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Kentucky Men’s Soccer advances to Elite Eight

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While the football Cats were taking care of Louisville on the gridiron, the futbol Cats were making some history at The Bell.

The No. 3-seed Men’s Soccer team beat Lipscomb 2-1 to advance to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. Kentucky will play No. 11-seed Maryland next weekend at The Bell. The match will take place either Friday or Saturday, details TBA.

Kentucky’s goals came from Jason Reyes (75′) and Bailey Rouse (82′). 1,939 fans were there to see the big win, which moved the Cats to a program-best 19-1-1 on the season.


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UK Hoops rolls past High Point, secures 71-49 win

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After a slow offensive start, the Kentucky women’s basketball team finished with a decisive 71-49 victory over the High Point University Panthers. Maci Morris led all scorers, finishing with a season-high 22 points. Taylor Murray added 14 points and freshmen Rhyne Howard and Blair Green had 10 points each.

While the Wildcats had four players hit double-digit scoring, it was Kentucky’s defense that came out strong, especially in the second half, to win the game. UK held High Point to just 28.3 percent shooting while also forcing 19 turnovers. The Cats were able to convert these turnovers into 15 points.

KeKe McKinney was a major contributor on the defensive side of the ball, grabbing a season-high nine rebounds and recording three blocks in 24 minutes of play.

Kentucky outperformed High Point in every aspect of play – the Wildcats made a higher percent of their shots from the field and from behind-the-arc, they grabbed more rebounds, committed fewer turnovers, blocked more shots and sank more free throws. Overall, a successful day for Kentucky. The UK Hoops team is now 4-0 on the season.

The victory was extra special for senior point guard Taylor Murray, who was honored for joining the 1,000-point club during the team’s last game. She is the 34th player in school history to hit a four-digit point total.

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And as if a win wasn’t enough, the Cats can now begin to look ahead to warmer weather. The team’s next three games will be played in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, where they’ll take on South Florida, UCLA and North Carolina in the Paradise Jam. The action will begin on Thanksgiving Day at 1 p.m. when the Cats play South Florida.


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Kentucky men’s soccer wins C-USA Championship

They’ve done it! With a 1-0 victory over No. 14 Charlotte this afternoon, the No. 3 Kentucky men’s soccer team has clinched the C-USA Championship.

JJ Williams scored the lone goal of the game 46:27 into the game, assisted by Kalil Elmedkhar. It was Williams’ 16th goal of the season.

Watch the replay here:

Here is the celebration:

Here they were arriving at the stadium this afternoon:

We’re a soccer school, anyway.

GO CATS!


Kentucky Soccer is Kicking Off in the C-USA Championship Game

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If you are needing to curb your disappointment from the past week, the Kentucky men’s soccer team is kicking off right now in the Conference USA Championship game against host Charlotte.

This season has been by far the best in program history for the Cats. The #3 ranked team in the nation has a record of 16-1-1 with the only loss coming against Florida International.

Kentucky is led by C-USA Player of the Year JJ Williams who has scored 15 goals in 18 games to lead the team and conference.

Kentucky plays in Conference USA for soccer due to South Carolina being the only other SEC team that has a men’s program. For the most part, the team has always been average, but this season they have exploded on the scene and taken the nation by storm.

To watch today’s championship game, you can click this link! Maybe this will help your bad mood that has set in over the past week. I mean, we are a soccer school anyways, right?


UK Hoops Coasts to Victory in Season Opener

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UK Hoops kicked off their season tonight with an 87-35 victory over Alabama State. Yup, the Cats won by 52 points (#Catsby50).  The Cats and Matthew Mitchell came out fighting and set a hopeful and fun tone for the season.

The first quarter started out slow, well, for everyone except Taylor Murray who scored six points almost instantly. At the end of the first UK Hoops only lead by one point, but then the second quarter started. The Cats went from a 15-14 lead to a 39-22 lead in just one quarter. Talk about playing fast. Maci Morris had back to back three’s, Taylor Murray kept shooting and fouls and turnovers went our way. Murray finished the half with 12 points, Morris with eight.

“That second quarter was really big for us, just to get in there and impose our will on ASU,” said Matthew Mitchell. “We all worked together in the second quarter.”

The second half was an absolute bloodbath, I’ll resist the urge to compare it to a similar (more painful) event that happened last night, but I think you get the gist. UK Hoops played really fast with freshmen Rhyne Howard and Blair Green making the impact. The pair went a combined 11-0 run in the third, extending the lead to the 20’s and eventually the 30’s. Starting the fourth with a comfy 64-30 lead, and it escalated from there, to FIFTY-TWO-FREAKIN-POINTS.

“It’s a good step for us just to get out there and say ‘that’s our style of play’ and let everyone know,” said Mitchell.

Freshman Rhyne Howard went off scoring a whopping 15 points, most of which came in the fourth. Blair Green finished with 13, making the tow of them the first and second highest scoring freshmen in program history. Taylor Murray finished with 16 points and six steals, and Maci with 11.

“She’s very quick…I kind of look up to her,” said Howard on Taylor Murray.

Howard also said that she foresees a lot of three-pointers in future games. She went 3 of 6 tonight.

My biggest takeaway from the season opener? We can score, and we can play fast. But, we will struggle against a team who’s bigger than us. ASU is small and we defended them easily. We outrebounded them and scored off their turnovers. We gained 51 of our points off turnovers, and most impressively, outrebounded them 43-35 and for offensive rebounds 24-9.

But, we struggled in the post a bit. Against bigger teams, this is going to be a problem, but hey – tonight I’m all about the positivity. We really did play well, I’m just looking ahead to powerhouse teams like Mississippi State who we can’t hold to 30 points.

“There may be a night or two where it doesn’t look very good, but we just have to be committed. We have the athleticism and potential,” said Mitchell.

Mitchell said he hopes that the team keeps working on fundamentals and “playing strong.”

All in all, it looks like it’s going to be a great season for UK Hoops and I for one am excited to cover them on this great website for the third year in a row. I hope you’ll come out to some games and watch with me.

UK Hoops plays Southern University this Sunday at 7 PM here in Memorial. Come on out!

 

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Kentucky Men’s Soccer wins Conference USA Championship

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While the basketball team was taking care of business at Rupp, the men’s soccer team was winning a title at The Bell. Your No. 3 Kentucky Wildcats beat No. 24 Old Dominion 3-0 for the Conference USA Regular Season Championship.

The Cats’ three goals came from Kalil ElMedkhar (1′), Jason Reyes (8′), and Bailey Rouse (49′). With the win, Kentucky finishes the regular season 15-1-1 and is the No. 1 seed in next week’s Conference USA Tournament. Now, Kentucky is a Basketball, Football, Volleyball, and Soccer school.


No. 12 Kentucky volleyball sweeps No. 11 Florida 3-0

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Your No. 12 Kentucky Wildcat volleyball team has done it AGAIN.

This evening, the volleyball Cats took down the No. 11 Florida Gators in a three-set sweep at Memorial Coliseum for their 14th consecutive victory.

The Wildcats never allowed more than 20 points in a game, winning by scores of 25-15, 25-18, and 25-20 to seal the upset victory.

Kentucky star outside hitter Leah Edmond finished with a team-high 16 kills and ten digs. Setter Madison Lilley also finished with a match-high 33 assists, adding nine digs, as well.

Kentucky’s 14th-consecutive victory of the year matches the team’s longest win streak under head coach Craig Skinner.

They’ll head to Oxford, Mississippi this weekend to take on Ole Miss on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Go Cats.


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There’s a huge volleyball match tonight

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Did you get your trick-or-treating over with last night? Come support the No. 12 Kentucky Volleyball team as they take on No. 11 Florida tonight at 7 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum.

The Cats have won 13 matches in a row and are coming off sweeps of Georgia and South Carolina. They’re ranked first in the conference in hitting percentage (.295), assists (12.76/set) and kills (13.89/set) and are the only undefeated team left in the SEC, making tonight’s match absolutely huge.

Don’t want to sacrifice your spooky celebrations? Don’t worry; there will be a Halloween bag and candy giveaway while supplies last and a costume contest. Per city ordinance, no masks are allowed. For the safety of those around you, props are also prohibited.

Fans can purchase a ticket with the promo code ‘BIGBOO’ at ukathletics.com/tickets. If you can’t make it to Memorial, the match will be broadcast on ESPNU.


You’ll be Proud of the name of UK’s new baseball stadium

When you go to watch the Bat Cats in 2019  you’ll be watching their home games at the brand spanking new Kentucky Proud Park. Kentucky Farm Bureau entered into a 15-year agreement with JMI Sports for the rights.

I think Kentucky Proud Park has a nice ring to it and it’s significantly better than other corporate-named stadiums across the country, even the stadium across the street (sup, Kroger). Remember, JMI Sports purchased the multimedia rights for UK in 2014 for $210 million (15 years). In that deal, JMI works out the deals to name the stadiums on UK’s campus and keeps the money from the partnership.

But thanks to the $210 million from JMI UK was able to construct the $49 million ballpark. Now UK baseball plays in one of the nicest stadiums in the country and it will certainly help with recruiting. It holds 4,000 fans with room for 7,000 fans if the Cats host a regional or super regional in the NCAA Tournament.

UK has already played a couple scrimmages in the new stadium and I’ve heard nothing but great things. I can’t wait to check out Kentucky Proud Park (KPP) in 2019.