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Perfect Cats end Big Blue Bahamas tour with another blowout victory

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky concluded its Big Blue Bahamas Tour in impressive fashion with a 93-60 victory over Team Toronto Sunday at Imperial Arena at Paradise Island. The Wildcats placed five players in double figures, paced by graduate transfer Reid Travis with 19 points and 15 rebounds, including 12 on the defensive end of the floor. The performance by Travis was his best outing of...

Impressive Wildcats hit century mark for third straight win in Bahamas Tour

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky hit the century mark and remained undefeated in the Big Blue Bahamas Tour with a 100-64 rout of Mega Bemax Saturday night at Imperial Arena at Paradise Island. It marked the Wildcats’ third straight victory in the four-game tour, which concludes at 4 p.m. Sunday against Team Toronto. Kentucky coach John Calipari expected a close encounter against the Serbian...

Paced by vet and newcomer, Cats open Bahamas tour with easy win

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky opened its four-game Bahamas exhibition tour with an 85-61 win over the Bahamas National Team Wednesday at Imperial Arena in Atlantis. Nick Richards led four players in double figures with a team-high 19 points and missed just one shot on seven attempts. Freshman guard Tyler Herro followed Richards with 16 points and two steals. Keldon Johnson added 11 points...

SEC Network will televise all four of Kentucky’s August exhibition games from the Bahamas

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky basketball never stops even during the off-season. All four of the team’s games in the Bahamas will be televised by the SEC Network next month it was announced by the school Tuesday. In the opener on Aug. 8, Kentucky will take on the Bahamas National Team at 7 p.m. The Wildcats also will play San Lorenzo De Almagro at 7 p.m. on Aug. 9 before taking a one day...

John Calipari is taking his time getting a feel for the Wildcats

Kentucky coach John Calipari likes the way his team has bonded during the past two weeks ahead of an overseas trip to the Bahamas in August. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today LEXINGTON, Ky. (KT) — John Calipari is taking his time getting to know his team. The Kentucky coach thinks he’s “got a good group” one that has about a month to prepare for an overseas trip to...

Kentucky Blood Center wins 30th-annual Big Blue Crush with largest victory in competition’s history

Kentucky has won the 30th annual Big Blue Crush, 2,540 to 1,787, which is the largest margin of victory in the history of the competition. “Thank you, Big Blue Nation,” said Martha Osborne, Vice President of Marketing for Kentucky Blood Center (KBC). “Because of your generosity, we have once again beat Tennessee, but, more importantly, we have a strong blood supply heading into the holidays....

Kentucky men’s basketball schedule times, broadcast destinations now complete

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Times and television destinations for the Kentucky men’s basketball television schedule were completed and announced on Wednesday. The Wildcats will play Utah Valley, East Tennessee State, Troy, Fort Wayne and UIC on the SEC Network, while the game at Monmouth will be televised at noon on ESPNU. All of Kentucky’s men’s basketball games will be televised not only...

Keith Taylor: Resilient Wildcats proved they can shot take a shot to the gut, then fight right back and win

The culture is changing at Kentucky and it’s all for the better. Even when things looked bleak after South Carolina opened the game with Jake Bentley’s 63-yard touchdown pass to Deebo Samuel Saturday night, the Wildcats didn’t flinch and recovered from the Gamecocks’ quick strike to go on to defeat the Gamecocks 23-13. Mark Stoops and Mitch Barnhart were all smiles after Kentucky’s win...

Keith Taylor: Former UK star, analyst Larry Conley says Calipari’s success not a surprise

Former Kentucky standout and retired television analyst Larry Conley likes the job John Calipari is doing at Kentucky   October has arrived and that means basketball is just around the corner.   The excitement for the upcoming season started building last week when Big Blue Nation began camping out at Memorial Coliseum to obtain tickets to this year’s Big Blue Madness slated for Oct....

Keith Taylor: Former UK star, analyst Larry Conley says Calipari's success not a surprise

Former Kentucky standout and retired television analyst Larry Conley likes the job John Calipari is doing at Kentucky   October has arrived and that means basketball is just around the corner.   The excitement for the upcoming season started building last week when Big Blue Nation began camping out at Memorial Coliseum to obtain tickets to this year’s Big Blue Madness slated for Oct....

Keith Taylor: Stoops wants a ‘good, clean, hard-fought’ game against instate foe EKU

Kentucky tight end C.J. Conrad scores his first collegiate touchdown in the Wildcats’ 21-13 win over Missouri last week. The Wildcats host Eastern Kentucky Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium (Photo by Tammie Brown)   Mark Stoops is focused on football and not what transpired off the field between members of his team and Eastern Kentucky University. The Kentucky coach wants no part of any confrontations...

Keith Taylor: Stoops wants a 'good, clean, hard-fought' game against instate foe EKU

Kentucky tight end C.J. Conrad scores his first collegiate touchdown in the Wildcats’ 21-13 win over Missouri last week. The Wildcats host Eastern Kentucky Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium (Photo by Tammie Brown)   Mark Stoops is focused on football and not what transpired off the field between members of his team and Eastern Kentucky University. The Kentucky coach wants no part of any confrontations...

Keith Taylor: Stoops wants Cats to make lasting first impression in ‘new’ CWS debut

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and the Wildcats open the season against Louisiana Lafayette Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium (Photo by Keith Taylor)   When Mark Stoops arrived more than three years ago, he was more interested in turning around Kentucky’s football program than upgrading the team’s facilities.   Although not a priority at the time, Stoops knew improvements to Commonwealth...

Keith Taylor: Stoops wants Cats to make lasting first impression in 'new' CWS debut

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and the Wildcats open the season against Louisiana Lafayette Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium (Photo by Keith Taylor)   When Mark Stoops arrived more than three years ago, he was more interested in turning around Kentucky’s football program than upgrading the team’s facilities.   Although not a priority at the time, Stoops knew improvements to Commonwealth...

Kentucky men’s basketball leads nation in overall attendance, women’s places seventh

Kentucky’s men’s basketball program led the nation in total home attendance for the first time in five years, according to NCAA figures released Monday. (Photo from Facebook)   Kentucky basketball was the team to watch this year, and now the stats back it up for both the men and women’s programs.   Both Kentucky basketball programs were among the top in national attendance...

Kentucky by Heart: For good or bad, directly or indirectly, UK basketball looms large

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist   Steve Flairty grew up feeling good about Kentucky. He recalls childhood trips orchestrated by his father, with the take-off points in Campbell County. The people and places he encountered then help define his passion about the state. “Kentucky by Heart” shares part and parcel of his joy. A little history, much contemporary life, intriguing places, personal...

Where Are They Now: ’79-’82 ‘Cat Bo Lanter following entrepreneur path to F5 STRONG

Former University of Kentucky Basketball player Bo Lanter has started F5Strong, a sportwear line. (Photo provided)   By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   Bo Lanter is a born entrepreneur. He exhibited his entrepreneurial spirit early on when he left the Midwestern State University basketball team in 1978 after his freshman year, having decided he would take his chances as a walk-on for the University...

Lex What Wear: Cheering on the Cats
in Big Blue style is both easy and fun

By Alex McLean KyForward columnist   I’m baaaaack! It was a long but wonderful journey these past three weeks, traveling the South for Haute Hippie. I met some great people, fell in love with a few cities I’d never visited before and learned the value of having two homes – one in my beloved Kentucky and, yes, one in New York City. For those of you who want to see some of my adventures,...

Greensource: NCAA ‘green’ tournament helps all environmental efforts go more mainstream

(Photo from NCAA Final Four 2014)   By Amy Sohner KyForward columnist   I like basketball. Ok, maybe not quite as much as you do, assuming you live in Kentucky and are obsessed with the #BBN (Big Blue Nation) – which took me longer than I care to admit to figure out what it stood for, but I can definitely get into a game, and even find myself jumping up from the couch in glee at three-pointers.   I...

Ky. Blood Center officials urge UK fans to finish strong as Gators lead blood drive

After grabbing the lead on Monday, the Gators didn’t let go on Tuesday, outscoring Kentucky blood donors 819 to 654 in the fifth annual Big Blue Slam.   Kentucky Blood Center officials are urging Big Blue fans to come out and finish the week strong, not only to help defeat Florida but to also boost the community blood supply.   “Recent winter weather and the flu season have taken a...