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Kentucky Sports Report (week of March 12)

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Men's basketball
- The SEC regular-season champion, Kentucky Wildcats, make their NCAA-record 52nd appearance in the NCAA Tournament, earning an at-large bid as the overall No. 1 seed in the tournament.
- The Wildcats just missed the league's automatic bid, dropping a 71-64 game to the Vanderbilt Commodores in the SEC Tournament championship.
- UK was led offensively Sunday by senior Darius Miller, who tallied a team-high 16 points.
- The Wildcats got a pair of double-double performances from Anthony Davis (12p, 10r) and Terrence Jones (12p, 11r) on Sunday. For Davis it was his fourth-straight double-double. He also added three blocks.
- Doron Lamb rounded out Kentucky's four double-digit scorers against Vanderbilt.

Rifle
- The UK rifle team concluded its 2011-12 season with a second-place overall finish at the NCAA Championships in Columbus, Ohio, over the weekend.
- In the first day, UK won its second consecutive team national championship in smallbore. The NCAA Championship in smallbore was just the second in program history.
- The Wildcats' (11-1, 6-0) second-place finish is the fifth all-time runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships in program history.
- The championships conclude another stellar season for the Wildcats, which completed a second consecutive undefeated GARC regular-season schedule.

Baseball

- The No. 23 Kentucky baseball team completed a five-game week with a three-game weekend series sweep over Canisius, in addition to midweek wins over Tennessee Tech and Marshall.
- The Wildcats are the lone undefeated team in the NCAA, posting a 16-0 record, owning the longest winning streak and the most wins in the nation.
- UK's 16-0 start is the third-best start to a season in the over 100-year history of the program, passing the 15-0 start the 2000 team opened up with under Keith Madison. The 2007 and 2008 teams own the school record with a 19-0 start.
- During the week, UK posted a 10-6 win over Tennessee Tech and a 7-3 win over Marshall. UK then charted a 19-9 win over Canisius in the series opener, before winning the series on Saturday with a 7-5 result and sweeping the Golden Griffins with a 5-4 walk-off win on Sunday.
- UK has been paced by the best offense in the SEC, owning a .349 team average, belting 16 homers through 16 games, with a 3.25 ERA on the mound and 163 strikeouts in 144 innings.

Men's tennis

- The men's tennis team had another great weekend in SEC play, defeating No. 33 South Carolina and No. 9 Florida at home.
- The wins were Kentucky's 10th and 11th over ranked teams for this season, while the victory over Florida was UK's 24th over a top-25 team since the start of the 2009 season. UK has now beat Florida in consecutive regular seasons for the first time since 1992-93.
- Sophomore Grant Roberts stole the show Sunday vs. UF with a three-set match to clinch the UK victory. Senior No. 6 Eric Quigley, sophomore No. 98 Tom Jomby and Roberts each earned two singles wins over the weekend.

Gymnastics
- The gymnastics team had yet another winning weekend when it scored one of the highest team scores in school history of 196.025 against George Washington and Ball State. The two wins guarantee UK a winning regular season for the first time since 2008.
- UK has now posted consecutive 195.95 scores or higher for the first time since 2002, while Tim Garrison is the first head coach in school history to post a 196 or higher in his opening year.
- UK scored a 49.0 or higher on three events, including a season high on bars, while UK set or tied eight season highs and seven career highs in the meet.

Softball
- Kentucky dropped three games with No. 1 Alabama in its home-opening weekend. The Tide escaped a 3-1 nine-inning thriller in the opening game.
- Griffin Joiner, the reigning SEC Freshman of the Week, led the Wildcats with a .544 batting average and a homer.
- Pitcher Lauren Cumbess tossed a career-high 10 strikeouts in a tough-luck loss to the Tide in the second game of the series.
- UK will take a weekend off from SEC action by hosting the UK Invitational.
- Kentucky finished its indoor season Friday at the NCAA Championships in Nampa, Idaho.

Track and field

- Senior Terri-Ann Grant represented the Wildcats at the championships, finishing ninth in the high jump with a mark of 1.78m/5-10.00.
- Grant's performance earned her second-team All-America honors.
- Kentucky begins its outdoor season March 16 at the Bulls Invitational in Tampa, Fla.

Women's tennis
- Kentucky dropped a 6-1 decision in its opening SEC road match of the season at South Carolina.
- Khristina Blajkevitch captured the lone point for the Wildcats with a 3-6, 6-3, (10-8) win at No. 3 singles.
- UK remains on the road at Florida and its match has been postponed until Monday at 12:30 p.m. ET.

Men's golf

- Kentucky finished third at the USF Invitational after back-to-back rounds of 4-under-par and 1-over-par in the final two rounds of the tournament.
- Chase Parker led the way for UK with a fourth-place finish after a 5-under-par 67 in the second round.
- Parker's 67 tied his career-low round, and was his second round of 5-under-par in as many tournaments.
- Parker, Cody Martin and Stephen Powers each finished in the top 25.

Upcoming schedule

Monday, March 12

Women's tennis at Florida - 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 13

Softball hosts Western Illinois - 3:00 p.m.
Baseball hosts Wright State - 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 14

Baseball hosts Murray State - 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 15

Women's tennis vs. Miami - 5:00 p.m. (Coral Gables, Fla.)
Men's basketball vs. WKU/MVSU - 6:50 p.m. (Louisville)

Friday, March 16

Softball hosts N.C. State - 3:00 p.m.
Softball hosts UAB - 5:00 p.m.
Baseball hosts South Carolina - 7:00 p.m.
Men's golf at Schenkel Invitational (Statesboro, Ga.)
Track and Field at Bulls Invitational (Tampa)
Women's golf at Lady Gator Invitational (Gainesville, Fla.)

Saturday, March 17

Men's basketball vs. UConn/Iowa State - TBA (Louisville)
Softball hosts Missouri-Kansas City - 1:00 p.m.
Softball hosts TBD - 3:00 p.m. /5:00 p.m.
Baseball hosts South Carolina - 2:00 p.m.
Gymnastics at Centenary -7:00 p.m.
Men's golf at Schenkel Invitational (Statesboro, Ga.)
Women's golf at Lady Gator Invitational (Gainesville, Fla.)

Sunday, March 18
Softball hosts TBD - 11:00 a.m. /1:00 p.m.
Baseball hosts South Carolina - 1:00 p.m.
Men's golf at Schenkel Invitational (Statesboro, Ga.)
Women's golf at Lady Gator Invitational (Gainesville, Fla.)

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