LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky basketball delivered its best all-around performance of the season on Sunday night against Illinois-Chicago, while Kentucky football wrapped up the regular season with its most all-around embarrassing effort of 2017.
Host Curtis Burch and beat writers Kyle Tucker and Joe Mussatto wrap up an eventful weekend for the Wildcats on the latest episode of Wildcat Country, your daily UK podcast presented by SEC Country. Among the topics covered:
- UIC’s coach said he saw something on the court at Rupp Arena that he hadn’t seen on film: a crisp offense from Kentucky. The Cats shot 67 percent and had five guys set or tie career highs on scoring, including Kevin Knox (25), Hamidou Diallo (19), PJ Washington (17) and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (14).
- After opening with seven games in 16 days, now seventh-ranked Kentucky (6-1) hits a more manageable stretch of one game per week. They have just five games in the next 33 days, which means a few days of rest and several good days of practice time, which has been hard to come by so far. John Calipari has complained about a lack of instructional time, but that’s coming.
- Why didn’t the Wildcats play in the PK80, the awesome event honoring Nike founder Phil Knight’s 80th birthday that felt a lot like an NCAA Tournament in November? Calipari offered his full explanation on Sunday.
- But about that football game … while the blowout loss to rival Louisville was bad, the first-quarter fight and the overall awful behavior by star linebacker Jordan Jones was much worse. Jones not only got in a shoving, tackling, kicking brawl with Heisman winner Lamar Jackson, he later got consecutive unnecessary roughness penalties and repeatedly argued with UK staff members on the sideline — but was never taken out of the game. Joe and Curtis talk about how Mark Stoops handled it and what now for the Cats and their coach.
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