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Missouri’s ‘explosive’ offense to test Kentucky’s stingy defensive unit

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Missouri is winless in the Southeastern Conference but the Tigers have Kentucky’s undivided attention. “I definitely think there’s some pride there and that’s why this week is so important,” defensive coordinator Matt House said earlier this week. “This is the most explosive offense we’ve faced and we’re going to find out a...

UK’s Stoops staying in the moment, puts starting QB Wilson on notice

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The next three weeks will make or break Kentucky’s chances of reaching the Southeastern Conference Championship game for the first time in school history. The 12th-ranked Wildcats (6-1, 4-1 SEC) have three conference games remaining, starting with Saturday’s encounter at Missouri, followed by a home contest against Georgia and a road encounter at Tennessee. Although...

SEC Tournament: Vanderbilt likely out in UK opener against Bulldogs

Kentucky freshman Jarred Vanderbilt likely won’t play in the SEC Tournament opener against Georgia Friday afternoon in St. Louis. (Tammie Brown/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today ST. LOUIS — Kentucky likely will be without one of its top players to open the postseason. Kentucky coach John Calipari confirmed Thursday freshman forward Jarred Vanderbilt likely won’t play when the...

Selection committee considers several factors when crafting NCAA Tournament bracket

Kentucky coach John Calipari and the Wildcats will learn their destination for the upcoming NCAA Tournament during a selection show Sunday. The Wildcats open play in the SEC Tournament Friday in St. Louis. (Tammie Brown/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today ST. LOUIS — The NCAA Tournament Selection Committee is hunkered down and set to begin the selection process for the Big Dance. Going...

Calipari: Cats will have to ‘fight like heck’ in order to win SEC Tournament

Kentucky coach John Calipari talks to guard Quade Green during a game earlier this seaoson at Rupp Arena. The Wildcats open play in the SEC Tournament Friday in Saint Louis. (Tammie Brown/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The Southeastern Conference race came down to Auburn and Tennessee and John Calipari expects those two teams to be among the favorites when the league tournament begins...

Knox blocks out noise, helps Cats avenge earlier loss to Missouri

Kentucky’s Kevin Knox gets up a shot in heavy traffic in the first half against Missouri Saturday night. Knox finished with 21 points in the 87-66 victory. (Keith Taylor/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kevin Knox tuned out the noise and just played basketball. One day after the Kentucky freshman forward and former Wildcat players Bam Adebayo and Nerlens Noel were linked to report...

Wildcats fail to rally for third straight time in 69-60 loss at Missouri

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today One comeback was tough. Another rally was even tougher, but a third straight comeback proved to be impossible for Kentucky, which had a three-game winning streak snapped in a 69-60 loss at Missouri Saturday. The Wildcats (17-6, 6-4 Southeastern Conference) used two big second-half comebacks to defeat West Virginia and Vanderbilt during the past week, but couldn’t overcome...

Vanderbilt making an impact for Wildcats with his energy and versatility

Jarred Vanderbilt has made a difference for Kentucky since making his debut against South Carolina on Jan. 16. Vanderbilt is averaging 6.4 rebounds per game. (Keith Taylor/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It doesn’t take much for Jarred Vanderbilt to make a difference when he’s on the court. “His energy is incredible,” Kentucky assistant coach Tony Barbee said Friday. “He’s...

Cats show toughness late, use fake punt, two late field goals to overcome gritty Missouri

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky drained the fuel tank and will spend the next two weeks refueling following a tougher-than-expected 40-34 win over Missouri Saturday night at Kroger Field. The Wildcats (5-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) defeated the Tigers (1-4, 0-3) for the third straight time and pulled to within one game of bowl eligibility with six games remaining in the regular season....

Full speed ahead: Cats will be running on a full tank against struggling SEC foe Missouri Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The tank is full and Kentucky is prepared to empty it against Missouri Saturday before refueling for the second half of the season during next week’s open date. The Wildcats (4-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) begin a stretch of six straight league games against the struggling Tigers, who are coming off a much-needed bye week following three consecutive setbacks. UK...

Stoops: Lack of protection and aggressiveness on offensive line a big concern

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops knows his team has some “work to do” when the Wildcats return to Southeastern Conference play against Missouri Saturday, the last of three straight road games. The main point of emphasis for Kentucky (4-1, 1-1 ) following a closer-than-expected 24-20 victory over Eastern Michigan last week will be shoring up an offensive line that surrendered five sacks...

Hawkins’ confidence-level soars to an all-time high going into sunset of his UK career

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer Going into the sunset of his collegiate career, Dominique Hawkins has never felt more comfortable in a Kentucky uniform. “(My confidence level) is probably the highest it’s been since I’ve been in a Kentucky jersey,” Hawkins said Monday. Kentucky guard Dominique Hawkins has given the Wildcats a boost during the past two weeks and has gained more...

UK women’s basketball team sees 5-game winning streak come to a close in loss to Missouri

Taylor Murray had a double-double in UK’s loss at Missouri Monday night (UK Athletics Photo) Sophomore guard Taylor Murray had her second double-double of the season, but the Kentucky women’s basketball team saw its five-game winning streak come to an end with a 73-67 loss at Missouri Monday night.   Murray, a sophomore from Odenton, Maryland, had 18 points and a career-high tying 13 rebounds...

On a roll: Kentucky moves within one win of bowl eligibility with 35-21 victory over Missouri

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer Kentucky is one game away from bowl eligibility with four games remaining. The Wildcats (5-3, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) inched closer toward a postseason berth for the first time in five years with a 35-21 victory over Missouri Saturday, giving Kentucky four league wins for the first time in a decade. The Wildcats remain in sole possession of second...

Stoops expecting ‘heck of a game’ in UK’s rare noon kickoff at struggling Missouri

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer For just the third time this season, Kentucky will play a road game. Unlike the first two encounters at Florida and Alabama, Saturday’s game at Missouri puts the Wildcats on a level playing field. Although Missouri (2-5, 1-2 Southeastern Conference) has struggled with three straight losses, including a 51-45 setback to Middle Tennessee State last weekend,...

UK baseball team takes pair from Missouri to end regular season, Alabama next up in SEC tourney

With the bracket officially set for the Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament, Kentucky will face Alabama on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Alabama. Kentucky (32-24 overall, 15-15 SEC) and Alabama (31-24, 15-15 SEC) tied for eighth place in the overall league standings. UK is slotted as the No. 8 seed and Alabama at No. 9 because the Wildcats won two out of three games...

Reks collects two hits, including seventh homer, but not enough for UK in 9-3 loss to Missouri

Junior outfielder Zach Reks had two hits, including his seventh home run of the season, but the Kentucky baseball team lost to Missouri 9-3 on Thursday night at Cliff Hagan Stadium. Reks continued his recent hot streak on Thursday night. He extended his personal hitting streak to nine games with a single in the sixth inning. Two innings later, Reks homered for the sixth time in Kentucky’s last 12...

Kentucky looks to gain momentum for SEC baseball tourney in final series of the season

The Kentucky baseball team will look to gain momentum heading into the Southeastern Conference tournament, rounding out its regular season schedule hosting a three-game series against the Missouri Tigers at Cliff Hagan Stadium. The first two games will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, with the series conclusion set for 1 p.m. Saturday. Kentucky (30-23, 13-14 Southeastern Conference) clashes...

UK softball team takes series from Missouri; baseball squad shuts down Vandy to avoid sweep

Kentucky freshman Abbey Cheek hit her third home run of the week off the scoreboard in left field in the bottom of the sixth inning on Sunday to wrap up a 3-2 series win over the No. 18 Missouri Tigers in front of 1,297 fans at John Cropp Stadium. Kentucky and Missouri were locked in a pitcher’s duel, with Cheek stepping to the plate in a 2-2 game to lead off the bottom of the sixth inning. The freshman...

Fitting Finish: Senior Janee Thompson scores 24 to lead Kentucky women past Missouri

Playing in her final regular-season game at Memorial Coliseum, senior guard Janee Thompson scored a career-high 24 points to lead No. 15 Kentucky to a 69-59 win over 24th-ranked Missouri on Thursday night. With her team trailing 51-50 heading into the fourth quarter, Thompson took over the game. She accounted for Kentucky’s first 14 points of the final stanza, scoring six in a row and then assisting...