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Florida hands Kentucky Senior Day spoiler as Gators use zone to snap Wildcats three-game win streak

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky coach John Calipari could have easily blamed his team’s 71-67 loss to Florida on an unexpected bye week, but said his team’s performance had everything to do with the Gators instead of the seven-day layoff. “It was their zone, their 3-2 zone press that took us out of sync,” Calipari said. “It wasn’t taking a couple of days off. I don’t believe that...

Kentucky walk-on Riley Welch savored his time with Cats; among three seniors to be honored Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Riley Welch has spent the past two years rooting for his teammates. On Saturday, they will be cheering for the Kentucky guard on Senior Day. Welch will be one of three players honored before tipoff against Florida, even though the Wildcats have a makeup game scheduled on March 6 against South Carolina that was announced earlier this week. Graduate senior Davion Mintz...

Kentucky’s game against South Carolina, postponed due to COVID, to be played March 6 at Rupp Arena

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will have one more home game following Saturday’s Senior Day game against Florida. Kentucky coach John Calipari gives instructions to his team in a win over Tennessee Saturday in Knoxville. (Photo by Keith Taylor, Kentucky Today) The contest against South Carolina, originally scheduled for Dec. 29, has been rescheduled for March 6 at Rupp Arena, Tipoff time...

Kentucky’s Davion Mintz ‘still excited’ to be a Wildcat despite the team’s struggles this season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Davion Mintz isn’t looking back. Although this season has been an adjustment on and off the court for the former Creighton guard, Mintz has no regrets about transferring to Kentucky and is “still excited” to be a Wildcat. “It’s the best decision I ever made still,” Mintz said. “I’ve been running my marathon and I’ve been chasing my dreams for years....

One-year ASUN-WAC Challenge partnership with give Eastern Kentucky a shot at FCS Championship

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The Atlantic Sun Conference has formed an alliance with the Western Athletic Conference, giving both leagues a path to the FCS playoffs this fall. The partnership, known as the ASUN-WAC Challenge, will feature Eastern Kentucky University, Central Arkansas and Jacksonville State, along with Abilene Christian, Lamar, Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin. Kennesaw State...

Wildcats aim high for Saturday’s rematch with Volunteers as John Calipari enjoys the ride

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky coach John Calipari is along for the ride and has been enjoying the journey, especially during the past three weeks. “I’m happy with the climb right now,” Calipari said. “I’ve been happy for three weeks, we just needed to break through and win a game. But they’re coming together as a team, they’re figuring each other out, we’re figuring them out....

Kentucky withstands Vanderbilt second-half rally, holds on for 82-78 road win on Wednesday night

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Vanderbilt made a run at Kentucky but the Wildcats never flinched and held on for an 82-78 victory over the Commodores Wednesday night in Nashville. “That’s a happy locker room,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said after the Wildcats notched their second straight victory. “This team has been through the gauntlet. … They make a run and we don’t fold. We just...

Calipari hears criticism, and agrees, as Cats continue fight for university, state and athletic department

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari has heard the noise and hasn’t tuned out the dissatisfaction in Big Blue Nation. The Kentucky coach concurs with criticism and agrees he is the “worst coach ever.” You won’t get an argument from Calipari regarding that claim. He also acknowledges that he doesn’t how to coach, another complaint from followers of the program who aren’t used to...

Wildcats end four-game losing streak with Saturday’s breakthrough 82-80 win against Auburn at Rupp

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari could sense a turnaround on the horizon. Despite improvement behind the scenes during the past three weeks, the losses kept piling up for Kentucky in a season of disappointment. The Wildcats (6-13, 5-7 Southeastern Conference) came close to a breakthrough in an 81-80 loss to Arkansas earlier this week but may have turned the proverbial corner with an 82-80...

Calipari knows turnaround won’t happen overnight, stays the course as UK prepares for Auburn

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky head coach John Calipari isn’t looking for a quick fix to his team’s struggles and knows a complete turnaround won’t happen overnight. “We’re looking for singles and bunts,” he said. “I don’t need home runs. We’re not capable of hitting home runs. So let’s not. Let’s just do all the bunts and great screens and execution...

Calipari says UK freshman Terrence Clarke likely out for rest of season, ‘say a prayer for him’

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky freshman Terrence Clarke likely will miss the rest of the season. Kentucky coach John Calipari said on his weekly call-in radio show Monday night that Clarke has been advised by medical staff to sit out the next four weeks to continue nursing a right leg injury he suffered in December. Terrence Clarke has been cheering on his teammates from the bench this season....

Wildcats fall short in quest for breakthrough, drop fourth straight with 81-80 loss to Razorbacks

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky made a breakthrough Tuesday but it wasn’t enough to end a losing streak that blossomed to four games for the second time this season. Jalen Tate made two free throws with 4.3 seconds remaining to lift Arkansas to an 81-80 victory over the Wildcats, ending the Razorbacks’ eight-game losing streak to Kentucky. On the ensuing possession, following Tate’s...

Keith Taylor: John Calipari’s Wildcats not ready to give up on season despite many frustrations

It would be easy to think John Calipari has written off this season and is already looking ahead to next year. That’s what some coaches typically do when the bottom falls out, and there’s little time for long-term repair this late into the season. Even short-term attempts to patch up the holes often fail. In addition to the head coach, the fan base also has a tendency to look ahead and instead...

Wildcats fall to Volunteers 82-71 after second half collapse; John Calipari left ‘at a loss for words’

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky collapsed yet again and this time John Calipari was at a loss to words this time following an 82-71 loss to No. 11 Tennessee Saturday night. The Wildcats (5-12, 4-6 Southeastern Conference) led 58-48 with 12 minutes remaining, but the Volunteers (13-4, 6-4) used 12-0 run to grab the lead. That initial spurt led to a monstrous 26-6 by Tennessee run that put the...

Kentucky expecting Tennessee’s best shot when struggling Wildcats face off against Vols Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is expecting Tennessee’s best shot when the two rivals meet Saturday. Although the 11th-ranked Volunteers (12-4, 5-4 Southeastern Conference) are coming off a disappointing 52-50 loss to Ole Miss, the Wildcats aspect to see the version that rolled to an 80-61 win over Kansas in the Big 12-SEC Challenge last week in Knoxville. “We are expecting the team that...

Cats add Michigan State transfer, Georgia standout to incoming freshman football roster

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky added two players to its incoming freshman class during traditional signing day on Wednesday. The Wildcats added a pair of linebackers to the roster, including Michigan State transfer Luke Fulton and Trevin Wallace, a standout at Wayne County High School in Jesup, Georgia. Mark Stoops Fulton was a standout performer at Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown,...

Wildcats falter down the stretch yet again in loss to Missouri Tigers Wednesday night in Columbia

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has struggled down the stretch in close games this season. The trend continued in a 75-70 loss to No. 18 Missouri Wednesday night in Columbia. The Wildcats (5-11, 4-5 Southeastern Conference) suffered their fifth loss in the past six games and face an uphill climb to make the NCAA Tournament going into the final month of the regular season. Kentucky trailed by...

John Calipari, Lance Ware say unexpected pause has turned out to be a plus for struggling Wildcats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today An unexpected interruption gave Kentucky a chance to take a deep breath, reboot, and refocus on the rest of the season. “We all took the time off and kind of used it as a refresh and, you know, got our minds right,” Kentucky freshman Lance Ware said. “It gave us some time even though we were still working out. It wasn’t practice. It wasn’t a two-hour-long practice....

Kentucky hits pause, Cats’ showdown against Texas in Challenge canceled because of COVID

Kentucky’s Brandon Boston Jr. is fouled going to the basket against Alabama on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 in Lexington (Photo by Tammie Brown, Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky won’t be playing in the Big 12-SEC Challenge this season. The team’s contest against Texas set for Saturday has been canceled because of COVID. Protocols and activities within the team camp have been...

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...