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2009–10 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball
Cancún Challenge Champions
SEC Regular Season Champions
SEC Tournament Champions
2010 NCAA Tournament, last, East Region
Conference Southeastern Conference Eastern
Ranking
Coaches #2
AP #2
2009–10 record 33–2 (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 32 2 .941
#21 Vanderbilt 12 4 .750 24 9 .727
#15 Tennessee 11 5 .688 25 8 .758
Florida 9 7 .563 21 13 .618
South Carolina 6 10 .375 15 16 .484
Georgia 5 11 .313 14 17 .452
West
Mississippi St. 9 7 .563 24 11 .686
Ole Miss 9 7 .563 22 10 .688
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 18, 2010 • Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009–10 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team will represent the University of Kentucky in the college basketball season of 2009–2010. The team's head coach is John Calipari, who accepted the position on March 31, 2009. During this season the University of Kentucky Wildcats became the first men's college basketball program to reach 2,000 wins. UK remains the winningest program in the history of college basketball holding the record for total wins and winning percentage. Kentucky all star John Wall has a signature alcoholic beverage referred to as a "John Wall" shot. The drink is a mixture of blue raspberry vodka, sour mix and Sprite.

Contents

Preseason awards

National Player of the Year[1][2]

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

All-American[1][2]

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

SEC Player of the Year

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

All-SEC

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

2009-10 Roster

# Name Height Weight (lbs.) Position Class Hometown Previous Team(s)
Scholarship Players
1 Darius Miller 6'7" 223 G So. Maysville, KY Kentucky U.S. United States Mason County HS
3 Darnell Dodson 6'7" 215 G So. Greenbelt, MD Maryland U.S. United States Eleanor Roosevelt HS
Miami Dade CC
4 Jon Hood 6'6" 190 G Fr. Madisonville, KY Kentucky U.S. United States Madisonville-North Hopkins HS
5 Ramon Harris 6'7" 218 G/F Sr. Anchorage, AK Alaska U.S. United States West Anchorage HS
11 John Wall 6'4" 195 G Fr. Raleigh, NC North Carolina U.S. United States Word of God Christian Academy
12 Mark Krebs 6'5" 207 G Sr. Newport, KY Kentucky U.S. United States Newport Central Catholic HS
Thomas More College
15 DeMarcus Cousins 6'11" 260 F/C Fr. Mobile, AL Alabama U.S. United States LeFlore HS
21 Perry Stevenson 6'8" 207 F Sr. Lafayette, LA Louisiana U.S. United States Lafayette HS
24 Eric Bledsoe 6'0" 190 G Fr. Birmingham, AL Alabama U.S. United States Parker HS
33 Daniel Orton 6'10" 245 F/C Fr. Oklahoma City, OK Oklahoma U.S. United States Bishop McGuinness HS
34 DeAndre Liggins 6'6" 202 G So. Chicago, IL Illinois U.S. United States Findlay Prep (Las Vegas, NV)
54 Patrick Patterson 6'9" 235 F Jr. Huntington, WV West Virginia U.S. United States Huntington HS
55 Josh Harrellson 6'10" 265 F/C Jr. St. Charles, MO Missouri U.S. United States St. Charles HS
SW Illinois
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Depth chart

Pos. Starter Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C DeMarcus Cousins Daniel Orton
PF Patrick Patterson Perry Stevenson Josh Harrellson
SF Darius Miller Darnell Dodson Ramon Harris
SG Eric Bledsoe DeAndre Liggins Jon Hood Mark Krebs
PG John Wall

Class of 2009 Signees

Name Hometown High School Height Weight (lb) Commit date
John Wall
G
Raleigh, North Carolina Word of God 6′4″ 185 2009-05-18 
Scout:5 stars.svg   Rivals:5 stars.svg   ESPN grade: 98
DeMarcus Cousins
F
Mobile, Alabama LeFlore 6′9″ 250 2009-04-08 
Scout:5 stars.svg   Rivals:5 stars.svg   ESPN grade: 98
Daniel Orton
C
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Bishop McGuinness 6′10″ 260 2008-10-12 
Scout:5 stars.svg   Rivals:5 stars.svg   ESPN grade: 97
Eric Bledsoe
G
Birmingham, Alabama Parker 6′0″ 185 2009-05-06 
Scout:4 stars.svg   Rivals:5 stars.svg   ESPN grade: 90
Jon Hood
SG
Madisonville, Kentucky Madisonville-North Hopkins 6′6″ 185 2008-05-25 
Scout:4 stars.svg   Rivals:4 stars.svg   ESPN grade: 91
Darnell Dodson
SF
Greenbelt, Maryland Miami-Dade CC 6′7″ 215 2009-04-22 
Scout:3 stars.svg   Rivals:4 stars.svg   ESPN grade: 95
Overall Recruiting Rankings: Scout - 1   Rivals - 1  ESPN - 1

Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100 point scale.
Sources:
"Kentucky 2009 Basketball Commitments". Rivals.com. http://rivals.yahoo.com/basketballrecruiting/basketball/recruiting/commitments/2009/alabama-35. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
"2009 Kentucky Basketball Commits". Scout.com. http://scout.scout.com/a.z?s=572&p=9&cfg=bb&c=8&yr=2009. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
"ESPN". ESPN.com. http://insider.espn.go.com/ncb/recruiting/tracker/school?schoolId=96&season=2009. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
"Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. http://scout.scout.com/a.z?s=572&p=9&cfg=bb&c=14&yr=2009. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
"2009 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. http://basketballrecruiting.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=879497. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 

2009-10 Schedule

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Record
Exhibition
November 2* 7:00 Campbellsville #4 Rupp ArenaLexington, KY Big Blue Sports Network W 74–38 
November 6* 7:00 Clarion #4 Rupp ArenaLexington, KY Big Blue Sports Network W 117–52 
Non-Conference Regular Season
November 13* 6:30 Morehead State #4 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY ESPNU W 75–59  1–0
November 16* 7:00 Miami (OH) #4 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY Big Blue Sports Network W 72–70  2–0
November 19* 7:00 Sam Houston State #4 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY
(2009 Cancún Challenge)
Big Blue Sports Network W 102–92  3–0
November 21* 1:00 Rider #4 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY
(2009 Cancún Challenge)
Big Blue Sports Network W 92–63  4–0
November 24* 4:30 vs. Cleveland State #5 Moon Palace Resort Convention Center • Cancún, Mexico
(2009 Cancún Challenge Semifinals)
CBS College Sports W 73–49  5–0
November 25* 9:30 vs. Stanford #5 Moon Palace Resort Convention Center • Cancún, Mexico
(2009 Cancún Challenge Championship)
CBS College Sports W 73–65 OT 6–0
November 30* 7:00 UNC-Asheville #5 Freedom HallLouisville, KY Big Blue Sports Network W 94–57  7–0
December 5* 12:30 #10 North Carolina #5 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY CBS W 68–66  8–0
December 9* 9:30 vs. #14 UConn #4 Madison Square GardenNew York City, NY
(2009 Big East/SEC Invitational)
ESPN W 64–61  9–0
December 12* 12:00 Indiana #4 Assembly HallBloomington, IN CBS W 90–73  10–0
December 19* 4:00 Austin Peay #3 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY CSS W 90–69  11–0
December 21* 7:00 Drexel #3 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY ESPNU W 88–44  12–0
December 23* 1:00 Long Beach State #3 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY Big Blue Sports Network W 86–73  13–0
December 29* 7:00 Hartford #3 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY ESPN2 W 104–61  14–0
January 2* 3:30 Louisville #3 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY
(Battle for the Bluegrass)
CBS W 71–62  15–0
SEC Regular Season
January 9 4:00 Georgia #3 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY SEC Network W 76–68  16–0 (1–0)
January 12 9:00 Florida #2 Stephen C. O'Connell CenterGainesville, FL
(Super Tuesday)
ESPN W 89–77  17–0 (2–0)
January 16 4:00 Auburn #2 Beard-Eaves-Memorial ColiseumAuburn, AL SEC Network W 72–67  18–0 (3–0)
January 23 4:00 Arkansas #2 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY SEC Network W 101–70  19–0 (4–0)
January 26 9:00 South Carolina #1 Colonial Life ArenaColumbia, SC
(Super Tuesday)
ESPN L 68–62  19–1 (4–1)
January 30 4:00 #21 Vanderbilt #1 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY ESPN W 85–72  20–1 (5–1)
February 2 7:00 #25 Ole Miss #4 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY
(Super Tuesday)
ESPN W 85–75  21–1 (6–1)
February 6 4:00 LSU #4 Pete Maravich Assembly CenterBaton Rouge, LA SEC Network W 81–55  22–1 (7–1)
February 9 9:00 Alabama #3 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY ESPNU W 66–55  23–1 (8–1)
February 13 9:00 #12 Tennessee #3 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY
(ESPN College Gameday)
ESPN W 73–62  24–1 (9–1)
February 16 9:00 Mississippi State #2 Humphrey ColiseumStarkville, MS
(Super Tuesday)
ESPN W 81–75 OT 25–1 (10–1)
February 20 6:00 @ #17 Vanderbilt #2 Memorial GymnasiumNashville, TN ESPN W 58–56  26–1 (11–1)
February 25 9:00 South Carolina #2 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY ESPN2 W 82–61  27–1 (12–1)
February 27 12:00 @ #19 Tennessee #2 Thompson-Boling ArenaKnoxville, TN CBS L 74–65  27–2 (12–2)
March 3 8:00 Georgia #3 Stegeman ColiseumAthens, GA SEC Network W 80–68  28–2 (13–2)
March 7 12:00 Florida #3 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY
(Senior Day)
CBS W 74–66  29–2 (14–2)
2010 SEC Tournament
March 12 1:00 vs. Alabama #2 Bridgestone ArenaNashville, TN
(Quarterfinal)
SEC Network W 73–67  30–2
March 13 1:00 vs. #15 Tennessee #2 Bridgestone ArenaNashville, TN
(Semifinal)
ABC W 74–45  31–2
March 14 1:00 vs. Mississippi State #2 Bridgestone ArenaNashville, TN
(Championship Game)
ABC W 75–74 OT 32–2
2010 NCAA Tournament
March 18 7:15 vs. #(16) East Tennessee State #(1) New Orleans ArenaNew Orleans, LA
(East Region First Round)
CBS W 100–71  33–2
March 20 8:15 vs. #(9) Wake Forest #(1) New Orleans ArenaNew Orleans, LA
(East Region Second Round)
CBS   
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time (#) during NCAA Tournament is seed with Region.

Game notes

Morehead State

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)

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 aurora 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

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

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

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

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 to 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

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 pain 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

Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
UNC 28 35 63
UK 43 25 68

Snapped 5-Game losing streak to UNC

Connecticut

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

1st win ever against UCONN.

Indiana

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


Austin Peay

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


Drexel

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

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


Hartford

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

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

Snapped 2-Game losing streak to Louisville.

Georgia

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


Florida

Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
UK 38 51 89
UF 31 46 77


Auburn

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


Arkansas

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


South Carolina

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


Vanderbilt

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


Ole Miss

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


LSU

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


Alabama

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


Tennessee

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


Mississippi State

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


Vanderbilt

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


South Carolina

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


Tennessee

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


Georgia

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


Florida

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


Alabama

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.[3]

Tennessee

Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
UT 19 26 45
UK 32 42 74


Mississippi State

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



East Tennessee St.

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

Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
WAKE
UK


Post-season awards

SEC Coach of the Year

Name Publication
John Calipari Associated Press[4]

SEC Player of the Year

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

SEC Newcomer of the Year

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

Class of 2010 Commitments

Name Hometown High School Height Weight (lb) Commit date
Stacey Poole
G
Jacksonville, Florida Providence School 6′5″ 200 2009-09-24 
Scout:4 stars.svg   Rivals:4 stars.svg   ESPN grade: 95
Overall Recruiting Rankings:

Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100 point scale.
Sources:
"Kentucky 2010 Basketball Commitments". Rivals.com. http://rivals.yahoo.com/basketballrecruiting/basketball/recruiting/commitments/2010/alabama-35. Retrieved 2009-05-04. 
"2010 Kentucky Basketball Commits". Scout.com. http://scout.scout.com/a.z?s=572&p=9&cfg=bb&c=8&yr=2010. Retrieved 2009-05-04. 
"ESPN". ESPN.com. http://insider.espn.go.com/ncb/recruiting/tracker/school?schoolId=96&season=2010. Retrieved 2009-05-04. 
"Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. http://scout.scout.com/a.z?s=572&p=9&cfg=bb&c=14&yr=2010. Retrieved 2009-05-04. 
"2010 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. http://basketballrecruiting.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=. Retrieved 2009-05-04. 

Notes and references

  1. ^ a b http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/story/12326673
  2. ^ a b http://msn.foxsports.com/cbk/story/10037796/Preseason-All-Americans-for-2009-10
  3. ^ Walker, Teresa (2010-03-12). "No. 2 Kentucky downs Alabama 73-67 to start SEC". Yahoo! Sports. http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/recap?gid=201003120292. 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." 
  4. ^ a b c "Wall, Calipari lead Kentucky to sweep of AP awards". WHAS-TV. 2010-03-15. http://www.whas11.com/news/87700457.html. 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." 

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