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Wildcats move past loss to South Carolina, brace for another tough contest against thriving Arkansas

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has moved past its buzzer-beating loss to South Carolina earlier this week and looking ahead to Saturday’s contest at Arkansas. “(You) can’t let that energy, that loss, sit too long,” Kentucky guard Johny Juzang said Friday. You’ve got to get ready for the next one. So, it’s a fresh game and you’ve just got to go out there and compete and learn...

SEC Tournament: Gabriel goes off on Tide, leads Wildcats to title game

Wenyen Gabriel hit seven 3-pointers and scored 23 points to lead Kentucky to an 86-63 win over Alabama in the SEC semifinals Saturday. (Tammie Brown/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today ST. LOUIS — Wenyen Gabriel couldn’t miss and Kentucky reaped the benefits. Gabriel set a school record for most 3-pointers made in a Southeastern Conference Tournament game with seven and also set a new...

Win a relief for Cats, but surging Arkansas will provide another challenge

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today What a difference a win made for Kentucky. “The whole mood changed the day after the win (over Alabama),” Kentucky forward Wenyen Gabriel said. “It felt like we haven’t gotten a win in forever. Now it’s time to put a winning streak together.” The Wildcats’ 81-71 win over Alabama last Saturday snapped a rare four-game winning streak and was Kentucky’s first...

SEC Tournament: Cats roll past Arkansas for third straight conference tournament title

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer NASHVILLE — Kentucky remains the best team in the Southeastern Conference. The top-seeded and eighth-ranked Wildcats topped their regular-season title with a third straight conference tournament crown after posting an 82-65 victory over Arkansas Sunday at Bridgestone Arena. Dominique Hawkins cuts down the net Sunday in Nashville after the Wildcats won...

UK women hold off late rally by Arkansas to notch fifth SEC road win of the season

The Kentucky women’s basketball team placed four players in double figures as the Wildcats won their fifth SEC road game of the season by beating Arkansas 69-62 on Thursday night at Bud Walton Arena.   Sophomore point guard Taylor Murray had 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists for Kentucky, while senior guard Makayla Epps added 14 points and four assists. UK senior Makayla Epps launches a...

Coming off bye weekend, UK women seek third straight victory in SEC road encounter at Arkansas

Fresh off back-to-back Southeastern Conference wins and its lone bye weekend of the season, the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team looks to extend its winning streak Thursday as it travels to face Arkansas at 8 p.m. “We have a tough game ahead of us tomorrow night at Arkansas, it has always been a difficult place for us to earn a victory. This will be a very tough game for us. They...

Keith Taylor: Usually cool and casual, UK guard Fox shows his tough side in win over Arkansas

De’Aaron Fox wasn’t his usual self Saturday night and that was a good thing for sixth-ranked Kentucky. Fox scored a career-high 27 points to lead the Wildcats to a 97-71 rout of Arkansas, a performance that proved to be a deserving accomplishment for the freshman point guard who has spent more time on the practice floor, whether it was mandatory or voluntarily since “Camp Cal” began more than...

Calipari wants Wildcats to regain focus, trust each other going into showdown with Arkansas

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer The daily grind of “Camp Cal” is starting to get to Kentucky. At one point during practice Thursday, Wildcats coach John Calipari noticed a change in his team’s demeanor and changed the course of his team’s workout. “We started slow and got going, then they kind of lost focus a little bit,” the Kentucky coach said. “I told them (Friday)...

Arkansas coach Mike Anderson not surprised by Monk’s immediate impact at Kentucky

Malik Monk will play against his home state school Saturday (Tammie Brown Photo) Although disappointed instate standout Malik Monk didn’t sign with the Razorbacks last year, Arkansas coach Mike Anderson hasn’t been surprised by Monk’s play this season. “He did what he had to do,” Anderson said Thursday. “As disappointed I am after recruiting the heck out of him, and we worked...

Nunley makes history in loss to Alabama; UK baseball team tops Arkansas to salvage series

Senior pitcher Kelsey Nunley became Kentucky’s most tenured pitcher in program history on Sunday afternoon throwing her 900th career inning, surpassing prior record holder Keary Camunas (1997-2000) for the most innings thrown all-time in a 3-0 loss to No. 4 Alabama on Sunday. Nunley becomes just the ninth player in the Southeastern Conference ever to throw 900 innings in a career. Nunley pitched...

UK-Arkansas baseball series opener postponed, doubleheader set for Saturday

The series-opening game between No. 12 Kentucky and Arkansas, scheduled for Thursday night at Cliff Hagan Stadium was postponed due to inclement weather. Kentucky (23-13, 9-6 Southeastern Conference) and Arkansas (22-15, 4-11 SEC) are scheduled to play Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPNU. The two teams will play a doubleheader Saturday beginning at noon. The doubleheader will be televised on SEC Network...

UK softball team shuts down WKU; Baseball squad opens three-game series with Arkansas

Freshman Jenny Schaper launched a two-run home run to left field in the top of the fourth inning as part of a five-run frame which led the No. 11 Kentucky softball team past the WKU Hilltoppers 5-0 on Wednesday night at the WKU Softball Complex. Junior pitcher Meagan Prince threw a one-hit, complete-game shutout, her fifth of the season, and second time allowing just one hit in the circle, as the Martin,...

Cats overcome absence of senior leader Thompson, top Arkansas for fourth straight victory

Kentucky was cruising. The Wildcats led Arkansas by 17 points early in the second quarter and poised for a blowout win, but then Janee Thompson went down with an ankle injury. Makayla Epps goes up for a shot in UK’s win over Arkansas Sunday (UK Athletics Photo) “Janee, that’s our senior, that’s our leader,” Makayla Epps said. “We all got a lot of love and respect for her. Whenever...

Bounce-back success: Wildcats recover from Auburn loss with 80-66 win at Arkansas

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer Kentucky has been successful in bounce-back games under John Calipari and Thursday night was no exception. The 23-ranked Wildcats (14-4, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) bounced back from a five-point loss to Auburn in their previous outing with an 80-66 win at Arkansas. Skal Labissiere scored 11 points in UK’s win at Arkansas Thursday night (UK Athletics...

Keith Taylor: UK focused on making ‘winning plays’ going into showdown at Arkansas

Kentucky coach John Calipari has pinpointed a reason behind his team’s inability to put teams away this season. “Most of it is young guys not understanding winning basketball at that crunch time — that juncture of the game,” he said earlier this week. “But that’s what we gotta work on and that’s why it’s a process, and the only way you get through it is experience. But veterans...

Keith Taylor: Calipari not in panic mode, sees a UK breakthrough on the horizon

Kentucky coach John Calipari isn’t worried about his struggling Wildcats. “I’m not panicked in any way,” Calipari said Monday during the Southeastern Conference teleconference. “I knew going into the season this wasn’t last year’s team. I’ve said all along: We’re one of those teams, but we’re not that good. I mean, we’re good, but we’re not like we were a year ago.” Kentucky...

SEC Tournament Roundup, Day Two:
South Carolina rolls into quarterfinals

ATLANTA — No. 13-seeded South Carolina won two of three to close the regular season (and lost the other to No. 1 Florida), and Frank Martin’s Gamecocks carried that mojo into the SEC tournament. South Carolina’s defense stood firm against Arkansas in the final minutes Thursday, despite poor free-throw shooting on the other end, and the Gamecocks advanced to the SEC tournament quarterfinal...

SEC Tournament Roundup, Day Two: South Carolina rolls into quarterfinals

ATLANTA — No. 13-seeded South Carolina won two of three to close the regular season (and lost the other to No. 1 Florida), and Frank Martin’s Gamecocks carried that mojo into the SEC tournament. South Carolina’s defense stood firm against Arkansas in the final minutes Thursday, despite poor free-throw shooting on the other end, and the Gamecocks advanced to the SEC tournament quarterfinal...

Subtext of Kentucky’s 71-67 loss Thursday was different than the six earlier this season

Kentucky’s freshmen may come around, but the scenario in which they don’t is coming more and more into focus. (Photo by James Pennington)   One struggle of writing about the same basketball team every day is finding new things to say after events and non-events repeat themselves. Each of Kentucky’s six losses before Thursday have been framed in some kind of optimistic light. ‘We’re...

Subtext of Kentucky's 71-67 loss Thursday was different than the six earlier this season

Kentucky’s freshmen may come around, but the scenario in which they don’t is coming more and more into focus. (Photo by James Pennington)   One struggle of writing about the same basketball team every day is finding new things to say after events and non-events repeat themselves. Each of Kentucky’s six losses before Thursday have been framed in some kind of optimistic light. ‘We’re...