UK-LSU postgame notes, numbers


Kentucky vs. LSU

Maravich Center – Baton Rouge, La.

Jan. 19, 2017

FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 55, LSU 42

Team Records and Series Notes

–          Matthew Mitchell is in his 10th season with Kentucky. Mitchell improves to 262-124 overall as a head coach, including 232-95 during his tenure at Kentucky.

–          Tonight’s win marks UK’s third straight over LSU but first win in Baton Rouge since 2010.

–          UK has now won three straight SEC games.

–          The win snapped a three-game losing skid to the Lady Tigers in Baton Rouge.

Akhator, Murray Lead Kentucky Past LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Kentucky women’s basketball team opened the game on a 12-0 run and never looked back, as the Wildcats topped LSU 55-42 on Thursday night at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

The win, which was Kentucky’s third in a row, was also the Wildcats’ first in Baton Rouge since January 28, 2010, ending a three-game losing streak at the PMAC.

Evelyn Akhator scored 20 points, marking the fourth straight game in which she has scored at least 20, while grabbing 11 rebounds in the victory. Akhator earned her 24th career double-double, and her 11th this season. It was the sixth time in her career that Akhator has scored at least 20 points, and it was also the third straight game in which she has done so.

Eliot leaves Kentucky with positive memories

Statement from D.J. Eliot on leaving Kentucky for the defensive coordinator position at Colorado:

“I would like to open by thanking Mitch Barnhart, the administration, the Lexington community and all of the Big Blue Nation for their support and dedication to Kentucky football, and their support of me, my family and our players.  I would like to thank the players for their commitment to the vision, giving 100% every day and competing like the quality men they are growing into.  They poured their hearts into the last year and I am so proud of them.

With mask off, Makenzie Cann again playing like Makenzie Cann

Makenzie Cann (Victoria Graff Photo)


Makenzie Cann refused to use a broken nose — and having to wear a face mask to protect the nose — as an excuse. However, it seemed obvious the mask was changing the way she played.

Now the mask is gone and Cann’s play has picked back up going into tonight’s game at LSU.

“She always gives really great effort in practice. I think the mask was just a huge relief. I think it was just a constant bother. It was just hard to get out of her mind and I don’t think we can realize how difficult it is to play with that thing on. It was just very difficult to play,” Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell said Wednesday.

Calipari on officials: “If you make a call, then you better make that same call for my team.”

Tempers flared at Mississippi State Tuesday. (Keith Taylor/Kentucky Forward)


What is causing so many fouls in Southeastern Conference games?

There have been 233 fouls called in UK’s last five SEC games, and 144 in the last three including 52 in Tuesday’s win at Mississippi State.

“If they’re going to call 144, just make sure they’re on both of us. Don’t just make them on our team. Call them on everybody,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “If you’re calling hand checks, call them all. If not, let them all go.

Malik Monk one of Vitale’s Midseason Super Six

Malik Monk (Vicky Graff Photo)


Since he was doing a midseason college basketball teleconference with media members, ESPN analyst Dick Vitale thought Wednesday would be a perfect time to unveil his Midseason Super Six — six players he thinks have been “great” for their teams this season.

“May not be the best player per se, but these six guys have really stood out to me,” said Vitale.

He has Kentucky freshman Malik Monk on the Super Six.

Eliot leaving Kentucky for Colorado

D.J. Eliot


Several sources have confirmed that Kentucky defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot is leaving to take the same position at Colorado.

Eliot came to Kentucky from Florida State with coach Mark Stoops where Stoops was defensive coordinator and Eliot linebackers coach.

However, after UK’s defense was shredded in two losses to open the 2016 season, Stoops took a more active role in the defense  and many speculated he was calling the defense.

Kentucky Begins Two-Game SEC Road Swing at LSU

Jaida Roper (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – After earning double-digit wins last week against Alabama and Georgia, the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team looks to continue its momentum as it begins a two-game Southeastern Conference road swing at LSU on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET inside the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

Guest post: You never know what you will get with this Kentucky team

Vicky Graff Photo


In the classic movie “Forrest Gump,” Forrest (played by Tom Hanks) gives a life lesson to the viewers when he said “Momma said life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.”

I think that quote is a fitting description of this year’s version of Calipari’s Cats. You never know what you are going to get.

Calipari upset with more than just Monk after win

John Calipari, Malik Monk (UK Athletics Photo)


Remember the 2015 game at LSU when Karl Anthony-Towns got called for a technical foul for hanging on the rim after a dunk and coach John Calipari went berserk. Well, it almost happened against Tuesday night at Mississippi State when Malik Monk got called for the same type technical that ignited a State rally.

Calipari remembered that Towns came back and helped UK beat LSU. Monk had 14 points, but missed nine of 14 shots and had five turnovers.