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Jamie Vaught: Nearly 35 years later, Cotton Nash still gets autograph requests for Sports Illustrated cover

(Editor’s Note: For the next few months during our national crisis, longtime sports columnist Jamie H. Vaught will be writing about the ex-Wildcats who were featured in one of his first four books on UK basketball, using excerpts that were published in his out-of-print volumes. His latest book – fifth one in a series – was released in late February 2020.) Cotton Nash, a three-time All-American...

Cats set to face surging Ole Miss as they return to Rupp for first weekend home game in four weeks

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will be spending the weekend at home for the first time in more than a month. Coming off a 78-64 win at Vanderbilt earlier this week, the Wildcats carry a three-game winning streak into Saturday’s game, the team’s first weekend home game since a 76-67 win over Alabama on Jan. 11. Kentucky played its previous four Saturday games on the road and compiled a...

Wildcats learned from loss to Vols, remain confident; setting sights on Tuesday matchup with Ole Miss

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky hasn’t lost its swagger and is moving full speed ahead following a 71-52 loss to Tennessee last weekend in Knoxville. “We’re still confident,” Kentucky freshman guard Keldon Johnson said. “It’s one game — one loss. We will learn from it and we move on to the next game. That next game is at Mississippi Tuesday night, followed by a home...

Calipari doesn’t want Wildcats to revert, overlook Ole Miss in home finale

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and the Kentucky Wildcats will conclude the home schedule against Ole Miss Wednesday night at Rupp Arena. (Tammie Brown/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari doesn’t want his team to get too overconfident going into his team’s home finale against Ole Miss Wednesday night. “(Ole Miss) is good enough to beat us,” Calipari said. “They beat Missouri...

John Robic pre-Ole Miss quotes

Assistant coach John Robic was available for interviews in UK’s typical pre-game presser Monday, this time in preview of Tuesday’s trip to Ole Miss. Questions are in italics and paraphrased for clarity. ** Opening statement: Just to let you know, obviously coming off the game on Saturday night, yesterday was a really, really good day for us as a program. Everybody from the players to the...

No. 18 Kentucky's offensive balance boosting its efficiency through nine league games

Kentucky has found a balance on offense that has made them one of the most efficient offensive teams in the country. (Photo by James Pennington)   As Kentucky’s defense continues to develop, its offense seems to be a mature product halfway in to its conference schedule. The Wildcats’ offense ranks fifth in Division I with a 119.2 adjusted offensive efficiency, according to KenPom.com—which...

No. 18 Kentucky’s offensive balance boosting its efficiency through nine league games

Kentucky has found a balance on offense that has made them one of the most efficient offensive teams in the country. (Photo by James Pennington)   As Kentucky’s defense continues to develop, its offense seems to be a mature product halfway in to its conference schedule. The Wildcats’ offense ranks fifth in Division I with a 119.2 adjusted offensive efficiency, according to KenPom.com—which...

Orlando Antigua quotes: pre-Ole Miss

Orlando Antigua filled in for John Calipari in Monday’s pre-Ole Miss media opportunity. Plenty was said about Kentucky’s struggles in transition defense and the challenge in stopping Marshall Henderson, who the Wildcats see Tuesday at 7 on ESPNU. Questions are in italics and paraphrased for clarity. *** On the defensive problems and what they can do to get better: We’ve been concentrating...

John Calipari transcript from Monday's SEC teleconference

Opening statement: You know, you’re talking about two teams that, you know, have players that can break you down and score when they need to. Mississippi State was up four on us when they played us here and we kind of wore them down with a little bit of our depth, but I’m not sure we’ll be able to do that down there. Mississippi, Andy (Kennedy) has them playing so well. You know,...