Kentucky-LSU postgame notes and numbers

John Calipari hugs Alex Poythress. (Vicky Graff Photo)

John Calipari hugs Alex Poythress. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Kentucky Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
LSU at Kentucky
Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky.
March 5, 2016
Attendance: 24,414

Final Score: Kentucky 94, LSU 77

Team Records and Series Notes
• Kentucky finished the regular season 23-8.
• The Wildcats went 13-5 in Southeastern Conference action and won their 47th regular-season SEC championship, tying Texas A&M for league honors.
• LSU is 18-13 overall, 11-7 in SEC play.
• Kentucky leads the all-time series 87-26. The split the series in 2016.
• Next for the Wildcats: UK plays in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament in Nashville on Friday, March 11 at 7 p.m. EST (6 p.m. CST in Nashville). As the No. 2 seed, UK plays the winner of No. 7 vs. No. 10.

Kentucky-Florida SEC Tournament notes and numbers

Kentucky Women’s Basketball Postgame Notes

FINAL:  #13/13 Kentucky 92, #25/24 Florida 69

Veterans Memorial Arena – Jacksonville, Fla.

March 4, 2016

Team Records and Series Notes

–    Kentucky extended its winning streak to eight games with a 92-69 win over No. 25/24 Florida in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament. 

–    The Wildcats are now 7-2 on the season against ranked opponent.

Khalid Henderson ready to prove NFL doubters wrong

By LARRY VAUGHT

Khalid Henderson with his family after Friday's Pro Day. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Khalid Henderson with his family after Friday’s Pro Day. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Knowing he “executed” and did the best he could was all that mattered to Kentucky linebacker Khalid Henderson Friday.

He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.78 seconds, did 17 reps on the bench press and had a 30-inch vertical leap in front of scouts from 30 NFL teams, including Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, during UK’s Pro Day.

“I was hoping for a little better 40 time, but as long as I looked smooth is what matters,” he said. “I have worked on being light on my feet for all the drills.”

Derek Willis will play against LSU

By LARRY VAUGHT

He likely will not start, but Kentucky junior forward Derek Willis apparently will play against LSU Saturday.

Willis has been out since spraining his ankle at Texas A&M two weeks ago.

“I don’t think I’ll start him. I might. You know me. I don’t really care. But I doubt if I start him. But it was great yesterday having him out there (in practice),” said Kentucky coach John Calipari Friday.

Marcus Lee named to SEC Community Service Team

Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

Birmingham, Ala. – In a continuing effort to recognize the accomplishments of student-athletes beyond the field of competition, the SEC once again highlighted a Community Service Team for men’s basketball for the 2015-16 season.

This marks the 18th year for the SEC Community Service Team for men’s basketball as well as for women’s basketball. All 21 league-sponsored sports have had a Community Service Team since 2004, with at-large teams for men’s and women’s sports being chosen from 1999-2003. The SEC began this concept with a football Community Service Team in 1994.

North Carolina junior linebacker Chase Monroe likes ‘vibe’ at Kentucky

By LARRY VAUGHT

North Carolina junior linebacker Chase Monroe really had his interest “sparked” when he came to Kentucky for Junior Day earlier this year and it went both ways because the Wildcats offered him a scholarship.

He said defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot reached out to him on Twitter telling him how much he liked the game film he had seen.

“He liked my body control. He liked how I dropped into (pass) coverage and how I moved because getting to the right place is big at the next level.”

Kentucky faces Florida in quarterfinal matchup

JACKSONVILLE – After defeating LSU in the second round Thursday, the No. 13 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team continues play in the 2016 Southeastern Conference Tournament when it faces No. 25/24 and fourth-seeded Florida at approx. 2:30 p.m. ET in the quarterfinals today at Veterans Memorial Arena in downtown Jacksonville, Fla.

All quarterfinal games will be televised live on the SEC Network, while Saturday’s semifinals will be televised on ESPNU and Sunday’s championship game on ESPN. All games can also be seen through WatchESPN on computers, smartphones or tablets. Kentucky’s quarterfinal matchup Friday will be called by Cara Capuano, Gail Goestkors and Steffi Sorensen.

Vitale: LSU has to “pound” UK to get into NCAA

UK's defense was no match for LSU earlier this season. (Vicky Graff Photo)

UK’s defense was no match for LSU earlier this season. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

On his weekly radio show Kentucky coach John Calipari said Saturday’s LSU game in Rupp Arena was the “toughest ticket (to obtain for fans)” during his tenure at Kentucky because of LSU freshman Ben Simmons, the likely No. 1 pick in the June NBA draft.

On Thursday ESPN analyst Dick Vitale all but called the game a must-win for LSU (18-12, 11-6 SEC) if it wants to be in the NCAA Tournament.

Kentucky-LSU SEC tourney postgame notes and numbers

Kentucky Women’s Basketball Postgame Notes

FINAL:  #13/13 Kentucky 79, LSU 71

Veterans Memorial Arena – Jacksonville, Fla.

March 3, 2016

 

Team Records and Series Notes

–    Kentucky extended its winning streak to seven games with a 79-71 win over LSU.

–    The meeting was the 46th all-time, with the win moving Kentucky to 14-32 in the all-time series.  Kentucky has won four of the last six meetings and is 4-8 against LSU in SEC Tournament games and 2-2 under Matthew Mitchell.

–    With the win, UK moves to 22-6 on the season. LSU drops to 10-21 overall.

Former Cats Jacob Tamme and Freddie Maggard will host Pro Day show

Freddie Maggard of  Kentucky Sports Radio will be making a lot of points at UK's Pro Day live stream Friday.

Freddie Maggard of Kentucky Sports Radio will be making a lot of points at UK’s Pro Day live stream Friday.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky will hold its annual NFL Pro Day for draft eligible players on Friday, March 4 in the Nutter Indoor Field House. Pro Day, which attracts scouts and player personnel from nearly every NFL team, will be streamed live on UKathletics.com and SEC Network +. Dick Gabriel, along with former UK quarterback Freddie Maggard and former Wildcat and current Atlanta Falcons tight end Jacob Tamme, will host the show. Pro Day is not open to the public, but will be open to credentialed members of the media.