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Ex Louisville star Gardner bats Hagerstown past Legends; Harrisons appearing Friday

Anderson Miller drove in Lexington’s second run Thursday (Erin Grigson Photo)   Former University of Louisville star Jeff Gardner had two hits and scored two runs for Hagerstown as the Suns defeated the Lexington Legends 5-2 Thursday night at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.   The Suns scored a run in the first inning on a single by Matt Reistetter, a walk to Jose Marmolejos and a base hit by...

Aaron Harrison joins Hornets' summer league roster, all seven ex-Cats now on NBA squad

Aaron Harrison wasn’t taken in last week’s NBA draft, but he will play for the Charlotte Hornets’ Summer League team (Jamie Vaught Photo)   Aaron Harrison was officially added to the Charlotte Hornets summer league roster on Wednesday, becoming the seventh Wildcat from the 2014-15 Final Four squad to earn selection to an NBA squad.   Harrison was listed as a member of the...

Welcome to the BBNBA: Kentucky rookies could join former Wildcats through draft

Willie Cauley-Stein, Andrew Harrison, Trey Lyles, Dakari Johnson, Devin Booker, Karl-Anthony Towns and Aaron Harrison declared for the NBA Draft April 9. (Photo by UK Athletics)   By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   When John Calipari arrived as head coach of Kentucky in 2009, he came with a reputation for quickly developing future NBA superstars. But few expected there would soon be multiple...

Welcome to the BBNBA: Kentucky rookies could join former Wildcats through draft

Willie Cauley-Stein, Andrew Harrison, Trey Lyles, Dakari Johnson, Devin Booker, Karl-Anthony Towns and Aaron Harrison declared for the NBA Draft April 9. (Photo by UK Athletics)   By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   When John Calipari arrived as head coach of Kentucky in 2009, he came with a reputation for quickly developing future NBA superstars. But few expected there would soon be multiple...

Calipari fulfilling role as PR man as half a dozen Cats ponder moving on to the NBA

Some experts predict Karl-Anthony Towns will be the No. 1 pick in the upcoming NBA draft and John Calipari thinks he’ll be one of at least five Cats to leave early (UK Athletics Photo / Chet White)   By Guy Ramsey UK Athletics   John Calipari may have wanted a morning to decompress, some time to himself after a heartbreaking, season-ending defeat to Wisconsin on Saturday night.   He...

Jamie Vaught: Once-in-a-lifetime season a result of Cats checking their egos at the door

By buying into a system that required sharing playing time, Kentucky is two games away from its ninth national title and a perfect season (Jamie Vaught Photo)   Playing as a team has sure paid huge dividends this season for the 38-0 Wildcats, who are heading for the school’s 17th Final Four appearance this weekend, second most in NCAA history.   When UK’s Karl-Anthony Towns, the...

Ashley Scoby: Road to season of perfection had genesis in Bahamas exhibition defeat

Tyler Ulis says he remembers Kentucky’s exhibition loss mainly because he missed some critical free throws and three-point attempts near the end (UK Athletics Photo)   CLEVELAND — The concrete answer for “how to beat Kentucky” requires a run-on sentence, and a look back to August.   This team can lose – and it has – when they have played six games in eight days, against...

Ashley Scoby: Floreal’s dance moves have become part of Wildcats’ pregame ritual

Former UK walk-on EJ Floreal is not only the team’s best dancer, he says he’s the best dunker, too (UK Athletics Photo)   Every team has its tics, its superstitions, its rituals. For the undefeated Kentucky Wildcats, their’s is EJ Floreal.   No one remembers how it started, or which game it preceded. But somebody on the team pushed Floreal in the middle of the pregame huddle...

Ashley Scoby: Floreal's dance moves have become part of Wildcats' pregame ritual

Former UK walk-on EJ Floreal is not only the team’s best dancer, he says he’s the best dunker, too (UK Athletics Photo)   Every team has its tics, its superstitions, its rituals. For the undefeated Kentucky Wildcats, their’s is EJ Floreal.   No one remembers how it started, or which game it preceded. But somebody on the team pushed Floreal in the middle of the pregame huddle...

Ashley Scoby: Late-night start leaves UK yawning through first-round NCAA win

Despite a sluggish start Thursday, Karl-Anthony Towns helped Kentucky pull away from Hampton with 21 points and 11 rebounds (Jamie Vaught Photo)   Kentucky players expected more from their performances in a 79-56 victory over Hampton Thursday night, and that mindset just about sums up their season. The win moves the Wildcats to 35-0, tied for the best start in NCAA history, and puts Kentucky five...

Calipari named AP SEC Coach of the Year; Towns claims Freshman of the Year award

John Calipari, who previously was named SEC Coach of the Year in a vote of league coaches, added the same award from the Associated Press Tuesday (Jamie Vaught Photo)   Mirroring many of the coaches’ selections when the Southeastern Conference announced its postseason awards last week, several Wildcats raked in honors when the Associated Press announced its All-SEC teams.   Headlining...

Ashley Scoby: Wildcats leave the nets in place as Cauley-Stein tells fans 'we're not done yet'

SEC Tournament MVP Willie Cauley-Stein and All-Tourney team members Andrew and Aaron Harrison hold the trophy presented by conference commissioner Mike Slive (Jamie Vaught Photos)   Twenty minutes after Kentucky demolished Arkansas 78-63 to win its 28th SEC tournament title – and its first since Demarcus Cousins’ heroics in 2011 – a UK manager walked back down the tunnel towards the court...

Ashley Scoby: Wildcats leave the nets in place as Cauley-Stein tells fans ‘we’re not done yet’

SEC Tournament MVP Willie Cauley-Stein and All-Tourney team members Andrew and Aaron Harrison hold the trophy presented by conference commissioner Mike Slive (Jamie Vaught Photos)   Twenty minutes after Kentucky demolished Arkansas 78-63 to win its 28th SEC tournament title – and its first since Demarcus Cousins’ heroics in 2011 – a UK manager walked back down the tunnel towards the court...

Ashley Scoby: UK lightning doesn't always strike quickly, but it always packs a punch

Karl-Anthony Towns led the way with 13 points and 12 rebounds as Kentucky defeated Florida in the SEC Tournament and improved to 32-0 (Jamie Vaught Photo)   NASHVILLE — Sometimes it’s quick as a bolt of lightning, and sometimes the wind-up is a little slow. But when the Kentucky knockout punch does come, it hurts.   This time, in the SEC tournament quarterfinals, that knockout blow...

Ashley Scoby: UK lightning doesn’t always strike quickly, but it always packs a punch

Karl-Anthony Towns led the way with 13 points and 12 rebounds as Kentucky defeated Florida in the SEC Tournament and improved to 32-0 (Jamie Vaught Photo)   NASHVILLE — Sometimes it’s quick as a bolt of lightning, and sometimes the wind-up is a little slow. But when the Kentucky knockout punch does come, it hurts.   This time, in the SEC tournament quarterfinals, that knockout blow...

Sports Notes: Cats' shot at all-time school, SEC streak could be third win over Gators

John Calipari has twice led the Wildcats to undefeated SEC seasons, 2012 in addition to this year. UK won the national championship in 2012 (Jamie Vaught Photo)   One year ago, it was Florida running the table in the Southeastern Conference, winning all 18 of its league games — including two over Kentucky.   Billy Donovan’s Gators then tripped up the Wildcats for a third time...

Sports Notes: Cats’ shot at all-time school, SEC streak could be third win over Gators

John Calipari has twice led the Wildcats to undefeated SEC seasons, 2012 in addition to this year. UK won the national championship in 2012 (Jamie Vaught Photo)   One year ago, it was Florida running the table in the Southeastern Conference, winning all 18 of its league games — including two over Kentucky.   Billy Donovan’s Gators then tripped up the Wildcats for a third time...

Ashley Scoby: Harrison twins have provided the driving force behind Wildcats' win streak

As No. 1 Kentucky’s winning streak has grown, the team has gotten steady and sometimes spectacular play from twin guards Aaron and Andrew Harrison (Jamie Vaught Photo)   As the Harrison twins go, so goes Kentucky basketball.   The Wildcats will attempt to make history Saturday when they take on Florida trying to close out the regular season undefeated at 31-0. And one of the most important...

Ashley Scoby: Harrison twins have provided the driving force behind Wildcats’ win streak

As No. 1 Kentucky’s winning streak has grown, the team has gotten steady and sometimes spectacular play from twin guards Aaron and Andrew Harrison (Jamie Vaught Photo)   As the Harrison twins go, so goes Kentucky basketball.   The Wildcats will attempt to make history Saturday when they take on Florida trying to close out the regular season undefeated at 31-0. And one of the most important...

Ashley Scoby: On a night when everything was going Georgia's way, UK still prevails

Aaron and Andrew Harrison combined for 28 points Tuesday as Kentucky held off Georgia to win its 30th game of the year without a loss (UK Athletics Photo)   Tuesday night provided an example of why most college basketball fans detest Kentucky.   Because most fans get behind teams like 19-10 Georgia. They get their hopes up, thinking that the little guy is going to pull through with the big...