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Tennessee coach Rick Barnes says Kentucky, Kansas still the top two teams in the country

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Rick Barnes hasn’t changed his mind about Kentucky. Even after Tennessee rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat the sixth-ranked Wildcats Tuesday night, Barnes said Kentucky remains one of the top teams in the country as both teams prepare for the postseason, starting with next week’s Southeastern Conference Tournament in Nashville. Barnes said Kentucky and Kansas...

Crushing loss to Tennessee at Rupp Arena deals blow to Kentucky’s tournament resume

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s loss to Evansville back in November haunted the Wildcats. A shocking 81-73 setback to Tennessee in the home finale Tuesday night dealt yet another blow to the team’s NCAA Tournament resume with one game remaining in the regular season. The sixth-ranked Wildcats (24-6, 14-3 Southeastern Conference) defeated Tennessee 77-64 on Feb. 8 in Knoxville but the...

Terry Wilson out, but quarterback depth not an issue for Wildcats as they open spring practice

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Terry Wilson is nearly fully recovered from his knee injury, but the Kentucky quarterback won’t be participating when the Wildcats open spring practice Tuesday. Wilson injured his knee last September and will continue to get back into playing shape as well as Nik Scalzo, who also suffered a knee injury last year and didn’t play his freshman campaign. “Terry Wilson...

SEC title in hand, Wildcats still have plenty to play for; Immanuel Quickley makes history

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has secured the Southeastern Conference title and will be the top seed in the league tournament, but the Wildcats have plenty to play for during the final week of the regular season. Kentucky, which climbed to No. 6 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, hosts Tennessee on Tuesday and closes out the regular season at Florida Saturday in Gainesville. The Wildcats...

Keith Taylor: Kentucky has all the right tools in place to be a serious national title contender

What will it take for Kentucky to make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament? It obviously takes luck, skill and a lot of talent to win it all and the Wildcats have a team that’s capable of going all the way this season. It’s too early to make a projection simply because there are three more games left in the regular-season, not to mention the Southeastern Conference Tournament, but it’ safe to say...

Immanuel Quickley picks up where he left off, scores 30 to lead Wildcats over Texas A&M

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Immanuel Quickley picked up where he left off and turned in another impressive performance for Kentucky on Tuesday night. Quickley, the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week, scored a career-high 30 points to lead the No. 8 Wildcats to a 69-60 win over Texas A&M at College Station. “I was a little hot, I guess,” Quickley said. “My teammates were finding...

Kentucky associate head coach Kenny Payne says Wildcats ‘well-trained’ as tournament time nears

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today If you ask Kenny Payne, Kentucky is prepared for the challenge Texas A&M presents when the two teams meet Tuesday. “We’ve trained all this time for this time of the year,” the Kentucky associate head coach said Monday. “Right now, we want to be playing our best basketball leading up into going into the tournament, going into the NCAA Tournament. A lot of...

Immanuel Quickley gets halftime message, responds to lead Wildcats to Saturday’s win over Gators

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Immanuel Quickley got the message and delivered for No. 10 Kentucky Saturday night. The sophomore guard scored a career-high 26 points to lead the Wildcats to a 65-59 triumph over Florida, giving Kentucky its sixth consecutive victory with two weeks remaining in the regular season. Kentucky holds a two-game Southeastern Conference lead over Auburn and LSU with four games...

Ashton Hagans, Nick Richards day-to-day as Wildcats prepare to host Florida Gators at Rupp

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Ashton Hagans and Nick Richards didn’t practice Thursday and it’s uncertain if both players will be able to play when Kentucky hosts Florida on Saturday. Hagans missed the final five minutes of Tuesday’s game with LSU because of what appeared to be thigh injury, while Richards came down on his ankle after dunking late in Kentucky’s 79-76 win in Baton Rouge. Kentucky...

Wildcats find their shooting touch, use big second half to hold off LSU in Baton Rouge

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky snapped out of a shooting slump and remained alone in first place in the Southeastern Conference standings with a 79-76 victory over LSU Tuesday night in Baton Rouge. The 10th-ranked Wildcats 21-5, 11-2 SEC) made their first seven 3-pointers of the second half and built a 15-point lead to hold off the Tigers’ late surge down the stretch for their fifth consecutive...

Wildcats crack top ten, lead SEC; showdown with struggling LSU set for Tuesday in Baton Rouge

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is back in the Top t0. The Wildcats moved up from No. 12 to No. 10 following wins over Vanderbilt and Ole Miss last week. Kentucky (20-5, 10-2 Southeastern Conference) holds a one-game lead over Auburn and LSU in the Southeastern Conference standings, Kentucky plays at LSU in a 9 p.m. tipoff Tuesday in Baton Rouge. The Wildcats had to rally from a 14-point deficit...

Wildcats survive ‘rock fight, show their will to win against tough Ole Miss Rebels at Rupp

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Ole Miss gave Kentucky its best shot. In the end, Kentucky had a will to win. The 12th-ranked Wildcats weren’t at their best in their first Saturday home game in more than a month but made six free throws down the stretch and escaped with a 67-62 win over the Rebels for their fourth consecutive victory. “This was like a rock fight,” Kentucky coach John Calipari...

Cats set to face surging Ole Miss as they return to Rupp for first weekend home game in four weeks

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will be spending the weekend at home for the first time in more than a month. Coming off a 78-64 win at Vanderbilt earlier this week, the Wildcats carry a three-game winning streak into Saturday’s game, the team’s first weekend home game since a 76-67 win over Alabama on Jan. 11. Kentucky played its previous four Saturday games on the road and compiled a...

Improving Vanderbilt has the full attention of John Calipari’s Wildcats ahead of Tuesday night’s matchup

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Vanderbilt has Kentucky’s full attention. The 12th-ranked Wildcats (18-5, 8-2 Southeastern Conference) inched out a 71-62 win over the Commodores last month, so they are aware of Vanderbilt’s potential. The Commodores’ 99-90 upset of LSU last Wednesday served notice Vanderbilt isn’t giving up on the season. Kentucky coach John Calipari received an updated scouting...

Big game from Johnny Juzang leads Cats to 77-64 victory over Vols, first win in Knoxville in four years

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s seven-man rotation expanded after Johnny Juzang made a case for himself for more valuable playing time following a memorable performance against Tennessee Saturday afternoon. Juzang scored a career-high 13 points to lead the 15th-ranked Wildcats to a 77-64 win over the Volunteers, giving Kentucky its first victory at Thompson-Boling Arena in four years and...

Immanuel Quickley, Wildcats aim to re-write recent history Saturday against Volunteers in Knoxville

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Immanuel Quickley doesn’t mind playing road games and expects Kentucky to feel at right at home at Tennessee Saturday. As for Thompson-Boling Arena, Quickley said the venue is “one of my favorite places to play” because of the similarity to Rupp Arena and the crowd noise. He added that trying to prove people and teams wrong is a big motivating factor when playing...

Kentucky proving to be almost unstoppable when junior forward Nick Richards is at top of his game

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has been nearly flawless this season when Nick Richards is at his best and the junior forward was nearly unstoppable against Mississippi State. Coming off his poorest outing in the Southeastern Conference with seven points in a loss at Auburn last Saturday, Richards reversed course and scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds — his 10th double-double...

EJ Montgomery, Nick Richards lead Kentucky in 80-72 win over Mississippi State in Lexington

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It didn’t take Kentucky long to get over its loss to Auburn. The 15th-ranked Wildcats rebounded from a setback three days ago and led from start to finish in an 80-72 victory over Mississippi State on Tuesday at Rupp Arena. Kentucky (17-5, 7-2 Southeastern Conference) displayed the toughness it lacked in a 75-66 setback at Auburn last weekend and most of it came from...

After getting ‘manhandled’ by Auburn, Wildcats turn their focus to hot Mississippi State Bulldogs

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The tape told the tale of what happened in Kentucky’s loss at Auburn last Saturday. “We kind of got manhandled in that game and it’s a point of emphasis after watching film that we need to be a little bit tougher, make contact first going after rebounds on free throws, quit watching the ball when we’re going for rebounds and just moving forward. It’s just a...

Kentucky falls to Auburn as Cats falter down stretch in hostile Alabama environment, 75-66

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky could have pointed fingers at the officiating following a 75-66 loss at Auburn on Saturday night, but the Wildcats know the loss goes much deeper than blaming the referees, especially in a hostile environment. Although both teams were whistled for 49 fouls and host Auburn made 33 on 44 attempts, the most against any John Calipari-coached team at Kentucky, the...