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...

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...

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...

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”...

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...

Rapper Drake returns to Big Blue Madness as Calipari, Wildcats usher in another new season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The stage is set and Kentucky is ready to step into the limelight. The Wildcats officially ushered in the new season with the annual Big Blue Madness Friday night, introducing the men’s a women’s basketball teams to thousands of fans. Many of those in attendance filled the street and lot surrounding Memorial Coliseum, known as “Tent City” earlier this month to...

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...

Wynyard hopes summer success in World Cup competition carries over this season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Tai Wynyard hopes his experience overseas last summer leads to a breakout campaign this season. “Definitely the opportunity is there,” he said. “I’m going to take it and really push myself this year, really try to become the player I want to be.” Tai Wynyard had a successful stint last summer playing for New Zealand in the FIBA World Cup. Wynyard hopes to build...

Coach’s son Brad Calipari pushed harder while playing for his dad at Kentucky

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Brad Calipari calls his coach dad and that’s the way John Calipari wants it to be as long as his son is playing at the University of Kentucky. “He tells me not to call him coach and he wants me to call him dad,” he said. “He pushes me hard and he pushes me harder than a lot of guys. He wants to see me to do well. He also knows I have made strides and how far I...

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...

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...

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...

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...