Daily Archives: January 12, 2013
Elston Turner got paid tonight.
From the “what in the world just happened department,” Elston Turner scorched Kentucky for 40 points that helped propel A&M to an 83-71 win over Kentucky.
Texas A&M took a 5 point lead in to the half, but the general feeling around Rupp Arena was that Turner couldn’t keep it up, and Kentucky would find a way to win in the second half. But, in the second half, Turner stayed hot, and Kentucky couldn’t find an answer for him.
Kentucky made run after run in the second half, even going as far as to take a 4 point lead late in the second half. Turner hit a 3 deep in the shot clock when UK went up 4, and then a lay-up and A&M was back up by 1.
The disappointing part was just how good of a game that Nerlens Noel had. 15 points, 11 rebounds, 7 blocks, 6 assists, and 4 assists. That’s a pretty incredible game, overshadowed by Turner’s 40 points on the night.
Fans may not like to hear it, but this loss actually puts Kentucky on the outside looking in, as far as the NCAA tournament is concerned. Kentucky has some chances to make up for it, but with a down SEC, there aren’t a lot. You have to point to the Florida game at home and the Missouri game at home as opportunities to get back in to the tournament, and the team’s margin-for-error now drops to 0, as they can not afford any more losses like this one.
Kentucky takes on another tough defensive squad on Tuesday night as the Tennessee Volunteers come to town.
The Ky Cat Stats player of the game is Nerlens Noel, who was on centuple-double watch for a while.
Kentucky has hired Tommy Mainord and Derrick Ansley and their wide receiver and cornerback coaches.
Here is the press release from UK about Tommy Mainord:
LEXINGTON, Ky. – After spending the past three seasons helping Neal Brown build an electric offense at Texas Tech as an assistant coach for outside receivers, Tommy Mainord has agreed to rejoin Brown as Kentucky’s wide receiver coach, head coach Mark Stoops announced Saturday.
Mainord completes the offensive coaching staff for Kentucky, joining Brown, running backs coach Chad Scott, offensive line coach John Schlarman and tight ends coach Vince Marrow. Stoops also completed his defensive staff with the hiring of Derrick Ansley as cornerbacks coach Saturday.
“Tommy brings a wealth of experience and success to our program,” Stoops said. “Coming from a coaching family, he is well-rounded with a great depth of football knowledge. Tommy is a true professional who is also known for his relentless work ethic. His familiarity with our offensive system will help the players’ transition to the new offense.”
Mainord brings several years of offensive coaching success to Lexington, including the last three years with the Red Raiders. In every season in Lubbock, Mainord helped lead TTU to top-10 national rankings in passing offense, top-15 in total offense and top-25 in scoring offense. The Red Raiders increased their production in all three categories every season under Mainord, including finishing the 2012 season ranked second in passing offense (355.9 yards per game), 13th in total offense (495.8 ypg) and 20th in scoring offense (37.5 points per game).
Mainord coached two of the best receivers in college football in 2012, helping Darrin Moore and Eric Ward each finish the season ranked in the top 20 nationally in receptions per game. Moore finished 12th with 92 catches for 1,032 yards and 13 touchdowns, while Ward was 19th with 82 catches for 1,053 yards and 12 TDs.
The success that Mainord’s wide receivers had in 2012 was spurred off the solid season the Red Raider offense posted in 2011 when they finished seventh in passing offense, racking up 4,145 passing yards. In all, 13 different receivers made 10 or more catches in 2011. Mainord’s squad also performed well in his first season, including Lyle Leong, who ranked second nationally with 19 touchdown catches that season.
“I’m eager for the opportunity to work with Coach Stoops,” Mainord said. “I have great respect for his accomplishments and I had heard all the excitement in Kentucky about his hiring. Getting to work with Neal Brown again made it even more attractive to come to UK.”
Before his stint in Lubbock, Mainord was named the offensive coordinator at Lamar in Sept. 2008 as the Cardinals’ program began preparation to return to the field in 2010 after being dormant for more than 20 years.
Mainord spent a decade coaching in the Football Championship Subdivision and NCAA Division II before accepting the Lamar job. He had a three-year stint at Sam Houston State, spending three seasons as an assistant coach for wide receivers or running backs and one season as the co-offensive coordinator. In his year as the co-coordinator, the team finished 2007 ranked 16th in the country in passing offense and 21st in total offense.
Mainord tutored several talented players while with the Bearkats, including D.D. Terry, who rushed for a school-record 1,328 yards to rank seventh in the FCS and pace the Southland Conference. Terry was honored as the Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Year and was one of 16 finalists for the Walter Payton Award, which honors the Division I FCS Offensive Player of the Year.
Mainord cut his teeth in coaching at his alma mater, spending six seasons at Tarleton State. Mainord began his coaching career as a student assistant in 1999, followed by two years as a graduate assistant from 2000-01, helping the team to the Lone Star Conference Championship in ‘01 with a 10-3 record. The Texans also won the LSC North Division Title in 2002 and 2003.
Tarleton State had a solid offensive season in 2004 while Mainord was coaching quarterbacks and running backs. Derrick Ross, who earned NCAA Division II honorable mention All-America honors and was an NCAA All-Region and All-Lone Star Conference first-team selection. Ross gained 1,560 yards in 10 games for the Texans, which was the best rushing total by an LSC back in 14 seasons. Mainord also produced two more All-LSC backs in 2003 in Joe Morrison and Carl Steward.
The Texans also had a great offensive season in 2001, gathering 1,773 yards and scoring 24 touchdowns on the ground en route to a top-10 national ranking and advancing to the NCAA Division II quarterfinals. In 2000, Mainord’s running backs gained more than 1,675 yards.
Mainord played baseball at TSU before joining the football program as a student assistant coach. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in health and sports science in 2000 and his master’s degree in education in 2001.
Mainord grew up with the game of football as his father, Carlos, was a National Football League coach with the Chicago Bears, New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers and St. Louis Rams and also coached in college at Texas Tech, Miami (Fla.) and Rice.
And Derrick Ansley:
LEXINGTON, Ky. – After stints with Southeastern Conference foes Alabama and Tennessee, former Troy University star defensive back Derrick Ansley has agreed to join Mark Stoops’ coaching staff as an assistant coach in charge of the cornerbacks, Stoops announced Saturday.
Ansley completes Stoops’ defensive staff, joining defensive coordinator/linebackers coach D.J. Eliot, defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh and safeties coach/special teams coordinator Bradley Dale Peveto.
“I’m excited to have Derrick join our staff,” Stoops said. “He is an outstanding young coach and I am extremely impressed with his football knowledge. I wanted another coach on the defensive staff who would bring a diversity of knowledge and experience in addition to the system we used at Florida State. Although Derrick is a young coach, he fits that with three years’ experience in the SEC at Alabama and at Tennessee.”
Ansley joins the Wildcat staff after a one-year term at Tennessee. In his one season, Ansley helped the Volunteers improve their national ranking in interceptions from 86th to 56th. He came to UT in Feb. 2012 after accepting the position of defensive back coach at Central Florida in Dec. 2011.
Ansley was a defensive graduate assistant coach with Alabama in 2010-11, helping the Crimson Tide to a 22-4 record, including the 2011 national championship season. Alabama went 10-3 in Ansley’s first year en route to a win in the Capital One Bowl over Michigan State. UA was 11-1 in 2011 before he left the team in December. The Tide eventually won the national championship to finish a 12-1 season.
The Crimson Tide had one of the best defenses in the country both years Ansley was on staff, ranking fifth in total defense, third in scoring defense, sixth in pass efficiency defense and 13th in passing defense in 2010. In 2011, Alabama led the nation in total defense, scoring defense, passing defense and pass efficiency defense. Ansley also helped tutor Mark Barron, Dre Kirkpatrick and DeQuan Menzie to All-America honors in 2011.
“Coming to Kentucky is a great opportunity to learn from Coach Stoops and Coach Eliot, who obviously have had tremendous success and have great defensive minds,” Ansley said. “Our goal is to build a championship defense. I’m also excited about continuing to coach and compete in the SEC.”
Ansley spent five seasons coaching at NCAA Division III Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala. before taking the graduate assistant position with Alabama. During his five-year stint with the Hawks, Ansley helped guide the team to its first-ever winning season and the school’s first playoff appearance. The Hawks posted a winning record four of the five seasons he was on staff, including two eight-win seasons.
The year before Ansley got to Huntingdon, the team had 12 interceptions and 23 pass breakups. Those numbers improved to 15 interceptions and 44 pass breakups in year one. In Ansley’s final season with Huntington, the Hawks had 22 interceptions and an impressive 56 pass breakups.
Ansley had a very successful collegiate playing career at Troy University, starting 40 consecutive games for the Trojans. The defensive back had a great junior season in 2003, finishing third in the nation in interceptions with nine pickoffs. He was first-team All-Sun Belt Conference in 2004, Troy’s first season in the league. He graduated in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and was working on his master’s in human environmental sciences at Alabama.
It’s getting close to game time. The Cats are ready for their first SEC home game against the Aggies of Texas A&M University today. The aggies are good team, but not great. They have won 11 games up to this point, but they have not played anyone tough or ranked. They also lost to some bad teams. Kentucky is the favorite in the game and it is at Rupp Arena, where we rarely lose. So let’s hope the Cats play better today and get their 2nd win in the SEC.
Vegas Line: Kentucky is favored by 14 points.
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Television/Event Info: Saturday, January 12, 2012 | 4:00 p.m. | TV = [ESPN] | Lexington, Kentucky| Rupp Arena
Tyler Mounce = 79-70
Brad Woodcock = 76-65
Marcus Owens = 74-60
Braxton Howard = 77-62
David Stevens Jr. = 67-60
Go Big Blue!
Beat the Aggies!
Meadows is a 3 star Offensive Tackle out of Cincinnati, Ohio who held offers from Florida State, West Virginia, and Louisville.
More to come this weekend!
Kentucky is set to play Texas A&M University today. This will be the first time that we play Texas A&M as apart of the SEC conference. We have only played then a couple times before, but we luckily have a winning record against them. A&M just joined the SEC conference this year, along with Missouri who play a little later in the season. They both come from the Big 12 conference, but they decided they wanted to be in a better overall conference like the SEC.
Texas A&M History:
Founded in 1912, the men’s basketball team won 11 Southwest Conference championships and 2 Southwest Conference Tournament championships. The team has appeared in the National Invitation Tournament 6 times and in the NCAA Tournament 11 times, of which 3 resulted in Sweet Sixteen appearances, the highest round to which the Aggies have advanced. The women’s basketball team has 1 Southwest Conference Tournament championship,1 regular season Big 12 Conference championship and 2 Big 12 Tournament championships, most recently in 2011. The women have advanced to 8 NCAA Tournament appearances, winning the National Championship in 2011. They have also competed in the WNIT twice, winning that tournament in 1995.
The men’s basketball team was coached by head coach Mark Turgeon for four years until he left for the head coaching position at the University of Maryland. The current head basketball coach is Billy Kennedy; he is entering his second season and leading the Aggies into the Southeastern Conference. The women’s team has been coached by Gary Blair since 2003.Home games are played at the 12,989-seat Reed Arena. G. Rollie White Coliseum, formerly the home of the volleyball and basketball teams, hosted basketball games before Reed Arena opened in 1998.
Record: 2-1 (All Time)
First Game Against Texas A&M: 12/30/1941 (W 49 – 29)
Last Game Against Texas A&M: 12/22/1978 (L 69 – 73)
Highest Kentucky Scorer: Jim Line (12/14/1946) – 16 Points
Go Big Blue!