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What the heck is going on with John Calipari and Jarred Vanderbilt?

Jarred Vanderbilt, center, was all smiles Saturday even if John Calipari might have forgotten his name. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Do you really believe that John Calipari doesn’t know when or if a player is going to play and doesn’t even bother to ask the player or the medical staff?

That’s the spin that Kentucky coach is putting on injuries to Jarred Vanderbilt and Quade Green.

With Green, the freshman point guard, he’s missed the last two games with a back injury of some kind that he suffered in the loss to Tennessee.

UK-Vandy postgame notes, numbers

Cats win (Vicky Graff Photo)

UK MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES

KENTUCKY AT VANDERBILT

MEMORIAL GYMNASIUM | NASHVILLE

JAN. 13, 2018
ATTENDANCE: 13,389

 

Final Score: #21/20 Kentucky 74, Vanderbilt 67

                                                       

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is 14-3 overall and 4-1 in the Southeastern Conference. Vanderbilt is 6-11 overall, 1-4 in league play. 
  • Kentucky leads the series 144-47 and has won three in a row vs. the Commodores.

o   UK leads the series 57-29 when the game is played in Nashville, Tennessee. 

“Magnificent Seven” find way to get 74-67 SEC victory at Vanderbilt

Kevin Knox (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky’s “Magnificent Seven” managed to find a way to win again — even if once again it was not always picture perfect.

The Wildcats got five straight clutch points from Kevin Knox — and some unexpected misses at the foul line by Vanderbilt’s Riley LaChance — to hold off Vanderbilt 74-67 Saturday in Nashville.

Point guard Quade Green and center Tai Wynyard did not play again due to back injuries, leaving coach John Calipari with just seven healthy scholarship players. However, the Cats shot 55 percent from the field and got 36 points in the paint. They also got to the foul line 37 times and made 25 to move to 4-1 in SEC play.

Alabama running back Damien Harris appreciates role teachers/professors have played in his life

Damien Harris went to a lot of UK football games before picking Alabama over UK.

By LARRY VAUGHT

Former Madison Southern running back Damien Harris has played in three straight national championship games for Alabama — and helped the Crimson Tide win two of them.

I watched him play football and run track in high school. I talked to him a lot when he was being recruited by Kentucky and I’ve enjoyed seeing how successful he’s been at Alabama.

However, I think he’s also a much more mature young man than others might realize and he verified that when explaining why teachers are so important in shaping a student-athlete’s life.

Legendary Sportscaster Keith Jackson Passes Away at 89

Keith Jackson (ESPN Photo)

Legendary sports commentator Keith Jackson, best known for his folksy manner and unique sayings on college football during his 40 years with ABC Sports, passed away Friday evening at the age of 89.

Jackson worked a wide variety of events for ABC’s Wide World of Sports as well as Major League Baseball, NBA and 10 Olympic Games, but the oft-honored – and imitated – Jackson came to be synonymous with college football.  His down-home, baritone delivery was punctuated by such memorable phrases as “big uglies” (large linemen), “fum-blllllllllllllllle!” and his best known exclamation, “Whoa, Nelly!”  He is credited with nicknaming the Rose Bowl as “The Granddaddy of them All” and Michigan Stadium as “The Big House.”  He retired after the 2006 Rose Bowl.

Howard, Green McDonald’s All-American Game nominees

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Honors continue to pour in for 2018 University of Kentucky women’s basketball signees Rhyne Howard and Blair Green, who have both been named nominees for the 2018 McDonald’s All-American Game.

The annual McDonald’s All-American Game will take place March 28 at Philips Arena in Atlanta. Official team rosters have yet to be selected. Howard and Green make up UK’s 2018 signing class, which ranks No. 18 in the nation according to All Star Girls Report.

Can UK exploit Vandy’s inside defense?

P.J. Washington has been UK’s best inside option in the last three games. (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

It would seem logical to think that Kentucky will want to get the ball inside against Vanderbilt in Saturday afternoon’s game in Nashville.

The Commodores (6-10, 1-3 SEC) have been outscored 140-96 in the paint in four Southeastern Conference games as 6-10 sophomore center Djery Baptiste and 6-8 sophomore Clevon Brown have often been overmatched inside.

Grant Williams of Tennessee had a career-high 37 points against Vanderbilt this week. The game before South Carolina center Chris Silva had 27.

Third-highest score in program history gives UK gymnastics win at No. 11 Arkansas

Mollie Korth, the only all-around competitor for the Wildcats, won the all-around with a 39.525. (Vicky Graff Photo)

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Behind the third-highest score in school history, the No. 6 Kentucky gymnastics program earned a 196.950 – 196.525 win over No. 11 Arkansas on Friday night in Barnhill Arena. UK also posted a 196.950 against Florida last season to open SEC play.

The Wildcats earned their first road win in program history over the Razorbacks and sixth overall. With the victory, the Wildcats improve to 4-0 and 1-0 in the SEC, while Arkansas falls to 0-2 and 0-1 in the league.

Kentucky Volleyball Names Carly Cramer Assistant Coach

LEXINGTON, Ky.  Carly Cramer has been hired as an assistant coach for the Kentucky volleyball program, head coach Craig Skinner announced on Friday. Cramer returns to Kentucky after spending the last three years as a graduate assistant.

“Carly has been an invaluable part of our staff over the last three years as a graduate assistant,” Skinner said.  “We are thrilled now that she is entering the coaching side of the game.  Her infectious personality, tireless work ethic and passion are traits that have impacted our program since joining us in 2015.  These qualities along with her determination to be the best at what she does will translate well onto the court and the recruiting trail.  Our players and staff are excited to get going and get this year off to a great start.”

Valerie Still, Mickie DeMoss, Ceal Barry Named Finalists for WBB Hall of Fame

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky All-American Valerie Still, former Wildcat head coach Mickie DeMoss and letterwinner Ceal Barry have been named three of 10 finalists for the 2018 Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, it was announced last night by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

The Class of 2018 will be selected from the 10 finalists and announced on ESPN2 on Feb. 12. The 2018 induction will mark the 20th anniversary of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, which held its grand opening and inaugural induction in 1999. The Class of 2018 will be officially inducted in Knoxville, Tennessee on June 9.