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Sports Notes: Maybe it's just the timing, but why isn't there more buzz about UK football?

Explosive running back Stanley Boom Williams is among several offensive stars returning for UK this season, yet there doesn’t seem to be much excitement about the football program heading into the summer (UK Athletics Photo)   Maybe it’s just the timing. Folks are concentrating on graduations and planning summer vacations. The official start of summer is still three weeks away and...

Battle of the Blue Bloods: Kentucky heads to Kansas for Big 12-SEC Challenge matchup

Marcus Lee will lead the Wildcats against Kansas it their first visit to Lawrence since December 1989 (UK Athletics Photo)   The two winningest schools in NCAA Division I history will meet during the 2015-16 season when Kentucky plays at Kansas as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge.   The Wildcats will visit Lawrence, Kan., on Jan. 30 to play the Jayhawks in the annual league challenge between...

Jamie Vaught: Calipari asks remaining Cat veterans to shoulder the load next season

Senior-to-be Alex Poythress will be counted on to provide leadership as well as points next year as Kentucky reloads for another run at No. 1 (Jamie Vaught Photo)   When the next basketball season rolls around this fall, UK will have a drastically different look.   That’s because at least 10 players, including three senior walk-ons, are gone from this past season’s memorable...

Jamie Vaught: Calipari asks remaining Cat veterans to shoulder the load next season

Senior-to-be Alex Poythress will be counted on to provide leadership as well as points next year as Kentucky reloads for another run at No. 1 (Jamie Vaught Photo)   When the next basketball season rolls around this fall, UK will have a drastically different look.   That’s because at least 10 players, including three senior walk-ons, are gone from this past season’s memorable...

Ashley Scoby: For UK’s returning trio, failed run at perfection is already part of the past

Senior-to-be Alex Poythress has been cleared to jog and he expects to be full-speed for preseason action next fall (Jamie Vaught Photo)   Although it’s technically April, and less than a month removed from the Final Four, the end of Kentucky’s basketball season is officially “last” season.   All three core returners – Tyler Ulis, Alex Poythress and Marcus Lee – talked to the media...

Ashley Scoby: For UK's returning trio, failed run at perfection is already part of the past

Senior-to-be Alex Poythress has been cleared to jog and he expects to be full-speed for preseason action next fall (Jamie Vaught Photo)   Although it’s technically April, and less than a month removed from the Final Four, the end of Kentucky’s basketball season is officially “last” season.   All three core returners – Tyler Ulis, Alex Poythress and Marcus Lee – talked to the media...

Calipari expecting Poythress to return for his senior year, Lee to have breakout season

Marcus Lee (left) will shine with increased playing time next year, UK coach John Calipari said (UK Athletics Photo)   Kentucky head coach John Calipari said he expects injured junior forward Alex Poythress to return for his senior season and to team with fellow front-court man Marcus Lee to provide the Wildcats with the foundation for another highly ranked team next year.   Poythress, who...

Ashley Scoby: Very superstitious, writing's on the wall, it's no wonder these Cats are 38-0

Devon Booker (left) likes to eat the same foods before games while Tyler Ulis wears only white shirts during shoot-arounds (UK Athletics Photo)   If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Since not a whole lot has been broken so far during Kentucky’s 38-0 season, which continues Saturday night against Wisconsin in the national semi-finals, several of the players have stuck to what’s worked when...

Ashley Scoby: Very superstitious, writing’s on the wall, it’s no wonder these Cats are 38-0

Devon Booker (left) likes to eat the same foods before games while Tyler Ulis wears only white shirts during shoot-arounds (UK Athletics Photo)   If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Since not a whole lot has been broken so far during Kentucky’s 38-0 season, which continues Saturday night against Wisconsin in the national semi-finals, several of the players have stuck to what’s worked when...

Ashley Scoby: Road to season of perfection had genesis in Bahamas exhibition defeat

Tyler Ulis says he remembers Kentucky’s exhibition loss mainly because he missed some critical free throws and three-point attempts near the end (UK Athletics Photo)   CLEVELAND — The concrete answer for “how to beat Kentucky” requires a run-on sentence, and a look back to August.   This team can lose – and it has – when they have played six games in eight days, against...

Ashley Scoby: Lee just the latest Wildcat to prove he can step up when he's needed most

Marcus Lee has been compared to a pogo stick. And rightfully so, with his impressive vertical leap that makes put-back dunks look like he’s playing on a six-foot goal. But Lee could also be compared to the kid on the pogo stick – full of boundless energy that pops up at a moment’s notice.   We’ve seen Lee do this in the NCAA tournament last year. He had barely played in Kentucky’s post-season...

Ashley Scoby: Lee just the latest Wildcat to prove he can step up when he’s needed most

Marcus Lee has been compared to a pogo stick. And rightfully so, with his impressive vertical leap that makes put-back dunks look like he’s playing on a six-foot goal. But Lee could also be compared to the kid on the pogo stick – full of boundless energy that pops up at a moment’s notice.   We’ve seen Lee do this in the NCAA tournament last year. He had barely played in Kentucky’s post-season...

Derek The Destroyer: Freshman reserve Willis has prepared Kentucky for Kaminsky

ARLINGTON, Texas — In an effort to prepare Kentucky for Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky in Saturday’s Final Four, John Calipari turned to his bench. Kaminsky is a difficult matchup because of his size and skill set, chronicled in-depth here, and he’s not like any player Kentucky has seen yet this season. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   Or have they?   Six-foot-nine freshman...

Considering Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky: The Badgers' star is dangerous and unique

Wisconsin has made it to the Final Four largely on the back of 7-footer Frank Kaminsky (back, both arms raised). Wisconsin plays Kentucky in the Final Four on Saturday. (Photo by David Stluka, courtesy of Wisconsin Athletics)   ARLINGTON, Texas — Much noise has been made about Wisconsin 7-footer Frank Kaminsky, and it’s deserved. The breakout junior, not even a starter last season for the...

Considering Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky: The Badgers’ star is dangerous and unique

Wisconsin has made it to the Final Four largely on the back of 7-footer Frank Kaminsky (back, both arms raised). Wisconsin plays Kentucky in the Final Four on Saturday. (Photo by David Stluka, courtesy of Wisconsin Athletics)   ARLINGTON, Texas — Much noise has been made about Wisconsin 7-footer Frank Kaminsky, and it’s deserved. The breakout junior, not even a starter last season for the...

Calipari jests now that Kentucky's struggles are history: 'We ain't dead yet, boys!'

Kentucky coach John Calipari is at his liveliest, at least in the media, this time of year. (Photo by James Pennington)   An emerging pattern in John Calipari’s public personality over the past five years may not necessarily be a giant leap to take logically, but here goes: When his teams are winning, he lights up. He’s no stranger to hyperbole to begin, and when he’s feeling good, he’ll...

Calipari jests now that Kentucky’s struggles
are history: ‘We ain’t dead yet, boys!’

Kentucky coach John Calipari is at his liveliest, at least in the media, this time of year. (Photo by James Pennington)   An emerging pattern in John Calipari’s public personality over the past five years may not necessarily be a giant leap to take logically, but here goes: When his teams are winning, he lights up. He’s no stranger to hyperbole to begin, and when he’s feeling good, he’ll...

Marcus Lee was always ready for breakout, and he'll have to be ready against Wisconsin

As unlikely as it may have seemed this time last week, Marcus Lee could be a huge part of Kentucky’s Final Four gameplan Saturday vs. Wisconsin (Photo by James Pennington)   Marcus Lee didn’t have much to show for his freshman season before his 10-point breakout against Michigan in the Elite Eight—his performance there was so dumbfounding, Kentucky radio announcer Tom Leach exclaimed...

Marcus Lee was always ready for breakout, and he’ll have to be ready against Wisconsin

As unlikely as it may have seemed this time last week, Marcus Lee could be a huge part of Kentucky’s Final Four gameplan Saturday vs. Wisconsin (Photo by James Pennington)   Marcus Lee didn’t have much to show for his freshman season before his 10-point breakout against Michigan in the Elite Eight—his performance there was so dumbfounding, Kentucky radio announcer Tom Leach exclaimed...

John Calipari's first 2014 Final Four Q&A: Cauley-Stein still doubtful vs. Wisconsin

Kentucky coach John Calipari greets his father, Vince, while the Wildcats were cutting down the nets at Lucas Oil Stadium following their 75-72 win over Michigan on Sunday. (Photo by James Pennington)   Kentucky coach John Calipari answered 20 minutes’ worth of questions on a teleconference Monday afternoon, participating in a media call that featured all four of the Final Four’s head...