Kentucky commit Dontaie Allen began his season with a 50-burger.
The in-state signee scored a career-high 52 of his team’s 76 points Monday night. Allen’s efforts propelled Pendleton County past Williamstown, a team that was 2-29 a year ago, for a 30-point victory. Despite the competition, Allen’s moves are impressive against anybody. From LEX-18:
— Jonathan Dunn (@jdunnlex18) November 27, 2018
This year is one of the rare opportunities you’ll get to see a Kentucky commit in action around the state. John Calipari’s first in-state signee in years, Allen will play at the Marshall County Hoop Fest December 1, at George Rogers Clark December 7, in an Ashland Christmas tournament between December 27-29 and in Lexington at Sayre January 4. For more dates, see Pendleton County’s entire schedule here.
Football Coaches are on the Road
Two days after Kentucky’s season ended at Cardinal Stadium, Mark Stoops’s staff returned to Louisville to recruit. Kentucky coaches conducted in-home visits with a pair of committed prospects, Demontae Crumes and Shawnkel Knight-Goff.
They also brought a huge contingency to see the state’s top uncommitted prospect, J.J. Weaver. Mark Stoops, Vince Marrow, Brad White and Matt House visited Weaver and his Kentucky-clad mother four days before he announces his college decision. Many expect he will choose Kentucky over Miami, Louisville, Tennessee, Cincinnati and Purdue.
His mother’s Instagram caption should have UK fans feeling even more optimistic: “KENTUCKY’S in the house!!!! I am like a kid in a candy store…all smiles?? You guys have been the best and very professional. Thanks for visiting, Y’all come back now ya hear?”
I’ll be at Louisville Moore High School this Friday afternoon at 3:30 to see Weaver’s highly anticipated announcement.
New CFB Playoff Rankings
Kentucky’s bowl picture will become clearer tonight at 7:00 on ESPN. If the Cats are outside of the Top 12, prepare for a New Year’s holiday in Florida.
This afternoon around 1:30 we’ll get to hear from a slew of coaches at Memorial Coliseum. The UK volleyball team will kick things off with SEC Coach of the Year Craig Skinner and SEC Player of the Year Leah Edmond. They’ll be followed by select men’s basketball players and John Calipari ahead of tomorrow night’s game against Monmouth. Matthew Mitchell will wrap things up after his team went 3-0 in the Paradise Jam.
Tickets to Volleyball, Soccer, Basketball and Bowls
Friday night a pair of NCAA Tournaments are coming to Lexington. The 10th-seeded Wildcats begin play at 7:30 against Murray State. With a win they will play the winner of Purdue-ETSU the following night at 7:30. Get your tickets to each session here.
Before the volleyball team takes the court, the UK men’s soccer team will host Maryland in the Elite Eight at The Bell at 6:00 p.m. Tickets to see Kentucky play for an appearance in their first College Cup are only $10.
Speaking of tickets, ERupption Zone tickets not claimed by students will be available for $15 each for the Monmouth and UNC Greensboro men’s basketball home games. They will be sold at the Rupp Box Office on game day, beginning 90 mins prior to tip-off, while supplies last. Also, season-ticket holders who plan on going to Kentucky’s bowl game need to register ASAP. Go through your MyUK account before Thursday at 4:00 to help build the Cats’ bowl street crew.
The only thing better than this powerful dunk is the color analyst’s piping hot take.
WHAT A DUNK BY JA MORANT pic.twitter.com/1hQ2mFNf2o
— Frankie Vision (@FrankieVision) November 27, 2018
ACC/Big Ten Challenge
There are a couple of marquee matchups in college basketball tonight.
- 7:30: #9 Michigan State at Louisville on ESPN
- 8:00: #5 Nevada at Loyola-Chicago on ESPNews
- 9:00: NC State at Wisconsin on ESPN2
- 9:00: Pitt at Iowa on ESPNU
- 9:00: Temple at Missouri on SEC Network
- 9:30: Indiana at #3 Duke
Orlando “Tubby” Smith has made quite a few stops since he coached the Kentucky Wildcats. Now at his alma mater of High Point, the season just began and he already has something to celebrate. Saturday Tubby won his 600th game as a head coach after High Point defeated ECU 55-52.
— HPU Men's Basketball (@HPUMBB) November 25, 2018