2008–09 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team

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2008–09 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball
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NIT, 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

2008 signees[edit]

2008–09 schedule and results[edit]

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

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]