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Want tickets to the 2016 Women’s NCAA Regional at Rupp?

If you’re a UK Hoops fan, you probably remember that UK was selected as one of four hosts for the 2016 NCAA Regional, which will take place March 25 and 27 at Rupp Arena. That means if Matthew Mitchell’s squad makes the NCAA Tournament (they will) and advances to the regional semifinal (they probably will), they’ll play at Rupp.

Want to be there to support them? Go to Ticketmaster and use the promo code UKWBB. The presale starts now and ends on November 12. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on November 13 at 10:00 AM ET. Tickets range from $34 (youth, senior) to $54 (adult).

Get on it!

UK Volleyball takes down #5 Gators in Gainesville.

(h/t @KentuckyVB)

(h/t @KentuckyVB)

Make it five wins in a row. The UK Volleyball team is on a roll, having just beat the #5 Florida Gators on their home turf, 3-1. According to UK Volleyball’s twitter, it’s the first win over the Gators in Florida since a five-set win in 2009. It’s also the first time since 2009 that Kentucky has beaten a top-five opponent.

With just three upperclassmen this season, and five straight wins, the currently ranked #24 Cats have shown that they have what it takes to overcome adversity and be one of the best in the nation.

Kentucky will now look to their game vs. Mississippi State on Friday in Memorial at 7pm. As of writing this post, Mississippi State leads Ole Miss 1-0 after the first set in Oxford. 

Go Cats.

(UK Athletics)

Full Television Schedule Released for UK Hoops

(Britney Howard/UK Athletics)

(Britney Howard/UK Athletics)

The stage is set. Just a few days ago, UK Athletics released the finalized UK Hoops television schedule for this season. Most of the games will be broadcast on either the SEC Network or SEC Network+, with their match-up vs. Tennessee on ESPN 2 and their game against Texas A&M on one of ESPN’s networks. Here is the full lineup:

(UK Athletics)

(UK Athletics)

While we are on the subject of UK Hoops, I’d like to make a big announcement. My girl Haley Simpson will be joining me on Hoops coverage this year. She’s an awesome writer and an even better person; I’m pumped to have her on board. Go ahead and give her a follow @haleysimpKSR. 

Lower reserved chairback season tickets are already SOLD OUT!!! But, it’s not too late to get in on lower and upper bleacher season tickets for only $65.00. To order, visit It’s going to be an awesome season guys, I can’t wait to get started. Go Cats.

Volleyball enters conference play on three game winning streak

(h/t @KentuckyVB)

(h/t @KentuckyVB)

Wednesday marks the start of SEC volleyball conference action and the Cats will open play on the road. Although the squad is currently sitting in the SEC in a tie for ninth (of 13 schools) with a 7-5 record, Kentucky found its stride and won three straight matches to wrap up conference play.



Catching up

In non-schedule news, Sophomore Kaz Brown earned the title of co-defensive player of the week for the Cats after leading the Cats to back-to-back 3-1 wins last week over Xavier and Louisville. Brown averaged 2.88 kills per set on a .283 hitting clip and had an amazing 2.62 blocks per set. Brown also became the first UK middle to record a double-double in a match since 2007 with an 10-kill, 13-block performance against Louisville.

Kentucky also awarded #TopPlayTuesday to Emily Franklin for her crazy block against Xavier last week.

Kentucky Volleyball's #TopPlayTuesday goes to MB @emilyfranklin2 for the stuff block 💪🏻🙅🏻😼 #BBN #NotToday

A video posted by UK Volleyball (@kentuckyvolleyball) on



What’s next

The Cats will face South Carolina in Columbia Friday at 7 and Florida Sunday at 1 in Gainesville. South Carolina sits with the same 7-5 record as the Cats, while Florida sits with one loss (8-1) after playing a low number of nine non-conference matches. You can catch both matches live on the SEC Network.




Just because

Catch the video Kentucky Wildcats TV put together for the Louisville game:


UK Women’s Soccer Makes History

Britney Howard/UK Athletics

Britney Howard/UK Athletics

After recording two victories over the weekend, the UK Women’s Soccer team made history by climbing to No. 9 in the HeroSports Soccer Poll. It’s the highest the team has ever been ranked, eclipsing the mark of No. 13 back in 2013. In 2013, the Wildcats advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament so this should be a good omen moving forward.

They are one of three SEC teams – Florida at No. 6 and South Carolina at No. 10 – to be ranked in the top 10 this week. The Wildcats moved to 8-1-1 on the year after a 1-0 win over Alabama on Friday and a 4-1 win over Butler on Sunday. As a nice warmup for the football game on Saturday, Kentucky hosts Missouri on Friday at 7:30. If you can, get out there and support the team.

Congrats to the women’s soccer program on the historical mark.

Volleyball Cats take down Louisville 3-1 in huge win

Volleyball Cats take down Louisville 3-1 in huge win

volleyball louisvilleThe University of Kentucky women’s volleyball team defeated Louisville 3-1 Sunday in front of a huge crowd in Memorial. The Cats fell short early, dropping the first set to the Cardinals, but made up for it by winning the next three for the win. Kentucky has now won three straight times over the Cards and five of the last six matches.

Anni Thomasson led the Cats attack with 13 kills and 13 digs on a. 227 hitting percentage. Morgan Bergren added five kills and nine digs on .417 hitting percentage. Bergren also totaled more assists than anyone on the team COMBINED with 38 assists. Ashley Dusek led the team in digs with 17.

With 11 blocks, Kaz Brown broke a Kentucky blocking record for the most blocks in a game in the 25-point rally scoring era.

Louisville drops to 6-4 while the Cats move to 7-5 with its third win in a row. The win is huge for the Cats’ confidence this season and sets a new pace for the Cats as the squad enters SEC play next week.

Sorry, Miss Kentucky. No hard feelings.

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A Look Back At 28 Consecutive Years Of Losing To Florida

Believe it or not, there was a time when Kentucky was able to beat Florida in football. It happened in 1986 and four times in six years from 1974 to 1979. You’ll have to go back to 1956 to find a sixth win, but it’s there, according to Google.

This season, Kentucky is sitting comfortably on a 28-game losing steak to the Gators, the longest of its kind in college football. Many of you weren’t even born when the streak began, while those of you who were have consumed entirely too much bourbon to remember it. To you, veteran UK football fans, the annual Florida game calls for a 1.75 L these days; it’s the only way we get through it anymore.

But this year’s different. We mean it this time. This year Kentucky has a realistic chance to put one in the win column for the first time since the birth of Tim Tebow.

So before we put the losing streak in our rearview tomorrow evening, I would like to revisit those last 28 meetings that haven’t gone in Kentucky’s favor.

Then let’s forget about them forever.


Florida 36, Kentucky 30 (3 OT)

September 13, 2014 | Gainesville, FL

The Gators needed three overtimes on its own field to keep the streak alive last season. It also needed a free play on 4th and 7 when down by a touchdown in the first of those three overtimes.

Still not over it.

Florida 24, Kentucky 7
September 28, 2013 | Lexington, KY

Florida held the Cats to 172 total yards of offense in 2013’s 27th consecutive victory in Commonwealth Stadium. Kentucky’s only points came on a 25-yard scamper by kicker Joe Mansour on a fake field goal.

Florida 38, Kentucky 0
September 22, 2012 | Gainesville, FL

Morgan Newton threw three interceptions in the second quarter as Kentucky fans pleaded with Joker Phillips through their televisions to save Newton the misery and take him out of the game. Jalen Whitlow was finally given control of the offense in the fourth quarter, but the damage was done and the Cats laid an egg in Gainesville, UK’s last trip to the Swamp.

Florida 48, Kentucky 10
September 24, 2011 | Lexington, KY

Florida scored three touchdowns in a 4:31 span of the first quarter to demolish what little hope Kentucky had entering the game. Jeff Demps was unstoppable; he rushed for 157 yards and two scores on 10 touches, followed by 105 yards from Chris Rainey. The Gators totaled over 400 yards on the ground in the game.

Florida 48, Kentucky 14
September 25, 2010 | Gainesville, FL

Freshman Trey Burton scored a school-record six touchdowns in Florida’s rout of Kentucky in 2010. Burton was unstoppable in the redzone, scoring on runs of 11, 10, 9, 3 and 7 yards from the Wildcat formation. He also caught a touchdown and would’ve thrown one had Omarius Hines not tripped over his own feet on a 42-yard completion from Burton.

Florida 41, Kentucky 7
September 26, 2009 | Lexington, KY

Ah, the Taylor Wyndham game. UK’s freshman defensive end knocked Tim Tebow out of the game with a vicious hit from the weak side, but not before Tebow threw a TD and ran for two, moving him to second place on the all-time rushing list in the SEC.

Aaron Hernandez caught a touchdown pass and didn’t murder anyone, as far as we know.

Florida 63, Kentucky 5
October 25, 2008 | Gainesville, FL

63 points, people. Sixty. Three. Points. Florida led 42-3 at the half before switching to cruise control to close out the game. We got to see the rare Will Fidler-to-Aaron Boyd connection on UK’s final drive, which summarizes what kind of day it was in the Swamp.

Florida 45, Kentucky 37
October 20, 2007 | Lexington, KY

ESPN’s College GameDay came to town to see if the Wildcats were for real after defeating No. 1 LSU the week before, four weeks after upsetting No. 9 Louisville. The Cats were ranked eighth in the country (for real) and sitting at 6-1 on the season with No. 14 Florida and sophomore Tim Tebow up next. Unfortunately, 414 yards and five touchdowns from Andre Woodson wasn’t enough to outscore the Gators. The Cats led in total yards and time of possession, and never committed a turnover, but still fell short in the end, 45-37.

Florida 26, Kentucky 7
September 23, 2006 | Gainesville, FL

Andre Woodson and the Kentucky offense crossed the 50-yard line on its first five possessions in 2006, and had only one touchdown and zero field goals to show for it at the half. Still, the Cats managed to hold a lead with two minutes remaining in the second quarter as thoughts of an upset began to dance in our heads. Those thoughts were short-lived, though, as Florida regained the lead before the break and held UK scoreless in the second half.

Florida 49, Kentucky 28
September 24, 2005 | Lexington, KY

Kentucky won the second half of the 2005 meeting, 21-0. The problem was, Florida won the first half, 49-7.

Urban Meyer had to reinsert his starters late in the game after UK backup quarterback Curtis Pulley scored two TDs in the fourth quarter and almost added a third on fourth down from inside the 10 with five minutes remaining.

Curtis Pulley, there’s a name.

Florida 20, Kentucky 3
September 25, 2004 | Gainesville, FL

Ciatrick Fason’s career-high 210 yards rushing and two touchdowns were enough to give the Gators a 20-3 win against Kentucky. 89,741 people showed up to watch the game, despite a hurricane moving in from the coast. Kickoff was moved up seven hours to beat the storm.


Florida 24, Kentucky 21
September 27, 2003 | Lexington, KY

Up 21-3 entering the fourth quarter, freshman Chris Leak, starting in his first career game at quarterback, led a Florida comeback that was assisted by the biggest mistake of Jared Lorenzen’s career. Lorenzen was trying to avoid a sack when he threw an ill-advised, no-look pass directly into the hands of Florida defensive back Johnny Lamar, who took it 35 yards to set up the game-winning, one-yard touchdown run by Ron Carthon.

After the game, Rich Brooks said, “That’s about as tough as it gets.”

Florida 41, Kentucky 34
September 28, 2002 | Gainesville, FL

A 100-yard kickoff return touchdown and a 49-yard punt return touchdown from Derek Abney kept Kentucky in the game, but it was Florida that prevailed in the end. After trailing 19-0 at the half, UK scored four touchdowns to take the lead late in third quarter. The lead would not hold, though, as Florida took it home, 41-34.

“Moral victories don’t get you into bowls,” Jared Lorenzen said afterward. “They don’t get you into BCS polls. It makes you feel good for about three hours, and that’s it.”

Florida 44, Kentucky 10
September 22, 2001 | Lexington, KY

A young Shane Boyd gave it a shot in 2010, but he and the Kentucky offense were no match for Rex Grossman. Grossman threw for over 300 yards and four touchdowns before handing the reins over to his backup, Brock Berlin. Berlin added another 95 yards and one more score.

Florida 59, Kentucky 31
September 22, 2000 | Gainesville, FL

Led by Jared Lorenzen, the UK offense racked up over 500 yards of total offense in the 2000 meeting for the most yards on the Florida Gators in Steve Spurrier’s ten years as head coach. Though the offensive production was outstanding, UK never held a lead in the game and lost by four touchdowns. Lorenzen chucked the ball 59 times.

Florida 38, Kentucky 10
September 25, 1999 | Lexington, KY

Hal Mumme’s “Air Raid” offense was anything but that in 1999 when Florida tallied its lowest point total against Kentucky in six years. Dusty Bonner played his worst game as a Wildcat and UK found the end zone only once to lose to the Gators, an annual tradition.

Florida 51, Kentucky 35
September 26, 1998 | Gainesville, FL

Tim Couch broke Kentucky’s record for career passing yards in the 1998 game with the help of a 74-yard pass and a school-record 97-yard bomb to Craig Yeast. However, Couch’s attempt to defeat Florida in his final shot fell short thanks to two interceptions in the fourth quarter.

Florida 55, Kentucky 28
September 27, 1997 | Lexington, KY

First-year head coach Hal Mumme had the Kentucky offense firing on all cylinders in its first three games in 1997, but the Wildcats bit off more than they could chew in Steve Spurrier and No. 1 Florida in Week 4. Spurrier was not about to lose at his own game and his team racked up a 28-0 lead after one quarter to remind UK how high-scoring offenses run.

Florida 65, Kentucky 0
September 28, 1996 | Gainesville, FL

Kentucky ALMOST got the win in 1996, Billy Curry’s final season.


Florida won, 65-0.

Florida 42, Kentucky 7
September 9, 1995 | Lexington, KY

With a loss to Florida in 1995, a 12th consecutive loss to the Gators, Kentucky earned sole possession of the longest losing streak in college football. The Cats lost the final 11 games of the season in 1994 and dropped the first two in 1995. The losing streak ended the next week against Indiana, but the losing streak to Florida was just picking up steam.

Florida 73, Kentucky 7
September 28, 1994 | Gainesville, FL

UK allowed 73 points in 1994, the highest total by a Kentucky opponent since 1905.

“It was just no contest,” Bill Curry said after the game. “It was a disaster at every turn.”

Florida 24, Kentucky 20
September 11, 1993 | Lexington, KY

Of all the losses in the current streak, this one might sting the most. Kentucky led, 20-17, with eight seconds left in the game. Florida had the ball on third down at the UK 28-yard line, in need of miracle. Then Danny Wuerffel, who combined for seven interceptions in the game with fellow UF quarterback Terry Dean, hit an open Chris Doering on a post pattern in the back of the end zone. Ballgame.

Florida 35, Kentucky 19
September 13, 1992 | Gainesville, FL

Florida brought out a dog to catch frisbees at halftime, the highlight of the day for Kentucky fans at Florida Field.

Kentucky lost.

Florida 35, Kentucky 26
November 16, 1991 | Gainesville, FL

Back before the streak was a streak, Kentucky played close games with Florida. This one, the 1991 battle, was a one possession game in the fourth quarter. Man, those were the days.

Florida 47, Kentucky 15
November 17, 1990 | Lexington, KY

The final scoreboard of the 1990 clash had the look of a more modern Kentucky-Florida game. The Gators rolled from start to finish, powered by SEC Player of the Year Shane Matthews and first-year Florida head coach Steve Spurrier. Spurrier was named SEC Coach of the Year in his first season in Gainesville.

A junior Freddie Maggard was under center for Kentucky.

Florida 38, Kentucky 28
November 18, 1989 | Gainesville, FL

Jerry Claiborne lost the final road game of his coaching career at Florida in 1989. His team entered the game having won four out of five, but Florida was in the early stages of building the nation’s largest winning streak between annual rivals.

Florida had a pretty decent running back named Emmitt Smith.

Florida 24, Kentucky 19
November 12, 1988 | Lexington, KY

1988, the year the streak became a streak. We were so young, so naive. Little did we know, Kentucky was in for over two more decades of defeats at the hands of the Gators, at least.

Florida 27, Kentucky 14
November 14, 1987 | Gainesville, FL

The game that started 27 years of lopsided hell.


It’s rivalry week for the Volleyball Cats and they will be just fine

(h/t @KentuckyVB)

(h/t @KentuckyVB)

The Volleyball Cats close out the squad’s non-conference schedule this week with two big matches. First the Cats will travel to Cincinnati Friday to take on Xavier at 6. MORE IMPORTANTLY, however, the Cats return to Memorial Sunday at 2 p.m. to take on (and defeat) the Cards.

Both the Cats and Cards are sporting five win seasons thus far and have played three of the same squads with overall equal results. Against Ohio, the Cats won 3-1 with the Cards scrapping by with a 3-2 win. Both squads lost to No. 6 Illinois 0-3. The biggest difference is Creighton. The Cards defeated that squad 3-2, with the Cats being swept.

The teams are pretty evenly matched this year, so make sure to pack your bags and get out and support the Cats. Why am I saying this five days before the match you ask? Because of what the UK Volleyball twitter posted today.

It’s been a rough start for the Volleyball Cats this season, but if there is anything we have learned from the Cats in Skinner’s era, it is that they are not going to stand down from a battle if you look at the schedule the Cats have taken on without a matching upperclassmen roster.

The Cats sit with a 5-5 record after most recently sweeping NIU in Wichita. Originally the Cats were picked to finish third in the SEC behind Florida and Alabama with a No. 15 preseason-ranking.  Now, after losses last weekend to Wichita State and Illinois, Kentucky is hanging on by a thread in a tie for No. 24.

If it makes you feel any better, Alabama is 4-6 with Tennessee and Missouri undefeated and leading the conference.  To be fair, Tennessee (12-0) and Missouri (8-0) decided to take an easy non-conference schedule, since neither is ranked. Out of Kentucky’s 10 matches, half of them have been against currently ranked teams or teams receiving votes for the poll.

Then add Kentucky’s roster to the mix. Three upperclassmen are on the 13-women roster.  I will take that 5-5 record. The Cats will be just fine when it comes to SEC play and shouldn’t be counted out just yet for an SEC title or even to go far in the NCAA tournament.



A.J. Reed Finishes With The Most Homers in the Minors

Just one year after leading the college level in home runs, A.J. Reed did the same in his first full year of pro ball. With High-A Lancaster and Double-A Corpus Christi, Reed totaled 34 home runs and 127 RBIs. Reed led the minors in homers, RBIs, runs, and OPS. After all of his accomplishments, Reed was named the California League MVP and was ranked as a top 100 prospect by Many baseball writers are already listing Reed as a candidate for Rookie of the Year in 2016 if he reaches the majors next season.

Congrats on a great year, A.J!

Janee Thompson’s Wednesday Morning Wakeup

Janee Thompson’s Wednesday Morning Wakeup

Yesterday, I interviewed Janee Thompson for my article about UK Hoops volunteering at Commonwealth Stadium, my first time talking to the senior point guard. Janee suffered a horrendous ankle injury in January at South Carolina, dislocating her left ankle and breaking her fibula. The good news is she’s on track to make a full recovery in time for the season.

“It’s going really well,” she said. “I’m on track and I’ve been playing a little bit, which is great news for me.”

In July, a video of Janee deadlifting power cleaning made it on to Twitter:

The video is pretty awesome, so I asked her about it.

“Everybody’s been really supportive. That was just a really cool moment for me, personally, because I didn’t know what to expect, actually. I did a lot better than I thought I would and it was cool having them all behind me and knowing they were there to support me.”

Let that inspire you to get off the couch today. No excuses. But first, read the agenda for today.

Mark Stoops will be on the SEC Coaches Teleconference at 12:40 p.m.

Today is the first SEC Coaches Teleconference, and even though Stoops isn’t up until 12:40 ET, I’ll be tuning in at 11 a.m. to hear from Les Miles, who was taken to the hospital on Monday after he had too much coffee. Seriously. At practice later that day, he quipped “Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated,” making me love him even more.

We’ll find out if Ryan Flannigan will play on Saturday

Stoops did not talk to the media last night after practice, sending DJ Eliot out instead. The one important news bit: Ryan Flannigan is still questionable for Saturday. He was active at practice yesterday, but was held out of contact. Earlier in the week, Stoops said Flannigan would only play if he was able to play with full contact in practice as late as Wednesday. That’s today, so hopefully we’ll hear one way or the other soon.

There’s a “Game Day news conference” at 1:30 p.m.

This afternoon, UK EVP for Finance and Administration Eric Monday, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart, UK Police Chief Joe Monroe and others will hold a press conference in the Wildcat Den to outline “updates on safety, security, construction, parking and other matters related to large crowds coming to The New Commonwealth Stadium.” Okay. Does this mean they’re preparing us for the stadium not being 100% complete? Probably. But it’s probably more about all the traffic changes.

I’ll post any breaking news, but here’s my advice for Saturday: Get there early, don’t worry about the stadium not being 100%, and enjoy yourself. Traffic will suck on the way out too, but you’ll have the KSR Postgame Show to keep you company.

Marques Bolden starts his visit

The second best center in the 2016 class arrives on campus today for his official visit, the first of three he’s taking to UK, Duke, and Kansas. Bolden is down to eight: Duke, Kentucky, Baylor, Oklahoma, TCU, Alabama, Wake Forest and Kansas. Last weekend, he visited Alabama, and apparently, enjoyed himself quite a bit. Look at you, Avery Johnson. In the mix for a top recruit! Unfortunately, Duke’s still trending.

Add Malik Monk to the Big Blue Madness guest list

If you missed it last night, the Arkansas combo guard announced he’ll visit Kentucky for Big Blue Madness on October 16, joining a VIP guest list that also includes Harry Giles, commit Sacha Killeya-Jones, Miles Bridges, and Rawle Alkins. Monk will also visit Oregon on September 18, Kansas on October 9, and Arkansas on October 24. He might add trips to UNC and Florida State. The Cats and the home state Razorbacks are still considered the favorites.

Randall Cobb is in “Sports Illustrated Kids”

SI Kids has a feature this month about NFL players who have swapped positions since turning pro, and our own Goldeneyes was included:


Shoutout to my sister for sending me a picture of it. She knows me well.

The Sporting News will release parts two and three of their John Calipari series

Yesterday, we were treated to part one of Mike DeCourcy’s five-part series on Cal, which featured on Cal’s firing from the Nets, his rebirth at Memphis, and his coronation at Kentucky. Today, parts two and three, entitled “Salesman” and “Target” respectively, will be released, so stay tuned on this here site for a link.

KSR starts in an hour

Odds are someone will call in to ask Matt if he’s running for Congress or complain about people asking him if he’s running for Congress. Either way, it’ll be a fun two hours.

(h/t @UKAthletics)

UK Volleyball looks to remain undefeated after five spot poll jump

(h/t @UKAthletics)

(h/t @UKAthletics)

After a 3-0 opening weekend the Cats look to continue the winning streak tonight at Memorial Coliseum.  ICYMI: The Cats jumped five slots, from 15 to 10, after defeating Little Rock, IUPUI and No. 19 Michigan State in its opening Bluegrass Battle tournament.

At 7 tonight the Cats look to go 4-0 for the second-consecutive season as they welcome the Ohio Bobcats to Lexington.  Ohio went 2-1 in its opening weekend with back-to-back 3-0 wins over Austin Peay and VCU. Its loss came against Purdue. 0-3.

What is really important about this match is that it is “90’s Theme Night” in Memorial. The first 200 students will also receive a free BBN trucker hat. Seems like UK Volleyball is bringing out all the stops this season.

If you can’t make it, catch the Cats on WatchESPN or listen on WWTF with Dick Gabriel and Mandy Robbe.


Up Next:

The Cats will travel to Cedar Falls, Iowa this weekend for the Northern Iowa Tournament for three matches. They open play Friday at 7:30 against UNI, with two matches Saturday against USC and Creighton.

(h/t @KentuckyVB)

A challenge for BBN as UK Volleyball season kicks off this weekend

(h/t @KentuckyVB)

(h/t @KentuckyVB)

I have covered everything from JV high school volleyball to Division I, but I can honestly say no team has matched up to the University of Kentucky’s  no. 15 ranked volleyball team. As I go into my third season covering the Cats I become more excited for what the future holds.

A good comparison of the team would probably be the Cats’ women’s basketball team. The girls are close with each other and even closer with their coach. I mean. Come on. Who wouldn’t want a coach like this? 

(h/t @Kentucky VB)


My challenge to you is to get out to a game this season. Step outside your box. Don’t know anything about volleyball? Good. Neither did I. However, watching the Cats in action will be enough to make you want to watch. Here are some highlights from last season:




The Cats are in contention for a title continuously every year in the NCAA and even try out for, and sometimes make, national teams:



The Cats have just three upperclassmen on the roster this year and still came in ranked no. 15 in the preseason poll. No. Skinner doesn’t quite work on the one-and-done system, but he does does know how to bring the top talent in the states to Lexington.


Here is what the team thinks about the upcoming season:


The Cats will redefine what you think volleyball is.

Do yourself and your favorite school a favor and try to get out to one of Kentucky’s matches this weekend in Lexington. The Cats open the season Friday at 7 p.m. against Michigan State with two matches following Saturday with IUPUI at 10:30 a.m. and Little Rock at 7:30 p.m. If you can’t make it out, look at the rest of the schedule and make it out.


UK Hoops releases their SEC schedule.

UK Hoops releases their SEC schedule.

UK Hoops vs. Baylor

It’s here!!!!! The UK Women’s team just released their 2015-2016 conference schedule a moment ago and it features some great games. The schedule includes 13 games appearing on national television with the rest available on SEC Network+.


Here’s what the full 2015-2016 schedule looks like:

womens schedule


Season tickets are available at the UK Ticket Office or on for only 65 bucks, and lower level seats for the Duke and UofL games in Rupp are available for season ticket holders for $14.

It’s going to be one heck of a season, so come out and support the Hoops! Go Cats.

KSR will be live from UK Volleyball’s open practice tomorrow morning

Photo by UK Athletics

What’s better than seeing KSR in person? Seeing KSR in person at a UK Volleyball open practice. That’s exactly what’s going down tomorrow morning at Memorial Coliseum. From 10 a.m. to noon, Matt and Ryan will broadcast live from Memorial while the UK Volleyball team does their thing at their first open practice. Fans are invited to attend to enjoy both the show and the practice.

If you go, park in Parking Structure 5 near Kennedy’s Bookstore. The doors to the Coliseum will be open at the UK Ticket Office and main door entrance. If you really enjoy yourself, be sure to pick up some tickets to the Cats’ matches this season. You will be able to purchase season tickets, single-match tickets or tickets to the NCAA regional, which will take place at Memorial Coliseum December 11-12.
UK Volleyball’s season-long marketing promotion will also be announced live on the show – so be sure to tune in and find out what you can win by simply cheering on the Wildcats this season. Posters and other promotional items will be available in Memorial Coliseum that day.

UK Hoops Announces 2015-2016 Non-Conference Schedule

UK Hoops Announces 2015-2016 Non-Conference Schedule

Matthew Mitchell Fist Pump

I told y’all it was coming soon. This morning, the UK Hoops team released this season’s non-conference schedule highlighted by news that the Cats will face Duke and Louisville in Rupp Arena. 

UK will open the season with an exhibition against Union University on November 8th in Memorial with their first home game against Rice five days later on the 13th. The Cats will then hop on a plane and head to Tempe on the 15th to play Arizona State who advanced all the way to the Sweet Sixteen last year before being knocked out by Florida State.

The Wildcats will finish out the month of November with four games at home: Morehead State on the 18th, Colorado on the 22nd, Eastern Michigan on the 25th, and Jackson State on the 29th.

December comes with a trip to Northern Kentucky on December 2nd, and then the much anticipated “Pack the House” games against rival Louisville on December 10th and Duke on the 20th. Before facing the Duke Blue Devils, the Cats will play against Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro on the 13th and then will end non-conference play against Tennessee State on the 28th.

Here is the full non conference schedule:

Women's Non Conference

To say I’m looking forward to those Louisville and Duke games are an understatement.

You can purchase season tickets for only 65 bucks from UK Athletics as well as lower level seats for the Duke and Louisville games for only $14.

Get ready for an epic season, Cats fans.