Kentucky-Vanderbilt postgame notes and numbers

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Kentucky Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
Vanderbilt at 23/19 Kentucky
Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky., Jan. 23, 2016
Attendance: 22,975

Final Score: Kentucky 76, Vanderbilt 57

Team Records and Series Notes
• Kentucky is now 15-4 on the season, 5-2 in Southeastern Conference action. Vanderbilt is 11-8 overall, 3-4 in league play.
• Kentucky leads the all-time series 141-46 and has won three in a row.
• Next for the Wildcats: UK plays host to Missouri on Wednesday at 9 p.m. EST. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.

Kentucky plays its best to throttle Vanderbilt 76-57


A week that figured to test Kentucky turned into a week filled with promise for the future.
Not only did Kentucky get an impressive road win at Arkansas Thursday, but the Wildcats demolished Vanderbilt 76-57 here Saturday.

And what made Saturday’s win so good was the way every player filled the role that coach John Calipari wanted. Tyler Ulis led Kentucky with 21 points, Jamal Murray 18 and Alex Poythress 16. On the boards, Derek Willis had nine and Murray seven. Ulis had five assists and Briscoe four. Murray had three steals.

Trying to pick top 10 UK basketball memories was no easy task


Recently former Kentucky basketball player Cameron Mills asked if I would consider writing a column about my 10 best memories from covering Kentucky basketball since 1975.

It turned out to be a much more difficult task than I envisioned because there were so many memories.

However, I finally got it down to 11 (no way I could have stopped at 10) and the story is now on his website if you would like to read it.

It may not be exactly what you expect but to me covering UK basketball has been more than scores and games. It’s been about the people I’ve had the privilege to meet along the way.

Russ Yeast: “I feel good about Kentucky, but I just want to look around.”


Junior receiver Russ Yeast has seen the social media uproar about him deciding to take an unofficial visit to Louisville a few months after he verbally committed to Kentucky.

He’s heard the speculation he might be ready to decommitt from UK over a lack of “love” from the UK coaching staff or UK not offering his father, former UK all-star receiver Craig Yeast, a spot on the coaching staff.

Calipari wants to see Labissiere “keep going” now


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Freshman Skal Labissiere had 11 points, three rebounds and three blocked shots in Thursday’s win at Auburn and now Kentucky fans are hoping that is the start of his resurgence after six weeks of being basically a no-show to use coach John Calipari’s terminology.

So what about Labissiere’s confidence now going into today’s game with Vanderbilt?

“Well the first shot he took, I looked and I went, ‘What?’ And it went in and I said, ‘It better have gone in.’ But I think it built his own confidence and he’s gotta—he’s got work to do,” Calipari said Friday. “There’s no question. He’s gotta keep going, but he’s worked in practice.

Guest post: Numbers favor Kentucky by one point over Vanderbilt


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Vicky Graff Photo

During the off season, much chatter focused on an anticipation that the 2015-16 Kentucky Wildcats would again compete in the final four. We recall all of the arguments. Coach Calipari has another #1 or #2 group of incoming players. Coach Calipari has led his youngsters to four final fours in six years, and won a championship. There will not be any dominant team or teams in the land in 2015-16 like there was in 2014-15. However, amidst all of this optimistic talk, early November did arrive, and in an Olympic manner, all proclaimed, “Let the games begin.”

Three Wildcats playing in bowl games Saturday

Farrington Huegenin is one of three Wildcats playing in bowl games Saturday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Farrington Huguenin is one of three Wildcats playing in bowl games Saturday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky seniors Farrington Huguenin and A.J. Stamps will play in the National Football Players Association Collegiate Bowl, set for Saturday at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN2, and defensive tackle Cory Johnson will play in the East-West Shrine Game on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET on the NFL Network.

Despite weather issues Kentucky-Vanderbilt game still on for 4 p.m. Saturday

The Firecrackers jump rope team is scheduled to perform at Rupp Arena Saturday but a final decision on their appearance due to travel concerns will be made Saturday morning. (Vicky Graff Poto)

The Firecrackers jump rope team is scheduled to perform at Rupp Arena Saturday but a final decision on their appearance due to travel concerns will be made Saturday morning. (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Despite winter weather conditions in the Lexington area, Saturday’s Kentucky men’s basketball game vs. Vanderbilt in Rupp Arena is still scheduled for a 4 p.m. tipoff. Unless otherwise announced by UK Athletics, the game will be played as scheduled.

Vanderbilt arrived in Lexington, Ky., on Thursday in preparation for a winter storm that has dumped large snowfall accumulations across Central Kentucky. The Wildcats returned from their Thursday night game in Fayetteville, Ark., late Thursday night.

Cats will have to do more than defend 3-point shot to beat Vanderbilt

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Vicky Graff Photo

Kentucky coach John Calipari didn’t let the snow keep him from meeting with media members Friday. Here’s most of what he had to say in relation to Saturday’s game in Rupp

Find out more about the Firecrackers before they get to Rupp Arena Saturday


The Firecrackers return to Rupp Arena Saturday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

The Firecrackers return to Rupp Arena Saturday. (Vicky Graff Photo) – If you are tight on money and need a loan to travel, read this Marcus loans review to see if it’s right for you.

This year I asked some of the Firecrackers two questions just to give fans a chance to know a little more about them. One, what is their favorite thing to do other than jump rope? Two, what is their favorite thing about being a Firecracker?

Enjoy the answers and get ready for a dazzling performance again Saturday unless the snow/weather makes it impossible for them to get to Rupp: