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Past success won’t have any bearing for for Wildcats in preparation for Elite Eight showdown with Auburn

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has already beaten Auburn twice this season but in order to punch a ticket to the Final Four for the first time in four years, the Wildcats will need to repeat the feat for a third time Sunday. 
And it won’t be easy. The Tigers (29-9) have won 11 straight since dropping an 80-53 decision to the Wildcats on Feb. 23 in Lexington and will have to carry on without...

Washington’s return, Herro’s heroics lead Cat’s to victory over Houston, trip to Sunday’s Elite Eight

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today PJ Washington returned at the right time for Kentucky. 
The sophomore All-American, who missed the first two games of the NCAA Tournament because of a strained left foot, scored 16 points as Kentucky advanced to the Midwest Regional finals with a 62-58 win over Houston Friday night at the Sprint Center. 
The Wildcats will take on Auburn (29-9) Sunday for a berth in...

UK’s Keldon Johnson snaps slump as Wildcats overcome late surge to beat Tigers in Auburn

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky lost its Southeastern Conference opener. The Wildcats haven’t lost a game since. Kentucky (14-3, 4-1 SEC) fended off a late Auburn rally and escaped with an 82-80 triumph over the Tigers Saturday at Auburn Arena. The win was the fourth in a row for Kentucky, which dropped a 77-75 loss to Alabama earlier this month in Tuscaloosa. Auburn slipped to 13-4 overall...

Kentucky drops fourth straight setback in 76-66 loss at No. 10 Auburn

Kevin Knox scored 19 points in Kentucky’s 76-66 loss to No. 10 Auburn Wednesday night. The loss was the Wildcats’ fourth setback in a row. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The slide continues for struggling Kentucky. The Wildcats (17-9, 6-7 Southeastern Conference) suffered their fourth consecutive loss with a 76-66 loss to No. 10 Auburn Wednesday night. Kentucky hasn’t...

Struggling Wildcats look to ‘steal one’ from conference leader and surprising Auburn

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky doesn’t see Auburn as an obstacle, but rather as an opportunity to get back on track. The Wildcats (17-8, 6-6 Southeastern Conference) take on the Tigers (22-3, 10-2) Wednesday, the team’s third road game in the past four games. Kentucky is coming off an 85-74 loss at No. 21 Texas A&M and have lost three straight games for the first time in the...

Two-run roundtripper sends Auburn past Kentucky in SEC softball tournament

The UK softball team lost to Auburn Thursday in Knoxville (UK Athletics Photo) The second-seeded Auburn Tigers got a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning from Kendall Veach to knock the Kentucky Wildcats out of the Southeastern Conference Tournament with a 2-0 victory.   With the loss, Kentucky’s regular season comes to an end with a 36-17 overall record, and will now await its postseason...

Cheek’s two homers power Kentucky past South Carolina in SEC Tournament opener

Sophomore slugger Abbey Cheek pummeled two home runs over the wall in left field, as the seventh-seeded Kentucky slugged its way to a 7-3 win over the tenth-seeded South Carolina Gamecocks on Wednesday night in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.   The Wildcats now advance into the quarterfinal round and will face second-seeded Auburn on Thursday at 5 p.m. The game will be...

Keith Taylor: Unbeaten in the SEC, Cats still striving for greatness following win over Auburn

John Calipari isn’t ready to sit back and relax. As bad as he wants to empower his team, Kentucky isn’t ready to take the next step, not at this point in the season. Even though the sixth-ranked Wildcats (15-2, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) won their fifth straight with a 92-72 win over Auburn Saturday, Calipari said the Wildcats are about a month away from making the transition from a good team...

Cody, Shelby lead Kentucky past Auburn in series finale to avoid three-game sweep

Senior right-hander Kyle Cody pitched seven and one-third innings, giving up just two earned runs on seven hits, and JaVon Shelby belted a pair of home runs as the Kentucky baseball team topped Auburn 9-6 on Sunday at Plainsman Park. Cody (5-2) struck out six and walked three in the game, helping Kentucky salvage the third game of the series after the Cats lost to the Tigers both Friday and Saturday. ...

Kentucky baseball team travels to Auburn for a three-game SEC weekend series against Tigers

Coming off a pair of midweek wins against Dayton and Miami of Ohio, the No. 22 Kentucky Wildcats baseball team will continue its Southeastern Conference slate this weekend with a three-game series at Auburn. The series starts Friday at 7 p.m. and again Saturday at 7 p.m. and concludes with a 2 p.m. game Sunday at Plainsman Park. The Wildcats will turn to the weekend rotation of junior righty Zack Brown...

Kentucky wins final two games at Tennessee to take 3-game series; softball team swept by Auburn

The Kentucky baseball team completed a grueling five-game week with its third consecutive series win to open Southeastern Conference play, defeating Tennessee, in addition to a midweek win over Xavier and a setback against Northern Kentucky. Kentucky will return to action in a four-game home week, starting on Wednesday, hosting No. 4 Louisville on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and No. 21 Alabama in a three-game...

UK takes another step back with a ‘surprise’ road setback at Auburn

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer Kentucky hasn’t fared well away from home this season. The trend continued Saturday in a 75-70 loss at Auburn. Just like their previous outing, the 14th-ranked Wildcats (13-4, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) built a double-digit lead in the second half, but this time, couldn’t hold on down the stretch as the Tigers (8-8, 2-3) ended an 18-game...

Keith Taylor: Kentucky’s overall lack of offensive consistency is driving Calipari ‘nutty’

After watching tape on his team’s 80-74 win over Mississippi State earlier this week, John Calipari was at a loss for words after the Wildcats nearly blew a 20-point lead down the stretch. “We’re playing pretty good – and then the last 10 minutes we gave up 30 points,” the Kentucky coach said. “Are you kidding me? You understand that’s 120 (points) if we played the basketball game...

Keith Taylor: Boom Williams explosive in return, but loss to Auburn a ‘tough’ blow

Boom Williams rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns in Kentucky’s 30-27 loss to Auburn Thursday night (Bill Thiry Photo)   Stanley “Boom” Williams was glad to be back on the field, but he would have gladly traded his rushing yards for a win over Auburn in Kentucky’s first Thursday night home game in more than seven decades.   “I would give all my stats and everything away...

Keith Taylor: Boom Williams explosive in return, but loss to Auburn a 'tough' blow

Boom Williams rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns in Kentucky’s 30-27 loss to Auburn Thursday night (Bill Thiry Photo)   Stanley “Boom” Williams was glad to be back on the field, but he would have gladly traded his rushing yards for a win over Auburn in Kentucky’s first Thursday night home game in more than seven decades.   “I would give all my stats and everything away...

Keith Taylor: Wildcats have short time to prepare for rare Thursday night encounter

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and the Wildcats will take on Auburn in a rare Thursday night game this week. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on ESPN (UK Athletics Photo)   Kentucky has had plenty of time to get over a close call against neighboring Eastern Kentucky. They have little time to prepare for Auburn.   The Wildcats (4-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) and Tigers (3-2, 0-2) will meet in a...

SEC Tournament Roundup, Day One: Auburn’s Tony Barbee fired Wednesday

The biggest news from the first day of the SEC tournament came off the court, when Auburn coach Tony Barbee was fired about an hour after the Tigers’ 74-56 loss to South Carolina opened the 2014 SEC tournament in Atlanta. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   Barbee, who had just completed his fourth season at Auburn, was 49-75 as the Tigers’ coach and never won more than six...

SEC Tournament Roundup, Day One: Auburn's Tony Barbee fired Wednesday

The biggest news from the first day of the SEC tournament came off the court, when Auburn coach Tony Barbee was fired about an hour after the Tigers’ 74-56 loss to South Carolina opened the 2014 SEC tournament in Atlanta. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   Barbee, who had just completed his fourth season at Auburn, was 49-75 as the Tigers’ coach and never won more than six...