Maci Morris one of five finalists for Meyers-Drysdale Award

Maci Morris (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky senior guard Maci Morris has been named one of five national finalists for the 2019 Ann Meyers-Drysdale Award which annually seeks to honor the nation’s top shooting guard.

Including Morris, the five finalists for the 2019 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award are Katie Lou Samuelson (Connecticut), Asia Durr (Louisville), Arike Ogunbowale (Notre Dame) and Kiana Williams (Stanford). Last season, Victoria Vivians of Mississippi State was named the inaugural winner of the Ann Meyers Drysdale Shooting Guard of the Year Award.

Another look back in photos at UK’s Senior Day win over Florida

Before Kentucky opens Southeastern Conference play on Friday in Nashville, why not take another look back at Saturday’s Senior Day win over Florida with some terrific photos from Jeff Houchin.

PJ Washington: “There’s no point in going in and trying to lose.”

PJ Washington (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky players want to win the SEC Tournament as much as Kentucky fans want them to this weekend in Nashville.

“Every game we go into, we try to win it. There’s no point in going in and trying to lose, I don’t believe that,” sophomore PJ Washington said. “We’re definitely going in trying to win.”

However, Washington has obviously also paid attention to what coach John Calipari has said about the SEC tourney and its impact — or lack of — on NCAA Tournament seedings.

Schaper’s Grand Slam, Spangler’s Gem Beats Miami in Home Opener

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Jenny Schaper hit two home runs, including a grand slam and freshman pitcher Tatum Spangler pitched her first-career complete game in the circle as the No. 15 Kentucky softball team won its seventh-straight game 9-1 in five innings over the Miami RedHawks.

It was the home opener for the Wildcats on Tuesday afternoon in sunny Lexington, and the Wildcats bats came out on fire. Jenny Schaper led off the bottom of the first with a solo home run to straight-away center and that was the catalyst for the night. The Wildcats added two more in the first and four in the bottom of the third.

Teammates believe that once Reid Travis gets his “groove” back he will fit right in

Reid Travis (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

John Calipari won’t have any updates about whether Reid Travis will or will not play in Friday’s Southeastern Conference Tournament quarterfinals when UK takes on the Alabama-Mississippi winner. However, Travis’ teammates certainly sounded optimistic that he would be back on the court after missing the last five games with a sprained knee.

Freshman guard Ashton Hagans said Tuesday that Travis worked out Monday and “was looking real good” doing it.

“Trying to get his groove back,” Hagans said.

Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson “honored” to share SEC freshman awards

Tyler Herro (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Southeastern Conference coaches and Associated Press media members agreed that Kentucky had the SEC’s best freshman player this year.

They  just couldn’t agree on who it was — the coaches went with Keldon Johnson and the media members picked Tyler Herro.

Johnson is averaging a team-best 16.3 points per game on 52.3-percent shooting and 45.5 percent from 3-point range, in addition to 5.1 rebounds per game, in eight games against AP top 25 teams.  Overall, Johnson is averaging 13.7 points and 5.7 rebounds and shooting 46.6 percent. Johnson is second on the team with 39 3-pointers.

Keldon Johnson SEC Freshman of Year, Ashton Hagans co-Defensive Player of Year

Ashton Hagans and Keldon Johnson both won major SEC awards today. (UK Athletics Photo)

Birmingham, Ala. – The Southeastern Conference unveiled its men’s basketball coaches’ postseason awards Tuesday.

Ole Miss’ Kermit Davis earned SEC Coach of the Year honors and Tennessee’s Grant Williams was selected the SEC Player of the Year by the league’s coaches. LSU’s Skylar Mays earned SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year; Kentucky’s Keldon Johnson was tabbed SEC Freshman of the Year; South Carolina’s Hassani Gravett was voted SEC Sixth Man of the Year; and LSU’s Tremont Waters and Kentucky’s Ashton Hagans were named the SEC Co-Defensive Players of the Year.

UK graduate Hannah Ellis thrilled to be performing during UK pregame pep rally in Nashville Friday

Hannah Ellis

By LARRY VAUGHT

If you are a Kentucky basketball fan heading to the SEC Tournament in Nashville this week, you might want to take time on Friday before the Cats play their first game to attend the UK pep rally at Wildhorse Saloon in downtown Nashville.

Part of the entertainment will be singer Hannah Ellis, a UK graduate from Campbellsville who has now lived in Nashville for six years. She will have a 20-minute acoustic set during the pep rally. The pep rally starts at 2 p.m. CST and will also include Jamie Saylor, A Common Wealth Band and the UK Band, Cheerleaders and Dance Team (Cost is $15 at the door with no cost for children 12 and under).

Rick Barnes hopes “right thing” is done at LSU but also believes if proven guilty “there is a price to pay”

Rick Barnes (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Tennessee coach Rick Barnes doesn’t know a lot about what is going on with LSU that has led to the suspension of both coach Will Wade and guard Javonte Smart after information surfaced about what Wade said to a FBI informant — not to mention another star freshman player, Nazr Reid, missing Saturday’s game with an undisclosed illness.

LSU is the No. 1 seed in this week’s SEC Tournament with no update yet on if Wade will coach or if Smart and/or Reid will play.

Does winning the SEC Tournament really important?

Immanuel Quickley (Vicky Graff Photo)

By KEITH PEEL, Contributing Writer

Is it really important for the University of Kentucky Basketball team to win the SEC Tournament? If they kill themselves winning games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday against what will most likely be three NCAA Tournament teams does it hold any true value for the Wildcats in the NCAA Tournament seeding process?