Turning point? Postgame notes from UK’s win over Alabama

KENTUCKY vs. ALABAMA

RUPP ARENA | LEXINGTON, KY.

FEB. 17, 2018
ATTENDANCE: 23,220

 

Final Score: Kentucky 81, Alabama 71

 

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is 18-9 overall, 7-7 in the Southeastern Conference. Alabama is 17-10 overall and 8-6 in the SEC.
  • Kentucky leads the series 111-37, including 57-10 in Lexington.
    • UK has won nine in a row vs. Alabama.
  • Next for the Wildcats: Kentucky travels to Arkansas Tuesday with tipoff slated for 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.

 

In the First Half

  • Kentucky’s starting lineup featured Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Hamidou Diallo, Wenyen Gabriel, Kevin Knox and Nick Richards for the third time this season. UK is 2-1 with this lineup.
  • Richards scored Kentucky’s first four points with two dunks.
    • He’s scored Kentucky’s first points of the game nine times, tied for the team lead.
    • He’s started a game with a dunk six times this year.
  • Quade Green hit a made 3 with 9:28 to play, extending UK’s streak of 1,040 consecutive games with a 3-pointer.
  • UK’s largest lead was five points when Diallo hit a layup with three seconds remaining in the half.
  • Kentucky’s 39 points in the first half was its most before halftime since scoring 41 vs. Louisville, which UK beat 90-61.

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Turning point? Postgame notes from UK’s win over Alabama

#1 Railsplitters claim hard fought road win at Coker

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Led by double-doubles from seniors Emanuel Terry and Dorian Pinson, the No. 1 Railsplitters clinched their eighth consecutive 25-win season and their 32nd straight South Atlantic Conference victory with a gritty 85-70 win at Coker on Saturday. In the final road trip of the regular-season schedule, Lincoln Memorial (25-1, 18-0 SAC) also extended its nation-leading road winning streak to 21 games and moved to a perfect 10-0 all-time against the Cobras (11-15, 8-10 SAC).

The Railsplitters led for the majority of the game and never trailed by more than a single point, but had to slowly chip away late to ice their 14th straight overall victory.
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#1 Railsplitters claim hard fought road win at Coker

Baseball: #8 UK improves to 3-0

Thrilling Comeback, Justin Lewis Lead Wildcats to Sweep

No. 8 Kentucky erases five-run deficit in opener, cruises in nightcap of doubleheader

 

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The No. 8 Kentucky baseball team battled persistent drizzle and a slow start to sweep a doubleheader at USC Upstate on Saturday, moving to 3-0 on opening weekend of the 2018 season.

 

The Wildcats erased an early 5-0 deficit in the first game, fighting back to claim a 6-5 victory in 10 innings against the host Spartans at Harley Park. There were no such heroics necessary in the nightcap of the twin bill as junior right-hander Justin Lewis dazzled in his season debut, giving up just two hits, no runs and striking out a career-high nine in six innings of work.

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Baseball: 8th ranked Kentucky opens the season with a dominant win

Sean Hjelle dominates in season opening win
Photo by Wofford Athletics

Preseason All-Americans Sean Hjelle and Tristan Pompey lead Wildcats to Win

 

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Sean Hjelle and Tristan Pompey delivered on their preseason accolades and the bullpen was lights out as No. 8 Kentucky opened the 2018 season with a 6-1 victory over Wofford at Russell C. King Field.

 

Pompey homered and had hits from both sides of the plate to lead an offensive attack that smacked three home runs and took advantage of its opportunities. A three-run second inning began with a two-out walk by Kole Cottam and two-strike hit by pitch for Troy Squires before Luke Heyer crushed a three-run homer to right-centerfield.

 

Meanwhile, Hjelle was dominant in retiring the first 10 hitters of the game and needing just 27 pitches to get through the first three innings.  The junior preseason All-American and reigning Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Year gave up just two hits and one run in six innings of work.

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Baseball: 8th ranked Kentucky opens the season with a dominant win

Morris scores 20 as UK Hoops rolls over Arkansas 78-57

Feb. 15, 2018

Kentucky Sweeps Regular Season Series from Arkansas

Five Kentucky Players Have Double-Digit Scoring Efforts

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Maci Morris scored 20 points as the Kentucky women’s basketball team beat Arkansas 78-57 on Thursday night at Memorial Coliseum.

Kentucky (13-14, 5-8 SEC) got 13 points and nine rebounds from senior Alyssa Rice, while KeKe McKinney and Tatyana Wyatt each had 11 points. Dorie Harrison had 10 points in just 12 minutes of action.

Arkansas was able to keep the game close in the first half by hitting seven three-point shots in the game’s first 20 minutes. But the Razorbacks made only three shots from behind the arc in the second half, as Kentucky took control.
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Morris scores 20 as UK Hoops rolls over Arkansas 78-57

Terry Mobley: Longtime university leader, famed player for Rupp passes away

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 12, 2018) – Terry B. Mobley – whose association with the University of Kentucky as a famed basketball player and groundbreaking leader of its fundraising efforts spanned more than five decades – passed away early Monday morning after a long illness.

Mobley, 74, was surrounded by family members and loved ones at his passing. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Becky; son, Steve Stone (spouse, Leslie; children: Greer, Caroline and Lindsey Stone); daughter, Mary Beth (child: Hannah Richard); brother Tony Mobley (Betty) and nephew, Derek. He was preceded in his passing by his son, Christopher (spouse Barbara; children Jack and Reese and their mother Mindy).

The Harrodsburg, Kentucky, native first earned renown as a member of the University of Kentucky Wildcats under Adolph Rupp from 1962-1965. The three-year starter garnered national attention when his 15-footer with four seconds left propelled No. 2 UK to an 81-79 win over rival Duke University during the Sugar Bowl Classic in New Orleans.

Lexington Herald-Leader columnist Mark Story proclaimed the pressure-packed shot as one of the 25 greatest clutch baskets in UK’s storied basketball history.
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Terry Mobley: Longtime university leader, famed player for Rupp passes away

UK women fall at #2 Mississippi State 74-55

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Feb. 11, 2018

Kentucky Falls at No. 2 Mississippi State

Morris Leads Wildcat Offense with 21 Points

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Maci Morris scored 21 points, but a big second half was not enough as the Kentucky women’s basketball team lost at No. 2 Mississippi State 74-55 on Sunday at Humphrey Coliseum.

With her effort, Morris moved into 27th place on Kentucky’s career scoring list with 1,074 points. The junior from Bell County (Ky.) High School passed Kim Denkins (1,057 points) and Tedra Eberhart (1,071) in Sunday’s game.

Kentucky (12-14, 4-8 SEC) got eight points and nine rebounds from freshman Dorie Harrison, while Taylor Murray and Amanda Paschal each had seven points.

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UK women fall at #2 Mississippi State 74-55

Top-ranked LMU improves to 23-1 with 93-58 win at Wingate

WINGATE, N.C. – The No. 1 ranked Railsplitters shook off a slow start to extend their nation-leading road winning streak to 20 games with a 93-58 win over Wingate on Saturday evening at Cuddy Arena.

Lincoln Memorial (23-1, 17-0 SAC) missed its first six shots and started 4-for-15 from the field overall as the Bulldogs (12-12, 9-7 SAC) led throughout the early proceedings. However, the Railsplitters caught fire midway through the first half to pull out to a commanding 20-point lead at the break.

LMU then kept it going with a furious start to the second half to put away its 31st consecutive South Atlantic Conference victory and 12th consecutive overall win. The Railsplitters also extended their winning streak against Wingate to 12 games.

“I thought we played a terrific 17-minute stretch from midway through the first half into early in the second half,” LMU head coach Josh Schertz said. “That was the type of intensity and execution we have to bring on both ends of the floor to become the team we are capable of. Overall it was a good team win as we got contributions from a lot of guy. While it was far from perfect I thought we competed the entire 40 minutes.”

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Top-ranked LMU improves to 23-1 with 93-58 win at Wingate

Downward spiral continues as Cats lose at Texas A&M

KENTUCKY AT TEXAS A&M

REED ARENA | COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS

FEB. 10, 2018
ATTENDANCE: 13,263

 

Final Score: #24/24 Kentucky 74, Texas A&M 85

 

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky is 17-8 overall and 6-6 in the Southeastern Conference. Texas A&M is 17-8, 6-6 in league play.
  • Kentucky leads the series 9-4, including 3-2 in College Station.
  • Next for the Wildcats: Kentucky plays Wednesday at Auburn. Game time is 9 p.m. EST (8 p.m. CST in Auburn) and it will be televised by ESPN2.

 

In the First Half

  • Kentucky’s starting lineup featured Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Hamidou Diallo, PJ Washington, Kevin Knox and Nick Richards for the 11th time this season. UK is 6-5 with this lineup.
  • Kentucky extended its streak of 1,038 consecutive games with a 3-pointer when Knox connected with 17:33 on the clock in the opening half.
  • Gilgeous-Alexander scored the opening basket for Kentucky 1:27 into the game.
  • Kentucky missed its last nine field goals and was scoreless from 16:29-11:18. During this 5:11 stretch, TAMU went on a 7-0 run to lead 12-8.
  • UK dropped to a zone and held TAMU without a point from 10:36-7:50. TAMU answered with a 6-0 run.
  • Brad Calipari checked in with 6:36 left. It was his first action since Jan. 16 at South Carolina.
  • Knox scored in double figures for the eighth time in an opening half this season.
  • Kentucky ended the first half on an 8-0 run to lead 30-26 which is the first time UK has lead at halftime since Jan. 23 vs. Mississippi State.
  • Kentucky is now 11-3 when leading at the half.

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Downward spiral continues as Cats lose at Texas A&M

UK women come up just short at #15 Missouri

Kentucky at Missouri

Mizzou Arena – Columbia, Mo.

Feb. 8, 2018

 

FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 78, No. 15 Missouri 83

 

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky 12-13 overall, 4-7 in Southeastern Conference play this season with the win, while Missouri is 19-5, 7-4 SEC.
  • Matthew Mitchell is in his 11th season as head coach at Kentucky. He is the winningest head coach in program history at 253-113.
  • The Wildcats lead the all-time series between the two teams, 6-3.
    • Kentucky is 5-2 against the Tigers since Mizzou joined the league.
  • Kentucky will return to action Sunday, Feb. 11, continuing its road stretch at Mississippi State. The game will tip at 2 p.m. ET on ESPNU as well as on the UK Sports Network.

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UK women come up just short at #15 Missouri