Metzger and Rainwater Double to Push UK Past Northern Kentucky

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – In a tight midweek affair, the No. 16 Kentucky softball team eked out a 2-1 road win on Wednesday afternoon, scoring the game-winning run in the top of the seventh to down the Northern Kentucky Norse in front of over 300 people at Grein Stadium.

With the game tied 1-1 in the top of the seventh inning, Rachael Metzger led off the inning with a double off the wall in left field, which would turn out to be the game-winning run in the form of pinch runner Brynlee Bigelow. Bigelow scored on a double by Sarah Rainwater with one out to score the winning run.

Guest post: One decision can have a huge impact on the college basketball landscape

Malik Monk (Vicky Graff Photo)

By KEITH PEEL

Did you ever think about how some decisions can seem insignificant to most people but can come back to have major ramifications in certain areas of life?

Take for instance the decision of a high school student from a small town in Arkansas deciding where he will go to college. Let’s take Malik Monk as an example. He had to make a difficult choice between attending a university in his home state of Arkansas or go out-of-state to attend college. A lot of high school seniors do that each year. It is a difficult choice for the student and his family but not a significant issue for the general public.

Three UK signees, one UK commit play in McDonald’s All-American Game tonight

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky men’s basketball fans will have the opportunity to scout its future roster on Wednesday when three of its signees will take part in the annual McDonald’s All American Game from the United Center in Chicago. Three of UK’s top-ranked recruiting class — Quade Green, Nick Richards and P.J. Washington will suit up for the East team with the game airing live on ESPN at 7 p.m.

Joining an elite list that features some of the greatest players to ever play for Kentucky, incoming Wildcats Green, Richards and Washington were selected to participate in the 40th annual McDonald’s All-American Game in January.

Guest post: Let NCAA know how you feel about North Carolina-UK officiating

De’Aaron Fox (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By RICHARD CHEEKS

As I watched the game on Sunday evening, I was struck by the degree to which John Higgins displayed his obvious anti-Kentucky bias and agenda on national television.  At halftime, I was convinced that he, and he alone, was responsible for a 10 point swing in the halftime margin. 

 

  • The two baskets by Edrice (BAM) Adebayo that he wiped off,
  • The mugging that various UK players sustained without fouls called on the North Carolina offending players,
  • The take out of the key UK players with foul trouble,

Three Kentucky Signees Named All-USA All-Americans

Quade Green (Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)

Lexington – Three future Kentucky men’s basketball players were honored by USA Today for their stellar senior seasons as All-USA Boys Basketball members on Tuesday. P.J. Washington earned a second-team nod, while Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Quade Green were members of the third team.

USA Today comprises three teams made up of five players each for their All-America teams, highlighting the play of senior men’s basketball players throughout the country each year.

Monk Earns Consensus All-America Second Team Status with AP Honor

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky freshman guard Malik Monk has secured NCAA consensus All-America status with his selection to the Associated Press All-America Second Team on Tuesday. Monk is the eighth player during John Calipari’s tenure to earn consensus All-America distinction in his eight seasons as head coach.

Monk was tabbed to the second team of each of the NCAA’s four recognized organizations (AP, National Association of Basketball Coaches, United States Basketball Writers Association, Sporting News) it uses to determine consensus status.

Willis will play in Reese’s All-Star Game

Derek Willis (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky senior Derek Willis will be in Phoeniz for the Final Four after all.

Kentucky lost 75-73 to North Carolina Sunday, but on his weekly radio show UK coach John Calipari said Monday that Willis had been invited to the Reese’s College All-Star Game. He’s also been invited to the Portsmouth Invitational April 12 in Portsmouth, Va., to be evaluated before the NBA draft.

Willis averaged 7.0 points and 5.4 rebounds per game this year for Kentucky (32-6).

Colin Cowherd proves old saying is true

John Calipari (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

You can’t fix stupid. Not sure who told me that, but every day I see something that reminds me of that saying.

Once again national radio talk show host Colin Cowherd has shown that saying is true.

He blasted Kentucky coach John Calipari — something he constantly does — this week after UK lost 75-73 to North Carolina in the Elite Eight.

He blamed Calipari for UK blowing a five-point lead in the final five minutes and said there was never an excuse for UK not going deeper in the tournament.

Monk Named to Wooden All-American Team

LOS ANGELES – Kentucky men’s basketball freshman guard Malik Monk was named a Wooden All-American on Monday by the Los Angeles Athletic Club after leading the Wildcats to Southeastern Conference regular-season and tournament championships as well as a memorable run to the Elite Eight.

Monk, who was one of 15 finalists for the John R. Wooden Award, was one of 10 players on the Wooden All-American Team. He joined Lonzo Ball (UCLA), Dillon Brooks (Oregon), Josh Hart (Villanova), Josh Jackson (Kansas), Justin Jackson (North Carolina), Luke Kennard (Duke), Frank Mason III (Kansas), Caleb Swanigan (Purdue) and Nigel Williams-Goss (Gonzaga) on the team. Ball, Hart, Mason III, Swanigan and Williams-Goss are the five finalists for the Wooden Award.

Guest post: Win or lose, Kentucky basketball is family

Vicky Graff Photo

By KEITH PEEL, Contributing Writer

In all sporting contests there are winners and losers. Each year 68 teams start the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and only one team leaves as a champion. Game after game each year you watch the losing team leave the playing floor amid tears, hanging heads and towel draped faces and you can feel the emotions of the players. It is not just the loss of a game, its the end of an era, it’s the loss of a dream. An era of brothers playing together in a sport they love. A dream of achieving a goal every player works toward. National Champions!

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