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Kentucky (1-0) meets Richmond (1-0) in Bluegrass Showcase finale on Sunday at Rupp Arena

By Tim Letcher University of Kentucky After opening its season with an easy 81-45 win over Morehead State on Wednesday, Kentucky returns to action on Sunday, facing Richmond in the final game of the Bluegrass Showcase at Rupp Arena. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. and the game can be seen on the SEC Network. In Wednesday’s opener, it was Kentucky’s talented freshman class that carried the load. Brandon...

UK newcomers shine in debut as Wildcats soar to 81-45 win over Morehead State in season opener

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky unveiled a revamped roster on Wednesday night and the final result was typical of past season openers under head coach John Calipari. Freshman Brandon Boston scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the No. 10 Wildcats to an 81-45 victory over Morehead State in the first game of the three-day Bluegrass Showcase at Rupp Arena. Calipari improved to 12-0...

Brad Calipari’s return to UK postponed as Detroit Mercy drops out of Bluegrass Showcase

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Detroit Mercy won’t be playing in the Bluegrass Showcase this week and Brad Calipari’s return to the Bluegrass has been postponed. The Titans have dropped out of the four-team event because of COVID-19 protocols and a positive test within the program. Brad Calipari, son of Kentucky coach John Calipari, was scheduled to play the Wildcats on Friday night, but postponed...

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....

Calipari’s NBA lottery streak ends, but former UK stars Maxey, Quickley both selected in first round

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today For the first time in John Calipari’s tenure as coach of the Wildcats, a Kentucky player wasn’t selected as a lottery pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday night and he had to wait a while before one of his players was chosen. Tyrese Maxey was the first Wildcat picked in this year’s NBA Draft as the 21st overall selection by the Philadelphia 76ers. Philadelphia coach...

UK opens season against Morehead State on Nov. 25 at Rupp Arena; Cats play Detroit Mercy on Nov. 27

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Game times for Kentucky’s first three games in the Bluegrass Showcase have been set. UK will open the season at 6 p.m. on Nov. 25 against Morehead State at Rupp Arena. Two days later on Nov. 27, the Wildcats will take on Detroit Mercy at 6 p.m. and concludes play in the event at 1 p.m. on Nov. 29 against Richmond in a nationally televised game on ESPN. The first two...

Jamie Vaught: Freshman guard Terrence Clarke could become UK fan favorite with downtown jumpers

Going into this COVID-19 hoops season, superstar guard Brandon “BJ” Boston is considered the University of Kentucky’s most celebrated freshman. But the Big Blue Nation needs to watch out for another rookie guard by the name of Terrence Clarke, a consensus five-star prospect who is just about as good as the 6-foot-7 Boston. Like Boston, he can help the Wildcats in a big way. A true athlete with...

UK newcomers Boston, Sarr named preseason All-SEC; Wildcats picked second to Tennessee in poll

By Eric Lindsey University of Kentucky University of Kentucky newcomers Brandon Boston and Olivier Sarr were selected to the two preseason All-Southeastern Conference squads by league and national media on Thursday. Boston, a freshman, was tabbed to the five-man All-SEC first team and Sarr, a senior transfer from Wake Forest, was one of six players on the All-SEC second team. Voting was conducted...

UK inks three of nation’s top recruits on Wednesday; Calipari signs Collins, Hopkins and Hickman

By Deb Moore University of Kentucky During a year in which much has changed, one thing has remained a constant: University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari and his staff have again started to build one of the nation’s top recruiting classes. UK signed three of the nation’s top players in the early fall signing period on Wednesday. Highly rated prospects Daimion Collins, Bryce Hopkins...

A preseason surprise, UK freshman post player Isaiah Jackson relishes the underdog role

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Isaiah Jackson has always considered himself an underdog and wants to keep it that way going into his freshman season at Kentucky. “Me thinking like that, I feel like I can show a lot of people what I can do and surprise a lot of people,” he said. “I don’t really look at those types of things. I just try to go out there and play hard every day and try to get better.” Unlike...

John Calipari says challenging schedule will be a ‘great test’ for young basketball Wildcats

John Calipari and the Wildcats will open the season against Morehead State on Nov. 25 at Rupp Arena. (UK photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s basketball schedule is finally set. The Wildcats unveiled a schedule that will feature nine non-conference games and 18 Southeastern Conference encounters beginning Nov. 25 against Morehead State in the Bluegrass Showcase at Rupp Arena. The...

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...

Calipari hopeful UK can play full schedule this season, but backup teams in place — just in case

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari isn’t sure what’s going to happen beyond Thanksgiving weekend. “We don’t run this,” Calipari said during a Zoom conference call with reporters on Monday. “The virus runs us. I don’t know how this thing is going to play out and, I will tell you, if one of our kids gets positive and is traced, we’re out 14...

UK freshman Cam’Ron Fletcher brings in defensive mentality, never backs down from challenges

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Cam’Ron Fletcher loves to play defense and doesn’t back down from a challenge. “I’m a dog,” the University of Kentucky freshman forward said. “I’m going to get on the floor. I’m going to get dirty. I’m going to do all the little things.” Those little things involve chasing loose balls and making other hustle plays, but the main thing for Fletcher is...

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...

UK basketball coaching staff says Wildcats ‘extremely disciplined in their day-to-day lives’

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari is a big believer in team bonding but had to find an alternative because of the ongoing pandemic. Kentucky assistant coach Joel Justus said the team’s ability to bond together as a group took a hit during the past three months, especially on the basketball court and “common areas.” Joel Justus “You lose team meals...

Calipari says date set for UK-Louisville game; UK coach has other options if Mack, UofL opt out

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The date and time is set for Kentucky’s annual rivalry game with Louisville this season. “We have the date and the time and unless that changes, if they choose not to play, then we’ll plug in another team,” Kentucky head coach John Calipari said. “We already had that team set. So, where we are, you guys know I like to be ahead of this. You’re not going...

Calipari expects UK to play at Louisville this season; Mack questions logistics, potentially no home crowd

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky coach John Calipari fully expects to play at Louisville this season despite concerns from Cardinals coach Chris Mack. “Chris and I have talked and he expressed his concerns,” Calipari told the Louisville Courier-Journal on Friday. “While I understand the difficulty and the complications created by the pandemic, we are prepared to come to Louisville...

John Calipari completes Kentucky coaching staff with hiring of former Texas assistant Jai Lucas

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari’s revamped coaching staff is now complete. The University of Kentucky men’s basketball coach hired University of Texas assistant coach Jai Lucas, who will serve as a special assistant to the head coach and recruiting coordinator. Lucas will be in charge of the team’s recruiting and also assist Calipari in other capacities such as scouting, player development,...