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Calipari, Wildcats begin season against Kansas in State Farm Champions Classic on Nov. 10

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will open the college basketball season against Kansas in the State Farm Champions Classic on Nov. 10 at the United Center in Chicago. The contest will be the fourth meeting between the two collegiate powerhouses in the four-team event. The Wildcats are 5-4 in the yearly classic and defeated Michigan State to open the season last November. Kentucky beat Kansas...

Wildcats drop top-ranked Michigan State at Madison Square Garden on Tyrese Maxey’s big debut

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today For the first time in college basketball history, the second-ranked team in the nation defeated the No. 1 squad to open the season. Kentucky erased the pain of last year’s embarrassing showing in the State Farm Champions Classic with a 69-62 win over top-ranked Michigan State Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. The Wildcats came into the contest ranked No. 2 in...

Calipari anxious to see how Wildcats will fare in blockbuster opener against Michigan State in N.Y.

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari doesn’t know what to expect from his team when Kentucky opens the season against Michigan State in the State Farm Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden. “This is so early in the season, I can’t predict what goes on,” he said Sunday. “They have a have a couple of veterans, but really their veteran quarterback (Cassius Winston) makes them go....

UK Coach John Calipari doesn’t think the Wildcats series with Indiana will be revived any time soon

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari isn’t interested in reviving the Kentucky-Indiana series any time soon. The Kentucky coach said the series remains on hold because his team’s schedule is “so locked in,” with little room for a home-and-home series possibilities on the Wildcats’ non-conference schedule. Kentucky is committed to the State Farm Champions Classic, the CBS Sports Classic...

Wildcat’s exhibition schedule to feature instate schools Georgetown College and Kentucky State

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will play a pair of instate schools before officially opening the season against Michigan State in the State Farm Champions Classic. The Wildcats will take on Georgetown College at 5 p.m. on Oct. 27 and Kentucky State in a 7 p.m. contest on Nov. 1. Both games will be played at Rupp Arena and televised on the SEC Network. Kentucky guard Ashton Hagans offers a...

Cats to open season against Duke in State Farm Champions Classic next season

Kentucky coach John Calipari and the Wildcats will open the season against Duke in the State Farm Champions Classic next season in Indianapolis. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will tip off its against Duke next season in the State Farm Champions Classic. The two tradition-rich programs will play each other in a doubleheader at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on...

Monk’s breakthrough performance leads second-ranked Kentucky past Michigan State

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer Kentucky passed its first test of the year with ease Tuesday night. Malik Monk scored a career-high 23 points to lead the second-ranked Wildcats to a 69-48 victory over No. 13 Michigan State. Monk sank a career-high six 3-pointers on 11 attempts as three players reached double figures for the Wildcats (3-0) who improved to 4-2 in the State Farm Champions...

Keith Taylor: Top 25 showdown against Michigan State in MSG a ‘hard deal’ for Kentucky

After opening the season with two lopsided victories, Kentucky faces its first big test of the season against Michigan State in the Champions Classic Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. The second-ranked Wildcats (2-0) will be making their sixth-straight appearance in the prestigious event and lost to the Spartans 78-74 in last meeting between the two teams three years ago at the Georgia Dome....

Early season showdown with Duke gives Calipari opportunity to gauge Kentucky’s progress

By Keith Taylor KyForward sports writer Kentucky hasn’t had much success against Duke since defeating the Blue Devils in the 1978 national championship game. Since then, Duke has dominated the series between the two teams. The Wildcats (2-0) have lost seven of the last eight games between the two foes, including a 75-68 setback at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta three years ago. Kentucky’s lone victory...