UK Men’s Basketball Ranked No. 2 in Preseason AP Top 25

UK Coach John Calipari
UK Coach John Calipari

The Wildcats have started the season in the top AP top five in six straight seasons

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Despite losing 75.8 percent of its scoring production, 70.0 percent of its rebounding and seven players from last season’s roster, the Kentucky men’s basketball team is ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press Top 25 to begin the 2016-17 season.

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UK Football – Manic in Mizzou

Coach Stoops - Photo by Brendon Miller
Coach Stoops – Photo by Brendon Miller

By John Huang

Forgive me for being just a bit euphoric, but after Kentucky’s commanding 35-21 upset road victory over the Missouri Tigers this afternoon, the Wildcats are now officially in contention for the SEC eastern division crown. With an upcoming “sure-win” game with Austin Peay still on the schedule, bowl eligibility is a virtual certainty and the possibility of that long-awaited magical season is beginning to crystallize in the hearts and minds of BBN. Continue reading UK Football – Manic in Mizzou

UK hammers Clarion 108-51 in exhibition game

Bam Adebayo slams one home against Clarion. (Photo by Brendon Miller)
Bam Adebayo slams one home against Clarion. (Photo by Brendon Miller)

UK Exhibition vs Clarion 10-30-16

Starting off for UK and the 2016-2017 Season, Fox, Adebayo, Briscoe, Gabriel and Willis. UK starts of a little slow with an early 11-7 lead, led by Willis with 5 Gabriel with 4 and Fox chipping in with 2. Clarion showed press early but Fox beat it easily by outrunning the defense. With Fox handling the ball, teams will be hard pressed to put any pressure on UK. Continue reading UK hammers Clarion 108-51 in exhibition game

Cats blast past Clarion 108-51

UK Smacks down Clarion 108-51 (Photo by Brendon Miller)
UK Smacks down Clarion 108-51 (Photo by Brendon Miller)

By Ricky Blair

Ok, it’s an exhibition game.  Not much can be drawn from playing an over matched opponent in an organized scrimmage.

What this young group of Wildcats did get out of this game was an opportunity to line up and play someone other than them selves.  They had a chance to play in front of over 20,000 fans, which helps get out the jitters before the real season begins.  And they had the chance to learn without any pressure of losing the game.  These are all positives. Continue reading Cats blast past Clarion 108-51

Hold Your Horses (Special by John Huang)

Wildcats slam Clarion - Photo by Brendon Miller
Wildcats slam Clarion – Photo by Brendon Miller

Hold your horses. I’m no Jerry Tipton but I’m already a wee bit worried about this year’s version of the UK Basketball Wildcats. Before you go booking travel arrangements for The Final Four in Phoenix next April, just think back to Tubby’s Team Turmoil or—or even more recently, Cal’s NIT team. I’m not predicting any losses to Robert Morris with this bunch of Cats, but if recent history proves correct, it’ll take time for this team to morph into a championship caliber unit. Continue reading Hold Your Horses (Special by John Huang)

UK Leads the Nation with 24 Players on NBA Opening-Day Rosters

UK leads Nation with Pro Players
UK leads Nation with Pro Players

More than five percent of current NBA players played college basketball at Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. – John Calipari has made the statement before that he would like to see every NBA team have at least one Wildcat on its roster and half of the NBA’s annual All-Star Game hailing from the University of Kentucky.

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Belfry hangs on to defeat Johnson Central

Fumble during Belfry - Johnson Central game - Photo by Brendon Miller
Fumble during Belfry – Johnson Central game – Photo by Brendon Miller

Bluegrass Sports Nation traveled to Johnson Central for a matchup of the #1 3A – Belfry at #1 4A Johnson Central. It didn’t take long for the fireworks to start as Johnson Central broke a run for 80 yards on the first play from scrimmage. This was followed up by a Belfry fumble recovery returned for a touchdown to tie the score at 7-7. The teams would go back and forth with Johnson Central making crucial errors that could have gave them the game momentum, but a fumble at the 1 yard line and an interception in the red zone late in the game doomed them. Belfry would capitalize with an 88 yard kick off return for a touchdown that would seal the fate of Johnson Central.

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UK Hoops – Epps on Nancy Lieberman Award Preseason Watch List

Epps one of 20 on preseason watch list for nation’s top point guard

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky senior guard Makayla Epps is one of 20 players in the nation on to the 2017 Nancy Lieberman Award preseason watch list, it was announced Monday. The award, which is hosted by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fall, annually recognizes the top point guard in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball. Continue reading UK Hoops – Epps on Nancy Lieberman Award Preseason Watch List

Construction on New Baseball Stadium Set to Begin in February

New stadium located off Alumni Drive to open in fall 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky Athletics Department will begin construction on a new baseball stadium in February, Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart announced at a press conference on Monday. Construction is expected to take 18-20 months, meaning the stadium will open in late fall 2018 in time for the 2019 UK baseball season. Continue reading Construction on New Baseball Stadium Set to Begin in February

UK HOOPS – Critical Week of Improvement Ahead; Cann Ready to Contribute

Matthew Mitchell says Wildcats must continue to take steps forward in practice

LEXINGTON, Ky. – All the preseason hoopla is over. Matthew Mitchell and Co. have made the rounds at the annual preseason events, including the Tipoff Luncheon in Louisville, SEC Tipoff Media Day in Nashville and local media day in Lexington. Now, the task is simple for the 2016-17 team: continue to take steps forward. Continue reading UK HOOPS – Critical Week of Improvement Ahead; Cann Ready to Contribute