May 2016 archive

Tai Wynyard going for 2nd 3-on-3 gold medal

Tai Wynyard (UK Athletics Photo)

Tai Wynyard (UK Athletics Photo)

ASTANA, Kazakhstan – Kentucky men’s basketball freshman forward Tai Wynyard will represent New Zealand in the FIBA 3-on-3 U18 World Championships this week for a second consecutive year after leading his home country to the gold medal in 2015.

After dropping their opener last year, Wynyard led the Kiwis to eight straight wins, the championship and most valuable player honors.

This year’s 3-on-3 tournament will begin Wednesday in Astana, Kazakhstan. Wynyard’s team begins group play Thursday vs. the Philippines in pool play.

Carter all-in with Trent package, but he likes UK best


Wendell Carter Jr. likely is the No. 1 prospect in the 2017 recruiting class and had justified that with 30 points, 16 rebounds and five blocked shots in a recent matchup with DeAndre Ayton, the No. 2 player in the 2017 class.

Carter and Gary Trent Jr. have talked openly about a package deal in college and over the weekend Carter told that they definitely will go to college together.

That could be good — or bad — for Kentucky since Duke and UK seem to be the two major players for the package deal.

Guest post: Why do fans love Dominique Hawkins so much?

Dominique Hawkins (Vicky Graff Photo)

Dominique Hawkins (Vicky Graff Photo)

By JESSICA JONES (@thereal_jones)

Another highly touted recruiting class will make its way to Lexington this summer but this year John Calipari will have something he’s rarely had in his tenure at Kentucky: three seniors. Derek Willis, Mychal Mulder, and Dominique Hawkins will be honored at senior day this season. Perhaps one of the fan favorites is Dominique Hawkins.

Dom came in with a highly anticipated recruiting class that included the Harrison twins, James Young, Marcus Lee and Julius Randle. In his career he has been apart of two Final Fours; including the 38 game winning 2015 Cats. He’ll finish his career with another top-ranked recruiting class and hopefully hanging number 9 in Rupp.
Why do we love Dom?
If you remember Dominique secretly got a Kentucky offer and kept it under wraps up until his announcement in April 2013. I remember being very excited to have a local kid joining the Wildcats. Dom, from Richmond, KY, gets to live out the dream of every boy growing up in Kentucky: Becoming a Kentucky Wildcat. This alone would make him a fan favorite but Dom gives so much more.
Upon Dom’s commitment, Coach Calipari noted his toughness as key reason for recruiting him. Dominique wouldn’t get the starting minutes of guys like Andrew Harrison or James Young but from day one Wildcat fans knew he would see the floor for valuable minutes. Hawkins has always willingly accepted his role on the team. More than that, he truly understands what it means to wear Kentucky blue.
Dominique also has one of the most infectious smiles I have ever seen and many fans enjoy his humble smile. As a young man growing up in Kentucky, one couldn’t imagine more of a dream come true than Dom’s March/April 2013: Winning the Kentucky state championship, being named Kentucky Mr. Basketball, and receiving a college scholarship offer from John Calipari at the University of Kentucky. Dominique is kind, humble, and virtually every Kentucky fan is pulling for his success.
 Notable moments:
As a freshmen, Dom played a key defensive role in the epic Final Four run of 2013 against Louisville and Michigan. As a sophomore, Cal used Dom in the platoon system as a relief guy. During his sophomore season, Dom started to emerge as more than just a defensive guy, starting to find the basket as well. During his junior season, Dom fought injuries — breaking his hand and spraining an ankle. Despite an injury plagued season, I think it was his best season yet. Dominique really showed up against Louisville by draining three 3-pointers in the victory.
What does Dominique bring to the 2016-2017 Cats?
As noted before, Dominique will be a key defensive guy especially with the departure of Charles Matthews. I look for Dom to have a key role off the bench. He may be used more in certain match-up situations.
More than that, I expect Dom to have a huge leadership role off the court. Kentucky will bring in five freshmen and Dom will have to step into the leadership role. I imagine he will be a quiet leader much like Darius Miller.
Dom also got really confident with his shooting last year and I look for that to grow especially with all the driving guards Kentucky has coming in. I couldn’t be more proud of Dominique and I’m excited to see him play this season.

Snyder, McDaniel Pace Cats to 13th Place Finish at NCAAs

Senior David Snyder led UK with a 72 in his final round for the Wildcats. (UK Athletics/Ryan Frazer)

Senior David Snyder led UK with a 72 in his final round for the Wildcats. (UK Athletics/Ryan Frazer)

EUGENE, Ore. – The Kentucky men’s golf team’s bid to advance to match play at the NCAA Championship came up just short on Sunday in Eugene, Ore., but that does not diminish its rise to become one of the nation’s top teams in 2016 in which the Wildcats achieved this year.

From a non-tournament team a season ago, to one of the top-15 teams in the country in 2016 the Wildcats enjoyed one of the best seasons in the country under the tutelage of Brian Craig who led his team to the NCAA Championship for the sixth time in his tenure.

SEC has 7 teams in NCAA tourney, but UK not one of them

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—–Seven Southeastern Conference teams were selected to compete for the 2016 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship, according to an announcement Monday by the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee. Four teams from the SEC – Florida, Texas A&M, Mississippi State and LSU – were selected as national seeds. This marks the first time any conference has earned four national seeds.

The top eight national seeds are Florida, Louisville, Miami, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Mississippi State, Clemson and LSU.

SEC schools earning bids include Florida, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt. All seven SEC schools – an NCAA record – will serve as hosts sites for NCAA Regional play.

Golfer Chip McDaniel earns all-region honor

EUGENE, Ore. – Sophomore Tyler “Chip” McDaniel has added to his postseason accolades with selection to the Southeast Ping Golf Coaches Association of America All-Region team it was announced on Sunday. McDaniel also hauled in All-Southeastern Conference honors following a runner-up finish at the SEC Championship.

The Manchester, Ky., native has enjoyed a breakout year on the course with six top-five finishes in his second season with the Wildcats. Among those top-five finishes include runner-up at the SEC Championship and a tie for fourth at the Tuscaloosa Regional to send UK to the NCAA Championship for the first time since 2014.

ESPN’s Shannon Spake will join us on WPBK-FM Tuesday morning

Shannon Spake with her twin sons

Shannon Spake with her twin sons


WPBK-FM (102.9) and listeners are going to be in for a treat Tuesday from 7:30-8 a.m. when ESPN’s Shannon Spake joins myself and Tim Estes.

There’s no ESPN analyst I respect more than Spake — and no ESPN analyst that Kentucky basketball fans like more and for good reason. Coaches and players also respect her, which is the surest sign she is very, very good at what she does.

We are obviously going to talk UK basketball and college basketball in general. But she can also talk football and NASCAR and a lot, lot more.

Kentucky golf advances to qualifying round for match play

-1EUGENE, Ore. – One day at a time. One hole at a time. One stroke at a time.

The Kentucky men’s golf team has lived that mantra all week and it has paid off as UK will move on to the qualifying round for match play after finishing 11th overall following 54 holes at the 2016 NCAA Championship in Eugene, Ore., on Sunday. Kentucky is in the field among 15 teams who will compete for a spot in the final eight in match play which will begin on Tuesday.

Chasing Mark Buerger in Marching Ant 5K will start my Memorial Day

Mark Buerger getting ready for his 22-minute 5K Monday.

Mark Buerger getting ready for his 22-minute 5K Monday.


One advantage of  now being my own boss is that for the first time, I am basically enjoying a three-day Memorial Day holiday.

Saturday that included getting to join Michelle and Mark Buerger at a graduation party in honor of their son, Jacob. Trust me, it was vintage Mark Buerger — and that’s all I will say.

Today to got to join Mark for two hours on Community Trust Bank WLAP Sunday Morning Sports on WLAP (630 AM). Again, it was vintage Mark slobbering about auto racing and cutting off a few callers.

Kendra Harrison breaks American record

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The 2015 NCAA champion broke the American record of 12.26 held since 2013 by Brianna Rollins – who went on to win the IAAF World Championship that year.

The time of 12.24 is the second-fastest performance in history and the fastest ever on American soil.

Only Yordanka Donkova’s world record of 12.21, set in 1988, is faster than Harrison’s winning time.