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Go watch the UK Hoops team in action

Look, I won’t hesitate to tell you that it’s hard to like women’s basketball. The athleticism just isn’t anywhere near what it is on the men’s side, and the highlight reel plays, high-flying dunks, and fast-paced excitement is what makes basketball so fun to watch. I’ll be honest, I used to hate women’s basketball. You couldn’t have paid me to go sit through a game, five or six years ago. But over the past few years, I opened up to the sport and got to where I, we’ll say, “tolerated” it. I could go to a game but I’d still spend the majority of the time playing with my phone. Now, however, I can honestly say I enjoy it.

Matthew Mitchell has a good thing going with the women’s basketball program at UK. The team is 14-2, ranked No. 9 in the country, and only getting better as the year progresses. But I’m not just impressed with what they’re doing on the court; UK has made attending games at Memorial Coliseum very enjoyable for the fans.

While an Anthony Davis block or a Michael Kidd-Gilchrist dunk are the selling points for UK basketball, I’d say the fan experience draws a large majority of the Hoops fans to Memorial. It’s just a completely different atmosphere. If you have any hands at all, you’re probably going to catch a t-shirt during a timeout. On top of that, you’re going to leave with a poster and, if you wait around, that poster will be autographed by one of the players. You want more? That ticket stub will get you free Cane’s if the team scores 35 in the first half (they’ve done it in all ten games at Memorial this season) and your UK Hoops Card will get you a reward at every game. All that, plus a good basketball team, and you only paid $7.00 to get in.

I attended my first Hoops game of the season on Sunday against Mississippi State. The student section was pretty thin because of the break, but it was still a pretty solid turnout throughout the gym. I was really impressed by the team and player introductions (UK doesn’t half-ass it for the women’s team), the play on the court (they’re talented and they’re deep), and the crowd support. The seats might not sell out, but the people who show up are there to cheer. There’s no company seats or casual evenings out at Memorial. If you’re there, you’re there to be loud, have fun, and watch good basketball.

So, do yourself a favor and go to a game. Show your support for the ninth-ranked UK Hoops team. If you don’t have fun, we’ll give you a week of KSR posts for free. I bet we could even get Coach Mitchell to dance for you.

Go Hoops.


UK Hoops next home game is Thursday night against No. 6 Tennessee. A limited number of general admission tickets are still available and can be purchased through the UK ticket office.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

7 Comments for Go watch the UK Hoops team in action

  1. tdogg4033011
    10:01 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    I’m with ya Drew, I wouldn’t watch a womens game either. I wouldn’t say I enjoy
    it, but I’ll watch a UK womens game now. GO CATS !!

  2. jimmy dinklewinker
    10:15 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    Matthew Mitchell and his entire staff, including Susan Lax, get it done on a high level! Go see them, it will be worth it!!!!

  3. Basketball Fan
    11:30 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    What a waste of time. Women don’t play basketball.

  4. OldDog
    12:04 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    Everybody should go see a game in Memorial Coliseum, whoever is playing. It’s part of being a hardcore UK fan.

  5. Wildcat44
    12:15 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    Let’s go kick the lady vols butt. 3’s a da

  6. 1daysoon
    8:16 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    Do yourself a favor and watch the Lady Cats the next time they are on TV. They are very exciting to watch, they NEVER slow down. I find it very entertaining to watch. While they may not be at athletic, believe it or not, they or much better at the fundamentals of basketball.

    Then once you a hooked, go watch a game a Memorial. Walk around at halftime and get a feel for the home of the longest home winning streak in college basketball history.

    Lady Cats Rock!

    7:09 am January 11, 2012 Permalink

    Hate the Kentucky Hoops name, go back to the Lady Cats.