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Ex-UK stars Lyles and Young begin play in the Utah Jazz summer league event

Former Kentucky men’s basketball players Trey Lyles and James Young will play in the NBA’s Utah Summer League, which begins Monday and runs through Thursday. Lyles (2015) will play for the Utah Jazz while Young (2014) will suit up for the Boston Celtics for a third season. Trey Lyles will play in the Utah Jazz summer league event this week Former Wildcats Aaron Harrison (Charlotte Hornets), Dakari...

Sports Notes: Former Wildcat, Mr. Baseball Riddle makes successful return to Bluegrass

Former Mr. Baseball J.T. Riddle made a successful return to Lexington, helping Greensboro sweep three games from the Legends (Photo from UK Athletics)   When former Kentucky Mr. Baseball J.T. Riddle took the field last week against the Lexington Legends, it marked his first professional appearance in Lexington since May 2013, when he played in Kentucky’s mid-week win over Indiana.   Although...

Randle chosen with seventh overall pick
by Lakers in first round of 2014 NBA draft

Forward Julius Randle was drafted in the first round of Thursday’s NBA draft, increasing Kentucky’s run of having at least one player chosen in the opening round to five years in a row (Photo from UK Athletics)   By Glenn Osborne KyForward sports editor   Two months of speculation, analysis and mock drafts came to an end Thursday when University of Kentucky forward Julius Randle...

Randle chosen with seventh overall pick by Lakers in first round of 2014 NBA draft

Forward Julius Randle was drafted in the first round of Thursday’s NBA draft, increasing Kentucky’s run of having at least one player chosen in the opening round to five years in a row (Photo from UK Athletics)   By Glenn Osborne KyForward sports editor   Two months of speculation, analysis and mock drafts came to an end Thursday when University of Kentucky forward Julius Randle...

Young becomes year’s first Wildcat
freshman to declare for June NBA draft

James Young (left) will leave Kentucky for the NBA (Photo from UK Athletics)   University of Kentucky freshman All-Southeastern Conference selection James Young will forego his sophomore season and enter his name in this year’s NBA Draft.   “My time at Kentucky has been special to me, something I’ll always treasure, but I feel that I’m ready to take the next step to the NBA,”...

Young becomes year's first Wildcat freshman to declare for June NBA draft

James Young (left) will leave Kentucky for the NBA (Photo from UK Athletics)   University of Kentucky freshman All-Southeastern Conference selection James Young will forego his sophomore season and enter his name in this year’s NBA Draft.   “My time at Kentucky has been special to me, something I’ll always treasure, but I feel that I’m ready to take the next step to the NBA,”...

Wildcats' win over undefeated Wichita State 'best game' of tourney, says CBS sportswriter

The University of Kentucky Wildcats beating Wichita State, an undefeated No. 1 seed, was sportswriter Matt Norlander’s “best game” of the NCAA tournament. This final shot from Wichita’s Fred VanVleet fell to the right. (Photo from USATSI via CBS Sports.com)   CBS Sports college basketball writer Matt Norlander named the University of Kentucky game against Wichita State...

Wildcats’ win over undefeated Wichita State ‘best game’ of tourney, says CBS sportswriter

The University of Kentucky Wildcats beating Wichita State, an undefeated No. 1 seed, was sportswriter Matt Norlander’s “best game” of the NCAA tournament. This final shot from Wichita’s Fred VanVleet fell to the right. (Photo from USATSI via CBS Sports.com)   CBS Sports college basketball writer Matt Norlander named the University of Kentucky game against Wichita State...

How has Kentucky fared against high-volume shooters like Louisville's Russ Smith?

One of few questions surrounding Kentucky’s merits in the suffocating buildup to this season was who would be The Lockdown Defender as the Wildcats chased an undefeated season. The undefeated season never panned out, and among other things, neither did a single person as the unquestioned man on the ball in the lineage on DeAndre Liggins and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   On...

How has Kentucky fared against high-volume shooters like Louisville’s Russ Smith?

One of few questions surrounding Kentucky’s merits in the suffocating buildup to this season was who would be The Lockdown Defender as the Wildcats chased an undefeated season. The undefeated season never panned out, and among other things, neither did a single person as the unquestioned man on the ball in the lineage on DeAndre Liggins and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   On...

Emerging 7-footer Dakari Johnson will be vital to Kentucky's NCAA Tournament run

Kentucky’s Dakari Johnson will be integral if the Wildcats were to advance in the NCAA Tournament. (Photo by James Pennington)   Dakari Johnson has emerged as one of Kentucky’s most emotional players, and he knows his teammates feed off the positive energy with which he beams when he makes a tough shot through contact or high-fives a teammate during a dead ball. Only recently, though,...

Emerging 7-footer Dakari Johnson will be vital to Kentucky’s NCAA Tournament run

Kentucky’s Dakari Johnson will be integral if the Wildcats were to advance in the NCAA Tournament. (Photo by James Pennington)   Dakari Johnson has emerged as one of Kentucky’s most emotional players, and he knows his teammates feed off the positive energy with which he beams when he makes a tough shot through contact or high-fives a teammate during a dead ball. Only recently, though,...

Wildcats lose dramatic SEC tournament final on Florida's last-second defensive stop

ATLANTA — Kentucky dug itself a hole so deep, it was going to take something remarkable and nearly unprecedented for this year’s Wildcats to come back and win the SEC tournament on Sunday afternoon. They fell one possession short, losing 61-60 to the No. 1 Gators, who are now all but assured the NCAA tournament’s No. 1 overall seed.   Kentucky scored 14 unanswered points midway...

Wildcats lose dramatic SEC tournament final on Florida’s last-second defensive stop

ATLANTA — Kentucky dug itself a hole so deep, it was going to take something remarkable and nearly unprecedented for this year’s Wildcats to come back and win the SEC tournament on Sunday afternoon. They fell one possession short, losing 61-60 to the No. 1 Gators, who are now all but assured the NCAA tournament’s No. 1 overall seed.   Kentucky scored 14 unanswered points midway...

Randle is SEC Freshman of the Year; Young and Cauley-Stein earn second-team honors

Kentucky’s Julius Randle was named SEC Freshman of the Year on Tuesday. (Photo by James Pennington)   Kentucky’s Julius Randle was named SEC Freshman of the Year on Tuesday, leading a handful of Wildcats honored by the league’s coaches. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   Randle was also one of eight players named First-Team All-SEC, the only Wildcat on that list....

Revisiting Calipari's preseason quotes: What hasn't panned out for Kentucky?

John Calipari had high expectations for this year’s Kentucky team, and he was unabashed in voicing them. (Photo by James Pennington)   Much of the disappointment among Kentucky fans right now has more to do with preseason expectations than actual performance. John Calipari has had worse Kentucky teams, but none have performed as far below expectations, fair or not, than this year’s to...

Revisiting Calipari’s preseason quotes:
What hasn’t panned out for Kentucky?

John Calipari had high expectations for this year’s Kentucky team, and he was unabashed in voicing them. (Photo by James Pennington)   Much of the disappointment among Kentucky fans right now has more to do with preseason expectations than actual performance. John Calipari has had worse Kentucky teams, but none have performed as far below expectations, fair or not, than this year’s to...

No. 25 Kentucky’s win over Alabama was more reassuring of problems than promise

Kentucky won 55-48 over Alabama on Tuesday despite its woeful offense, especially from its guards. (Photo by James Pennington)   Kentucky didn’t lose Tuesday, and that’s the most uplifting way to describe it. Jon Hood said after the Wildcats missed 19 of their 25 first-half shots, Kentucky needed to redefine itself; all the while, it seemed Kentucky and Alabama were challenging the concurrent...

No. 25 Kentucky's win over Alabama was more reassuring of problems than promise

Kentucky won 55-48 over Alabama on Tuesday despite its woeful offense, especially from its guards. (Photo by James Pennington)   Kentucky didn’t lose Tuesday, and that’s the most uplifting way to describe it. Jon Hood said after the Wildcats missed 19 of their 25 first-half shots, Kentucky needed to redefine itself; all the while, it seemed Kentucky and Alabama were challenging the concurrent...

Randle’s credit to the basketball gods for his winner Saturday is humble and deflective

Julius Randle deserves more than a deflection to the basketball gods for his game winner Saturday. (Photo by James Pennington)   Julius Randle was clear that he believed the basketball gods owed him. He said so plainly Saturday, that LSU had dogged him and forced him to miss 13 of his first 18 shots in two games against the Tigers and that things generally balance themselves out at some point....