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Guest post: Take time to appreciate Tyler Ulis now

Tyler Ulis (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LINDA SIINCLAIR

Tyler Ulis (Vicky Graff Photo)

Tyler Ulis (Vicky Graff Photo)

Point guard is a position on a basketball team that runs the floor, sets up plays and gets the ball into his men for a basket. He probably has the most specialized job on the team and the most responsibility.

Who would you turn over complete control to one person for an entire game offensively: UK, Cal, Robic or Payne?

Lee’s play helps UK beat “fightingest team in the conference”

Marcus Lee had a double-double Saturday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Marcus Lee had a double-double Saturday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Marcus Lee had a double-double Saturday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

For months Kentucky coach John Calipari has been wanting to see more fight out of his team. He got it Saturday — even if he was not on the bench after being ejected early in the win at South Carolina.

“South Carolina is the most physical team in this conference. They are the toughest, fightingest team in this conference. They win games because they absolutely beat you up, physical play, offensive rebound, defensive rebound, attack you constantly,” Kentucky assistant coach Kenny Payne said after the win.

Frank Martin on Cats: “They just kicked our tails.”

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

South Carolina coach Frank Martin is blunt honest. He doesn’t mince words about his team or opponents.

That didn’t change after Kentucky dismantled his team 89-62 Saturday in Columbia, S.C.

“They came in here to make a point, that they continue to be the best team in this conference,” USC coach Frank Martin said. “They just kicked our tails. That was just a good old-fashioned butt-whoopin.”

They did despite having several players in early foul trouble and coach John Calipari getting ejected less than three minutes into the game.

ESPN College Game Day will be at Texas A&M for UK game

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image001ESPN College GameDay Covered by State Farm will make a first time stop on the campus of No. 15 Texas A&M, in advance of the Saturday Primetime presented by DIRECTV matchup between SEC opponents – the Aggies and No. 22 Kentucky on Saturday, Feb. 20 (ESPN, 6:30 p.m.). The morning show begins at 11 a.m. on ESPN, followed by an evening edition leading into the game telecast.

ESPN College GameDay Covered by State Farm is hosted by Rece Davis, who is joined by analysts Jay Bilas, Seth Greenberg and Jay Williams. Dan Shulman, Bilas and reporter Shannon Spake will have the call of the Texas A&M-Kentucky game.

Tom Leach with the highlights

UK vs. South Carolina Photo Gallery

Photos by Vicky Graff

Calipari’s ejection “set a fire” for Kentucky

Vicky Graff Photo

By LARRY VAUGHT

Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

Less than 2 1/2 minutes in Saturday’s game at South Carolina, Kentucky coach John Calipari was finished. He got two technical fouls after a foul call on South Carolina and was ejected just like it was two years ago in Columbia.

This time, though, it didn’t matter as UK rolled to a stunning 89-62 victory over the Gamecocks.

So did Calipari’s ejection set the tone for the big win?

Kentucky-South Carolina postgame notes and numbers

Kentucky Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
No. 22/21 Kentucky at RV/No. 20 South Carolina
Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, SC
Feb. 13, 2016
Attendance: 18,000

Final Score: Kentucky 89, South Carolina 62

Team Records and Series Notes
• Kentucky has won three in a row and is now 19-6 on the season. The Wildcats are 9-3 in Southeastern Conference action, preserving at least a tie for the league lead.
• South Carolina is 21-4 overall, 8-4 in SEC play.
• Kentucky leads the all-time series 50-11 and has won three in a row.
• Next for the Wildcats: UK plays host to Tennessee on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Cats turn SEC showdown into Columbia Massacre

By LARRY VAUGHT

This was supposed to be the game where South Carolina took control of the Southeastern Conference race and Kentucky’s road woes continued. Or at least that is what ESPN analysts Jay Bilas and Seth Greenberg predicted before the game.

Instead, even without coach John Calipari, Kentucky played its best of the season and dominated the Gamecocks while winning 89-62 Saturday in Columbia, S.C., to move into first place in the SEC. And remember South Carolina beat Texas A&M and LSU in its previous two games.

Jay Bilas Named Recipient of Basketball Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Media Award

Jay Bilas (Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)
Jay Bilas (Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

Jay Bilas (Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

Veteran ESPN basketball analyst Jay Bilas has been named a recipient of the 2016 Curt Gowdy Media Award for his significant contribution to the game of basketball as a member of the electronic media. The award will be given during the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement events September 8-10 in Springfield, Mass. Bilas is joined by David Aldridge (print media), a longtime NBA reporter.

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