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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...

Kentucky earns Final Four berth because of its coolness in dramatic tournament run

Andrew Harrison hugs his mother, Marian, following Kentucky’s Final Four-clinching win over Michigan on Sunday. (Photo by James Pennington)   INDIANAPOLIS — Aaron Harrison could have shot from anywhere on the floor at Lucas Oil Stadium, and it would have gone in. Not in the first 32 minutes of Kentucky’s 75-72 triumph over Michigan in the Elite Eight on Sunday, mind you: He had missed...

Willie Cauley-Stein injury casts shadow over Cats' win against Louisville in Sweet Sixteen

INDIANAPOLIS — Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein left Friday’s Sweet 16 win over Louisville in the first half with a left ankle injury, and with that left the most imposing single piece in Kentucky’s defense for the rest of Friday’s game and perhaps more. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   Kentucky did not disclose the severity or type of injury to Cauley-Stein;...

Willie Cauley-Stein injury casts shadow over Cats’ win against Louisville in Sweet Sixteen

INDIANAPOLIS — Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein left Friday’s Sweet 16 win over Louisville in the first half with a left ankle injury, and with that left the most imposing single piece in Kentucky’s defense for the rest of Friday’s game and perhaps more. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   Kentucky did not disclose the severity or type of injury to Cauley-Stein;...

Kentucky's Marcus Lee remains positive despite limited role in freshman season

Marcus Lee hasn’t played much this season, but he’s retained a positive outlook while developing his skills. (Photo by James Pennington)   Marcus Lee was a McDonald’s All-American last year, and now Marcus Lee has played in a total of 10 percent of Kentucky’s available minutes this season. He had only played a total of 54 seconds in Kentucky’s last five games, so...

Kentucky’s Marcus Lee remains positive despite limited role in freshman season

Marcus Lee hasn’t played much this season, but he’s retained a positive outlook while developing his skills. (Photo by James Pennington)   Marcus Lee was a McDonald’s All-American last year, and now Marcus Lee has played in a total of 10 percent of Kentucky’s available minutes this season. He had only played a total of 54 seconds in Kentucky’s last five games, so...

Orlando Antigua and Marcus Lee interview transcripts, pre-Arkansas

ORLANDO ANTIGUA On his relationship with his high school coach: He’s my high school coach. I spent three great years with him. Good man, good family man. He’s done a great job everywhere he’s been.   On if they’re still friends: Yes. He’s a mentor and someone who I stay in contact with.   On how important it is for players to have fun playing, like they did celebrating after the...

Four men's signees, one women's signee named 2014 McDonald's All-Americans

Four Kentucky men’s basketball signees and one women’s basketball signee will play in April’s McDonald’s All-American Game, the benchmark game to recognize high-school standouts. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   All four of John Calipari’s signees in the 2014 class will play in the McDonald’s game April 2 in Chicago. Point guard Tyler Ulis, shooting...

Best of Fall 2013 in Sports: Air Raid returns, and Calipari's big freshmen debut at Rupp

To get you ready for 2014, we’re recapping the year that was in sports, and here is the second installment: fall 2013. New things, exciting things, were happening at Commonwealth Stadium with Mark Stoops’ debut and the return of the Air Raid offense to Kentucky football. But most of all, John Calipari’s incoming recruits dominated the fall headlines. Re-published below is a primer...

Best of Fall 2013 in Sports: Air Raid returns, and Calipari’s big freshmen debut at Rupp

To get you ready for 2014, we’re recapping the year that was in sports, and here is the second installment: fall 2013. New things, exciting things, were happening at Commonwealth Stadium with Mark Stoops’ debut and the return of the Air Raid offense to Kentucky football. But most of all, John Calipari’s incoming recruits dominated the fall headlines. Re-published below is a primer...

No. 4 Wildcats show first glimpses of change following last week's loss to Michigan State

Marcus Lee blocks a shot in Kentucky’s 87-49 win over Robert Morris on Sunday. His start to the game did not go as well. (Photo by James Pennington)   Crises precipitate change, and it’s now been almost a week since the first crisis of Kentucky’s season. It was the 78-74 loss to Michigan State, one the Wildcats nearly came back to win, an outcome that John Calipari said would have been...

No. 4 Wildcats show first glimpses of change following last week’s loss to Michigan State

Marcus Lee blocks a shot in Kentucky’s 87-49 win over Robert Morris on Sunday. His start to the game did not go as well. (Photo by James Pennington)   Crises precipitate change, and it’s now been almost a week since the first crisis of Kentucky’s season. It was the 78-74 loss to Michigan State, one the Wildcats nearly came back to win, an outcome that John Calipari said would have been...

Wildcats overcome poor free-throw shooting
to top UNC Asheville 89-57 in season opener

Kentucky guard Aaron Harrison reacted as he missed a free throw in the first half Friday against UNC Asheville. Kentucky won 89-57. (Photo by James Pennington)   Fouls were a problem in Kentucky’s season-opening 89-57 win over UNC Asheville. The Bulldogs were called for 32 team fouls—one player fouled out, and five more had four fouls—and Kentucky racked up 20. The author of this article...

Wildcats overcome poor free-throw shooting to top UNC Asheville 89-57 in season opener

Kentucky guard Aaron Harrison reacted as he missed a free throw in the first half Friday against UNC Asheville. Kentucky won 89-57. (Photo by James Pennington)   Fouls were a problem in Kentucky’s season-opening 89-57 win over UNC Asheville. The Bulldogs were called for 32 team fouls—one player fouled out, and five more had four fouls—and Kentucky racked up 20. The author of this article...

Kentucky’s Marcus Lee isn’t Dennis Rodman, and further comparisons are equally as tired

Kentucky forward Marcus Lee dances at Big Blue Madness on Friday. | Photo by James Pennington   Comparisons from current figures to historic ones are especially abundant in sports, and probably for a handful of reasons. Primarily, they’re easy. They allow a learned son of the sport to describe a current player to another learned son of the sport without wasting too much energy. Remember this...

Kentucky's Marcus Lee isn't Dennis Rodman, and further comparisons are equally as tired

Kentucky forward Marcus Lee dances at Big Blue Madness on Friday. | Photo by James Pennington   Comparisons from current figures to historic ones are especially abundant in sports, and probably for a handful of reasons. Primarily, they’re easy. They allow a learned son of the sport to describe a current player to another learned son of the sport without wasting too much energy. Remember this...

John Calipari lays it on at Big Blue Madness, says playing for Kentucky 'isn't for everyone'

Kentucky coach John Calipari stood on a stage (middle) as his image was projected on a giant video screen above midcourt at Big Blue Madness on Friday. | Photo by James Pennington   John Calipari laid it on thick during what amounted to a campaign speech at Big Blue Madness on Friday night: Kentucky basketball isn’t for everyone. The implication was that last year’s team wasn’t...

John Calipari lays it on at Big Blue Madness, says playing for Kentucky ‘isn’t for everyone’

Kentucky coach John Calipari stood on a stage (middle) as his image was projected on a giant video screen above midcourt at Big Blue Madness on Friday. | Photo by James Pennington   John Calipari laid it on thick during what amounted to a campaign speech at Big Blue Madness on Friday night: Kentucky basketball isn’t for everyone. The implication was that last year’s team wasn’t...

The spectacle of Big Blue Madness on tap Friday for its fifth edition under John Calipari

Kentucky women’s basketball coach Matthew Mitchell, seen here dancing as MC Hammer in 2012, has become a prominent part of the Big Blue Madness spectacle. | Photo by Jon Hale   Without spectacle, what is Big Blue Madness? The event is kicked off each year with a campout for tickets. This year’s campout was especially extravagant; Kentucky’s official final tally was that 755 tents, the...

Marcus Lee taking several lessons from math, applying them to freshman year at Kentucky

Marcus Lee | Photo by Jon Hale   Without ever having known the game of basketball, its invention not arriving until a century and a half after his death a continent away in a country he never knew would secede from his own, it still seems relatively reasonable to predict that if Sir Isaac Newton were a college basketball fan, he’d have a new favorite player in Marcus Lee. Bear with me. [widgets_on_pages...