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Being at UK was “supposed to happen” with Jalen Green before UK changed plans

Jalen Green (Ann Beckett/MarshallCountyDaily.com)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Jalen Green of Prolific Prep (Calif.) is the nation’s third-rated player in the 2020 recruiting class but he thinks that might be too low.

“I don’t think anyone is better than me in my class,” the 6-7 Green said.

He had 26 points at the Marshall County Hoopfest Friday night in a 75-71 win over Our Savior Lutheran about 24 hours after his team had beat Hillcrest Prep in Phoenix Thursday night in a game that was on ESPN2. Green was 6-for-6 from 2-point range but only 1-for-8 on 3-pointers. He did make 11 of 12 free throws and pulled off six rebounds.

Winning football games important but so is perspective

By KEITH PEEL, Contributing Writer

“I’m done with him.”

“Fire him now!”

“He does the same thing every year … he’s too stubborn. I’m over it.”
Sound familiar? Anyone ever heard these comments from fans about the current UK Football coaching staff? At the games, on call-in shows or social media posts? So have I.

The funny thing is those comments listed above didn’t come from any UK Fans. In fact they aren’t even about the UK coaching staff. They actually came from an article by John D Hunter in the Oregon Sporting News about Mike Leach, the current head football coach at Washington State. For those that aren’t aware, Mike Leach is the quirky “say-anything, do-anything” former UK offensive coordinator under Hal Mumme during the Air Raid era at UK.

How Will Cats Respond To 8 Days Since Last Game? Numbers Say Just Fine

Tyrese Maxey (Vicky Graff Photo)

By RICHARD CHEEKS

As has become the scheduling custom for Coach Calipari at UK, seasons begin with a flurry of games in the first 3 weeks of the season, and then for the remainder of the calendar year, the Cats play 1 game per week, typically each Saturday. This year, Coach Calipari has lamented the lack of sufficient practice time between games to correct issues identified during the initial flurry of games, and this year there have perhaps the usual issues based on youth and inexperience have been compounded by a rash of injuries.

Johnny Juzang still learning how to play more “efficient”

Johnny Juzang (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By KEITH TAYLOR, Kentucky Today

LEXINGTON — Johnny Juzang knows what it takes to get more playing time this season.

“I’ve got to do a lot of the small things,” Juzang said. “(I’m) just trying to find ways to contribute to the team and impact the game. (I’m) just putting out effort and being a good teammate, just things like that have been really big for me this year and something I’ll always stand by.”

Kentucky volleyball NCAA Tournament photo gallery by Vicky Graff

Craig Skinner: Kentucky will have to “play aggressive and play physical” against Michigan

Craig Skinner (Vicky Graff Photo)

By CHANDLER WILCOX

Kentucky swept Southeast Missouri State Friday night (25-20, 25-15, 25-19) in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Volleyball Tournament in Memorial Coliseum to advance to play Big Ten foe Michigan Saturday night in the second round.

Looking forward to the matchup against the Wolverines, UK Coach Craig Skinner said the team will have to stay ready to battle, something he stressed leading into the first round also.

“We’ll have to, again, play physical and play aggressive and expect a back and forth match,” Skinner said.

For the sake of Boyle County and Johnson Central players, here’s hoping all talk Saturday is about what happens on the field

By LARRY VAUGHT

When unbeaten Boyle County and Johnson Central play in the Class AAAA state championship game Saturday afternoon in Lexington it would be nice to think the attention can stay on what just happens in the football game.

No, I am not downplaying or excusing what Boyle Middle School principal Steve Karsner said during a pep rally Thursday where he managed to insult most of eastern Kentucky with comments about Johnson County residents not being able to count to 100 and living in hollers.

Boyle Supt. Mike LaFavers apologized for what was said … and should have … on behalf of the school system.

Bruce Pearl will be at Marshall County Hoopfest to watch Daeshun Ruffin

Daeshun Ruffin (Ann Beckett/MarshallCountyDaily.com)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Mississippi junior point guard Daeshun Ruffin was committed to Auburn for 11 days this summer before deciding to re-open his recruitment while adding he was “still interested” in Auburn.

Apparently the Tigers are still just has interested in the 5-8 scoring machine since Auburn coach Bruce Pearl apparently will be at Marshall County Hoopfest Saturday morning to watch Ruffin play at 10:30 a.m. CST against Curie (Ill.).

I watched Ruffin score 37 points on 15-for-27 shooting — he was 6-for-9 on 3-pointers — along with grabbing five rebounds, making four steals and dishing out two assists in a 65-44 victory Thursday night over Lausanne Collegiate and 6-11 UK recruiting target Moussa Cisse.

Loss to Evansville helped John Calipari “get my mind right”

John Calipari (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By KEITH TAYLOR, Kentucky Today

LEXINGTON — Kentucky has regrouped by winning four straight since a humbling 67-74 loss to Evansville nearly a month ago.

The setback proved to be a learning experience for the Wildcats who dropped eight spots to No. 9 in the Associated Press Top-25. Kentucky (6-1) remained ninth until earlier this week when the Wildcats moved up one spot to No. 8 following Duke’s stunning loss to Stephen F. Austin.

Fans glad to have John Calipari at Marshall County Hoopfest

Kentucky coach John Calipari came to the Marshall County Hoopfest Thursday night along with assistant coach Tony Barbee to watch 6-11 junior Moussa Cisse of Lausanne Collegiate play Callaway (Miss.) and stayed for every minute even though Lausanne lost 65-44.

Evansville coach Walter McCarty, who led the Aces to a win at Rupp Arena last month, was also at the game but the star of the night for many fans was Calipari who spent all of halftime signing autographs and taking pictures with fans.