Big Blue Brew 2/16: Swinging Away

UK Softball took down North Carolina and Wisconsin to start the ESPN Shriners Children's Invitational.

🔵 The Official Daily Newsletter For Kentucky Athletics

Good morning. Men’s tennis has an off week this weekend, but that doesn’t mean we can’t rave about them. Eli Stephenson earned SEC Freshman of the Week for the second time in a row!

What else are we mixing into today’s Brew?

🥎 Two wins
🏀 Antonio Reeves on another watch list
🔵 And much, much more!


 🔼 Six Total. Softball took down two schools in one day to increase the record to 6-1 this season. The Cats beat North Carolina 12-10 and Wisconsin 6-5. Taylor Ebbs tied the game at 9-9 in the top of the sixth inning, and Peyton Plotts put the Cats in the lead with her hit up the middle. Against Wisconsin, Karissa Hamilton hit a home run and tied the game at 3-3.

🔼 Special Pick. Out of all the collegiate basketball players in the country, Antonio Reeves was named one of the thirty on the 2024 Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy Men’s College Player of the Year Midseason Team. This is his third national watch list this season. Previously, Anthony Davis (2012) and Oscar Tshiebwe (2022) won the prestigious award.

🔼 Double Digits. Ajae Petty recorded her 13th double-double of the season in the women’s basketball game against Auburn. Petty had 13 points and 13 rebounds. The Cats were unable to take down Auburn as they lost 78-50.

Thanks Stoops! There are just so many fun facts about UK football players being sent to the NFL Scouting Combine that we have another question about it today.

How many football players have been sent to the Scouting Combine since Mark Stoops’ arrival in 2013?

Think you got it? Scroll on down to the bottom of this email for the answer!


New OC. Bush Hamdan was announced as the Wildcats' new Offensive Coordinator. Hamdan has been coaching football for 15 years, including in college and the NFL. Hamdan replaces Liam Coen, who is off to be the offensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


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Friday, February 16

🏊 Swim and Dive First Chance Meet
🥎 Softball vs. Washington @ 9:30am ET | Designated Players Club | Tickets
📣 Stunt vs. Texas/Oklahoma Baptist @ 12pm/4pm ET
⚾️ Baseball at USC Upstate @ 3pm ET | Watch | Live Stats
🤸 Gymnastics vs. BYU @ 7pm ET | Tickets

Saturday, February 17

⛳️ Men’s Golf Gators Invitational
🎯 Rifle NCAA Qualifier @ 9am ET | NCAA Scorecard | Live Targets
🥎 Softball vs. UCF/Texas @ 1pm/7pm ET | Designated Players Club | Join Ticket Waitlist 
📣 Stunt vs. Oklahoma State/Central Arkansas @ 12:45pm/2pm ET
⚾️ Baseball at USC Upstate @ 2pm ET | Live Stats
🏀 Men’s Basketball at Auburn @ 6pm ET

Sunday, February 18

⛳️ Men’s Golf Gators Invitational
🏀 Women’s Basketball vs. Florida @ 12pm ET | Tickets
🎾 Women’s Tennis vs. Eastern Kentucky @ 10am ET
⚾️ Baseball at USC Upstate @ 1pm ET | Live Stats

Answer: 43!

🔵 Have a great Friday!