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Bailey Vick, Abbey Cheek power UK to 15-2 win over Indiana

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 23 Kentucky softball team got a trio of RBI from sophomore Bailey Vick and junior Abbey Cheek en route to a 15-2 win over the Indiana Hoosiers at John Cropp Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

The Wildcats struck for six runs in the first inning, seven in the second inning and two in the third to put 15 runs on the board for the Big Blue – the most runs scored by the Wildcats in a game since 2013.

P.J. Washington on Boise: “Our hotel is nice.”

Q. Have you guys been able to enjoy Boise? What have been some stuff that you have gone out? What do you think of the city so far?

PJ WASHINGTON: No, we haven’t gone out. But our hotel is nice. The Courtyard Marriott is kind of good (laughter).

KEVIN KNOX: We haven’t really done much. We went out to eat, that’s about it. And went back to the room.

SHAI GILGEOUS-ALEXANDER: The restaurant we ate at was pretty good. That’s about it. We didn’t do too much. I don’t know the name of it.

KEVIN KNOX: It was seafood.

Gabriel: Cats will focus on Davidson

Wenyen Gabriel (Jeff Houchin Photo)


Kentucky doesn’t need national media members picking No. 12 seed Davidson to beat UK Thursday night in the NCAA Tournament South Region to get John Calipari’s team focused on its first-round opponent.

“We let you guys look ahead and we focus on the task at hand. We know obviously from the four-game losing streak that we’ve been through we can’t overlook any team,” Kentucky sophomore Wenyen Gabriel said. ” Any team, they have the ability to beat you. If you don’t come in with the type of focus that you need to win the game, you can eventually lose. So we gotta focus on winning the game, each game one game at a time.”

Davidson’s Peyton Aldridge named to all-district team

For the second straight season, Davidson’s Peyton Aldridge has been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District Team.
Aldridge, the 2018 Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Year, led Davidson to its first-ever A-10 Conference Tournament title this past weekend, earning Most Outstanding Player honors.
In addition to scoring in double figures 41 straight games dating back to last season, Aldridge continues to lead the Wildcats in scoring (21.5 ppg) and rebounding (7.8 rpg).
Just one of five players in school history to crack the 2,000-point plateau, Aldridge ranks among Davidson’s all-time leaders in scoring (2,159/3rd), rebounds (889/3rd), 3-pointers made (238/6th), free-throw percentage (.826/3rd), blocks (115/3rd) and starts (129/1st).
Making their 14th NCAA Tournament appearance, the Wildcats will play fifth-seeded Kentucky Thursday at 7:10 p.m. (ET) in Boise, Idaho.

Numbers favor Kentucky by 4-7 points over Davidson

Sacha Killeya-Jones (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By RICHARD CHEEKS, Contributing Writer

After a lackluster first 26 games, Coach Calipari’s Cats turned an important corner, finishing the season 7-1 and winning another SEC Tournament Championship on route to a #5 seed in the NCAA’s South Region. On Thursday night, the Wildcats clad in blue and white will fact a group of Wildcats dressed in red from Davidson College.

Count me as one who thinks Kentucky will beat Davidson, Arizona

P.J. Washington enjoyed UK’s SEC Tournament championship. (Jeff Houchin Photo)


Too bad Kentucky is going to lose to Davidson Thursday night.

No, I don’t believe that but it sure seems like a lot of national media members doing. Picking No. 12 seed Davidson to beat UK is the trendy pick nationally right now.

Never mind that Kentucky has won seven of its last eight games and won the SEC Tournament championship when it played perhaps its best three consecutive games of the season.

HISTORIC SWEEP: Mercer County’s Trevon Faulkner, Seygan Robins named Mr. and Miss Basketball

Seygan Robins and Trevon Faulkner (Danielle Mays Photo)


Mercer County girls became the first public high school to win back-to-back state basketball champions in 40 years when they beat Mercy by 40 points in the title game Sunday.

On Tuesday, the school turned in another historic feat when seniors Seygan Robins and Trevon Faulkner became the first players from the same school to win Miss and Mr. Basketball honors in the same season.

Rethlake’s Complete Game Powers UK to Midweek Win

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Erin Rethlake pitched her third complete game of the season on Tuesday night, striking out six batters in the circle, and went 2-for-4 at the plate with her first-career triple and two runs scored, leading the No. 23 Kentucky Wildcats to an 8-4 win over the Northern Illinois Huskies.

The result ends UK’s three-game losing streak, the longest of the season for the Wildcats, and puts UK at 16-6 overall on the season. With Tuesday afternoon’s loss, Northern Illinois falls to 5-16.

UK signees Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson selected to play in Nike Hoop Summit

Keldon Johnson with fans at the Marshall County HoopFest. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Just a week removed from earning selection to the Jordan Brand Classic, Kentucky men’s basketball signees Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson were tapped Tuesday to appear in the 21st annual Nike Hoop Summit in April.

The annual international all-star game features the USA Basketball Men’s Junior Select Team against a World Select Team of international players. The game previously rotated throughout various US cities, but found a permanent home in Portland, Oregon, in 2008. This year’s game will take place on April 13 in the Moda Center, home of the Portland Trailblazers.  

Troy Squires Nabs Two National Player of the Week Awards

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky senior catcher/first baseman Troy Squires was named National Player of the Week by two media outlets after a career week that culminated in a series win over No. 3 Texas Tech. Both Perfect Game/Rawlings and Collegiate Baseball tabbed him as the top performer in the country last week.

He was previously named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday, the first time he has earned that honor.