Does Florida’s road record already show it is close to wrapping up SEC title?

Coach Mike White has Florida on top of the SEC and poised to win the league title. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky was favored to win another Southeastern Conference championship this season.

But is that possible now that UK has dropped to only 4-3 in SEC play after Saturday’s home loss to Florida?

Florida is 6-4. Auburn — yes, Auburn — is 5-1.  Alabama is now 5-2. Tennessee is 4-3 like UK and Missouri is 3-3.

Kentucky still has to play at Auburn, Missouri, Florida, Texas A&M and Arkansas.

Morris knows she must continue to play despite knee pain

Maci Morris (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

She had 19 points and seemed to get more into an offensive flow the more she played. However, Kentucky junior Maci Morris admitted after Sunday’s game that the knee injury that forced her to miss UK’s loss at Vanderbilt did start bothering her.

“It got a little sore towards the end of the game, but I’ve just got to continue to rest a little bit and take care of that and just push through it because my team needs me. So, I’ve got to be up there for them,” Morris said.

Calipari: Cats don’t have to make a lot of 3’s

Kevin Knox (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Inconsistent 3-point shooting has been a recent problem for Kentucky, but coach John Calipari believes getting Quade Green back in the lineup will help take care of that.

“Quade being out has affected us. Kevin Knox hasn’t been shooting the ball particularly well,” Calipari said after Saturday’s loss to Florida. “I would have liked us to have made six (against Florida), two more, but when you look at it, where was my man — Quade was 0-for-4. You’re hoping he’s a 2-for-4 and all of a sudden you’ve made six, seven, and that’s pretty good. That’s enough for us. We make seven, six, that’s good, we’re fine.

Alabama receiver commits to Cats

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky’s 2018 recruiting class got another addition Sunday when Alabama receiver LiAllen Dailey announced on Twitter that he had committed to the Wildcats.

 

He is a 6-3, 195-pound three-star prospect out of Pinson, Ala. He also had offers from Louisville, Toledo, UAB and Arkansas State .

“First off I want to thank God for giving me this talent to play the game I love so much,” Dailey posted on Twitter. “I want to thank all my family and friends, and I especially want to thank my coaches and teammates for giving a chance to play college football.

UK-South Carolina notes, numbers

Taylor Murray (Vicky Graff Photo)

KENTUCKY WBB POSTGAME NOTES

Kentucky vs. South Carolina

Rupp Arena – Lexington, Ky.

Jan. 21, 2018

 

FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 64, No. 10 South Carolina 81

 

Team Records and Series Notes

–          Kentucky falls to 9-11 overall, 1-5 in Southeastern Conference play this season, while South Carolina rises to 16-3, 5-2 SEC.

–          Matthew Mitchell is in his 11th season as head coach at Kentucky. He is the winningest head coach in program history at 250-111.

–          The Wildcats still lead the all-time series between the two programs, 33-29.

Kentucky Comes Up Short Against No. 10 South Carolina

Maci Morris had 19 points Sunday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Maci Morris scored 19 points and Taylor Murray added 17, but the Kentucky women’s basketball team lost to No. 10 South Carolina 81-64 on Sunday afternoon at Rupp Arena.

Morris returned to the lineup after missing Monday’s game at Vanderbilt with a knee injury. In her return to the lineup, the 6-0 junior from Pineville, Kentucky, hit six of her 15 shots from the floor, including two of five from behind the arc. Morris made all five of her free throws.

Nick Richards on loss: “We actually did it to ourselves.”

Nick Richards (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Nick Richards didn’t make any excuses for Kentucky’s 66-64 loss to Florida Saturday night.

He didn’t mention the two shots Florida blocked in the final 10 seconds when UK fans thought fouls could have been called. Instead, he pointed the finger at the right spot.

“We actually did it to ourselves. We made certain plays that weren’t safe, threw the ball out of bounds trying to pass it to Hami (Diallo) in the backdoor. Me — I put myself in a bad position by not hustling for offensive rebounds. We basically dug ourselves into that hole,” the Kentucky freshman center said.

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Photos by Vicky Graff

White on UK’s defense: “It was pretty suffocating”

Nick Richards blocked two shots and had nine rebounds for UK Saturday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

John Calipari thought Kentucky did a superb job defensively against Florida Saturday even though the Gators won 66-64.

The Gators shot only 33 percent from the field and 20 percent (6-for-30) from 3-point range.

So what made the Kentucky defense better than what it had been in other games?

“I don’t know if I can put my thumb on it. I’m just not as familiar with Coach Cal’s team as obviously he and his staff are,” Florida coach Mike White said. “And you don’t know this is the first time. After they play at our place later on, I’ll be able to compare those two performances.”