UK basketball posters ready for distribution

2016-17-mbb-poster_fox_monkLEXINGTON, Ky. – Posters for the 2016-17 Kentucky men’s and women’s basketball teams were unveiled on Monday. They will be distributed at Big Blue Madness presented by Papa John’s on Friday and beginning on Saturday morning at Kroger locations throughout the state.

There are four versions of this year’s men’s basketball poster made through a poster maker for marketing purposes . Each poster is double-sided, with faces of two members of the team on each side and UK’s season schedule between them over a black background. One poster features John Calipari and legendary head coach Adolph Rupp together opposite Dominique Hawkins and Derek Willis. Images of each of the four posters can be found attached.

Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt Photo Gallery

Photos by Wade Upchurch and Keith Taylor

Toth Named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week

Jon Toth/  Photo by Britney McIntosh | UK Athletics

Jon Toth/
Photo by Britney McIntosh | UK Athletics

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky senior center Jon Toth has been named Offensive Lineman of the Week for his performance in Saturday’s 20-13 victory over Vanderbilt in Commonwealth Stadium, the Southeastern Conference announced on Monday.

Toth helped Kentucky pile up 258 rushing yards, the most in an SEC victory since 2010, and handled the line calls for an offense that did not allow a sack and averaged 5.0 yards per rushing attempt. Four different Wildcats – running backs Benny Snell Jr., Jojo Kemp and Boom Williams and quarterback Stephen Johnson – all rushed for at least 54 yards, the first time that has happened since 2012. Toth played every snap at center, leading the O-Line effort with nine knockdown blocks and 23 blocks at the point of attack.

Snell’s presence rubs off on other Cats

Benny Snell (Keith Taylor Photo)

Benny Snell (Keith Taylor Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Not only has freshman running back Benny Snell brought a physical presence to the Kentucky offense, but he’s also rubbed off on other players on the team.

“He changes a lot of things. When you recruit, he’s what we thought he was going to be, but it just is a little faster than maybe you anticipated,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said. “But that hard nosed, great balance, tough runner, tough mindset, tough attitude, no BS about him.

Kentucky’s speed obvious in televised practice

De'Aaron Fox at Nike Hoop Summit practice. (USA Basketball Photo)

De’Aaron Fox at Nike Hoop Summit practice. (USA Basketball Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky had a televised infomercial on ESPNU Sunday night with as part of coach John Calipari’s showcase for NBA scouts to watch his talented team.

Metz Camfield of www.coachcal.com was on hand as always and posted his 10 biggest takeaways from the two-hour practice session.

Here are three of his observations that I liked best.

UK vs Vandy Photo Gallery

Photos by Vicky Graff

Stoops confident Johnson will improve

Stephen Johnson (Vicky Graff Photo)

Stephen Johnson (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

For Kentucky to get to six wins, quarterback Stephen Johnson has to become more accurate with his passing after completing just 10 of 24 passes against Vanderbilt and was lucky to just have one pass intercepted.

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said after Saturday’s win that there was no immediate move expected to rush Drew Barker, who left with a back injury after the first drive in UK’s third game.

Denzil Ware: “I just feel like everybody had lost faith in us.”

Here’s some of what Denzil Ware had to say after Kentucky’s win over Vanderbilt.
On Vanderbilt’s last drive down the field and what he was thinking…
“These boys can’t score, these boys can’t score, these boys can’t score. I’m trying to go home and have fun. You know tonight is homecoming and I just wanted to remember this night with a big victory.”

More toughness key to UK win over Vandy

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky managed to beat Vanderbilt 20-13 Saturday mainly because it was able to run for over 250 yards against a defense that could not consistently stop any of UK’s running backs.

“I thought we didn’t control the line of scrimmage when we needed to. I thought Kentucky did a great job all day of running the football,” Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason said. “Late in the ballgame, when we needed to get them off the field, we didn’t.

Mark Stoops: “It’s very hard to get something turned when it’s toxic and negative.”

By LARRY VAUGHT

When Kentucky struggled to beat New Mexico State after having already lost to Southern Mississippi and being thrashed by Florida, the Big Blue Nation was not happy.

Rumors about coach Mark Stoops’ program were rampant. Fans were unhappy with the coach and the team’s effort.

But now UK is 3-3 after a 20-13 win over Vanderbilt Saturday. Could it be that the Cats took on an attitude “of us against the world” to rally?