2013–14 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team

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2013–14 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball
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NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional Champions
NCAA Tournament Runner-up
NCAA Championship game vs. Connecticut, L 54–60 (5-1)
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
Coaches #2
2013–14 record 29–11 (12–6 SEC)
Head coach John Calipari (5th year)
Assistant coach John Robic (5th year)
Assistant coach Orlando Antigua (5th year)
Assistant coach Kenny Payne (4th year)
Home arena Rupp Arena
Seasons
« 2012–13 2014–15 »
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's head coach was John Calipari, who was in his fifth season. They played their home games at Rupp Arena and were members of the Southeastern Conference.

The Wildcats made the NCAA Tournament as the 8th seed in the Midwest Region. After beating Kansas State, 56–49, they upset previously undefeated Wichita State, 78–76.

In the Midwest Regional semifinals, the Wildcats dethroned defending national champion Louisville, 74–69.

The Wildcats would later upset Michigan, 75-72 in the Elite Eight. Aaron Harrison made a three-point attempt with 2.3 seconds remaining. Michigan's Nik Stauskas missed a shot attempt at the buzzer.[2]

The Wildcats took on Wisconsin in the Final Four. They beat them to become the third 8 seed to make it to the finals, winning 74-73. Aaron Harrison took a pass from Andrew, his twin brother, and connected on the game-clinching three-pointer with 5.7 seconds left. Traevon Jackson's shot attempt failed at the buzzer.[3]

Kentucky fell in the 2014 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship Game, matched up against 7 seed Connecticut. A 60-54 loss to the Huskies ended the Wildcats' season at 29–11.

Pre-season[edit]

Departures[edit]

Former Wildcats Nerlens Noel and Archie Goodwin were both selected in the 2013 NBA Draft's opening round. Noel was taken No. 6 overall by the New Orleans Pelicans, while the Oklahoma City Thunder selected Goodwin at No. 29. The duo increased UK's total under John Calipari to 17 players selected in the Draft, including 13 in the first round.

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Noel, NerlensNerlens Noel 3 F 6'10" 228 Freshman Everett, Massachusetts Entered 2013 NBA Draft
Goodwin, ArchieArchie Goodwin 10 G 6'4" 198 Freshman Sherwood, Arkansas Entered 2013 NBA Draft
Beckham, TwanyTwany Beckham 11 G 6'4" 202 Senior Louisville, Kentucky Graduated
Harrow, RyanRyan Harrow 12 G 6'2" 170 Sophomore Marietta, Georgia Transferred to Georgia State
Wiltjer, KyleKyle Wiltjer 33 F 6'10" 239 Sophomore Portland, Oregon Transferred to Gonzaga[4]
Mays, JuliusJulius Mays 34 G 6'2" 192 Senior Marion, Indiana Graduated

Class of 2013 signees[edit]

For the fifth consecutive season the Wildcats boast the No. 1 recruiting class. EJ Floreal (walk-on), Aaron and Andrew Harrison, Dominique Hawkins, Dakari Johnson, Marcus Lee, Julius Randle, Derek Willis, and James Young form the nine-member freshman class for the 2013-14 season.

  • Randle was the nation's consensus top power forward and was ranked the No. 2 overall player by Rivals.com.
  • Aaron Harrison was ranked the No. 1 consensus shooting guard, while Rivals and Scout.com ranked him the fourth-overall top prospect.
  • Andrew Harrison was ranked as the nation's consensus best point guard, and the third-best prospect by ESPN.
  • Young was ranked as the No. 6 prospect by ESPN, and the second-best shooting guard in the class.
  • Johnson was ranked as the No. 9 overall player by Rivals and the top center in the class.
  • Lee was ranked as the No. 17 overall player by Rivals.

The six signees above, in addition to their rankings, all participated in both the McDonald's All-American Game as well as the Jordan Brand Classic. Randle earned co-MVP hornors at the Jordan Brand Classic. Dominique Hawkins and Derek Willis both competred in the Derby Classic.

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 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 94
Andrew Harrison
G
Richmond, Texas Travis 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Oct 4, 2012 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/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 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/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 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/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 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/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 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/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 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 77
James Young
G
Rochester, Michigan Rochester 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Oct 11, 2012 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/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:

Class of 2014 commitments[edit]

Roster[edit]

2013–14 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year High School/Junior College Home town
F 00 Lee, MarcusMarcus Lee 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Fr Deer Valley Antioch, California
G 1 Young, JamesJames Young 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Fr Rochester Rochester Hills, Michigan
G 2 Harrison, AaronAaron Harrison 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 218 lb (99 kg) Fr Travis Fort Bend, Texas
G 3 Polson, JarrodJarrod Polson 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 182 lb (83 kg) Sr West Jessamine Wilmore, Kentucky
G 4 Hood, JonJon Hood 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) RS Sr Madisonville North Hopkins Madisonville, Kentucky
G 5 Harrison, AndrewAndrew Harrison 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Fr Travis Fort Bend, Texas
G 13 Malone, SamSam Malone 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr Scituate Scituate, Massachusetts
F 15 Cauley-Stein, WillieWillie Cauley-Stein Injured 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 244 lb (111 kg) So Olathe Northwest Olathe, Kansas
G 21 Lanter, TodTod Lanter 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jr Dunbar/Gulf Coast State CC Lexington, Kentucky
F 22 Poythress, AlexAlex Poythress 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 239 lb (108 kg) So Northeast Clarksville, Tennessee
G 24 Floreal, EJEJ Floreal 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr Dunbar (Lexington, KY) Palo Alto, California
G 25 Hawkins, DominiqueDominique Hawkins 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 193 lb (88 kg) Fr Madison Central Richmond, Kentucky
F 30 Randle, JuliusJulius Randle 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Fr Prestonwood Christian Dallas, Texas
G 32 Long, BrianBrian Long 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 155 lb (70 kg) Jr River Dell Dumont, New Jersey
F 35 Willis, DerekDerek Willis 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Fr Bullitt East Mount Washington, Kentucky
C 44 Johnson, DakariDakari 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

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Points Leader Rebounds Leader Assists Leader Result Attendance Record
Exhibition
November 1, 2013* 7:00 PM Transylvania #1 Rupp ArenaLexington, KY FSN/UK IMG  16 - Randle   12 - Randle   5 - Young  W 76–42  20,740
November 4, 2013* 7:00 PM Montevallo #1 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY FSN/UK IMG  21 - Randle   11 - Randle   7 - Aa. Harrison  W 95–72  20,039
Non-conference regular season
November 8, 2013* 7:00 PM UNC Asheville #1 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY FSN/UK IMG  23 - Randle   16 - Randle   5 - An. Harrison  W 89–57  22,413 1–0
November 10, 2013* 4:00 PM Northern Kentucky #1 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY FSN/UK IMG  22 - Randle   14 - Randle   3 - Randle  W 93–63  22,925 2–0
November 12, 2013* 7:30 PM vs. #2 Michigan State #1 United CenterChicago, IL
(Champions Classic)
ESPN  27 - Randle   13 - Randle   3 - An. Harrison  L 74–78  22,711 2–1
November 17, 2013* 7:00 PM Robert Morris #1 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY
(Keightley Classic)
ESPN2  28 - Aa. Harrison   15 - Randle   3 - Tied  W 87–49  21,600 3–1
November 19, 2013* 7:30 PM Texas–Arlington #4 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY
(Keightley Classic)
CSS  26 - Young   10 - Tied   6 - An. Harrison  W 105–76  20,305 4–1
November 25, 2013* 7:00 PM Cleveland State #3 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY
(Keightley Classic)
FSN/UK IMG  15 - Randle   15 - Randle   5 - An. Harrison  W 68–61  21,067 5–1
November 27, 2013* 4:00 PM Eastern Michigan #3 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY
(Keightley Classic)
FSN/UK IMG  22 - Aa. Harrison   10 - Randle   4 - Young  W 81–63  22,721 6–1
December 1, 2013* 8:30 PM vs. Providence #3 Barclays CenterBrooklyn, NY FS1  18 - Young   8 - Tied   4 - Tied  W 79–65  8,086 7–1
December 6, 2013* 10:00 PM vs. #20 Baylor #3 AT&T StadiumArlington, TX
(Big 12/SEC Challenge)
ESPN  16 - Randle   8 - Randle   6 - Tied  L 62–67  12,818 7–2
December 10, 2013* 9:00 PM Boise State #11 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY ESPN  21 - Young   11 - Randle   2 - Tied  W 70–55  21,565 8–2
December 14, 2013* 5:15 PM at #18 North Carolina #11 Dean E. Smith CenterChapel Hill, NC ESPN  20 - Aa. Harrison   12 - Cauley-Stein   7 - An. Harrison  L 77–82  21,750 8–3
December 21, 2013* 12:00 PM Belmont #19 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY ESPNU  29 - Randle   10 - Randle   7 - Aa. Harrison  W 93–80  24,224 9–3
December 28, 2013* 4:00 PM #6 Louisville #18 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY
(Battle for the Bluegrass)
CBS  24 - Young   10 - Tied   7 - Young  W 73–66  24,396 10–3
SEC regular season
January 8, 2014 8:00 PM Mississippi State #14 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY SEC TV  26 - Young   14 - Randle   5 - Young  W 85–63  23,638 11–3 (1–0)
January 11, 2014 1:00 PM at Vanderbilt #14 Memorial GymnasiumNashville, TN CBS  15 - Cauley-Stein   11 - Randle   4 - Tied  W 71–62  14,316 12–3 (2–0)
January 14, 2014 9:00 PM at Arkansas #13 Bud Walton ArenaFayetteville, AR ESPN  23 - Young   14 - Randle   6 - An. Harrison  L 85–87 OT 18,386 12–4 (2–1)
January 18, 2014 12:00 PM Tennessee #13 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY CBS  26 - An. Harrison   4 - Tied   4 - Randle  W 74–66  24,246 13–4 (3–1)
January 21, 2014 9:00 PM Texas A&M #14 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY ESPN  16 - Poythress   11 - Randle   4 - An. Harrison  W 68–51  22,634 14–4 (4–1)
January 25, 2014 1:30 PM Georgia #14 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY SEC TV  15 - Aa. Harrison   9 - Randle   5 - An. Harrison  W 79–54  23,367 15–4 (5–1)
January 28, 2014 9:00 PM at LSU #11 Maravich CenterBaton Rouge, LA ESPN  23 - Young   7 - Tied   2 - Young  L 82–87  12,124 15–5 (5–2)
February 1, 2014 1:00 PM at Missouri #11 Mizzou ArenaColumbia, MO CBS  21 - Aa. Harrison   9 - Randle   4 - An. Harrison  W 84–79  11,742 16–5 (6–2)
February 4, 2014 7:00 PM Ole Miss #18 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY ESPNU  18 - Cauley-Stein   11 - Cauley-Stein   5 - An. Harrison  W 84–60  22,168 17–5 (7–2)
February 8, 2014 1:30 PM at Mississippi State #18 Humphrey ColiseumStarkville, MS SEC TV  16 - Randle   8 - Johnson   6 - Aa. Harrison  W 69–59  8,417 18–5 (8–2)
February 12, 2014 8:00 PM at Auburn #14 Auburn ArenaAuburn, AL SEC TV  16 - An. Harrison   12 - Randle   2 - An. Harrison  W 64–56  7,959 19–5 (9–2)
February 15, 2014 9:00 PM #3 Florida #14 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY
(ESPN College GameDay)
ESPN  20 - An. Harrison   13 - Randle   4 - An. Harrison  L 59–69  24,425 19–6 (9–3)
February 18, 2014 7:00 PM at Ole Miss #18 Tad Smith ColiseumOxford, MS ESPN  25 - Randle   13 - Randle   5 - Young  W 84–70  8,476 20–6 (10–3)
February 22, 2014 4:00 PM LSU #18 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY ESPN  21 - Aa. Harrison   15 - Randle   4 - An. Harrison  W 77–76 OT 24,244 21–6 (11–3)
February 27, 2014 7:00 PM Arkansas #17 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY ESPN  16 - Cauley-Stein   13 - Cauley-Stein   3 - Tied  L 67–71 OT 23,908 21–7 (11–4)
March 1, 2014 6:00 PM at South Carolina #17 Colonial Life ArenaColumbia, SC ESPN2  21 - Aa. Harrison   15 - Randle   4 - An. Harrison  L 67–72  15,303 21–8 (11–5)
March 4, 2014 9:00 PM Alabama #25 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY
(Senior Night)
ESPN  12 - Randle   11 - Randle   3 - Tied  W 55–48  23,504 22–8 (12–5)
March 8, 2014 12:00 PM at #1 Florida #25 O'Connell CenterGainesville, FL CBS  16 - Randle   10 - Randle   5 - An. Harrison  L 65–84  12,604 22–9 (12–6)
SEC Tournament
March 14, 2014 7:00 pm vs. LSU Georgia DomeAtlanta, GA
(SEC Tournament Quarterfinals)
SEC TV  21 - Young   16 - Randle   8 - An. Harrison  W 85–67  N/A 23–9
March 15, 2014 7:00 PM vs. Georgia Georgia Dome • Atlanta, GA
(SEC Tournament Semifinals)
ABC  22 - Aa. Harrison   11 - Randle   9 - An. Harrison  W 70–58  N/A 24–9
March 16, 2014 3:00 PM vs. #1 Florida Georgia Dome • Atlanta, GA
(Sec Tournament Championship)
ESPN  16 - Aa. Harrison   11 - Cauley-Stein   2 - Tied  L 60–61  21,021 24–10
NCAA Tournament
March 21, 2014* 9:40 PM vs. (9) Kansas State #(8) Scottrade CenterSt. Louis, MO
(Second Round – Midwest Region)
CBS  19 - Randle   15 - Randle   5 - An. Harrison  W 56–49  19,223 25–10
March 23, 2014* 2:45 PM vs. #2 (1) Wichita State #(8) Scottrade Center • St. Louis, MO
(Midwest Regional Third Round)
CBS  20 - An. Harrison   10 - Randle   6 - Randle  W 78–76  19,676 26–10
March 28, 2014* 9:45 PM vs. #5 (4) Louisville #(8) Lucas Oil StadiumIndianapolis, IN
(Midwest Regional Semifinal)
CBS  15 - Tied   12 - Randle   7 - An. Harrison  W 74–69  41,072 27–10
March 30, 2014* 5:05 PM vs. #7 (2) Michigan #(8) Lucas Oil Stadium • Indianapolis, IN
(Midwest Regional Final)
CBS  16 - Randle   11 - Randle   6 - An. Harrison  W 75–72  35,551 28–10
April 5, 2014* 8:49 PM vs. #12 (2) Wisconsin #(8 MW) AT&T StadiumArlington, TX
(National Semifinal)
TBS  17 - Young   7 - Johnson, Poythress   4 - An. Harrison  W 74–73  79,444 29–10
April 7, 2014* 9:10 PM vs. #18 (7) Connecticut #(8 MW) AT&T Stadium • Arlington, TX
(National Championship)
CBS  20 - Young   7 - Young   5 - An. Harrison  L 54–60  79,238 29–11
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll, (#) denotes seed within region. All times are in Eastern Time.

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. ██ Not ranked the previous week. RV=Others receiving votes.
Poll Pre
[5]
Wk 2
[6]
Wk 3
[7]
Wk 4
[8]
Wk 5
[9]
Wk 6
[10]
Wk 7
[11]
Wk 8
[12]
Wk 9
[13]
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

See also[edit]

2013–14 Kentucky Wildcats women's basketball team

References[edit]