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Josh Ali: Kentucky needed win over Vanderbilt “very bad”

Josh Ali (Vicky Graff Photo)

Here is what Kentucky receiver Josh Ali, who had a touchdown catch, had to say after UK’s win at Vanderbilt Saturday that evened UK’s record at 5-5

Q. Coach said it was a complete game, you guys played a complete game. Can you talk about that?
JOSH ALI: Yeah, as a team as a whole we came out here ready to play. Everybody knew their assignments and there was no skipping any beats. Even when they went up in the first quarter we didn’t rush or anything we just played our game.

Kentucky-Vanderbilt photo gallery by Vicky Graff

Mark Stoops wanted to get different players in game, praised Walker Wood for his play at quarterback

Sawyer Smith (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky’s 38-14 victory at Vanderbilt Saturday was a rare opportunity for coach Mark Stoops to get some playing time for players who had been on the field very little or not at all this year.

Stoops said that made for some “sloppy” play late in the game and he thought at first he might have gone to his bench a little too early.

UK was “dream” school for Isaiah Jackson but he also might be “dream” player for John Calipari

Isaiah Jackson (USA Basketball Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

It was obvious John Calipari had seemed to have been re-energized about recruiting the last nine months or so — perhaps in response to many claiming Duke had moved past Kentucky as the nation’s go-to destination for top players.

Calipari’s work paid off again Saturday when 6-9 Isaiah Jackson of Detroit picked Kentucky to bolster what already was the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class. I saw him play for Spire Academy last season on a team loaded with starts but I loved the way he could knock down 3-point shots, run the floor, soar above the rim to throw down shots or block shots, and his poise at the McCracken County Mustang playing in front of an overflow crowd.

Cats literally run over Vanderbilt 38-14

Kentucky fans congratulated the Cats after Saturday’s win. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By KEITH TAYLOR, Kentucky Today

Kentucky moved within one game be becoming bowl eligible for the fourth straight season with a 38-14 win over Vanderbilt in its Southeastern Conference finale Saturday in Nashville.

Coming off a disappointing 17-13 loss to Tennessee last week, the Wildcats fell behind 14-3 after the Commodores scooped up an A.J. Rose fumble and returned it 67 yards for a touchdown at the 4:36 mark of the first quarter.

No. 13 Kentucky holds off Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Sabrina Haines scored 17 points and Rhyne Howard had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds as the 13th-ranked Kentucky women’s basketball team held off Virginia 50-47 on Saturday at John Paul Jones Arena.

Kentucky (3-0) made just 17 of 57 (29.8 percent) of its shots in the game, including six of 20 (30 percent) from beyond the arc. Virginia made only 13 of 42 (31 percent) of its field goals, and only three of 13 (23.1 percent) from long range. The Cats made 10 of 12 at the line, while the Cavs made 18 of 23. Kentucky had 23 turnovers and forced Virginia into 22. The Cats had 11 offensive rebounds and earned 10 second chance points, compared to just four second chance points for the Cavs.

Immanuel Quickley, Nate Sestina own mistakes that cost UK against Evansville

Nate Sestina (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Evansville’s “super small” lineup Tuesday forced Kentucky to make adjustments it obviously was not ready to make.

“They just started driving the ball which forced us to go small. I don’t think we ever played Keion Brooks at the five in practice,” Kentucky guard Immanuel Quickley said after UK’s loss. “That was a good coaching adjustment on their part.”

Yes it was. But the Aces got some help from Kentucky.

Not easy for defensive coordinators to turn into SEC head coaches with productive offenses

Mark Stoops (Vicky Graff Photo)

By KEITH PEEL, Contributing Writer

It’s not easy for former college defensive coordinators turned SEC head football coaches to come up with an offensive scheme that works. It’s just not.

As most of you know Kentucky’s head coach Mark Stoops was a former defensive coordinator — and a very good one — for Florida State and then head coach Jimbo Fisher. And he is still a great defensive coach today. His teams have ranked on average 15th or better in points given up per game over the last two years. His defenses are always physical, well schooled and play as a unit. He uses a lot of creativity in his defensive alignments and adjusts his defensive scheme to match the opposing team’s offense.

Light the Way 5K at Dollywood now off my bucket list

So glad I got to finally participate in the Light the Way 5K at Dollywood Friday night  along with a lot of other folks who were in really good moods seeing millions of lights along our path. Not sure about my official time but somewhere around 31 minutes, so obviously I felt inspired running even if it was almost midnight.

If you ever get a chance to do this annual 5K, I would suggest doing it and putting it on your bucket list.

Enjoy these photos from my sister, Mary Kay Godbey, as she was able to run and take photos — way too complicated for me to do both at the same time.

Not only does John Young remain committed to UK, but he says Justin Rogers is the same way

Justin Rogers

By LARRY VAUGHT

Louisville Christian Academy offensive lineman John Young is one of those 2020 commits who has never budged in his commitment to UK and won’t now because he’s convinced coach Mark Stoops will be at UK when he gets there despite the recent speculation about Stoops maybe going to Florida State.

“I wasn’t worried at all. I was on the phone with coach Stoops and he did tell me he was not leaving,” Young said . “I committed to Kentucky and things are just like they were. I was not worried when I first heard the rumors and I’m not worried now.