First practice after spring break pleasant surprise for Stoops

By GUY RAMSEY, UK Athletics

Mark Stoops will never accept a lackluster practice, but he would have at least understood if Kentucky had had one on Tuesday.

It turns out he was in for a pleasant surprise.

“I was impressed with practice being that we had the long layoff with spring break,” Stoops said, “so kind of figured it would be a little slow, a little sluggish, need to prod them a little bit, but they came in with a good attitude.”

Guest post: The NCAA Must Continue To Change It’s Archaic System

Cutler, Dale Brown 04Editor’s note: Former LSU coach Dale Brown has never been afraid to vent his frustrations with the NCAA and has done it again. Enjoy.

By DALE BROWN

The NCAA should immediately drop the masquerade of treating college athletes fairly and thereby end the longstanding sham  of amateur athletics. In its long history the NCAA has been masterful at legislating against human dignity and has repeatedly exhibited monumental hypocrisy. Well-respected  sports commentator Jay Bilas said,  “When you are profiting off someone else while restricting them from earning a profit, that’s exploitation.”

Oklahoma coach, players talk about loss to Kentucky

2016 NCAA Division I women’s basketball championship
Second · Oklahoma vs. Kentucky
Memorial Coliseum · Lexington, Ky.
Monday, March 21

POSTGAME QUOTES – Oklahoma

UK Women vs. Oklahoma Photo Gallery

Photos by Vicky Graff

Former Cat Allen Edwards new coach at Wyoming

LARAMIE, Wyo. (March 21, 2016) – Allen Edwards will be the 21st head coach of the Cowboy basketball program, University of Wyoming Athletics Director Tom Burman announced Monday. Edwards assumes control of the Cowboys after serving as an assistant under Larry Shyatt the previous five seasons. With 12 appearances in postseason tournaments and 14 conference championships, Edwards has created success during his playing career at Kentucky and as an assistant the past 14 seasons. He has agreed to terms on a five-year contract with UW that includes a base salary of $200,004 per year and other guaranteed compensation of $290,000 for a total annual guaranteed compensation of $490,004. Those numbers could go up with performance-based incentives.

Matthew Mitchell on Epps’ injury, Maci Morris and more

2016 NCAA Division I women’s basketball championship
Second Round · Oklahoma vs. Kentucky
Memorial Coliseum · Lexington, Ky.
Monday, March 21

POSTGAME QUOTES – Kentucky

Matthew Mitchell, Kentucky Head Coach:

Kentucky-Oklahoma postgame notes and numbers

Kentucky Women’s Basketball Postgame Notes

FINAL:  #12/13 Kentucky 79, #24/23 Oklahoma 58

Memorial Coliseum – Lexington, Ky.

March 21, 2016

Team Records and Series Notes

–    Kentucky advanced to the Lexington Regional semifinal of the NCAA Tournament with a 79-58 victory over No. 24/23 Oklahoma on Monday night in Memorial Coliseum. With the win, the Wildcats move to 25-7 on the season, while the Sooners end their campaign at 22-11.

–    UK now leads the all-time series with Oklahoma, 2-1, with two consecutive wins against the Sooners.

UK fan Allie Townsend quickly took to Twitter to defend Ulis after tweet by Yogi Ferrell’s mother

By LARRY VAUGHT

Allie and Landy Townsend, who now live in North Carolina, took their oldest son to the Final Four in Dallas. "Some of his friends here think he is a bandwagon fan, but they just don't know how deep his Kentucky roots are," Allie said.

Allie and Landy Townsend, who now live in North Carolina, took their oldest son to the Final Four in Dallas. “Some of his friends here think he is a bandwagon fan, but they just don’t know how deep his Kentucky roots are,” Allie said.

For Allie Townsend and her husband, Landy, being Kentucky basketball fans living in North Carolina is difficult enough. However, it was more than she could take after UK lost to Indiana when she saw a tweet by Indiana point guard Yogi Ferrell’s mother about the lack of class of UK point guard Tyler Ulis and had a photoshopped image of Ulis shooting the “bird” to fans.

Kentucky hopes to build on impressive opening NCAA win

Maci Morris (Vicky Graff Photo)

Maci Morris (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – After one of the best defensive performances in a NCAA Tournament game in program history, the No. 12 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team looks for more of the same when it faces sixth-seeded and No. 24 Oklahoma in a second-round matchup on Monday at 6:30 p.m. ET inside Memorial Coliseum.

The game will be televised regionally on ESPN2 with Cara Capuano and Carol Ross on the call. With several other NCAA Tournament second round games on at the same time, Kentucky will be a regional telecast available inside the states of Kentucky and Oklahoma and available on a whip around basis nationally.

Matthew Mitchell says Oklahoma has one big edge — coaching

Matthew Mitchell (Vicky Graff Photo)

Matthew Mitchell (Vicky Graff Photo)

Kentucky plays Oklahoma tonight in Memorial Coliseum in the second round of the NCAA Women’s Tournament for the right to advance to the Lexington Region in Rupp Arena.

Here is what coach Matthew Mitchell had to say at Sunday’s pregame press conference: