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Willie Cauley-Stein, ambivalent about future, opens up on upcoming NBA-or-not decision

Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein can see the pros and cons of both staying another year and entering the NBA Draft. (Photo by James Pennington)   ARLINGTON, Texas — After a Kentucky team’s final game of the season, win or lose—and Kentucky was so close to the ultimate goal, ending a season with a win—the question always has to be asked to whichever star players also double as NBA...

Kentucky finally flinches in title game but will be remembered for classic, clutch journey

Kentucky fell short in Monday’s title game but won’t be remembered for what it didn’t do. (Photo by Chet White of UK Athletics; courtesy of UK Athletics)   ARLINGTON, Texas — What could have been hung over Kentucky’s locker room like a storm cloud. The Wildcats had just lost in the national championship game, and only when Connecticut was up six and dribbling out the clock...

Dominique Hawkins on the verge of history
after winning Sweet 16 and Mr. Basketball

Kentucky’s Dominique Hawkins, former Mr. Basketball and Sweet 16 champion from Richmond’s Madison Central, is one win away from joining an exclusive club of former state champions to win national titles at Kentucky. (Photo by James Pennington)   ARLINGTON, Texas — Dominique Hawkins doesn’t keep a written log of how many points he gives up when John Calipari sticks him in to serve...

Dominique Hawkins on the verge of history after winning Sweet 16 and Mr. Basketball

Kentucky’s Dominique Hawkins, former Mr. Basketball and Sweet 16 champion from Richmond’s Madison Central, is one win away from joining an exclusive club of former state champions to win national titles at Kentucky. (Photo by James Pennington)   ARLINGTON, Texas — Dominique Hawkins doesn’t keep a written log of how many points he gives up when John Calipari sticks him in to serve...

Willie Cauley-Stein says he 'probably' won't play in Monday's championship game

ARLINGTON, Texas — Kentucky center Willie Cauley-Stein likely won’t play in Monday’s national championship game against Connecticut, he said in a post-game interview after Saturday’s win over Wisconsin. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   He said the first time he’s really tested his ankle since suffering an injury March 28 against Louisville was when he stormed...

Willie Cauley-Stein says he ‘probably’ won’t play in Monday’s championship game

ARLINGTON, Texas — Kentucky center Willie Cauley-Stein likely won’t play in Monday’s national championship game against Connecticut, he said in a post-game interview after Saturday’s win over Wisconsin. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   He said the first time he’s really tested his ankle since suffering an injury March 28 against Louisville was when he stormed...

Revisiting the 'one-and-done' argument as John Calipari offers 'succeed and proceed'

The massive video screen at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas showed an interview with Kentucky’s John Calipari and CBS’s Jim Nantz on Friday. (Photo by James Pennington)   ARLINGTON, Texas — One of the most burdensome banalities of covering the Final Four in the Dallas area is the media shuttle. It is impossible to park at AT&T Stadium even though parking lots surround the...

Revisiting the ‘one-and-done’ argument as John Calipari offers ‘succeed and proceed’

The massive video screen at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas showed an interview with Kentucky’s John Calipari and CBS’s Jim Nantz on Friday. (Photo by James Pennington)   ARLINGTON, Texas — One of the most burdensome banalities of covering the Final Four in the Dallas area is the media shuttle. It is impossible to park at AT&T Stadium even though parking lots surround the...

Kentucky assistant coach Orlando Antigua eager to assume top job at South Florida

Kentucky assistant coach Orlando Antigua, swarmed by reporters and the bright lights of television cameras, answered questions Thursday. When Kentucky’s season is over, he will become South Florida’s head coach. (Photo by James Pennington)   ARLINGTON, Texas — Orlando Antigua has only been a head coach for about 48 hours, but he’s already felt the glow of the lights that comes...

John Calipari is back at the Final Four, but it's been a long road for Wisconsin's Bo Ryan

Kentucky’s John Calipari and Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan answer questions Thursday in advance of their matchup in the Final Four on Saturday. (Photo by James Pennington)   ARLINGTON, Texas — The Final Four is a mess, and it’s run by neat freaks. Scoping out the scene from within is difficult because it’s so vast. AT&T Stadium is 3 million square feet, which is 60 percent bigger than...

John Calipari is back at the Final Four, but
it’s been a long road for Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan

Kentucky’s John Calipari and Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan answer questions Thursday in advance of their matchup in the Final Four on Saturday. (Photo by James Pennington)   ARLINGTON, Texas — The Final Four is a mess, and it’s run by neat freaks. Scoping out the scene from within is difficult because it’s so vast. AT&T Stadium is 3 million square feet, which is 60 percent bigger than...

Calipari jests now that Kentucky's struggles are history: 'We ain't dead yet, boys!'

Kentucky coach John Calipari is at his liveliest, at least in the media, this time of year. (Photo by James Pennington)   An emerging pattern in John Calipari’s public personality over the past five years may not necessarily be a giant leap to take logically, but here goes: When his teams are winning, he lights up. He’s no stranger to hyperbole to begin, and when he’s feeling good, he’ll...

Calipari jests now that Kentucky’s struggles
are history: ‘We ain’t dead yet, boys!’

Kentucky coach John Calipari is at his liveliest, at least in the media, this time of year. (Photo by James Pennington)   An emerging pattern in John Calipari’s public personality over the past five years may not necessarily be a giant leap to take logically, but here goes: When his teams are winning, he lights up. He’s no stranger to hyperbole to begin, and when he’s feeling good, he’ll...

Marcus Lee was always ready for breakout, and he’ll have to be ready against Wisconsin

As unlikely as it may have seemed this time last week, Marcus Lee could be a huge part of Kentucky’s Final Four gameplan Saturday vs. Wisconsin (Photo by James Pennington)   Marcus Lee didn’t have much to show for his freshman season before his 10-point breakout against Michigan in the Elite Eight—his performance there was so dumbfounding, Kentucky radio announcer Tom Leach exclaimed...

Marcus Lee was always ready for breakout, and he'll have to be ready against Wisconsin

As unlikely as it may have seemed this time last week, Marcus Lee could be a huge part of Kentucky’s Final Four gameplan Saturday vs. Wisconsin (Photo by James Pennington)   Marcus Lee didn’t have much to show for his freshman season before his 10-point breakout against Michigan in the Elite Eight—his performance there was so dumbfounding, Kentucky radio announcer Tom Leach exclaimed...

Kentucky assistant Orlando Antigua accepts offer to become South Florida head coach

Kentucky assistant coach Orlando Antigua has accepted an offer to become the head coach at South Florida, the school announced Monday. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   Antigua has been on John Calipari’s coaching staff since Calipari’s final season at Memphis, and Antigua followed Calipari to Kentucky and has served as an assistant coach in Lexington since 2009. He has a...

Kentucky earns Final Four berth because of its coolness in dramatic tournament run

Andrew Harrison hugs his mother, Marian, following Kentucky’s Final Four-clinching win over Michigan on Sunday. (Photo by James Pennington)   INDIANAPOLIS — Aaron Harrison could have shot from anywhere on the floor at Lucas Oil Stadium, and it would have gone in. Not in the first 32 minutes of Kentucky’s 75-72 triumph over Michigan in the Elite Eight on Sunday, mind you: He had missed...

Dakari Johnson never ‘let go of the rope,’
and could be key in Sunday’s Elite Eight

Dakari Johnson was discouraged to stat the season, but he’ll be crucial if Kentucky’s season is to extend beyond Sunday. (File photo by James Pennington)   INDIANAPOLIS — Dakari Johnson was discouraged. He had always been the biggest player on his teams, and he always got all the shots he wanted and all the minutes he could stand, and when he got to Kentucky, none of that was true...

Dakari Johnson never 'let go of the rope,' and could be key in Sunday's Elite Eight

Dakari Johnson was discouraged to stat the season, but he’ll be crucial if Kentucky’s season is to extend beyond Sunday. (File photo by James Pennington)   INDIANAPOLIS — Dakari Johnson was discouraged. He had always been the biggest player on his teams, and he always got all the shots he wanted and all the minutes he could stand, and when he got to Kentucky, none of that was true...

Willie Cauley-Stein ‘doubtful’ Sunday after overnight evaluation, John Calipari said

INDIANAPOLIS — Kentucky center Willie Cauley-Stein is doubtful to play in Sunday’s regional final against Michigan, Kentucky coach John Calipari said Saturday. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   Cauley-Stein suffered a left ankle injury early in Friday’s 74-69 win over Louisville in the Sweet 16 and did not return. Cauley-Stein was running down the floor and planted on his...