Numbers favor Kentucky by 35 points over Cleveland State

Derek Willis (Vicky Graff Photo)

Derek Willis (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

On Sunday night, the Cats had no trouble posting a 34-point win, 93-59, over a very young and clearly weaker opponent, Duquesne. The Cats are also a very young basketball team featuring six freshmen and two sophomores among its top 11 players. However, there is a clear difference between being “Duquesne Young” and “Wildcat Young.” Prior to the Duquesne game, I noted that this group of young Wildcats needed to take the opportunity of three consecutive tune up games in the five days of Thanksgiving week to shore up a couple of issues, shooting and rebounding.

Bowl Ticket Requests Being Accepted Now

LEXINGTON, Ky. – After the Kentucky football team won its sixth game on Saturday, the UK Ticket Office is now accepting ticket requests for the Wildcats’ bowl game. Requests from both season-ticket holders and the general public are being accepted.

 Fans should visit UKFootballTix.com for full information about bowl tickets and requests can be submitted through your MyUK Account. There, fans can place requests for each bowl in which UK could play. Be sure to select the “deferred payment” method. Please note that you will only be charged for and receive tickets to the bowl game to which UK is selected. Ticket requests will be filled based on availability and are not guaranteed.

No. 20 Kentucky Starts Home Stand Wednesday vs. Morehead State

Makenzie Cann is one of four players averaging in double figures. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Makenzie Cann is one of four players averaging in double figures. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By EVAN CRANE, UK Media Relations

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Looking to get back to its winning ways after its first loss of the season last weekend at Colorado, the No. 20 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team will begin a three-game home stretch Wednesday when it plays host to in-state foe Morehead State at 7 p.m. ET inside Memorial Coliseum for the annual Terry Hall Memorial Classic.

Guest post: Make sure not to forget the good moments during this bowl season

Senior J.D. Harmon is glad to be going bowling. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Senior J.D. Harmon is glad to be going bowling. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By KEITH PEEL

I have heard Mark Stoops say all year that to be a good cornerback in the SEC you need to have a very short memory. Forget the last play and move on to the next one.

This sounds like good advice for all UK football fans. After watching UK fall behind 13-0 Saturday against a winless Austin Peay team that may be the worst team in all Division 1 football that advice came in valuable. Forget about the first quarter and focus on the second quarter and beyond. UK scored 49 unanswered points against a hapless Austin Peay defense that had no answer for the UK rushing game or passing game.

UK’s commitment to Wildcat formation impresses Petrino

Bobby Petrino (Vicky Graff Photo)

Bobby Petrino (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Louisville has the nation’s sixth best rushing defense during November as the Cardinals are allowing just 67.4 yards per game. Yet coach Bobby Petrino knows Louisville’s run defense will be tested Saturday by Kentucky.

The Wildcats have two 1,000-yard rushers — Boom Williams and Benny Snell — and are averaging 303 yards per game rushing this month.

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops knows his team needs to run the ball and keep it away from Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson.

Cats need discipline along with emotion against Louisville Saturday

UK needs more than emotion to take the Governor's Cup back from Louisville. (Vicky Graff Photo)

UK needs more than emotion to take the Governor’s Cup back from Louisville. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops knows Saturday’s game at Louisville will be emotional — remember the pregame scuffle two years ago — but he knows it will take more than emotion.

“We need to have emotion on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday in our preparation and focus and intensity during the week to put us in position to win. Without that we’ll have no chance. And then when we get there on Saturday, yes, they have to play with emotion but you also have to have a discipline,” Stoops said Monday.

How does UK slow down Lamar Jackson?

Lamar Jackson (Vicky Graff Photo)

Lamar Jackson (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

When he was coaching at Louisville, one of the players that current Kentucky receivers coach Lamar Thomas helped bring to Louisville was quarterback Lamar Jackson.

Now Jackson is seen as the leader for the Heisman Trophy going into Saturday’s game with Kentucky.

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops joked Monday that he expects Thomas “to find us one of those guys” now that he is at Kentucky. He also said Thomas really can’t help with ways to slow down Thomas’ running or throwing.

Malik Monk SEC Freshman of Week

1BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – After a breakout performance in historic Madison Square Garden, Kentucky freshman Malik Monk hauled in Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week honors on Monday. Monk was dynamic in UK’s victory over No. 13/13 Michigan State in the Champions Classic, draining seven 3-pointers en route to a career-high 23-point performance.

This marks the second consecutive week that a Wildcat has earned the league’s weekly honor for the top-performing freshman. De’Aaron Fox claimed the nod in the season’s opening week.

Monk averaged a team-high 18.5 points in the wins over the Spartans and Duquesne in Rupp Arena on Sunday.

John Calipari Call-In Show Returns Tonight

Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

LEXINGTON, Ky.  – Kentucky men’s basketball head coach John Calipari’s weekly radio show, the John Calipari Call-In Show, returns Monday night, live from Lexington.

The Calipari Call-In Show, which will air weekly on the UK Sports Network, begins this week at 7 p.m., following the conclusion of the Mark Stoops Call-In Show at 6 p.m. Calipari’s show will switch to its normal time at 6 p.m. on Dec. 5, at the conclusion of the football regular season, and last throughout the basketball season.

Calipari credits fans for his Rupp Arena wins

By LARRY VAUGHT

Beating Duquesne Sunday night was John Calipari’s 121st win in Rupp Arena tying the win record that former UK coach Joe B. Hall had. Calipari has just four losses against his 121 wins — and he should break the tie with a win over Cleveland State Wednesday — while Hall had 14 losses.

Calipari pumped his arms in the arm and said, ‘Yay,” when asked what tying Hall’s mark meant. Then he deferred credit to others.