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Guest post: Is it time to retire the Air Raid siren?

Boom Williams. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Boom Williams. (Vicky Graff Photo)


If you have ever attended a UK football game in the last four years I am sure you are very familiar with the sound of the “air raid” siren. It is played in celebration after UK scores a touchdown.

For those fans that are old like me you will remember that the “air raid” siren became famous during the Hal Mumme era at UK when he brought his revolutionary “air raid ” offense to UK football. He (and the offense) became instant stars in the Bluegrass. The “air raid” offense was exciting, unpredictable and unconventional just like it’s inventor, Hal Mumme. 

Malik Monk: “My teammates set me up well to get every shot I wanted”

Malik Monk (Photo by Elliott Hess | UK Athletics)

Malik Monk (Photo by Elliott Hess | UK Athletics)

Here is what Kentucky freshman Malik Monk had to say after his 47-point performance in Saturday’s win over North Carolina in Las Vegas.

Q. For those of us who have never known and will never know what it feels like to have a game like that, can you tell us what it feels like when everything’s falling like that?

MALIK MONK: Like a pick-up game, that’s what it felt like to me. My teammates set me up well to get every shot I wanted. I was just able to knock it down. It’s just fun, fun to play like that.

Which team has more riding on UK-Louisville game this year?

Larry Glover says pressure continues to build on Rick Pitino to beat Kentucky. (Vicky Graff Photo)


Who has more riding on Wednesday’s Kentucky-Louisville game in Louisville?

That’s a question I asked several state media members who cover the Kentucky basketball team regularly as the Cats get set for the annual Bluegrass Battle.

Enjoy the answers:

Jeff Drummond, Publisher “I think it’s got to be Kentucky. The Cats are going to be a solid, if not heavy, favorite in this one. The Cards will be able to play with a nothing-to-lose mindset at home. With a loss to UCLA and some tricky non-conference matchups with North Carolina and Kansas looming, the Cats may feel a bit of pressure in this one with an eye on March seeding.”

Mitchell sees progress on offense and defense

Jessica Hardin (UK Athletics Photo)

Here is what Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell had to say today after his team’s 59-36 victory over Radford in Memorial Coliseum.

Opening statement …

No. 19 Kentucky Shuts Down Radford, 59-36

MacKenzie Cann (Brittney Howard/UK Athletics)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Seniors Evelyn Akhator and Makayla Epps scored 13 points apiece as the Kentucky women’s basketball team topped Radford 59-36 on Sunday afternoon at Memorial Coliseum.

The Wildcats held the Highlanders to a season-low 36 points in the contest. Radford shot just 26.4 percent from the floor in the game, while committing 19 turnovers.

Meanwhile, Kentucky had its own struggles on the offensive end of the floor, scoring a season-low 59 points. The Wildcats hit just 36.9 percent from the field in the game. However, Kentucky committed just 10 turnovers and won the battle of the boards 43-35. The Wildcats had 26 points in the paint, compared to just 16 for Radford.

Mercer Lady Titans’ dream trip to Phoenix for Nike Tournament of Champions turns into nightmare with Frontier Airlines

Mercer Lady Titans with no Frontier Airlines flight out of Cincinnati to Phoenix today.


This was supposed to be a huge week for the Mercer County Lady Titans basketball team. The Titans were invited to play in the prestigious Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix — an invitation only event. It’s considered one of the nation’s premier high school events.

For about a year, the team and parents had been raising money to make the trip. Sunday a group of 60 including players down to the middle school team, coaches and parents arrived in Cincinnati early to board a Frontier Airlines flight to Phoenix.

Calipari has players getting exploited on defense


Several times during the preseason Kentucky coach John Calipari talked about how he thought this could be his best defensive team. He cited the team’s length, speed and athleticism for that belief and his players seemed to agree.

Instead, UK gave up 97 points in a loss to UCLA in Rupp Arena and then allowed 100 points in a win over North Carolina Saturday in Las Vegas.

Monk’s record-setting game enables Kentucky to beat North Carolina 103-100


Think about this. North Carolina shot 53 percent overall from the field, 53 percent from 3-point range and 75 percent at the foul line. North Carolina got 44 points in the paint, including 18 second chance points. It got 19 points from bench players. And it made just nine turnovers.

Yet one of the more memorable performances in Kentucky basketball history by Malik Monk enabled UK to beat the Tar Heels 103-100 Saturday in Las Vegas.

UK-North Carolina postgame notes, numbers

Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes

Kentucky vs. North Carolina, T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas

Dec. 17, 2016

Final Score: No. 6/7 Kentucky 103, No. 7/6 North Carolina 100                                                      

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is 10-1. North Carolina is 10-2
  • UNC leads the all-time series 23-15
  • UK has won four of the last five in the series
  • Kentucky is 4-0 in neutral-site games this season. All of UK’s games away from Rupp Arena have been at neutral sites thus far

Radford no pushover for Kentucky

Kentucky's defense will be tested by Radford. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Kentucky’s defense will be tested by Radford. (Vicky Graff Photo)


Despite what some seem to believe, Radford will not be an easy opponent for Kentucky Sunday in Memorial Coliseum.

“We have a very difficult game coming up against Radford. They are on a real tear right now and have won seven in a row and are a very good team. We have struggled guarding people and Radford can really give us a lot of trouble. They have great post play and are really big and powerful,” Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell said.