When Calipari says go, Fox takes off

De'Aaron Fox, left, had five steals Friday. (UK Athletics Photo)

De’Aaron Fox, left, had five steals Friday. (UK Athletics Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky fans finally got a chance to see what freshman point guard De’Aaron Fox can do on the basketball court — and he did not disappoint during Friday night’s Blue-White Game.

Fox had 31 points on 11-for-20 shooting from the field and 8-for-10 at the foul line, 12 rebounds, six assists, five steals and two blocked shots. That’s a stat-stuffer whether it is an intrasquad scrimmage or marquee matchup with a ranked opponent.

Blue-White notes and numbers

Malik Monk (Photo by Elliott Hess | UK Athletics)

Malik Monk (Photo by Elliott Hess | UK Athletics)

Blue-White Game

Blue 110, White 94

Oct. 21, 2016

Rupp Arena – Lexington, Ky.

Postgame Notes

Team Notes

  • This is the ninth year the Blue-White Game has been played in Rupp Arena.
  • Tonight’s attendance of 16,089 broke a school attendance record for the Blue-White Game. The previous record was 15,035 to open the 2013-14 season.
  • The teams combined to shoot 52.4 percent from the floor (77 of 147). The Blue Team shot a combined 59.5 percent from the floor, but just 27.3 percent from 3-point range. The White Team shined from long distance, connecting on 42.1 percent of its shots with an 8-of-19 mark.

Cats showcase lot of offense in Blue-White Game

By LARRY VAUGHT

LEXINGTON — There was a lot to like and very little not to like from Kentucky’s Blue-White Game here Friday night.

Coach John Calipari has had a swagger about his freshman-dominated team for months and it was easy to see why after watching this intrasquad battle.

Freshman point guard De’Aaron might be even faster than anticipated and had 31 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. Freshman guard Malik Monk looked like he was ready for the NBA dunk contest and had 26 points, five rebounds and four assists.

Adebayo Named to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award Watch List

Bam Adebayo (McDonald's All-American Photo)

Bam Adebayo (McDonald’s All-American Photo)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Freshman forward Edrice “Bam” Adebayo became the third Kentucky basketball freshman to earn recognition on the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame preseason watch lists for player of the year awards for respective positions. Adebayo was one of 20 players selected to watch for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award, which honors the top center in the nation.

Named after Naismith Hall of Famer and three-time NCAA champion Abdul-Jabbar, the annual honor in its third year recognizes the top centers in men’s college basketball. A national committee comprised of top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 20 candidates.

Joe Craft Football Training Facility to Be Named for Supporter

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The facility housing the day-to-day Kentucky football operation will be named the Joe Craft Football Training Facility in honor of Joe Craft, one of the most passionate, generous and loyal supporters of the University of Kentucky Athletics Department.

“We are so appreciative of Joe Craft’s generosity and thankful for the role he played in making our new football facility a reality,” Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. “Without his support and the support of all our donors, we would not be able to create the opportunities for athletic, academic and personal growth that we do for our students. We look forward to celebrating how much Joe means to our program at a dedication ceremony we will schedule soon.”

Ware and Allen like Batman and Robin

Josh Allen (41). (Alex Otte Photo)

Josh Allen (41). (Alex Otte Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Sophomore linebackers Josh Allen and Denzil Ware have become two of UK’s best playmakers and with backups Di’Niro Laster and Kobie Walker out for the season with injuries they may have to play even more against Mississippi State Saturday night.

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said both have dealt with recent success well and he doesn’t expect that to change.

Linebackers Walker, Laster out for season

Kobie Walker heard from Mark Stoops during UK's opening game. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Kobie Walker heard from Mark Stoops during UK’s opening game. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky’s improving defense will be without two backup linebackers for the rest of the season starting with Saturday night’s game against Mississippi State.

Coach Mark Stoops confirmed Thursday that Di’Niro Laster and Kobie Walker both need season-ending surgery. Laster has a knee injury while Walker has a shoulder issue.

Laster, a transfer from Minnesota, had 14 tackles in five games. He had a quarterback sack. He was also a regular on special teams. Walker has 10 tackles in three games but has missed time with injuries and suspension.

Bam Adebayo took time to shake hands with NBA scouts

By SAMANTHA STALLINGS

Wildcats.

Meet the Wildcats.

They’re the modern age college basketball team

From the city of Lexington.

They’re a page right out (and soon to be making) history.

Kidding aside, one of the “big guys” on this year’s rendition of John Calipari’s “arguably best recruiting class” Kentucky  Basketball team is Edrice “Bam” Adebayo. Bam got his nickname from the Flintstones Bamm-Bamm Rubble, and he used to watch the show with his mom .

Kentucky Earns Preseason No. 4 Ranking in USA Today Coaches Poll

Wenyen Gabriel (Vicky Graff Photo)

Wenyen Gabriel (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – For the eighth consecutive season under head coach John Calipari, the Kentucky men’s basketball program will begin the season ranked among the top 25 teams in the country, as voted on by a collection of the nation’s coaches for the USA Today Coaches Poll.

Kentucky will begin the 2016-17 campaign as the country’s No. 4 rated team. The Wildcats also received two first-place votes. Duke will begin the season at No. 1. Kansas and Villanova are just ahead of the Wildcats, while Oregon rounds out the top five. All top-five ranked teams received at least one first-place vote.

SEC Network returns, Peach Bowl team to be recognized

SEC Network’s traveling football pre-game show, SEC Nation, will take place on the University of Kentucky campus from 10- noon ET prior to the Mississippi State at Kentucky football game this Saturday.

The show is live from a new location this year, William T. Young Library. Host Maria Taylor will be joined by Tim Tebow, Marcus Spears and Paul Finebaum. Reporter Laura Rutledge is live from Alabama and will be providing updates from that campus throughout the show.