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Wildcats dodge second-half surge by Tigers as Kentucky tops Missouri Tuesday in Columbia

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Missouri has only beaten Kentucky once in school history. The fourth-ranked Wildcats avoided a repeat of last year’s setback in Columbia with a 66-58 victory Tuesday night at Mizzou Arena. Kentucky (22-4, 11-2) remained one game behind first-place Tennessee and LSU in the Southeastern Conference standings with five games remaining. The Volunteers rebounded from their...

Kentucky bracing for a tough encounter as they hit the road to face struggling Tigers in Columbia

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The road doesn’t get any easier for Kentucky. The Wildcats (21-4, 10-2 Southeastern Conference) are in the midst of a three-way battle with LSU and Tennessee for the top spot in the conference with six games remaining in the regular season. Coming off an 86-69 win over No. 5 Tennessee last weekend, Kentucky takes on struggling Missouri Tuesday night in Columbia. “It’s...

Wildcats dominate top-ranked Volunteers from start to finish with 86-69 win at home Saturday night

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today In the closing minutes of Kentucky’s 86-69 win over top-ranked Tennessee Saturday night, John Calipari made it known he wasn’t fond of the student section’s chant referring to the Volunteers as overrated. “I know how good Tennessee is,” Calipari said. “And that’s what I told our fans, enough of they’re overrated. They’re not overrated. (They’re) probably...

Keith Taylor: Tennessee tough, but Wildcats are good at bouncing back from losses this season

Kentucky has been good at bouncing back this season and as history suggests, that’s good news going into its showdown against top-ranked Tennessee Saturday. The fifth-ranked Wildcats had a 10-game winning streak snapped in a 73-71 loss to No. 19 LSU earlier this week. Losses aren’t good, but they can be learning lessons. Kentucky has taken a live and learn approach during its of its setbacks this...

Jamie Vaught: UK hoops rivalry with Tennessee has produced numerous memorable battles

Over the years, there have been numerous memorable Kentucky-Tennessee basketball battles. In this heated rivalry series, UK fans will remember UT coaches or stars like Ray Mears, Bernard King, Ernie Grunfeld, Rodney Woods, Dale Ellis, Don DeVoe, to name several. They all gave Kentucky coaches Adolph Rupp and Joe B. Hall plenty of disappointments. Both of them had a hard time competing against Mears,...

Persistent LSU bests Kentucky on ‘questionable’ play as 10-game win streak ends Tuesday in Lexington

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It came down to the last play and LSU made a strong statement that it’s a team to be reckoned with in the Southeastern Conference. The Tigers have only won six times in Lexington and this one was perhaps the most stunning, considering the ending. After Keldon Johnson made two free throws with 6 seconds left, Skylar Mays drove the length of the court. His shot missed...

John Calipari’s surging Wildcats focused on surprising LSU, not top-ranked Tennessee

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari isn’t thinking about Tennessee. The Kentucky coach is more concerned about LSU going into Tuesday night’s showdown between the two Southeastern Conference foes. The Tigers (19-4, 9-1) are one of the top surprising teams in the SEC this season and have won 12 of their last 13 games, including an exciting 83-78 win over Auburn last Saturday in Baton Rouge....

Kentucky holds off Mississippi State in Starkville to capture 20th win of the season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The streak continues for Kentucky. The fifth-ranked Wildcats (20-3, 9-1 Southeastern Conference) staved off a furious rally by host Mississippi State and held on for a 71-67 win over the Bulldogs Saturday in Starkville. Kentucky recorded its 10th consecutive victory and completed a regular-season sweep of the Bulldogs. Kentucky defeated Mississippi State 76-55 on Jan....

Wildcats eyeing sweep of ‘desperate’ Mississippi State as they return to Starkville Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has already beaten Mississippi State this season and will be looking for a season sweep Saturday in Starkville. The Wildcats (19-3, 8-1 Southeastern Conference) carry a nine-game winning streak into the contest against the Bulldogs. Mississippi State (16-6, 4-5) is coming off a 92-88 overtime loss to LSU and Kentucky’s players aren’t taking the Bulldogs lightly...

Halfway up the mountain, Cats need to stay hungry and humble — and ‘in right frame of mind’

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is on a roll and John Calipari wants the Wildcats to stay on the current path of success that has led to nine straight victories.   “I’ve got to keep these guys in the right frame of mind,” Calipari said following a 76-48 win over South Carolina Tuesday night. “My job now is (to keep the team staying) hungry, yet humble. We don’t need anybody arrogant...

NASCAR announces competition updates, including changes to DQ procedures, to kick off 2019 season

NASCAR has announced several initiatives and procedural updates for the 2019 season, which officially opens this weekend at Daytona International Speedway with a Sunday double-header — Daytona 500 Busch Pole Award Qualifying and the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona. Among the announcements made was NASCAR’s plan to move its thorough post-race inspection to the race track immediately following...

Cats get physical with South Carolina, coast to ninth straight victory with 76-48 win Tuesday at Rupp

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today An overwhelming favorite, Kentucky didn’t overlook South Carolina and coasted to a 76-48 win over the Gamecocks Tuesday night. The fifth-ranked Wildcats notched their ninth straight victory, including eight straight Southeastern Conference victories since dropping a 77-75 loss to Alabama in the league opener on Jan. 5 in Tuscaloosa. Kentucky (19-3, 8-1) improved to...

Cats snap back, rally to beat Florida Gators in Gainesville Saturday, 65-54; big second half

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky knows what it takes to win on the road and rallied to beat Florida Saturday. 
The seventh-ranked Wildcats used a big second half to hold off the hosts and escaped with a 65-54 victory over the Gators. Kentucky posted its eighth-straight win, including its last four on the road and has limited its last eight foes to less than 60 points. Immanuel Quickly drives...

Wildcats in ‘good spirits’ going into showdown at Florida, ready to ‘give it all we’ve got’

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is used to what to expect on the road and won’t be overwhelmed when it visits Florida Saturday in Gainesville. “I heard that it’s pretty crazy, but at this point we’re pretty used to it, playing at Louisville and playing at Auburn,” Kentucky guard Jemarl Baker said. “We’ve just got to go out there and give it all we’ve got.” The Wildcats (17-3,...

Jamie Vaught: Despite early season setbacks, Cats rebound, make basketball in Kentucky fun again

UK Basketball is fun again. After that ugly season-opening loss to Duke in Indianapolis back on Election Day in early November, the Big Blue Nation suffered a horrible spell for nearly two months. The rabid fans had seen the Wildcats, a preseason No. 2 team behind Kansas, fall from grace. Kentucky was no longer a serious Final Four contender. Three days later, UK bounced back and defeated Missouri...

P.J. Washington posts second straight double-double as Cats capture lopsided win over Commodores

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Vanderbilt was no match for Kentucky and fast-improving PJ Washington. The seventh-ranked Wildcats showed no signs of a letdown after their win over No. 11 Kansas and rolled to an 87-52 rout over the Commodores Tuesday night in a game that was never close. Kentucky (17-3, 6-1) led Vanderbilt 45-15 at the break and kept the foot on the pedal in the second half to record...

Wildcats not looking past struggling Vanderbilt as they return to Southeastern Conference play Tuesday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky won’t change its approach when it steps back into Southeastern Conference play Tuesday night at Vanderbilt. The Wildcats (16-3, 5-1 SEC) carry a six-game winning streak into the contest and are coming off a 71-63 win over Kansas in the SEC-Big 12 Challenge Saturday. Kentucky jumped one spot in the Associated Press Top 25 Monday, making the jump from eighth...

Keith Taylor: Kentucky may not be the best, but Cats are the hottest team in the nation

Kentucky is one of the hottest squads in the nation after notching three victories over ranked teams in a seven-day span. 
It all started with a thrilling 82-80 win over Auburn on Jan. 19, followed by a blowout over Mississippi State last Tuesday. The Wildcats parlayed that success into a 71-63 triumph over Kansas Saturday in front of the largest crowd to witness a game in Lexington this season. 
Rupp...

Justify voted 2018 Horse of the Year at the Eclipse Awards; Irad Ortiz voted top jockey

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters (NTWAB) announced Thursday that Justify  was voted the 2018 Horse of the Year, at the 48th Annual Eclipse Awards Ceremony at Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino in Hallandale Beach, Florida. Justify is shown here winning the Kentucky Derby in May (file photo). Justify became horse...

PJ Washington turns in inspiring performance, leads Wildcats past Kansas 71-63, gets 5th double-double

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today When he’s at his best, PJ Washington is nearly unstoppable. He was a force for Kentucky when the Wildcats needed him the most Saturday night.   Washington had a double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead the eighth-ranked Wildcats to a 71-63 victory over No. 9 Kansas in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge at Rupp Arena. It was the team’s fifth consecutive victory...