Kentucky Gymnastics Ties Second-Highest Score in Program History in Win over Missouri

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 9 Kentucky (6-4, 3-4 SEC) posted a score of 197 or above for the third time in program history tonight as UK took down No. 20 Missouri, (3-6, 1-5 SEC), 197.100 -195.125 inside Memorial Coliseum on Friday night.

Kentucky’s score of 197.100 ties the second-highest score in program history and was matched against Auburn last season at home. UK’s highest score is a 197.475 in a home win over Alabama in 2017. The Wildcats’ previous high score this season was a 196.950 at Arkansas. That score still remains tied for the highest score on the road.

Sean Hjelle Nearly Flawless in Virtuoso Pitching Performance

Sean Hjelle (Barry Westerman/UK Athletics)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Sean Hjelle pitched 7.2 hitless innings and the offense backed him with its best effort of the season as No. 8 Kentucky dominated Oakland 10-1 in front of 3,154 fans in the opener of a three-game series.

Hjelle, who recorded his 17th career victory, did not allow a hit until Jordan Jackson lined a clean single to left field with two outs and two strikes in the eighth inning. He set a career-high with 13 strikeouts, recording two in each of the first five innings, and did not walk a batter. The only trouble he faced all afternoon was when the fifth inning started with a pair of errors but he retired the next three hitters and cruised from there.

Kentucky Splits Doubleheader on Friday at Citrus Classic

ORLANDO – The Kentucky softball team opened play at the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic on Friday afternoon, splitting a doubleheader with No. 22 Minnesota and Duke.

The Wildcats just couldn’t come up with the timely hit in the Minnesota game, falling to a late pinch-hit double with the bases loaded and two outs in the fourth inning.

UK got its bats going in the second game, touching up Duke for five runs on eight hits to take a 5-1 win, the Wildcats sixth of the season.

Calipari believes Knox will play against Missouri

John Calipari talks to Kevin Knox. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Will Kevin Knox Jr. play Saturday night against Missouri after his name surfaced in a story by YahooSports about the FBI investigation in college basketball?

Knox had his name appear in a document provided to Yahoo indicating he had lunch with agent Andy Miller or someone in his company, an allegation Knox’s father denied to WLEX-TV sports anchorn Alan Cutler Friday morning.

“I know nothing more than you guys know and that’s there’s no reason for me to speak on it. You guys know what I know,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said Friday afternoon.

Deputy AD DeWayne Peevy: “We have no additional information” on Yahoo report

Deputy Athletics Director DeWayne Peevy: “Before we get started with today’s media opportunity, I wanted to make a brief comment on this morning’s Yahoo! Sports story. Each of you have been provided a statement from Dr. (Eli) Capilouto, Mitch Barnhart and Coach (John) Calipari. We do not have any additional information to share with you at this time.

“Once we do have additional information to share, we will communicate that when appropriate. Coach Calipari is here today to talk about tomorrow’s game with Missouri. If you don’t have any questions about that, we can let him go to practice. Once again, we don’t have any additional information other than what we provided to you earlier in the statement and we’ll make Coach Calipari available for you.”

Arkansas could not rattle Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

When Kentucky needs him most, it seems like freshman guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander almost always comes through.

“That’s what we need him to do. He’s a point guard. He’s gotta make the decisions and the ball’s in his hands,” teammate Kevin Knox said after UK’s win at Arkansas Tuesday.

“Tonight, he did a great job at the end finding people in the lane, finishing at the rim and that’s what we need from him at the end of the game because the ball’s in his hands.”

Calipari: “I have no relationship with Andy Miller or any of his associates.”

John Calipari . (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Statements below from University of Kentucky officials regarding a report released by Yahoo! Sports about a federal investigation into college basketball.

Statement from President Eli Capilouto:

“As I said to our Board of Trustees this morning, we learned late last night of a report from Yahoo Sports that provides more details regarding documents related to the federal investigation of potential NCAA violations. We began immediately to conduct our due diligence, and we will cooperate fully with any appropriate authorities. That is our commitment as a university to our Board of Trustees and to the Commonwealth. I will keep you informed of any developments should they arise in this matter.”

Three UK players mentioned in documents released about FBI probe into college athletics

Bam Adebayo was the “Y” last Saturday when UK beat Alabama. (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Yahoo Sports released documents today involving the ongoing federal investigation into possible NCAA pay for play rules infractions and the names of three Kentucky players — freshman Kevin Knox Jr. and former players Bam Adebayo and Nerlens Noel — were included in the records.

Knox is mentioned in connection with a meeting or dinner with an agent, an allegation that his father, Kevin Knox Sr., denied in a conversation with WLEX-TV sports director Alan Cutler today.

Missouri can hit 3-pointers, may have Michael Porter back Saturday at Rupp Arena

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will test the Missouri defense again Saturday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

LSU coach Will Wade thought the key to beating Missouri would be limiting how many 3-point shots the Tigers made.

Well, that didn’t work out that well as Missouri made 12 of 21 3’s but only seven of 17 free throws in a 64-63 loss to LSU that snapped Missouri’s five-game winning streak.

“We outrebounded Missouri. That was only the third time we have outrebounded a team in conference play,” said Wade. “Missouri is a fantastic team. They can really shoot the ball and they are very physical on defense. They rotate and play very well defensively together. But what makes them dangerous is how they shoot the ball.”

Kentucky Gets SEC Road Win at Ole Miss

OXFORD, Miss. – Maci Morris scored 20 points as the Kentucky women’s basketball team beat Ole Miss 79-71 on Thursday night at the Pavillion at Ole Miss.

For Morris, the junior from Bell County (Ky.) High School, it was her fifth straight game with at least 20 points, and her 10th 20-point+ effort this season. With her effort on Thursday, Morris moved into 25th place on Kentucky’s career scoring list with 1,149 points.

Kentucky (14-15, 6-9 SEC) got 13 points from freshman Dorie Harrison, while junior guard Taylor Murray had her fifth career double-double with 12 points and a season-high tying 10 assists.