Kentucky Hosts Alabama on Senior Night
March 4, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
KENTUCKY PRESS RELEASE
Cat Scratches: Polson, Hood take different paths to memorable UK careers
Nonetheless, their decisions to ultimately become Wildcats were very different.
Leading West Jessamine High School to the Sweet Sixteen, Polson played his way into a walk-on offer from John Calipari. Following in his father's footsteps as a lifelong UK fan, Polson didn't hesitate for a moment in bypassing a scholarship to play at Liberty.
"I knew that if I ever got the opportunity to play for Kentucky that I would always take it," Polson said.
Hood, on the other hand, was a blue-chip prospect from Madisonville, Ky., who drew interest from the likes of Florida, Duke and Tennessee. Kentucky was always on his list, but Hood was no lock to choose his home-state school.
"Once I started getting recruited it just became another school," Hood said. "And then Kentucky turned out to be the best fit for me, my family and where I should go. Now I'm here."
For whatever the reason truly is, the 2013-14 Kentucky basketball season has not played out the way it was supposed to.
After UK raked in a record six McDonald’s All-Americans, collected what some hinted as the best recruiting class of all time and started the year with a preseason No. 1 national ranking, there was talk of a 40-0 season.
Regardless of where the undefeated chatter originated and whether or not the Wildcats did (or didn’t do) themselves any favors by failing to temper expectations, the season is what it is now. UK is 21-8, just barely hanging on to a top-25 ranking in both polls, and slip-sliding its way down to an NCAA Tournament seed no one thought was possible when the year began with such visions of grandeur.
Speaking to reporters for the first time since Saturday’s loss to 11-18 South Carolina – John Calipari did not attend the postgame press conference because he was doing his radio show at the same time – Coach Cal said if you’re looking for someone to blame for the way things have gone so far, look no further than him.
“I don’t know if it was my arrogance or the team’s arrogance, but at the end of the day, whatever’s going on with this team comes back to me,” Calipari said.
UK to Release Fourth of Four Collective Posters Prior to Alabama Game
The University of Kentucky will unveil the fourth and final poster of a four-part men’s basketball poster series Tuesday night at the Kentucky-Alabama game at Rupp Arena.
The four-poster series features current Wildcats on the men’s basketball roster.
Fans are encouraged to arrive early. Doors open 90 minutes prior to tip-off.
The first 7,000 fans in attendance at Tuesday’s game will be able to pick up the poster in the Rupp Arena lobby upon entry.