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Kentucky withstands Vanderbilt second-half rally, holds on for 82-78 road win on Wednesday night

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Vanderbilt made a run at Kentucky but the Wildcats never flinched and held on for an 82-78 victory over the Commodores Wednesday night in Nashville. “That’s a happy locker room,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said after the Wildcats notched their second straight victory. “This team has been through the gauntlet. … They make a run and we don’t fold. We just...

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...

Wildcats fall short in quest for breakthrough, drop fourth straight with 81-80 loss to Razorbacks

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky made a breakthrough Tuesday but it wasn’t enough to end a losing streak that blossomed to four games for the second time this season. Jalen Tate made two free throws with 4.3 seconds remaining to lift Arkansas to an 81-80 victory over the Wildcats, ending the Razorbacks’ eight-game losing streak to Kentucky. On the ensuing possession, following Tate’s...

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...

Jamie Vaught: Former UK standout Scott Padgett takes the helm at UNM, but he’ll always be a Wildcat

Former Kentucky Wildcat standout Scott Padgett may be working 1,300 miles away from his hometown of Louisville, but he is thankful he still has something that he loves to do and that’s coaching basketball. Padgett began working in Albuquerque in the picturesque state of New Mexico last summer where he is the assistant coach for University of New Mexico. After six years at Samford University in Birmingham,...

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...

Wildcats fall to Volunteers 82-71 after second half collapse; John Calipari left ‘at a loss for words’

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky collapsed yet again and this time John Calipari was at a loss to words this time following an 82-71 loss to No. 11 Tennessee Saturday night. The Wildcats (5-12, 4-6 Southeastern Conference) led 58-48 with 12 minutes remaining, but the Volunteers (13-4, 6-4) used 12-0 run to grab the lead. That initial spurt led to a monstrous 26-6 by Tennessee run that put the...

Kentucky expecting Tennessee’s best shot when struggling Wildcats face off against Vols Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is expecting Tennessee’s best shot when the two rivals meet Saturday. Although the 11th-ranked Volunteers (12-4, 5-4 Southeastern Conference) are coming off a disappointing 52-50 loss to Ole Miss, the Wildcats aspect to see the version that rolled to an 80-61 win over Kansas in the Big 12-SEC Challenge last week in Knoxville. “We are expecting the team that...

Wildcats falter down the stretch yet again in loss to Missouri Tigers Wednesday night in Columbia

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has struggled down the stretch in close games this season. The trend continued in a 75-70 loss to No. 18 Missouri Wednesday night in Columbia. The Wildcats (5-11, 4-5 Southeastern Conference) suffered their fifth loss in the past six games and face an uphill climb to make the NCAA Tournament going into the final month of the regular season. Kentucky trailed by...

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....

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...

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...

Clarke, Kentucky shift attention to showdown with Kansas after stunning loss to Richmond

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Terrence Clarke doesn’t think it will take much for Kentucky to get back on track going into Tuesday night’s showdown against No. 7 Kansas in the State Farm Champions Classic. “I think everybody is kind of motivated to come back and bounce back from the loss that we took,” Clarke said Monday. That loss — a surprising 76-64 setback to Richmond — dropped Kentucky...

John Calipari says challenging schedule will be a ‘great test’ for young basketball Wildcats

John Calipari and the Wildcats will open the season against Morehead State on Nov. 25 at Rupp Arena. (UK photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s basketball schedule is finally set. The Wildcats unveiled a schedule that will feature nine non-conference games and 18 Southeastern Conference encounters beginning Nov. 25 against Morehead State in the Bluegrass Showcase at Rupp Arena. The...

John Calipari completes Kentucky coaching staff with hiring of former Texas assistant Jai Lucas

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari’s revamped coaching staff is now complete. The University of Kentucky men’s basketball coach hired University of Texas assistant coach Jai Lucas, who will serve as a special assistant to the head coach and recruiting coordinator. Lucas will be in charge of the team’s recruiting and also assist Calipari in other capacities such as scouting, player development,...

James ‘Bruiser’ Flint reunites with John Calipari, looks to ‘accomplish special things’ at UK

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It didn’t take John Calipari long to find a replacement for Kenny Payne. Calipari hired former assistant James “Bruiser” Flint to join the Kentucky coaching staff less than two weeks after Payne resigned to take a similar post with the New York Knicks. Flint spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach at Indiana University. Former Indiana Hoosiers Assistant...

Indiana assistant Bruiser Flint emerges as possible replacement for departing Kenny Payne at Kentucky

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It may not take long for John Calipari to find a new assistant coach. Less than 24 hours after longtime associate head coach Kenny Payne announced his departure, Bruiser Flint’s name surfaced as a possible replacement. Flint replaced Calipari at Massachusetts and has been a long-time friend of the Kentucky coach. He served on Calipari’s staff with the Minutemen from...

Kentucky adds University of Alabama-Birmingham and Marshall to non-conference basketball schedule

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s non-conference basketball schedule is almost complete. The Wildcats added the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) and Marshall to the slate it was announced Tuesday by the school. Kentucky will host the Blazers on Dec. 6 and Marshall on Dec. 29. Coach John Calipari shouts instruction in Kentucky’s win over UAB last year. The Wildcats will play the...