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Skinner vs. Cal and This Week’s Match-ups

(H/t Regina Rickert)

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. UK Men’s Basketball vs. Women’s Volleyball.

In his press conference this week, Coach Skinner talked a little basketball. Freshman basketball player Marcus Lee spent some time with the Volleyball Team over the summer attending camp and practices. He even worked out with the team. Skinner said Marcus was very athletic, but didn’t think playing volleyball would be a challenge for him.

This must have given the two head coaches an idea because Skinner went on to say, “Cal and I have been trying to get a match between his guys and ours, but for some reason they won’t let us play that.” It is still in the works and hopefully the students will get to see it soon.

What do you think? Who would win in that match-up?


Coming up this week:


In the latest rankings the girls moved up to #17 thanks to four straight wins. On top of playing Louisville this week, the girls have the Bluegrass Battle on tap, and they will play host to three other teams: Louisville, Minnesota, and Pepperdine.

Here is some information about the teams UK will face this week:


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The girls play Louisville tonight at 7, and then the rest of the matches continue on Friday.

Louisville dropped out of the rankings this week from No. 17. The Cards are currently 2-3 on the season. Their schedule has not been comparable to UK’s either. UK is 2-3 in the Skinner era against Louisville and this week will give them a chance to tie it up.

When buying tickets from the ticket office tomorrow night say “Make some Noise” and get in for only $2. Students get in for free.  There will also be FREE Club Roof tank tops given to the first 200 students who get to the match. In addition, if you attended the UK basketball alumni game bring in your ticket for free admission. UK Athletics is really putting out all the stops for this rivalry match and it should be a great one!




In what might be the most challenging match of the season, the girl’s will face off against #4 ranked Minnesota. The Gophers are currently 7-0 on the season. In fact, they haven’t even lost a set. Needless to say, if Kentucky wants to turn heads, this would be the match to win.

The two teams haven’t met in the Skinner era, so it is hard to say how they react with each other. There are two things that will help the girls pull out a W. 1) A great crowd and 2.) Adrenaline from a win against Louisville.



Pepperdine is 4-2 on the season after hosting two tournaments in Malibu. Pepperdine received some preseason votes, but they’ve never made an appearance in the top 25. They have only played one ranked team, Wisconsin, who is currently ranked #25. They haven’t played in the Skinner era.

In his press conference this week, Coach Skinner said, “Smoothing things out has been very important these first six matches.” Hopefully he has found the lineup he has been looking for because this week’s schedule will definitely be a challenging one.

Head over to to get your tickets for the matches, because it is sure to be a great show!

Make sure to follow me on Twitter for updates: @Sealey_KSR

Article written by Courtney Hessler

Ashley Judd is my spirit animal. Follow me on twitter at: @Hessler_KSR

1 Comment for Skinner vs. Cal and This Week’s Match-ups

  1. vballfan
    1:21 pm September 10, 2013 Permalink

    Marcus was one of the best volleyball players in Cali, but the women’s team would destroy the men’s bball team.