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UK basketball faces challenging non-conference schedule; Big Blue Madness set for Oct. 11

With the exception of a still-to-be-announced Big 12/SEC Challenge game, the University of Kentucky men’s basketball 2019-20 non-conference schedule was completed Tuesday with five additional games. Already packed with the annual slate of traditional powers and postseason contenders, UK added a multi-team event, the BBN Showcase, and finalized a two-year deal with Georgia Tech from the Atlantic...

Thirteen former UK players to play in Las Vegas Summer League, tips off today

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today When the Las Vegas Summer League tips off today, 13 former Kentucky players will be part of the event.   The league will feature all 30 NBA teams, including a pair of International squads. Tyler Herro (Miami Heat) and Wenyen Gabriel (Sacramento Kings) are currently playing in the California League. Keldon Johnson (San Antonio Spurs) is playing in the Salt Lake City...

John Calipari surprised by Keldon Johnson’s slide in NBA Draft, has high hopes for Reid Travis

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari was surprised Keldon Johnson slid down the charts during the NBA Draft last week. Johnson was the last of three former Kentucky players selected in the yearly draft last week and was chosen late in the first round as the No. 29 pick by the San Antonio Spurs. “They said he was a Top 10 pick when he left here and then a month and a half later he’s picked...

Keldon Johnson will stay in NBA Draft, ending collegiate career; Jemarl Baker to transfer

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Keldon Johnson is following in the footsteps of Tyler Herro and PJ Washington. 
Nearly a week after declaring for the next level, Johnson announced his plans to stay in the NBA Draft, ending his collegiate career. Johnson started 36 games last season and averaged 13.5 points per game. He averaged 5.9 rebounds per game and was third on the team in both categories. Keldon...

Keldon Johnson announces he will declare for NBA draft, but leaves door open to return next season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Keldon Johnson has decided to test the waters before determining his next career move. The Kentucky freshman guard declared for the NBA Draft on Wednesday but is leaving the door open for a second tour of duty with the Wildcats. Johnson can sign with an agent certified by the NCAA and can return for a second season if he decides to forgo the NBA Draft and return to play...

Wildcats learned from loss to Vols, remain confident; setting sights on Tuesday matchup with Ole Miss

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky hasn’t lost its swagger and is moving full speed ahead following a 71-52 loss to Tennessee last weekend in Knoxville. “We’re still confident,” Kentucky freshman guard Keldon Johnson said. “It’s one game — one loss. We will learn from it and we move on to the next game. That next game is at Mississippi Tuesday night, followed by a home...

Keith Taylor: Kentucky may not be the best, but Cats are the hottest team in the nation

Kentucky is one of the hottest squads in the nation after notching three victories over ranked teams in a seven-day span. 
It all started with a thrilling 82-80 win over Auburn on Jan. 19, followed by a blowout over Mississippi State last Tuesday. The Wildcats parlayed that success into a 71-63 triumph over Kansas Saturday in front of the largest crowd to witness a game in Lexington this season. 
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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...

UK’s Keldon Johnson snaps slump as Wildcats overcome late surge to beat Tigers in Auburn

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky lost its Southeastern Conference opener. The Wildcats haven’t lost a game since. Kentucky (14-3, 4-1 SEC) fended off a late Auburn rally and escaped with an 82-80 triumph over the Tigers Saturday at Auburn Arena. The win was the fourth in a row for Kentucky, which dropped a 77-75 loss to Alabama earlier this month in Tuscaloosa. Auburn slipped to 13-4 overall...

Calipari’s Wildcats looking forward to opening Southeastern Conference play at Alabama Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Keldon Johnson likes the way Kentucky is starting to come together going into the team’s Southeastern Conference opener set for Saturday at Alabama. “We’re just trusting each other, playing as a team,” he said Thursday. “We’re just enjoying the process, enjoying getting better every day and just enjoying each other. That’s just the main thing. You can see...

Kentucky tops Tar Heels for first signature victory of the season in CBS Sports Classic in Chicago, 80-72

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky got its first signature win of the season Saturday at the United Center in Chicago. The Wildcats defeated a ranked opponent for the first time this year with an 80-72 win over No. 9 North Carolina in the CBS Sports Classic. Kentucky (9-2) has won six of the last eight games between the two storied programs and the last three contest have been decided by single...

Kentucky’s Keldon Johnson heats up from behind the arc to lead Wildcats to 88-61 win over Utah at Rupp

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today When Quade Green announced he was leaving earlier this week, Kentucky lost its top 3-point threat. Freshman Keldon Johnson picked up the slack. The Kentucky freshman guard scored 24 points, including five 3-pointers in the first half, and No. 19 Kentucky beat Utah 88-61. “I had some great practices this week,” Johnson said. “I just wanted to take what I can do in...

Kentucky Wildcats fights to the finish to overcome gritty UNCG Spartans, 78-61, at Rupp Arena

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky was in the fight of its life until the final 13 minutes. That’s all the time the Wildcats needed to overcome upset-minded UNCG Saturday at Rupp Arena. UK’s Keldon Johnson slams home a dunk as Kentucky wins over UNCG 78-61 (Photo by Bill Thiry) Kentucky (7-1) stretched its winning streak to seven with a 78-61 win in a game that lived up to the initial...

Keldon Johnson has career night for ‘Cats but win over Tennessee State ‘made it even better’

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Keldon Johnson carried the load for Kentucky Friday night but was happier the Wildcats finished off feast week with a 77-62 win over Tennessee State. The freshman guard scored a career-high 27 points, including 20 in the second for the 10th-ranked Wildcats won completed their third win in six days and recorded their fifth consecutive victory. “It felt pretty good,”...

Perimeter defense continues to be a point of emphasis for Calipari’s 10th-ranked Wildcats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Keldon Johnson isn’t worried about Kentucky’s defense and said the Wildcats are making it a point to “get better each day.” “We’ve just got to keep striving and making improvements each day — going into each day so we can turn 24 into 30,” he said after Kentucky’s 87-74 win over Winthrop Wednesday afternoon. The main point of emphasis for the 10th-ranked...

Washington scores breakout game in Cats’ rout against North Dakota at Rupp, 96-51

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky finally got an easy victory. PJ Washington scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the 10th-ranked Wildcats to a dominating 96-58 rout of North Dakota on Wednesday night at Rupp Arena. Kentucky (2-1) has won two in a row since falling to No. 1 Duke in the team’s season opener more than a week ago in Indianapolis. 
Washington, who...

Cats hold off Southern Illinois for first win; Johnson and Quickley each score 15 points

UK Athletics Keldon Johnson and Immanuel Quickley each scored 15 points, Nick Richards grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds and No. 2 Kentucky rallied in the second half to beat Southern Illinois 71-59 on Friday night. Immanuel Quickley (Photo by Kentucky Today/Tammie Brown) The Wildcats (1-1) bounced back from Tuesday night’s 118-84 shellacking by No. 4 Duke, but had to work hard in the second...

Wildcats have the competitive edge John Calipari is looking for in preseason

Kentucky coach John Calipari answers a question during Media Day Thursday at Memorial Coliseum. Calipari is entering his 10th season as coach of the Wildcats. (Kentucky Today/Tammie Brown) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Competition is good and Kentucky has plenty of competitors on the roster. It’s given John Calipari a chance to sit back and coach rather than spend his time motivating the Wildcats...

Practice report: It’s easy to see why Calipari is so giddy about Wildcats

Kentucky coach John Calipari instructs his team during an open practice Wednesday at the Joe Craft Center. The Wildcats are preparing for a trip to the Bahamas next week. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari has spent more time with this Kentucky team than any other he has coached at Kentucky. In some ways, it’s been a throwback summer for the Kentucky coach...