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Kentucky passes first true road test of the year with 74-71 win over LSU

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky passed its first road test of the season with a 74-71 triumph over LSU Wednesday night in Baton Rouge. The Wildcats (12-2, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) overcome a five-point halftime deficit and made three of four free throws down the stretch to hold off the Tigers. LSU (9-4, 0-1) missed two 3-point attempts in the final 16 seconds. “We made plays down...

Wildcats set to face LSU in first ‘true’ road encounter of the season

Kentucky guard Quade Green goes up for a shot in a win over Georgia last Sunday at Rupp Arena. The Wildcats take on LSU Wednesday night in Baton Rouge. (Quinn Foster I UK Athletics) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has yet to play a true road game this season. That will change when the Wildcats take on LSU Wednesday night in Baton Rouge. The Wildcats (11-2, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) are...

Early deficit too much for UK to overcome in seven-inning shutout loss to LSU in SEC Tournament

No. 6 LSU capitalized on extra opportunities, posting a pair of five-run innings to defeat No. 8 Kentucky 10-0 in seven innings in the nightcap of Thursday’s action at the SEC Tournament.   The Wildcats (39-19) will face South Carolina on Friday at 4 p.m. in an elimination game. The winner will square off with LSU in Saturday’s single-elimination semifinal round. The UK baseball team lost to LSU...

Cats roll past South Carolina in SEC baseball tourney opener, face LSU in second round

Kole Cottam’s fourth inning home run over the 405-foot mark in centerfield gave No. 8 Kentucky the lead for good and the bullpen worked six scoreless innings as the Wildcats opened the SEC Tournament with a 7-2 win over South Carolina on Wednesday at the Hoover Met.  The win is UK’s first in the SEC Tournament since 2014 and gives the Cats 39 victories this season, the most since the 2012 team...

Keith Taylor: Cats reboot then revert to old habits down the stretch in 92-85 win over LSU

The reboot worked for 32 minutes. As it turns out, John Calipari may have to hit the reset button more than once before he’s convinced Kentucky has gotten out of late-season rut that has the Wildcats coach scratching his head for answers, a rarity for Calipari this late in the season. Minutes after Kentucky recovered from a 22-points loss at Florida with a 92-85 harder-than-expected victory over...

Player of Week Nunley tosses shutout, leads UK to first sweep of LSU in school history

Kelsey Nunley threw a four-hit shutout Monday night at LSU (UK Athletics Photo) Hours after being named the Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week, senior pitcher Kelsey Nunley sparkled again in the circle, throwing a complete-game shutout, her second of the series, to cap off a road sweep of the No. 8 LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge for the first time in program history as the Wildcats downed LSU...

UK softball on brink of series sweep at No. 8 LSU; Wildcats’ baseball team takes pair from Alabama

Behind a complete-game shutout from junior pitcher Meagan Prince and a clutch two-out two-RBI single from senior Maisie Steed, the No. 15 Kentucky softball team clinched a series win on the road in Baton Rouge for the first time in program history, as the Wildcats downed the No. 8 Tigers, 3-0. Prince got the win with another impressive performance in the circle, moving her record to 15-2 on the season....

UK softball travels to No. 8 LSU for weekend series; baseball team hosts Alabama

After a cancelled midweek game against Louisville earlier this week, the No. 15 Kentucky softball team will travel to No. 8 LSU this weekend to face the Tigers on Saturday, Sunday and Monday for a three-game Southeastern Conference series. Kentucky enters the weekend series with a 31-8 overall record, having lost three games over the weekend to No. 3 Auburn at home. Kentucky lost a nine-in­ning affair...

Keith Taylor: Confident Kentucky blasts LSU for share of SEC title, primed for postseason run

Kentucky is primed to make a run in the postseason. The Wildcats took care of business Saturday, defeating LSU 94-77 to secure a share of the Southeastern Conference regular-season title, a remarkable feat considering a roller-coaster ride the team has endured this season. Alex Poythress hugs Jamal Murray after Saturday’s win over LSU at Rupp Arena (Bill Thiry Photo) Although talent was never...

Keith Taylor: Kentucky sets sights on SEC title in regular-season finale against ‘desperate’ Tigers

The Southeastern Conference race is far from over but all will be settled Saturday. Kentucky, currently in a two-way tie with Texas A&M for the top spot, hosts LSU, which has an outside shot of winning the league title with a little luck, coupled with a win over the Wildcats. The Tigers (18-12, 11-6 SEC) defeated the Wildcats (22-8, 12-5) 85-67 a month ago in Baton Rouge. Kentucky senior Alex...

SEC Tournament: UK takes big lead early, defeats LSU to advance to SEC semifinals

No. 5 seed Kentucky took the lead early on in the game and never let it go, as the Wildcats defeated No. 13 LSU 79-71 in Game 4 of the SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament. Kentucky led by as many as 20 in the third quarter and held on to defeat the Tigers for the second time this season. Janee Thompson drives in for a layup in UK’s win over LSU Thursday in the SEC Tournament (UK Athletics...

SEC Tournament: Kentucky carries six-game winning streak into second-round matchup with LSU

Looking to continue its momentum after ending the regular season on a six-game winning streak, the No. 13 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team begins postseason play in the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. against LSU. The Lady Tigers (10-20) defeated Alabama 59-47 in a first-round matchup Wednesday at Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. Matthew...

Road woes: UK’s struggles away from home continue in 85-67 setback at surging LSU

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer Kentucky hasn’t played well on the road this season. The trend continued with an 85-67 loss at LSU Tuesday night. The ninth-ranked Wildcats (11-3, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) got 23 points from point guard Tyler Ulis and 21 more from Jamal Murray, but little else from the rest of the cast as Kentucky fell to 0-3 in games played away from Rupp Arena. ...

Keith Taylor: Stopping LSU star Simmons main focus for UK in first SEC road game

In its Southeastern Conference opener, Kentucky shut down the league’s top scorer. Tonight, the ninth-ranked Wildcats will face one of the top players in the conference. Even though LSU (8-5, 1-0) has endured a roller-coaster ride in its first 13 games, standout Ben Simmons has been impressive during the first two months of his collegiate career. Kentucky coach John Calipari and the Wildcats...

Selfless Wildcats separate themselves
from last year’s disappointment in win

Kentucky’s selfless approach to figuring out this year’s difficulties paid off Friday. (File photo by James Pennington)   ATLANTA — At times this season, Kentucky has shown disconcerting relapses into itself that resemble the team that puttered out into the NIT last year. That team flickered faintly at times but ultimately was a fractured group beyond salvage. Kentucky’s 85-67...

Selfless Wildcats separate themselves from last year's disappointment in win

Kentucky’s selfless approach to figuring out this year’s difficulties paid off Friday. (File photo by James Pennington)   ATLANTA — At times this season, Kentucky has shown disconcerting relapses into itself that resemble the team that puttered out into the NIT last year. That team flickered faintly at times but ultimately was a fractured group beyond salvage. Kentucky’s 85-67...

SEC Tournament Roundup, Day Two:
South Carolina rolls into quarterfinals

ATLANTA — No. 13-seeded South Carolina won two of three to close the regular season (and lost the other to No. 1 Florida), and Frank Martin’s Gamecocks carried that mojo into the SEC tournament. South Carolina’s defense stood firm against Arkansas in the final minutes Thursday, despite poor free-throw shooting on the other end, and the Gamecocks advanced to the SEC tournament quarterfinal...

SEC Tournament Roundup, Day Two: South Carolina rolls into quarterfinals

ATLANTA — No. 13-seeded South Carolina won two of three to close the regular season (and lost the other to No. 1 Florida), and Frank Martin’s Gamecocks carried that mojo into the SEC tournament. South Carolina’s defense stood firm against Arkansas in the final minutes Thursday, despite poor free-throw shooting on the other end, and the Gamecocks advanced to the SEC tournament quarterfinal...

Kentucky braces for third game against LSU: Are the Wildcats ready for the challenge?

Andrew Harrison and the Wildcats have had mixed results against LSU this season. (Photo by James Pennington)   ATLANTA — Kentucky’s worst and Kentucky’s best moments both came against the same team this year, and Friday, the Wildcats will have one more go at the one team in the SEC that seems to test Kentucky’s identity more than any other: LSU. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   The...

Julius Randle named SEC Player of the Week following Saturday game-winner vs. LSU

Kentucky’s Julius Randle was named SEC Player of the Week for his two performances in Wildcats wins against Ole Miss and LSU, the league office announced Monday.   Randle averaged 16.5 points and 14 rebounds over the two games. His big scoring night was Tuesday on the road against Ole Miss. He finished with 25 points and 13 rebounds, shooting 13 of 14 from the free-throw line in the 84-70...