Will Kentucky have official Doug Sirmons again this season?

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Could John Calipari see official Doug Sirmons again Tuesday? (Vicky Graff Photo)


Remember referee Doug Sirmons?

If you are a Kentucky fan, it’s likely you remember him well for ejecting Kentucky coach John Calipari early in UK’s win at South Carolina earlier this month.

It was just 2 1/2 minutes into the game when after a foul called on South Carolina, Calipari said something to Sirmons that drew a technical foul and that sent the coach into a tirade.  It took five players and assistant coach Tony Barbee to keep him away from Sirmons.

Not all sunshine and rainbows, but Mitchell proud of what Janee Thompson contributed to UK

Janee Thompson took over in the fourth quarter Thursday night during Kentucky’s win over Missouri on Senior Night that was her 100th career win at UK.

“To the program, she has been a very productive, big time player. She’s always come up big in big games. She’s a talented, productive player,” Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell said.

“To me personally, she means a lot more because we did not always have a smooth path together. There was a lot of work we had to do together. There was a lot of learning from each other. She’s really, really special to me because if neither one of us had worked at it, we could have just existed and had an okay relationship.

Guest post: Kentucky Women Sports Talk has unique format

Vaught’s note: Kentucky Women Talk Sports airs every Saturday at 1 p.m.  on 970 AM. You can also listen on iHeart Radio and this week I will join Maria Taustine on the show. Give us a listen. Here’s Taustine explaining more about her unique background and show.


Maria Tuastina, right, and

Maria Tuastina, right, and Daryl Foust.

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TBF-VAUGHTS-VIEWSWriting for www.lex18.com has been a new experience for me and I’m looking forward to what lies ahead working with the sports team of Alan Cutler, Dorian Craft and Keith Farmer as well as other at WLEX-TV.

Hopefully those of you who come here regularly to check for UK news will also make sure to go to the WLEX site to see my stories as well as much, much UK coverage provided by the WLEX sports staff.

Kentucky-Missouri postgame notes and numbers

Kentucky Women’s Basketball Postgame Notes

FINAL:  #15/14 Kentucky 69, #24/24 Missouri 59

Memorial Coliseum – Lexington, Ky.

Feb. 25, 2016

Team Records and Series Notes

–    Kentucky extended its winning streak to five games with a 69-59 win over No. 24/24 Missouri.

–    The meeting was just the sixth in the history of the two programs, moving UK to 5-1 in the all-time series. Kentucky is undefeated against Missouri since MU joined the SEC in 2012.

–    With the win, UK moves to 20-6 on the season, including 9-6 in SEC play. Missouri drops to 21-7 (8-7 SEC). 

Thompson leads Kentucky over Missouri

By UKathletics.com
Playing in her final regular season game at Memorial Coliseum, senior guard Janee Thompson scored 24 points to lead No. 15 Kentucky to a 69-59 win over 24th-ranked Missouri on Thursday night.
With her team trailing 51-50 heading into the fourth quarter, Thompson took over the game. She accounted for Kentucky’s first 14 points of the final stanza, scoring six in a row and then assisting on a basket by Akhator before hitting a pair of driving layups and a jumper of her own, giving Kentucky a 64-55 lead.
Evelyn Akhator scored 15 points and pulled down nine rebounds for Kentucky (20-6, 9-6 SEC), while Makayla Epps added 14.
Kentucky shot just 40 percent (26-of-65) from the floor in the game, including just 3-of-17 (18 percent) from three-point range. But the Wildcats held Missouri to just 38 percent shooting and forced the Tigers into 17 turnovers.
In the first quarter, the game was tight until the end. Kentucky closed the period on an 8-0 run over the last 2:31 to lead 22-14.
The Tigers cut into the lead early in the second quarter, only to see Kentucky close out the period much like it did the first, with a 5-0 run to make it 39-26 at the half.
Missouri (21-7, 8-7) came out hot in the third quarter, outscoring Kentucky 25-11 in the third stanza to take a 51-50 lead at the end of three. Missouri hit six of its nine shots (66.7 percent) in the quarter and was nine of 10 from the line during the same period.
Missouri’s Sophie Cunningham led all scorers with 29 points. Jordan Frericks was the only other Missouri player in double figures, adding 12 for the Tigers.
Kentucky finished the regular season on Sunday, visiting Reed Arena to face Texas A&M. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. ET and the game can be seen on ESPN.

Dale Brown a big hit with WPBK-FM audience


Former LSU coach Dale Brown was at his best this morning during 35 minutes on WPBK (102.9 FM) in Stanford with myself and regular morning show host Tim Estes.

Brown talked about everything from giving out purple and gold basketball nets when he first got to LSU to Shaquille O’Neal to playing Kentucky to his admiration of John Calipari.

Estes said the response to Brown’s morning appearance was overwhelming and sent this to Brown to let him know:

UK signee De’Aaron Fox finalist for Naismith Player of the Year

ATLANTA – Kentucky men’s basketball signee De’Aaron Fox, one of the premier high school scorers in the country, has been named one of five finalists for the Naismith Awards Boy’s High School Player of the Year. The Atlanta Tipoff Club made the announcement Wednesday.

The winner of the Naismith Awards Boy’s High School Player of the Year will be announced March 10. The All-American Teams will be revealed March 8.

Fox is enjoying one of the best high school basketball seasons in the country during his senior season at Cypress Lakes High School in Katy, Texas. He’s scored 30 or more points in 17 games this season, 40 or more six times and even hit the 50-point mark earlier this month.

Kentucky basketball has unique fan in South Africa


When it comes to Kentucky basketball, there are no limits to where you might find a fan.

Take Rev. Cydell LeGrand of Johannesburg, South Africa who describes himself on Twitter as “BBN from Afar.” So how in the world did that come about?

“It may seem strange that a African like myself support the Kentucky Wildcats! I was watching television one day on my local sport channel and your team was playing a team for the university playoff final. I enjoyed the way Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist played as a team, so I further looked into your school,” LeGrand said. “I was amazed by the rich tradition your program has and I have been a fan ever since. Whether the games are on television or if I have to stream them on my Dell computer.”

Marcus Lee on Alex Poythress, playing at Vanderbilt

Marcus Lee (Vicky Graff Photo)

Marcus Lee (Vicky Graff Photo)


Marcus Lee had 12 rebounds in UK’s win over Alabama Tuesday night and after the game talked about the play of Alex Poythress (14 points) and Saturday’s game at Vanderbilt.

On Poythress being in an upbeat mood while being out …
“I mean, Alex was always ready for this game. We kind of saw it in his eyes as he went through our practices, and once we saw that he was fine, that he was feeling fine and that he was mentally fine, we knew he would be great.”