Daily Archives: January 10, 2013
I imagine this how all Vandy fans will look after tonight’s game.
It’s getting close to game time. The Wildcats are set to face the crazy Commodores of Vanderbilt University tonight. It will be the official start to UK’s conference schedule and it should be interesting one, since we have to start it on the road against a rival team. The Commodores do not have the talent they had last year and somewhat struggling this year, let’s hope UK can start the SEC season off right.
Vegas Line: Kentucky is favored by 12.5 points.
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Television/Event Info: Thursday, January 10, 2012 | 9:00 p.m. | TV = [ESPN] | Nashville, Tennessee| Memorial Gym
Tyler Mounce = 78- 64
Brad Woodcock = 76-58
Marcus Owens = 71-58
Braxton Howard = 78-62
David Stevens Jr. = 82-58
Joseph Thompson = 78-72
Go Big Blue!
Beat the Commodores!
Currently making Vanderbilt fans forget that basketball is a thing they used to enjoy.
Tonight the Kentucky Wildcats travel to the Memorial Coliseum to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores. The Commodores enter the game just a step above a full on dumpster fire, but will look forward to the opportunity to knock off the defending champs and turn around their season, similar to what Kentucky did to Vanderbilt in Billy Gillispie’s first season, but that’s neither here nor there.
Anyways, down to the match ups.
There were times during the season where it was really hard to give UK any kind of advantage at this position, but with the way that Ryan Harrow is playing and the fact that Brad Tinsley no longer plays for Vanderbilt, I look for a pretty big advantage here for the Cats.
Kendren Johnson is a stud. Unfortunately for him, he’s the only one. He’ll have an extremely tough time against UK, with everyone really keying on him. Expect him to struggle against Archie tonight.
Alex Poythress is big, somewhat physical, and a complete mis-match for Kevin Bright. NEXT!
The only player that I had ever heard of from Vanderbilt currently on the roster is Rod Odom. Unfortunately for Rod Odom, he’s not really been that great this year. He draws the unenviable task of guarding Willie Cauley-Stein. Go Rod!
This match up will be interesting in that it could be really lopsided. Nerlens Noel vs. Josh Henderson. Hmm….who you gonna take?
Kevin Stallings isn’t a bad coach. That said, Coach Cal basically owns him. In their 7 match ups since Cal came to UK, Cal is 5-2, including 2-1 in Nashville against some of the best teams Vanderbilt has ever had. This year’s team doesn’t have a player that would have started, or even clocked minutes really, if they played for any of those teams. Just ask Rod, he’ll tell ya.
I still think this one won’t quite be a 50 point shelling. It’s a weird atmosphere. The floor is in a weird place. The benches are in a weird place. And if I know anything about Vanderbilt, they’ll bring it the best they can tonight. Still though, won’t be enough.
UK 76, VU 58
Go Big Blue!
In what could be considered a major victory for Kentucky football today, the state legislature combined with Governor Beshear, announced their support of the plan to make $110 million dollars worth of renovations to Commonwealth Stadium.
Governor Beshear was joined by bi-partisan leadership, including 15 Democrats and 17 Republicans from both houses. This kind of support generally means that UK is well on it’s way to getting the necessary bonding power to move forward with the renovations. Though the move still has to be approved by both houses, this kind of support generally lends itself to show there will be little to no opposition once it moves on to the floor in the Capital.
A lot of support for this lends itself to the hard work that Mitch Barnhart has put in to make sure this happens. Mitch went out, put a plan together, came to a compromise with not only Eli Capilouto, but the entire Academic side of the University of Kentucky, by promising to help pay for some new Academic Buildings, including a $100 million dollar Science Building that is desperately needed, and a $65 million dollar renovation to the Gatton College of Business and Economics. There will also be other facilities that will be funded in part by money expected to be made from the renovations once completed.
So what exactly is UK getting in renovations?
The detailed plans have not really been laid out as of yet, and there haven’t been any releases of a 3-d layout of what things will look like when the projects are completed, but his is what we know:
There will be renovations to the Nutter Fieldhouse.
There will be an addition of a recruiting room on the east side of the stadium nearest the Nutter Fieldhouse.
Kentucky plans on adding more Club Seating, up to 2,500 more seats.
There is a plan to add 10-15 luxury suits, including a presidential suite that can seat 50-100. There is apparently already a waiting list for these suites from donors.
UK will improve media facilities, possibly a new press box.
There will be more renovations to improve spectator experience, though those plans do not have any specifics attached to them at this time.
Regardless, the timing for these announcements could not be better. UK is in the midst of one of it’s most important recruiting campaigns in years, and specifically this weekend has more 4* recruits than maybe have ever been on campus at one time. Mark Stoops, who Mitch said today would have a huge role in planning out these renovations, will be able to talk in more detail about the plans to the recruits, and show them the UK locker room to reveal what UK is certainly capable putting together with the money they have at their disposal. Maybe they won’t be able to pull off something as awesome as the new UK Locker Room Suite, but you can get pretty close with 110 million (especially when you consider it took only 3.1 million to build the new locker room).
This is of special importance because the planned date of completion (sometime in July, 2015), would mean the players would get to enjoy the fully completed upgrades by their Junior years, assuming they don’t Redshirt. That puts the renovations squarely in play from a recruiting standpoint.
It’s unclear to this point what kind of effect this will have from a recruiting standpoint, but if the fan excitement is any indication, recruits will certainly find it appealing to come and be a part of the beginning of a new era of Kentucky football.
Either way, UK has the best of both sports and academics in mind with this plan, and thus, a United Big Blue Nation. #BBNunite
Go Big Bue!
UK is set to play the University of Vanderbilt tonight. It is the first SEC game of the year. Vanderbilt is a team that we have beaten many times over the years, but they do get the best of us sometimes, like in last year’s SEC Tournament Championship game, but that minor loss just fueled us enough to win a National Championship. I also believe that we will want a little extra revenge from that defeat last year as well. Kyle Wiltjer was there.
Out of all the teams that UK has played, Kentucky has 136 wins all-time against Vandy, 2nd only to the University of Tennessee. It is safe to say that our record versus the state to the south of us is pretty good, which makes for a good rivalry.
Record: 136-45 (All Time)
At Vanderbilt Record: 53-27
First Game Against Vanderbilt: 2/22/1912 (W 28 – 17)
Last Game Against Vanderbilt: 3/11/2012 (L 64 – 71)
Highest Scorer: Louie Dampier (2/2/1966) – 42 Points
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Today is the one year anniversary of our website being live on the internet. Honestly we didn’t really get things rolling until the end of January, but it was January 10th, 2012 when we officially launched http://kycatstats.com/.
We would like to THANK everyone that is fan of our website and info we provide. We want to especially THANK all of your Facebook fans, Twitter followers, Google + friends, and podcast listeners. All of you together have made this a great year and have given us the opportunity to continue what we’re doing for many years to come.
We achieved a lot in our first year. We had many goals in mind when we started this site and we’ve been able to surpass most our short term goals. We are staying hungry and eager to keep the good thing rollings. We now have long term goals and they are much bigger goals, but in the end achieving these goals will continue to help us grow; providing more and more free information, news, and prizes to all of Big Blue Nation.
We plan to keep doing what we have been doing for right now, but lot’s of big projects are being worked on behind the scenes. In the next year we plan to have more contests, more prizes, more news coverage, more event coverage, coverage of other UK sports, more writers, new websites, better podcasts, and much much more.
Sneak Peak Info: We are in the midst of launching a series of websites that will bring you every bit of Kentucky Wildcat news you can think of. Everything is being built right now, but look for more information after basketball season.
Big things will happen in 2013 for us and our fans. We look forward to the future and what is has in store for us.
Once again, thanks to everyone out there for making us who we are today and let’s hope we continue to have another good year. (It’s hard to have a bad time covering UK sports, haha.)
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