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‘Deplorable’ defense in shocking loss to Pittsburgh, among other flaws, raise questions for Cardinals

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today It’s always risky to read too much into either a win or a defeat by a college basketball team, but there are good losses and there are bad losses. And Louisville’s 89-86 overtime shocker at Pittsburgh Wednesday night definitely landed in the bad category — but not only because it came against one of the worst teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference. It’s...

Calipari, Wildcats go about their business preparing for season amid college recruiting scandal

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari was pressed to delve into the FBI investigation into several college basketball programs, one which included instate rival Louisville, during Kentucky’s annual media day Thursday at Memorial Coliseum. Calipari didn’t dodge several questions and touched on a subject that led to Louisville coach Rick Pitino’s suspension and exposed other collegiate coaches...

Former UK star Monk completes pre-draft workouts, awaits word on his future NBA destination

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer Malik Monk is finished with his workouts and will now play the waiting game until the NBA Draft, set for Thursday in Brooklyn, New York. The Kentucky freshman guard worked out for the Philadelphia Sixers Thursday after conducting workouts for the New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns and Orlando Magic. Monk, the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year after...

Wildcats miss out on Bamba, but Calipari ‘ecstatic’ about three spring signees to complete class

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer John Calipari’s newest recruiting class is now complete. Calipari and his coaching staff concluded the spring signing period with three additions to next year’s squad, considered one of the top classes assembled in the nation according to several national recruiting services. Kentucky coach John Calipari was all smiles after Kentucky wrapped up the...

UK’s John Calipari named coach of USA Men’s U19 World Cup Team

Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari has been named coach of the 2017 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Cup Team and will lead Team USA at the FIBA U19 World Championship in July in Cairo.   The move was officially announced Wednesday after Calipari was selected by the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee and approved by the USA Basketball Board of Directors. John Calipari...

Just another game: UK taking low-key approach into powerhouse showdown with Kansas

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer It’s not hard for Kentucky to ignore the significance of its Top 5 matchup against Kansas. “We’re just looking at it as another game right now,” Kentucky senior guard Dominique Hawkins said Friday. “But we know that it’s going to be crazy in Rupp Arena and everybody’s attention is going to be on it.” Kentucky guard De’Aaron Fox and...

Cats, Calipari ‘excited’ to be part of Champions Classic for additional three seasons

College basketball’s season-opening marquee event, the Champions Classic, which has pitted the best against the best for the last six seasons, was renewed and will continue through the 2019 season. Kentucky will continue to be a part of it.   The Kentucky men’s basketball program, in conjunction with Duke, Kansas, Michigan State and ESPN, will continue the doubleheader series through the 2019...

Early season showdown with Duke gives Calipari opportunity to gauge Kentucky’s progress

By Keith Taylor KyForward sports writer Kentucky hasn’t had much success against Duke since defeating the Blue Devils in the 1978 national championship game. Since then, Duke has dominated the series between the two teams. The Wildcats (2-0) have lost seven of the last eight games between the two foes, including a 75-68 setback at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta three years ago. Kentucky’s lone victory...

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 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...

Louisville center Chinanu Onuaku earns gold medal as part of USA Basketball U19 team

Chinanu Onuaku reacting to a play against Michigan State in the Elite Eight of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. (Photo from UofL)   University of Louisville forward/center Chinanu Onuaku earned a gold medal Sunday as a member of the USA Basketball U19 team, defeating Croatia 79-71 in overtime Sunday in the title game of the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship in Heraklion, Crete,...

Billy Reed: No longer mesmerizing, today's college basketball could use some changes

In more than 50 years of covering college basketball, I have never gone to a game hoping to see a defensive battle. Never. I have gone to games dreading a defensive battle. But I have never looked forward to that 52-49 scrum when both teams look as if they’re afraid to shoot. And when they do finally let go off the ball, it’s more apt to be Anvil Chorus than string music.   I love offense....

Billy Reed: No longer mesmerizing, today’s college basketball could use some changes

In more than 50 years of covering college basketball, I have never gone to a game hoping to see a defensive battle. Never. I have gone to games dreading a defensive battle. But I have never looked forward to that 52-49 scrum when both teams look as if they’re afraid to shoot. And when they do finally let go off the ball, it’s more apt to be Anvil Chorus than string music.   I love offense....

Dominique Hawkins on the verge of history
after winning Sweet 16 and Mr. Basketball

Kentucky’s Dominique Hawkins, former Mr. Basketball and Sweet 16 champion from Richmond’s Madison Central, is one win away from joining an exclusive club of former state champions to win national titles at Kentucky. (Photo by James Pennington)   ARLINGTON, Texas — Dominique Hawkins doesn’t keep a written log of how many points he gives up when John Calipari sticks him in to serve...

Dominique Hawkins on the verge of history after winning Sweet 16 and Mr. Basketball

Kentucky’s Dominique Hawkins, former Mr. Basketball and Sweet 16 champion from Richmond’s Madison Central, is one win away from joining an exclusive club of former state champions to win national titles at Kentucky. (Photo by James Pennington)   ARLINGTON, Texas — Dominique Hawkins doesn’t keep a written log of how many points he gives up when John Calipari sticks him in to serve...

Kentucky earns Final Four berth because of its coolness in dramatic tournament run

Andrew Harrison hugs his mother, Marian, following Kentucky’s Final Four-clinching win over Michigan on Sunday. (Photo by James Pennington)   INDIANAPOLIS — Aaron Harrison could have shot from anywhere on the floor at Lucas Oil Stadium, and it would have gone in. Not in the first 32 minutes of Kentucky’s 75-72 triumph over Michigan in the Elite Eight on Sunday, mind you: He had missed...

Report: Kentucky assistant Orlando Antigua could be top target for renewed USF search

Kentucky assistant coach Orlando Antigua could be among a list of candidates for the South Florida head coaching job in the search’s second wave, Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times reported Wednesday morning. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   The Bulls were initially set to hire Manhattan coach Steve Masiello, but the deal was called off when the school learned Masiello never graduated...

Finally playing in the NCAA Tournament amounts to forgettable win for No. 8 UK

Kentucky’s Alex Poythress, like the rest of Kentucky’s team, made his NCAA Tournament debut Friday. (File photo by James Pennington)   ST. LOUIS — The NCAA Tournament does funny things to people, not that Kentucky’s players knew much about that before Friday. Seven of the eight players that got in the game for the No. 8 Wildcats in their 56-49 win over No. 9 Kansas State had never...

As NCAA Tournament resumes Friday,
it’ll be hard to top Thursday’s madness

The rule of madness by which March operates seems to even itself out over time, which is why it’d be safer to bet on a sane Friday as the round of 64 concludes. In other words: March is mad, but it can’t stay as mad as it was Thursday. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   No. 4 Louisville barely survived its carbon-copy matchup in a 71-64 win over Manhattan. No. 13 Manhattan...

As NCAA Tournament resumes Friday, it'll be hard to top Thursday's madness

The rule of madness by which March operates seems to even itself out over time, which is why it’d be safer to bet on a sane Friday as the round of 64 concludes. In other words: March is mad, but it can’t stay as mad as it was Thursday. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   No. 4 Louisville barely survived its carbon-copy matchup in a 71-64 win over Manhattan. No. 13 Manhattan...