Cats eke past Eastern
For the second time in the past three years, the Wildcats had to come from behind to knock off Eastern Kentucky University. The inaugural game at Kroger Field provided the Cats with several hurdles to overcome to secure the victory.
Kentucky’s star running back, Benny Snell, missed most of the first half with a rib injury. Lynn Bowden, the highly touted Wildcat freshman, was ejected in the first quarter for an illegal tackle, and the coaching staff opted to test out back-up Drew Barker while the Wildcats were struggling. All things combined led to a 10-13 Wildcat deficit at half time.
The second half was a different story, however, as the Wildcats came to life with the excellent play of quarterback Stephen Johnson. Benny Snell also returned to action and scored his first touchdown of the season to cap off a 27-16 win.
Mark Stoops and company will next travel to Columbia to take on South Carolina. The Wildcats and the Gamecocks will kick off on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. CST. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.
Calipari visits Harvey survivors in Houston
After raising over $1 million for the victims of Hurricane Harvery, John Calipari travelled with current Wildcat and Texas native Jarred Vanderbilt to visit the relief efforts in Houston this past weekend. The two met up with former Wildcats Andrew and Aaron Harrison at the Red Cross Relief Center and spoke to aid workers and those displaced from the hurricane.
2018 recruiting heating up for Wildcats
John Calipari is in hot pursuit of a handful of targets for next year’s recruiting class. After a massive number of commitments in the 2017 class, the Wildcats only expect to sign three to four players for next season.
The top targets include point guard Immanuel Quickley, small forward R.J. Barrett, power forward Zion Williamson, and power forward Simi Shittu.
The Wildcats are considered a heavy favorite for the Quickley. The Wildcats received a visit from Barrett over Labor Day weekend. The Canadian is expected to announce in this fall. Most analysts believe Barrett’s recruitment is down to Kentucky and Duke.
Zion Williamson, the 6-foot-8 South Carolina native, continues to be a huge focus for Calipari. Williamson is not expected to make a decision until the spring signing period.
Simi Shittu is a 6-foot-8 top-ten prospect from Canada. John Calipari recently visited Shittu and brought along fellow Canadian and former Wildcat Jamal Murray. The power forward is also considering Connecticut, Syracuse, and Oregon.