Rick Barnes on Ulis: “He is fearless”

By LARRY VAUGHT

Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

Maybe ESPN analyst Dan Dakich is not a Tyler Ulis fan, but Tennessee coach Rick Barnes — like other SEC coaches — certainly is.

“He is quick. I love what he does on the defensive end, too. He is a competitor. When you are five-foot-nine and getting done what he is getting done, I think you have to put big-time competitor in front of that. He is fearless,” Barnes said.

Kentucky could see triangle and two defense again from Vols

By LARRY VAUGHT

Jamal Murray will get the same defensive attention at Tennessee that he did at Kansas. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Jamal Murray will get the same defensive attention at Tennessee that he did at Kansas. (Vicky Graff Photo)

One thing has jumped out to Tennessee coach Rick Barnes as he has watched Kentucky play recently.

“I think chemistry has been good. I think that’s the one thing, the fact that they’ve got terrific guard play. I still think they’re looking to establish an inside presence, too. It looks like they’re wanting Alex Poythress to be that guy that they can get to. (They have) excellent guard play,” Barnes said Monday on the SEC coaches teleconference.

Calipari says Tennessee coach Rick Barnes “one of the best”

By LARRY VAUGHT

John Calipari considers Rick Barnes one of the nation's best coaches. (Vicky Graff Photo)

John Calipari considers Rick Barnes one of the nation’s best coaches. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Think John Calipari likes Tennessee coach Rick Barnes? If you ever wondered, Calipari made it clear today on the SEC coaches teleconference how much he thinks of Barnes going into Tuesday night’s game in Knoxville.

“The games I’ve watched of Tennessee, Rick’s  doing a terrific job of playing his team the way they got to play to have success. They beat South Carolina pretty handily. They went to Alabama and had them down by as many as 15, 16 (points) and lost at the end of the game. Guard play is solid. They fight like heck. They’re rebounding and they’re really good,” he said.

Kash Daniel: “It’s a hometown pride thing for me”

Kash Daniel talked to WLEX-TV's Dorian Craft and Lexington Herald's Jen Smith about his pride for Kentucky football. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Kash Daniel talked to WLEX-TV’s Dorian Craft and Lexington Herald’s Jen Smith about his pride for Kentucky football. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

With national signing day on Wednesday, Kentucky does not have a better football ambassador than early enrollee Kash Daniel of Paintsville.

So why was Kentucky the right fit for the four-star linebacker?

“It’s home. Home is everything to me, and it felt like a family atmosphere right when I walked in the door. And I didn’t feel that at other places,” Daniel said. “When I walked through these doors, I had every coach come up to me and ask how I was doing, if my family was OK, how’s everything back at school.

Tyler Ulis one of 10 finalists for Bob Cousy Point Guard of Year

Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Sophomore point guard Tyler Ulis has been named one of 10 finalists for the 2016 Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Named after Hall of Fame guard Bob Cousy, the annual honor recognizes the top point guard in Division I men’s basketball.

A national committee comprised of top college basketball personnel determined the initial watch list of 20 candidates in October.

The final five finalists will be presented to Cousy and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee in March, and the winner will be presented at the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show in Los Angeles on April 8.

Thoroughbred Classic Friday-Sunday features many of nation’s top prep players

THOROUGHBRED CLASSIC
Paul Laurence Dunbar High School
Pulaski County High School

By JESSIE BREWER

Billy Preston of Advanced Prep International, one of the nation's top juniors, will be in Kentucky playing again this weekend. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Billy Preston of Advanced Prep International, one of the nation’s top juniors, will be in Kentucky playing again this weekend. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Feb. 5 @Paul Laurence Dunbar

7:00pm Prolific Prep (CA) v Advanced Prep International (TX)

PP – Prolific Prep looks to 6’8’’ senior Josh Jackson (No. 1 by Rivals), who is down to his final five schools (Kansas, Arizona, UNLV, UCLA, and Michigan State), to lead their squad.

Seniors Vance Jackson (No. 72 by Rivals, UConn signee) and Devon Daniels (Utah signee) are key pieces in the Crew’s offense.

KSR’s Ryan “Chet” Lemond has always been a prankster

By LARRY VAUGHT

Ryan Lemond had fun with Freddie Maggard Friday night. However, he's had that playful side for many, many years. (Gary Moyers Photo)

Ryan Lemond had fun with Freddie Maggard Friday night. However, he’s had that playful side for many, many years. (Gary Moyers Photo)

Kentucky Sports Radio’s Ryan Lemond was at his best as master of ceremonies at my career change celebration Friday at Mallard’s in Danville. He got in a few playful jabs at me, and that was fine. But I asked one of his college buddies, Tim Rogers, to maybe share a story Ryan would probably not want us all to know.

So thanks Tim for some nice insights on young Ryan Lemond.

Turnovers doom Kentucky women in loss at Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Kentucky women’s basketball team suffered its second straight loss in Southeastern Conference play on Sunday afternoon, dropping an 85-79 decision to the(RV) Florida Gators at the O’Connell Center.

Kentucky had the ball down three with 6.3 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter after being down as many as 12 points, but UK would turn it over off the inbounds play, and the Gators went the other way for an and-one that put UK down two scores with under five seconds to go.

Tribute video with Vitale, Cutler, Brown, Maria Montgomery, Montgomery Gentry brought me to tears several times

 

Let me tell you I was stunned when Tina Cox put on a video at my “retirement” party Friday and the first person on the screen was Dick Vitale with a moving tribute that touched me deeply. I thought, “How could this get any better?” But it did.

Former Miss Kentucky USA Maria Montgomery Record had me near tears with her words. She continues to be an inspiration for everyone here.

Troy coach Neal Brown was someone I watched in middle school, high school and college as a player and now follow as a coach. There’s no one I respect or trust more than  Neal. I did cry a bit as he talked.

Coach Calipari postgame press conference