It’s game 101 and we’re on the eve of the annual UK-UL showdown but first thing’s first: Today, the Kentucky Wildcats (7-3) are hoping to show continued signs of improvement as they prepare for Christmas break and get a small break from Camp Cal as they face the Marshall Thundering Herd of Conference USA. They are coming off of a 64-48 victory over Savannah State. Thank you for joining us for another edition of the WBN Live Blog.
Projected Starting Lineups
They’ve been at-best 3rd best team in state of Indiana over past decade. Purdue and Butler have been much more relevant. Could argue Notre Dame has been just as good.
No doubt on IU.
Goodwin now leads the team in scoring (18 points) despite shooting 4-for-17. Made it up at the line (10-11 at the stripe)
Calipari giving the insult to Indiana there with the rushing the court comment?
Noel layup and-1 gives UK a 64-45 lead.
Noel has 9 points, 9 rebounds. One more of each and he has his first collegiate double-double
UK leads 59-36 with 11:01 left. Cats looking like that preseason top-10 team. By far the best they’ve played all year against a somewhat-quality opponent.
Kentucky has finally woken up and blown Marshall out of the game
Now a 20-5 run
Goodwin plays copycat with another “And 1″
Mays with a strong drive to the basket.. makes it and gets fouled
Cats have responded with a 14-3 run of their own after Herd’s 7-2 spurt
And a Kyle Wiltjer sighting to push the lead to double digits
Wiltjer 3 puts UK up 11
Poythress pulling his disappearing act today
UK up 41-32 with 15:54 left
Today’s announced Rupp Arena attendance is a season-high 24,271
Marshall player rolls into Harrows leg on fast break. Looked in pain at first but gets up.
Already has 4 more points this half. 15 on the day. Starting to look like a Calipari point guard.
Ryan Harrow listed with a sore back for carrying this team today
We got a ballgame boys and girls
Awful start to the second by UK. Letdown on Defense for a 3 pointer followed a telegraphed pass by Goodwin
Herd score first 5 points and cut lead to 33-29
Game is going to stay close if UK can’t make a 3 point shot. Rumors out that Calipari is heading down to the gas station to buy a magic wand.
Ky leads 33-24 at the half.
If Calipari had a team with Jesus on it, Goodman would root for Satan.
Goodman got an early Xmas gift with the Cousins news.
Julius Mays and Kyle Wiltjer have combined for 2 points, 0-7 FG, 0-5 3FG. Yeesh.
Agree on Zeller. That was Jeff Goodman who projected him #1. Shocker, I know.
Ky is 13-34 from the field. Fortunately for the Wildcats, Marshall is 7-26
Zeller just screams average white guy center like a brad miller, ilgauskas, spencer hawes, or Aaron gray
I tend to follow the Chad Ford draft and Drat Express. They both have Nerlens as the favorite as of now.
Goodwin 2-10 so far and 0-2 from three.
Polson getting some serious run with Poythress out.Comes out though as Wiltjer goes in. And Archie misses another 3.
Goodwin misses another layup. Can’t buy one today.
Uneducated fan? I’ve seen several analysts say….Cody Zeller #1. Lol!
Noel starting to prove the uneducated fan why he is the projected number 1 draft pick
Cats on a 13-2 run that has seen the Herd score just 2 points in 8:01
Noel with another steal-and-score in transition. and-1 puts UK lead at 31-22
I think it’s obvious the way the offense has slid lately that Cal is going all-out on defense in practice. Marshall has just 22 points at 4:11 mark
Noel showing some nice post moves with that good positioning for a base line slam
WCS slam gives him 6 on 3/4 shooting
Who put the lid on the basket when Archie has the ball today?
Noel with a monster chase-down block.
Outstanding block by Nerlens
Marshall has not scored in nearly five minutes.
Cats have had at least two threes rim in and out. Wiltjer not looking good so far…
Harrow drills a three, now has 11 as UK leads 23-20
Just the second one I believe
Hey Jay, are you doing both postgames, or just the second one?
Pittman runs off the floor hurt. He’s been Herd’s best player thus far.
Harrow runner ties it at 20. He’s been MVP thus far with 8 points.
Mays may have caught the 3 point slump bug from Wiltjer
Going back and forth now with score at 16-15 UK after WCS layup
Alex Poythress picks up 2nd foul with 14:42 remaining
Cats can’t seem to find a basket around the rim at the moment
Polson getting set to check in. UK leads 12-10 at 15:25. Harrow with 6 early and is looking the best he’s looked all year.
Here comes Wiltjer for Poythress
Noel and Goodwin were lazy to get back on D results in an And 1
Harrow looks explosive going off that drive
Noel steal and Harrow layup has Cats up 4-0 early
A pretty good amount of Marshall green in Rupp Arena today.
I like the three guard lineup to start. No Wiltjer means this team can run the court from the get go