by former University of Kentucky athletes, most of whom will go on to play in the Unified Game alongside Special Olympics athletes and other invited guests. Kentucky athletes scheduled to attend include Jack Givens, Jon Hood, Marquis Estill and former football player Anthony White.

Numbers project 15-point win at Missouri

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On Saturday evening, the Cats entered Georgia’s Stegman Arena for what is usually a hard fought basketball battle with the Dawgs. The Cats have won 4 of 6 games in Athens during the Calipari Era, but most of these games have been undecided at the final media timeout of the game. Saturday’s game played out according to this script again.

Kenny Payne: “Our standard is higher”

Kenny Payne (Vicky Graff Photo)


Kentucky can claim the Southeastern Conference championship by winning its final four games starting with tonight’s game at Missouri.

The Tigers have struggled most of the season and Kentucky is a big favorite tonight on the road.

“I think every game we play, I think it’s important that we play to our standards. It’s not about the other team, and that’s no disrespect to any team we play in this conference. They all are good teams. Our standard is higher,” said Kentucky associate coach Kenny Payne.

Garrard County trio proud of 1,000-point career accomplishment

Sam Adams (left), Maddy Day (center) and Sis Logan are the first Garrard trio to have 1,000 points on the same team. (Scott Latham Photo)


When Garrard County juniors Maddy Day, Sis Logan and Sam Adams talked about the possibility of all three reaching 1,000 points during their senior season, Adams was the lowest scorer of the trio.

“I have always been pretty passive. I wasn’t sure if I would make it or not, but I remained optimistic,” said Adams.

Jacob Tamme, Ben Roberts and even Tom Leach will join me on Leach Report Tuesday

Allison and Jacob Tamme know about being at a Super Bowl. He joins me Tuesday on the Leach Report.


Jacob Tamme has been part of three Super Bowl teams — Indianapolis, Denver and Atlanta — but once again the former University of Kentucky star is a free agent.

What are his plans for next year?

Tamme will join me at 9:45 a.m. when I host the Leach Report Tuesday. That’s one of several questions I will have for him.

Calipari happy for Cousins, Davis but him coaching the Pelicans is “not happening”

DeMarcus Cousins (Vicky Graff Photo)


As soon as word got out that DeMarcus Cousins was being traded to New Orleans to play with NBA All-Star Game MVP Anthony Davis, speculation started that Kentucky coach John Calipari might want to coach the New Orleans Pelicans.

“Well, first of all that’s not happening. Alvin Gentry, who I think is one of the bright offensive coaches out there, is probably working day and night trying to figure out, OK, how do we start playing, and where do we go from there, what are we trying to look like? They gotta get some guards. They gotta get a couple perimeter guys,” Calipari said on the SEC Coaches Teleconference Monday.

UK Women vs Florida Photo Gallery

Photos by Vicky Graff