LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Billy Gillispie took the court as
Kentucky's coach for the first time Wednesday night and, if one
exhibition game is any indication, he's making good on his promise
to turn up the tempo.
The Wildcats used deadly 3-point shooting and numerous
fast-break buckets to run all over Pikeville College 99-64.
Gillispie, wearing a gray suit and bright yellow tie, knelt just
inside the coaching box at the corner of Kentucky's bench much of
the game. Although it was the first of two that won't count in the
standings for the Wildcats this week, the new coach intensely
followed the action, barking at his players and occasionally the
referees.
If Gillispie was the most-watched newcomer at Rupp Arena
Wednesday night, second was freshman power forward Patrick
Patterson - a blue chip recruit out of West Virginia.
Patterson, who finished 10-of-12 from the floor for 21 points,
entered the game less than two minutes in and scored four seconds
later from the paint. He added an alley-oop layup late in the first
half and his first dunk as a Wildcat early in the second.
Kentucky connected on 63 percent of its shots, but by far the
hottest touch belonged to sophomore guard Jodie Meeks. He led the
way with 34 points, connecting on seven of his nine 3-point
attempts.
Meeks' 27 points in the first half matched Pikeville's team
total. His career high is 18, but the exhibition totals don't count
in the record book.
If the game was ever in question, the Wildcats put it out of
reach early in the first half with a 16-0 run that turned their
13-9 lead into a 29-9 advantage. All but one point in that span
came from long range, as Meeks nailed three 3-pointers and Joe
Crawford added two.
Kentucky's defense was nearly as impressive, allowing no
fast-break baskets - compared with 18 points for the Wildcats - and
only seven second-chance points.
Gillispie, who said he still hadn't settled on his starting
lineup Tuesday night, furiously mixed and matched throughout the
game, using 12 players and a variety of combinations.
His exhibition starting lineup featured senior guard Ramel
Bradley and four sophomores: Ramon Harris, Perry Stevenson, Mark
Coury and Meeks.
The Wildcats play another exhibition Saturday against Seattle
before opening the regular season Tuesday night against Central
Arkansas.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by uk fan Location: big blue country on Nov 2, 2007 at 04:13 PM
    come on billy,ireally think i am gonna like you,but for real WHERE IS OUR STATE TIE BLUE OH I MEAN KY BLUEEEEEEEEE GO BIG BLUE
  • by Darlene Location: KY on Nov 1, 2007 at 05:22 PM
    Gray suit and Bright yellow tie....Whats Up with that! Were Blue here!
  • by richard Location: lexington on Nov 1, 2007 at 02:40 PM
    It's gonna take Billy Clyde about 3 years to get the kind of players to take us to the top, but he is on the fast track with this first class..We are in serious trouble in the low post.
  • by Peggy Location: Ky on Nov 1, 2007 at 02:39 PM
    I think we need to focus on the game,not so much on Billy's choice of tie color.(please!)That being said,they were playing Pikeville,folks.It was an exhibition game,so of course UK skunked them.We'll have to wait and see how Billy-G does in the future.We're behind him.
  • by Amanda Location: West Liberty on Nov 1, 2007 at 09:05 AM
    My only complaint after watching last night's game was Billy's tie. Shouldn't he have been wearing a blue tie instead of yellow. Show a little team spirit! But I still like him!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 1, 2007 at 08:07 AM
    I was just wandering why Alex Legion was not giving more paying time? It's really important to get his confidence up early in his career.
  • by DMV Location: Elsmere,KY on Nov 1, 2007 at 07:56 AM
    I would have expected the new coach to wow the fans by having at least a blue tie.
  • by SPIKE LEE OF KY.BB Location: LEX,KY. on Nov 1, 2007 at 07:43 AM
    I'M NOT A HATER BUT A CONGRATULATOR.AND I SPEAK FROM EXPERIENCE PLAYING IN THE SEC.I HAVE MANY CONCERNS AS THIS SEASON DEVELOPES.I DON'T BELIEVE IN FALSE PRAISE.BASKETBALL MINDS SAW WHAT I SAW LASTNITE.TO HAVE EXPERIENCE AND TALENTED GUARDS I DIDN'T SEE MUCH PENETRATION WHICH IS NEEDED TO CREATE MANY THINGS OUT OF THE OFFENSE.TO BE SUCCESSFUL THIS YEAR THIS TEAM NEEDS TO BANG,BANG,BANG.I SAW THIS UP CLOSE LAST SEASON,MARK COURY IS THAT MAN.HE'S THE ONLY ONE IN MY OPINION THAT WILL SACRIFICE HIS BODY DOWN LOW.AS A GUARD I WOULD REALLY WANT TO FEED HIM TO OPEN UP MY GAME.A GOOD GUARD WOULD FIND A WAY TO GET THE BALL TO COURY AND PATTERSON LOW.IF KY.CAN FOCUS ON THAT THE SEASON CAN HAVE SOME SUCCESS.YOU GOT TO HAVE HORSES TO BE SUCCESSFUL AND THE GUARD MUST KEEP THEM HAPPY.MEEKS LOVE HIM,BUT MUST PUT THE BALL ON THE FLOOR AND CREATE,ALONG WITH HIS SHOOTING.AND I UNDERSTAND THE TEAM IS NOT HEALTHY.BUT THERE'S MUCHO WORK TO BE DONE.I PRAY THAT NORTH CAROLINA DOESN'T CATCH US IN ALL TIME WINS
  • by Heather Location: BIG BLUE COUNTRY on Nov 1, 2007 at 06:34 AM
    I agree with everyone else; the tempo of TRUE UK basketball is back!! I am so excited to see what this season brings! Gillispie is a great person and a great coach! He was the perfect match for our program, I believe. GO CATS!
  • by jerry boyd Location: edmonton,ky on Oct 31, 2007 at 10:15 PM
    if this is any sign of whats to come----go cats!!!!!!!!!!!!
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