Kentucky guard Gilgeous-Alexander giving Wildcats a big lift off the bench

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 21 points in Kentucky’s 66-61 win over Georgia Sunday night. Gilgeous-Alexander has scored 45 points in the past two games to give the Wildcats a spark off the bench. (Photo by Quinn Foster I UK Athletics) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is making a name for himself and his teammates aren’t surprised he has emerged as Kentucky’s top player...

Cats revert to old ways, but make plays down the stretch to beat Georgia in SEC opener

Kentucky’s Sacha Killeya-Jones blocks a shot during Kentucky’s 66-61 win over Georgia Sunday night at Rupp Arena. Jones finished with a pair of rebounds. (Photo by Elliott Hess | UK Athletics) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky took a step back in its Southeastern Conference opener, but did just enough to hold off Georgia, escaping with a 66-61 victory over the Bulldogs Sunday night...

Stoops pleased with Kentucky’s progress in bounce-back games this season

Kentucky’s Denzil Ware was named SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Week, following his performance in a 44-21 win at Vandy last weekend. (Chet White|UK Athletics) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops has never had an issue with his team’s performance coming off a loss this season. The Wildcats improved to 3-0 in bounce-back games with a 44-21 win over Vanderbilt last weekend. “When asked...

Alabama, Georgia early favorites to compete for SEC crown, Cats picked fifth in Eastern division

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Alabama and Georgia are the preseason favorites to compete in the Southeastern Conference championship game this season. The Crimson Tide were chosen by media members to win the Western division title and capture a fourth straight conference championship. Alabama was followed by Auburn, LSU, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Mississippi State and Ole Miss. Nick Saban and the...

SEC Tournament: Kentucky knocks off Georgia for third time this season to reach tourney semifinals

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer NASHVILLE — The first one is out of the way. De’Aaron Fox and Isaiah Briscoe scored 20 points each to lead top-seeded and No. 8 Kentucky to a 71-60 win over Georgia in the Southeastern Conference Tournament quarterfinals Friday at Bridgestone Arena. Mychal Mulder cheers on the Wildcats during a 71-60 win over Georgia Friday in Nashville (Tammie Brown...

SEC Tournament: Calipari expecting another ‘war’ as Cats take on Georgia for third time

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer NASHVILLE — Georgia is on a roll and Kentucky will have to beat the Bulldogs for a third time this season to pull off a rare three-peat in the Southeastern Conference Tournament. Although the eighth-ranked Wildcats (26-5) swept the Bulldogs during the regular season by a combined margin of 14 points, it took overtime for Kentucky to beat the Bulldogs...

Keith Taylor: Fox, Cats get tough down the stretch to overcome gritty Bulldogs

ATHENS — Georgia threw its best punch at Kentucky, but the Wildcats fought back. Kentucky countered J.J, Frazier’s career-high performance with some clutch plays down the stretch and escaped with an exciting 82-77 triumph over the Bulldogs to complete a regular-season sweep Saturday night. De’Aaron Fox goes up for a shot in Kentucky’s 82-77 win over Georgia Saturday night in Athens...

Akhator’s 11 points, career-high 17 rebounds lead UK women to a sweep of Georgia

Evelyn Akhator scored 11 points and grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds, recording her 26th career double-double as the Kentucky women’s basketball team beat Georgia 66-56 on Thursday night at Stegeman Coliseum.   Akhator recorded her 13th double-double of the season, the most in a season by any Kentucky player other than Valerie Still. “Those 14 defensive boards Evelyn (Akhator) got were grown...

Keith Taylor: Drawing from his favorite verse, Monk gives inspiring performance in win over Georgia

Malik Monk never stops believing. Even when things aren’t going well, Monk refers to his favorite Bible scripture found in Mark 9:23 for inspiration: “Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth,” King James Version. “I look at my wrist band and see (that scripture) every day,” he said. “I don’t take it off unless I am playing. I don’t have...

After two straight losses, Calipari not ready to hit panic button, wants Cats to become empowered

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer John Calipari hasn’t given up on his team or hit the panic button. Coming off two straight losses, including a 79-73 setback to third-ranked Kansas, the Kentucky coach isn’t ready to throw in the towel on the season. Kentucky coach John Calipari said the Wildcats’ problems are “fixable” and isn’t in panic mode (Bill Thiry Photo)...

Surging Akhator, UK defense too much for Georgia, as Wildcats roll to 82-61 victory

By Kindsey Bernhard KyForward Intern When most players have a career-high game in scoring, their next game isn’t quite the same. That wasn’t the case for UK senior Evelyn Akhator. After her career-high 29 points on the road against Alabama on Thursday, Akhator returned to Memorial Coliseum to score 24 points in UK Hoops’ 82-61 win over Georgia. UK Hoops improved to 12-6 on the season, 3-2...

Keith Taylor: Stoops says UK lacked the edge it needed in heart-breaking 27-24 loss to Georgia

The agony of defeat hit Kentucky hard Saturday night. The Wildcats, who defeated Mississippi State 40-38 on a last-second field goal earlier this year, lost in similar fashion Saturday night as Georgia booted the game-winner as time expired and escaped with a 27-24 victory, ending Kentucky’s three-game winning streak and the program’s first shot at potentially reaching the Southeastern Conference...

Keith Taylor: Stoops pleased with UK’s preparation going into showdown against Georgia

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops likes his team’s mentality going into Saturday’s showdown against Georgia. Stoops praised his team’s preparation prior to last week’s 35-21 victory over Missouri and hasn’t noticed much difference in the Wildcats’ approach this week. Boom Williams and Stephen Johnson celebrate a touchdown during a win over Mississippi State earlier this season (Bill Thiry Photo)...

Keith Taylor: Georgia throws punch, UK fights back to oust Bulldogs from tourney, advance to finals

NASHVILLE — Georgia threw a punch at Kentucky. The Wildcats fought back and knocked the Bulldogs out of the Southeastern Conference Tournament with a 93-80 victory Saturday at Bridgestone Arena. The Wildcats (25-8) advanced to the league finals and will defend their title against Texas A&M on Sunday. The Aggies (26-7) rolled to a 71-38 victory over LSU in the first of two semifinal games. Texas...

Keith Taylor: Hitting its stride, UK puts together best effort of the year in 82-48 rout of Georgia

A month ago, developing an offensive scheme was a top priority for John Calipari. The Kentucky coach spent most of his time coming up with a suitable offense to fit the team’s personnel. The players had to change, the coaches had to change and a complete makeover ensued after the Wildcats (18-6, 8-3 Southeastern Conference) split two of their first four games in the Southeastern Conference. ...

Keith Taylor: Georgia coach Mark Fox praises UK, says Cats ‘playing their best basketball’

Kentucky has struggled to find a level of consistency this season. Prior to an 80-61 win over Florida last Saturday, the Wildcats (17-6, 7-3 Southeastern Conference) had lost two in a row and were on the verge of dropping three straight games for the first time in John Calipari’s tenure as coach of the Wildcats. Tyler Ulis drives to the basket in Kentucky’s win over Florida last weekend....

Keith Taylor: Struggling Kentucky remains united, focused on team goals despite three-game slide

By Keith Taylor KyForward sports writer Kentucky is glad October is over. The Wildcats (4-4, 2-4 Southeastern Conference) ended the month with a three-game losing streak following a narrow 34-27 overtime win over neighboring Eastern Kentucky University. Kentucky receiver Garrett Johnson makes a gain in a loss to Auburn last month. The 30-27 setback to the Tigers on Oct. 15 marked the first of three...

'Basketball is adversity': UK overcoming its shortcomings in real time at SEC tourney

Kentucky has looked like a team reborn at the SEC tournament, and Andrew Harrison is leading the charge. (File photo by James Pennington)   ATLANTA — Kentucky played Florida twice in the regular season, and once was a week ago and one of the most shoulder-slumping moments of the season for the young Wildcats. After beating Georgia 70-58 in Saturday’s SEC tournament semifinal, Kentucky will...

‘Basketball is adversity’: UK overcoming its shortcomings in real time at SEC tourney

Kentucky has looked like a team reborn at the SEC tournament, and Andrew Harrison is leading the charge. (File photo by James Pennington)   ATLANTA — Kentucky played Florida twice in the regular season, and once was a week ago and one of the most shoulder-slumping moments of the season for the young Wildcats. After beating Georgia 70-58 in Saturday’s SEC tournament semifinal, Kentucky will...

The brothers Harrison lead Kentucky to SEC tournament final with 70-58 win over Georgia

ATLANTA — Aaron Harrison had hist best game as a Wildcat, and Andrew Harrison may as well. Aaron led Kentucky with 22 points on 7 of 10 shooting, and Andrew dished out a career-high nine assists (one game after he tied his career high at eight). [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   The Wildcats emerged from a first half in which the entire roster seemed to be in foul trouble, and they...