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Calipari believes Cats are now empowered

By LARRY VAUGHT

Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

Finally John Calipari thinks his team is empowered and playing the way he wants — or close to it.

“The best part of last game (at South Carolina) is I could step away — didn’t do it on purpose — but I could step away and see that this team was empowered. That they were running and doing the things that we had taught and they didn’t need me there,” Calipari said referring to his ejection less than three minutes into the game.

Kentucky-Tennessee postgame notes and numbers

Kentucky Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
Tennessee at No. 14 Kentucky
Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky.
Feb. 18, 2016
Attendance: 24,274

Final Score: Kentucky 80, Tennessee 70

Team Records and Series Notes
• Kentucky is now 20-6 on the season. The Wildcats are 10-3 in Southeastern Conference action and are in sole possession of first place in the league standings for the first time this season.
• UK’s four-game win streak is the longest since opening the season with seven consecutive wins.
• Tennessee is 12-14 overall, 5-8 in SEC play.
• Kentucky leads the all-time series 152-68.
• Next for the Wildcats: UK plays at Texas A&M on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. EST, televised by ESPN.

Willis and Murray lead Kentucky over Tennessee

By LARRY VAUGHT

LEXINGTON — Derek Willis exploded for 25 points while Jamal Murray had 28 as Kentucky rode their play to an 80-70 win over Tennessee here Thursday night. That moved UK into sole possession of first place in the Southeastern Conference race for the first time this season.

That more than offset a 3-for-15 shooting night by Tyler Ulis, who still had 11 points and nine assists, for the Cats.

Kentucky-Mississippi State women postgame notes and numbers

Kentucky Women’s Basketball Postgame Notes

FINAL:  #16/16 Kentucky 83, #14/13 Mississippi State 60

Humphrey Coliseum – Starkville, Miss.

Feb. 18, 2016

Team Records and Series Notes

–          The win moves Kentucky to 18-6 on the season, including 7-6 in SEC play. Mississippi State is now 21-6, 8-5 in the league.

–          UK has won its last three SEC games, its first three-game winning streak in conference play this season.

–          This was the 43rd all-time meeting between the teams.

o   UK now leads the series 26-17, including 10-8 in Starkville.

Guest post: Kentucky’s value rising fast in a falling market

By RICHARD CHEEKS

Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

It seems that every year the SEC wars prove more difficult for the Cats than many people expect. The 2016 SEC season has been everything that fans have learned to expect. The Cats have posted impressive road wins over Arkansas, Alabama, and last Saturday at Tennessee.

However, the SEC record has been blemished by embarrassing, and inexplicable losses at LSU, Auburn, and Tennessee. The Cats are not finished on the SEC road with difficult trips to Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, and Florida remaining. No one should expect those worthy opponents to play dead for the Cats, but given the Cats’ strong performances this entire season against teams ranked in the top 50, there is no reason to believe that the Cats will not turn in high-level performances in those three games, win or lose.

Guest post: UK fan’s take on watching Louisville play at Duke

Vaught’s note: Is it a dream game or nightmare game for a Kentucky fan to watch Louisville play at Duke. Enjoy Allie Townsend’s take on exactly that from last week’s game in North Carolina where she lives.

By ALLIE TOWNSEND

image1I am a displaced Wildcat. I am a Kentucky girl through and through, but life has brought us to North Carolina, where we have lived for 10 of the past 12 years, not even an hour away from both UNC and Duke. I love college basketball and will watch any game I think will be good.

Ulis playing great but Murray, Briscoe doing their parts, too

By LARRY VAUGHT

Isaiah Briscoe says he's  happy when Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray have success. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Isaiah Briscoe says he’s happy when Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray have success. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Tyler Ulis’ dominating play has garnered national attention, and perhaps even overshadowed teammates.

That led to a couple of interesting questions at Wednesday’s media opportunity.

Coach John Calipari was asked about Jamal Murray taking a “backseat” to  Ulis, who was named national player of the week for his play against Georgia and South Carolina last week.

“It’s not really a backseat. The kid is probably one of the leading scorers in the country. That’s a heck of a backseat. Can I jump in there with you?” Calipari said.

Jacob Tamme will present commemorative Super Bowl football to Boyle County officials Friday night

By LARRY VAUGHT

Jacob and Allison Tamme attended this year's Super Bowl as fans. He has played in two Super Bowls, but hopes play in the Super Bowl again.

Jacob and Allison Tamme attended this year’s Super Bowl as fans. He has played in two Super Bowls, but hopes play in the Super Bowl again.

Jacob Tamme will be at Boyle County High School Friday night to officially present a 50th Super Bowl commemorative Golden Football produced by Wilson to school officials.

The NFL Foundation is presenting footballs to every player or coach who has participated in a Super Bowl. Tamme played in two — one for Indianapolis in 2009 and one for Denver in 2013.

How important is NCAA seeding? Let Calipari explain

By LARRY VAUGHT

Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

Kentucky got the 2014 Final Four when it was a No. 8 seed.

This year’s tournament seems more wide open than ever. I’m not sure I could pick 20 teams and feel confident I would have the NCAA champion on the list.

So how important is seeding this year?

“It’s always important. The history (shows) the higher seeds win more than the lower seeds. It’s just how it is. And very rarely, every 10 years, you’ll have a No. 10 seed or No. 11 seed pop through – every 10 years. And you can say, ‘Well, is this one of those years?’ We won’t know till the stuff starts, but I will tell you that it’s starting to group,” Calipari said.