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...

Poythress becomes first Wildcat to earn Academic All-America status in 21 years

Kentucky senior men’s basketball player Alex Poythress has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-America Second Team. He is the first Wildcat to take home the honor since Mark Pope in 1995. Poythress is the 12th different Kentucky player to earn Academic All-America honors in program history, joining legends such as Louie Dampier, Larry Conley, Dan Issel,...

Jamie Vaught: Calipari says he’s pleasantly surprised by the development of Briscoe’s ‘terrific’ defense

Isaiah Briscoe is a very important player for UK who can do a lot of damage. As you may have noticed, while he can score and rebound, he can also play a very tough defense. And his coach, John Calipari, has said the 6-3 freshman from Newark, N.J., has potential to be the best defensive guard in the in the nation. “He’s a fighter,” said Calipari of Briscoe, a McDonald’s All-American...

Jamie Vaught: Former Cat Mark Pope bringing his Utah Valley team back to Kentucky to face U of L

Random notes …. Mark Pope is coming to Louisville next week. That’s because the former UK hoops standout is the head coach at Utah Valley University and he is taking his team for a two-game appearance in the Billy Minardi Classic. And the Wolverines will facing Rick Pitino’s Louisville Cardinals in the second game on Wednesday evening, Dec. 23. That contest will be seen on ESPNU,...