Category Archives: UK

Wildcats Almost Perfect in Bahamas

BY RACHEL SHULHAFER Six exhibition games in eight days proved to be grueling even for a University of Kentucky basketball team that boasts nine McDonald’s All-Americans, and seasoned veterans such as the Harrison twins and Alex Poythress. The Wildcats were 5-0 going into the final game of their Big Blue Bahamas trip on Sunday. They […]

A Little Game Day Wisdom

BY RACHEL SHULHAFER When Louisville and Kentucky played each other in the 2012 Final Four, the game tipped off at 2am in the country where I was living at that time.  After fueling myself with a magical elixir that both made time go by quicker and calmed my nerves (beer), I found a poor-quality stream […]

The Madness is Upon Us

BY RACHEL SHULHAFER Ah yes, March Madness. It’s like the third Christmas of the year behind only Christmas itself and Derby. It’s the source of some of the greatest joys, but also the greatest sorrows, and only one team gets to bask in that blissful glory that comes with winning the national championship. One of […]

Four Thoughts on the Past Week of Basketball

BY RACHEL SHULHAFER A lot of stuff just happened. Cards fans got to enjoy a week of pure bliss, as the AAC Tournament went as well as it could have. Then Selection Sunday came around and was a huge buzzkill. Here’s a few thoughts about the first week of March Madness: 1. I’ve never been […]

Breakdowns in the Bluegrass

BY RACHEL SHULHAFER Last weekend was not ideal for basketball fans in the state of Kentucky. The No. 7 Louisville Cardinals fell at No. 21 Memphis, and the No. 17 Kentucky Wildcats were upset by South Carolina. Expectations were set extremely high for both teams at the beginning of the season. UK boasted one of […]

It Doesn’t Have To Be War

BY RACHEL SHULHAFER Dec. 28, 2013 was dubbed by many as “Cardmageddon.”  The annual Louisville-Kentucky basketball game would tip off in Rupp Arena at 4 p.m., and then Teddy Bridgewater and the football team would face Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl at 6:45 p.m. That’s a lot for Cards fans’ brains, hearts, and livers […]

The Stakes of the Battle of the Bluegrass

BY CHRIS HAAS Kevin Ware, backup guard turned national hero, was not a fan of the “beat UK” chant that surfaced at the end of the Missouri State game on December 17th. He said: “It gets old; it’s boring. It’s just another game. Nobody’s from here except a couple guys on the team. We really […]

Out-hustled

BY CHRIS HAAS John Calipari said his Kentucky Basketball team was “outhustled and outworked,” in the 67-62 loss to Baylor on Friday night. The Cats were out-rebounded 41-25, recorded zero steals, and faltered down the stretch despite having a 9-point advantage in the second half. The talent on this team remains palpable but so is […]

Seedy K’s Basket BALLS: Sherm, Young’s Wacky Shot & Cal’s Cats

Somewhere The Sherm is ready to deliver a lesson to his charges. The Sherm was a former U of L team manager in the Peck Hickman Era, basketball nut, and coach of my high school club’s team at the JCC. He didn’t take those duties lightly. Regular practices. Lengthy and routine lecture sessions in the […]

Hoops Dee Doo: BBall Jones Is Back

Here’s how the hoops season used to begin, back in the day, understand. Practice started without folderol — read: no such creature known as Midnight Madness existed — on October 15. The varsity would play the freshman in an exhibition, usually Thanksgiving weekend. Normally these were walkovers, a chance for the ballers to play in […]