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Texas Tech embraces rare encounter against Kentucky in Saturday’s Big 12/SEC Challenge

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Texas Tech and Kentucky have played just four games against each other and the two teams haven’t met in more than two decades. A fifth meeting will take place this weekend. For the first time since 1965, the 15th-ranked Wildcats will take on the No. 18 Red Raiders in Lubbock, Texas in the Big 12/SEC Challenge Saturday. The two programs haven’t played since Kentucky...

With family looking on, Ashton Hagans puts on a show as Wildcats complete sweep of Georgia

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Ashton Hagans always seems to turn it up a notch against Georgia. With several of his family members in attendance, including his mother, Hagans scored 23 points and just missed a double-double with nine assists to lead No. 15 Kentucky to an 89-79 win over the Bulldogs on Tuesday night to complete a regular-season sweep. “It’s always good to go against my home state...

Kentucky guard Ashton Hagans expecting another tough contest against struggling Georgia Bulldogs

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Ashton Hagans doesn’t think much will change when Kentucky takes on Georgia for the second time this season Tuesday night at Rupp Arena. “It was good to be back at home, but now we’re back in Lexington playing them,” said Hagans, a former Georgia Mr. Basketball and Gatorade Player of the Year winner. “It’s the same game plan. We just go out there and play...

Kentucky freshman Keion Brooks grew up, made major strides in Cats win over Razorbacks

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Keion Brooks Jr. passed a major test during Kentucky’s 73-66 win over Arkansas Saturday in Fayetteville. Brooks scored 10 points — the most since he tallied 10 in Kentucky’s 67-53 win over Georgia Tech on Dec. 14 at Rupp Arena. Brooks also added seven rebounds against the Razorbacks, marking the second straight game he has collected seven boards. Kentucky associate...

John Calipari’s ejection gives Wildcats the spark they needed in 73-66 win over Arkansas in Fayetteville

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The message was simple and Kentucky responded to adversity with ease in a 73-66 win at Arkansas on Saturday. That message came after Kentucky coach John Calipari was ejected following a double technical foul with 8:19 remaining and the Wildcats in a 44-44 deadlock. The Razorbacks took a 47-44 lead after making three of four free throws, but Kentucky went on a 15-2 run...

Wildcats blow 14-point lead, fall to Gamecocks on last-second shot Wednesday night in Columbia

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s four-game winning streak came to an end Wednesday night in South Carolina. The 10th-ranked Wildcats suffered their first Southeastern Conference loss of the season with an 81-78 setback to South Carolina in Columbia. It was the first league victory of the season for the Gamecocks (9-7, 1-2), who rallied from a 14-point deficit in the second half and used...

Sophomore guard Immanuel Quickley has no regrets after returning to Kentucky for second season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Immanuel Quickley has no regrets coming back for his sophomore season. “I’ve said that multiple times, I’m so glad I came back,” he said. “Even at the start of the season coming back into my sophomore year, not even basketball-wise, but it’s great because now I really know where all my classes are. I know time management, I know when I need to be places and...

Kentucky marks milestone as Immanuel Quickley’s late heroics help Wildcats sink Crimson Tide

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky reached a milestone and remained unbeaten in the Southeastern Conference Saturday. The No. 14 Wildcats scored six unanswered points in the final 1:12 and held on for a 76-67 triumph over Alabama. The hosts led by 15 in the second half and overcame the Tide’s late surge down the stretch to get the win, which was the team’s 1.000th regular-season victory...

Big second half from Wildcats in Athens hands Bulldogs first home loss of the season

Kentucky guard Ashton Hagans takes a shot against Georgia (Photo from UK Athletics, Guy Ramsey) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky survived its first true road game of the year and handed Georgia its first home loss of the season in Athens Tuesday night. The 14th-ranked Wildcats (11-3, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) notched their third consecutive victory with a 78-69 win over the gritty Bulldogs....

Keith Taylor: Promising season becomes memorable one as Bowden’s heroics made UK football special

What began as a promising season turned out to be a memorable one for Kentucky. 
The Wildcats opened with two consecutive victories before veteran quarterback Terry Wilson went down with a season-ending injury. The Wildcats then turned to Troy transfer Sawyer Smith, who was solid – and heartbreaking – 29-21 setback to Florida. 
A banged-up Smith started two games and a 24-7 loss at South...

Bowden ends collegiate career in style; Cats bring home Belk Bowl championship, 37-30 over Va. Tech

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today CHARLOTTE, N.C. (KT) — Lynn Bowden’s last play as a collegiate football player was a touchdown pass that will be remembered for years to come and one that put the finishing touches on his final season at Kentucky. 
Bowden, who will enter the NFL Draft in April following a stellar junior season, threw a 13-yard scoring strike to Josh Ali with 15 seconds to play that...

Lexington Catholic quarterback Beau Allen highlights first day of early signing for football Wildcats

Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops addressed the crowd in Rupp Arena to thunderous applause at Rupp Arena last weekend. (Kentucky Today/Chris Reynolds) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops was all smiles following the first day of the early signing period on Wednesday. The Wildcats landed 19 prospects, including in-state prospects Lexington Catholic standout quarterback Beau Allen and Louisville...

Immanuel Quickley loves Kentucky’s three-guard lineup, adjusts to new role for Wildcats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky guard Immanuel Quickley has tied his career-high three times this season and is feeling more comfortable as he adjusts to his role with the Wildcats. “I try to go out and play my own game,” he said. “I try to take bits and pieces of other players but I just want to be my own player and be someone that’s unique and different.” Quickley scored 16 points...

UK’s Rhyne Howard scores 26 points, but Louisville wins 67-66 at Rupp Arena on Sunday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Rhyne Howard was the best player on the floor and Louisville coach Jeff Walz was shocked after he watched Howard’s 3-pointer at the buzzer fall short in the Cardinals’ 67-66 win over Kentucky Sunday at Rupp Arena. “It wouldn’t have surprised me if it had gone in,” Walz said. “… it’s fun to watch her play (and) Rhyne Howard was the best player on the floor...

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...