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Wayne Stacy: Polson’s ‘local kid makes it big’ story more about faith than UK basketball

Former UK basketball player Jarrod Polson displayed four years of NCAA jewelry and other memorabilia during a visit to his hometown of Wilmore in Jessamine County. (All photos by Wayne Stacy)   The things I see:   At the Wesley Village Community Center in Wilmore, former University of Kentucky basketball player Jarrod Polson held court recently. He brought four years of NCAA jewelry (including...

Only Kentuckians understand UK-UofL,
and those playing Friday will put it aside

Jarrod Polson is one of a handful of Kentuckians who could check in to Friday’s Sweet 16 game between Kentucky and Louisville. (Photo by James Pennington)   INDIANAPOLIS — For all the emotions born into Kentucky and Louisville fans any time the two teams play in any sport—especially men’s basketball—it’s not something aliens to the Commonwealth fully grasp. And as far as who will...

Only Kentuckians understand UK-UofL, and those playing Friday will put it aside

Jarrod Polson is one of a handful of Kentuckians who could check in to Friday’s Sweet 16 game between Kentucky and Louisville. (Photo by James Pennington)   INDIANAPOLIS — For all the emotions born into Kentucky and Louisville fans any time the two teams play in any sport—especially men’s basketball—it’s not something aliens to the Commonwealth fully grasp. And as far as who will...

No. 25 Kentucky survives woeful first half
to top Alabama on Senior Night, 55-48

Whether it’s most apt to say No. 25 Kentucky fought back to win or avoided losing Tuesday against Alabama is, in the grand scheme of things, irrelevant. Kentucky won 55-48 on senior night for Jarrod Polson and Jon Hood.   Julius Randle, playing in what can safely be assumed was his last game at Rupp Arena, finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds.   Kentucky’s offense was as bad...

No. 25 Kentucky survives woeful first half to top Alabama on Senior Night, 55-48

Whether it’s most apt to say No. 25 Kentucky fought back to win or avoided losing Tuesday against Alabama is, in the grand scheme of things, irrelevant. Kentucky won 55-48 on senior night for Jarrod Polson and Jon Hood.   Julius Randle, playing in what can safely be assumed was his last game at Rupp Arena, finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds.   Kentucky’s offense was as bad...

Indifferent Wildcats ride out the clock
for 69-59 win over Mississippi State

No. 18 Kentucky never really pulled away from Mississippi State on Saturday, though the Wildcats always seemed on the brink of doing so. The Wildcats didn’t dominate at the free-throw line like they usually do—with volume instead of efficiency at the foul line—or on the offensive glass, or anywhere, really. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   Still, Kentucky won 69-59, because...

Indifferent Wildcats ride out the clock for 69-59 win over Mississippi State

No. 18 Kentucky never really pulled away from Mississippi State on Saturday, though the Wildcats always seemed on the brink of doing so. The Wildcats didn’t dominate at the free-throw line like they usually do—with volume instead of efficiency at the foul line—or on the offensive glass, or anywhere, really. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   Still, Kentucky won 69-59, because...

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...

Post-Vanderbilt quotes from Calipari, Cauley-Stein, Polson and Kevin Stallings

Here they are. You know the drill: Quotes are in italics and paraphrased for clarity. ** On if the performance was better or worse than he expected: No, we’re fine. We got a long way to go. We are what we are right now. Andrew Harrison is finally starting to get it. His brother held the ball too much, so he was the ball-stopper today. Andrew was not. Threw it ahead, made quick plays, moved the...

Four Kentucky players chose to stay in school, each with different goals and circumstances

Kentucky forward Willie Cauley-Stein was one of four Wildcats who had to choose, for one reason or another, to stay at UK for the upcoming season. | Photo by Jon Hale   The unique context of playing college basketball at Kentucky has, over the past five years since John Calipari’s been in town, tweaked the stigma of what it means to stay in school. Aren’t we all supposed to stay in school?...

John Calipari dwells on 40-0, the season’s first 10 practices and the federal shutdown

Kentucky coach John Calipari gave his annual media day news conference Tuesday. It’s always a big to-do with well over a hundred media members in attendance, and it’s always the week of Big Blue Madness. What makes this year’s edition unique compared to years past is that Big Blue Madness is not the fall practice kick-off party it used to be; instead, UK had already held 10 practices...

John Calipari dwells on 40-0, the season's first 10 practices and the federal shutdown

Kentucky coach John Calipari gave his annual media day news conference Tuesday. It’s always a big to-do with well over a hundred media members in attendance, and it’s always the week of Big Blue Madness. What makes this year’s edition unique compared to years past is that Big Blue Madness is not the fall practice kick-off party it used to be; instead, UK had already held 10 practices...

Former practice player Tod Lanter hopes to contribute for Cats before his career ends

It’s not often a UK men’s basketball player can fly under the radar, but that is what happened to redshirt junior walk-on guard Tod Lanter during his first season as a Wildcat.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Lanter first joined the team as a practice player just before the start of the 2012-13 season before earning a spot on the roster.   He made it through his first...

Former practice player Tod Lanter hopes
to contribute for Cats before his career ends

It’s not often a UK men’s basketball player can fly under the radar, but that is what happened to redshirt junior walk-on guard Tod Lanter during his first season as a Wildcat.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Lanter first joined the team as a practice player just before the start of the 2012-13 season before earning a spot on the roster.   He made it through his first...

Jon Hood focusing on having fun during final season of eligibility in five-year UK career

If there is an expert on the “John Calipari Era” at UK, it is likely senior guard Jon Hood.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Hood is the only player to suit up for each of Calipari’s five UK teams.   In five years at UK, Hood has teamed up with 43 different players. He has already played alongside 17 NBA draft picks, including 13 first-rounders.   While Hood...

Jon Hood focusing on having fun during final season of eligibility in five-year UK career

If there is an expert on the “John Calipari Era” at UK, it is likely senior guard Jon Hood.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Hood is the only player to suit up for each of Calipari’s five UK teams.   In five years at UK, Hood has teamed up with 43 different players. He has already played alongside 17 NBA draft picks, including 13 first-rounders.   While Hood...

After carving out bench role, Jarrod Polson returns to UK for chance at second title

Senior guard Jarrod Polson has been a fan favorite since he stepped on campus as a walk-on from West Jessamine High School.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] But Polson’s status among the Big Blue Nation added a new dimension in the 2012-13 season opener versus Maryland when he posted a then career-high 10 points on four-of-five shooting in 22 minutes off the bench.   As a junior,...

After carving out bench role, Jarrod Polson returns to UK for chance at second title

Senior guard Jarrod Polson has been a fan favorite since he stepped on campus as a walk-on from West Jessamine High School.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] But Polson’s status among the Big Blue Nation added a new dimension in the 2012-13 season opener versus Maryland when he posted a then career-high 10 points on four-of-five shooting in 22 minutes off the bench.   As a junior,...

Dominique Hawkins hopes to carry his state tournament success over to college career

When talking to UK freshman point guard Dominique Hawkins one of the first things you notice is his ever-present smile.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Since earning a scholarship offer from UK following a historic run to the Kentucky state high school championship with Madison Central in March, Hawkins has had plenty to smile about.   “I always wanted to play at Kentucky,”...