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Girls Sweet 16: Sacred Heart Academy narrowly defeats Marshall County to capture 2021 title

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter For the fifth time in program history, the Sacred Heart Academy basketball team are the Queens of the Bluegrass after narrowly defeating Marshall County 49-47 in the Mingua Beef Jerky Girls Sweet Sixteen Basketball Tournament at Rupp Arena on Saturday evening. Controversy may surround the final moments of the title game with a non-call that left Lady Marshals...

Girls Sweet 16: Marshall Co. upsets Bethlehem 58-51; Anderson Co., Sacred Heart and Henderson advance

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter Marshall County made all 10 free throw attempts in the fourth quarter to upset Bethlehem 58-51 in the quarterfinals of the Mingua Beef Jerky Girls’ Sweet 16 Friday at Rupp Arena. “Don’t miss,” Marshall County’s Halle Langhi summed up what was going through her head when she attempted each of her six fourth-quarter free throws. Langhi would finish...

Highlands High School tops Elizabethtown 79-60 to win first KHSAA Boys Sweet 16 title

By Chad Hensley KyForward Sports Reporter Sam Vinson’s double-double and William Herald’s torrid long-range shooting propelled Highlands High School to its first-ever KHSAA Boys Sweet 16 title with a 79-60 victory over Elizabethtown in Rupp Arena. Vinson totaled 20 points on 6-for-12 shooting from the field and 8-of-8 from the charity stripe while also hauling in a game-high 14 rebounds en route...

Wildcats riding high after 92-64 blowout win against South Carolina Saturday at Rupp Arena

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It felt old times for Kentucky. The Wildcats closed out the regular season with an impressive 92-64 rout of South Carolina Saturday at Rupp Arena. The home finale ended a roller-coaster ride that hit a straight stretch against the Gamecocks. “We got better and we made some shots,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “It’s a good sendoff for us.” Now that...

Florida hands Kentucky Senior Day spoiler as Gators use zone to snap Wildcats three-game win streak

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky coach John Calipari could have easily blamed his team’s 71-67 loss to Florida on an unexpected bye week, but said his team’s performance had everything to do with the Gators instead of the seven-day layoff. “It was their zone, their 3-2 zone press that took us out of sync,” Calipari said. “It wasn’t taking a couple of days off. I don’t believe that...

Kentucky walk-on Riley Welch savored his time with Cats; among three seniors to be honored Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Riley Welch has spent the past two years rooting for his teammates. On Saturday, they will be cheering for the Kentucky guard on Senior Day. Welch will be one of three players honored before tipoff against Florida, even though the Wildcats have a makeup game scheduled on March 6 against South Carolina that was announced earlier this week. Graduate senior Davion Mintz...

Kentucky’s game against South Carolina, postponed due to COVID, to be played March 6 at Rupp Arena

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will have one more home game following Saturday’s Senior Day game against Florida. Kentucky coach John Calipari gives instructions to his team in a win over Tennessee Saturday in Knoxville. (Photo by Keith Taylor, Kentucky Today) The contest against South Carolina, originally scheduled for Dec. 29, has been rescheduled for March 6 at Rupp Arena, Tipoff time...

Wildcats end four-game losing streak with Saturday’s breakthrough 82-80 win against Auburn at Rupp

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari could sense a turnaround on the horizon. Despite improvement behind the scenes during the past three weeks, the losses kept piling up for Kentucky in a season of disappointment. The Wildcats (6-13, 5-7 Southeastern Conference) came close to a breakthrough in an 81-80 loss to Arkansas earlier this week but may have turned the proverbial corner with an 82-80...

Wildcats fall short in quest for breakthrough, drop fourth straight with 81-80 loss to Razorbacks

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky made a breakthrough Tuesday but it wasn’t enough to end a losing streak that blossomed to four games for the second time this season. Jalen Tate made two free throws with 4.3 seconds remaining to lift Arkansas to an 81-80 victory over the Wildcats, ending the Razorbacks’ eight-game losing streak to Kentucky. On the ensuing possession, following Tate’s...

Kentucky expecting Tennessee’s best shot when struggling Wildcats face off against Vols Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is expecting Tennessee’s best shot when the two rivals meet Saturday. Although the 11th-ranked Volunteers (12-4, 5-4 Southeastern Conference) are coming off a disappointing 52-50 loss to Ole Miss, the Wildcats aspect to see the version that rolled to an 80-61 win over Kansas in the Big 12-SEC Challenge last week in Knoxville. “We are expecting the team that...

UK freshman guard Boston trying to stay positive through struggles as Cats prepare for LSU

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Brandon “BJ” Boston is doing all he can to get back on track. The Kentucky freshman guard has been spending extra time in the gym after coming off the bench for the first time in his career earlier this week in a 63-62 loss at Georgia. He was working out past midnight Friday with teammate Cam’Ron Fletcher. “Basketball is really all that’s on my mind, so it’s...

Alabama rolls to 85-65 win over UK on Tuesday; Crimson Tide remain unbeaten (5-0) in SEC play

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Alabama’s football team won a national championship Monday. The men’s basketball team followed with an impressive, rare road win in Lexington on Tuesday night. The Crimson Tide (10-3 overall, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) notched just their seventh win in school history at Rupp Arena with an 85-65 victory over Kentucky to remain perfect in league play and served notice...

Kentucky has to ‘fight like heck’ to hold off gritty Vanderbilt, 77-74, on Tuesday night at Rupp Arena

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Vanderbilt is always a struggle for Kentucky, and Tuesday night was no different. “Every year we play them, it’s exactly the same way,” Kentucky head coach John Calipari said. “They make all the shots and then we have to fight like heck to win a close game — every time we play them. Last year, the year before and every coach, not just this coach, the last one...

Franklin County girls basketball seeks to repeat as 11th Region champions, earn trip to Rupp Arena

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter The Franklin County girls basketball team is looking for a repeat performance in 2020-21 and another trip to Rupp Arena. But will a talented Scott County squad be the primary roadblock for the Lady Flyers on the journey to the Sweet 16? Or will Paul Laurence Dunbar emerge as the top challenger to Franklin County this season in the 11th Region? Franklin County...

PBR’s Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour returns to Lexington on Feb. 19-20 at Rupp Arena

For the fourth time in as many years, PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour (PWVT) will buck into Lexington and Rupp Arena. America’s Original Extreme Sport is set to storm into the Bluegrass State on Feb. 19-20 with the PBR Lexington Invitational. For two nights only, some of the best bull riders in the world will battle the sport’s rankest bovine athletes in the ultimate...

UK Athletics cutting expenses after projected $35 million decline in revenues due to pandemic

By Jay Blanton University of Kentucky University of Kentucky athletics director Mitch Barnhart provided a budget update on Monday that continues to place student-athletes first in the face of a projected decline in net revenues of nearly $35 million in 2020-21 because of COVID-19. “The effects of the coronavirus pandemic have presented a historic budget challenge,” Barnhart told members of the...

Cats get off script, fall behind early as rally comes up short against Notre Dame at Rupp Arena

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky tried to rally its way past Notre Dame but a second-half comeback fell short in a 64-63 setback Saturday at Rupp Arena. The Wildcats (1-4) fell behind by 24 points at 33-9 in the first half and trailed 48-26 at the half before mounting a comeback in the second half. Kentucky outscored the Irish 37-16 in the half and had a chance to cap the rally in improbable...

Spider bite: Experienced Richmond stings No. 10 Kentucky in Rupp Arena with 76-64 upset

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky head coach John Calipari can finally forget about Evansville. Now he has another loss that will haunt him for the rest of the season. 
Slightly more than a year after the Purple Aces stunned Kentucky by a 67-64 score at Rupp Arena, Calipari’s squad suffered another early-season setback at home, this time to Richmond, which had never beaten a Top-10 opponent...

Kentucky (1-0) meets Richmond (1-0) in Bluegrass Showcase finale on Sunday at Rupp Arena

By Tim Letcher University of Kentucky After opening its season with an easy 81-45 win over Morehead State on Wednesday, Kentucky returns to action on Sunday, facing Richmond in the final game of the Bluegrass Showcase at Rupp Arena. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. and the game can be seen on the SEC Network. In Wednesday’s opener, it was Kentucky’s talented freshman class that carried the load. Brandon...

UK newcomers shine in debut as Wildcats soar to 81-45 win over Morehead State in season opener

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky unveiled a revamped roster on Wednesday night and the final result was typical of past season openers under head coach John Calipari. Freshman Brandon Boston scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the No. 10 Wildcats to an 81-45 victory over Morehead State in the first game of the three-day Bluegrass Showcase at Rupp Arena. Calipari improved to 12-0...