A new year opens the door for new opportunities, new goals to achieve and new barriers to break. For those of you returning to UK for your second, third or fourth year, let’s not rest on the success of 2011-12. Let’s all dream bigger. For those of you joining the Wildcat family, push us to become ever greater.
In our latest episode of the CoachCal.com Mailbag, Coach Cal tackles the most difficult habit for freshmen to kick, how many times he’s watched the national championship tape and what his wife, Ellen, does when she’s not watching the Cats.
The players that would combine to form John Calipari’s third straight top-ranked recruiting class all knew one another from the AAU and high school all-star circuits, but the event that annually features the nation’s top seniors served as a transformative moment.
The win marked the 34th straight victory for the home team at Rupp Arena, breaking the previous streak of 33 games set from 1992 to 1994. John Calipari has been the head coach for all 34 games, as the streak started with his first career game at Rupp two years ago.
UK freshmen Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague are among 12 players the U.S. Basketball Writers Association named as its preseason candidates for the nation’s top freshman for the 2011-12 college basketball season.
We just finished up our first six full-length practices since Big Blue Madness. We put the guys through four practices over the weekend and then ran them through one Monday and one again Tuesday. They’ll get the day off Wednesday to recharge, but we’ll have a hard practice lined up for them Thursday.
Tipping off the season under national championship expectations, Kentucky took the floor for the first time at Rupp Arena for Big Blue Madness. As a sold-out crowd watched their every move, the Kentucky players – and their coach – didn’t disappoint.
Harrison notched 22 points and a career-high seven rebounds in the win over Eastern Michigan and a career-high four assists Sunday night at the Barclays Center against Providence.