Numbers favor UK by 6 at Georgia

By RICHARD CHEEKS

After a slide that spanned more than 4 weeks, the Cats have not only found bottom but bounced off that bottom with their second consecutive solid game. On Tuesday night, the Cats avenged their earlier 2 point loss at Tennessee with a powerful 25 point win. In that winning effort, the Cats played their strongest overall game since they dismantled Texas A&M in early January. In the first half, the Cats methodically built a 15 point lead and in the second half there was never any chance for Tennessee to entertain thoughts of climbing back into the game.

UK signee PJ Washington just misses triple-double in big win over Hopkinsville

MVP PJ Washington (Larry Vaught Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

BENTON — For most players, the numbers would have been remarkable. For PJ Washington, he said he didn’t really consider it one of his best games.

The Kentucky signee had 23 points — he was 7-for-13 overall, 1-for-4 from 3-point range and 8-for-15 at the foul line — along with 18 rebounds (15 defensive), nine assists, five blocked shots and one steal in a 94-75 victory by Findlay Prep over Hopkinsville Friday night in the Kentucky Lake Showcase at Marshall County High School.

Emmie Harris verbally commits to Utah State

Emmie Harris with Utah State coaches during her visit Monday.

By LARRY VAUGHT

This has been quite a week for Boyle County senior Emmie Harris.

She made an official visit to Utah State Sunday and Monday, broke the school’s all-time scoring record on Tuesday with a 34-point game, scored 30 more points in a win Friday night and then after the game made her verbal commitment to Utah State.

Kentucky Splits on Day One of Mary Nutter Classic

CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. – The Kentucky softball team got a split on day one of the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic on Friday afternoon, knocking off UC – Davis in the first game of the day behind clutch hitting and the pitching of Erin Rethlake, before falling on two late-inning rallies to the No. 7 Oregon Ducks.

Kentucky will conclude the Mary Nutter Classic on Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET against Cal State Northridge.

Kentucky has to keep ‘special eye’ on Maten

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky had to rally to beat Georgia in overtime in Rupp Arena. Now the Cats have to take on Georgia in Athens Saturday.

Kentucky coach John Calipari says he has seen no major difference in Georgia since it played UK.

“The Tennessee game their guard (J.J. Frazier) went nuts. I mean, he, you know. (Yante) Maten he is what he is – 20 points a game. The other kid (Frazier), 20 points a game. And the other guys are fighting like heck. Their big kids our rebounding. Their wings are rebounding slashers. It’s going to be a hard game,” Calipari said Friday.

Calipari knew basketball had to wait for facility upgrades

By LARRY VAUGHT

Most college basketball programs would love to have a facility like the Joe Craft Center. But after using the facility for 10 years, Kentucky coach John Calipari is ready for upgrades to the facility that are scheduled to be made.

“It was built at a time where everything was kind of cut up. We’re in this building 300 days a year, and it was time. It’s funny, I’m driving through campus and I go by and I see softball, soccer’s new, and football. I see what it looks like from the road – golf – and what we’re doing. I think it’s great – baseball, track,” the UK coach said.

Emmie Harris Miss Basketball finalist; Sam Adams hits 1,000 points

Emmie Harris

Emmie Harris of Boyle County, who became the school’s all-time leading scorer on Tuesday, is one of the finalists for Miss Kentucky  Basketball.

Harris could also possibly announce her college choice today. She made an official visit to Utah State Sunday and Monday. She also has Providence, Santa Clara and others in her decision-making process.

Also congrats to Garrard County senior Sam Adams. She scored 22 points Thursday and now has 1,000 career points joining teammates Maddy Day (1,145) and Sis Logan (1,041)

Basketball Finalists

Coaching Team USA could give Calipari an early jump on coaching next year’s incoming players

John Calipari (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky will lose seniors Derek Willis, Dominique Hawkins and Mychal Mulder off this year’s team. Most expect De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Bam Adebayo and Isaiah Briscoe to head to the NBA. Even if no one transfers, that means at most UK would return Wenyen Gabriel, Isaac Humphries, Tai Wynyard and Sacha Killeya-Jones as scholarship players next season.

That’s why I think it’s a genius move by Kentucky coach John Calipari if he does coach Team USA ad the Under-19 World Championships in Egypt this summer as ESPN has reported.

Kentucky Opens Mingione Era on Road Against North Carolina

Nick Mingione and Mitch Barnhart (UK Athletics Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – New Kentucky head coach Nick Mingione will kick off his tenure in Lexington with a challenging three-game road series against perennial national power North Carolina beginning with Friday night’s season opener where the Wildcats will face preseason All-American pitcher J.B. Bukauskas at Boshamer Stadium.

Geena Freriks Strikes Gold in the 200 Free

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – After winning bronze last season, Kentucky’s Geena Freriks was determined to make the podium in the 200-yard freestyle at this year’s Southeastern Conference Championships. And boy, did she succeed.

Freriks didn’t just make the podium – she made it in record-setting fashion, becoming the first Wildcat woman to win the 200 free at the meet since Kelly Heath in 1995. Freriks’ time of 1:44.51 bested her own school record of 1:44.98, a mark she set earlier this season.

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