High School Football: The Associated Press has released its final regular season polls.
Class 5-A: Bowling Green is first, with Graves County ranked 10th.
Class 2-A: Caldwell County remains number one, Owensboro Catholic is 5th and Union County is ranked 8th.
Class A: Mayfield is still at the top with Russellville ranked third.
Class 3-A: Wayne County is the new top ranked team, with South Warren tied for 4th and Paducah Tilghman is 9th.
Class 4-A: Highlands remains number one with Owensboro ranked 8th.
Class 6-A: Scott County remains first with McCracken County ranked 7th.
College Basketball: Kentucky concluded exhibition play with a 95-72 win over Montevallo at Rupp Arena last night. Freshman Julius Randle led five Kentucky players in double figures with 21 points, with James Young adding 16 points.
Young also made a hustle play that ended up as a basket for Montevallo. Young leaped out of bounds for a loose ball, lobbed it back in and it went into the basket. He received a standing ovation from the Rupp Arena crowd.
Kentucky opens regular season play Friday night hosting UNC Asheville, with pre game coverage beginning at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
Austin Peay held off Division Two power Central Missouri, winning 78-75 at the Dunn Center. Travis Betran had a game high 19 points for Austin Peay. The Governors open regular season play Friday night hosting Oakland City.
Women’s action saw the 4th ranked Tennessee’s Lady Vols roll in exhibition action over Carson Newman 115-31.
University of Louisville senior Russ Smith was named to the Associated Press pre season All American team Monday. The senior guard was joined on the first team by Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart, Creighton’s Doug McDermott, Mitch McGary of Michigan and freshman Andrew Wiggins of Kansas.
Smith was the Cardinals leading scorer last season in leading Louisville to a national championship. The Cards are ranked 3rd in the pre season AP poll, behind Kentucky and Michigan State.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino said Monday Kevin Ware will dress when the Cardinals open the season Saturday hosting Charleston Southern. Ware horrifically injured his leg in the NCAA tournament game against Duke last March and has been rehabbing ever since. Pitino was not sure if Ware would play in the game. However, Ware worked out with the team Sunday and Pitino said he looked “very good”.
One of the nation’s top basketball recruits will announce today where he will play collegiately next year. Trey Lyles of Indianapolis has narrowed his choices to Kentucky and Louisville and will announce at his high school late this morning where he plans to play. Lyles is the 8th best player in the nation according to Rivals.com.
College Football: Kentucky will be without a couple of its wide receivers for Saturday’s game with Missouri. Coach Mark Stoops announced Monday freshman Alex Montgomery is done for the season after hurting himself while celebrating a second quarter touchdown in Saturday night’s win over Alabama State. Montgomery tore an ACL in his knee.
Meanwhile, Ryan Timmons is doubtful Saturday’s game with a sprained ankle. Timmons is Kentucky’s second leading receiver on the season.
On the Missouri side, the 9th ranked Tigers could have quarterback James Franklin back for Saturday’s game. Coach Gary Pinkel said Monday Franklin is questionable for the game, but would be reevaluated on Thursday. Franklin has not played since suffering a sprained shoulder in a game against Georgia last month. Maty Mauk will get his second straight start for the Tigers this week. Pre game coverage begins at 9:30 Saturday morning on Lite 98.7.
The Southeastern Conference announced Monday Kentucky’s game at Vanderbilt November 16th will kickoff at 11:21 am Hopkinsville time.