Cats bounce back, roll past Vandy for seventh victory of the season

Kentucky running back Benny Snell rushed for 116 yards and three touchdowns in the Wildcats’ 44-21 rout of Vanderbilt Saturday in Nashville. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today For the first time in eight years, Kentucky defeated Vanderbilt in Nashville. The Wildcats not only got a rare victory in Music City, but beat the Commodores soundly Saturday. Kentucky (7-3, 4-3 Southeastern...

Stoops expecting another close encounter against Commodores Saturday in Nashville

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops is 2-2 against Vanderbilt and has yet to defeat the Commodores in Nashville, where the Wildcats haven’t won in eight years. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Vanderbilt is winless in the Southeastern Conference. Although the Commodores are 0-5 in the league, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops expects a close encounter Saturday in Nashville. “Like always,...

Stoops sees silver lining ahead for Wildcats amid disappointing loss to Ole Miss

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops answers questions during his weekly press conference Monday. The Wildcats take on Vanderbilt at 4 p.m. Saturday in Nashville. (Keith Taylor/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops admitted last Saturday’s 37-34 loss to Mississippi wasn’t easy to swallow, but after reviewing the loss on film, Stoops feels better about his team’s chances going into...

Keith Taylor: Blue-collar Cats fight, stick together to overcome gritty Vandy on senior night

A senior night ceremony and engagement proposal provided enough stress for Kentucky during its home finale Tuesday night. Throw in a determined Vanderbilt team trying to muscle its way into an NCAA Tournament in the mix and there was a recipe for disaster. It took pure toughness — the same blue-collar effort seniors Dominique Hawkins, Derek Willis and Mychal Mulder have displayed during their respective...

Epps leads UK women past Vandy, moves into 5th-place on school’s all-time scoring list

Makayla Epps moved into fifth place on Kentucky’s career scoring list as the 25th-ranked Kentucky women’s basketball team beat Vanderbilt 71-63 on Sunday at Memorial Coliseum. “We needed a victory today and we needed to earn it and we are just really, really happy to bounce back after a tough loss on Thursday,” Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell said. “That is a tough team. They really play...

Keith Taylor: Wildcats prove they can succeed in the half-court with grinding win over Vandy

NASHVILLE — Kentucky has proved it can win in a fast-paced environment and pull off the same feat when other teams get rough and tough. The Wildcats also proved it doesn’t take speed and quickness to wear down the opposition. Host Vanderbilt forced the Wildcats into a half-court tangle Tuesday night and Kentucky showed it was capable of succeeding while playing at a much slower pace in an 87-81...

Hawkins putting in extra work, wants to ‘leave it all on the floor’ as UK career winds down

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer Dominique Hawkins knows his time at Kentucky is winding down and is taking advantage of his last tour of duty with the Wildcats. “I have a few more months here and I just want to leave it all on the floor,” Hawkins said Monday ahead of Kentucky’s contest at Vanderbilt set for Tuesday. UK guard Dominique Hawkins is in his last semester with the Wildcats...

Keith Taylor: Staying the course, Kentucky holds off Vandy to reach halfway mark of season

After Kentucky opened the season with two straight losses, Mark Stoops didn’t want the Wildcats to chart a new path. “I told them to stay the course,” he said after the Wildcats closed out the first half of a season with a 20-13 victory over Vanderbilt Saturday. “I said, every son of a gun outside of this room right here will be attacking you and me. Put your head down, do your job and go to...

Stoops says UK ‘in a good spot’ going into must-win showdown against SEC East foe Vanderbilt

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer As bad as last year’s 21-17 loss to Vanderbilt bothered Mark Stoops, the Kentucky coach hasn’t spent much time giving his team a short history lesson this week. “We don’t talk about it much,” Stoops said Thursday. “I referenced it because somebody asked me a question about it (earlier this week). I’d be lying if I said it didn’t bother...

Murray scores 33, but Kentucky fails to ‘ring the bell’ in 74-62 setback to Vanderbilt

By Keith Taylor KyForward sports writer For the third time this season, Jamal Murray eclipsed the 30-point mark but it wasn’t enough for Kentucky in a 74-62 loss to Vanderbilt Saturday in Nashville. Murray led all scorers with 33 points but the Commodores used a big second half to defeat the Wildcats and remain in contention for the Southeastern Conference regular season title. Kentucky (21-8,...

Kentucky’s road to a second straight SEC regular-season title will be a bumpy ride

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer The road to a second-straight Southeastern Conference championship won’t be an smooth one for Kentucky. Two of the Wildcats’ final three games are away, starting with Saturday’s contest at Vanderbilt. Kentucky holds a one-game lead over South Carolina and Texas A&M, while the Commodores and LSU are two games behind the Wildcats in...

Keith Taylor: Tyler Ulis has good day at the office, leads UK past Vanderbilt

Tyler Ulis doesn’t come to the office dressed in a suit and tie but make no mistake, he’s the boss and he knows it. “He wants the corner office,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said after the Wildcats rolled to a 76-57 win over Vanderbilt Saturday. “That’s what he wants. He thrives in it.” Tyler Ulis scored 21 points to lead the Wildcats past Vandy Saturday (UK Athletics Photo)...

Keith Taylor: Calipari hopes confidence continues as UK returns to Rupp to face Vanderbilt

Kentucky got the road win it desperately needed at Arkansas and Wildcats coach John Calipari hopes the momentum carries over into Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt. “If we didn’t have a little confidence going into this game, whew, because they’re good,” Calipari said Friday. Tyler Ulis scored a career-high 24 points in a win over Arkansas Thursday night (UK Athletics Photo) The Wildcats...

Stoops expects Wildcats to ‘man up’ and make good showing in final SEC game of season at Vanderbilt

By Keith Taylor KyForward sports writer The stakes are high for Kentucky going into its Southeastern Conference finale at Vanderbilt Saturday. The Wildcats (4-5, 2-5 SEC) will attempt to end a four-game losing streak and inch closer toward bowl eligibility with a second straight win over the Commodores Saturday in Nashville. Vandy (3-6, 1-4) has lost two straight games and is coming off a 9-7 setback...

SEC Tournament Roundup, Day One: Auburn’s Tony Barbee fired Wednesday

The biggest news from the first day of the SEC tournament came off the court, when Auburn coach Tony Barbee was fired about an hour after the Tigers’ 74-56 loss to South Carolina opened the 2014 SEC tournament in Atlanta. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   Barbee, who had just completed his fourth season at Auburn, was 49-75 as the Tigers’ coach and never won more than six...

SEC Tournament Roundup, Day One: Auburn's Tony Barbee fired Wednesday

The biggest news from the first day of the SEC tournament came off the court, when Auburn coach Tony Barbee was fired about an hour after the Tigers’ 74-56 loss to South Carolina opened the 2014 SEC tournament in Atlanta. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   Barbee, who had just completed his fourth season at Auburn, was 49-75 as the Tigers’ coach and never won more than six...

DeNesha Stallworth leads No. 12 Kentucky to two-point win, 65-63, on her Senior Day

On her Senior Day, Kentucky forward DeNesha Stallworth made a pair of free throws in the final minute Sunday to help lead No. 12 Kentucky to a 65-63 win over Vanderbilt.   The Wildcats finished the regular season at 10-6 in the SEC standings, earning the No. 4 seed in next week’s conference tournament and the double bye through to the tournament quarterfinals that comes with it.   Sophomore...

No. 14 Kentucky not at its best Saturday,
still tops Vanderbilt 71-62 in Nashville

Willie Cauley-Stein had 15 points and six rebounds in Kentucky’s 71-62 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday. (File photo by James Pennington)   NASHVILLE—The context framing No. 14 Kentucky’s 71-62 win over Vanderbilt will ultimately prove more important than the game it framed. The Wildcats won, and road wins in the Southeastern Conference (read: road wins in any league) are important, and...

No. 14 Kentucky not at its best Saturday, still tops Vanderbilt 71-62 in Nashville

Willie Cauley-Stein had 15 points and six rebounds in Kentucky’s 71-62 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday. (File photo by James Pennington)   NASHVILLE—The context framing No. 14 Kentucky’s 71-62 win over Vanderbilt will ultimately prove more important than the game it framed. The Wildcats won, and road wins in the Southeastern Conference (read: road wins in any league) are important, and...

Vanderbilt's Memorial Gym is always strange, but this UK trip may not impose much fear

Vanderbilt’s Memorial Gym is known for its quirks. (Photo used under Creative Commons license)   When Kentucky takes the court at Vanderbilt’s Memorial Gym on Saturday—the vaunted Memorial Gym, the same Memorial Gym that’s been responsible for so many college basketball anomalies over the years because of its strange setup not seen anywhere else in the country. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   If...