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Kentucky senior Kash Daniel expected to play Saturday despite controversial play against Florida

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kash Daniel is expected to play Saturday when Kentucky takes on Mississippi State in Starkville. Earlier this week, a video posted on Twitter by WYMT in Hazard, showed the senior Kentucky linebacker allegedly gripping Florida quarterback Kyle Trask’s ankle following a two-point version attempt in the fourth quarter. Kash Daniel reacts after intercepting a pass against...

Kentucky holds off Mississippi State in Starkville to capture 20th win of the season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The streak continues for Kentucky. The fifth-ranked Wildcats (20-3, 9-1 Southeastern Conference) staved off a furious rally by host Mississippi State and held on for a 71-67 win over the Bulldogs Saturday in Starkville. Kentucky recorded its 10th consecutive victory and completed a regular-season sweep of the Bulldogs. Kentucky defeated Mississippi State 76-55 on Jan....

Kentucky rolls past Mississippi State for fifth straight win, sets sights on Saturday matchup with Kansas

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky can now focus on Kansas. The eighth-ranked Wildcats prepared for the Top 10 showdown against the Jayhawks with a 76-55 victory over No. 22 Mississippi State Tuesday night. Kentucky extended its winning streak to five games going into the SEC-Big 12 Challenge this weekend. Kentucky coach John Calipari improved to 11-0 against Mississippi State. Kentucky notched...

Surging Wildcats giving Mississippi State full attention in advance of Tuesday’s matchup at Rupp

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky showed signs of becoming a legitimate contender for a national title in an 82-80 win over Auburn last weekend. “We responded,” Kentucky assistant coach Tony Barbee said Monday. “It was a tough environment. It was really loud in there and they’e a very experienced team and you know they weren’t going to be rattled. When they put pressure on us down the...

Bulldogs will test progression of Kentucky’s improved defense

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and Josh Allen walk off the field following last week’s win over Murray State last week. Allen and the team’s defense faces a tougher challenge this week against Mississippi State. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Saturday night at Kroger Field. (Kentucky Today/Bill Thiry) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops can’t wait to see how much his defense has progressed going...

Stoops says Cats will have to ‘kick it up a notch’ against Mississippi State

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky took care of business against Murray State last week and to keep the pace going, Mark Stoops knows his team faces a tougher challenge Saturday against Mississippi State. “We’ve got to kick it up a notch,” Stoops said Monday. “(It’s a) big game with Mississippi State, so we’re excited and guys are ready to get to work on that.” The Bulldogs have...

Calipari tweaks routine as UK gets back on track with win over MSU

PJ Washington scored a career-high 22 points to lead the Wildcats to a 78-65 win over Mississippi State Tuesday night at Rupp Arena. (Tammie Brown/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky didn’t play its best but did just enough to get back on track. The Wildcats (15-5, 5-3 Southeastern Conference) snapped a two-game losing streak with a 78-65 win over Mississippi State Tuesday night...

Keith Taylor: No longer overthinking, UK guard Briscoe regaining his shooting touch

Even when he was struggling, Isaiah Briscoe never lost confidence in his shooting. “I don’t think I lost it,” said Briscoe, who scored 14 points in No. 14 Kentucky’s 80-74 win over Mississippi State Tuesday night. “I was just thinking too much. I think on the court, but I don’t overthink. I think the last three or four games, I was just overthinking.” Isaiah Briscoe scored 14 points...

Keith Taylor: Stoops says Cats not pouting after poor outing in loss to Mississippi State

Kentucky’s C.J. Conrad makes a first down in Kentucky’s 42-17 loss to Mississippi State Saturday (Photo by Vicky Graff)   Kentucky won’t spend much time dwelling on its performance at Mississippi State. It was that bad.   During the first half of the season, the Wildcats had lost their only two games by a combined margin of eight points, including a 30-27 decision to Auburn...

John Calipari pre-Mississippi State quotes

On if there is anything special about these games where they play an opponent for the second time in a season: Well, they had a four-point lead on us and it didn’t get away from them until the middle of the second half. It’s a hug game, sell-out and all the other stuff going on. Be a hard game for us. You know, it was like a couple-point game with Florida in the first half. They’re...

No. 14 Wildcats' huge second half good for 85-63 SEC-opening win over Bulldogs

John Calipari has championed James Young all season—he certainly did so aggressively at the beginning of the year, calling him the best shooter in the country on more than one occasion during the preseason and exhibition calendar—but only recently has Young begun to prove just how much he’s worth to the Wildcats. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   He had 26 points, 10 rebounds,...

No. 14 Wildcats’ huge second half good
for 85-63 SEC-opening win over Bulldogs

John Calipari has championed James Young all season—he certainly did so aggressively at the beginning of the year, calling him the best shooter in the country on more than one occasion during the preseason and exhibition calendar—but only recently has Young begun to prove just how much he’s worth to the Wildcats. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   He had 26 points, 10 rebounds,...

Pre-Mississippi State quotes from Calipari and the Harrison twins

Here are the quotes from Tuesday’s news conference with John Calipari, Andrew Harrison and Aaron Harrison. As always, quotes are in italics and paraphrased for clarity. ** JOHN CALIPARI On saying the team has learned it can play without everybody except Willie Cauley-Stein and if that makes him the most irreplaceable player: Well, the one thing we found out—I forgot that we played with Alex...

John Calipari quotes from the SEC teleconference

Seeing as conference play in the SEC begins this week—Kentucky has Mississippi State at home Wednesday and Vanderbilt in Nashville on Saturday—the weekly SEC men’s basketball teleconference had its first edition of the season Monday. John Calipari was on for about 10 minutes, and here’s what he had to say. Questions are paraphrased and in italics. ** Opening statement: Again, when you...