Ryan Lemond tries to learn to ‘rump jump’ like Firecrackers

Kentucky Sports Radio’s Ryan Lemond was going to “rump jump” as part of the halftime promotion for The Firecrackers halftime show at Rupp Arena Saturday. He even got his pregame instructions and practice from the girls. At the last minute, he had to “back” out because he hurt his back in the final warmup. His old body  just could not keep pace with the Firecrackers. But here is what you missed.

Thompson’s double-double leads UK over LSU

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Senior Janee Thompson recorded her third-career double-double on Sunday afternoon in front of 6,110 fans at Memorial Coliseum, as the No. 18 Kentucky women’s basketball team beat the LSU Tigers 70-58.

With the win, Kentucky ends a three-game skid and improves to 5-6 in the Southeastern Conference, while sporting a 16-6 overall record. The Tigers fall to 8-16 overall on the season, and 2-9 in the SEC. Kentucky has now won the last four meetings between the two sides in Lexington.

Thompson crossed into double-figure scoring for the 16th time this season, ending the day with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

UK vs. Florida Photo Gallery

Photos by Vicky Graff

Mother’s advice paid off for Isaac Humphries and UK

By LARRY VAUGHT

There’s nothing like a mother’s love — or advice.

Kentucky freshman Isaac Humphries of Australia made his biggest contribution for the Cats since early December when he had four points, six rebounds and three blocks in Saturday’s win over Florida.

“I’ve been on a mission all week, really. My mom has been in my head just telling me to go hard, go hard, go hard. And today, I was really determined if I got a chance – and I did – to just really prove myself and I think all in all, I’m happy with how I did and how I took on my own little personal goal for myself,” Humphries said.

Florida coach says Tyler Ulis “blew up” Gators’ offense

By LARRY VAUGHT

From Florida coach Mike White’s perspective, Kentucky’s defense is a lot better than what UK coach John Calipari says it is — or at least it was in Saturday’s 80-61 Kentucky victory.

White said that UK sophomore point guard Tyler Ulis totally disrupted his team’s offense.

“There were three or four plays that we called that were quick hitting or with some movement in the first half that Tyler just blew up with the pressure on the basketball. I thought there were, again, six or eight ball screens that we set for our point guards in the first half that Tyler didn’t even allow us to get to the screen, didn’t even allow us to get that rub which would lead to the next action,” White said.

UK Alum Kendra Harrison Betters World Lead in Germany

KARLSRUHE, Germany – Kentucky track and field alumnus Kendra Harrison became the seventh fastest American indoor hurdler ever en route to winning one of the top indoor track and field meets in the world on Saturday.

In her second indoor meet as a professional, Harrison bettered her world-leading personal best in the heats of the 60-meter hurdles at the IAAF World Indoor Tour Meeting in Karlsruhe.

Her time of 7.82 was .01 seconds better than her season-opener at the McCravy  Memorial, in Lexington, two weeks ago.

It equaled her with Janay DeLoach for seventh place on the U.S. all-time performers’ list.

Kentucky-Florida postgame notes and numbers

Florida at 20/19 Kentucky

Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky., Feb. 6, 2016
 Attendance: 24,406

Final Score: Kentucky 80, Florida 61

Team Records and Series Notes
• Kentucky is now 17-6 on the season, 7-3 in Southeastern Conference action. Florida is 15-8 overall, 6-4 in league play.
• Kentucky leads the all-time series 98-37 and has won four in a row.
• Next for the Wildcats: UK plays host to Georgia on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 9 p.m.

Murray and Ulis make sure lead does not get away from UK this time

By LARRY VAUGHT

This time Kentucky didn’t let the lead get away.

After blowing a 21-point lead and losing at Tennessee Tuesday, Kentucky jumped on Florida here early Saturday with a 22-3 run and never really let the Gators back in the game while winning 80-61.

Jamal Murray and Tyler Ulis nearly outscored the Gators. Murray had a career-high 35 points on 13 of 21 shooting, including 8 of 10 from 3-point range, and six rebounds. Ulis tied Terrence Jones for the most points by a player in the John Calipari era and he’s the first player in the Calipari era to have two 30-point games in his career.

Numbers favor Kentucky by 4 points over Florida

By RICHARD CHEEKS

Alex Poythress (Vicky Graff Photo)

Alex Poythress (Vicky Graff Photo)

The Cats seemed to be disoriented by the Phog in the second half and overtime, but on Tuesday night the Cats completely lost their bearings after 15 minutes in the Smokies. Hopefully the clear, clean air of Rupp Arena will allow this team to reorient itself and find its game. However, to accomplish a recovery, the Cats will have to wrestle with a Gator who left the swamp to engage these Cats.

UK signee Sacha Killeya-Jones in Somerset tonight

By LARRY VAUGHT

Saccha Killeya-Jones, center, will be playing in Somerset tonight.

Sacha Killeya-Jones, center, will be playing in Somerset tonight.

Kentucky signee Sacha Killeya-Jones, ranked as the nation’s No. 14 senior by 247Sports, is playing at Pulaski County High School in Somerset today at 6  against Josh Jackson, one of the nation’s top ranked unsigned seniors.

His coach at Virginia Episcopal is Curtis Staples, a former standout at Virginia.

“He’ll remind a lot of fans of Anthony Davis. He plays comparably. He can play the two through the five, can face the basket, really shoot it, is a really good athlete to be 6-10. He’s a gym rat, so the kid is improving at a really high pace,” Staples said.