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Kentucky Sports Report (week of Jan. 26)

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MEN'S BASKETBALL
- Top-ranked UK won twice last week to improve to 19-0 (6-0 SEC), matching the team's best start under coach John Calipari (2009-10) and the third best in school history. Defense, as it has been all season for the Wildcats, was a key as UK defeated South Carolina 58-43 on the road Saturday after outlasting Vanderbilt 65-57 on Tuesday.
- Kentucky held South Carolina to 23-percent shooting from the field and has held 10 opponents to less than 30-percent shooting on the year. Against South Carolina, UK had more blocks and steals (17) than South Carolina had field goals (12). UK accomplished that for the eighth time in 2014-15. South Carolina had just five assists, marking the 15th time this season UK has held its opponent to less than 10 assists. In holding South Carolina to 43 points, Kentucky has held its opponent to less than 55 points in 14 of 19 games, the most in school history in the shot-clock era (since 1985-86).
- Sophomore guard Aaron Harrison scored in double figures in the wins over Vanderbilt and South Carolina. He totaled 13 points, added four rebounds and a season-high tying three steals on Saturday after leading UK with 14 points on Tuesday, all of which came in the second half. Harrison has made 24 3-pointers over his last nine games and has had a 3-pointer in 11 consecutive games.
- Freshman guard Devin Booker charted a game-high 18 points vs. South Carolina, his fifth game with at least 18 points. Booker has stayed hot from 3-point range, shooting 22 for 33 over his last nine games from the perimeter. A member of the Midseason Wooden Award watch list, Willie Cauley-Stein had two steals at South Carolina to become the first player in Kentucky history with 200 or more blocks and 100 or more steals.
- Kentucky will play at Missouri at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
- Kentucky got back on the winning track with an 83-69 win at Missouri on Sunday.
- Five Wildcats scored in double figures, paced by senior Jennifer O'Neill with 19 points off the bench. O'Neill hit her only 3-point attempt of the game which moved her up to No. 3 on UK's all-time 3-pointers made list. She needs just one more to tie A'dia Mathies at No. 2. Sophomore point guard Makayla Epps followed with 18 points and 10 rebounds for her second career double-double.
- Senior Bria Goss added a season-high tying 16 points, while sophomore Linnae Harper was a beast once again on the boards, grabbing a team-high 11 rebounds to go along with 15 points. It marked Harper's second straight double-double and her fifth of the season. Freshman Alexis Jennings came off the bench for 10 points and six rebounds in just 22 minutes.
- The Wildcats return to Memorial Coliseum on Thursday to face No. 5 Tennessee on the SEC Network. UK has won 13 straight games at home (Rupp Arena included), the school's sixth-longest home winning streak.

GYMNASTICS
- The Kentucky gymnastics team fell on the road to No. 10 Georgia, 196.975-194.225 on Saturday in Stegeman Coliseum. The Wildcats (2-2, 0-2 Southeastern Conference) recorded four season-high or career-high-tying scores against the Bulldogs, who scored a season-high team score in front of a sellout crowd of 9.957.
- Junior Marissa Beucler and freshman Cori Rechenmacher each led or tied for the team lead on two events. Freshman Brittany Furuyama, sophomore Taylor Puryear and senior Kayla Hartley also tallied team-high-tying scores. Beucler, who had not competed in UK's first two meets this season, was a late addition to the lineup after an injury during warmups. Beucler finished first or second on all three events she competed in.
- UK began the meet on bars with a 48.900, the second-highest total on the event this season. The Wildcats added a 48.775 on vault before a 48.825 on floor, tied for the second-best score this year. On beam, Kentucky closed the meet with a 47.725. Georgia recorded at least a 49.100 on all four events.
- The Wildcats return home to host No. 7 Alabama on Jan. 30. The contest is the second annual DanceBlue Meet, where UK will join the fight against pediatric cancer and support the on-campus organization DanceBlue. The team will raise awareness and money to benefit children with cancer who are treated at the Pediatric Oncology Hematology Clinic on the UK campus.

RIFLE
- The UK rifle team performed solidly over the weekend, scoring 4679 at the Withrow Invitational to finish second among the 10-team field.
- Connor Davis recorded a 592 in smallbore to win the event.
- Davis, the defending NCAA Air Rifle Champion, scored a 591 in air rifle.
- Heather Kirby notched a win in air rifle for the Wildcats with a 594.

SWIMMING AND DIVING
- The Kentucky swimming and diving teams posted nine individual wins in the Senior Day meet vs. Louisville on Saturday in front of a packed crowd at UK's Lancaster Aquatic Center. The Kentucky women, ranked No. 31 in the nation, won six events - including two each by Kendal Casey and Danielle Galyer - in a 155-145 loss to No. 13-ranked Louisville. The UK men, ranked No. 36 nationally, got three wins vs. the No. 10-ranked Cardinals, who prevailed the team score 211-89.
- Diver Christa Cabot celebrated her Senior Day by opening the meet with a win on the 3-meter board. Later in the day, Rebecca Hamperian, Cabot and senior Lindsay Keahey went 1-2-3 from the 1-meter board. Sophomore Kendal Casey got the Wildcats' first victory in the pool in the 1,000-yard freestyle, taking the lead midway through the event and surging to win by more than four seconds at 10:03.92. The 500 free proved to the Cats' best event of the day as Casey (4:56.31), Kelly Berger and Aubrey Jones swam to the first three spots. The 100 backstroke was a strong event for the Wildcat women. Sophomore Danielle Galyer won with a time of 54.24, followed in second place by teammate Bridgette Alexander. Galyer got a second victory in the 200 backstroke with a winning time of 1:57.20.
- The UK men got their first triumph in the 1,000 freestyle. As Kendal Casey did for the women, Drew Aviotti had to come from behind midway through the swim before winning with his season-best clock of 9:12.33. In addition, Kyle Higgins put the Cats in the win column in the 200 butterfly at 1:47.92. The men's divers also got a victory as freshman Levi Lindsey notched 349.58 in six efforts from the 3-meter board.
- Kentucky honored 12 athletes on Senior Day, including Christina Bechtel, Christa Cabot, Michael Christian, Brent Dillon, Katrina Keirns, Lindsay Keahey, Blair Kuethe, Abby Myers, Robert Resch, Samantha Shaheen, Derrick Smith and Kristen Wilson.
- Kentucky concludes the regular season Friday, Jan. 29, at Cincinnati. The UK swimmers will compete in Cincinnati at 5 p.m. The diving competition will take place in Lexington at the Lancaster Aquatic Center, featuring action on the platform and 3-meter board. Postseason action begins Feb. 17-21 with the Southeastern Conference Championships at Auburn, Ala.

MEN'S TENNIS
- Kentucky dropped two tight matches this weekend in the ITA Kick-Off event to two top-30 teams, as the Wildcats fell 4-3 in both matches to No. 26 Penn State in the Friday match, and to No. 24 Vanderbilt in Sunday's consolation final.
- Both matches this weekend came down to court six, where both Penn State and Vanderbilt were able to sneak by in the final set of both matches as the Wildcats dropped the matches. Kentucky split the doubles points this weekend, winning the competition on Friday against the Nittany Lions, but falling to the Commodores on Saturday.
- UK had both matches feature big comebacks, as on Friday, the Wildcats were leading 3-0 before Penn State rallied to come from behind and win the last four points of the match, while on Sunday, Vanderbilt was up 3-0 on Kentucky, before the Wildcats rallied to tie the match on court five at 3-3 before VU took the final match on court six.
- Kentucky is on the road in Columbus, Ohio, at No. 5 Ohio State on Thursday afternoon in the Buckeye State. The match will start at 5 p.m. ET.

WOMEN'S TENNIS
- The No. 44 Kentucky women's tennis team advanced to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Indoor Championships with a 4-2 comeback win over No. 32 Arizona State Sunday after a 4-0 win over No. 21 Rice on Saturday at the ITA Kickoff Weekend. With the two upset victories, UK advances to the ITA National Indoor Championships for the first time since 2005, when Kentucky went all the way to the championship match.
- Sunday's win came in comeback fashion, after UK lost the doubles point and lost four of the six first-set singles contests. Kentucky stormed back though and claimed second-set victories on five courts, including two that resulted in Wildcat wins to give them a 2-1 lead. Aldila Sutjiadi gave UK its first point with a 6-4, 6-2 win on court No. 2. Mami Adachi finished soon after with a 7-6 (2), 6-0 win on court No. 4 that put Kentucky ahead for the first time in the match. Taylor Lederman responded to a 6-3 first-set loss with a 6-3, 6-4 win on the sixth court to give the Wildcats a 3-1 edge. After Kelsey Dieters suffered a 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 loss on court No. 3, Nadia Ravita clinched the win for Kentucky with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 win on court No. 1.
- Saturday, Senior Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff and junior Kirsten Lewis opened the match with a 6-1 win at No. 3 doubles. Attention turned to Dieters and Adachi as they also came out victorious, winning their doubles match 6-2. In singles competition, Sutjiadi was the first to strike and add another point for the Wildcats, winning her match 6-3, 6-1. Adachi increased Kentucky's lead to 3-0 after a 6-4, 6-1 win in the No. 4 singles match, and Dieters followed with a win of her own, 6-4, 6-3. The Shelby TWP, Mich., native's win clinched the 4-0 win for the Wildcats and completed the ITA Kickoff first-round upset.
- Kentucky returns to action on Jan. 31 when it hosts Penn State in Lexington. First serve is set for Noon, ET at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex.

TRACK AND FIELD
- Kentucky hosted the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet this weekend.
- The meet featured 16 top-25 teams.
- A staggering nine athletes ran world-leading times.
- Furthermore, 15 athletes posted the best time/mark in the NCAA in their respective events, and 67 of the times/marks that now rank in the top-5 of each respective event this season came at the McCravy.
- Keffri Neal was the Wildcats' top performer on Saturday, winning the 800M agains a blue chip field with the No. 2 time in the NCAA.
- Sha'keela Saunders, on Friday posted a NCAA-leading long jump mark, defeating defending NCAA Champion Jenna Prandini in the process.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (All Times Eastern)

THURSDAY, JANUARY 29
Men's Tennis at Ohio State • 5 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Women's Basketball vs. Tennessee • 7 p.m.
Lexington, Ky. (Memorial Coliseum)
Men's Basketball at Missouri • 9 p.m.
Columbia, Mo.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 30
Diving vs. Cincinnati • 2 p.m.
Lexington, Ky. (Lancaster Aquatic Center)
Swimming at Cincinnati • 5 p.m.
Cincinnati, Ohio
Gymnastics vs. Alabama • 7 p.m.
Lexington, Ky. (Memorial Coliseum)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 31
Women's Tennis vs. Penn State • Noon
Lexington, Ky. (Boone Tennis Complex)
Men's Basketball vs. Alabama • 7 p.m.
Lexington, Ky. (Rupp Arena)

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1
Rifle at Ohio State • 9 a.m.
Columbus, Ohio
Women's Basketball vs. Georgia • 1 p.m.
Lexington, Ky. (Memorial Coliseum)

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Jan. 20, won vs. Vanderbilt, 65-57
Jan. 24, won at South Carolina, 58-43

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Jan. 25, won at Missouri, 83-69

GYMNASTICS
Jan. 24, lost at Georgia, 196.975-194.224

RIFLE
Jan. 23, 2nd, 4,679 (of 10 teams) at Withrow Invitational Murray, Ky.

SWIMMING AND DIVING
Jan. 24, lost vs. Louisville (Women 155-45, Men 211-89)

MEN'S TENNIS
Jan. 23, lost vs. Penn State, 4-3
Jan. 24, lost vs. Vanderbilt, 4-3

WOMEN'S TENNIS
Jan. 24, won vs. Rice, 4-0
Jan. 25, won vs. Arizona State, 4-2

TRACK AND FIELD
Jan. 23-24, Rod McCravy Memorial

Get to know UK softball's Meagan Prince

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Meagan Prince.jpg Over the next two weeks, Cat Scratches will give fans an inside look at UK softball's 2015 roster with 20 fun questions and a quick outlook heading into the team's season opener on Feb. 4 vs. Florida A&M.

Sophomore pitcher Meagan Prince earned eight wins in the circle last season for Kentucky, including starting the Southeastern Conference Tournament Championship Game. Prince ended the year with an 8-4 record, striking out 61 batters in 70.2 innings pitched with one save and a 3.47 ERA.

Prince had several key appearances for the Wildcats, including throwing three scoreless innings against highly ranked Texas and Tennessee to seal two UK victories. The southpaw was brilliant in Kentucky's three-game sweep of Ole Miss, throwing four innings combined in two games to pick up the first save of her career.

The native of Martin, Tenn., had a great fall for Kentucky, tossing over 18 innings with only three earned runs allowed and 17 strikeouts. A member of the 2014 SEC Academic Honor Roll, Prince's continued development could play a critical role in UK's success in 2015.
 
Come see Meagan and the rest of the Kentucky Wildcats this spring at John Cropp Stadium. UK's home opener is March 11 vs. EKU at 5 p.m. ET. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the UK Ticket Office at 1-800-928-2287, in person at the Joe Craft Center Ticket Office or online at www.ukathletics.com/tickets.  

To help you get to know Meagan better, it's time to play a game called 20 questions.

What is your nickname? Mimi, which was given to me by my Dad when I was a little girl ...

Do you have any pets? I have a black standard poodle and his name is Cash.

How many pairs of shoes do you own?
I have 32 pairs of shoes ... this does not include the other 15 or so that I left at home.

If you could trade places with Coach Lawson for one day, what would you do? I would take the team on an all-expense paid trip to Hawaii and buy everybody whatever they wanted.

If you could breed two animals together to defy the laws of nature what new animal would you create?
I would breed a penguin and a peacock.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? Learn how to sing!

After softball, what would be your dream job? My dream job would be no job at all!

What is your guilty pleasure?
Eating donuts ...

Name three things you like? I like riding horses, turkey hunting, and eating dessert.

Name three things you dislike?
Chocolate, mice and snakes ...

What do you typically have for breakfast? I usually eat the classic eggs, bacon and toast ...

Favorite all-time movie? Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the old one!

Favorite actor/actress? Julia Roberts

What is one TV show you cannot miss? Longmire or Criminal Minds! I love any show with a good murder mystery ...

What is your worst fear? Heights

What artist gets the most play on your iPod right now? Hank Williams, Jr. or Waylon Jennings for sure! #oldman (that's what Coach Lawson would say)

What did you do growing up that always got you into trouble? I would joke with my parents about getting in trouble and it would just get me in more trouble.

Favorite saying or quote you like to live by: Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.

Have you ever bought anything from ebay and if so, what was it? Nope! I hate computers with a passion and will avoid online shopping at all cost.

What three things do you think of most each day?
Eating, napping and sleeping ...

Video: Coach Cal previews Missouri rematch

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UK has a couple extra days to prepare this week with the Wildcats' game at Missouri not until Thursday night. John Calipari joined the Southeastern Conference Coaches' Teleconference on Monday to talk about the matchup, as well rule changes he would implement to improve college basketball, Devin Booker -- named SEC Freshman of the Week for the third straight time this week -- and other topics. Read it all below.

Coach Cal

On this week's games against Missouri and Alabama ...
"You talk about what Kim's (Anderson) doing to have Arkansas come down some free throws and shots at the end. The job he's doing with his new team and pretty young team is amazing. And I think Alabama, we all know how they play, how hard they play. Their zone and how they space you out. They had a rivalry game, they've had sellouts and they win that game against Auburn, which is a huge win, especially in the state. But not just in the state, in our league, as teams start to maneuver for position. But I think both programs, again, what bothers you in our league is there will be another league where a team will lose to one of the teams that's struggling in their league, 'But it's just a tough place.' Or a win at the buzzer and, 'Yeah, it's just a tough place to play.' And then in our league it's just a different ending. And I think we've gotta all- very coach and any media that's watching's gotta stop it. This league top to bottom right now, you can lose any road game. It doesn't mean you're not a good team. You have ranked teams in other leagues lose on the road or get right down to the wire against teams that should not have beat them and did or made the games close and it just shows the parity of the leagues. We've gotta be the same. This league right now is solid. Just because we're really good doesn't mean the league's not good. It's the opposite. I just heard Johnny (Jones) talking about Vandy. Vandy's really good, and yeah they gotta make shots to do it because of they play, but they do. They do make shots and make you guard them all the way to the shot clock. And if you don't and you make and error or you don't sprint back, they're making a 3. And as soon as they win a couple of these close games, you're going to see Vandy go on a run of games. That tells you how good this league is."

On UK taking it to another level after the two overtime wins ...
"Well, I went back a full platoon for a minute when we had 10 guys and Dom's (Hawkins) been injured. He didn't practice last week for a couple days so he didn't get in the rotation. But we got kind of back to what we were. But let me say this: A&M didn't have their best player. They didn't have their best player when we played them. Billy (Kennedy), it's amazing the job he's doing and it's kind of getting overlooked. But the guy, he's got really good players who make plays, he's coaching his brains out, it's another team that's doing it. Now, my team, again, we're an energy team. If we come out and the other team is more excited about playing than we are, you're going to have a close game or we're going to lose or it's going to go to overtime. So you gotta make that other team match our energy. Not the other way around. And you gotta go through that. I love the fact that the games are close. I love the fact that one game we needed freshmen to step up and make plays, the next game we needed our vets. And I say vets. Our 19-year-old vets. But they had to come up and make plays and that's how this has been all year for us."

On if being every team's Super Bowl can drain his team ...

"How about it drains the coach? You walk in every gym and they have all the same colored t-shirts and it's filled to the top of the building and the students are there at 1 o'clock. Let me just say, it's, you can look at it as a situation where this is ridiculous, or you can look at it as more of an honor. Let's go in there and let's prove that it was worth them all coming here. I talk about it all the time with our team. We're trying, and it's what I do every year, how do I keep these guys fresh mentally, how do I keep them fresh physically, yet continue to improve. That's the balls we juggle here. There's not one game we will walk into where that other team's not ready. There's not one game we will walk into where that other team is not going to make their best and make shots they never make. Unless, we come out and play, you're getting beat. It is draining, but it's more of an honor than anything else.

"I think as kids come to Kentucky, they understand it's not for everybody. If you're not ready to be in the Super Bowl every night you play, being in one, being in that ready to go. If you want to be the only guy shooting balls, you're not coming here. If you want to be the face of the program, you have to be the center - you don't come here. If you think this is going to be easy, just let me play, don't coach me, you can't come here. I think through the recruiting process they get it, but they don't realize until we start playing games that it's even worse than what he said."

On what rule he would change in college basketball if he could change one ...

"I like what he (Jay Bilas) is saying with the shot clock, put it at 30 seconds or lower. That wouldn't bother me. Our teams are shooting at every 19 seconds. Last game, what we did is, my teams historically, if it's time to grind it out, we finish people off then. That's historically if you look back. Sometimes I do it earlier in the game. I mean, we played Kansas in the championship game. I did it with 17 minutes left in the half we started grinding it. Coach (Joe B.) Hall said, 'Why'd you do that?' I said, "Because I'm trying to win the game. What are you talking about?' So we'll use the rules the way they are, but most cases we're going to shoot it inside of 20 seconds anyway. I think that would be good.

"But I also think if you want to make the college game better, one, you start playing exhibition games - real exhibition games, play two of them. If it's during the school term, early, do it on weekends. Play whoever you want. Get with that other coach if you want to play your starters half the game and the other guys half the game. You do like the NBA does and you play exhibition games.

"Second thing is, I think you use the summer. College basketball should own August. Should own it. I figured it out last year when we went to the Bahamas and got that television coverage. Well, then why don't we have like football, and spring football? Why don't we have 10-12 days of practice in the summer where you can play exhibition games? Teams from Europe can come and play you, or if you want to take a trip, you have time to go take a trip and go do what we did in the Bahamas. And I think that's some different things I would roll with that, again, I just like to use the term common sense. 'Well, we've never done that.' I know. I know you haven't done it. We're always looking to, what's next? How do we improve this? What can we do? That Bahamas trip we took was huge for this team. Why should we have an advantage? If you don't choose to take a trip, practice 10-12 days. Now, you're not going to kill your kids, but, you know, hey, I don't want to fall behind because this, that's all, every year, you want to take a foreign trip two out of every four years, do it, but every year you should be able to practice 10 days and if a foreign team wants to come over - Greece wants to come over - to play 12 of our teams, why not? Let them come over and play. Televise them. Who cares? So, I think those are things that we can do that don't change what we're trying to do, just continue to grow our sport."

On what else he wants to see from Devin Booker that he isn't currently seeing ...

"I want to see him attack the basket better. Right now, when he attacks the basket, he doesn't avoid people. He's still flailing a little bit. I don't want him to just be a catch and shoot player. I want him to be an offensive threat.

"I'm telling you, you all can talk about what he's doing offensively. I saw his dad after the South Carolina game and I said to Melvin, 'Look, I never thought he would defend this way. Do you remember me coming and watching you and your friends - 45-year olds - playing against your son? He couldn't guard anybody in that game.' Now all of a sudden, he's guarding. His dad laughed and said, 'You were there, you saw it.' I said yeah, I never thought he'd guard like this.' So, aside from where he's growing offensively, early in the year remember I made him get shots off quick. You can't wind it up, it's not high school. The guy guarding you is not 5-7. He missed a lot of shots early if you remember, but then it caught up. Now he gets it and it's a wing, man. He gets it, it's off.

"The second part of that now is, how do we make him aggressive? If you saw Aaron (Harrison) last game, we're on Aaron for the same thing. Don't settle, man. Take that thing to the rim. I'm not telling you not to shoot 3s, but attack that basket. Get to the foul line, put them in jeopardy. So, we're doing different things to try to get him to that best version of himself."

Missouri head coach Kim Anderson


On how he will prepare his team for UK after being blown out Rupp Arena ...
"We really--when that game ended we obviously addressed it, but we didn't prolong our discussion on it. I think that Kentucky is the best team in the country. They have so many weapons. They're extremely well-coached. They just don't have a whole lot of weaknesses and for us I think the thing that I'm going to try to talk to our guys about is, 'Hey, this is an opportunity to play the best.' And they are coming to Columbia, so I know we'll have a good crowd. We're going to prepare kind of like we would any other game. I just hope we prepare better, we perform better than we did in Lexington. When we went to Lexington, I thought it was a great environment. I thought Coach Calipari obviously had them ready to play. They were coming off a couple of close games and they responded extremely well. We're excited about the opportunity to play and tough loss on Saturday. So we're looking forward to getting back on the practice floor and getting ready to play the best team in the country."

On how they will attack Kentucky's defense differently ...
"Well, we've changed some things since then. I really think the thing that bothers you so much with Kentucky - and we all do this - they just do such a great job on their ball-screen defense because they're so long. They can switch, they're quick, they can switch. If they mess up, they have the advantage of having the guy at the basket to swat the basketball. I think we have to do a better job of executing. When we went to Lexington, I thought we got kind of in a scramble mode and didn't play with the precision that we need to play. Now it's hard to play with precision against them, but I think you do have to do a better job of whatever it is we decide to run, of executing and making harder cuts. I think they force you to play at a little bit quicker speed sometimes and that's something that we responded pretty well against Arkansas. So hopefully there will be some sort of carryover."

On the role UK's perimeter players play in the defense ...
"I think their whole team's pretty good. Perimeter, front line, whatever you want to call them. I think their perimeter guys do a great job of guarding the basketball. The advantage that they have, the comfort level that I think they probably have - at least what I would have - is they know that they can be aggressive on the ball and they know that if a guy does get by them that they do have a lot of help in the back. And that makes it easier to put more heat on them, to put more heat on your opponent. But I think all those guys do--they're giving up 50 points a game. That's phenomenal when you think about that. Their opponents are shooting 32 percent from the field and 27 percent from 3. They've shot almost 200 more free throws than their opponents. Their defense has been phenomenal. In all their games, they've shown the ability to be able to guard the ball pretty well."

On the play of Kentucky guard Devin Booker ...

"He's playing way too good. He's playing really well. I coached his dad, I was an assistant when Melvin was here and certainly Melvin was a great player and a great individual to coach. I don't know Devin. I know we recruited him here last year, but he's certainly an outstanding player. He's really been a key for them. He's shooting the ball well and for a freshman he's really mature. If you think about it, he's shooting 50 percent from 3. That's pretty salty. The only thing I hope, is I hope Melvin is here Thursday so I get an opportunity to say hello, but Devin has done a great job."

Alabama head coach Anthony Grant

On Kentucky's guard play ...
"I thought they really have great balance on the inside and out. They have great depth, great size and physicality. They shot the ball really, really well in our game. They have an excellent team."

On if Kentucky's guards stand out from other teams' guards in any way ...
"They're really good. I don't really know how to compare them to other teams. They have great balance, they complement each other. They play really well together with the rotation that he (Coach Cal) puts in. They complement each other well."

Get to know UK softball's Breanne Ray

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Breanne Ray.jpg Over the next two weeks, Cat Scratches will give fans an inside look at UK softball's 2015 roster with 20 fun questions and a quick outlook heading into the team's season opener on Feb. 4 vs. Florida A&M.

Sophomore outfielder/infielder Breanne "Buzz" Ray played in 25 games in 2014, gaining valuable time in the batter's box to help adjust to college softball. Ray made the most of her lone start of the season, blasting a home run over the wall in rightfield against Mississippi Valley State. Ray totaled three RBI on the year and drew four walks.

The native of Benton, Ky., saw time in the outfield this fall and showed improvement. Ray was an offensive star at Marshall County High School in Western Kentucky, totaling a .472 batting average her senior season and .512 mark her junior year. An all-state honoree in 2013, Ray played in the Kentucky East/West All-Star Game her junior and senior seasons.

Ray has been a model student-athlete since arriving on campus, being named to the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll with a planned major in human health science.

Come see Breanne and the rest of the Kentucky Wildcats this spring at John Cropp Stadium. UK's home opener is March 11 vs. EKU at 5 p.m. ET. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the UK Ticket Office at 1-800-928-2287, in person at the Joe Craft Center Ticket Office or online at www.ukathletics.com/tickets.  

To help you get to know Breanne better, it's time to play a game called 20 questions.

What is your nickname? Buzz has basically turned into my real name. In fact, Coach Lawson didn't know what my actual name was the entire time I was getting recruited.

Do you have any pets? I have a precious little puppy named Rupp. Our family revolves around UK if you can't tell.

What is your shoe size? I wear a 9, which I thought was pretty big until I got on the team and realized some people wear Ronald McDonald shoes.

How many shoes do you own? Entirely too many for a girl who only wears tennis shoes ...

Can you solve a rubix cube? Absolutely not!

Why did you choose to play softball at Kentucky? It has been my dream ever since I was a little girl to be able to wear a Wildcat uniform and represent my home state by doing what I love the most.

When was the last time you were moved to tears?
When we finished the running test for the last time this year ... That thing was no joke.

Name the person that has most influenced you in life, why?
My Mom is my biggest inspiration. She is by far the most selfless and hard-working person I know. If I could only be half the wonderful person she is, I would definitely be doing something right.

Name three things you like? Cute little old people, anything red velvet and the color purple.

Craziest thing you did this summer? Does jumping off the rock quarry count? Marshall County doesn't have much to offer, y'all.

What is your favorite dessert? I have a weakness for chocolate cookie truffles.

Describe your perfect sandwich... I'm convinced there's nothing better than a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich. But you have to make sure that the bacon is extra crispy and the bread is toasted until it's almost burnt.

Best dancer on the team is... If you're needing someone to show you her signature move, Maisie is definitely your girl.

What is your worst fear? Pulling out all of my eyelashes when I'm using an eyelash curler ... Seriously, how terrible would that be!

What artist gets the most play on your iPod right now?
Sam Hunt stays on repeat.

What song gets you pumped up for a game?
I think I'm probably the only softball player in the world that listens to lovey dovey country music before a game.

Favorite saying or quote you like to live by? I believe that if everyone had the mindset mentioned in Matthew 5:38-48, the world would be a much better place.

Do you collect anything? I like to save my tickets from everywhere I go. It's always cool to look back and see what movies you've been to or games you've been to in the past.

How may text messages do you receive on average a day? I can always count on at least one from my Mom.

How did you get your name? My first name is actually Roni, which is my grandpa's name. I wish I had some cool story for how I got the nickname Buzz, but to be honest there is no reason behind it. Everyone has just called me that since I was a baby.

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