Valerie Still, Mickie DeMoss, Ceal Barry Named Finalists for WBB Hall of Fame

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky All-American Valerie Still, former Wildcat head coach Mickie DeMoss and letterwinner Ceal Barry have been named three of 10 finalists for the 2018 Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, it was announced last night by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

The Class of 2018 will be selected from the 10 finalists and announced on ESPN2 on Feb. 12. The 2018 induction will mark the 20th anniversary of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, which held its grand opening and inaugural induction in 1999. The Class of 2018 will be officially inducted in Knoxville, Tennessee on June 9.

Calipari doesn’t know if Green, Wynyard or Jarred Vanderbilt will play Saturday in Nashville

Quade Green (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Will Quade Green, Tai Wynyard or Jarred Vanderbilt play against Vanderbilt Saturday afternoon in Nashville?

At noon today Kentucky coach John Calipari said he had no updates on any of the three. Green and Wynyard did not play Tuesday against Texas A&M due to back injuries and Vanderbilt has not play all season because of a leg injury even though he practiced with the team this week.

“I haven’t seen any of the them today. We’re not leaving (for practice) until 12:45,” Calipari said during a teleconference with Kentucky media members.

P.J. Washington on Jarred Vanderbilt (Larry Vaught Video)

Vanderbilt-Kentucky pregame notes

Kentucky hopes to have a lot to cheer about Saturday in Nashville. (Jeff Houchin Photo)

Series Information

Series Record:  UK leads, 142-47.

Last Meeting:  UK win, 73-67, on 2/28/17 in Lexington.

Record at Vanderbilt:  UK leads 53-27.

Record at Kentucky:  UK leads 84-15.

Record at Neutral Site:  Tied at 5.

Coach Drew vs. Kentucky:  Coach Drew is 0-2 against Kentucky.

 

Roberson Leads Commodores 

UK cheerleaders put on “amazing” performance for fans, who also guest surprise show from UK dance team

Jeff Houchin Photo

By SHEENA WETHINGTON, Contributing Writer

Thursday night the University of Kentucky Cheerleaders opened the Seaton Center doors for a public viewing of their 2018 Nationals routine. The first hour was spent of them perfecting individual parts of the routine. The fans in attendance started to get a short glimpse of the pieces of the routine. If a cheerleader messed up during that individual section, then the partner would have to do it again full out by themselves.

Their final performance was amazing! There was only one little shake up but the girl held it together  in her lift so she didn’t fall!!

Murray, Paschal Lead Kentucky Past Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Taylor Murray scored 19 points, and Amanda Paschal added a career-high 12 as Kentucky won its first SEC game of the season, beating Florida 56-53 on Thursday night at Exactech Arena. The win was head coach Matthew Mitchell’s 250th at Kentucky. Mitchell is the winningest head coach in program history.

Kentucky (9-9, 1-3 SEC) got seven points and five rebounds from Dorie Harrison, and six points and six rebounds from Tatyana Wyatt.

Ware, Jones staying for senior year; Lamar Thomas coaching contract not renewed by UK

Denzil Ware (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Two more players are staying at Kentucky for their senior year but a popular assistant coach will not be back.

Linebackers Denzil Ware and Jordan Jones both confirmed Thursday that they were staying at UK after there had been some speculation that each might opt to put his name into the NFL draft.

However, coach Mark Stoops announced that receivers coach Lamar Thomas, who left the Louisville staff two years ago to join the Wildcats, would not be back. Thomas’ contract was not extended after the 2016 season and now he’s not being retained even though UK went to bowl games and won seven games each year he was at Kentucky.

Lamar Thomas’ contract not renewed

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The contract of assistant football coach Lamar Thomas will not be renewed, Coach Mark Stoops announced Thursday

Thomas served as wide receivers coach for the Wildcats in the 2016-17 seasons.

“I appreciate the contributions Lamar made to our program during the last two years,” Stoops said.  “We wish him the best in the future.”

Stoops is in the process of hiring two assistant coaches, one to replace Thomas, along with the additional full-time assistant coach that is now permissible under NCAA rules. 

Calipari sees sign of progress for his Cats

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky fans seem to continue to remain skeptical about the Cats despite the team’s 3-1 start in Southeastern Conference play and 14-3 overall mark.

However, Kentucky coach John Calipari was a big swaggy after Tuesday’s 74-73 win over Texas A&M when the Cats had only seven healthy scholarship players available to play.

“Let me just say this. Where they are now, you have to admit, P.J. is not even the same player he was a month and a half ago. Would you say? He’s not even the same player,” Calipari said.

If you missed it, here is me passing Calipari’s exam (Big Blue Insider video)