Category Archive: UK Baseball

Kentucky Baseball and Softball Announce Plans for Inaugural Fan Day Jan. 22

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky baseball and softball programs will be holding a Fan Day inside the Nutter Field House on Sunday, Jan. 22.

The inaugural Fan Day will give the Big Blue Nation opportunities to participate in a skills camp with players and coaches, listen to head coaches Nick Mingione (baseball) and Rachel Lawson (softball) address the crowd, get autographs and purchase season tickets to both sports.

Season tickets will be on sale inside the facility, with both baseball and softball season tickets available. Baseball season tickets run from $35 to $55 with softball season tickets being sold for $35.

Jaylen Hoard already showing how special he can be

Jaylen Hoard, left. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

PADUCAH — When Jaylen Hoard decided to come to the United States, Wesleyan Christian (N.C.) coach Keith Gatlin knew he was getting a good player — but he didn’t know how good.

“I knew he was good, but not this good,” said Gatlin, the former Maryland standout. “He is a phenomenal player. Very skilled, knows how to play. Very cerebral player. We are blessed to have him.”

Briscoe, Monk give Kentucky sweep of weekly SEC honors

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – For the second time this season, the Kentucky men’s basketball team has swept the weekly Southeastern Conference awards. Sophomore Isaiah Briscoe and freshman Malik Monk were tabbed the player and freshman of the week, respectively, by the league’s office.

Briscoe and Monk made history and led the Cats to a 99-76 victory in UK’s SEC lidlifter at Ole Miss on Thursday. It’s the first honor of the season for Briscoe and the third honor for Monk.

The 99 points scored were the most points ever by a John Calipari-coached squad in a true road game. The previous high was 90 at Indiana on Dec. 12, 2009.

Numbers favor Kentucky by 13 over Ole Miss

Malik Monk (Photo by Elliott Hess | UK Athletics)

By RICHARD CHEEKS

The non-conference portion of the schedule is largely complete, and the Cats move into the annual SEC wars with a 10-2 record, having dropped its annual Yuletide war of hardwood against the Louisville Cards on Wednesday by 3 points. For the record, the loss ends the 4 game UK win streak against the Cards, and while the loss stings, it is not the end of the season for this Kentucky team.

For the record, Calipari 8-Pitino 2.

Don’t ask Calipari what daughters, son got him for Christmas

John Calipari (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky coach John Calipari really is not a grinch. Or is he?

During Wednesday’s media opportunity, Calipari was asked this simple question — what did he get for Christmas?

“What did I get for Christmas? Well the girls got me – what did they get me?,” Calipari said

After a pause, he added this:

“I can’t even remember what (my son) Brad gave me,” Calipari said.

His daughters put a Christmas photo of him on social media comparing him to a character in “Home Alone.”

UK Athletics Posts 3.143 Fall GPA

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Yet again, the Kentucky Wildcats have reached their collective goal of a 3.0 department-wide grade-point average.

UK Athletics’ scholarship athletes combined for a 3.143 GPA during the fall semester, marking the ninth straight semester they have surpassed the 3.0 threshold. The high marks come on the heels of a cumulative department-wide GPA of 3.157 in the spring.

“Our students continue to excel in the classroom, taking advantage of the opportunities they have to grow both academically and athletically,” Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. “Academics are central to our mission here at UK and I’m proud this level of achievement has become the norm. I want to congratulate our students for their dedication.”

Calipari on Pitino: “We’re not mean to each other, not nasty to each other.”

Vicky Graff Photo

By LARRY VAUGHT

Going into Wednesday night’s game at Louisville, coach John Calipari of Kentucky says his relationship with Louisville coach Rick Pitino has been fine.

“We’re 90 miles away from each other. Coach at competitive rival schools. It’s hard to send each other Christmas Cards. I have known him for 25 years. I know how good of a coach he is. He is a great coach. He’s a Hall of Fame Coach,” Calipari said today.

ESPN going all out for Kentucky-Louisville coverage

Jay Bilas (Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

Jay Bilas (Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

By LARRY VAUGHT

ESPN is certainly pulling out all the stops with its coverage of No. 6 Kentucky at No. 11 Louisville at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas and Maria Taylor will be on air for the game on ESPN and WatchESPN.
Before that, College GameDay covered by State Farm will air on ESPN and WatchESPN at 6:30 p.m. Analysts Rece Davis, Seth Greenberg and Jay Williams will be on air for halftime, pregame and postgame coverage

SEC Network to Air Nine Kentucky Baseball Games in 2017

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky baseball team will appear on national television at least nine times in 2017, including five Southeastern Conference games, the league announced Wednesday.

The Wildcats’ are slated to appear on the SEC Network for league tilts at Texas A&M (Mar. 17), vs. Ole Miss (Mar. 23 and 25) and at Missouri (Apr. 15 and 16). The network also will air non-conference home games against Murray State (Mar. 14), Louisville (Apr. 18), Xavier (Apr. 26) and Indiana (May 9).

Competition getting better, but numbers project 21-point win over Arizona State

Bam Adebayo during practice Sunday in the Bahamas. (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

Bam Adebayo during practice Sunday in the Bahamas. (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

By RICHARD CHEEKS

Rarely, if ever, will I find the subjective wire service polls have it right while analytical models such as my ANE model, or Pomeroy not so much. However, this is one of those times and want to explain why I believe this is happening. First, a short recap of the first six games. The Cats have beaten their first 6 opponents by an average of 28 points, and their closest margin so far has been the 21 point defeat they handed Michigan State at MSG. No UK team since 1947-48 team has dominated its first 6 opponents by 21 or more points in each game.

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