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Wildcats dodge second-half surge by Tigers as Kentucky tops Missouri Tuesday in Columbia

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Missouri has only beaten Kentucky once in school history. The fourth-ranked Wildcats avoided a repeat of last year’s setback in Columbia with a 66-58 victory Tuesday night at Mizzou Arena. Kentucky (22-4, 11-2) remained one game behind first-place Tennessee and LSU in the Southeastern Conference standings with five games remaining. The Volunteers rebounded from their...

Kentucky bracing for a tough encounter as they hit the road to face struggling Tigers in Columbia

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The road doesn’t get any easier for Kentucky. The Wildcats (21-4, 10-2 Southeastern Conference) are in the midst of a three-way battle with LSU and Tennessee for the top spot in the conference with six games remaining in the regular season. Coming off an 86-69 win over No. 5 Tennessee last weekend, Kentucky takes on struggling Missouri Tuesday night in Columbia. “It’s...

Keith Taylor: Tennessee tough, but Wildcats are good at bouncing back from losses this season

Kentucky has been good at bouncing back this season and as history suggests, that’s good news going into its showdown against top-ranked Tennessee Saturday. The fifth-ranked Wildcats had a 10-game winning streak snapped in a 73-71 loss to No. 19 LSU earlier this week. Losses aren’t good, but they can be learning lessons. Kentucky has taken a live and learn approach during its of its setbacks this...

Persistent LSU bests Kentucky on ‘questionable’ play as 10-game win streak ends Tuesday in Lexington

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It came down to the last play and LSU made a strong statement that it’s a team to be reckoned with in the Southeastern Conference. The Tigers have only won six times in Lexington and this one was perhaps the most stunning, considering the ending. After Keldon Johnson made two free throws with 6 seconds left, Skylar Mays drove the length of the court. His shot missed...

John Calipari’s surging Wildcats focused on surprising LSU, not top-ranked Tennessee

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari isn’t thinking about Tennessee. The Kentucky coach is more concerned about LSU going into Tuesday night’s showdown between the two Southeastern Conference foes. The Tigers (19-4, 9-1) are one of the top surprising teams in the SEC this season and have won 12 of their last 13 games, including an exciting 83-78 win over Auburn last Saturday in Baton Rouge....

Kentucky holds off Mississippi State in Starkville to capture 20th win of the season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The streak continues for Kentucky. The fifth-ranked Wildcats (20-3, 9-1 Southeastern Conference) staved off a furious rally by host Mississippi State and held on for a 71-67 win over the Bulldogs Saturday in Starkville. Kentucky recorded its 10th consecutive victory and completed a regular-season sweep of the Bulldogs. Kentucky defeated Mississippi State 76-55 on Jan....

Halfway up the mountain, Cats need to stay hungry and humble — and ‘in right frame of mind’

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is on a roll and John Calipari wants the Wildcats to stay on the current path of success that has led to nine straight victories.   “I’ve got to keep these guys in the right frame of mind,” Calipari said following a 76-48 win over South Carolina Tuesday night. “My job now is (to keep the team staying) hungry, yet humble. We don’t need anybody arrogant...

Cats get physical with South Carolina, coast to ninth straight victory with 76-48 win Tuesday at Rupp

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today An overwhelming favorite, Kentucky didn’t overlook South Carolina and coasted to a 76-48 win over the Gamecocks Tuesday night. The fifth-ranked Wildcats notched their ninth straight victory, including eight straight Southeastern Conference victories since dropping a 77-75 loss to Alabama in the league opener on Jan. 5 in Tuscaloosa. Kentucky (19-3, 8-1) improved to...

P.J. Washington posts second straight double-double as Cats capture lopsided win over Commodores

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Vanderbilt was no match for Kentucky and fast-improving PJ Washington. The seventh-ranked Wildcats showed no signs of a letdown after their win over No. 11 Kansas and rolled to an 87-52 rout over the Commodores Tuesday night in a game that was never close. Kentucky (17-3, 6-1) led Vanderbilt 45-15 at the break and kept the foot on the pedal in the second half to record...

Wildcats not looking past struggling Vanderbilt as they return to Southeastern Conference play Tuesday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky won’t change its approach when it steps back into Southeastern Conference play Tuesday night at Vanderbilt. The Wildcats (16-3, 5-1 SEC) carry a six-game winning streak into the contest and are coming off a 71-63 win over Kansas in the SEC-Big 12 Challenge Saturday. Kentucky jumped one spot in the Associated Press Top 25 Monday, making the jump from eighth...

PJ Washington turns in inspiring performance, leads Wildcats past Kansas 71-63, gets 5th double-double

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today When he’s at his best, PJ Washington is nearly unstoppable. He was a force for Kentucky when the Wildcats needed him the most Saturday night.   Washington had a double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead the eighth-ranked Wildcats to a 71-63 victory over No. 9 Kansas in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge at Rupp Arena. It was the team’s fifth consecutive victory...

Calipari pleased with Kentucky’s progress, but Kansas will be another great challenge for Cats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Keldon Johnson has no problem get hyped up for a game. The energy level will likely reach epic proportions when Kentucky takes on Kansas Saturday at Rupp Arena. Johnson admitted Friday he is anxious for the Top-10 showdown between the eighth-ranked Wildcats and the ninth-ranked Jayhawks in the fifth SEC/Big 12 Challenge. “I’m excited to get out there and put everything...

Surging Wildcats giving Mississippi State full attention in advance of Tuesday’s matchup at Rupp

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky showed signs of becoming a legitimate contender for a national title in an 82-80 win over Auburn last weekend. “We responded,” Kentucky assistant coach Tony Barbee said Monday. “It was a tough environment. It was really loud in there and they’e a very experienced team and you know they weren’t going to be rattled. When they put pressure on us down the...

UK’s Ashton Hagans scores career-high 23 points as Cats top Georgia Bulldogs Tuesday night in Athens

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Ashton Hagans had a career night in a return to his home state. The Kentucky freshman guard scored a career-high 23 points to lead the 12th-ranked Wildcats to a 69-49 win over Georgia Tuesday night in Athens. Hagans, Georgia’s Gatorade Player of the Year and Mr. Basketball last season, de-committed from the Bulldogs after a coaching change last spring and chose to sign...

UK freshman Hagans finally understands role for the Wildcats, Calipari hoping rest of team can learn theirs

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Ashton Hagans finally knows his role. John Calipari wants the rest of his team to define their purpose. The Kentucky coach has been spending his spare time focused in his team in an effort to get each player to reach the next proverbial level. “How do I help individuals get better and how do I help them buy into their role like Ashton has bought into his role?” Calipari...

Kentucky overcomes loss to Alabama in SEC opener to topple Texas A&M Aggies at Rupp

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It took Kentucky five minutes to get over its loss to Alabama. 
In the Wildcats’ first home game in nearly a month, visiting Texas A&M scored the first 10 points and raced out to a 12-2 lead before the Wildcats regrouped and settled into a rhythm to defeat the Aggies 85-74 Tuesday night. 
“We’ve got a lot of stuff we’ve got to get done, but it was a good...

Wildcats leave Sunshine State all smiles after Citrus Bowl victory, 27-24 over Penn State

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today ORLANDO, Florida (KT) — Kentucky started the New Year with a bang.   The Wildcats (10-3) reached the double-digit win plateau for the first time since 1977 with an exciting 27-24 triumph over Penn State in the Citrus Bowl Tuesday, ending a four-game postseason losing streak. Kentucky had lost its last three bowl contests, including a disappointing 24-23 loss to Northwestern...

Keith Taylor: Kentucky’s ‘resume win’ over North Carolina first step in climb back to the top

Just maybe Kentucky’s win over North Carolina will help ease the pain of a season-opening loss to Duke. It remains to be seen, but every little bit helps as the Wildcats delve deeper into the season.   Sure, losing by 34 points to the Blue Devils wasn’t an easy thing to swallow, but Kentucky coach John Calipari and the players couldn’t dwell on the disappointing setback and give up hope on the...

Kentucky Wildcats seek to boost its NCAA resume against No. 9 North Carolina in Chicago

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has yet to beat a ranked opponent this season. The Wildcats will get a chance to boost their NCAA Tournament resume against No. 9 North Carolina Saturday in the CBS Sports Classic in Chicago. In its last outing against a ranked foe, the No. 19 Wildcats (8-2) failed the test. In the worst setback of the John Calipari era, Kentucky dropped a humiliating 118-84...

Kentucky’s Keldon Johnson named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week for second time

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today For the second time this season, Kentucky freshman Keldon Johnson was named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week. Johnson led Kentucky with 24 points and made a career-high six 3-pointers in an 88-61 win over Utah last Saturday at Rupp Arena. It marked the third time this season Johnson has eclipsed the 20-point mark and is the Wildcats’ leading scorer, averaging...