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Kentucky’s Davion Mintz ‘still excited’ to be a Wildcat despite the team’s struggles this season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Davion Mintz isn’t looking back. Although this season has been an adjustment on and off the court for the former Creighton guard, Mintz has no regrets about transferring to Kentucky and is “still excited” to be a Wildcat. “It’s the best decision I ever made still,” Mintz said. “I’ve been running my marathon and I’ve been chasing my dreams for years....

As Wildcats continue to improve, Isaiah Jackson providing a boost at both ends of the court

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Isaiah Jackson is starting to make an impact and it’s starting to show on the court. “I think just getting used to just playing to be honest,” he said. “I’ve started to get like a feel for the game, the college game. I’m just going out there and just hooping.” The freshman forward has averaged 16.3 points and nine rebounds during Kentucky’s current three-game...

Calipari hears criticism, and agrees, as Cats continue fight for university, state and athletic department

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari has heard the noise and hasn’t tuned out the dissatisfaction in Big Blue Nation. The Kentucky coach concurs with criticism and agrees he is the “worst coach ever.” You won’t get an argument from Calipari regarding that claim. He also acknowledges that he doesn’t how to coach, another complaint from followers of the program who aren’t used to...

Wildcats end four-game losing streak with Saturday’s breakthrough 82-80 win against Auburn at Rupp

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari could sense a turnaround on the horizon. Despite improvement behind the scenes during the past three weeks, the losses kept piling up for Kentucky in a season of disappointment. The Wildcats (6-13, 5-7 Southeastern Conference) came close to a breakthrough in an 81-80 loss to Arkansas earlier this week but may have turned the proverbial corner with an 82-80...

Calipari knows turnaround won’t happen overnight, stays the course as UK prepares for Auburn

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky head coach John Calipari isn’t looking for a quick fix to his team’s struggles and knows a complete turnaround won’t happen overnight. “We’re looking for singles and bunts,” he said. “I don’t need home runs. We’re not capable of hitting home runs. So let’s not. Let’s just do all the bunts and great screens and execution...

In search of a breakthrough, Wildcats move forward hand-in-hand as they prepare for Arkansas

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari has lost four straight games or more just twice in his tenure as coach of the Kentucky Wildcats. He hopes to avoid the rare slide for a second time this season on Tuesday night against Arkansas. Coming off an 82-71 loss to No. 16 Tennessee, the Wildcats (5-12, 4-6 Southeastern Conference) have suffered three straight losses and have won just one game in...

Keith Taylor: John Calipari’s Wildcats not ready to give up on season despite many frustrations

It would be easy to think John Calipari has written off this season and is already looking ahead to next year. That’s what some coaches typically do when the bottom falls out, and there’s little time for long-term repair this late into the season. Even short-term attempts to patch up the holes often fail. In addition to the head coach, the fan base also has a tendency to look ahead and instead...

John Calipari, Lance Ware say unexpected pause has turned out to be a plus for struggling Wildcats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today An unexpected interruption gave Kentucky a chance to take a deep breath, reboot, and refocus on the rest of the season. “We all took the time off and kind of used it as a refresh and, you know, got our minds right,” Kentucky freshman Lance Ware said. “It gave us some time even though we were still working out. It wasn’t practice. It wasn’t a two-hour-long practice....

UK cleared to return basketball court, SEC contest at Missouri moved to Wednesday night

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will play at Missouri this week, but on a different day and time. The Wildcats and Tigers were scheduled to play Tuesday night at 9 p.m., but the contest has been moved to 7 p.m. Wednesday night and will be televised on ESPN2. Kentucky will now play at Missouri on Wednesday night. (UK photo) The schedule was adjusted after the Wildcats were on pause this weekend...

Kentucky hits pause, Cats’ showdown against Texas in Challenge canceled because of COVID

Kentucky’s Brandon Boston Jr. is fouled going to the basket against Alabama on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 in Lexington (Photo by Tammie Brown, Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky won’t be playing in the Big 12-SEC Challenge this season. The team’s contest against Texas set for Saturday has been canceled because of COVID. Protocols and activities within the team camp have been...

Keith Taylor: Can struggling UK give Big Blue Nation something to cheer about before this season ends?

It’s been a long winter in the Bluegrass and it’s not over yet. Although the weather is making headlines because of an overnight snowfall that covered most of the state, the white flakes aren’t even a major topic of discussion throughout the commonwealth. In addition to battling an ongoing pandemic that is approaching a one-year cycle, the Wildcats haven’t given Big Blue Nation much of an escape...

Home sweet home: Kentucky football team set to play seven games at Kroger Field next season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will play seven home football games next season. The team’s schedule was released Wednesday and the Wildcats will take on Florida, LSU and Georgia in a three-game stretch during the first three weeks of October. The Wildcats played a full conference slate this past season and finished with a 5-6 mark, defeating North Carolina State in the TaxSlayer Bowl. Just...

Kentucky falters late in second half, Alabama completes rare sweep with 70-59 win on Tuesday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky slowed down Alabama, but the ninth-ranked Crimson Tide pulled away late and muscled their way to a 70-59 victory over the Wildcats on Tuesday night in Tuscaloosa. Alabama, which rolled to an 85-65 victory over Kentucky two weeks ago in Lexington, made all 10 of its free throws in the final 1:35 and outscored the Wildcats 16-5 in the final four minutes for its...

Role reversal: UK underdogs in rematch against No. 9 Alabama on Tuesday night in Tuscaloosa

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky isn’t used to being the underdog and will face a rare role reversal when it takes on No. 9 Alabama on Tuesday night in Tuscaloosa. The Crimson Tide (13-3 overall, 8-0 Southeastern Conference) is enjoying their highest ranking since 2007 and carries a nine-game winning streak into the contest. Alabama defeated the Wildcats 85-65 on Jan. 12 and showed no signs...

UK gets back on track, rolls to 82-69 victory over LSU on Saturday night to end three-game losing streak

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky ended one streak and started another one Saturday night. The Wildcats snapped a three-game slide with an 82-69 win over LSU, giving the Wildcats a shot of much-needed momentum after three losses left Kentucky in a dire need of a victory. It was the Wildcats’ first win since a 76-58 win at Florida on Jan. 9. Kentucky (5-9 overall, 4-3 Southeastern Conference)...

UK freshman guard Boston trying to stay positive through struggles as Cats prepare for LSU

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Brandon “BJ” Boston is doing all he can to get back on track. The Kentucky freshman guard has been spending extra time in the gym after coming off the bench for the first time in his career earlier this week in a 63-62 loss at Georgia. He was working out past midnight Friday with teammate Cam’Ron Fletcher. “Basketball is really all that’s on my mind, so it’s...

Calipari frustrated as Kentucky switches to desperation mode going into game at Georgia

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari is frustrated and admitted he’s not happy with the way his team is playing going into Wednesday night’s contest at Georgia. “There is a frustration out there, and I’ll be honest with you, it’s unacceptable where we are right now — unacceptable,” Calipari said Tuesday. “I’m trying to figure out everything...

John Calipari still tweaking, trying to find an answer to his Wildcats’ recent struggles

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari isn’t giving up on his squad despite their recent struggles that have left Kentucky limping going into the heart of the Southeastern Conference schedule. Although the Wildcats dropped two games last week — a blowout loss to Alabama, followed by a single-digit setback at Auburn — the Kentucky coach said he will never “stop tweaking and changing.” In...

Kentucky plays ‘well enough to win,’ but comes up short down the stretch in loss at Auburn

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky stopped Auburn, but the Tigers still escaped with a 66-59 win over the Wildcats Saturday at Auburn Arena. “We defended that way you defend to win games,” Kentucky head coach John Calipari said. The loss was the second straight for Kentucky this week after the Wildcats (4-7 overall, 2-3 SEC) opened the Southeastern Conference with three straight victories,...

West Virginia transfer Tshiebwe joins UK; big man won’t be eligible to play until next season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is already working on next year’s roster. The Wildcats officially added 6-foot-9 West Virginia transfer Oscar Tshiebwe to the roster Thursday. Tshiebwe will join the team immediately, but won’t become eligible until next season. Oscar Tshiebwe has transferred to Kentucky. He will practice with the team and become eligible next season. (WVU photo) Tshiebwe,...