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Calipari foundation working to help struggling Kentucky families during time of uncertainty

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari is doing his part to help struggling families during the current coronavirus crisis that has crippled the state, nation and the world. The Calipari Foundation, the Kroger Company, and Fayette County Public Schools will be providing food for families based in 37 elementary schools through April 20 and said if they “need more, then we will do more — eight...

Season over early but Calipari to keep in touch with teams via calls, text; Pitino hired at Iona in New York

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Reality is beginning to sink in for Kentucky coach John Calipari. After both the Southeastern Conference and the NCAA Tournaments were canceled last week, because of coronavirus concerns, Calipari came to the realization Saturday the team’s season ended following last week’s 71-70 win over Florida in Gainesville.   “It kind of hit me this morning that my time to...

Quickley makes impression on Southeastern Conference; Calipari named top coach in SEC

Immanuel Quickley was named SEC Player of the Year and John Calipari took Coach of the Year honors as announced by the league Tuesday. (Photos by Tammie Brown/Keith Taylor, Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Immanuel Quickley’s transformation made an impression on the Southeastern Conference. Quickley was named the league’s Player of the Year Tuesday ahead of the conference tournament...

Kentucky coach John Calipari wants Ashton Hagans in ‘great frame of mind’ heading into SEC Tournament

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari isn’t worried about Ashton Hagans and the Kentucky coach expects to meet with the sophomore point guard soon to sort out their differences as the Wildcats prepare for the Southeastern Conference Tournament. “My hope is we’ll talk (Monday) or (Tuesday) and I think he’ll be fine,” Calipari said Monday during the SEC Teleconference. “Whether I start...

Longtime sports columnist Jamie Vaught set to release book spotlighting UK basketball Feb. 22

A college professor, who also moonlights as a longtime credentialed sports columnist in Kentucky, has written another book about University of Kentucky basketball. The new 256-page paperback by Jamie H. Vaught, a professor at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College in Middlesboro, is titled “Chasing the Cats: A Kentucky Basketball Journey.” After writing four books about UK hoops during...

Kentucky uses another second-half rally to complete sweep of Vandy

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Comebacks are customary when Kentucky plays Vanderbilt no matter the circumstances. The Wildcats did it again Tuesday night at Memorial Gymnasium. Kentucky rallied and notched its third consecutive victory and 11th in its last 13 contests with a 78-64 win over the Commodores. The 12th-ranked Wildcats (19-5, 9-2 Southeastern Conference) outscored Vanderbilt 51-28 in the...

Jamie Vaught: Calipari asks media, ‘What did you learn about my team?’ after scare from Vanderbilt

University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari loves teaching his players how to play and respect the game. He really enjoys his role. Instead of Coach Cal, we perhaps should start calling him Professor Cal. And he probably couldn’t resist an opportunity to teach the media folks a thing or two like he did after 13th-ranked Kentucky’s 71-62 comeback win over Vanderbilt at Rupp Arena Wednesday...

John Calipari, former UK players shocked and saddened by death of L.A. Lakers star Kobe Bryant

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Like thousands of basketball fans, teams and coaches across the nation, John Calipari was speechless after hearing of the death of Kobe Bryant on Sunday. The Kentucky coach said, “we all are in a state of shock over the news of Kobe, his 13-year-old daughter and those who perished with them. No words work on a day like today; only a prayer.” “Lord, we all mourn...

Kentucky marks milestone as Immanuel Quickley’s late heroics help Wildcats sink Crimson Tide

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky reached a milestone and remained unbeaten in the Southeastern Conference Saturday. The No. 14 Wildcats scored six unanswered points in the final 1:12 and held on for a 76-67 triumph over Alabama. The hosts led by 15 in the second half and overcame the Tide’s late surge down the stretch to get the win, which was the team’s 1.000th regular-season victory...

Tyrese Maxey scores career-high 27 points to lead UK’s Cats to 78-70 overtime win over Louisville Cards

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Tyrese Maxey is making it a habit of stepping up in big games. He did just that against Kentucky’s in-state rival Saturday. The freshman guard scored a career-high 27 points to lead the Wildcats to a 78-70 overtime victory over No. 3 Louisville. Maxey broke a previous high of 26 he scored in the Wildcats’ 69-62 upset of then top-ranked Michigan State in the team’s...

Sporting News tabs UK’s Calipari as decade’s top coach for changing ‘college basketball landscape’

Underscored by more victories than any other coach or program over the last 10 seasons, more Final Four appearances, a record number of NBA Draft picks, and the 2012 national championship, John Calipari was named the College Basketball Coach of the Decade by Sporting News on Monday. In a piece penned by national writer Mike DeCourcy, Sporting News credits Calipari for changing the college basketball...

Kentucky suffers second straight setback of 2-game road trip to Las Vegas, loses to Ohio State 71-65

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has never beaten Ohio State in the CBS Sports Classic. That trend continued Saturday night. The Wildcats (8-3) suffered a second straight setback of the two-game road trip to Las Vegas with a 71-65 loss to the Buckeyes. Kentucky suffered a 69-66 loss to unranked Utah last Wednesday night at T-Mobile Arena. “We put ourselves in a position to win the game, but...

Transformed point guard Ashton Hagans a ‘star’ and a ‘pro’ as Cats win against Georgia Tech 67-53

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky coach John Calipari would match Ashton Hagans against any point guard in the nation. “He’s so far advanced,” Calipari said after Hagans scored 21 points to lead the No. 8 Wildcats to a 67-53 win over Georgia Tech Saturday. “There may be better point guards out there. I’d have to watch closely. I mean, the way he is playing — that he’s...

Wildcats in midst of ‘Camp Cal’ in preparation for Southeastern Conference play, winter grind

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky coach John Calipari has been yearning for more time with his team this season. He will get that chance this month. The eighth-ranked Wildcats (6-1) will play five games in the month of December, starting with Saturday’s contest against Fairleigh Dickinson. Kentucky’s schedule also gets tougher as the Wildcats inch closer to the Southeastern Conference portion...

Early troubles shooting from behind the arc are a concern for Coach John Calipari and the Wildcats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari’s offense has never been centered around the 3-point shot, but the Kentucky coach would like to see his team improve their 3-point shooting in the near future. The ninth-ranked Wildcats (3-1) made just one on 12 attempts in an 82-74 triumph over Utah Valley earlier this week. Tyrese Maxey , who leads Kentucky with five 3-pointers this season, made the...

Ashton Hagans helps carry short-handed Wildcats to 82-74 win over gritty Utah Valley Wolverines

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Ashton Hagans wasn’t at full strength but had enough energy to carry Kentucky to victory Monday night. Hagans scored a carer-high 26 points to lead the ninth-ranked Wildcats to a 82-74 win over Utah Valley to help Kentucky survive its second scare in less than a week. “(I’m) still feeling it a little bit, but it’s all good,” he said. “(I’m) going to go...

With Ashton Hagans battling leg injury, John Calipari hopes five-day break will give Cats a chance to heal

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari is already making adjustments to his practice schedule and hopes the five-day break will give his team a chance to get healthy. “I’ve had to change practice because we’re practicing with seven and eight guys,” he said following a stunning 67-64 loss to Evansville Tuesday night. “That makes it hard. So, I’ve got to figure out a way (to...

Former Wildcat Walter McCarty returns to Rupp, leads Evansville to stunning upset of No. 1 Kentucky

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today A week after Kentucky beat the No. 1 team, the Wildcats lost as the top-ranked team. Kentucky’s stay atop the Top 25 will last less than a week after the Wildcats dropped a stunning 67-64 decision to Evansville Tuesday night, ending the school’s 52-game winning streak against non-conference, unranked opponents. Much like their coach — Walter McCarty, who played...

Kentucky poised to take over top spot in college basketball rankings as they roll past EKU Friday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is still riding high and showed no signs of a letdown with a 91-49 win over Eastern Kentucky in its home opener Friday night. Coming off a 69-62 win over top-ranked Michigan State, the second-ranked Wildcats started fast and never let up in winning their 12th straight home opener under John Calipari.  Kentucky is poised to take over the top spot when the Associated...

Calipari anxious to see how Wildcats will fare in blockbuster opener against Michigan State in N.Y.

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari doesn’t know what to expect from his team when Kentucky opens the season against Michigan State in the State Farm Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden. “This is so early in the season, I can’t predict what goes on,” he said Sunday. “They have a have a couple of veterans, but really their veteran quarterback (Cassius Winston) makes them go....