Richards pours in 25 points and grabs 15 rebounds to lead Wildcats past Fort Wayne

Nick Richards scored 25 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead Kentucky past Fort Wayne Wednesday night at Rupp Arena. (Photo by Elliott Hess | UK Athletics) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today For the first time this season, Kentucky built a big lead and didn’t back down, cruising to an 86-67 win over Fort Wayne Wednesday night at Rupp Arena. Nick Richards paced Kentucky (5-1) with 25 points and 15 rebounds,...

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops still wary of Louisville despite Cardinals’ struggles this season

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and the Wildcats will conclude the regular-season against instate rival Louisville Saturday at Kroger Field. Kickoff is set for noon. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today If you ask Mark Stoops, Louisville remains one of the top teams in the country. Although the Cardinals bring a 7-4 mark into Saturday’s Governor’s Cup showdown against the Wildcats, Stoops...

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...

Wildcats can’t contain Georgia backfield in 42-13 loss to seventh-ranked Bulldogs

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and the Wildcats take on Louisville Saturday in Lexington (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Nick Chubb and Sony Michel rushed for 238 yards and five touchdowns to lead No. 7 Georgia to a 42-13 win over Kentucky Saturday in Athens. The Bulldogs (10-1, 7-1) clinched the Southeastern Conference Eastern division title and will take on the winner of next week’s...

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...

Smart, No. 7 Georgia expecting a tough, physical encounter against Wildcats

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and the Wildcats are looking to snap a seven-game losing streak to Georgia Saturday when the two SEC East rivals meet in Athens. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kirby Smart has taken note of how the atmosphere has changed at Kentucky. Although Georgia yanked out 27-24 victory over the Wildcats on a last-second field goal at Kroger Field last year, Smart...

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...

Kentucky learns another lesson ahead of showdown against Kansas

Kentucky coach John Calipari yells instructions to his team during a win over Vermont Sunday at Rupp Arena. The Wildcats take on Kansas Tuesday in Chicago. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari has more of an idea what to expect from Kentucky after the Wildcats defeated their first two opponents in a pair of closer-than-expected contests over the weekend. Kentucky held off...

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”...

Stoops sees silver lining ahead for Wildcats amid disappointing loss to Ole Miss

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops answers questions during his weekly press conference Monday. The Wildcats take on Vanderbilt at 4 p.m. Saturday in Nashville. (Keith Taylor/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops admitted last Saturday’s 37-34 loss to Mississippi wasn’t easy to swallow, but after reviewing the loss on film, Stoops feels better about his team’s chances going into...

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...

Stoops, Wildcats expecting a close encounter against struggling Mississippi Saturday

Benny Snell and the Wildcats take on Ole Miss at Kroger Field Saturday to open the November portion of the schedule. Kentucky is seeking its seventh win of the season. (Photo by UK Athletics) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops isn’t expecting an easy encounter against struggling Mississippi on Saturday. “We expect a great game from Ole Miss,” he said. “They have very talented players...

UK QB Stephen Johnson banged up but expected to play against Ole Miss Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Stephen Johnson is banged up but Mark Stoops expects his starting quarterback to be back in the pocket when the Wildcats take on Ole Miss Saturday. “He definitely is very sore,” Stoops said. “I saw him Sunday. He was beat up. He was beat up pretty good. Johnson injured his shoulder in the third quarter but later returned and scored the decisive touchdown on on...

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...

UK’s Stoops not worried about Tennessee’s state of mind, focused on own team

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops isn’t too concerned about Tennessee’s state of mind going into Saturday’s showdown against the Volunteers at Kroger Field. The Volunteers (3-4, 0-4 Southeastern Conference) have yet to win a game in the league and haven’t scored an offensive touchdown in the last 14 quarters. The Volunteers’ defense scored the lone touchdown in a 45-7 loss at Alabama...

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...

Stoops confident Cats can bounce back from blowout loss against Volunteers

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops isn’t worried about how his team will respond after a dismal 45-7 blowout loss at Mississippi State last weekend and has every reason to believe Kentucky will fare better against Tennessee Saturday. “I think we have good leaders,” Stoops said during his weekly press conference Monday. “I have no reason to believe we won’t respond and bounce back.” Kentucky...

Rested Wildcats eager to open second half of the season with SEC match at Mississippi State

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops can’t wait to get back on the field. “It seems like it’s been a while,” the Kentucky coach said Thursday. “Obviously it has been. We’re anxious to get going, get on that plane (Friday) and head to Mississippi.” Kentucky running back Benny Snell and the Wildcats play at Mississippi State Saturday, the team’s third road game of the season....