COLLEGE STATION, Texas — This Julius Mays, the guy who sunk clutch free throws and big shots in Kentucky’s nerve-wracking 72-68 win Saturday, is who the coaching staff was hoping for when he transferred from Wright State in the offseason.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Hear what John Calipari, Julius Mays and Nerlens Noel had to say following Kentucky’s 72-68 overtime victory at Texas A&M on Saturday. Nerlens Noel scored a career-high 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, and Julius Mays hit key throws down the stretch to save the Cats.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – If he’s said it once, he’s said it a thousand times. Play not to lose, John Calipari has said, and chances are you eventually will. Playing not to lose didn’t cost the Kentucky Wildcats (15-6, 6-2 Southeastern Conference) on Saturday, but only because an old dog showed some young Cats how you play to win.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Join us Saturday as CoachCal.com and UKathletics.com team up for a live interactive blog for the Kentucky-Texas A&M game at 6 p.m. ET. We’ll detail the action throughout the evening, live from Reed Arena in College Station, Texas. Fans can join the chat and send in questions and comments in a real-time format. We will get started around 5:45 p.m. ET.
Kentucky has been down this road before. Coming off a big win against Auburn, the Cats thought they had turned a corner. The Big Blue Nation let out a collective sigh of relief. Then, Alabama happened. Now, UK is set to face a team that’s already broken its stride once, providing John Calipari with his first SEC loss at home since he became head coach at Kentucky in 2009.
We will have a written feature for the normal pregame coverage later, but for now, check out video interviews with John Calipari, Archie Goodwin and Jon Hood as they preview Saturday’s Texas A&M game.
Previewing the week ahead, Coach Cal spoke on Monday’s weekly Southeastern Conference teleconference to talk about the upcoming games. Since Ole Miss is UK’s next opponent, we’ve got Andy Kennedy’s transcript as well.
After watching his team get outrebounded, “outhustled” and “outworked” in the second half of doubleheader nightcap, a hot and irritated John Calipari said this letdown loss simply came down to toughness. One team (Baylor) had it. The other (Kentucky) didn’t.