Tag Archives: 2012-13 Basketball Preview

Transfer Julius Mays passes on guaranteed minutes for opportunity to win championship

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  In John Calipari’s three seasons as UK’s head coach, 10 freshmen and sophomores have left Lexington for the NBA draft.   Consequently, the three upperclassmen Calipari has thus far brought to the program as scholarship players have all been …

With year as a Wildcat under his belt, Beckham feels prepared for senior season

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  When Twany Beckham walks on the Rupp Arena floor in March for senior night festivities, it will be the culmination of the wild ride that has been his college career.   Beckham will go through senior night festivities with …

Fan favorite Jarrod Polson working toward expanded role for UK basketball this season

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  There are not many candidates for most improved Wildcat this season, since only four scholarship players who were eligible to play during the 2012 championship season returned to school.   Still, it might have taken a few guesses to …

Jon Hood eager to return to basketball action after missing championship run with injury

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  The number of Wildcats to play for John Calipari will reach 32 when his newest team takes the court this season.   Just one of those 32 players has been on each of Calipari’s four UK teams: redshirt junior …

As only Cat to see action in 2012 Final Four, Wiltjer looks to build on freshman experience

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There aren’t many sophomores in the country looked to as the wily veterans of their teams.   UK sophomore Kyle Wiltjer is one of the few.   As a freshman, Wiltjer was the seventh man in a six-man heavy rotation. …

UK’s smallest basketball players have rare perspective on Calipari, 2012 road to title

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  The first question directed at UK head coach John Calipari after he won his first national championship in March was if he would admit winning a title meant more to him than he had previously let on.   He …

Ryan Harrow hopes to build on transfer year to become next great Calipari point guard

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While the UK men’s basketball team was bombarded with confetti and “One Shinning Moment” blared from the Superdome loudspeakers following the school’s eighth national championship in April, one Wildcat was not on the court celebrating with his teammates.   He …

Alex Poythress working for constant effort
to help prolific scoring ability translate to UK

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UK freshman forward Alex Poythress comes across as soft-spoken in interviews, but you would never guess that from his play on the court.   As a senior at Northeast High School in Clarksville, Tenn., Poythress averaged more than 30 points, …

John Calipari hopes for another balanced scoring attack with new faces on 2012-13 team

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Seven different players led the 2012 UK national championship team in scoring in at least one game.   UK head coach John Calipari expects more of the same this season.   In a preseason roundtable interview with local media, Calipari …

Noel has eyes on shot-blocking record, but Calipari says comparisons to Davis aren’t fair

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  Ask UK head coach John Calipari to compare his current freshman forward Nerlens Noel to his 2012 National Player of the Year and No. 1 NBA draft pick Anthony Davis, and he will say that comparison is not fair. …

Abundance of length has Calipari pondering potential lineups, even playing both big men

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  A glance at the 2012-13 UK men’s basketball roster shows the Wildcats’ will not be lacking in at least one thing this season: size.   Five of the 12 Wildcats are 6-foot-7 or taller. Three of the 12 are …

Archie Goodwin not shy about assuming a leadership role as freshman for UK basketball

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Last season, UK forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist worked his way into a leadership role for the eventual national-champion Wildcats, but he acknowledged early in the year his initial hesitation at assuming that role because of his youth.   That has not …

What pressure? Calipari, Wildcats downplay goal of repeating as national champions

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  It wasn’t long after the UK men’s basketball team brought home the program’s eighth national championship in April that fans started dreaming of No. 9.   That is the way sports fans operate, but don’t expect UK head coach …

Q&A: John Calipari previews 2012-13 season, talks about challenge of repeating and more

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In September, UK men’s basketball coach John Calipari sat down for a roundtable interview with local media members, including KyForward’s Jon Hale, to talk about his new team, the pressure of repeating and a host of other topics.   You …

Cauley-Stein overcoming confidence issues with standout summer before UK debut

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  When UK freshman Willie Cauley-Stein looked at the list of commitments in the Wildcats’ 2012 recruiting class, he could not help but be a little intimidated.   Rivals.com rated three of the four signees as five-star players. Only Cauley-Stein …