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If UK Hoops’ exhibition game against Pikeville last week could indicate anything, it would be that the Cats are in for a heck of a ride this season.

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Cats’ expectations pushed a little too far

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John Calipari sat in a chair at his customary blue-clad podium Sunday after UK’s exhibition win over Georgetown. His brow was dry, a sign of an easy day at the office of Rupp Arena. His customary expression exudes confidence — a wry expression where a smile is trying to poke out, but never entirely does. His hair was spotted with gray marks that are results of hard work coaching young teams in the past.

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Non-conference schedule highlighted by Kansas

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Non-conference schedule

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This year’s Cats do not need a dominant player to succeed

We’ve seen John Wall and Brandon Knight. We watched Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in awe.

We marveled at Nerlens Noel and Julius Randle.

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‘Slice’ Rohrssen is new recruiting ace

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‘Slice’ Rohrssen is new recruiting ace

Former UK basketball assistant coach Orlando Antigua accepted a head coaching job with the University of South Florida in March, leaving an open seat on the bench.

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Hawkins, Willis used to being overshadowed

Sophomores Derek Willis and Dominique Hawkins are in-state players whose realities are defined by the rotating platoon system, a system in which they now find themselves looking from the outside in.

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Cats surpass expectations in SEC Tournament

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Cats surpass expectations in SEC Tournament

A common theme in UK women’s soccer‘s history in the SEC Tournament has always been one-and-done. No matter how much the program improved over the years or how many conference games the team won during a regular season, UK just couldn’t find success in the SEC matches that mattered the most.

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Cats’ senior night marked with tough loss

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Cats’ senior night marked with tough loss

The highlights displayed on the Jumbotron in Commonwealth Stadium that showed UK defeating Georgia in past matchups contained more excitement than the present day matchup which saw the Bulldogs destroy a UK team determined to end this season on a low note.

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Cats impress fans, opponents

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Cats impress fans, opponents

After a 48-point loss to UK basketball on Nov. 2, Pikeville head coach Kelly Wells predicted that they wouldn’t be “the only team that it’s going to happen to” this season. UK’s matchup in Rupp Arena against Georgetown College on Sunday showed fans just how much of an understatement that was.

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Doubling the trouble for opponents

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Doubling the trouble for opponents

The Cats have two of just about everything on their roster — two rim protectors, two high-level point guards and two platoons.

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