Vanderbilt has to prove to Calipari he can go all-out before he will play in a game

Jarred Vanderbilt has yet to play in a game this season. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Jared Vanderbilt has yet to play in a game for Kentucky this season and he certainly won’t play against Virginia Tech Saturday.

A preseason foot/leg injury has kept him sidelined even though Vanderbilt has hinted on social media that he might be close to playing. Kentucky coach John Calipari has changed the timeline for Vanderbilt’s possible return several times this year.

Calipari said Friday that assistant coach Kenny Payne told him Vanderbilt was making progress in workouts but the UK head coach said he has not talked with Vanderbilt about when he’ll actually play in a game.

Kentucky Hosts No. 3/4 Louisville Sunday in Memorial Coliseum

Maci Morris (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Looking to get back in the win column following a difficult road trip through the Sunshine State last weekend, the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team will play host to undefeated and third-ranked Louisville on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET inside Memorial Coliseum.   

The game will be televised nationally on the SEC Network with Pam Ward, Gail Goestenkors and Steffi Sorensen on the call. The action can also be seen through WatchESPN on computers, smartphones or tablets. Darren Headrick, now in his first year with the program, will be calling the game on the UK Sports Radio Network. Fans in Lexington can hear Headrick’s call on 630 AM WLAP.

Family feud: Cousins have talked a “little trash” going into Kentucky-Virginia Tech game on Saturday

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Jeff Houchin Photo)

Kentucky freshman Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has been waiting for Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech for months because he’ll be going against former high school teammate Nickeil Alexander-Walker. And they just happen to be cousins and long-time friends.

“It’s going to be weird. We’ve never gone against each other in a real basketball game. It should be a lot of fun and I’m excited,” Gilgeous-Alexander said Friday.

He shared a lot of other insights about Saturday’s matchup, too.

Killeya-Jones, Green both expected to play Saturday

Quade Green (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Sophomore forward Sacha Killeya-Jones and freshman point guard Quade Green both should be able to play Saturday when Kentucky hosts Virginia Tech.

Green missed most of the second half of a win over Monmouth after getting poked in the eye and Jones did not play in last Saturday’s win because of a sprained ankle.

Music City Bowl officials counting on western Kentucky fans coming to Nashville

By LARRY VAUGHT

Music City Bowl officials are banking on Kentucky football fans in western Kentucky turning out to see the Wildcats play Northwestern Dec. 29th — the same day UK and Louisville play basketball just a few hours before the bowl game starts.

Many speculated that the Music City Bowl would back off Kentucky because of the basketball game conflict. However, western Kentucky fans have always been very supportive when UK plays in Nashville.

Bowl officials are anticipating something will be done — perhaps at the stadium — to make it easy for UK fans to watch the basketball game before the bowl game.

Cats’ Schedule Shifts Gear — Will The Cats Do Likewise?

P.J. Washington (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By RICHARD CHEEKS, Contributing Writer

The Cats have navigated the first 9 games with only one defeat, at the hands of #5 Kansas by 4 points in the Champions Classic one month ago today. The Cats disposed of every other early season opponent. While the current wire service polls have the Cats ranked in the top 10, I believe these lofty rankings are the equivalent of fools’ gold. These Cats have simply not played well enough on a sustained basis to justify even a top 25 ranking because despite the 8-1 record, the Cats’ strength of schedule is #228 per Pomeroy’s data. The Cats’ current ANE ranks #51.

Wilderness Trail Distillery has unique Christmas gift idea

Looking for a unique Christmas gift for someone who has everything?

Wilderness Trail Distillery in Danville might have the perfect idea — a gift certificate to a Barrel Stave Painting Class at Wilderness Trail Distillery.

The class will be 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at the distillery. An instructor will walk you through personalizing a barrel stave with your family name, your town or your favorite saying.

Enjoy a cocktail with our Blue Heron Vodka or Harvest Rum or a mocktail while you create your keepsake — and all three choices are very popular.

Erik Daniels, Gerald Fitch, Garry Williams among UK athletes graduating Friday

LEXINGTON, Ky. – A total of 35 current and former University of Kentucky student-athletes will participate in Commencement ceremonies Friday (10 a.m. and 2 p.m.) at Rupp Arena.

Included in the honorees are six Wildcats – all of whom were All-Southeastern Conference honorees and played professionally – who returned to UK and completed degrees:

  • Erik Daniels (2001-04), All-SEC men’s basketball player and a member of two SEC championship teams, was in pro ball for 11 years, including one season for the NBA Sacramento Kings
  • Makayla Epps (2014-17), All-America/All-SEC women’s basketball player, currently playing for the WNBA Chicago Sky

Kentucky Basketball’s Recipe For Success: Cook Up Some Defense

By KEITH PEEL, Contributing Writer

The legendary boxer Jack Dempsey once said, “the best defense is a good offense.” Constantly attacking your opponent leaves them little time to worry about their own offense. In the case of the University of Kentucky Men’s Basketball Team it appears that the reverse may also be true. Here’s why.

Guest post: A Day To Remember

Nichole Mingey, left, listens to Tom Leach during the Leach Report. (Larry Vaught Photo)

Vaught’s note: Nichole Mingey is a student in the Boyle County High School web journalism class taught by Michelle Feistritzer.

By NICHOLE MINGEY, Contributing Writer

Not many high school students can say that they have taken a class field trip to a news and radio station studio all in one day. However, as a student in the Web Journalism class at Boyle County High School, I, along with eight others, can attest to this incredible opportunity to meet well known personalities and to network.