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Ashley Scoby: In the midst of a down streak, Booker due for yet another breakout stretch

In basketball, the worst part about shooting is its streakiness.   But the best part about shooting? Its streakiness. No matter how up and down it may be, one piece holds true: The “up” streak always comes back around eventually.   [widgets_on_pages id=“Ashley”] Devin Booker has exemplified that phenomenon better than perhaps anyone this year. He’s been up (making 5-of-6 three-pointers...

Pressure? What Pressure? Young Cats enjoying journey toward possible 40-0

Trey Lyles, Karl-Anthony Towns and the rest of the Wildcats don’t seem to be feeling any pressure as the victories mount in what has been a perfect season (Jamie Vaught Photo)   Twenty minutes before undefeated Kentucky took on Cincinnati in Saturday’s Round of 32, Trey Lyles perked his head up during shoot-around. The speakers boomed with Beyonce belting “Crazy in Love,” and Lyles...

Ashley Scoby: Cincy's 'rough 'em up' strategy fails to slow Wildcats as streak marches on

Willie Cauley-Stein had a monster dunk to spark a Kentucky run that led to a NCAA win over Cincinnati, giving the Cats a record 36-0 record (Jamie Vaught Photo)   If there is a style of play that No. 1 Kentucky hasn’t seen yet, it will probably have to be invented in the next couple weeks. And it still might not be enough to beat the Wildcats.   With a 64-51 win in a Round of 32 wrestling...

Ashley Scoby: Cincy’s ‘rough ’em up’ strategy fails to slow Wildcats as streak marches on

Willie Cauley_Stein had a monster dunk to spark a Kentucky run that led to a NCAA win over Cincinnati, giving the Cats a record 36-0 record (Jamie Vaught Photo)   If there is a style of play that No. 1 Kentucky hasn’t seen yet, it will probably have to be invented in the next couple weeks. And it still might not be enough to beat the Wildcats.   With a 64-51 win in a Round of 32 wrestling...

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...

Ashley Scoby: It won't come easy, but No. 1 Cats see clear path to championship game

Trey Lyles battles two Arkansas defenders during Sunday’s SEC tourney final (Jamie Vaught Photo)   When it comes to basketball in March, nothing comes easily. But odds can be in your favor, and Kentucky can thank the NCAA selection committee this year for just that.   Just a couple hours after they collected the SEC tournament trophy, the 34-0 Wildcats arrived at head coach John Calipari’s...

Ashley Scoby: It won’t come easy, but No. 1 Cats see clear path to championship game

Trey Lyles battles two Arkansas defenders during Sunday’s SEC tourney final (Jamie Vaught Photo)   When it comes to basketball in March, nothing comes easily. But odds can be in your favor, and Kentucky can thank the NCAA selection committee this year for just that.   Just a couple hours after they collected the SEC tournament trophy, the 34-0 Wildcats arrived at head coach John Calipari’s...

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...

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...

Ashley Scoby: Clicking on all cylinders, Cats cruise past Tigers for 33rd straight victory

Tyler Ulis scored six points, grabbed five rebounds and handed out six assists to help Kentucky to its SEC record 33rd win in a row (Jamie Vaught Photos)   Karl-Anthony Towns grinned as he stepped into the circle. The ball was about to be tipped between Kentucky and Auburn in the SEC tournament semifinals on Saturday, and Towns was a solid six inches taller than the Tigers’ biggest starter....

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...

Ashley Scoby: At least for this year, Kentucky, Cal are all in on winning the SEC Tournament

John Calipari isn’t much of a fan of conference tournaments, but winning this year’s SEC Championship is a different story (Jamie Vaught Photo)   It’s no secret that John Calipari detests conference tournaments.   Three games in three days: “How does that help us?” Calipari says. And to a certain extent he’s right: Conference tournaments do little other than give bad teams...

Louisville City FC: Love for the city, game of soccer made dream come true for 'Coopers'

Members of the Louisville City FC met with reporters earlier this month during Media Day (Louisville City FC Photos)   By Ashley Scoby KyForward columnist   There’s an old joke that soccer fans use to explain away the inevitable morning beers they’ll consume:   If you’re sitting in a bar at 10 a.m. with a drink in your hand, you might be an alcoholic. But if you’re sitting in...

Louisville City FC: Love for the city, game of soccer made dream come true for ‘Coopers’

Members of the Louisville City FC met with reporters earlier this month during Media Day (Louisville City FC Photos)   By Ashley Scoby KyForward columnist   There’s an old joke that soccer fans use to explain away the inevitable morning beers they’ll consume:   If you’re sitting in a bar at 10 a.m. with a drink in your hand, you might be an alcoholic. But if you’re sitting in...

Ashley Scoby: At 31-0 and not done, Wildcats still keeping their eyes on the bigger picture

John Calipari rewarded his three walk-on seniors with a start against Florida Saturday as the Wildcats completed an undefeated regular season with a win over Florida (Photos by Jamie Vaught)   There was no confetti, no streamers falling from the rafters. No trophies or rings.   But there were T-shirts, and an aura of history, nevertheless.   [widgets_on_pages id=“Ashley”] With a...

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...