UK Men's Basketball

All 40? Kentucky says hashtag is about winning effort, not winning them all

Incoming Kentucky senior forward Reid Travis, right, and other members of the team signed basketballs and other items for fans during a train stop as part of the Big Blue Caravan Sunday in Midway. The team has been able to practice this week.
Incoming Kentucky senior forward Reid Travis, right, and other members of the team signed basketballs and other items for fans during a train stop as part of the Big Blue Caravan Sunday in Midway. The team has been able to practice this week. aslitz@herald-leader.com

With preseason prognosticators dubbing Kentucky No. 1 months before the real action even starts, the Cats have committed to a mantra that has a familiar ring.

Hashtag: "All40."

But UK says that "All40" refers to an all-out effort for 40 minutes a game and possibly 40 games in a season, not a declaration that UK intends to go undefeated. The 40-0 rhetoric was a hallmark of the 2014-2015 edition of the Cats led by Aaron and Andew Harrison, Karl-Anthony Towns and a raft of other NBA Draft picks. The Cats fell short that year in the Final Four, finishing 38-1.

Still, Coach John Calipari has been effusive about his team in these very early stages and never shies from the lofty expectations.

"Definitely got that #FridayFeeling after our first week of practice. These dudes are hungry. #DreamBig #All40," the tweet reads. It's accompanied by a highlight reel of this week's drills to a sample of Kendrick Lamar's "It's Go Time."

The Cats get some limited practice this summer before taking the court in an exhibition series in the Bahamas beginning Aug. 8.

UK players and coaches met with fans during stops in a train ride that took them from Frankfort, through Midway and on to Lexington.

  Comments