It is game five of the Kentucky Wildcat Basketball season and Kentucky is back in the friendly confines of Rupp Arena to face the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds of the Northeast Conference. Kentucky is coming off a hard-fought 81-70 win over Morehead State on Monday night and will once again be without the services of PG Ryan Harrow, who is expected to return to UK’s campus this weekend, and we’ll hopefully hear more details by the end of the night.
The game is on the Fox South network, but since a lot of you do not get that channel, we will be providing live score updates and keeping you up to date with all of tonight’s action. This will be the Cat’s final home game of three-game homestand before the team heads to Notre Dame next Thursday to face the fighting Irish before coming back to Rupp on Saturday to play the Baylor Bears, so tonight’s game will be critical to developing continuity on this team before hitting one of their tougher stretches of the year.
Projected UK Starting Lineup
Projected LIU Starting Lineup
Big week coming up. One the road against Notre Dame on Thursday. Back at home against Baylor on Saturday. Another tough stretch.
This one all but in the books.
Goodwin’s day is done…Polson comes in. I’m headed down to the media room. I’ll let James and Jason update you w the final.
And Goodwin is out. No triple double. Helluva game though. Helluva game.
Cal is getting into that ref haha
Goodwin now has 22 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists with 1:13 to play.
Wiltjer with a tough rebound. Earns a spot at the foul line.
LOL Goodwin doesn’t care about the triple double. Drives. Scores. Gets fouled. He’s ruthless.
UK shooting 68% from the field
100 points for UK off of the Nerlens hook shot. He’s getting good at that
Goodwin w another assist…9
I really don’t like it when Cal keeps the starters in this late. I know they need the extra work, but let’s be real. It’s over. Put in Malone.
If by subs you mean WCS, Wiltjer, and Poythress…he did put in the subs. They’re out there with Goodwin and Noel
Cal putting in the subs
Rondo reached 10 assists tonight and has 36 games straight with double digit dimes
He just had another rebound, one rebound two assists away
Mighty N.C. State in a tight one against UNC Asheville with 1:32 left. Wolfpack 73, Bulldogs 72
Two Rebs and 2 assists from a triple double…just saying
Cats have scored 18 points on the break, 58 in the paint and have 27 assists.
Archie Goodwin is on triple-double watch with 20 points, eight rebounds and eight assists
To answer Monster Mash: Goodwin has 8 assists. 8 rebounds and only two turnovers.
UK will easily go over 100. They have 98 points with 4:21 to go
How many assist for Goodwin now after that one on the fast break?
Make it 96-66 UK
Three Hood! He is earning some minutes tonight
Great rebound by Hood
10 blocks by the Cats
Archie Goodwin heading back into the game. Looks like a turned ankle is all it was. Those hurt.
Noel w a lefty hook after a Hood steal. Cats lead 89-64
Noel with a basket. 89-64 Cats
Another nice basket by WCS.
Goodwin with a turned ankle
Goodwin limping badly. Crap.
Cal not happy Cats aren’t getting 50-50 balls.
Is that Witjer’s second or third Alley-Oop?
WCS dunked the crap out of that ball. Ooop from Wiltjer. But LIU scores. 85-60 UK
Wiltjer with another assist…this time WCS skied to grab the pass and slam it in.
Mays with 13 points and 5 assists. Nice
Mays hits another triple. 83-55 Cats. Mays 3-4 from three
Good inside out by Wiltjer to Mays
And one with WCS. He’s having a very nice game.
UK 78-54 over LIU with 11:42 left
Pretty cool that Poythress is a math wizard
Wiltjer doesn’t want to go to the bench. I don’t blame him.
Goodwin with a nice post up but dribbles it off his leg. LIUB ball
Like I said, Archie stopped Archie there
Only player stopping Archie when he goes to the basket is Archie. Kid is a steam engine.
OK, Cats in the lead 77-54 and about to extend it as Goodwin is going to the line.
Poythress has 4-straight 20 point games. 1st since Jodie did it in 08 with 9 straight.
Wiltjer with a block and great D. Poythress with 20 points on the fast break. His fourth straight 20 point game.
Poythress with a nice up and under. LIUB w timeout as Cats take 77-52 lead.
Goodwin and Poythress may be in a race to break the freshman scoring record
WCS hits both free throws. 73-52 Cats with 14 minutes to go
Wiltjer getting abused on defense still
And Wiltjer gets beat again on D
Wiltjer drains his first three. 71-50 Cats. They could break 100 tonight.
Perhaps Noel will get that triple double we were looking for last year so much
Goodwin 17, Poythress 18, Noel 12 points
Noel is a stat stuffer
Noel has 12 points,6 rebounds, 4 steals and 4 assists
Monster Mash, any questions lined up for Calipari? You should ask him about the football coach search. I’m sure he would be super happy to answer.
OK, TV timeout. 68-50, Wildcats
Cats with 8 blocks
Wiltjer coming in for Noel. Noel gets a nice applause from the Rupp crowd.
Mays knocks down a three 66-47 Cats
So Polson plays a little and now the crowd doesn’t want him to jack 3s every time he has the ball? When he nails it, they barely cheer now.
Noel ripping down rebounds #BallStrong
Cats up 63-47
Three Polson. 63-47 Cats
Polson drills three
Noel should have slammed that. Extra pass was too much
Here, here Jason
Have Cincinnati-South Florida game streaming on computer. UC up only 7-0 on horrendous USF team. Jones won’t be good here. Please be right Kyle…..
And he converts. 60-45 Cats
WCS checks in for Poythress
And LIU breaks that streak with one free throw.
Cats on an 18-0 run
Alex layup and-1 puts Cats up 58-43
Rest of the starters the same as the beginning of the game. Mays, Goodwin, Poythress, Noel and Goodwin.
Polson starts over Wiltjer. Cal warned him
Noel has three more assists this half than Peyton Siva had against Northern Iowa last night.
UK’s 55 points most in first half since it led Arkansas 57-27 on Jan. 23, 2010
Noel had four assists and four blocked shots in first half
Sad to see. All the classic SNL cast is done.
Wow, Norm McDonald is doing Safe Auto commercials. It’s been a while since Weekend Update
Gangnam Style is the best thing to come out of Korea since Samsung
Agreed Jason. he and Noel bring it every game, no matter what.
Kentucky ends the half on 15-0 run over the last 3:44 and leads at halftime 55-43. Goodwin 15 Noel 10 Mays 7
Alright, I’m grabbing a Bud Light. Anyone want one?
Cal; “Playing no defense. we’re not talking. We’re giving up. We’re not being physical. When you have all freshman, that’s the stuff that happens.”
lol Cal is great. Speaking to the youth of America.
Jesus, I love Calipari
So LIU wants to be down 12 at half?
Shhh… Cal is talking
Corey texted me “Goodwin = John Wall” and I am starting to believe him
UK scored last 15 going into half
Goodwin puts the Cats up 55-43. It’s Halftime.
Cats up 55-43 at half
Basically that their defense is terrible and LIU is doing what they want
Cats up 10 with less than a minute
what is he saying
Dick Vitale is criticizing Kentucky on Twitter, in case anyone is interested.
Notice how cool and dry Calipari is compared to sweaty Crean
Coach O: HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. No.
Brian Long to Sam Malone: Do you think we will get in?
All of a sudden, Cats up by 8. LIU has to take a time out
Goodwin powers through contact for layup, then a Mays transition layup put Cats up 51-43
Polson to Mays and Cats up51-43
Ball Strong. Hashtag that
Monster Mash: Don’t forget to grab some of that dry, stale popcorn
Goodwin hits both. Cats 47-43
Goodwin is great at getting to the rim. Running point has to do more than get your own shot though.
Archie Goodwin going to the line. Chance to go up four here.
Cats up 45-43 with 2:30 left
Kentuck now 18-for-28, Long Island 17-for-28
50-33? Was that Vandy playing or Louisville?
So Vandy lost to Marist…and the score was 50-33???
Poythress hustles with a follow back. Cats up 44-43
Cats in the bonus. Poythress converts both and it’s 42-43 LIU
LIU 43 UK 40 3:30
They will be a NCAA team again
and strangely enough they started 0-3 last year en route to a 25-9 record
Keep in mind that this LIU team was down just 5 at the half to Michigan State last year in the tournament
43-41 LIU with 4 minutes to go in the first half
Jon Hood with a nice defensive play. Would be nice to see him get a look.
LIU back on top with a three. Again, bad rotation by the Wildcats on D
UK up 40-38
Damn, Auto Correct got it right Polson = Poison … Coast to coast and killing the other teams, but misses the And 1
What time does Louisville play? Woops, wrong site
James Steble loses himself in Polsons blue eyes as he types that
POLSON! Steal and goes coast to coast. Gets the and 1 play. Rupp goes wild.
POLSON STEAL AND COAST TO COAST LAYUP AND-1
WCS dunk via Mays. 38 all
Amazing how hard UK is playing for game to be tied.
An NBA game has broken out in Rupp. 36-all with under 7 to go.
Well there should be no doubt who Karl Towns is choosing 12/4. Plenty of pics of him at the game in UK gear
Wiltjer drives the lane for two, but kid is so slow I thougt he might’ve been driving Ms Daisy instead.
UK 36 LIU 36 6:43
Noel with a lefty lay in. 36 all with 6:43 to go in the first. Time out.
Goodwin is busting his tail out there
Wiltjer with a nice drive. Cats down 2 with 7 minutes to go in the first
Wiltjer with the Kevin-McHale-esque layup
LIU 34 UK 30 8:05
Rupp erupted after that hustle from Goodwin.
HUSTLE play by Archie
Archie with a coast-to-coast layup
Cats down 6 with 9 minutes to play
The rumblings get louder as time goes on. Could Petrino be the next Head Coach…..
Well James, if you read my KYE, this is what I thought would happen lol. But LIU is a 5 man team they will wear down
Velosorapter or olaseware with 8 points w 9:16 to play in the first
Haha. He’s too busy chasing something else
I’ll say this. These freshman pass well for being so young.
Shocked Larry Vaught did not chase Tim Couch down to ask about Petrino
These kids are not scared of Kentucky. 29-24.
Noel just got schooled. took right to the rack by Veliceraptor for an and-1
But another and one foul. LIU is PESKY
UK only down one with Goodwin free throws.
25 points by LIUB in 9:01…barn is being burned here in Rupp.
Archie so fast in transition. He definitely has PG potential.
Mays hits a 3 then LIU Thompson matches it 22-25
LIU triples. 25-20. Geez
Mays triples. 20-22
WCS fouls and it’s an and one foul. Cats down 21-17. Not a pretty sight on the court right now. Cats look confused.
Wow. These guys can ball. Can’t believe theyre winless.
Wiltjer gets back doored… Take it for what it’s worth. 17-21 LIUB
Cal had to be a drill sergeant in another life.
WCS gets lost on the swtich. 19-17 LIU
Poythress ties it off the inbound pass 17 all
I can feel the steam simmering out of Cal’s hair right now.
Polson passes up a wide open three. Almost turns it over.
What’s that kid’s name? Velociraptor?
Kentucky has six assists on seven made field goals. Noel has three of those assists. Wiltjer has three
LIU back on top 17-15
WCS goes 0-2 at the line. Still 15 all
Talk about contrasting styles. The Cats go from slow it down, bruise and foul, to speed it up, run and score.
Wiltjers assist don’t make up for his lack of D and Cauley Stein now in for him
Poythress power. 15-15
Polson heads to scorer’s table
Wow, LIU 15-13 lead. These Cats are light years away from where they need to be on defense.
LIU taking to UK though. Lead 13-11 now
Goodwin buries a three. 11-9 Cats
Rush the Court and Big Blue Express sitting alongside me tonight.
Another lob dunk from Wiltjer to Noel. 8-6 Cats at the first timeout by LIU
Poythress gets the assist from Noel. Good choice to pass up the awkward shot by Wiltjer and get the ball inside.
Lob City: Wiltjer to Noel. Then another block by Noel and an assist to Poythress by Noel. 6-4 Cats
Noel gets blocked and fouled but not called…the. gets a clean block and the foul called on him
Took 11 seconds for Nerlens Noel to block a shot
Hey Monster Mash, who are you sitting next to?
Mays with the first points of the might. 2-0 Cats!
Noel with a block right off the jump
Harrow Update: Buzz Baker just stated he should be back on campus tomorrow night.
Mays, Noel, Wiltjer, Goodwin, Poythress starting tonight for UK
UK’s starters tonight will be Nerlens Noel, Archie Goodwin, Alex Poythress, Kyle Wiltjer and Julius Mays.
Let’s get this party started
Cats take the court for lay up lines.
2015 recruit Karl Towns has been spotted behind the Kentucky bench.
This Long Island team is big…not really tall, but look physical. Lets see if it plays out that way and if so, if Kentucky learned anything from Wednesday.
16 mins before tip…Cats looked a ill cold during warm ups. Turkey looked like it still was having effects