February 2018 archive

UK-Ole Miss postgame notes, numbers

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Vicky Graff Photo)

FEB. 28, 2018

Final Score: #23/25 Kentucky 96, Ole Miss 78

Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky won its fourth game in a row and is 21-9 overall, 10-7 in the Southeastern Conference. Ole Miss is 12-18 overall, 5-12 in league play.
Kentucky leads the series 106-13 and has won nine in a row against the Rebels.
UK leads 54-2 in games played in Lexington.
Next for the Wildcats: Kentucky completes the regular season Saturday at Florida. Game time is noon and it will be televised on CBS.

Cats find mojo last 10 minutes, beat Ole Miss 96-78

Hamidou Diallo, Kevin Knox (Vicky Graff Photo)


LEXINGTON — Kentucky might have reverted a bit for 30 minutes here Wednesday night as coach John Calipari fretted, but the Cats came alive to pull away for a 96-78 win over Mississippi.

Kentucky had five players in double figures — the fourth straight game for that — led by Kevin Knox with 22 points on 7-for-17 shooting from the field and 6-for-8 at the foul line.

Kentucky Begins SEC Tournament vs. Alabama Thursday in Nashville

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Looking to turn a new page after a challenging schedule led to tough results in the regular season, the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team opens up postseason play in the second round of the 2018 Southeastern Conference Tournament on Thursday at 1 p.m. ET against eighth-seeded Alabama at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

Kentucky to Send Five to USA Volleyball Tryout

Madison Lilley, right (Vicky Graff Photo)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.  – Five Kentucky volleyball players are set to participate in the U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts taking place March 2-4 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Gabby Curry, Leah Edmond, Madison Lilley, Brooke Morgan and Avery Skinner will be among 229 athletes from 90 colleges participating.

The athletes are vying for spots on the U.S. Women’s National Team and the U.S. Collegiate National Teams program.

Numbers favor Kentucky by 14 over Ole Miss

P.J. Washington (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By RICHARD CHEEKS, Contributing Writer

Just two weeks ago, the chatter across the college basketball landscape was whether the 2017-18 Kentucky Wildcats would be able to get enough wins to make the NCAA field. Many, including me, had all but written off this season as a bad sample from the OAD era. After all, this team had lost three in a row, something that no Calipari led UK team had ever done, and they were poised to lose an unprecedented fourth consecutive game at Auburn.

No. 22 Kentucky softball hosts Dayton Thursday

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky softball team will take its potent offense and dominant pitching home to Lexington this week, as the Wildcats host their first midweek game of the season in its home opener against Dayton before participating in the 2018 John Cropp Classic over the weekend.

The home season starts on Thursday against Dayton at 4 p.m. ET from John Cropp Stadium. UK’s home opener will be called on the SEC Network+ by Dave Baker and former All-American for Arizona, Jenny Dalton-Hill.

Calipari had to re-design offense to fit team’s rebounding skills

Jarred Vanderbilt (Vicky Graff Photo)


John Calipari knew Kentucky should be a dominant offensive rebounding team, especially when Jarred Vanderbilt finally got to start playing.

However, to get the rebounding team he now has, Calipari had to make certain changes in his team.

“You can’t stretch out all over the court because they can’t get to the rim. So you have to have more of an offense that’s designed to every shot that goes up there’s going to be two or three guys on the backboard, and that’s basically what we did,” Calipari said.

Isaac Humphries Named Rookie of the Year in NBL in Australia

Isaac Humphries (Vicky Graff Photo)

SYDNEY – Former Kentucky men’s basketball forward Isaac Humphries was tabbed the National Basketball League’s Rookie of the Year on Tuesday following a solid first season with the Sydney Kings.

Humphries, who played two seasons at Kentucky (2016-17), averaged 6.9 and 3.6 rebounds in 26 games for the Kings in Australia’s premier professional league. The 7-footer from Sydney shot 58 percent from the floor in his first season before an eye injury sidelined him in early February.

Calipari: “If you think there is no chance that we will not revert, you’re crazy.”

Hamidou Diallo (Jeff Houchin Photo)


Kentucky has won three straight games going into tonight’s home game against Mississippi. However, coach John Calipari says a step back is a distinct possibility for his team tonight.

“I have great kids who come from good homes. I’m just telling you, these kids, they’re trying. This is hard. They had to get smacked around a little bit. They had to get knocked down, and now they’re dealing with it,” Calipari said Tuesday.

UK Basketball: Will Ole Miss Be A Piece Of Cake?

Wenyen Gabriel (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By KEITH PEEL, Contributing Writer

Losing weight is one of the hardest things to do. Most people can relate to the long-term struggle it is to stop doing what you have been doing and start doing something that you generally have never done and don’t really want to do. Namely eating healthy.