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Calipari makes practices tougher to ‘light a fire’ under struggling Wildcats; UK prepares for Georgia Tech

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky head coach John Calipari is used to starting over and is convinced the Wildcats will eventually turn the corner. “We were so unsure of ourselves,” the UK head coach said Friday. “I’m the one that usually forgets because the staff has to remind me. We were the same way last year. So, just know that we were the same way and the year before, and the year...

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....

UK’s Big Blue Madness returns to Memorial Coliseum; TV-only basketball event set for Nov. 20

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Big Blue Madness is returning to its roots with a twist this year. For the first time since 2004, the University of Kentucky Wildcats will have their annual event at Memorial Coliseum at 9 p.m. on Nov. 20. Madness will be televised on the SEC Network and sponsored by Papa John’s Pizza. The event will tip off the season for the men’s and women’s basketball teams...

UK transfer Jacob Toppin flies under the radar of older brother Obi, but holds his own above rim

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky basketball player Jacob Toppin is used to being in his brother’s shadow. Toppin — younger brother of former University of Dayton All-American and likely first-round NBA Draft pick Obi Toppin — hears his brother’s name often, whether it’s on the court, in the classroom, or in an interview session with reporters. “My brother is brought...

UK meets Texas in Rupp Arena on Jan. 30 in SEC/Big 12 Challenge; Texas finished 19-12 last season

By Eric Lindsey University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky will play host to Texas on Jan. 30 in Rupp Arena as a part of the annual SEC/Big 12 Challenge. The matchup will mark just the third all-time meeting between the two schools. It will also be a reunion of sorts for Kentucky staffer Jai Lucas, who came on board during the offseason to be UK’s special assistant to the head coach/recruiting...

Incoming UK basketball transfers Sarr, Toppin jump for joy after getting news of immediate eligibility

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Incoming University of Kentucky transfers Olivier Sarr and Jacob Toppin jumped for joy after receiving news concerning their eligibility late Wednesday. Sarr and Toppin were cleared to play this season by the NCAA and Southeastern Conference. “They were both hopping and skipping out of my office after getting the news because they’ve been waiting on this day,” UK...

John Calipari adds Rhode Island transfer Jacob Toppin, plans to ‘chase greatness’ at Kentucky

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari officially added another transfer to his roster Monday. Rhode Island forward Jacob Toppin will join Kentucky this fall and will have three years of eligibility remaining after sitting out next season because of NCAA transfer rules. Toppin, brother of Dayton standout Obi Toppin, averaged 5.1 points and 3.9 rebounds per game last season. He chose to transfer...