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Wednesday News

March 31, 2010 12:56 am

We have a couple of quick notes for today, mostly to do with recruiting, but first let’s take a minute to remember “Mr. Wildcat”, Bill Keightley, who we lost two years ago today. Mr. Wildcat was the equipment manager for the UK Basketball team from 1962-2008. During that time he worked for 6 coaches and witnessed 3 NCAA Championships. Mr. Wildcat joins former radio announcer Cawood Ledford as the only two people recognized with a retired jersey in the rafters of Rupp Arena that were not a player or coach. There is no other man who epitomized what Kentucky Basketball is all about more than Mr. Wildcat. Below is the video that was played at Mr. Keightley’s memorial service.

To the news:

– The #1 prospect in the country, Brandon Knight, referred to Kentucky as “we” yesterday during an interview at the McDonald’s All-American Game. Take what you will from that comment on what it holds for the future but we will all know for sure on April 14th when Knight announces his college choice. I still think UK is the heavy favorite to land Knight.

-Another recruit C.J. Leslie said that staff memebers from UK indicated to him that 5 players will be departing from the team for the NBA, and that number does not include any of the 3 seniors. We will get into that a little heavier in the near future, but if that is in fact true, that means Harris, Stevenson, Krebs, Patterson, Wall, Cousins, Bledsoe, and Orton would all be departing from this past season’s team.

– UK Hoops fell last night to Oklahoma 88-68 in the Women’s NCAA Elite 8. It was a tough night for the women’s team as they did not look very good after jumping out to an early 15-3 lead. It still was a fantastic season for the women as they set a record for the most wins in school history as well as reaching the programs second ever Elite 8.

That should cover it for the day. Check back tomorrow as we will break down what will happen with the underclassmen from this season’s team. GO BIG BLUE!!!

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UK Hoops Advances To Sweet 16

March 22, 2010 8:37 pm

The University of Kentucky Women’s Basketball team defeated Michigan State 70-52 tonight and will advance to the Women’s Sweet 16 to face the winner of Nebraska and UCLA in Kansas City. The Cats took a 4 point half-time lead and stretched it to a 18 point win. Congrats to Matthew Mitchell and his UK Hoops team.

UK Hoops Advances

March 20, 2010 4:56 pm

Mathew Mitchell and his UK Hoops squad took down Liberty today 83-76 to advance to the 2nd round of the Women’s NCAA Tournament. They will face Michigan State at Freedom Hall in Louisville on Monday evening. All attention is now turned o New Orleans as the men attempt to punch their ticket to the Sweet 16 for th first time since 2005. Go get ’em Cats!

UK Hoops a 4 seed

March 15, 2010 7:00 pm

The UK Hoops team has recieved the #4 seed in the Kansas City Region of the Women’s NCAA Tournament. They will face off against the Liberty Flames on Saturday at 2:30 EST on ESPN2. Don’t forget to sign up for our Tournament Bracket Challenge, click here to sign up and fill out your bracket.

UK Hoops Advances

March 6, 2010 11:05 pm

Matthew Mitchell will take his UK Hoops team into the SEC Championship game tomorrow evening at 6:30 on ESPN 2 after overcoming a 9 point halftime deficit to knock off the Mississppi State Bulldogs 76-65. Kentucky will be looking to win their 2nd SEC Tournament, the only other one coming back in 1982. So if you get a chance, check out the UK Hoops team take on the powerhouse that is the Tennessee Lady Vols. GO CATS!!!

UK Hoops downs Auburn to advance

March 5, 2010 11:06 pm

The #18 UK Hoops team took down Auburn today 65-54 to advance to the semi-finals of the Women’s SEC Tournament. The Hoops team will face off against the Mississippi State Bulldogs tomorrow at 5 P.M. in Duluth Georgia’s Gwinnett Center. As of right now, ESPN’s Bracketology has the UK Hoops team as the #4 seed in the Kansas City Region.

A Clean Sweep for UK HOOPS

March 2, 2010 3:57 pm

The UK Hoops team won all 3 major awards handed out Tuesday morning. Head Coach Matthew Mitchell was awarded SEC Coach of the Year, senior Victoria Dunlap was awarded SEC Player of the Year, and A’dia Mathies was awarded SEC Freshman of the year. UK Hoops finished their regular season with a 23-6 (11-5) record, good for 2nd in the SEC. The UK Hoops team will recieve a first round bye on Thursday for the SEC Womens Tournament. They will play at 2:30 on Friday against the winner of Thursday’s Auburn/Florida matchup.

#1 Kentucky-85 #23 Vanderbilt-72

January 31, 2010 8:30 pm

I was away at a golf tournament on Saturday and was unable to catch the game so I won’t have a full breakdown available for this game, but based on DeMarcus Cousins’ stat line (21 pts, 10 boards) it seems the big guy brought his A game again and helped Kentucky cruise to a 13 point win. A couple quick notes for the night

-Darnel Dodson got the start over Eric Bledsoe today. There have been no comments made as to why by the coaching staff but I do know they were very upset with Bledsoe’s play on Tuesday in Columbia so its worth keeping an eye on this Tuesday when Ole Miss comes to town.

-LeBron James was in attendence for Saturday’s game. It has been rumored many times before that he would show up for a game and finally he did. Coach Calipari and James have developed a very close relationship through the years and Lebron showed up on a rare night off to show support to his close friend.

-As well as DeMarcus Cousins played Saturday, he still couldn’t escape Rupp Arena without some controversy. Cousins threw an (intentional) elbow towards the face of Vanderbilt player. The referees reviewed the play on the monitors courtside and let him go with just a foul. Cousins caught a break there but later during the 2nd half he was given a technical for something he said to a referee. Coach Calipari said he heard what Cousins said and he did deserve the technical.  As much as I love the attitude that #15 plays with, you can almost count on at least one moment in every game where you find yourself holding your breath hoping he stops before he does get tossed. In Cousins defense, the big man does get pushed and shoved more than anyone I can remember and with the exception of Saturday’s game has come a long way in maturing on the court.

-And finally the UK Hoops team for the 2nd time this week went on the road to Starkville, Mississippi and overcame a 1 point halftime deficit to knock off the Lady Bulldogs 69-59. Victoria Dunlap again led all scorers with 19 and the win improves the UK Hoops team to 18-3.

The updated rankings come out tomorrow  and I believe we will find ourselves ranked 3rd or 4th so I will be around to update those and on Tuesday I will have the scouting report on the Ole Miss Rebels getting you set for tip off at 7:00 on ESPN.  Wednesday I will go through all of the signing day news and take the first look at the 2010 edition of Kentucky Football. Go Big Blue!!!

Holla

January 28, 2010 10:05 pm

Here at  Big Blue Sports we will periodically use nicknames for the mens baksketball team from time to time. To help identify who we may be referring to- lets put some faces with some names…and nicknames.

#15 DeMarcus Cousins-aka “Big Cuz”, “Boogie”

Freshman

Mobile, AL

16.0 ppg   9.7 reb  

#5 Ramon Harris-aka “Razor”, “The Alaskan Assassian”

Senior

Anchorage, AK

2.5 ppg   3.3 reb

#21 Perry Stevenson-aka “Purry”, “Prarie Dog”

Senior

Lafayette, LA

1.4 ppg    1.5 reb

#11 John Wall-aka “Blue Jesus”, “Your Future #1 Draft Pick”

Freshman

Raleigh, NC

17.1 ppg   3.7 reb   6.6 ast

So now that we are all on the same page with nicknames – on to the news of the day. Matthew Mitchell led his #23 UK Hoops team down to Baton Rouge for a top 25 matchup tonight against the Lady Tigers of LSU who found themselves ranked 19th in the country. Victoria Dunlap’s 24 points and 9 boards led the Cats to a 2nd half surge breaking a halftime tie to give Mitchell’s UK Hoops their 17th win this season. On the mens side, head coach John Calipari recieved a call from Texas coach Rick Barnes today and the two discussed being “under attack” as together both teams have lost 3 in a row while being ranked #1 (UT: @ Kansas St and @UCONN, UK: @USC). We will be around tomorrow to get you prepared for the SEC leading Vanderbilt Commodores, until then GO BIG BLUE!!!