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Elzy says team is in a good frame of mind entering Sunday’s first round of women’s NCAA tournament

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kyra Elzy isn’t worried about her team’s mindset going into the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats (17-8) have lost three of their past five games but more than a week following a 77-66 loss to Georgia in the Southeastern Conference quarterfinals, Elzy said her squad is mentally prepared to start dancing. “We have had some of our best practices of the year,” she said....

Calipari, Wildcats taking a one-game-at-a-time approach to Southeastern Conference Tournament

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari isn’t looking ahead going into the postseason. “It’s one game, four times,” Calipari said. “One game.” The Wildcats (9-15) open the Southeastern Conference Tournament against Mississippi State at noon Thursday at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Isaiah Jackson goes up for a shot in a win over South Carolina last Saturday at Rupp Arena. (Photo...

Wildcats aim high for Saturday’s rematch with Volunteers as John Calipari enjoys the ride

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky coach John Calipari is along for the ride and has been enjoying the journey, especially during the past three weeks. “I’m happy with the climb right now,” Calipari said. “I’ve been happy for three weeks, we just needed to break through and win a game. But they’re coming together as a team, they’re figuring each other out, we’re figuring them out....

In search of a breakthrough, Wildcats move forward hand-in-hand as they prepare for Arkansas

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari has lost four straight games or more just twice in his tenure as coach of the Kentucky Wildcats. He hopes to avoid the rare slide for a second time this season on Tuesday night against Arkansas. Coming off an 82-71 loss to No. 16 Tennessee, the Wildcats (5-12, 4-6 Southeastern Conference) have suffered three straight losses and have won just one game in...

John Calipari, Lance Ware say unexpected pause has turned out to be a plus for struggling Wildcats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today An unexpected interruption gave Kentucky a chance to take a deep breath, reboot, and refocus on the rest of the season. “We all took the time off and kind of used it as a refresh and, you know, got our minds right,” Kentucky freshman Lance Ware said. “It gave us some time even though we were still working out. It wasn’t practice. It wasn’t a two-hour-long practice....

UK cleared to return basketball court, SEC contest at Missouri moved to Wednesday night

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will play at Missouri this week, but on a different day and time. The Wildcats and Tigers were scheduled to play Tuesday night at 9 p.m., but the contest has been moved to 7 p.m. Wednesday night and will be televised on ESPN2. Kentucky will now play at Missouri on Wednesday night. (UK photo) The schedule was adjusted after the Wildcats were on pause this weekend...

Howard records double-double, 15th-ranked UK women rally for 61-55 win over Missouri on Sunday

By Tim Letcher University of Kentucky Rhyne Howard scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the 15th-ranked University of Kentucky women’s basketball team held off Missouri 61-55 on Sunday at Memorial Coliseum. Kentucky (13-4 overall, 6-3 Southeastern Conference) got 10 points and nine rebounds from Dre’una Edwards and seven points apiece from Robyn Benton and Chasity Patterson. The...

Keith Taylor: Can struggling UK give Big Blue Nation something to cheer about before this season ends?

It’s been a long winter in the Bluegrass and it’s not over yet. Although the weather is making headlines because of an overnight snowfall that covered most of the state, the white flakes aren’t even a major topic of discussion throughout the commonwealth. In addition to battling an ongoing pandemic that is approaching a one-year cycle, the Wildcats haven’t given Big Blue Nation much of an escape...

UK’s Mitch Barnhart named to College Football Playoff Selection Committee; to serve three-year term

University of Kentucky Director of Athletics Mitch Barnhart has been named to the College Football Playoff Selection Committee for a three-year term. Barnhart was added to the selection committee along with Boo Corrigan, athletics director at North Carolina State; Texas AD Chris Del Conte; Will Shields, former All-America lineman at Nebraska; and Joe Taylor, longtime coach and current AD at Virginia...

Home sweet home: Kentucky football team set to play seven games at Kroger Field next season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will play seven home football games next season. The team’s schedule was released Wednesday and the Wildcats will take on Florida, LSU and Georgia in a three-game stretch during the first three weeks of October. The Wildcats played a full conference slate this past season and finished with a 5-6 mark, defeating North Carolina State in the TaxSlayer Bowl. Just...

Kentucky falters late in second half, Alabama completes rare sweep with 70-59 win on Tuesday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky slowed down Alabama, but the ninth-ranked Crimson Tide pulled away late and muscled their way to a 70-59 victory over the Wildcats on Tuesday night in Tuscaloosa. Alabama, which rolled to an 85-65 victory over Kentucky two weeks ago in Lexington, made all 10 of its free throws in the final 1:35 and outscored the Wildcats 16-5 in the final four minutes for its...

UK’s John Rhodes named D1 Baseball preseason All-American; honored as designated hitter

University of Kentucky outfielder John Rhodes has been named a preseason third team All-American by D1 Baseball. Rhodes was honored as the designated hitter. The sophomore also earned third team preseason All-America recognition from Collegiate Baseball, which named him the 2020 National co-Freshman of the Year after a blistering start to his collegiate career. He is considered one of the top prospects...

Role reversal: UK underdogs in rematch against No. 9 Alabama on Tuesday night in Tuscaloosa

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky isn’t used to being the underdog and will face a rare role reversal when it takes on No. 9 Alabama on Tuesday night in Tuscaloosa. The Crimson Tide (13-3 overall, 8-0 Southeastern Conference) is enjoying their highest ranking since 2007 and carries a nine-game winning streak into the contest. Alabama defeated the Wildcats 85-65 on Jan. 12 and showed no signs...

UK gets back on track, rolls to 82-69 victory over LSU on Saturday night to end three-game losing streak

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky ended one streak and started another one Saturday night. The Wildcats snapped a three-game slide with an 82-69 win over LSU, giving the Wildcats a shot of much-needed momentum after three losses left Kentucky in a dire need of a victory. It was the Wildcats’ first win since a 76-58 win at Florida on Jan. 9. Kentucky (5-9 overall, 4-3 Southeastern Conference)...

Calipari frustrated as Kentucky switches to desperation mode going into game at Georgia

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari is frustrated and admitted he’s not happy with the way his team is playing going into Wednesday night’s contest at Georgia. “There is a frustration out there, and I’ll be honest with you, it’s unacceptable where we are right now — unacceptable,” Calipari said Tuesday. “I’m trying to figure out everything...

John Calipari still tweaking, trying to find an answer to his Wildcats’ recent struggles

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari isn’t giving up on his squad despite their recent struggles that have left Kentucky limping going into the heart of the Southeastern Conference schedule. Although the Wildcats dropped two games last week — a blowout loss to Alabama, followed by a single-digit setback at Auburn — the Kentucky coach said he will never “stop tweaking and changing.” In...

Kentucky plays ‘well enough to win,’ but comes up short down the stretch in loss at Auburn

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky stopped Auburn, but the Tigers still escaped with a 66-59 win over the Wildcats Saturday at Auburn Arena. “We defended that way you defend to win games,” Kentucky head coach John Calipari said. The loss was the second straight for Kentucky this week after the Wildcats (4-7 overall, 2-3 SEC) opened the Southeastern Conference with three straight victories,...

UK’s Calipari looking for ‘fighters, battlers’ as SEC schedule intensifies for youthful Wildcats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari is looking for a few good players. “I’m looking for five fighters, battlers that will come in and play confident,” he said. “(You) can’t play confidently if you’re getting hit in the head. Now, if you’re hitting somebody in the head, you’ll be confident. If you’re taking all the shots...

Alabama rolls to 85-65 win over UK on Tuesday; Crimson Tide remain unbeaten (5-0) in SEC play

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Alabama’s football team won a national championship Monday. The men’s basketball team followed with an impressive, rare road win in Lexington on Tuesday night. The Crimson Tide (10-3 overall, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) notched just their seventh win in school history at Rupp Arena with an 85-65 victory over Kentucky to remain perfect in league play and served notice...

After rough start to season, UK takes perfect SEC record to Florida for Saturday showdown

By Tim Letcher University of Kentucky After a rough start to the season, Kentucky head coach John Calipari and his team decided to start with a “clean slate” as the calendar flipped to 2021 and Southeastern Conference play began. So far, the plan seems to be paying dividends. The Cats are 2-0 to start conference play, with a pair of nail-biting wins under their belts. First, a double-overtime...