Makayla Epps, Evelyn Akhator Named AP All-America Honorable Mention

Makayla Epps (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGT­­­ON, Ky. – The postseason honors continue to stack up for Makayla Epps and Evelyn Akhator as the University of Kentucky women’s basketball duo has most recently been named All-America Honorable Mention by the Associated Press.

Kentucky vs North Carolina Photo Gallery

Photos by Vicky Graff

Calipari: “I just wish we could have played a first half with a full roster”

John Calipari (Jeff Houchin Photo)

Kentucky coach John Calipari didn’t mince a lot of words to open his postgame press conference Sunday after Kentucky lost 75-73 to North Carolina in the South Region.

Kentucky had four players — De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Bam Adebayo and Derek Willis — with two fouls in the first half.

“You know, it’s amazing that we were in that game where they practically fouled out my team. Amazing that we had a chance. So proud of how these guys fought. So proud of Isaac (Humphries). Can you imagine his first real opportunity to do this was in this game, and he performed? Amazing,” Calipari said.

UK-North Carolina postgame notes, numbers

Isaiah Briscoe did his best to try and stop North Carolina’s game-winning shot. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes

Kentucky vs. North Carolina – NCAA Tournament Elite Eight

March 26, 2017, FedExForum, Memphis, Tenn.
Attendance: 16,412

Final Score: No. 1-seed North Carolina 75, No. 2-seed Kentucky 73                                                          

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky finished the season 32-6 overall.

o   UNC snapped UK’s 14-game winning streak, which was the longest streak in the country entering Sunday.

o   UK won 32 games for the fourth time in the John Calipari era.

Tar Heels on Bam Adebayo, Isaac Humphries, Malik Monk

Bam Adebayo (Jeff Houchin Photo)

Here is what North Carolina players had to say after Sunday’s 75-73 win over Kentucky in Memphis.

Last-second shot spoils UK’s comeback, sends North Carolina to the Final Four

De’Aaron Fox said he loved UK basketball. (Jonathan Dunn/WLEX)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Just when it looked like Kentucky was ahead to another Final Four, the bottom fell out and then the Cats took a dagger to the heart at the end.

Sophomore Isaac Humphries, who had a sensational game with 12 points and five rebounds in 21 minutes, hit a shot with 5 minutes, 5 seconds to play to give UK a 64-59 lead and cap a 17-6 Kentucky run.

Numbers too close to project UK-North Carolina winner in Elite Eight

Isaiah Briscoe, Malik Monk, Kenny Payne (Vicky Graff Photo)

By RICHARD CHEEKS

Friday night, the Kentucky Wildcats beat UCLA by 11 points, 86-75 to advance to the NCAA Elite 8. Since the NCAA Tournament started in 1939, there have been 88 Elite 8’s played. Kentucky has advanced to a record 32 Elite 8 appearances, winning 17 times and ending their season at the Elite 8 15 times. In the last seven seasons with Coach Calipari at the helm, the Cats have advanced to the Elite 8 5 times, winning 4 and losing only 1, his first such appearance for UK in 2010.

SEC criticism getting “old and boring” to South Carolina coach Frank Martin

By LARRY VAUGHT

Saturday it was time for South Carolina and Florida to get to answer the questions about the lack of respect for Southeastern Conference basketball that UK coach John Calipari has answered in recent weeks.

Remember all season Calipari pounded the SEC drum saying the league was much better than it was given credit for nationally. With three teams in the Elite Eight, it’s hard to argue with Calipari now.

South Carolina coach Frank Martin was asked what was the most disrespectful thing he’s heard about the SEC this year.

Stopping Malik Monk “biggest thing” for North Carolina

Malik Monk (Jeff Houchin Photo)

North Carolina players had a lot to say about Kentucky during their press conference Saturday leading up to this afternoon’s South Region title game in Memphis.

Q. Joel and Justin, everybody says that at this time of the year, guard play is just so important; you’re going up against two pretty good guards in Malik Monk and De’Aaron Fox. When you signed up to play basketball for the University of North Carolina, isn’t that exactly the kind of game that you all were hoping to play in?

Calipari emphasizes the importance of what Adebayo and Briscoe did against UCLA

UCLA focused on Bam Adebayo Friday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky coach John Calipari had a message for Kentucky fans Saturday.

It came at the start of his Saturday press conference, but there’s no doubt it was both a message to UK fans and perhaps a pat on the back for Bam Adebayo and Isaiah Briscoe.

Adebayo had two points — a late-game dunk — along with five assists, four rebounds, one block and two turnovers. Briscoe was just 2-for-7 from the field and had five points, seven rebounds, four assists and no turnovers in 35 minutes.

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