UK coach John Calipari still looking for 40-minute effort following 70-62 win over Troy

Hamidou Diallo goes up for a shot in Kentucky’s 70-62 win over Troy Monday night at Rupp Arena. Diallo finished with eight points and 10 rebounds. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It was a tale of two halves for Kentucky in its 70-62 win over Troy Monday night. Yearning for a complete game from his eighth-ranked Wildcats, John Calipari was all smiles as Kentucky scored a season-high...

No. 7 Kentucky overcomes another slow start to hold off gritty East Tennessee State, 78-61

Kentucky coach John Calipari yells instructions to his team during a 78-61 win over East Tennessee State Friday night at Rupp Arena. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky got back on track, but it wasn’t easy. Coming off a 65-61 loss to No. 4 Kansas in the Champions Classic earlier this week, Quade Green scored a career-high 21 points to lead the seventh-ranked Wildcats to...

UK coach Calipari likes his team’s ability to fight and aggressiveness despite early shortcomings

Kevin Knox drives to the basket in Kentucky’s loss to Kansas earlier this week. The Wildcats take on East Tennessee State Friday night at Rupp Arena. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari knows more about his team after the seventh-ranked Wildcats won two or three games in a five-day span to open the season. Although the Kentucky coach doesn’t have all of his offensive...

Calipari predicts Champions Classic showdown with Kansas will be ‘hard game’ for Wildcats

P.J. Washington and Kentucky will take on Kansas in the State Farm Champions Classic Tuesday night in Chicago. Washington had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds in a 73-69 win over Vermont Sunday. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari isn’t sure if his team will be ready for the big stage when Kentucky takes on Kansas in the State Farm Champions Classic Tuesday...

Wildcats use big second-half comeback to fend off Utah Valley in season opener

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Pope was an integral part of Kentucky’s 1996 national championship team and nearly orchestrated an upset of No. 5 Kentucky Friday night. The Wolverines (0-1) led by 12 points before the Wildcats rallied in the second half and escaped with a 73-63 victory in the season-opener for both teams. Hamido Diallo throws down a slam dunk during the second half of Kentucky’s...

Calipari expects a few ‘dings’ as fifth-ranked Wildcats embark on new season against Utah Valley

P.J. Washington and the Wildcats open the season with three games in five days, starting with Utah Valley Friday night at Rupp Arena. Kentucky hosts Vermont Sunday, followed by a game against Kansas Tuesday in Chicago. (Tammie Brown/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari knows the road won’t be easy when fifth-ranked Kentucky embarks on a new season against Utah Valley Friday...

Calipari wants young Wildcats to become more random, less fatigued going into season opener

Kentucky coach John Calipari and the Wildcats open the season against Utah Valley State Friday night at Rupp Arena. Kentucky reached the century mark in two of its three exhibition victories (Tammie Brown/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari is in full teaching mode going into Kentucky’s season opener Friday night. Calipari wants the fifth-ranked Wildcats to become a “random”...

No. 5 Kentucky closes out exhibition slate with 106-63 rout of Centre College

Nick Richards grabs a rebound in Kentucky’s 106-63 win over Centre College Friday night. Richards finished with 17 points and made all six field goals and five of his free-throw attempts. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The next one counts. Kentucky wrapped up its three-game exhibition schedule with a 106-63 victory over Centre College Friday night. The fifth-ranked Wildcats...

Wildcats pull away from gritty Morehead State late in charity encounter

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky didn’t reach the century mark, but the Wildcats claimed their second exhibition victory of the young season with a tougher-than-expected 92-67 win over Morehead State Monday night in the Kentucky Cares Classic. Net proceeds from the contest benefitted those affected by hurricanes in Florida and Puerto Rico, and recent wildfires in California. The proceeds will...

Kentucky freshman Vanderbilt could return soon; Wildcats set for 3-game exhibition schedule

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky freshman forward Jarred Vanderbilt is coming back sooner than expected. Much sooner. Kentucky coach John Calipari said Thursday Vanderbilt returned to practice earlier this week without a walking boot on his foot, a welcomed sight for Calipari and his staff. Vanderbilt suffered a foot injury during the first week of practice earlier this month and wasn’t expected...

Jamie Vaught: On UK’s Maci Morris, the popular Calipari and a prediction on the UK-Tennessee game

It wasn’t that long ago when Bell County High School’s Maci Morris was burning the nets as one of the state’s top players en route to becoming Kentucky’s “Miss Basketball” in 2015. And now Morris, a 6-foot guard, is entering her third year at Kentucky after two productive seasons as a starter in helping the Wildcats to 25-8 and 22-11 records. After UK lost a couple of stars in Makayla Epps...

Kentucky newcomers Knox, Washington shine in Blue-White scrimmage

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari is counting on his latest freshman class to carry the load for Kentucky this season. Four of those newcomers shined for the Wildcats in the team’s annual Blue-White scrimmage Friday night at Rupp Arena. Kevin Knox and P.J, Washington combined for 43 points to lead the Blue squad to an 88-67 victory over the White team as 15,530 attended the first of four...

Wildcats check in at No. 4, Duke ranked on top of preseason USA Today Coaches Poll

Despite losing nearly 93 percent of its scoring and almost 77 percent of its rebounding from a season ago, the panel for the USA Today Coaches Poll once again believes the Kentucky men’s basketball team will be among the top teams competing for a national title in 2017-18. The Wildcats are ranked fourth in the preseason Coaches Poll that was released Thursday. Duke will begin the season at No. 1,...

Total of 27 University of Kentucky players make NBA rosters, leading all college basketball programs

Kentucky’s unprecedented success with helping players reach the NBA has surpassed a new level of extreme. As the 2017-18 NBA season begins Tuesday, a whopping 27 players on NBA opening-day rosters played and finished their college basketball careers at the University of Kentucky, the nation’s most prolific NBA player-producing program in the country. UK’s 27 players are once again far and away...

Wildcats media choice to win SEC title; Diallo, Knox picked for preseason all-conference teams

The Kentucky men’s basketball program finds itself in familiar territory under the direction of ninth-year head coach John Calipari. UK is faced with replacing more than 90 percent of its scoring and 85 percent of its rebounding, yet a select panel of media voted the Wildcats to win their fourth consecutive Southeastern Conference regular-season championship. Should Kentucky achieve that standard,...

Rapper Drake returns to Big Blue Madness as Calipari, Wildcats usher in another new season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The stage is set and Kentucky is ready to step into the limelight. The Wildcats officially ushered in the new season with the annual Big Blue Madness Friday night, introducing the men’s a women’s basketball teams to thousands of fans. Many of those in attendance filled the street and lot surrounding Memorial Coliseum, known as “Tent City” earlier this month to...

Calipari, Wildcats go about their business preparing for season amid college recruiting scandal

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari was pressed to delve into the FBI investigation into several college basketball programs, one which included instate rival Louisville, during Kentucky’s annual media day Thursday at Memorial Coliseum. Calipari didn’t dodge several questions and touched on a subject that led to Louisville coach Rick Pitino’s suspension and exposed other collegiate coaches...

With new basketball season on the horizon, UK deputy AD Peevy prepares for calm before storm

By Amy Jones-Timoney and Kody Kiser Special to KyForward As the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team prepares to kick off its regular season with Big Blue Madness, UK Deputy Director of Athletics DeWayne Peevy prepares for the calm before the storm. Since he oversees the men’s basketball program as part of his role with UK Athletics, the next few months will keep the Birmingham,...

Coach’s son Brad Calipari pushed harder while playing for his dad at Kentucky

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Brad Calipari calls his coach dad and that’s the way John Calipari wants it to be as long as his son is playing at the University of Kentucky. “He tells me not to call him coach and he wants me to call him dad,” he said. “He pushes me hard and he pushes me harder than a lot of guys. He wants to see me to do well. He also knows I have made strides and how far I...

Jamie Vaught: College basketball yearbooks agree — Cal’s Cats will open the season ranked No. 6

As you know, when October rolls around, it’s basketball time in Kentucky. That means the college basketball yearbooks are out, too, and they are forecasting a banner year for the Wildcats this winter. All three publications — Athlon Sports, Lindy’s Sports and Street & Smith’s — have picked Kentucky’s men squad at the same spot — No. 6 — in their preseason rankings....