High-scoring Virginia Tech eager for chance to play in Rupp Arena

John Calipari will have to have his team defend the 3-point shot against Virginia Tech. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams watched his team win a seventh straight game Saturday when it blasted Maryland Eastern Shore 93-40 but knows what it coming next will be a lot, lot harder.

Virginia Tech (9-1) will play Kentucky in Rupp Arena Saturday at 2 p.m. on ESPN2.

Kentucky is coming off a win over Monmouth at Madison Square Garden Saturday. Williams said that Virginia Tech was originally trying to play in that game in New York City. But he knows playing in Rupp Arena could be a boost to his team’s NCAA Tournament resume in March.

Are Calipari’s Cats getting enough respect or too much respect?

By RICHARD CHEEKS, Contributing Writer

This weekend, John Calipari complained that this team is not getting the respect that is their due. It is unclear who  Calipari believes has been dissing his UK players.

Is Calipari referring to his colleagues in the coaching community? Is Calipari referring to the views of various members of the sports media? Is he doing the unthinkable, and hearing what members of the Big Blue Nation are saying about the team’s performance over the first nine games?

JC QB Terry Wilson commits to UK

By LARRY VAUGHT

After losing four-star quarterback Jarren Williams of Georgia recently, Kentucky landed its quarterback in the 2018 recruiting class when three-star junior college quarterback Terry Wilson gave his verbal commitment to UK Sunday.

Wilson, who signed with Oregon out of high school, picked UK over Florida and Nebraska after a weekend visit at UK.

Last season at Garden City Community College he threw for 2,133 yards and 26 scores with 11 interceptions and ran for 518 yards and five touchdowns. He was the Jayhawk Conference Offensive Player of the Year award.

No. 20 Kentucky Falls at Miami (Fla.)

MIAMI – Maci Morris scored 18 points and Alyssa Rice added 11 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, but the 20th-ranked Kentucky women’s basketball team lost at Miami (Fla.) 65-54 on Sunday afternoon.

No other Wildcat reached double figures, although Taylor Murray had eight points and eight rebounds for Kentucky. The Wildcats hit 20 of their 63 shots (31.7 percent) from the floor, including five of 19 (26.3 percent) from behind the arc.

Kentucky (8-3) held the lead for much of the first half, but the Wildcats were outscored 42-24 in the second half.

Calipari on Washington, Diallo, Gabriel, Knox and more

Kevin Knox was 1-for-9 Saturday, but coach John Calipari said that should be “good for his soul.” (Jeff Houchin Photo)

Ask John Calipari a simple question and sometimes you get a really complex answer.

That’s what happened at the Kentucky coach’s postgame press conference Saturday after UK beat Monmouth in New York’s Madison Square Garden.

Calipari was asked what he thought about the play of P.J. Washington, who had a career high 21 points, six rebounds and four blocks after Calipari predicted he would play much better after losing 15 pounds in the last three weeks.

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Kentucky players celebrated winning a point Saturday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

This was not the ending Kentucky’s seniors wanted, but it was an ending few — other than perhaps them — could have ever envisioned when they came to UK.

Ashley Dusek, Kaz Brown and Emily Franklin sat together in the media interview room Saturday after night after Nebraska won an intense, thrilling 25-19, 25-22, 25-27, 25-22 match to advance to the Final Four and end UK’s season in the Elite Eight.

Kentucky-Monmouth postgame notes, numbers

UK MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
HARVARD VS. #8/7 KENTUCKY
MADISON SQUARE GARDEN | NEW YORK
DEC. 9, 2017
ATTENDANCE: 10,438

Final Score: #8/7 Kentucky 93, Monmouth 76

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky wins its sixth game in a row improving to 8-1.  Monmouth is 3-7. 
  • This was the first meeting between UK and Monmouth in men’s basketball. 
  • Next for the Wildcats: UK returns home next Saturday, Dec. 16 to play Virginia Tech.  Game time is 2 p.m. ET and it will be televised on ESPN2.  

Coach John Calipari

Diallo, Washington share thoughts on 93-76 win over Monmouth

Hamidou Diallo had 23 points on 8-for-13 shooting and P.J. Washington had a career-high 20 points, six rebounds and four blocks — he was 9-for-9 at the foul line — in Saturday’s win over Monmouth in New York.

Here’s what they had to say after the game:

Hamidou Diallo

Nick Haynes no longer on UK football team

Nick Haynes. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Senior guard Nick Haynes was one of the players featured on Kentucky’s football media guide this season after starting in every game last season when UK went to the TaxSlayer Bowl.

But when UK plays Northwestern Dec. 29th in the Music City Bowl, not only will Haynes not be starting — he’s no longer on the team.

Coach Mark Stoops announced Saturday that it was a “mutual decision” between him and Haynes to no longer be on the team due to a critical tweet of the UK coaching staff he posted less than 24 hours before UK lost to Louisville in its final regular season game.