2008–09 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team

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2008–09 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball
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2009 National Invitation Tournament, 2–1, Quarterfinals
Conference Southeastern Conference Eastern
2008–09 record 22–14 (8–8 SEC)
Head coach Billy Gillispie
Assistant coach Jeremy Cox
Assistant coach Glynn Cyprien
Assistant coach Tracy Webster
Home arena Rupp Arena
Seasons
« 2007–08 2009–10 »
2008–09 Southeastern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
East
South Carolina 10 6   .625     21 10   .677
Tennessee 10 6   .625     21 13   .618
Florida 9 7   .563     25 11   .694
Vanderbilt 8 8   .500     19 12   .613
Kentucky 8 8   .500     22 14   .611
Georgia 3 13   .188     12 20   .375
West
#21 LSU 13 3   .813     27 8   .771
Auburn 10 6   .625     24 12   .667
Miss. State 9 7   .563     23 13   .639
Alabama 7 9   .438     18 14   .563
Ole Miss 7 9   .438     16 15   .516
Arkansas 2 14   .125     14 16   .467
† SEC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2008–09 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team represents the University of Kentucky in the college basketball season of 2008–2009. The team's head coach was Billy Gillispie, who was in his second and final year as coach. The Wildcats play their home games at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. The team's season started with a controversial early Midnight Madness event on October 10, 2008 which is not the traditional date for celebration that coincides with the first day of NCAA-sanctioned regular practice sessions that occurred on October 17, 2008.

On March 15, 2009, the Wildcats accepted a bid to the 2009 National Invitation Tournament, ending a streak of 17 consecutive appearances in the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship dating back to 1992.[1]

Roster[edit]

2008–09 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year High School/Junior College Home town
F 1 Miller, DariusDarius Miller 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 223 lb (101 kg) Fr Mason County Maysville, Kentucky
G 2 Scherbenske, MattMatt Scherbenske 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Jr Oak Hill Academy (VA)/Oral Roberts Lexington, Kentucky
G 3 Galloway, KevinKevin Galloway 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Jr Sacramento/Southern Idaho Sacramento, California
F 5 Harris, RamonRamon Harris 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 218 lb (99 kg) Jr West Anchorage Anchorage, Alaska
G 10 Slone, LandonLandon Slone 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 188 lb (85 kg) Fr Paintsville Paintsville, Kentucky
G 11 Delph, AdamAdam Delph 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 161 lb (73 kg) Fr Pleasure Ridge Park Louisville, Kentucky
G 12 Krebs, MarkMark Krebs 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 207 lb (94 kg) Jr Newport Central Catholic Newport, Kentucky
G 13 Porter, MichaelMichael Porter 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 198 lb (90 kg) Jr Modesto Christian Modesto, California
G 14 Halsell, MarkMark Halsell 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 182 lb (83 kg) So St. Charles/Southwestern Illinois St. Charles, Missouri
F 15 Stewart, A.J.A.J. Stewart 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 218 lb (99 kg) So Arlington Country Day Jacksonville, Florida
F 21 Stevenson, PerryPerry Stevenson 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Jr Lafayette Lafayette, Louisiana
G 23 Meeks, JodieJodie Meeks 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 208 lb (94 kg) Jr Norcross Norcross, Georgia
G 25 Williams, DonaldDonald Williams 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Fr Progressive Christian Academy Baton Rouge, Louisiana
G 30 Perry, DwightDwight Perry 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 187 lb (85 kg) Jr Southern Durham, North Carolina
F 33 Pilgrim, MattMatt Pilgrim Current redshirt 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 233 lb (106 kg) Jr Bridgton Academy/Hampton Cincinnati, Ohio
G 34 Liggins, DeAndreDeAndre Liggins 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 202 lb (92 kg) Fr Findlay Prep (NV) Chicago, Illinois
C 43 Carter, JaredJared Carter 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 277 lb (126 kg) Sr Scott County Georgetown, Kentucky
F 54 Patterson, PatrickPatrick Patterson 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) So Huntington Huntington, West Virginia
C 55 Harrellson, JoshJosh Harrellson 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 265 lb (120 kg) So St. Charles/Southwestern Illinois St. Charles, Missouri
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 Bench 3
C Patrick Patterson Josh Harrellson
PF Perry Stevenson A.J. Stewart
SF Ramon Harris Darius Miller
SG Jodie Meeks Kevin Galloway Mark Krebs
PG Michael Porter DeAndre Liggins Landon Slone

2008 Signees[edit]

2008–09 schedule and results[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance Record
Exhibition
November 3, 2008* 7:00 PM Missouri-Saint Louis Rupp ArenaLexington, KY FSN South W 111–53    0–0
November 7, 2008* 7:00 PM Ouachita Baptist Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY FSN South W 94–72    0–0
Non-Conference Regular Season
November 14, 2008* 7:00 PM VMI Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY FSN South L 103–111  22,579 0–1
November 18, 2008* 9:00 PM at #1 North Carolina Dean Smith CenterChapel Hill, NC ESPN L 58–77  21,538 0–2
November 22, 2008* 12:00 PM Delaware State Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY
(2008 Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Invitational)
FSN South W 71–42  21,594 1–2
November 24, 2008* 7:00 PM Longwood Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY
(2008 Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Invitational)
FSN South W 91–57  20,105 2–2
November 28, 2008* 11:59 PM vs. Kansas State Orleans ArenaLas Vegas, NV
(2008 Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Invitational)
ESPNU W 74–72  5,000 3–2
November 29, 2008* 10:30 PM vs. West Virginia Orleans Arena • Las Vegas, NV
(2008 Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Invitational)
ESPN2 W 54–43  5,500 4–2
December 3, 2008* 7:00 PM Lamar Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY FSN South W 103–61  21,350 5–2
December 6, 2008* 5:00 PM #22 Miami (FL) Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY ESPN L 67–73  24,109 5–3
December 7, 2008* 3:00 PM Mississippi Valley State Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY FSN South W 88–65  21,476 6–3
December 13, 2008* 4:00 PM Indiana Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY CBS W 72–54  23,767 7–3
December 20, 2008* 12:00 PM Appalachian State Freedom HallLouisville, KY FSN South W 93–69  10,173 8–3
December 22, 2008* 7:00 PM Tennessee State Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY FSN South W 102–58  21,958 9–3
December 27, 2008* 3:00 PM Florida Atlantic Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY FSN South W 76–69  24,018 10–3
December 29, 2008* 7:00 PM Central Michigan Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY FSN South W 84–52  22,944 11–3
January 4, 2009* 4:30 PM at #18 Louisville Freedom Hall • Louisville, KY
(Battle for the Bluegrass)
CBS L 71–74  20,078 11–4
SEC Regular Season
January 10, 2009 2:00 PM Vanderbilt Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY Raycom W 70–60  24,249 12–4 (1–0)
January 13, 2009 9:00 PM at Tennessee Thompson-Boling ArenaKnoxville, TN ESPN W 90–72  20,474 13–4 (2–0)
January 18, 2009 9:00 PM at Georgia Stegeman ColiseumAthens, GA Raycom W 68–45  9,090 14–4 (3–0)
January 21, 2009 9:00 PM Auburn Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY Raycom W 73–64  22,760 15–4 (4–0)
January 24, 2009 3:00 PM at Alabama Coleman ColiseumTuscaloosa, AL Raycom W 61–51  15,316 16–4 (5–0)
January 27, 2009 7:00 PM at Ole Miss #24 Tad Smith ColiseumOxford, MS ESPN L 80–85  6,852 16–5 (5–1)
January 31, 2009 3:00 PM South Carolina #24 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY Raycom L 77–78  24,322 16–6 (5–2)
February 3, 2009 7:00 PM Mississippi State Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY Raycom L 57–66  21,940 16–7 (5–3)
February 10, 2009 9:00 PM Florida Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY ESPN W 68–65  24,355 17–7 (6–3)
February 14, 2009 1:00 PM at Arkansas Bud Walton ArenaFayetteville, AR CBS W 79–63  19,041 18–7 (7–3)
February 17, 2009 9:00 PM at Vanderbilt Memorial GymnasiumNashville, TN ESPN L 64–77  14,316 18–8 (7–4)
February 21, 2009 1:00 PM Tennessee Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY CBS W 77–58  24,394 19–8 (8–4)
February 25, 2009 7:00 PM at South Carolina Colonial Life ArenaColumbia, SC Raycom L 59–77  16,035 19–9 (8–5)
February 28, 2009 4:00 PM #18 LSU Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY CBS L 70–73  24,411 19–10 (8–6)
March 4, 2009 8:00 PM Georgia Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY
(Senior Night)
Raycom L 85–90  23,889 19–11 (8–7)
March 7, 2009 2:00 PM at Florida O'Connell CenterGainesville, FL CBS L 53–60  12,131 19–12 (8–8)
2009 SEC Tournament
March 12, 2009 1:00 PM vs. Ole Miss St. Pete Times ForumTampa, FL
(SEC Tournament First Round)
Raycom W 71–58  N/A 20–12
March 13, 2009 1:00 PM vs. #16 LSU St. Pete Times ForumTampa, FL
(SEC Tournament Quarterfinals)
Raycom L 67–58  N/A 20–13
2009 NIT
March 17, 2009* 9:30 PM UNLV Memorial ColiseumLexington, KY
(NIT First Round)
ESPN W 70–60  8,327 21–13
March 23, 2009* 7:00 PM at Creighton Qwest Center OmahaOmaha, NE
(NIT Sweet Sixteen)
ESPN W 65–63  16,984 22–13
March 25, 2009* 7:00 PM at Notre Dame Edmund P. Joyce CenterNotre Dame, IN
(NIT Quarterfinals)
ESPN2 L 77–67  7,636 22–14
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll.

Season honors and awards[edit]

All-SEC[edit]

Team Player Position
First Jodie Meeks Guard
First Patrick Patterson Forward
All-SEC

SEC Player of the Week[edit]

Date Player Position
12/1 [2] Jodie Meeks Guard
12/22 [3] Jodie Meeks Guard
12/29 [4] Patrick Patterson Forward
1/19 [4] Jodie Meeks Guard
2/16 [5] Jodie Meeks Guard
SEC Player of the Week

SEC Freshman of the Week[edit]

Date Player Position
12/8 [6] DeAndre Liggins Guard
SEC Freshman of the Week

Pre-Season All-SEC[edit]

Team Player Position
First Patrick Patterson Forward
Second Jodie Meeks Guard
All-SEC

Class of 2009 Signees[edit]

The signees who formed the 2009-10 recruiting classes are considered one of the best all-time recruiting classes [7]

References[edit]