Former Cat Allen Edwards new coach at Wyoming

LARAMIE, Wyo. (March 21, 2016) – Allen Edwards will be the 21st head coach of the Cowboy basketball program, University of Wyoming Athletics Director Tom Burman announced Monday. Edwards assumes control of the Cowboys after serving as an assistant under Larry Shyatt the previous five seasons. With 12 appearances in postseason tournaments and 14 conference championships, Edwards has created success during his playing career at Kentucky and as an assistant the past 14 seasons. He has agreed to terms on a five-year contract with UW that includes a base salary of $200,004 per year and other guaranteed compensation of $290,000 for a total annual guaranteed compensation of $490,004. Those numbers could go up with performance-based incentives.

Matthew Mitchell on Epps’ injury, Maci Morris and more

2016 NCAA Division I women’s basketball championship
Second Round · Oklahoma vs. Kentucky
Memorial Coliseum · Lexington, Ky.
Monday, March 21

POSTGAME QUOTES – Kentucky

Matthew Mitchell, Kentucky Head Coach:

Kentucky-Oklahoma postgame notes and numbers

Kentucky Women’s Basketball Postgame Notes

FINAL:  #12/13 Kentucky 79, #24/23 Oklahoma 58

Memorial Coliseum – Lexington, Ky.

March 21, 2016

Team Records and Series Notes

–    Kentucky advanced to the Lexington Regional semifinal of the NCAA Tournament with a 79-58 victory over No. 24/23 Oklahoma on Monday night in Memorial Coliseum. With the win, the Wildcats move to 25-7 on the season, while the Sooners end their campaign at 22-11.

–    UK now leads the all-time series with Oklahoma, 2-1, with two consecutive wins against the Sooners.

UK fan Allie Townsend quickly took to Twitter to defend Ulis after tweet by Yogi Ferrell’s mother

By LARRY VAUGHT

Allie and Landy Townsend, who now live in North Carolina, took their oldest son to the Final Four in Dallas. "Some of his friends here think he is a bandwagon fan, but they just don't know how deep his Kentucky roots are," Allie said.

Allie and Landy Townsend, who now live in North Carolina, took their oldest son to the Final Four in Dallas. “Some of his friends here think he is a bandwagon fan, but they just don’t know how deep his Kentucky roots are,” Allie said.

For Allie Townsend and her husband, Landy, being Kentucky basketball fans living in North Carolina is difficult enough. However, it was more than she could take after UK lost to Indiana when she saw a tweet by Indiana point guard Yogi Ferrell’s mother about the lack of class of UK point guard Tyler Ulis and had a photoshopped image of Ulis shooting the “bird” to fans.

Kentucky hopes to build on impressive opening NCAA win

Maci Morris (Vicky Graff Photo)

Maci Morris (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – After one of the best defensive performances in a NCAA Tournament game in program history, the No. 12 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team looks for more of the same when it faces sixth-seeded and No. 24 Oklahoma in a second-round matchup on Monday at 6:30 p.m. ET inside Memorial Coliseum.

The game will be televised regionally on ESPN2 with Cara Capuano and Carol Ross on the call. With several other NCAA Tournament second round games on at the same time, Kentucky will be a regional telecast available inside the states of Kentucky and Oklahoma and available on a whip around basis nationally.

Matthew Mitchell says Oklahoma has one big edge — coaching

Matthew Mitchell (Vicky Graff Photo)

Matthew Mitchell (Vicky Graff Photo)

Kentucky plays Oklahoma tonight in Memorial Coliseum in the second round of the NCAA Women’s Tournament for the right to advance to the Lexington Region in Rupp Arena.

Here is what coach Matthew Mitchell had to say at Sunday’s pregame press conference:

Guest post: Why I will always love Tyler Ulis

Kentucky fan Krystal Dittus of Florida knows exactly why she will miss Tyler Ulis so  much.

Kentucky fan Krystal Dittus of Florida knows exactly why she will miss Tyler Ulis so much.

Vaught’s  note: Krystal Dittus is a Kentuckian now living in Florida who has remained a die-hard UK basketball fan. She became a huge fan of Tyler  Ulis — as did many of you — and I asked her to share her thoughts on the Kentucky guard.

By KRYSTAL DITTUS

What is it about Tyler Ulis that made so many of us in Big Blue Nation love him so? His outstanding play has been analyzed countless times in interviews hosted by Tom Leach, discussed on KSR by Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond, and Mark Buerger once said the “Sunday Morning Sports Talk” show should be renamed the “Praise Tyler Ulis Show.”

Homers by Sagermann and Hinz Power No. 13 Kentucky to Series Win

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Behind first-inning home runs from sophomore Brooklin Hinz and senior third basemen, Nikki Sagermann, the No. 13 Kentucky softball team powered its way to a 6-2 win on Sunday afternoon at John Cropp Stadium to win the series over the Rebels and move to 5-1 in Southeastern Conference play.

With Sunday’s result, Kentucky ups its season record to 25-4 overall and 5-1 in league play, matching its win total in the SEC from 2015, a season in which UK advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals for the fourth time in five years. Shannon Smith started the game in the circle for UK giving up one run on four hits, and senior ace Kelsey Nunley came into the game in the top of the fourth, earning the win on 3.2 innings pitched allowing one unearned run on just two hits.

Oklahoma coach worries about “crazy athletic” Kentucky

Makayla Epps (Vicky Graff Photo)

Makayla Epps (Vicky Graff Photo)

2016 NCAA Division I women’s basketball championship
Second Round · Oklahoma vs. Kentucky
Memorial Coliseum · Lexington, Ky.
Sunday, March 20

NEWS CONFERENCE QUOTES – Oklahoma

Sherri Coale, Oklahoma Head Coach:

On the Virgin Islands game against Kentucky last year…
“The teams are pretty different actually even though we have so many of the same players returning. I think about first of all that is was sort of Gabbi’s (Ortiz) welcoming to big-time basketball. She was going against (Jennifer) O’Neill, a great player. We wondered how she would handle that full court press for an entire 40+ minutes. She was terrific actually. It was kind of her coming out party as a true freshman point guard.

Tyler Ulis finalist for Naismith Trophy

Tyler Ulis (Vicky Graff Photo)

Tyler Ulis (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky sophomore guard Tyler Ulis is one of four finalists for the Naismith Trophy, awarded annually by the Atlanta Tipoff Club to the nation’s most outstanding player of the year.

Ulis is a finalist along with Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon, Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield and Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine. Ulis is the only non-senior of the four.

Named in honor of Dr. James Naismith, founder of the game of basketball, the Naismith Trophy is awarded annually to the women’s and men’s college basketball players of the year. This year’s trophy will be presented at the Naismith Awards Brunch on April 3 in Houston, site of the Final Four.