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SEC Tournament: Calipari expecting another ‘war’ as Cats take on Georgia for third time

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer NASHVILLE — Georgia is on a roll and Kentucky will have to beat the Bulldogs for a third time this season to pull off a rare three-peat in the Southeastern Conference Tournament. Although the eighth-ranked Wildcats (26-5) swept the Bulldogs during the regular season by a combined margin of 14 points, it took overtime for Kentucky to beat the Bulldogs...

Monk named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year, joins Fox, Adebayo on All-SEC team

After leading the Southeastern Conference in scoring throughout the regular season, Kentucky guard Malik Monk was honored as the Freshman of the Year by the league’s coaches on Tuesday to highlight the annual SEC honors for the Wildcats.   Monk and backcourt mate De’Aaron Fox were both selected to the All-SEC First Team, while classmate Bam Adebayo earned second-team honors. All three were named...

Repeat feat: Bam named SEC Frosh of Week

Bam Adebayo and the Wildcats displayed confidence and toughness in a win over Vandy Tuesday night at Rupp Arena (Tammie Brown Photo) After helping Kentucky win its 48th regular-season Southeastern Conference crown, freshman forward Bam Adebayo was named the league’s top-performing freshman on Monday for a second straight week. Adebayo provided a consistent presence for the Cats in two historic comeback...

Nationwide postseason All-American honors start rolling in for Kentucky guards Monk, Fox

Kentucky’s freshman backcourt tandem of Malik Monk and De’Aaron Fox was named All-America by USA Today on Monday. Monk earned second-team distinction, while Fox was tabbed to the third team.   Monk was joined on the second team by Josh Jackson (Kansas), Justin Jackson (North Carolina), Luke Kennard (Duke) and Nigel Williams-Goss (Gonzaga). Third-team honorees along with Fox included Ethan Happ...

Another rally: Cats recover from slow start to hold off Aggies for eighth straight victory, SEC title

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer Kentucky overcame another slow start and found a way to win without its leading scorer providing the heroics. For the third straight contest, the ninth-ranked Wildcats fell behind by double digits only to rally to keep their eight-game winning streak intact going into the postseason. This time Kentucky erased an early 15-point deficit and escaped with...

Cats want to get off to a better start against Texas A&M in regular-season finale

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer Kentucky is developing a knack for comebacks. Despite the success rate, the Wildcats don’t want to make close calls a common occurrence this late in the season. The Wildcats (25-5, 15-2 Southeastern Conference) had to rally from 19 points down to fend off Vanderbilt 83-77 earlier this week and overcome a 10-point deficit to defeat Florida 76-66...

Keith Taylor: Blue-collar Cats fight, stick together to overcome gritty Vandy on senior night

A senior night ceremony and engagement proposal provided enough stress for Kentucky during its home finale Tuesday night. Throw in a determined Vanderbilt team trying to muscle its way into an NCAA Tournament in the mix and there was a recipe for disaster. It took pure toughness — the same blue-collar effort seniors Dominique Hawkins, Derek Willis and Mychal Mulder have displayed during their respective...

Hawkins’ confidence-level soars to an all-time high going into sunset of his UK career

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer Going into the sunset of his collegiate career, Dominique Hawkins has never felt more comfortable in a Kentucky uniform. “(My confidence level) is probably the highest it’s been since I’ve been in a Kentucky jersey,” Hawkins said Monday. Kentucky guard Dominique Hawkins has given the Wildcats a boost during the past two weeks and has gained more...

Recent struggles continue for UK as Cats hit rock bottom in 88-66 loss at Florida

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer Kentucky isn’t at its best right now and it showed Saturday night in Gainesville. The eighth-ranked Wildcats trailed from start to finish and suffered their first double-digit loss of the year with an 88-66 setback to No. 24 Florida. It was the third loss in the past four games for the Wildcats, a trend that began following an 82-80 loss to Tennessee...