Lee on playing Indiana will “be history”

By LARRY VAUGHT

What does Marcus Lee think about playing Indiana Saturday?

“It’s always going to be history. I guess you could say all of us adjust to it because we’re in the NCAA Tournament,” Lee said Thursday night. “But I think it’s just a point where we have to get ready for it and we’ll be happy to be there.”

Since Kentucky and Indiana have not played since 2012, has Lee ever seen a Kentucky-Indiana game?

“Growing up, that’s kind of the best part of basketball, in college basketball, is rivalry week and those rivals of the hyped up teams. So it’s really cool to finally be a part of it,” Lee said.

Guest post: Numbers favor Cats by 9 over Indiana

Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

By RICHARD CHEEKS

Kentucky turned in another one of those outstanding overall game performances in the NCAA first round game against Stony Brook. No serious observer expected Stony Brook to bring the Cats’ season to an end, but few expected the Cats to take the Seawolves apart and lead by more than 30 points about midway through the second half (62-32). As a result, the Kentucky Wildcats posted the most impressive first round win of the first day of play, and served notice on the NCAA field that this team is a legitimate contender for the Championship.

John Calipari postgame press conference comments

Skal Labissiere (Vicky Graff Photo)

Skal Labissiere (Vicky Graff Photo)

Here is what Kentucky coach John Calipari had to say after Thursday night’s win over Stony Brook that puts UK into the second round against Indiana Saturday.

Q. John, when did you feel like they were starting to settle in and starting to play the way you felt like they were capable of playing?
JOHN CALIPARI: You know, we were good enough defensively that we just need to do make a couple baskets, couple shots and get it to 19 or 20 and figure out what we were.

UK vs Stony Brook Photo Gallery

Photos by Vicky Graff

Calipari knows Indiana is “really, really good”

By LARRY VAUGHT

Credit John Calipari for not mincing words about why Kentucky and Indiana have not played since 2012.

I didn’t want to play home and home. I told them we would play two years in Indianapolis if you want. I didn’t want to play home and home. I didn’t want to go there, and they didn’t want to have to come to us. So that ended the series,” Calipari said after UK beat Stony Brook Thursday night tin Des Moines to set up a game against Indiana Saturday in the NCAA Tournament second round.

Poythress, Briscoe, Labissiere postgame comments

Q. Alex, how much of the game plan was just to double-team Jameel right from the start and not let him do anything and force someone else to beat you?
ALEX POYTHRESS: One of the best players, so we was trying to make it hard on him right from the jump, make other players make plays and just try to play sound defense from that.

Stony Brook coach on Cats: “They are better than I thought.”

DES MOINES — Here’s what Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell had to say about Kentucky after Thursday’s loss to the Wildcats:

Q. Steve, again, just like Jameel Warner was saying about the number of bigs that they were able to run at you, does that kind of just shake everybody’s confidence when they’re seeing something they’ve never seen before?
STEVE PIKIELL: They’re so athletic at every position. I mean, Vanderbilt wasn’t like that. The guard, Ulis, is right from the bat and their bigs are athletic, their wings are athletic and they have a lot of guys coming off the bench and they’re well coached and I thought they played, like, really well, too.

Stony Brook-Kentucky postgame notes and numbers

Kentucky Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
Stony Brook vs. Kentucky, NCAA Tournament First Round
Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa
March 17, 2016
Attendance: 16,774

Final Score: Kentucky 85, Stony Brook 57

Team Records and Series Notes
• Kentucky is 27-8 and has won six in a row. Stony Brook ends the season 26-7.
• Kentucky leads the all-time series 2-0.
• This was the first time the two have met in the NCAA Tournament.

Warney on Cats: “They are going to be in the Final Four”

DES  MOINES — Stony Brook players Carson Puriefoy and Jameel Warney certainly were impressed with the way Kentucky played Thursday night.

“Once you get on the floor with them you can see how talented they are, great guards, athletic bigs,” Warney said. “They are going to be in the Final Four and they’re a great team and we tried our hardest.

“They’re a tremendous team. They came out with a great game plan and they shut our — they tried to shut our best players down and they made baskets and that’s what you have to do to win games at this level,” Puriefoy said.

Kentucky rolls to set up showdown with Indiana

By LARRY VAUGHT

The game that the NCAA Tournament selection committee and CBS-TV both insist they really did not plot to happen is going to be played Saturday.

Kentucky struggled early in the game before easily pulling away from Stony Brook 85-57 while Indiana shot 65 percent and routed Tennessee-Chattanooga 99-74 and had five players score in double figures.

Now the two rivals who have not played since the 2012 NCAA Tournament will meet Saturday night in the East Region second round in Des Moines.