Category Archive: UK Hoops

UK women will play three games in Rupp Arena

LEXINGTON, Ky. – For the first time in over a decade, the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team will play three regular-season games inside Rupp Arena, facing Tennessee on Dec. 31, South Carolina on Jan. 21 and LSU on Feb. 4 in the historic building.

All three games will tip at noon ET with the Tennessee and LSU games to be televised on SEC Network, while the South Carolina game will be on ESPNU. The Dec. 31 game vs. Tennessee will be a doubleheader with the Kentucky men’s basketball team, who will play Georgia at 6 p.m. at Rupp Arena. Both games will be ticketed separately. Single-game tickets to all of Kentucky’s 16 home games this season will go on sale Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 9 a.m. ET through Ticketmaster.com.

Pulliam, Rice Selected for SEC Basketball Leadership Council

Alyssa Rice (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky junior guard Dillon Pulliam and senior post Alyssa Rice were selected as one of 28 men’s and women’s basketball representatives for the 2017-18 Southeastern Conference Leadership Council. The council is comprised of one male and one female basketball player from each one of the 14 member SEC institutions.

The 28 players are slated to meet at the SEC Headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama, Sept. 15-16.

Kentucky Women’s Basketball Launches Official App

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky women’s basketball fans can keep up with and learn all they need to know about the Wildcat program right at their fingertips by downloading the official app of Kentucky women’s basketball for free through iTunes or Google Play.

The app features photos, videos, schedule and bios of the current coaching staff and players as well as a detailed looked at all aspects of the program, including The Kentucky Difference – highlighting features of the program that sets UK apart from others across the nation.

Kentucky WBB Hosting Coaching Clinic Oct. 7

Matthew Mitchell (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky women’s basketball coaching staff will host a coaching clinic on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 9:30 a.m. to Noon ET at the Joe Craft Center, featuring the entire women’s basketball coaching staff, which has over 80 years of collegiate coaching experience.

The clinic costs $50 per coach, which includes a t-shirt and jump drive with detailed drill instruction. Registration is available online and interested coaches should register by Monday, Sept. 29 at 5 p.m. ET. For more information or questions, email kentuckywbb@uky.edu. The clinic is open to coaches only.

Big Blue Madness Ticket Distribution Set for Sept. 29

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Tickets for the 2017 edition of Big Blue Madness in Rupp Arena will be available Friday, Sept. 29, 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 2017-18 men’s and women’s basketball teams, is Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are free again this year for the annual spectacle in Rupp Arena, which will feature introductions of both the men’s and women’s basketball teams, practice drills, videos, and more. Like the last two years, the ticket distribution will take place Friday night both at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows on Avenue of Champions and online at Ticketmaster.com. All patrons require a ticket to Big Blue Madness, regardless of age.

UK men led nation in average home attendance, women 14th

Kentucky fans led the nation in average attendance. (Jeff Houchin Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – College basketball’s proudest, most passionate fan base flexed its muscles in 2016-17, leading the country in average home attendance once again.

UK led all schools in the NCAA with an average of 23,461 fans per home game, according to national attendance figures released by the NCAA on Tuesday. It’s the 19th time in the last 22 seasons Kentucky has led the country in average home attendance. Since Rupp Arena opened for the 1976-77 season, UK has ranked either first or second in average home attendance every season.

Dorie Harrison gives Matthew Mitchell a “great athlete”

Dorie Harrison

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky women’s basketball freshman Dorie Harrison is a four-star prospect from Nashville who is regarded as one of the top 100 players in the 2017 recruiting class.

The 6-3 Harrison missed her junior season due to injury but averaged 15 points, 11 rebounds, two blocks and one steal as a sophomore. She averaged 13 points and 9.3 rebounds per game as a senior when she was nominated for McDonald’s All-American honors.

Her older sister, Isabelle Harrison, plays in the WNBA. Her father, Dennis Harrison, was an offensive lineman in the NFL.

Women’s Basketball Season Tickets on Sale

Jessica Hardin (UK Athletics Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The 2017-18 Kentucky women’s basketball season is less than 100 days away and new season ticket purchases and season ticket renewals are available at ukathletics.com/tickets.

Purchasing season tickets offers the best option and price savings for fans. New season ticket purchases are available in upper-level reserved chairbacks (sections AA-JJ), lower-level reserved bleachers (sections R-Z) or general admission bleachers (sections RR-ZZ) for $65 per ticket. Lower-level reserved chairbacks (sections A-J) are sold out again this season. New season ticket seating will be assigned in late September after the Sept. 13 renewal deadline.

Matthew Bradford joins us on WPBK-FM Thursday morning

Matthew Bradford talked to UK’s players after practice last season.

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky fan Matthew Bradford will join Tim Estes and myself on WPBK (102.9 FM, wpbkfm.com online) at 7:30 a.m. Thursday to talk about the Cats.

Bradford is no ordinary Kentucky fan.

About 10 years while serving in Iraq a road side bomb exploded underneath him and he lost both legs and his eyesight. But it didn’t claim his spirit.

The former Marine has been skydiving. He’s competed in Marine Corp half-marathons, shared a stage with Toby Keith, got married, become a father and just recently finished his degree at UK. He also became the first blind double amputee to re-enlist in the service.

Evelyn Akhator Named to Nigerian National Team

Evelyn Akhator (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Former University of Kentucky star and current WNBA Dallas Wings forward Evelyn Akhator has been named to the Nigerian National Team and will train and compete for her home country over the next month in the upcoming AfroBasket Tournament in Mali.

Akhator joined the team in late July to participate in training camp and is expected to compete with the squad in the event from August 16-28. Following Nigeria’s conclusion in the tournament, Akhator will return to the United States to finish the WNBA season with the Dallas Wings.

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