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UK-ETSU postgame notes, numbers

P.J. Washington (Jeff Houchin Photo)

UK MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
KENTUCKY vs. ETSU
RUPP ARENA | LEXINGTON, Ky.
NOV. 17, 2017
ATTENDANCE: 20,168

Final Score: #7/4 Kentucky 78, ETSU 61
                                                         
Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky is 3-1. ETSU is 1-1.
Kentucky leads the overall series 5-0
UK leads 4-0 in Lexington
Next for the Wildcats: UK will next host Troy on Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. on SEC Network

Teammates believe in Killeya-Jones, Green sparks UK comeback win

Quade Green (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

LEXINGTON — Sophomore Sacha Killeya-Jones has made a believer out of his teammates.

After basically being a non-factor for Kentucky last season, he was on the floor for the final minutes against both Vermont and Kansas. Against East Tennessee State University here Friday, UK coach John Calipari went to him early and his overall play helped Kentucky overcome an 18-8 deficit to win 78-61.

Jones has figured out his niche — rebounding and defense. He had three rebounds and one steal in the first half and also hit a key 10-foot baseline shot to help start UK’s surge back from another early deficit.

No. 6 Kentucky sweeps Georgia behind 13 kills from Avery Skinner

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 6 Kentucky volleyball team shut down the Georgia offense and swept the Bulldogs, 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-9), inside Memorial Coliseum on Friday night. UK held UGA to a .182 attacking clip and allowed just nine Bulldog points in the final set.

“When you play against a team that runs a fast offense it takes time to adjust,” head coach Craig Skinner said. “You need to get a feel for the timing. As we got into the match, I thought we did a much better job. Having balance and being able to terminate the ball at all points across the net is really important, especially against good teams. Georgia is a good team.”

Marshall County Hoopfest has 136 players scheduled who have Division I offers

Keldon Johnson (USA Basketball Photo)

By JESSIE BREWER, Contributing Writer

Here’s a look at the senior talent is schedule to play at Marshall County Hoopfest Nov. 30-Dec. 3 in Benton.

Marshall County Hoopfest
Marshall County High School
Benton, KY
Nov. 30- Dec. 3, 2017

commitments in bold
offers in (parenthesis)
Int.= receiving interest from
# final list
G girl player
+ football prospect

A total of 136 who have committed/hold offers from D-I schools (139 including commitments to other divisions)
39 from Top 100

Calipari on Maria Taylor, late night TV games, going to class and Alan Cutler

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander got home from Chicago at 3 a.m. but still went to class Wednesday. (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky coach John Calipari created a stir nationally with his halftime interview with ESPN’s Maria Taylor at the Champions Classic in Chicago on Tuesday.

It wasn’t anything he said. It was the way he grabbed her arm while he was talking to her. The interview became such a national story that Taylor did a video to explain there was no problem on her side with Calipari grabbing her arm during the interview.

Can Stoops tell from practices how team will play in a game?

Garrett “Juice” Johnson (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky will need to play its best game of the season Saturday to win at Georgia — or probably just keep the game competitive.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that going into the game.

But can Kentucky coach Mark Stoops usually predict how his team might play after a week of practice going into a game?

Catching up with former UK commit Shocky Jacques-Louis

Shocky Jacques-Louis, a one-time UK commit

By DUSTIN CORDELL, Contributing Writer

Shocky Jacques-Louis of Florida recently de-committed from the University of Tennessee. His de-commitment came shortly after the firing of then head coach Butch Jones. Shocky was a one-time Kentucky football commit before deciding to flip to the Vols not long ago. It is widely known that the Wildcats never stopped recruiting Shocky even after he flipped, and that could pay off huge in his recruitment.

Second-Half Powers No. 25 Kentucky to 71-54 Win Over Montana

MISSOULA, Mont. – Junior guard Taylor Murray scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the 25th-ranked Kentucky women’s basketball team won at Montana 71-54 on Thursday night.

Junior Maci Morris added 16 points while sophomore Jaida Roper had a career-high 14 points to go with a career-best five rebounds.

The Wildcats hit 25 of 58 (43.1 percent) from the field while holding Montana to just 16 of 56 shooting (28.6 percent). Kentucky won the battle of the boards 41-36 and outscored the Lady Griz in the paint 26-20.

Gabriel on Kansas: “We should have won the game.”

Wenyen Gabriel (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Two days hasn’t been enough for Kentucky to get over losing to Kansas in the Champions Classic.

“We’re still thinking about the game. We’re a young team. We just think we should have won the game. We’re thinking about the slow start or a couple plays that happened near the end,” UK sophomore Wenyen Gabriel said Thursday. “Cal is trying to let us know it’s a whole game process what happened in that loss. He’s proud of us still.

Stephen Johnson proves playing quarterback is about more than recruiting stars

Stephen Johnson (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

One day after four-star Georgia quarterback Jarren Williams decommitted from Kentucky, coach Mark Stoops had a chance to talk about quarterback Stephen Johnson.

After losing his first start at Alabama in 2016, Johnson went 6-4 as a starter last year. This season he is 7-3.

He came to UK as a junior college transfer who was not highly sought after. Kentucky went after him because Patrick Towles and Reese Phillips transferred leaving Drew Barker as the only quarterback on campus.