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Aaron Harrison cements his legendary legacy as Kentucky advances to Monday's title game

ARLINGTON, Texas — Few questions remain about this Kentucky team. The main one will be answered Monday—Can a bunch of freshmen win a national championship?—and in a way, the Wildcats’ legacy still has a lot on the line five-sixths of the way through what, to this point, may be the most idyllic run through the NCAA Tournament any team has ever dared. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   And...

Aaron Harrison cements his legendary legacy as Kentucky advances to Monday’s title game

ARLINGTON, Texas — Few questions remain about this Kentucky team. The main one will be answered Monday—Can a bunch of freshmen win a national championship?—and in a way, the Wildcats’ legacy still has a lot on the line five-sixths of the way through what, to this point, may be the most idyllic run through the NCAA Tournament any team has ever dared. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   And...

John Calipari's first 2014 Final Four Q&A: Cauley-Stein still doubtful vs. Wisconsin

Kentucky coach John Calipari greets his father, Vince, while the Wildcats were cutting down the nets at Lucas Oil Stadium following their 75-72 win over Michigan on Sunday. (Photo by James Pennington)   Kentucky coach John Calipari answered 20 minutes’ worth of questions on a teleconference Monday afternoon, participating in a media call that featured all four of the Final Four’s head...

John Calipari’s first 2014 Final Four Q&A:
Cauley-Stein still doubtful vs. Wisconsin

Kentucky coach John Calipari greets his father, Vince, while the Wildcats were cutting down the nets at Lucas Oil Stadium following their 75-72 win over Michigan on Sunday. (Photo by James Pennington)   Kentucky coach John Calipari answered 20 minutes’ worth of questions on a teleconference Monday afternoon, participating in a media call that featured all four of the Final Four’s head...

Only Kentuckians understand UK-UofL, and those playing Friday will put it aside

Jarrod Polson is one of a handful of Kentuckians who could check in to Friday’s Sweet 16 game between Kentucky and Louisville. (Photo by James Pennington)   INDIANAPOLIS — For all the emotions born into Kentucky and Louisville fans any time the two teams play in any sport—especially men’s basketball—it’s not something aliens to the Commonwealth fully grasp. And as far as who will...

Only Kentuckians understand UK-UofL,
and those playing Friday will put it aside

Jarrod Polson is one of a handful of Kentuckians who could check in to Friday’s Sweet 16 game between Kentucky and Louisville. (Photo by James Pennington)   INDIANAPOLIS — For all the emotions born into Kentucky and Louisville fans any time the two teams play in any sport—especially men’s basketball—it’s not something aliens to the Commonwealth fully grasp. And as far as who will...

No. 8 Wildcats realize missteps are behind them heading into NCAA Tournament

Kentucky’s Derek Willis follows through on a shot during the No. 8 Wildcats’ open practice at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. (Photo by James Pennington)   ST. LOUIS — On March 1, Kentucky lost to South Carolina. The Gamecocks were not a good team—they’re in the past tense, because their season is over—and at the time, neither was Kentucky. It was jarring when Aaron Harrison...

No. 25 Kentucky's win over Alabama was more reassuring of problems than promise

Kentucky won 55-48 over Alabama on Tuesday despite its woeful offense, especially from its guards. (Photo by James Pennington)   Kentucky didn’t lose Tuesday, and that’s the most uplifting way to describe it. Jon Hood said after the Wildcats missed 19 of their 25 first-half shots, Kentucky needed to redefine itself; all the while, it seemed Kentucky and Alabama were challenging the concurrent...

No. 25 Kentucky’s win over Alabama was more reassuring of problems than promise

Kentucky won 55-48 over Alabama on Tuesday despite its woeful offense, especially from its guards. (Photo by James Pennington)   Kentucky didn’t lose Tuesday, and that’s the most uplifting way to describe it. Jon Hood said after the Wildcats missed 19 of their 25 first-half shots, Kentucky needed to redefine itself; all the while, it seemed Kentucky and Alabama were challenging the concurrent...

No. 25 Kentucky survives woeful first half to top Alabama on Senior Night, 55-48

Whether it’s most apt to say No. 25 Kentucky fought back to win or avoided losing Tuesday against Alabama is, in the grand scheme of things, irrelevant. Kentucky won 55-48 on senior night for Jarrod Polson and Jon Hood.   Julius Randle, playing in what can safely be assumed was his last game at Rupp Arena, finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds.   Kentucky’s offense was as bad...

No. 25 Kentucky survives woeful first half
to top Alabama on Senior Night, 55-48

Whether it’s most apt to say No. 25 Kentucky fought back to win or avoided losing Tuesday against Alabama is, in the grand scheme of things, irrelevant. Kentucky won 55-48 on senior night for Jarrod Polson and Jon Hood.   Julius Randle, playing in what can safely be assumed was his last game at Rupp Arena, finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds.   Kentucky’s offense was as bad...

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...

Indifferent Wildcats ride out the clock for 69-59 win over Mississippi State

No. 18 Kentucky never really pulled away from Mississippi State on Saturday, though the Wildcats always seemed on the brink of doing so. The Wildcats didn’t dominate at the free-throw line like they usually do—with volume instead of efficiency at the foul line—or on the offensive glass, or anywhere, really. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   Still, Kentucky won 69-59, because...

Indifferent Wildcats ride out the clock
for 69-59 win over Mississippi State

No. 18 Kentucky never really pulled away from Mississippi State on Saturday, though the Wildcats always seemed on the brink of doing so. The Wildcats didn’t dominate at the free-throw line like they usually do—with volume instead of efficiency at the foul line—or on the offensive glass, or anywhere, really. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   Still, Kentucky won 69-59, because...

Four Kentucky players chose to stay in school, each with different goals and circumstances

Kentucky forward Willie Cauley-Stein was one of four Wildcats who had to choose, for one reason or another, to stay at UK for the upcoming season. | Photo by Jon Hale   The unique context of playing college basketball at Kentucky has, over the past five years since John Calipari’s been in town, tweaked the stigma of what it means to stay in school. Aren’t we all supposed to stay in school?...

John Calipari dwells on 40-0, the season’s first 10 practices and the federal shutdown

Kentucky coach John Calipari gave his annual media day news conference Tuesday. It’s always a big to-do with well over a hundred media members in attendance, and it’s always the week of Big Blue Madness. What makes this year’s edition unique compared to years past is that Big Blue Madness is not the fall practice kick-off party it used to be; instead, UK had already held 10 practices...

John Calipari dwells on 40-0, the season's first 10 practices and the federal shutdown

Kentucky coach John Calipari gave his annual media day news conference Tuesday. It’s always a big to-do with well over a hundred media members in attendance, and it’s always the week of Big Blue Madness. What makes this year’s edition unique compared to years past is that Big Blue Madness is not the fall practice kick-off party it used to be; instead, UK had already held 10 practices...

Jon Hood focusing on having fun during final season of eligibility in five-year UK career

If there is an expert on the “John Calipari Era” at UK, it is likely senior guard Jon Hood.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Hood is the only player to suit up for each of Calipari’s five UK teams.   In five years at UK, Hood has teamed up with 43 different players. He has already played alongside 17 NBA draft picks, including 13 first-rounders.   While Hood...

Jon Hood focusing on having fun during final season of eligibility in five-year UK career

If there is an expert on the “John Calipari Era” at UK, it is likely senior guard Jon Hood.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Hood is the only player to suit up for each of Calipari’s five UK teams.   In five years at UK, Hood has teamed up with 43 different players. He has already played alongside 17 NBA draft picks, including 13 first-rounders.   While Hood...

After carving out bench role, Jarrod Polson returns to UK for chance at second title

Senior guard Jarrod Polson has been a fan favorite since he stepped on campus as a walk-on from West Jessamine High School.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] But Polson’s status among the Big Blue Nation added a new dimension in the 2012-13 season opener versus Maryland when he posted a then career-high 10 points on four-of-five shooting in 22 minutes off the bench.   As a junior,...