ARLINGTON, Tex. — Nerd alert. A few disturbing numbers from Kentucky’s 67-62 loss to Baylor on Friday night at Ice Station Zebra.
- Kentucky made just 12 of 23 free throws for 52.2 percent. That’s the fewest number of free throws the Cats have shot this year and the lowest percentage. UK made just 10 of 17 free throws for 58.8 percent in the second half.
- Baylor’s offensive rebounding percentage was 54.5. It’s just the fourth time in the Calipari Era in which an opponent got more offensive rebounds than UK got defensive rebounds. Tennessee got 62.5 last year in Knoxville. Maryland grabbed 52.8 percent during last year’s opener in Brooklyn. Alabama got 55.9 percent in its win over UK in 2011, the game in which John Calipari got caught on TV saying some things to Terrence Jones, Cal’s wife Ellen made the coach apologize for after the game.
- UK had an offensive efficiency rating of 103.5, lowest of the year. Previous low was 103.8 vs. Eastern Michigan. UK’s rating in its other loss was 104.1 vs. Michigan State.
- Baylor’s efficiency rating was 110.8, second-highest against UK this season. Michigan State’s rating was 114.6.
- Baylor outrebounded UK by 16, the first time the Cats have been outrebounded this year. You have to go back to last year’s blowout loss at Tennessee to find a game in which the Cats took a worse beating on the glass. Tennessee outrebounded UK by 18 in Knoxville.
- UK’s offensive rebounded percentage of 30.3 was its lowest of the season.
- Baylor shot 47.3 percent, second to Michigan State’s 47.6.
- One more number: Zero. Kentucky had 0 steals tonight. That’s the first time since 2008 that the Cats went through an entire game without being credited for a single steal.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Clips from the post-game press conference after the fifth-ranked Kentucky women’s epic 133-130 four-overtime win over No. 9 Baylor at AT&T Stadium.
In the first clip, UK coach Matthew Mitchell and players Bria Goss and Jennifer O’Neill speak about the win. O’Neill scored 43 points, the first UK player since Valerie Still to score 40 points in a game.
In the second clip, Baylor coach Kim Mulkey talks about the loss, saying she’s not into moral victories but she was proud of her team.
ARLINGTON, Texas — I made it to Dallas. Left Lexington on 7 a.m. flight to Charlotte. Left Charlotte on 9:30 flight that was about 20 minutes late getting into Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, which is where the real fun began.
If you haven’t heard, they’ve had a little weather event. “Cleon” has produced a dusting of snow and lots of ice in the Dallas metroplex area. After landing at DWF, when the plane finally made it to out gate, the jetbridge was frozen and would not work. By the time they decided to take us to another gate, the baggage handlers were already in the process of unloading the bags. So we had to wait for them to finish.
Then they decided to tow the plane to the new gate. Only the two truck wasn’t big enough. We waited for another one. That didn’t work either. But by that time, they had unfrozen the jetbridge and we were able to get off the plane.
About an hour and a half after we landed.
Wanted to take a taxi to my hotel near AT&T Stadium, only there were no taxis. About 50 people line and not a single taxi to be seen outside the airport.
I lucked out there, however. After standing for just a few minutes, the taxi dispatcher started going down the line, asking if anyone was going to Arlington. A car service/SUV was going to Arlington. Four of us piled into his SUV. The driver said it would be $50 each. The normal taxi fare is $30. Beggars can’t be choosers. I might still be standing at the airport.
The roads here are still terrible — “This happens here once a year,” said the driver. “They don’t need to buy trucks or anything” — but I made it to my hotel. Got a nice Tex-Mex dinner next door. (The picture above is of its parking lot.) Ready to go.
Kentucky-Baylor women tip at 7:30. Kentucky-Baylor men are scheduled for 10 p.m.
Aug. 31 vs. WKU – Lost 35-26 (0-1)
Sept. 7 Miami (Ohio) - Won 41-7 (1-1)
Sept. 14 Louisville - Lost 27-13 (1-2)
Sept. 28 Florida - Lost 24-7 (1-3/0-1)
Oct. 5 at S Carolina - Lost 35-28 (1-4/0-2)
Oct. 12 Alabama - Lost 48-7 (1-5/0-3)
Oct. 24 at Miss St - Lost 28-22 (1-6/0-4)
Nov. 2 Alabama St - Won 48-14 (2-6/0-4)
Nov. 9 Missouri - Lost 48-17 (2-7/0-5)
Nov. 16 at Vanderbilt - Lost 22-6 (2-8/0-6)
Nov. 23 at Georgia - Lost 59-17 (2-9/0-7)
Nov. 30 Tennessee - Lost 27-14 (2-10/0-8)
UK basketball schedule
Nov. 1 Transylvania - Won 76-42
Nov. 4 Montevallo - Won 95-72
Nov. 8 UNC-Asheville - Won 89-57 (1-0)
Nov. 10 NKU - Won 93-63 (2-0)
Nov. 12 vs. Michigan St - Lost 78-74 (2-1)
Nov. 17 Robert Morris - Won 87-49 (3-1)
Nov. 19 Texas-Arlington - Won 105-76 (4-1)
Nov. 25 Cleveland State - Won 68-61 (5-1)
Nov. 27 Eastern Michigan - Won 81-63 (6-1)
Dec. 1 vs. Providence - Won 79-65 (7-1)
Dec. 6 vs. Baylor - Lost 67-62 (7-2)
Dec. 10 Boise State
Dec. 14 at North Carolina
Dec. 21 Belmont
Dec. 28 Louisville
Jan. 8 Mississippi St
Jan. 11 at Vanderbilt
Jan. 14 at Arkansas
Jan. 18 Tennessee
Jan. 21 Texas A&M
Jan. 25 Georgia
Jan. 28 at LSU
Feb. 1 Missouri
Feb. 4 Ole Miss
Feb. 8 at Mississippi St
Feb. 12 Auburn
Feb. 15 Florida
Feb. 18 at Ole Miss
Feb. 22 LSU
Feb. 27 Arkansas
Mar. 1 at South Carolina
Mar. 4 Alabama
Mar. 8 at Florida
Mar. 12 SEC Tournament