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Feb 28

Bat Cat Review

Posted by: R.A.Pedigo at 7:43 pm | Leave a Comment (0)
Category: Baseballparents=singleRandom Notes

Despite a negative conclusion to the James Paxton saga for the University of Kentucky Bat Cats, they finished off a weekend sweep of Bowling Green with a 10-4 victory on Sunday. Chris Bisson went yard in the 6th inning with the Cats trailing by a run. The 3 run homer put the Cats up and they never trailed again. Logan Darnell had a shaky start to the game giving up 4 early runs, but recovered to strike out 7 hitters in 6 full innings on the mound.

The biggest surprise thus far for the Bat Cats has been the early work of freshman, Taylor Rogers. In his 2nd collegiate start on Saturday, Rogers went 6 innings only giving up 1 run in the Cats 4-3 victory. With 2 runs batted in on 2 hits, Chad Wright paced the offense on a very chilly day at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

In the home opener on Friday Wright and Bisson both flexed their muscles. IN the 33rd Wright blasted a 2 run dong over the left center wall. In the very next inning Bisson matched his teammate with a 2run smash of his own. Alex Meyer, sophomore, got the opening night start and went 5 2/3 innings surrendering only 2 runs. Matt Little finished it off for the Cats, going 3 1/3 to earn his first save of the year. Kentucky closed out Bowling Green 6-4.

Kentucky travels east bound on I 64 Tuesday for a match up with the Morehead State Eagles. First pitch is 2 p.m. This weekend UK will use other means of travel when they head to the west coast for games with San Diego State and Monmouth.

If anyone is traveling with the Cats, send us some pics.
robpedigo@yahoo.com
Go Cats!

Feb 28

Morning Sunshine! Today is a new day!

Posted by: Ryan at 10:43 am | Leave a Comment (2)
Category: Basketballparents=singleGeneral News

Courtesy of Kentucky.com

Stories on the game yesterday:

ESPN re-caps the game like only they can do.

CNN/SI discusses the match up.

The Courier-Journal would rather talk about Louisville, but the nail-biting finish seemed un-likely early on.

The Herald-Leader speaks of the game and this nasty quote from Scotty Hopson, “I want my home state to feel not getting me was a loss.”

Larry Vaught writes how the rowdy crowd (carryover from Bruce Pearl’s sleepover) helped the Vols.

Feb 27

Sigh of Relief…. Kansas goes down in Stillwater

Posted by: Ryan at 8:12 pm | Leave a Comment (45)
Category: Basketballparents=singleGeneral News

OK Scotty, you can do the John Wall this one time because you are from Kentucky, other than that your playa pass is revoked.

I’m hurting. Besides the plethora of text messages from UL fans I can breathe a little bit easier knowing that Cal is fine with the loss and that #1 went down…Kansas lost today to former Kentucky Wildcat Travis Ford’s fighting Ok. State Cowboys 85-77.

What does that do for us? Well, for starters it eases the pain of a loss to the Fanta fighters, UT. That puts the race for a number one seed back in reach for the Cats given 3 teams now have 2 losses (Kansas, Kentucky, and Syracuse). Go Villanova! Also, UT beat Kansas (then #1) at UT which doesn’t make our loss to a ranked team look as bad to the masses.

What can you say about the game really? The Cats got off to a slow start, the Vols smelled blood and went for the jugular early and often. We found ourselves at a 19 point whole with about 10 minutes gone by. We didn’t necessarily shoot well, understatement of the year, and the Vols were able to control the pace. John Wall was really the only thing going and he didn’t shoot well either.

Pros:

– Wall played well at times and showed that he could single-handily bring his squad back under duress.
– Cal making adjustments at the half and pumping the team up.
– Cats showed the will to win by coming back late in the game, a plus in a tough environment needless to say

Cons (gotta be more when we lose):

– Help D. Haven’t said that before, but it sure killed us at times when UT was making shots.
– The inability to stroke it from deep. Cats shot a miserable 2-22 from 3 for the game, 9% folks.
– Need a better performance from Patterson. He has shown that he is fundamentally sound for 3 years, however, this season he has made some plays that even I have to question what he was thinking.
– Slow Start. The Cats can’t wait for the game to come to them and looked very lackadaisical early.
– The bench. The bench will help you, but it will also kill you when it doesn’t help out. Like Rob said earlier, I think Cal will shorten his bench quicker then we think.
– Over-penetration by the guards, specifically Wall and Bledsoe. These guys are extremely fast, just need to see the play unfolding and slow down when needed.
– Darnell Dodson. He’s a shooter, and has shown signs he can stroke it. Darnell’s problem is that he isn’t necessarily squaring up to the basket like most good shooters do. Too often he is falling away to the right or left. Back to the basics Darnell, please!
– Lastly, I have to ask why Cal didn’t call timeouts when UT was making their run in the first half. Yes, this team is good, and god I love them, but we needed something to stop them early and a timeout would have taken the air out of the ball for a bit.

Feb 27

Tough One

Posted by: R.A.Pedigo at 4:19 pm | Leave a Comment (0)
Category: Random Notes

I was more inspired by the way the University of Kentucky played today in the 2nd half in Knoxville, than I have been in any game this year. The cats found themselves down 19 points on the road early in the 2nd half, only to battle back to tie the game late.

John Wall’s “Never Say Die” attitude is my favorite part of his game. His speed, his leaping ability, and ball handling will make him a lot of money in the NBA, but his will to win will win him multiple championships. As we saw today, his jump shot does not have to be going down for him to make a major impact offensively. He has an uncanny ability to get into the lane against any defense and draw the foul. As great as he has been through 29 games this year, I have a good feeling we have not even seen the tip of the iceberg when it comes to J.W.

For the second game in a row, darius Miller made his presence felt on both ends of the floor. He was vital in the cats 2nd half comeback, both with clutch shots and on defense with a couple of key stops and blocks. I’m sure that you, along with all of my friends, are sick of hearing it, but Miller is the key to a special year.

We lost though, right? So, not everything was peaches and cream in this afternoon’s game. Orton looked as if it was his first college game ever in the 1st half. Untimely fouls, turnovers, and that terrible 3 point attempt late in the 1st half contributed to the tough day Big D.O. had.

Dodson was completely ineffective. I can’t remember the last meaningful shot he has hit. He is a big liability of defense too, that is putting it very lightly.

I look for Cal to shave down his rotation even more in the coming games. Liggins and Orton, at this point, are his only viable options off the bench. Dodson, Harris, and Stevenson have played their way into emergency duty only.

The only thing left to do is get up, brush the dust off our britches, and get ready for the final two regular season games. Win the next two, and we are SEC Champs for the 44th time, not bad if I may say so.

Feb 27

CATS 65 VOLS 74

Posted by: R.A.Pedigo at 2:19 pm | Leave a Comment (9)
Category: Random Notes
Kentucky
Name FG 3Pt FT Off Reb Ast PF Pts
Eric Bledsoe 3-10 1-5 2-2 1 5 1 3 9
DeMarcus Cousins 4-10 0-0 7-9 5 14 0 4 15
Darnell Dodson 0-5 0-5 0-0 0 0 0 2 0
Ramon Harris 0-0 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 0 2
DeAndre Liggins 1-3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 2
Darius Miller 3-9 1-5 0-0 1 3 1 1 7
Daniel Orton 0-1 0-1 1-2 3 5 0 1 1
Patrick Patterson 4-6 0-1 2-4 2 5 0 2 10
John Wall 6-16 0-4 7-8 1 5 6 3 19
Totals 21-60 2-22 21-27 13 37 8 18 65
Percentages: .350 .091 .778
Tennessee
Name FG 3Pt FT Off Reb Ast PF Pts
Wayne Chism 4-12 0-7 0-0 0 6 1 3 8
Melvin Goins 3-3 0-0 1-1 0 5 2 1 7
Kenny Hall 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 0 1 4 1
Scotty Hopson 6-14 1-6 2-3 1 5 1 0 15
Bobby Maze 4-7 1-3 0-0 1 4 5 3 9
Skylar McBee 1-1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 3
Steven Pearl 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 3 1 2 0
J.P. Prince 6-11 2-4 6-9 0 2 2 3 20
Cameron Tatum 3-7 1-4 2-2 1 4 1 4 9
Brian Williams 1-4 0-0 0-0 3 5 1 3 2
Totals 28-60 6-25 12-17 7 34 15 24 74
Percentages: .467 .240 .706
Feb 27

Cats go down to UT, 74-65

Posted by: Ryan at 2:16 pm | Leave a Comment (7)
Category: Basketballparents=singleGeneral News

More on the game later. Everyone take a deep breath, get yourself together, it will be all OK. We are still 27-2 and this will turn out to be a blessing in disguise.

Feb 27

What was that? Cats trail UT 40-29 at the half…

Posted by: Ryan at 1:06 pm | Leave a Comment (1)
Category: Basketballparents=singleHalf-time Report

Courtesy ESPN.com

I’m not sure the Cats translated the message Cal was sending when he said we are at war. Look lackadaisical and slow to respond of defense. Wall leads the Cats with 8 pts but nothing else is really going on.

The Cats have failed to get back on defense several times and UT put together a big time run of 18-0.

Look for the Cats to step up the intensity on D and get UT into foul trouble. WE HAVE TO HIT OUR SHOTS. The Cats need to shoot better if they want to win. Let’s focus on D and chip away at the lead in the paint.

Points UK 29 UT 40
Field Goals 7-29 (24.1%) 16-33 (48.5%)
Free Throws 14-19 (73.7%) 4-7 (57.1%)
3-pointers 1-10 (10.0%) 4-15 (26.7%)
Rebounds (Off) 19 (8) 20 (5)
Assists 3 9
Steals 5 3
Blocks 4 4
Turnovers 6 5
Personal Fouls 8 13

Feb 27

Quick Pre-Game Notes

Posted by: Ryan at 11:22 am | Leave a Comment (0)
Category: Basketballparents=singleGeneral News

A source close to the team tells TGR that Cal has given the Cats a gift prior to the game. What is that gift you ask? Well, apparently Cal has given all the players Cammo and Fatigues. The team will wear camo hats walking into shootarounds under one simple message: WE ARE AT WAR.

It looks as if Wayne Chism will play after being banged up at Florida.

Cats beat UT 73-62 on GameDay, Feb. 14th in Rupp Arena.

According to ESPN, Cal is not focused on the SEC race, seeding in the big dance is all that matters.

Feb 27

The TGR Pick

Posted by: R.A.Pedigo at 10:38 am | Leave a Comment (0)
Category: Random Notes

A staple of the TGR gang is the predicting of the score. What we have decided to do is average everyone’s predictions and give you the results so that you can gamble your money accordingly.

Previous Game:
Cats -16
Vs.
Cocks
Over/Under: 145

The TGR Pick?

Cats 81
Cocks 68

The one thing you can take from that huge spread of 16 points is that Vegas believes that that miserable night in Columbia was as big a fluke as Eli Manning. Never the less, the TGR folks have made their prediction and as you can see, we are taking the University of South Carolina Gamecocks to cover the huge 16 point spread. That 145 point O/U looks to small in our opinion too, so we are also going to take the over.

Cats 82
Cocks 61
F

As much fun as that was for the BBN, it was a crushing blow to the mind state of the TGR folks. We were pounded by the spread, and with the Cats slowing it down the last 7 minutes of the game, we were not able to reach that O/U either.
Of all games for our “Bluegrass Bias’ not to consume our decision making, we chose this game. That runs our record to5-5 against the spread and the O/U the past 5 games. Since Fertig seems to be confused by how our record can be 5-5 in only 5 games, I will explain. There are two bets a game (the bet against the spread and the bet against the over/under) little guy.

Tonight’s Game:
Kentucky -2.5
Vs.
Tennessee
Over/Under: 142

The TGR Pick?
Cats 79
Vols 71

That is the TGR peeps I know and love! Not taking any other factors in consideration, just going with their Blue blood pumping heart, got to love that. So, to recap, we are taking the Cats and the over this afternoon in Knoxville. I have a good feeling you will have your significant other out at Cantuckee Diner later tonight celebrating your winnings!

Kick’em in the Vols!

Feb 27

Pregame Analysis – Tennessee

Posted by: Samuel Clemens at 10:36 am | Leave a Comment (0)
Category: Random Notes

 

When the SEC teamed up with ESPN to put together this year’s Thursday night men’s basketball television schedule, I’m pretty sure they did so without consulting the fine folks who put together pregame analyses on random websites that no one actually reads.  Because, if they had, I can assure you that I would have asked for at least another day to prepare this post.  This 37 hour turnaround business just doesn’t really work for me.  

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s move on.

Fifty-nine days ago, when four members of the Tennessee basketball team unsuccessfully attempted to fight the law down in Knoxville, I remember thinking to myself that I’d be surprised if any of the wrongdoers were out longer than a week, as #1 Kansas was to come Rock Chalking into town for a showdown shortly thereafter.  But then something funny happened.  The Volunteer coaches and administration drew a line in the sand.  A line that resulted in some penalties much harsher than anyone expected.  And by now, we all know that said line resulted in Tyler Smith being shown the door faster than Kenny Mayne in Dancing with the Stars and the other three lawbreakers seeing more pine than Smokey the Bear. 

And, even still, Tennessee has managed to put together a respectful 10-5 record since that fateful New Year’s drive to the local Shell station, including a very impressive 7-1 mark on their home court.  During that time, they’ve looked more like a team than any UT outfit that Bruce Pearl has trotted out since he arrived on Rocky Top five years ago. 

Bobby Maze has become a real point guard.  Scotty Hopson has realized that he is allowed to pass the ball to his teammates.  The Vols have gotten some solid, if not productive play, from walk-ons Skyler McBee, Stephen Pearl, and Josh Bone.  And Wayne Chism has continued to wear his headband in a manner than baffles the laws of physics.  And, let’s face it, since January 1, they’ve become the first Tennessee team I can remember that, to a casual observer, might actually be worth rooting for.

Alas, in the same manner that their recently departed head football coach so eloquently put it back in November: “At the end of the day, they’re still Tennessee and we’re still Kentucky.”  And that, my friends, needs no further analysis.