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UK Notebook: Calipari glad to see Big Blue Nation develop passion for football team

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari understands why Kentucky’s fan base was not happy following Kentucky’s 20-14 overtime loss to Texas A&M two weeks ago. “Do you remember where two years ago we’d be sad and disappointed? Wasn’t no sad now,” the Kentucky men’s basketball coach said. “Everybody, their staff was mad, their players were mad, our fans were mad, the...

A decade later, John Calipari says Kentucky still the “greatest of them all”

Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari addresses the crowd during Big Blue Madness Friday night at Rupp Arena. Calipari is entering his 10th season as coach of the Wildcats. (Kentucky Today/Tammie Brown) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It’s been a decade since John Calipari made his first appearance at Big Blue Madness and the Kentucky coach looked ahead to his second decade Friday night. Prior...

Wildcats have the competitive edge John Calipari is looking for in preseason

Kentucky coach John Calipari answers a question during Media Day Thursday at Memorial Coliseum. Calipari is entering his 10th season as coach of the Wildcats. (Kentucky Today/Tammie Brown) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Competition is good and Kentucky has plenty of competitors on the roster. It’s given John Calipari a chance to sit back and coach rather than spend his time motivating the Wildcats...

John Calipari Q&A: Coach provides a look at what to expect this season from his newest set of gym rats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari touched on a variety of topics when meeting with select members of the media last month to preview the upcoming season. Calipari provided a glimpse into what to expect this season. “If we’re really going to be good, it will be because we’re outstanding defensively,” he said. “The biggest thing about this team is...

A decade into his tenure, Calipari has same drive, desire to succeed

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari begins his 10th season as coach of the Kentucky Wildcats. He is shown at his first Big Blue Madness. (Bill Thiry/Kentucky Today ) A decade has passed since John Calipari took over at the University of Kentucky. Has it been 10 years? “That is not that long ago,” he said. “You’re not talking 15 years ago.” Calipari, who has compiled a 275-64 record...

UK Notebook: Cats ranked No. 1 in Blue Ribbon Yearbook preseason rankings

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The college basketball preseason rankings are starting to come out and Kentucky is ranked No. 1 in the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. The Wildcats have been ranked in the Top 10 by the magazine’s writers and editors for the past seven years. Kansas is ranked second behind Kentucky in the poll, followed by Gonzaga, Duke, Tennessee, Nevada, Virginia, Auburn,...

John Calipari says Kentucky is equipped to handle challenging on-conference schedule

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The Kentucky men’s basketball non-conference schedule is complete. The Wildcats open the home portion of the schedule against Southern Illinois on Nov 9, followed by four more games at Rupp Arena in the inaugural Ohio Valley Hardwood Showcase. The showcase will include games against North Dakota (Nov. 14), Virginia Military Institute (Nov. 18), Winthrop (Nov. 21) and...

Keith Taylor: Hype rises for Wildcats following impressive showing in Bahamas

Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari likes the way his team performed in the Bahamas, but knows it’s only August. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The hype is on. The Kentucky men’s basketball team provided a glimpse into what to expect this season during a four-game exhibition tour in the Bahamas. The Wildcats won all four games and they weren’t...

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...

Impressive Wildcats hit century mark for third straight win in Bahamas Tour

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky hit the century mark and remained undefeated in the Big Blue Bahamas Tour with a 100-64 rout of Mega Bemax Saturday night at Imperial Arena at Paradise Island. It marked the Wildcats’ third straight victory in the four-game tour, which concludes at 4 p.m. Sunday against Team Toronto. Kentucky coach John Calipari expected a close encounter against the Serbian...

Cats shoot lights out literally in second win of exhibition tour

Freshman guard Tyler Herro scored 22 points and made four 3-pointers to lead the Wildcats to an exhibition win over San Lorenzo Thursday night at Imperial Arena in Atlantis. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s second exhibition game at Imperial Arena in the Big Blue Bahamas Tour will be one to remember. The Wildcats defeated San Lorenzo De Almagro 91-68 Thursday night but...

Paced by vet and newcomer, Cats open Bahamas tour with easy win

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky opened its four-game Bahamas exhibition tour with an 85-61 win over the Bahamas National Team Wednesday at Imperial Arena in Atlantis. Nick Richards led four players in double figures with a team-high 19 points and missed just one shot on seven attempts. Freshman guard Tyler Herro followed Richards with 16 points and two steals. Keldon Johnson added 11 points...

Cats depart for Bahamas, Calipari unsure what to expect during four-game exhibition tour

Reid Travis goes up for a layup during an open practice last week at the Joe Craft Center. The Wildcats departed for the Bahamas Monday and will play four games during the four-game exhibition tour. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari isn’t putting much pressure on his team during a four-game exhibition tour in the Bahamas this week. The Kentucky coach wants...

SEC Network will televise all four of Kentucky’s August exhibition games from the Bahamas

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky basketball never stops even during the off-season. All four of the team’s games in the Bahamas will be televised by the SEC Network next month it was announced by the school Tuesday. In the opener on Aug. 8, Kentucky will take on the Bahamas National Team at 7 p.m. The Wildcats also will play San Lorenzo De Almagro at 7 p.m. on Aug. 9 before taking a one day...

Former Kentucky standouts set to compete in NBA Summer League at Las Vegas

Kentucky coach John Calipari will be watching many of his former players, including Isaiah Briscoe, compete in the NBA Summer League that began Friday and concludes July 17 in Las Vegas. (Kentucky Today/Tammie Brown) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will be well represented in the growing NBA Summer League this year as 14 former Wildcats will take part in the event that began today and concludes...

After enduring up and down season, Nick Richards is looking forward to sophomore campaign at Kentucky

Kentucky center Nick Richards is more confident following a roller-coaster ride in his first season with the Wildcats. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Although basketball season is more than three months away, Nick Richards is already thinking about next year. “I’m pretty confident in myself right now, (more) than I was last season,” he said. “I actually haven’t...

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...

Finally healthy, Kentucky guard Jemarl Baker ready to compete next season

Kentucky guard Jemarl Baker has fully recovered from a knee injury and hopes to be one of the team’s main contributors next season. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Jemarl Baker experienced something new in his first season at Kentucky. The sharp-shooting guard from Los Angeles not only had to deal with being away from home but also deal with a torn left meniscus...

Calipari happy for four NBA draftees, disappointed Gabriel not chosen

Kentucky coach John Calipari was happy to see four of his former players selected in the NBA Draft Thursday night in Brooklyn, New York. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari felt a mixed bag of emotions after watching the NBA Draft unfold Thursday night on Brooklyn, New York. Four of his former players — Kevin Knox, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Hamidou Diallo and...

Graduate transfer Reid Travis looking forward to fresh start at Kentucky

Reid Travis was one of the top players in the Pac-12 last year and will play at Kentucky next season as a graduate transfer. (Bob Drebin/isiphotos.com) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It didn’t take Reid Travis long to make a decision on his future. Travis, one of the top players in the Pac-12 during the past two years, announced he will attend Kentucky as a graduate transfer next season to pursue...