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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...

SEC Media Days: East rivals Kentucky, Tennessee ahead of other league foes in QB arms race

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer BIRMINGHAM — Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has never had the luxury of having a starting quarterback in place before the start of fall workouts in first three seasons as coach of the Wildcats. Not a problem this year. It all changed last spring when the fourth-year coach named Drew Barker the starter following spring workouts. The sophomore signal caller...

Kentucky wins final two games at Tennessee to take 3-game series; softball team swept by Auburn

The Kentucky baseball team completed a grueling five-game week with its third consecutive series win to open Southeastern Conference play, defeating Tennessee, in addition to a midweek win over Xavier and a setback against Northern Kentucky. Kentucky will return to action in a four-game home week, starting on Wednesday, hosting No. 4 Louisville on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and No. 21 Alabama in a three-game...

Keith Taylor: Willis turns in stellar performance with 25 points to lead Kentucky past Tennessee

Rick Barnes knew what to expect from Kentucky’s top two players but wasn’t sure about the rest of the team’s roster. As expected, Tyler Ulis paced the Wildcats’ offense with 11 points and nine assists, while Murray scored 28 points and tied a career-high with nine rebounds. Ulis and Murray had their share of contributions, but junior Derek Willis was the main spark, scoring...

Keith Taylor: Kentucky hasn’t forgotten loss to Tennessee, eager to ‘get back’ at Volunteers

Isaiah Briscoe hasn’t forgotten what transpired the last time Kentucky played Tennessee. “We let one get away from us,” The Kentucky guard said Wednesday. Isaiah Briscoe and the Wildcats are eager for Thursday’s rematch against Tennessee (Tammie Brown Photo) Indeed, the Wildcats (19-6, 9-3 Southeastern Conference) did just that, blowing a 21-point lead, resulting in an 84-77 setback...

Knoxville meltdown: Wildcats blow 21-point lead in shocking 84-77 loss to Tennessee

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer Kentucky coach John Calipari wanted to get out of Knoxville as fast as he could. Although he was concerned about the weather conditions, he likely wanted to forget about his team’s shocking 84-77 loss to Tennessee Tuesday night at Thompson-Boling Arena. “I’m just ready to get on the plane because I don’t want to have to bus back,” he said....

Keith Taylor: Tennessee’s Barnes says UK will be a team to watch between now and March

Tennessee coach Rick Barnes has taken note of Kentucky’s recent growth spurt that has propelled the Wildcats to three victories in the past four games. “I think (John Calipari is) getting more settled with what he wants to do with the rotation, how many guys he wants to play, and honestly, that can change from game to game at times, but I just think this team is starting to kind of get an identity,...

Keith Taylor: Kentucky renews emphasis on fundamentals, preps for Vols’ rushing attack

By Keith Taylor KyForward sports writer Nothing went right for Kentucky in a double-digit loss last week at Mississippi State. The Wildcats (4-3, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) suffered their second straight loss with a 42-16 setback to the Bulldogs, by far Kentucky’s worst defensive performance of the year. The Wildcats surrendered a season-high 586 yards against the Bulldogs, but hope a renewed emphasis...

Keith Taylor: Stoops shoulders blame for loss to Bulldogs, vows better showing against Volunteers

By Keith Taylor KyForward sports writer Mark Stoops is spreading the blame for Kentucky’s performance in a 42-16 loss at Mississippi State last Saturday night, but the Kentucky coach is mostly pointing fingers at himself. “There is a lot of blame and it starts with me,” Stoops said Monday. “We’ll get it corrected and move on. I still fully 100 percent believe in this team and what we’re...

Tennessee Volunteers advance to round of 64 with overtime win in First Four over Iowa

No. 11-seeded Tennessee earned its way into the field of 64 Wednesday, topping Iowa in overtime 78-65 at the First Four in Dayton, Ohio, advancing to face No. 6 Massachusetts in the Midwest Region second round Friday. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   The Volunteers didn’t lead until late—an Antonio Barton three gave Tennessee its first lead at 59-57 with just over three minutes...

SEC Tournament Roundup, Semifinals: Florida comes back to earn spot in finals

ATLANTA — No. 1 Florida has won 25 games in a row heading into Sunday’s SEC championship game against Kentucky, the latest of which was a 56-49 win over Tennessee in an SEC tournament semifinal Saturday. But win No. 25 wasn’t certain even in the game’s final minutes. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   Florida trailed 35-28 at halftime—and it got to that total because...

SEC Tournament Roundup, Quarterfinals: Kentucky to face Georgia on Saturday

ATLANTA — By virtue of Georgia taking a late lead and topping Ole Miss 75-73, Kentucky now knows its opponent in Saturday’s SEC tournament semifinal. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   You already know Kentucky topped LSU in a momentous win, an 85-67 victory that was the Wildcats’ biggest margin of victory since Jan. 25. The Wildcats’ opponent that day: Georgia. The...

For once, strong free-throw shooting saved No. 13 Kentucky in Saturday win over Vols

Aaron Harrison missed Kentucky’s only free throw Saturday, the Wildcats finishing 23-of-24 from the line in a 74-66 win over Tennessee. (Photo by James Pennington)   At one point when Doron Lamb was at Kentucky, he realized one day that fatigue was playing more of a factor in his shooting than he realized. So instead of accepting the fact or perhaps aiming on improving his conditioning and...

Julius Randle, Andrew Harrison lead UK
to 74-66 win over Tennessee Volunteers

Julius Randle had 20 points and four assists in No. 13 Kentucky’s 74-66 win over Tennessee on Saturday. (Photo by James Pennington)   As slow as No. 13 Kentucky was to find any semblance of rhythm or comfort Saturday against Tennessee—that’s what Cuonzo Martin’s Tennessee teams do: Play slow and uncomfortable—the Wildcats found it eventually and won 74-66 over the hard-nosed...

Julius Randle, Andrew Harrison lead UK to 74-66 win over Tennessee Volunteers

Julius Randle had 20 points and four assists in No. 13 Kentucky’s 74-66 win over Tennessee on Saturday. (Photo by James Pennington)   As slow as No. 13 Kentucky was to find any semblance of rhythm or comfort Saturday against Tennessee—that’s what Cuonzo Martin’s Tennessee teams do: Play slow and uncomfortable—the Wildcats found it eventually and won 74-66 over the hard-nosed...

Senior DTs Mister Cobble and Donte Rumph: On two brothers’ final game together at UK

Mister Cobble (left, No. 97) and Donte Rumph (right, No. 99) played their final game as defensive tackles together at Kentucky on Saturday. (Photo by Jon Hale)   Rarely during their playing careers at Kentucky did anyone see Donte Rumph and Mister Cobble without one standing next to the other, and that’s no mistake. Yes, they both play defensive tackle and line up next to each other every down...

Senior DTs Mister Cobble and Donte Rumph: On two brothers' final game together at UK

Mister Cobble (left, No. 97) and Donte Rumph (right, No. 99) played their final game as defensive tackles together at Kentucky on Saturday. (Photo by Jon Hale)   Rarely during their playing careers at Kentucky did anyone see Donte Rumph and Mister Cobble without one standing next to the other, and that’s no mistake. Yes, they both play defensive tackle and line up next to each other every down...

Kentucky falls 27-14 to Volunteers in finale, capping Stoops’ first season with 2-10 record

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops finished his first season as the Wildcats’ coach with a 2-10 record, which the Wildcats’ 27-14 loss to Tennessee finalized Saturday. (Photo by James Pennington)   When Mark Stoops accepted the Kentucky head coaching job last November, he acknowledged times would be trying while he and his staff rebuilt the program. The first season, presumably his toughest...

Kentucky falls 27-14 to Volunteers in finale, capping Stoops' first season with 2-10 record

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops finished his first season as the Wildcats’ coach with a 2-10 record, which the Wildcats’ 27-14 loss to Tennessee finalized Saturday. (Photo by James Pennington)   When Mark Stoops accepted the Kentucky head coaching job last November, he acknowledged times would be trying while he and his staff rebuilt the program. The first season, presumably his toughest...

Avery Williamson leaves legacy at UK despite Wildcats’ struggles as team in senior season

Kentucky’s Avery Williamson will play his final game Saturday against Tennessee. (Photo by James Pennington)   Avery Williamson won’t be around to reap all the benefits of what’s coming toward Kentucky’s football program—the $110 million in renovations to Commonwealth Stadium to be completed in two years, the recruiting classes headed toward campus that seem able to promise the investment...