UK Men's Basketball

Pickup games on Saturday open to public

Fans will be allowed in to Memorial Coliseum on Saturday to watch Kentucky's men's basketball team play pickup ball.

This marks at least the third time this pre-season that fans have had such an opportunity.

Games will take place in mid-afternoon, probably starting around 3 p.m. and lasting about an hour.

There is no admission charge.

Blue-White Scrimmage returns in Rupp

The Kentucky men's basketball team will hold its pre-season Blue-White Scrimmage in Rupp Arena for the first time this season.

The game is scheduled for Nov. 1 at 4 p.m., the school announced Thursday.

The scrimmage, previously held in Memorial Coliseum, returns after a one-year hiatus. Billy Gillispie bypassed the annual scrimmage last season, his first at Kentucky, because the team was still taking shape and the UK coach valued practice time over a scrimmage.

Tickets go on sale Oct. 11 for $5 and may be purchased through Ticketmaster, the UK ticket office and the Rupp Arena ticket office.

A portion of the gate proceeds will go to charity.

Coaches clinic set

The annual Kentucky Basketball Coaches Clinic will be held Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 in Rupp Arena, UK announced Thursday.

The clinic will open with an evening session beginning at 6 p.m. on Oct. 31 and will end with the Blue-White Scrimmage the following day.

This year's lectures will include Kentucky Coach Billy Gillispie's philosophies on offense and defense and how to build and have continued success. The clinic also will feature other successful coaches from all levels, as well as time for questions and answers.

For more information, contact the men's basketball office at (800) 852-2875 or (859) 257-1916. Registration is available at by clicking on the "camps" link.

Recruit likes UK, Kansas

Highly regarded big-man prospect Daniel Orton says that Kansas and Kentucky top his list of potential schools.

Orton told The Oklahoman, the daily newspaper in his hometown of Oklahoma City, Okla., that those are his top two choices.

Orton, a 6-foot-10 center, visited Kansas last weekend, when he saw the KU players receive their rings for winning the 2008 national championship. He plans to visit Kentucky on Oct. 10-12, when the Cats will stage Big Blue Madness.