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UT’s Barnes likes Cats’ chances against No. 2 Kansas

Tennessee coach Rick Barnes says UK has a good chance to beat Kansas Saturday at Rupp Arena (Keith Taylor Photo) Fresh off an 82-80 triumph over Kentucky Tuesday night, Tennessee coach Rick Barnes thinks the Wildcats will bounce back just fine, starting with Saturday’s contest against Kansas in the Big 12-SEC Challenge. “They put the Big 12/SEC Challenge this time of year to gain some notoriety...

Keith Taylor: Willis turns in stellar performance with 25 points to lead Kentucky past Tennessee

Rick Barnes knew what to expect from Kentucky’s top two players but wasn’t sure about the rest of the team’s roster. As expected, Tyler Ulis paced the Wildcats’ offense with 11 points and nine assists, while Murray scored 28 points and tied a career-high with nine rebounds. Ulis and Murray had their share of contributions, but junior Derek Willis was the main spark, scoring...

Keith Taylor: Kentucky hasn’t forgotten loss to Tennessee, eager to ‘get back’ at Volunteers

Isaiah Briscoe hasn’t forgotten what transpired the last time Kentucky played Tennessee. “We let one get away from us,” The Kentucky guard said Wednesday. Isaiah Briscoe and the Wildcats are eager for Thursday’s rematch against Tennessee (Tammie Brown Photo) Indeed, the Wildcats (19-6, 9-3 Southeastern Conference) did just that, blowing a 21-point lead, resulting in an 84-77 setback...

Keith Taylor: Top player in the nation? Calipari building a case for UK point guard Tyler Ulis

John Calipari is building a case for Tyler Ulis. The Kentucky coach not only thinks Ulis should be in the running for Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, but also thinks his sophomore point guard should be in same discussion nationally. “I think he obviously (is) a name that should be mentioned, I’m looking at, what about (national) player of the year?” Calipari said during the SEC teleconference...

Keith Taylor: Tennessee’s Barnes says UK will be a team to watch between now and March

Tennessee coach Rick Barnes has taken note of Kentucky’s recent growth spurt that has propelled the Wildcats to three victories in the past four games. “I think (John Calipari is) getting more settled with what he wants to do with the rotation, how many guys he wants to play, and honestly, that can change from game to game at times, but I just think this team is starting to kind of get an identity,...