Despite weather issues Kentucky-Vanderbilt game still on for 4 p.m. Saturday

The Firecrackers jump rope team is scheduled to perform at Rupp Arena Saturday but a final decision on their appearance due to travel concerns will be made Saturday morning. (Vicky Graff Poto)

The Firecrackers jump rope team is scheduled to perform at Rupp Arena Saturday but a final decision on their appearance due to travel concerns will be made Saturday morning. (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Despite winter weather conditions in the Lexington area, Saturday’s Kentucky men’s basketball game vs. Vanderbilt in Rupp Arena is still scheduled for a 4 p.m. tipoff. Unless otherwise announced by UK Athletics, the game will be played as scheduled.

Vanderbilt arrived in Lexington, Ky., on Thursday in preparation for a winter storm that has dumped large snowfall accumulations across Central Kentucky. The Wildcats returned from their Thursday night game in Fayetteville, Ark., late Thursday night.

Cats will have to do more than defend 3-point shot to beat Vanderbilt

Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

Kentucky coach John Calipari didn’t let the snow keep him from meeting with media members Friday. Here’s most of what he had to say in relation to Saturday’s game in Rupp

Find out more about the Firecrackers before they get to Rupp Arena Saturday


The Firecrackers return to Rupp Arena Saturday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

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This year I asked some of the Firecrackers two questions just to give fans a chance to know a little more about them. One, what is their favorite thing to do other than jump rope? Two, what is their favorite thing about being a Firecracker?

Enjoy the answers and get ready for a dazzling performance again Saturday unless the snow/weather makes it impossible for them to get to Rupp:

Stallings believes UK searching for right combinations like a lot of other teams are

Vanderbilt is coming off an impressive win over Tennessee going into Saturday afternoon’s game at Kentucky.

Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings said on the SEC coaches teleconference this week that he had not yet watched Kentucky other than when he saw them win at Alabama as he was scouting the Crimson Tide.

“I really don’t even have the right to say this because I have not studied them, but maybe a little bit like a lot of the rest of us in that they’re searching for all of the right guys at the right times to do the right things. Kind of the same thing that we’ve been after, and probably a number of other teams in our league. That would be an impression,” Stallings said three days before UK seemed to find some of that in the win at Arkansas.

Calipari on Skal Labissiere: “He’s not Shaq(uille O’Neal), he’s a jump shooting big man.”

Before this season started, knowing that Skal Labissiere would have 11 points, three rebounds, three blocks and one steal in a game would not have been a big shock. But based on how the 7-foot freshman has been playing the last six weeks, those numbers in Thursday night’s win were a significant improvement and a big reason UK won.

Kentucky-Mississippi game notes and numbers

Kentucky Women’s Basketball Postgame Notes

FINAL:  Ole Miss 73, #9/9 Kentucky 65

The Pavilion at Ole Miss – Oxford, Miss.

Jan. 21, 2016

Team Records and Series Notes

–    UK lost a road matchup to Ole Miss, 73-65, the second road loss to the Rebels in as many years.

–    With the setback, UK moves to 14-3 on the season, and 3-3 in Southeastern Conference play.

–    The meeting was the 38th between the two programs in the all-time series, with the loss moving UK to 16-22 in the all-time series.

Calipari on Willis’ confidence: “I can’t take it away from him.”


Coming off his first double-double at Kentucky, Derek Willis came back Thursday at Arkansas with 12 points, seven rebounds, four blocks and one steal in 35 minutes. He was 5-for-8 from the field in UK’s 80-66 win.

Willis did his best to stay humble and credited others for his play.

Kentucky-Arkansas postgame notes and numbers

Kentucky Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
No. 23/19 Kentucky at Arkansas
Bud Walton Arena, Fayetteville, Ark.
Jan. 21, 2016
Attendance: 18,588

Final Score: Kentucky 80, Arkansas 66

Team Records and Series Notes
• Kentucky is now 14-4 on the season and 4-2 in Southeastern Conference action. Arkansas falls to 9-9 (3-3 SEC).
• Kentucky leads the all-time series 28-11.
• UK has won three in a row.
• The win was UK’s first in Fayetteville in the John Calipari era.
• Next for the Wildcats: UK welcomes Vanderbilt to Rupp Arena on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Derek Willis, Skal Labissiere help give Calipari first win at Arkansas


Kentucky made a change before the game at Arkansas. Coach Calipari inserted Derek Willis into the starting line-up instead of Marcus Lee. It immediately paid off. Before the first media timeout, Willis had a nice shot in the lane but he also added a rebound and a blocked shot.

Alex Poythress played a little better than Willis. He pulled down a couple of offensive rebounds and got put backs. By the time they got to the first under four minute timeout, he had 6 points, 4 rebounds and a blocked shot. The Wildcats jumped out to a 17-7 lead.

Numbers suggest 21-10 might be most likely finish for UK this year


Prior to Saturday, there had been 2,717 D1 college basketball games this season.  The theoretical number of upsets, given the assortment of predicted margins and win probabilities provided by Ken Pomeroy was 655 and the actual number of upsets had been 630 over the course of 63 days of basketball action.

Since Saturday, on Monday and Sunday, there have been 44 games with a theoretical number of upsets equal to 12 and an actual number of upsets equal to 13.