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Keith Taylor: Hype rises for Wildcats following impressive showing in Bahamas

Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari likes the way his team performed in the Bahamas, but knows it’s only August. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The hype is on. The Kentucky men’s basketball team provided a glimpse into what to expect this season during a four-game exhibition tour in the Bahamas. The Wildcats won all four games and they weren’t...

Perfect Cats end Big Blue Bahamas tour with another blowout victory

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky concluded its Big Blue Bahamas Tour in impressive fashion with a 93-60 victory over Team Toronto Sunday at Imperial Arena at Paradise Island. The Wildcats placed five players in double figures, paced by graduate transfer Reid Travis with 19 points and 15 rebounds, including 12 on the defensive end of the floor. The performance by Travis was his best outing of...

Impressive Wildcats hit century mark for third straight win in Bahamas Tour

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky hit the century mark and remained undefeated in the Big Blue Bahamas Tour with a 100-64 rout of Mega Bemax Saturday night at Imperial Arena at Paradise Island. It marked the Wildcats’ third straight victory in the four-game tour, which concludes at 4 p.m. Sunday against Team Toronto. Kentucky coach John Calipari expected a close encounter against the Serbian...

Cats shoot lights out literally in second win of exhibition tour

Freshman guard Tyler Herro scored 22 points and made four 3-pointers to lead the Wildcats to an exhibition win over San Lorenzo Thursday night at Imperial Arena in Atlantis. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s second exhibition game at Imperial Arena in the Big Blue Bahamas Tour will be one to remember. The Wildcats defeated San Lorenzo De Almagro 91-68 Thursday night but...

Paced by vet and newcomer, Cats open Bahamas tour with easy win

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky opened its four-game Bahamas exhibition tour with an 85-61 win over the Bahamas National Team Wednesday at Imperial Arena in Atlantis. Nick Richards led four players in double figures with a team-high 19 points and missed just one shot on seven attempts. Freshman guard Tyler Herro followed Richards with 16 points and two steals. Keldon Johnson added 11 points...

Cats depart for Bahamas, Calipari unsure what to expect during four-game exhibition tour

Reid Travis goes up for a layup during an open practice last week at the Joe Craft Center. The Wildcats departed for the Bahamas Monday and will play four games during the four-game exhibition tour. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari isn’t putting much pressure on his team during a four-game exhibition tour in the Bahamas this week. The Kentucky coach wants...

UK Notebook: In-state star Allen commits to Cats; Transy part of UK exhibition schedule

Dontaie AllenBy Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari picked up an instate commitment Thursday when Pendleton County standout Dontaie Allen verbally committed to play for the Wildcats. Allen confirmed his decision via Twitter on Thursday and said he will “rock Kentucky Blue.” Allen, a 6-foot-7 perimeter player, also received offers from Florida, Illinois, Pittsburgh, Oklahoma, Iowa State, Saint...

Practice report: It’s easy to see why Calipari is so giddy about Wildcats

Kentucky coach John Calipari instructs his team during an open practice Wednesday at the Joe Craft Center. The Wildcats are preparing for a trip to the Bahamas next week. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari has spent more time with this Kentucky team than any other he has coached at Kentucky. In some ways, it’s been a throwback summer for the Kentucky coach...

Former Kentucky standout Kevin Knox impressed with Wildcats

Former Kentucky standout Kevin Knox gets ready to take a shot during an open practice at the Joe Craft Center Wednesday night. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kevin Knox got his first glimpse of Kentucky’s basketball team next season and came away impressed. “(Tuesday) at practice they were going at it,” Knox said prior to making an appearance at the John Calipari...

Former UK coach Tubby Smith tees it up in Barbasol Pro-Am in brief return to Bluegrass

Tubby Smith watches his tee shot from the No. 11 tee box during a Pro-Am event ahead of the Barbasol Championship Wednesday at Champions at Keene Trace. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today NICHOLASVILLE (KT) — Tubby Smith was happy to be back in the Bluegrass even if it was for a brief period to time. “It was fun and we had a good time,” said Smith who played alongside...

SEC Network will televise all four of Kentucky’s August exhibition games from the Bahamas

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky basketball never stops even during the off-season. All four of the team’s games in the Bahamas will be televised by the SEC Network next month it was announced by the school Tuesday. In the opener on Aug. 8, Kentucky will take on the Bahamas National Team at 7 p.m. The Wildcats also will play San Lorenzo De Almagro at 7 p.m. on Aug. 9 before taking a one day...

Former Kentucky standouts set to compete in NBA Summer League at Las Vegas

Kentucky coach John Calipari will be watching many of his former players, including Isaiah Briscoe, compete in the NBA Summer League that began Friday and concludes July 17 in Las Vegas. (Kentucky Today/Tammie Brown) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will be well represented in the growing NBA Summer League this year as 14 former Wildcats will take part in the event that began today and concludes...

After enduring up and down season, Nick Richards is looking forward to sophomore campaign at Kentucky

Kentucky center Nick Richards is more confident following a roller-coaster ride in his first season with the Wildcats. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Although basketball season is more than three months away, Nick Richards is already thinking about next year. “I’m pretty confident in myself right now, (more) than I was last season,” he said. “I actually haven’t...

John Calipari is taking his time getting a feel for the Wildcats

Kentucky coach John Calipari likes the way his team has bonded during the past two weeks ahead of an overseas trip to the Bahamas in August. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today LEXINGTON, Ky. (KT) — John Calipari is taking his time getting to know his team. The Kentucky coach thinks he’s “got a good group” one that has about a month to prepare for an overseas trip to...

Finally healthy, Kentucky guard Jemarl Baker ready to compete next season

Kentucky guard Jemarl Baker has fully recovered from a knee injury and hopes to be one of the team’s main contributors next season. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Jemarl Baker experienced something new in his first season at Kentucky. The sharp-shooting guard from Los Angeles not only had to deal with being away from home but also deal with a torn left meniscus...

Calipari happy for four NBA draftees, disappointed Gabriel not chosen

Kentucky coach John Calipari was happy to see four of his former players selected in the NBA Draft Thursday night in Brooklyn, New York. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari felt a mixed bag of emotions after watching the NBA Draft unfold Thursday night on Brooklyn, New York. Four of his former players — Kevin Knox, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Hamidou Diallo and...

Graduate transfer Reid Travis looking forward to fresh start at Kentucky

Reid Travis was one of the top players in the Pac-12 last year and will play at Kentucky next season as a graduate transfer. (Bob Drebin/isiphotos.com) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It didn’t take Reid Travis long to make a decision on his future. Travis, one of the top players in the Pac-12 during the past two years, announced he will attend Kentucky as a graduate transfer next season to pursue...

UK coach Calipari still getting a feel for where his players will land in the draft

Kentucky coach John Calipari is still getting a feel as to where his players will land in the NBA Draft set for Thursday night in Brooklyn, New York. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari isn’t sure if all of his players will get chosen in the NBA Draft Thursday night and is still in the process of figuring things out. “There is a lot of interest in a lot of...

Highly-touted guard Hagans reclassifies, signs with Calipari, Wildcats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Ashton Hagans couldn’t wait to play for Kentucky and is expected to be on campus this week. Hagans reclassified to the Class of 2018 and signed a financial aid agreement to play for the Wildcats. Hagans was scheduled to graduate next year, but opted to graduate high school earlier than expected to “see my dream of playing for coach (John) Calipari and the Big Blue...

Despite LaSalle rumors, Quade Green never considered leaving Kentucky

Kentucky sophomore guard Quade Green said he never considered transferring to LaSalle. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Quade Green never considered leaving Kentucky. Although it was heavily rumored that Green would be transferring to another school following his first season with the Wildcats, he squashed the suggestion that he would be leaving for LaSalle or any other...