Category Archives: Michael Willis

College Basketball – Wildcats Beat Spartans In Competitive Game

Lexington, KY – Michael Willis – Bluegrass Sports Nation Columnist
12-1-18

The Kentucky Wildcats (6-1) played the UNCG Spartans at Rupp Arena in their first ever meeting tonight. The Spartans looked like a tough opponent on paper. They won their last game against Greensboro College 111-33. They also gave the #23 LSU a good game losing in a small margin 97-91. It was evident that the Wildcats would have to play better defense they have been to beat an offensive oriented team like UNCG. Continue reading College Basketball – Wildcats Beat Spartans In Competitive Game

College Basketball – Kentucky Starts to Click in a 90-44 Victory

Keldon Johnson with the drive – Photo by Brendon Miller – BSN

Lexington, KY – Michael Willis – Bluegrass Sports Nation Contributing Columnist – 11-28-18

On the final game in November, the Kentucky Wildcats hosted the Monmouth Hawks in their second only meeting between the teams. The Wildcats were looking to pick up their sixth straight win since getting embarrassed by Duke in the season opener. The Hawks have lost their first seven to give them a record of 0-7. Unfortunately for Monmouth the streak grew to eight in a row as Kentucky won 90-44. Continue reading College Basketball – Kentucky Starts to Click in a 90-44 Victory

College Football – Kentucky Dominates Louisville 56-10

Louisville, KY – Michael Willis – 11-24-18 – Bluegrass Sports Nation Columnist – UK Football

The battle for the Governor’s Cup took place in Louisville this year as the 15th ranked Wildcats played the Cardinals. It has been two totally different seasons for the two teams this year. The Cats headed into the game looking for their 9th win of the season. The Cards have struggled this year and fired their coach, Bobby Petrino, halfway through the season. While most critics wrote Louisville off and said that they had “nothing to play for” I personally felt that rivalry and the Senior Day activities would be enough to get the Cardinals motivated. Continue reading College Football – Kentucky Dominates Louisville 56-10

College Basketball – Kentucky defeats TSU; Johnson scores 27

Photo by Mike Cyrus – BSN

The Kentucky Wildcats met the Tennessee State Tigers in a post-holiday match-up. While lots of Kentucky residents were out doing their Black Friday shopping, Big Blue Nation was still able to show up in Rupp Arena, but not even the sacred seats of Rupp Arena were safe from the Black Friday sales. UK Athletics offered tickets as low as ten dollars for the game and by the crowd size it looks as if the sale helped the attendance for tonight’s game. Continue reading College Basketball – Kentucky defeats TSU; Johnson scores 27

College Football – Game Preview: Kentucky vs Middle Tennessee

The Kentucky Football team will be hosting the annual Senior Night festivities at Kroger Field this Saturday while playing the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders. This year the fans will see 16 seniors play in their final game in Lexington. This senior class brought a lot of talent to this year’s team and will be missed next season. C.J. Conrad, Dorian Baker, Lonnie Johnson Jr., Mike Edwards, Derrick Baity Jr., Chris Westry, Darius West, David Bouvier, Jordan Jones, Josh Allen, Kengera Daniel, Tristan Yeomans, George Asafo-Adjei, Bunchy Stallings, Miles Butler, Tymere Dubose, and Adrian Middleton will all be honored. Continue reading College Football – Game Preview: Kentucky vs Middle Tennessee

College Football – Tennessee Embarrasses Kentucky 24-7

Benny Snell smothered by Tennessee defenders – Photos by Brendon Miller – BSN

November 10th, 2018 – Knoxville Tennessee – Michael Willis – Bluegrass Sports Nation Contributor

With a ten-win season still alive the Wildcats headed down to Neyland Stadium in Knoxville to battle the Volunteers in the 114th meeting between the two teams. The series has been historically dominated by Tennessee, but Kentucky was looking to win their second straight against the Vols. Tennessee, however, had other plans. The Vols had their way with the Cats from the first play to the last and won with a final score of 24-7. It was a game that everything went wrong for the Cats including blocked field goals, interceptions and fumbles. Continue reading College Football – Tennessee Embarrasses Kentucky 24-7

College Football – UK travels to Tennessee to get back on track

Lexington, KY – Michael Willis – Bluegrass Sports Nation Columnist – 11-8-18

Game Preview: Kentucky (7-2) vs. Tennessee (4-5)

This week the Kentucky Wildcats will be traveling to Knoxville to take on the Tennessee Volunteers. The loss to Georgia has the Kentucky fans and players looking for something to lift their spirits and a win at Tennessee could be it. Tennessee may be considered Kentucky’s biggest football rival outside of the Kentucky/Louisville game and for many years the Volunteers thumped the Wildcats. However, the Cats seemed to pull past the Vols and go into Saturday’s game looking for their second win in a row. Continue reading College Football – UK travels to Tennessee to get back on track

College Football – Georgia Defeats Kentucky: Breaks Hope of SEC Championship

UK Falls to Georgia

November 3rd – Lexington, KY – Michael Willis – Contributing Columnist Bluegrass Sports Nation

The setup for a historic night for Kentucky Football was perfect. The weather was beautiful, Kroger Field was packed, and SEC Nation was in town. However, the Georgia Bulldogs had other plans for the Wildcats. With the SEC East Championship on the line the Bulldogs ran their game plan better than the Wildcats and won 34 to 17. Continue reading College Football – Georgia Defeats Kentucky: Breaks Hope of SEC Championship

College Football – Could this be biggest game in UK Football History

Lexington, KY – 10-31-18 – Michael Willis – Bluegrass Sports Nation Columnist

Game Preview: Kentucky vs. Georgia

Kentucky will host Georgia this Saturday in perhaps the biggest game for the Kentucky football program in 30+ years. The winner of this game will likely be the SEC East Champion and will face Alabama in the SEC Championship game. Continue reading College Football – Could this be biggest game in UK Football History

College Basketball – Kentucky Thrash Transylvania 94-66

Herro with the drive – Photo by Brendon Miller – BSN

Over the past few seasons the University of Kentucky Basketball has made a tradition of playing an exhibition game against an in-state school. This season the team wasn’t just an in-state school, but another college from Lexington. The Transylvania Pioneers’ campus is so close to Rupp Arena the that the team and their head coach, Brain Lane, walked the half mile in the rain to the game. It’s the only game of the year that the Rupp Arena crowd cheered as the opposing team were announced. Continue reading College Basketball – Kentucky Thrash Transylvania 94-66