Calipari to Adebayo: “Just don’t foul him.”

Bam Adebayo (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky freshman Bam Adebayo fouled out against North Carolina Saturday and also got in early foul trouble. He had 13 points and seven rebounds but played only 19 minutes.

Kentucky coach John Calipari will need him to play more against Louisville Wednesday to help offset the Cardinals’ interior size and physical play.

“Winning was important, but Bam has to understand you can’t go near people. Like when they’re driving in and they’re going to have a lay-up, then give them the lay-up. I keep telling them, this isn’t football. That is not a touchdown. We may score in four seconds. Give them the lay-up. Your foul kills us. That basket we’ll make up,” Calipari said.

Malik Monk, De’Aaron Fox sweep weekly SEC honors

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Forty-seven points. That was more than enough for Malik Monk to earn Southeastern Conference Player of the Week honors, while De’Aaron Fox hauled in SEC Freshman of the Week accolades after posting his team-leading fourth double-double behind a career-best 24 points and 10 assists in the win over No. 7/6 North Carolina.

The dynamic duo provided the game-winning plays to seal a memorable 103-100 victory over No. 7/6 North Carolina in the CBS Sports Classic on Saturday, and both performances were award-worthy.

ESPN going all out for Kentucky-Louisville coverage

Jay Bilas (Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

Jay Bilas (Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

By LARRY VAUGHT

ESPN is certainly pulling out all the stops with its coverage of No. 6 Kentucky at No. 11 Louisville at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas and Maria Taylor will be on air for the game on ESPN and WatchESPN.
Before that, College GameDay covered by State Farm will air on ESPN and WatchESPN at 6:30 p.m. Analysts Rece Davis, Seth Greenberg and Jay Williams will be on air for halftime, pregame and postgame coverage

Guest post: Is it time to retire the Air Raid siren?

Boom Williams. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Boom Williams. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By KEITH PEEL

If you have ever attended a UK football game in the last four years I am sure you are very familiar with the sound of the “air raid” siren. It is played in celebration after UK scores a touchdown.

For those fans that are old like me you will remember that the “air raid” siren became famous during the Hal Mumme era at UK when he brought his revolutionary “air raid ” offense to UK football. He (and the offense) became instant stars in the Bluegrass. The “air raid” offense was exciting, unpredictable and unconventional just like it’s inventor, Hal Mumme. 

Malik Monk: “My teammates set me up well to get every shot I wanted”

Malik Monk (Photo by Elliott Hess | UK Athletics)

Malik Monk (Photo by Elliott Hess | UK Athletics)

Here is what Kentucky freshman Malik Monk had to say after his 47-point performance in Saturday’s win over North Carolina in Las Vegas.

Q. For those of us who have never known and will never know what it feels like to have a game like that, can you tell us what it feels like when everything’s falling like that?


MALIK MONK: Like a pick-up game, that’s what it felt like to me. My teammates set me up well to get every shot I wanted. I was just able to knock it down. It’s just fun, fun to play like that.

Which team has more riding on UK-Louisville game this year?

Larry Glover says pressure continues to build on Rick Pitino to beat Kentucky. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Who has more riding on Wednesday’s Kentucky-Louisville game in Louisville?

That’s a question I asked several state media members who cover the Kentucky basketball team regularly as the Cats get set for the annual Bluegrass Battle.

Enjoy the answers:

Jeff Drummond, Publisher All-Wildcats.com: “I think it’s got to be Kentucky. The Cats are going to be a solid, if not heavy, favorite in this one. The Cards will be able to play with a nothing-to-lose mindset at home. With a loss to UCLA and some tricky non-conference matchups with North Carolina and Kansas looming, the Cats may feel a bit of pressure in this one with an eye on March seeding.”

Mitchell sees progress on offense and defense

Jessica Hardin (UK Athletics Photo)

Here is what Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell had to say today after his team’s 59-36 victory over Radford in Memorial Coliseum.

Opening statement …

No. 19 Kentucky Shuts Down Radford, 59-36

MacKenzie Cann (Brittney Howard/UK Athletics)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Seniors Evelyn Akhator and Makayla Epps scored 13 points apiece as the Kentucky women’s basketball team topped Radford 59-36 on Sunday afternoon at Memorial Coliseum.

The Wildcats held the Highlanders to a season-low 36 points in the contest. Radford shot just 26.4 percent from the floor in the game, while committing 19 turnovers.

Meanwhile, Kentucky had its own struggles on the offensive end of the floor, scoring a season-low 59 points. The Wildcats hit just 36.9 percent from the field in the game. However, Kentucky committed just 10 turnovers and won the battle of the boards 43-35. The Wildcats had 26 points in the paint, compared to just 16 for Radford.

Mercer Lady Titans’ dream trip to Phoenix for Nike Tournament of Champions turns into nightmare with Frontier Airlines

Mercer Lady Titans with no Frontier Airlines flight out of Cincinnati to Phoenix today.

By LARRY VAUGHT

This was supposed to be a huge week for the Mercer County Lady Titans basketball team. The Titans were invited to play in the prestigious Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix — an invitation only event. It’s considered one of the nation’s premier high school events.

For about a year, the team and parents had been raising money to make the trip. Sunday a group of 60 including players down to the middle school team, coaches and parents arrived in Cincinnati early to board a Frontier Airlines flight to Phoenix.

Calipari has players getting exploited on defense

By LARRY VAUGHT

Several times during the preseason Kentucky coach John Calipari talked about how he thought this could be his best defensive team. He cited the team’s length, speed and athleticism for that belief and his players seemed to agree.

Instead, UK gave up 97 points in a loss to UCLA in Rupp Arena and then allowed 100 points in a win over North Carolina Saturday in Las Vegas.