Former University of Kentucky basketball head coach Billy Gillispie is in urgent need of a kidney transplant. The 58-year-old, who was fired in 2009 after two years at UK, told the Dallas Morning News on Saturday that he needs the procedure “ASAP.”
The University of Kentucky is not expected to sign a football player directly out of a Kentucky high school for 2018. In men’s basketball, UK has no recruited, in-state player on scholarship this season. In women’s basketball, UK has watched five of six highly ranked in-state prospects go elsewhere in the past two years.
John Calipari says Kentucky has played more zone defense this season than in his previous eight seasons as UK coach combined. Duke also has played much more zone than in the past. But the guru of zone defense, Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim, does not see a trend developing.
An irresistible subplot to the Kentucky-Virginia Tech game involves cousins on opposing sides: UK’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Tech’s Nickeil Alexander-Walker. The cousins have played many one-on-game games, but Gilgeous-Alexander says UK-Tech will be the first time the cousins have been on opposing teams in a “real game.”