Category: UK Hoops

Kentucky women will have 11 non-conference games at home next season

Maci Morris

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Big Blue Nation is going to have plenty of chances to see the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team in person this season as head coach Matthew Mitchell has announced Kentucky’s 2018 non-conference schedule which includes 11 home games.

The non-conference slate features home games against Alabama State, Southern University, Virginia, High Point, Morehead State, Rhode Island, Middle Tennessee, Western Carolina, Murray State and Sacred Heart. UK will also travel to face in-state foe Louisville and participate in the 2018 Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands against South Florida, North Carolina and UCLA.

Alabama AD Greg Byrne says Mitch Barnhart “the best at caring” for every athlete

Mitch Barnhart with Tim Duckworth after he won the national championship in Oregon. (UK Athletics Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Greg Byrne was associate athletics director at Kentucky under Mitch Barnhart from 2002-2005 before becoming AD at Mississippi State, then Arizona and now Alabama.

He admits working for Barnhart taught him a lot of lessons.

“Mitch is the best I have ever seen at caring about every young man and every young woman in the athletics department,” Byrne said. “No matter the sport, just the passion he has for them to have success as a team and individual. He is so good at it that you can’t help but notice and want to do the same.”

DeMoss, Barry to Enter Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Saturday

Mickie DeMoss (UK Athletics Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Former University of Kentucky women’s basketball head coach Mickie DeMoss and letterwinner Ceal Barry will be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday in Knoxville, Tenn.  

The Class of 2018, which also includes Tina Thompson, Katie Smith, Chamique Holdsclaw, Chris Dailey and Rose Marie Battaglia, was selected from a list of 10 finalists, which included former UK All-American Valerie Still. 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.

Former UK AD C.M. Newton passes away at age 88

LEXINGTON, Ky. – C.M. Newton, former student-athlete and director of athletics at the University of Kentucky, passed away Monday in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He was 88.

“C.M. Newton is a giant in the history of the University of Kentucky, the Southeastern Conference and in the sport of basketball,” said current UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart. “As a student-athlete, he was a national champion basketball player and star baseball pitcher. He returned to his alma mater when he was needed most and provided stability, leadership and growth for UK Athletics for more than a decade. His coaching accomplishments and honors at Transylvania, Alabama and Vanderbilt speak for themselves.

Rhyne Howard Named to Team USA U18 Roster

LEXINGTON, Ky. – After a three-day trail over the weekend in Colorado Springs, Colo., incoming University of Kentucky guard Rhyne Howard has been named to the 12-member roster for the 2018 USA Basketball Women’s U18 National Team.

The team members will return to Colorado Springs for training camp on July 20, before the team departs for the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, which will be held Aug. 1-7, 2018, at a location still to be announced. Athletes eligible for this team must be U.S. citizens who are 18 years old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 2000).

Chris Souder leaving Mercer County to become assistant coach at Indiana State

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

By LARRY VAUGHT

For the last 19 years Chris Souder has done everything possible to make the Mercer County High School girls basketball program one of the state’s elite programs.

The Titans have been to the last five 12th Region title games and won the last four regional championship. They won the state championship in 2017 — the first in school history — and repeated this year when Seygan Robins was named Miss Basketball. Robins signed with Louisville and two other players — Emma Davis and Emmy Souder — also signed Division I scholarships.

Eighteen of 20 UK sports teams exceed national average on Academic Progress Rate

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The NCAA released its Academic Progress Rate report Wednesday, showing that all University of Kentucky sports teams surpassed the NCAA cut score. Eighteen of the 20 UK team scores exceeded the national average for public universities in their sports and, for the first time in school history, every Wildcat team scored at least 971.

The men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s golf, women’s golf, softball and volleyball teams led the way with perfect 1,000 scores over the previous four years. Each of those teams was recognized last week with a national award for being in the top 10 percent of their respective sports. Having six teams earn the national award broke the school record.

Nae Nae Cole Added to Kentucky Women’s Basketball Roster

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Former NC State center Nae Nae Cole, who was a four-star, top-100 recruit out of high school according to ESPN.com, has joined the University of Kentucky women’s basketball program and is planning to report to campus this summer, Matthew Mitchell announced Tuesday.

Prior to NC State, Cole had a tremendous career at Paul VI Catholic High School, helping the Panthers win their ninth straight state championship title her senior season. Along the way, Cole was tabbed first-team All-Western Catholic Athletic Conference and a McDonald’s All-American nominee. ESPN HoopGurlz ranked Cole as the No. 100 overall prospect in the 2015 class as a four-star recruit and the 16th-best post player in the class. The center, who was second on her team in scoring as a senior averaging over 11 points per game, was ranked 33rd in the 2015 class by Blue Star Report.

School-record six UK teams earn Academic Progress Rate scores

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky set a school record with six teams – men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, softball and volleyball – that received Public Recognition Awards for their Academic Progress Rate scores, the NCAA announced Wednesday.

The Wildcat squads received the honor for placing in the top 10 percent of Division I schools in their respective sports. The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success by the progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR measures academic eligibility, retention and graduation. The scores are a four-year composite, covering the 2013-14 through the 2016-17 school years.

Former SEC commissioner Mike Slive dies at age 77

Mike Slive, the seventh commissioner of the Southeastern Conference and one of the most respected and accomplished leaders in the history of intercollegiate athletics, died Wednesday in Birmingham, Alabama, at the age of 77.

Michael L. Slive is survived by his wife of 49 years, Liz; his daughter Anna; son-in-law Judd Harwood; and granddaughter Abigail who is almost six years old.

A memorial will be held Friday at 11:30 am at Temple Emanu-El, 2100 Highland Avenue South in Birmingham, preceded by a private graveside service.