Calipari sees long NBA career for Tyler Ulis

Tyler Ulis (Vicky Graff Photo)

Tyler Ulis (Vicky Graff Photo)


Alabama coach Avery Johnson said during his postgame press conference Tuesday that he thought Kentucky point guard Tyler Ulis was already better than some players in the NBA.

Later during his radio show, Kentucky coach John Calipari said Kentucky would have a “new point guard” next year implying that Ulis would definitely leave for the NBA.

Calipari didn’t say that during his postgame press conference, but he certainly let you know what he thought about Ulis, who had 19 points and 10 assists in what Ulis felt was not a good game for him.

Janee Thompson plays final home game Thursday night

LEXINGT­­­ON, Ky. – Looking to extend a four-game winning streak in Southeastern Conference action, the No. 15 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team will honor lone senior Janee Thompson on Senior Night as the Wildcats play host to No. 24 Missouri on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET in Memorial Coliseum.  

Kelsey Nunley Named Finalist for Senior CLASS Award

-1LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky softball All-American pitcher Kelsey Nunley has been named a finalist for the 2016 Senior CLASS Award, it was announced on Tuesday afternoon by Premier Sports Management – overseers of the award.

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.

2016 John Calipari Father/Son and Overnight Camps Set for June

Registration for two of John Calipari’s most popular camps – the Father/Son Camps and the Overnight Camps – opened Wednesday.

Similar to 2015, both camps will be split into separate sessions in 2016 to accommodate for their recent popularity. The Father/Son Camps will feature three separate opportunities (June 10-11, June 17-18 and June 24-25) and the Overnight Camps will have two separate sessions (June 12-15 and June 19-22).

A limited number of spots are available for all camps and are based on a first-come, first-served basis, with online registration recommended as the fastest and most efficient form of registering campers. All of the camps listed were sold out the last seven summers, so early registration is encouraged to secure a spot.

Avery Williamson signing autographs to benefit Sarah Warner Lister’s battle with leukemia

Current Tennessee Titan and Former Kentucky Wildcat Avery Williamson is back in the Bluegrass and giving back to someone who has given her time to help so many. Williamson will be doing a FREE Public Signing at AllSports (Fayette Mall) this Friday from 6-7pm. Williamson is encouraging those who come out to donate towards Sarah Warner Lister’s battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

Avery Williamson #54 of the Tennessee Titans sacks quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers at LP Field on November 17, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Avery Williamson sacks quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of Pittsburgh. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Jamal Murray “doing good” at what Calipari wants


Jamal Murray scored 23 points Tuesday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Jamal Murray scored 23 points Tuesday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Kentucky had a comfortable lead late in Tuesday’s 25-point win over Alabama when coach John Calipari got upset with Jamal Murray, UK’s leading scorer.

He yelled at him even though Murray was on the other end of the court. Murray heard him but rather than turn away, he ran over to Calipari and took even more heat from the coach.

I asked Calipari during the postgame press conference if that showed signs of maturity by Murray that he came over to hear everything the coach had to say. Or I tried to. Here’s how the exchange went:

Avery Johnson says UK took away Tide’s confidence


Alabama coach Avery Johnson had no problem explaining why his team was no match for host Kentucky in Tuesday’s 78-53 loss.

Jamal Murray (Vicky Graff Photo)

Jamal Murray (Vicky Graff Photo)

“Tonight was a tough night for us. Kentucky was on top of their game,” Johnson said. “They played well, (Tyler) Ulis and (Jamal) Murray are hard to handle and we had one guy in Retin Obasahan who did his best to be competitive against both of those guys, but it was basically two against one. Give them credit, they were the aggressor, we fouled a little bit too much – careless fouls – but overall we didn’t have the energy and confidence to be as good as we have throughout SEC play.

Calipari on Alex Poythress: “I was really proud of him.”


He only played 17 minutes, but it was an impactful 17 minutes for Kentucky.

Alex Poythress returned from a knee injury and minor surgery that kept him out of five games to score 14 points in the 78-53 win over Alabama. He only had one rebound, but that mattered little because just having him back was a plus for Kentucky.

Kentucky 78, Alabama 53: Avery Johnson convinced Tyler Ulis can be a pro


Tyler Ulis had another double-double against Alabama. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Tyler Ulis had another double-double against Alabama. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Not having Derek Willis turned out not to be much of a problem for Kentucky here Tuesday night because it got an unexpected boost from Alex Poythress.

Willis twisted an ankle in Saturday’s overtime loss at Texas A&M and no timetable has been set for his return. But Poythress, who had missed five games with a knee injury, had 14 points in 17 minutes in the 78-53 win. He had 25 points in UK’s win at Alabama earlier this season.

Kentucky-Alabama postgame notes and numbers

Kentucky Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
Alabama at No. 16/14 Kentucky
Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky.
Feb. 23, 2016
Attendance: 24,262

Final Score: Kentucky 78, Alabama 53

Hall of Famer Louie Dampier did the Y at Tuesday night's game. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Hall of Famer Louie Dampier did the Y at Tuesday night’s game. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Team Records and Series Notes
• Kentucky is now 21-7 on the season. The Wildcats are 11-4 in Southeastern Conference action and retain sole possession of first place in the league race.
• Alabama is 16-11 overall, 7-8 in SEC play.
• Kentucky leads the all-time series 107-37 and has won five in a row.
• Next for the Wildcats: UK begins a two-game road swing Saturday at Vanderbilt. Game time is 4 p.m. EST, 3 p.m. CST in Nashville and will be shown nationally on CBS.