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Texas Tech embraces rare encounter against Kentucky in Saturday’s Big 12/SEC Challenge

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Texas Tech and Kentucky have played just four games against each other and the two teams haven’t met in more than two decades. A fifth meeting will take place this weekend. For the first time since 1965, the 15th-ranked Wildcats will take on the No. 18 Red Raiders in Lubbock, Texas in the Big 12/SEC Challenge Saturday. The two programs haven’t played since Kentucky...

Kentucky guard Ashton Hagans expecting another tough contest against struggling Georgia Bulldogs

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Ashton Hagans doesn’t think much will change when Kentucky takes on Georgia for the second time this season Tuesday night at Rupp Arena. “It was good to be back at home, but now we’re back in Lexington playing them,” said Hagans, a former Georgia Mr. Basketball and Gatorade Player of the Year winner. “It’s the same game plan. We just go out there and play...

John Calipari’s ejection gives Wildcats the spark they needed in 73-66 win over Arkansas in Fayetteville

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The message was simple and Kentucky responded to adversity with ease in a 73-66 win at Arkansas on Saturday. That message came after Kentucky coach John Calipari was ejected following a double technical foul with 8:19 remaining and the Wildcats in a 44-44 deadlock. The Razorbacks took a 47-44 lead after making three of four free throws, but Kentucky went on a 15-2 run...

Wildcats move past loss to South Carolina, brace for another tough contest against thriving Arkansas

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has moved past its buzzer-beating loss to South Carolina earlier this week and looking ahead to Saturday’s contest at Arkansas. “(You) can’t let that energy, that loss, sit too long,” Kentucky guard Johny Juzang said Friday. You’ve got to get ready for the next one. So, it’s a fresh game and you’ve just got to go out there and compete and learn...

Wildcats blow 14-point lead, fall to Gamecocks on last-second shot Wednesday night in Columbia

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s four-game winning streak came to an end Wednesday night in South Carolina. The 10th-ranked Wildcats suffered their first Southeastern Conference loss of the season with an 81-78 setback to South Carolina in Columbia. It was the first league victory of the season for the Gamecocks (9-7, 1-2), who rallied from a 14-point deficit in the second half and used...

Sophomore guard Immanuel Quickley has no regrets after returning to Kentucky for second season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Immanuel Quickley has no regrets coming back for his sophomore season. “I’ve said that multiple times, I’m so glad I came back,” he said. “Even at the start of the season coming back into my sophomore year, not even basketball-wise, but it’s great because now I really know where all my classes are. I know time management, I know when I need to be places and...

Former Kentucky linebacker Anwar Stewart to return to Wildcats as defensive line coach

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Anwar Stewart is coming back home. The former Kentucky linebacker and defensive end (1996-99) has been hired as Kentucky’s defensive line coach. He served as a student assistant and defensive assistant under Mark Stoops from 2017-18. Anwar Stewart “It’s great when we can bring back former players and I’m excited to have Anwar rejoin our staff,” Stoops said....

Kentucky marks milestone as Immanuel Quickley’s late heroics help Wildcats sink Crimson Tide

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky reached a milestone and remained unbeaten in the Southeastern Conference Saturday. The No. 14 Wildcats scored six unanswered points in the final 1:12 and held on for a 76-67 triumph over Alabama. The hosts led by 15 in the second half and overcame the Tide’s late surge down the stretch to get the win, which was the team’s 1.000th regular-season victory...

Veteran forward Nick Richards performing at a ‘very high level’ for surging Wildcats as ‘Tide’ rolls in

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Nick Richards has been making a difference for Kentucky during the past three weeks and made an impact in the Wildcats’ win at Georgia earlier this week. It was the play of Richards in the second half that helped No. 14 Kentucky overcome a 31-27 halftime deficit as the Wildcats went on to defeat the Bulldogs 78-69 in the first true road game of the season. Bulldogs...

Big second half from Wildcats in Athens hands Bulldogs first home loss of the season

Kentucky guard Ashton Hagans takes a shot against Georgia (Photo from UK Athletics, Guy Ramsey) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky survived its first true road game of the year and handed Georgia its first home loss of the season in Athens Tuesday night. The 14th-ranked Wildcats (11-3, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) notched their third consecutive victory with a 78-69 win over the gritty Bulldogs....

Lexington Catholic quarterback Beau Allen highlights first day of early signing for football Wildcats

Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops addressed the crowd in Rupp Arena to thunderous applause at Rupp Arena last weekend. (Kentucky Today/Chris Reynolds) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops was all smiles following the first day of the early signing period on Wednesday. The Wildcats landed 19 prospects, including in-state prospects Lexington Catholic standout quarterback Beau Allen and Louisville...

Immanuel Quickley loves Kentucky’s three-guard lineup, adjusts to new role for Wildcats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky guard Immanuel Quickley has tied his career-high three times this season and is feeling more comfortable as he adjusts to his role with the Wildcats. “I try to go out and play my own game,” he said. “I try to take bits and pieces of other players but I just want to be my own player and be someone that’s unique and different.” Quickley scored 16 points...

UK’s Rhyne Howard scores 26 points, but Louisville wins 67-66 at Rupp Arena on Sunday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Rhyne Howard was the best player on the floor and Louisville coach Jeff Walz was shocked after he watched Howard’s 3-pointer at the buzzer fall short in the Cardinals’ 67-66 win over Kentucky Sunday at Rupp Arena. “It wouldn’t have surprised me if it had gone in,” Walz said. “… it’s fun to watch her play (and) Rhyne Howard was the best player on the floor...

Lynn Bowden receives one of college football’s top honors, named winner of the Paul Hornung Award

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Lynn Bowden claimed one of college football’s top honors on Wednesday when he was named winner of the Paul Hornung Award, given to the most versatile player in college football. The award is given by the Louisville Sports Commission. Lynn Bowden, right, was named the winner of the Paul Hornung Award Wednesday morning by the Louisville Sports Commission. (Jeff Houchin...

Kentucky’s Lynn Bowden declares for NFL draft, will play in December 31 Belk Bowl against Virginia Tech

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Lynn Bowden is ready for the next phase of his football career and declared for the NFL Draft on Monday. “This is a moment I’ve dreamed of for a long time, but there’s no way I could have gotten here without a lot of people,” he said. “To my mom and my family, thank you for raising me. To my son, thank for your inspiring me. To coach (Mark)...

Stoops honored to accept Belk Bowl bid; Wildcats set to play Virginia Tech Dec. 31 in Charlotte

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky accepted its fourth consecutive bowl bid Sunday, this time the Wildcats will make an appearance in the Belk Bowl in a noon kickoff on Dec. 31 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops welcomed the invitation from the Belk Bowl, which will be the team’s first appearance in the postseason event. Kentucky finished 7-5 this past season and won its...

EJ Montgomery has coming out party in Kentucky’s milestone win at Rupp Arena

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today EJ Montgomery had a coming-out party against Fairleigh Dickinson Saturday and helped the Wildcats reach a milestone on their home court. 
The sophomore forward poured in a career-high 25 points and just missed a double-double with nine rebounds and helped lead the eighth-ranked Wildcats to an 83-52 win over the Knights, giving Kentucky (7-1) its fifth consecutive victory...

Early setback to Evansville served as a learning experience, wake-up call for Wildcats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has regrouped by winning four straight since a humbling 67-74 loss to Evansville nearly a month ago. The setback proved to be a learning experience for the Wildcats who dropped eight spots to No. 9 in the Associated Press Top 25. Kentucky (6-1) remained ninth until earlier this week when the Wildcats moved up one spot to No. 8 following Duke’s stunning loss...

Wildcats in midst of ‘Camp Cal’ in preparation for Southeastern Conference play, winter grind

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky coach John Calipari has been yearning for more time with his team this season. He will get that chance this month. The eighth-ranked Wildcats (6-1) will play five games in the month of December, starting with Saturday’s contest against Fairleigh Dickinson. Kentucky’s schedule also gets tougher as the Wildcats inch closer to the Southeastern Conference portion...

Coach Mark Stoops says Cats aren’t hiding from rivalry hype in leadup to Saturday’s season finale

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The stakes will be high when Kentucky and Louisville meet Saturday in the season finale for both teams. In addition to bragging rights, the Wildcats and Cardinals are seeking better position positioning, considering both teams have already clinched bowl eligibility. Kentucky is seeking its fourth consecutive seven-win season, while Louisville is eyeing its eighth victory...