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 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...

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...

Early competition bringing out the best in young Wildcats during preseason workouts

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Competition is a good thing and it’s bringing out the best in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Quade Green. The two Kentucky newcomers have been vying for the starting job at point guard during preseason workouts. Although Green is the favorite to succeed De’Aaron Fox, Gilgeous-Alexander has been building his own case behind the scenes, a process Wildcats assistant coach...

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...

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 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...

UK walk-ons Pulliam, David living the dream, take their roles seriously with Cats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Dillon Pullium is living the dream. Pullium, one of two wall-ons on the Kentucky men’s basketball team, knows the special feeling that comes from playing for the Wildcats. Pullium, a Cynthiana native, enjoyed a standout career at Harrison County High School and fulfilling a childhood dream as he completes an engineering degree. Dillon Pulliam grew up a Kentucky Wildcats...

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...

National prep schedule helped prepare Gilgeous-Alexander for better competition at Kentucky

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Shai Gilgeous-Alexnder took an unusual path to Kentucky. Instead of playing a routine high school schedule, Gilgeous-Alexander toured the country as a member of Hamilton Heights Christian Academy in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The team participated in several events across the country, which helped prepare Gilgeous-Alexander for his freshman campaign at Kentucky. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander...

New and improved Sacha Killeya-Jones ready for breakout campaign this season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Everything didn’t go as planned for Sacha Killeya-Jones last season. He expects things to change this year. “The Sacha now would enjoy playing against the Sacha last year,” he said. Sacha Killeya-Jones is ready for a breakout season with the Wildcats. Jones struggled last season and played in just 15 games. (UK Athletics Photo) Although Jones was a five-star recruit...

Recovering from foot injury, Vanderbilt not surprised by Kentucky’s early team chemistry

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Jarred Vanderbilt couldn’t wait to get to Kentucky to meet his new teammates. “I’m glad that they let us come during the summer,” Vanderbilt said. “You know just to get our feet wet. Experience a little bit in the college world and maybe it is good having a little advantage.” Jarred Vanderbilt will miss the first three months of the season as he recovers from...

Playing for ex-NBA star Hardaway helped P.J. Washington prepare for life as a Wildcat

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today P.J. Washington was born in Louisville, but the Kentucky freshman doesn’t remember much more about his brief stay in the Bluegrass. “I was a little over three months old when we moved,” he said. “I don’t remember a lot about Louisville, other than being born there.I was just born in Louisville. That’s about it.” Kentucky newcomer P.J. Hardaway said playing...

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...

Calipari plans new wrinkles as young Wildcats prepare for ‘hard’ road this season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari knows what he is getting into this season. Although the Kentucky coach is used to a roster stocked with newcomers, this time it’s different with no seniors and seven freshmen being counted on carry the load. Aside from sophomore Wenyen Gabriel, whom Calipari said is “playing way better” than he was a year ago and Hamidou Diallo, the team’s heralded...