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The last link to Gillispie, Wall and Cousins, Jon Hood celebrates Senior Night

Kentucky’s Jon Hood, who has had more NBA-bound teammates than anyone in college basketball history, plays his final game at Rupp Arena on Tuesday. (File photo by Jon Hale)   No college basketball player has ever had more esteemed teammates than Jon Hood. The fifth-year senior, who will play in his final game at Rupp Arena on Tuesday and earn his first career start, has 16 former Kentucky...

Calipari’s ejection sums up Wildcats’ 72-67 loss to South Carolina and 2013-14 season

Kentucky continued its stubborn non-committal to this season, flailing and floundering in a 72-67 road loss to South Carolina on Saturday. John Calipari was ejected with 10 minutes to play, and the Wildcats were at their best in the quarter of a game that followed. That the Wildcats almost salvaged a win Saturday without this team’s architect on the sideline was remarkable, but the loss to the second-worst...

Calipari's ejection sums up Wildcats' 72-67 loss to South Carolina and 2013-14 season

Kentucky continued its stubborn non-committal to this season, flailing and floundering in a 72-67 road loss to South Carolina on Saturday. John Calipari was ejected with 10 minutes to play, and the Wildcats were at their best in the quarter of a game that followed. That the Wildcats almost salvaged a win Saturday without this team’s architect on the sideline was remarkable, but the loss to the second-worst...

With Wildcats’ season opener Friday night, Calipari aiming development toward March

Kentucky coach John Calipari opens his fifth season as the Wildcats’ coach Friday with a standard level of uncertainty his coaching style invites. (Photo by James Pennington)   John Calipari’s season openers are a particular brand of unexpected basketball. What’s going to happen against real-life, for-the-books competition? The two exhibition games—a 76-42 win over Transylvania and...

With Wildcats' season opener Friday night, Calipari aiming development toward March

Kentucky coach John Calipari opens his fifth season as the Wildcats’ coach Friday with a standard level of uncertainty his coaching style invites. (Photo by James Pennington)   John Calipari’s season openers are a particular brand of unexpected basketball. What’s going to happen against real-life, for-the-books competition? The two exhibition games—a 76-42 win over Transylvania and...

The spectacle of Big Blue Madness on tap Friday for its fifth edition under John Calipari

Kentucky women’s basketball coach Matthew Mitchell, seen here dancing as MC Hammer in 2012, has become a prominent part of the Big Blue Madness spectacle. | Photo by Jon Hale   Without spectacle, what is Big Blue Madness? The event is kicked off each year with a campout for tickets. This year’s campout was especially extravagant; Kentucky’s official final tally was that 755 tents, the...

Andrew Harrison looks to be next great ‘Calipari point guard,’ lead as a freshman

Entering the 2012-13 season, UK head coach John Calipari was working on a four-year streak of turning his point guard into a one-and-done NBA first-round draft pick.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] That streak ended, as did UK’s NCAA Tournament streak. Redshirt sophomore point guard Ryan Harrow transferred to Georgia State following an up-and-down season in his one year playing...

NBA stars, former Wildcats impressed
by new crop of UK men’s basketball freshmen

The focus of Monday’s UK men’s basketball alumni game may have been former Wildcats, but there was plenty of talk after the festivities about the new faces on the UK roster.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] “I love basketball, so I’ve watched the circuit all throughout the year and watched high school basketball, and I think they’ve got a great group of guys,”...

NBA stars, former Wildcats impressed by new crop of UK men's basketball freshmen

The focus of Monday’s UK men’s basketball alumni game may have been former Wildcats, but there was plenty of talk after the festivities about the new faces on the UK roster.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] “I love basketball, so I’ve watched the circuit all throughout the year and watched high school basketball, and I think they’ve got a great group of guys,”...

Former Cats help raise more than $1 million for charity in annual alumni game at Rupp

  Almost two dozen former UK men’s basketball players, including 10 current NBA players, came together Monday to raise more than $1 million for charity at the school’s annual alumni game.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] The game featured seven former Wildcats currently on NBA rosters: Washington Wizards point guard John Wall, Detroit Pistons forward Josh Harrellson,...

Nerlens Noel blocking shots at near-record pace in shadow of Davis' historic season

In a world where Anthony Davis never played at UK, freshman forward Nerlens Noel would already hold the Wildcats’ single-season record for blocked shots.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] But Davis did play for the Cats, setting a NCAA freshman record with 186 blocks in his one season in Lexington, and Noel’s matching of the pre-Davis blocks record just 19 games into his college...

Proceeds from UK alumni game to benefit four charities with range of missions

Former Wildcats are introduced before a game in 2011. (Photo by Mark Boxley)   When former UK basketball players return to Lexington for an alumni game on Sept. 15, fans won’t be the only ones benefiting from the experience.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Proceeds from the game, which will match up former Wildcats currently playing in the NBA, will go to four charities: Samaritan’s...

Former UK stars wrap up NBA season, but nine will participate in playoffs

Nine former UK men’s basketball players will participate in the NBA playoffs this season.   The playoff field was finalized with the conclusion of regular season games Thursday. The former UK players who will participate are listed below with links to their NBA.com player pages.   Daniel Orton — Orlando Magic   DeAndre Liggins — Orlando Magic   Enes Kanter —...

Marquis Teague improving play as Cats hit stride with undefeated SEC record

Playing point guard in UK head coach John Calipari’s dribble-drive motion offense isn’t easy.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] In addition to adapting to the demanding style of play, point guards in the system have to face comparisons to the list of guards who came before them. For UK freshman point guard Marquis Teague those comparisons mean he hears the names Derrick Rose,...

NBA roundup: Wall, Cousins have big nights

Ten players with local ties took the court in NBA games Monday night. You can see a rundown of their performances below:   Former UK point guard John Wall scored 31 points on 10-19 shooting, tallied seven assists and grabbed five rebounds in 44 minutes of action for the Washington Wizards.   Former UK center DeMarcus Cousins scored 28 points on 11-20 shooting and grabbed 19 rebounds in 38...

NBA roundup: Prince, Knight star for Pistons

Eight players with local ties took the court in NBA games Wednesday. You can see a rundown of their performance below:   Former UK forward Tayshaun Prince scored 21 points on 9-15 shooting and grabbed six rebounds in 39 minutes of action for the Detroit Pistons.   Former UK point guard Brandon Knight scored 15 points on 7-18 shooting, grabbed five rebounds and tallied four assists in 43 minutes...

NBA roundup: John Wall scores 20

Former UK point guard John Wall scored 20 points on 7-16 shooting and dished out six assists in 36 minutes of action for the Washington Wizards.   Former UK forward Tayshaun Prince scored 14 points on 7-15 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds in 30 minutes of action for the Detroit Pistons.   Former UK forward Patrick Patterson scored eight points on 4-5 shooting and grabbed five rebounds...

NBA roundup: Cousins, Knight score 17

Former UK center DeMarcus Cousins scored 17 points on 8-16 shooting and grabbed 15 rebounds in 33 minutes of action for the Sacramento Kings. The performance was Cousins’ 13th double-double of the season, second most in the NBA.   Former UK point guard Brandon Knight scored 17 points on 7-14 shooting and tallied five assists in 41 minutes of action for the Detroit Pistons.   Former...

NBA roundup: Brandon Knight scores 22

Former UK point guard Brandon Knight scored 22 points on 6-18 shooting and tallied four assists in 34 minutes of action for the Detroit Pistons.   Former UK center DeMarcus Cousins scored 17 points on 7-12 shooting and grabbed 13 rebounds in 27 minutes of action for the Sacramento Kings.   Former UK point guard John Wall scored 13 points on 4-17 shooting, tallied 10 assists and grabbed nine...

NBA roundup: Wall leads Wizards to shocker

Ten players with Kentucky ties took the court in NBA games Wednesday night. You can see a rundown of their performances below:   Former UK point guard John Wall scored 25 points on 6-17 shooting, tallied eight assists and grabbed seven rebounds in 44 minutes of action for the Washington Wizards.   Former UK forward Tayshaun Prince scored 29 points on 13-23 shooting and grabbed three rebounds...