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SEC Tournament: Wildcats roll Tide to advance to semifinals, 73-75, avenging an earlier two-point loss

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today NASHVILLE — Kentucky got even with Alabama.   The Wildcats (27-5) avenged a 77-75 loss to the Crimson Tide earlier this season and welcomed the return of senior Reid Travis to the lineup with a 73-55 win in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament Friday night at Bridgestone Arena. “It was a good win,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said....

SEC Tournament: Kentucky tops Rocky Top to retain tournament title

Kentucky’s players celebrate after winning a fourth straight Southeastern Conference Tournament title Sunday in Saint Louis. (Tammie Brown/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky retained bragging rights in Southeastern Conference Tournament. The Wildcats (24-10) captured their fourth straight title with a 77-72 triumph over top-seeded Tennessee Sunday at the Scottrade Center...

SEC Tournament: Gabriel goes off on Tide, leads Wildcats to title game

Wenyen Gabriel hit seven 3-pointers and scored 23 points to lead Kentucky to an 86-63 win over Alabama in the SEC semifinals Saturday. (Tammie Brown/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today ST. LOUIS — Wenyen Gabriel couldn’t miss and Kentucky reaped the benefits. Gabriel set a school record for most 3-pointers made in a Southeastern Conference Tournament game with seven and also set a new...

SEC Tournament: Vanderbilt likely out in UK opener against Bulldogs

Kentucky freshman Jarred Vanderbilt likely won’t play in the SEC Tournament opener against Georgia Friday afternoon in St. Louis. (Tammie Brown/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today ST. LOUIS — Kentucky likely will be without one of its top players to open the postseason. Kentucky coach John Calipari confirmed Thursday freshman forward Jarred Vanderbilt likely won’t play when the...

Selection committee considers several factors when crafting NCAA Tournament bracket

Kentucky coach John Calipari and the Wildcats will learn their destination for the upcoming NCAA Tournament during a selection show Sunday. The Wildcats open play in the SEC Tournament Friday in St. Louis. (Tammie Brown/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today ST. LOUIS — The NCAA Tournament Selection Committee is hunkered down and set to begin the selection process for the Big Dance. Going...

SEC Tournament: Wildcats change mindset heading into conference tournament play

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kevin Knox knew things wouldn’t be easy for Kentucky this season. The Wildcats (21-10) endured a roller-coaster ride before winning four of their last five games of the season. Despite the struggles, Kentucky finished fourth in the final league standings and received a double-bye in this week’s conference tournament set to begin Wednesday in Saint Louis. Kentucky...

Cats get help from Missouri, earn double-bye and No. 4 seed in SEC tournament

PJ Washington, left, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander walk off the court following an 80-67 loss to Florida Saturday in Gainesville (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky can breathe a sigh of relief going into the Southeastern Conference Tournament. Although the Wildcats suffered an 80-67 setback at Florida in the regular-season finale in Gainesville Saturday, Kentucky still received...

Early deficit too much for UK to overcome in seven-inning shutout loss to LSU in SEC Tournament

No. 6 LSU capitalized on extra opportunities, posting a pair of five-run innings to defeat No. 8 Kentucky 10-0 in seven innings in the nightcap of Thursday’s action at the SEC Tournament.   The Wildcats (39-19) will face South Carolina on Friday at 4 p.m. in an elimination game. The winner will square off with LSU in Saturday’s single-elimination semifinal round. The UK baseball team lost to LSU...

Kentucky baseball team set to open SEC tourney against South Carolina on Wednesday

The Kentucky baseball team begins action in the SEC Tournament on Wednesday, when the Wildcats face the South Carolina Gamecocks at the Hoover Met. South Carolina advanced to Wednesday’s game by outlasting Vanderbilt 7-4 on Tuesday in opening-round action. Mississippi State and Georgia will play in the first game Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., followed by Kentucky and South Carolina in the second game...

UK softball team rallies past Mississippi State in 11 innings; baseball team falls to Georgia

In a game that featured 17 runs on 22 hits, six errors, 11 innings and five different pitchers, the No. 16 Kentucky softball team picked up a hard-fought 10-7 win after watching a four-run seventh-inning lead evaporate, then fighting to scoring three runs in the top of the 11th, all with two outs, to hold off the Bulldogs.   With the win, Kentucky not only salvages a game from the three-game series...

Calipari wants more consistency from Cats

Kentucky coach John Calipari talks with Malik Monk during the SEC Tournament last weekend in Nashville (Tammie Brown Photo) Kentucky coach John Calipari will be looking for more consistency when the Wildcats take on Northern Kentucky at 9:30 p.m. Friday in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Kentucky coach said the Wildcats (29-5) are playing consistently...

SEC Tournament: Cats roll past Arkansas for third straight conference tournament title

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer NASHVILLE — Kentucky remains the best team in the Southeastern Conference. The top-seeded and eighth-ranked Wildcats topped their regular-season title with a third straight conference tournament crown after posting an 82-65 victory over Arkansas Sunday at Bridgestone Arena. Dominique Hawkins cuts down the net Sunday in Nashville after the Wildcats won...

SEC Tournament: Improved Arkansas welcomes rematch against top-seeded Kentucky

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer De’Aaron Fox has scored 48 points in two SEC Tournament games (Bill Thiry Photo) NASHVILLE — Back in the day, Arkansas and Kentucky were the top dogs in the Southeastern Conference. On Sunday, the two teams will meet for the league title for the second time in the past three years. The Wildcats (28-5) rolled to a 97-71 victory over the Razorbacks...

SEC Tournament: Fox leads the way, Monk follows as Cats escape Tide to reach finals

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer NASHVILLE — Kentucky is back in the Southeastern Conference finals. The top-seeded Wildcats earned a ticket to the league championship game with a 79-74 victory over Alabama Saturday. Kentucky takes on Arkansas in a 1 p.m. tipoff Sunday at Bridgestone Arena. Kentucky carries a 10-game winning streak into the conference finale and seeking its third straight...

SEC Tournament: Monk still struggling but his UK teammates sense a breakthrough coming soon

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer NASHVILLE — Malik Monk is struggling but Kentucky keeps right on winning. Coming off a six-point performance in the regular-season finale, a 71-63 win at Texas A&M, Monk was hoping to get back on track in the Wildcats’ postseason opener but remains in a funk. Monk struggled yet again, this time scoring just two points in a 71-60 victory over Georgia...

SEC Tournament: Kentucky knocks off Georgia for third time this season to reach tourney semifinals

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer NASHVILLE — The first one is out of the way. De’Aaron Fox and Isaiah Briscoe scored 20 points each to lead top-seeded and No. 8 Kentucky to a 71-60 win over Georgia in the Southeastern Conference Tournament quarterfinals Friday at Bridgestone Arena. Mychal Mulder cheers on the Wildcats during a 71-60 win over Georgia Friday in Nashville (Tammie Brown...

Hawkins, seniors will be the key for Cats in postseason

Dominique Hawkins and Mychal Mulder will be counted on to provide leadership and valuable minutes for the Wildcats during the postseason (Tammie Brown Photo)When Kentucky takes on Georgia today in the Southeastern Conference Tournament here in Nashville, it will be the beginning of the last hurrah for seniors Dominique Hawkins, Derek Willis and Mychal Mulder. Hawkins and Willis were part of two Final...

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...

Five things: SEC Tournament

The Southeastern Conference Tournament will be a prelude to the Big Dance for some teams, but for others, a ticket to the NCAA Tournament will largely depend on a good showing in Nashville this week. The five-day even begins tonight with a pair of first round games featuring the bottom tier of the conference – Mississippi State, LSU, Missouri and Auburn – ushering in the league tourney. The...

Tourney time: Starting over, Monk says Cats will be a ‘new team’ in the postseason

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer Malik Monk is starting over. So is Kentucky. Coming off his worse performance of the season, Monk, who scored a season-low six points in a 71-63 win over Texas A&M last Saturday, said he’s not looking back as the ninth-ranked Wildcats shift their attention to the postseason. Malik Monk said the Wildcats are ready for the postseason (Tammie Brown...