Numbers favor UK by 32 over Duquense tonight

cal-3By RICHARD CHEEKS

Malik Monk must have decided that there is no better time or place for a coming out party for a player from Arkansas playing his college basketball at Kentucky than the Champions’ Classic at Madison Square Garden on national TV. After teasing the Big Blue Nation through the pre-season, and then struggling in the tune up games against Stephen F. Austin and Canisius, Malik Monk erupted in New York City with 23 points primarily due to 7-11 shooting from outside the arc. When Isaiah Briscoe’s 21 point game is added to the mix, the Cats were able to dispense of a strong Michigan State team by 21 points, 69-48 on one of the biggest stages in college basketball.

Calipari on Alexander, Green, Richards, Washington

Nick Richards  ( George McNish| For NJ Advance Media)

Nick Richards ( George McNish| For NJ Advance Media)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Continuing a trend that started with the arrival of head coach John Calipari, the Kentucky men’s basketball program has once again put together one of the strongest recruiting classes in the country, signing four of the nation’s top players during the early fall signing period. Highly rated prospects Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Quade Green, Nick Richards and P.J. Washington have all inked national letters of intent with UK.

Stoops on seniors: “They never flinched.”

Jojo Kemp (3) says he will always bleed blue. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Jojo Kemp (3) says he will always bleed blue. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops wasn’t going to dwell on his team falling behind 13-0 before it came on to thump Austin Peay 49-13 Saturday to become bowl eligible.

Stoops said it was a “happy locker room” on Senior Day and should have been.

“I told the team that we talk about toughness and an attitude, every day, and being resilient, and this team has showed that. It wouldn’t have happened without the great leadership of our seniors, and I’m very happy for them,” Stoops said.

Payne to Adebayo: “Just catch the ball”

Bam Adebayo (Photo by Barry Westerman | UK Athletics)

Bam Adebayo (Photo by Barry Westerman | UK Athletics)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Three games into the season,  Kentucky freshman center Bam Adebayo has seen his playing time limited by foul trouble.

However, Kentucky assistant coach Kenny Payne said there is one reason not to panic.

“The good thing is that the fouls aren’t happening on the defensive end. They’re all happening on the offensive end. Now, the adjustment for him is to just catch the ball. If you just catch the ball, you’re going to be a problem to guard, so just catch it,” Payne said Friday.

Kentucky vs. Austin Peay Photo Gallery

Photos by Vicky Graff

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UK-Austin Peay postgame notes, numbers

J.D. Harmon celebrates Saturday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

J.D. Harmon celebrates Saturday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

KENTUCKY POSTGAME NOTES

Austin Peay at Kentucky

Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington, Ky.

Nov. 19, 2016

FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 49, Austin Peay 13

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is 6-5 overall.  Austin Peay finishes the season 0-11. 
  • This was the first meeting between the schools in football.
  • Kentucky is bowl-eligible for the first time since the 2010 season.
  • UK completes the regular season Sat. Nov. 26 at Louisville. Game time and television assignment will be announced Sunday

 

Kentucky Team Notes

Calipari does it again, lands top point guard Quade Green

By LARRY VAUGHT

Remember a few weeks ago when John Calipari did not have a commitment in Kentucky’s 2017 recruiting class.

Well, once again Calipari has shown not to doubt him.

Philadelphia point guard Quade Green announced Saturday night that he had signed with Kentucky. Earlier New Jersey center Nick Richards,  Las Vegas power forward P.J. Washington and Chattanooga guard Shai Alexander had signed with Kentucky.

Green was thought to be a definite lean to Syracuse, which had recruited him for two years. Calipari got involved over the summer, just like he did with Alexander.

Despite sluggish start, Cats now bowl eligible

Jojo Kemp had two scoring runs Saturday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Jojo Kemp had two scoring runs Saturday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

It didn’t start out well with Austin Peay jumping in front by a stunning 13-0, but Kentucky did more than enough to get its sixth win — and makes itself bowl eligible — by coming back to win 49-13 Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium.

The Cats are now 6-5 and bowl eligible for the first time since 2010 and the first time with Mark Stoops as head coach.

Wenyen Gabriel: “I play like my life’s on the line every game”

Wenyen Gabriel and coach John Calipari (Vicky Graff Photo)

Wenyen Gabriel and coach John Calipari (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Wenyen Gabriel figured out quickly that his way to earn playing time was to play with unusually high energy — and through three games he’s done that.

“Every time I step on the court, I’m trying to win. I kind of feel like I play like my life’s on the line every game that I’m in. Just trying to get better every time,” said Gabriel Friday as UK prepared to host Duquense Sunday night.

Gabriel again emphasized that his playing style goes back to his familiy.

Calipari to Sign Copies of his New Book Prior to UK Football Game

John Calipari has a new book.

John Calipari has a new book.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky men’s basketball head coach John Calipari will be signing copies of his new book, “Success is the Only Option: The Art of Coaching Extreme Talent,” prior to Saturday’s UK-Austin Peay football game. Calipari will be available to sign books and take pictures at the Nutter Field House from 2:45-3:45 p.m. – after Saturday’s Cat Walk and before football Senior Day festivities.

The University of Kentucky Bookstore (Barnes & Noble) will have books available for purchase. Cash or credit cards will be accepted for payment.