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UK Hoops Part of Campus Tour

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Updated: 11/27/2012 7:46 pm
The UK women's hoops team is preparing for an early Wednesday morning tip against Miami (OH).

The 11 o'clock game will host 2,000 sixth-graders as part of a campus tour of UK.

Check out the video to hear from Coach Matthew Mitchell on his program being a part of the campus marketing strategy.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 9/8 Kentucky women’s basketball team concludes its four-game homestand when it plays host to Miami University on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 11 a.m. ET for “Class of 2019 Day.”

The game can be heard live on the UK IMG Sports Radio Network with Neil Price. Fans can follow the UK Hoops team on Twitter at @UKHoopCats and use #UKHoops to comment on the game. A live video stream is available on the subscription video portion of www.UKathletics.com.

Single-game reserved tickets are available at a cost of $9 for all ages. General admission tickets for adults are $8 while single-game general admission tickets for seniors and children (ages 6-18, 65 and over) are only $5. Children ages five and under are admitted free in the general admission seating area. UK students, faculty and staff are also admitted for free, based upon availability.

“We are looking forward to getting back in Memorial Coliseum tomorrow morning,” UK Coach Matthew Mitchell said. “We are facing a tough opponent in Miami University. We’ve had some tough games against them in the past few years and they are always well prepared and well coached. We will need to be ready to give a great effort. I was happy that we gave a better effort in our last outing and the real key for our team is to stay focused on our attitude, which will lead to great effort and we also need to keep our energy level really high.”

The Wildcats (4-1) look to gain energy and feed off the excitement of more than 2,000 sixth graders from local elementary schools who will be in attendance for UK’s “Class of 2019 Day.”

“It’s been a great effort from our Marketing Department,” Mitchell said. “(Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing) Nathan Schwake has just reached out to our community and we’ve tried to make certain that families here in town and young kids here in town know that they’re important to us and it’s a great experience for them to come to Memorial Coliseum and watch a game and see some great role models out there. Our players are successful students, successful basketball players and great in the community so we just think it’s a really positive day for us and it’s a chance for us to get some exposure for the University to some young students and hopefully you make a great impression on them and one day they become students here at the University. It’s a really important day for us each and every year and we always enjoy this game.”

The Wildcats have won their last three games, including a 100-34 victory over USC Upstate on Sunday. The 66-point margin of victory is the largest in Southeastern Conference play this season and the fifth largest in UK Hoops’ history. It gave the Wildcats their 34th straight win over a nonconference opponent at home and their 24th consecutive overall win at home, which ranks as the third-longest home winning streak in school history. The streak also ties for the nation’s third-longest home winning streak with Ohio State. UK has compiled an impressive 52-2 record at home over the last three seasons.

Miami, picked to win the Mid-American Conference East Division, is 3-2 after a loss to Youngstown State in its last game Sunday at home, 76-56. The RedHawks’ three wins came against Northern Kentucky, Robert Morris and the College of Charleston. Senior Courtney Osborn is Miami’s leading scorer at 18.0 points per game. Senior Kirsten Olowinski follows with 9.0 points per game, while also grabbing a team-high 8.4 rebounds per game.

Wednesday marks the 18th matchup between Kentucky and Miami in program history. UK leads the all-time series 15-2, including an 8-0 mark in Lexington. UKhas won the last five matchups.

Spectator parking is located in the following areas for Wednesday only:

For this game only, all parking lots surrounding Memorial Coliseum and the Joe Craft Center require a UK parking permit. Parking without a proper permit, along yellow curbs, grass spaces, or other non-specified and unapproved areas may be subject to ticket and/or tow.

Parking is available those without permits in the following areas:

  • Parking Structure #5 (adjacent to Kennedy’s Bookstore) accessible from Limestone or Upper.
    • Bring the white parking voucher from the parking garage and exchange it for a pink voucher at the Coliseum, allowing you to exit the garage free of charge. Vouchers will be available at all entrances. See event staff for assistance.
    • A shuttle is available beginning 1.5 hours prior to tip off.
    • The shuttle picks up/drops off on Administration Drive, at the end of the pedestrian sky bridge accessed from the 3rd floor of the parking garage.
    • The shuttle will start back up 1.5 hours after tip-off (to return guests to their parking areas)
  • If PS#5 is full, the alternate parking option is the RV Lot located off Alumni Drive and across from Commonwealth Stadium.
    • A shuttle is available beginning 1.5 hours prior to tip off
    • The shuttle will start back up 1.5 hours after tip-off (to return guests to their parking areas)

Game day Information:

  • Doors to the Coliseum will open one (1) hour prior to tip-off.
  • UK Athletics encourages women's basketball fans to arrive early to ease traffic and parking congestion around the Coliseum.

For more information on parking around Memorial Coliseum and other game-day questions visit www.ukathletics.com/wbbgameday


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