At her first appearance in the SEC Indoor Championships, Sydney McLaughlin broke records.
The freshman track star ran the 400m in 50.52 to set a new World Junior record, NCAA Freshman record, SEC and UK record. Her gold medal performance was the second-fastest 400m in NCAA History. McLaughlin also picked up a bronze medal as a member of UK’s 4×400 relay team.
McLaughlin wasn’t the only big winner this weekend. Jasmine Camacho-Quinn won her fourth-straight gold medal in the 60m hurdles and Olivia Gruver won gold in pole the vault with the second-highest jump in NCAA history.
The Kentucky women’s team placed third and the men finished sixth at the SEC Indoor Championships.
Read more here.
Thamel Loves his Sources
After dropping a source bomb on Friday, Pete Thamel could not resist the temptation to report another salacious NCAA story. Except this story on LSU’s Will Wade, really wasn’t a story.
Unrelated to the FBI investigation into college basketball, Thamel reported the NCAA is “looking into the recruiting tactics of Will Wade.” What does that mean? Absolutely nothing. To save you a click, here’s the clunky meat and potatoes from the report that should’ve never been reported.
The NCAA’s scrutiny of Wade began not long after his hire at LSU in March, but the inquiry has stalled because of a lack of on-the-record specifics about Wade’s recruiting, according to a source. The NCAA’s information gathering has covered part of his time as head coach at VCU, according to a source. Wade’s early recruiting activity at LSU prompted the NCAA enforcement interest, according to a source.
The NCAA interest appears to be in its exploratory and information-gathering stages, according to sources.
LSU got good recruits, so the NCAA is seeing if he did anything illegal. So far they’ve found nothing. Was that worth a “SOURCES” report? Probably not.
Another 20-Win Season
Kentucky’s victory over Missouri was the 20th win of the 2017-18 season. John Calipari has reached at least 20 wins in all nine seasons at UK, a milestone he’s surpassed for 24 straight years, the longest streak in the nation. A few other impressive notes from the Mizzou win:
- Kentucky made 10-of-16 threes (62.5%) their best three-point shooting performance of the season.
- Kentucky had 17 assists, the most since the Monmouth game in December.
- Six players scored in double figures; it was the third straight game at least five players reached double digits.
- Quade Green has scored exactly 12 points in each game of Kentucky’s three-game win streak.
- The Cats scored 87 in consecutive games, the highest point total of the SEC season.
John Calipari will talk about it all on tonight’s call-in show at 6:00 on the UK Sports Network. Until then, you can get your Kentucky basketball fix by watching Inside the Madness and this new video from KY Wildcats TV.
The Journey has all been building towards the end of the season where we hoped to be playing our best basketball. We’re not quite there yet, but we’re getting close. #EmbraceTheJourney pic.twitter.com/lBAg0iOsX2
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) February 25, 2018
Happy Birthday Benny!
Young Benjamin Snell Jr. is celebrating a birthday. You can send your best wishes to Kentucky’s future all-time leading rusher (yeah, I said it) by Tweeting him @Benny_Snell. #SnellYeah
Get Out the Brooms
The Kentucky baseball team swept Oakland this weekend by a combined score of 42-13. They wrapped up the series with a 15-6 Sunday win. They’ll return to action tomorrow night at The Cliff vs. WKU.
College Basketball on TV
|7:00||#5 Duke at Virginia Tech||ESPN|
|7:00||Marquette at Georgetown||FS1|
|9:00||#6 Texas Tech at #21 West Virginia||ESPN2|
|9:00||Texas at #8 Kansas||ESPN|