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After rough start to season, UK takes perfect SEC record to Florida for Saturday showdown

By Tim Letcher University of Kentucky After a rough start to the season, Kentucky head coach John Calipari and his team decided to start with a “clean slate” as the calendar flipped to 2021 and Southeastern Conference play began. So far, the plan seems to be paying dividends. The Cats are 2-0 to start conference play, with a pair of nail-biting wins under their belts. First, a double-overtime...

Keith Taylor: Kentucky’s Dontaie Allen latest testament to patience, hard work paying off

There’s no question Dontaie Allen grew up dreaming of playing basketball for the University of Kentucky. He not only had a vision of not only stepping on the court but also making a contribution. 
It’s a dream for many youngsters in the state and Allen was no exception while shooting hoops in his hometown of Falmouth. Dontaie Allen made seven 3-pointers and scored a career-high 23 points...

Allen gets his chance, delivers big as Kentucky defeats Mississippi State in double overtime

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Dontaie Allen got his shot and he delivered for Kentucky. The former Pendleton County High School standout and Kentucky Mr. Basketball scored a career-high 23 points to lead the Wildcats to a 78-73 win over host Mississippi State in double overtime Saturday night in Starkville. The performance by Allen, which included seven 3-pointers in 11 attempts, also a career-high,...

UK eager for fresh start in games that ‘truly count’ as Southeastern Conference play begins on Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will get a fresh start when it opens the Southeastern Conference portion of the schedule Saturday at Mississippi State. “These are the games that truly honestly count, in my opinion, to build on to when we get into March Madness, winning the league and things like that,” Kentucky freshman Isaiah Jackson said. “We had a good week of practice this whole week....

Calipari says Allen to get his turn to ‘shine’ in SEC opener at Mississippi State on Saturday night

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Former Kentucky Mr. Basketball and Pendleton County High School standout Dontaie Allen has played just five minutes in the past four games but that could change Saturday. 
Kentucky head coach John Calipari hinted Allen would play more minutes in the Wildcats’ Southeastern Conference opener Saturday at Mississippi State and “now it’s his turn to shine.” “He...

Stoops wants UK at its best in honor of John Schlarman; Cats look to snap two-game losing streak

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will have extra motivation when it returns to the field against Vanderbilt on Saturday following a bye week. Mark Stoops wants the Wildcats (2-4) to emulate the example and legacy late offensive line coach John Schlarman left behind this week. Schlarman died at age 45 Thursday following a three-year battle with cancer. John Schlarman was an original member of...

Stoops says UK’s current winning streak in series against against Missouri ‘means nothing’ on Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has dominated its yearly series against Missouri on the football field. The Wildcats (2-2) have won five straight against the Tigers, but Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops said the recent success “truthfully means nothing” when the two teams meet Saturday in Columbia. “We have to go win this week,” Stoops said. “I don’t even know what the streak is....

Stoops hopeful Kentucky can ‘put it all together’ against Tennessee in pivotal SEC battle

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops is hopeful Kentucky can strike a balance when the Wildcats square off against Tennessee on Saturday in Knoxville. The Wildcats (1-2) used a stellar defensive performance to hold off Mississippi State 24-2 last weekend, picking up the slack from the offense, which managed just 157 yards against the Bulldogs. In a 42-41 overtime loss to Ole Miss the previous...

UK hopes ‘change up’ will bring different result in Knoxville against Volunteers on Saturday

By Tim Letcher University of Kentucky Kentucky has played Tennessee in football more times than any other opponent, with the border rivals having met on 115 occasions. In fact, only two Southeastern Conference rivalries have been played more often: Auburn has played Georgia 124 times, and Ole Miss has squared off against Mississippi State on 116 occasions. Tennessee leads the series with UK by a 81-25-9...

UK defense shuts down Mississippi State Air Raid attack in 24-2 victory on Saturday night

KyForward staff The University of Kentucky defense literally intercepted a victory Saturday night against Mississippi State’s vaunted Air Raid offense. UK picked off six passes — including an 8-yard interception return for a touchdown from Jordan Wright in the fourth quarter — during a 24-2 victory over Mississippi State at Kroger Field. The Wildcat defense intercepted Bulldog starting quarterback...

Despite 0-2 start, Stoops working to build on positives as UK prepares for Mississippi State

By Tim Letcher University of Kentucky While an 0-2 start is not what Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops and his team were hoping for, it’s also not as bad as it might seem to those who have only seen the team’s scores without watching the games. Stoops and his staff are not searching for a lot of answers. They feel like the Cats are close and that once they get some things cleaned up, the...

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...