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Kentucky Sports Report (week of Feb. 27)

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Men's basketball
- Kentucky won its 45th SEC Championship outright Saturday on the heels of an 83-74 win over Vanderbilt.
- Freshman Anthony Davis led the way with his 13th double-double of the season, scoring a career and game-high 28 points to go along with a game-high 11 rebounds. He also added five blocked shots and two steals.
- Freshman Marquis Teague added 16 points while dishing out six assists and grabbing four rebounds. Terrence Jones also scored in double-figures with 12 points to go along with six rebounds and two blocks.
- UK celebrates Senior Night against Georgia on Thursday, honoring seniors Darius Miller and Eloy Vargas.

Women's basketball
- Kentucky won all three games last week, including an impressive 76-40 win on the road at Mississippi State in the regular season finale on Sunday to give the Wildcats their first regular season championship since 1982.
- The Cats earned the No. 1 seed, and a first-round bye in the SEC Tournament for the third-straight season and now prepare to square off against the winner of Florida (No. 8 seed) and Auburn (No. 9 seed) in the quarterfinals Friday, March 2.
- The Cats, who were picked to finish second in the SEC standings by the league coaches and media, have had another remarkable season under the direction of head coach Matthew Mitchell. He has led UK to its third straight 20-win season with a 24-5 overall record, including a 13-3 mark in SEC play.
- The 13 league wins were a school record for SEC wins in a season and UK was the only school in the SEC to go undefeated at home. UK's 18-0 home record is just the third undefeated season in school history.

Baseball
- The Kentucky baseball team posted three wins on the weekend to sweep Buffalo in the home-opening set.
- The Wildcats return to action with home midweek contests vs. Morehead State (Tuesday) and Xavier (Wednesday) at 4 p.m. ET, before hosting Illinois-Chicago in a three-game series Friday-Sunday.
- Kentucky (6-0) is off to its best start to a season since opening 19-0 during the 2007 and 2008 seasons. The Wildcats have utilized a balanced approach with a .341 team average, a 3.50 team ERA and a staggering .996 fielding percentage. UK has made just one error on the year, coming on an attempted pickoff at second base.

Rifle
- UK rifle finished second at the 2011-12 GARC Championships over the weekend at Ole Miss, placing third overall in smallbore and second overall in air rifle, finishing just six points shy of champion West Virginia.
- Kentucky completed the final day of the GARC Championships with a solid air rifle score to finish second to West Virginia overall, after UK placed third in smallbore on Saturday. UK, the regular-season conference champions and the defending NCAA Champions, fell just six points shy of the Mountaineers.
- UK was led on Sunday by a strong air rifle performance, as Settlemires paced the team with a 595. Greathouse fired a 592, while Wheatley finished with a 590. Henri Junghanel totaled a 585 and Katie Fretts fired a 579 to round out the starting lineup.

Men's tennis
- Kentucky could not avenge an earlier loss this season to highly ranked Ohio State, falling 4-0 to the second-ranked Buckeyes on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio. The win extended Ohio State's home winning streak to an impressive 136 consecutive matches, which is the longest in the nation.
- The Wildcats dropped the doubles point with tight losses at Nos. 1 and 3 doubles, while OSU continued its momentum in singles action, earning singles matches at Nos. 2, 4, and 6 for the win.
- UK junior Anthony Rossi, who is the reigning SEC Player of the Week, did not record a decision in the match, keeping his singles streak alive at 16 consecutive matches.

Gymnastics

- UK gymnastics posted its best meet of the year Friday, earning a team score of 195.525 en route to defeating No. 15 Auburn and Pittsburgh. It was Kentucky's first league win this year.
- The Wildcats earned season-best team scores on two events, scoring a 49.125 on uneven bars and a 49.2 on floor exercise. The high score on bars is tied for the 12th-highest score on the event in school history, while UK's 49.2 on floor is tied for the 16th-best in school history.
- Sophomore Audrey Harrison won her second all-around title on the season for UK, scoring a career-best 39.175. Senior Storey Morris finished first overall on uneven bars, while Harrison finished tied for first on beam and won the floor title outright with a 9.9.

Softball

- UK went 3-1 at the Georgia Southern Invitational where Kara Dill and Chanda Bell were named to the All-Tournament team. Dill batted .600 for the weekend and extended her season-long hitting streak to 10 games. Bell picked up two wins to become the school's all-time career leader in victories with 55.
- Freshman Griffin Joiner had a breakout weekend with a .417 average. Joiner also reached base three other times by way of a walk and a hit by pitch, and registered her first career stolen base.

Track and field
- The Kentucky men's team finished eighth at the SEC Championships with 38 points, while the women's teams placed 12th with seven points.
- Senior Kentucky men's distance runner Luis Orta won the men's 3,000m run Saturday and the men's 5,000m run Sunday, becoming the first student-athlete to win both races in the same championship since Georgia's Ian Burrell in 2007.
- Orta was a co-recipient on the men's side of the Cliff Harper Trophy, awarded each year to the high-points scorer of the meet.
- Orta was the first Kentucky athlete ever to win the 3K at the SEC Indoor Championships, and was the first Wildcat to win the 5K since Richard Ede in 1987.

Women's tennis
- Kentucky traveled for a midweek match with Akron, where the Cats lost a heartbreaker, 4-3. UK also traveled to Indiana to face the Hoosiers and dropped the match, 5-2.
- Sophomore Khristina Blajkevitch excelled despite the tough competition at Indiana, bringing home a win in singles and doubles play.
- Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff and CeCe Witten grabbed wins for the Wildcats in singles play vs. the Zips while also defeating their opponents in their respective doubles matches.

Men's golf
- Kentucky finished in a tie for ninth at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate, its first tournament of the spring season.
- Freshman David Snyder finished in a tie for 10th after a career-low round of 4-under-par 68 in the final round to finish at even-par.
- Junior Chase Parker carded a career-low round of 5-under-par in the final round to finish in a tie for 25th.
- Kentucky's final round team score of 285 was the second lowest third round of the tournament.

Swimming and diving
- Tyler Reed and Lucas Gerotto both qualified for the 2012 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships with swims Sunday afternoon that catapulted them into elite company on the final day of the Bulldog Last Chance Meet.
- Gerotto swam a 46.75 in the 100-fly, just three one hundredths of a second off the UK record, and good enough to place him 13th overall in the nation this year. Tyler Reed swam a 43.08 in the men's 100-freestyle to push himself to Seattle for the NCAA Championships in that event.

Upcoming schedule

Tuesday, Feb. 28
Baseball hosts Morehead St. - 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 29
Men's tennis at Louisiana-Lafayette - 2:00 p.m.
Baseball hosts Xavier - 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 1
Men's basketball hosts Georgia - 9:00 p.m.

Friday, March 2
Women's basketball vs. Florida/Auburn - 1:00 p.m. (Nashville)
Softball vs. Texas A&M CC - 2:30 p.m. (Lafayette, La.)
Men's tennis at LSU - 4:00 p.m.
Baseball hosts Illinois-Chicago - 4:00 p.m.
Women's tennis hosts LSU - 5:00 p.m.
Softball vs. Stephen F. Austin - 7:30 p.m. (Lafayette, La.)
Gymnastics at Illinois - 8:00 p.m.
Track and field at NCAA Qualifying

Saturday, March 3
Softball vs. Stephen F. Austin - Noon (Lafayette, La.)
Softball at Louisiana-Lafayette - 2:30 p.m.
Baseball hosts Illinois-Chicago - 1:00 p.m.
Women's basketball SEC Semifinals - 4:00 p.m. (Nashville)
Track and field at NCAA Qualifying

Sunday, March 4
Softball vs. Nicholls State - 11:00 a.m. (Lafayette, La.)
Men's basketball at Florida - Noon
Women's tennis hosts Arkansas - Noon
Baseball hosts Illinois-Chicago - 1:00 p.m.
Men's tennis at Arkansas - 1:00 p.m.
Women's basketball SEC Finals - 6:00 p.m. (Nashville)
Men's golf at USF Invitational

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