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  • Vaught’s Views: Perception has changed for Kentucky gymnastics

    By Larry Vaught

    Perception is a major component of college gymnastics. Some might argue it’s that way with every college sport where top programs always seem to get more breaks.
    Kentucky gymnastics has been fighting the perception that it is not one of the top programs in the country — or the Southeastern Conference.  However, UK is doing all it can to change that.
    Kentucky will be competing in the nationals in St. Louis Friday for the first time in school history after its second-place finish in the Minnesota Region.

  • Kings and Queens of the Court

    Donte DiVincenzo. Arike Ogunbowale. How’s that for some unique names?
    Unique last names aren’t the only things those two have become known for. Both DiVincenzo and Ogunbowale stole the show on college basketball’s biggest stages- the national championship games, helping to lead their squads to a national title. Ogunbowale was the hero in the women’s national title games while DiVincenzo stole the spotlight in the men’s title game.

  • Vaught’s Views:Could UK signee Tyler Herro be best scorer in 2018 recruiting class?

    By Larry Vaught

    How good is Kentucky signee Tyler Herro?
    The 6-5 guard from Whitnall High School in Greenfield, Wis., has a fan in Rivals.com recruiting writer Krysten Peek.
    “He is the best shooter in the (2018 recruiting) class from beyond the arc (3-point line),” said Peek. “He could be the best pure scorer in the class.
    “I saw him in one workout where he did not miss a single shot. He can shoot a 3 like a lay-up. He is just a pure shooter and there are not many of them out there.”

  • Down to two

    And then there were two.

    After Saturday’s Final Four at the Alamodome in San Antonio, two teams were left standing in the NCAA Tournament. Those two squads - the Michigan Wolverines and Villanova Wildcats - faced off Monday night for the national championship.

  • Bracket busters

    Filling out an NCAA tournament bracket has become something of a yearly tradition.
    Over 60 million Americans fill out a bracket each year, despite the odds of filling out the perfect bracket stacked high against them (the odds are one in 9.4 quintillion to be exact). Sports fans and non-sports fans alike will fill out a bracket and join bracket contests with family, friends or co-workers, with prizes, cash and bragging rights on the line. Research will be done, numbers will be crunched and fans will seek to gain an edge to get a perfect- or darn close to- bracket.

  • Vaught’s Views: Justin Lewis glad to still be part of UK baseball resurgence

    By Larry Vaught

    His season has not gone exactly the way he hoped so far, but junior pitcher Justin Lewis does like the way one thing is going — the perception of Kentucky baseball.
    “I can tell a big difference. It used to be if somebody asked me I played ball at UK, I knew they meant basketball,” said Lewis, a Georgia native. “Now they let me know that they know I play baseball. That’s really good.

  • Improbable

    Friday night in Charlotte, North Carolina. No one thought history would happen inside the Spectrum Center. No one thought by the end of the night, the most improbable would happen. The night began with a basketball game between Virginia and the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. It ended with the most shocking upset in NCAA Tournament history.

  • Vaught’s Views: Kentucky signee Keldon Johnson proves himself as an elite player

    By Larry Vaught

    Kentucky signee Keldon Johnson will be playing in the McDonald’s All-American Game March 28 in Atlanta. But that will just be the start of his all-star experience.
    The 6-6 guard has also been invited to play in the Jordan Brand Classic and Nike Hoop Summit. Players who get invited to all three games are the best of the best and Johnson’s father, Mike, says the family feels blessed by the honors.

  • Madness to the Dome

    The best part of the college basketball season has arrived. The committee has made their selections, the participants in the big dance are set and now we can look forward to the madness that is the NCAA Tournament.

  • Vaught’s Views: Kentucky signee Immanuel Quickley is on a mission to be best he can be

    By Larry Vaught

    Athletics director Steve Teter says it’s easy to explain what impresses him the most about Kentucky signee Immanuel Quickley off the basketball court.
    “Without a doubt, his work ethic. There are better pure athletes out there, but there isn’t a harder worker,” said Teter about the John Carroll (Md.) School point guard who signed with UK in November.