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UK well represented at McDonalds All American Classic

Mar 26, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; McDonalds High School All-American forward PJ Washington Jr (25) poses for a photo during the 2017 McDonalds All American Game Portrait Day at Chicago Marriott. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 26, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; McDonalds High School All-American forward PJ Washington Jr (25) poses for a photo during the 2017 McDonalds All American Game Portrait Day at Chicago Marriott. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

BLUEGRASS SPORTS NATION was one of the few media outlets from Kentucky to attend the McDonalds Classic in Chicago this past week.

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Mar 26, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; McDonalds High School All-American forward Jarred Vanderbilt (2) poses for a photo during the 2017 McDonalds All American Game Portrait Day at Chicago Marriott. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Steve Miller took in all the action for BSN. The Kentucky Wildcats were represented by this years incoming freshman.  Jarred Vanderbilt, Quade Greene, PJ Washington and Nicholas Richards will all make their home in Lexington next season. UK will once again be a force to be reckoned with. Continue reading UK well represented at McDonalds All American Classic

NCAA Sweet 16 – Are there really any upsets at this stage of the tournament

South Regional - Memphis, Tenn
South Regional – Memphis, Tenn

If you are looking for surprises and upsets at this time in the tournament, you really won’t see many. On the first night of play in the Sweet 16, the buzz was about a number 11 seed, Xavier, knocking off a 2 seed in Arizona. Was this really an upset. The AP Preseason poll had Xavier ranked 7th and Arizona 10th while the USA Today Coaches poll had them 8 and 11. Did Xavier live up to expectations during the season. Continue reading NCAA Sweet 16 – Are there really any upsets at this stage of the tournament

2017 Boys Sweet 16 First Round Over

The 2017 Boys Sweet 16 First round action at Rupp Arena has come to an end with very little surprises. At the end of the first round, half of the 16 teams representing Regions across the state, have packed up and went home with dreams of a State Title dashed. Here is a look at each game for the opening round of 16. Continue reading 2017 Boys Sweet 16 First Round Over

Boys Sweet 16 – Perry Central Advances to Elite 8

Tobler with the drive - Photo by Brendon Miller
Tobler with the drive – Photo by Brendon Miller

BOYS SWEET 16 1st Round, Gm 2.

Perry Central vs Pikeville 3-15-17

Both Perry Central and Pikeville, Mountain teams, entered Rupp Arena with dreams of a State Championship. Both teams came out sluggish to start the game and the nervousness showed as both committed careless turnovers and missed easy shots. Midway through the first quarter the teams settled in and started to run their offenses a little smoother. Pikeville had a hard time getting shots off as PCC’s big men contested everything near the rim. Pikeville would hold a one point lead after the 1st quarter 9-8. Continue reading Boys Sweet 16 – Perry Central Advances to Elite 8

SEC Tournament Wrapup (Day 2)

Georgia defeats Tennessee to advance to play UK. - Photo by Brendon Miller
Georgia defeats Tennessee to advance to play UK. – Photo by Brendon Miller

Battle to see who would face the Wildcats Goes to Georgia

It wasn’t easy by any stretch, but the Georgia Bulldogs defeated the Tennessee Vols 59-57 to get the opportunity to play the Tournaments number one seed, the UK Wildcats. Georgia would bounce out in front with a 5-0 lead but Tennessee would battle back eventually tying the game and then taking a brief lead at the 9:37 mark of the first half. Both teams would battle back and forth until halftime where Tennessee would hold on to a 27-26 lead. Continue reading SEC Tournament Wrapup (Day 2)

14th Region Boys Tournament VIDEOS

Click on the link below for Videos of Press Conferences and PCC victory Celebration.

Battle for Rupp        PCC Celebrates Winning 14th Region Title

Battle for Rupp      Knott County Central Post Game Press Conference – Championship

Battle for Rupp      Perry County Central Post Game Press Conference – Championship

Battle for Rupp     14th Region Tournament  Pre-Game Introductions

Wildcats Turn up heat, shut down Tide

Briscoe rushes the ball up the court against Alabama - Photo by Mike Cyrus
Briscoe rushes the ball up the court against Alabama – Photo by Mike Cyrus

UK traveled to Alabama today in hopes of righting their ship and get out of their mini slump. Despite their win over LSU earlier in the week, they still allowed LSU to score at will in the second half, so defense is a real concern. Alabama is coming off an overtime win against South Carolina and were primed to upset the troubled Cats.

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Wolfe County Wolves Honor 1986/1987 District Champs and Terry Bird #22

Wolfe County honors back to back winnwers
Wolfe County honors back to back winners

1985-86/87 Wolfe County Wolves – The 1985-86 Wolves began the season with high hopes after the previous season ended for them in the District Tournament. The Wolves returned every player on the roster from the previous year for 1986 season and looked to build on the experience from the previous year of playing with the youngest team in the State.

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No, it’s not the AAU, it’s Kentucky Basketball

Fox drives to the hoop against Florida. KY was hammered 88-66 by Florida. Photos by Brendon Miller
Fox drives to the hoop against Florida. KY was hammered 88-66 by Florida. Photos by Brendon Miller

Three losses in four games. No defense to speak of. One on One basketball. This simply is not Calipari basketball. UK appears to be getting worse with each passing game. Florida walked away with an 88-66 dismantling of the UK Wildcats. Nevermind the shooting is bordering on horrible, but these young Cats cannot stop anyone. I am not sure I have ever seen a Coach Cal team give up so many layups and open jumpers. Early in the season, when UK was demolishing everyone, they played defense and distributed the ball around. That is a distant memory. Continue reading No, it’s not the AAU, it’s Kentucky Basketball

UK suffers humiliating loss at Tennessee

Malik Monk on the drive vs Tennessee - Photo by Brendon Miller
Malik Monk on the drive vs Tennessee – Photo by Brendon Miller

Before UK’s game with Tennessee, DeAaron Fox was the big story. Will he play or wont he. Well, he did, unfortunately the Cats did not fair too well, putting on a dismal shooting performance against a very feisty Volunteer team. Malik Monk was 1 of 6 from 3 point land and the Cats were a dismal 2 for 13 from behind the arc in the first half. The Cats shot a frigid 34.4% in the opening frame. Continue reading UK suffers humiliating loss at Tennessee