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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...

UK’s Brooks cleared to play Saturday at Florida; suffered foot injury during preseason workouts

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky forward Keion Brooks’ last game was at Florida a year ago. Brooks will return to the lineup when the Wildcats take on the Gators on Saturday in Gainesville. Brooks, who suffered a foot injury during preseason workouts, was cleared to play on Thursday. Brooks missed the first nine games and is the team’s lone returning experienced scholarship...

UK women’s standout Rhyne Howard named to Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 Watch List

By Evan Crane University of Kentucky University of Kentucky standout Rhyne Howard has been tabbed one of 25 players to the 2020-21 John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 Watch List, continuing her candidacy to become the national player of the year in women’s college basketball. The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2021 John R. Wooden Award Women’s Player of the...

Allen gets his chance, delivers big as Kentucky defeats Mississippi State in double overtime

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Dontaie Allen got his shot and he delivered for Kentucky. The former Pendleton County High School standout and Kentucky Mr. Basketball scored a career-high 23 points to lead the Wildcats to a 78-73 win over host Mississippi State in double overtime Saturday night in Starkville. The performance by Allen, which included seven 3-pointers in 11 attempts, also a career-high,...

Kentucky edges North Carolina State in TaxSlayer Gator Bowl for third straight postseason victory

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today A long and unprecedented season didn’t come to an end without a dose of adversity for Kentucky. The Wildcats (5-6) overcame a late surge by North Carolina State and held on for a 23-21 victory over the Wolfpack in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl on Saturday in Jacksonville. The Wildcats used a solid running game, directed by recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach Vince...

UK eager for fresh start in games that ‘truly count’ as Southeastern Conference play begins on Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will get a fresh start when it opens the Southeastern Conference portion of the schedule Saturday at Mississippi State. “These are the games that truly honestly count, in my opinion, to build on to when we get into March Madness, winning the league and things like that,” Kentucky freshman Isaiah Jackson said. “We had a good week of practice this whole week....

Calipari says Allen to get his turn to ‘shine’ in SEC opener at Mississippi State on Saturday night

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Former Kentucky Mr. Basketball and Pendleton County High School standout Dontaie Allen has played just five minutes in the past four games but that could change Saturday. 
Kentucky head coach John Calipari hinted Allen would play more minutes in the Wildcats’ Southeastern Conference opener Saturday at Mississippi State and “now it’s his turn to shine.” “He...

Western Kentucky pulls out 73-71 road victory at Alabama on goaltending call in final minute

KyForward staff Western Kentucky University made a loud statement this weekend with a road victory at Alabama of the Southeastern Conference. In a contest that seesawed back and forth through 14 lead changes and 18 ties, Western Kentucky pulled out a 73-71 win over Alabama at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa. Alabama’s Alex Reese (3) drives past Western Kentucky defender Carson Williams (22) during...

UK’s Hoskins named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week; made four tackles in win over South Carolina

University of Kentucky senior defensive tackle Phil Hoskins has been named the Southeastern Conference Defensive Lineman of the Week. Phil Hoskins This marks the first SEC weekly honor for Hoskins in his career and Kentucky’s eighth this season (Jordan Wright, Defense, Oct. 10; Max Duffy, Special Teams, Oct. 10; Landon Young, Offensive Lineman, Oct. 17; Jamin Davis, Defense, Nov. 14; Chance...

Shorthanded Kentucky (3-5) faces tough task Saturday against No. 6 Florida (6-1) in Gainesville

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky owns just one win over Florida in the past three decades. The task could be even more difficult for the Wildcats (3-5) after Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops announced earlier this week that 18 players and 10 staff members will likely miss Saturday’s contest in Gainesville because of injuries and COVID-19 contact tracing. “We can’t afford (to lose) anymore,”...

Patterson nets 30 points, 11th-ranked UK women open season with 86-60 win over Murray State

By Tim Letcher University of Kentucky Senior guard Chasity Patterson scored 30 points as the 11th-ranked Kentucky women’s basketball team beat Murray State 86-60 in Wednesday’s season opener at Memorial Coliseum. Chasity Patterson scored 30 points as No. 11 Kentucky posted an 86-60 win over Murray State. (UK photo) The 30 points were two shy of Patterson’s career-high of 32, set...

Stoops, UK hit reset button following blowout loss to No. 1 Alabama; Wildcats play at Florida on Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops has been in reboot mode since a 63-3 loss to top-ranked Alabama last week. “We definitely need to hit the reset button,” he said. “There were things about of our control last week, again, absolutely no excuses. As far as our players’ mentalities, we have to reset and get back to playing the way we are capable of. And yes, we’re...

UK standout Rhyne Howard selected preseason SEC Player of the Year by media; Cats picked third in poll

By Evan Crane University of Kentucky Southeastern Conference media have tabbed University of Kentucky women’s basketball junior guard Rhyne Howard as the preseason SEC Player of the Year and projected the Wildcats to finish third in the league standings. Earlier this week, league coaches also named Howard the SEC Preseason Player of the Year and picked UK to finish second in the conference...

UK volleyball standout Madison Lilley named SEC Player of the Week; Cats host Auburn this weekend

By Chris Shoals University of Kentucky For the second time this season, University of Kentucky senior setter Madison Lilley has been named the Southeastern Conference’s Player of the Week and Setter of the Week. Additionally, junior outside hitter Alli Stumler was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week and senior libero Gabby Curry was honored as the SEC’s Defensive Player of...

Struggles continue for Kentucky offense during 14-3 loss to No. 5 Georgia on Saturday afternoon

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It didn’t take much offense for Georgia to defeat Kentucky on Saturday. The fifth-ranked Bulldogs (4-1) opened with a touchdown and began the second half with a TD, giving coach Kirby Smart’s squad all they needed in a 14-3 victory. Georgia notched its 11th consecutive victory over the Wildcats in the series between the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division foes. Kentucky...