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SEC blows final whistle — officially cancels all of its remaining athletic events due to COVID-19 crisis

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The Southeastern Conference officially canceled all of its remaining athletic events Tuesday. The league announced all regular season conference and non-conference games, including spring football games and pro-day activities have been canceled because of “continuing developments related to the coronavirus (COVID-19).” “This is a difficult day for all of us,...

Season over early but Calipari to keep in touch with teams via calls, text; Pitino hired at Iona in New York

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Reality is beginning to sink in for Kentucky coach John Calipari. After both the Southeastern Conference and the NCAA Tournaments were canceled last week, because of coronavirus concerns, Calipari came to the realization Saturday the team’s season ended following last week’s 71-70 win over Florida in Gainesville.   “It kind of hit me this morning that my time to...

Wildcats find their shooting touch, use big second half to hold off LSU in Baton Rouge

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky snapped out of a shooting slump and remained alone in first place in the Southeastern Conference standings with a 79-76 victory over LSU Tuesday night in Baton Rouge. The 10th-ranked Wildcats 21-5, 11-2 SEC) made their first seven 3-pointers of the second half and built a 15-point lead to hold off the Tigers’ late surge down the stretch for their fifth consecutive...

Kentucky’s Nick Richards adds another feather to his cap with SEC Co-Player of the Week honors

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Nick Richards added another chapter to his storybook season Monday. The Kentucky junior forward was named Southeastern Conference Co-Player of the Week and NCAA March Madness Player of the Week Monday after averaging 22.5 points, 11 rebounds and 3.5 blocks in No. 13 Kentucky’s wins over Georgia and Texas Tech last week. He also won both awards following Kentucky’s...

Ashton Hagans listed day-to-day as he returns to home state in Tuesday night matchup with Georgia

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Ashton Hagans is returning to his home state, but it’s not known whether he will even play when No. 14 Kentucky takes on Georgia Tuesday night. Hagans suffered an apparent low ankle sprain in the Wildcats’ 71-59 win over Missouri last weekend in the team’s Southeastern Conference opener. Kentucky assistant coach Joel Justus said Monday Hagans is listed day-to-day. “We...

SEC releases television schedule; All UK basketball games to be televised as part of ESPN package

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The Southeastern Conference unveiled its television conference schedule on Tuesday and every game will be on national television. All of the team’s games are part of a package offered by ESPN, including the SEC Network. Kentucky will open the conference schedule against Missouri at 2 p.m. on Jan. 4, followed by a road encounter at Georgia set for 9 p.m. on Jan. 7 on...

UK’s Keldon Johnson snaps slump as Wildcats overcome late surge to beat Tigers in Auburn

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky lost its Southeastern Conference opener. The Wildcats haven’t lost a game since. Kentucky (14-3, 4-1 SEC) fended off a late Auburn rally and escaped with an 82-80 triumph over the Tigers Saturday at Auburn Arena. The win was the fourth in a row for Kentucky, which dropped a 77-75 loss to Alabama earlier this month in Tuscaloosa. Auburn slipped to 13-4 overall...

UK’s Immanuel Quickley emerging as a top threat from long range, shines on both ends of court

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today LEXINGTON, Ky. (KT) — Immanuel Quickley is making the most of his minutes. 
The freshman guard has emerged as one of Kentucky’s top threats from long range since the Wildcats began Southeastern Conference play last week at Alabama. Quickley, a known long-range shooter in high school, won the 3-point shooting contest in the McDonald’s All-American game last summer. 
Quickley...

Landslide: No. 4 Duke rolls past second-ranked Kentucky in season opener

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today A highly-anticipated Top 5 showdown on college basketball’s opening night wasn’t even close. Second-ranked Kentucky fell behind early and never fully recovered in a stunning 118-84 loss to No. 4 Duke Tuesday night in the State Farm Champions Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The final tally by the Blue Devils set a Champions Classic record and the margin of victory...

Cats set to open the season against Duke in loaded Champions Classic

Kentucky freshman guard Tyler Herro and the Wildcats will open the season against Duke Tuesday night in the State Farm Champions Classic at Indianapolis. (Kentucky Today, Tammie Brown) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It’s not the Final Four, but it’s close enough. Kentucky will be among four teams competing in the State Farm Champions Classic Tuesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis...

Champions Classic: UK vets Washington, Travis eager for season-opener against Duke

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today LEXINGTON, Ky. (KT) — PJ Washington doesn’t shy away from the big stage and the Kentucky sophomore forward is looking forward to Tuesday’s season opener against Duke in the Champions Classic in Indianapolis. “I’m a competitor and I love playing against good teams,” he said. “It’s always fun playing against somebody like that. You know that they’re going...

Cats stave off IUP in tougher than expected exhibition encounter

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky got all it could handle from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in its final exhibition game Friday night. The second-ranked Wildcats improved to 6-0 in exhibition games this season with an 86-64 win over the Crimson Hawks, an NCAA Division II squad based in Indiana, Pennsylvania. Kentucky opens the regular season against No. 4 Duke in the Champions Classic Tuesday...

Calipari’s Wildcats not looking ahead to Duke going into final exhibition game

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Before second-ranked Kentucky can start thinking about its season opener against No. 4 Duke set for Tuesday, the Wildcats will play one more exhibition game before the season becomes official. Freshman Keldon Johnson said the Wildcats haven’t started looking ahead to the Blue Devils just yet. “We’re taking it one game at a time,” he said. “We’ll cross that...

Western Hills football standout Wandale Robinson commits to Cats

Western Hills star Wandale Robinson chose Kentucky over Ohio State, Nebraska and other schools Thursday at the school. Robinson is a front-runner for Kentucky Mr Football. (Mike Marsee Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Wandale Robinson has made his college choice and is staying close to home. The Western Hills High School senior running back verbally committed to Kentucky Thursday afternoon. Robinson,...

Exhibition opener a teaching tool for No. 2 Kentucky, Transy

Transylvania guard Michael Jefferson (10) drives to the basket against Kentucky’s PJ Washington in an exhibition game Friday night at Rupp Arena. (Kentucky Today/Tammie Brown) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is still growing and learning and far from reaching its peak. The Wildcats had little trouble defeating Transylvania in its exhibition opener Friday night, but the team’s 94-66...

No. 2 Kentucky eager to meet Transy in ‘Battle on Broadway’

Kentucky Today It’s not the official opener, but Kentucky is anxious to open the exhibition season. The second-ranked Wildcats will take on Transylvania in the first of two exhibition games Friday night at Rupp Arena. Although the game doesn’t count, the players are eager to face an outside opponent, signifying the season is drawing nearer. “We’re just excited to play against somebody else,”...

Kentucky coach John Calipari seeking a consistent rotation as Cats prepare to open exhibition play

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today When Kentucky opens its two-game exhibition schedule against Transylvania Friday, John Calipari will be looking for a degree of separation ahead of the team’s season opener against Duke in less than two weeks. “It’s got to start happening and I may start one group of five and then maybe three different guys in the second half,” Calipari said. “(I) may do...

Freshman guard Tyler Herro steals the show in Kentucky’s blue-white scrimmage

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Tyler Herro stole the show. The Kentucky freshman guard scored 34 points in Kentucky’s annual Blue-White scrimmage, which saw the blue squad come away with a 104-96 victory Sunday night. Herro, who played for the white team exclusively, made 12 of 16 shots from the field and knocked down four 3-pointers on six attempts. Herro said his main goal was to “have fun”...

Although favored to win the Southeastern Conference, Calipari, Cats know task won’t be easy

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is used to being the favorite in the Southeastern Conference and this season will be no different. The Wildcats were picked to finish first in the league by media members Wednesday. Kentucky was selected ahead of Tennessee, Auburn, Mississippi State, Florida, LSU, Alabama, Vanderbilt, Missouri, Arkansas, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Georgia, and Ole Miss....

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...