Larry Vaught

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Calipari comments on UK’s 3 signees

LEXINGTON, Ky. – In what’s become somewhat of a fall tradition in college basketball and a celebration of riches in the Big Blue Nation, the Kentucky men’s basketball team has begun building one of the strongest recruiting classes in the country, signing three of the nation’s top players during the early fall signing period. Highly rated prospects Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson and Immanuel Quickley have all inked national letters of intent with UK.

Calipari still has lot for Knox to learn

Kevin Knox (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Freshman Kevin Knox was the one Kentucky player who shot well from 3-point range against Kansas Tuesday, one big reason he led UK with 20 points in the four-point loss.

“We’re still trying to get him to do the hardest thing. If the ball swings along the perimeter, don’t shoot 3s. If the ball goes inside and out to you, shoot it. Shoot the 3. If it swings along the perimeter, drive it. You get it in the lane and you shoot that runner,” Calipari said after Tuesday’s loss.

Dollywood extends Smoky Mountain Christmas festival until Jan. 3

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn.  — After receiving much feedback from guests, Dollywood officials have extended the park’s award-winning Smoky Mountain Christmas festival two days, with Tuesday, Jan. 2 and Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, now serving as operating days.

Due to a number of regional school systems remaining closed for Christmas break several days after the new year begins, many guests have asked for the park to remain open longer to allow families with students more opportunity to visit Dollywood during the hectic holiday season. Park hours are 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. on both of the additional days.

Cats Show Signs of Improvement and Hold Their Own Against Kansas; Numbers Favor UK By 17 over ETSU

Quade Green (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By RICHARD CHEEKS

After the first media timeout, the Cats missed two shots and committed a turnover, and Kansas struck with a run out basket and a 3 pointer to move on top of the Cats by 11, 18-7 just barely 6 minutes into the game. These young Cats had every opportunity to fold their tents and mail in the final 34 minutes, and call it a bad night and hopefully a good learning experience. Honestly, when Coach Calipari took a timeout at that time, I believed that was the likely outcome, and wondered privately if the 24 deficit point margin I had computed would be large enough given how the game had started.

Georgia football notes and numbers

A notes and numbers on Georgia as Kentucky gets set to play the Bulldogs Saturday afternoon in Athens

Nick ChubbM (Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports)

Bulldog Offense Averaging 34.6 Points Per Game

Georgia enters the Kentucky game having already clinched the Eastern Division with an SEC record of 6-1. The Bulldogs are averaging 34.6 points/game overall. The Bulldogs lead the nation in Red Zone Offense, going 37-for-38, including 27 touchdowns.

Freshman QB Jake Fromm is 8-1 as a starter and is ranked fourth in the SEC in Passing Efficiency at 163.4. Georgia leads the SEC and ranks sixth nationally in Third Down Conversions at 48 percent. Six of Fromm’s 16 touchdown passes have covered at least 30 yards. Fromm took over for sophomore Jacob Eason after he went down with a knee injury in the first quarter of the season opener versus Appalachian State.

Coaches Chuck Smith, Clay Clevenger on WKYB-FM Thursday morning to talk high school football playoffs

Chuck Smith

By LARRY VAUGHT

Coaches Chuck Smith of Boyle County and Clay Clevenger of Danville will join me on WKYB (107.5 FM, wkybfm.com) Thursday for “Focus on Danville” from 9-10 a.m.

Scott Bottoms, president of Danville Office Equipment, will lead off the show before the two high school football coaches talk about Friday’s regional championship games.

Danville will host Lexingto Christian in a Class AA battle and Boyle will host Lexington Catholic in a Class AAA clash. Danville and Boyle both won the regular-season matchups.

Danville remains undefeated at 12-0 while Boyle is 11-1 with the only loss coming at Danville.

Mitchell challenged Morris and she responded with her first career double-double

Maci Morris (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Matthew Mitchell had forgot that his team lost its first five road games last season as he prepares Kentucky to play Thursday at Montana (9 p.m. EST) and at  Washington State (4 p.m. EST) Sunday.

“I had no idea about that stat. It had not entered my mind. Now I have something else to worry about on the trip. I was having a pretty good day up until this point ,” Mitchell said Wednesday. “I hope it doesn’t take us five games, I hope we get our first one up there Thursday night against Montana. You have to do the work. You have to go through the work. Our team has to earn it.”

Rachel Lawson adds eight softball signees

Rachel Lawson (UK Athletics Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Head coach Rachel Lawson announced the addition of eight players to the program on Wednesday afternoon, who all signed their National Letter’s of Intent during the November signing period.

“We are excited to announce this year’s 2018 class to the BBN.” Lawson said. “As we continue to build our nationally recognized softball program through recruiting, we once again focused on the program’s core values of leadership, physical excellence including dual-sport athleticism and academic achievement.  Each player brings her own dynamic skill set, adding speed and power to an already balanced line-up and will help set us up for success for years to come.”

Kentucky-Kansas postgame notes, numbers

Kevin Knox had 20 points against Kansas. (Jeff Houchin Photo)

UK MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES

KENTUCKY vs. KANSAS

UNITED CENTER | CHICAGO

NOV. 14, 2017
ATTENDANCE: 21,684

 

Final Score: #4/3 Kansas 65, #7/4 Kentucky 61

                                                         

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is 2-1. Kansas is 2-0
  • Kentucky leads the overall series 22-10

o   UK leads 8-2 at neutral sites

o   Kansas leads 2-1 in Chicago

o   Kansas has won three in a row in the series

Georgia knows UK will be “hell-bent on running the ball”

Benny Snell (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Georgia could not stop Auburn’s running game last week while suffering its first loss of the season.

Kentucky would like to be able to run the ball the same way at Georgia Saturday it has in the last three games when Benny Snell has rushed for almost 500 yards.

Georgia coach Kirby Smart said Kentucky and Auburn have “similar” running plays that they present differently