2009–10 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team

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2009–10 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball
Kentucky Wildcats new logo.png
SEC regular season, East Division,
and Tournament champions
Cancún Challenge champions
NCAA Tournament, Elite Eight
Conference Southeastern Conference Eastern
Ranking
Coaches #5
AP #2
2009–10 record 35–3 (14–2 SEC)
Head coach John Calipari (1st year)
Assistant coach Orlando Antigua (1st year)
Assistant coach John Robic (1st year)
Assistant coach Rod Strickland (1st year)
Home arena Rupp Arena
Seasons
« 2008–09 2010–11 »
2009–10 Southeastern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
East
#2 Kentucky 14 2   .875     35 3   .921
#21 Vanderbilt 12 4   .750     24 9   .727
#15 Tennessee 11 5   .688     28 9   .757
Florida 9 7   .563     21 13   .618
South Carolina 6 10   .375     15 16   .484
Georgia 5 11   .313     14 17   .452
West
Mississippi State 9 7   .563     24 12   .667
Mississippi 9 7   .563     24 11   .686
Arkansas 7 9   .438     14 18   .438
Alabama 6 10   .375     17 15   .531
Auburn 6 10   .375     15 17   .469
LSU 2 14   .125     11 20   .355
SEC Tournament winner
As of March 30, 2010; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009–10 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team represented the University of Kentucky during the college basketball season of 2009–2010. This season was the first of John Calipari's tenure as head coach; he accepted the position on March 31, 2009.

The Wildcats set several records this season. They became the first men's college basketball program to reach 2,000 wins by defeating the Drexel Dragons on December 21.[1] Coach Calipari set a record for the most consecutive wins for a first-year Kentucky basketball coach at 19-0, surpassing Adolph Rupp's previous mark of 11-0. Kentucky also extended their existing records for most wins all-time, SEC regular-season championships, SEC tournament championships, NCAA tournament berths, and NCAA tournament wins.

The team was briefly ranked #1 in both the ESPN/Coaches poll and AP poll, and posted the best record in the NCAA (35-3)[2] Off the court, Coach Calipari spearheaded an effort to raise money for victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, yielding $1.5 million and a congratulatory call from President Barack Obama.[3][4]

2009-10 roster[edit]

2009–10 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) So Mason County H.S. Maysville, Kentucky
F 3 Dodson, DarnellDarnell Dodson 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) So Miami Dade College Greenbelt, MD
G 4 Hood, JonJon Hood 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr North Hopkins H.S. Madisonville, Kentucky
F 5 Harris, RamonRamon Harris 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 218 lb (99 kg) Sr West Anchorage High School Anchorage, AK
G 11 Wall, JohnJohn Wall 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr Word of God Christian Academy Raleigh, NC
G 12 Krebs, MarkMark Krebs 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 207 lb (94 kg) Sr Newport Central Catholic/Thomas More College Newport, KY
C 15 Cousins, DeMarcusDeMarcus Cousins 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 270 lb (122 kg) Fr LeFlore Magnet High School Mobile, AL
F 21 Stevenson, PerryPerry Stevenson 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 207 lb (94 kg) Sr Lafayette H.S. Lafayette, LA
G 24 Bledsoe, EricEric Bledsoe 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Fr A. H. Parker High School Birmingham, AL
C 33 Orton, DanielDaniel Orton 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Fr Bishop McGuinness H.S. Oklahoma City, OK
G 34 Liggins, DeAndreDeAndre Liggins 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 202 lb (92 kg) So Findley Prep (NV) Chicago, Illinois
F 54 Patterson, PatrickPatrick Patterson 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Jr Huntington High School Huntington, WV
F 55 Harrellson, JoshJosh Harrellson 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 265 lb (120 kg) Jr Southwestern Illinois Junior College St. Charles, Missouri
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Class of 2009 signees[edit]

The signees who formed the 2009-10 recruiting classes are considered one of the best all-time recruiting classes [5]

Preseason awards[edit]

National Player of the Year[6][7]

# Name Height Weight (lbs.) Position Class Hometown Publication
11 John Wall 6'4" 195 G Fr. Raleigh, NC, U.S. Foxsports.com, CBSSports.com

All-American[6][7]

# Name Height Weight (lbs.) Position Class Hometown
11 John Wall 6'4" 195 G Fr. Raleigh, NC, U.S.
54 Patrick Patterson 6'9" 235 F Jr. Huntington, WV, U.S.

SEC Player of the Year

# Name Height Weight (lbs.) Position Class Hometown Publication
54 Patrick Patterson 6'9" 235 F Jr. Huntington, WV, U.S. SEC Media

All-SEC

# Name Height Weight (lbs.) Position Class Hometown Publication
54 Patrick Patterson 6'9" 235 F Jr. Huntington, WV, U.S. 1st Team (SEC Media)
11 John Wall 6'4" 195 G Fr. Raleigh, NC, U.S. 2nd Team (SEC Media)

2009-10 schedule[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (Attendance)
City, State
Exhibition
November 2*
7:00 PM, BBSN
#4 Campbellsville W 74–38  0–0
 19 - Dodson   7 - Orton   4 - Bledsoe  Rupp Arena (21,384)
Lexington, KY
November 6*
7:00 PM, BBSN
#4 Clarion W 117–52  0–0
 27 - Wall   9 - Dodson   9 - Wall  Rupp Arena (23,740)
Lexington, KY
Non-Conference Regular Season
November 13*
6:30 PM, ESPNU
#4 Morehead State W 75–59  1–0
 24 - Bledsoe   12 - Patterson   4 - Bledsoe  Rupp Arena (24,338)
Lexington, KY
November 16*
7:00 PM, BBSN
#4 Miami (OH) W 72–70  2–0
 19 - Wall   10 - Tied   5 - Wall  Rupp Arena (23,337)
Lexington, KY
November 19*
7:00 PM, BBSN
#4 Sam Houston State
2009 Cancún Challenge
W 102–92  3–0
 27 - Cousins   18 - Cousins   6 - Tied  Rupp Arena (22,728)
Lexington, KY
November 21*
1:00 PM, BBSN
#4 Rider
2009 Cancún Challenge
W 92–63  4–0
 21 - Wall   18 - Patterson   11 - Wall  Rupp Arena (23,912)
Lexington, KY
November 24*
4:30 PM, CBS Sports
#5 vs. Cleveland State
2009 Cancún Challenge Semifinals
W 73–49  5–0
 15 - Wall   8 - Miller   6 - Wall  Moon Palace Resort (832)
Cancún, Mexico
November 25*
9:30 PM, CBS Sports
#5 vs. Stanford
2009 Cancún Challenge Championship
W 73–65 OT 6–0
 23 - Wall   11 - Patterson   5 - Wall  Moon Palace Resort (1,425)
Cancún, Mexico
November 30*
7:00 PM, BBSN
#5 UNC-Asheville W 94–57  7–0
 24 - Cousins   10 - Cousins   14 - Wall  Freedom Hall (15,368)
Louisville, KY
December 5*
12:30 PM, CBS
#5 #10 North Carolina W 68–66  8–0
 19 - Patterson   7 - Patterson   7 - Wall  Rupp Arena (24,468)
Lexington, KY
December 9*
9:30 PM, ESPN
#4 vs. #14 Connecticut
2009 Big East/SEC Invitational
W 64–61  9–0
 25 - Wall   10 - Cousins   4 - Bledsoe  Madison Square Garden (24,468)
New York City, NY
December 12*
12:00 PM, CBS
#4 at Indiana W 90–73  10–0
 23 - Bledsoe   11 - Patterson   8 - Wall  Assembly Hall (17,316)
Bloomington, IN
December 19*
4:00 PM, CSS
#3 Austin Peay W 90–69  11–0
 21 - Patterson   9 - Patterson   6 - Wall  Rupp Arena (23,938)
Lexington, KY
December 21*
7:00 PM, ESPNU
#3 Drexel
2000th Win
W 88–44  12–0
 18 - Tied   13 - Cousins   7 - Wall  Rupp Arena (24,354)
Lexington, KY
December 23*
1:00 PM, BBSN
#3 Long Beach State W 86–73  13–0
 19 - Wall   11 - Patterson   5 - Tied  Rupp Arena (24,288)
Lexington, KY
December 29*
7:00 PM, ESPN2
#3 Hartford W 104–61  14–0
 19 - Tied   12 - Cousins   16 - Wall  Rupp Arena (24,340)
Lexington, KY
January 2*
3:30 PM, CBS
#3 Louisville
Battle for the Bluegrass
W 71–62  15–0
 18 - Cousins   18 - Cousins   4 - Tied  Rupp Arena (24,479)
Lexington, KY
SEC Regular Season
January 9
4:00 PM, SEC Network
#3 Georgia W 76–68  16–0 (1–0)
 17 - Tied   7 - Cousins   5 - Wall  Rupp Arena (24,342)
Lexington, KY
January 12
9:00 PM, ESPN
#2 at Florida
Super Tuesday
W 89–77  17–0 (2–0)
 25 - Bledsoe   7 - Tied   6 - Wall  O'Connell Center (12,618)
Gainesville, FL
January 16
4:00 PM, SEC Network
#2 at Auburn W 72–67  18–0 (3–0)
 16 - Cousins   11 - Cousins   4 - Wall  Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum (11,669)
Auburn, AL
January 23
4:00 PM, SEC Network
#2 Arkansas W 101–70  19–0 (4–0)
 18 - Miller   14 - Cousins   7 - Wall  Rupp Arena (24,356)
Lexington, KY
January 26
9:00 PM, ESPN
#1 at South Carolina
Super Tuesday
L 68–62  19–1 (4–1)
 27 - Cousins   12 - Cousins   5 - Bledsoe  Colonial Life Arena (18,000)
Columbia, SC
January 30
4:00 PM, ESPN
#1 #21 Vanderbilt W 85–72  20–1 (5–1)
 21 - Cousins   10 - Cousins   9 - Wall  Rupp Arena (24,339)
Lexington, KY
February 2
7:00 PM, ESPN
#4 #25 Mississippi
Super Tuesday
W 85–75  21–1 (6–1)
 18 - Cousins   13 - Cousins   8 - Bledsoe  Rupp Arena (24,341)
Lexington, KY
February 6
4:00 PM, SEC Network
#4 at LSU W 81–55  22–1 (7–1)
 19 - Cousins   14 - Cousins   7 - Wall  Maravich Center (13,083)
Baton Rouge, LA
February 9
9:00 PM, ESPNU
#3 Alabama W 66–55  23–1 (8–1)
 22 - Wall   13 - Cousins   4 - Bledsoe  Rupp Arena (23,318)
Lexington, KY
February 13
9:00 PM, ESPN
#3 #12 Tennessee
ESPN College Gameday
W 73–62  24–1 (9–1)
 24 - Wall   12 - Cousins   4 - Tied  Rupp Arena (24,402)
Lexington, KY
February 16
9:00 PM, ESPN
#2 at Mississippi State
Super Tuesday
W 81–75 OT 25–1 (10–1)
 19 - Tied   14 - Cousins   8 - Wall  Humphrey Coliseum (10,788)
Starkville, MS
February 20
6:00 PM, ESPN
#2 at #17 Vanderbilt W 58–56  26–1 (11–1)
 19 - Cousins   13 - Patterson   3 - Bledsoe  Memorial Gymnasium (14,316)
Nashville, TN
February 25
9:00 PM, ESPN2
#2 South Carolina W 82–61  27–1 (12–1)
 23 - Patterson   11 - Cousins   4 - Wall  Rupp Arena (24,355)
Lexington, KY
February 27
12:00 PM, CBS
#2 at #19 Tennessee L 65–74  27–2 (12–2)
 19 - Wall   14 - Cousins   6 - Wall  Thompson-Boling Arena (21,214)
Knoxville, TN
March 3
8:00 PM, SEC Network
#3 at Georgia W 80–68  28–2 (13–2)
 24 - Wall   10 - Patterson   6 - Wall  Stegeman Coliseum (10,523)
Athens, GA
March 7
12:00 PM, CBS
#3 Florida
Senior Day
W 74–66  29–2 (14–2)
 14 - Tied   9 - Cousins   8 - Wall  Rupp Arena (24,354)
Lexington, KY
2010 SEC Tournament
March 12
1:00 PM, SEC Network
#2 vs. Alabama
Quarterfinal
W 73–67  30–2
 23 - Wall   8 - Cousins   5 - Wall  Bridgestone Arena (19,123)
Nashville, TN
March 13
1:00 PM, ABC
#2 vs. #15 Tennessee
Semifinal
W 74–45  31–2
 19 - Cousins   15 - Cousins   9 - Wall  Bridgestone Arena (20,207)
Nashville, TN
March 14
1:00 PM, ABC
#2 vs. Mississippi State
Championship Game
W 75–74 OT 32–2
 18 - Bledsoe   10 - Cousins   9 - Wall  Bridgestone Arena (20,082)
Nashville, TN
2010 NCAA Tournament
March 18
7:15 PM, CBS
#2 (1) vs. #(16) East Tennessee State
East Region First Round
W 100–71  33–2
 29 - Bledsoe   8 - Cousins   11 - Wall  New Orleans Arena (10,984)
New Orleans, LA
March 20
8:15 PM, CBS
#2 (1) vs. #(9) Wake Forest
East Region Second Round
W 90–60  34–2
 20 - Miller   9 - Miller   7 - Wall  New Orleans Arena (11,966)
New Orleans, LA
March 25
9:57 PM, CBS
#2 (1) vs. #(12) Cornell
East Region Semifinal
W 62–45  35–2
 16 - Cousins   12 - Patterson   8 - Wall  Carrier Dome (22,271)
Syracuse, NY
March 27
7:05 PM, CBS
#2 (1) vs. #6 (2) West Virginia
East Region Final
L 66–73  35–3
 19 - Wall   13 - Patterson   5 - Wall  Carrier Dome (22,497)
Syracuse, NY
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time (#) during NCAA Tournament is seed with Region.

Game notes[edit]

Morehead State[edit]

Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
MSU 25 34 59
UK 33 42 75

Kentucky freshman Eric Bledsoe scored 24 points while starting in place of John Wall, and the fourth-ranked Wildcats opened the John Calipari era with a 75-59 win over Morehead State on Friday night.

Patrick Patterson added 20 points - including his first career 3-pointer - to go with 12 rebounds, and Darnell Dodson scored 15 points as Kentucky (1-0) pulled away in the second half.

Kenneth Faried led Morehead State (0-1) with 17 points, but the defending Ohio Valley Conference champions couldn't keep up even with Wall sitting on the bench.

Not that Kentucky needed Wall in the second half, as Bledsoe dazzled a raucous Rupp Arena crowd with a series of breathtaking shots.

Still, there were plenty of difficulties for the Wildcats, who never trailed after the game's opening minutes but struggled to put away the Eagles. Calipari stressed there would be growing pains as Kentucky got used to the dribble-drive offense that he used with great success at Memphis - and he wasn't kidding.

The Wildcats turned it over 24 times, made just four of 19 3-pointers and seemed to be indecisive while trying to decide whether to take an open shot or get to the basket.

Miami (Ohio)[edit]

Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Miami 39 31 70
UK 36 36 72

Kentucky freshman John Wall led the Wildcats (3-0) to a tough victory against the Miami (OH) Redhawks (0-2) by scoring 19 points, including the game winning field goal. This game was supposed to be a breeze for Kentucky, but almost perfect perimeter shooting from the Redhawks, and especially Nick Winbush (8-10), made this a struggle for the heavily favored Wildcats.

UK jumped out to the early 5-0 lead, but the Redhawks went on a 22-2 run, thanks to key 3 point field goals from Nick Winbush and senior guard Kenny Hayes. Miami ended the first on top by 3, with the score being 39-36 in their favor.

In the second half, inside scoring and offensive rebounding became the keys to the Wildcat offense. Even though Winbush kept hitting his three-point attempts, freshman forwards Demarcus Cousins and Daniel Orton, along with junior forward Patrick Patterson, completely locked down the paint. After a fiery speech on the bench from coach John Calipari, Cousins accounted for a total of 6 offensive rebounds in the half.

The final four minutes of the game had an aura similar to that of the 2008 National Championship between Memphis and Kansas. Wall was fouled with 19 seconds left, with the Wildcats leading 69-67. Wall swished the first free throw, but the second clanged off the glass. Hayes then sprinted up the length of the floor and fired up a rainbow three, similar to the shot of Mario Chalmers. This tied the score at 70-70. However, Wall was not to be denied. With less than a second left, Wall ended the game by sinking a jumper just outside the paint, finalizing the score at 72-70.

Other key contributors included Patterson, who ended the game with 17 points, and Cousins, who earned his first collegiate double-double, scoring 10 points and snaring 10 rebounds. Sophomore guards Darius Miller and Darnell Dodson also scored 10 points each.

Sam Houston State[edit]

Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
SHSU 42 50 92
UK 53 49 102

DeMarcus Cousins had 27 points and 18 rebounds to help No. 4 Kentucky outlast Sam Houston State 102-92 on Thursday night in the Cancun Challenge.

Patrick Patterson had 20 points and nine boards and John Wall added 21 points and six assists as the Wildcats (3-0) overcame a record-setting shooting performance by the Bearkats (2-1).

Sam Houston State (2-1) hung around deep into the second half behind stellar 3-point shooting, led by senior guard Corey Allmond, who poured in 37 points and made a Rupp Arena record 11 3-pointers. The Bearkats made 18 of 38 3-pointers and never let Kentucky get comfortable.

The Wildcats survived behind Cousins and Patterson, who had little trouble doing whatever they wanted against the shorter, smaller Bearkats. Kentucky outscored Sam Houston State 48-18 in the paint and held a 48-33 advantage on the boards while shooting 60 percent from the floor.

Still, it wasn't exactly the kind of crisp performance coach John Calipari was looking for after Kentucky narrowly escaped an upset bid by Miami (Ohio) on Monday.

Rider[edit]

Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
RU 26 35 63
UK 51 41 92

Freshman John Wall had 21 points and 11 assists as No. 4 Kentucky dominated Rider 92-63 on Saturday in the Cancun Challenge.

Patrick Patterson added 19 points and a career-high 18 rebounds for the Wildcats (4-0). The team hardly looked like the one coach John Calipari called the "worst" defensive team he's seen in 20 years after wins over Miami (Ohio) and Sam Houston State earlier in the week.

Kentucky held Rider (2-2) to 31 percent shooting, blocked 10 shots and forced the Broncs into 20 turnovers.

Ryan Thompson led Rider with 16 points, but the Broncs couldn't find the shooting stroke that helped them win at Mississippi State last week. Rider made just 4-of-17 3-pointers and was never really in it after Wall took over midway through the first half.

Yet Calipari was never worried about his team's ability to score. It was a decided lack of intensity on the other end of the floor that he said would give him nightmares.

The Wildcats allowed 33 3-pointers in narrow escapes over the RedHawks and Bearkats, wins that Calipari said showcased just how far his team has to go.

Kentucky appeared to take important strides against the Broncs, who came in knocking down 48 percent of its 3-pointers.

Cleveland State[edit]

Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
CSU 27 22 49
UK 35 38 73

Kentucky freshman John Wall led the Wildcats (5-0) to victory over Cleveland State (3-2) in the semifinals of the 2009 Cancun Challenge by a score of 73-49. Wall scored 15 points total, with 11 coming in the second half. This was a dominating performance by the Wildcats, holding the Vikings to their lowest offensive output of the season.

The first half was characterized by turnovers on both sides and points in the paint. Kentucky freshman Demarcus Cousins continued his hot streak by snaring key rebounds and scoring relentlessly in the points. Cousins finished the game with 14 points. Sophomore forward Darius Miller also contributed on the boards, leading the Wildcats with a total of 8 rebounds.

However, Cleveland State only trailed by 8 at the end of the first half, thanks to key scoring from guards D'Aundray Brown and Jeremy Montgomery, who finished the game with 10 points each.

However, in the final 20 minutes Wall blew the game open by continually driving to lane. Senior forward Patrick Patterson assisted Wall in his efforts, scoring a total of 9 points. Kentucky outscored Cleveland state in the second half by a score of 38-22.

By defeating Cleveland State, the Wildcats advance to the finals of the Cancun challenge, where they will face Stanford.

Stanford[edit]

Teams 1st Half 2nd Half OT Final
STAN 38 25 2 65
UK 32 31 10 73

Kentucky freshman John Wall scored a career-high 23 points to lead the Wildcats (6-0) to an overtime victory over Stanford (3-3) in the finals of the 2009 Cancun Challenge. This was a back and forth contest all night, but Wall kept hitting clutch shots to crush the heart of the Cardinal.

Stanford outplayed the young Wildcats in the first half thanks to key jumpers from senior guard/forward Landry Fields, who finished the game with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Sophomore guard Jeremy Green torched the Wildcats from the perimeter, going 5-8 from beyond the arc while totaling 18 points. Careless turnovers by the Wildcats left the score at 38-32 in favor of the Cardinal at halftime.

The second half provided intense intrigue and suspense for the fans of both teams. Kentucky responded to a strong Stanford first half by pounding the ball inside the paint. Senior captain Patrick Patterson kept the Wildcats in contention with 12 points and 11 rebounds, with 6 of them coming from the offensive end. Patterson was complemented by freshman forward Demarcus Cousins, who finished the contest with a hard-earned 13 points.

However, Stanford was not to be denied. Fields hit both ends of a key 1-and-1 to give Stanford a 63-61 lead with almost 28 seconds left. Cousins was then fouled but missed both freethrows, fouling Cardinal Jarrett Mann in the process. Mann missed both freethrows, and Wall had his moment to shine. The heralded freshman ran the length of the court and drained two key free throws to send the game into overtime at 63-63.

Kentucky then proceeded to dominate Stanford in the extra session by a score of 10-2. The game, and also the tournament, were all but over when freshman guard Eric Bledsoe sank a monstrous 3 pointer to ice the Cardinal, with the final score being 73-65 in favor of the champion Wildcats.

UNC-Asheville[edit]

Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
UNC-A 23 34 57
UK 45 49 94

A strong effort from freshman forward Demarcus Cousins guided the Kentucky Wildcats (7-0) to a 94-57 blowout victory over the UNC-Asheville Bulldogs (0-6) at Freedom Hall. The win helped Kentucky match its best start since the 2004 season.

Cousins led the Wildcats with a career-high 24 points and 10 rebounds. Kentucky dominated throughout the entire game, entering the second half with a 45-23 cushion. Kentucky really picked it up midway through the second half, going on a ferocious 29-6 run to shut the door on the hapless Bulldogs.

The Wildcats had a great day from the field, shooting 52 percent while outrebounding the Bulldogs 44-31 and outscoring them in the paint 50-16. Freshman phenom John Wall scored 12 points and dished out a freshman-record 14 assists in the victory.

Other key contributors for Kentucky included junior forward Patrick Patterson who totaled 17 points and 9 rebounds. UNC-Asheville was led by senior guard Sean Smith, who scored 19 points and shot 6-9 from 3 point range.

North Carolina[edit]

Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
UNC 28 38 66
UK 43 25 68

Snapped 5-Game losing streak to UNC

Connecticut[edit]

Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
UK 23 41 64
UConn 29 32 61

1st win ever against UCONN.

Indiana[edit]

Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
UK 42 48 90
IU 41 32 73

Austin Peay[edit]

Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Peay 35 34 69
UK 49 41 90

Drexel[edit]

Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
DREX 20 24 44
UK 56 32 88

This win gave Kentucky 2,000 wins all-time. They were the first NCAA basketball program to do so.

Long Beach State[edit]

Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
LBSU 37 36 73
UK 37 49 86

Hartford[edit]

Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
HU 31 30 61
UK 57 47 104

John Wall broke UK Assist Record with 16. Travis Ford previously held the record.

Louisville[edit]

Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
UL 19 43 62
UK 27 44 71

Snapped 2-Game losing streak to Louisville and set a Rupp Arena attendance record of 24,479.

Georgia[edit]

Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
UGA 35 33 68
UK 34 42 76

Florida[edit]

Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
UK 38 511 89
UF 31 46 77

Auburn[edit]

Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
UK 39 33 72
AU 26 41 67

Arkansas[edit]

Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
ARK 27 43 70
UK 57 44 101

South Carolina[edit]

Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
UK 29 33 62
USC 26 42 68

Kentucky lost their first game of the season to the Gamecocks, led by SEC leading scorer Devan Downey. Despite a 25+ point double-double by DeMarcus Cousins, Kentucky could not hold off South Carolina, losing 68-62.

Vanderbilt[edit]

Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
VU 34 38 72
UK 49 36 85

Ole Miss[edit]

Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
MISS 37 38 75
UK 46 39 85

LSU[edit]

Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
UK 42 39 81
LSU 14 41 55

Alabama[edit]

Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
BAMA 24 31 55
UK 31 35 66

Tennessee[edit]

Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
UT 29 33 62
UK 30 43 73

Mississippi State[edit]

Teams 1st Half 2nd Half OT Final
UK 32 35 14 81
MSU 29 38 5 75

Vanderbilt[edit]

Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
UK 27 31 58
VU 25 31 56

South Carolina[edit]

Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
USC 26 35 61
UK 37 45 82

Tennessee[edit]

Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
UK 29 36 65
UT 40 34 74

Georgia[edit]

Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
UK 40 40 80
UGA 36 32 68

Florida[edit]

Teamsmj 1st Half 2nd Half Final
UF 31 35 66
UK 41 33 74

Alabama[edit]

Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
BAMA 35 32 67
UK 30 43 73

This game was Kentucky's 30th win of the season, the first time since 2003 that Kentucky reached that point. This is Kentucky's 12th 30-win season, more than any other school.[8]

Tennessee[edit]

Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
UT 19 26 45
UK 32 44 76

Mississippi State[edit]

Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Overtime Final
MSU 35 29 10 74
UK 31 33 11 75

East Tennessee St.[edit]

Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
ETSU 24 45 71
UK 54 46 100

This is Kentucky's 50th appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Wake Forest[edit]

Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
WAKE 28 32 60
UK 44 46 90

Cornell[edit]

Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
CORN 16 29 45
UK 32 30 62

West Virginia[edit]

Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
WVU 28 45 73
UK 26 40 66

Veteran leadership from WVU was enough to slip past UK and into the Final Four. The young Wildcats shot poorly from beyond the arc but still managed to hang with the mountaineers.

Post-season awards[edit]

National awards[edit]

National Coach of the Year

Name Publication
John Calipari Commonwealth Athletic Club (Rupp Cup)[9]

National Player of the Year

# Name Height Weight (lbs.) Position Class Hometown Publication
11 John Wall 6'4" 195 G Fr. Raleigh, NC, U.S. Commonwealth Athletic Club (Adolph Rupp Trophy)[9]

National Freshman of the Year

# Name Height Weight (lbs.) Position Class Hometown Publication
11 John Wall 6'4" 195 G Fr. Raleigh, NC, U.S. United States Basketball Writers Association[9]

Conference awards[edit]

SEC Coach of the Year

Name Publication
John Calipari Associated Press[10]

SEC Player of the Year

# Name Height Weight (lbs.) Position Class Hometown Publication
11 John Wall 6'4" 195 G Fr. Raleigh, NC, U.S. Associated Press[10]

SEC Newcomer of the Year

# Name Height Weight (lbs.) Position Class Hometown Publication
11 John Wall 6'4" 195 G Fr. Raleigh, NC, U.S. Associated Press[10]

SEC Rookie of the Year

# Name Height Weight (lbs.) Position Class Hometown
15 Demarcus Cousins 6'11" 270 G Fr. Mobile, AL, U.S.

Class of 2010 commitments[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No. 3 Kentucky beats Drexel to reach 2,000 wins". SI.com. Lexington, Kentucky: Time Warner Company. December 21, 2009. Retrieved 22 December 2009. 
  2. ^ "2010 NCAA Men's Basketball Rankings - Week 11 (Jan. 25)". ESPN. 25 Jan 2010. Archived from the original on 10 April 2010. Retrieved 15 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "Obama thanks Calipari, offers prescient advice". Washington Post. 27 Jan 2010. Retrieved 15 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "Obama thanks Kentucky, Calipari". ESPN. 27 Jan 2010. Retrieved 15 April 2010. 
  5. ^ DeCourcy, Mike (19 May 2009). "With Wall Kentucky could have all-time recruiting class". SportingNews.com. Retrieved 15 April 2010. 
  6. ^ a b http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/story/12326673
  7. ^ a b http://msn.foxsports.com/cbk/story/10037796/Preseason-All-Americans-for-2009-10
  8. ^ Walker, Teresa (2010-03-12). "No. 2 Kentucky downs Alabama 73-67 to start SEC". Yahoo! Sports. Archived from the original on 23 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-12. The win gave Kentucky its 12th 30-win season—the most by any school—and the Wildcats' first since 2003 when they went 32-4. 
  9. ^ a b c Dawson, Brett (2010-03-22). "Kentucky's John Wall named Freshman of Year by writers". Louisville Courier-Journal. Retrieved 2010-03-23. [dead link]
  10. ^ a b c "Wall, Calipari lead Kentucky to sweep of AP awards". WHAS-TV. 2010-03-15. Archived from the original on 23 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-18. Freshman sensation John Wall was named player of the year and newcomer of the year on The Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference team released Monday, and John Calipari made it a clean sweep for the Wildcats by taking the coaching honor.