Killeya-Jones “played his butt off” and showed he could be valuable contributor for Kentucky this season

Sacha Killeya-Jones (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

LEXINGTON — Sophomore Sacha Killeya-Jones believed he was going to help Kentucky win this season. Maybe not many others did, but he never doubted he would play a much bigger role this season than he did as a freshman.

Sunday he did just that, too. He hit two free throws with 5 minutes, 34 seconds remaining against Vermont and UK clinging to a 65-61 lead on its way to a 73-69 win.

Killeya-Jones had six points — 1-for-2 from the field, 4-for-4 at the foul line — along with four rebounds in 18 minutes. He did not have a turnover.

UK-Vermont postgame, notes numbers

P.J. Washington (Jeff Houchin Photo)

UK MEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
VERMONT AT KENTUCKY
RUPP ARENA | LEXINGTON, KY.
NOV. 12, 2017
ATTENDANCE: 20,174

Final Score: #5/4 Kentucky 73, Vermont 69

Team Records and Series Notes
Kentucky is 2-0 and this was Vermont’s season opener.
This was the first meeting between UK and Vermont in men’s basketball.
Next for the Wildcats: UK takes on Kansas on Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. ET in the State Farm Champions Classic. The game will be played in the United Center in Chicago and it will be televised on ESPN.

Cats survive Vermont scare 73-69

Kevin Knox (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

LEXINGTON — Kentucky survived what could easily have been a trap game against Vermont here with a showdown looming with Kansas Tuesday night in Chicago.

After trailing most of the first half Friday against Utah Valley, Kentucky took the early Sunday. Vermont managed to stay in the game but there was none of that double-digit lead for the visitors like Utah Valley had.

However, Kentucky won only 73-69 because the Cats did not have a field goal the final 3 minutes, 13 seconds and missed seven of their last eight shots. That’s not exactly the way to finish a game to get ready for a team like Kansas.

No. 7 Kentucky Racks Up 53 Kills, Sweeps Auburn

AUBURN, Ala. – Another stellar offensive output from the No. 7 Kentucky volleyball team helped sweep Auburn, 3-0 (28-26, 25-21, 25-18) inside Auburn Arena on Sunday afternoon. Kentucky utilized a .397 attacking percentage in the win to go along with 53 kills.

“I was really pleased with how clean we played today,” head coach Craig Skinner said. “Our serving was very good which allowed us to get a lot of transition kills. It was good to get our offense firing on all cylinders and Kaz (Brown) and Leah (Edmond) were big time today scoring points for us.”

Balanced Scoring Attack Paces Kentucky Past Gardner-Webb

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky women’s basketball team put together a complete offensive and defensive performance Sunday afternoon in front of over 4,000 fans at Memorial Coliseum, beating Gardner-Webb 72-34 to move to 2-0 on the season.

Junior guard Maci Morris was the standout player for the Wildcats with her first-career double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. The 10 rebounds for Morris were a career high.

The Wildcats were aided by a 19-0 run midway through the first half, in which it held the Runnin’ Bulldogs scoreless for 9:02 of game time, stretching over two quarters. During the run which started at the 1:23 mark of the first quarter, seven different players scored a point.

Jarren Williams bails out on Kentucky again

Jarren Williams

By LARRY VAUGHT

Once again, Jarren Williams has bailed on Kentucky football.

The four-star quarterback from Georgia decided to de-commit from Kentucky for a second time while he was on an official visit to Miami this weekend.

It’s a blow for UK, which also lost quarterback Mac Jones to Alabama last season after he originally had committed to Kentucky.

Miami is coached by former Georgia coach Mark Richt, who did not make an early scholarship offer to Williams when he was at Georgia — something that irked Williams and his family.

Tennessee tells Butch Jones to “step down”

Here is a letter from Tennessee athletics director to Tennessee fans today about firing Butch Jones:

Is losing the No. 1 recruit a blessing or curse

R.J. Barrett

By KEITH PEEL,

Contributing Writer

The College Basketball season is in full swing. So is the college basketball recruiting season. The No.1 rated player in the 2018 class – RJ Barrett – picked his future college destination on Friday.

As most college basketball fans know it wasn’t the University of Kentucky. Is that a big deal?

Some analysts seem to think so. Some are saying Calipari has lost his edge, can’t recruit at the same level as when he arrived at Kentucky. If that’s the case – and some of the facts seem to bear that out – is that the most important factor to winning championships?

Kentucky vs Vandy Photo Gallery

Photos by Vicky Graff

Thank you Mark Stoops for doing the right thing for Grant McKinnis and team

Mark Stoops (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Thank you Mark Stoops.

No, it has nothing to do with Kentucky’s 44-21 win over Vanderbilt Saturday. Well, it does some, but that’s not what impressed me the most about Stoops on Saturday when UK won its seventh game of the season for the second straight year.

What I liked is that Stoops did not cost sophomore Grant McKinnis a year of eligibility by using him to replace suspended punter Matt Panton. Instead of using McKinnis, last year’s starting punter who was being redshirt this season, he went with Miles Butler — UK’s backup placekicker.