Calipari admits Thomas Bryant was better than he thought

Q. Cal, Thomas Bryant had 15 of his 19 points in the last 7:32 including 10 in the last 5 minutes. How difficult was he for you guys to stop? Did he do anything differently than you’d seen on tape?
JOHN CALIPARI: Let me say this: I spent a lot of time recruiting him. He was right down the street from us and the biggest thing I want to tell you is his family should be proud of how much better he’s gotten. Tom and the staff have gotten a kid that I really liked, I thought was really good. I’m going to be honest, I didn’t realize he was that good.

Tyler Ulis: “It was a great year for us”

Q. Tyler, did you feel like you could pretty much get to the basket anytime you wanted, and was there just not enough support from the supporting cast today?
TYLER ULIS: Yeah, you know, I felt like the way they were playing ball screens I could get around them and try to force my way in there. I got to the basket a lot and I feel like all my teammates played hard.

Lack of inside play dooms Cats in 72-67 loss to Indiana


There was a time this season when it looked like Kentucky had no chance to make the Final Four. There were other times recently when the Wildcats looked like a team that might be able to win a national championship.

On Saturday, though, Kentucky was much closer to the team that had too many flaws while falling 73-67 to Indiana in the NCAA Tournament second round.

Kentucky got hurt inside. The Hoosiers had nine second-chance points. Kentucky had none.

Kentucky-Indiana postgame notes and numbers

  • Kentucky Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
    Indiana vs. Kentucky, NCAA Tournament Second Round – East Region
    Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa
    March 19, 2016
Attendance: 16,824

    Final Score: #5 Indiana 73, #4 Kentucky 67

    Team Records and Series Notes
    • Kentucky ended the season 27-9. Indiana improved to 27-7.
    • Kentucky leads the all-time series 32-25.
    • Kentucky leads the series 3-2 in NCAA Tournament games.
    • Kentucky is ranked No. 10/13 in the Associated Press and USAToday Coaches polls. Indiana is ranked No. 14/12.

    NCAA Tournament Notes
    • Kentucky made its national-record 55th NCAA Tournament.
    • UK owns a 121-49 record all-time in NCAA action.
    • This was Kentucky’s fourth time as a No. 4-seed. Kentucky is 7-3 in the NCAA Tournament as a No. 4 seed.
    • The Wildcats are 1-1 in No. 4 vs. No. 5 games.
    • Kentucky is 23-5 in NCAA Tournament games under the direction of John Calipari.
    • This was the first time in Calipari’s six NCAA Tournament appearances with Kentucky that the Wildcats didn’t advance to at least the Elite Eight.
    • Calipari’s teams had made at least the Sweet 16 in nine-straight NCAA Tournament appearances

    In the First Half
    • Kentucky started with the lineup of Tyler Ulis, Jamal Murray, Isaiah Briscoe, Alex Poythress and Skal Labissiere for the 10th time this year and seventh game in a row. UK finished 8-2 with that lineup.
    • Kentucky began the game on a 9-2 run over the opening 3:25.
    • Indiana went on a run from there, taking a 10-9 lead at the 14:07 mark.
    • Kentucky nursed a narrow advantage for much of the half, but Indiana tied the game at 30-30 with 1:29 to play. Indiana took the lead, 32-30, with 0:40 to play.
    • Indiana took a 33-32 lead into halftime.
    • Kentucky trailed at halftime for the sixth time this season.

    In the Second Half
    • Indiana scored the first five points of the second half to open up a 38-32 lead and force a UK timeout with 18:32 to play.
    • Kentucky then hit back-to-back 3s and added a Poythress layup to take a 40-38 lead.
    • Indiana scored eight unanswered points after the under-eight media timeout.
    • IU opened up a 10-point lead, 62-52, with 4:10 to play.
    • UK got as close as a 67-69 deficit with 0:11 to play, but Indiana made free throws to close out the game.
    Team Notes
    • Kentucky’s 67 points was tied for the second fewest UK has scored in a game this year. UK lost all five of the games in which it scored 70 or fewer.
    • Kentucky finished with a season-low tying eight assists.
    • Coach John Calipari has a 662-187 (.780) all-time record, including a 217-47 (.822) mark at Kentucky.

    Player Notes
    • Sophomore Tyler Ulis scored 27, had three assists and two steals.
    • He now has 246 assists this season which is the UK single-season record.
    • His school-record streak of 29 consecutive games with at least four assists came to a close.
    • Ulis’ 27 points were three shy of his career high. His four best single-game point totals this season came vs. ranked opponents.
    • In seven games vs. ranked opponents this season, Ulis averaged 24.4 points on 54.2 percent shooting, 7.6 assists with a 3.8 assist-to-turnover ratio. He also averaged 2.0 steals in those games. He shot 43.9 percent from 3-point range in those games.
    • Freshman Jamal Murray had 16 points, adding seven rebounds and four assists.
    • He concluded his freshman season with the UK freshman scoring record, now standing at 720 points.
    • It was his 33rd consecutive double-figure scoring game.
    • He scored at least eight points in all 36 games this season, extending his school-record for most consecutive games with eight or more points at the start of a career.
    • His 36-straight games with a made 3 is the school record (regardless of if the streak spanned more than one season).
    • He made at least one 3-point shot in every game this season, the first player in Kentucky history to make a triple in each of his first 36 collegiate games.
    • It’s also a school record for most consecutive games with a 3 to begin a season, regardless of year in school.
    • He finished with 113 3-pointers this season, most ever by a Southeastern Conference freshman.
    • His 113 3-pointers are the second-most by a freshman in NCAA history. The national freshman record is 122 by Stephen Curry of Davidson in 2006-07.
    • With just one made 3-pointer, he ended a streak of making at least two in 17 straight games.
    • He averaged 20.0 points per game this season, the most any player has averaged at UK in the Calipari era.
    • Overshadowed by his prolific scoring, the 6-4 Murray became an aggressive rebounder. He had seven rebounds today and 52 rebounds over the last eight games, averaging 6.5 boards per game during that span.
    • Freshman Isaiah Briscoe scored seven points.
    • He went 3 of 3 from the free-throw line, and shot 100 percent (6 of 6) from the line in two NCAA Tournament games.


Kentucky-Asheville NCAA notes and numbers

Kentucky Women’s Basketball Postgame Notes

NCAA Tournament First Round

FINAL:  #3 Kentucky 85, #14 UNC Asheville 31

Memorial Coliseum – Lexington, Ky.

March 19, 2016

Team Records and Series Notes

–     Kentucky advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with an 85-31 victory over UNC Asheville on Saturday in Memorial Coliseum. With the win, the Wildcats move to 24-7 on the season, while the Big South Conference regular-season and tournament champions end its season at 26-7 overall.

Rachel Lawson gets 300th win at Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Head coach Rachel Lawson earned her 300th win at the helm of Kentucky softball on Saturday afternoon, as the No. 13 Wildcats downed the Ole Miss Rebels 3-1 at John Cropp Stadium to even the series and set up a rubber match on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET in Lexington.

Kentucky scored all three of its runs in the bottom of the first inning, and then rode the arm of junior lefty pitcher Meagan Prince the rest of the way. Prince earned the win, throwing her team-leading seventh complete game of the season, allowing just one run – which was not earned, on five hits, three walks and five strikeouts. Prince now leads Kentucky with 11 wins on the season, and is 11-0 while sporting a 1.47 ERA in her 13 appearances on the season.

What is it like to play for Kentucky?

Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

Q. If you guys could describe a little bit what it is like to play for Kentucky. From what I understand, it’s probably every other team’s biggest game. How has that prepared you for a huge game such as this even though it’s just the second round of the tournament?
DEREK WILLIS: I mean, I feel like for our college basketball program we put up with a lot day-to-day, we deal with fans, signing autographs, taking pictures and I don’t feel like other college programs do. Also when we go to away games, it’s a Super Bowl game for them, free T-shirt day, everything. So I don’t know, I feel like we’re accustomed to it now and it’s expected when you come here.

Calipari says no mono-mono for Ulis against Ferrell

Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

Q. Coach, do you see comparisons between Yogi Ferrell and Tyler Ulis? What are your impressions of Yogi?
JOHN CALIPARI: Both of them are — they both lead their teams. Yogi is probably more of a perimeter shooter than Tyler, and I think Tyler is probably more of a mid-range game than Yogi. But I think they both play extremely hard, extremely smart, know how to create fouls, know how to turn down pick and rolls, know when to speed up their team and when to say, hold up, guys, let’s play basketball here. They’re both very, very good players.

Calipari expecting a “high-flyin’, fast kinda game” with IU

Q. When you guys have been at your best these last 11, 12, 13 games what is going so well for you now that makes you so difficult to beat. Along those lines Indiana talked about them expecting this to be an up-tempo, high-paced kind of game. If so, do you see it that way?
JOHN CALIPARI: Well, we’re healthy. The injuries that we had this year kinda helped our depth. In other words, when Alex went down we found out we have Derek Willis. When Derek Willis went down we found out that Isaac is a pretty good player, too. When Dom went down we were able to play Charles. All of the sudden they’re all back. They’re all healthy. We got a full team. That has helped us.

Yogi Ferrell on Ulis, playing Kentucky

Q. Yogi, how much have you watched Tyler Ulis? What do you think of his game and is this a match-up that guys like you get excited about each other going against each other?
YOGI FERRELL: He’s been a great point guard all season, leading his team. They have athletic bigs, finds his shooters and he’s a great part of that team and he’s a big reason why they’ve been so successful this season.