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THURSDAY 2.16.17

Ball movement helps UK hit stride

PHOTO BY MICHAEL REAVES I STAFF Freshman guard Malik Monk was one of three starters who scored in double figures against the Volunteers on Tuesday, registering 20 points on 7 for 18 shooting with 4 of 7 of those coming from the three point line.

By Anthony Crawford

The No. 13 UK men’s basketball team hit enough threes in the first half to cover nearly any mistake that it made, the problem for their opposition the Tennessee Volunteers was that there were not many mistakes that needed covering up, allowing the Cats to pull away and settle into an easy 83-58 victory. The Cats played their best

game since the skid that saw the team lose three of four games, which started on the road in Knoxville, Tenn. against these Vols. Along with the great shooting from long range, UK showcased some of its best passing and played solid defense and as a result the team resembled the fun team from the start of the season. During the skid, teams simply had to sit back in a zone to put a halt to UK’s fast-paced at-

tack, but the Cats hit top speed against Tennessee thanks to better ball movement. UK tallied 17 assists on 32 made field goals, but even that doesn’t speak to how well UK executed, as the team missed a lot of great looks during some stretches of the win. “I think it was the extra pass. It’s not just ball movement, it’s player movement, too,” coach John Calipari said. “We started the game and we had worked on

it and one of the guys didn’t do it, you’re out. Then all of a sudden you saw pass, cut, cut, cut, pass, cut, and all of a sudden it was like the dam burst.” The ball zipped around and UK was even able to incorporate some post touches into its offense. But when the doubles came or the shots weren’t there, the ball kept moving and UK’s offense greatly benefited because of it. In the first half, the ball

movement led to mainly shots from deep, and UK showed that it can hit another level when those shots fall. The Cats knocked down 10-of-18 threes in the opening half, which helped the team put up numbers in bunches and pull-away early. In the second half, the deep ball started not to drop, as the team only made 1-of-7 attempts from deep, but that just forced UK to get inside more, and UK did its part in attacking close-

outs leading to quality shots. A lot can be said about the offense, but that may be because it’s been a while since this team has hit it’s stride on that end. Asking for UK to play to this level isn’t crazy because it already showed it at the beginning of the season. Now with the team getting back to the better ball movement and more discipline on defense, wins like this and play from earlier should follow.

Seniors, families scramble for graduation schedule By Lee Mengistu

Students are criticizing the university for announcing a new commencement schedule three months before graduation weekend. Previously, commencement was listed as Sunday, May 7 and separated into three

ceremonies in 2016. Commencement will now be separated by college and school into four ceremonies between two days. The Commencement Committee of administrators, staff, students and faculty began the decision-making process after the December 2016 commencement. They attributed the date change to an increase

in graduation attendance, citing an increase of 700 graduates between May ceremonies in 2011 and 2016. The decision was approved by President Eli Capilouto last week. “We certainly apologize for any inconvenience that a decision with respect to commencement scheduling causes for families or students. No schedule is perfect, to be

sure,” UK Director of Public Relations Jay Blanton said Monday. “This decision, for example, was made in response to a number of participants in previous years telling us that commencement ceremonies lasted far too long – as long as 3 hours at a given ceremony – and posed travel and scheduling hardships.” Prior to the announcement

made Feb. 9, the commencement date was listed as a single day, May 7, on the semester calendar listed by the registrar. The official commencement page was not updated until Feb. 9. The official university registrar calendar page was the only source of information for students, families and friends who made arrangements and reserva-

tions for graduation weekend months in advance and has yet to be updated by the Office of Enrollment Management. “We should have had those calendars in sync and we apologize that they were not. That said, while not perfect, this decision was made nearly three months before commence-

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Clinic opens in time for Kentucky House passes divisive ‘Blue Lives 11th annual DanceBlue Matter’ bill marathon By Nailah Spencer

PHOTO BY HUNTER MITCHELL I STAFF Biology and medicine major Tori Thompson and health science major Bryan Adams talk to children during DanceBlue on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 in Lexington.

By Bailey Vandiver

Whether planning or dancing, everything DanceBlue is “For The Kids.” DanceBlue, the largest student-run philanthropy event in the Southeastern Conference according to the organization’s website, raises money to combat pediatric cancer. The yearlong project culminates in a 24-hour dance marathon with no sitting or sleeping allowed. The event began in 2006, as a response to the dying wish of Jarrett Mynear, a thirteen

year-old cancer patient and humanitarian from Nicholasville who died in 2002. His desire was for the Pediatric Oncology Outpatient Clinic at Kentucky Children’s Hospital to be improved. DanceBlue raised more than $123,000 that year, and the amount has increased each year. $1.6 million was raised in 2016. “We’ve never really set a fundraising goal before, but instead simply work to provide as much support to our families in the clinic as we can,” Public Relations Chair Kaylee Hobbs, a marketing and integrated strategic communications senior,

said. This year, 808 dancers representing 104 teams are participating in the marathon. Each hour of the marathon has a different theme, some of which are surprises.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION DanceBlue will be held in Memorial Coliseum from 8 p.m. Feb. 25 to 8 p.m. Feb. 26.

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky House of Representatives passed House Bill 14 earlier this week, unofficially referred to as the “Blue Lives Matter” bill. The bill qualifies offenses committed against an individual because of actual or perceived employment as a peace officer, member of a fire department and emergency medical services personnel as a hate crime. It also includes volunteers that are violated while performing duties with an organized fire department or emergency medical services personnel. The current Kentucky statute only applies to hate crime cases involving: race, color, religion, sexual orientation or national origin. Kentucky representative Kevin D. Bratcher proposed HB 14 in response to the killings of five police officers in June 2016. Although the bill passed 77 to 13, there was vigorous debate on the matter. Some protesters were even escorted out for shouting during session. Kentucky representatives, such as Attica Scott and

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PHOTO BY ADAM PENNAVARIA I FILE Kentucky representative Kevin D. Bratcher proposed HB 14 in response to the killings of five police officers in June 2016.

Jim Wayne, raised concerns that the bill will target minorities and protesters. Scott suggested sensitivity training of police officers and increasing pay to create a better relationship and overall social climate between officers and people of color. “We have to look at the ugly history of white males not getting along with people,” Wayne said. He suggested that his colleagues reflect on white privilege and white male dominance. In response to the negative

feedback, Bratcher protested that this bill isn’t about race. He is quoted saying “You guys don’t know what’s in my heart and I don’t know what’s in your heart, but I don’t know how anybody could vote against this bill.” Rep. George Brown urged students to pay attention and keep score of bills passed. He said he believes HB 14 can charge a person for resisting arrest. “Initially the bill was to relate to hate crimes deal-

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‘Good Kids’ to tell the story of Ohio rape case By Rebecca Watters

This weekend, students will use art to tell a story and begin a conversation. For UK’s Department of Theatre and Dance, Good Kids is a chance to perform a modern piece while also raising awareness about a common issue on college campuses. Naomi Iizuka’s Good Kids is based on a rape case that took place in Steubenville, Ohio in 2012. In the play, an ensemble of high schoolers narrate the story of the night everything changes for Chloe, a girl from across the river. For theatre senior Casey Shuler, playing a rape victim has been a task that she has not taken lightly. “It’s hard to do a character like this justice. I talked to

girls with similar stories and really tried to imagine what it would be like if my sister, my friends or I went through something like this,” Shuler said. Though difficult, Shuler sees the benefit and necessity for performing this show. According to Shuler, her most rewarding experience was an interaction with a girl who had gone through a similar situation. Additionally, Shuler hopes to impact all students, even if in the smallest way, such as raising awareness. “[This girl] thanked me for putting myself in a role that’s so difficult,” Shuler said. “This show is important because it’s relevant. It’s something that no one wants to talk about, but it happens. I hope this show opens the conversation.” For director Tim Hull, the

importance of creating relatable and believable characters has been a focus of the rehearsal and characterization process. Instead of making the characters “flat,” Hull worked with his actors to play a character with dimensions, and one that can be seen as more than a “victim” or a rapist. Additionally, he stressed the importance of the complex relationships and ties between the characters in the show. “These guys [the rapists] in the play aren’t just monsters; they’re good, nice kids. Even those people can go too far. I wanted to do my best to show real people and real relationships,” Hull said. “The enemy is not outside ourselves; it’s within ourselves. It’s all about how we perceive others, and I wanted to show the audience real-dimensioned people.”

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Due to the difficult content surrounding the show, Hull and the Department of Theatre and Dance have partnered with campus organizations to provide support during and after the performances. According to Hull, the UK Counseling Center will be on site and have a booth set up each night of the performance to help students who may feel uncomfortable. Additionally, a “talk-back” will follow the Friday night performance, where the director, cast members and counselors will have a live discussion with the audience about rape culture and how it affects college campuses. Hull hopes the play and more intimate experiences, including the small space and talk-back, will spark something in the audience. “I want people to examine

their own lives and behaviors and their friends. I want them to humanize the victims and think twice when they are put into party-type situations,” he said. In addition to the performance occurring in a smaller space, with each show accommodating just over 100 audience members, the set design is simple and modern, including bleachers and costumes audience members might see today. There is also a screen included on stage that will be used to display photos and video footage during each performance. For theatre and arts administration senior Sarah Fahmy, the stage manager of the production, the most rewarding part has been the development of the actors. “This show requires such a

psychological side of the actors. It’s intense, but it’s fascinating to watch the actors develop the characters. It’s changed from just reading the script to the most recent run through where I was on the verge of tears,” she said.


What: UK Dept. of Theatre and Dance presents “Good Kids” When: Five showings from Thursday Feb. 16 through Sunday Feb. 19 Where: Guignol Theatre at the Singletary Center for the Arts Tickets: $10 student, $15 general admission

Lussi Brown to serve coffee, cocktails this spring

By Matt Wickstrom

Since 2007 the jazzy, soulful southern rock concoction of music that is Holy Ghost Tent Revival has trekked countless miles across the southeast, and while the band’s lineup has shifted over the years their commitment to their musical craft hasn’t suffered a bit. The core members of Holy Ghost Tent Revival met while pursuing degrees at Greensboro College in North Carolina, and have always been a big band consisting of six or seven players. The band’s current lineup is Stephen Murray, Dulci Ellenberger, Kevin Williams, Matt Martin, Hank Widmer, Charlie Humphrey and Ross Montsinger, with Ellenberger joining the group nearly two years ago around the time the group relocated to Asheville. According to Ellenberger, in her time since joining the band, the group hasn’t missed a beat, gelling immediately both live and in the studio. “We’ve really been honing in on our sound together over the past couple of years and it’s begun to get very focused and tight,” Ellenberger said. “We feel like we have the album of our dreams even before we’ve put it out.” Per Ellenberger, the group is currently putting the finishing touches on their newest album, which they hope to have in the hands of their fans soon. The band recorded at several locations for the compilation, including La La Land in Louisville and at a friend’s bed and breakfast in Bat Cave, North Carolina. The group also had sessions in west Asheville

PHOTO PROVIDED BY EVOKE EMOTION PHOTOGRAPHY I KRISTI KNUPP Holy Ghost Tent Revival will kick off their first tour of 2017 at The Burl in Lexington on Thursday.

in the home studio of Daniel Shearin, bassist for the band River Whyless and producer of the record. Currently, a release date for the record is unknown as the group weighs whether to do another independent release or seek out distribution help via a record label. Regardless, Ellenberger says to expect the band’s most polished album to date once it drops, adding that this record felt special even while they were laying it down in studio. “This time (in the studio) was so fun,” Ellenberger said. “We did a lot live together in the same room. That in my experience is so rare to do, plugged in together and getting usable takes. Usually that’s a time-consuming process and one person isn’t happy with one note. Being able to do all that live felt really magical.” After spending all winter finishing up their record and getting to better know one another, they’re ready to get on the road and share what they’ve been working on with

fans. Holy Ghost Tent Revival’s upcoming show in Lexington is the first of a weekand-a-half long tour across the southeast, and their first shows of 2017. While the band’s collective relationship is important to their craft, Ellenberger stresses that so is their relationship with their audience. “It’s a symbiotic relationship between the musicians and the audience,” Ellenberger said. “That’s what keeps us alive, it’s our breath. The energy we exchange is what keeps us going, and it’s very tangible when the rest of the world seems as if it’s out of control.”


What: Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Go Rounds, Home Grown Head Band When: Thursday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. Where: The Burl Tickets: $10, 18+

PHOTO BY ARDEN BARNES I STAFF Lussi Brown Coffee Bar will begin serving up coffee and cocktails starting later this Spring.

By Becky Feigin

Coffee and cocktails are two popular drink choices, but they don’t often go together. With the creation of Lussi Brown Coffee Bar, opening later this spring in Lexington, these two drinks are pairing up. Sarah Brown and Olivia Lussi, the owners of Lussi (pronounced Lucy) Brown have been working on the idea since 2013. The coffee bar will serve artisanal coffee to the Downtown Proper area of Lexington from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will turn into a bar serving cocktails after 4 p.m. Brown and Lussi worked together at Coffea for nearly four years when they started throwing the idea around to start up their own business. “We put up a Kickstarter campaign to sort of test the waters,” Brown said. “If we didn’t make the goal, we figured maybe it wasn’t for us, but we actually made more

than the goal.” After several years of considering leasing different locations, the perfect location fell right into their laps. The Church Street location showed up in their social media feeds at the end of 2016 and they knew it was the place for them. The space is roughly 1,300 square feet, allowing the business partners plenty of room for their vision to grow. Lussi Brown will add an artisanal coffee shop to an area of downtown that does not currently have one in quick walking distance. The coffee will come from Deeper Roots in Cincinnati, the first venture for the Queen city-based coffee distributor into Lexington. The idea behind the coffee bar is that all of their cocktails will have a base of coffee or tea. “We won’t serve vodka cranberries, but we can make you a vodka cranberry tea if it’s in season,” Brown said. “We won’t have something like Jack and Coke, but we can make you something similar.

Every element will feature coffee or tea.” While patrons must be 21 years or older to enter Lussi Brown after 4 p.m. when the menu will consist of exclusively cocktails, they still plan on having a casual coffee shop vibe. Brown is hoping that due to their location, Lussi Brown will get office regulars from the downtown area. Lussi Brown will focus mainly on their coffee and tea, but will also have some pastries for sale daily. They are teaming up with baker Rian Davis from Pig and Pepper Bakery who will be making them individual pies and quiches. They will also occasionally have items from Dutch’s Bake Shop. They will have college discounts as well as college nights. The plan is to be ready to open by April. To stay updated on the construction as well as their official opening date, check them out on Facebook and Instagram at @lussibrowncofeebar.

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Quit being manipulated on Valentine’s Day DALTON STOKES Kernel Columnist

Valentine’s Day is the day of love; a day where you celebrate your significant other by buying them chocolates and taking them on a romantic date. I’m calling this bluff. I think Valentine’s Day serves little purpose other than pressuring couples, and singles alike, to spend money. Some people see it as a chance to hang out with their partner, but why does buying overpriced chocolates for them show your affection. It’s absurd. According to USA Today, $18.2 billion will be spent this Valentine’s Day, but why is it that we feel the need to spend money to show our affection and love. This seems like a very empty, shallow way for someone to tell their partner

BLAKE BLEVINS Assisant Opinions Editor

“Are you gay?” This quote is read by many as an accusation; possibly with a skeptical look, pointed fingers or a jesting smile. Straight people may answer with indignance. Many that identify as gay will lie, while individuals that fall in between


CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 “We do have some traditions at DanceBlue,” Hobbs said. These traditions include Zumba and rave hours, among others. Many children affected by cancer visit the marathon with their families. During the Talent Show and Celebration of Life hours, the dancers remember lives lost and encourage those fighting cancer right now, Hobbs said. “Typically, the last few hours of DanceBlue are when




Fox, and Isaiah Briscoe turned out good performances on Tuesday. Monk led the Cats in scoring with 20 points to go along with a career-high eight re-

they care. For people in relationships, Valentine’s Day adds extra pressure for them to do something amazing and to treat their partner exceptionally well. For everyone who is single, it either puts pressure on them to find a valentine or serves as a reminder of just how single they are. Many can attest to having felt pressured to do something thoughtful and romantic on Valentine’s Day. If they did something nice last year, they will feel pressured to do something even better. Why is this considered a positive impact for couples? Products are marked up on Valentine’s Day because companies know that people are going to buy no matter the price. So why not just celebrate Valentine’s Day a day later when all the chocolates and roses are marked down on clearance? If you need more reason to think this holiday is out of hand, according to a survey by Statista, Americans spent over

$26 million on Valentine’s Day gifts for their pets in 2016. The condom industry gets a huge boost on Valentine’s Day as well. According to data from Lifestyle Condoms, a total of about 7.5 million condoms are used on Valentine’s Day alone, equaling about 87 being used every second. Around this time of year, TV stations and social media outlets are flooded with Valentine’s Day commercials to remind us of how important the holiday is. It is almost like we are being manipulated by advertisers who prey on people’s insecurities to sell their product, and to spread the belief that Valentine’s Day is important and we must buy things for it. So is it not reasonable to conclude that the importance of Valentine’s day is perpetuated by corporate interest and those looking to profit off of people’s good will and love for each other? Email opinions@

Do more with less to enjoy Valentine’s Day DARIAS COLLINS

Kernel Columnist

Being a millennial in a world where divorce rates are skyrocketing, marriage rates are decreasing and the relationships we are exposed to through media are sickening, Feb. 14 should be a breath of fresh air to all of those with hope for a successful love life. However, with all of the negative pressures of the world surrounding us, where relationship goals are farfetched and unrealistic, it’s time we switch up our typical hyper-romanticized routine and make Valentine’s Day meaningful. Yes, chocolates, flowers and romantic dates are thoughtful gestures, but what happens when you take time to do the unexpected? Charming

messages and movie nights are the usual notion for Valentine’s Day, but do they actually fulfill your Valentine’s desires? We endure these annual Valentine’s Day motions without actually enjoying the warm-hearted holiday. Valentine’s Day is supposed to show your loved ones how much they mean to you, so does being traditional genuinely show you care? Individualize your Valentine’s Day by doing something out-of-the norm that you’ll both enjoy. It does not have to be expensive; forget the forced 5-star dinners, boring movie nights, chocolates and flowers, and take your partner somewhere that makes their heart throb, like on a hike, to a museum, to a vineyard or maybe even a funky vintage shop. Romance can come in any shape, form or size. Who says we have to be boring traditionalist and endure the pains of this holiday? Unique acts of kindness

‘Gay’ is not an accusation

may not know how to proceed. In a society where comments like, “hate the sin, not the sinner,” and “I don’t care what they do; I just don’t think we should have to see it,” are commonly used toward those of different sexual orientations, and children in schools use the word “gay” interchangeably with “bad,” it is clear that a stigma still exists toward the LGBTQ community. Even the most palpable evidence that testifies in the name of an LGBTQ friendly America is occasionally called

into question. Many still challenge marriage equality, and a recently leaked alleged executive order draft may provide justification for workplace, education and healthcare discrimination towards LGBTQ individuals on the basis of religious freedom. Society continues to see those of different sexual orientations as inherently guilty. The rhetoric used to deny LGBTQ individuals equal rights is interwoven into our culture– pegging the community’s members as sinful, less-

it clicks for most dancers,” Hobbs said. “The reality of cancer hits home for many.” Earlier this month, the organization celebrated the opening of the DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic. Hobbs said a goal for this year’s marathon is to provide funding for an easy transition for families to the new clinic. She said the clinic’s opening has also acted as a motivator for this year’s dancers. “It feels like DanceBlue has stepped up their game this year,” Hobbs said. “It feels as

though there is nothing more powerful than college students coming together to help ease the burdens of pediatric cancer on families.” DanceBlue 2017 is a time of celebration for everything that has happened since DanceBlue 2016, Hobbs said. “Many kids have beaten cancer, celebrated birthdays, gone back to school,” Hobbs said. DanceBlue celebrates those accomplishments. Non-dancers are encouraged to come watch part of the marathon and even learn the line dances along with the dancers.

ing with police officers and first responders; ultimately the bill is an attack on first amendment rights,” he said. “It’s arguing against the right

to protest.” HB 14 now goes to the state senate. If passed the bill could become law as early as July 2017.

bounds, Fox turned in a 16 point, three rebound, six assist performance, and Briscoe added 12 points, four rebounds and six assists. Perhaps the most important stat between this trio, aside from Monk’s rebounds is that there were only three total turnovers between them.

It was obvious Tuesday night that when UK takes care of the ball and plays defense (UK held the Vols to just 35% shooting), that it looks more like the team everyone saw to start the year. If that continues, the Cats might just completely ‘reboot’ by the time the Tournament rolls around.

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are the best ways to show your partner how much attention you really pay. We are all different individuals with different likes and interests, so it no longer makes sense for everyone to buy the same gifts, go on the same dates or send the same expected “I love you” text messages. Go out of your way by doing the little things, buy a book by their favorite author, get their favorite hair product, create a mixtape featuring your favorite songs, just do something to show that you know more than the basics about your partner. There are countless things we can do that do not require much effort to show our loved ones how much we truly care. A little effort and less cash can take you a long way this Valentine’s Day. Do the unexpected and see the differences. Be adventurous, have fun and stop forcing the romance. Email opinions@

than and lost. Diversity should never be an accusation, and when someone’s sexuality is called into question with the tone of a prosecutor attacking their witness, this is exactly the message that is sent. It is this message that leads to events like the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, FL., that left 49 people killed and 53 wounded. Honestly, there are few instances where it is appropriate to bring someone’s sexuality into question. Simply put, sexual orientation is a personal

matter that no one is under any obligation to share. Addressing an intimacy such as sexuality is often overstepping boundaries by miles. On the rare occasion that sexuality is an appropriate topic to discuss, it must be understood that the questioning of one’s sexual orientation is only perpetuating the notion that there is something wrong with a sexuality different than one’s own. Simply put, do not accuse others of being gay (or of any other sexual orientation), and

understand that there is no guilt or shame in any sexuality. Only by changing a culture that clings to the notion that any sexuality other than straight is a punishable crime will we be able to truly secure equal rights and just treatment for the LGBTQ community. This task can only be accomplished by efforts from people identifying as straight, gay, bisexual and everywhere in between. Email opinions@


Sunday to Friday morning, leaving two family members in a predicament. “They were flying in on that Saturday and already had their hotel booked and reservations can’t be changed. The same with my best friend who’s flying in from Germany,” Goshay said. The updated graduation weekend schedule also conflicts with exams and the popular Longlines Kentucky Oaks horse race on May 5 in Louisville. Seniors who wish to reschedule Friday final exams that conflict with their commencement ceremony

must notify their instructor of the request at least two weeks before the exam. “By spreading out the ceremonies – and creating an extra ceremony – we are streamlining the service, which we hope ultimately will result in more participation. We will, of course, evaluate each year as we always do to assess what worked and what didn’t,” Blanton said. Those unable to attend a ceremony can watch a livestream provided on www.uky. edu/uknow and archived on Youtube for a week following.

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 ment and the commencement site was updated as soon as the decision was made,” Blanton said. The addition of Friday ceremonies may prove to be inconvenient for families and friends who have scheduling conflicts with work, school or prior arrangements, like integrated strategic communications senior Imani Goshay, whose College of Communication and Information ceremony was moved from

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UK shows signs of ‘reboot’ in rout of Vols By Chris Angolia

When No. 13 UK men’s basketball lost to Florida on Feb. 4, head coach John Calipari said that he knew his team had an issue after it lost to the Tennessee Volunteers in late January that began a stretch of struggles that culminated that Saturday night in Gainesville. On Tuesday however, Calipari’s team got another shot at the Vols and made the most of it with an 83-58 rout of the Vols, despite a rocky start. The Cats’ struggles from deep that plagued them in their loss in Knoxville looked as if they were going to continue on Tuesday night when the team started the game shooting just 3-11. Rather than continue with its shooting woes and allow the Vols to hang around, UK caught fire and hit seven of its next 11 shots that included six threes to put the Cats up 16 midway through the first half. It was not just the 18-3 run that the Cats went on that boosted the team’s stats in the first half either. Aside from the

struggles to start the game, UK managed to finish the first half shooting 55.6 percent from deep and 45.7 percent from the field that led to the Cats taking a 15-point lead into the locker room that ballooned to 25 midway through the second half. For a team that has not necessarily looked like itself since it last played the Vols, UK showed signs of coach John Calipari’s PHOTO BY MICHAEL REAVES I STAFF proclaimed ‘reboot.’ One thing Derek Willis provided some senior leadership that Calipari off the bench on Tuesday, scoring 16 points and connecting on 4 of 7 from long range. mentioned when Cats was a promising sign for his team struggled was turnovers, and the lack of the Big Blue Nation who have assists that his players were been anxious to see their team dishing out, but that was not the perform at the level they are capable of. Each of UK’s three case on Tuesday. A 17-assist, seven-turn- guards, Malik Monk, De’Aaron See Basketball on page 3 over performance from the

UK women looking to keep win streak alive By Chris Leach

The UK women’s basketball team is less than two weeks away from the SEC tournament in Greenville, S.C., and the Cats find themselves in a good position to meet one of their postseason goals. The Cats want to be a top four seed in the SEC tournament, so that they get a bye in the first two rounds of the tournament. The Cats are currently in fourth place in the standings, but the race for a top four seed is far from over. Tennessee and Missouri, tied for fifth place, are only one game behind UK. The Vols and the Tigers have an easier schedule toward the finish, and are expected to finish their final four conference games with a 3-1 record. UK is expected to finish with a 2-2 record in their final four conference games, as the last two games for the Cats will be against the No. 6 and No. 3 teams in the country, with the

latter game being on the road. With the Cats in such a tight race, and a harder finishing schedule than others, it will be crucial for the Cats to take care of the remaining easier games, and that starts with Feb. 16’s matchup at Arkansas. The Razorbacks are tied for last place in the SEC with a 2-10 record, and have lost their last six. Arkansas has struggled offensively during their slump, as they have not scored more than 56 points in a game since Feb. 2. The Cats will take two winning streaks with them into Fayetteville: a recent two game winning streak, and a five game win streak over the Razorbacks. The Cats have a good chance to leave the arena with those streaks intact, as UK is either virtually the same, or better in every stat category, except rebounding. Arkansas averages 38.4 rebounds a game while UK only grabs 36.8 boards a game. The Cats have had rebounding issues numerous of times throughout the season, espe-

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cially on the road. The Cats will once again need to take care of the glass if they want to avoid being upset. The Cats will also have to slow down Jessica Jackson, who has scored in double figures in four of her last five outings for Arkansas. Besides Jackson, Arkansas lacks another offensive threat, as Jackson is the only Razorback to average double-digit points. The second leading scorer for Arkansas, Malica Monk, averages 9.1 points per game. The Cats have four players who average over 10 points a game, including Makayla Epps, who has averaged over 20 points a game in the last five contests. The senior has had her ups and downs this season, but has played well as of recent to turn UK’s season around after a 1-2 start in SEC play. Tip-off in Fayetteville, Arkansas is set for 8 p.m. Following that, the Cats will return home to take on Florida on Feb. 19 in the annual pink jersey game.

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