LEX18 Sports at 11, March 04, 2018


END OF THE DAY, THEY LOCKED UP THE 4 SEED.. AND THAT WAS THE GOAL BEFORE YESTERDAY…. THE SEC TOURNAMENT TIPS OFF THURSDAY, THE CATS BEGIN PLAY ON FRIDAY DOWN IN SAINT LOUIS .. ITS BEEN A WHILE SINCE UK HAS PLAYED IN SAINT LOUIE.. YOU HAVE TO GO BACK TO 2013-2014, WHEN THEY BEAT UNDEFEATED WICHITA IN THE SECOND ROUND… TRUE BLUE FANS READY FOR A CONFERENCE TITLE RUN.. COACH CAL ISNT AS AMUSED BY THE LATE SEASON, BUT PRE TOURNAMENT PARTY. “IM NOT A BIG PROPONENT OF PLAYING THREE AND FOUR DAYS IN A ROW AT THE END OF THE YEAR. WE ALREADY HAVE A LEAGUE CHAMP. WHAT ARE WE DOING THIS FOR? SO THATS ME. BUT OUR FANS AT KENTUCKY LOVE THIS TOURNAMENT. THEY LOVE IT. SO WE TRY TO GO IN AND PLAY AS WELL AS WE CAN FOR OUR FANS. BUT THE ONLY THING WE WILL USE THIS WEEKEND FOR IS TO PREPARE US FOR THE NEXT WEEKEND. THAT’S IT.” HERES A LOOK AT THE SEC BRACKET… A THIRD GAME WITH MISSOURI IS LIKELY, AND THEY COULD VERY WELL HAVE MICHAEL PORTER JR. BACK FOR THAT GAME. HERES YOUR FINAL SEC STANDINGS…. A FEW THINGS STAND OUT… 1ST PLACE AUBURN PICKED 9TH.. 2ND PLACE TENNESSEE WAS PICKED THIRTEENTH.. WITH THE REGULAR SEASON NOW OVER.. HERE ARE MY TOP 5 MOMENTS FROM THE REGULAR SEASON… AT NUMBER 5.. QUADE GREEN ROCKING THE SHADES, AND THE CATS WERE SCORING… 52 KENTUCKY SECOND HALF POINTS GAVE KENTUCKY A NICE 93-86 WIN… NUMBER 4… 6 CATS REACH DOUBLE FIGURES… THEY HIT 10-16 FROM DEEP AND ROLL MISSOURI 87-66… AS A TEAM THEY SHOT 54% IN THE GAME… THE NUMBER 3 MOMENT THIS YEAR.. AGAINST VANDY.. SHAI GILGEOUS ALEXANDER SINKS THE FREE THROWS TO TIE IT.. AND IN OVERTIME QUADE GREEN WITH THE GAME WINNING TAKE… AT NUMBER 2… THE BLUEGRASS BEATDOWN… KENTUCKY DESTORYS LOUISVILLE.. IT WAS THE LARGEST WIN OVER THE CARDS IN THE COACH CAL ERA… AND AT NUMBER 1…. KENTUCKY TRAILED BY 17 POINTS IN A HOSTILE ENVIROMENT… BUT KEVIN KNOX STOLE THE SHOW.. HE SCORED 34 AND THE CATS WON A HUGE ROAD GAME… HOPEFULLY WE HAVE A NEW NUMBER ONE IN THE MONTH OF MARCH THIS TEAM COULD REALLY USE A VETERAN LIKE ALEX POYTHRESS… RECENTLY OUR OWN JONATHAN DUNN MET WITH POYTHRESS IN INDIANA TO DOCUMENT HIS JOURNEY TO THE LEAGUE, AND OF COURSE TALK ABOUT HIS UK PLAYING DAYS “UNLIKE MOST OF THE ONE AND DONES THAT GO TO KENTUCKY, ALEX POYTHRESS TOOK A DIFFERENT ROUTE TO THE NBA. AFTER A COUPLE YEARS IN THE G LEAGUE HE’S HAPPY TO SAY THAT HE’S A PACER.. POYTHRESS- “YOU KNOW I TOOK THE HARD WAY, I HAD TO START OUT GOING UNDRAFTED AND WORKING MY WAY UP. SOME PEOPLE CANT HANDLE THAT, BUT I STAY FOCUSED. I STAY READY AND THEN I JUST KEPT ON GRINDING, KEPT PUSHING.” DUNN- “DO YOU THINK THE KENTUCKY EXPERIENCE MADE THAT GRIND A LITTLE BIT EASIER.” POTHRESS- I MEAN YEAH BECAUSE IT PREPARES YOU FOR ANYTHING. THERE’S HIGHS AND LOWS IN MY CAREER IN KENTUCKY AND IT JUST PREPARES YOU FOR PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL, BECAUSE THEY RUN IT LIKE A PRO TEAM. IT JUST HELPS YOU AND MOLDS YOU. DUNN- TALK ABOUT BIG BLUE NATION, IM SURE YOU SEE THEM OUT THERE SOMETIMES. POYTHRESS- YEAH, THEYRE GOOD THEY TRAVEL. THEY COME ON HOME GAMES, ROAD GAMES. THEYRE EVERYWHERE. HOME IS LIKE 4 HOURS AWAY SO MY MOM AND FAMILY COME DOWN TO THE GAMES. THIS IS THE CLOSEST TEAM TO HOME SO I LOVE IT. DUNN- ALEX COMPARES THIS TEAM TO THE 2013-2014 TEAM. TRUE BLUE FANS HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT THE TEAM ENDED UP IN THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. FROM INDIANAPOLIS IM JONATHAN DUNN, LEX 18 SPORTS. THE BOBCATS OF ATHENS, OHIO IN TOWN… MALLORY PEYTON SHOWING BUNT.. INSTEAD… THERE IT GOES. CYA. KENTUCKY IMPROVES TO 14-3 ON THE SEASON WITH AN 11-1 WIN IN 5 INNINGS.. UK BASEBALL WON TONIGHT AS WELL AGAINST LOUISIANA. THE KENTUCKY BASEBALL TEAM IS OFF TO THEIR BEST START SINCE THE 2013 SEASON.. THE CATS ARE NOW 11-1 AFTER A 10-4 WIN OVER LOUISIANA. CONGRATS TO KENTUCKY ALUMNA KENDRA HARRISON WHO WON HER FIRST WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE HURDLES YESTERDAY THE UK CLASS OF 2015 NOW VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT COACH CLAIMED THE 60-METER HURDLES GOLD AT THE IAAF WORLD INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS. HARRISON WAS A TWO-TIME NCAA CHAMPION IN THE HURDLES AT KENTUCKY TO THE LINKS WE GO… THE WGC MEXICO CHAMPIONSHIP… LOOK AT THE SHOT HERE FROM LOUISVILLE NATIVE JUSTIN THOMAS…. THE EAGLE ON 18 PUTS HIM AT 16 UNDER…. HERE COMES THE LEFTY… PHIL MICKELSON SINKS THE LONG PUTT.. THOMAS AND PHIL WOULD GO TO A PLAYOFF…. THOMAS NEEDS THIS TO STAY ALIIIVE…. NOO… PHIL MICKELSON IS YOUR WINNER. YESTERDAY WE SAW A HUGE DERBY PREP RACE IN THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH STAKES.. GOOD MAGIC CAME IN AS THE FAVORITE WITH 7-5 ODDS IN THE FIELD OF TEN… HERE WAS THE STRETCH… PROMISES FULFILLED THE WINNER AT 20-1 ODDS.. HOW ABOUT THAT

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