Category Archives: UK Sports

Illinois/Kentucky Volleyball – No. 7 Illinois Overcomes Slow Start to Sweep No. 21 Kentucky

Fighting Illini 6-0 in opening sets this season

WICHITA, Kan. – Seventh-ranked Illinois Volleyball opened the Shocker Classic with a three-set sweep over 21st-ranked Kentucky to climb to 5-1 on the 2015 season. The victory marks the second-straight win over an opponent ranked 21st in the weekly poll (Colorado). Kentucky is now 4-4 on the season. Continue reading Illinois/Kentucky Volleyball – No. 7 Illinois Overcomes Slow Start to Sweep No. 21 Kentucky

College Volleyball – No. 10 Kentucky Falls to No. 8 Southern California

Hometown duo of Brown and Morgan shine in loss to USC

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 10 Kentucky volleyball team suffered its second setback of the season on Saturday afternoon, falling in a top-10 showdown with No. 8 Southern California, 3-0 (25-11, 25-19, 25-21) in the McLeod Center. Continue reading College Volleyball – No. 10 Kentucky Falls to No. 8 Southern California

College Volleyball – Wildcats Drop Tournament Finale to Creighton

Dusek’s 60 total digs earn sophomore libero All-Tournament honors

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The 10th-ranked Kentucky volleyball team dropped its tournament finale, 3-0 (25-23, 25-17, 25-18), to Creighton on Saturday evening.

Sophomore Ashely Dusek led the way for the Wildcats, with another impressive performance. The libero charted 18 digs in the contest, marking her fifth-consecutive contest with 10 or more digs. Dusek also added a service ace in the loss. Continue reading College Volleyball – Wildcats Drop Tournament Finale to Creighton

Visiting Ohio Upsets the No. 10 Wildcats

Sophomore outside hitter Darian Mack logs a double-double in the defeat

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The 10th-ranked Kentucky volleyball team faced its first setback of the 2015 campaign on Tuesday evening, as visiting Mid-American Conference powerhouse Ohio defeated the Wildcats, 3-1 (23-25, 25-19, 25-23, 30-28) in front of 1,401 fans in Memorial Coliseum. Continue reading Visiting Ohio Upsets the No. 10 Wildcats

Wildcats Special Season Still On Track

(Mark Stoops 2015 Signing Class Just Days Away) 

By Ira D. Combs – Tri State Sports Media Service Inc.

UK vs Georgia 11-8-14 (78)As we enter the last week of January the Kentucky “Wildcats” special season is still on track at 19 – 0 with games coming up this week at Missouri (Thurs.9:00 est. ESPN) and saturday in Rupp Arena (7:00 est. – SEC Network) . Most all the college basketball gurus don’t think there will be a bump in the road this week either but sometimes that’s when lightning strikes . Cal’s boys did dispose of Missouri in Rupp Arena a couple weeks ago pretty easily and the Alabama game this coming saturday will be in the friendly confines of Rupp Arena so it’s doubtful anything earth shattering will happen this week unless it’s with the only other undefeated NCAA Div. 1 team over in Charlottsville , Va.

The Virginia “Cavaliers” have a tough road ahead over the next two weeks in ACC play ( Duke / UL at Home and North Carolina / NC State away ) while UK has an upcoming road swing of back to back games on the road at Florida and LSU within three days of each other . If both the Cats and Cavs are still undefeated after wadding thru those tough waters then we can all start getting excited and talking about something that could be very special which would be the prospects of something I’m not sure has ever happened before , an NCAA championship game with 2 undefeated teams .

Hey , we can dream can’t we it’s not Hollywood but we can still dream .

On the home front Devin Booker continues to open eyes across college basketball with his uncanny shooting from behind the arc now hitting at a 64% clip the last five games . Just last weekend the SEC Network’s premier weekly show SEC Now did a poll among their host and game announcers of who were the top (5) three point shooters in the SEC . Guess what team had (2) players in that top (5) , none other than your own Kentucky “Wildcats”  . Soph. Aaron Harrison was ranked the # 3 shooter from behind the arc and Devin Booker UK’s multi talented freshman was the top rated long range specialist in the SEC .

Double Dip Weekend For BBN Out In State

In the fall of the year most of Big Blue Nation loves a double dip weekend of Keeneland racing on a saturday afternoon and UK football at CWS on saturdayevening . This coming weekend you can get the winter version of double dipping UK basketball style . This coming saturday as we mentioned above you have UK playing Alabama at Rupp Arena with tip-off slated for 7:00 p.m. then on sunday afternoon you can catch Matthew Mitchell’s UK Hoops team in Memorial Coliseum battling the Georgia womens basketball team at 1:00 p.m.and still get back to most parts of the Commonwealth at a decent hour for a good nights rest to start monday morning off for another week at the office .

There is only one more of these double dip weekends left in the season and it comes when the men play Arkansas on Feb. 28th then the UK Hoops team plays # 1 South Carolina the following day (Sun.) March 1st in Memorial Coliseum .

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UK Now One Of Only Two Undefeated Teams

By – Ira D. Combs

Tri State Sports Media Service Inc.

(Mon.) 1/19/2015


First off don’t ever try to figure out why teams and players play to the extreme one way or the other within the same season  , there is no rational explanation .


With that being established I still don’t know if it was the annual January slump or just overlooking an opponent week before last when UK struggled to two OT wins against Ole Miss and Texas A & M but it appears after last weeks two games against Mizzou and Bama when UK bombarded both with a total of over 70 points worth of beat downs that Cal’s Boys are back hitting on all eight cylinders .


Next up this week is Vandy (Tues. 9:00 est. / SEC Network) and South Carolina (Sat. Noon est. / ESPN) . If the Cats are truly back on track both should be wins but the South Carolina game could be troublesome for a half or so . However , if this team has a pay back game on this years schedule it would be the “Gamecocks” , why , remember last year . UK suffered it’s most embarrassing loss of the season in Columbia , SC. and Cal was boosted by the officials in the process .


Devin Booker seems to be the hottest of the Wildcats at the present time averaging 10.6 ppg while knocking down 20 of his last 28 (3) point attempts . UK has (7) players averaging between 11.4 – 7.8 ppg with Tyler Ulius just behind those (7) players averaging 5.7 ppg. Yet , Willie Cauley-Stein and Karl Anthony-Towns continue to get the bulk of the love from the media and especially the NBA scouts and GM’s .


Time will tell once the NBA draft rolls around but I still think Devin Booker will be highly valued by NBA folks once it’s all said and done . Booker has perfect skills both offensively and defensively for an NBA two guard and his 6’ 6” frame is spot on for that position .


Undefeated Match-ups Dwindling For March Madness


Now that Duke , Wisconsin , Louisville , and Arizona have all hit a wall and lost at least (2) games the only team left that could be undefeated and matched – up against UK is Virginia . With the ACC being as strong as ever I doubt Virginia can work their way thru that regular season schedule without at least a couple losses if not more . So don’t expect (2) undefeated teams to make it to Indianapolis for a championship showdown .


It would have been interesting to compare TV ratings of (2) undefeated mens basketball teams playing for the NCAA championship to the Oregon – Ohio State football championship TV ratings .


Special Day Of Hoops In Honor Of Joe B. Hall


Normally this column is devoted exclusively to UK sports in season but this week we honor an old warhorse who is finally getting the love he deserved years ago . This coming Saturday Jan. 24th over at the MCHS Events Center in Mt. Sterling adjacent to the MCHS high school the 25th annual Joe B. Hall Prep Classic will take place showcasing several of the Commonwealth’s top 25 high school teams and all (4) of the Mr. Basketball candidates ( Ray Spalding – Trinity , Cam Justice – KCC , “Beetle” Bolden – Holmes and Jacqualis Matlock – Hopkinsville ) . The 1st game tips-off at 1:30 and the fifth and final game tips-off at 8:30 . Those worried about missing part of the 2nd half of the UK – South Carolina game which tips-off at Noon don’t worry there will be a big screen TV in the lobby for the fans to not miss a minute of the game which should end about halftime of the first game .


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