Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Kentucky Telethon For Texas Hurricane Relief "Teaming Up For Texas"



Humbled by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, John and Ellen Calipari, Joe and Kelly Craft, and the Kentucky men’s basketball team – in conjunction with WKYT – will host a telethon Sunday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on WKYT and its affiliates across the state. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the American Red Cross to benefit the victims of the catastrophic storm.

The “Teaming Up For Texas” telethon will air throughout the state (current affiliates are below), as members of the UK men’s basketball team will take phone calls and donations. Special guests are expected to participate in the show. 

Details on how to donate and the telethon phone numbers will be released closer to the telethon.

“I have not been able to stop thinking about everyone who has been affected by Hurricane Harvey,” John Calipari said. “Every time I turn on the TV, I’m stunned at the images of devastation in Texas. It hits home for me because of the players we’ve had come from that area, including Andrew and Aaron Harrison, De’Aaron Fox and now Jarred Vanderbilt. Thankfully their families are safe, but there are a whole lot of people down there who aren’t as fortunate.

“The Big Blue Nation has already been terrific in helping us raise $150,000 for the victims of Hurricane Harvey by showing up to last week’s UK Alumni Charity Game and the response to the University of Houston’s call earlier this week for clothing has been terrific, but we can do even more. I hope our fans will join me, Ellen, Joe and Kelly Craft, and our team in helping raise money this weekend. No donation is too small.”

Teaming Up For Texas will be streamed live at WKYT.comUKathletics.comCoachCal.com, and on the official@UKCoachCalipari and @KentuckyMBB Facebook pages. 

UK has held two previous telethons under Calipari to assist with natural disasters. In 2010, Kentucky and Calipari used a telethon to raise more than $1 million for victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. UK followed that up with another telethon in 2012 that generated $1 million for victims of Superstorm Sandy. Calipari also helped raise funds for West Liberty, Kentucky, after tornadoes ravaged the town in 2012.

For more information from the Red Cross, please visit redcross.org or contact Lynne Washbish at Lynne.Washbish@redcross.org.


Current Kentucky Stations Set to Air Telethon:

City
Station
National Affiliate
Lexington, Ky.
WKYT
CBS
Louisville, Ky.
WBKI
CW
Hazard, Ky.
WYMT
CBS
Ashland, Ky./Huntington, W.Va./Charleston, W.Va.
WSAZ
Tri-State CW
Bowling Green, Ky.
WBKO
FOX
Paducah, Ky.
WPSD
*Channel 6.3 (antenna TV)
Lexington, KY. (radio)
WLAP (radio)
*630 AM (radio)


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Big Blue Madness Ticket and Campout Info




Tickets for the 2017 edition of Big Blue Madness in Rupp Arena will be available Friday, Sept. 29, at 10 p.m. at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows on Avenue of Champions and online at Ticketmaster.com. Big Blue Madness, the first open practice opportunity for UK’s 2017-18 men’s and women’s basketball teams, is Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are free again this year for the annual spectacle in Rupp Arena, which will feature introductions of both the men’s and women’s basketball teams, practice drills, videos, and more. Like the last two years, the ticket distribution will take place Friday night both at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows on Avenue of Champions and online at Ticketmaster.com. All patrons require a ticket to Big Blue Madness, regardless of age.

A limited number of control cards will be issued to those camped out Friday, Sept. 29, at 2 p.m. All fans must be present to obtain their control cards and only one control card per person will be accepted at distribution. All people with control cards must be in line by 10 p.m. 

At the request of campus public safety officials, fans wishing to line up ahead of time at Memorial Coliseum for ticket distribution are asked to do so no earlier than 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27. The athletics department will provide portable restroom facilities, but the use of permanent, wooden-type structures, portable generators, and propane tanks or other open flames used in cooking is prohibited due to safety concerns. Alcoholic beverages and tobacco products are not permitted. Additionally, selling sports tickets in excess of face value is illegal in Kentucky.

With the surrounding campus undergoing construction, space will be limited for fans wishing to line up ahead of time, and fans are encouraged to use Ticketmaster.com to obtain tickets. Once available space for fans has reached capacity, remaining fans will be asked to acquire tickets online at Ticketmaster.com. As in past years, UK Athletics will inform fans when available space has reached capacity and they are unlikely to receive control cards for the in-person ticket distribution.    

Campers are expected to be respectful to fellow campers, students, faculty, staff, security officials and pedestrians during the campout; and to abide by all university policies. The university will be operating normally with classes in session.

Parking and transportation information, along with further ticketing details, will be released at a later time.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

UK 2017 Alumni Charity Game Info




 Some of Big Blue Nation’s favorites will don “Kentucky” across their chest once again for the annual UK Alumni Charity Game.

On Aug. 25 in Rupp Arena, fans will have an opportunity to enjoy some of the top talent to come through the UK men’s basketball program when Kentucky hosts the 2017 UK Alumni Charity Game. This year’s event will feature two games, with a Legends Game starting at 7 p.m. and the UK Alumni Charity Game tipping off at 8 p.m.

The Legends Game will feature legends from the past, while the annual UK Alumni Charity Game will pit current UK pros against one another. Per NBA rules, the University of Kentucky cannot confirm any current NBA players participating in the exhibition game. The Legends Game currently includes Kentucky greats and former NBA players Derek Anderson, Keith Bogans, Rex Chapman, Joe Crawford, Tony Delk, Kevin Grevey, Kyle Macy and Kenny Walker, among others.

Tickets for the 2017 UK Alumni Charity Game will go on sale to the public on Friday at 10 a.m. All seats are reserved and priced at the following rates:

·         Courtside: $500
·         Premium lower level: $100
·         Lower level sideline: $50
·         Lower level: $25
·         Premium upper level: $10
·         Upper level: $5

Tickets can be purchased at the Rupp Arena box office, online at Ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster Outlet or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. There is an eight-ticket limit per person. All orders will have additional fees attached plus a $1 facility fee. All proceeds from the game will go to charity.  

You must be 16 or older to purchase tickets and children under the age of 2 get in for free with a paying adult (the child will not have a seat and must sit on the lap of the paying adult). 

Doors to Rupp Arena will open at 6 p.m. ET.

Kentucky Leads Nation In Basketball Crowd Attendance... Once Again!



College basketball’s proudest, most passionate fan base flexed its muscles in 2016-17, leading the country in average home attendance once again.

UK led all schools in the NCAA with an average of 23,461 fans per home game, according to national attendance figures released by the NCAA on Tuesday. It’s the 19th time in the last 22 seasons Kentucky has led the country in average home attendance. Since Rupp Arena opened for the 1976-77 season, UK has ranked either first or second in average home attendance every season.

The Wildcats have averaged more than 23,00 fans at Rupp Arena in seven of John Calipari’s eight seasons at Kentucky.

Playing 17 home games in 2016-17, 398,850 fans attended games in Rupp Arena. UK was one of only three schools with at least 300,000 fans at its home games.

A total of 706,331 fans watched the Wildcats play at home, on the road and at neutral sites in 2016-17, more than any other school. Kentucky set the NCAA record in 2013-14 with 922,653 total fans.

The Southeastern Conference had the third-highest attendance among the 32 NCAA Division I conferences. A total of 31,859,477 fans watched student-athletes in Divisions I, II and III in college basketball this past season.


Saturday, July 22, 2017

Sacha Killeya-Jones To Participate In Great Britain's National Training Camp



Kentucky basketball sophomore forward Sacha Killeya-Jones has accepted an invitation to attend Great Britain’s national training camp that will determine the team’s final roster for FIBA EuroBasket 2017. Killeya-Jones is eligible to play for Great Britain via his British-born mother, Ley.

Killeya-Jones is one of 24 players selected to a preliminary squad for Great Britain’s senior men’s team. The eventual roster will be whittled down to 12 players for FIBA EuroBasket 2017, which will begin competition Aug. 31. 

Training camp for the team begins July 31 in Manchester, England. In addition to a game against Greece on Aug. 18,Britain will also play in two tournaments in Greece and Poland, as well as one friendly in Tel Aviv against Israel. That will complete Great Britain’s preparation before heading to Istanbul for FIBA EuroBasket 2017, where it will face Belgium, Turkey, Latvia, Serbia and Russia in Group D, starting on Sept. 1.

Killeya-Jones, a 6-foot-10 forward, appeared in 15 games during his freshman campaign, averaging 2.7 points and 2.1 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He scored a career-high 12 points in 13 minutes of a win over UT Martin in November. He also added 31 total rebounds and 10 blocks on the season.

The Chapel Hill, North Carolina, native is among a slew of Wildcats who will have experience on the world stage this summer. Wildcats Hamidou Diallo, PJ Washington and Tai Wynyard participated in the FIBA U19 World Cup in Cairo earlier this month. Diallo and Washington played for UK head coach John Calipari and Team USA, while Wynyard represented New Zealand.

Kevin Knox participated in training camp for Team USA before a minor hamstring injury forced him to withdraw his name for consideration for the 12-man team. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander declined an invite to join the Canadian national team for its training camp.

For more information on British basketball, please visit gbbasketball.com


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Kentucky Hall of Fame, Class Of 2017 Announced




The University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2017 has been announced, with Randall Cobb (football), Collin Cowgill (baseball), Ralph Hacker (broadcaster), Sherry Hoover Bordner (cross country/indoor track/outdoor track), Sarah Rumely (volleyball) and John Wall (men’s basketball) set to be inducted during Hall of Fame Weekend, Sept. 22-23, in conjunction with the football home game vs. Florida.

Sherry Hoover Bordner, Cross Country/Indoor Track/Outdoor Track, 1986-89
A seven-time All-America honoree … Won SEC championships in the mile and on a pair of relay teams during her career … Set 10 school records during her career, including outdoor records in the 800- and 1,500-meter runs, 4x800 meter relay and the distance medley relay, and indoor records in the 1,500 meter run and 4x800 meter relay … Broke outdoor freshman record in the 800 meters and indoor freshman records in the 1000-yard run, 1,500-meter run and the mile … Member of the 1988 national champion cross country squad, which remains the only women’s national championship team at UK.

Randall Cobb, Football, 2008-10
Arguably the most versatile, dynamic playmaker in UK football history as a wide receiver, quarterback, punt returner and kickoff returner … First-team All-America as a junior … Two-year
first-team All-SEC … Set SEC single-season record for all-purpose yardage (2,396 yards in 2010) … Set UK career record for touchdowns (37), although he played only three seasons … Clutch
player who scored five game-winning fourth-quarter touchdowns in his career, vs. Arkansas, Louisville and South Carolina at home, also at Auburn and Georgia … Left UK after his junior
season and was a second-round draft pick by the Green Bay Packers … Has been a star wide receiver during his six-year career with the Packers, making the 2011 NFL All-Rookie Team and being selected to the Pro Bowl following the 2014 season … Returned to UK and finished his degree.

Collin Cowgill, Baseball, 2005-08
One of the top players in Kentucky baseball history, paced UK from a last-place finish in 2005 to its first-ever SEC Championship in 2006 … First-team All-America in 2008 by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, leading UK to a then-record 44 wins and a berth in the NCAA Tournament … Also first-team All-SEC by the league coaches … A two-time Academic All-America selection … Ranks among the UK career leaders in runs, homers, RBI, walks, on-base percentage, sac bunts, sac flies, hit by pitches and steals … Fifth-round pick by Arizona in the 2008 MLB Draft … Reached the majors in 2011 and has played for the Diamondbacks, the Oakland Athletics, the New York Mets, the Los Angeles Angels and Cleveland Indians.

Ralph Hacker, Broadcaster, 1966-2000
Spent 34 years on the UK Radio Network … Served as the men’s basketball analyst for many years with legendary broadcaster Cawood Ledford … Following Ledford’s retirement, he took over
play-by-play duties for eight years, including UK’s 1996 and 1998 national championship seasons … The play-by-play voice of the Wildcat football team for five seasons … Was president of HMH Broadcasting, building a prominent network that featured then-UK flagship station WVLK … Also hosted head coaches’ pregame and postgame shows, as well as the weekly “Big Blue Line” call-in shows … All totaled, he was on the radio call for three men’s basketball national championships, seven Final Fours and four football bowl games.

Sarah Rumely, Volleyball, 2006-09
Only player in program history to be named SEC Freshman of the Year (2006) and SEC Player of the Year (2008) … Two-time AVCA All-American … Four-time All-SEC … Academic All-American third team … Led team to NCAA Tournament four times, including the Sweet 16 in 2009 … Finished career owning UK records in career assists (5,703) and aces (165) … 5,703 career assists also ranked fifth all-time in SEC history … Capped career ranking in the top 10 in sets played (3rd), block assists (9th), digs and attack percentage (10th) … Only player to record a triple-double in a match in program history (10 kills, 56 assists, 18 digs vs. Ole Miss) … Led team to No. 7 national ranking in ‘09 … Played professionally overseas … Currently an assistant coach at LSU.

John Wall, Men’s Basketball2010
First national player of the year in program history as winner of the Adolph Rupp Trophy … Named 2010 USBWA National Freshman of the Year … Consensus first-team All-American … 2010 SEC Player of the Year by Associated Press and SEC Coaches … SEC Freshman of the Year by the AP … First-team All-SEC … Named SEC Tournament MVP … Led UK to a No. 1 national ranking, SEC regular-season championship and the SEC Tournament championship … Set single-season assists record with 241 assists (broken 2016 by Tyler Ulis) … Averaged 16.6 points and 6.5 assists … First No. 1 overall NBA Draft pick in UK history … Four-time NBA All-Star through first seven seasons, averaging double-figure scoring every season … Tabbed third-team All-NBA in 2017 … Washington franchise career leader in assists and steals.

The UK Athletics Hall of Fame was started in 2005 to recognize and honor persons whose participation and achievements enriched and strengthened the University’s athletics program. The charter class included 88 individuals who had previously had their jersey retired by UK.

There is a five-year waiting period after leaving UK to be eligible for inclusion into the Hall of Fame. A committee consisting of Hall of Famers, media members, campus representatives and current coaches and administrators elects new inductees each year.  

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Kentucky Basketball Announces Pre-Season Schedule



In keeping with recent tradition to play at least one university in the state of Kentucky in the preseason, the Kentucky men’s basketball team will face two in-state schools in Thomas More College and Centre College for the 2017-18 exhibition slate.

The Wildcats will meet Thomas More on Oct. 27 and Centre on Nov. 3. Both games will be in Rupp Arena. Times and TV designations will be announced at a later time.

The announcement of UK’s two exhibition games completes the list of opponents for the Wildcats for the 2017-18 season. The nonconference schedule, which features 12 teams that played in the postseason and eight that appeared in the NCAA Tournament a year ago, was announced in June. Kentucky’s SEC opponents for the upcoming season were also announced, although dates have not been released at this time.

Both meetings will mark exhibition firsts for Kentucky, although the Wildcats frequently played Centre in the early 1900s. UK owns an all-time record of 25-19 vs. the Colonels (Centre consolidated with Central University in 1912), but the two schools haven’t met since Feb. 13, 1929. Kentucky has never played Thomas More in an exhibition or a regular-season game.

Thomas More went 22-7 last season and won the Presidents’ Athletic Conference. The Saints lost in the first round of the Division III NCAA Tournament. All five starters are expected to return from that team.

Centre, also a member of Division III, went 14-11 in 2016-17 and finished in second place in the Southern Athletic Association. Centre, then known as Central University, owns the distinction of handing Kentucky its largest defeat in school history – an 87-17 loss on Jan. 28, 1910.

Cawood Ledford, Kentucky’s legendary radio play-by-play announcer from 1953-92 and UK Athletics Hall of Famer, attended Centre College. Also, Will Barton, UK’s current director of basketball administration, played for Centre in 2008-09, when the Colonels went 23-5 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

UK’s season will tip off with Big Blue Madness on Oct. 13 in Rupp Arena. Long considered the official start of the Kentucky basketball season, this year’s grand show will once again take place on a Friday night. The Blue-White Game is slated for a week later, on Oct. 20, in Rupp Arena.

The Wildcats will officially open the regular season vs. Utah Valley on Nov. 10.