Jarred Vanderbilt not likely to play again this week

Jarred Vanderbilt celebrated with teammates Sunday but he likely won’t play again this week. (Vicky Graff Photo)


Kentucky won the Southeastern Conference Tournament without Jarred Vanderbilt. Now it likely will have to win without Vanderbilt to stay alive in the NCAA Tournament.

The freshman forward injured his ankle in practice Tuesday and was not in uniform for any of UK’s three SEC tourney win. Kentucky coach John Calipari didn’t make it sound Monday like Vanderbilt would play Thursday when UK takes on Davidson in Boise, Idaho, or even Saturday if Kentucky advances to play either Arizona or Buffalo.

Kentucky’s Troy Squires Named SEC Player of the Week

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky senior catcher/first baseman Troy Squires was named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week after a career week that culminated in a series win over No. 3 Texas Tech, it was announced on Monday.

Squires hit .571 with six runs scored, 11 RBI, five doubles and two home runs with a 1.095 slugging percentage for the week. He set a career-high for hits (four) and RBI (four) in a win over Eastern Kentucky and then tied both of those marks in Saturday’s comeback win over the Red Raiders where he went 4-for-5 with a three-run home run that gave the Cats a 5-4 lead.

Seth Greenberg: “Arizona is as talented a team as there is in the tournament.”

Seth Greenberg and Jay Bilas, right, agree that Arizona could be a Final Four team.
(Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

Several ESPN college basketball analysts offered their opinions on the NCAA Tournament South Region that includes Kentucky.

South Region

Seth Greenberg on region: “South region is brutal… it’s physical, has athleticism.”

Jay Williams, on tough road for No. 1 seed Virginia: “South is the most difficult region.”

Jay Bilas: “Arizona is grossly under-seeded (as a four seed).”

Bilas on biggest problem for No. 1 overall seed Virginia: “Arizona. They are big and physical and they can handle Virginia.”

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Could D.J. Jeffries be UK’s first 2019 commit? Decision coming tonight

D.J. Jeffries, right, and Zion Harmon got their MVP awards from Angie Fisk, Marshall County human resources director at HoopFest.(Larry Vaught Photo)


Mississippi junior forward D.J. Jeffries has decided to make his college decision tonight.

The 6-9 Jeffries — who is friends with 2019 Memphis star recruit James Wiseman — announced on Twitter that he had narrowed his college choices to Alabama, Mississippi State and Kentucky. He also has offers from Texas A&M, Florida, LSU, Georgia,  USC, Ole Miss, Missouri, Wake Forest, Wichita State and North Carolina .

Diallo says Cats worried about “us” and not NCAA bracket

Hamidou Diallo (Vicky Graff Photo)


Hamidou Diallo isn’t worried about how difficult Kentucky’s NCAA Tournament draw may or may not be.

The Cats are in the South Region with No. 1 seed Virginia and No. 2 seed Cincinnati and could face No. 4 seed Arizona in the second round. However, Diallo is not as fearful about the draw as many Kentucky fans were on social media Sunday night.

NCAA Basketball Committee chair on why no Louisville in NCAA, why Arizona is playing in Boise

Bruce Rasmussen, the director of athletics at Creighton University and chair of the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee, answered questions about the NCAA Tournament selection process Sunday night. 

Q. I’m wondering what your discussion in the room was like about Louisville. I know they weren’t in the first four out. I wondered where they ended up in your pecking order and what was it that cost them the bid?
BRUCE RASMUSSEN: First of all, Louisville has a very good team. They weren’t in the first four out but they certainly were discussed a great deal by the committee, along with about 15 other teams. And we knew there were only a very few spots available. In reality, we looked at who did you play, where did you play them, how did you do?

Calipari would have been “shocked” if UK had been a No. 4 seed

Kevin Knox (Vicky Graff Photo)


Kentucky coach John Calipari admits he doesn’t know much about Davidson, UK’s opponent Thursday at 7:10 p.m. EST in Boise, Idaho, in the NCAA Tournament.

Davidson won its first Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament Championship Sunday with a 58-57 victory over top-seeded Rhode Island. Peyton Aldridge is the A-10 Player of the Year and was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, while Kellan Grady, the conference’s Rookie of the Year, hit the game-winning shot Sunday and had 17 points. Aldridge had 13 points and seven rebounds.

Kentucky opens with Davidson Thursday in Boise; Arizona and Ayton looming

Kentucky won the SEC Tournament but got only a No. 5 seed. (Vicky Graff Photo)


John Calipari was right. Winning the Southeastern Conference Tournament didn’t seem to improve Kentucky’s NCAA Tournament seeding.

The Wildcats were projected as a No. 5 seed before the SEC Tournament started and that’s what they got Sunday despite winning the tourney.

Kentucky is a No. 5 seed in the South Region and will play No. 12 seed Davidson Thursday in Boise. If the Cats win, they would play the winner of No. 4 seed Arizona — and sensational freshman center DeAndre Ayton — and No. 13 seed Buffalo on Saturday.

Humes strikes out nine, but No. 2 Florida completes sweep of Kentucky

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Sophomore pitcher Autumn Humes recorded a career-high nine strikeouts on Sunday and pitched a complete game in her first-career Southeastern Conference start, but unfortunately the offense was unable to etch across any runs, as the No. 2 Florida Gators won 4-0 and claimed a sweep of the opening weekend of conference play.

The Wildcats now have dropped three game in a row for the first time all season, and sit at 15-6 overall on the season with an 0-3 conference record. The second-ranked Gators improve to 22-1 on the season and sit atop the league standings with a 3-0 record.