Guest post: UK basketball pace from 1972-2016


People often talk about the pace (tempo is also used) and speed of a basketball game, and folks often use these terms interchangeably. However, they are different on subtle levels. It always amazes me when a coach or a fan speaks about how fast his team has played, or will play. Usually, these references address the speed of moving up or down the court between possession changes rather than the pace of play, measured by the number of possessions that occur during a 40-minute basketball game.

Kelsey Nunley Named Senior CLASS Award First Team All-American

Kelsey Nunley (UK Athletics Photo)

Kelsey Nunley (UK Athletics Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Premier Sports Management has released that Kentucky softball pitcher Kelsey Nunley has been named to the 2016 Senior CLASS Award All-American First Team, it was announced on Thursday. The honor comes less than 24 hours after Nunley became the first-ever National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association First Team All-American at Kentucky on Wednesday afternoon.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.

Whale watching brings together photographer from Germany and Kentucky sports writer

Victoria Warren (Larry Vaught Photo)

Victoria Warren (Larry Vaught Photo)


Sometimes fate just intervenes to make for a good story.

That’s what happened while I was on the Hyannis Whale Watchers Cruise recently in Cape Cod.

As we boarded for the four-hour trip, I noticed a young lady who not only looked like a professional photographer based on her camera gear, but she was also wearing a hat from the recent Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event in Lexington.

Better yet, she had UK on her backpack.

Hawkins Completes Second Far East Trip with Reach USA

Dominique Hawkins (Vicky Graff Photo)

Dominique Hawkins (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Senior men’s basketball player Dominique Hawkins successfully completed his second trip to the Far East in conjunction with Reach USA for a cultural exchange trip.

Hawkins joined eight other students for the cultural exchange basketball trip in order to learn more about the Far Eastern culture, while sharing the United States’ culture.

“Not everyone is blessed with the little things that we have,” Hawkins said. “Some examples of that are clean water, clothes, food and shelter which were the biggest lessons I learned away from the court on this trip.

Cousins, Rondo, Cauley-Stein, Wall coming back to Rupp Arena for preseason game Oct. 15

Karl Antony-Towns talks to ESPN's Shannon Spake. (Clay Jackson/

Karl Antony-Towns talks to ESPN’s Shannon Spake. (Clay Jackson/

LEXINGTON – The NBA’s Sacramento Kings and Washington Wizards will play a preseason game in Rupp Arena on October 15 at 7 PM, the Bluegrass Sports Commission (BSC) and Global Sports Management (GSM) announced today.

The game will feature the return to Lexington of former UK stars DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo and Willie Cauley-Stein of the Sacramento Kings along with John Wall of the Washington Wizards.    

Taking place the day after UK Basketball’s annual Big Blue Madness, the game will help tip off  the basketball season for Big Blue Nation and provide fans a unique opportunity to be part of the excitement of NBA basketball.

UKTF’s Jasmine Camacho-Quinn Named SEC Freshman Runner of the Year

i6OlVLcygcjjkMQmHA9BWa9MYyFCpjGElNcZhKAue24Kq7dQgRviZq2uhlb4WYoXZuyK3yuysI7dEFE9TGErYJ4gta4TrEVztFLYIq3gz01SXdT-CGG3pRPr_1zJWmYrBGYd5mjmwlhatBl2-_XxZ25x8T-Kpxo=s0-d-e1-ftLEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky track and field’s Jasmine Camacho-Quinn was named the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Freshman Outdoor Runner of the Year by the league office on Wednesday.

Camacho-Quinn won the SEC title in the 100-meter hurdles in a personal record time of 12.69. That time was the second fastest in meet history (UK’s Keni Harrison won in 12.50 in 2015).

She also ran on Kentucky’s SEC bronze-medal 4×100-meter and fourth-place 4×400-meter relay teams.

Camacho-Quinn became the first SEC freshman to win the 100m hurdles since Jasmine Stowers (LSU) in 2011.

History-maker: Nunley first Cat to be first team All-American

Kelsey Nunley (UK Athletics Photo)

Kelsey Nunley (UK Athletics Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky softball’s Kelsey Nunley made more program history on Wednesday afternoon, becoming the first player in UK history to be named a National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association First Team All-American.

Nunley, who was crowned the 2016 Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Year, joins current assistant coach Molly Johnson-Belcher as the two All-Americans in Kentucky’s program, with Johnson-Belcher earning second team honors in 2009.

Nunley joins five other pitchers on the NFCA First Team, including Delanie Gourney (Florida), Megan Good (James Madison), Paige Parker (Oklahoma), Aleshia Ocasio (Florida) and Jailyn Ford (James Madison). Nunley and Ocasio were at-large selections for the first team pitcher spot.

John Wall wins NBA Cares Community Assist Award

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Former Kentucky men’s basketball player John Wall was named the recipient of the NBA Cares Community Assist Award on Wednesday. He is the fifth-ever winner of the season-long award, which is accompanied by a $25,000 donation from Kaiser Permanente and the NBA to a charity of the recipient’s choice.

Wall (2010) will donate his winnings to the John Wall Foundation and the money will be donated for a new playground sponsored by the Bright Beginnings, Inc., in Washington, D.C. The Raleigh, N.C., native will also match the donation with his own money to a charity in his hometown which he will designate at a later date.

Kentucky-Florida will be on CBS on Sept. 10

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Sept. 10 football matchup between Kentucky and Florida in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla., will be televised on CBS with kickoff set for 3:30 p.m. ET.

The announce team for CBS Sports will feature Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson and Allie LaForce. Lundquist, who is celebrating his 53rd year in television, announced Tuesday he would step down from his lead college football role at CBS Sports following the 2016 season.

Henderson: “100% my decision to resign”

LEXINGTON — This is a letter from UK baseball coach Gary Henderson, who resigned today.

“It has been an honor and a distinct privilege to represent the University of Kentucky as head baseball coach. It has been a source of pride to compete in the SEC for 17 years, including the last 13 at Kentucky, eight as head coach and five as an assistant coach. We’ve just completed five consecutive 30+ win seasons, for the first time in Kentucky Baseball history, and we’ve competed in two NCAA regionals. That said, it is 100% my decision to resign at this time, based in part because the results don’t meet my expectations.