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Keith Taylor: Setback to UCLA will serve as an early learning experience for Kentucky

John Calipari wanted to see how his team would respond against an even-matched foe and the result wasn’t exactly what the Kentucky coach expected following a 97-92 loss to UCLA Saturday. Impressed by the Wildcats’ undefeated start and a track record of putting away opponents by double digits, the Kentucky coach canceled a pregame shoot-around, thinking thinking his team “was mature enough...

Kentucky-UCLA matchup features both nostalgia and a peek into future of college basketball

By Jonathan Coffman Special to KyForward UK’s John Calipari is not often accused of being an old-school coach. If anyone thought otherwise, he ended that argument with a tweet in May 2015: I hate to drive you traditionalists crazy, but I'll say it again: our goal at the beginning of the season was to have eight players drafted. — John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 21, 2015 Calipari...

Keith Taylor: UK makes first trip to UCLA in more than five decades for showdown with Bruins

Kentucky’s Charles Matthews, left, and Alex Poythress battle for a loose ball earlier this week. The Wildcats play at UCLA Thursday (Bill Thiry Photo) It’s been more than 50 years since Kentucky has played UCLA on the Bruins’ home court. The top-ranked Wildcats (7-0) will take on UCLA (4-3) in Los Angeles for the first time since the 1959-60 season when the Wildcats left Westwood...

Sports Notes: National televsion blowout forces experts to ponder a perfect season

Kentucky’s annihilation of UCLA has national experts predicting a historic season for the Wildcats (UK Athletics Photo)   If you were watching scores scrolling across the bottom of your television screen on ESPN Saturday, you had to do a cartoon-like, Wile E. Coyote jaw-drop when you saw this crawl by: Haltime: No. 1 Kentucky 41, UCLA 7.   I mean, that’s a cartoon. Things like...

Wildcats’ nationally televised blowout forces experts to ponder chances for a perfect season

Kentucky’s annihilation of UCLA has national experts predicting a historic season for the Wildcats (UK Athletics Photo)   If you were watching scores scrolling across the bottom of your television screen on ESPN Saturday, you had to do a cartoon-like, Wile E. Coyote jaw-drop when you saw this crawl by: Haltime: No. 1 Kentucky 41, UCLA 7.   I mean, that’s a cartoon. Things like...

Ashley Scoby: UK-UCLA contest is what college basketball is supposed to be about

Big-time college basketballl programs, like Kentucky, North Carolina and UCLA, bring national buzz to the game when they play each other on a regular basis (UK Athletics Photo)   Whatever happens Saturday when Kentucky matches up with UCLA in the CBS Sports Classic, remember one thing: This is the way college basketball is supposed to be played.   Neutral site. Big city (Chicago). National...

UK will make first visit to Pauley Pavilion in opener of new two-game series with UCLA

Kentucky and UCLA will play a home-and-home series over the next two years (Jamie Vaught Photo)   Adding to an already marquee nonconference slate of games for the next two seasons, Kentucky has signed a two-year home-and-home series with UCLA, beginning with a trip to Los Angeles during the 2015-16 season.   UK will begin the series with a trip to Pauley Pavilion on Dec. 3, 2015, which will...