January 2020 archive

Kentucky football gets huge commitment — Vince Marrow is staying

Vince Marrow with Michael Drennen (Twitter Photo)

 

Kentucky football’s latest commit won’t have an impact on the 2020 recruiting ranks — but he should.

Recruiting coordinator/associate head coach Vince Marrow announced on Twitter Friday night that rather than pursuing the head coaching job at Youngstown State — his hometown — he was going to remain at Kentucky.

That’s big news because Marrow has been with coach Mark Stoops since his arrival at UK and has helped elevate Kentucky recruiting to an all-time high.

Marrow tweeted his decision Friday.

Apparently John Calipari expecting lot of “flops” at Auburn

John Calipari wants to keep Nick Richards, left, and Ashton Hagans out of early foul trouble at Auburn. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

For the first time in over a month, Kentucky junior center Nick Richards got in early foul trouble against Vanderbilt Wednesday and only played five minutes in the first half before dominating the second half to help UK wipe out a 10-point deficit.

Now with the Cats set to face Auburn Saturday on the road, Kentucky coach John Calipari knows what Auburn coach Bruce Pearl and his team will be trying to do against Richards.

Nick Richards on John Calipari: “I’m just happy he’s my coach.”

Nick Richards (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Forgive Nick Richards for being a bit surprised after Wednesday’s win over Vanderbilt when he had all 15 of his points and 10 of his 11 rebounds in the second half to learn that coach John Calipari didn’t have anything bad to say about him.

“He said that? I’m just happy he’s my coach,” Richards said.

For most of his first two seasons at UK, Richards under performed compared to what Calipari expected even though the coach never gave up on him. Now Richards is playing at such a high level that Calipari said UK needed Richards to be a good team.

Would Vince Marrow leave UK? Cats should make it financially to where he will not

Vince Marrow, left, and Mark Stoops have had some good times at UK. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Could Vince Marrow leave Kentucky for Youngstown State?

The Kentucky football recruiting coordinator apparently has drawn interest from Youngstown State as a candidate for its vacant head coaching position.

Marrow is a Youngstown native and at age 51 has a passionate desire to be a head coach. He’s helped revitalize the Kentucky program under Mark Stoops and it should be no surprise that Youngstown would potentially target Marrow.

Conditioning work starting to pay off for EJ Montgomery

EJ Montgomery (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By KEITH TAYLOR, Kentucky Today

LEXINGTON — EJ Montgomery is in the best shape of his life and it’s showing on the court.

The Kentucky forward is showing signs of a breakthrough and has scored 23 points in the past three games, including nine in a 71-62 win over Vanderbilt Wednesday. Although his scoring contributions have been beneficial, his improved conditioning has afforded Montgomery more minutes on the floor. Montgomery has played more than 25 minutes in the past two games.

J.B. Holmes on roller coaster round, ace, elbow pain and more

J.B. Holmes.

Kentuckian J.B. Holmes had a 7-under par 64 in the first round of the Phoenix Waste Management Open on Thursday that included a hole-in-one on the fourth hole and three straight birdies to finish the round. He’s in third place — three behind the leader — going into the second round of the tourney he’s won twice before.

Here’s what he had to say after his round Thursday:

Bam Adebayo earns first NBA all-star berth

CHICAGO – Former Kentucky men’s basketball forward and budding NBA superstar Bam Adebayo will make his first NBA-All Star appearance in the league’s annual showcase on Feb. 16 in Chicago.

Joining former UK star Anthony Davis, who was voted into the starting lineup last week from a pool of fans (50%), players (25%) and media (25%), Adebayo was chosen as a reserve by the league’s head coaches. The announcement was made Thursday on TNT.

Kentucky’s two NBA All-Star selections are tied for the most among all colleges. 

No Rhyne Howard, no problem thanks to career game from Amanda Paschal

By UK ATHLETICS

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Playing without leading scorer Rhyne Howard, the 13th-ranked Kentucky women’s basketball team beat Missouri 62-47 on Thursday night at Mizzou Arena.

Howard, who averages 23.2 points per game, missed her first game of the season with a fractured finger in her left hand. Howard, who injured the finger in Monday’s win over Auburn, is expected to return in mid-February.

In her absence, it was a total team effort that carried the Cats in Thursday’s win. Amanda Paschal scored a career-high 18 points to lead all scorers in the game. Chasity Patterson had 12 points in the game for the Cats, while Blair Green added 11 to go with a career-high seven rebounds.

SEC distributes $651 million to 14 league teams

Kentucky athletics is getting a lot of money — close to $50 million — from the SEC this year and could be flipping out over it. (Jeff Houchin Photo)

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Commissioner Greg Sankey announced Thursday that approximately $651.0 million of total revenue was divided among the 14 universities of the Southeastern Conference for the 2018-19 fiscal year, which ended August 31, 2019.

The total includes $624.2 million distributed from the conference office, as well as $26.8 million retained by institutions that participated in 2018-19 football bowl games to offset travel and other related bowl expenses.

Ashton Hagans “can’t have five turnovers” in game if he is nation’s best point guard

Ashton Hagans (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Ashton Hagans can be sensational and frustrating — all in the same game at times.

In Wednesday’s win over Vanderbilt, Hagans had 12 points on 4-for-6 shooting from field and 4-for-5 at  foul line, six assists, four rebounds and two steals in 33 minutes. However, he also continued a disturbing trend with five turnovers.

He has 144 assists to 67 turnovers in 20 games — a better than 2:1 assist/turnover ratio. However, in the last six games he has 22 turnovers and in three of the last nine games he has had five turnovers.