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Three Louisville standouts named to Maxwell Award watch list; Cunningham, Atwell and Hawkins honored

Three University of Louisville football players have been named to the watch list for the 84th Maxwell Award, which is presented annually to the most outstanding player in college football. Junior quarterback Micale Cunningham, junior wide receiver Tutu Atwell and sophomore running back Javian Hawkins have all been selected to one of college football’s most prestigious lists. Louisville quarterback...

Louisville’s Javian Hawkins named to Doak Walker Award watch list; rushed for 1,520 yards in 2019

University of Louisville sophomore running back Javian Hawkins has been named to the Doak Walker Award watch list. Hawkins is coming off a breakout 2019 season in which he was named a freshman All-American and All-Atlantic Coast Conference honoree. He finished seventh nationally in rushing with 1,520 yards while guiding the Cardinals to an 8-5 record. Louisville capped the season by posting a 38-28...

Jamie Vaught: UK home game against Mississippi State — and head coach Mike Leach — should be fun

Unlike last season, when Kentucky featured three glamour football schools – Florida, Tennessee and Louisville – at Kroger Field, the 2020 Wildcats will see their seven-game home schedule somewhat lacking in the allure department. Since Kentucky will face the Gators, the Volunteers and the Cardinals on the road this time, UK’s most attractive opponents at home are South Carolina (Sept. 26),...

Jamie Vaught: Former UK star Maci Morris adjusts to life overseas as pro basketball player in Italy

Just like her college days at Kentucky, Maci Morris is shooting the lights out as a professional basketball player in Italy. A two-time All-SEC performer who was one of the best shooters in Kentucky women’s hoops history, Morris is leading her team, USE Scotti Empoli, in scoring at 15.6 points per game while shooting 3-pointers at a 41 percent clip as of mid-February. She also received Player...

Wildcats survive ‘rock fight, show their will to win against tough Ole Miss Rebels at Rupp

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Ole Miss gave Kentucky its best shot. In the end, Kentucky had a will to win. The 12th-ranked Wildcats weren’t at their best in their first Saturday home game in more than a month but made six free throws down the stretch and escaped with a 67-62 win over the Rebels for their fourth consecutive victory. “This was like a rock fight,” Kentucky coach John Calipari...

Kentucky proving to be almost unstoppable when junior forward Nick Richards is at top of his game

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has been nearly flawless this season when Nick Richards is at his best and the junior forward was nearly unstoppable against Mississippi State. Coming off his poorest outing in the Southeastern Conference with seven points in a loss at Auburn last Saturday, Richards reversed course and scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds — his 10th double-double...

EJ Montgomery, Nick Richards lead Kentucky in 80-72 win over Mississippi State in Lexington

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It didn’t take Kentucky long to get over its loss to Auburn. The 15th-ranked Wildcats rebounded from a setback three days ago and led from start to finish in an 80-72 victory over Mississippi State on Tuesday at Rupp Arena. Kentucky (17-5, 7-2 Southeastern Conference) displayed the toughness it lacked in a 75-66 setback at Auburn last weekend and most of it came from...

After getting ‘manhandled’ by Auburn, Wildcats turn their focus to hot Mississippi State Bulldogs

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The tape told the tale of what happened in Kentucky’s loss at Auburn last Saturday. “We kind of got manhandled in that game and it’s a point of emphasis after watching film that we need to be a little bit tougher, make contact first going after rebounds on free throws, quit watching the ball when we’re going for rebounds and just moving forward. It’s just a...

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,...