Dan Issel working to bring NBA team to Louisville

Dan Issel, center, talks with former UK teammate Louie Dampier. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Former UK All-American Dan Issel has been working for over a year with a group hoping to bring a NBA team to Louisville. He was a two-time All-American at UK, Kentucky’s all-time leading scorer, ABA Rookie of the Year in 1971, six-time ABA All-Star and one-time NBA All-Star.

“It’s a great project to be working on,” Issel said. “The biggest challenge is the timeline of the NBA and when the NBA will decide to expand. The timeline (for expansion) has gotten longer.”

Bad sign: Benny Snell says it was obvious Tennessee wanted game more than Kentucky

Benny Snell (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky running back Benny Snell is relentless on the field. He can be just as relentless — and blunt — off the field.

Several times he’s looked unhappy during games this season when Kentucky’s offense could not move the football. He certainly wasn’t happy Saturday in Knoxville after UK was blasted 24-7 by Tennessee one week after Georgia had also throttled UK.

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“We’ve got to get those guys that are hungry. We’ve got to have everybody sold on this team and on this mission. This loss hurt. It hurt. The Georgia one, we were so close but that one hurt too,” Snell said.

Jeremy Pruitt on UK offense: “We kind of made them one dimensional.”

C.J. Conrad had Kentucky’s only TD catch at Tennessee. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Finding ways to lose in Knoxville and Gainesville is just something Kentucky football has done for years and years.

Sure, Kentucky won at Gainesville this year, something most UK fans did not expect. But UK fans did truly expect that the Cats could win at Knoxville Saturday for the first time since 1984. Instead, the Vols rolled 24-7 over No. 12 Kentucky in a game that was never close after the first quarter.

Kentucky’s play against Tennessee was “obviously not good enough” as Vols punish Cats 24-7

Tennessee’s defense didn’t allow Benny Snell to score. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Just a week ago Kentucky had a chance to play in the Southeastern Conference championship game, finish in the top 10 and earn a major, major bowl bid.

Then Georgia burst the SEC title game bubble and Saturday Tennessee just devastated Kentucky with a 24-7 win where the Vols just dominated UK.

The Cats are still 7-3, but a top 10 ranking is now gone along with a high level bowl bid. A 9-3 finish could still get UK to the Citrus Bowl in Orlando. That’s not bad but a week ago so much more was possible.

UK-Tennessee postgame notes, numbers — and they are not pretty

Kash Daniel’s face says it all after UK lost to Tennessee. (Vicky Graff Photo)

KENTUCKY POSTGAME NOTES

Kentucky at Tennessee

Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN

Nov. 10, 2018

FINAL SCORE: Tennessee 24, No. 12 Kentucky 7

Team Records and Series Information

  • Kentucky is 7-3, 5-3 in the Southeastern Conference. Tennessee is 5-5, 2-4 in the SEC.
  • Tennessee leads the series, 80-25-9.
  • Next for the Wildcats: UK has its final home game on Saturday, Nov. 17, as the Wildcats play host to Middle Tennessee at noon. The television assignment is TBA.

If you dare to look, Kentucky-Tennessee Photo Gallery by Vicky Graff

EJ Montgomery still not sure “what happened” against Duke but didn’t want it to happen again

EJ Montgomery (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

It had been 72 hours since Kentucky lost by 34 points to Duke but UK freshman EJ Montgomery still had no real explanation for the game after the Cats beat Southern Illinois Friday.

“With the Duke game, I’m not sure what happened,” Montgomery, who had 10 points, seven rebounds and three blocks Friday, said.

The freshman said it was important for the team to play harder against Southern Illinois than it had in the season opening game.

John Calipari on UK’s play this season: “It is my fault.”

John Calipari blames himself, not his players, for UK’s struggles. (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

If John Calipari is as perplexed about as team as he says he is, then it could be an interesting next few weeks as he tries to mold the team the way he wants.

Kentucky overcame a seven-point deficit midway of the second half Friday to beat Southern Illinios and had four players — Immanuel Quickley, Keldon Johnson, Quade Green and EJ Montgomery — in double figures.

Win today keeps historic season within reach

Benny Snell needs 403 yards to become UK’s all-time leading rusher. (Wade Upchurch Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Beating Georgia would have been fantastic. Make no mistake about that.

But even though it did not happen, there’s still a great chance for Kentucky to have a historic season. Win at Tennessee today and end a 34-year losing streak in Knoxville. Win at home against Middle Tennessee in what will be Josh Allen’s final home game and likely will be Benny Snell’s. Close the regular season by adding to Louisville’s misery — and Lord knows there is a lot of misery there.

Kentucky-Southern Illinois Photo Gallery by Jeff Houchin