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A UK fan who will ‘always be blue’ Steve McNulty, class of 1977, travels more than 500 miles for his first Big Blue Madness experience By Nick Gray firstname.lastname@example.org
The cliche “basketball season starts in October in the state of Kentucky” is used extensively this time of the year in the Bluegrass. But the cliche is true for one UK graduate who has moved to a football-centric state and is skipping work to travel more than 500 miles to watch Big Blue Madness. Steve McNulty graduated from UK in the Class of 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture. He now lives in Dothan, Ala., a city of 65,496 people in the southeastern part of the state of Alabama. McNulty, 57, is a manager at a ConAgra Foods plant and is taking off work on Thursday to travel for UK’s first public practice. Dothan is 588 miles away from Lexington, which is “about a nine or 10-hour drive,” McNulty said. “I am ready to see the lights and Calipari introducing the new team,” McNulty said. “I think we’re going to be really good this year and I’m really, really excited.” McNulty got tickets to Friday’s event after his son, Spencer McNulty, an agriculture senior at UK, camped out. Spencer McNulty and his friends will cook out with Steve McNulty beforehand. Friday will mark Steve McNulty’s first time attending Big Blue Madness. “I would have paid for them,” he said. “I usually go through the Alumni Association (for regular and postseason tickets) and they’ve been pretty good, so I would have paid what they told me.”
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Fans set up their tents to wait for Big Blue Madness tickets on Oct. 2 outside Memorial Coliseum. There were nearly 755 tents, which breaks last year’s record of 595 tents. Steve McNulty also has a daughter, Amanda McNulty, who graduated from UK in the Class of 2010. He last traveled to Lexington for a basketball game in February 2012 during the national championship season for a conference game. Steve McNulty said he has attended every Final Four the Cats have been in
since 1978 except for the 1984 Final Four in Seattle, Wash., where UK lost to Georgetown University, the eventual national champions, led by All-American forward Patrick Ewing. Steve McNulty’s favorite story in his Final Four travels derives from his first trip in 1978 to St. Louis, Mo. “In 1978 in Seattle, my
friend and I were in Key West for 10 days, came back to Lexington, then drove up to St. Louis and got into the 1978 National Championship,” Steve McNulty said. Steve McNulty has not only a piece of history from that event, but physical photographic proof that he was there.
“My picture is actually in Sports Illustrated. It was one of the pictures of the year (in 1978). I’m right in the middle, down underneath (head coach) Joe B. Hall. It was cool. Really cool, actually.” Steve McNulty said. “My picture is in Rupp Arena (also), in the Papa John’s picture. It’s the Final Four picture and I’m right in the
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middle of that.” In that Final Four, the Cats, under Hall, won their fifth national championship. Steve McNulty said last year’s struggles did not deter his efforts to come up to Kentucky. “There’s no way I would miss this,,” Steve McNulty said. “When you’re blue, you’re always blue.”
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How will Matthew Mitchell fill an A’dia Mathies-sized hole? When UK Hoops head coach Matthew Mitchell came to Lexington in 2007, the NCAA Tournament must have seemed so far away. An invitation to the “Big Dance” might have BOYD C.M. come in HAYES three or four seaKernel sons. columnist Two 16loss seasons later, a 5-foot-9 freshman guard from Iroquois High School in Louisville came to Lexington with no intention of waiting around for success. A’dia Mathies wanted to win immediately. Four NCAA Tournament bids, three trips to the Elite Eight and 111 victories later, Mathies graduated as the only UK basketball player, man or woman, to record more than 2,000 points, 600 rebounds, 300 assists and 300 steals in a career. Mitchell was years ahead of schedule building a legacy of UK Hoops success. Moving into the coming season, Mitchell is left with a Mathies-sized hole in his roster, as his former star plies her trade for the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks. With Mathies gone, who will score the extra 14.3 points per game or take the leftover 12 shots per game that she was responsible for
at UK? Who will be the Cats’ next star? With more youth and more experience on his team this season, Mitchell will have several strong candidates to replace Mathies. There are those who have played with Mathies in seasons past and may step up to take the mantle. Among them are junior guard Bria Goss, sophomore guard Janee Thompson and senior center DeNesha Stallworth. Goss quickly established herself at UK, receiving SEC Freshman of the Week honors four times in the 2011-12 season and being named the 2012 SEC Freshman of the Year. She has been an emerging leader on both sides of the ball ever since. After averaging 11 points per game as a freshman, her role changed as a sophomore while the 2012-13 squad struggled to find backcourt identity. Though she averaged only 8.8 points per game last season, she made a larger impact coming off the bench in the final 14 games of the season, including a 17-point performance in a decisive road win over the University of Arkansas. As evidenced by her team-high 20 charges taken last season, Goss has never been too afraid to put herself on the line for her team. As a junior, with Mathies gone, she will have more opportunities than ever to make the big plays when the Cats need them the most. Thompson, Goss’s back-
court counterpart, has shown she can put a team on her back in the clutchest of clutch situations, like the Cats’ first road victory over the University of Louisville since 1999 last December. In front of 15,453 screaming Cardinals fans, Thompson scored 13 secondhalf points, nabbed a crucial steal, knocked down three critical free-throws down the stretch and drained the game-winning three from no less than a mile out with less than 10 seconds left to play. She was Michael Jordan clutch, and she was only a freshman. As a sophomore, perhaps we’ll see a few more Thompson game-winners, especially as the battle for SEC supremacy heats up with the University of Tennessee returning to prominence as preseason favorites to win the conference. Can Thompson help the Cats reclaim the SEC title, and possibly NCAA Tournament glory? If not Thompson, perhaps Stallworth. As an AllSEC First Team selection last season after transferring from the University of California, Stallworth is an offensive force to be reckoned with in the post, not to mention she can shoot the 3point shot from time to time. She averaged 12.5 points per game in 35 starts last season, blocking 52 shots and pulling in six rebounds per game as well. Leading the team with nine double-doubles last sea-
son, Stallworth will be part of any successes the Cats have this season, and she may be Mitchell’s go-to player when the going gets tough. Mitchell may have his eyes on someone a bit younger than Stallworth, however. Though she stands one inch shorter than Mathies at 5 feet 8 inches, freshman guard Linnae Harper may be the perfect fit for that Mathies-sized hole. An aggressive attacker and defender, Harper was Thompson’s teammate at Whitney Young (Chicago) High School, where she was named a McDonald’s AllAmerican and averaged 19 points, 8.9 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game as a senior. Harper, UK’s only lefty this season, was called up to the 2013 U.S.A. Basketball Women's U-19 World Championship Team. Harper averaged 8.4 points, five rebounds and 3.6 assists per game and beat France in the title game for the gold medal. At Big Blue Madness, Harper will meet the UK faithful in its fullest grandeur for the first time, as she takes the court alongside Goss, Thompson and Stallworth after what will certainly be an eyebrow-raising performance by Mitchell. Cats fans will be looking for their next star, their next Mathies, as UK Hoops steps onto the Rupp Arena floor Friday night. So who will it be?
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Guard A’dia Mathies pushes toward the bucket on Jan. 3 against the University of Florida.
Goss works hard to be team leader
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Bria Goss plays against the University of Tennessee on March 3. By Tyler Spanyer email@example.com
Heading into the new season, junior guard Bria Goss is ready to take on a bigger role after losing her starting position last year. “I am just trying to develop into a better leader, both on and off the court,” Goss said. As a freshman, Goss averaged 11 points per game and was the second leading scorer on the team. Her performance earned her national acclaim, and she was awarded the 2012 SEC Freshman of the Year by the Associated Press and the media. “She came out hot,” senior guard Kastine Evans said. “Her passion and desire drives the rest of the team to be better.” Goss’ production fell during her sophomore campaign as she averaged 8.8 points per game in the 201213 season. After starting the first 57 games of her career, Goss found herself coming off the bench for the first time at the University of Arkansas on Feb. 7. “It was difficult, but I knew that it was the best decision for the team,” Goss said. As her junior season begins, she is as determined to take ahold of the spotlight and not let go. “I have been working really hard,” she said, “and I think I’m prepared to take my game to the next level.” One of Goss’ goals is to win a national championship. “In order to do that, I have to be a better player,” she said. “As far as personal goals go, I want to be con-
sidered a top-tier player in the SEC.” The most publicized game for UK Hoops in the regular season will be against Duke University in Rupp Arena on Dec. 22. Goss has fond memories of the last time Duke came calling to Lexington. “The excitement surrounding the game was awesome,” Goss said. “Our fans are the greatest, and let’s be honest, who doesn’t get excited to play Duke?” Goss said she has circled the game on the schedule and she expects fans to break the attendance records. “I have no doubt,” she said. UK Hoops will take to the floor for the first time this season at Big Blue Madness on Friday at Rupp Arena. They will play their first exhibition game Nov. 5 at Memorial Coliseum against Eckerd College.
Born: Sept. 2, 1992 Height: 5 feet 10 inches Position: Guard Class: Junior Freshman stats: 11 PPG, 4 RPG, 1.4 SPG Sophomore stats: 8.8 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 1.5 SPG
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maintaining THE madness of the big blue nation From Nerlens Noel to Matthew Mitchell to Billy Gillispie, some of UK’s most beloved — and unloved — figures have been under the spotlight in front of thousands of fans at the annual Big Blue Madness. Check out the action from the highlyanticipated event from the past few years.
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The 2011-12 men’s basketball team greets fans as they enter Rupp Arena at the 2011 Big Blue Madness. The team finished 38-2.
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The 2012-13 men’s basketball team walks onto the court at the 2012 Big Blue Madness in Rupp Arena. The team ended its season 21-12.
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UK Hoops head coach Matthew Mitchell dances for fans at Rupp Arena in 2010. PHOTO BY CHARLES BERTRAM | LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER (MCT)
Former head coach Billy Gillispie is introduced to fans during the 2007 Big Blue Madness event.
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The UK dance team performs at the event in October 2012 at Rupp Arena.
UK Hoops dances on the court at Rupp Arena during the 2010 Big Blue Madness event.
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UK Hoops head coach Matthew Mitchell dresses up as MC Hammer and performs at the 2012 Big Blue Madness.
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Junior guard Jennifer O’Neill smiles for the crowd at last year’s event.
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Men’s 2013/2014 roster Position: Forward Class: Freshman Height: 6 feet 9 inches Marcus Lee
Position: Guard Class: Senior Height: 6 feet 7 inches
Position: Forward Class: Sophomore Height: 7 feet
1 – Transylvania University (exhibition), 7 p.m., Fox Sports South 4 – University of Montevallo (exhibition), 7 p.m., Fox Sports South 8 – University of North Carolina at Asheville, 7 p.m., Fox Sports South 10 – Northern Kentucky University, 4 p.m., Fox Sports South 12 – Michigan State University at United Center, Chicago, Ill., 7:30 p.m., ESPN 17 – Robert Morris University, 7 p.m., ESPN2 19 – University of Texas-Arlington, 7:30 p.m., CSS 25 – Cleveland State University, 7 p.m., Fox Sports 27 – Eastern Michigan University, 4 p.m., Fox Sports South
December 1 – Providence University at Barclays Center, 8:30 p.m., Fox Sports 1 6 – Baylor University at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, 10 p.m., ESPN 10 – Boise State University, 9 p.m., ESPN 14 – at University of North Carolina, 5:15 p.m., ESPN 21 – Belmont University, 12 p.m., ESPNU 28 – University of Louisville, 4 p.m., CBS
8 – Mississippi State University, 8 p.m., SEC Network 11 – at Vanderbilt University, 1 or 3:30 p.m., CBS 14 – at University of Arkansas, 9 p.m., ESPN 18 – University of Tennessee, 12 p.m., CBS 21 – Texas A&M University, 9 p.m., ESPN 25 – University of Georgia, 1:30 p.m., SEC Network 28 – at Louisiana State University, 9 p.m., ESPN
Position: Guard Class: Freshman Height: 5 feet 9 inches
Position: Forward Class: Freshman Height: 6 feet 9 inches
Position: Guard Class: Freshman Height: 6 feet
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Position: Guard Class: Freshman Height: 6 feet 3 inches
Position: Guard Class: Junior Height: 6 feet 11 inches Sam Malone
Position: Forward Class: Freshman Height: 6 feet 9 inches
Position: Forward Class: Sophomore Height: 6 feet 8 inches
Position: Guard Class: Senior Height: 6 feet 2 inches Jarrod Polson
Position: Guard Class: Freshman Height: 6 feet 6 inches
Position: Guard Class: Freshman Height: 6 feet 6 inches Aaron Harrison
Position: Guard Class: Freshman Height: 6 feet 6 inches
Position: Guard Class: Junior Height: 6 feet 2 inches
Position: Center Class: Freshman Height: 7 feet
Calipari’s roster turnover may be a blessing this year DAVID SCHUH
John Calipari’s adopted style of mass roster turnover has been a burden in the past. Championship- caliber teams quickly became a distant memory, while freshmen become millionaires and new faces are tasked with leading the next young UK team. This year, however, it may be a blessing. By almost every imaginable measure, fans labeled the 2012-13 season a failure, something Calipari had not experienced in hi s three previous years in Lexington. Now, with five freshmen ranked in the top-25 on recruiting lists to go along with three returning players with quality experience, the problems that plagued the Cats last season may be avoidable this time around. Of course, one of college basketball’s best recruiting classes doesn’t hurt, but there
is more to success than talented 18-year-olds. First, this team has depth. A major issue last season was that when Calipari felt a freshman needed to sit down, he had no serviceable replacement. So, for example, when then-freshman guard Archie Goodwin made an immature mistake and needed to sit down for a few minutes, he just played through it instead. Thus, his learning curve was slowed. The 2013-14 team has no such problem. Behind freshman Andrew Harrison at point guard, his twin br other Aaron Harrison and senior Jarrod Polson can back him up. There are as many as six players who could be an above-average forward in the SEC, giving Calipari a wealth of options on any given night. Second, they have experience. This team has three players returning who averaged at least 13 minutes per game: Polson and sophomore forwards Alex Poythress and Wille Cauley-Stein. That is a major difference from last season, when zero such play-
ers returned. The changes are evident to Calipari, who has seemed more optimistic at this point in the year than he maybe ever has. He knows that what happens from one year to the next means little in this program. “I’ve talked more about last year’s team right here than I have since the Robert Morris game,” Calipari said at a media roundtable earlier this month. “That thing is so far behind me, it ain’t even in my mindset. I don’t want them to think about last year. They have nothing to do with last year.” The excitement around the team has increased as well. Fans broke the Big Blue Madness campout tents record by 160 tents this year, setting a new mark with 755. They see a different dynamic this fall, one they don’t think will end in the NIT. “I’m pretty aware (of the expectations), but we can’t really compare ourselves to teams of the past,” Andrew Harrison said. “We have to be ourselves. You just have to become better, be yourself and make sure your teammates are playing together.”
February 1 – at University of Missouri, 1 p.m., CBS 4 – University of Mississippi, 7 p.m., ESPNU 8 – at Mississippi State University, 1:30 p.m., SEC Network 12 – at Auburn University, 8 p.m., SEC Network 15 – University of Florida (College GameDay), 9 p.m., ESPN 18 – at University of Mississippi, 7 p.m., ESPN 22 – Louisiana State University, 4 p.m., ESPN/ESPN2 27 – University of Arkansas, 7 p.m., ESPN/ESPN2
March 1 – at University of South Carolina, 6 p.m., ESPN/ESPN2 4 – University of Alabama, 9 p.m., ESPN 8 – at University of Florida, 12 p.m., CBS
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The freshmen of the men’s basketball team pose together at photo media day on Sept. 12.
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Alex Poythress makes his entrance during the 2012 Big Blue Madness on Oct. 12, 2012.
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Willie Cauley-Stein jumps to dunk the ball at the 2012 Big Blue Madness in Rupp Arena.
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woMen’s 2013/2014 roster Position: Guard Class: Junior Height: 5 feet 6 inches Jennifer O’Neill
Position: Forward Class: Senior Height: 6 feet 3 inches
Position: Guard Class: Sophomore Height: 5 feet 7 inches
Position: Guard Class: Freshman Height: 5 feet 8 inches
Position: Forward/Center Class: Junior Height: 6 feet 2 inches
Position: Guard Class: Junior Height: 5 feet 10 inches
Position: Forward Class: Freshman Height: 6 feet 1 inches
Kyvin Goodin- Rogers
2013/2014 women’s Schedule November 3 — Eckerd College (exhibition), 1 p.m. 8 — at Marist College, 7 p.m. 10 — at Wagner College, 1 p.m. 13 — Georgia Southern University, 11 a.m. 17 — Central Michigan University, 2 p.m., Fox Sports South 21 — Lipscomb University, 7 p.m. 24 — at Middle Tennessee State University, 3 p.m. 27 — Bradley University, 12 p.m.
December 1 — University of Louisville, 1 p.m., Fox Sports South 6 — Baylor University (at Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas), 7:30 p.m. 12 — at DePaul University, 7 p.m., Fox Sports 1 15 — East Tennessee State University, 2 p.m., Fox Sports South 22 — Duke University (Rupp Arena), 3 p.m., Fox Sports South 29 — Grambling State University, 2 p.m.
January 2 — at University of Alabama, 8 p.m. 5 — Florida University, 3 p.m., CSS 9 — at University of South Carolina, 7 p.m. 12 — University of Missouri, 5 p.m., ESPNU 19 — at Auburn University, 2 p.m., SEC TV 23 — University of Alabama, 7 p.m. 26 — University of Arkansas, 1 p.m., SportSouth 30 — at University of Georgia, 9 p.m., SportSouth
February 2 — Louisiana State University, 12 p.m., SportSouth 9 — at Florida University, 12 p.m., noon, CSS 13 — University of Mississippi, 7 p.m., SportSouth 16 — at University of Tennessee, 1 p.m., ESPN 20 — University of South Carolina, 7 p.m., Fox SportSouth 23 — at Texas A&M University, 2 p.m., ESPN2 27 — at Mississippi State University, 8 p.m.,
March 2 — Vanderbilt University, 4 p.m., ESPN2 5-9 — SEC Tournament (at Gwinnett Center, Duluth, Ga.)
Go Green. Recycle this Kernel.
Position: Guard Class: Freshman Height: 5 feet 10 inches
Position: Guard Class: Senior Height: 5 feet 7 inches
Position: Guard Class: Senior Height: 5 feet 8 inches
Position: Forward Class: Senior Height: 6 feet 1 inches
Position: Forward/Center Class: Freshman Height: 6 feet 3 inches
Position: Forward/Center Class: Junior Height: 6 feet 3 inches Azia Bishop
Coach Cal’s got it all, except a perfect season A perfect season: Caligames partly due to that adDraft and was named preseapari’s best chance could be vantage. son SEC Player of the Year. here Today, the height, talent With fellow freshman center Seven teams have and depth is spread widely Dakari Johnson and sophoachieved it. No one has done around the country. more forwards Alex it in 37 One player cannot affect Poythress and Willie Cauleyyears. And the outcome of one game, Stein returning, UK has the for UK nonetheless an entire season. roster to dominate nearly men’s basThe other major differevery frontcourt in college ketball ence today is the media. basketball. coach John UK saw a small dose of And there is no shortage Calipari, it it in the 2009-10 season of wealth in the backcourt eiis his last when the team won its first ther. personal 19 games in Calipari’s first Freshmen guards Aaron DAVID goal. season. and Andrew Harrison will be SCHUH He In theory, as a team got more talented than nearly wants an closer to a perfect season, the every group of guards they Kernel undefeated overwhelming media scrutiny face this season, and there are columnist season bewould surround these college quality reinforcements behind fore he rekids in a way we’ve never every starting position. Calitires and to go 40-0. seen before. pari just has to figure out Bob Knight’s 1976 IndiIn 1976, Indiana Univerhow to effectively allocate ana Hoosiers were the last sity did not see half the hysthem. team to go undefeated, finish- teria that even an average I won’t say UK is going ing 32-0 the year UK won team would experience today. undefeated. They face two the National Invitational If UK were to run the consensus top-3 teams before Tournament. table, it would be just as the conference schedule be“We don’t talk about it as much about the team’s mengins, and that doesn’t include a team … The way we do tal ability to overlook the a trip to the University of this is a process,” Calipari prognostications as it would North Carolina. said Tuesday at media day. be about their on-court perThey may have the “I’ve had three teams that alformance. chance if everything falls into most did it … and by not doAll that being said, this place, but no team warrants ing it, we won the most year is Calipari’s best chance or deserves that kind of pregames in the history of the to date at achieving a perfect diction, especially not one NCAA.” season. He has the depth, star that has the lack of experiIn today’s game, with a power and experience to ence in the college game like longer season and conference overwhelm a lot of teams on this team. tournaments, 40 is the new the Cats’ schedule. He has his NBA draft mark. Calipari has coached Freshman forward Julius picks. He has his national titwo teams that finished 38-2, Randle could be the No. 1 tle. This is the only major UK and the University of pick in next summer’s NBA feat he hasn’t obtained. Memphis. Given that he has come relatively close, one would think it’s an attainable goal. But there are several reasons why perfection is much harder to attain today than it was in the past. College basketball is much deeper. Take a look at the team’s that went undefeated. The University of San Francisco in 1956 went 29-0 behind two future Basketball Hall of Famers, Bill Russell and K.C. Jones. The University of California, Los Angeles went 300 in 1967 behind 7-foot-2 center Lew Alcindor, who, after changing his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, became the NBA’s most-prolific scorer. UCLA did it again in 1972 and 1973, led by 6foot-11 center Bill Walton, another future Basketball Hall of Famer. The main trend is that several of the undefeated teams in the past were driven by uncharacteristically tall players for the time. Russell, Abdul-Jabbar and PHOTO BY TESSA LIGHTY | STAFF Walton dominated their eras. John Calipari at the UK-Vanderbilt game on March 15. UK lost 64-48. UCLA won 88 straight
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Madness attracts best recruits Big Blue Madness has attracted some of the best recruits in the country over the past few years. This new tradition continues with several of the Class of 2014’s top talent. These five players, including two who have already committed, will join some of the best high school players in the country when visiting UK during Big Blue Madness.
KARL TOWNS JR. Height: 7 feet 1 inch Weight: 235 pounds Hometown: Metuchen, N.J. Position: Guard High school: St. Joseph High School Committed to UK
Towns became the first UK commit of the Class of 2014 on Dec. 4, 2012. He is the No. 3 overall center and the No. 6 overall player in the Class of 2014, according to ESPN. Towns chose UK over Duke University, University of North Carolina, Michigan State University and University of Florida.
TYLER ULIS Ulis, the most recent addition to the Cats’ 2014 recruiting class, committed on Sept. 13. The point guard is listed as the No. 4 overall point guard and the No. 33 overall player in the Class of 2014, according to ESPN. He chose the Cats over University of Iowa and Michigan State University.
Height: 5 feet 9 inches Weight: 150 pounds Hometown: Matteson, Ill. Position: Guard High school: Marion Catholic High School Committed to UK
TREY LYLES Height: 6 feet 10 inches Weight: 255 pounds Hometown: Indianapolis, Ind. Position: Forward High school: Arsenal Technical High School Considering: UK, University of Louisville
Lyles will be visiting for Big Blue Madness and is ranked as the No. 2 power forward and the No. 7 overall player in the Class of 2014, according to ESPN. Lyles has narrowed his choices down to the state of Kentucky: UK and the University of Louisville. Lyles visited Louisville on Aug. 31.
JAMES BLACKMON JR. Blackmon, whose father played at UK from 1979 to 1983, will be in Lexington Friday for Big Blue Madness. He is listed as the No. 4 shooting guard and the No. 19 overall player in the Class of 2014. Blackmon visited the University of Michigan on Sept. 27 and was once committed to Tom Crean of Indiana University before decommitting on Aug. 8.
Height: 6 feet 2 inches Weight: 175 pounds Hometown: Marion, Ind. Position: Guard High school: Marion High School Considering: UK, Indiana University, University of Kansas, University of Michigan, Michigan State
STANLEY JOHNSON Height: 6 feet 6 inches Weight: 220 pounds Hometown: Fullerton, Calif. Position: Forward High school: Mater Dei High School Considering: UK, University of Arizona, University of Florida, University of Oregon, University of Southern California
Johnson is ranked as the No. 2 small forward and the No. 9 overall player in the Class of 2014, according to ESPN. Johnson visited the University of Arizona on Oct. 13 and will be visiting University of Florida on Nov. 30.
Polson, Hood see last Madness Polson might have ‘special’ plans for the event, teammates say By Nick Gray firstname.lastname@example.org
The best-kept secret in the state of Kentucky is being held by UK’s senior backup point guard: Jarrod Polson. It’s his last Big Blue Madness, and Polson said Tuesday at UK basketball media day that he may or may not have some sort of skit planned for the event on Friday. “I’m not sure yet,” Polson said with a wide grin. He said he didn’t realize it was his final Big Blue Madness until he was asked about it. “Four years have gone by pretty quickly and I’m going to try and enjoy it,” he said. Big Blue Madness has featured some eccentric dances, including John Wall’s moves in 2009 and UK Hoops head coach Matthew Mitchell’s dances the past two years. The event has also given fans some high-tech displays,
like the one projected on the court featuring the history of Cats basketball last year. For this year’s event, UK Athletics announced this week that fans attending Big Blue Madness should download an app to their smartphones for a display on Friday. Some of Polson’s teammates hinted at him having a plan for Friday night’s festivities, though freshman forward Marcus Lee declined to comment. “I can’t say anything,” Lee said. But Lee’s fellow freshman forward James Young did. “I’m looking forward to it a lot because I was here last year for it and I feel like it will be a real great experience, especially with it being the first time playing in Rupp Arena,” Young said. “I’m not sure if I’m going to dance, but I heard J.P. (Polson) has a little something up his sleeve this year.” Senior guard Jon Hood
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Senior guard Jon Hood dribbles the ball during the first half of the UK-Transylvania University game on Nov. 5, 2012. confirmed the news. “Jarrod’s got something really special planned for it,” Hood said. “You have to wait for it. It’ll be really funny.” Polson and Hood have begun a series of “lasts,” going through their last offseason, their last preseason practice and now their last Big Blue Madness before their fi-
nal college seasons begin. The duo has been through seven combined Madness events, but neither has done anything particularly notable when it comes to entertaining the crowd. Hood has participated in four Big Blue Madness events, every event in the John Calipari era, though he
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Senior guard Jarrod Polson plays during the 2012 Big Blue Madness scrimmage on Oct. 12, 2012. was injured during the 2011 outing. The 6-foot-7 guard said he hasn’t developed any senior sorrow yet.
“No, it hasn’t hit me. I guess it’ll hit me on Senior Night,” Hood said. “I’m just worried about basketball.”
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Expectations soar even higher for this year’s Cats Players say they aren’t focused on prospects of undefeated season By Nick Gray email@example.com
For a fan base salivating for wins and championships every year from college basketball’s most accomplished program, expectations for UK are high each and every season. This season is no different. The Cats are ranked No. 1 in the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll. They
are picked to win the SEC. And freshman forward Julius Randle is selected as the preseason SEC Player of the Year by several outlets. But fans and UK head coach John Calipari are having another discussion that has pushed the expectations to another stratosphere. “I’ve said before I retire, I would love to coach a team that goes 40-0,” Calipari said on Tuesday at me-
dia day. “Now, as a Democrat, you can say what I said. As a Republican, you can say what I said. But I’ll say it again. I’ve said it for eight to 10 years. Before I retire, I would like to coach a team that goes 40-0.” Only seven teams have gone undefeated and won the national championship since the NCAA Tournament was created in 1939. The last team to do so was Indiana University in 1976 under then-head coach Bobby Knight, with a record of 32-0. None of the seven teams won more than 32
games, and all seven teams went unblemished before the tournament expanded to 64 and now 68 teams. Calipari has fielded two two-loss teams over the last six years, including his University of Memphis team led by Derrick Rose in the 2007-08 season and the national championship team at UK in the 2011-12 season. But Calipari said his team in the 2009-10 season was the most talented team he’s coached at UK. “That first team (in the 2009-10 season) was like, whew. It’s funny, we talk
Undefeated teams in Division I college basketball since 1939 1956 University of San Francisco Dons (29–0) Coach: Phil Woolpert Notable players: Bill Russell, K.C. Jones 1957 University North Carolina Tar Heels (32–0) Coach: Frank McGuire Notable players: Lennie Rosenbluth, Tommy Kearns 1964 University of California, Los Angeles Bruins (30–0) Coach: John Wooden Notable players: Gail Goodrich, Walt Hazzard 1967 UCLA Bruins (30–0) Coach: John Wooden Notable players: Lew Alcindor, Lucius Allen 1972 UCLA Bruins (30–0) Coach: John Wooden Notable players: Bill Walton, Keith Wilkes 1973 UCLA Bruins (30–0) Coach: John Wooden Notable players: Bill Walton, Keith Wilkes 1976 Indiana Hoosiers (32–0) Coach: Bob Knight Notable players: Scott May, Quinn Buckner
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Forward Willie Cauley-Stein celebrates after a dunk during the UKUniversity of South Carolina game on Feb. 5 at Rupp Arena.
about the 2011 (season). How did we ever get to the Final Four?” Calipari said. “I’d like this to play out a little bit and look back. I will tell you, this team is deeper than (the 2009-10 team). We have a couple more that we didn’t have, but you just had two guys sign max deals in the NBA.” Calipari’s current players said they are not focused on the prospects of an undefeated season or the expectations coming from outside the locker room. “We don’t talk about it,” freshman guard Aaron Harrison said. “Of course it’d be great to win every game and that’s what we want to do. We think we can, but anything can happen (in basketball). If it happens that would be great, but if it doesn’t, that’s not our goal.” Freshman forward Marcus Lee said the team hasn’t discussed it at all. “We’ve just talked about getting better and progressing as a team and learning as much as possible,” he said. For freshman guard Andrew Harrison, he said he isn’t worried about expectations because it comes from those who are not on the team. “I’m pretty aware, but we can’t really compare ourselves to teams of the past. We have to be ourselves,” he said. In order for the Cats to fulfill Calipari’s prophecy, UK will have to conquer a schedule that includes five games against the top 11 in
the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll, including a Nov. 12 matchup with No. 2 Michigan State University in Chicago and a Dec. 28 home game against No. 3 University of Louisville. Regardless of the program they’re playing, Calipari said he teaches his team to evaluate and put the same effort into every game throughout the year. “(The season) is a process of us learning each time out and self-evaluating,” Calipari said. He said players learn from playing good teams. “We play to win every game,” he said. “But the biggest point is you’ve got to learn from every game.” Learning is preferable, Calipari said, but winning is also ideal. “Now, you hope you win and learn. You hope you learn from someone else’s mistakes by watching and say, oh, we don’t want to do that. The reality of it is it doesn’t always work out that way.” When asked about if he thought his team had the ability to fulfill the expectations of a historic season, Calipari was not sure yet. “We’ll be the most inexperienced team in the country, but we’re really talented. We’ve got great size and speed and skill,” Calipari said. “Will we be a great defensive team and rebounding team, and will we share the ball? If we do that, we have a chance to be one of the best teams in the country.”
Kentucky top in basketball We could be in the midst of the state’s greatest era ever
UK and the University of Louisville have fielded many great teams throughout their storied basketball histories. With 11 combined national championships, they have DAVID garnered SCHUH enough acKernel claim to escolumnist tablish what many believe to be the most decorated basketball state in America. But in 2013, we could be in the midst of the state of Kentucky’s greatest era ever. Think back to the two school’s greatest periods prior to 2009. UK’s was probably the 1940s and ‘50s, though, they had a great deal of success in the ‘90s as well. Louisville went to four Final Fours in the 1980s, a decade in which UK reached just one. The pattern throughout history has been that when UK is good, Louisville isn’t, and vice versa. Now look at the two programs today. Since John Calipari took the UK head coaching job in 2009, he has led the Cats to two Final Fours, an Elite Eight and a national championship. Eighty miles west, Rick Pitino has accumulated the
same feats at Louisville in the same time frame. The Cats and Cardinals have won the last two national championships, only the fifth time in history that two different schools from the same state have won consecutive titles. All that together proves
mid-1990s, just made the jump to Division I last year. They surprised a lot of people by winning 11 games in their inaugural season in Division I playing against college basketball’s best competition. Yes, the last four years may be the best-shared period for UK and Louisville. But the state of Kentucky is seeing a level of collective success since 2009 that it maybe never has before.
All that together proves that we’re seeing one of the most dominant periods of basketball in the history of Kentucky.” David Schuh
that we’re seeing one of the most dominant periods of basketball in the history of Kentucky. And let’s not stop there. Division II Bellarmine University won the 2011 national championship and has spent much of the last four years comfortably ranked in the top five. Morehead State University and Murray State University, which have never won more than one game in the NCAA Tournament, each had a player chosen in the NBA Draft in the last three years. Northern Kentucky University, which lost back-toback Division II national championship games in the
I’m not correlating this to Calipari’s arrival in Lexington. He has drastically increased the success at UK from the Billy Gillispie era, but that hasn’t sparked the same improvement among other Kentucky universities. Simply put, the talent across the board is at a more consistent level than ever before. Kentucky has always been regarded as one of the two or three best basketball states in the country. Only North Carolina and Indiana have valid arguments against it. Yet, given all that history, the Calipari-Pitino era just PHOTO BY TESSA LIGHTY | STAFF might be the golden age in Forward Willie Cauley-Stein (15) fails to block a shot against Louisville on Dec. 29, 2012. UK lost, 80-77. Bluegrass basketball.
2009-2012 University Rankings: University of Kentucky
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Learning to manage college time Leaning back in a red sling folding chair in front of A Cup of Commonwealth coffee shop in downtown Lexington, I sipped a large mango smoothie and tried to concenANYSSA trate every ROBERTS bit of my Kernel energy on columnist writing my first official life and style column. I had always wanted to write a column about the life, style and fashion issues and problems I encountered in my life, but I could never find the time to add another tier to my already teetering tower of a life. As a full-time student, member of the National Association for Black Journal-
ists and the UK Merchandising, Apparel and Textiles club, a part-time desk worker at Academic Enhancement and the assistant news editor for features at the Kentucky Kernel — my tower is stacked. Outside the cafe, I stared at my computer screen and pondered a question I’m sure many students have thought about before ‘how could this be my life, zipping and zapping all over the place without time to do the things I love?’ I thought about this for a while, and set off for campus to meet people with the same problems and any possible solutions. Sitting in front of the White Hall Classroom Building was biology freshman Mackenzie Young. Most of her time is split between working as a hostess at O’Charley’s restaurant and class, she said.
“You would think in college you would have more time,” she said. After some quick conversation, Young asked me if upperclassmen had more time than in their freshman year, but I didn’t have an answer. I’m a sophomore and, while I have a better understanding of college life than I did as a freshman, I was still up to my ears in work and class. So I found an upperclassman who could speak to time management. Senior broadcast journalism major Kelsie Winslow, sat on a ledge outside of the Engineering Annex when I approached her. Winslow said she worked two part-time jobs and was preparing for graduate school, but most of her time was tangled up in class, homework and group projects. “I like to read for fun, but the only thing I read is a text-
book,” Winslow said. Winslow and Young are years apart in school, but face the same problems with time management, and their personal solutions were similar. “Either I go a few days with little or no sleep or I put things off until the last minute and that creates even more stress,” Winslow said. I spoke to a few more students across North, South and Central campus, all of whom had similar answers to Young and Winslow concerning their time management and what they would rather be doing. Several said sleep, hanging out with friends and watching Netflix. One even said playing Minecraft. I was glad to find others who could testify to the same problem I faced — misery loves company — but I couldn’t help but wonder about a practical solution to
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Upon first glance, the 600 pages of “Leviathan Wakes” by James S.A. Corey seem pretty daunting; however, from page one, “Leviathan Wakes” kept me intrigued. ELEANOR PubHASKEN lished in 2011, it is Kernel the first columnist novel in “The Expanse” series that creates a futuristic society that is completely relatable to todays’ readers. The book follows two characters, Jim Holden and Detective Miller, in a futuristic society where mankind has colonized most of our solar system. However, life is not kind to those living on the asteroids. The stations they live on are becoming worn down and social unrest is causing riots throughout the star system. Detective Miller is the disgruntled cop with a chip on his shoulder, lacking basic social skills and nursing mild alcoholism. After being assigned the kidnapping case of a wealthy man’s daughter, Detective Miller uncovers a conspiracy that he has trouble proving. On the other side of the star system, Jim Holden pilots an ice-mining vessel. After picking up a distress call from a nearby ship, Holden and his shipmates investigate only to find the remains of a crew. As Holden and Detective Miller both work toward finding answers, they begin to unravel an even greater mystery that holds not only the fate of the solar system, but also the entire galaxy, in their hands. I found this novel highly entertaining.
The setting appears to be unfamiliar, but the constant tension between different ethnic groups echoes a lot of conflicts in today’s society. The author even went to the lengths of creating a new language that combines dialects that exist on Earth today, to create a mishmash language representing the new global identity. The rising action escalates at an unprecedented rate. I almost found myself canceling plans to read. “Leviathan Wakes” is also impressive due to its scientific accuracies. Although there are times when they bend the rules of space in order to make certain plot points work, overall the novel stays true to our scientific knowledge of space. At times, this can be gruesome, but it really involves you in the world. My favorite thing about “Leviathan Wakes” is the characterization. James S.A. Corey did not create perfect characters. Detective Miller and Holden respond to every situation they are presented with in a realistic way. At times, I have to admit, this would leave me frustrated. I found myself shouting in my head “Why didn’t you do this instead?” But the fact that neither character is completely infallible allowed me to fully envision them as people. The world they live in became so engrossing that the only thing I disliked about “Leviathan Wakes” was that it had to end. I noticed while reading the novel there were startling similarities between its character development and “The Song of Ice and Fire” series (more commonly known as “Game of Thrones”). Upon doing some research, I learned that James S.A. Corey is actually the See REVIEW on page 13
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all of this. I plopped in a seat outside of Ovid’s and started speaking with freshman Amir Kucharski, a double major in biochemistry and physics, and freshman Corrine Elliot, a mathematics major, about their time management solutions. Kucharski said he managed his time pretty well, but everyone needs a work hard, play hard mentality to master time management. “Making time for things you like is a part of time management,” he said. “It lowers stress and is just as important.” Elliot added that there is always something else students could be doing, but “you need some sort of re-
REVIEW Continued from page 1 pen name of two men, Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. Ty Franck is George R.R. Martin’s (author of “The Song of Ice and Fire” series) assistant and Daniel Abraham has been known to collaborate with Martin in the past. Do not fear, if the daunting nature of “Song of Ice and Fire” kept you from reading it, “The Expanse” series is a lot easier to
lief.” In my opinion, they were right. I needed to budget fun into my schedule and take on Kucharski’s work-hard, playhard philosophy. I had finally cracked the code on how to get things done, but I was missing one key component: How was I actually going to implement my new mentality in my life? Turning to the only thing that might be able to help me, I searched it on Google. U.S. News & World Report published an article by Kelci Lynne Lucier about learning to manage your time in college. This is what it said: Manage your academic time: Academic work comes first, but be aggressive and block off time early in the week to rest. Keeping personal appointments is as impor-
tant as keeping academic ones. Manage your personal time: Lucier pointed out, “It is an unrealistic expectation to think you can study, go to class, and work all day, every day.” Budgeting personal time is as important as schoolwork, according to the article, and can actually increase productivity and focus in school. Keep health in mind: Lucier says when schedules are tight, one of the first things to go is sleep. While this is common amongst students, it is detrimental to health. I read through Lucier’s article and pulled the above three tips as the most applicable to my life. Now, with this plan I will finally be able to have my column and write it, too.
tackle. The language is similar to current vernacular and you will not require a catalog of family trees in order to understand relations. The limitation to two character’s perspectives also makes this novel less confusing. At times, you may find yourself having to look back to the end of the previous chapter in order to understand where you left off, but that is the extent of the confusion you will have. The novel ends with a considerable cliffhanger, but
never fear — the authors have been releasing new books in the series every year and all three books that are out so far have been more than 500 pages in length. Although this sounds like enough to keep you entertained, the publishers have also requested that an additional five novellas accompany the series. If you’re left waiting for the next novel in “The Song of Ice and Fire” series, or simply want to add an epic adventure to your life, I highly recommend “Leviathan Wakes.”
SHOTGUN Continued from page 1 pect walked in the direction of the Kentucky Clinic with the shotgun, according to the report. Greathouse went to the area and saw a man holding
a shotgun in the back of a walkway, according to the report. As officers approached, the suspect placed the gun under a set of bushes, according to the report. Brown was arrested at 12:28 a.m. Thursday, according to the police report. The victim of the shot-
gun theft called and reported the gun stolen shortly after the arrest was made. STAFF REPORT
Horoscope To get the advantage, check the day's rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) — Today is a 7 —Modify careful plans. Optimism increases. You won't know results until you go for it. The proof is in the pudding, and there's joy in the process now. Wax philosophical under the Full Moon. Taurus (April 20-May 20) — Today is a 5 —Find a quiet place to get productive. Turn off phones and avoid social media distractions. Balance a wandering mind by focusing on the details. Don't discuss finances, yet. Take it slow, and get clear with a walk outside. Gemini (May 21-June 20) — Today is a 7 —A turning point arises regarding finances. Waste causes a disagreement. Consider revisions to your plans. Provide hugs rather than admonishing. Cancer (June 21-July 22) — Today is a 7 —Old methods are inadequate. Make sure you know what's specifically requested be-
fore doing the work. Don't gamble. You have less than you thought. Revise the budget to finish up a big project. Find clever ways to save. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) —Today is a 7 —Check your pockets for leaks. Don't gamble; stick with sure things. Don't make assumptions, either. Figure it out later. A turning point develops around your education. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Today is a 6 —Don't let a financial shortfall ruin your good mood. There's a shift in the tide around the services you provide. Set priorities and aim for your new destination. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) —Today is a 6 —It's okay to get dirty. Your feelings shine through the grime. Remember your manners. A new financial view arises. Shop carefully; there may be less this week. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — Today is a 7 —Present your ideas in writing or recording. You achieve a new balance. Friends and money don't mix well. A financial turning point arises.
There's more to finish than you remembered. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) —Today is a 7 —Postpone travel. Thoughts come together. For about a month, feminine love and beauty enchants. Allow time for changes to manifest. Continue your preparation. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) —Today is a 6 —Call a distant friend. Develop a turning point around your self-confidence. Keep your objective in mind. Costs are higher than expected, and resources shorter. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Today is a 7 —Work interferes with playtime. Choose a partner with complimentary skills. Don't let them deplete the funds. Take the philosophical high road. You're gaining confidence. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) — Today is a 7 —Accept criticism gracefully. Funds could fall short. Maintain your position. Work takes precedence, and the environment feels friendlier. Develop new work habits for a productive flowering. MCT
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