Tonight is Kentucky basketball's final home game of the season.
Like all programs, the Wildcats will take the time out to honor the team's senior players. There are three of them, and this will be their last time playing in front of the home crowd at Rupp Arena.
Point guard Dominique Hawkins, shooting guard Mychal Mulder and power forward Derek Willis will take the floor tonight and be recognized for their contributions over the last few seasons. Before that though, the program tweeted out tributes to all three seniors this afternoon.
Hawkins and Willis are both Kentucky natives who arrived in the fall of 2013 as part of a heralded freshman class that included the Harrison twins, Julius Randle and James Young. Known for his defensive energy, Hawkins played a key role off the bench in UK's runs to the 2014 and 2015 Final Fours and has been a mainstay the last two seasons.
Willis, meanwhile, took until his junior year to crack the rotation. Since then, he's provided valuable outside shooting and scoring punch off the bench. This season, Willis averaging 7.0 points and 4.8 rebounds while shooting 38 percent from beyond the arc.
A junior college transfer from Canada in 2015, Mulder has had a breakout senior season, scoring 5.0 points per contest and making 39 percent of his three-point attempts.
Kentucky hosts Vanderbilt tonight at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.