March 2016 archive

Dave Gavitt apologizes for NCAA telling South Carolina it was in tourney

This is a statement from NCAA vice president of men’s basketball championships Dan Gavitt, regarding a report that the University of South Carolina men’s basketball team being invited to the NCAA tournament.

“Unfortunately, during the selection show a junior men’s basketball staff member mistakenly sent a text to a member of the University of South Carolina athletics department staff via an app we used for the first time during the 2016 tournament. The text was supposed to go to all teams, congratulating them for making the tournament. Regrettably, a text meant for another institution went to South Carolina instead.

Kyle Wiltjer will be on Cameron Mills radio show Saturday airing from Harrodsburg

By LARRY VAUGHT

Former Kentucky basketball player Kyle Wiltjer will join Cameron Mills on his weekly radio show on FoxSports 1580 AM out of Lexington this Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon.

The show will air from Klosterman Eye Associates in Harrodsburg. Dr. Jeff Klosterman hosted a Kentucky Sports Radio remote with Ryan Lemond, Drew Franklin and Jared Lorenzen a few months ago that drew a big crowd.

Wiltjer played two years at UK, including the 2012 national championship season, before transferring to Gonzaga for his final two seasons.

Wenyen Gabriel added to Jordan Brand Classic

Wenyen Gabriel NLI 11-11-15 26LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky men’s basketball signee Wenyen Gabriel has been added to the Jordan Brand Classic and will play in the annual high-school all-star game in Brooklyn, N.Y., on April 15.

Gabriel will join fellow UK signees Edrice “Bam” Adebayo, De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk in the game. Adebayo, Fox and Monk were among the original 16 players selected.

The game, featuring the top players from across the country, will be the nightcap of four games on April 15. The day will also feature an international game, the girls national game and a regional game featuring players form the New York City area.

Kelsey Nunley Named Senior CLASS Award Finalist

-1LEXINGTON, Ky. – Senior pitcher Kelsey Nunley for the No. 12 Kentucky softball season has been named as one of the final 10 finalists for the 2016 Senior CLASS Award, it was announced by the Premier Sports Management group in Overland Park, Kan., on Wednesday.

Fans will be able to vote for Nunley one time every day beginning on Wednesday through May 9, when voting closes after the 2016 Women’s College World Series.

UK signee Lindsey Corsaro in McDonald’s Game at 6:30 on ESPNU

Lindsey Corsaro (McDonald's Photo)

Lindsey Corsaro (McDonald’s Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Lindsey Corsaro, who signed her National Letter of Intent to play basketball at Kentucky in November, is one of 24 high school women’s players selected to play in Wednesday’s 2016 McDonald’s All-American Game. 

Corsaro, a 6-foot guard out of Roncalli High School in Indianapolis, will play for the East team in the game, which will start at 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU. The game will be played at the United Center in Chicago. 

ESPN2 will air Nike Hoop Summit with UK signees Fox, Gabriel

De'Aaron Fox (McDonald's Photo)

De’Aaron Fox (McDonald’s Photo)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (March 29, 2016) – The 2016 Nike Hoop Summit will be broadcast live on ESPN2 at 3 p.m. EDT on Saturday, April 9 from the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. Mike Couzens will handle play-by-play and Paul Biancardi and Fran Fraschilla will be analysts.

The game also will air live on ESPN Deportes and will be available on the WatchESPN app.

Fox, Monk, Adebayo honored by USA Today

Bam Adebayo (McDonald's All-American Photo)

Bam Adebayo (McDonald’s All-American Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Three Kentucky men’s basketball signees – De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk and Edrice “Bam” Adebayo – were named to the All-USA Boys Basketball Teams. USA TODAY announced the teams on Tuesday.

Fox was named to the first team, Monk made the second team and Adebayo earned third-team honors.

The teams were selected by Jim Halley with input from USA TODAY Sports’ Jason Jordan, high school coaches and recruiting experts.

Fox (first team), Adebayo (second team) and Monk (second team) were named to the Naismith Boys’ Basketball All-America teams earlier this year.

Ramsey, Horton okay but TE Greg Hart needs pinky surgery

By LARRY VAUGHT

Offensive lineman Ramsey Meyers returned to practice Tuesday after being held out of Saturday’s scrimmage. He started every game last season at guard.

“He was back out there today part go. He got a head injury, so he’s out with that right now,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said Tuesday.

Running back Mike Horton was also “out there” for practice after suffering a minor injury late in Saturday’s scrimmage when he was hit on his shin.

Tight end Greg Hart, a transfer from Nebraska, was hurt catching a pass and is not back at practice.

De’Niro Laster, Kobie Walker impressing Stoops at linebacker

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky needs to find playmakers at linebacker and Kentucky coach Mark Stoops sounded Tuesday that he likes what he is seeing from transfer De’Niro Laster and redshirt freshman Kobie Walker.

Stoops said Laster, a transfer from Minnesota, has a “high motor” daily and is being used at both inside and outside linebacker.

“He’s versatile. We’ve got to find the right spot for him. He could play outside; he could play inside just as well. I’m anxious to see how we progress here through spring and see how he does. I have high hopes for him and we’ve got to make sure we put him in the right spot,” Stoops said.

Guest post: Despite UK loss, Des Moines was great host city for BBN fan

Vaught’s note: Kentucky fan Jessica Jones got a chance to attend UK’s games in Des Moines, She wrote about her excitement before the Indiana game and this story — which was delayed due to the death of a family member — tells more about the NCAA experience for her. Enjoy.

By JESSICA JONES

The city of Des Moines was buzzing with NCAA fever. Huge programs were coming. My nearest city would host Kentucky for the NCAA tournament. I can’t begin to describe how excited I was.
When I arrived in Des Moines Thursday night for Kentucky’s game against Stony Brook I was thrilled. I had been waiting and hoping for over a year that my team would come to my town. Walking around downtown I began to get to worry. There were not many Kentucky fans to be seen. I saw the UK team bus and watched the guys board the bus. When I got in the arena it was different than any postseason experience I have ever had (and if you read the last blog, I’ve been to several). Over 3/4 of the arena was filled with Iowa and Iowa State fans. There were several Indiana fans and a few specks of blue through out the arena.
Once the game started the Iowa and Iowa State fans in the arena began cheering for Stony Brook. When Kentucky did something exciting, I jumped out of my seat clapping and cheering. I was the only one in my section. It was a weird feeling. Luckily Kentucky started to pull away and the arena started to empty. Just a host of Kentucky fans remained to watch the Cats finish off Stony Brook.
When I arrived downtown Saturday, I was pleasantly surprised to see significantly more Kentucky fans out and about. I felt like this was a good sign. I even attended the pep rally at a local bar which was a lot of fun. I met several other Kentucky fans and even one from Iowa.
Walking into the arena was again a little awkward. Most of the fans there were neutral and out to enjoy a Saturday afternoon ball game. Iowans were definitely excited about the NCAA tournament but it made for a bit of a quiet game. Unfortunately we lost but the nice thing is I had a short drive home and there was only one rude person (a Kansas fan).
Local people locked fans out of the ticket market but I assure you, next time BBN gets sent to Des Moines I urge the BBN to show up! While online ticket prices were high, tickets were easily available on the street for cheap — this will be my lesson for next time!
Des Moines itself was an excellent host. There are several hotels within easy walking distance to the arena, better than most cities I have been to. The downtown area and “fan zone” were very much alive and happening! There were several restaurants and bars to visit but the best thing was food trucks. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to grab a bite to eat before a game only to find there were 2 hour long waits. In Des Moines, there were several food trucks parked in the fan zone area for a convenient and quick bite to eat. If you’re like me you can’t eat during the game because of the intense cheering! This was a nice option that I haven’t seen in any other city thus far.
If you’re from Iowa you’ve hear of the Iowa Craft Beer Tent. It’s a beer tent full of 20+ different kinds of beers all made in Iowa. My favorite is a cider beer. They had their tent set up in the fan zone complete with TVs for March Madness viewing. The Iowa Craft Beer Tent is well equipped for handling large crowds and made getting a tasty beer quick and easy to get!
Des Moines will host the tournament again, I’m positive. I know they’re putting bids in for the 2019-2021 tournaments. I’m certain they’ll get one of those years. Will Kentucky be placed in Des Moines again? Unlikely. However IF they do, I urge the BBN to come cheer on your Wildcats in a great city. I’ll be sure to post a list of places to go and things to do! Looking forward to next year, Go Big Blue!