In all around outstanding effort, the Kentucky Wildcats outplayed their in state arch nemesis, Louisville Cardinals. The game was really tight for the first 5 minutes , as the Wildcats traded baskets with the Cards. Around the 15 minute mark in the first half, oddly the same time Doron Lamb went to the bench with 2 fouls, the Wildcats turned up their defense. After all the dust cleared, and holding off a one man run by Knowles for Louisville, the Wildcats ended up the victor.
The Everything Kentucky Player of the Game goes to Josh Harrellson for his awesome performance. I have never saw Josh have a more complete game, in such a big game, as he had today. Josh Harrellson ended up with 23 points, 14 rebounds, and a huge 3 in the second half.
I think it is important to note, even though Terrance Jones didn’t score like he normally does, Terrance Jones had an outstanding performance as well. Terrance punished the defense each and every time he drew a double team. Harrellson was lucky enough to be on the receiving end of more than one of those passes out of the double team.
The Kentucky Wildcats didn’t do everything perfect, but they did enough to satisfy me. If they can continue to grow at the rate in which they are currently, this Kentucky Wildcat team with be a force to reckon with, with or without Enes Kanter.
Just in case you went to the restroom at the half……………
Good job Jarrod Jones for becoming today’s “Everything Kentucky Online Fan of the Day”
The time is here. On Friday, the Kentucky Wildcats face their arch rivals, the Louisville Cardinals. This is the classic battle I look forward to every year. The rivarly intensified when Dr. Evil, aka Rick Pitino, took over as head honcho back in 2001.
For every true blue blooded UK fan, this game is looked upon as the ultimate battle between good and evil. G.I. Joe vs Cobra . He-Man vs Skeletore . Superman vs. Lex Luther . Hulk Hogan vs. Sting at Starcade. I could go on and on.
Let’s take a look at the stats since Pitino moved back in next door. Kentucky leads the series since 2001, with 5 wins and 4 losses. A record like that makes this game even more special every year. Neither team has really dominated over the last decade.
Enter John Calipari, and turn the rivalry up another notch. Now you have 1.) In state rivals 2.)Former coach comes back to coach your most hated rival , and 3.) Your coach is now now lifetime arch nemesis of Rick Pitino. It makes for a really good soap opera, and a even better basketball game. Go Big Blue
So far, I have to give Defensive Player of the Half honors to the basketball rim. Neither team can buy a basket, as the rim is just not allowing anything to fall.
As Christmas comes to a close, I was sitting back watching the Miami Heat destroy the Los Angeles Lakers on NBC. For some reason, I started thinking about all the talent that the University of Kentucky has delivered to the NBA. I pondered for a second, what if I could assemble a UK Dream Team starting lineup. Who would I pick? Below I have listed my “Greatest of All-Time” starting lineup. It consists of 2 guards and 3 forwards. There were many options to chose from, but I believe I have picked the creme of the crop. What do you think? Let me know by leaving a comment below and also giving me your “Dream Team” starting lineup for the Kentucky Wildcats.
|John Wall-Point Guard
|Tony Delk Shooting Guard
|Tayshaun Prince Smal Forward
|Antoine Walker Forward
|Jamal Mashburn Forward
Courtesy of ESPN.COM , I have uncovered Dick Vitale’s Christmas wish list. Dick Vitale surprised no one, by having a DUKE related wish at the top of the page. Mr. Vitale’s second wish is what caught me by surprise! Here is the excerpt from ESPN.COM :
Vitale’s wish list for Santa
“Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus, right down basketball lane!”
Hey baby, I am in the holiday spirit! It is time to ask Santa to give out special gifts for all of those hoops junkies out there …
• Santa, please give Duke’s diaper dandy Kyrie Irving a quick and healthy return to the hardwood. We should be able to enjoy his talents on the court! Hopefully he will be back later this season.
• Please give some good news to John Calipari out at Kentucky. Let him have potential hoops star Enes Kanter win his NCAA appeal so he can debut a la Josh Selby. Kanter deserves a chance, baby!
• Santa, please help Kansas State make some free throws! I am sure that coach Frank Martin is not happy to have his team struggling to shoot just over 50 percent from the charity stripe this season. In fact, there have been several games this season in which the Wildcats did not even get to 50 percent!
• Tom Crean has worked so hard at Indiana. Santa, let him have a solid season and let the Hoosiers recruits live up to their hype in the future.
• Santa, please let Harrison Barnes of the Tar Heels have that breakthrough performance. We should see the real Mr. Barnes, the diaper dandy with such great expectations going into the season.
• We need to give Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim some frequent flier miles during November and December. Santa, get a travel agent to book the Orange on a couple of trips instead of staying in the New York-New Jersey area next year.
• Santa, please give South Florida some improved facilities so that the program can compete in the tough Big East.
• St. Nick, we need more coaches like Jay Wright, Bill Self and Tubby Smith — guys who are the total package with personality, attitude and a winning mentality.
• Please give Bob Knight one more shot, Santa, one last hurrah on the sidelines. He is ready for another challenge and he can teach and motivate young people if given the opportunity.
• I would love to see a healthy Tracy Smith in the NC State lineup. He has been out after arthroscopic knee surgery in November, so Santa, give Sidney Lowe a break and get Smith back soon.
Finally, please give peace, love and happiness to all of the fans out there.
Merry Christmas to all!