Canadian has become a true Kentucky basketball fan

Canadian Nicholas Garcia has become a huge UK fan.


Interacting with Kentucky fans on Twitter has become one of my favorite things to do each day. It’s a good way to stay connected with how fans feel, meet some really interesting people and even get story ideas.

Take Nicholas Garcia. I noticed on Twitter (@plainwildcatfan) that he lives in Waterloo, Canada, but was a die-hard Kentucky fan.

Calipari understands team has to experience “growing pains” like it did at Louisville

John Calipari (Vicky Graff Photo)


John Calipari was frustrated with what his team would not do in Wednesday’s loss at Louisville.

“We wouldn’t drive it. What do you think I was saying every huddle? Do not settle, drive the ball, go right at these guys. Don’t get your shot blocked because if you miss it we’ll rebound it. Just don’t get it blocked,” Calipari said.

Pitino: Fan base, not the teams, make Kentucky-Louisville rivalry the best

Rick Pitino (Vicky Graff Photo)


After Louisville beat Kentucky Wednesday night, Louisville coach Rick Pitino reflected on whether the UK-Louisville rivalry was the best in college basketball — and his perspective since he had coached both teams.

“I know when I first came to Lexington – the Yankees don’t like the Red Sox and the Red Sox don’t like the Yankees. But, they take it to a new level. And I didn’t quite – two of my really good friends, Bill Keightly and Marta McMackin, they would get all choked up in tears because ‘you don’t understand what Louisville’s like.’ So, I really didn’t understand it,” Pitino said. “Now Cawood (Ledford) was normal, so I could talk to him.

UK Athletics Posts 3.143 Fall GPA

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Yet again, the Kentucky Wildcats have reached their collective goal of a 3.0 department-wide grade-point average.

UK Athletics’ scholarship athletes combined for a 3.143 GPA during the fall semester, marking the ninth straight semester they have surpassed the 3.0 threshold. The high marks come on the heels of a cumulative department-wide GPA of 3.157 in the spring.

“Our students continue to excel in the classroom, taking advantage of the opportunities they have to grow both academically and athletically,” Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. “Academics are central to our mission here at UK and I’m proud this level of achievement has become the norm. I want to congratulate our students for their dedication.”

Kentucky at Louisville Photo Gallery

Photos by Vicky Graff

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Fox has no excuses for UK loss


LOUISVILLE — De’Aaron Fox had no excuses.

The freshman guard had a team-high 21 points for Kentucky in Wednesday’s 73-70 loss to Louisville. He was 7-for-15 from the field but only 1-for-3 from 3-point range and 6-for-10 at the foul line. He also had more turnovers — 4 — than assists — 3 — in 34 minutes.

Guest post: UK-Louisville has become fan’s ‘Final Four’

Susan Mustian and friends watched the UK-Louisville game last night just like they did in 2001.


The annual Kentucky versus Louisville game became my “Final Four” December 29, 2001 and 15 years later it feels very much the same.

It was the first college game Rick Pitino would coach in Rupp Arena after leaving UK four years earlier and first time back as head coach of our biggest rival UL.

Pitino: Cards attacked rim to have time to get back on defense


Louisville beat Kentucky 73-70 Wednesday night and gave coach Rick Pitino only his second win in 10 games against John Calipari’s Wildcats.

After the game, Pitino was lavish in his praise of the Wildcats.

“They put so much pressure on your defense every possession, but our guys did a great job, not only defensively, but attacking the rim offensively. So many teams who play Kentucky, settle on jump shots, rather than drive to the basket, and it is always a four-point play, or a five-point play because they will beat you down the court,” Pitino said.

UK-Louisville postgame notes, numbers

Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
Kentucky at Louisville, KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky.
Dec. 21, 2016
Attendance: 22,783
Final Score: No. 10/11 Louisville 73, No. 6/5 Kentucky 70
Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky is 10-2. Louisville is 11-1
This was the 50th meeting between the schools
Kentucky leads the all-time series 34-16
Kentucky is 12-9 at Louisville
Louisville snapped Kentucky’s four-game winning streak in the series
UK fell to 8-2 vs. Louisville in the John Calipari era
Both losses came at Louisville
This was Kentucky’s first true road game of the year. The Wildcats are 4-1 away from Rupp Arena
Kentucky will begin the Southeastern Conference portion of the schedule on Dec. 29 at Ole Miss. Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2
In the First Half
Kentucky started the lineup of Isaiah Briscoe, De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Wenyen Gabriel and Bam Adebayo for the sixth time this season. That lineup dropped to 4-2
Kentucky won the tip and but both neither team scored on their first two possessions
Fox made a 3-pointer at the 14:52 mark, extending Kentucky’s streak of 3-pointers to 987 consecutive games, the longest streak in the nation
U of L went on a 10-0 run to take a 24-20 lead. Derek Willis made a baseline jumper at the 8:32 mark to end the run and bring UK within two
Louisville extended the lead to 15-2 to take a 29-22 lead at the 6:39 mark
From there Kentucky went on a 9-0 run over the next 1:55 to take a two-point lead
Kentucky led 40-39 at halftime
Kentucky’s largest first-half lead was by six at the 13:06 mark. Louisville’s largest lead was by seven at the 6:39 mark
The score was tied five times and the lead changed four times
In the Second Half
Louisville started the second half on an 8-3 run over the first 4:24
With Kentucky ahead 57-53, Louisville went on an 8-0 run to take a 61-57 lead and force Calipari to take timeout at the 5:33 mark
Kentucky cut the deficit to one, 71-70 on a Malik Monk 3-pointer at the 00:12 mark, but got no closer

Snider, Cards too much for Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Quentin Snider scored a career-high 22 points, including a key drive with 1:44 remaining, and Jaylen Johnson and Donovan Mitchell  combined for four points in the final 16 seconds to help No. 10 Louisville beat No. 6 Kentucky 73-70 on Wednesday night in the 50th battle for Bluegrass bragging rights.

After managing just two rebounds in 28 minutes last year in Lexington, Snider rebounded with 10-of-19 shooting to help the Cardinals earn a signature win against their in-state rival. But he needed help down the stretch with Johnson’s layup with 16 seconds left and Mitchell’s two free throws with 8 seconds left for a three-point edge that helped end a four-game losing streak in the series.