Fox has one word for Kentucky guards — terrific

By LARRY VAUGHT

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

What does Georgia coach Mark Fox think of Kentucky guards Tyler Ulis, Jamal Murray and Isaiah Briscoe going into Tuesday night’s game in Rupp Arena. He says they are terrific.

“Ulis is so good with the basketball. He’s got great speed, he’s a wonderful decision maker, he makes the guys around him better, he can shoot the ball, he’s great off of a ball screen. His offensive game is very complete,” Fox said Monday on the SEC coaches’ teleconference.

Calipari’s update on Alex Poythress’ knee

Kentucky senior forward Alex Poythress missed Saturday’s game with Florida due to pain in his knee.

After the game Kentucky coach John Calipari said he was not sure about his status and that he would have an X-ray Sunday.

“He’s day to day. I doubt he practices today,” Calipari said Monday on the SEC coaches’ teleconference. “He had the swelling on the knee.

“They took an X-ray, I don’t think the X-ray showed anything. But there’s some reason it is, so it’ll be day to day.”

Guest post: Miles Bridges on dunk, Wiggins, Jarred Vanderbilt

Vaught’s note: Olivia Prewitt is a junior at Danville High School, a vaughtsviews.com contributor and intern with Jennifer Palumbo at WKYT-TV. Here’s a conversation she had with former UK target Miles Bridges, who picked Michigan State over UK.

By OLIIVA PREWITT

I appreciate Huntington Prep’s Miles Bridges, a Michigan State signee, taking time out for my quick interview Sunday after his team beat Victory Prep at Pulaski County.

I would also like to mention this guy is a BEAST! In the game I watched Sunday, I felt like he dunked every time I looked up. The entire gym was in awe the whole game! When he came out towards the end, he even got a huge standing ovation.

Firecrackers entertain Rupp crowd at halftime

Once again the Firecrackers, a jump rope team out of Ohio, dazzled the Rupp Arena fans Saturday with their halftime show. The girls, ranging in age from third to eighth grade, got a standing ovation from the fans and deserved it.

The Firecrackers were originally scheduled to perform earlier at Rupp but weather cancelled their appearance. This was a surprise for fans who did not know the Firecrackers had been rescheduled.

The group praised not only UK fans, but also UK administrators for providing goodie bags for the girls, sending a bus to pick them up and take them home, and allowing parents of the girls to buy tickets to the games.

Former UK player’s wife would like football team to worry more about being relevant on the field than with new uniforms

By LARRY VAUGHT

uniformKentucky has unveiled new football uniforms as well as new logos that some like, some don’t. I got an e-mail from the wife of a former football player — who asked not to be identified so UK officials would not be upset with her — and she is not a fan of the new uniforms at all.

“My first reaction was sadness. The more I’ve thought about it I’m mad and embarrassed.  I understand that Coach Stoops feels the need to change the culture and mindset of UK football since we do not have a storied program.  Can he not do it in an original fashion?” she said.

Guest post: No. 1 ranking motivates Deandre Ayton

By OLIVIA PREWITT

DeAndre Ayton, right, at Pulaski county.  (Caleb Lowndes/CJ Correspondent)

DeAndre Ayton, right, at Pulaski county. (Caleb Lowndes/CJ Correspondent)

SOMERSET — Pulaski County High School hosted the  “Don Marshall RAM ‘E’ Classic” this weekend. While attending this afternoon’s session, I got the chance to watch some of nation’s best 2016 and 2017 prospects.

One was DeAndre Ayton of Hillcrest Academy in Arizona. He is being pursued by numerous college basketball programs and has recently released his top three — Kentucky, Kansas, and Duke (no order.)

Ryan Lemond tries to learn to ‘rump jump’ like Firecrackers

Kentucky Sports Radio’s Ryan Lemond was going to “rump jump” as part of the halftime promotion for The Firecrackers halftime show at Rupp Arena Saturday. He even got his pregame instructions and practice from the girls. At the last minute, he had to “back” out because he hurt his back in the final warmup. His old body  just could not keep pace with the Firecrackers. But here is what you missed.

Thompson’s double-double leads UK over LSU

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Senior Janee Thompson recorded her third-career double-double on Sunday afternoon in front of 6,110 fans at Memorial Coliseum, as the No. 18 Kentucky women’s basketball team beat the LSU Tigers 70-58.

With the win, Kentucky ends a three-game skid and improves to 5-6 in the Southeastern Conference, while sporting a 16-6 overall record. The Tigers fall to 8-16 overall on the season, and 2-9 in the SEC. Kentucky has now won the last four meetings between the two sides in Lexington.

Thompson crossed into double-figure scoring for the 16th time this season, ending the day with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

UK vs. Florida Photo Gallery

Photos by Vicky Graff

Mother’s advice paid off for Isaac Humphries and UK

By LARRY VAUGHT

There’s nothing like a mother’s love — or advice.

Kentucky freshman Isaac Humphries of Australia made his biggest contribution for the Cats since early December when he had four points, six rebounds and three blocks in Saturday’s win over Florida.

“I’ve been on a mission all week, really. My mom has been in my head just telling me to go hard, go hard, go hard. And today, I was really determined if I got a chance – and I did – to just really prove myself and I think all in all, I’m happy with how I did and how I took on my own little personal goal for myself,” Humphries said.

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