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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....

No. 3 Florida perseveres in second half
for 69-59 win over No. 14 Kentucky

Rupp Arena was at its most intimidating Saturday—24,425 fans were there, the sixth-most in arena history, and the crowd was impressive in volume and not just … volume—and the No. 14 Wildcats spent the first half playing some of their best defense of the season.   Still, No. 3 Florida has won 16 straight and the Wildcats weren’t quite the force of nature it seems necessary to hand...

No. 3 Florida perseveres in second half for 69-59 win over No. 14 Kentucky

Rupp Arena was at its most intimidating Saturday—24,425 fans were there, the sixth-most in arena history, and the crowd was impressive in volume and not just … volume—and the No. 14 Wildcats spent the first half playing some of their best defense of the season.   Still, No. 3 Florida has won 16 straight and the Wildcats weren’t quite the force of nature it seems necessary to hand...

No. 14 Kentucky escapes second-straight
road game despite poor offensive game

On one hand, No. 14 Kentucky didn’t lose Wednesday, and because there are no ties in basketball, that means the Wildcats won. Indeed they did, with an 64-56 winning total on the road over Auburn. On the other hand, Kentucky’s second seemingly indifferent offensive performance in a row against a bottom-rung SEC opponent doesn’t bode well for a team with its last chance to figure things...

No. 14 Kentucky escapes second-straight road game despite poor offensive game

On one hand, No. 14 Kentucky didn’t lose Wednesday, and because there are no ties in basketball, that means the Wildcats won. Indeed they did, with an 64-56 winning total on the road over Auburn. On the other hand, Kentucky’s second seemingly indifferent offensive performance in a row against a bottom-rung SEC opponent doesn’t bode well for a team with its last chance to figure things...

Which Kentucky players have held Wildcats back from full performance coaches seek?

Kentucky assistant coach Kenny Payne said he’s still looking for Kentucky’s first full team performance this season. (File photo by James Pennington)   Assistant coach Kenny Payne said Tuesday that the No. 14 Wildcats still have not had a game this year—not recently, anyway, against quality competition—in which every player was in the groove on the same day. Willie Cauley-Stein...

In win, John Calipari finds a way to cool Marshall Henderson, NCAA’s Vlad Guerrero

No. 18 Kentucky found its response Tuesday to Marshall Henderson: It, in its own way, turned his approach around on him. Henderson is not one afraid to throw anything toward the basket, so the Wildcats reciprocated and threw everything back at him. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   It worked, ultimately, because Kentucky won 80-64. Henderson had 16 points on 6-of-18 shooting (including...

In win, John Calipari finds a way to cool Marshall Henderson, NCAA's Vlad Guerrero

No. 18 Kentucky found its response Tuesday to Marshall Henderson: It, in its own way, turned his approach around on him. Henderson is not one afraid to throw anything toward the basket, so the Wildcats reciprocated and threw everything back at him. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   It worked, ultimately, because Kentucky won 80-64. Henderson had 16 points on 6-of-18 shooting (including...

No. 11 Wildcats hold on for important
84-79 road win over Missouri Tigers

No. 11 Kentucky was at the best version of itself in an 84-79 win over Missouri on Saturday. (Photo by James Pennington)   COLUMBIA, Mo. — Twenty-one games into Kentucky’s season, it’s tough to pin down what the Wildcats are. Variance will happen from game to game, of course, but Kentucky’s swings are so wide and so sudden, it’s nearly impossible to have any idea what any given player...

No. 11 Wildcats hold on for important 84-79 road win over Missouri Tigers

No. 11 Kentucky was at the best version of itself in an 84-79 win over Missouri on Saturday. (Photo by James Pennington)   COLUMBIA, Mo. — Twenty-one games into Kentucky’s season, it’s tough to pin down what the Wildcats are. Variance will happen from game to game, of course, but Kentucky’s swings are so wide and so sudden, it’s nearly impossible to have any idea what any given player...

Four men's signees, one women's signee named 2014 McDonald's All-Americans

Four Kentucky men’s basketball signees and one women’s basketball signee will play in April’s McDonald’s All-American Game, the benchmark game to recognize high-school standouts. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   All four of John Calipari’s signees in the 2014 class will play in the McDonald’s game April 2 in Chicago. Point guard Tyler Ulis, shooting...

Kentucky still fighting through slow starts nearly two-thirds through the regular season

Texas A&M is the only SEC team with a win over John Calipari in Rupp Arena, and the Aggies visit Lexington on Tuesday. (File photo by Jon Hale)   Somehow stammering in the first five minutes of games lately hasn’t cost Kentucky a game—not directly, anyway—and even though the No. 14 Wildcats long since identified that slow starts are one of their biggest problems, they haven’t quite...

Two defensive lapses in judgment cost UK
in crunch time of overtime loss to Arkansas

Andrew Harrison (No. 5) and James Young (No. 1) had important offensive plays to keep Kentucky in the game Tuesday against Arkansas, but their defensive lapses cost the Wildcats. (File photo by James Pennington)   No. 13 Kentucky looked comfortable under duress Tuesday, playing in likely the most uninviting road arena it will play in all season and forced to match tempo with the fastest major-conference...

Two defensive lapses in judgment cost UK in crunch time of overtime loss to Arkansas

Andrew Harrison (No. 5) and James Young (No. 1) had important offensive plays to keep Kentucky in the game Tuesday against Arkansas, but their defensive lapses cost the Wildcats. (File photo by James Pennington)   No. 13 Kentucky looked comfortable under duress Tuesday, playing in likely the most uninviting road arena it will play in all season and forced to match tempo with the fastest major-conference...

No. 13 Wildcats lose 87-85 overtime shocker at Arkansas on game-winning put-back dunk

Julius Randle had 20 points and 14 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough in No. 13 Kentucky’s 87-85 overtime loss at Arkansas on Tuesday. (File photo by James Pennington)   No. 13 Kentucky held its foot to the pedal Tuesday alongside the blazing-fast Arkansas Razorbacks, and they hung around for 44 minutes, 59 seconds and some change. But with 0.2 left in overtime, Arkansas’ Michael...

John Robic, Alex Poythress, Dakari Johnson and James Young on UK's win over Mississippi State

John Calipari didn’t do a news conference following Kenucky’s 85-63 win over Mississippi State on Wednesday—he left after the game to go to the hospital to see his son, Brad, who had surgery yesterday to repair a torn ACL. So assistant coach John Robic did the interview in his place. I wish we had the opportunity to talk with him more. He’s fantastic in breaking down basketball...

No. 14 Wildcats' huge second half good for 85-63 SEC-opening win over Bulldogs

John Calipari has championed James Young all season—he certainly did so aggressively at the beginning of the year, calling him the best shooter in the country on more than one occasion during the preseason and exhibition calendar—but only recently has Young begun to prove just how much he’s worth to the Wildcats. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   He had 26 points, 10 rebounds,...

No. 14 Wildcats’ huge second half good
for 85-63 SEC-opening win over Bulldogs

John Calipari has championed James Young all season—he certainly did so aggressively at the beginning of the year, calling him the best shooter in the country on more than one occasion during the preseason and exhibition calendar—but only recently has Young begun to prove just how much he’s worth to the Wildcats. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   He had 26 points, 10 rebounds,...

For just over a minute against Louisville, Kentucky thrived with supersized lineup

Dakari Johnson played an integral part in a massive Kentucky lineup that mixed up the Wildcats’ 73-66 win over Louisville on Saturday. (Photo by James Penningtin)   As it has been chronicled in every corner of the Internet in some way or another, one thing you can’t teach is size, and Kentucky has a lot of it. The usual starting lineup stands has three players standing 6-6 (Andrew...

Post-Louisville quotes from John Calipari, Andrew Harrison, Alex Poythress and James Young

Kentucky somehow flourished without Julius Randle in the second half against Louisville on Saturday and won 73-66, and here are some quotes from UK’s side following said game. Questions are in italics and paraphrased for clarity, as always. ** JOHN CALIPARI On facing adversity: I thought they did good. Thought we grew up today. It was a very physical game. You know, there were times they were...