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Florida hands Kentucky Senior Day spoiler as Gators use zone to snap Wildcats three-game win streak

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky coach John Calipari could have easily blamed his team’s 71-67 loss to Florida on an unexpected bye week, but said his team’s performance had everything to do with the Gators instead of the seven-day layoff. “It was their zone, their 3-2 zone press that took us out of sync,” Calipari said. “It wasn’t taking a couple of days off. I don’t believe that...

Wildcats aim high for Saturday’s rematch with Volunteers as John Calipari enjoys the ride

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky coach John Calipari is along for the ride and has been enjoying the journey, especially during the past three weeks. “I’m happy with the climb right now,” Calipari said. “I’ve been happy for three weeks, we just needed to break through and win a game. But they’re coming together as a team, they’re figuring each other out, we’re figuring them out....

Calipari knows turnaround won’t happen overnight, stays the course as UK prepares for Auburn

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky head coach John Calipari isn’t looking for a quick fix to his team’s struggles and knows a complete turnaround won’t happen overnight. “We’re looking for singles and bunts,” he said. “I don’t need home runs. We’re not capable of hitting home runs. So let’s not. Let’s just do all the bunts and great screens and execution...

Calipari says UK freshman Terrence Clarke likely out for rest of season, ‘say a prayer for him’

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky freshman Terrence Clarke likely will miss the rest of the season. Kentucky coach John Calipari said on his weekly call-in radio show Monday night that Clarke has been advised by medical staff to sit out the next four weeks to continue nursing a right leg injury he suffered in December. Terrence Clarke has been cheering on his teammates from the bench this season....

In search of a breakthrough, Wildcats move forward hand-in-hand as they prepare for Arkansas

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari has lost four straight games or more just twice in his tenure as coach of the Kentucky Wildcats. He hopes to avoid the rare slide for a second time this season on Tuesday night against Arkansas. Coming off an 82-71 loss to No. 16 Tennessee, the Wildcats (5-12, 4-6 Southeastern Conference) have suffered three straight losses and have won just one game in...

Keith Taylor: John Calipari’s Wildcats not ready to give up on season despite many frustrations

It would be easy to think John Calipari has written off this season and is already looking ahead to next year. That’s what some coaches typically do when the bottom falls out, and there’s little time for long-term repair this late into the season. Even short-term attempts to patch up the holes often fail. In addition to the head coach, the fan base also has a tendency to look ahead and instead...

Keith Taylor: Can struggling UK give Big Blue Nation something to cheer about before this season ends?

It’s been a long winter in the Bluegrass and it’s not over yet. Although the weather is making headlines because of an overnight snowfall that covered most of the state, the white flakes aren’t even a major topic of discussion throughout the commonwealth. In addition to battling an ongoing pandemic that is approaching a one-year cycle, the Wildcats haven’t given Big Blue Nation much of an escape...

Kentucky falters late in second half, Alabama completes rare sweep with 70-59 win on Tuesday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky slowed down Alabama, but the ninth-ranked Crimson Tide pulled away late and muscled their way to a 70-59 victory over the Wildcats on Tuesday night in Tuscaloosa. Alabama, which rolled to an 85-65 victory over Kentucky two weeks ago in Lexington, made all 10 of its free throws in the final 1:35 and outscored the Wildcats 16-5 in the final four minutes for its...

UK gets back on track, rolls to 82-69 victory over LSU on Saturday night to end three-game losing streak

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky ended one streak and started another one Saturday night. The Wildcats snapped a three-game slide with an 82-69 win over LSU, giving the Wildcats a shot of much-needed momentum after three losses left Kentucky in a dire need of a victory. It was the Wildcats’ first win since a 76-58 win at Florida on Jan. 9. Kentucky (5-9 overall, 4-3 Southeastern Conference)...

Calipari discouraged after watching Kentucky drop 63-62 buzzer-beater at Georgia on Wednesday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari was down after watching his team’s 14-game winning streak against Georgia end Wednesday night in Athens. The Wildcats (4-9, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) led by one with three seconds remaining, but P.J. Horne’s basket on an out-of-bounds play with 1.3 ticks left lifted Georgia to a 63-62 triumph over the struggling...

Calipari frustrated as Kentucky switches to desperation mode going into game at Georgia

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari is frustrated and admitted he’s not happy with the way his team is playing going into Wednesday night’s contest at Georgia. “There is a frustration out there, and I’ll be honest with you, it’s unacceptable where we are right now — unacceptable,” Calipari said Tuesday. “I’m trying to figure out everything...

John Calipari still tweaking, trying to find an answer to his Wildcats’ recent struggles

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari isn’t giving up on his squad despite their recent struggles that have left Kentucky limping going into the heart of the Southeastern Conference schedule. Although the Wildcats dropped two games last week — a blowout loss to Alabama, followed by a single-digit setback at Auburn — the Kentucky coach said he will never “stop tweaking and changing.” In...

Kentucky plays ‘well enough to win,’ but comes up short down the stretch in loss at Auburn

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky stopped Auburn, but the Tigers still escaped with a 66-59 win over the Wildcats Saturday at Auburn Arena. “We defended that way you defend to win games,” Kentucky head coach John Calipari said. The loss was the second straight for Kentucky this week after the Wildcats (4-7 overall, 2-3 SEC) opened the Southeastern Conference with three straight victories,...

West Virginia transfer Tshiebwe joins UK; big man won’t be eligible to play until next season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is already working on next year’s roster. The Wildcats officially added 6-foot-9 West Virginia transfer Oscar Tshiebwe to the roster Thursday. Tshiebwe will join the team immediately, but won’t become eligible until next season. Oscar Tshiebwe has transferred to Kentucky. He will practice with the team and become eligible next season. (WVU photo) Tshiebwe,...

UK’s Calipari looking for ‘fighters, battlers’ as SEC schedule intensifies for youthful Wildcats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari is looking for a few good players. “I’m looking for five fighters, battlers that will come in and play confident,” he said. “(You) can’t play confidently if you’re getting hit in the head. Now, if you’re hitting somebody in the head, you’ll be confident. If you’re taking all the shots...

University of Kentucky baseball pitcher, former walk-on basketball player Ben Jordan dead at age 22

Ben Jordan, who was a member of both the University of Kentucky baseball and basketball teams during the 2019-20 season, died on Monday. He was 22 years old. A cause of death was not released. Jordan, a native of Olive Hill and a graduate of West Carter High School, was rated as the No. 33 right-handed pitcher in the class of 2017. Ben Jordan UK released the following statements on Jordan: Nick Mingione,...

Alabama rolls to 85-65 win over UK on Tuesday; Crimson Tide remain unbeaten (5-0) in SEC play

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Alabama’s football team won a national championship Monday. The men’s basketball team followed with an impressive, rare road win in Lexington on Tuesday night. The Crimson Tide (10-3 overall, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) notched just their seventh win in school history at Rupp Arena with an 85-65 victory over Kentucky to remain perfect in league play and served notice...

UK players say support, criticism from decision to kneel during national anthem not distraction

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Olivier Sarr knew there would be opinions after the Kentucky Wildcats kneeled during the national anthem in Gainesville. “We understood that our gesture would have consequences,” Sarr said Monday. “We just want people to understand. We knew that some people would be mad about what we did, but we just want people to understand that it’s a peaceful way to protest...

Brooks has ‘fun’ in return to court as UK rolls to 76-58 victory over Florida in Gainesville on Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Keion Brooks just wanted to have fun in his return to the court Saturday and it showed. Brooks had a blast and so did his teammates as the Wildcats (4-6, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) stretched their winning streak to three games with a 76-58 victory over Florida on Saturday in Gainesville. Keion Brooks dunks in the Wildcats’ win at Florida on Saturday. Brooks finished...

After rough start to season, UK takes perfect SEC record to Florida for Saturday showdown

By Tim Letcher University of Kentucky After a rough start to the season, Kentucky head coach John Calipari and his team decided to start with a “clean slate” as the calendar flipped to 2021 and Southeastern Conference play began. So far, the plan seems to be paying dividends. The Cats are 2-0 to start conference play, with a pair of nail-biting wins under their belts. First, a double-overtime...