March 17, 2015 |
So Kentucky is going to win this thing? Not so fast. Say the Wildcats end up with a path that includes Cincinnati, Maryland, and then Kansas or Notre Dame just to get to the Final Four. UK obviously is the favorite each time, but that's a little bit of a gauntlet, with differing styles and plenty of talent. Notre Dame obviously is the kind of offensive team that could make things interesting for Kentucky if the Irish make it to the Elite Eight game in Cleveland. If Kansas was the last No. 2 seed, it makes sense that Notre Dame would be the top No. 3 after winning the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
February 26, 2015 |
SO, IS 40-0 going to happen? It is now very possible. I don't think Kentucky is one of the great college teams in history. In fact, I would take the Wildcats' 2012 national champions over this team. They finished 38-2, losing on a buzzer-beater at Indiana and to Vanderbilt in the SEC championship game. Remember, Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist were the first two players taken in that NBA draft. Davis and Tim Duncan are the most talented college big men I have seen since I started covering college hoops for the Daily News in 1987.
February 26, 2015 |
It's been obvious for a while now. The race for NCAA top seeds, and even the jockeying among No. 2 seeds, comes with a subtitle: HOW TO STAY AWAY FROM KENTUCKY. You think Villanova wants to face John Calipari's outfit before the Final Four? Even if we'd argue that 'Nova actually is one of the teams that might have a chance against UK on its finest shooting day, that doesn't mean the local Wildcats want to see the other Wildcats a step short of Indianapolis. Here's the good news for 'Nova: It's not likely to happen.
February 23, 2015 |
Quinn Cook matched a career high with 27 points for No. 4 Duke, and the Blue Devils playing without star Jahlil Okafor, routed Clemson, 78-56, on Saturday in Durham, N.C. Three freshmen - Justise Winslow (20 points), Tyus Jones (11) and Grayson Allen (10) - also reached double figures to help Duke (24-3, 11-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) win its seventh straight. Jaron Blossomgame had 10 points to lead Clemson (15-12, 7-8), which lost for the fourth time in five games and was denied its first win at Cameron Indoor Stadium in 20 years.
February 19, 2015 |
Devin Booker had 18 points and seven rebounds as No. 1 Kentucky picked up its defense in the second half and extended the best start in school history Tuesday night with a 66-48 victory over Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn. Kentucky is 26-0 for the first time, though the Wildcats finished the 1953-54 season with a 25-0 mark. It also matches the best start for a team coached by John Calipari, who won his first 26 games at Massachusetts in 1995-96 and was 26-0 at Memphis in 2007-08. Andrew Harrison scored 14 points and Trey Lyles added 10 for Kentucky (13-0 SEC)
December 24, 2014 |
GIVEN THAT all the superpowers know they will be in the tournament before the season ever begins, regular-season games are rarely must-watch anymore. Kentucky at Louisville on Saturday is must-watch. The teams will arrive at the KFC Yum! Center, hard by the Ohio River in the 'Ville's downtown, with combined records of 23-0 and rankings of No. 1 (Kentucky) and No. 4 (Louisville). Rick Pitino's Cardinals team lost most of the key players from the 2013 national champs and last season's Sweet 16 team, which was knocked out by Kentucky.
December 22, 2014 |
Devin Booker had 19 points, and No. 1 Kentucky scored the game's first 24 points in an 83-44 victory over UCLA in Chicago on Saturday. Aaron Harrison added 15 points, and the Wildcats (12-0) handed the Bruins (8-4) one of their most-lopsided losses ever. The first meeting between the storied programs in eight years turned ugly as soon as the game started, with Kentucky dominating UCLA in every possible way. Kansas 96, Lafayette 69 - Freshman Kelly Oubre Jr. had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and Frank Mason added 14 points and nine assists to help No. 10 Kansas (9-1)
December 15, 2014 |
Devin Booker and Willie Cauley-Stein each scored 15 points, and top-ranked Kentucky shook off the shock of losing junior forward Alex Poythress by rolling past No. 21 North Carolina, 84-70, on Saturday in Lexington, Ky. With Poythress courtside two days after sustaining a season-ending knee injury, the Wildcats (11-0) combined depth, length, and strong shooting to post a convincing win over the 6-3 Tar Heels. Trey Lyles had nine points starting in Poythress' place. Brice Johnson scored 15 points for the Tar Heels, who won the rebounding battle, 31-24, but found little success against the Wildcats' size.
November 29, 2014 |
NEW YORK - St. Joseph's deserves a break before two Big Five matchups next week after playing six games in 13 days. But now the Hawks have to wonder how they can bounce back after a tough, 62-59 loss to Western Kentucky on Thursday in the NIT Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden. Temple and No. 12 Villanova will be more formidable opponents for St. Joseph's (3-3) next Wednesday and Saturday. But can the Hawks compete with them? They lost by 52 points at Gonzaga and fell to lesser teams Western Kentucky and Farleigh Dickinson.
November 21, 2014 |
When Phoenix visits the 76ers on Friday, there will be plenty of bulletin board material for the home team, thanks to Suns guard Eric Bledsoe. A former player at Kentucky, Bledsoe was asked on SiriusXM Radio which team he would take in a series between his alma mater and the Sixers. "I'm definitely taking Kentucky. . . . I think Philly will probably get maybe one game," Bledsoe said. Sixers veteran Jason Richardson, who has not played since January 2013 because of knee and foot injuries, laughed when he heard those comments.