UK-Asbury postgame notes, numbers

Malik Monk with one of UK's 29 dunks. (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

Malik Monk with one of UK’s 29 dunks. (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

Kentucky Men’s Basketball, Asbury at Kentucky

Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky., Nov. 6, 2016
Attendance: 21,394

 

FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 156, Asbury 63

  • This was the second of Kentucky’s two exhibition games this season.
  • Kentucky is 57-4 all-time in exhibition contests, including 16-0 under Coach John Calipari, and has won 28 in a row.
    • This was Kentucky’s first exhibition vs. Asbury.
  • Kentucky returns to the court with the season opener on Friday, as the Wildcats play host to Stephen F. Austin. The game is at 7 p.m. and will be televised on the SEC Network.

Dunk-a-thon gives UK 156-63 win over Asbury

By LARRY VAUGHT

LEXINGTON — Exhibition games are supposed to show a coach what his players can, or cannot, do.

However, there was not much for Kentucky coach John Calipari to learn during Sunday night’s 156-63 win over Asbury other than Kentucky can dunk — the Cats had 29 in the game — and can make layups.

At one point, 47 of UK’s 58 field goals were layups or dunks. The Cats had 116 points in the paint and 60 fast break points. Stop a minute and let those numbers sink in as Asbury had no defense within 10 feet of the basket.

Numbers favor Kentucky by 64 points over Asbury tonight

Wenyen Gabriel (Vicky Graff Photo)

Wenyen Gabriel (Vicky Graff Photo)

By RICHARD CHEEKS

Last Sunday evening, Coach Calipari emptied his bench in an impressive 108-51 domination of Clarion in the Cats’ first exhibition game in preparation for the 2016-17 basketball season. As impressive as the first contest against an outside opponent was, I am confident that Coach Calipari identified areas requiring work, and as has been his practice over the first seven years at UK, he will use the week between exhibitions to shore up these areas.

Kirby Smart on UK: “That’s a good team.”

UK defenders close in on Georgia running back Nick Chubb. (Vicky Graff Photo)

UK defenders close in on Georgia running back Nick Chubb. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Georgia coach Kirby Smart anticipated that some Kentucky football fans were going to be upset after UK lost 27-24 to his team Saturday  night.

WLAP Sunday Morning Sports host Mark Buerger said the “internet made  me mad” after the game with some Kentucky fans bailing out on the Cats and second guessing everything about UK’s play.

Not Smart.

“I have a lot of respect for that football team we just beat and their coach (Mark Stoops),”  Kirby said. “I know a lot of people talk about them being Kentucky, but that’s a good football team.

Stoops sensed Cats didn’t have edge about them

Here is the opening statement that Mark Stoops had in his postgame press conference Saturday night after Kentucky lost 27-24 to Georgia.

“There’s a lot of disappointed people in that locker room, and I feel for them because I think, again, I think our hearts and our minds are in the right place,” Stoops said.

“We had really good preparation all week, and I really didn’t feel like we had an edge about us today though. I just didn’t like. Just a certain look in our eye. I think our players wanted it to happen, and I don’t know, I just got to do a better job of getting them to play with that mentality and that edge.

Kentucky-Georgia postgame notes, numbers

KENTUCKY POSTGAME NOTES

Georgia at Kentucky

Commonwealth Stadium – Lexington, Ky.

Nov. 5, 2016

FINAL SCORE: Georgia 27, Kentucky 24

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is 5-4 overall, 4-3 in the Southeastern Conference. Georgia is now 5-4, 3-4 in the league.
      • Saturday was Kentucky’s first SEC home loss of the season. UK went 3-1 in SEC home games this season.
  • Georgia leads the all-time series in games played 56-12-2, including a 27-7 mark in games played in Lexington.

Kentucky misses chances, falls to Georgia 27-24

By LARRY VAUGHT

This was Kentucky’s chance to position itself for a potential Southeastern Conference Eastern Division title. Instead, Kentucky wasted too many opportunities and lost 27-24 to Georgia Saturday night on a field goal by Rodrigo Blankenship at time expired.

Kentucky had tied the game with an Austin MacGinnis field goal after having a first down inside the Georgia 10-yard line thanks to the WildSnell featuring freshman running back Benny Snell. He ran for 114 yards and two scores but after two runs did not get the ball in the end zone, Kentucky went for a third down pass by Stephen Johnson that was incomplete. Snell had 114 yards rushing and two scores.

Stoops: Georgia always has good players

Mark Stoops was not happy after the game at Georgia last year. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Mark Stoops was not happy after the game at Georgia last year. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky has not had much success against Georgia in coach Mark Stoops’ first three years at UK. He hopes that changes tonight when the Cats have a chance to win their fifth straight SEC game and clinch bowl eligibility.

“I felt like we really didn’t play very good and they really manhandled us those first two years. Last year, we had some difficulties moving the football and I probably made the frustration move of going for it on fourth down when we were only down seven, but again, we weren’t moving the ball so at some point you have to take some risk, whether it was a good risk or a bad risk,” Stoops said.

Guest post: What could capacity crowd tonight mean to Kentucky players?

Vaught’s note: Casey Craiger is a student at Boyle County High School and aspiring journalist who is being mentored by Kentucky Sports Radio’s Freddie Maggard. Enjoy her guest post.

Kentucky fans could help UK players such as Landon Young, right, with their support tonight.

Kentucky fans could help UK players such as Landon Young, right, with their support tonight.

By CASEY CRAIGER

We all have our passions, and although I enjoy football I cannot say that it is one of mine. Having a dad that loves football and encountering many fans on a daily basis, I can say that this game Saturday against Georgia is as anticipated as Kylie Jenner’s new lipkit.

Calipari to fans: Bring kids to Bahamas to see Cats for open practice and more

John Calipari wants fans to bring families to the Bahamas to interact with his playes.

John Calipari wants fans to bring families to the Bahamas to interact with his playes.

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky will be in the Bahamas Nov. 28 to play Arizona State in the 3,800-seat Imperial Ballroom at the Atlantis– Paradise Island resort on Nassau’s Paradise Island, the site of the yearly Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.

Friday UK coach John Calipari encouraged, or maybe even pleaded, for fans to make the trip and also bring their children because of special opportunities he has planned for fans.