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John Calipari surprised by Keldon Johnson’s slide in NBA Draft, has high hopes for Reid Travis

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari was surprised Keldon Johnson slid down the charts during the NBA Draft last week. Johnson was the last of three former Kentucky players selected in the yearly draft last week and was chosen late in the first round as the No. 29 pick by the San Antonio Spurs. “They said he was a Top 10 pick when he left here and then a month and a half later he’s picked...

Surviving and advancing taking on a new meaning for scrappy sweet sixteen-bound Wildcats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is still dancing and John Calipari showed off a few moves of his own after the Wildcats defeated Wofford Saturday to reach the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. After a decade on the sidelines and his ninth appearance in the NCAA Tournament as coach of the Wildcats, Calipari still gets emotional when the Wildcats are victorious in any fashion, shape or form. It keeps the Kentucky...

Kentucky Senior Reid Travis returns to practice, expected to play when Cats tourney opener Friday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Reid Travis is expected to return to the lineup when Kentucky opens the postseason against Mississippi or Alabama Friday night in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. Travis practiced with the team this week and was on the floor at Bridgestone Arena Friday morning. The senior forward has missed the past six games because of a strained knee. Travis...

Kentucky tops Tar Heels for first signature victory of the season in CBS Sports Classic in Chicago, 80-72

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky got its first signature win of the season Saturday at the United Center in Chicago. The Wildcats defeated a ranked opponent for the first time this year with an 80-72 win over No. 9 North Carolina in the CBS Sports Classic. Kentucky (9-2) has won six of the last eight games between the two storied programs and the last three contest have been decided by single...

UK’s Travis, Montgomery looking forward to return to MSG for Saturday’s contest against Seton Hall

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today EJ Montgomery is looking forward to a return visit to Madison Square Garden. Montgomery’s high school team won in the Dick’s National Championship game and the freshman forward hopes the trend continues at the collegiate level when the No. 9 Wildcats (7-1) take on Seton Hall in a noon contest Saturday in New York City. I’m hoping to get another win,” he said....

UK Profile: A veteran, Reid Travis feels like a new kid on the block

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Reid Travis feels like a new kid on the block. Although the former Stanford standout has played college basketball for four years, he’s starting over as graduate-transfer at Kentucky as he pursues his master’s degree. Travis said there are similarities between the two programs and considers the unique situation a “split deal.” “I do feel like a veteran on one...

Perfect Cats end Big Blue Bahamas tour with another blowout victory

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky concluded its Big Blue Bahamas Tour in impressive fashion with a 93-60 victory over Team Toronto Sunday at Imperial Arena at Paradise Island. The Wildcats placed five players in double figures, paced by graduate transfer Reid Travis with 19 points and 15 rebounds, including 12 on the defensive end of the floor. The performance by Travis was his best outing of...

Practice report: It’s easy to see why Calipari is so giddy about Wildcats

Kentucky coach John Calipari instructs his team during an open practice Wednesday at the Joe Craft Center. The Wildcats are preparing for a trip to the Bahamas next week. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari has spent more time with this Kentucky team than any other he has coached at Kentucky. In some ways, it’s been a throwback summer for the Kentucky coach...

John Calipari is taking his time getting a feel for the Wildcats

Kentucky coach John Calipari likes the way his team has bonded during the past two weeks ahead of an overseas trip to the Bahamas in August. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today LEXINGTON, Ky. (KT) — John Calipari is taking his time getting to know his team. The Kentucky coach thinks he’s “got a good group” one that has about a month to prepare for an overseas trip to...