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NCAA: Wildcats not buying notion they have an easy path to Final Four

Kentucky coach John Calipari watches his team during practice Wednesday at Phillips Arena. The Wildcats take on Kansas State at 9:40 p.m. Thursday in the South Region semifinals. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today ATLANTA (KT) — Kentucky’s path to the Final Four appears to be easy on paper. Despite being the lone heavyweight remaining in the South Region, the Wildcats...

Finally playing in the NCAA Tournament amounts to forgettable win for No. 8 UK

Kentucky’s Alex Poythress, like the rest of Kentucky’s team, made his NCAA Tournament debut Friday. (File photo by James Pennington)   ST. LOUIS — The NCAA Tournament does funny things to people, not that Kentucky’s players knew much about that before Friday. Seven of the eight players that got in the game for the No. 8 Wildcats in their 56-49 win over No. 9 Kansas State had never...

Andrew Harrison’s hyperextended elbow won’t keep him from playing Sunday, he says

ST. LOUIS — Kentucky point guard Andrew Harrison hyperextended his arm near the end of the No. 8-seeded Wildcats’ 56-49 win over No. 9 Kansas State in their NCAA Tournament opener Friday, but he said he didn’t expect the injury would affect his status heading in to a round-of-32 matchup against No. 1 Wichita State on Sunday. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   Harrison suffered the...

Andrew Harrison's hyperextended elbow won't keep him from playing Sunday, he says

ST. LOUIS — Kentucky point guard Andrew Harrison hyperextended his arm near the end of the No. 8-seeded Wildcats’ 56-49 win over No. 9 Kansas State in their NCAA Tournament opener Friday, but he said he didn’t expect the injury would affect his status heading in to a round-of-32 matchup against No. 1 Wichita State on Sunday. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   Harrison suffered the...

No. 8 Kentucky survives poor outing with defense, tops No. 9 Kansas State 56-49

ST. LOUIS — No. 8 Kentucky advanced to the round of 32 Friday night with a 56-49 win over No. 9 Kansas State. Kentucky dominated the game defensively, flustering a poor offensive team with superior size and forcing Kansas State into one of the poorest offensive outings a Kentucky opponent has seen all season. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   Kentucky advanced to face No. 1 Wichita...

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...

Find an NCAA watch party in your area to cheer on the Wildcats over the weekend

No matter where you are for the beginning of the NCAA Tournament this weekend, a UK Alumni Association watch party may be held in your area to cheer on the Wildcats as they begin the road to the men’s and women’s Final Four. The men tip off Friday night against Kansas State, and the women play at home Saturday against Wright State.   The Alumni Association has watch parties in 26 areas,...

Emerging 7-footer Dakari Johnson will be vital to Kentucky’s NCAA Tournament run

Kentucky’s Dakari Johnson will be integral if the Wildcats were to advance in the NCAA Tournament. (Photo by James Pennington)   Dakari Johnson has emerged as one of Kentucky’s most emotional players, and he knows his teammates feed off the positive energy with which he beams when he makes a tough shot through contact or high-fives a teammate during a dead ball. Only recently, though,...

Emerging 7-footer Dakari Johnson will be vital to Kentucky's NCAA Tournament run

Kentucky’s Dakari Johnson will be integral if the Wildcats were to advance in the NCAA Tournament. (Photo by James Pennington)   Dakari Johnson has emerged as one of Kentucky’s most emotional players, and he knows his teammates feed off the positive energy with which he beams when he makes a tough shot through contact or high-fives a teammate during a dead ball. Only recently, though,...

Considering Kansas State: Can Kentucky advance to the round of 32 in a brawl?

Kentucky’s offense thrived in the SEC tournament when it played free, driving into the lane and dishing out to either an open shooter or another driver to re-iniate the process until one thing or another gave. The Wildcats ran into trouble Sunday when Florida locked down the lane so much so that John Calipari went more toward half-court sets since drives weren’t opening up. The Wildcats...