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#10 Drew Franklin

It’s hard not to.

#9 Curtis Burch

We all are, honestly.

#8 John Robic’s Hair

The Hair is in the building, folks!

#7 Teej


#6 Tom Hart

Don’t get your hopes up. We will never be satisfied.

#5 Jay Bilas

*eye roll emoji*

#4 Derik Hunt

Some people would pay high dollar for that spot.

#3 Drew Franklin


#2 Justin Brown

Welcome to the family!

#1 Josh Harrellson

You aren’t alone, Josh.

Kentucky softball coach Rachel Lawson records 400th win

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Congratulations are in order for Kentucky softball coach Rachel Lawson, as she’s now the first coach in program history to record 400 career wins as Kentucky’s head coach.

The achievement came Friday when the No. 21 Cats run-ruled two different teams during ESPN’s St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational. UK defeated Hofstra 8-0 and Utah 13-2.

Kentucky will be back in action Saturday afternoon, when they’ll face No. 11 Texas. The game is set to start at 10 a.m. and can be seen on the SEC Network. The fun continues throughout the afternoon, when UK will play No. 19 Oregon at 4 p.m. on ESPNU.

For the first time this year, the Wildcats have hit .500 – Saturday’s wins pushed the Cats to a 4-4 record on the season.


Campbellsville native J.B. Holmes sinks hole-in-one in PGA Tournament

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Kentucky’s own J.B. Holmes is making headlines after an impressive hole-in-one at today’s PGA event, the Genesis Open at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. The shot pushed him to the front of the pack, where he would be tied at the No. 1 slot alongside Jordan Spieth.

In addition to his ace, Holmes had seven birdies and just one bogey in his eight-under par 63. He also hit 11 of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens in regulation; he had no misses on putts within 10 feet. Holmes finished round one with a one-stroke lead over Spieth. But of course, the hole-in-one was the highlight of the day.

“It was awesome to see that,” Holmes said after the round. “I wanted to get it past the hole because I knew how much they were coming back. Hit it exactly how I wanted it and it went in.”

Now, it’s time to celebrate accordingly (or maybe get paid for some extra advertising).

Rain delays on Thursday forced a small tweak in the Saturday schedule, but Holmes and the rest of the contenders will be back in action Saturday morning.

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Get your calendars ready! A timeline of Saturday’s activities:

via UK Athletics

Saturday’s agenda is packed for the biggest SEC matchup of the season: No. 1 Tennessee at No. 5 Kentucky. The two teams are set to tip-off at 8 p.m., but there’s plenty of action before then. Here’s how you can pass the time:

9:30 a.m. – Memorial Coliseum doors open for College GameDay. Admission is free! Here’s parking info from our friends at UK Athletics:

11:00 a.m. – College GameDay officially begins at Memorial Coliseum and lasts until noon.

11:00 a.m – KSBar & Grille opens their doors. There will be plenty of food and drink specials (and a surprise or two) before the game.

2:00 p.m. – Kentucky student lineup begins for game seating outside of Rupp Arena.

5:30 p.m. – Kentucky Sports Radio pregame radio show begins.

6:30 p.m. –  Rupp Arena doors open to the public.

8:00 p.m. – Tip-off.

KSBar & Grille will also remain open after the game… And yes, it will be more fun if the Cats win.

And here’s how you can watch and/or listen to all of the action:

TV: ESPN. The game will be commentated by Jay Bilas, Dan Shulman and Maria Taylor.

Radio: Tom Leach and Mike Pratt will have the UK radio network call on 630 AM and 98.1 FM in Lexington. You can also stream it online at

Fox, Knox and Gilgeous-Alexander set for Friday night’s NBA Rising-Star Game

Fox, Knox and Gilgeous-Alexander set for Friday night’s NBA Rising-Star Game

The NBA Rising-Star game is almost upon us, and three former Wildcats will be on the game roster. De’Aaron Fox, Kevin Knox and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will all suit up for the NBA’s up-and-comer competition. The Rising-Star game features players in their first and second years in the league. All the action is going down at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, but you can watch it all from the comfort of your home on TNT. The game is set to tip at 9 p.m.

In addition to the former Cats, players including Ben Simmons, Jayson Tatum and Trae Young will all participate. Knox got the call when Lonzo Ball pulled out of the game due to an ankle injury (or, he still doesn’t want to play next to Fox. Whatever you choose to believe).

Friday night’s game is just the beginning of a basketball-filled weekend. Of course, Kentucky vs. Tennessee takes place Saturday night, but so will the NBA Skills Challenge, 3-point contest and the Slam Dunk contest. The NBA All-Star game will be Sunday night at 8:00 p.m. In total, there will be an astonishing seven Wildcats participating in the weekend.

The Skills Challenge (Saturday, 2/16): De’Aaron Fox

The 3-point Contest (Saturday, 2/16): Devin Booker

The Slam Dunk Contest (Saturday, 2/16): Hamidou Diallo

The All-Stars Game (Sunday, 2/17): Anthony Davis and Karl-Anthony Towns.

How awesome would it be to see a Kentucky sweep? Gilgeous-Alexander may have picked against Booker in the 3-point competition, but he’s going with Hami for the dunk contest:

Remember, tonight’s action starts at 9 on TNT.

V-Day Whoops: Man gives wife turnips instead of tulips

V-Day Whoops: Man gives wife turnips instead of tulips

A Western Kentucky man misheard his wife when she asked for tulips for Valentine’s Day. Allan Harris instead thought his wife, Nina, said “turnips,” so he got her just that: a dozen turnips in a bucket that says “I love you.”

Once he realized his mistake, Allan went back and got the tulips. It made for a funny Valentine’s Day and a lesson in listening for the Hartford couple, and earned them a spot on WEHT news:

Four Home-Runs give Kentucky an Opening Day Victory over Austin Peay

The Bat Cats start their season 1-0 as they defeat Austin Peay 8-4 on a rainy day in Clarksville, Tennessee.

Home-Runs seemed to be a common theme today for Kentucky as the Cats hit four home runs in their season opener, the biggest one coming from TJ Collett in the eighth inning. In the bottom of the seventh Kentucky had just given up their two-run lead on a two-RBI triple from Austin Peay’s Garrett Spain. Needing to rally quickly, the first four hitters in the eighth inning scored, three of them off the three-run home-run from Collett as the Cats regained the lead 6-4. In the ninth, UK would put two more on the board after a home-run from Breydon Daniel, and an RBI single from Tates Creek product Jaren Shelby.

It was a big day for fresh faces in UK’s lineup today, as three JUCO transfers playing in their first D1 game today hit home-runs. The first one came off the bat of Dalton Reed, who led all of junior college in home-runs as he wasted no time getting his first career home run at this level, sending the first pitch he saw over the center field wall. Reed also had two more hits on the day, keeping him one triple short of the cycle. A big day for Dalton Reed and it’s clear he will be a big bat in Kentucky’s lineup going forward. His teammate from Seminole State Junior College, Breydon Daniel got his in the top of the ninth and Tates Creek Alum, and State College Florida transfer Jaren Shelby hit his home-run in the top of the sixth to give UK a 2-0 lead at the time.

Zack Thompson had a solid opening day outing on the hill. He only went four short innings, which is understandable so early in the season, but those four innings were stellar. Nine of Thompson’s 12 outs were strikeouts through 16 batters faced, and he only gave up one hit in his outing as well. Dillon Harper, however, had a rough go of things as he just went two and a third, while giving up four runs in the sixth and seventh, but after Cole Daniels got Kentucky out of their jam with four pitches, Carson Coleman came in and shut the door to seal the Cats opening day victory. Carson Coleman also got credited with the win in relief.

Kentucky will play game two of the weekend series tomorrow at 2 PM. You can catch the game on 98.5 FM Lexington as a nice appetizer before Kentucky basketball takes on Tennesee tomorrow night in Rupp Arena.

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Kentucky opens as the favorite over Tennessee

The line is out for tomorrow’s game and Kentucky opened as a three-point favorite over the No. 1 team in college basketball. The total on the game is 146.5.

Kentucky’s seven-game streak of covering the spread was snapped in Starkville last Saturday with a push, then came an overall loss as a nine-point favorite in Tuesday night’s game against LSU. Will the Cats get back to their covering ways tomorrow night? If they do, we’re in for a fun evening.

Good luck to everyone.

Calipari Believes UK Needed to “Get Rocked” by LSU

Immediately after Tuesday’s home loss to LSU, John Calipari was disappointed in the outcome.  Two hours later he sent his players a different message.

It’s tough losing, but we needed this,” he told his team in a text message.

“People were moving in the wrong direction and not listening to what we were saying.  I said it’s not only our team.  We went from the best defensive team in the country to giving up layups.  How does this happen?  To giving up baskets, to not rebounding — We’re playing a half, and in the second half not playing.  How does that happen?

“Most of it’s mental and most of it becomes what I talked about eight, nine days ago: there becomes an arrogance when you’re winning.  We kind of got away from what makes us good, including individual players.  Hopefully that’s a great lesson going into this game.  I hate losing, but if you need to get rocked, then so be it.”

Kentucky looked like one of the most dominant teams in the country in the first half at Mississippi State and in the second half at Florida.  Even though they were far from perfect for significant portions of those games, Kentucky was still good enough to win.  That didn’t cut it against a good LSU team.

“I saw it coming,” Calipari said at Friday’s press conference.  “I think you almost have to get knocked in the mouth and take a loss.”

After taking an eight-point lead into the halftime locker room, LSU knocked Kentucky in the mouth to start the second half.  Despite that setback, he believes his team can turn it around after fighting for a win in the final minutes.

“There is a lot of growth left in us and a lot of it’s a confidence that if you’re going to be one of the last teams standing, you have a confidence. I loved how we finished the game against LSU. We finished with confidence.  You can’t only be confident when you’re desperate.  You gotta play that way and young teams, it takes time.”

To beat the No. 1 team in America, Calipari’s players must respond to LSU’s punch with urgency and confidence for 40 minutes.

LIVE: John Calipari previews Tennessee

John Calipari is about to meet with reporters to preview tomorrow’s big game vs. Tennessee. Watch live courtesy of KyWildcatsTV, or check the site shortly after for a full recap: