2013–14 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team

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2013–14 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball
Kentucky Wildcats 2005 logo.svg
NCAA Tournament, Runner-Up
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 2
2013–14 record29–11 (12–6 SEC)
Head coachJohn Calipari (5th season)
Assistant coaches
Home arenaRupp Arena
Seasons
2013–14 Southeastern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#1 Florida 18 0   1.000     36 3   .923
Kentucky 12 6   .667     29 11   .725
Georgia 12 6   .667     20 14   .588
Tennessee 11 7   .611     24 13   .649
Arkansas 10 8   .556     22 12   .647
Missouri 9 9   .500     23 12   .657
LSU 9 9   .500     20 14   .588
Ole Miss 9 9   .500     19 14   .576
Texas A&M 8 10   .444     18 16   .529
Vanderbilt 7 11   .389     15 16   .484
Alabama 7 11   .389     13 19   .406
Auburn 6 12   .333     14 16   .467
South Carolina 5 13   .278     14 20   .412
Mississippi State 3 15   .167     14 19   .424
2014 SEC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll[1]

The 2013–14 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team represented the University of Kentucky in the 2013–14 college basketball season. The team played its home games in Lexington, Kentucky for the 39th consecutive season at Rupp Arena, with a capacity of 23,500. The team was led by fifth-year head coach John Calipari. This team was nicknamed the "Tweakables" in reference to Calipari's comment prior to the 2014 SEC Tournament.[2] The team was the National Runner-up in the NCAA Tournament, competing in the school's 16th Final Four. It was Calipari's third Final Four appearance at Kentucky.

Despite the 2012–13 team making the NIT, there were high expectations for this team. The team, however, would be without some of its top players from the 2012–13 team including Nerlens Noel[3] and starting shooting guard Archie Goodwin,[4] who were first-round draft choices in the 2013 NBA Draft. Starting power forward Kyle Wiltjer transferred to Gonzaga[5] and starting point guard Ryan Harrow transferred to Georgia State.[6] Returning was former McDonald's All-American Alex Poythress and starting center Willie Cauley-Stein.[4] The poor success of the 2012–13 team did not stop John Calipari from again producing another number one recruiting class. The entering class included a record six McDonald's All-Americans [7] highlighted by Julius Randle and the Harrison Twins, Aaron and Andrew.

The Wildcats were led by 2014 Consensus All-American and Southeastern Conference Men's Basketball Rookie of the Year Randle, a unanimous first-team All-SEC selection. James Young (SEC 2nd team) also earned conference honors.[8]

Departures[edit]

2013–14 Kentucky departures
Archie Goodwin entered the NBA Draft
Nerlens Noel entered the NBA Draft
Kyle Wiltjer transferred to Gonzaga
Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Nerlens Noel 3 F 6'10" 228 Freshman Everett, Massachusetts Entered 2013 NBA Draft[3]
Archie Goodwin 10 G 6'4" 198 Freshman Sherwood, Arkansas Entered 2013 NBA Draft[4]
Twany Beckham 11 G 6'4" 202 Senior Louisville, Kentucky Graduated
Ryan Harrow 12 G 6'2" 170 Sophomore Marietta, Georgia Transferred to Georgia State[6]
Kyle Wiltjer 33 F 6'10" 239 Sophomore Portland, Oregon Transferred to Gonzaga[5]
Julius Mays 34 G 6'2" 192 Senior Marion, Indiana Graduated

2013–14 newcomers[edit]

Many recruiting analysts and experts proclaimed that the 2013 signing class for Kentucky was the greatest recruiting class since the infamous Fab Five in the 1990s.[9] Some proclaimed that it was the greatest ever assembled. It featured a record six McDonald's All-Americans[7] and five consensus top fifteen players.

Julius Randle, originally from Plano, Texas, was the highest rated signee in the 2013 class. He committed to Kentucky on March 18, one day after Kentucky lost to Robert Morris in the opening round of the NIT.[10] He chose Kentucky over Kansas and Texas. He was the nation's consensus top power forward, was ranked the No. 2 overall player by Rivals, the No. 3 overall player by ESPN and the No. 5 overall player by Scout. He helped lead Prestonwood Christian to three state titles including one in his freshman year and back-to-back titles in junior and senior seasons. He was a McDonald's All-America and Jordan Brand Classic game selection. He was the co-MVP in the Jordan Brand Classic.[11]

The Harrison twins, Aaron and Andrew, became the first set of twins to ever play for Kentucky. Andrew was the consensus top point guard and Aaron was the consensus top shooting guard in the 2013 class. Out of Richmond, Texas, the Twins committed to Kentucky on October 4, 2012, on a live broadcast on ESPNU.[12] The Twins chose Kentucky over their Father's alma mater, Maryland. They were a McDonald's All-America and Jordan Brand Classic game selections.[13]

James Young was a consensus top ten prospect within the 2013 class. Originally from Rochester, Michigan, he committed to Kentucky on October 11, 2012, on ESPNU.[14] He chose Kentucky over in-state schools Michigan and Michigan State. Young was ranked as the No. 6 prospect in the class by ESPN and No. 10 by both Rivals and Scout. He was a McDonald's All-America game selection.[13]

Dakari Johnson was the consensus top center in the 2013 class. He committed to Kentucky on January 5, live on ESPNU.[15] He chose Kentucky over Florida and Georgetown. He was rated as the No. 11 overall player by ESPN, No. 9 overall player by Rivals, and No. 18 over all player by Scout. Johnson led his high school, Montverde, to a national championship at the National High School Invitational where he claimed MVP honors after logging 18 points and eight rebounds. He was a McDonald's All-America.[11]

Marcus Lee was a highly touted forward that a multi-sport star in high school, make all-state selections in both basketball and volleyball. He committed to Kentucky on October 17, 2012, choosing Kentucky over California and Louisville.[16] He was a McDonald's All-America and Jordan Brand Classic game selection.[13]

Derek Willis was the first commitment in the class of 2013. Originally committed to Purdue, he opted for the Wildcats on January 20, 2012, when he was junior in high school.[17]

Dominique Hawkins was the least heralded of all the signees in the 2013 signing class. He was the 2013 Kentucky Mr. Basketball and is the 17th player in UK history to claim the honor. He directed Madison Central to the state championship and captured most valuable player honors after averaging 20.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.8 steals per game throughout the Kentucky Boys Sweet Sixteen.[11]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Aaron Harrison
G
Richmond, Texas Travis 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Oct 4, 2012 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 94
Andrew Harrison
G
Richmond, Texas Travis 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Oct 4, 2012 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 96
Dominique Hawkins
G
Richmond, Kentucky Madison Central 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Apr 10, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 72
Dakari Johnson
C
Brooklyn, New York Montverde 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 250 lb (110 kg) Jan 5, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 95
Marcus Lee
F
Antioch, California Deer Valley 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Oct 17, 2012 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 89
Julius Randle
F
Dallas, Texas Prestonwood Christian 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 250 lb (110 kg) Mar 20, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 96
Derek Willis
F
Mount Washington, Kentucky Bullitt East 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Jan 20, 2012 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 77
James Young
G
Rochester, Michigan Rochester 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Oct 11, 2012 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 94
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 1   Rivals: 1  ESPN: 1
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Kentucky 2013 Basketball Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2012-01-20.
  • "2013 Kentucky Basketball Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved 2012-01-20.
  • "ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2012-01-20.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved 2012-01-20.
  • "2013 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2012-01-20.

Pre-season[edit]

Roster[edit]

On March 18, 2013, Randle committed to play in the 2013–14 season.[10] On March 31 Harrow announced he was leaving Kentucky to transfer to Georgia State for his remaining two seasons of eligibility.[6] On April 1 Goodwin entered the 2013 NBA draft while Cauley-Stein and Wiltjer announced they were returning.[4][18][19] On April 2, Poythress decided to return to school for his sophomore season.[20][21] On April 10 Hawkins committed to play in the 2013–14 season.[22] On April 15 Noel entered the 2013 NBA Draft.[3][23] On July 19 Wiltjer announced he was leaving Kentucky to transfer to Gonzaga for his remaining two seasons of eligibility.[5]

On June 27, 2013, Noel was selected sixth in the 2013 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Pelicans and traded to the Philadelphia Sixers for in exchange for Jrue Holiday and 42nd pick which was used to select Pierre Jackson.[24][25] Goodwin was drafted 29th by the Golden State Warriors and traded to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for 30th pick which was used to select Nemanja Nedovic.[24]

Off-season rankings[edit]

The earliest preseason predictions were made the day after the 2013 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament on April 9, before final decisions by college players about declaring for the 2013 NBA Draft and before many high-school players signed a National Letter of Intent about their 2013 seasons. With the high expectations of the talented incoming players from the 2013 signing class (Harrisons, Johnson, Lee, Randle, Young), Kentucky was projected as the top ranked team by ESPN.[26] USA Today projected the same sentiment that the talented freshmen would make Kentucky the top team in the 2013–14 season.[27]

On April 30, ESPN's Eamonn Brennan named Randle a third-team 2013–14 pre-offseason All-American selection.[28] In June 2013, Sporting News' Mike DeCourcy named Cauley-Stain and Randle as the third-best players at their respective positions (center and power forward) while Poythress was named the sixth-best small forward for the upcoming season.[29][30][31]

Accolades and rankings[edit]

The Southeastern Conference preseason media poll was released at the SEC Media Days in October, it predicted that Kentucky would win the championship and selected Randle as its Player of the Year.[32][33] Randle was also named to the All-SEC First Team while Cauley-Stein, Andrew Harrison, and Johnson were named to the All-SEC Second Team.[32][33]

USA Today announced its initial coaches poll on October 18, with Kentucky ranked as No. 1 in the country.[34] The Associated Press announced on October 31 that Kentucky was ranked No. 1 to start the season in its initial poll of the season.[35]

Events[edit]

On October 3 the camp out for Big Blue Madness, Kentucky's version of Midnight Madness, began. There were a record 755 tents set up around Memorial Coliseum to be first in line for the tickets that went on sale for Big Blue Madness on October 5.[36] Tickets for Big Blue Madness sold out on October 5 in thirty minutes.[37]

Big Blue Madness took place on October 18. The event debuted the team for the 2013–14 season. It included player introductions, a speech by Calipari, and a scrimmage.[38]

The Blue-White scrimmage was the first live game for the team. It occurred at Rupp Arena on October 29. The Blue team started four freshmen, Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, Young and Randle, along with Cauley-Stein. The White team opened with Jarrod Polson, Jon Hood, sophomore Poythress, Willis, and Lee. Young led all players with 21 points.[39]

The first exhibition game was against Transylvania on November 1 at Rupp Arena.[40] Kentucky defeated Transylvania 76 to 42. Randle notched a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds.[41]

The second and final exhibition game was against Montevallo on November 4 at Rupp Arena.[42] Kentucky defeated Montevallo 95 to 72. Randle collected 21 points and 11 rebounds, giving him a double-double in both exhibition games. Young tallied 16 points and had the play of the night when he saved the ball from going out of bounds and accidentally lofted the ball into his own defensive basket, scoring two points for Montevallo.[43]

2014–15 signees[edit]

In November Kentucky signed another top recruiting class. John Calipari announced four players for his 2014 class during the early signing period on November 14. Trey Lyles (Indianapolis), Karl-Anthony Towns (Metuchen, N.J.), Devin Booker (Grand Rapids, Mich.) and Tyler Ulis (Chicago Heights, Ill.) all signed national letters of intent to play basketball at the University of Kentucky, starting in the 2014–15 season.[44]

Karl-Anthony Towns was the first commitment for the class when verbally committed on December 4, 2012.[45] He was named Gatorade National Player of the Year in 2014.[46] He played for the Dominican Republic National Team in 2012 and 2013 which were coached by John Calipari and Kentucky assistant, Orlando Antigua.[47] He was ranked as No. 6 overall by ESPN and No. 11 by Rivals and Scout.

Tyler Ulis was the second commitment in the class when he verbally committed on September 13, 2013.[48] He committed to Kentucky briefly after he was offered a scholarship. Kentucky had just missed on their primary target, Emmanuel Mudiay, when he committed to SMU on August 24, 2013.[49] Ulis, however, quickly rose the recruiting ranking finishing No. 20 overall by Scout, No. 21 overall by Rivals, and No. 25 overall by ESPN. He chose Kentucky over Iowa, Michigan State, and Southern Cal.[48]

Devin Booker was the third commitment in the class when he verbally committed on October 31, 2013.[50] He was ranked as the No. 18 overall by ESPN and No. 29 overall by Scout and Rivals. As a junior, he was named by Gatorade as the top basketball player in Mississippi.[51] He is the son of the former Missouri and All-American great Melvin Booker. He chose Kentucky over his Dad's alma mater and Michigan.[50]

Trey Lyles was the final commitment in the class when he verbally committed on November 5, 2013.[52] After his senior season, he was named Indiana Mr. Basketball, where he led his high school to a state championship.[53] He committed to Kentucky over rivals Indiana and Louisville. He was rated as the No. 6 overall player by ESPN, the No. 11 overall by Scout, and the No. 13 overall by Rivals.[52]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Devin Booker
G
Grand Rapids, Michigan Moss Point 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Oct 31, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 93
Trey Lyles
F
Indianapolis, Indiana & Regina, Saskatchewan Arsenal Tech 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Nov 5, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 96
Karl Towns
C
Metuchen, New Jersey St. Joseph 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Dec 4, 2012 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 96
Tyler Ulis
G
Chicago, Illinois Marian Catholic 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) 150 lb (68 kg) Sep 13, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 88
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Roster[edit]

2013–14 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
PF 00 Marcus Lee 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Fr Deer Valley Antioch, California
SG 1 James Young 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Fr Rochester Rochester Hills, Michigan
SG 2 Aaron Harrison 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 218 lb (99 kg) Fr Travis Fort Bend, Texas
PG 3 Jarrod Polson 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 182 lb (83 kg) Sr West Jessamine Wilmore, Kentucky
SF 4 Jon Hood 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) RS Sr Madisonville North Hopkins Madisonville, Kentucky
SG 5 Andrew Harrison 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Fr Travis Fort Bend, Texas
PG 13 Sam Malone 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr Scituate Scituate, Massachusetts
C 15 Willie Cauley-Stein Injured 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 244 lb (111 kg) So Olathe Northwest Olathe, Kansas
PG 21 Tod Lanter 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jr Dunbar/Gulf Coast State CC Lexington, Kentucky
SF 22 Alex Poythress 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 239 lb (108 kg) So Northeast Clarksville, Tennessee
PG 24 EJ Floreal 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr Dunbar (Lexington, KY) Palo Alto, California
PG 25 Dominique Hawkins 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 193 lb (88 kg) Fr Madison Central Richmond, Kentucky
PF 30 Julius Randle 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Fr Prestonwood Christian Dallas, Texas
PG 32 Brian Long 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 155 lb (70 kg) Jr River Dell Dumont, New Jersey
SF 35 Derek Willis 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Fr Bullitt East Mount Washington, Kentucky
C 44 Dakari Johnson 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 265 lb (120 kg) Fr Montverde Brooklyn, New York
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Willie Cauley-Stein Dakari Johnson Derek Willis
PF Julius Randle Marcus Lee Jon Hood
SF James Young Alex Poythress E.J. Floreal
SG Aaron Harrison Dominique Hawkins Brian Long
PG Andrew Harrison Jarrod Polson Sam Malone

Schedule[edit]

Regular season[edit]

November[edit]

The season officially began on November 8 with an 89 to 57 victory over UNC Asheville at Rupp Arena. Randle led all scorers with 15 points and all rebounders with 15 rebounds.[54][55] Two nights later, on November 10, the team squared off against in-state foe Northern Kentucky, it was the first meeting between the two schools. Kentucky prevailed 93 to 63 behind another strong performance from Randle.[56][57] Kentucky's first challenge of the season came two nights later in Chicago at the Champions Classic against No. 2 Michigan State. November 12 was the earliest the AP No. 1 and No. 2 teams had ever met in college basketball history. Kentucky made a late rally from being down 12 at halftime, but ended up losing 74 to 78 for their first loss of the season. Julius Randle continued to boast huge numbers by posting his third consecutive double-double, 27 points and 13 rebounds.[58][59] On November 17 Kentucky avenged its 2013 NIT loss to Robert Morris at Rupp Arena winning 87 to 49 in the first game of the inaugural Bill Keightley Classic. Aaron Harrison led all scorers with 28, while Randle posted his fourth consecutive double-double.[60][61] On November 19 the Keightley Classic continued as Kentucky defeated Texas–Arlington 105 to 76. Young led all scorers with 26, Randle posted his fifth consecutive double-double.[62][63] Kentucky needed a late rally to get past Cleveland State on November 25. Cleveland State led by 10 with 7:41 to go. Kentucky went on a 24 to 7 run to end the game and win 68 to 61.[64][65] Kentucky earned its 500th Rupp Arena win by beating Eastern Michigan 81 to 63 on November 27. Kentucky's halftime lead was just 35 to 32, but they steadily built it to double digits with 12:52 left and led by as many as 21 with 2:39 remaining.[66][67]

December[edit]

December 1 against Providence was the second consecutive season that Kentucky played at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. They defeated the Friars 79 to 65 behind a near triple-double from Cauley-Stein.[68][69] Playing No. 20 Baylor at AT&T Stadium on December 6 provided a chance for Kentucky to get an early glimpse into what it felt like playing at the site of 2014 Final Four. The game was a part of a double-header between the two schools. The Baylor and Kentucky women's teams played to four overtimes in which Kentucky won. However, the men could not complete the sweep as Baylor handed Kentucky its second loss of the season by the score of 62 to 67.[70][71] Kentucky rebounded after the loss by defeating Boise State on December 10. The Wildcats were by another double-double by Randle and defeated the Broncos 70 to 55 at Rupp Arena.[72][73] On December 14 Kentucky played its first road game of the season when they played No. 18 North Carolina in Chapel Hill. The series between the two programs with the most wins in college basketball resumed after a one-year hiatus in 2013. The Tar Heels handed Kentucky its third loss of the season 77 to 82.[74][75] After a week off for finals week, Belmont visited Lexington on December 21. At one point in the first half Kentucky trailed by 10, and did not take its first lead until 14 minutes remained in the second half. Kentucky defeated Belmont 93 to 80.[76][77] The final game of the non-conference was against in-state rival No. 6 Louisville. The game featured the two previous national champions as Kentucky won the championship in 2012 and Louisville in 2013. Behind 18 points and 10 rebounds from Young, Kentucky defeated Louisville 73 to 66.[78][79]

Results[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
Nov. 1*
7:00 PM, FSN/UK IMG
No. 1 Transylvania W 76–42 
 16  Randle   12  Randle   5  Young  Rupp Arena (20,740)
Lexington, KY
Nov. 4*
7:00 PM, FSN/UK IMG
No. 1 Montevallo W 95–72 
 21  Randle   11  Randle   7  Aa. Harrison  Rupp Arena (20,039)
Lexington, KY
Non-conference regular season
Nov. 8*
7:00 PM, FSN/UK IMG
No. 1 UNC Asheville W 89–57  1–0
 23  Randle   16  Randle   5  An. Harrison  Rupp Arena (22,413)
Lexington, KY
Nov. 10*
4:00 PM, FSN/UK IMG
No. 1 Northern Kentucky W 93–63  2–0
 22  Randle   14  Randle   3  Randle  Rupp Arena (22,925)
Lexington, KY
Nov. 12*
7:30 PM, ESPN
No. 1 vs. No. 2 Michigan State
Champions Classic
L 74–78  2–1
 27  Randle   13  Randle   3  An. Harrison  United Center (22,711)
Chicago, IL
Nov. 17*
7:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 1 Robert Morris
Keightley Classic
W 87–49  3–1
 28  Aa. Harrison   15  Randle   3  Tied  Rupp Arena (21,600)
Lexington, KY
Nov. 19*
7:30 PM, CSS
No. 4 Texas–Arlington
Keightley Classic
W 105–76  4–1
 26  Young   10  Tied   6  An. Harrison  Rupp Arena (20,305)
Lexington, KY
Nov. 25*
7:00 PM, FSN/UK IMG
No. 3 Cleveland State
Keightley Classic
W 68–61  5–1
 15  Randle   15  Randle   5  An. Harrison  Rupp Arena (21,067)
Lexington, KY
Nov. 27*
4:00 PM, FSN/UK IMG
No. 3 Eastern Michigan
Keightley Classic
W 81–63  6–1
 22  Aa. Harrison   10  Randle   4  Young  Rupp Arena (22,721)
Lexington, KY
Dec. 1*
8:30 PM, FS1
No. 3 vs. Providence W 79–65  7–1
 18  Young   8  Tied   4  Tied  Barclays Center (8,086)
Brooklyn, NY
Dec. 6*
10:00 PM, ESPN
No. 3 vs. No. 20 Baylor
Big 12/SEC Challenge
L 62–67  7–2
 16  Randle   8  Randle   6  Tied  AT&T Stadium (12,818)
Arlington, TX
Dec. 10*
9:00 PM, ESPN
No. 11 Boise State W 70–55  8–2
 21  Young   11  Randle   2  Tied  Rupp Arena (21,565)
Lexington, KY
Dec. 14*
5:15 PM, ESPN
No. 11 at No. 18 North Carolina L 77–82  8–3
 20  Aa. Harrison   12  Cauley-Stein   7  An. Harrison  Dean E. Smith Center (21,750)
Chapel Hill, NC
Dec. 21*
12:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 19 Belmont W 93–80  9–3
 29  Randle   10  Randle   7  Aa. Harrison  Rupp Arena (24,224)
Lexington, KY
Dec. 28*
4:00 PM, CBS
No. 18 No. 6 Louisville
Battle for the Bluegrass
W 73–66  10–3
 24  Young   10  Tied   7  Young  Rupp Arena (24,396)
Lexington, KY
SEC regular season
Jan. 8
8:00 PM, SEC TV
No. 14 Mississippi State W 85–63  11–3
(1–0)
 26  Young   14  Randle   5  Young  Rupp Arena (23,638)
Lexington, KY
Jan. 11
1:00 PM, CBS
No. 14 at Vanderbilt W 71–62  12–3
(2–0)
 15  Cauley-Stein   11  Randle   4  Tied  Memorial Gymnasium (14,316)
Nashville, TN
Jan. 14
9:00 PM, ESPN
No. 13 at Arkansas L 85–87 OT 12–4
(2–1)
 23  Young   14  Randle   6  An. Harrison  Bud Walton Arena (18,386)
Fayetteville, AR
Jan. 18
12:00 PM, CBS
No. 13 Tennessee W 74–66  13–4
(3–1)
 26  An. Harrison   4  Tied   4  Randle  Rupp Arena (24,246)
Lexington, KY
Jan. 21
9:00 PM, ESPN
No. 14 Texas A&M W 68–51  14–4
(4–1)
 16  Poythress   11  Randle   4  An. Harrison  Rupp Arena (22,634)
Lexington, KY
Jan. 25
1:30 PM, SEC TV
No. 14 Georgia W 79–54  15–4
(5–1)
 15  Aa. Harrison   9  Randle   5  An. Harrison  Rupp Arena (23,367)
Lexington, KY
Jan. 28
9:00 PM, ESPN
No. 11 at LSU L 82–87  15–5
(5–2)
 23  Young   7  Tied   2  Young  Maravich Center (12,124)
Baton Rouge, LA
Feb. 1
1:00 PM, CBS
No. 11 at Missouri W 84–79  16–5
(6–2)
 21  Aa. Harrison   9  Randle   4  An. Harrison  Mizzou Arena (11,742)
Columbia, MO
Feb. 4
7:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 18 Ole Miss W 84–60  17–5
(7–2)
 18  Cauley-Stein   11  Cauley-Stein   5  An. Harrison  Rupp Arena (22,168)
Lexington, KY
Feb. 8
1:30 PM, SEC TV
No. 18 at Mississippi State W 69–59  18–5
(8–2)
 16  Randle   8  Johnson   6  Aa. Harrison  Humphrey Coliseum (8,417)
Starkville, MS
Feb. 12
8:00 PM, SEC TV
No. 14 at Auburn W 64–56  19–5
(9–2)
 16  An. Harrison   12  Randle   2  An. Harrison  Auburn Arena (7,959)
Auburn, AL
Feb. 15
9:00 PM, ESPN
No. 14 No. 3 Florida
ESPN College GameDay
L 59–69  19–6
(9–3)
 20  An. Harrison   13  Randle   4  An. Harrison  Rupp Arena (24,425)
Lexington, KY
Feb. 18
7:00 PM, ESPN
No. 18 at Ole Miss W 84–70  20–6
(10–3)
 25  Randle   13  Randle   5  Young  Tad Smith Coliseum (8,476)
Oxford, MS
Feb. 22
4:00 PM, ESPN
No. 18 LSU W 77–76 OT 21–6
(11–3)
 21  Aa. Harrison   15  Randle   4  An. Harrison  Rupp Arena (24,244)
Lexington, KY
Feb. 27
7:00 PM, ESPN
No. 17 Arkansas L 67–71 OT 21–7
(11–4)
 16  Cauley-Stein   13  Cauley-Stein   3  Tied  Rupp Arena (23,908)
Lexington, KY
Mar. 1
6:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 17 at South Carolina L 67–72  21–8
(11–5)
 21  Aa. Harrison   15  Randle   4  An. Harrison  Colonial Life Arena (15,303)
Columbia, SC
Mar. 4
9:00 PM, ESPN
No. 25 Alabama
Senior Night
W 55–48  22–8
(12–5)
 12  Randle   11  Randle   3  Tied  Rupp Arena (23,504)
Lexington, KY
Mar. 8
12:00 PM, CBS
No. 25 at No. 1 Florida L 65–84  22–9
(12–6)
 16  Randle   10  Randle   5  An. Harrison  O'Connell Center (12,604)
Gainesville, FL
SEC Tournament
Mar. 14
7:00 pm, SEC TV
vs. LSU
Quarterfinals
W 85–67  23–9
 21  Young   16  Randle   8  An. Harrison  Georgia Dome (N/A)
Atlanta, GA
Mar. 15
7:00 PM, ABC
vs. Georgia
Semifinals
W 70–58  24–9
 22  Aa. Harrison   11  Randle   9  An. Harrison  Georgia Dome (N/A)
Atlanta, GA
Mar. 16
3:00 PM, ESPN
vs. No. 1 Florida
Championship game
L 60–61  24–10
 16  Aa. Harrison   11  Cauley-Stein   2  Tied  Georgia Dome (21,021)
Atlanta, GA
NCAA Tournament
Mar. 21*
9:40 PM, CBS
(8 MW) vs. (9 MW) Kansas State
Second round
W 56–49  25–10
 19  Randle   15  Randle   5  An. Harrison  Scottrade Center (19,223)
St. Louis, MO
Mar. 23*
2:45 PM, CBS
(8 MW) vs. (1 MW) No. 2 Wichita State
Third round
W 78–76  26–10
 20  An. Harrison   10  Randle   6  Randle  Scottrade Center (19,676)
St. Louis, MO
Mar. 28*
9:45 PM, CBS
(8 MW) vs. (4 MW) No. 5 Louisville
Regional Semifinal
W 74–69  27–10
 15  Tied   12  Randle   7  An. Harrison  Lucas Oil Stadium (41,072)
Indianapolis, IN
Mar. 30*
5:05 PM, CBS
(8 MW) vs. (2 MW) No. 7 Michigan
Regional Final
W 75–72  28–10
 16  Randle   11  Randle   6  An. Harrison  Lucas Oil Stadium (35,551)
Indianapolis, IN
Apr. 5*
8:49 PM, TBS
(8 MW) vs. (2 W) No. 12 Wisconsin
National Semifinal
W 74–73  29–10
 17  Young   7  Tied   4  An. Harrison  AT&T Stadium (79,444)
Arlington, TX
Apr. 7*
9:10 PM, CBS
(8 MW) vs. (7 E) No. 18 UConn
National Championship
L 54–60  29–11
 20  Young   7  Young   5  An. Harrison  AT&T Stadium (79,238)
Arlington, TX
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. MW=Midwest region, W=West region, E=East region.
All times are in Eastern Time.

Statistics[edit]

The team posted the following statistics:[80]

Name GP GS Min. Avg. FG FGA FG% 3FG 3FGA 3FG% FT FTA FT% OR DR RB Avg. PF DQ Ast. TO Stl. Blk. Pts. Avg.
Julius Randle 40 40 1,233 30.8 196 392 0.500 3 18 0.167 204 289 0.706 140 277 417 10.4 91 1 57 101 31 20 599 15.0
James Young 40 39 1,296 32.4 193 450 0.407 82 235 0.349 125 177 0.706 41 130 171 4.3 83 2 67 75 8 30 573 14.3
Aaron Harrison 40 40 1,303 32.6 174 411 0.423 62 174 0.356 139 176 0.790 25 93 118 3.0 85 2 74 65 12 43 549 13.7
Andrew Harrison 40 39 1,267 31.7 121 330 0.367 33 94 0.351 159 208 0.764 32 94 126 3.2 119 3 159 109 9 21 434 10.9
Willie Cauley-Stein 37 18 880 23.8 106 178 0.596 0 0 0.000 40 83 0.482 94 131 225 6.1 98 2 25 31 106 44 252 6.8
Alex Poythress 40 0 734 18.4 88 177 0.497 8 33 0.242 50 80 0.625 72 109 181 4.5 85 2 17 38 29 12 234 5.9
Dakari Johnson 39 18 550 14.1 82 144 0.569 0 0 0.000 38 85 0.447 79 75 154 3.9 79 1 11 25 23 9 202 5.2
Marcus Lee 25 4 157 6.3 26 42 0.619 0 0 0.000 7 16 0.438 21 15 36 1.4 19 0 2 4 14 0 59 2.4
Jon Hood 13 1 47 3.6 4 13 0.308 3 10 0.300 4 4 1.000 1 3 4 0.3 5 0 5 4 0 2 15 1.2
Derek Willis 14 0 39 2.8 3 9 0.333 1 6 0.167 9 12 0.750 1 7 8 0.6 0 0 0 4 0 1 16 1.1
Jarrod Polson 33 1 281 8.5 11 36 0.306 9 5 0.360 1 3 0.333 5 16 21 0.6 26 0 17 9 2 2 32 1.0
Dominique Hawkins 33 0 283 8.6 9 31 0.290 2 16 0.125 5 13 0.385 7 16 23 0.7 37 0 12 6 1 4 25 0.8
E.J. Floreal 3 0 4 1.3 1 1 1.000 0 0 0.000 0 0 0.000 0 1 1 0.3 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 0.7
Sam Malone 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0.000 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
Brian Long 1 0 1 1.0 0 0 0.000 0 0 0.000 0 0 0.000 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
TEAM 40 56 67 123 3.1 4 10
Season Total 40
8,075
1,004 2,214 0.453 203 611 0.332 781 1,146 0.682 574 1,034 1,608 40.2 732 13 446 481 236 189 2,992 74.8
Opponents 40
8,075
933 2,271 0.411 222 689 0.322 577 836 0.690 437 794 1,231 30.8 884
416 428 123 232 2,665 66.6

Honors[edit]

The team was given a lot of individual honors during the season.

At SEC Media Days in October, the SEC media selected Randle as its pick to win the SEC Player of the Year award.[32] Randle was also named to the All-SEC First Team while Cauley-Stein, Andrew Harrison, and Johnson were named to the All-SEC Second Team.[32][33]

To begin the season Andrew Harrison was placed on the Bob Cousy Award watch list with 45 other players from across the country, which recognizes the best point guard.[81] Randle was placed on the Oscar Robertson Trophy watch list with 15 other players from across the country.[82] The Harrison twins, Randle, and Young were among ten freshmen that were placed on the Wayman Tisdale Award watch list, which is given to the top freshman in the country.[83] Andrew Harrison, Randle, and Young were among 50 players named to the Naismith Trophy watch list, which goes to the National Player of the Year.[84]

During the season Randle earned SEC Player of the Week honors on November 11 after his first two games, averaging 22.5 points and 15.0 rebound per game.[85][86] On January 27 he was named SEC Freshman of the Week after averaging 13.5 points and 10.0 rebounds in wins over Texas A&M and Georgia.[87] He was again named SEC Player of the Week on February 24 after averaging 16.5 points and 14.0 rebounds in two victories over LSU and Ole Miss.[88][89] In addition to winning SEC Player of the Week on February 24, Randle became the first player in 2014 to be honored by the USBWA as its Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week and its Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week.[90][91] Randle was among ten semifinalists for the Naismith Trophy.[92][93] Randle was also named as one of 15 finalists for the John R. Wooden Award.[94]

Young also earned USBWA National Freshman of the Week on December 31 after the win over Louisville.[95][96] Randle was not the only Kentucky player to be honored with SEC Freshman of the Week during the season. On November 25 Young was honored with weekly award after scoring 26 points in a win over UT-Arlington.[97] Aaron Harrison was honored twice with the award on December 2 and December 23.[98][99]

There were several postseason awards that were handed out to Kentucky players. On March 11 the SEC honored Randle as its Freshman of the Year, joining DeMarcus Cousins (2010), Terrence Jones (2011), Anthony Davis (2012) and Nerlens Noel (2013) as recent Wildcats to win the award.[100][101] Randle was also named to the First All-SEC team while Young was named to the Second All-SEC team.[84] Both were a part of the SEC All-Freshman team, too.[84] Cauley-Stein was honored with the SEC All-Defensive team.[84]

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. ██ Not ranked the previous week. RV=Others receiving votes.
Poll Pre
[102]
Wk 2
[103]
Wk 3
[104]
Wk 4
[105]
Wk 5
[106]
Wk 6
[107]
Wk 7
[108]
Wk 8
[109]
Wk 9
[110]
Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Wk 16 Wk 17 Wk 18 Wk 19 Wk 20 Final
AP 1 1 4 3 3 11 19 18 15 14 13 14 11 18 14 18 17 25 RV RV N/A
Coaches 1 1 5 4 4 10 21 18 16 16 12 14 11 14 13 16 15 24 RV 22 2

Departures[edit]

2014 NBA Draft[edit]

Within two weeks after the season ended Young and Randle declared for the 2014 NBA Draft. They became the 11th and 12th freshmen players to declare for the NBA Draft under Calipari. Young declared for the NBA Draft on April 17. He was projected as a player that could potentially be a lottery pick.[111][112] Randle declared for the on April 22. This was not a surprise due to Randle being projected as a top-5 pick during the season.[113][114]

NBA draft selections[edit]

Year Round Pick Overall Player NBA Club
2014 1 7 7 Julius Randle Los Angeles Lakers
2014 1 17 17 James Young Boston Celtics

See also[edit]

2013–14 Kentucky Wildcats women's basketball team

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