Wildcats Open Season Against VMI

Nov. 12, 2008

Note: Video from today's press conference at 6 PM EST will be streamed for free .

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With the exhibition schedule complete, the Wildcats open regular season play on Friday, hosting the Virginia Military Institute Keydets at Rupp Arena.

Kentucky ended its preseason schedule with a 2-0 record, posting wins over Missouri-St. Louis (111- 53) and Ouachita Baptist (94-72). Jodie Meeks led the way offensively, averaging 25.0 points while Perry Stevenson averaged a double-double, with 12.5 points and a team high 12.5 rebounds.

Two other Wildcats averaged double-digits including Patrick Patterson (18.0) and Josh Harrellson (11.5).

Kentucky shot effectively from the field at a 54 percent clip, including 44 percent from three-point range.

Cat Scratches

  • Kentucky is in its 106th season of basketball.
  • Kentucky is the all-time NCAA leader in wins with 1,966.
  • The Wildcats were picked to finish third in the SEC East by select media. Kentucky was picked by two voters to win the SEC Championship.
  • Once again, every Wildcat basketball game will be televised live, including both of UK’s exhibition games.
  • Patrick Patterson was named a CollegeInsider.com preseason All-American. He was a unanimous preseason First Team All-SEC selection by league coaches, while Jodie Meeks was named Second Team preseason All-SEC.
  • Billy Gillispie begins his second season as head coach of the Wildcats, after being named SEC co- Coach of the Year last year as voted on by the league coaches.