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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.

Mercer County seniors wanted to finish incredible journey together

Coach Chris Souder and his players after they won their second straight state title. (Danielle Mays Photo)


Mercer County hit a record 16 3-pointers, became the first repeat state champion in 12 years and won a school record 35 games. But that’s not what I am going to remember most about this team that demolished Mercy 74-34 in the state title game.

SEC Network analysts thoughts on SEC in NCAA

Jeff Houchin Photo

What  SEC Network analysts saying about the eight SEC teams that got bids into the NCAA Tournament.

Daymeon Fishback on Tennessee: “The 3-seed was well-deserved. This is a team that I believe has a quality opportunity to beat Wright State.”

Pat Bradley: “I’m optimistic about Auburn at least being able to get to the second weekend.”

Jimmy Dykes on Kentucky: “The SEC Champions come in at a 5 seed, but if you look ahead they’re going to be facing a possible monster matchup against Arizona. But this is a team that just continues to get better. They now know who they are. It’s a typical Coach Cal bracket. Everyone’s going to be coming at them and he knows it.”

Calipari: Tradition can’t block shots or make shots

Hamidou Diallo, right, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will face Davidson Thursday night. (Jeff Houchin Photo)


Kentucky will be making its 57th NCAA Tournament appearances — the most of any team in the country — on Thursday night when it plays Davidson in the South Region in Boise, Idaho.

UK is 45-10 in tournament openers and has won 24 of its last 25 first round tournament games. UK owns a 124-50 record all-time in NCAA action, with its .712 winning percentage the fifth-best in NCAA history.

UK Basketball: Enjoy The Ride

P.J. Washington celebrated after UK won Sunday in the SEC Tournament title game. (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By KEITH PEEL, Contributing Writer

Have you ever been cleaning out your unwanted clothes and while looking through the pockets of your old pants you find something valuable – like maybe a 20 dollar bill.

That’s kind of how it feels right now with this current UK Men’s Basketball Team. Any type of achievement in the NCAA tournament will be like that twenty dollar bill – unexpected but greatly appreciated.

Top 2019 recruit D.J. Jeffries picks Kentucky

D.J. Jeffries, right, with Zion Harmon at Marshall County Hoopfest. (Larry Vaught)


When junior D.J. Jeffries came to the Marshall County Hoopfest, he said it was an “honor” to have Kentucky coach John Calipari make the trip to watch him play.

The 6-7 Jeffries had 35 points in a 91-74 victory by Olive Branch (Miss.) over Adair County at Hoopfest with Calipari and assistant coach Kenny Payne watching him play. Numerous Kentucky fans were also there to watch him go 15 of 23 from the field with several big-time dunks, 11 rebounds and two assists. He was just 1-for-6 from 3-point range — and said that disappointed me.