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Kentucky falters late in second half, Alabama completes rare sweep with 70-59 win on Tuesday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky slowed down Alabama, but the ninth-ranked Crimson Tide pulled away late and muscled their way to a 70-59 victory over the Wildcats on Tuesday night in Tuscaloosa. Alabama, which rolled to an 85-65 victory over Kentucky two weeks ago in Lexington, made all 10 of its free throws in the final 1:35 and outscored the Wildcats 16-5 in the final four minutes for its...

Role reversal: UK underdogs in rematch against No. 9 Alabama on Tuesday night in Tuscaloosa

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky isn’t used to being the underdog and will face a rare role reversal when it takes on No. 9 Alabama on Tuesday night in Tuscaloosa. The Crimson Tide (13-3 overall, 8-0 Southeastern Conference) is enjoying their highest ranking since 2007 and carries a nine-game winning streak into the contest. Alabama defeated the Wildcats 85-65 on Jan. 12 and showed no signs...

Western Kentucky completes weekend sweep at Middle Tennessee with 68-52 victory on Sunday

Charles Bassey scored 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds on Sunday as Western Kentucky completed a two-game weekend series sweep at Middle Tennessee with a 68-52 win at Murfreesboro, Tenn. Bassey also finished with five blocked shots as WKU limited Middle Tennessee to just 28.6 percent shooting from the field. The Hilltoppers converted 48 percent of their attempts from the field and were 17-for-22 at...

UK freshman guard Boston trying to stay positive through struggles as Cats prepare for LSU

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Brandon “BJ” Boston is doing all he can to get back on track. The Kentucky freshman guard has been spending extra time in the gym after coming off the bench for the first time in his career earlier this week in a 63-62 loss at Georgia. He was working out past midnight Friday with teammate Cam’Ron Fletcher. “Basketball is really all that’s on my mind, so it’s...

EKU extends winning streak to eight with 113-73 victory over UT Martin on Thursday night

Wendell Green Jr. and Michael Moreno combined for 48 points Thursday night as Eastern Kentucky won its eighth consecutive game with a 113-73 victory over UT Martin at McBrayer Arena. Green finished with 25 points and four assists, while Moreno added 23 points. EKU tied an Ohio Valley Conference record by draining 20 shots from 3-point range. The Colonels improved to 13-2 overall, 7-1 in the OVC. Michael...

Calipari discouraged after watching Kentucky drop 63-62 buzzer-beater at Georgia on Wednesday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari was down after watching his team’s 14-game winning streak against Georgia end Wednesday night in Athens. The Wildcats (4-9, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) led by one with three seconds remaining, but P.J. Horne’s basket on an out-of-bounds play with 1.3 ticks left lifted Georgia to a 63-62 triumph over the struggling...

EKU’s King named OVC Player of the Week; No. 17 Lindsey Wilson women upset No. 4 Thomas More

Eastern Kentucky University junior Tre King has been voted the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week for the third time this season, the league announced on Monday. Tre King King did a lot of scoring, and a little bit of everything else, in EKU’s 93-85 overtime win at Eastern Illinois on Saturday night. He finished with a game-high 24 points to go along with six rebounds, two assists, two...

Western Kentucky completes weekend sweep of Marshall with 69-67 road victory on Sunday

Western Kentucky brought out the brooms Sunday afternoon in Huntington, W.Va. The Hilltoppers (11-4 overall, 4-2 Conference USA) rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit to post a 69-67 win at Marshall, completing their first series sweep in league play after two opening splits. “Getting down a little bit the first half, our guys showed a lot of grit and a lot of character,” WKU head...

EKU pulls out 93-85 overtime win at Eastern Illinois on Saturday for seventh consecutive victory

Sophomore Michael Moreno’s 3-pointer with three seconds remaining in regulation sent the game into overtime, and Eastern Kentucky held on to beat host Eastern Illinois, 93-85, on Saturday at Lantz Arena. It was EKU’s seventh consecutive win, and the Colonels improved to 12-2 overall, 6-1 in the Ohio Valley Conference. This is Eastern Kentucky’s best start since 1946-47. Tre King EKU...

Kentucky plays ‘well enough to win,’ but comes up short down the stretch in loss at Auburn

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky stopped Auburn, but the Tigers still escaped with a 66-59 win over the Wildcats Saturday at Auburn Arena. “We defended that way you defend to win games,” Kentucky head coach John Calipari said. The loss was the second straight for Kentucky this week after the Wildcats (4-7 overall, 2-3 SEC) opened the Southeastern Conference with three straight victories,...

West Virginia transfer Tshiebwe joins UK; big man won’t be eligible to play until next season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is already working on next year’s roster. The Wildcats officially added 6-foot-9 West Virginia transfer Oscar Tshiebwe to the roster Thursday. Tshiebwe will join the team immediately, but won’t become eligible until next season. Oscar Tshiebwe has transferred to Kentucky. He will practice with the team and become eligible next season. (WVU photo) Tshiebwe,...

UK’s Calipari looking for ‘fighters, battlers’ as SEC schedule intensifies for youthful Wildcats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari is looking for a few good players. “I’m looking for five fighters, battlers that will come in and play confident,” he said. “(You) can’t play confidently if you’re getting hit in the head. Now, if you’re hitting somebody in the head, you’ll be confident. If you’re taking all the shots...

Alabama rolls to 85-65 win over UK on Tuesday; Crimson Tide remain unbeaten (5-0) in SEC play

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Alabama’s football team won a national championship Monday. The men’s basketball team followed with an impressive, rare road win in Lexington on Tuesday night. The Crimson Tide (10-3 overall, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) notched just their seventh win in school history at Rupp Arena with an 85-65 victory over Kentucky to remain perfect in league play and served notice...

UK players say support, criticism from decision to kneel during national anthem not distraction

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Olivier Sarr knew there would be opinions after the Kentucky Wildcats kneeled during the national anthem in Gainesville. “We understood that our gesture would have consequences,” Sarr said Monday. “We just want people to understand. We knew that some people would be mad about what we did, but we just want people to understand that it’s a peaceful way to protest...

Western Kentucky stages furious rally, but Hilltoppers fall short in 63-58 loss to Louisiana Tech

Western Kentucky nearly dug out of a 21-point hole against Louisiana Tech on Saturday, but couldn’t quite complete the comeback in a 63-58 home loss at E.A. Diddle Arena. A 20-0 run by Louisiana Tech in the first half doomed the Hilltoppers (9-4 overall, 2-2 Conference USA), who pulled back within one in the final two minutes but didn’t get over the hump. WKU guard Taveion Hollingsworth...

King, torrid 3-point shooting fuel EKU’s 90-80 win over Tennessee Tech, best start since 1952-53

Lexington native Tre King scored career-best 29 points and the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team hit 16 three-pointers in a 90-80 victory over Tennessee Tech on Saturday at McBrayer Arena. At 11-2, the Colonels are off to their best start since the 1952-53 team. A 4:02 scoring drought in the second half by EKU allowed Tech to turn an 8-point deficit into a 1-point lead. Dane Quest...

Brooks has ‘fun’ in return to court as UK rolls to 76-58 victory over Florida in Gainesville on Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Keion Brooks just wanted to have fun in his return to the court Saturday and it showed. Brooks had a blast and so did his teammates as the Wildcats (4-6, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) stretched their winning streak to three games with a 76-58 victory over Florida on Saturday in Gainesville. Keion Brooks dunks in the Wildcats’ win at Florida on Saturday. Brooks finished...

After rough start to season, UK takes perfect SEC record to Florida for Saturday showdown

By Tim Letcher University of Kentucky After a rough start to the season, Kentucky head coach John Calipari and his team decided to start with a “clean slate” as the calendar flipped to 2021 and Southeastern Conference play began. So far, the plan seems to be paying dividends. The Cats are 2-0 to start conference play, with a pair of nail-biting wins under their belts. First, a double-overtime...

UK’s Brooks cleared to play Saturday at Florida; suffered foot injury during preseason workouts

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky forward Keion Brooks’ last game was at Florida a year ago. Brooks will return to the lineup when the Wildcats take on the Gators on Saturday in Gainesville. Brooks, who suffered a foot injury during preseason workouts, was cleared to play on Thursday. Brooks missed the first nine games and is the team’s lone returning experienced scholarship...

Kentucky has to ‘fight like heck’ to hold off gritty Vanderbilt, 77-74, on Tuesday night at Rupp Arena

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Vanderbilt is always a struggle for Kentucky, and Tuesday night was no different. “Every year we play them, it’s exactly the same way,” Kentucky head coach John Calipari said. “They make all the shots and then we have to fight like heck to win a close game — every time we play them. Last year, the year before and every coach, not just this coach, the last one...