348-pound lineman Nick Lewis commits to Cats

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky added a “big” verbal commitment today when Florida offensive lineman Nick Lewis, a former Washington State commitment, switched to the Wildcats.

Lewis, a three-star offensive tackle from Jacksonville, is listed at 6-9, 348 pounds. He had at least 20 Division I offers even though he had been committed to Washington State since early October.

Kentucky Radio Network football analyst Freddie Maggard thought one of the top storylines from UK’s early signing period was the addition of offensive linemen Darian Kinnard of Cleveland, Kenneth Horsey of Florida and Quinton Wilson of Cincinnati.

UK’s length on perimeter worries Howland

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Mississippi State coach Ben Howland obviously buys what Kentucky coach John Calipari is selling about most of UK’s issues this year being due to the team’s youth.

“I tell you what, they’re pretty good. I mean they’re long. The biggest difference is previous years they’ve had smaller guardsmen,” Howland said Monday. “You look at them right now, and they’re playing huge length. (Shai Gilgeous-) Alexander, he’s your point guard. He’s 6-6. So they’re playing a lot more zone.

UK vs South Carolina Photo Gallery

Photos by Vicky Graff

Former Wildcat Larry Warford Selected to NFL Pro Bowl

Larry Warford, center.
(Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

LEXINGTON, Ky. –  Former University of Kentucky guard Larry Warford was one of a franchise-high seven players chosen from the New Orleans Saints to play in the prestigious Pro Bowl in Orlando, it was announced Sunday. The Pro Bowl is set for January 28 at 3 p.m. ET at the Camping World Stadium and will be televised on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, and simulcast on ABC.

Maria Montgomery joins me on WKYB-FM Tuesday

Maria Montgomery with Ravi Moss at Rupp Arena. (Gary Moyers Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Former Miss Kentucky USA Maria Montgomery will join me on WKYB (107.5 FM, wkybfm.com) Tuesday from 9-10 a.m.

She’s currently working at co-host at Rupp Arena for Kentucky home basketball games with former Wildcat Ravi Moss. They entertain the crowd before and during the games.

Montgomery, a Boyle native who still lives in Boyle County, is a successful model. She was fourth runner-up at the 2009 Miss USA pageant.

Does Florida’s road record already show it is close to wrapping up SEC title?

Coach Mike White has Florida on top of the SEC and poised to win the league title. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky was favored to win another Southeastern Conference championship this season.

But is that possible now that UK has dropped to only 4-3 in SEC play after Saturday’s home loss to Florida?

Florida is 6-4. Auburn — yes, Auburn — is 5-1.  Alabama is now 5-2. Tennessee is 4-3 like UK and Missouri is 3-3.

Kentucky still has to play at Auburn, Missouri, Florida, Texas A&M and Arkansas.

Morris knows she must continue to play despite knee pain

Maci Morris (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

She had 19 points and seemed to get more into an offensive flow the more she played. However, Kentucky junior Maci Morris admitted after Sunday’s game that the knee injury that forced her to miss UK’s loss at Vanderbilt did start bothering her.

“It got a little sore towards the end of the game, but I’ve just got to continue to rest a little bit and take care of that and just push through it because my team needs me. So, I’ve got to be up there for them,” Morris said.

Calipari: Cats don’t have to make a lot of 3’s

Kevin Knox (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Inconsistent 3-point shooting has been a recent problem for Kentucky, but coach John Calipari believes getting Quade Green back in the lineup will help take care of that.

“Quade being out has affected us. Kevin Knox hasn’t been shooting the ball particularly well,” Calipari said after Saturday’s loss to Florida. “I would have liked us to have made six (against Florida), two more, but when you look at it, where was my man — Quade was 0-for-4. You’re hoping he’s a 2-for-4 and all of a sudden you’ve made six, seven, and that’s pretty good. That’s enough for us. We make seven, six, that’s good, we’re fine.

Alabama receiver commits to Cats

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky’s 2018 recruiting class got another addition Sunday when Alabama receiver LiAllen Dailey announced on Twitter that he had committed to the Wildcats.

 

He is a 6-3, 195-pound three-star prospect out of Pinson, Ala. He also had offers from Louisville, Toledo, UAB and Arkansas State .

“First off I want to thank God for giving me this talent to play the game I love so much,” Dailey posted on Twitter. “I want to thank all my family and friends, and I especially want to thank my coaches and teammates for giving a chance to play college football.

UK-South Carolina notes, numbers

Taylor Murray (Vicky Graff Photo)

KENTUCKY WBB POSTGAME NOTES

Kentucky vs. South Carolina

Rupp Arena – Lexington, Ky.

Jan. 21, 2018

 

FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 64, No. 10 South Carolina 81

 

Team Records and Series Notes

–          Kentucky falls to 9-11 overall, 1-5 in Southeastern Conference play this season, while South Carolina rises to 16-3, 5-2 SEC.

–          Matthew Mitchell is in his 11th season as head coach at Kentucky. He is the winningest head coach in program history at 250-111.

–          The Wildcats still lead the all-time series between the two programs, 33-29.