November 2018 archive

No. 10 Kentucky Sweeps Murray State, Will Face Purdue For Sweet 16 Berth

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The 10th-seeded Kentucky volleyball team advanced into the second round of the 2018 NCAA Volleyball Championship on Friday night with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-19) win against Murray State in front of 2,881 fans inside of Memorial Coliseum.

Kentucky will face Purdue for a spot in the NCAA Regional Semifinals on Saturday night at 7 p.m. ET. The Boilermakers swept East Tennessee State, 3-0, in the first match of the sub-regional. Saturday’s match will be broadcast live on the SEC Network+, ESPN3 and the ESPN app with Dick Gabriel and Kathy DeBoer on the call.

Louisville Moore four-star J.J. Weaver picks Kentucky

J.J. Weaver has committed to Kentucky.

By LARRY VAUGHT

Louisville Moore defensive end J.J. Weaver told me earlier this week that Kentucky was No. 1 on his list unless something happened before his official commitment today.

Nothing happened.

Instead, an emotional Weaver announced his official verbal commitment to Kentucky at Moore High School where he especially thanked his teammates and mother for helping him get to where he is now.

Weaver took his official visit to Lexington on Oct. 20 and had offers from Miami, Georgia, Tennessee, Purdue, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Louisville, Ole Miss, Syracuse, and Vanderbilt in addition to the Cardinals and the Wildcats.

Coaches telling Nick Richards “it is time for him to be a man.”

Nick Richards (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

What’s the difference between Nick Richards that looked so dominant during Kentucky’s exhibition games in the Bahamas versus the Nick Richards that has been a no-show in all but one game this season?

“If we could figure that out …,” Kentucky associate coach Kenny Payne said Friday. “First, I think Nick showed what he was capable of in the Bahamas. Same player, different mindset. What Nick has to do is figure it out in his mind. We have not given up on Nick but we are not going to hand it to him.”

Zion Harmon: “I haven’t done anything wrong.”

Zion Harmon (USA Basketball)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Sophomore Zion Harmon won a state championship with Bowling Green in 2017 and was the state’s leading scorer at Adair County last season.

He transferred to Marshall County this season but was ruled ineligible by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association. His family has appealed the ruling and the appeal goes to court Wednesday.

All Harmon could do Thursday night was watch his team play Trigg County in the Marshall County Hoopfest and he will be in the same position when Marshall plays Pendleton County Saturday night.

Josh Allen Named Finalist for Lott IMPACT Trophy

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky senior Josh Allen has been named one of four finalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy which is presented to the college football defensive IMPACT player of the year. IMPACT is an acronym for: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community, and Tenacity. The other finalists are Washington linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven, Duke linebacker Ben Humphreys and Clemson defensive lineman Christian Wilkins.

The 15th annual awards banquet will be held Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach, California. The banquet will be streamed live with Joel Klatt of FOX serving as the master of ceremonies.

Montmouth coach UK will be “top five” team by March

Kentucky fans really didn’t have a chance to disrupt Monmouth because UK dominated the game so easy. (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Monmouth coach King Rice saw a lot of familiar faces in Rupp Arena Wednesday night. He knew Kentucky players P.J. Washington and Immanuel Quickley thought USA basketball. He even got to meet Paul Washington, the UK player’s father.

Karl-Anthony Towns’ father played at Monmouth and he was at Wednesday’s game along with his wife.

Rice joked there were a “lot of nice things going on” other than Kentucky belting his team 90-44.

UNC Greensboro will be major test for Kentucky

EJ Montgomery (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

It might look like just another game Kentucky should have no trouble winning, but UNC Greensboro is anything but a patsy for John Calipari’s Wildcats.

Other than Duke, UNC Greensboro will easily be the best team Kentucky has played this year.

Just ask Gonzaga, the team that just beat Duke. In last year’s NCAA Tournament, fourth-seeded Gonzaga had to rally at the end to beat No. 13 seed UNC Greensboro 68-64. Of course Gonzaga went on to reach the Final Four.

Tyler Herro learning to anticipate on defense

Whatever John Calipari is telling Tyler Herro about defense, apparently he’s listening. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Remember before the season started when Kentucky coach John Calipari said he thought freshman Tyler Herro might be a better defender than Keldon Johnson, who was considered one of the top defensive players in the 2018 recruiting class?

Herro had his second five-steal game of the season Wednesday against winless Monmouth. No other UK player has had five steals in any game.

Kentucky volleyball makes 14th straight NCAA appearance by hosting Murray Friday

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Ready to make its 14th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, the No. 10 seed Kentucky volleyball team will face the Murray State Racers inside Memorial Coliseum in a first-round matchup at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday night.

UK is coming off capping another conference championship with an undefeated 18-0 record after defeating South Carolina in four sets on the road and sweeping Auburn at home.

UK is still at the top of the Southeastern Conference in hitting percentage at .305, which ranks third in the country, and assists with 13.11 and kills per set at 14.37, good enough for 10th in the country.

John Calipari to players: “We don’t need cool.”

Nick Richards (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

After starting the last two games, sophomore center Nick Richards didn’t play the first 16 minutes of Wednesday’s 90-44 win over Monmouth. He played just nine minutes and had six points, three blocks and two rebounds.

So what was going on with Richards?

Kentucky coach John Calipari said it was nothing more than P.J. Washington, Reid Travis and EJ Montgomery playing better than Richards has been.