Report Card: Towles collapsed midway through season

Quarterback Patrick Towles of the Kentucky Wildcats runs during the second half of the game against the Louisville Cardinals at Papa Johns Cardinals Stadium on Saturday, November 29, 2014 in Louisville, Ky. Louisville defeated Kentucky 44-40. Photo by Michael Reaves | Staff

Behind Towles, UK started the season off in torrid fashion outscoring its opponents in its first six games 235-106. Towles was masterful in his first start against UT-Martin, going 20-29 for 377 yards and one touchdown. He fell back down to earth against Ohio but bounced back against Florida where he put up 369 yards and three touchdowns despite a heartbreaking loss in overtime.
He was thrust into the national spotlight against South Carolina when UK downed the Gamecocks behind his efficient 20-29 for 208 yards game.
Unfortunately for Towles, his fall from grace began after the Louisiana-Monroe game when the Cats bore the brunt of a tough SEC slate. UK never recovered from the 41-3 thumping from LSU, losing five straight games and played themselves out of contention for a bowl game.

Janee Thompson gives Cats second half boost against Louisville

Kentucky point guard Janee Thompson shoots the ball during the first half of the Kentucky vs. Louisville women's basketball game at the KFC Yum! Center on Sunday, December 7, 2014 in Lexington, Ky. Louisville leads Kentucky 42-29 at halftime. Photo by Adam Pennavaria | Staff

The 5-foot-7 junior from Chicago led her Cats team from the brink of defeat against a significantly taller and stronger Louisville squad that dominated for 35 minutes in the 77-68 UK victory.
“Janee Thompson,” Louisville head coach Jeff Walz said, “I thought her quickness was something we have not seen. Janee is the one that really hurt us off the dribble the entire night.”

UK Hoops defeats in-state rival Louisville 77-68

Kentucky head coach Matthew Mitchell and guard Bria Goss cheer after the second half of the Kentucky vs. Louisville women's basketball game at the KFC Yum! Center on Sunday, December 7, 2014 in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky defeated Louisville 77-68. Photo by Adam Pennavaria | Staff

The Battle of the Bluegrass is the rivalry UK is most familiar with, and it’s one that has gone the same in the recent contests: Louisville goes up by double digits, only to watch UK comeback and win.
That formula of playing one half of superior basketball has also become familiar for the Cats this year, as they used it to overcome a 16-point deficit and win 77-68 for their fourth straight victory over the Cardinals.

UK’s struggle from behind the arc continues against Eastern Kentucky

UK guard Aaron Harrison (2) shoots a basket during the second half of the University of Kentucky men's basketball game vs. Eastern Kentucky University at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., on Sunday, December 7, 2014. Photo by Tessa Lighty | Staff

Sunday, as a mostly-silent blue-clad crowd watched the Cats dispatch of Eastern Kentucky, UK went into the second half without a made 3-pointer for the third consecutive game.
Devin Booker knew that the streak was on the line, said freshman forward Trey Lyles. “He let us know, and so we started to shoot a little more (toward the end of the game).”

Karl-Anthony Towns shines in UK’s 84-49 victory over Eastern Kentucky

UK forward Karl-Anthony (12) lays up the ball during the first half of the University of Kentucky men's basketball game vs. Eastern Kentucky University at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., on Sunday, December 7, 2014. UK led 41 - 14 at the half. Photo by Tessa Lighty | Staff

Riding a dominant game by Karl-Anthony Towns, the Cats cruised to an 84-49 victory over their in-state foe.
“I did come out with a different mentality today,” said Towns, who made his first three of the season against EKU. “I don’t always use all the tools in my tool box. Today I tried to use a new one.”

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Follow this page for live updates of the Cats’ matchup against Texas in Rupp Arena. Starting for UK are Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, Karl Anthony-Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein and Alex Poythress. Texas’ lineup consists of guaurd DeMarcus Holland, guard Javan Felix, forward Jonathan Holmes, forward Connor Lammert and center Cameron Ridley. UK picks up two early fouls in one […]