2008–09 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team

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2008–09 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball
Kentucky Wildcats 2005 logo.svg
NIT, Quarterfinals
Conference Southeastern Conference
Division 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
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
Mississippi 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 Previous school Hometown
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
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
Exhibition
November 3, 2008*
7:00 PM, FSN South
Missouri-Saint Louis W 111–53  0–0
Rupp Arena 
Lexington, KY
November 7, 2008*
7:00 PM, FSN South
Ouachita Baptist W 94–72  0–0
Rupp Arena 
Lexington, KY
Non-Conference Regular Season
November 14, 2008*
7:00 PM, FSN South
VMI L 103–111  0–1
Rupp Arena (22,579)
Lexington, KY
November 18, 2008*
9:00 PM, ESPN
at No. 1 North Carolina L 58–77  0–2
Dean Smith Center (21,538)
Chapel Hill, NC
November 22, 2008*
12:00 PM, FSN South
Delaware State
2008 Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Invitational
W 71–42  1–2
Rupp Arena (21,594)
Lexington, KY
November 24, 2008*
7:00 PM, FSN South
Longwood
2008 Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Invitational
W 91–57  2–2
Rupp Arena (20,105)
Lexington, KY
November 28, 2008*
11:59 PM, ESPNU
vs. Kansas State
2008 Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Invitational
W 74–72  3–2
Orleans Arena (5,000)
Las Vegas, NV
November 29, 2008*
10:30 PM, ESPN2
vs. West Virginia
2008 Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Invitational
W 54–43  4–2
Orleans Arena (5,500)
Las Vegas, NV
December 3, 2008*
7:00 PM, FSN South
Lamar W 103–61  5–2
Rupp Arena (21,350)
Lexington, KY
December 6, 2008*
5:00 PM, ESPN
No. 22 Miami (FL) L 67–73  5–3
Rupp Arena (24,109)
Lexington, KY
December 7, 2008*
3:00 PM, FSN South
Mississippi Valley State W 88–65  6–3
Rupp Arena (21,476)
Lexington, KY
December 13, 2008*
4:00 PM, CBS
Indiana W 72–54  7–3
Rupp Arena (23,767)
Lexington, KY
December 20, 2008*
12:00 PM, FSN South
Appalachian State W 93–69  8–3
Freedom Hall (10,173)
Louisville, KY
December 22, 2008*
7:00 PM, FSN South
Tennessee State W 102–58  9–3
Rupp Arena (21,958)
Lexington, KY
December 27, 2008*
3:00 PM, FSN South
Florida Atlantic W 76–69  10–3
Rupp Arena (24,018)
Lexington, KY
December 29, 2008*
7:00 PM, FSN South
Central Michigan W 84–52  11–3
Rupp Arena (22,944)
Lexington, KY
January 4, 2009*
4:30 PM, CBS
at No. 18 Louisville
Battle for the Bluegrass
L 71–74  11–4
Freedom Hall (20,078)
Louisville, KY
SEC Regular Season
January 10, 2009
2:00 PM, Raycom
Vanderbilt W 70–60  12–4
(1–0)
Rupp Arena (24,249)
Lexington, KY
January 13, 2009
9:00 PM, ESPN
at Tennessee W 90–72  13–4
(2–0)
Thompson-Boling Arena (20,474)
Knoxville, TN
January 18, 2009
9:00 PM, Raycom
at Georgia W 68–45  14–4
(3–0)
Stegeman Coliseum (9,090)
Athens, GA
January 21, 2009
9:00 PM, Raycom
Auburn W 73–64  15–4
(4–0)
Rupp Arena (22,760)
Lexington, KY
January 24, 2009
3:00 PM, Raycom
at Alabama W 61–51  16–4
(5–0)
Coleman Coliseum (15,316)
Tuscaloosa, AL
January 27, 2009
7:00 PM, ESPN
No. 24 at Ole Miss L 80–85  16–5
(5–1)
Tad Smith Coliseum (6,852)
Oxford, MS
January 31, 2009
3:00 PM, Raycom
No. 24 South Carolina L 77–78  16–6
(5–2)
Rupp Arena (24,322)
Lexington, KY
February 3, 2009
7:00 PM, Raycom
Mississippi State L 57–66  16–7
(5–3)
Rupp Arena (21,940)
Lexington, KY
February 10, 2009
9:00 PM, ESPN
Florida W 68–65  17–7
(6–3)
Rupp Arena (24,355)
Lexington, KY
February 14, 2009
1:00 PM, CBS
at Arkansas W 79–63  18–7
(7–3)
Bud Walton Arena (19,041)
Fayetteville, AR
February 17, 2009
9:00 PM, ESPN
at Vanderbilt L 64–77  18–8
(7–4)
Memorial Gymnasium (14,316)
Nashville, TN
February 21, 2009
1:00 PM, CBS
Tennessee W 77–58  19–8
(8–4)
Rupp Arena (24,394)
Lexington, KY
February 25, 2009
7:00 PM, Raycom
at South Carolina L 59–77  19–9
(8–5)
Colonial Life Arena (16,035)
Columbia, SC
February 28, 2009
4:00 PM, CBS
No. 18 LSU L 70–73  19–10
(8–6)
Rupp Arena (24,411)
Lexington, KY
March 4, 2009
8:00 PM, Raycom
Georgia
Senior Night
L 85–90  19–11
(8–7)
Rupp Arena (23,889)
Lexington, KY
March 7, 2009
2:00 PM, CBS
at Florida L 53–60  19–12
(8–8)
O'Connell Center (12,131)
Gainesville, FL
2009 SEC Tournament
March 12, 2009
1:00 PM, Raycom
vs. Ole Miss
SEC Tournament First Round
W 71–58  20–12
St. Pete Times Forum (N/A)
Tampa, FL
March 13, 2009
1:00 PM, Raycom
vs. No. 16 LSU
SEC Tournament Quarterfinals
L 67–58  20–13
St. Pete Times Forum (N/A)
Tampa, FL
2009 NIT
March 17, 2009*
9:30 PM, ESPN
UNLV
NIT First Round
W 70–60  21–13
Memorial Coliseum (8,327)
Lexington, KY
March 23, 2009*
7:00 PM, ESPN
at Creighton
NIT Sweet Sixteen
W 65–63  22–13
Qwest Center Omaha (16,984)
Omaha, NE
March 25, 2009*
7:00 PM, ESPN2
at Notre Dame
NIT Quarterfinals
L 77–67  22–14
Edmund P. Joyce Center (7,636)
Notre Dame, IN
*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]