Calipari continues “trying different buttons different ways”


John Calipari (Vicky Graff Photo)

John Calipari (Vicky Graff Photo)

After Kentucky blew a 21-point first half lead and lost at Tennessee, Kentucky coach John Calipari said his team and staff had some “soul searching” to do.

Friday he said it was more self-evaluating than soul searching going into Saturday’s game with Florida.

“You’ve gotta look at yourself. I mean, as a coach I’ve gotta look at myself and just say, ‘OK, what are we doing? How are we doing it? Is there a better way of doing it?’ You’ve gotta ask questions and sometimes you’ve gotta ask yourself a different question than you did last week,” Calipari said.

Game times set for Tennessee and Texas A&M

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Two upcoming game Kentucky men’s basketball game times have been set by ESPN. UK’s road game at Texas A&M on Feb. 20 has been set for a 6:30 p.m. tip on ESPN. Also, the Wildcats’ home game vs. Tennessee on Feb. 18 has been confirmed for a 7 p.m. tip on ESPN.

  • Feb. 18 vs. Tennessee – 7 p.m. ET on ESPN
  • Feb. 20 at Texas A&M – 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPN

The UK-Tennessee game will mark the second meeting this season between the two schools. Kentucky dropped the game in Knoxville, Tenn., on Tuesday, just the Wildcats’ second loss to Tennessee in its last 10 games.

Big uglies part of recruiting class that Stoops, Schlarman like


Kentucky offensive line coach John Schlarman was thrilled with the way UK’s overall recruiting, and in-state recruiting, went this year.

“I love this class,” he said Wednesday. “I think we’ve stacked two pretty good classes (together). Time will tell, we’ve got to go out and prove it on Saturday.”

So how did coach Mark Stoops feel?

Question: Is this your best recruiting class at UK?

Shannon Spake’s “favorite moment” came before UK-Tennessee game


Any Kentucky basketball fan has to know who ESPN sideline analyst Shannon Spake is.


Shannon Spake with her son, Brady, before the Kentucky-Tennessee game. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Last March she practically became a part of the UK program she spent so much time following the unbeaten Wildcats. She is a sideline reporter for Saturday primetime college basketball and Super Tuesday SEC basketball games. She is a sideline reporter for Saturday college football games.

She’s also an avid runner and even though she’s on the road most of the week still finds a way to train — and run long-distance events regularly.

UK target DeAndre Ayton playing twice in Somerset


Ayton MVP

DeAndre Ayton, center, was MVP during his team’s game at the McCracken County Mustang Madness last month. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Fans have a chance to watch the nation’s top-ranked junior play in Somerset Saturday and Sunday when 7-footer DeAndre Ayton and his Hlllcrest Academy of Arizona play two other teams loaded with top-rated playes.

Hill Crest will play Victory Prep of Texas and top 10 junior Jarred Vanderbilt Saturday at 9 p.m. at Pulaski County High School. On Sunday at 3 p.m., Ayton will go against Advance Prep International of Texas with standout juniors Billy Preston and Trevon Duvall.

Kentucky-South Carolina postgame notes and numbers

Kentucky Women’s Basketball Postgame Notes

FINAL:  #2/2 South Carolina 78, #18/18 Kentucky 68

Colonial Life Arena – Columbia, S.C.

Feb. 4, 2016

Team Records and Series Notes

–    Kentucky fell to No. 2/2 South Carolina on the road, 78-68.

–    The meeting was the 57th meeting between the two programs, with Kentucky falling to 33-24 in the all-time series.  South Carolina also won the previous matchup on Jan. 14, 73-62.

–    With the loss, UK moves to 15-6 on the season, including 4-6 within Southeastern Conference action.

Wishing nothing but the best for Clay Jackson


Clay Jackson/

Clay Jackson/

It’s just not the same for me not working with Clay Jackson, who is a terrific person and great photographer.

We worked at The Advocate-Messenger together for years and Clay covered not only Kentucky basketball and football for us, but also took pictures at every high school sport we had in five counties. We never had to worry about his quality or quantity whether it was the Final Four or a high school golf match. He always delivered.

Photographer Vicky Graff loves taking UK photos


Vicky Graff doing what she does best -- shooting photos at a UK game. (Donna Gray Photo)

Vicky Graff doing what she does best — shooting photos at a UK game. (Donna Gray Photo)

For those of you who have followed regularly, you know the name Vicky Graff very well. She’s been taking basketball, football and fan photos for my site for years and travels to games across the country taking photos not only for me but for other media outlets as well.

So who is Vicky Graff? I thought it was time to give you a little more information about her.

Stoops credits current players for recruiting success


Coach StoopsIf Kentucky’s football team had the dissension problems last year that many speculated, coach Mark Stoops says there’s no way UK would have put together what most consider a top 30 recruiting class nationally.

What’s even more surprising about that is that UK is coming off consecutive 5-7 seasons.

“It does say a lot about our potential and what we can do. It says a lot about the guys that we have in this program, our players on campus. 

If they were negative or not into it or dissension that some people try to spin or say, believe me, we wouldn’t have this class,” Stoops said Wednesday.

A look at how the Cats gave up their big lead


Jamal Murray (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

Jamal Murray (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

With 5:47 left in the first half, Kentucky led Tennessee 34-13 and looked on its way to an easy win. By halftime, the Cats’ lead was just six points and the Vols had all the momentum going into the second half.

What happened?

Well, the Cats committed seven fouls, including a shooting foul by Alex Poythress, a foul on Marcus Lee on a made layup, a shooting foul by Isaiah Briscoe, a shooting foul by Lee, a shooting foul by Derek Willis and two fouls by Skal Labissiere in the final 39 seconds of the half.