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As Wildcats continue to improve, Isaiah Jackson providing a boost at both ends of the court

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Isaiah Jackson is starting to make an impact and it’s starting to show on the court. “I think just getting used to just playing to be honest,” he said. “I’ve started to get like a feel for the game, the college game. I’m just going out there and just hooping.” The freshman forward has averaged 16.3 points and nine rebounds during Kentucky’s current three-game...

Keith Taylor: Can struggling UK give Big Blue Nation something to cheer about before this season ends?

It’s been a long winter in the Bluegrass and it’s not over yet. Although the weather is making headlines because of an overnight snowfall that covered most of the state, the white flakes aren’t even a major topic of discussion throughout the commonwealth. In addition to battling an ongoing pandemic that is approaching a one-year cycle, the Wildcats haven’t given Big Blue Nation much of an escape...

UK eager for fresh start in games that ‘truly count’ as Southeastern Conference play begins on Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will get a fresh start when it opens the Southeastern Conference portion of the schedule Saturday at Mississippi State. “These are the games that truly honestly count, in my opinion, to build on to when we get into March Madness, winning the league and things like that,” Kentucky freshman Isaiah Jackson said. “We had a good week of practice this whole week....

Louisville holds off Kentucky for 62-59 win, sends Wildcats (1-6) to sixth consecutive defeat

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The struggles continued for Kentucky on Saturday. The Wildcats suffered their sixth consecutive setback with a 62-59 loss to rival Louisville in the KFC Yum! Center. The Cardinals ended a three-game losing streak to Kentucky and held off a late surge by the Wildcats, who edged the Cardinals a year ago in an overtime thriller at Rupp Arena. Kentucky (1-6) trailed 60-59...

UK losing streak reaches five after 75-63 setback to North Carolina in CBS Sports Classic on Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The last time Kentucky lost five straight games, Adolph Rupp was still coaching high school basketball and four years away from making his mark as coach of the Wildcats. For the first time since the 1926-27 season, Kentucky lost for the fifth straight time, dropping a 75-63 decision to North Carolina in the CBS Sports Classic at Rocket Mortgage Arena in Cleveland on...

Kentucky to play North Carolina instead of UCLA in CBS Sports Classic in Cleveland on Saturday

By Eric Lindsey University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky will play North Carolina on Saturday in the CBS Sports Classic in place of the originally scheduled matchup with UCLA. The game will remain at 2 p.m. at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland with CBS still on the call. UCLA will flip with North Carolina and play Ohio State at approximately 4:15 p.m. The revised schedule was created...

Struggling UK gets ‘punked’ by No. 7 Kansas in 65-62 loss; Wildcats (1-2) suffer second straight defeat

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky head coach John Calipari praised Kansas for its ability to defeat the Wildcats on Tuesday night. Two days after a disappointing 76-64 loss to Richmond, Kentucky dropped a 65-62 decision to No. 7 Kansas in the State Farm Champions Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Jayhawks (2-1) fended off Calipari’s squad despite shooting 29 percent from...

UK newcomers shine in debut as Wildcats soar to 81-45 win over Morehead State in season opener

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky unveiled a revamped roster on Wednesday night and the final result was typical of past season openers under head coach John Calipari. Freshman Brandon Boston scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the No. 10 Wildcats to an 81-45 victory over Morehead State in the first game of the three-day Bluegrass Showcase at Rupp Arena. Calipari improved to 12-0...

Rookie big men ready to contribute for UK; Wildcats open season Wednesday against Morehead State

By Tim Letcher University of Kentucky Kentucky’s incoming freshmen are a talented group that was ranked as the nation’s top recruiting class. Included in that group are three big men who are already making their presence felt on this year’s team. Cam’Ron Fletcher, Isaiah Jackson and Lance Ware comprise the front court players, with each bringing a strong pedigree to the team....

A preseason surprise, UK freshman post player Isaiah Jackson relishes the underdog role

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Isaiah Jackson has always considered himself an underdog and wants to keep it that way going into his freshman season at Kentucky. “Me thinking like that, I feel like I can show a lot of people what I can do and surprise a lot of people,” he said. “I don’t really look at those types of things. I just try to go out there and play hard every day and try to get better.” Unlike...