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UK’s Mitch Barnhart named to College Football Playoff Selection Committee; to serve three-year term

University of Kentucky Director of Athletics Mitch Barnhart has been named to the College Football Playoff Selection Committee for a three-year term. Barnhart was added to the selection committee along with Boo Corrigan, athletics director at North Carolina State; Texas AD Chris Del Conte; Will Shields, former All-America lineman at Nebraska; and Joe Taylor, longtime coach and current AD at Virginia...

Home sweet home: Kentucky football team set to play seven games at Kroger Field next season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will play seven home football games next season. The team’s schedule was released Wednesday and the Wildcats will take on Florida, LSU and Georgia in a three-game stretch during the first three weeks of October. The Wildcats played a full conference slate this past season and finished with a 5-6 mark, defeating North Carolina State in the TaxSlayer Bowl. Just...

Jamie Vaught: UK women’s basketball team enjoying fine season, ranked among nation’s best at No. 15

With the COVID-19 regular season already halfway over, the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team has struggled mightily. But what about the UK women team? It has done exactly the opposite of its counterparts, ranking among the nation’s top teams with a very good mark of 11-4 going into this week’s action. The Wildcats, currently No. 15 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, have already...

Kentucky falters late in second half, Alabama completes rare sweep with 70-59 win on Tuesday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky slowed down Alabama, but the ninth-ranked Crimson Tide pulled away late and muscled their way to a 70-59 victory over the Wildcats on Tuesday night in Tuscaloosa. Alabama, which rolled to an 85-65 victory over Kentucky two weeks ago in Lexington, made all 10 of its free throws in the final 1:35 and outscored the Wildcats 16-5 in the final four minutes for its...

UK’s John Rhodes named D1 Baseball preseason All-American; honored as designated hitter

University of Kentucky outfielder John Rhodes has been named a preseason third team All-American by D1 Baseball. Rhodes was honored as the designated hitter. The sophomore also earned third team preseason All-America recognition from Collegiate Baseball, which named him the 2020 National co-Freshman of the Year after a blistering start to his collegiate career. He is considered one of the top prospects...

Role reversal: UK underdogs in rematch against No. 9 Alabama on Tuesday night in Tuscaloosa

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky isn’t used to being the underdog and will face a rare role reversal when it takes on No. 9 Alabama on Tuesday night in Tuscaloosa. The Crimson Tide (13-3 overall, 8-0 Southeastern Conference) is enjoying their highest ranking since 2007 and carries a nine-game winning streak into the contest. Alabama defeated the Wildcats 85-65 on Jan. 12 and showed no signs...

Western Kentucky completes weekend sweep at Middle Tennessee with 68-52 victory on Sunday

Charles Bassey scored 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds on Sunday as Western Kentucky completed a two-game weekend series sweep at Middle Tennessee with a 68-52 win at Murfreesboro, Tenn. Bassey also finished with five blocked shots as WKU limited Middle Tennessee to just 28.6 percent shooting from the field. The Hilltoppers converted 48 percent of their attempts from the field and were 17-for-22 at...

Billy Reed: Remembering Hank Aaron, a baseball superstar and a man of grace, eloquence

When it was obvious that Henry Aaron was ready for baseball’s major leagues, he received contract offers from the New York Giants and Milwaukee Braves. He signed with the Braves only because their offer was $50 higher. As Aaron observed years later, “That $50 is all that kept Willie Mays and I from being teammates.” It is difficult to imagine a team with Mays in center field and Aaron in right....

UK gets back on track, rolls to 82-69 victory over LSU on Saturday night to end three-game losing streak

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky ended one streak and started another one Saturday night. The Wildcats snapped a three-game slide with an 82-69 win over LSU, giving the Wildcats a shot of much-needed momentum after three losses left Kentucky in a dire need of a victory. It was the Wildcats’ first win since a 76-58 win at Florida on Jan. 9. Kentucky (5-9 overall, 4-3 Southeastern Conference)...

UK freshman guard Boston trying to stay positive through struggles as Cats prepare for LSU

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Brandon “BJ” Boston is doing all he can to get back on track. The Kentucky freshman guard has been spending extra time in the gym after coming off the bench for the first time in his career earlier this week in a 63-62 loss at Georgia. He was working out past midnight Friday with teammate Cam’Ron Fletcher. “Basketball is really all that’s on my mind, so it’s...

EKU extends winning streak to eight with 113-73 victory over UT Martin on Thursday night

Wendell Green Jr. and Michael Moreno combined for 48 points Thursday night as Eastern Kentucky won its eighth consecutive game with a 113-73 victory over UT Martin at McBrayer Arena. Green finished with 25 points and four assists, while Moreno added 23 points. EKU tied an Ohio Valley Conference record by draining 20 shots from 3-point range. The Colonels improved to 13-2 overall, 7-1 in the OVC. Michael...

Calipari discouraged after watching Kentucky drop 63-62 buzzer-beater at Georgia on Wednesday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari was down after watching his team’s 14-game winning streak against Georgia end Wednesday night in Athens. The Wildcats (4-9, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) led by one with three seconds remaining, but P.J. Horne’s basket on an out-of-bounds play with 1.3 ticks left lifted Georgia to a 63-62 triumph over the struggling...

WKU star center Bassey tabbed Lute Olson National Player of the Week, C-USA Player of the Week

Western Kentucky University center Charles Bassey has been named Lute Olson National Player of the Week by College Insider. Additionally, the junior big man was selected as Conference USA Player of the Week for the second consecutive week, the league announced. WKU’s Charles Bassey (23) has been named Lute Olson National Player of the Week. (WKU photo) Bassey led WKU to a rivalry sweep over Marshall...

Calipari frustrated as Kentucky switches to desperation mode going into game at Georgia

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari is frustrated and admitted he’s not happy with the way his team is playing going into Wednesday night’s contest at Georgia. “There is a frustration out there, and I’ll be honest with you, it’s unacceptable where we are right now — unacceptable,” Calipari said Tuesday. “I’m trying to figure out everything...

EKU’s King named OVC Player of the Week; No. 17 Lindsey Wilson women upset No. 4 Thomas More

Eastern Kentucky University junior Tre King has been voted the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week for the third time this season, the league announced on Monday. Tre King King did a lot of scoring, and a little bit of everything else, in EKU’s 93-85 overtime win at Eastern Illinois on Saturday night. He finished with a game-high 24 points to go along with six rebounds, two assists, two...

John Calipari still tweaking, trying to find an answer to his Wildcats’ recent struggles

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari isn’t giving up on his squad despite their recent struggles that have left Kentucky limping going into the heart of the Southeastern Conference schedule. Although the Wildcats dropped two games last week — a blowout loss to Alabama, followed by a single-digit setback at Auburn — the Kentucky coach said he will never “stop tweaking and changing.” In...

Western Kentucky completes weekend sweep of Marshall with 69-67 road victory on Sunday

Western Kentucky brought out the brooms Sunday afternoon in Huntington, W.Va. The Hilltoppers (11-4 overall, 4-2 Conference USA) rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit to post a 69-67 win at Marshall, completing their first series sweep in league play after two opening splits. “Getting down a little bit the first half, our guys showed a lot of grit and a lot of character,” WKU head...

EKU pulls out 93-85 overtime win at Eastern Illinois on Saturday for seventh consecutive victory

Sophomore Michael Moreno’s 3-pointer with three seconds remaining in regulation sent the game into overtime, and Eastern Kentucky held on to beat host Eastern Illinois, 93-85, on Saturday at Lantz Arena. It was EKU’s seventh consecutive win, and the Colonels improved to 12-2 overall, 6-1 in the Ohio Valley Conference. This is Eastern Kentucky’s best start since 1946-47. Tre King EKU...

Kentucky plays ‘well enough to win,’ but comes up short down the stretch in loss at Auburn

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky stopped Auburn, but the Tigers still escaped with a 66-59 win over the Wildcats Saturday at Auburn Arena. “We defended that way you defend to win games,” Kentucky head coach John Calipari said. The loss was the second straight for Kentucky this week after the Wildcats (4-7 overall, 2-3 SEC) opened the Southeastern Conference with three straight victories,...

West Virginia transfer Tshiebwe joins UK; big man won’t be eligible to play until next season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is already working on next year’s roster. The Wildcats officially added 6-foot-9 West Virginia transfer Oscar Tshiebwe to the roster Thursday. Tshiebwe will join the team immediately, but won’t become eligible until next season. Oscar Tshiebwe has transferred to Kentucky. He will practice with the team and become eligible next season. (WVU photo) Tshiebwe,...