UK pair reaches NCAA Doubles Round of 16

TULSA, Okla. – Kentucky’s top doubles tandem of Mami Adachi and Aldila Sutjiadi survived another scare in the Round of 16 at the NCAA Doubles Championship, downing Southeastern Conference opponent Mississippi State’s Madison Harrison and Kristina Vozniak in tiebreak.

Much like yesterday’s match against Stanford, the Wildcats were stunned in the opening set by their Bulldog opposition.  Harrison and Vozniak mustered a 6-4 victory to gain the advantage going into the second set, but did not deter Adachi and Sutjiadi.

Guest post: Who are Calipari’s top five UK guys in NBA? Where will current Cats go in draft?

Anthony Davis (Vicky Graff Photo)

Anthony Davis (Vicky Graff Photo)

Vaught’s note:: Benjamin Schodowski is a Centre College graduate who spent some time with me during his college career from 2005-2009 in Danville. He’s a big-time UK fan and aspiring businessman who also loves to travel. Today he shares his thoughts on who are the best players John Calipari has playing in the NBA and the upcoming NBA draft in what I hope will be the start of regular posts by him.

By BENJAMIN SCHODOWSKI

Derek Willis “puts his heart into everything he does” — including Pilates

Derek Willis (Vicky Graff Photo)

Derek Willis (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Keely Potts insists that Kentucky senior Derek Willis has a lot more personality than fans or media members see when he’s being interviewed.

“He has a personality but you don’t really see it. Behind closed doors he won’t shut up,” said Potts, Willis’ girlfriend.

Certainly not when they have their “boxing” matches.

“We hit a punching bag at boxing and then have Soc-em boxers. It gets a little crazy. I feel like I am playing with my dad when I was little. It’s like going back in time. It’s not a legit fight, but we both get into it pretty good,” Potts said.

DeMarcus Cousins named to All-NBA Second Team

DeMarcus Cousins (Vicky Graff Photo)

DeMarcus Cousins (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – For the second consecutive season, former Kentucky forward DeMarcus Cousins was named to the All-NBA Second Team on Thursday. Cousins was also a member of the All-Rookie team in 2011.

He is the fourth player in UK’s history to earn multiple All-NBA honors in a career. Cousins joins Ralph Beard, Alex Groza and Cliff Hagan as two-time honorees. Hagan was the last to achieve the feat when he earned All-NBA second-team accolades in 1958 and 1959.

Guest post: Fan wishes Lee good luck, but believes he is making mistake with transfer

Marcus Lee  (Vicky Graff Photo)

Marcus Lee (Vicky Graff Photo)

Vaught’s note: Jessica Jones is a die-hard Kentucky fan now living in Iowa. She contributed two blog posts when Kentucky played in the NCAA Tournament in March and today I asked her to share her feelings on Marcus Lee’s decision to transfer from UK to another school. Enjoy her perspective that is a bit different from most UK fans but certainly is backed up with logic and facts.

By JESSICA JONES

Lee doing what is best for him, but UK fans know they will miss him

Marcus Lee (Vicky Graff Photo)

Marcus Lee (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky fans got a little excited when Marcus Lee declared last week that if he returned to Kentucky for his senior season, then the Wildcats would go undefeated.

Most wanted to believe him. Even more wanted to believe that was a sign Lee would take his name out of the NBA draft and return to UK.

Well, he did withdraw his name from the draft but he won’t help UK go undefeated — or even have a chance to try. Instead, Lee has decided to transfer for his senior year.

Marquis Teague will be in Lexington Saturday

By LARRY VAUGHT

Former Kentucky point guard Marquis Teague will be at All Sports in the Fayette Mall Saturday from 10-11:30 a.m.

Teague was the starter as a freshman on Kentucky’s 2012 national championship team and the 29th overall pick by Chicago in the NBA Draft. He was later traded to Brooklyn.

Teague is now with the Oklahoma City Thunder’s NBA Developmental team (Oklahoma City Blue).

Teague will be available to fans for the full 90 minutes, so if you want to get an autograph from one of UK’s key national championship players, here is your chance.

UK women have 31 entries, men 18 in NCAA regional championship

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The NCAA Championships begin today for the Kentucky track and field teams. The Wildcats will compete Thursday through Saturday at the NCAA East Preliminary Championships at the University of North Florida’s Hodges Stadium.

The name of the game at the preliminary championships is advancing to the national championships finals site.

Twelve performers from each preliminary site advance to the NCAA Championships – hosted for the fourth-consecutive year as part of a run that is scheduled to continue through 2021 at Oregon’s Hayward Field – June 8-11.

Briscoe returning to Kentucky “to build on last year”

-1LEXINGTON, Ky. – He’s baaaaaack.

 

Kentucky men’s basketball freshman guard Isaiah Briscoe plans to return to UK for the 2016-17 season after going through the process of declaring for the NBA Draft. Utilizing new NCAA rules that allow players to “test the waters,” Briscoe entered the NBA Draft without hiring an agent to protect his NCAA eligibility with the option of returning to school.

Players had until 10 days after the conclusion of the combine to make a final decision based on the new rule between the NCAA and NBA so long as they didn’t hire an agent.

Marcus Lee out of draft, transferring to school closer to his family

Wade Upchurch Photo

Wade Upchurch Photo

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky men’s basketball junior forward Marcus Lee will remove his name from the 2016 NBA Draft but plans to transfer to complete his collegiate eligibility at another school.

Upon completing his paperwork to withdraw from the draft, Lee will be granted a full release with no restrictions.

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