Kentucky Rolls Past Ole Miss for Fifth Straight Win

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Evelyn Akhator scored 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Kentucky women’s basketball team won its fifth straight game by beating Ole Miss 89-57 on Thursday night at Memorial Coliseum.

Thursday’s effort was the fifth time in the last six games that Akhator has scored at least 20 points. The 28 points is second only to her 29-point effort against Alabama two weeks ago. Akhator has now eclipsed 20 points on eight occasions in her two-year Kentucky career. The double-double was the 25th of Akhator’s career and the 12th for her this season.

Cousins, Wall Selected as NBA All-Star Reserves

John Calipari with John Wall at Big Blue Madness. (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – DeMarcus Cousins and John Wall are headed back to the NBA All-Star Game. The two former Kentucky men’s basketball stars will join the league’s players on Feb. 19 in New Orleans for the league’s annual showcase of talent.

Anthony Davis, who led Kentucky to the 2012 national championship, was already voted in as a starter for the Western Conference. Wall (Washington Wizards) will suit up for the Eastern Conference while Cousins (Sacramento Kings) will join Davis (New Orleans Pelicans) on the Western Conference squad. No other college has more than two representatives.

Mercer County girls proof that team play leads to wins and individual success

Mercer County’s five juniors all have Division I scholarship offers and all should end their careers with over 1,000 points.

By LARRY VAUGHT

The first time Seygan Robbins saw this season’s Mercer County schedule, she admits it was a bit scary.

“We were a little nervous about the schedule at first but now we know we can play with anybody,” she said.

Guard matchups key for UK and Kansas

De’Aaron Fox. (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Whether they want it talked about or not, coaches Bill Self of Kansas and John Calipari of Kentucky know that Saturday’s game offers a matchup of guards that is going to be a major topic of conversation.

Kansas offers veterans Frank Mason and Devonte’ Graham going against Kentucky freshmen Malik Monk and De’Aaron Fox in the 6:15 p.m. game on ESPN Saturday.

Self made sure not to forget Isaiah Briscoe.

Calipari on Twitter: “I like my team.”

John Calipari, Malik Monk (Keith Taylor/Kentucky Forward)

By LARRY VAUGHT

John Calipari is doing his best to make sure panic does not start because of Kentucky’s loss at Tennessee Tuesday night.

“Every team I coach is so different. That game (last year), the way that happened had nothing to do with this. Tennessee led from the start in this game, ‘til the finish. Start to finish, they led. We didn’t turn them over. We had no active hands. We were more concerned about what we were going to do on offense,” Calipari said.

Jessica Hardin making progress, might be able to play Monday against Missouri

Jessica Hardin (UK Athletics Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Matthew Mitchell still is not sure when Jessica Hardin will return to game action but the Kentucky coach says at least she was able to practice Tuesday, something she had not been able to do since suffering a concussion.

“Jess is making progress. Great news for Jess. Yesterday she got back into non-contact in practice and that is huge,” Mitchell said Wednesday going into Thursday night’s game with visiting Mississippi.

Kentucky Breaks From Road Stretch to Host Ole Miss Tonight

Evelyn Akhator (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – After playing three of its last four games away from Memorial Coliseum, the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team looks forward to being back in the historic building with a chance to extend its four-game Southeastern Conference win streak Thursday at 7 p.m. ET against Ole Miss.

The game will be broadcast on the SEC Network+ with Dick Gabriel on play-by-play and Christi Thomas as the analysts. The game can be seen through WatchESPN on computers, smartphones and tablets. Now in his 12th season, Neil Price will have the call on the UK Sports Network. Fans in Lexington can hear Price’s call of the game on WLAP 630 AM.

How Olivia Prewitt went from “Future Mrs. Cousins” to Miss Kentucky Teen USA

Olivia Prewitt

By LARRY VAUGHT

The first time I really met Oliva Prewitt was when she was 12 years old and had somewhat of a dream come true experience with Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins.

Prewitt was a huge Cousins fan and her mother found out that he would be at the John Calipari ProCamp. That was not long after Cousins had been the No. 5 pick in the NBA draft after Olivia finished middle school cheerleading practice her mother, Jamie Prewitt, had promised to take her from Danville to Lexington to see if there was any chance they might see Cousins.

Fans Encouraged to Help Set Crowd Roar Record for UK-Kansas

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Under the spotlight of arguably the best nonconference college basketball game of the 2016-17 season, a representative from the Guinness Book of World Records will be in attendance at Saturday’s Kentucky men’s basketball game vs. Kansas to gauge if the Big Blue Nation can set a new record for loudest indoor crowd cheer.

UK Athletics and UK HealthCare’s Markey Cancer Center are joining forces to encourage fans to #TurnUpRupp and break the indoor crowd roar record, which was set by the Sacramento Kings in November 2013.

Tuesday’s UK-Georgia game will be final telecast for Brent Musburger

Brent Musburger during the 2016 Las Vegas Bowl
(Photo by Gabriel Christus / ESPN Images)

Brent Musburger, one of the most recognizable and accomplished voices in the history of television, has decided to end his legendary play-by-play career at month’s end. Musburger, who has worked in the industry for nearly 50 years as host and play-by-play commentator – including the last 27 with ABC/ESPN – will call two more men’s college basketball games, punctuated by his final telecast, Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN (Georgia at Kentucky from Rupp Arena).