Big Blue Links for Saturday:
Plenty of storylines as EKU visits Kentucky, reports Jennifer Smith of the Herald-Leader. “There’s a certain bar brawl, which led to a certain well-publicized punch of a certain backup quarterback. There’s a certain EKU running back,Dy’Shawn Mobley, who was an up-and-comer at Kentucky, along with a Colonels defensive lineman, Patrick Graffree, who signed with UK initially and also was involved in the aforementioned punch.”
How they match up and a prediction from Mark Story of the Herald-Leader. “Junior Jojo Kemp was a hero of UK’s victory over Mizzou, running for 66 yards, all in the second half. Boom Williams started Kentucky’s first three games but did not practice Tuesday amidst what Mark Stoops characterized as ‘personal issues.'”
Kentucky and EKU not focused on nonsense, reports Nathan Hutchinson of the Richmond Register. “An incident this spring in Richmond involving players from each teams sparked some very serious animosity. The lingering tension from that much-publicized encounter appeared to be the biggest storyline this week as the squads prepared to step onto the field against each other. Then, tragedy struck.”
Big Blue Madness tickets are sold out, reports UK. “They came. They camped out. They sold out Big Blue Madness tickets in just 25 minutes. Kentucky fans once again demonstrated their unwavering passion for basketball this week. All tickets to the 2015 Big Blue Madness were snatched up in the first 25 minutes of availability Friday night. Tickets were distributed Friday night this year instead of the customary Saturday morning to accommodate the Kentucky football game vs. Eastern Kentucky on Saturday.”
Two Kentucky men’s basketball broadcasts will only be online, reports the Herald-Leader. “Two of Kentucky’s games will not be available on broacast television. The Wildcats’ exhibition on Nov. 2 against Ottawa and its contest against NJIT on Nov. 14, will be shown on SEC Network Plus, which is available only on the Internet.”
Players taking pictures of players on Jonathan Palmer’s blog. During University of Kentucky basketball photo day, Palmer had the players take photos of each other and then posted the results.
UK target Miles Bridges now expected to pick Michigan State, reports Ben Roberts of Next Cats. “Bridges — a 6-foot-6 small forward for Huntington (W.Va.) Prep — will announce his decision during a ceremony in his hometown of Flint, Mich. The finalists are UK, Michigan State and Indiana, and a new favorite has emerged.”
UK women’s basketball picks up a commitment, reports Jennifer Smith of Herald-Leader. Kameron Roach, a 5-foot-6 point guard from South Carolina, confirmed she will play for the Cats.
Jonny David hopes shooting gives him a shot, reports Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader. “As a third-generation college basketball player, Kentucky freshman Jonny David brings an unusually robust résumé to walk-on status. Both his father, Joe, and his grandfather, Samuel, played for Pittsburgh. Joe led the Panthers in assists as a senior in 1985-86, while Samuel was the leading scorer (15.6 ppg) as a senior in 1948-49.”
J.B. Holmes added to President’s Cup roster, reports H-L. The former UK star replaces Jim Furyk on the 12-man team.
UK volleyball sweeps Mississippi State 3-0, reports UKAA. Fresh off their win at No. 5 Florida on Sunday, Craig Skinner’s Cats rolled over the visiting Bulldogs. Kentucky plays host to Alabama on Sunday.