Calipari wants Matthews back to being “energy guy”

Charles Matthews (Vicky Graff Photo)

Charles Matthews (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

The day before Kentucky lost at Vanderbilt, UK coach John Calipari was optimistic that freshman Charles Matthews might provide a needed boost for the Wildcats.

“He’s getting back to being the energy guy. He got away from that, like started judging his energy based on shooting and scoring,” Calipari said Friday. “Well, you’re not going to have a whole lot of energy then.

Second fall slows healing process for Bobby Flynn

By LARRY VAUGHT

It has been almost two months now since Bobby Flynn had an accident at his home in Lexington that forced him to miss his part-time job — being in charge of press row at Rupp Arena.

Of course, the personable Flynn has the same duty at Commonwealth Stadium and any regular UK media member knows they will see Flynn before every game checking to see if they are at the game.

He had to be taken to the UK hospital after the fall that left him with broken ribs, broken clavicle, internal bleeding, and other injuries.

Kentucky women No. 5 seed in SEC Tournament

Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

LEXINGT­­­ON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky women’s basketball team will be the No. 5 seed in the 2016 Southeastern Conference Tournament and play on Thursday at approx. 2:30 p.m. ET against the winner of 12th-seeded Alabama and 13th-seeded LSU.

With its win at 11th-ranked Texas A&M on Sunday, Kentucky tied for the No. 4 seed in the tournament with Florida, who won the head-to-head tiebreaker having defeated the Wildcats, 85-79, in Gainesville in late January. Kentucky faced both Alabama and LSU earlier this season in Memorial Coliseum, taking down Alabama, 73-48, and LSU, 70-58.

Kentucky-Texas A&M postgame notes and numbers

Kentucky Women’s Basketball Postgame Notes

FINAL:  #15/14 Kentucky 71, #11/11 Texas A&M 58

Reed Arena – College Station, Texas

Feb. 28, 2016

Team Records and Series Notes

–    Kentucky extended its winning streak to six games with a 71-58 upset of No. 11/11 Texas A&M. The Wildcats have won six straight league games by double figures for the first time in program history.

–    The meeting was the seventh all-time between two programs, with Kentucky advancing to 4-2 in the all-time series.  The game is Texas A&M’s third loss at home, and second in SEC play.

Dustin Beggs named Most Outstanding Pitcher

SAN DIEGO — After firing eight-shutout, two-hit innings, Kentucky senior right-hander Dustin Beggs has been named Tony Gwynn Classic Most Outstanding Pitcher, it was announced on Sunday afternoon.

A native of Roswell, Ga., Beggs turned in a strong performance, striking out 10 in his eight shutout innings, surrendering just two singles and a walk. He fired first-pitch strikes in 19 of the 28 hitters he faced, squaring off with just three over the minimum. 

Marcus Lee: “We (Alex Poythress and him) weren’t there today.”

Alex Poythress (Vicky Graff Photo)

Alex Poythress (Vicky Graff Photo)

Here’s what junior Marcus Lee had to say after Kentucky lost to Vanderbilt Saturday.

On what Coach John Calipari was most frustrated with after the game …
“Bigs not contributing. That’s something where we can’t be in and out of games like that. We can’t have foul trouble, we can’t totally zone out the first half, and that’s something we did today. For us to be successful, we have to be on point big-wise the whole game.”

Vanderbilt players felt they wore down Kentucky

By LARRY VAUGHT

Matthew Fisher-Davis, who had 20 points for Vanderbilt in Saturday’s 74-62 win over Kentucky, said the Commodores had to outfight UK to win.

“We knew coming in that to beat Kentucky you have to beat their mentality. We had the pieces coming in, we could beat anyone in the country if we feel like it, we just played hard and came out with the victory,” said Fisher-Davis.

Jeff Roberson had 16 points and eight rebounds for Vandy and he thought his team wore down Kentucky.

Stallings understood why Calipari sent players off court early

Marcus Lee (Vicky Graff Photo)

Marcus Lee (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

For the second time this season, Kentucky coach John Calipari sent players off the court before the game ended because he anticipated home fans rushing the court.

Vanderbilt fans did just that, too, Saturday after the Commodores rallied to beat UK 74-62 and drop Kentucky into a first-place tie with Texas A&M in the Southeastern Conference title race.

With less than 40 seconds to go, Calipari sent players not in the game off the court just as he had done at Auburn earlier. He said he’ll do the same thing Tuesday at Florida if the Gators win.

UK at Vandy Photo Gallery

Photos by Vicky Graff

Saturday’s loss makes Calipari wonder if some players can ring NCAA bell

Marcus Lee was UK's only big that made a significant contribution in Saturday's loss. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Marcus Lee was UK’s only big that made a significant contribution in Saturday’s loss. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

With just one week left in the regular season, John Calipari still has a big concern that he has had since day one with his team.

When play gets rough, the Cats back down.

That’s what happened at Vanderbilt Saturday when Kentucky lost 74-62 despite getting 33 points from Jamal Murray.

Kentucky’s bigs other than Marcus Lee were non-existent. Lee had nine points, six rebounds and three blocked shots but Isaac Humphries and Skal Labissiere did not score and had only two rebounds in 22 minutes.