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Keith Taylor: Ulis scores often but his defense steals the show in UK’s win over Ole Miss

Tyler Ulis has developed a knack for scoring. His defensive skills are starting to get noticed as well. The Kentucky point guard had a double-double with 20 points and 10 assists to lead the 10th-ranked Wildcats (11-2) to an 83-61 win over Ole Miss (10-3) Saturday night. Tyler Ulis scored 20 points and had 10 assists in a win over Ole Miss Saturday night (Bill Thiry Photo) Ulis set the tone for the...

Sports Notes: Calipari breathed sigh of relief after surviving latest Poythress injury scare

By Glenn Osborne KyForward sports editor For John Calipari, the key moment in Kentucky’s 72-58 win over Bobby Hurley’s Arizona State team Saturday came just before the start of the second half. Senior forward Alex Poythress had gone out of the game with what ESPN’s game announcers were calling a hyper-extended right knee. They expressed skepticism about whether he would return in...

Keith Taylor: Poythress ‘near-perfect’ as UK gets back on track with win over EKU

At first, John Calipari didn’t want to talk about Alex Poythress. Although his senior forward had a double-double with 21 points and a career-high 13 rebounds to lead fifth-ranked Kentucky to an 88-67 win over Eastern Kentucky Wednesday night, Calipari dodged a question about Poythress before he finally obliged. Kentucky senior Alex Poythress had a double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds...

Keith Taylor: Calipari wants UK to get tougher, establish post presence against EKU

John Calipari knows his team isn’t going to produce blowouts eight games into the season. “We’re not going to be 20 points up on people,” he said. “These are going to be seven, eight-point games and you gotta battle it through. You gotta just have enough grit to go get balls and make a play at the end. We’ve shown we can do it.” Kentucky coach John Calipari wants the Wildcats to...

Keith Taylor: Labissiere shows more aggressiveness in top-ranked UK’s 82-62 win over Boston

Five games into his collegiate career, Skal Labissiere isn’t the player John Calipari wants him to be, but the Kentucky coach likes what he’s seen from his freshman center. “He’s getting better,” Calipari said. “He’s trying, but this is all new. He doesn’t react like the other guys right now. He’s got to start reacting quicker.” Skal Labissiere slams home a dunk in Kentucky’s...

Poythress gives Kentucky a spark off bench, records double-double in win over Wright State

Although he’s Kentucky’s most experienced player, Alex Poythress doesn’t mind being the sixth man. “I’m playing fine, battling and getting rebounds,” Poythress said. “Really it doesn’t matter who starts the game. It’s who finishes. When you get in tight (and) close games, (it matters) who’s on the court at the end. Right now, I accept the role (of) coming off the bench...

Early season showdown with Duke gives Calipari opportunity to gauge Kentucky’s progress

By Keith Taylor KyForward sports writer Kentucky hasn’t had much success against Duke since defeating the Blue Devils in the 1978 national championship game. Since then, Duke has dominated the series between the two teams. The Wildcats (2-0) have lost seven of the last eight games between the two foes, including a 75-68 setback at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta three years ago. Kentucky’s lone victory...

Calipari just wants to get his versatile Wildcats some time in the spotlight during Blue-White scrimmage

How John Calipari will deploy the diverse set of weapons at his disposal is one of the most debated questions in the Bluegrass State these days. Speculation about who will wind up in Coach Cal’s rotation and in what capacity continues, and fans watching Tuesday’s Blue-White Scrimmage will be trying to glean every bit of information on the subject from the event. Calipari, meanwhile, is interested...

Wildcats, Calipari welcome over 80 NBA scouts to nationally televised open practice

Freshman guard Isaiah Briscoe gets off a shot during Kentucky’s nationally televised practice session Sunday at the Craft Center (UK Athletics Photo)   For the second year in a row, Kentucky held an open preseason practice.   For the second year in a row, NBA personnel flocked to the Joe Craft Center to watch.   With ESPNU televising the Sunday evening practice nationally, 30...

Calipari says he thought Cats would go 40-0, is excited about prospects for coming season

During a wide-ranging media availability Thursday, UK coach John Calipari said he expected his team to to 40-0 last year (UK Athletics Photo)   Kentucky men’s basketball head coach John Calipari met with the media on Thursday for a wide-ranging summer press conference. Calipari discussed his returning team, his newest additions, how the Wildcats may play next season and even declared for...

Jamie Vaught: Calipari asks remaining Cat veterans to shoulder the load next season

Senior-to-be Alex Poythress will be counted on to provide leadership as well as points next year as Kentucky reloads for another run at No. 1 (Jamie Vaught Photo)   When the next basketball season rolls around this fall, UK will have a drastically different look.   That’s because at least 10 players, including three senior walk-ons, are gone from this past season’s memorable...

Jamie Vaught: Calipari asks remaining Cat veterans to shoulder the load next season

Senior-to-be Alex Poythress will be counted on to provide leadership as well as points next year as Kentucky reloads for another run at No. 1 (Jamie Vaught Photo)   When the next basketball season rolls around this fall, UK will have a drastically different look.   That’s because at least 10 players, including three senior walk-ons, are gone from this past season’s memorable...

Ashley Scoby: For UK’s returning trio, failed run at perfection is already part of the past

Senior-to-be Alex Poythress has been cleared to jog and he expects to be full-speed for preseason action next fall (Jamie Vaught Photo)   Although it’s technically April, and less than a month removed from the Final Four, the end of Kentucky’s basketball season is officially “last” season.   All three core returners – Tyler Ulis, Alex Poythress and Marcus Lee – talked to the media...

Ashley Scoby: For UK's returning trio, failed run at perfection is already part of the past

Senior-to-be Alex Poythress has been cleared to jog and he expects to be full-speed for preseason action next fall (Jamie Vaught Photo)   Although it’s technically April, and less than a month removed from the Final Four, the end of Kentucky’s basketball season is officially “last” season.   All three core returners – Tyler Ulis, Alex Poythress and Marcus Lee – talked to the media...

Calipari expecting Poythress to return for his senior year, Lee to have breakout season

Marcus Lee (left) will shine with increased playing time next year, UK coach John Calipari said (UK Athletics Photo)   Kentucky head coach John Calipari said he expects injured junior forward Alex Poythress to return for his senior season and to team with fellow front-court man Marcus Lee to provide the Wildcats with the foundation for another highly ranked team next year.   Poythress, who...

Sports Notes: Most eyes are on Indy this weekend, but some are looking ahead, too

Kentucky survived a scare from Notre Dame to advance to the Final Four, where Wisconsin awaits for a rematch of last year’s semifinal contest (UK Athletics Photo / Chet White)   As the eyes of Big Blue Nation (and the rest of the basketball-watching country) turn toward Indianapolis to see whether top-ranked Kentucky can close the deal, some eyes are being trained on next year’s team.   Reports...

Epic stare-downs have become central part
of versatile Cauley-Stein’s intimidation game

The epic stare-downs by Willie Cauley-Stein after an emphatic blocked shot have become a big part of his game (Jamie Vaught Photo)   It starts with a routine (well, routine for a 7-footer) basketball play.   A dunk off a lob. A swat of an opponent’s shot into the row of cheerleaders under the basket. A one-handed dunk after a shimmying move down the lane.   [widgets_on_pages id=“Ashley”] These...

Epic stare-downs have become central part of versatile Cauley-Stein's intimidation game

The epic stare-downs by Willie Cauley-Stein after an emphatic blocked shot have become a big part of his game (Jamie Vaught Photo)   It starts with a routine (well, routine for a 7-footer) basketball play.   A dunk off a lob. A swat of an opponent’s shot into the row of cheerleaders under the basket. A one-handed dunk after a shimmying move down the lane.   [widgets_on_pages id=“Ashley”] These...

Seeing Double: Why minutes matter – and more – for twins in UK’s Big Blue Family

  On a campus the size of the University of Kentucky, it’s not uncommon to find students who are related to each other in some way.   But what is it like to be twins who make the decision to come to college together?   Twins Alex and Alexis Poythress (Photo by Mark Cornelison/UKNow) In a “Big Blue Family” video from UKNow, the spotlight is turned on three sets of Wildcat...

Ashley Scoby: Cold-blooded Cats overcome loss of Poythress to clobber North Carolina

Freshman point guard Tyler Ulis had eight assists to drive the Kentucky offense and he also gave a strong defensive effort in the win over North Carolina (UK Athletics Photo)   Cold shooting from long range has plagued Kentucky recently, but the Wildcats were nothing but cold-blooded Saturday as they rolled over North Carolina 84-70 before a Rupp Arena crowd and a national TV audience on CBS.   The...