Mychal Mulder makes most of his opportunity

Mychal Mulder. (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

Mychal Mulder. (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky has plenty of weapons this year but coach John Calipari wants to see if he can’t add one more — guard Mychal  Mulder.

He gave the senior guard an extended  look during Sunday night’s 93-59 win over Duquesne and Mulder responded with a career-high 13 points, four rebounds, one assist and one blocked shot in 20 minutes. He was 5-for-11 overall from the field and 3-for-8 from 3-point range. The rest  of the Cats were 4-for-18 from 3-point range.

UK-Duquesne postgame notes, numbers

Sacha Killeya-Jones (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

Sacha Killeya-Jones (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes

Duquesne at Kentucky, Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky.

November 20, 2016
Attendance: 21,327

Final Score: No. 2/2 Kentucky 93, Duquesne 59

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is 4-0. Duquesne is 2-3.
  • Kentucky leads the series 2-0.
  • Kentucky returns to action with a Wednesday afternoon game against Cleveland State. Game time is 1 p.m. and it will be televised on the SEC Network.

In the First Half

Relentless Cats rout Duquense

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky certainly didn’t show any signs of a letdown after its win over Michigan State as it pummeled Duquense 93-56 here Sunday night. It was UK’s 40th straight win at Rupp Arena under coach John Calipari.

The unbeaten Cats, who should be ranked No. 1 this week, dominated from the start even though Calipari ran players in and out of the game and had 10 players play 10 or more minutes.

Backup guard Mychal Mulder had a career-best 13 points and four points in 20 minutes. He was 3-for-8 from 3-point range. Malik Monk had 14 points in 19 minutes despite going 2-for-8 from 3-point range.

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.