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Feb 27

UK Target Trevor Lacey “A Hoops Phenomenon”

Posted by: Ryan at 2:11 pm | Leave a Comment (0)
Category: Recruiting

If you have nothing else to do on this gray, slow Sunday, and you aren’t watching boring Big 10 or Big East basketball you should probably focus your attention to learn a little more about UK target Trevor Lacey. In this article by Mike Easterling, from the Huntsville Times, he goes into some detail regarding Lacey as a player, a student, and most importantly, a competitor.

Some consider that Lacey is already a lock to join next year’s stellar crop of recruits, there has also been erroneous reports of a commitment. Regardless if Lacey chooses the Cats in April he is some talent, Alabama folk call him a “Phenomenon”, because that is just what he is.

Lacey is marching his 4A Butler High team through the state tourney this year and already has 2 titles in his back pocket. Most recently he set the Alabama state record for scoring 44 points in a game, 4 more than the other team.

Lacey will decide on a school in April but also pledges to retake the ACT on April 9th to better his positioning with the NCAA clearinghouse.

 

 

Feb 27

Cobb Turns In Blazing Fast Times At Combine

Posted by: Ryan at 11:20 am | Leave a Comment (0)
Category: Football

Who said Randall Cobb wasn’t necessarily fast? The combine thinks he is. According to Chip Cosby, Cobb turned in one of the 4 fastest times in the 40 amongst wide receivers. Cobb’s previous time was 4.55, and for the combine Cobb ran a 4.45 time, .10 of second faster than he did last season at pro day.

Here’s the analysis prior to the combine on Randall:

Overview: Cobb’s a ‘tweener lacking the size to be a full-time back or the ball skills and deep speed of a pure receiver. However, he could still make plays as a scat back, sub-package slot receiver and as a returner. Plays his best in the biggest moments. Possesses solid vision, enough quickness to get the corner and gain yards after short passes but isn’t a true home run threat. Could be an effective third down back with his short area speed and route-running but hands need to be more consistent and he has a ways to go in pass protection. Cobb is a late Day 2 prospect.

Strengths: Cobb possesses rare competitiveness and great intangibles. Not afraid of contact, going over the middle, or pass blocking. Good short area speed, can press the line and get to the perimeter. Good route-runner and can get open against zone. Versatile – high school quarterback who played running back, receiver, returned kicks, and in the Wildcat in college.
Weaknesses: Lacks bulk for a running back. Does not possesses great top-end speed and not overly elusive in the open field. Does not have the strength and power to carry the load or push the pile. Only possesses adequate overall ball skills as a receiver. Struggles to sustain his blocks.
Guess they will have to re-think that speed thing! Get er’ done Randall!
Feb 26

Post Florida Comments

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Feb 26

It’s Miller Time! Cats Avenge Gators 76-68

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Category: Game Wrap

The Cats finally get the big win they needed behind Darius Miller’s career high 24 points over the Gators 76-68.  Coach Calipari gets his 500th win. The Cats get win #20 on the year. UK extends it’s home winning streak to 33 games, a Rupp record. And all is back to being fine in Big Blue Nation.

Today is a good day. Let’s bask in it together!

We will have more later.

Feb 26

The TGR Pick; Florida

Posted by: R.A.Pedigo at 2:03 pm | Leave a Comment (0)
Category: Basketball

Seems so long I’ve been waiting, Still don’t know what for, There’s no point escaping, I don’t worry anymore, I can’t come out to find you, I don’t like to go outside, They can’t turn off my feelings, Like they’re turning off a light, But I, I don’t mind, No I, I don’t mind, Oh I, I don’t mind, No I, I don’t mind… When the gangster rap gets turned off at my home, it normally means one of two things. Either the Ipod has run through all 11,000 songs, or, I was not able to meet the minimum payment requirements of Kentucky Utilities. Today, we at the TGR Pick have decided to turn off the rap for one reason; it just ain’t working for us. And yes, I do mean “ain’t” .We are flippin’ the script on things around here, hopefully Cal and the boys will do the same. Let’s take at look at Kentucky vs. Arkansas…

Kentucky -6 ½ vs. Arkansas – Over/Under: 140

The TGR Pick: Kentucky 80 – Arkansas 69

Final: Arkansas 77 – Kentucky 76, OT

Another 1-1 SEC split on our two wagers brings our record to 27-21-1 on the year, but more importantly, Kentucky loses…again. The least we can do for a reeling Big Blue Nation is to put a little extra money in their pockets. At the moment, we are failing them miserably. TGR is down, BBN is down, and the Cats have to be devastated. Is their any hope for any of us? NO. But, we push ahead, bring on the Turds!

Kentucky -8 vs. Florida – Over/Under: 137

I am amazed each home game at how many points the Rupp Arena crowd and building are worth. It is hard to believe that a top 15 team could go to the home of a team who will no longer be in the top 25 after Monday afternoon and be a nearly double digit underdog. Let’s see what TGR thinks of that line and number…

The TGR Pick: Kentucky 76 – Florida 70

Judging by the TGR demeanor this week, I am surprised the Cats aren’t only favored by 1 point. Put your yardsale money on the Gators and the “over” this afternoon in Lexington! C! A! T! S!

Feb 26

10 Things to Know UK vs. Florida

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Category: Basketball

10. In the last meeting (2/5/11), Kentucky found themselves clawing back from a double-digit deficit @ ESPN’s College Gameday, and just like in the Arkansas game on Wednesday, down in the final seconds with the ball. Brandon Knight took the final shot but came up short, it would be the only 3 point shot he missed all evening. The Cats fell to the Gators 70-68.

9. Again, I mentioned this in the last 10 things. Much will be made about Calipari seeking his 500th victory as a head coach. This would be true had it not been for the vacated wins. Again, not trying to be negative, just viewing it how the NCAA officially does.

8. Kentucky comes into Saturday flirting with falling out of the top 25 during the Calipari era. However, the Cats strength of schedule still holds strong at #16 (RPI #17). The Cats are 5-5 against the RPI top 50 and 6-0 at home in conference. Florida comes in ranked #13 and have all but locked up the regular season title at 22-5, 11-2 in the SEC. The gators are also 5-1 on the road in conference play. A win today for UK wouldn’t be huge by any regard, but it would help their case for higher seeding in the NCAA tournament.

7. Another first under Calipari the Cats are looking to avoid is the first loss at Rupp, Kentucky is seeking it’s 33rd straight win at home, second to only Duke. Currently we are in the second longest such streak in Rupp since it opened in the 1976-77 season. The 32 wins also includes the 2009 NIT victory in Memorial Coliseum.

6. In the first matchup the Cats were able to shut down Erving Walker (1-for-9). However, Chandler Parsons had a double-double (17 points, 12 rebounds) and Kenny Boynton had 12. If the Cats want to be effective they will need to control the boards by not allowing Macklin and Tyus to cleanup on the offensive glass.

5. Don’t look now but Brandon Knight has overtaken Terrence Jones as this team’s leading scorer. Not that it means a whole lot but BK has gotten it done night in and night out, he’s now at 17.7 a game. Some guy named John Wall was averaging 16.6 at this point in the season last year.

4. You’ve heard it all season but now it’s ever so important in these close games. The Cats need to get to the charity stripe. On the year they are collectively hitting their freebies, 71%. Liggins, Miller, and Knight need to be more assertive with penetrating as opposed to settling for jump shots.

3. Walsh is still gay.

2. In Wednesday’s loss to Arkansas Brandon Knight was a man on a mission. Knight scored a career best 26 points, hitting 1 3-pt FG. That moves him ever so close to another Rex Chapman freshmen record, this time for 3’s in a season (68). Knight needs 3 to tie.

1. Oh yeah, and Knight also broke a little thing called the freshmen scoring record at Kentucky, surpassing the Rex Chapman’s 1986 total of 468. Knight currently has 479. I don’t want to get all philosophical and such but the question must be posed, could Knight be the best freshmen ever to grace the Kentucky uni? Seriously, he’s chopping down all of King Rex’s records.

Feb 26

How It Went Down Last Time: Florida

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Category: Basketball

2/5/2011 @ Gainesville – 70-68 Loss #11 Kentucky (#23 Florida)

Hot hand: Brandon Knight 24 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Blk

Kentucky found themselves clawing back from a double-digit deficit @ ESPN’s College Gameday, and just like in the Arkansas game on Wednesday, down in the final seconds with the ball. Brandon Knight took the final shot but came up short, it would be the only 3 point shot he missed all evening. The Cats fell to 16-6 on the season and just 4-4 in the league.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=os807A6L7fs

Feb 26

Kentucky vs. Florida Preview Pt. II

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Category: Basketball

The Kentucky Wildcats (19-8, 7-6) are set to play host to the SEC East leading Florida Gators (22-5, 11-2) Saturday in a rematch from 3 weeks ago when the Gators downed the Cats in Gainesville, 70-68. Since that game, the Gators have won their next four games and are just one win away (or a Vanderbilt loss) from wrapping up the SEC East crown. Meanwhile, the Cats are 3-2 since that first meeting, with both losses of course coming on the road. In the first meeting, UK could do nothing with Florida’s Chandler Parsons who notched 17 points and 12 rebounds and the Gators knocked were 18-22 on free throws in holding off the Cats. The Cats were led by Brandon Knight’s 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and he had a chance to win the game but his desperation shot was just off the mark. Terrence Jones was the only other Cat in double figures with 18 points and he also contributed a team high 7 rebounds. This time around, expect the game to have the same kind of tone and feel to it as Florida continues to rise up the polls (currently sitting at #13) and are winners of 9 of their last 10 games; they are one of the hottest teams in all of college basketball even if they don’t always look pretty in doing it. The Cats would like to split the series and at the same time make a statement of its own; the Cats have been wonderful at home with almost all their wins in Rupp being by 15 points or better.

Billy Donovan’s team is finally playing the way he had hoped they would win the season starting and since falling out of the Top 25 early in the season, they have flown under the radar in getting themselves back in the Top 25. They have done it with teamwork and chemistry as well as just good energy and hustle. Parsons is probably the best all-around player the Gators have but they have size in the middle (Vernon Macklin & Alex Tyrus) and the guards (Kenny Boynton & Erving Walker), while out of control at times are very formidable when they are under control and hitting their outside shots. As a team, there are not many starting fives in the country more solid than this one on paper or on the court for that matter. But the Gators do have some glaring weaknesses that jump out at you when you think about how far this team may be able to go. First and foremost, they are not a great free-throw shooting team. Boynton is the best on the team at around 84% but none of the other starters are even close to that. The next problem is the guards sometimes get carried away with the outside shot or driving and shooting, particularly in the 2nd half of games and they almost abandon trying to get the ball inside to their post players. But Parsons is Donovan’s “X-factor” as he is the one player that can get it done from inside or out, with or without the ball in his hands and on the offensive and defensive boards….his Achilles Heel is free-throw shooting (52.7%).

For Kentucky, it is about trying to re-group after the heartbreaking loss in Fayetteville on Wednesday to the Arkansas Razorbacks (77-76 in OT). The woes continue on the road but the effort and hustle is there. Brandon Knight had a great game (26 points, 15 in the 2nd half) but two missed “threes” from the corner at the end of regulation and a costly turnover in OT dampened his night. Terrence Jones (10 points) was a non-factor for much of the game but Josh Harrellson recorder a double-double with 12 pts and 14 rebs. The Cats struggled to keep Razorback leading scorer Rotnei Clark (26 pts including 11-12 from the FT-line) out of the lane and Marshawn Powell out fought UK’s big men in the paint to the tune of 22 pts including knocking down a couple of threes. The Cats had the height advantage across the board over the smaller Razorbacks but they will not necessarily have that same luxury over the Gators, except in the backcourt. UK has to be more aggressive on the defensive end and they must keep Macklin, Tyrus and Parsons off the boards. It is imperative that Darius Miller continue to hi the outside shot (at least when he takes them) and someone needs to find Doron Lamb; this freshman has pretty much done a Houdini the last 3 or 4 games out. The Cats will need his outside shooting and length on the court if they hope to knock off the Gators.

This game should be a good one and probably will not be decided until the last few minutes, much like the first meeting. Jones will need to have his head on straight and be focused because if he fairs no better than he did on Wednesday, Calipari may turn prematurely grey in just one night. Knight seems to have taken over the role of the “go-to-guy” for this club but he hasn’t been able to hit the shot to tie or win a game like John Wall could last year. The Gators would love to wrap up the East with a victory in Rupp and Donovan’s team will be focused and ready to play. The atmosphere of home smells good to the Cats and that could be the difference in this one….UK 71 – Florida 66.

Feb 25

Walsh Is Still Gay

Posted by: R.A.Pedigo at 8:45 pm | Leave a Comment (1)
Category: Basketball

Matt Walsh was a 6’6” swing man for the University of Florida in the mid 2000s, for those of you who were born in the mid to late 90s. Walsh was a long haired hippy boy with a sweet jumper and handles to boot. From the first time UK fans laid eyes on the Holland, Pennsylvania resident, he became enemy #1.

The combination of his arrogance on the court, his hair, his head band, and his girlfriend, Playboy Playmate Lauren Anderson (pictured above doing her best to pat out some hamburger), made Walsh a very easy guy to hate. Some may call it jealousy, I just call it “cut your damn hair you damn dirty hippy”. I gathered from the reaction of the Rupp Arena crowd in Walsh’s first visit, that I was not the only one who disliked this young man.

In what I consider to be the eRupption’s zone’s best performance to date, the students came armed with a huge poster of Walsh’s naked girlfriend wearing  a UK bikini and the chant that will live on in my cluttered mind forever, “WALSH IS GAY! WALSH IS GAY! WALSH IS GAY!” The chant grew to an even bigger level when most, if not all, of the Rupp crowd joined in. Each time the guy, who looked like he should be on a soccer field somewhere in California, touched the ball the chant started again; it was absolutely fan-damn-tastic!

I know the chant probably offended some people. The term “gay” has only recently been turned into a slang term meaning lame or bad. I bet a lot of the blue hairs thought the student section was chanting “Walsh is happy! Walsh is Happy!” that would be the way the word is used in My Ol’ Kentucky home. It is also the way they all felt when they found out Shoney’s started giving Senior citizen discounts on their delicious Breakfast Bar.

We all know, at least most of us, that Matt Walsh was not actually gay, not that there would be anything wrong with that if he was, Jerry Seinfeld. If we wanted to think of another funny chant to do about Matt Walsh, we could, none come to mind right now, but I am sure we could if we thought hard about it. It is not that we are all dumb and take the lowest road to try to get under someone’s skin on the other team. Seth Davis of CBS College basketball fame said something like, and I paraphrase,” only Kentucky fans would question the sexuality of an opposing player”. That is very odd, because I question Seth’s sexuality every Saturday afternoon, I know all about the way he looks at Clark Kellogg.

Chanting “WALSH IS GAY!” is just a lot of fun. I have done it several times, including at the SEC tournament…last year, 5 years after Walsh played his last game for the Gators. It has become my war cry to all Florida fans, football or basketball. If it offends you Florida fans, good, it is not meant to be a compliment at all. It if offends you and you are not a Florida fan, loosen up sweetie, life is too short. I doubt Walsh is sweating it as much as you are.

If you would like to join the face book page, “Matt Walsh is Gay”, do it, its fun. Go cats! WALSH IS GAY!

Did that post last year, but thought it deserved a 2nd chance…C! A! T! S!

Feb 25

Pre-Florida Presser

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Category: Basketball

(videos courtesy KyKernel.com)