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Former special assistant Barbee will return to role on bench for Calipari, Cats next season

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  Tony Barbee has been promoted to assistant coach, head men’s basketball coach John Calipari announced Friday.   Barbee, a former head coach at Auburn and UTEP, spent last season as a special assistant. He takes the spot left open …

Up for the Challenge: Calipari’s Wildcats face demanding 13-game non-conference schedule

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  John Calipari demands the gold standard in every aspect of the Kentucky men’s basketball program. The Wildcats’ 2015-16 schedule will once again meet that demand with a 13-game non-conference schedule that features 10 games against teams that advanced to …

Likely NBA lottery pick Payne earns Ohio Valley Conference Athlete of Year award

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  Murray State sophomore point guard Cameron Payne was named the Ohio Valley Conference Male Athlete of the Year for 2014-15 following voting by the league’s athletics directors and sports information directors.   Payne will be honored at the OVC’s …

Calipari picks up Alltech 2015 Humanitarian Award for helping others ‘reach their dreams’

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Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari received Alltech’s prestigious 2015 Humanitarian Award on his home court at Rupp Arena on Wednesday after addressing more than 3,000 attendees from 68 nations on the closing day of the Alltech REBELation, an international …

Eastern Kentucky to renew men’s basketball rivalry with Toppers starting next season

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Eastern Kentucky University and Western Kentucky University will renew their men’s basketball rivalry beginning with the 2015-16 season and face off each of the next four seasons, EKU Head Coach Dan McHale announced.   The four-game, home-and-home series will begin …

Calipari denies New Orleans media reports that he has interest in coaching Pelicans

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  By Glenn Osborne KyForward sports editor   Hours after media speculation in New Orleans that he was interested in discussing a move to the NBA’s Pelicans, Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari said Tuesday he had no plans to …

ACL injury closes door on basketball career for Centre’s Nunnelly, but opens another

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Nick Nunnelly came to Centre College with a dream of playing college basketball, but after an ACL injury his sophomore year derailed his basketball career, he found himself contributing to Centre’s athletic teams in a way he never would have …

UK’s Harper on U.S. Pan American team; UofL pair earn spots on U-19 World squad

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Kentucky women’s basketball sophomore guard Linnae Harper will once again represent the United States for USA Basketball this time as one of the 12 members of the 2015 U.S. Pan American Women’s Basketball team.   Harper earned a spot on …

Battle of the Blue Bloods: Kentucky heads to Kansas for Big 12-SEC Challenge matchup

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  The two winningest schools in NCAA Division I history will meet during the 2015-16 season when Kentucky plays at Kansas as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge.   The Wildcats will visit Lawrence, Kan., on Jan. 30 to play …

For once, Pitino may not be exaggerating the difficulty of Cardinals’ non-conference slate

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  By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent   It’s as predictable as traffic backups on the Kennedy Bridge. Before every college basketball season, Louisville coach Rick Pitino promotes the Cardinals’ schedule as being one of the toughest in the nation, conveniently …

Louisville, Michigan State will reprise Elite Eight matchup for Big 10-ACC Challenge

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  The University of Louisville men’s basketball team will play at Michigan State in the 2015 Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Dec. 2 in East Lansing in a rematch of their NCAA East Region meeting last March.   The 14-game slate …

Former Georgia Tech, Transylvania assistant coach Angelucci joins EKU basketball staff

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Trent Angelucci, the video coordinator at Georgia Tech the last four years, will join Eastern Kentucky University’s men’s basketball staff as director of operations, head coach Dan McHale announced.   Before joining the staff at Georgia Tech, Angelucci was an …

Junior College star Evelyn Akhator joins UK Hoops, eligible immediately for coming year

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Evelyn Akhator, who led Chipola Community College (Fla.) to a 2015 national championship and was named the 2015 National Junior College Player of the Year, has committed to the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team, and will be eligible immediately, …

Ashley Scoby: Suspension of budding star Epps shows importance of accountability

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  Discipline versus on-court success: With Matthew Mitchell suspending star guard (and first-team All-Southeastern Conference member) Makayla Epps on Wednesday, the latest chapter of that debate has been laid with UK women’s basketball.   It was a breakout season for …

Jamie Vaught: Calipari asks remaining Cat veterans to shoulder the load next season

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  When the next basketball season rolls around this fall, UK will have a drastically different look.   That’s because at least 10 players, including three senior walk-ons, are gone from this past season’s memorable 38-1 Final Four team which …