2018–19 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team

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2018–19 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball
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ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 5
APNo. 5
2018–19 record21–4 (10–2 SEC)
Head coachJohn Calipari (10th season)
Assistant coachKenny Payne (9th season)
Assistant coachTony Barbee (5th season)
Assistant coachJoel Justus (3rd season)
Home arenaRupp Arena
Seasons


2018–19 Southeastern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 1 Tennessee 11 1   .917     23 2   .920
No. 19 LSU 11 1   .917     21 4   .840
No. 5 Kentucky 10 2   .833     21 4   .840
Ole Miss 8 4   .667     18 7   .720
South Carolina 8 4   .667     13 12   .520
Mississippi State 6 6   .500     18 7   .720
Auburn 6 6   .500     17 8   .680
Alabama 6 6   .500     15 10   .600
Florida 6 6   .500     14 11   .560
Arkansas 5 7   .417     14 11   .560
Missouri 3 9   .250     12 12   .500
Texas A&M 3 9   .250     10 14   .417
Georgia 1 11   .083     10 15   .400
Vanderbilt 0 12   .000     9 16   .360
2019 SEC Tournament winner
As of February 13, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2018–19 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team represents the University of Kentucky in the 2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team is playing its home games in Lexington, Kentucky for the 43rd consecutive season at Rupp Arena, with a capacity of 23,500. The Wildcats, led by John Calipari in his 10th season as head coach, play in the Southeastern Conference.

Previous season[edit]

The Wildcats finished the 2017–18 season 26–11, 10–8 in SEC play to finish in a three-way tie for fourth. In the SEC Tournament, the Wildcats defeated Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee to win the tournament championship for the 31st time in school history. As a result, the Wildcats received the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. As the No. 5 seed in the South region, they defeated No. 12 Davidson[1] and No. 13 Buffalo to advance to the Sweet Sixteen.[2] There, they lost to No. 9-seeded Kansas State.[3]

Offseason[edit]

Departures[edit]

On April 2, 2018, Tai Wynyard announced that he would be transferring from Kentucky.[4] On April 6, Kevin Knox announced that he would declare for the 2018 NBA draft and would hire an agent, forgoing his remaining eligibility.[5] On April 9, Sacha Killeya-Jones announced he would be transferring as well.[6] Also, on April 9, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander announced that he would declare for the draft and would be hiring an agent, foregoing his remaining NCAA eligibility.[7] On April 16, Hamidou Diallo also announced that he would declare for the draft and hire an agent.[8] Three other players announced their entry in the draft, but did not initially hire agents, giving them the option to return to Kentucky. P. J. Washington declared for the draft on April 3,[9] followed by Wenyen Gabriel on April 18[10] and Jarred Vanderbilt on April 20.[11] On May 30, 2018, the NCAA's final day to announce a return, P.J Washington announced he would return for a sophomore season. Jarred Vanderbilt and Wenyen Gabriel announced on May 30, 2018 that they would remain in the 2018 NBA Draft and forgo their remaining college eligibility.[12][13]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Reason left
Tai Wynyard 14 Forward 6'10" 255 Sophomore Auckland, New Zealand Transferred to Santa Clara[14]
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 22 Guard 6'6" 171 Freshman Hamilton, Ontario Declared for the 2018 NBA draft
Kevin Knox 5 Forward 6'9" 215 Freshman Tampa, Florida Declared for the 2018 NBA draft
Sacha Killeya-Jones 1 Forward 6'10" 221 Sophomore Chapel Hill, North Carolina Transferred to NC State[15]
Dillon Pulliam 30 Guard 6'3" 195 Junior Cynthiana, Kentucky Graduated; transferring to Carnegie Mellon[16]
Hamidou Diallo 3 Guard 6'5" 200 Freshman Queens, New York Declared for the 2018 NBA draft
Jarred Vanderbilt 2 Forward 6'9" 214 Freshman Houston, Texas Declared for the 2018 NBA draft
Wenyen Gabriel 32 Forward 6'9" 205 Sophomore Manchester, New Hampshire Declared for the 2018 NBA draft
Quade Green 0 Guard 6'0" 170 Sophomore Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Transferred to Washington mid-season

2018 recruiting class[edit]

Immanuel Quickley, from Havre de Grace, Maryland, was the first commitment to Kentucky's 2018 class. He committed to Kentucky on September 22, over offers from Kansas and Miami. He was a consensus five-star prospect and was ranked the consensus No. 12 overall player by the four main recruiting services. The Wildcats' second 2018 commitment was Keldon Johnson, a small forward from South Hill, Virginia, who committed on November 11. Kentucky beat out Maryland, NC State, and Texas for Johnson's signature. He was also a consensus five-star prospect and ranked by ESPN as its #7 overall prospect.[17] Tyler Herro was the third commitment for Kentucky's 2018 class. A former Wisconsin commit, Herro committed to Kentucky the week after his official visit. Herro was a consensus four-star prospect and was ranked the No. 4 shooting guard in the 2018 class by ESPN. E.J. Montgomery was the fourth commitment for Kentucky's 2018 class. A former Auburn commit, he re-opened his recruitment after the Auburn staff was implicated in the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball corruption scandal. Montgomery committed to Kentucky on April 9, 2018. Montgomery was a five-star prospect and was ranked #12 in the 2018 class.[18] On April 10, 2018, Ashton Hagans committed to the University of Kentucky over offers from Georgia and North Carolina. Hagans was originally the second commitment in the 2019 recruiting class and the #1 ranked point guard in the class of 2019 by 247 sports. On June 15, 2018, Hagans announced that he would be reclassifying into the 2018 class and play for the Cats in the upcoming season, thus making him the fifth recruit in the class of 2018.[19]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date


Ashton Hagans
PG
Covington, GA Newton High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Apr 10, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars   ESPN grade: 92
Tyler Herro
SG
Milwaukee, WI Whitnall High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Nov 14, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 89
Keldon Johnson
SF
South Hill, VA Oak Hill Academy 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Nov 11, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars   ESPN grade: 94
E. J. Montgomery
PF
Marietta, GA Joseph Wheeler High School 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Apr 9, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars   ESPN grade: 92
Immanuel Quickley
PG
Havre de Grace, MD John Carroll School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Sep 22, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars   ESPN grade: 90
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: #2   Rivals: #2  247Sports: #2  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 2018 Basketball Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2017-04-11.
  • "2018 Kentucky Basketball Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved 2017-04-11.
  • "2018 Kentucky Basketball Commits". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-04-11.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved 2017-04-11.
  • "2018 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2017-04-11.

Incoming transfers[edit]

On June 20, 2018, Reid Travis announced that he would transfer to Kentucky.[20] Travis was a two-time first team All-Pac 12 for Stanford and averaged 19.5 PPG and 8.7 RPG in his final year with the Cardinal. As a grad transfer, he is eligible to play immediately.[21]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous School
Reid Travis 22 F 6'8" 245 Graduate Student Minneapolis, MN Graduate transferred from Stanford.

2019 recruiting class[edit]

On May 9, 2018, Tyrese Maxey committed to play basketball for the University of Kentucky over offers from Michigan State and Texas. Maxey is the first commitment to the 2019 recruiting class and the #2 ranked point guard in the 2019 class by 247 sports. Maxey had the option to reclassify into the 2018 class but chose to stay in the 2019 class.

On August 2, 2018, Dontaie Allen, from Pendleton County, KY, committed to play basketball for the University of Kentucky over offers from Louisville and Florida. Allen is the second commitment to the 2019 class and is ranked #47 overall in the 2019 class by Rivals150. Allen is the second in-state commitment to be ranked in the top-50 by Rivals in the John Calipari era.

On August 8, 2018, Kahlil Whitney committed to play basketball for UK over offers from Illinois and Georgetown. Whitney is the third commitment to commit in the 2019 class and is ranked #19 overall in the 2019 class by 247 sports.

Roster[edit]

2018–19 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 2 Ashton Hagans 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Fr Newton Covington, Georgia
F 3 Keldon Johnson 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Fr Oak Hill Academy South Hill, Virginia
C 4 Nick Richards 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 240 lb (109 kg) So St. Patrick (NJ) Kingston, Jamaica
G 5 Immanuel Quickley 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr John Carroll Havre de Grace, Maryland
G 10 Jonny David (W) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 183 lb (83 kg) Sr Mt. Lebanon Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
G 12 Brad Calipari (W) Current redshirt 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 176 lb (80 kg) Jr MacDuffie Franklin Lakes, New Jersey
G 13 Jemarl Baker 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 182 lb (83 kg) RS Fr Eleanor Roosevelt Eastvale, California
G 14 Tyler Herro 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr Whitnall Milwaukee, Wisconsin
F 21 Zan Payne (W) Current redshirt 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Fr Lexington Catholic Lexington, Kentucky
F 22 Reid Travis 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 245 lb (111 kg) GS Stanford Minneapolis, Minnesota
F 23 E. J. Montgomery 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Fr Joseph Wheeler Marietta, Georgia
F 25 P. J. Washington 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 236 lb (107 kg) So Findlay Prep Dallas, Texas
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster

  • Roster is subject to change as/if players transfer or leave the program for other reasons.

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Reid Travis Nick Richards
PF P. J. Washington E. J. Montgomery
SF Keldon Johnson Jemarl Baker
SG Tyler Herro Jonny David (W) Brad Calipari (W)
PG Ashton Hagans Immanuel Quickley

Schedule and results[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Big Blue Bahamas exhibition trip
August 8, 2018*
7:00 pm, SECN
vs. Bahamas National Team W 85–61 
 19  Richards   14  Travis   5  Green  Imperial Arena 
Nassau, BAH
August 9, 2018*
7:00 pm, SECN
vs. San Lorenzo de Almagro W 91–68 
 22  Herro   7  Quickley   5  Quickley  Imperial Arena 
Nassau, BAH
August 11, 2018*
7:00 pm, SECN
vs. Mega Bemax W 100–64 
 20  Washington   12  Washington   5  Tied  Imperial Arena 
Nassau, BAH
August 12, 2018*
4:00 pm, SECN
vs. Team Toronto W 93–60 
 19  Travis   15  Travis   4  Quickley  Imperial Arena 
Nassau, BAH
Exhibition
October 26, 2018*
7:00 pm, SECN
No. 2 Transylvania W 94–66 
 14  Montgomery   10  Travis   4  Quickley  Rupp Arena (19,927)
Lexington, KY
November 2, 2018*
7:00 pm, SECN
No. 2 IUP W 86–64 
 22  Travis   14  Travis   5  Johnson  Rupp Arena (20,095)
Lexington, KY
Regular Season
November 6, 2018*
9:30 pm, ESPN
No. 2 vs. No. 4 Duke
Champions Classic
L 84–118  0–1
 23  Johnson   9  Herro   5  Herro  Bankers Life Fieldhouse (18,907)
Indianapolis, IN
November 9, 2018*
7:00 pm, SECN
No. 2 Southern Illinois W 71–59  1–1
 15  Tied   19  Richards   3  Tied  Rupp Arena (20,277)
Lexington, KY
November 14, 2018*
9:00 pm, SECN
No. 10 North Dakota
Ohio Valley Hardwood Showcase
W 96–58  2–1
 25  Washington   10  Johnson   5  Green  Rupp Arena (18,555)
Lexington, KY
November 18, 2018*
6:00 pm, SECN
No. 10 VMI
Ohio Valley Hardwood Showcase
W 92–82  3–1
 22  Travis   18  Washington   4  Hagans  Rupp Arena (20,207)
Lexington, KY
November 21, 2018*
1:00 pm, SECN
No. 10 Winthrop
Ohio Valley Hardwood Showcase
W 87–74  4–1
 19  Washington   11  Washington   7  Herro  Rupp Arena (20,070)
Lexington, KY
November 23, 2018*
7:00 pm, SECN
No. 10 Tennessee State
Ohio Valley Hardwood Showcase
W 77–62  5–1
 27  Johnson   9  Travis   4  Green  Rupp Arena (20,224)
Lexington, KY
November 28, 2018*
8:30 pm, SECN
No. 10 Monmouth W 90–44  6–1
 16  Herro   8   Tied    3   Tied   Rupp Arena (18,680)
Lexington, KY
December 1, 2018*
1:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 10 UNC Greensboro W 78–61  7–1
 22  Travis   12  Travis   3  Hagans  Rupp Arena (21,853)
Lexington, KY
December 8, 2018*
12:00 pm, FOX
No. 9 vs. Seton Hall
Citi Hoops Classic
L 83–84 OT 7–2
 26  Washington   12  Washington   4  Tied  Madison Square Garden (10,244)
New York, NY
December 15, 2018*
5:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 19 Utah W 88–61  8–2
 24  Johnson   5  Montgomery   7  Hagans  Rupp Arena (21,922)
Lexington, KY
December 22, 2018*
5:15 pm, CBS
No. 19 vs. No. 9 North Carolina
CBS Sports Classic/Rivalry
W 80–72  9–2
 23  Johnson   9  Washington   8  Washington  United Center 
Chicago, IL
December 29, 2018*
2:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 16 at Louisville
Battle for the Bluegrass
W 71–58  10–2
 24  Herro   8  Washington   3  Tied  KFC Yum! Center (20,882)
Louisville, KY
January 5, 2019
1:00 pm, ESPN
No. 13 at Alabama L 75–77  10–3
(0–1)
 15  Washington   7  Tied   6  Hagans  Coleman Coliseum (12,424)
Tuscaloosa, AL
January 8, 2019
7:00 pm, SECN
No. 18 Texas A&M W 85–74  11–3
(1–1)
 21  Herro   6  Johnson   4  Hagans  Rupp Arena (22,048)
Lexington, KY
January 12, 2019
8:30 pm, SECN
No. 18 Vanderbilt W 56–47  12–3
(2–1)
 15  Tied   12  Travis   4  Hagans  Rupp Arena (22,504)
Lexington, KY
January 15, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 12 at Georgia W 69–49  13–3
(3–1)
 23  Hagans   7  Herro   4  Tied  Stegeman Coliseum (10,523)
Athens, GA
January 19, 2019
4:00 pm, ESPN
No. 12 at No. 14 Auburn W 82–80  14–3
(4–1)
 20  Tied   7  Tied   6  Hagans  Auburn Arena (9,121)
Auburn, AL
January 22, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 8 No. 22 Mississippi State W 76–55  15–3
(5–1)
 21  Washington   12  Travis   9  Hagans  Rupp Arena (21,449)
Lexington, KY
January 26, 2019*
6:00 pm, ESPN
No. 8 No. 9 Kansas
Big 12/SEC Challenge
W 71–63  16–3
 20  Washington   13  Washington   7  Hagans  Rupp Arena (24,387)
Lexington, KY
January 29, 2019
9:00 pm, ESPN
No. 7 at Vanderbilt W 87–52  17–3
(6–1)
 26  Washington   12  Washington   8  Hagans  Memorial Gymnasium (12,298)
Nashville, TN
February 2, 2019
4:00 pm, ESPN
No. 7 at Florida
Rivalry
W 65–54  18–3
(7–1)
 19  Herro   12  Washington   4  Hagans  O'Connell Center (10,763)
Gainesville, FL
February 5, 2019
7:00 pm, SECN
No. 5 South Carolina W 76–48  19–3
(8–1)
 20  Washington   13  Montgomery   4  Tied  Rupp Arena (20,496)
Lexington, KY
February 9, 2019
1:00 pm, CBS
No. 5 at Mississippi State W 71–67  20–3
(9–1)
 23  Washington   8  Travis   9  Hagans  Humphrey Coliseum (9,019)
Starkville, MS
February 12, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 5 No. 19 LSU L 71–73  20–4
(9–2)
 20  Washington   9  Tied   4  Herro  Rupp Arena (23,490)
Lexington, KY
February 16, 2019
8:00 pm, ESPN
No. 5 No. 1 Tennessee
Rivalry
W 86–69  21–4
(10–2)
 23  Washington   13  Herro   7  Hagans  Rupp Arena (24,467)
Lexington, KY
February 19, 2019
9:00 pm, ESPN
at Missouri   
                  Mizzou Arena 
Columbia, MO
February 23, 2019
1:30 pm, CBS
Auburn   
                  Rupp Arena 
Lexington, KY
February 26, 2019
9:00 pm, TBA
Arkansas   
                  Rupp Arena 
Lexington, KY
March 2, 2019
2:00 pm, CBS
at Tennessee
Rivalry
  
                  Thompson–Boling Arena 
Knoxville, TN
March 5, 2019
9:00 pm, TBA
at Ole Miss   
                  The Pavilion at Ole Miss 
Oxford, MS
March 9, 2019
2:00 pm, CBS
Florida
Rivalry
  
                  Rupp Arena 
Lexington, KY
SEC Tournament
March 2019
TBD, TBA
vs. TBD   
                  Bridgestone Arena 
Nashville, TN
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time.

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Final 
AP 2 (19) 10 10 10 9 19 19 16 13 18 12 8 7 5 5 Not released 
Coaches 2 (12) 2^ (12) 10 9 8 18 18 15 14 18 14 9 6 5 5

*AP does not release post-NCAA Tournament rankings
^Coaches did not release a Week 2 poll.

References[edit]

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