2012–13 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team

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2012–13 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball
Kentucky Wildcats 2005 logo.svg
NIT, first round
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
2012–13 record21–12 (12–6 SEC)
Head coachJohn Calipari (4th season)
Assistant coachJohn Robic (4th season)
Assistant coachOrlando Antigua (4th season)
Assistant coachKenny Payne (3rd season)
Home arenaRupp Arena
Seasons
2012–13 Southeastern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#14 Florida 14 4   .778     29 8   .784
Ole Miss 12 6   .667     27 9   .750
Alabama 12 6   .667     23 13   .639
Kentucky 12 6   .667     21 12   .636
Missouri 11 7   .611     23 11   .676
Tennessee 11 7   .611     20 13   .606
Arkansas 10 8   .556     19 13   .594
LSU 9 9   .500     19 12   .613
Georgia 9 9   .500     15 17   .469
Vanderbilt 8 10   .444     16 17   .485
Texas A&M 7 11   .389     18 15   .545
South Carolina 4 14   .222     14 18   .438
Mississippi State 4 14   .222     10 22   .313
Auburn 3 15   .167     9 23   .281
2013 SEC Tournament winner
As of March 31, 2013; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2012–13 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team represented the University of Kentucky in the 2012–13 college basketball season. The team's head coach was John Calipari, who was in his fourth season. They played their home games at Rupp Arena and were members of the Southeastern Conference. They finished the season 21–12, 12–6 in SEC play to finish in a three-way tie for second place. They lost in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament to Vanderbilt. They were invited to the 2013 NIT where they lost in the first round to Robert Morris.

Pre-season[edit]

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Darius Miller 1 G 6'8" 235 Senior Maysville, Kentucky Graduated/Entered 2012 NBA Draft
Terrence Jones 3 F 6'9" 252 Sophomore Portland, Oregon Entered 2012 NBA Draft
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 14 F 6'7" 232 Freshman Somerdale, New Jersey Entered 2012 NBA Draft
Doron Lamb 20 G 6'4" 210 Sophomore Queens, New York Entered 2012 NBA Draft
Anthony Davis 23 C 6'10" 220 Freshman Chicago, Illinois Entered 2012 NBA Draft
Marquis Teague 25 G 6'2" 189 Freshman Indianapolis, Indiana Entered 2012 NBA Draft
Eloy Vargas 30 C 6'11" 244 Senior Moca, Dominican Republic Graduated

Class of 2012 signees[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Willie Cauley-Stein
C
Spearville, Kansas Olathe Northwest 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Oct 31, 2011 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 95
Archie Goodwin
G
Sherwood, Arkansas Sylvan Hills 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 181 lb (82 kg) Sep 20, 2011 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 97
Nerlens Noel
C
Everett, Massachusetts Tilton School 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Apr 11, 2012 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 98
Alex Poythress
F
Clarksville, Tennessee Northeast 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Nov 10, 2011 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 97
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: #1   Rivals: #1  ESPN: #2
  • 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:

  • "Kentucky 2012 Basketball Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2011-08-19.
  • "2012 Kentucky Basketball Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved 2011-08-19.
  • "ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2011-08-19.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved 2011-08-19.
  • "2012 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2011-08-19.

Class of 2013 commitments[edit]

Class of 2014 commitments[edit]

Roster[edit]

2012–13 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
C 3 Nerlens Noel Injured 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 228 lb (103 kg) Fr Tilton School Everett, MA
SF 4 Jon Hood 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 212 lb (96 kg) RS Jr Madisonville North Hopkins Madisonville, KY
SG 5 Jarrod Polson 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 189 lb (86 kg) Jr West Jessamine Wilmore, KY
SG 10 Archie Goodwin 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 198 lb (90 kg) Fr Sylvan Hills Sherwood, AR
SG 11 Twany Beckham 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 202 lb (92 kg) RS Sr Ballard/Mississippi State Louisville, KY
PG 12 Ryan Harrow 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) RS So Walton/NC State Marietta, GA
PG 13 Sam Malone 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 185 lb (84 kg) So Scituate Scituate, MA
C 15 Willie Cauley-Stein 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 244 lb (111 kg) Fr Olathe Northwest Olathe, KS
PG 21 Tod Lanter 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 189 lb (86 kg) So Dunbar Lexington, KY
SF 22 Alex Poythress 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 239 lb (108 kg) Fr Northeast Clarksville, TN
PG 32 Brian Long 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 155 lb (70 kg) So River Dell Dumont, NJ
PF 33 Kyle Wiltjer 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 239 lb (108 kg) So Jesuit Portland, OR
PG 34 Julius Mays 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 192 lb (87 kg) GS Marion/Wright State Marion IN
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Schedule and results[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
Nov. 1, 2012*
7:00 pm, FSN/UK IMG
No. 3 Northwood (FL) W 93–61  0–0
 22  Goodwin   11  Noel   5  Tied  Rupp Arena (20,073)
Lexington, KY
Nov. 5, 2012*
8:00 pm, FSN/UK IMG
No. 3 Transylvania W 74–28  0–0
 15  Noel   6  Goodwin   4  Harrow  Rupp Arena (20,769)
Lexington, KY
Non-conference regular season
Nov. 9, 2012*
8:30 pm, ESPN
No. 3 vs. Maryland
Barclays Center Classic
W 72–69  1–0
 19  Wiltjer   9  Noel   3  Polson  Barclays Center (17,732)
Brooklyn, NY
Nov. 13, 2012*
9:30 pm, ESPN
No. 3 vs. No. 9 Duke
Champions Classic
L 68–75  1–1
 20  Poythress   8  Tied   4  Tied  Georgia Dome (22,847)
Atlanta, GA
Nov. 16, 2012*
7:00 pm, FSN/UK IMG
No. 3 Lafayette
Barclays Center Classic
W 101–49  2–1
 23  Wiltjer   7  Noel   10  Mays  Rupp Arena (21,360)
Lexington, KY
Nov. 21, 2012*
7:00 pm, FSN/UK IMG
No. 8 Morehead State
Barclays Center Classic
W 81–70  3–1
 38  Goodwin   111  Noel   4  Tied  Rupp Arena (21,897)
Lexington, KY
Nov. 23, 2012*
7:00 pm, FSN/UK IMG
No. 8 Long Island
Barclays Center Classic
W 104–75  4–1
 22  Tied   9  Tied   9  Goodwin  Rupp Arena (22,222)
Lexington, KY
Nov. 29, 2012*
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 8 at Notre Dame
SEC–Big East Challenge
L 50–64  4–2
 16  Mays   7  Tied   5  Goodwin  Joyce Center (9,149)
South Bend, IN
Dec. 1, 2012*
12:30 pm, CBS
No. 8 Baylor L 55–64  4–3
 17  Goodwin   16  Noel   5  Goodwin  Rupp Arena (24,192)
Lexington, KY
Dec. 4, 2012*
7:00 pm, FSN/ESPN3
Samford W 88–56  5–3
 18  Goodwin   12  Cauley-Stein   5  Mays  Rupp Arena (21,221)
Lexington, KY
Dec. 8, 2012*
12:00 pm, ESPN2
Portland W 74–46  6–3
 15  Tied   9  Noel   6  Harrow  Rupp Arena (22,285)
Lexington, KY
Dec. 15, 2012*
12:30 pm, FSN/ESPN3
Lipscomb W 88–50  7–3
 23  Wiltjer   12  Wiltjer   4  Tied  Rupp Arena (21,323)
Lexington, KY
Dec. 22, 2012*
4:00 pm, ESPN2
Marshall W 82–54  8–3
 23  Harrow   10  Noel   5  Mays  Rupp Arena (24,271)
Lexington, KY
Dec. 29, 2012*
4:00 pm, CBS
at No. 4 Louisville
Battle for the Bluegrass
L 77–80  8–4
 22  Goodwin   8  Tied   3  Harrow  KFC Yum! Center (22,810)
Louisville, KY
Jan. 2, 2013*
6:00 pm, ESPNU
Eastern Michigan W 90–38  9–4
 17  Wiltjer   13  Noel   8  Harrow  Rupp Arena (22,135)
Lexington, KY
SEC regular season
Jan. 10, 2013
9:00 pm, ESPN
at Vanderbilt W 60–58  10–4
(1–0)
 16  Harrow   8  Cauley-Stein   4  Tied  Memorial Gymnasium (14,316)
Nashville, TN
Jan. 12, 2013
4:00 pm, SECN/ESPN3
Texas A&M L 71–83  10–5
(1–1)
 17  Goodwin   11  Noel   6  Noel  Rupp Arena (24,193)
Lexington, KY
Jan. 15, 2013
7:00 pm, ESPN
Tennessee W 75–65  11–5
(2–1)
 17  Wiltjer   9  Noel   4  Harrow  Rupp Arena (24,033)
Lexington, KY
Jan. 19, 2013
9:00 pm, ESPNU
at Auburn W 75–53  12–5
(3–1)
 17  Wiltjer   9  Noel   8  Harrow  Auburn Arena (9,121)
Auburn, AL
Jan. 22, 2013
9:00 pm, ESPN
at Alabama L 55–59  12–6
(3–2)
 14  Wiltjer   13  Noel   2  Tied  Coleman Coliseum (15,383)
Tuscaloosa, AL
Jan. 26, 2013
4:00 pm, SECN/ESPN3
LSU W 75–70  13–6
(4–2)
 20  Poythress   12  Poythress   2  Tied  Rupp Arena (24,248)
Lexington, KY
Jan. 29, 2013
9:00 pm, ESPN
at No. 16 Ole Miss W 87–74  14–6
(5–2)
 26  Wiltjer   7  Tied   4  Tied  Tad Smith Coliseum (9,232)
Oxford, MS
Feb. 2, 2013
6:00 pm, ESPN
at Texas A&M W 72–68 OT 15–6
(6–2)
 19  Tied   14  Noel   3  Tied  Reed Arena (10,558)
College Station, TX
Feb. 5, 2013
9:00 pm, ESPNU
South Carolina W 77–55  16–6
(7–2)
 15  Mays   10  Noel   4  Tied  Rupp Arena (22,559)
Lexington, KY
Feb. 9, 2013
4:00 pm, SECN/ESPN3
Auburn W 72–62  17–6
(8–2)
 14  Wiltjer   12  Noel   2  Tied  Rupp Arena (24,253)
Lexington, KY
Feb. 12, 2013
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 25 at No. 7 Florida L 52–69  17–7
(8–3)
 10  Tied   6  Tied   3  Tied  O'Connell Center (12,480)
Gainesville, FL
Feb. 16, 2013
1:00 pm, CBS
No. 25 at Tennessee L 58–88  17–8
(8–4)
 18  Wiltjer   6  Wiltjer   4  Goodwin  Thompson-Boling Arena (21,678)
Knoxville, TN
Feb. 20, 2013
8:00 pm, SECN/ESPN3
Vanderbilt W 74–70  18–8
(9–4)
 20  Cauley-Stein   7  Cauley-Stein   6  Mays  Rupp Arena (22,887)
Lexington, KY
Feb. 23, 2013
9:00 pm, ESPN
Missouri
College GameDay
W 90–83 OT 19–8
(10–4)
 24  Mays   12  Cauley-Stein   6  Harrow  Rupp Arena (24,380)
Lexington, KY
Feb. 27, 2013
8:00 pm, SECN
Mississippi State W 85–55  20–8
(11–4)
 19  Harrow   8  Cauley-Stein   4  Tied  Rupp Arena (24,023)
Lexington, KY
Mar. 2, 2013
4:00 pm, CBS
at Arkansas L 60–73  20–9
(11–5)
 14  Goodwin   10  Cauley-Stein   2  Tied  Bud Walton Arena (18,139)
Fayetteville, AR
Mar. 7, 2013
7:00 pm, ESPN
at Georgia L 62–72  20–10
(11–6)
 20  Goodwin   11  Cauley-Stein   3  Poythress  Stegeman Coliseum (10,062)
Athens, GA
Mar. 9, 2013
12:00 pm, CBS
No. 11 Florida W 61–57  21–10
(12–6)
 16  Goodwin   12  Poythress   2  Tied  Rupp Arena (24,294)
Lexington, KY
SEC Tournament
Mar. 15, 2013
7:30 p.m., SECN/ESPN3
vs. Vanderbilt
Quarterfinals
L 48–64  21–11
 12  Goodwin   9  Cauley-Stein   3  Mays  Bridgestone Arena (18,192)
Nashville, TN
National Invitation Tournament
Mar. 19, 2013*
7:30 p.m., ESPN
(1) at (8) Robert Morris
First Round
L 57–59  21–12
 18  Goodwin   7  Goodwin   3  Polson  Charles L. Sewall Center (3,444)
Moon Township, PA
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time.

Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Wk 16 Wk 17 Wk 18 Final
AP 3 3 8 8 RV RV RV RV RV RV RV - - - RV 25 - -
Coaches 3 3 7 8 19 22 23 23 RV RV RV - - - RV RV RV RV

References[edit]