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Louisville holds off Kentucky for 62-59 win, sends Wildcats (1-6) to sixth consecutive defeat

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The struggles continued for Kentucky on Saturday. The Wildcats suffered their sixth consecutive setback with a 62-59 loss to rival Louisville in the KFC Yum! Center. The Cardinals ended a three-game losing streak to Kentucky and held off a late surge by the Wildcats, who edged the Cardinals a year ago in an overtime thriller at Rupp Arena. Kentucky (1-6) trailed 60-59...

Louisville looks to end rivalry skid against Kentucky, extend Wildcats’ early-season woes on Saturday

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today During his media teleconference Thursday morning, Kentucky head coach John Calipari told reporters that he had talked to Louisville coach Chris Mack and offered to postpone Saturday’s game instead of playing in a mostly empty KFC Yum! Center. 
The suspicion was that Calipari had his tongue firmly planted in his cheek, and further investigation revealed that was...

Despite 1-5 start, Calipari still having fun; UK eyes turnaround against rival Louisville on Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari insists he’s still having fun as he navigates through a rare five-game losing streak to open the season. “I want to have fun doing this,” he said. “That’s the secret sauce in what we do. Yeah, I’m aggressive and I hold them accountable at a high standard, but I’m having a ball and I think they can feel that....

NBA opening-night rosters feature 31 former UK standouts; Davis looks to lead Lakers to repeat

By Eric Lindsey University of Kentucky Amid all the changes to the NBA schedule and the uncertainty over the last year, one thing remains a constant in the professional ranks: No other program prepares its players for the NBA quite like the University of Kentucky. As the 2020-21 NBA season began Tuesday night, a staggering 31 players on NBA opening-day rosters (including two-way and inactive lists)...

Calipari asks Fletcher to step away from team, evaluate future at UK and ‘get his priorities in order’

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari is used to players leaving his program. It’s happened more than once. One of his current players — freshman forward Cam’Ron Fletcher — has a decision to make after Calipari advised him to “take some time and step away from the team” on Monday. “He needs to reflect and do some soul searching to get his priorities...

Billy Reed: UK basketball is no longer must-watch TV for me (back to National Lampoon’s Christmas)

The last time the Kentucky men’s team opened the basketball season with a 1-5 record was 1926-’27. I was not around then, believe it or not, but neither was Dick Vitale, March Madness, and the dunk. Adolph Rupp was in Kansas, three years away from coming to UK and revolutionizing the game. I mention this to give you some perspective on the current team, which dropped to 1-5 yesterday with a 75-63...

UK losing streak reaches five after 75-63 setback to North Carolina in CBS Sports Classic on Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The last time Kentucky lost five straight games, Adolph Rupp was still coaching high school basketball and four years away from making his mark as coach of the Wildcats. For the first time since the 1926-27 season, Kentucky lost for the fifth straight time, dropping a 75-63 decision to North Carolina in the CBS Sports Classic at Rocket Mortgage Arena in Cleveland on...

Opponent changes from UCLA to North Carolina, but challenge remains same for Kentucky on Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The opponent may have changed but the challenge remains the same for Kentucky in the CBS Sports Classic. The Wildcats (1-4) were originally scheduled to play UCLA in the yearly event set for Saturday in Cleveland, but Kentucky will instead take on North Carolina in the opener at 2 p.m. The Bruins will now take on Ohio State in the final game of a doubleheader. “UCLA...

Calipari delves into ‘bag of tricks’ to inspire UK, expects better showing Saturday against Notre Dame

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari expects things to be different when Kentucky plays host to Notre Dame at noon on Saturday. Because of inexperience and pandemic restrictions, Calipari admits the Wildcats “don’t have a whole lot of room for error” and wants fans to come away with a different impression than the previous three games. “My hope is that people watch this game and say,...

Calipari insists he’s not ‘cracking’ after UK drops third straight game; Cats fall to Georgia Tech, 79-62

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The rare early-season losses are starting to pile up on Kentucky. The Wildcats dropped their third consecutive game during a 79-62 loss to previously winless Georgia Tech on Sunday at State Farm Arena in Atlanta. Kentucky’s 1-3 start is the worst in John Calipari’s 12 seasons as coach of the Wildcats, a defeat that will drop UK out of the Associated Press Top 25 poll...

Calipari makes practices tougher to ‘light a fire’ under struggling Wildcats; UK prepares for Georgia Tech

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky head coach John Calipari is used to starting over and is convinced the Wildcats will eventually turn the corner. “We were so unsure of ourselves,” the UK head coach said Friday. “I’m the one that usually forgets because the staff has to remind me. We were the same way last year. So, just know that we were the same way and the year before, and the year...

Struggling UK gets ‘punked’ by No. 7 Kansas in 65-62 loss; Wildcats (1-2) suffer second straight defeat

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky head coach John Calipari praised Kansas for its ability to defeat the Wildcats on Tuesday night. Two days after a disappointing 76-64 loss to Richmond, Kentucky dropped a 65-62 decision to No. 7 Kansas in the State Farm Champions Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Jayhawks (2-1) fended off Calipari’s squad despite shooting 29 percent from...

Spider bite: Experienced Richmond stings No. 10 Kentucky in Rupp Arena with 76-64 upset

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky head coach John Calipari can finally forget about Evansville. Now he has another loss that will haunt him for the rest of the season. 
Slightly more than a year after the Purple Aces stunned Kentucky by a 67-64 score at Rupp Arena, Calipari’s squad suffered another early-season setback at home, this time to Richmond, which had never beaten a Top-10 opponent...

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...