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As Kentucky readies for rematch with Tennessee, Calipari knows comebacks will get harder to achieve

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today In two weeks, the postseason begins and John Calipari hopes the Wildcats learned a lesson in a 70-66 win over Arkansas Tuesday night. An overwhelming favorite against the Razorbacks, fourth-ranked Kentucky (24-4, 13-2 Southeastern Conference) fell behind early and trailed by 15 early in the second half before mounting a successful comeback down the stretch. The rally...

It’s time for 31st annual Big Blue Crush blood drive, a battle between the ‘Cats and the Tennessee Vols

Who has the best fans – Kentucky or Tennessee? It’s time to find out in the 31st annual Big Blue Crush, the yearly blood battle between the Cats and the Vols which is next week, Nov. 12-16. To assure a sufficient blood supply for the holidays, Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) and Medic Regional Blood Center in Knoxville have had an ongoing friendly competition to see whose donors can give the most...

Volunteers roll over UK 24-7 in stunning win in Knoxville; Cats were in ‘all systems failure’ mode

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (KT) — Tennessee is in a rebuilding mode. It didn’t matter. The Volunteers were in past form in a stunning 24-7 win over No. 12 Kentucky.   The Wildcats haven’t won in Knoxville since 1984 and the losing streak was extended to 17 games following Saturday’s disastrous setback in their Southeastern Conference finale. It was an all systems failure...

Stoops is more concerned about defeating UT than ending 34-year drought in Knoxville

Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops addresses the media during his weekly press conference Monday. the Wildcats close out the SEC portion of the schedule at Tennessee Saturday. (Kentucky Today/Mark Stoops) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky hasn’t won a football game in Knoxville since 1984, but Mark Stoops won’t be making that a point to his team leading up to Saturday’s Southeastern Conference...

SEC Tournament: Kentucky tops Rocky Top to retain tournament title

Kentucky’s players celebrate after winning a fourth straight Southeastern Conference Tournament title Sunday in Saint Louis. (Tammie Brown/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky retained bragging rights in Southeastern Conference Tournament. The Wildcats (24-10) captured their fourth straight title with a 77-72 triumph over top-seeded Tennessee Sunday at the Scottrade Center...

SEC Tournament: Gabriel goes off on Tide, leads Wildcats to title game

Wenyen Gabriel hit seven 3-pointers and scored 23 points to lead Kentucky to an 86-63 win over Alabama in the SEC semifinals Saturday. (Tammie Brown/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today ST. LOUIS — Wenyen Gabriel couldn’t miss and Kentucky reaped the benefits. Gabriel set a school record for most 3-pointers made in a Southeastern Conference Tournament game with seven and also set a new...

Calipari takes blame as Tennessee completes rare sweep of Wildcats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It’s been nearly two decades since Tennessee swept Kentucky. The surging Volunteers achieved that feat for the first time in 19 years with a 61-59 win over the Wildcats Tuesday night at Rupp Arena. The Wildcats (17-7, 6-5 Southeastern Conference) lost back-to-back games for the second time this season and struggled from the field against the Volunteers, who won their...

Calipari: Surging Tennessee will provide a tough challenge for Wildcats

Kentucky coach John Calipari and the Wildcats will take on surging Tennessee Tuesday night at Rupp Arena. The Wildcats lost to the Volunteers a month ago in Knoxville. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will have its hands full coming off a disappointing 69-60 loss at Missouri when it hosts surging Tennessee Tuesday night. Although the Wildcats (17-6, 6-4 Southeastern Conference)...

Calipari staying in the moment following loss to Vols, expects more fight against Aggies

Kevin Knox goes up for a shot in a win over Louisville last month. The Wildcats host Texas A&M Tuesday night at Rupp Arena. (Elliott Hess/UK Athletics) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari isn’t worried about the future and is staying in the moment following his team’s loss to Tennessee last weekend in Knoxville. “It’s my job to just continue day-to-day, stay in the moment,”...

Rocky finish: Wildcats falter in the second half in loss at Tennessee

PJ Washington goes up for a shot in the first half of Kentucky’s 76-65 loss at Tennessee Saturday night in Knoxville. Washington didn’t play most of the second half because of cramps in his left leg. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has had a hard time topping Tennessee at Rocky Top and Saturday night was no exception. For the third time in their last five tries,...

Calipari, Wildcats expect another close encounter against Volunteers in Knoxville

Kevin Knox had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds in Kentucky’s 74-71 over LSU earlier this week in Baton Rouge. The Wildcats take on Tennessee at 9 p.m. Saturday night in Knoxville (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky had to rally to beat Southeastern Conference foe LSU Tuesday night in Baton Rouge. The Wildcats expect a similar battle when they take on Tennessee...

Kentucky rallies for rare 29-26 victory over rival Tennessee to reach bowl eligibility

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Benny Snell fumbled the ball away in his first carry against Tennessee Saturday night. He more than made up for the miscue, rushing for season-high 180 yards and three touchdowns in an 29-26 triumph over Tennessee. The victory gave the Wildcats their second over the Volunteers in the past six years. Kentucky ended a 26-game losing streak to Tennessee with a 10-7 win here...

UK’s Stoops not worried about Tennessee’s state of mind, focused on own team

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops isn’t too concerned about Tennessee’s state of mind going into Saturday’s showdown against the Volunteers at Kroger Field. The Volunteers (3-4, 0-4 Southeastern Conference) have yet to win a game in the league and haven’t scored an offensive touchdown in the last 14 quarters. The Volunteers’ defense scored the lone touchdown in a 45-7 loss at Alabama...

Keith Taylor: Transformed by reboot, Cats put together complete game in easy win over Vols

Malik Monk scored 20 points in UK”s win over Tennessee Tuesday night at Rupp Arena (Tammie Brown Photo) Kentucky is back to having fun again. Three weeks since an 82-80 setback to Tennessee that led to three losses in four games and forced John Calipari to go into reboot mode, the Wildcats returned to form in a dominating 83-58 win over the Volunteers Tuesday night. The Wildcats (21-5, 11-2 Southeastern...

Previous loss to Vols a moment of growth for Cats, who seek better outcome in rematch

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer Although Tennessee handed Kentucky its first Southeastern Conference setback of the season last month, it turned out to be a learning experience. At the time, the Wildcats (20-5, 10-2 Southeastern Conference) were on a roll and had won their first seven conference games following a 73-70 loss to instate foe Louisville. The Volunteers not only ended Kentucky’s...

Keith Taylor: Calipari wants Cats to get back to doing what’s right for team following loss to Vols

KNOXVILLE — Maybe Kentucky was looking ahead to its showdown with Kansas. Maybe the Wildcats simply didn’t heed John Calipari’s warning about how tough it was to beat Tennessee on the road. Regardless, the Volunteers proved to be the better team Tuesday night, taking advantage of a rare mediocre performance by the Wildcats and handed fourth-ranked Kentucky its first Southeastern Conference setback...

Cats can’t recover from slow start in 72-65 loss at Tennessee in SEC opener

The University of Kentucky women’s basketball team dropped its Southeastern Conference opener Sunday, falling 72-65 to Tennessee at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville. The setback was the second in a row for the Wildcats, who lost at Duke Thursday night in Durham to close out the non-conference portion of the schedule. Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell said a slow start by the Wildcats hurt his team’s...

Kentucky piles up yards but can’t keep pace with Dobbs in 49-36 loss to Tennessee in SEC finale

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer KNOXVILLE — Kentucky will have to wait a little while longer before it can clinch a winning season in the Southeastern Conference. The Wildcats (5-5, 4-4) missed two chances at securing a runner-up finish in the conference, the latest a 49-36 setback at Tennessee Saturday, giving the Volunteers a shot at winning the Eastern division title despite a three-game...

Kentucky regroups from loss to Georgia, eyes first win at Tennessee since 1984 in SEC finale

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer Kentucky has had six days to get over a heartbreaking loss to Georgia and Mark Stoops said that’s plenty of time for his team to regroup going into Saturday’s Southeastern Conference finale at Tennessee. “Our players know, even in the loss, we did some very good things,” Stoops said Thursday. “We’re just trying to get any mistakes we’ve had...

SEC Media Days: Alabama, Tennessee top picks in conference, UK predicted to finish 4th in East

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer BIRMINGHAM — The votes are in and Alabama is the favorite to win the Southeastern Conference title. The Crimson Tide was chosen to win the Western Division, while Tennessee is the early favorite to capture the Eastern Division title. Although Alabama is the favorite, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said earlier this week the team has some challenges...