Category Archive: UK Hoops

Kentucky Women to Host Oklahoma in 2016 SEC/Big 12 Challenge

Keith Taylor Photo

Keith Taylor Photo

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky women’s basketball team will face a familiar foe in the 2016 Southeastern Conference/Big 12 Challenge when it squares off against Oklahoma inside Memorial Coliseum on Thursday, Dec. 1, it was announced Monday by the league offices.

The two teams battled in the second round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament last season in Lexington when the No. 3 seed Kentucky beat sixth-seeded Oklahoma, 79-58, for its fifth Sweet 16 berth in the last seven seasons. Both teams finished the 2016 season ranked inside the final USA Today coaches’ poll with the Wildcats 15th with a 25-8 record, while the Sooners were 23rd with a 22-11 record.

Top in-state junior Seygan Robins commits to Louisville over UK


Seygan Robins of Mercer County, one of the top juniors in Kentucky, has verbally committed to Louisville over Kentucky.

The 5-8 guard had multiple scholarship offers but it came down to Louisville and UK. Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell had been guest speaker twice at Mercer’s annual Christmas tournament and was one of the first to offer Robins a scholarship. However, she felt a closer bond with Louisville coach Jeff Walz.

“Coach Walz has been telling me some things I need to work on. I have a lot of work to do, but he says if I keep improving I can come in and see the floor (play),” Robins said.

Saturday’s Ohio UK Convention is always special

WKYT-TV anchor Jennifer Palumbo and former UK assistant football coach Chuck Smith joined me at the 2012 Ohio UK Convention.
WKYT-TV anchor Jennifer Palumbo and former UK assistant football coach Chuck Smith joined me at the 2012 Ohio UK Convention.

WKYT-TV anchor Jennifer Palumbo and former UK assistant football coach Chuck Smith joined me at the 2012 Ohio UK Convention.


The third Saturday in July is always one of my favorite days of the year because that’s the annual date for the Ohio UK Convention at Eastview Baptist Church in Franklin, Ohio.

Long-time UK fan Jim Porter is the Ohio UK Convention guru and annually puts together a terrific list of guest speakers for UK fans who come from Ohio, Kentucky and even as far away as South Carolina some year.

ESPN2 and SEC Network to Air Celebration of Life Service Honoring Pat Summitt

ESPN2 will provide coverage of the Celebration of Life service honoring legendary coach Pat Summitt on Thursday, July 14, at 7 p.m., with a simulcast on the SEC Network. Summitt, who passed away two weeks ago, will be honored at Thompson-Boling Arena at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where she led the Lady Vols to eight national championships during her coaching career.

Maria Taylor will host ESPN’s coverage from the arena.

Ryan McGee, co-host of ESPN Radio’s Marty & McGee, will also host coverage of the service on ESPN Radio from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Ormerod Bell to be Inducted into KY High School Basketball Hall of Fame

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Former University of Kentucky women’s basketball guard Carly Ormerod Bell, who played in 106 career games for the Wildcats, will be inducted into the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday at the State Theater in Elizabethtown, Ky., for her impressive high school career.

The KHSBHF is dedicated to promoting and educating the public about the culture, tradition and rich heritage of Kentucky high school basketball. It honors and provides a fitting tribute to former players and coaches, while preserving and displaying historical information and memorabilia associated with the game. Ormerod Bell will enter the KHSBHF with her former high school head coach Donna Moir. The two are the only two females in the 2016 class.

Commissioners announce changes for how much time students play sports

 (July 7, 2016)  The commissioners of the five autonomy conferences today announced an agreement in concept on changes they will propose that are intended to give students who play sports more time off.  The purpose of the changes is to rebalance the student experience between athletics and campus life, providing students with more time to focus on other college interests, including academics, work experience, travel, and additional rest.The first area of change, Flex 21, will provide students, in many cases, with at least an additional 21 days in which they are free of required athletic activities during the academic year. These 21 days are in addition to the current rules related to time off.

Recognizing that every sport has different needs, the proposal includes flexibility so coaches, students and athletic directors can come up with a plan that best suits each sport.  The proposed changes are the result of in-person meetings and survey feedback from students, head coaches, faculty and athletics administrators.

UK Has 91 Student-Athletes on SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Student-athletes at the University of Kentucky combined to earn a total of 91 spots on the Southeastern Conference First-Year Academic Honor Roll, the league announced Thursday

Kentucky was second overall for having the most student-athletes on the list. UK had the most honorees in the sports of women’s basketball (five) and men’s swimming (11) while tying for the most in the league in men’s basketball (four) and softball (seven).

The 2015-16 First-Year Academic Honor Roll is based on grades form the 2015 summer and fall terms, along with the 2016 spring term. A student-athlete must have a 3.0 grade-point average to earn a place on the honor roll. 

2015-16 America East Rookie of the Year joins Kentucky women’s basketball team

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Former Stony Brook forward Ogechi Anyagaligbo (pronounced Oh-gech-EE On-ya-gull-IG-bo), who was the 2015-16 America East Conference Rookie of the Year last season after averaging 10.1 points and 9.0 rebounds per game, has transferred to Kentucky, head coach Matthew Mitchell announced Thursday. Anyagaligbo has enrolled at UK and is attending classes.

ESPN Remembers Legendary Coach Pat Summitt

ESPN joins the world in mourning the loss of legendary head coach Pat Summitt, who passed away early Tuesday morning. Paying tribute to Summitt’s 38-year coaching career, ESPNU will air the film Nine for IX: Pat XO, Tennessee’s SEC Tournament Championship wins from 2005-2011 and the 1998 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship title game. ESPN Classic will be the home of Tennessee’s National Championship title games, where Summitt led the Lady Vols to national titles in 1996, 1997, 1998, 2007 and 2008. SportsCenter will continue to pay tribute to Summitt throughout the day, speaking with loved ones and those she inspired.

Mitchell, Barnhart Offer Condolences After Pat Summitt’s Passing

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Pat Summitt, who for 38 seasons led the Tennessee women’s basketball program and changed the face of college athletics in the process, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 64.

Kentucky women’s basketball coach Matthew Mitchell started his coaching career as a graduate assistant under Summitt at Tennessee.

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