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Stoops honored to accept Belk Bowl bid; Wildcats set to play Virginia Tech Dec. 31 in Charlotte

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky accepted its fourth consecutive bowl bid Sunday, this time the Wildcats will make an appearance in the Belk Bowl in a noon kickoff on Dec. 31 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops welcomed the invitation from the Belk Bowl, which will be the team’s first appearance in the postseason event. Kentucky finished 7-5 this past season and won its...

Wildcats in midst of ‘Camp Cal’ in preparation for Southeastern Conference play, winter grind

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky coach John Calipari has been yearning for more time with his team this season. He will get that chance this month. The eighth-ranked Wildcats (6-1) will play five games in the month of December, starting with Saturday’s contest against Fairleigh Dickinson. Kentucky’s schedule also gets tougher as the Wildcats inch closer to the Southeastern Conference portion...

UK offensive coordinator Eddie Gran says Cats’ succes a testament to players, staff buying in

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Moments before he spoke to the media following Kentucky’s 45-13 win over rival Louisville last Saturday, Lynn Bowden Jr., hugged Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran in a show of gratitude and appreciation. Gran is used to embraces from his players but this one was special, and it came after the Wildcats rushed for a school-record 517 yards rushing, shattering...

Bowden carries UK past Louisville, 45-13, puts exclamation point on turnaround with four TDs

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Lynn Bowden Jr. may not be a serious contender for the prestigious Heisman Trophy Award, but there’s no doubt he is Kentucky’s most valuable player. The Kentucky receiver-turned-quarterback rushed for 284 yards and four touchdowns, including a 60-yard dash to the end zone to open the second half, to lead the Wildcats to a 45-13 win over rival Louisville in the Governor’s...

Coach Mark Stoops says Cats aren’t hiding from rivalry hype in leadup to Saturday’s season finale

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The stakes will be high when Kentucky and Louisville meet Saturday in the season finale for both teams. In addition to bragging rights, the Wildcats and Cardinals are seeking better position positioning, considering both teams have already clinched bowl eligibility. Kentucky is seeking its fourth consecutive seven-win season, while Louisville is eyeing its eighth victory...

Tyrese Maxey’s hot hand leads Wildcats to an easy 81-56 victory over Lamar Sunday night at Rupp

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Tyrese Maxey has shown signs of brilliance in Kentucky’s first six games. Lamar coach Tic Price thinks there are better days ahead for the freshman guard. “I think he is going to bring some exciting moments to Kentucky basketball this year,” Price said after watching Maxey score 21 points to lead the No. 9 Wildcats to an 81-56 win over the Cardinals on Sunday in...

Early troubles shooting from behind the arc are a concern for Coach John Calipari and the Wildcats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari’s offense has never been centered around the 3-point shot, but the Kentucky coach would like to see his team improve their 3-point shooting in the near future. The ninth-ranked Wildcats (3-1) made just one on 12 attempts in an 82-74 triumph over Utah Valley earlier this week. Tyrese Maxey , who leads Kentucky with five 3-pointers this season, made the...

Ashton Hagans helps carry short-handed Wildcats to 82-74 win over gritty Utah Valley Wolverines

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Ashton Hagans wasn’t at full strength but had enough energy to carry Kentucky to victory Monday night. Hagans scored a carer-high 26 points to lead the ninth-ranked Wildcats to a 82-74 win over Utah Valley to help Kentucky survive its second scare in less than a week. “(I’m) still feeling it a little bit, but it’s all good,” he said. “(I’m) going to go...

Mark Stoops, Wildcats have no plans to change their routine going into final two weeks of the season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky won’t change its routine going into the final two weeks of the regular season. 
”It’s much the same,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said Monday. “Get back to us, get back to having a great week of preparation, continue to work and improve and just to see how good we can be and how much we can improve.” 
The Wildcats (5-5,...

Break helps John Calipari’s Wildcats get over loss to Evansville, focus of preparation for Utah Valley

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky needed a break to get over a shocking 67-74 loss to Evansville. “Everybody was down, but the next day everybody got back in here,” junior Nick Richards said Sunday. “We just talked and we took it as a learning experience. We didn’t take it as a loss even though we did lose, but we just took it as a learning experience.” Along with Richards, Kentucky...

Wildcats use grinding ground game to slam door on the Vanderbilt Commodores, 38-14, in Nashville

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky moved within one game be becoming bowl eligible for the fourth straight season with a 38-14 win over Vanderbilt in its Southeastern Conference finale Saturday in Nashville. Coming off a disappointing 17-13 loss to Tennessee last week, the Wildcats fell behind 14-3 after the Commodores scooped up an A.J. Rose fumble and returned it 67 yards for a touchdown at...

Mark Stoops’ Wildcats expecting another close encounter as they visit struggling Vanderbilt

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops has been pleased with his team’s response coming off a disappointing 17-13 loss to Tennessee and saw no signs of a letdown going into Saturday’s contest at Vanderbilt. “I really feel that coming off a tough loss they had their focus early in the week,” Stoops said earlier this week. “Any time you come off a tough loss like that you have to bounce...

With Ashton Hagans battling leg injury, John Calipari hopes five-day break will give Cats a chance to heal

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari is already making adjustments to his practice schedule and hopes the five-day break will give his team a chance to get healthy. “I’ve had to change practice because we’re practicing with seven and eight guys,” he said following a stunning 67-64 loss to Evansville Tuesday night. “That makes it hard. So, I’ve got to figure out a way (to...

Cats’ margin for error in final three weeks ‘extremely small’ after Saturday’s disappointing loss to Vols

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops was still scratching his head Monday as he tried to analyze his team’s disappointing 17-13 loss to Tennessee last weekend. The Wildcats dominated the line of scrimmage but lost the battle of 50-50 balls and came up short on the goal line in the closing minutes against the Volunteers. “It was an extremely difficult outcome,” Stoops said Monday. “…...

Path to fourth straight postseason more difficult for Kentucky after crushing 17-13 loss to Volunteers

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s path to the postseason took a hit with a 17-13 loss to Tennessee Saturday night. The Wildcats (4-5, 2-5 Southeastern Conference) have to win two of their last three games to reach the postseason for a fourth straight season. The Volunteers (5-5. 3-3) continued their recent surge by winning their fourth game in the last five games after starting the season...

Kentucky poised to take over top spot in college basketball rankings as they roll past EKU Friday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is still riding high and showed no signs of a letdown with a 91-49 win over Eastern Kentucky in its home opener Friday night. Coming off a 69-62 win over top-ranked Michigan State, the second-ranked Wildcats started fast and never let up in winning their 12th straight home opener under John Calipari.  Kentucky is poised to take over the top spot when the Associated...

Just two games away from bowl eligibility, Stoops, Cats taking rest of the season one game at a time

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is two wins away from becoming bowl eligible with four games remaining. Instead of looking at the big picture, Mark Stoops is taking it one week at a time. “We look at it as the last stretch here with the four games and we’re worried about going 1-0, that is the big message for us,” the Kentucky coach said. “Let’s put everything...

Confident Wildcats ‘locked-in’ as they prepare for Friday night’s home opener against Eastern Ky.

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Nate Sestina wasn’t surprised by Tyrese Maxey’s performance at Madison Square Garden earlier this week. “Tyrese is a big-time player,” he said. “The dude is a big-time shot-maker and everything that he does, he does well and he does it with a smile on his face that’s when you know he’s really playing.” Maxey came off the bench and scored 26 points to lead...

Kentucky’s Tyrese Maxey figures to take on bigger role as junior Nick Richards recovers from injury

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Tyrese Maxey didn’t start Kentucky’s exhibition opener against Georgetown College, but that doesn’t mean much moving forward. As Kentucky inches closer to the season-opener against Michigan State set for Tuesday at Madison Square Garden in the State Farm Champions Classic, Maxey figures to play a bigger role as junior Nick Richards recovers from a foot injury he...

Lynn Bowden pleased with SEC Co-Player of the Week honor, but winning remains his main focus

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Lynn Bowden Jr. doesn’t mind accolades, but he enjoys winning football games much more than individual honors. No one had more fun than Bowden after the receiver turned quarterback rushed for a career-high 204 yards on 21 carries, complete with two touchdowns, to lead the Wildcats to a 29-7 win over Missouri last Saturday night. The junior all-purpose player was named...