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Ashley Scoby: Harrison's offense, Towns' boards seal 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...

Ashley Scoby: As Aaron Rodgers would say, volatile Wildcat fans need to just r-e-l-a-x

Andrew Harrison hit a big free throw and a long three to help defeat Ole Miss Saturday, but some fans prefer the play of Tyler Ulis at point guard (UK Athletics Photo)   As usual, the fans’ vocal reactions at Rupp Arena represented the overall trend within the fanbase.   “Come on, Andrew!” they screamed, their hands on their faces in agony. “You’ve got to make that!”   Andrew...

Sports Notes: Calipari's platoon system prevents any controversy at point guard

Despite the outstanding play of freshman point guard Tyler Ulis, coach John Calipari said there are no controversies surrounding lineup changes or playing time (UK Athletics Photo)   John Calipari answered the question before anyone could get around to asking it.   Top-ranked Kentucky had just finished its latest gut-check game, a grinding 58-50 victory over previously undefeated and fourth-ranked...

Sports Notes: Calipari’s platoon system prevents any controversy at point guard

Despite the outstanding play of freshman point guard Tyler Ulis, coach John Calipari said there are no controversies surrounding lineup changes or playing time (UK Athletics Photo)   John Calipari answered the question before anyone could get around to asking it.   Top-ranked Kentucky had just finished its latest gut-check game, a grinding 58-50 victory over previously undefeated and fourth-ranked...

Ashley Scoby: Texas begins string of games that will show if Cats have the right stuff

Coach John Calipari and his Wildcats are entering a stretch of games that will provide a measuring stick for the season so far (UK Athletics Photo)   Breathe in, breathe out.   After the 7-0 start to the Kentucky basketball season, where the Wildcats have beaten opponents by an average of 35.9 points, the real fun hasn’t even started yet for fans.   Kentucky has a gauntlet of games...

UK's Lyles named SEC Freshman of Week; Four Cats earn spots on Wooden watch list

Trey Lyles was named Freshman of the Week by the Southeastern Conference after scoring in double figures in both of his games (UK Athletics Photo)   Freshman Trey Lyles was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week and four Wildcats were tabbed to the Wooden Award watch list, it was announced Monday.   Lyles was the lone Wildcat to score in double figures in both victories to...

Harrison twins named to All-SEC Coaches' preseason first team, five Cats represented

Andrew and Aaron Harrison were named to the All-SEC Coaches’ first team while Willie Cauley-Stein, Karl Anthony Towns and Alex Poythress were second-team selections (UK Athletics Photo)   Five Kentucky players were selected to the 2015 SEC Men’s Basketball Coaches’ preseason teams, the league office announced Thursday.   Sophomore guards Aaron and Andrew Harrison were tabbed to...

Glenn Osborne: Harrison twins providing answers to questions about their game

Andrew and Aaron Harrison knew there were questions about their games entering their sophomore season (Photo from UK Athletics)   John Calipari said he told twin guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison before last May’s NBA Draft that if they wanted to enter their names, he would do everything he could to see that they were taken as high as possible.   But if they decided they wanted to return...

Harrison twins end weeks of speculation by announcing they will return to UK

Rest easy, Wildcat fans, the Harrison twins are coming back (Photo by James Pennington)   Kentucky freshman guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison ended three weeks of sometimes frenzied speculation Friday by announcing their decision to return to the Lexington campus for their sophomore seasons.   Because it seemed that their delayed decision on whether to enter the NBA draft appeared to waver...

Harrison twins end weeks of speculation
by announcing they will return to UK

Rest easy, Wildcat fans, the Harrison twins are coming back (Photo by James Pennington)   Kentucky freshman guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison ended three weeks of sometimes frenzied speculation Friday by announcing their decision to return to the Lexington campus for their sophomore seasons.   Because it seemed that their delayed decision on whether to enter the NBA draft appeared to waver...

John Calipari's first 2014 Final Four Q&A: Cauley-Stein still doubtful vs. Wisconsin

Kentucky coach John Calipari greets his father, Vince, while the Wildcats were cutting down the nets at Lucas Oil Stadium following their 75-72 win over Michigan on Sunday. (Photo by James Pennington)   Kentucky coach John Calipari answered 20 minutes’ worth of questions on a teleconference Monday afternoon, participating in a media call that featured all four of the Final Four’s head...

John Calipari’s first 2014 Final Four Q&A:
Cauley-Stein still doubtful vs. Wisconsin

Kentucky coach John Calipari greets his father, Vince, while the Wildcats were cutting down the nets at Lucas Oil Stadium following their 75-72 win over Michigan on Sunday. (Photo by James Pennington)   Kentucky coach John Calipari answered 20 minutes’ worth of questions on a teleconference Monday afternoon, participating in a media call that featured all four of the Final Four’s head...

Kentucky earns Final Four berth because of its coolness in dramatic tournament run

Andrew Harrison hugs his mother, Marian, following Kentucky’s Final Four-clinching win over Michigan on Sunday. (Photo by James Pennington)   INDIANAPOLIS — Aaron Harrison could have shot from anywhere on the floor at Lucas Oil Stadium, and it would have gone in. Not in the first 32 minutes of Kentucky’s 75-72 triumph over Michigan in the Elite Eight on Sunday, mind you: He had missed...

The winning play Friday was Julius Randle's legacy-maker as a Wildcat in Louisville win

Kentucky’s Julius Randle was an integral part of the winning play in the Wildcats’ 74-69 win over Louisville in the Sweet 16 on Friday. (File photo by James Pennington)   INDIANAPOLIS — With an indefinite number of games left in his Kentucky career—no more than three at this point, surely—it’s still unclear how Julius Randle will be remembered as a Wildcat. He’s been...

The winning play Friday was Julius Randle’s legacy-maker as a Wildcat in Louisville win

Kentucky’s Julius Randle was an integral part of the winning play in the Wildcats’ 74-69 win over Louisville in the Sweet 16 on Friday. (File photo by James Pennington)   INDIANAPOLIS — With an indefinite number of games left in his Kentucky career—no more than three at this point, surely—it’s still unclear how Julius Randle will be remembered as a Wildcat. He’s been...

Kentucky's defensive transition struggles will be challenged Friday vs. Cardinals

INDIANAPOLIS — Much noise has been made of Kentucky’s weak transition defense leading up to Friday’s Sweet 16 match-up against Louisville, a running-and-gunning team that is 35th in all of Division I (and second to Michigan State among teams in the Sweet 16) with 26.9 of its total field goals attempted in the first 10 seconds of possessions. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   It’s...

Kentucky’s defensive transition struggles
will be challenged Friday vs. Cardinals

INDIANAPOLIS — Much noise has been made of Kentucky’s weak transition defense leading up to Friday’s Sweet 16 match-up against Louisville, a running-and-gunning team that is 35th in all of Division I (and second to Michigan State among teams in the Sweet 16) with 26.9 of its total field goals attempted in the first 10 seconds of possessions. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   It’s...

How has Kentucky fared against high-volume shooters like Louisville's Russ Smith?

One of few questions surrounding Kentucky’s merits in the suffocating buildup to this season was who would be The Lockdown Defender as the Wildcats chased an undefeated season. The undefeated season never panned out, and among other things, neither did a single person as the unquestioned man on the ball in the lineage on DeAndre Liggins and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   On...

How has Kentucky fared against high-volume shooters like Louisville’s Russ Smith?

One of few questions surrounding Kentucky’s merits in the suffocating buildup to this season was who would be The Lockdown Defender as the Wildcats chased an undefeated season. The undefeated season never panned out, and among other things, neither did a single person as the unquestioned man on the ball in the lineage on DeAndre Liggins and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   On...

Kentucky-Louisville Rewind: Randle's cramps forced Andrew Harrison to thrive Dec. 28

ST. LOUIS — As Kentucky begins to prepare for a rematch against Louisville, this one in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 on Friday in Indianapolis, the Cardinals’ lack of size and disadvantage in the paint will be given much bandwidth, many column inches and too many decibels.   That’s not to say it’s an invalid sticking point in a game that demands microanalysis. Kentucky...