Calipari tweaks routine as UK gets back on track with win over MSU

PJ Washington scored a career-high 22 points to lead the Wildcats to a 78-65 win over Mississippi State Tuesday night at Rupp Arena. (Tammie Brown/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky didn’t play its best but did just enough to get back on track. The Wildcats (15-5, 5-3 Southeastern Conference) snapped a two-game losing streak with a 78-65 win over Mississippi State Tuesday night...

Vanderbilt hopes to bring a boost of energy to the court for struggling Wildcats

Kentucky freshman Jarred Vanderbilt has scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 27 minutes of action since making his debut in a 76-68 loss at South Carolina last week in Columbia. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Jarred Vanderbilt wanted to be cautious when he decided to make his return to the court after sitting out the first 17 games of the season because of a foot injury. “I...

Calipari sees better days ahead following rare second straight SEC setback

Kentucky forward Nick Richards blocks a shot in the Wildcats’ 66-64 setback to Florida Saturday night at Rupp Arena. (Tammie Brown/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari hasn’t hit the panic button and doesn’t plan on calling it a season anytime soon, especially following a 66-64 loss to Florida Saturday night. “I’m good,” Calipari said. “I know there are some...

Calipari wants Cats to get back to having fun on the court again

Kentucky coach John Calipari and the Wildcats will take on Florida in an ESPN Gameday encounter Saturday at Rupp Arena. The Wildcats are coming off a 76-68 loss at South Carolina earlier this week. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari knows all about Florida but wants his team to get mentally right going into Saturday’s ESPN GameDay showdown against the Gators. “You...

Cats to open season against Duke in State Farm Champions Classic next season

Kentucky coach John Calipari and the Wildcats will open the season against Duke in the State Farm Champions Classic next season in Indianapolis. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will tip off its against Duke next season in the State Farm Champions Classic. The two tradition-rich programs will play each other in a doubleheader at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on...

Cats lose big lead, falter down the stretch in 76-68 loss at South Carolina

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today COLUMBIA, S.C. — Jarred Vanderbilt made his much-anticipated debut but Kentucky couldn’t fend off South Carolina and dropped a 76-68 setback Tuesday night. Kentucky led by 14 with 13 minutes remaining, but the Gamecocks used a 26-8 run to grab the lead for good down the stretch and run their record to 7-1 at home this season. The Wildcats lost their second Southeastern...

Surging Kentucky hopes to build on recent road successes at South Carolina

Kentucky’s Nick Richards battles for a rebound against Texas A&M last week. The Wildcats will face a physical South Carolina team Tuesday night in Columbia, South Carolina. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has found a way to win close games on the road and hopes the trend continues at South Carolina Tuesday night. “We’re trying to be a great road team –...

Kentucky shows poise down the stretch in 74-67 win over Vanderbilt

Kentucky’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Wenyen Gabriel and Kevin Knox celebrate a win over Vandy Saturday in Nashville (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is getting used to life on the road. The Wildcats (14-3, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) notched their second conference road victory in three tries Saturday with a 74-67 win over Vanderbilt at Memorial Gym....

Wildcats stay ahead of impending winter storm, arrive at Vandy one day early

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander goes up for a shot in a win over Texas A&M earlier this week. The Wildcats are scheduled to take on Vanderbilt Saturday in Nashville. (Tammie Brown/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky tweaked its routine ahead of a winter storm and departed for Nashville one day earlier than planned. The Wildcats left Lexington Thursday night to prepare for Saturday’s...

UK coach John Calipari planning to ease Jarred Vanderbilt into team’s rotation

Jarred Vanderbilt is expected to make his long-awaited debut with the Wildcats this month. Vanderbilt has been out because of a leg injury for the past three months. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari won’t be putting much pressure on Jarred Vanderbilt once he returns to the court. Vanderbilt, a 6-foot-8 forward, who has been out because of a leg injury for the past...

Short-handed Kentucky holds off struggling Texas A&M 74-73 in thriller

Kentucky’s PJ Washington scores a basket during the first half of the Wildcats’ 74-73 win over Texas A&M Tuesday night at Rupp Arena. (Kentucky Today/Tammie Brown) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky didn’t have its full roster intact, but the Wildcats had enough in the tank to overcome Texas A&M Tuesday night. The Wildcats (13-3, 3-1, Southeastern Conference) bounced back...

Calipari staying in the moment following loss to Vols, expects more fight against Aggies

Kevin Knox goes up for a shot in a win over Louisville last month. The Wildcats host Texas A&M Tuesday night at Rupp Arena. (Elliott Hess/UK Athletics) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari isn’t worried about the future and is staying in the moment following his team’s loss to Tennessee last weekend in Knoxville. “It’s my job to just continue day-to-day, stay in the moment,”...

Rocky finish: Wildcats falter in the second half in loss at Tennessee

PJ Washington goes up for a shot in the first half of Kentucky’s 76-65 loss at Tennessee Saturday night in Knoxville. Washington didn’t play most of the second half because of cramps in his left leg. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has had a hard time topping Tennessee at Rocky Top and Saturday night was no exception. For the third time in their last five tries,...

Calipari, Wildcats expect another close encounter against Volunteers in Knoxville

Kevin Knox had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds in Kentucky’s 74-71 over LSU earlier this week in Baton Rouge. The Wildcats take on Tennessee at 9 p.m. Saturday night in Knoxville (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky had to rally to beat Southeastern Conference foe LSU Tuesday night in Baton Rouge. The Wildcats expect a similar battle when they take on Tennessee...

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...

Kentucky guard Gilgeous-Alexander giving Wildcats a big lift off the bench

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 21 points in Kentucky’s 66-61 win over Georgia Sunday night. Gilgeous-Alexander has scored 45 points in the past two games to give the Wildcats a spark off the bench. (Photo by Quinn Foster I UK Athletics) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is making a name for himself and his teammates aren’t surprised he has emerged as Kentucky’s top player...

Cats revert to old ways, but make plays down the stretch to beat Georgia in SEC opener

Kentucky’s Sacha Killeya-Jones blocks a shot during Kentucky’s 66-61 win over Georgia Sunday night at Rupp Arena. Jones finished with a pair of rebounds. (Photo by Elliott Hess | UK Athletics) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky took a step back in its Southeastern Conference opener, but did just enough to hold off Georgia, escaping with a 66-61 victory over the Bulldogs Sunday night...

Kentucky expecting tough game and a war against rival Louisville

Kentucky coach John Calipari is 8-2 against rival Louisville in his tenure as coach of the Wildcats. The two rivals meet Friday at Rupp Arena. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. (Jeff Houchin Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Hamidou Diallo and his Kentucky teammates weren’t very happy following an 83-75 loss to UCLA in the CBS Sports Classic last weekend. “Every loss makes us mad,” Diallo said. “Losing...

Calipari confident Cats will fare well against UCLA in CBS Sports Classic

Kentucky coach John Calipari talks with guard Quade Green during a win over Virginia Tech last week. The Wildcats take on UCLA at 4 p.m. Saturday in the CBS Sports Classic in New Orleans. (Tammie Brown/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today LJohn Calipari isn’t sure what to expect when his team takes on UCLA Saturday, but the Kentucky coach is confident the Wildcats will fare well in New...