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Johnson, Snell combine to spark Kentucky’s second half comeback in 27-16 win over Eastern Kentucky

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The last time Kentucky played Eastern Kentucky, it took overtime and the fourth-largest comeback in school history for the Wildcats to fend off the Colonels. This time, Kentucky had to rally, but no extra period was needed. The Wildcats (2-0) received a scare from the Colonels and trailed 13-3 in the second quarter before outscoring Eastern 24-3 the remainder of the contest...

Stoops doesn’t expect neighboring Eastern Kentucky to be a pushover in Cats’ home opener

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops knows Eastern Kentucky University won’t be a pushover in his team’s home opener set for noon Saturday at Kroger Field. In the last meeting between the two teams, the Wildcats needed overtime to fend off the Colonels, escaping with a 34-27 victory despite trailing by a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Kentucky defensive...

Set to take on former team, UK’s Hood has moved past bitter ending at Eastern Kentucky

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today After Eastern Kentucky University dismissed Dean Hood following the 2015 season, the longtime coach packed up his family and moved to Charlotte for a season of unexpected restoration and renewal. At the time, Hood, currently outside linebackers and special teams coach at Kentucky, thought Charlotte needed his expertise. It turns out he needed to move out of state to help...

Eastern Kentucky to host No. 2 Jacksonville State in homecoming encounter

Eastern Kentucky University’s football team will host No. 2 Jacksonville State University for its homecoming game at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Roy Kidd Stadium. The Colonel Walk is scheduled for 12:45 p.m. through the main parking lot. EKU’s Touchdown Terrace with beer sales will open inside the stadium at 2 p.m. EKU will play Jacksonville State Saturday at Roy Kidd Stadium Eastern Kentucky has won...

Shelby’s 10th home run of season not enough for Kentucky in stunning 5-4 loss to Eastern Kentucky

Junior third baseman JaVon Shelby hit his 10th home run of the season, tying him for the SEC lead, but the 28th-ranked Kentucky baseball team lost to Eastern Kentucky 5-4 on Tuesday night at Cliff Hagan Stadium. The Wildcats got on the board first, scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning. After Shelby reached on a single, Dorian Hairston was hit by a pitch, the first of three times...

Cheek’s two-run homer caps UK comeback in exciting 2-1 triumph over Eastern Kentucky

Freshman Abbey Cheek’s two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth powered the No. 12 Kentucky softball team past Eastern Kentucky, 2-1 at John Cropp Stadium on Wednesday night. Cheek stepped to the plate with one out and a runner on first, trailing the Colonels by a run in the bottom of the sixth inning and deposited her sixth bomb of the season over the wall in right-center to score two and put...

Pair of late free throws allow Murray State to hang on, top Eastern Kentucky men in thriller

In a matchup befitting two of the more successful Ohio Valley Conference programs, the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team fell to visiting Murray State, 75-71, in a back-and-forth affair on Wednesday night at McBrayer Arena. With 51 seconds to play in the game, senior Jarelle Reischel drained a corner three-pointer to give the Colonels a 71-70 lead. The Racers answered with a three...

Keith Taylor: Poythress ‘near-perfect’ as UK gets back on track with win over EKU

At first, John Calipari didn’t want to talk about Alex Poythress. Although his senior forward had a double-double with 21 points and a career-high 13 rebounds to lead fifth-ranked Kentucky to an 88-67 win over Eastern Kentucky Wednesday night, Calipari dodged a question about Poythress before he finally obliged. Kentucky senior Alex Poythress had a double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds...

Keith Taylor: Calipari wants UK to get tougher, establish post presence against EKU

John Calipari knows his team isn’t going to produce blowouts eight games into the season. “We’re not going to be 20 points up on people,” he said. “These are going to be seven, eight-point games and you gotta battle it through. You gotta just have enough grit to go get balls and make a play at the end. We’ve shown we can do it.” Kentucky coach John Calipari wants the Wildcats to...

Rivalry Renewed: Eastern, Western set to meet in ‘Battle of the Bluegrass’

The “Battle of the Bluegrass” returns to the hardwood tonight at Diddle Arena in Bowling Green as the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team will face rival Western Kentucky for the 156th time at 8 p.m. Eastern (6-1) and Western (3-3) haven’t played since Dec. 8, 2007, when the Hilltoppers claimed a 77-60 victory in Richmond. K.J. Bluford provided the spark off the bench...

Keith Taylor: Stuck in neutral, Kentucky kicks offense in overdrive late to get past Eastern

Kentucky receiver Dorian Baker scores the game-winning touchdown in OT of a 34-27 win over EKU Saturday night (Photo by Bill Thiry)   Not all wins are pretty and this one won’t go down as one of Kentucky’s most memorable performances of the year, but it counts.   It took a fourth quarter comeback and a touchdown in overtime for the Wildcats to avoid an upset to FCS neighbor Eastern...

Former Kentucky running back Mobley very aware of target on his back in star role at EKU

Eastern Kentucky running back Dy’Shawn Mobley enters his senior campaign as the favorite to win Ohio Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors for the second straight season (EKU Photo)   Judging by the numbers, it would be easy to think Dy’Shawn Mobley’s move from the FBS to the FCS division was an easy transition.   The Eastern Kentucky senior running back and former...

Eastern Kentucky's Glenn Cosey named to mid-major All-American team

Eastern Kentucky University senior Glenn Cosey was named to the 2013-14 Lou Henson All-America team by CollegeInsider.com.  Cosey is also a finalist for the 2014 Lou Henson Award.   The Lou Henson All-America team recognizes the top Mid-Major men’s basketball players.  The Lou Henson Award will be given to one of the 30 All-Americans to signify the top player at the Mid-Major level.  The...

No. 15 Eastern Kentucky denied upset at the hands of No. 2 Kansas' size advantage

ST. LOUIS — No. 15 Eastern Kentucky hung in with No. 2 Kansas for about 37 minutes, leading by as many as nine points in the first half and hanging on to a single-possession deficit despite the Jayhawks’ dominance in the paint and on the glass despite playing without center Joel Embiid. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   Eventually, though, those factors caught up the Colonels,...

No. 15 Eastern Kentucky denied upset
at the hands of No. 2 Kansas’ size advantage

ST. LOUIS — No. 15 Eastern Kentucky hung in with No. 2 Kansas for about 37 minutes, leading by as many as nine points in the first half and hanging on to a single-possession deficit despite the Jayhawks’ dominance in the paint and on the glass despite playing without center Joel Embiid. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   Eventually, though, those factors caught up the Colonels,...

No. 15 EKU has the 'right equation' to upset No. 2 Kansas Friday in NCAA Tournament

Eastern Kentucky coach Jeff Neubauer outlined how a Colonels win over No. 2 Kansas would look were it to happen Friday. (Photo by James Pennington)   ST. LOUIS — Eastern Kentucky, a No. 15 seed, does not have a great chance of beating Kansas, a No. 2 seed. That’s the nature of the NCAA Tournament. According to the predictions at FiveThirtyEight.com, the Colonels have a 7.597 percent chance...

No. 15 EKU has the ‘right equation’ to upset No. 2 Kansas Friday in NCAA Tournament

Eastern Kentucky coach Jeff Neubauer outlined how a Colonels win over No. 2 Kansas would look were it to happen Friday. (Photo by James Pennington)   ST. LOUIS — Eastern Kentucky, a No. 15 seed, does not have a great chance of beating Kansas, a No. 2 seed. That’s the nature of the NCAA Tournament. According to the predictions at FiveThirtyEight.com, the Colonels have a 7.597 percent chance...

Eastern Kentucky to hold pep rally for Colonels in St. Louis for NCAA Tournament

Fans, alumni, students and friends of the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team are invited to a pre-game send off and pep rally at the Crowne Plaza St. Louis Downtown.   The event will begin at 1 p.m. CT.  It will be hosted by the EKU International Alumni Association, and complimentary snacks and beverages will be available. Help cheer on our team as they leave the hotel.  The...

EKU's Marcus Lewis wins Facebook contest to participate in dunk contest at Final Four

Eastern Kentucky University senior Marcus Lewis has won the 2014 “State Farm Dark Horse Dunker” Facebook competition and will now compete at the State Farm College Slam Dunk Championship held in Dallas during the 2014 Final Four.   The slam dunk contest, part of the State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships event, will be held April 3 at 9 p.m. ET, live on ESPN. The competition...

UK earns No. 8 seed in NCAA tournament, will face No. 9 Kansas State in first round

ATLANTA — Kentucky earned a No. 8 seed in the NCAA tournament, riding its SEC tournament run to perhaps a higher seed than anticipated one week ago after its 84-65 loss to Florida to end the regular season, but then lower than anticipated after thriving at the SEC tournament. The Wildcats will open the NCAA tournament Friday against No. 9 Kansas State. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   The...