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...

Kentucky takes No. 4 Kansas down the wire in 65-61 loss to Jayhawks in Champions Classic

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky gave No. 4 Kansas all it could handle before the Jayhawks escaped with a 65-61 victory in the annual State Farm Champions Classic in Chicago Tuesday night. The loss was the first of the season for Kentucky, which won its first two games by a combined margin of 14 points, including a 73-69 victory over Vermont Sunday. Kentucky trailed 61-59 with 33 seconds remaining,...

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”...

Freshman guards Green and Gilgeous-Alexander giving Wildcats potent 1-2 punch in backcourt

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari thought he had one true point guard on his squad this season. As it turns out, he has two players capable of leading the charge on offense with the recent emergence of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Before the preseason workouts even began, Calipari penciled in Quade Green as the only player on the roster capable of handling point-guard duties. Behind the scenes,...

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...

Knox pours in 27 as Cats reach century mark in exhibition win over Thomas More

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kevin Knox has been one of the shining stars for Kentucky during preseason workouts. When the lights came on, he didn’t disappoint. The freshman forward scored 27 points to lead the Wildcats to a 103-61 win over Thomas More in the first of three exhibition games Friday night at Rupp Arena. Knox made 8 of 12 attempts from the floor and drained all 10 of his attempts...

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...

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...

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...

UK freshman Richards may have a love for soccer, but has developed a passion for basketball

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Nick Richards is a huge soccer fan. “Growing up in Jamaica, basically that’s everybody’s sport and we are not really good at it, but everybody watches every regular-season game, like Madrid versus Barcelona and Chelsea versus Manchester United, those type of games,” he said. “We stayed up to watch (the games).” During his childhood, Richards thought he would...

UK ‘veteran’ Wenyen Gabriel changes mindset, overall focus heading into second season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today This story is one of a series profiling the UK basketball team leading into Big Blue Madness on Oct. 13 Once he slowed down, Wenyen Gabriel finally caught his breath. The Kentucky sophomore forward learned to take life at a slower pace after enduing a roller-coaster ride last year, one that led to one breakdown after another. Wenyen Gabriel has wiped away thoughts of...

Hamidou Diallo has no regrets about staying in college, ready to lead young Wildcats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today This is the fourth in a series of stories and profiles taking a look at this year’s Kentucky men’s basketball team ahead of Big Blue Madness, set for Oct. 13. Hamidou Diallo has no regrets on his decision to return to Kentucky and is ready to showcase his skills after sitting out during the second half of the season last year. “I’m ready, motivated and ready to...

Aware of his stature, Calipari doesn’t sway politics while in his seat as Kentucky coach

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of stories and profiles taking a look at this year’s Kentucky men’s basketball team ahead of Big Blue Madness, set for Oct. 13. By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today When it comes to social media, Kentucky coach John Calipari has more than one eye getting the lowdown on what he thinks. That’s before his thoughts land on Twitter, Facebook or any other social...

Calipari gets first look at next year’s squad, prepares for Team USA tryouts, NBA Draft

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer John Calipari got a glimpse of next year’s basketball team Monday night and the Kentucky coach came away impressed. “I was able to get them all in the gym and work guys out, which made my day,” he said during a summer teleconference with media members Tuesday. “I went home with a smile on my face, because it’s what I enjoy doing. To get them...

UK’s non-conference basketball schedule to feature seven new opponents next season

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer Kentucky’s non-conference men’s basketball schedule is set for next season. The Wildcats will take on seven teams for the first time next year, including the season opener against Utah Valley State on Nov. 10, followed by Vermont two days later on Nov. 12. Utah Valley State is coached by former Kentucky standout Mark Pope, who played on the 1996 NCAA...