Guest post: Working for Big Blue Nation an amazing experience

Savana Stevens spent time with Bo Garrett, left, and Eddie Montgomery before a Montgomery Gentry pregame concert at Commonwealth Stadium. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Savana Stevens spent time with Bo Garrett, left, and Eddie Montgomery before a Montgomery Gentry pregame concert at Commonwealth Stadium. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By SAVANAH STEVENS

When I started my journey becoming a journalist, I began as a high school student accompanying Larry Vaught at UK football games and recording a few interviews as my post-game duties.

I also started out doing a job most people wouldn’t have until they graduated college and got a job they would keep years after.

Makayla Epps named to All-SEC Tournament team

LEXINGT­­­ON, Ky. – University of Kentucky junior guard Makayla Epps has been named to the 2016 Southeastern Conference All-Tournament Team for her strong performances in the event this week, it was announced Sunday.

The five-member team, which was selected by media in attendance, included Epps, Tennessee guard Diamond DeShields, Mississippi State forward Victoria Vivians, and South Carolina guard Tiffany Mitchell and center A’ja Wilson.

The honor is the second of its kind for Epps, who was also named to the SEC All-Tournament Team last season. The native of Lebanon, Ky., is just the fourth player in program history to be named to the team multiple seasons, joining Valerie Still, Victoria Dunlap and A’dia Mathies.

Guest post: Senior Day showcased a lot about what is special about UK basketball

Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

By KEITH PEEL

Maybe somebody should have invited Bob Knight to attend the game against LSU so he could have watched an academic All American (Alex Poythress) who graduated in three years and is now working on his Masters degree have a Senior Day at UK after playing 4 YEARS as an integral part of the team.

We could also introduce him to Marcus Lee, an All Good Works team player, who is playing as an important part of the last three years along with Derek Willis and Dominique Hawkins, both three-year players, who have also been a critical part of this year’s team.

Belfry OL Austin Dotson joins UK’s 2017 recruiting class

By LARRY VAUGHT

Belfry junior offensive lineman Austin Dotson got the scholarship offer he wanted from Kentucky Saturday during UK’s Junior Day and it did not take him long to verbally commit to the Wildcats.

He’s the first offensive lineman in UK’s 2017 recruiting class. The 6-6, 295-pound Dotson is only 16 years old. He was an all-state selection when Belfry won the state title last season and started as a sophomore when Belfry also won the state.

Dotson has two teammates — offensive linemen Cole Bentley and defensive lineman Ray Horton — who also have Division I offers and are being evaluated by Kentucky.

Calipari knows Poythress made “unbelievable friends” at UK

Alex Poythress and family. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Alex Poythress and family. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

He hugged Alex Poythress before the game started after his pregame ceremony. After the game, coach John Calipari could not say enough good things about his senior forward.

Calipari took Poythress out late in the game to make sure he did not get into a scuffle with a LSU player and then put him back in so UK fans could give him a final farewell cheeer.

Kentucky will face Alabama-Ole Miss winner

UK will be looking to keep the good times rolling at the SEC Tournament. (Vicky Graff Photo)

UK will be looking to keep the good times rolling at the SEC Tournament. (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky men’s basketball team has drawn the No. 2 seed in the annual Southeastern Conference Tournament and has earned the coveted double bye. The Wildcats will play the winner of the Alabama-Ole Miss game on Friday in Nashville, Tenn., at 7 p.m. ET in the quarterfinals.

UK clinched a share of its 47th regular-season Southeastern Conference championship and its fourth under head coach John Calipari on Saturday with a 94-77 victory over LSU on Senior Day. The Wildcats tied Texas A&M for the best record in the league with a 13-5 mark, but the Aggies earned the top seed with the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Southeastern Conference Tournament pairings

FIRST ROUND – March 9 (Wednesday)

Game 1       #12 Tennessee vs. #13 Auburn [SEC Network]                  7:00 p.m. CT

 

SECOND ROUND – March 10 (Thursday)

Game 2       #8 Florida vs. #9 Arkansas [SEC Network]                        Noon CT

Game 3       Game 1 Winner vs. #5 Vanderbilt [SEC Network]               25 min after G2

Game 4       #7Ole Miss vs. #10 Alabama [SEC Network]                    6:00 p.m. CT

Game 5       #6 Georgia vs. #11 Mississippi State [SEC Network]         25 min after G4

 

QUARTERFINALS – March 11 (Friday)

Kentucky-South Carolina SEC tourney postgame notes, numbers

Kentucky Women’s Basketball Postgame Notes

FINAL:  #3/2 South Carolina 93, #13/13 Kentucky 63

Veterans Memorial Arena – Jacksonville, Fla.

March 5, 2016

Team Records and Series Notes

–    Kentucky saw its eight-game winning streak come to an end against No. 3/2 South Carolina, falling 93-63 to the Gamecocks in the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

–    The Wildcats made their seventh consecutive semifinal appearance in the tournament.

–    The meeting was the 58th all-time between the two teams, with Kentucky retaining the advantage in the series 33-25.  South Carolina has won all three matchups this year, and has won six of the last eight wins in the series.

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Photos by Vicky Graff

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