Larry Vaught

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Tiger Woods: “I had to go get it and I tried.”

Here is what Tiger Woods said Sunday after his closing 6-under par 64 — his lowest final round ever in a major championship — left him one shot behind in its closet chance to win a major since he started his comeback.

Kentucky-Team Toronto Photo Gallery by Chet White/UK Athletics

UK completes Bahamas trip with another blowout win

Reid Travis (Chet White/UK Athletics Photo)

By UK ATHLETICS

UK-Team Toronto notes and numbers

Quade Green (UK Athletics/Chet White Photo)

UK MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
KENTUCKY vs. TEAM TORONTO
BIG BLUE BAHAMAS | ATLANTIS IMPERIAL ARENA| PARADISE ISLAND, BAHAMAS
AUG. 12, 2018
ATTENDANCE: 1,308
 
FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 93, Team Toronto 60

DeCourcy: Calipari might use three point guards to close out games

Ashton Hagans (Chet White/UK Athletics Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky freshman guard Ashton Hagans is an intriguing prospect for coach John Calipari this season because he reclassified to get into the 2018 recruiting class and he also has plenty of competition from Quade Green and Immanuel Quickley for playing time.

“Ashton did not rush to get to college to sit on the bench,” said Sporting News college basketball columnist Mike DeCourcy. “He gives them a big presence in the backcourt. Immanuel is tall and lean and is very quick. He’s listed at 6-3 and is close to that. You just don’t see him as being 6-3 because he moves so quickly and darts around the court.

Jack Givens, Kyle Macy featured speakers at Tyler Hick Memorial Scholarship Banquet

By LARRY VAUGHT

Having a chance to moderate a discussion for former UK All-Americans Jack Givens and Kyle Macy as part of the annual Tyler Hicks Memorial Scholarship Banquet at Scott County was sensational. I think I enjoyed the stories the two starters on UK’s 1978 national championship team told as much as those attending the function.

Hicks, the son of Scott County coach Billy Hicks, died in an automobile accident in 2012 and this is the fifth year of awarding a Scott student a $10,000 scholarship. This year’s winner was softball player Princess Valencia, who will play at Morehead.

UK Basketball Photo Gallley by Chet White/UK Athletics from Saturday night’s win

Trash talking is just what Keldon Johnson does

Keldon Johnson (Chet White/UK Athletics Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Normally one would not expect August exhibition games to get chippy. Yet two of Kentucky’s three games in the Bahamas have been just that way.

Sophomore P.J. Washington says there is a common denominator between the altercation in game one and another one Saturday night in UK’s 100-64 win.

“Keldon (Johnson) likes to talk trash. We just got to back him up. That’s the denominator. We just have to back him up,” said Washington. “He is a big-time trash talker.

UK postgame notes, numbers

UK MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
KENTUCKY vs. MEGA BEMAX
BIG BLUE BAHAMAS | ATLANTIS IMPERIAL ARENA| PARADISE ISLAND, BAHAMAS
AUG. 11, 2018
ATTENDANCE: 1,329
 
FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 100, Mega Bemax 64

This was Kentucky’s third exhibition game of the Big Blue Bahamas foreign exhibition tour. UK will wrap up the tour on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET at the Atlantis Imperial Arena. That game will be televised on the SEC Network and on the Watch ESPN app.
UK improved to 133-12 all-time in exhibition games and 8-1 in the Bahamas. The Wildcats went 5-1 in their previous trip to the Bahamas in 2014.
Kentucky has won its last 12 exhibition games dating back to Nov. 2, 2014, vs. Pikeville.
A total of 1,329 fans packed Atlantis Imperial Arena, a Big Blue Bahamas high thus far.

Six Cats hit double digits in 100-64 blowout win

Kentucky had a lot to celebrate in Saturday’s win. (Chet White/UK Athletics Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Remember that it is Aug. 11. It’s still almost three months until Kentucky officially opens the college basketball season against Duke in Indianapolis.

Still, it’s hard not to look ahead to just how good John Calipari’s team might be after the 100-64 beatdown it put on Mega Bemax of Serbia, a team Calipari genuinely believed would not only test but might beat UK, Saturday night in the Bahamas.

Once again Kentucky had six players in double figures led by P.J. Washington’s 20 points, 12 rebounds, four blocked shots, four steals and two assists.