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Calipari: Briscoe, Lee both likely to go to NBA Draft Combine

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)
Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky coach John Calipari made a rare in-state radio show appearance Friday on the Bob Valvano Show in Louisville. Kentucky Radio Network basketball analyst Mike Pratt was also on the show.

Calipari indicated that both Marcus Lee and Isaiah Briscoe would likely go to the NBA Draft Combine. Of course, both still have to be invited.

“Isaiah Briscoe and Marcus Lee are going to explore their options and probably go to the combine without an agent, finish academically,” Calipari said.

Marcus Lee representing UK at NCAA Leadership Forum

Vicky Graff Photo
Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

PHOENIX – Kentucky men’s basketball junior forward Marcus Lee is representing the Southeastern Conference this weekend at the NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum in Phoenix. Lee is one of two student-athlete representatives representing the league.

Lee was chosen as the SEC’s male representative. Only two student-athletes from one of the 14 schools comprising the league were selected. Lee is joined by Tennessee women’s soccer player Michel Christy. They were chosen as exceptional student-athletes who have shown outstanding leadership among their peers, institutions and communities.

This year’s forum started Thursday and will run through Sunday.

Tyler Ulis: “It was a great year for us”

Q. Tyler, did you feel like you could pretty much get to the basket anytime you wanted, and was there just not enough support from the supporting cast today?
TYLER ULIS: Yeah, you know, I felt like the way they were playing ball screens I could get around them and try to force my way in there. I got to the basket a lot and I feel like all my teammates played hard.

What is it like to play for Kentucky?

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Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

Q. If you guys could describe a little bit what it is like to play for Kentucky. From what I understand, it’s probably every other team’s biggest game. How has that prepared you for a huge game such as this even though it’s just the second round of the tournament?
DEREK WILLIS: I mean, I feel like for our college basketball program we put up with a lot day-to-day, we deal with fans, signing autographs, taking pictures and I don’t feel like other college programs do. Also when we go to away games, it’s a Super Bowl game for them, free T-shirt day, everything. So I don’t know, I feel like we’re accustomed to it now and it’s expected when you come here.

Lee on playing Indiana will “be history”

By LARRY VAUGHT

What does Marcus Lee think about playing Indiana Saturday?

“It’s always going to be history. I guess you could say all of us adjust to it because we’re in the NCAA Tournament,” Lee said Thursday night. “But I think it’s just a point where we have to get ready for it and we’ll be happy to be there.”

Since Kentucky and Indiana have not played since 2012, has Lee ever seen a Kentucky-Indiana game?

“Growing up, that’s kind of the best part of basketball, in college basketball, is rivalry week and those rivals of the hyped up teams. So it’s really cool to finally be a part of it,” Lee said.

Guest post: Senior Day showcased a lot about what is special about UK basketball

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Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

By KEITH PEEL

Maybe somebody should have invited Bob Knight to attend the game against LSU so he could have watched an academic All American (Alex Poythress) who graduated in three years and is now working on his Masters degree have a Senior Day at UK after playing 4 YEARS as an integral part of the team.

We could also introduce him to Marcus Lee, an All Good Works team player, who is playing as an important part of the last three years along with Derek Willis and Dominique Hawkins, both three-year players, who have also been a critical part of this year’s team.

Marcus Lee named to SEC Community Service Team

Vicky Graff Photo
Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

Birmingham, Ala. – In a continuing effort to recognize the accomplishments of student-athletes beyond the field of competition, the SEC once again highlighted a Community Service Team for men’s basketball for the 2015-16 season.

This marks the 18th year for the SEC Community Service Team for men’s basketball as well as for women’s basketball. All 21 league-sponsored sports have had a Community Service Team since 2004, with at-large teams for men’s and women’s sports being chosen from 1999-2003. The SEC began this concept with a football Community Service Team in 1994.

Marcus Lee: “We (Alex Poythress and him) weren’t there today.”

Alex Poythress (Vicky Graff Photo)
Alex Poythress (Vicky Graff Photo)

Alex Poythress (Vicky Graff Photo)

Here’s what junior Marcus Lee had to say after Kentucky lost to Vanderbilt Saturday.

On what Coach John Calipari was most frustrated with after the game …
“Bigs not contributing. That’s something where we can’t be in and out of games like that. We can’t have foul trouble, we can’t totally zone out the first half, and that’s something we did today. For us to be successful, we have to be on point big-wise the whole game.”

Saturday’s loss makes Calipari wonder if some players can ring NCAA bell

Marcus Lee was UK's only big that made a significant contribution in Saturday's loss. (Vicky Graff Photo)
Marcus Lee was UK's only big that made a significant contribution in Saturday's loss. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Marcus Lee was UK’s only big that made a significant contribution in Saturday’s loss. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

With just one week left in the regular season, John Calipari still has a big concern that he has had since day one with his team.

When play gets rough, the Cats back down.

That’s what happened at Vanderbilt Saturday when Kentucky lost 74-62 despite getting 33 points from Jamal Murray.

Kentucky’s bigs other than Marcus Lee were non-existent. Lee had nine points, six rebounds and three blocked shots but Isaac Humphries and Skal Labissiere did not score and had only two rebounds in 22 minutes.

Kentucky-Vanderbilt postgame notes and numbers

Tyler  Ulis (Vicky Graff Photo)
Tyler  Ulis (Vicky Graff Photo)

Tyler Ulis (Vicky Graff Photo)

Kentucky Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
No. 16/14 Kentucky at Vanderbilt
Memorial Gymnasium, Nashville, Tenn.
Feb. 27, 2016
Attendance: 14,326

Final Score: Vanderbilt 74, Kentucky 62

Team Records and Series Notes
• Kentucky is now 21-8 on the season. The Wildcats are 11-5 in Southeastern Conference action.
• Vanderbilt is 18-11 overall, 10-6 in SEC play.
• Kentucky leads the all-time series 141-47, with today’s game ending a three-game UK win streak vs. the Commodores.
• Next for the Wildcats: UK has its final away game of the season Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Florida.

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