Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Ticket and Campout Info For Big Blue Madness

Tickets for the 2018 edition of Big Blue Madness in Rupp Arena will be available Friday, Sept. 28, 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 2018-19 men’s and women’s basketball teams, is Oct. 12 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 three 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. 28, 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 patrons 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. 26. 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.

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 regulating on campus behavior. Privately owned animals must be attended and restrained and, unless performing duties as a service animal or service animal in training, are not permitted in University buildings and structures. 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.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Kentucky Basketball Bahama's Schedule INFO

It won’t be able to replace the paradise that’s just outside the arena, but for Kentucky men’s basketball fans who are unable to make it to the Bahamas in August for UK’s foreign exhibition tour, they’re still in luck: The SEC Network will televise all four games from the Atlantis on Paradise Island.

The ESPN college basketball crew of Tom Hart (play-by-play), Seth Greenberg (analyst) and Dan Dakich (analyst) will be on the call to bring fans all the game action, live from the Bahamas.

Additionally, the UK Sports Network, with Voice of the Wildcats Tom Leach and UK Athletics Hall of Famer Mike Pratt on the mic, will broadcast all four games on 630-WLAP, its affiliates across the state, on UKathletics.com and the UK Athletics app.

Exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage will also be available on UKathletics.com and CoachCal.com.  

With TV and radio coverage finalized, tip times for all four games have been set. The first three games will tip at 7 p.m., with the finale on Aug. 12 slated for 4 p.m.

A full schedule of the games is below.

Time (ET)
TV Network
Radio Network
Aug. 8
7 p.m.
Bahamas National Team
SEC Network
UK Sports Network
Aug. 9
7 p.m.
San Lorenzo de Almagro
SEC Network
UK Sports Network
Aug. 11
7 p.m.
Mega Bemax
SEC Network
UK Sports Network
Aug. 12
4 p.m.
Team Toronto
SEC Network
UK Sports Network

Tickets and hotel accommodations are still available for fans to join the Wildcats on Paradise Island for the Wildcats’ four-game, eight-day trip from Aug. 6-13 as UK trains and prepares for the 2018-19 season.

Travel packages, which vary from as little as $188 to $438 per night for a stay at the Cove at the Atlantis, are available and include a variety of options. Fans won't have to leave to resort as all games will be played at the Atlantis Imperial Arena, where Kentucky played Arizona State during the 2016-17 season.

Rates range from:

·         Beach at Atlantis: $188
·         Coral at Atlantis: $192
·         Royal at Atlantis “Official UK Team Tower”: $327
·         Reef at Atlantis: $361
·         The Cove at Atlantis: $438

Rooms at the Atlantis can be booked online at AtlantisBahamas.com/UK or by calling 1.800.285.2684. Fans must stay at the Atlantis resort for entry into games. Tickets can only be purchased if you have a room reservation at the Atlantis. You may purchase tickets online through the UK Ticket Office via the exclusive link at AtlantisBahamas.com/UK once you have booked your room reservation in the Kentucky block. 

Tickets are not included with hotel packages and must be purchased separately. Ticket books are priced at $400 each and will include entry into all four games. Children under the age of 2 will not require a ticket for admission. Tickets will be mailed upon purchase. All seating is general admission, except those held for team guests. K Fund members interested in the exclusive travel package, including charter flight from Lexington, may call (859) 257-6300 for more information.

As aforementioned, fans must stay at the Atlantis to attend games. Four-night minimum accommodations at the Atlantis are available. Nights may be added to the stay before Aug. 6 or after Aug. 13. All taxes and fees are included when booking rooms. Official group transportation through Majestic Tours will be available for a special rate.

UK is coming off a 26-11 season that resulted in another Sweet 16 berth – UK's seventh in nine seasons under Calipari – and the Wildcats' fourth straight Southeastern Conference Tournament title. The Wildcats must find a way to retool after losing three of its top four scorers in Kevin Knox, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Hamidou Diallo, who were selected in the 2018 NBA Draft, but Calipari has found a way to do so with a roster packed with talent, experience and versatility.

Kentucky will welcome significant contributors from its 2017-18 team with PJ Washington, Quade Green and Nick Richards, plus redshirt freshman and highly touted shooter Jemarl Baker. That group of returners – which will mark the highest returning production of points and rebounds since the 2014-15 team that went 38-1 – will join yet another star-studded recruiting class that includes Ashton Hagans, Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson, EJ Montgomery and Immanuel Quickley. UK has also added graduate transfer Reid Travis, a two-time First Team All-Pac-12 selection who averaged 19.5 points and 8.7 rebounds last season.

NCAA rules allow for a foreign tour by an intercollegiate team once every four academic years. Kentucky’s Big Blue Bahamas tour is a joint venture between Complete Sports Management and the Bahamas Basketball Federation.
The tour should prove to be instrumental in the early development of yet another young team that already has the likes of Duke, Kansas, North Carolina, Louisville, Utah and Seton Hall on its nonconference schedule.
Fans will remember the Bahamas served a similar purpose for UK's memorable 2014-15 season. The Wildcats tipped off their 38-1 season with a 5-1 mark vs. the Dominican Republic national team, the Puerto Rico national team reserves and French first-division club team Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket in the Bahamas. It was the start of magical season that ended with an undefeated regular season, SEC regular-season and tournament titles, and a trip to the Final Four.

Coinciding with the UK men’s basketball trip will be the seventh annual John Calipari Basketball Fantasy Experience. For the first time in the event’s history, the fantasy experience will be held outside of Lexington.

More information on the John Calipari Basketball Fantasy Experience and details on how to register are available atjohncaliparibasketballexperience.com.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Reid Travis Commits To Kentucky

Kentucky’s 2018-19 roster was already loaded with what appears to be a powerful mix of talent and experience, but the Wildcats gained another boost of both with the addition of Stanford graduate transfer Reid Travis.

The two-time First Team All-Pac-12 selection announced Wednesday that he will transfer to UK to pursue a master’s degree. Under NCAA graduate transfer rules, Travis will be eligible to play for the Wildcats in the fall after graduating with his undergraduate degree in science, technology and society on Sunday.

“Sunday I had the opportunity to fulfill a childhood dream of graduating from Stanford University,” Travis said. “I built relationships and memories at Stanford that will last a lifetime. I’m extremely proud to be able to say that I’m a Stanford alum. I want to thank my friends, coaches, teammates, alumni, professors, administrators and student body for playing such a big role in the man that I’ve become over these past four years.

“With that being said, I’m looking forward to a fresh start and another year of working towards my dreams. As I move on to the next step of my career, I wanted to find a school that will continue to align with my academic and athletic interests. After getting to know the staff and players on my visit, it became clear to me that there was no better place for me to start this next journey in my life then at the University of Kentucky.

“I’m excited to work hard every day and give everything of myself to the program to compete for a national championship and turn the game I love into a profession. Big Blue Nation, I can’t wait to get started.”

Already equipped with the nation’s consensus No. 2 recruiting class and returners Jemarl Baker, Quade Green, Nick Richards and PJ Washington, Travis will provide the Wildcats with a big-time scorer and rebounder in the post.

The 6-foot-8, 245-pound forward has been one of the Pac-12’s best players over the last two seasons, averaging 17.4 points and 8.9 rebounds in 2016-17 and 19.5 points and 8.7 rebounds last season, the latter of which ranked third in the Pac-12. He is one of three individuals in Stanford history with at least 1,400 points and 700 rebounds in less than 100 career games.

“I felt good about where we stood with next year’s team, but when I found out how much Reid wanted to be here, I had to take a look and say, ‘OK, can he help us? Can he help our team become even more potent and can we help him reach his dreams?’ The answers were absolutely,” UK head coach John Calipari said. “You’re talking about a two-time all-conference player who could have very well entered the NBA Draft with what he’s done in his career. He was one of the best big men in the Pac-12 last season, if not the country. Our fans know when it comes to talent and experience, I’m always picking talent, but Reid gives us both.”

Travis was a three-year captain for Stanford and graduated 16th on Stanford’s career scoring list with 1,427 points and 758 rebounds. He was a National Association of Basketball Coaches First Team All-District selection as well as a U.S. Basketball Writers Association All-District pick in 2017-18.

Dependably dangerous is what the Wildcats will get with Travis. He scored in double figures in all but one game a season ago and recorded double-digit rebounds in 16 games. All 16 of those double-figure rebounding efforts resulted in double-doubles, including the final seven games of the season. He scored 20 or more points in 18 games, including a career-high 33 late in the season.

Travis ranked in the top three in the Pac-12 in 10 categories overall, including free-throw attempts (first, 243), field-goal attempts (first, 474), total points (second, 682), free throws made (second, 164), total field goals made (second, 250), scoring (third, 19.5), double-doubles (third, 16), offensive rebounds per game (third, 3.0), rebounding (third, 8.7) and total rebounds (third, 306).

His 2016-17 season was nearly just as impressive. Travis logged nine double-doubles as a redshirt sophomore, including scoring 29 points at No. 4 Kansas. He was the only player in the Pac-12 and one of only five individuals in the top six conferences (Pac-12, Big 12, Big Ten, Atlantic Coast Conference, Southeastern Conference and Big East) to finish the season ranked in the top five of his conference in both scoring and rebounding.

Reid is a prolific low-post, back-to-basket scorer, but he added a 3-point shot to his game last season, making 18 shots from behind the arc.

The addition of Travis is UK’s first incoming transfer since Mychal Mulder for the 2015-16 season.

Earlier in the week, Kentucky commit Ashton Hagans announced he would be reclassifying and joining the Wildcats immediately. With Hagans and Travis now in the fold, UK has 13 players on the roster for the 2017-18 season.

The Wildcats will return the most points and most rebounds they have from a prior season’s roster since the 2014-15 team that went 38-1 and advanced to the Final Four. UK will pair that up with another highly touted recruiting haul. 

Fans will have a chance to see the 2018-19 team in action this summer during a foreign exhibition tour in the Bahamas, Aug. 6-13. Tickets and hotel rooms are available by visiting AtlantisBahamas.com/UK.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Ashton Hagans Sings With Kentucky

Already verbally committed to the University of Kentucky and now an early graduate out of high school, highly regarded point guard Ashton Hagans has decided to reclassify from the 2019 class to the 2018 class and has signed a financial aid agreement with UK.

Hagans arrived on campus Sunday to begin summer classes this week and is expected to suit up for the Wildcats for the 2018-19 season.

“So happy to see my dream of playing for Coach Cal and the Big Blue Nation come true,” Hagans said of signing with UK. “To follow the footsteps of all the great point guards that came before me is truly a blessing.”

Kentucky’s 2018 signing class, which was already a consensus top-two class, is now packing a serious punch with the addition of Hagans. The playmaking guard brings UK’s 2018 haul to six players. In addition to Hagans, the Wildcats’ group of newcomers includes Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson, EJ Montgomery, walk-on Zan Payne and Immanuel Quickley.

All five scholarship signees are consensus four- or five-star prospects and all are ranked in the top 50 by the major national recruiting services.

“Ashton wanted to be at Kentucky all along,” Kentucky head coach John Calipari said. “When I found out how badly he wanted this and had a chance to see him play, I told our staff what a great fit he would be whether he chose to come to school this season or next. Ashton wanted this so much that he worked extremely hard in the classroom these last few months to finish up his high school requirements and graduate this past week.

“Now he comes here just a couple of weeks after the rest of our guys and is ready to join this group. He can do a little bit of everything, but what separates him from his peers is his playmaking ability and leadership. You’re talking about someone who other people want to play with. I’m looking forward to seeing him get to work with the rest of our guys.”

Hagans, out of Newton High School in Covington, Georgia, was shaping up to be one of the top high school talents in the country next season but decided to forego his final year of eligibility and graduated just a few days ago.

Despite giving up a year of high school ball, he’ll still come to Kentucky plenty decorated. He swept the major awards in the highly competitive basketball state of Georgia, winning both the Gatorade Georgia Player of the Year and Mr. Georgia Basketball, awarded by the Atlanta Tip-Off Club to the top player in the state.

Hagans averaged 20.2 points, 10.7 assists, 7.6 rebounds and 3.6 steals while leading Newton to the 7A state semifinals.

Widely regarded as one of the top two-way players in high school regardless of class, Hagans was tabbed the No. 7 player overall and the second-ranked point guard in Rivals’ class of 2019 before reclassifying. ESPN ranked him at No. 17 overall in the class of 2019. He’s a consensus five-star recruit.

At 6-foot-4 and 185 pounds, Hagans has elite size for the point and possesses great lead-guard skills. With a solid burst off the floor and good passing ability, he’s considered a playmaker. He is also considered a solid defender with the potential to get even better because of his length. 

Kentucky has signed 49 top-50 recruits, 42 top-25 players and 24 top-10 players (according to Rivals) in Calipari’s 10 recruiting classes at Kentucky.

In every season in the John Calipari era, the Wildcats have signed a top-three recruiting class according to the Recruiting Services Consensus Index, which tallies major recruiting rankings and plugs them into a formula to calculate a consensus ranking.

Kentucky’s Recruiting Classes under Calipari


Sunday, March 18, 2018

Notes From Kentucky's Win Over Buffalo

MARCH 17, 2018ATTENDANCE: 11,686

Final Score: No. 5 Kentucky 95, No. 13 Buffalo 75
Team Records and Series Notes
·        Kentucky is 26-10 overall. Buffalo concludes the season 27-9.
·        UK leads the series 2-0. This was the first meeting in the NCAA Tournament.
·        Next for Kentucky: The Wildcats will play in the South Regional semifinal on Thursday in Atlanta.

NCAA Tournament Notes
·        Kentucky made its national-record 57th NCAA Tournament, extending the NCAA record for most tournament appearances.
·        UK owns a 126-50 record all-time in NCAA action.
·        Kentucky is 28-6 in NCAA Tournament games under Calipari.
·        Kentucky reached the Sweet 16 for the 26th time since 1975 (the first year that all teams in the tournament were required to win at least one game to advance to the Sweet 16), the second-most appearances.
·        In Calipari’s eight NCAA Tournament appearances with Kentucky, the Wildcats have reached the Sweet 16 on seven occasions.
o   Kentucky advanced to the Sweet 16 for the second year in a row.
·        Kentucky is a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the second time, and first time since 2000.
o   UK is 3-1 as a No. 5 seed.
·        Calipari is undefeated in the NCAA Tournament against teams seeded lower than 10th.

In the First Half
·        Kentucky’s starting lineup featured Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Hamidou Diallo, Kevin Knox, PJ Washington and Nick Richards for the 16th time this season. UK is 11-5 with this lineup. 
·        Four of Kentucky’s first nine field goals were dunks.
·        Buffalo started the game 4 of 16 from the field.
·        Kentucky led by 11 at the 11:29 mark, but Buffalo started making 3s and cut UK’s lead to as little as five, 39-34, at the 5:21 mark.
o   From there UK went on a 12-4 lead to open up a 13-point lead, it’s largest of the half, 51-38 at the 1:44 mark.
o   UK held Buffalo without a field goal over 2:58 within that run.
·        Kentucky’s 51 points were its third most in a first half this year.
o   UK’s 19 made field goals tied for its second most in a first half this year.

In the Second Half
·        Buffalo used a 9-0 run over 2:20 to cut UK’s lead to 56-52, with 15:32 to play.
·        UK answered with a 7-2 run over 1:19 to pad the lead back to nine at the 13:42 mark.
·        With Kentucky’s lead down to five at 72-67, UK closed the game on a 23-8 run over the last 7:36.
Team Notes
·        Kentucky made seven 3-pointers, one game after failing to make a 3 for the first time in 1,047-consecutive games, which was the NCAA record.
·        Kentucky’s 95 points were the third most it has scored this year.
·        UK’s 36 made field goals were the second most it’s made in a game this year.
·        Kentucky limited Buffalo to 38.8 percent from the field.
o   UK is now 169-14 under Calipari when keeping the opponent under 40 percent from the field.
·        Kentucky shot 56.3 percent from the field today. UK is 14-1 this season when the Wildcats make at least half their shots.
·        UK led by as many as 20 points today.  The Wildcats are 233-5 under Calipari when leading by at least 10 points during a game.

Player Notes  
·        Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led all scorers with 27 points – three off his career high – on 10 of 12 shooting, including going 2 of 3 from 3-point range.
·        He grabbed six rebounds, dished six assists and had two steals.
·        He scored 17 points in the first half, reaching double figures in the first 20 minutes for the fifth time in the last seven games.
·        It was the most points any Wildcat has scored in a first half this season.
·        He’s scored 10 or more in nine first halves this season.
·        He scored 20 or more points for the sixth time, and second time in the last three games.
·        He played a career-high 39 minutes for the fifth time.
·        Over the last nine games he’s averaging …
·        19.4 points
·        54.4 field-goal-percentage
·        55.0 3-point field-goal percentage
·        5.3 rebounds
·        6.9 assists
·        1.6 steals
·        Hamidou Diallo scored 22 points, one off his career high.
·        He reached double figures for the first time since Feb. 24 vs. Missouri.
·        It was his most points since he scored a career-high 23 vs. Monmouth on Dec. 9.
·        He blocked two more shots tonight after swatting a career-high three against Davidson in the first round.
·        Wenyen Gabriel finished with a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
·        It was his first double-double of the season and the second of his career.
·        He scored in double figures for the eighth time this season and 15th time in his career.
·        He grabbed 10-plus rebounds for the fourth time this season and sixth time in his career.
·        He made three 3s. He has hit multiple 3s in four of the last five games, and five of the last seven.
·        PJ Washington scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
·        Kevin Knox scored eight points on 4 of 10 shooting, but he was 3 of 3 on baseline mid-range jumpers.
·        He is 8 of 9 on mid-range baseline shots through the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament.
·        His four assists tied his career high for the fifth time.

Coach John Calipari
·        Calipari has a 719-203 all-time on-court record.
·        Calipari is now 275-63 at Kentucky.
·        Calipari is 53-17 in the NCAA Tournament games.
·        Calipari is 28-6 in NCAA Tournament games at UK.