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By Nick Roush on ©December 07th, 2017 @ 10:30am
Craig Skinner’s Kentucky volleyball team could reach historic new heights this weekend, but it will not be easy. That’s why the team needs YOUR help to get them over the top.
This weekend the No. 4 overall seed is hosting the Regional Tournament at Memorial Coliseum. To make it to the program’s first Final Four, they’ll have to beat a pair of powerhouses. Friday at noon the Cats take on BYU, who is in their third straight Sweet 16 after advancing all the way to the National Championship in 2014. If UK advances to Saturday’s final, they’ll likely face Nebraska, a eleventy-gazillion time National Champion that’s essentially the face of college volleyball.
Help out the Cats and get your tickets here.
The timing is odd, but if you can make it to the noon game tomorrow, UK is helping out fans by opening up the Limestone Parking Garage at 10:00 a.m. and offering free parking. If the garage is full, there will be free parking in the Green Lot at Kroger Field with a free shuttle to the Coliseum. Pack Memorial Friday to help the volleyball team play for history at 4:00 on Saturday.
It was another big win here in Memorial as UK Hoops demolished the Evansville Purple Aces 100-62. Yup, that’s right your Cats scored 100 points tonight. It was a fun game for those in blue, for those in purple? A bloodbath. Maggie’s got a game recap for you here and as usual, I’ve got your leftovers.
1. It was the “Maci Morris Show” again.
I wrote about Maci’s huge game on Sunday and she showed up again tonight. Morris finished with 20 points and only missed one 3 pointer. One of those 3’s right at the buzzer at the half. Maci said she wants this to be a “fun” shooting team.
“I just had confidence in myself that it’ll go in,” said Morris.
Morris shot 9 threes in a row and when she’s open, she wants to knock it down.
2. It was also the “Tatyana Wyatt Show.”
A huge congrats to Freshman Tatyana Wyatt for recording her first UK Hoops double-double tonight. Wyatt finished with and achieved her double-double before the game even ended. Wyatt, who missed the first five games had quite a comeback today.
“Tot’s tough, she gets the ball she’s going to score…she’s going to take someone’s head off,” said Morris on Wyatt.
Freshman Tatyana Wyatt has her first double-double for UK Hoops tonight with 20 points and 10 rebounds…and there’s still five minutes to go. She’s pretty good, I guess.
– Savannah Patton (@savannahpattKSR) December 6, 2017
“I’m so proud of her,” said Mitchell. Wyatt does more than score, he said. “She’s got hustle and relentless effort.”
3. First half vs Second Half
The Cats fell into momentum early, but paid for it a bit in the second half. They started the game on a 16-0 run, not allowing Evansville to score until the end of the first quarter. Alyssa Rice scored 11 points just in the first quarter. The Cats went the full half with 0 turnovers and 0 fouls. Meanwhile, Evansville’s 14 turnovers made way for 20 of UK’s points.
The second half was a bit of a different story. The Cats finally picked up some fouls and turnovers. Still, they kept a huge lead. With five Cats scoring in the double digits, they crushed it offensively. Defensively though, there’s still a long way to go. Coach Mitchell said the main thing he wants this team to work on is perfecting the press before SEC play. He wants the team to be a “press weapon.”
4. What went wrong with Evansville?
For starters, their mascot…the Evansville “purple aces.” I don’t even know what that means. In all seriousness though, they got down early with the 16-0 start and just couldn’t come back. Add in foul trouble for three of their players and 17 turnovers – you’ve got a recipe for a big loss.
Next, the Cats go on the road to take on Florida Gulf Coast on Friday, and then Miami on Saturday. They’ll be back in Memorial on the 17 to (hopefully) beat Louisville! See you there! Go Cats!
By Maggie Davis on ©December 05th, 2017 @ 9:45pm
The Kentucky women’s basketball team never trailed in tonight’s matchup, defeating the Evansville Purple Aces 100-62 inside Memorial Coliseum. The No. 20 Wildcats hit triple digits for the second time this season, and they improved to 8-1 on the season.
The Cats came out blazing, and the Aces were simply never able to catch up after a dominating Kentucky performance in the first half. Strong inside play by Alyssa Rice and successful three-pointers by both Maci Morris and Taylor Murray gave the Cats a 19-0 lead in the first half. Evansville finally got on the board with a trey by fifth-year senior guard Hannah Noe.
“We just came out and we knew what we had to do and we did it,” Morris said of their early, unanswered points. “We were shooting the ball well and we had energy with our defense.”
Still, the Cats were hot. They hit nearly 60 percent of their field goals and 62.6 percent of their three-pointers in first ten minutes of action. Throughout the quarter, Kentucky did not turn the ball over, while Evansville committed eight turnovers. By the end of the first, the Wildcats held an impressive 35-8 lead.
The Cats cooled off a bit in the second quarter, hitting just three of their final ten shots. Still, Kentucky maintained a substantial lead, and a Morris three-pointer at the buzzer sent the Cats to the locker room leading 52-23.
Morris stayed hot — she did not miss a basket until three minutes into the second half. The junior finished the night with 20 points on 8-9 shooting and 4-5 from behind the three-point line.
“My teammates do a great job getting me open shots,” Morris said. “If the [opposing] team is going to leave me open I know I’ve got to knock it down because it isn’t going to happen that much.”
Another major contributor tonight was forward Tatyana Wyatt. The freshman recorded her first career double-double, claiming 20 points and 10 rebounds in the victory.
“We absolutely believe in her talent and her ability,” Matthew Mitchell said after the game. “She’s extremely poised offensively as a freshman [and] she’s getting better defensively… certainly can improve and get better, but we’re glad she’s on our team.”
Mark your calendars: After two road games, UK Hoops will be back in Memorial Sunday Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. against Louisville. Get ready to throw your L’s down.
By Nick Roush on ©December 02nd, 2017 @ 10:00pm
Don’t call it a comeback.
Backed against the ropes, trailing two sets to none, Kentucky clawed its way back to life to defeat Western Kentucky in five sets. The No. 4 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament took a haymaker at home, falling to the Toppers 25-16 in the first set. WKU squeaked out a 25-22 win in the third set, but from that point forward it was all Cats everything.
Leah Edmond led the offensive attack with 21 kills and the Cats closed the second round match with 25-19, 25-21 and 15-12 victories to knock out WKU.
— KYwildcatsTV (@KYwildcatsTV) December 3, 2017
The 27-3 Wildcats advance to the Sweet 16 and will host the winner of BYU-Oregon. You can get your tickets to the Regional Championship at Memorial Coliseum here.
The energy tonight at the Lexington Ice Center was electric, with fans erupting in to a roar as the Kentucky Hockey team took the ice to play Depaul University. Body slams and flying pucks had the crowd of hockey fans on their feet for the entirety of the first period. The first point of the game went to Kentucky, leaving fans thirsty for more. They begged for fights, cheering at the brief altercations that began, and deflating once the referees stepped in to separate players. While the Cats may have ended the period slightly behind with a score of 1-2, the crowd didn’t lose its spirit, chanting and singing while Kentucky Hockey reconvened in the locker room.
The energy in the rink dwindled slightly throughout the first few minutes of the second period. But a goal by No. 28 Cory Day, followed by a goal from No. 23 Jordan Shannon rejuvenated spirits. The Cats left fans in a nervous state at the end of the second period with a tie of 3-3. Kentucky Hockey put up a fight until the final buzzer sounded. After deliberation, it was decided the game would not go in to overtime, much to the dismay of the parting crowd. The game ended with a 3-3 tie. Kentucky Hockey still has a chance for victory when they take on Depaul University for a second time tonight, Dec. 2, at midnight at the Lexington Ice Center.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©December 01st, 2017 @ 9:05pm
The Kentucky volleyball team got off to a hot start in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, sweeping ETSU in three sets.
Freshman Avery Skinner led the Wildcats with 14 kills, including the game-winner in the third and final set. Leah Edmond was second on the team with 11 kills along with three digs and two blocks. Setter Madison Lilley finished the day with 39 assists, three blocks, and two kills.
Kentucky sweeps ETSU! pic.twitter.com/gh3CAAjB3k
— Kentucky Volleyball (@KentuckyVB) December 2, 2017
With the win, head coach Craig Skinner has achieved his 300th victory of his career, adding to his status as the winningest coach in UK history.
Kentucky will take on WKU in the Round of 32 tomorrow night in Memorial Coliseum at 7:00 p.m.
One down, five more to go.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©November 29th, 2017 @ 7:00pm
The University of Kentucky cheerleading team has won 22 national championships in the last 33 years, proving to be the one of the most dominant collegiate sports teams in history.
Today, the UK cheerleading team was chosen to represent the USA in the XXIII Winter Olympic Games.
Here was the release from CheerDaily:
USA Cheer has chosen the University of Kentucky to represent the United States in performances at awards ceremonies, Olympic venues, street parades, closing ceremonies and a cheerleading championship with teams from other countries. Cheer teams representing Norway, Russia, Germany, Switzerland, Canada and the Netherlands will also be participating in the events.
The Executive Director of USA Cheer says the team’s spirit, engagement, and overall success led them to this decision.
“We are proud to send the University of Kentucky to represent the United States of America,” says Lauri Harris, Executive Director of USA Cheer. “The cheerleaders from the University of Kentucky have engaged crowds and elevated spirit for generations, and have won countless national championships and we are excited to have them show their talent and spirit on the world stage.”
Kentucky coach Jomo Thompson told reporters the team is very excited to represent USA in Korea.
Jomo Thompson, coach for the University of Kentucky’s coed cheer team, agrees. “Our athletes are among the finest in the country and appreciate this opportunity to participate in the activities surrounding the Olympic Games. They take this responsibility seriously and are looking forward to representing American cheerleading in Korea.”
We may talk a lot about our basketball and football teams, but we’ve never seen a sport at Kentucky dominate the competition the way the cheerleading team has.
Congratulations UK Cheer on this well-deserved honor!
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©November 29th, 2017 @ 6:00pm
The UK Volleyball team starts its NCAA Tournament run this weekend at Memorial Coliseum, and you should be there to cheer them on.
Kentucky drew a four-seed, the highest in Craig Skinner’s tenure as coach, and will host East Tennessee State at 7:30 p.m. ET Friday night. Notre Dame and Western Kentucky will face off in the match before starting at 5 p.m. The winners of the two matches will meet on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Here that is in bracket form if you prefer:
Tickets for the first and second rounds of the can be found at UKathletics.com/NCAATickets. Reserved tickets for adults start at $12 for the all-session, while general admission are $10. Each session will cost $8 for reserved seats and $7 for general admission.
Get in there and cheer on this awesome squad. They deserve it.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©November 26th, 2017 @ 9:22pm
Your Kentucky Wildcat volleyball team is the No. 4 overall seed going into the NCAA Tournament!
– NCAA Volleyball (@NCAAVolleyball) November 27, 2017
Watch Kentucky’s celebration when they heard the news:
When you hear your name as a top-four seed… pic.twitter.com/mt8FZ6l9TX
– Kentucky Volleyball (@KentuckyVB) November 27, 2017
Here were the top four seeds being announced:
BREAKING: Top 4 seeds for #NCAAVB Championship revealed in alphabetical order!
— NCAA Volleyball (@NCAAVolleyball) November 27, 2017
Kentucky will take on East Tennessee State in the opening round on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Once again, this is the best volleyball team in UK history, and they’re going to make a run for the title.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©November 24th, 2017 @ 7:00pm
The Kentucky volleyball team has just claimed a share of the SEC Championship following their victory over Georgia in the regular season finale!
Here was the match-winning point:
The championship point! pic.twitter.com/FfawxR9cjn
– Kentucky Volleyball (@KentuckyVB) November 24, 2017
The Cats finished the year 26-3 (8-1 in the SEC) to claim the trophy.
This is Kentucky’s first conference title since 1988.
— Southeastern Conference (@SEC) November 24, 2017
Here was the team’s locker room celebration following the massive win:
– Kentucky Volleyball (@KentuckyVB) November 24, 2017
Cause I got a really big team and they need some really big rings ðŸ’ðŸ’ðŸ˜»ðŸ˜» #SECChamps
— Leah Edmond (@leahedmond13) November 24, 2017
— Mitch Barnhart (@UKMitchBarnhart) November 24, 2017
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) November 24, 2017
— Nick Mingione (@Coach_Mingione) November 24, 2017
They will be arriving back in Lexington at around 9:00 p.m., so go out and congratulate them at TAC Air!
Your SEC Champions will be back in Lexington around 9 p.m.
Head out to TAC Air and meet your Cats!
— Kentucky Volleyball (@KentuckyVB) November 25, 2017
Best. Volleyball. Team. In. Kentucky. History.
By Maggie Davis on ©November 22nd, 2017 @ 5:30pm
The No. 22 Kentucky women’s basketball team defeated the Morehead State Eagles in a decisive 86-53 victory. The Wildcats are now 5-0 on the season.
Maci Morris led the team, finishing the afternoon with 19 points, including five three-pointers. Morris was 7-8 from the field (87.5 percent) and 5-6 from behind-the-arc (83.3 percent). Senior Mackenzie Cann claimed her second consecutive double-double, adding an impressive 15 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
“Mackenzie has done a nice job of scoring and rebounding, but I thought that her passing was great today,” head coach Matthew Mitchell said after the game. “She is a threat out there on the court.”
Two other Wildcats hit double-digit scoring: junior Amanda Paschal had a career-high 11 points, and sophomore Jaida Roper scored 10 points. Point guard Taylor Murray finished with seven points and six assists, plus this pretty touch pass to No. 12 Paschal.
– Kentucky WBB (@KentuckyWBB) November 22, 2017
Kentucky never trailed in the matchup against Morehead State. The Cats held a 26-12 lead after the first quarter, and, despite giving up a 7-0 MSU run late in the second quarter, went into halftime with the 46-27 advantage. After the break, Kentucky cruised to victory, at one point leading by as many as 38 points.
The Wildcats used this massive lead to get some of their new players involved in the action. This year’s bench is much deeper than last year’s, and Kentucky was able to use this to their advantage. Throughout the game, 12 different Wildcats entered the game, and 11 of them scored. UK outscored MSU 33-13 in bench points.
“This was a very important game for us today to be able to get some people in there and get some good game experience,” Mitchell said.
After taking a few days off for the holiday, the Cats will be back in action Sunday at 2 p.m. to take on the Marshall Bison. The game will be held inside Memorial Coliseum, but it can also be seen on the SEC Network+.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©November 19th, 2017 @ 5:00pm
No. 6 Kentucky volleyball dominated Ole Miss on Senior Day this afternoon, sweeping the Rebels to move to 24-3 (15-1 in the SEC) on the season.
Kaz Brown led the team in kills with 18, and Leah Edmond finished second with 17. Setter Madison Lilley recorded 47 assists, six digs, and two aces for the Wildcats. Senior Ashley Dusek led the team with 16 digs, as well.
Kentucky sweeps Ole Miss! pic.twitter.com/z8B7zlMTms
— Kentucky Volleyball (@KentuckyVB) November 19, 2017
Seniors Brown, Dusek, Emily Franklin, Harper Hempel, and Darian Mack were honored prior to the match.
This senior class is a special group. pic.twitter.com/dmWZW8UAGh
– Kentucky Volleyball (@KentuckyVB) November 19, 2017
According to UK Athletics, the volleyball team is in contention for their first SEC title since 1988, and is in position to host the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. If the Wildcats win out, they could play the first four rounds of the NCAA Tournament inside Memorial Coliseum, setting themselves up for a massive run for the National Championship.
Kentucky will take on Arkansas in Fayetteville on Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m., and then will finish up the regular season against Georgia on Friday night at 5:00 p.m.
— Kentucky Athletics (@UKAthletics) November 19, 2017
Finish this season strong, Cats!
By Maggie Davis on ©November 19th, 2017 @ 10:00am
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Good morning, BBN. It’s been another busy weekend for UK athletics that unfortunately ended with a tough 42-13 loss at the hands of the Georgia Bulldogs. So let’s get started with what you need to know to start your day.
A Quick Football Recap
The KSR crew had plenty of coverage for you following yesterday’s game, and we’ll have plenty more coming your way today. But, for now, here are some of the main takeaways:
Kentucky couldn’t stop Georgia’s run offense.
In fact, the Bulldogs nearly doubled the Cats’ total yards, finishing with 504 yards to UK’s 264 yards. Georgia’s pair of star running backs – Sony Michel and Nick Chubb – combined for almost as many rushing yards as the entire Kentucky offense with 238 yards between them. The Wildcats simply had no answer for those two.
There were three moments that really changed the game for Kentucky.
Sure, the Cats were outmatched on plenty of plays, but these three moments really shifted the momentum away from the Wildcats: Lonnie Johnson’s costly roughing the kicker penalty, Tavin Richardson’s shoulda-coulda-woulda drop at the end of the first half and Lynn Bowden’s thrown interception in the third quarter. With the exception of the roughing the kicker penalty, these moments came from an energetic Kentucky offense taking risks in order to try and make the big plays. Say what you want, but the Cats were not “playing conservatively.” In a game where you’re already a multiple-touchdown underdog, I don’t mind drawing up the big plays. But next time, let’s make them.
Move on and get ready for Louisville
Kentucky has no time to sit around and pout. Louisville is coming to Kroger Field in six days for a game that’s just as meaningful as the Governor’s Cup always is, if not more so. This team has done some special things this season, but losses to Florida and Ole Miss have already overshadowed some of the victories for fans. If UK loses to Louisville at home next week, I’m afraid all of the impressive things this team has accomplished will be forgotten.
Plus, who doesn’t want to beat Louisville? I’m getting excited just thinking about it.
UK Hoops Plays TODAY
The women’s basketball team is back in action today. They’ll play Washington State on the road at 4:00 p.m. this afternoon. The Wildcats are 3-0 on the season so far. They’ll once again look for strong performances from Taylor Murray and Maci Morris, who were the leading scorers in the Wildcats’ 17-point victory against Montana last week, scoring 18 and 16 points, respectively.
Kentucky narrowly defeated Washington State 69-67 in Memorial Coliseum last season, but the Cats were carried by two standout games by then-seniors Makayla Epps and Evelyn Akhator. Who will step up against the Cougars tonight? Listen to the call on 630 AM WLAP if you’re in Lexington, or catch the live stream on Pac12.com.
… And so does the volleyball team
The Wildcats will take on Ole Miss today at 2:00 at home. It’s senior night for Kentucky, so be sure to head over to Memorial Coliseum for today’s game. The No. 3 Cats are on a four-game winning streak, and they’re looking to improve their already impressive 23-3 record. This is your last chance to watch this season’s stellar team in regular-season play at home… don’t miss it.
NFL Games Today
Mourn one college football loss with a day full of professional ball. Here are today’s matchups:
- Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears at 1:00 on FOX
- Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Cleveland Browns at 1:00 on CBS
- Baltimore Ravens vs. Green Bay Packers at 1:00 on CBS
- Arizona Cardinals vs. Houston Texans at 1:00 on FOX
- Los Angeles Rams vs. Minnesota Vikings at 1:00 on FOX
- Washington Redskins vs. New Orleans Saints at 1:00 on FOX
- Kansas City Chiefs vs. New York Giants at 1:00 on CBS
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Miami Dolphins vs. 1:00 on FOX
- Buffalo Bills vs. Los Angeles Chargers at 4:05 on FOX
- Cincinnati Bengals vs. Denver Broncos at 4:25 on CBS
- New England Patriots vs. Oakland Raiders at 4:25 on CBS
- Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys at 8:30 on NBC
That’s all I have for now. Have a great Sunday morning and, as always, go Cats.
Two high school basketball stars have officially signed on the dotted line for Coach Matthew Mitchell. Blair Green and Rhyne Howard both signed their National Letter of Intent earlier this afternoon to play for the UK’s women’s basketball team in 2018.
Green, a native of Harlan, Kentucky, is tagged as a four-star prospect and the ninth best wing in the 2018 class, according to ESPN. Last season, she averaged 23.1 points per game and added 7.2 rebounds per game. The 6-foot guard’s all-around style of play garnered attention from Louisville, Dayton, Tennessee and UCLA. But choosing Kentucky was easy for Green, who committed to UK prior to her junior season in September 2016.
Her mother, Debbie Green, served as her coach at Harlan County High School and also played at Kentucky for one season. And her childhood best friend? Maci Morris.
“Blair Green is a player that we have known about for a long time and have had a great relationship with for many years,” Mitchell said. “We are absolutely thrilled that she is officially a Wildcat.”
– Amber Smith (@CoachA_Smith) November 8, 2017
Howard comes to Kentucky as a 6-foot-2 guard from Cleveland, Tennessee. She has earned numerous awards so far in her high school career, including Tennessee’s 2017 Miss basketball runner up and unanimous District 5 AAA Player of the Year in 2016 and 2017. ESPN lists Howard as a five-star prospect, the 10th best guard and 31st best overall player in the 2018 class. Like Green, she’s an all-around player who can contribute from anywhere on the floor. She averaged 19.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.6 steals, 3.8 assists and 1.2 blocks per game as a junior last season.
“Rhyne Howard is a player that Big Blue Nation is going to be really excited about. She is extremely versatile and can play — if called upon — all five spots on the floor,” Mitchell said. “I think Rhyne is one of the most dynamic players in the 2018 class. She is highly intelligent and is an incredible student.”
Mitchell has a habit of referring to his players as “high character” women as well as talented athletes. Green and Howard are no exception.
“Both Blair and Rhyne are everything you look for in a player when you hit the recruiting trail. They both are outstanding athletes and playmakers that will add versatility to our team,” Mitchell said. “Blair and Rhyne have terrific personalities, are fun to be around and are all-around tremendous additions to our program. We are just thrilled that both of them are Wildcats.”
By Jack Pilgrim on ©November 01st, 2017 @ 9:30pm
The Kentucky volleyball hot streak is over.
After winning 14 consecutive matches and a 10-0 start in the SEC, UKVB fell to the Florida Gators by a final score of 3-0 tonight.
Following the loss, Kentucky sits at 19-3 and 10-1 in conference play.
Despite taking the tough loss, the Big Blue Nation showed up in full force to produce a record crowd at Memorial Coliseum.
5,329 fans showed up to see the top-10 matchup, the most in the Coach Skinner era of UK Volleyball.
— Kentucky Athletics (@UKAthletics) November 2, 2017
Excitement around the volleyball program is at an all-time high at UK, and it has certainly rubbed off on the players. They came to play, but the Gators just came out and dominated.
— Kentucky Athletics (@UKAthletics) November 1, 2017
The Wildcats take on South Carolina on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum.
On to the next.