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Kentucky drops 10th consecutive setback to Georgia Bulldogs in rainy Athens, 21-0

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky just can’t seem to get over the proverbial hump against Georgia.   The Wildcats (3-4, 1-4 Southeastern Conference) dropped their 10th consecutive setback to the Bulldogs with a 21-0 loss Saturday night in Athens. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops fell to 0-7 against Georgia, despite several close calls in the past few years. The shutout loss was the first for a Kentucky...

Kentucky moves past disappointing loss to Gators, set sights on Saturday’s matchup with Bulldogs

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has already moved past Florida. The next step is getting his players focused on the first road game of the season. “That’s a big focus this week,” Stoops said Monday. “I talk about each situation every week and moving on to Mississippi State, we don’t have much time to dwell on (the loss). Next man up, the next battle, the next punch...

UK’s Ashton Hagans scores career-high 23 points as Cats top Georgia Bulldogs Tuesday night in Athens

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Ashton Hagans had a career night in a return to his home state. The Kentucky freshman guard scored a career-high 23 points to lead the 12th-ranked Wildcats to a 69-49 win over Georgia Tuesday night in Athens. Hagans, Georgia’s Gatorade Player of the Year and Mr. Basketball last season, de-committed from the Bulldogs after a coaching change last spring and chose to sign...

Georgia proves it’s the best in the SEC East, Wildcats look to regroup

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Georgia is good and is the best team in the Eastern division of the Southeastern Conference. The Bulldogs proved it yet again Saturday night. The Bulldogs clinched the SEC East with a 34-17 victory over No. 11 Kentucky, sending Georgia into the SEC championship game for the second straight season. Sixth-ranked Georgia (8-1, 6-1) defeated Auburn 28-7 in last year’s conference...

Dogfight: Kentucky, Georgia meet to determine the best team in the SEC East

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky hasn’t beaten Georgia in nine years and owns just three victories in the last 27 tries against the Bulldogs. Although wins over Georgia in 1996, 2006 and 2009 were monumental, none would compare if the Wildcats break an eight-game losing streak to Bulldogs Saturday at Kroger Field. A win would give the 11th-ranked Wildcats (7-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference)...

Smart, Bulldogs not surprised Cats are playing for SEC East division title

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky made its debit in the College Football Playoff Rankings earlier this week at No. 9, while Southeastern Conference foe Alabama was listed at No. 1. The Wildcats (7-1, 5-1) are one of three SEC teams ranked in the Top 10, while three others are among the Top 25. LSU is third and Georgia is sixth, followed by Kentucky at No. 9. Florida is ranked 11th, while Mississippi...

Cats not shying away from hype going into Georgia showdown

Kentucky receiver C.J. Conrad celebrates after the Wildcats rallied for a 15-14 win over Missouri Saturday. Kentucky plays Georgia Saturday, with the winner advancing to the SEC Championship game. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops knows the stakes will be high when Kentucky hosts Georgia Saturday. His players aren’t shying away from the hype, either. “You can’t shy...

Keith Taylor: Stoops has changed culture, expectation of Kentucky football

For the first time in school history, 12th-ranked Kentucky will have a chance to play in the Southeastern Conference Championship game if the Wildcats can beat No. 7 Georgia on Saturday at Kroger Field in the defacto SEC East championship game. It doesn’t get much bigger. The 7-1 and 12th-ranked Wildcats completed a successful five-minute drill in the fourth quarter to erase a 14-3 deficit and...

Alabama picked to win SEC; Cats predicted to finish fifth in East

Kentucky football coach addresses reporters during SEC Media Days earlier this week in Atlanta. The Wildcats were picked to finish 5th in the SEC East. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Alabama again is the team to beat in the Southeastern Conference. The Crimson Tide was picked to win the league title by media members during this week’s SEC Media Days in Atlanta. Alabama...

Calipari doesn’t see one-and-done rule coming to an immediate halt

Kentucky coach John Calipari doesn’t think the one-and-done rule will end soon, but thinks it could change within the next two years. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari isn’t sure if the one-and-done rule will eventually be a thing of the past but doesn’t think a change will occur anytime soon. The Kentucky coach offered his views on the subject while...

SEC Tournament: Kentucky uses team effort to wear down Georgia Bulldogs — ‘a good win’

Kentucky’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander goes up for a layup in Kentucky’s 62-49 win over Georgia in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament Friday in St. Louis. (Tammie Brown/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today ST. LOUIS — Kentucky isn’t ready to surrender its Southeastern Conference Tournament title just yet. The fourth-seeded Wildcats (22-10) advanced to the semifinals with...

SEC Tournament: Vanderbilt likely out in UK opener against Bulldogs

Kentucky freshman Jarred Vanderbilt likely won’t play in the SEC Tournament opener against Georgia Friday afternoon in St. Louis. (Tammie Brown/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today ST. LOUIS — Kentucky likely will be without one of its top players to open the postseason. Kentucky coach John Calipari confirmed Thursday freshman forward Jarred Vanderbilt likely won’t play when the...

Calipari: Cats will have to ‘fight like heck’ in order to win SEC Tournament

Kentucky coach John Calipari talks to guard Quade Green during a game earlier this seaoson at Rupp Arena. The Wildcats open play in the SEC Tournament Friday in Saint Louis. (Tammie Brown/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The Southeastern Conference race came down to Auburn and Tennessee and John Calipari expects those two teams to be among the favorites when the league tournament begins...

Kentucky guard Gilgeous-Alexander giving Wildcats a big lift off the bench

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 21 points in Kentucky’s 66-61 win over Georgia Sunday night. Gilgeous-Alexander has scored 45 points in the past two games to give the Wildcats a spark off the bench. (Photo by Quinn Foster I UK Athletics) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is making a name for himself and his teammates aren’t surprised he has emerged as Kentucky’s top player...

Cats revert to old ways, but make plays down the stretch to beat Georgia in SEC opener

Kentucky’s Sacha Killeya-Jones blocks a shot during Kentucky’s 66-61 win over Georgia Sunday night at Rupp Arena. Jones finished with a pair of rebounds. (Photo by Elliott Hess | UK Athletics) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky took a step back in its Southeastern Conference opener, but did just enough to hold off Georgia, escaping with a 66-61 victory over the Bulldogs Sunday night...

Stoops pleased with Kentucky’s progress in bounce-back games this season

Kentucky’s Denzil Ware was named SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Week, following his performance in a 44-21 win at Vandy last weekend. (Chet White|UK Athletics) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops has never had an issue with his team’s performance coming off a loss this season. The Wildcats improved to 3-0 in bounce-back games with a 44-21 win over Vanderbilt last weekend. “When asked...

Alabama, Georgia early favorites to compete for SEC crown, Cats picked fifth in Eastern division

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Alabama and Georgia are the preseason favorites to compete in the Southeastern Conference championship game this season. The Crimson Tide were chosen by media members to win the Western division title and capture a fourth straight conference championship. Alabama was followed by Auburn, LSU, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Mississippi State and Ole Miss. Nick Saban and the...

SEC Tournament: Kentucky knocks off Georgia for third time this season to reach tourney semifinals

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer NASHVILLE — The first one is out of the way. De’Aaron Fox and Isaiah Briscoe scored 20 points each to lead top-seeded and No. 8 Kentucky to a 71-60 win over Georgia in the Southeastern Conference Tournament quarterfinals Friday at Bridgestone Arena. Mychal Mulder cheers on the Wildcats during a 71-60 win over Georgia Friday in Nashville (Tammie Brown...

SEC Tournament: Calipari expecting another ‘war’ as Cats take on Georgia for third time

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer NASHVILLE — Georgia is on a roll and Kentucky will have to beat the Bulldogs for a third time this season to pull off a rare three-peat in the Southeastern Conference Tournament. Although the eighth-ranked Wildcats (26-5) swept the Bulldogs during the regular season by a combined margin of 14 points, it took overtime for Kentucky to beat the Bulldogs...

Keith Taylor: Fox, Cats get tough down the stretch to overcome gritty Bulldogs

ATHENS — Georgia threw its best punch at Kentucky, but the Wildcats fought back. Kentucky countered J.J, Frazier’s career-high performance with some clutch plays down the stretch and escaped with an exciting 82-77 triumph over the Bulldogs to complete a regular-season sweep Saturday night. De’Aaron Fox goes up for a shot in Kentucky’s 82-77 win over Georgia Saturday night in Athens...