The University of Kentucky cheerleading squad executed a flawless routine and brought home its 23rd national title Sunday evening in the Universal Cheerleaders Association College Nationals in Orlando, Fla.
Former University of Kentucky star Malik Monk, the 11th overall pick in last year’s NBA Draft, has played little for the Charlotte Hornets since mid-December. But Coach Steve Clifford said the team hasn’t given up on the 19-year-old guard.
John Calipari’s earlier admonitions about Kentucky needing to execute rather than play to the crowd came to life at Vanderbilt. A possession-by-possession game gave UK’s freshman-dependent team a chance to meet and pass that test.
It seems certain no one in Lexington was more affected by the death last Tuesday of Wes Strader, 79, the longtime radio play-by-play voice of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, than former Kentucky Wildcats basketball star Kenny Walker.
Big man Nick Richards continued to struggle. Twice in the second half at Vanderbilt, John Calipari benched Richards within seconds of putting him in the game. Calipari said he retains confidence in Richards’ abilities, but winning must be UK’s top priority.