UK football practice photo gallery (Kentucky Athletics Photos)

Kentucky is finishing its first week of preseason practice leading up to the season opening game Sept. 1 against Central Michigan. Kentucky Athletics shared these practice photos. Enjoy.

What does Stoops tell Gran: “‘Don’t you even think about throwing the ball. They’re on their heels, let’s go. Smash ‘em. Smash ‘em.”

Eddie Gran (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

What pace does the Kentucky offense need to have this season?

“It just depends. There’s been times when we have gone at a pretty good clip and there’s been times when we have been methodical and that’s been the best way,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said. “There’s been times when I’ve been in Eddie’s ear about going fast, and he’s just been methodical, thinking things through and setting things up and it’s been very effective.

Kentucky fan April Peal says Ashton Hagans has “great personality” and loves his hustle on the court

April Peal, left, with UK freshman Ashton Hagans in the Bahamas.

By LARRY VAUGHT

Long before she left for the Bahamas to watch Kentucky play this week, April Peal already had made tentative plans to attend the Final Four in Minneapolis.

“I make plans for the Final Four every year just in case,” said Peal, an emergency room doctor in Franklin, Tenn.  “There is no getting off last minute so I plan ahead.  There is no way I’m going to be stuck at work in Tennessee if my Cats are playing in the Final Four. I think this team is going to be fun to watch and tough as nails. I think this team is gonna be really good come March.”

UK-San Lorenzo Photo Gallery (Chet White/UK Athletics)

Kentucky-San Lorenzo notes and numbers

Keldon Johnson (Chet White/UK Athletics Photo)

UK MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
KENTUCKY vs. SAN LORENZO DE ALMAGRO
BIG BLUE BAHAMAS | ATLANTIS IMPERIAL ARENA| PARADISE ISLAND, BAHAMAS
AUG. 9, 2018
ATTENDANCE: 1,311
 
FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 91, San Lorenzo de Almagro 68

This was Kentucky’s second exhibition game of the Big Blue Bahamas foreign exhibition tour. UK will play two additional games during the tour.
The Wildcats return to the Atlantis Imperial Arena court on Saturday vs. Mega Bemax (Serbia). That game will tip at 7 p.m. on the SEC Network. UK has an off day on Friday and will enjoy a catamaran ride Friday morning before the John Calipari Basketball Fantasy Experience begins.
UK improved to 132-12 all-time in exhibition games and 7-1 in the Bahamas. The Wildcats went 5-1 in their previous trip to the Bahamas in 2014.
Kentucky has won its last 11 exhibition games dating back to Nov. 2, 2014, vs. Pikeville.

No power, no problem for Tyler Herro as his 22 points leads Kentucky to win

Tyler Herro (Chet White/UK Athletics Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

The Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas might have lost power late in the first half of Kentucky’s game Thursday night, but that didn’t diminish the punch the Cats had on the court.

Behind 22 points by new crowd favorite Tyler Herro, Kentucky pulled away in the final 10 minutes to beat San Lorenzen — a pro team from Argentina — 91-68 for its second straight exhibition game win.

“There are players and there are basketball players. We have basketball players this year. A lot of them,” former UK standout Rex Chapman tweeted while watching John Calipari’s team play.

UK fans share frustrations over ticket experiences

Vicky Graff Photo

By LARRY VAUGHT

I have a media friend who doesn’t think Kentucky fans should complain about increased ticket prices, increased parking passes or the fact that big donors get a higher priority for the best season than fans who have had season tickets for years, including those who have had season ticket holder in multiple sports.

But since I shared the story of UK fans Jackie and Tad Long who were giving up their season tickets to multiple UK sports, I’ve heard from a lot of fans upset with the treatment they have received from UK — and it’s hard for me to believe they could all be wrong.

“Average” fan’s ticket pain felt by UK employees, too

Keyli Chisesi/GoBigBlueCountry.com Photo

By LARRY VAUGHT

After sharing the story of Jackie and Tad Long and how they were giving up season tickets to a variety of UK sports because of the way they felt they were treated with seating choices in the new baseball stadium, I heard from a variety of other disgruntled/frustrated fans.

However, what really surprised me was that several current or former UK employees told me they were not surprised at what happened to the Longs because it has happened to a lot of fans, including those who work at UK.

UK-Bahamas Photo Gallery (Chet White/UK Athletics)

UK-Bahamas postgame notes, numbers

Nitrease Quickley, front center wearing a UK hat, and family members turned out Wednesday night to watch Immanuel Quickley play. (Tina Cox Photo)

UK MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
KENTUCKY vs. BAHAMAS NATIONAL TEAM
BIG BLUE BAHAMAS | ATLANTIS IMPERIAL ARENA| PARADISE ISLAND, BAHAMAS
AUG. 8, 2018
ATTENDANCE: 1,290
 
FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 85, Bahamas National Team 61
This was Kentucky’s first exhibition game of the Big Blue Bahamas foreign exhibition tour. UK will play three additional games during the tour.
The Wildcats return to the Atlantis Imperial Arena court on Thursday vs. San Lorenzo de Almagro (Argentina). That game will tip at 7 p.m. on the SEC Network.
UK improved to 131-12 all-time in exhibition games and 6-1 in the Bahamas. The Wildcats went 5-1 in their previous trip to the Bahamas in 2014.
Kentucky has won its last 10 exhibition games dating back to Nov. 2, 2014, vs. Pikeville.