Throwing motion top priority for new UK QB coach


Drew Barker (Vicky Graff Photo)

Drew Barker (Vicky Graff Photo)

It’s easy for new Kentucky quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw to tell you what he looks for in his starting quarterback.

“No. 1, he he has to have a motion and can throw the ball accurately,” he said. “Believe me, I’m very picky with that. If you don’t have that motion … everything else I can fix.

“I can fix your feet and make you somewhat fast, I can can get your hips and your shoulder going in the right direction I can fix your eyes and train you how to read defenses. We spend hours in the film room. I can do a lot of things.

Jamal Murray SEC Freshman of the Week

image002Jamal Murray quite simply knows how to put the ball in the basket as indicated by another prolific-scoring performance. Murray averaged a team-high 25.0 points per game in the two dominating victories this week which included 10 made 3-pointers to be named SEC Freshman of the Week.

To begin the week, Murray poured in 24 points against the Bulldogs, a game in which he connected on 6 of 10 from 3-point range. He also contributed a pair of steals in UK’s most dominating defensive performance of the season that saw the Wildcats limit the visitors to a mere 22.0-percent shooting clip for the game.

Tyler Ulis ESPN National Player of the Week

image001Tyler Ulis earned his third SEC Player of the Week honor this week after averaging 20.5 points and 10.0 assists per game last week. Ulis’ ESPN National Player of the Week honor is the team’s first of the season and the first since James Young claimed the honor on Dec. 30, 2013.
With yet another spectacular week – perhaps his finest of the season –Ulis has inserted himself into the national player of the year race. The Chicago native averaged 20.5 points, 10.0 assists and 2.5 steals in leading the Wildcats to a 2-0 week, including a victory over the South Carolina Gamecocks, who were ranked No. 20 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll and in a tie with the Wildcats for first place in the SEC heading into Saturday’s game in Columbia, S.C.

Ulis took advantage of having green light against South Carolina


Tyler Ulis and Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

Tyler Ulis and Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

When Tyler Ulis saw coach John Calipari get ejected at South Carolina, he had no reason to panic. Instead, he wanted to play even better for a coach who was fighting for him.

That also led to him taking charge of the offense with the blessing of assistant coach Kenny Payne.

Happy to have former Wildcat Grayson Smith and Salyersville Independent taking my UK column


Grayson Smith (50) was part of the UK defense in 1998 that faced Georgia along with Jeff Snedegar (17) and John Rader.

Grayson Smith (50) was part of the UK defense in 1998 that faced Georgia along with Jeff Snedegar (17) and John Rader.

Sometimes you just never know when a University of Kentucky connection will pay off again.
When Grayson Smith came to UK from Magoffin County as a football walk-on, I was covering Kentucky sports.

Smith is co-owner of the Salyersville Independent, a weekly paper in Magoffin County, where he’s done everything from write stories to sell ads to help with circulation. Now I am delighted to say his newspaper is the latest to sign on to use my weekly column on University of Kentucky sports.

Holmes, McDaniel to Team Up at Northern Trust on Monday


Sophomore Tyler ‘Chip’ McDaniel will team up with UK Athletics Hall of Famer, J.B. Holmes, in the second-annual Northern Trust Open Collegiate Showcase on Monday, Feb. 15 at The Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. A season ago, this event was the first-of-its-kind in which collegians will play alongside top PGA Tour professionals. McDaniel and Holmes will represent the Wildcats for a second consecutive year.

The professional and two amateurs (not the collegian) will team up in a best-ball competition and compete for the Collegiate Showcase Trophy and a donation of $50,000 to the university’s golf program. Each collegian will play his own ball with the low medalist earning a spot in the Northern Trust Open just three days later.

Kentucky-Vanderbilt postgame notes and numbers

Kentucky Women’s Basketball Postgame Notes

FINAL:  #18/18 Kentucky 71, Vanderbilt 55

Memorial Gymnasium – Nashville, Tenn.

Feb. 14, 2016

Team Records and Series Notes

–          Kentucky and Vanderbilt met for the 51st time in program history on Sunday with the Wildcats securing a 71-55 victory. VU holds the all-time lead in the series, 28-23.

–          The win moves Kentucky to 17-6 on the season, including a 6-6 record in SEC play. Vanderbilt is now 15-10, 4-8 in the league.

–          The win avenges Kentucky’s loss to Vanderbilt earlier in the season.

Guest post: Take time to appreciate Tyler Ulis now


Tyler Ulis (Vicky Graff Photo)

Tyler Ulis (Vicky Graff Photo)

Point guard is a position on a basketball team that runs the floor, sets up plays and gets the ball into his men for a basket. He probably has the most specialized job on the team and the most responsibility.

Who would you turn over complete control to one person for an entire game offensively: UK, Cal, Robic or Payne?

Lee’s play helps UK beat “fightingest team in the conference”


Marcus Lee had a double-double Saturday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Marcus Lee had a double-double Saturday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

For months Kentucky coach John Calipari has been wanting to see more fight out of his team. He got it Saturday — even if he was not on the bench after being ejected early in the win at South Carolina.

“South Carolina is the most physical team in this conference. They are the toughest, fightingest team in this conference. They win games because they absolutely beat you up, physical play, offensive rebound, defensive rebound, attack you constantly,” Kentucky assistant coach Kenny Payne said after the win.

Frank Martin on Cats: “They just kicked our tails.”


Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

South Carolina coach Frank Martin is blunt honest. He doesn’t mince words about his team or opponents.

That didn’t change after Kentucky dismantled his team 89-62 Saturday in Columbia, S.C.

“They came in here to make a point, that they continue to be the best team in this conference,” USC coach Frank Martin said. “They just kicked our tails. That was just a good old-fashioned butt-whoopin.”

They did despite having several players in early foul trouble and coach John Calipari getting ejected less than three minutes into the game.