Calipari loved what he saw from Cats

Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

Q. Did you see anything today that causes concern for tomorrow against Texas A&M?

COACH CALIPARI: No. I love what I saw. I love the fact that they shot 60 percent in the first half and didn’t miss any shots and we were hanging around. I love the fact that Isaiah shouldn’t have played but about three minutes, and Charles went in and played so well and helped us. Love the fact that Skal struggled and we went with a different lineup, and we played fine.

Kentucky vs Georgia highlights

Did Calipari hugging Matthews send message to Briscoe?

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

NASHVILLE — Did John Calipari hug and embrace Charles Matthews during Kentucky’s win over Georgia here Saturday because he was happy with Matthews’ play or was it more about sending a message to Isaiah Briscoe on the bench about what he had not been doing.

“I was happy for Charles. He’s been struggling, and I’m trying to get him to understand the best version of him is unbelievable defender, sprint the court, slash for baskets, offensive rebound, rebound defensively, and fly. That’s the best version of him,” Calipari said.

Kentucky-Georgia postgame notes and numbers

Derek Willis (Vicky Graff Photo)

Derek Willis (Vicky Graff Photo)

Kentucky Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
Georgia vs. Kentucky, Southeastern Conference Tournament semifinals
Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.
March 12, 2016
Attendance: 19,108

Final Score: #16/16 Kentucky 93, Georgia 80

Team Records and Series Notes
• Kentucky is 25-8 and has won four in a row. Georgia is 19-13, ending a five-game winning streak for the Bulldogs.
• Kentucky leads the all-time series 121-26.
• UK has won six in a row vs. Georgia.
• UK is 10-1 vs. Georgia in the SEC Tournament.
• Next for the Wildcats: UK plays Texas A&M in the finals of the SEC Tournament on Sunday at 1 p.m. EDT (noon CDT in Nashville).

Guest post: Numbers favor UK by 11 over Georgia

Derek Willis (Vicky Graff Photo)

Derek Willis (Vicky Graff Photo)

By RICHARD CHEEKS

For the third time this season, the Cats man handled the Alabama Crimson Tide, and for the third time this season, Alabama had no answer for Alex Poythress. The SEC Tournament 26 point win over Alabama is the largest UK win margin over the Tide since 1992 when the Cats beat the Tide by 26 in Birmingham in the SEC Tournament.

With the win, the Cats advance to the SEC Tournament’s Semifinal round where they will take on the winner of the fourth quarterfinal game of the tournament between Georgia and South Carolina.

Kentucky a “monumental challenge for Georgia”

Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

Here’s what Georgia coach Mark Fox had to say about Kentucky after his team beat South Carolina to make today’s semifinals against the Wildcats.

Q. Mark, now the challenge tomorrow about facing a Kentucky team that showed today why they’re one of the best teams in the country.
COACH FOX: Oh, Kentucky won? They’re great. Nothing like playing a road game. They got a team that can beat you in a million ways. Their defense alone can win for them. They got offensive guys that are — they’ve got an unbelievable backcourt. Their front line guys keep getting better and better and better. Now that kid’s healthy off the ankle injury.

Marcus Lee on Alex Poythress: “He’s feeling himself, he’s on a roll.”

Alex Poythress (Vicky Graff Photo)

Alex Poythress (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

NASHVILLE — Even teammates admitted they had not seen Alex Poythress shoot like he did here Friday night when he made four 3-pointers and scored 20 points in a win over Alabama in the SEC Tournament.

Check out what Marcus Lee had to say about Poythress:

On Alex Poythress’ four 3-pointers …
“When Alex is hurt all he does is just shoot from the 3-point line because he can’t move when he’s hurt. So that’s that product of not being able to do nothing else but just shoot.”

UK vs Alabama Photo Gallery

Photos by Vicky Graff

Cameron Mills radio show airs at 9 a.m. CST Saturday at Tin Roof

J.D. Shelburne will join Ryan Lemond and myself at the Tin Roof in downtown Nashvllle Sunday morning on WLAP Sunday Morning Sports if UK is playing in the SEC title game.

J.D. Shelburne will join Ryan Lemond and myself at the Tin Roof in downtown Nashvllle Sunday morning on WLAP Sunday Morning Sports if UK is playing in the SEC title game.

By LARRY VAUGHT

NASHVILLE — Kentucky fans here in Nashville for the SEC Tournament can come to Tin Roof on Broadway to enjoy Cameron Mills Radio Show that airs on FoxSports 1580 AM in Lexington every Saturday from 10 a.m.to noon EST.

An hour after the show ends, the SEC Tournament semifinals will start with LSU playing Texas A&M and then Kentucky facing Georgia in the second game.

Calipari wants to see more SEC teams in NCAA

By LARRY VAUGHT

NASHVILLE — Just as he has done all season,  Kentucky coach John Calipari was campaigning for more Southeastern Conference teams to get into the NCAA Tournament than the three projected as of today.

“What disappoints me is that there are teams that lost, like some of our teams have, and all of a sudden, it’s okay. They’re in. And then one of our teams loses, they go from bubble to first four out. You’re like, I don’t get it. I do know, when our teams are in the NCAA Tournament, they do well,” Calipari said after UK beat Alabama.