Category Archive: UK Hoops

Kentucky WBB to Host Coaches’ Clinic Oct. 22

Matthew Mitchell (Vicky Graff Photo)

Matthew Mitchell (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky women’s basketball coaching staff will host a coaches’ clinic on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to Noon ET at the Joe Craft Center, featuring the entire women’s basketball coaching staff and special guest head coach John Calipari.

The clinic costs $50 per coach and includes a t-shirt. Registration is available online at www.ukathletics.com/camps, while the deadline to apply is Friday, Sept. 30 at 5 p.m. ET.

Capsule look at UK Hoops non-conference foes

A complete breakdown of all 13 non-conference opponents for the Kentucky women’s basketball team follows. Game times are subject to change and TV selections are still to be determined. The Southeastern Conference schedule is set to be released at a later date.

Miami (Fla.)

Head Coach: Katie Meier (12th season)
Record at Miami (Fla.): 207-143 (.591)

2015-16 Record: 24-9 (NCAA Tournament First Round)

Top Returner: Adrienne Motley, G, Sr. – 15.7 ppg, 2.5 apg, 1.6 spg, 3.6 rpg

Ten Home Games Highlight 2016-17 Non-Conference UK Hoops Schedule

Epps fans get upLEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky women’s basketball head coach Matthew Mitchell has announced a rigorous non-conference schedule for the 2016-17 season that features six games against 2016 NCAA Tournament teams, including five teams that were ranked or receiving votes in the final 2015-16 USA Today/Coaches Top 25.

 

Women’s Basketball to Host Open House Aug. 28

Matthew Mitchell (Vicky Graff Photo)

Matthew Mitchell (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky women’s basketball head coach Matthew Mitchell and his 2016-17 Wildcats are opening the doors of the Joe Craft Center for fans on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. ET as part of an open house.

The event is set to begin at 7 p.m. ET and will include a tour of the Joe Craft Center, photo station with UK’s official mascot Wildcat, video station where fans can leave messages to the team, a “Chalk Talk” inside the film room with Coach Mitchell and meet and greet with the team and coaching staff.

Jessica Hardin, Rachel Potter will be UK walk-ons

By LARRY VAUGHT

A little over a week ago when I asked Lewis Morris, the father of Kentucky sophomore Maci Morris, how he felt about UK’s lack of depth going into this season after the player defections from last year’s NCAA Tournament team.

He told me not only was he confident the team would be fine, but he thought there would be two walk-ons to help the team’s depth.

Based on what Jen Smith of the Lexington Herald-Leader has reported, Morris was right. She noted that Jessica Hardin of Wayne County and Rachel Potter of Pikeville both participated in a recent photo day with the team.

Big Blue Madness to take place Oct. 14 in Rupp Arena; ticket distribution will be Sept. 30

Matthew Mitchell always puts on a show at Big Blue Madness.
Matthew Mitchell always puts on a show at Big Blue Madness.

Matthew Mitchell always puts on a show at Big Blue Madness.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Tickets for the 2016 Big Blue Madness in Rupp Arena will be available on Friday, Sept. 30 at 10 p.m. at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows on Avenue of Champions and online at Ticketmaster.com. Big Blue Madness, the first open practice opportunity for UK’s 2016-17 men’s and women’s basketball teams, is Oct. 14 at 7 p.m.

 

UK football, basketball without Oscar Combs will not be the same

Oscar Combs

Oscar Combs has been my friend and mentor for 40 years.

By LARRY VAUGHT

A fixture for Kentucky football and basketball for 40 years is going to be missing this season. Oscar Combs announced on Twitter today that he would not be part of the pregame football and basketball shows on the UK Radio Network.

Combs came to Lexington from  Hazard where he ran the Hazard Herald to start The Cats’ Pause weekly magazine in 1976. It was Twitter before there was social media and his column especially became a must read weekly for UK fans.

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

By LARRY VAUGHT

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.

By LARRY VAUGHT

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.

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