|vs South Carolina
|Tuesday, January 10
7:00 p.m. ET
|TV: ESPN 2
Radio: UK Sports Network
The University of Kentucky should be able to find the win column again when it hosts South Carolina on Tuesday night at Rupp Arena.
The Wildcats come back home with even more doubt in what kind of team they can become this season after being thrashed 78-52 at No. 4 Alabama last Saturday. The losing margin could've been worse, and there was concern about the way Kentucky didn't respond in a physical SEC matchup on the road.
The backlash has included strong feelings that UK may not be able to get its season rolling in the right direction, that it may not make the NCAA Tournament, and that UK coach John Calipari doesn't have the tools to fix it. Over the weekend and into Monday, Calipari was called a candidate that Texas might look at to fill its men's coaching vacancy.
Calipari said on his radio show Monday night that he hasn't talked to anybody about the Texas opening. Calipari also said he thinks this team can do some “special things” this season. “The story we write, we're writing it. No one else is writing it for us. We're going to write the story.”
Walter Cornett, of Glendale, Kentucky, is the owner and operator of Walter's Wildcat World. He founded WildcatWorld.com in 1998 making it one of the oldest Kentucky basketball fan sites in operation today.
On This Day In UK Basketball History
- On March 2, 1970, Dan Issel scored 42 points against Auburn.
- On March 2, 1991, before a crowd of 24,310, the then-largest crowd in Rupp arena history, the Wildcats closed out the 1990-91 season with a 22-6 overall record. Although UK was ineligible for the SEC title because of probation, the Wildcats secured the best record in the league (14-4) with a 114-93 win over Auburn to end its two-year probation. A ceremony and parade followed.
- On March 2, 1996, with a 101-63 victory over Vanderbilt in Rupp Arena on Senior Day, UK became the first team in 40 years to finish with a perfect record in the SEC, a 16-0 sweep. It was the Wildcats’ 25th win in a row, tying the school record for consecutive wins in a season. Two games later, they set the new record at 27 games.
- On March 2, 2012, Darius Miller, in his final performance at Rupp Arena, led Kentucky in scoring with 17 points on Senior Night in a 30-point win over Georgia.