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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...

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...

Ashley Scoby: Perfect no more, Wisconsin brings an end to Kentucky's dream season

Trey Lyles looks for an opening against Wisconsin in the NCAA semifinal round Saturday (UK Athletics Photo/Bob Donnan-USA TODAY)   Kentucky basketball’s pursuit of perfection would have made for great cinema all along. But the ending is only reminiscent of a Shakespearean tragedy.   After a 38-0 start – the best in men’s Division I men’s college basketball – the show that captivated...

Ashley Scoby: Perfect no more, Wisconsin brings an end to Kentucky’s dream season

Trey Lyles looks for an opening against Wisconsin in the NCAA semifinal round Saturday (UK Athletics Photo/Bob Donnan-USA TODAY)   Kentucky basketball’s pursuit of perfection would have made for great cinema all along. But the ending is only reminiscent of a Shakespearean tragedy.   After a 38-0 start – the best in men’s Division I men’s college basketball – the show that captivated...

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: 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: 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...

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...

Ashley Scoby: Wildcats 'remember last year,' pay back Razorbacks with dominating win

Tyler Ulis and Aaron Harrison applied the defensive pressure in Kentucky’s lopsided win over No. 18 Arkansas, its 29th win without a loss on the season (UK Athletics Photo)   Nine McDonald’s All-Americans are one thing. But nine McDonald’s All-Americans with motivation and a killer instinct is a whole new level, and it’s a level that No. 1 Kentucky reached Saturday in its 84-67 win...

Ashley Scoby: Wildcats ‘remember last year,’ pay back Razorbacks with dominating win

Tyler Ulis and Aaron Harrison applied the defensive pressure in Kentucky’s lopsided win over No. 18 Arkansas, its 29th win without a loss on the season (UK Athletics Photo)   Nine McDonald’s All-Americans are one thing. But nine McDonald’s All-Americans with motivation and a killer instinct is a whole new level, and it’s a level that No. 1 Kentucky reached Saturday in its 84-67 win...

Ashley Scoby: Arkansas looks good on paper, but will it be enough to bring Wildcats down?

Arkansas, Kentucky’s opponent Saturday, has some pretty good numbers to suggest a competitive game – until you compare them to Kentucky’s (Jamie Vaught Photo)

Jamie Vaught: Even a team of SEC All-Stars might not be able to challenge these Cats

Andrew Harrison said he is looking forward to postseason play and that last year’s NCAA run helped give the team confidence (Jamie Vaught Photo)   The Wildcats, with a historic 28-0 mark, are still rolling along, enjoying a season of mostly blowouts.   No one in college basketball is able to find a way to stop Kentucky, which has been ranked No. 1 every time since the preseason AP Top...

Sports Notes: Let's play a game called 'Will They Stay or Will They Go' with the Wildcats

Could guard Aaron Harrison be one of the Wildcats who will leave this summer for the NBA? (Jamie Vaught Photo)   As Kentucky’s quest for a historic basketball season continues, three questions emerge anytime two or more Wildcat fans gather.   Will John Calipari’s team go undefeated? Will Kentucky win its ninth national championship? Which of the McDonald’s All-American and...

Sports Notes: Let’s play a game called ‘Will They Stay or Will They Go’ with the Wildcats

Could guard Aaron Harrison be one of the Wildcats who will leave this summer for the NBA? (Jamie Vaught Photo)   As Kentucky’s quest for a historic basketball season continues, three questions emerge anytime two or more Wildcat fans gather.   Will John Calipari’s team go undefeated? Will Kentucky win its ninth national championship? Which of the McDonald’s All-American and...

Ashley Scoby: Harrison’s offense, Towns’ defense seals No. 1 UK’s 22nd straight win

Guard Andrew Harrison led UK with 23 points and seven assists in a win over Georgia that ran the Wildcats’ winning streak to 22 in a row (UK Athletics Photo)   With 41 seconds on the clock, and Kentucky holding a 67-58 lead against a feisty Georgia team Tuesday night, Andrew Harrison took a deep breath. He swished his first free throw in a one-and-one situation, swung his arms out to his...