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‘Long and athletic’ Kahlil Whitney signs letter-of-intent to play basketball at University of Kentucky

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kahlil Whitney is officially a Wildcat. The 6-foot-7 forward signed a national letter-of-intent with Kentucky Friday. The five-star prospect is the highest-rated player in the Class of 2019 and considered Kentucky his top option during the recruiting process. Kahlil Whitney “I chose Kentucky because it was my dream school,” Whitney said. “I feel that...

UK releases information on single-game tickets for men’s basketball games at Rupp

On-sale dates and single-game ticket prices for each of Kentucky’s home games will have its first public on-sale opportunity on Tuesday. Once again this season, the UK Athletics Ticket Office, in conjunction with its partnership with Ticketmaster, will enable its resale marketplace for all 20 men’s basketball home games prior to the season tipping off. New this season, fans will be able to purchase...

Let the Madness Begin: Tickets for Big Blue Madness 2017 available Sept. 29 at Memorial Coliseum

Tickets for the 2017 edition of Big Blue Madness in Rupp Arena will be available Friday, Sept. 29, at 10 p.m. at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows on Avenue of Champions and online at Ticketmaster.com. Big Blue Madness, the first open practice opportunity for UK’s 2017-18 men’s and women’s basketball teams, is Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. It will also air live on the SEC Network. Tickets are free again...

Ashley Scoby: Seven Wildcats seek to realize their childhood dreams by moving on to NBA

Seven members of Kentucky’s Final Four team will declare for the NBA draft, a program record number (UK Athletics Photo)   Plenty of memories about driveways crowded the Joe Craft Center men’s practice court on Thursday.   Seven players from this year’s Final Four team attended a news conference and officially declared for the NBA draft – all of them fulfilling a dream they had...

Ashley Scoby: Looking at the numbers, LSU should have won, but No. 1 Wildcats prevail

Karl-Anthony Towns hit a big hook shot to help Kentucky to a two-point road win over LSU (UK Athletics Photo)   If a team goes on a 21-2 run during the latter part of the second half, and if it shoots 54 percent in that half, it probably should win.   But only if that performance comes this year against a team not named Kentucky.   [widgets_on_pages id=“Ashley”] The Wildcats, now...

Sports Notes: Let’s play a game called ‘Will They Stay or Will They Go’ with the Wildcats

Could guard Aaron Harrison be one of the Wildcats who will leave this summer for the NBA? (Jamie Vaught Photo)   As Kentucky’s quest for a historic basketball season continues, three questions emerge anytime two or more Wildcat fans gather.   Will John Calipari’s team go undefeated? Will Kentucky win its ninth national championship? Which of the McDonald’s All-American and...

Sports Notes: Let's play a game called 'Will They Stay or Will They Go' with the Wildcats

Could guard Aaron Harrison be one of the Wildcats who will leave this summer for the NBA? (Jamie Vaught Photo)   As Kentucky’s quest for a historic basketball season continues, three questions emerge anytime two or more Wildcat fans gather.   Will John Calipari’s team go undefeated? Will Kentucky win its ninth national championship? Which of the McDonald’s All-American and...

Ashley Scoby: For Kentucky at its peak, U of L may be a team that can provide a challenge

Saturday’s matchup with No. 4 Louisville maybe the last time this year that Kentucky, playing at its peak, gets a serious challenge from a similarly talented team (UK Athletics Photo)   Enjoy this Saturday, Kentucky fans. Because when the Wildcats line up against Louisville at the KFC Yum Center at 2 p.m., it will be the last time during the regular season that your team playing at its best...

Ashley Scoby: UK-UCLA contest is what college basketball is supposed to be about

Big-time college basketballl programs, like Kentucky, North Carolina and UCLA, bring national buzz to the game when they play each other on a regular basis (UK Athletics Photo)   Whatever happens Saturday when Kentucky matches up with UCLA in the CBS Sports Classic, remember one thing: This is the way college basketball is supposed to be played.   Neutral site. Big city (Chicago). National...

Calipari’s Comedy Mania brings Dailey & Vincent, Bill Engvall, Sinbad for charity

The “rock stars of Bluegrass” bring music and wacky humor to Comedy Mania on Nov. 20 at Rupp Arena at 7:30 p.m. to benefit three charities. (Photo provided)   Laughter is good for your health, your mental state and your relationships. It’s apparently also good for charity.   The Calipari Foundation brings the Comedy Mania Benefit Show with stars like Bill Engvall and Sinbad...

Kentucky grabs second straight decisionin Big Blue Bahamas tour behind Towns

Freshman forward Karl-Anthony Towns charted 19 points, 10 rebounds and three assists in just 21 minutes, leading the Kentucky men’s basketball team to an 81-58 win over Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket on Monday afternoon at Sir Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium in day two of the Big Blue Bahamas tour in Nassau.   BOXSCORE   Kentucky won its second straight game in its six-game Bahamas tour, using...

Wildcats’ Big Blue Bahamas tour about development, not just wins and losses

John Calipari met with the media Wednesday prior to his team leaving for its six-game exhibition series in the Bahamas (Photo from UK Athletics)   By Glenn Osborne KyForward sports editor   Kentucky fans will enjoy an early start to the college basketball season thanks to the Big Blue Bahamas tour, which gets underway on Sunday.   The Wildcats and coach John Calipari will face six games...

Wildcats' Big Blue Bahamas tour about development, not just wins and losses

John Calipari met with the media Wednesday prior to his team leaving for its six-game exhibition series in the Bahamas (Photo from UK Athletics)   By Glenn Osborne KyForward sports editor   Kentucky fans will enjoy an early start to the college basketball season thanks to the Big Blue Bahamas tour, which gets underway on Sunday.   The Wildcats and coach John Calipari will face six games...

Newest Wildcat Towns second to win High School Athlete of Year Award in Calipari era

Karl-Anthony Towns was named the Gatorade Male High School Athlete of the Year, the second incoming Wildcat to earn that honor during the John Calipari era (Photo from UK Athletics)   Incoming freshman big man Karl-Anthony Towns was named the Gatorade Male High School Athlete of the Year at an awards ceremony held at the Lowes Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood, Calif.   Towns is the second player...

Sports Notes: Former Wildcat, Mr. Baseball Riddle makes successful return to Bluegrass

Former Mr. Baseball J.T. Riddle made a successful return to Lexington, helping Greensboro sweep three games from the Legends (Photo from UK Athletics)   When former Kentucky Mr. Baseball J.T. Riddle took the field last week against the Lexington Legends, it marked his first professional appearance in Lexington since May 2013, when he played in Kentucky’s mid-week win over Indiana.   Although...

Powerhouse programs UCLA, Kansas, North Carolina among Wildcats' opponents in 2014

Kentucky will face five of the winningest men’s basketball programs in the country this season (Photo from UK Athletics)   Kentucky has announced its 2014-15 men’s basketball non-conference schedule, which features five of the winningest programs in college basketball history.   The Wildcats will face off against some of the most tradition-laden teams in the history of the sport,...

Sports Notes: NBA Draft watching becoming favorite summer pastime for Wildcat fans

No college coach has enjoyed as much success as John Calipari in getting players drafted into the NBA and no one is really close (Photo from UK Athletics)   Watching the NBA draft has become a new Kentucky tradition during John Calipari’s five years as head coach. Basketball fans use their idle time between the Final Four and the late June draft to speculate about how high their favorite...

Randle chosen with seventh overall pick
by Lakers in first round of 2014 NBA draft

Forward Julius Randle was drafted in the first round of Thursday’s NBA draft, increasing Kentucky’s run of having at least one player chosen in the opening round to five years in a row (Photo from UK Athletics)   By Glenn Osborne KyForward sports editor   Two months of speculation, analysis and mock drafts came to an end Thursday when University of Kentucky forward Julius Randle...

Randle chosen with seventh overall pick by Lakers in first round of 2014 NBA draft

Forward Julius Randle was drafted in the first round of Thursday’s NBA draft, increasing Kentucky’s run of having at least one player chosen in the opening round to five years in a row (Photo from UK Athletics)   By Glenn Osborne KyForward sports editor   Two months of speculation, analysis and mock drafts came to an end Thursday when University of Kentucky forward Julius Randle...

Big Blue Bahamas tour will feature six live broadcasts on ESPNU, SEC Network

All six of Kentucky’s exhibition games in the Bahamas will be televised live on ESPNU and The SEC Network (Photo from UK Athletics)   The Kentucky men’s basketball Big Blue Bahamas August exhibition tour has been selected for broadcast on ESPNU and the SEC Network, ESPN announced on Wednesday.   ESPNU will broadcast the first three games of the tour from Aug. 10-12, while the newly...