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Confident Wildcats ‘locked-in’ as they prepare for Friday night’s home opener against Eastern Ky.

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Nate Sestina wasn’t surprised by Tyrese Maxey’s performance at Madison Square Garden earlier this week. “Tyrese is a big-time player,” he said. “The dude is a big-time shot-maker and everything that he does, he does well and he does it with a smile on his face that’s when you know he’s really playing.” Maxey came off the bench and scored 26 points to lead...

Trump campaign announces Keep America Great rally at Rupp Arena in Lexington on November 4

Staff report The Trump Campaign has announced that the President will host a Keep America Great rally on Monday, November 4, at 7 p.m. at Rupp Arena in Lexington. November 4 is the day before election day in Kentucky, when the constitutional offices — including governor — will be on the ballot. Doors will open at 4 p.m. for General Admission “Thanks to President Trump, Kentucky’s...

Rupp Arena unveils new upper arena chair-back seating ahead of Friday night’s Big Blue Madness

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today A sea of blue is now deeper at Rupp Arena. On Tuesday, the upper arena chair-back seats were unveiled ahead of Friday night’s Big Blue Madness.  Chair-back seats have replaced bleachers in sections 211 through 217 and sections 228 through 234.  Bleachers will remain in sections 218 – 227 and 235 – 244. Rupp Arena’s new capacity is now 20,545 for basketball,...

Part of a small, but growing, college population Megan McCormick, achieves graduation dream

By Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky Overwhelming excitement with a tinge of apprehension will fill Rupp Arena as emotions will be riding high May 5 — one of the University of Kentucky’s Commencement Days. One by one, thousands of graduates will walk across the stage with an outstretched hand to receive their coveted diploma. Megan McCormick will be among the sea of blue caps and gowns....

Nearly 12,000 students headed to Rupp Arena for STLP State Championship on Thursday

Nearly 12,000 students, educators, volunteers, community members, and parents are expected to converge on Lexington for Kentucky’s annual Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) State Championship on Thursday. P-12 students from across the state will show what they know and can do with technology in arts, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and demonstrate many career-ready...

Six student-athletes recognized as KHSAA-Kentucky Department of Agriculture Ag Athletes of the Year

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles applauded six Kentucky high school student-athletes involved in agriculture for being named the 2019 Kentucky High School Athletic Association-Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) Ag Athletes of the Year. Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, left, presents Honorary Commissioner of Agriculture certificates to the 2019 KHSAA-KDA Ag Athletes of the Year. (left...

Alison Lundergan Grimes recognizes annual essay contest winners during ceremony at Sweet 16

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes recognized four Kentucky high school students for winning her office’s 30th annual essay contest in a ceremony Thursday at Rupp Arena during the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16 Basketball Tournament. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes honors the winners of her office’s 30th annual essay contest at the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16...

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...

Wildcats dominate top-ranked Volunteers from start to finish with 86-69 win at home Saturday night

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today In the closing minutes of Kentucky’s 86-69 win over top-ranked Tennessee Saturday night, John Calipari made it known he wasn’t fond of the student section’s chant referring to the Volunteers as overrated. “I know how good Tennessee is,” Calipari said. “And that’s what I told our fans, enough of they’re overrated. They’re not overrated. (They’re) probably...

PJ Washington turns in inspiring performance, leads Wildcats past Kansas 71-63, gets 5th double-double

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today When he’s at his best, PJ Washington is nearly unstoppable. He was a force for Kentucky when the Wildcats needed him the most Saturday night.   Washington had a double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead the eighth-ranked Wildcats to a 71-63 victory over No. 9 Kansas in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge at Rupp Arena. It was the team’s fifth consecutive victory...

Surging Wildcats giving Mississippi State full attention in advance of Tuesday’s matchup at Rupp

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky showed signs of becoming a legitimate contender for a national title in an 82-80 win over Auburn last weekend. “We responded,” Kentucky assistant coach Tony Barbee said Monday. “It was a tough environment. It was really loud in there and they’e a very experienced team and you know they weren’t going to be rattled. When they put pressure on us down the...

Kentucky overcomes loss to Alabama in SEC opener to topple Texas A&M Aggies at Rupp

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It took Kentucky five minutes to get over its loss to Alabama. 
In the Wildcats’ first home game in nearly a month, visiting Texas A&M scored the first 10 points and raced out to a 12-2 lead before the Wildcats regrouped and settled into a rhythm to defeat the Aggies 85-74 Tuesday night. 
“We’ve got a lot of stuff we’ve got to get done, but it was a good...

Kentucky freshman Tyler Herro hopes to see Wildcat’s find rhythm as season progresses

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky guard Tyler Herro hasn’t gotten into a groove behind the arc yet, but the freshman guard hopes the Wildcats will settle into a rhythm as the season progresses. “We’re just still trying to find our stroke,” he said. “Haven’t made many 3-point shots as a team and myself, really. But we’ll find it eventually. Just getting back to it and finding the...

Wildcats move past Duke shellacking to host Southern Illinois in home opener Friday at Rupp

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari knew his team would receive a wake-up call early in the season and wasn’t surprised by his team’s loss to No. 4 Duke earlier this week in the Champions Classic. It was a setback the Kentucky coach kept anticipating even after posting six impressive victories in the Bahamas and a pair of exhibition wins during the past two weeks. “I was never intoxicated...

Fayette County Public Schools announces broadcast schedule for six graduation ceremonies

FCPS-TV, the educational television station in Fayette County Public Schools, will air the 2018 high school graduation ceremonies several times apiece through mid-June. These May 31 and June 1 events are not broadcast live from Rupp Arena. The commencements will also be archived and available through the district’s Video on Demand service, where people may watch anytime or download free copies. For...

Rupp Arena downsizing, adding more chair-backs, club seating to upper level

More chair-back seating will be added to the upper deck of Rupp Arena after next season, part of ongoing renovations to the structure. (Keith Taylor/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Rupp Arena is downsizing in capacity but not in upgrades. The school unveiled details on planned renovations to the structure, which will bring the total capacity down from 23,500 to 20,500 after chairback...

Secretary of State recognizes Ky. civic educators, community Leaders in Rupp Arena Ceremony

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Thursday recognized educators and community leaders for their work to promote civic education and engagement in Kentucky. She held a ceremony at Rupp Arena during the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16 and honored an individual from each KHSAA region and a statewide recipient. “Right now, teachers and educators are routinely being disrespected...

UK, LCC agreement keeps Wildcats in Rupp Arena through 2033 season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky isn’t leaving Rupp Arena anytime soon. The University of Kentucky and the Lexington Center Cooperation executed a “right of use agreement” that will keep the Wildcats at Rupp Arena through the 2033 season. The current lease expires at the end of the 2018 season, but the new deal means Kentucky will use Rupp Arena for men’s basketball and select events...

Kentucky’s Cats give fans the game they wanted, clobber Louisville 90-61

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Well now. Any questions? 
Kentucky gave its fans the game they have been expecting all season against its biggest rival, pulverizing Louisville 90-61 on Friday afternoon in Rupp Arena. 
Fans questioning the potential of the Wildcats need not worry any longer after a performance in front of a national television audience that let everyone know they have a lot to look...

Louisville’s Mahmoud, Spalding looking to have some fun in return to Rupp against Cats Friday

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Having grown up in Cairo, Egypt, Anas Mahmoud was about as isolated from the Louisville-Kentucky rivalry as he could possibly be, but it didn’t take long for him to grasp the importance of the feud on both sides.   
”The fans do most of the work for us,” UofL’s senior center said. “You’d be surprised how much I hear. Our fans telling...