Win a relief for Cats, but surging Arkansas will provide another challenge

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today What a difference a win made for Kentucky. “The whole mood changed the day after the win (over Alabama),” Kentucky forward Wenyen Gabriel said. “It felt like we haven’t gotten a win in forever. Now it’s time to put a winning streak together.” The Wildcats’ 81-71 win over Alabama last Saturday snapped a rare four-game winning streak and was Kentucky’s first...

Vanderbilt gives UK spark as Cats beat Alabama to end losing skid

Jarred Vanderbilt scored a career-high 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds in Kentucky’s 81-71 win over Alabama Saturday at Rupp Arena. (Tammie Brown/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Avery Johnson didn’t leave Jarred Vanderbilt’s name off the scouting report. The Alabama coach made sure the Crimson Tide knew all about Kentucky’s freshman forward and his capabilities. “We...

Despite four-game losing streak, Calipari hasn’t given up on Kentucky’s season

Kentucky guard PJ Washington slams home the ball during the Wildcats’ 76-66 loss at Auburn earlier this weekend. The Wildcats host Alabama at 2 p.m. Saturday at Rupp Arena. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mired in a four-game losing streak, John Calipari hasn’t given up on the season. Neither have his players. “Let’s use this as fuel (and) have it make us stronger,”...

Kentucky drops fourth straight setback in 76-66 loss at No. 10 Auburn

Kevin Knox scored 19 points in Kentucky’s 76-66 loss to No. 10 Auburn Wednesday night. The loss was the Wildcats’ fourth setback in a row. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The slide continues for struggling Kentucky. The Wildcats (17-9, 6-7 Southeastern Conference) suffered their fourth consecutive loss with a 76-66 loss to No. 10 Auburn Wednesday night. Kentucky hasn’t...

Struggling Wildcats look to ‘steal one’ from conference leader and surprising Auburn

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky doesn’t see Auburn as an obstacle, but rather as an opportunity to get back on track. The Wildcats (17-8, 6-6 Southeastern Conference) take on the Tigers (22-3, 10-2) Wednesday, the team’s third road game in the past four games. Kentucky is coming off an 85-74 loss at No. 21 Texas A&M and have lost three straight games for the first time in the...

UK drops out of Top 25 for second time this year, return to rankings will be a challenge for Cats

Kentucky coach John Calipari said his team is playing for March, despite a three-game losing streak. The Wildcats play at league-leading Auburn Wednesday. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today For the second time this season, Kentucky fell out of the Associated Press Top 25 poll and a return to the rankings before the postseason begins will be a hard task for the Wildcats. Kentucky (17-8,...

Calipari ‘not cracking’ as struggling Wildcats move past rare three-game slide

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has never lost three straight games under John Calipari. The trend came to and end following Kentucky’s 85-74 loss at Texas A&M. A preseason favorite to win the Southern Conference title, the No. 24 Wildcats 17-8, 6-6) slid into a four-way tie for fourth place with Mississippi State, Texas A&M and Arkansas in the current league standings. Despite...

Calipari, Wildcats look to end 2-game skid in road contest at Texas A&M

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is in dire need of a victory following two straight losses. The Wildcats (17-7, 6-5 Southeastern Conference) hope to avoid a third straight loss for the first time in the John Calipari era when the Wildcats take on Texas A&M Saturday at College Station, the first of two straight road encounters. Jarred Vanderbilt throws down a dunk in the loss to Tennessee...

UK, LCC agreement keeps Wildcats in Rupp Arena through 2033 season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky isn’t leaving Rupp Arena anytime soon. The University of Kentucky and the Lexington Center Cooperation executed a “right of use agreement” that will keep the Wildcats at Rupp Arena through the 2033 season. The current lease expires at the end of the 2018 season, but the new deal means Kentucky will use Rupp Arena for men’s basketball and select events...

Tough road games await struggling Wildcats in final month of season

Kentucky’s Sacha Killeya-Jones battles two Tennessee defenders for a rebound in a 61-59 loss to the Volunteers earlier this week at Rupp Arena. Four of the team’s next seven games are on the road. (Tammie Brown/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is used to being the cream of the crop in the Southeastern Conference. By this time of year, league foes are batting for the...

Calipari takes blame as Tennessee completes rare sweep of Wildcats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It’s been nearly two decades since Tennessee swept Kentucky. The surging Volunteers achieved that feat for the first time in 19 years with a 61-59 win over the Wildcats Tuesday night at Rupp Arena. The Wildcats (17-7, 6-5 Southeastern Conference) lost back-to-back games for the second time this season and struggled from the field against the Volunteers, who won their...

Calipari: Surging Tennessee will provide a tough challenge for Wildcats

Kentucky coach John Calipari and the Wildcats will take on surging Tennessee Tuesday night at Rupp Arena. The Wildcats lost to the Volunteers a month ago in Knoxville. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will have its hands full coming off a disappointing 69-60 loss at Missouri when it hosts surging Tennessee Tuesday night. Although the Wildcats (17-6, 6-4 Southeastern Conference)...

Wildcats fail to rally for third straight time in 69-60 loss at Missouri

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today One comeback was tough. Another rally was even tougher, but a third straight comeback proved to be impossible for Kentucky, which had a three-game winning streak snapped in a 69-60 loss at Missouri Saturday. The Wildcats (17-6, 6-4 Southeastern Conference) used two big second-half comebacks to defeat West Virginia and Vanderbilt during the past week, but couldn’t overcome...

Vanderbilt making an impact for Wildcats with his energy and versatility

Jarred Vanderbilt has made a difference for Kentucky since making his debut against South Carolina on Jan. 16. Vanderbilt is averaging 6.4 rebounds per game. (Keith Taylor/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It doesn’t take much for Jarred Vanderbilt to make a difference when he’s on the court. “His energy is incredible,” Kentucky assistant coach Tony Barbee said Friday. “He’s...

Freshmen Gilgeous-Alexander, Knox carrying the scoring load for balanced Wildcats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kevin Knox has proven he can take the lead when it comes to scoring. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander also can take over the reins on offense when called upon. The two Kentucky freshmen have led the No. 21 Wildcats in scoring during the past two games, a sign the Wildcats (17-5, 6-3 Southeastern Conference) aren’t a one-dimensional team. .Knox scored a career-high 34 points...

Green’s layup gives No. 21 Kentucky 83-81 win over Vanderbilt in overtime

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky had a hard time getting over its win over West Virginia and nearly had a costly letdown against Vanderbilt. Similar to an 83-76 win over Mountaineers last weekend in the SEC-Big 12 Challenge, the No. 21 Wildcats had to overcome a big second-half deficit for an 83-81 triumph in overtime over the Commodores, who gained a dose of confidence of their own with an...

Jamie Vaught: Knox’s breakout performance at WVU gives Cats new hope for SEC Freshman OTY honors

Until freshman Kevin Knox’s phenomenal 34-point, seven-rebound effort in Kentucky’s stunning upset of then-No. 7 West Virginia last Saturday night, the Wildcats were in danger of not having an SEC Freshman (or Newcomer) of the Year only for the second time during coach John Calipari’s nine-year tenure at the University of Kentucky. As you’ll recall, the previous SEC Freshman (or Newcomer) of...

Surging Wildcats regain swagger, but Calipari doesn’t want Cats to become arrogant

Kevin Knox and the Wildcats will take on Vanderbilt in a 9 p.m. tipoff Tuesday night at Rupp Arena. Knox was named SEC Freshman of the Week Monday. (Tammie Brown/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has regained its swagger, but John Calipari doesn’t want his team to become complacent following an 83-76 win at West Virginia that propelled the Wildcats back into the rankings. “You...

Kentucky ‘Knox’ off Mountaineers behind freshman’s monster night in Morgantown

Freshman Kevin Knox scored a career-high 34 points as Kentucky upended West Virginia, 83-76, in Morgantown, W.Va., Saturday night. (UK Athletics photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kevin Knox doesn’t mind trash-talking and was more vocal than normal during Kentucky’s first visit to West Virginia in more than four decades. “They were talking trash to us, so I had to go back at them,” Knox...

Kentucky seeks to regain respect against No. 7 West Virginia in SEC-Big 12 Challenge

Kentucky’ s Quade Green listens to Kentucky coach John Calipari during a win over Mississippi State earlier this week. The Wildcats play West Virginia in the SEC-Big 12 Challenge Saturday in Morgantown, W. Va. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Quade Green isn’t taking Kentucky’s first trip to West Virginia in more than four decades lightly. “We gotta win this game,”...