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UK basketball faces challenging non-conference schedule; Big Blue Madness set for Oct. 11

With the exception of a still-to-be-announced Big 12/SEC Challenge game, the University of Kentucky men’s basketball 2019-20 non-conference schedule was completed Tuesday with five additional games. Already packed with the annual slate of traditional powers and postseason contenders, UK added a multi-team event, the BBN Showcase, and finalized a two-year deal with Georgia Tech from the Atlantic...

Thirteen former UK players to play in Las Vegas Summer League, tips off today

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today When the Las Vegas Summer League tips off today, 13 former Kentucky players will be part of the event.   The league will feature all 30 NBA teams, including a pair of International squads. Tyler Herro (Miami Heat) and Wenyen Gabriel (Sacramento Kings) are currently playing in the California League. Keldon Johnson (San Antonio Spurs) is playing in the Salt Lake City...

Former UK guard Tyler Herro makes impressive start, scores 18 in first NBA Summer League Game

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Tyler Herro was impressive in his professional debut. The former University of Kentucky guard scored 18 points and knocked down five 3-pointers on 10 attempts to lead the Miami Heat to a 106-79 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in an NBA Summer League game. Herro wasn’t afraid to take shots, a trait that impressed Miami’s summer league coaching staff. Tyler Herro scored...

Keldon Johnson will stay in NBA Draft, ending collegiate career; Jemarl Baker to transfer

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Keldon Johnson is following in the footsteps of Tyler Herro and PJ Washington. 
Nearly a week after declaring for the next level, Johnson announced his plans to stay in the NBA Draft, ending his collegiate career. Johnson started 36 games last season and averaged 13.5 points per game. He averaged 5.9 rebounds per game and was third on the team in both categories. Keldon...

Tyler Herro decides to stay in the NBA Draft, ending possibility of returning to UK for a second season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Tyler Herro’s college career is over. 
The Kentucky guard announced Tuesday he plans to remain in the NBA Draft instead of leaving open the possibility of returning for a second season. 
“After exploring my options a little bit more and getting some immediate feedback, I’ve decided to remain in the draft,” he said. Tyler Herro (Photo by Tammie Brown/Kentucky...

Tyler Herro to test NBA waters — but would be ‘thrilled’ to return to UK to compete for championship

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Tyler Herro is going to test the waters.   The Kentucky freshman guard declared for the NBA Draft Friday but is leaving his options open considering his future plans. Herro plans to hire an agent and return under new NCAA guidelines regarding the draft and will have until May 29 to make a final decision.   Herro discussed his options with his family and Kentucky coach...

Kentucky advances to Sweet Sixteen with win over Wofford, 62-56; Herro gets last-basket 3-pointer

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (KT) — Nobody has made more 3-pointers in college basketball than Fletcher Magee. In his final collegiate contest, Kentucky’s defense made the Wofford standout’s performance less than memorable.   
Magee failed to make a three on 12 attempts as the Wildcats survived with a 62-56 win over the Terriers in the second round of the NCAA Tournament...

Tyler Herro steps up to lead Wildcats to comeback win in close call against Razorbacks Tuesday night

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Tyler Herro was the hero for Kentucky Tuesday night. 
The freshman guard scored a career-high 29 points to lead the fourth-ranked Wildcats to a 70-66 triumph over Arkansas. The victory kept Kentucky (24-4, 13-2 Southeastern Conference) in a first-place tie with LSU in the Southeastern Conference standings with there games remaining. The comeback was Kentucky’s largest...

John Calipari’s surging Wildcats focused on surprising LSU, not top-ranked Tennessee

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari isn’t thinking about Tennessee. The Kentucky coach is more concerned about LSU going into Tuesday night’s showdown between the two Southeastern Conference foes. The Tigers (19-4, 9-1) are one of the top surprising teams in the SEC this season and have won 12 of their last 13 games, including an exciting 83-78 win over Auburn last Saturday in Baton Rouge....

Cats snap back, rally to beat Florida Gators in Gainesville Saturday, 65-54; big second half

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky knows what it takes to win on the road and rallied to beat Florida Saturday. 
The seventh-ranked Wildcats used a big second half to hold off the hosts and escaped with a 65-54 victory over the Gators. Kentucky posted its eighth-straight win, including its last four on the road and has limited its last eight foes to less than 60 points. Immanuel Quickly drives...

Kentucky makes decisive statement with win over in-state foe Cardinals, 71-58, in Louisville Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today LOUISVILLE (KT) — Kentucky didn’t overlook Louisville and simply took care of business Saturday, posting a 71-58 win over the Cardinals, giving Big Blue Nation one more reason to trust the process.   A season-opening 118-84 loss to Duke in the season opener, coupled by an 84-83 overtime loss to Seton Hall earlier this month, sowed seeds of doubt within a small segment...

Kentucky freshman Tyler Herro hopes to see Wildcat’s find rhythm as season progresses

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky guard Tyler Herro hasn’t gotten into a groove behind the arc yet, but the freshman guard hopes the Wildcats will settle into a rhythm as the season progresses. “We’re just still trying to find our stroke,” he said. “Haven’t made many 3-point shots as a team and myself, really. But we’ll find it eventually. Just getting back to it and finding the...

Washington scores breakout game in Cats’ rout against North Dakota at Rupp, 96-51

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky finally got an easy victory. PJ Washington scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the 10th-ranked Wildcats to a dominating 96-58 rout of North Dakota on Wednesday night at Rupp Arena. Kentucky (2-1) has won two in a row since falling to No. 1 Duke in the team’s season opener more than a week ago in Indianapolis. 
Washington, who...

Freshman guard Tyler Herro steals the show in Kentucky’s blue-white scrimmage

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Tyler Herro stole the show. The Kentucky freshman guard scored 34 points in Kentucky’s annual Blue-White scrimmage, which saw the blue squad come away with a 104-96 victory Sunday night. Herro, who played for the white team exclusively, made 12 of 16 shots from the field and knocked down four 3-pointers on six attempts. Herro said his main goal was to “have fun”...

Cats shoot lights out literally in second win of exhibition tour

Freshman guard Tyler Herro scored 22 points and made four 3-pointers to lead the Wildcats to an exhibition win over San Lorenzo Thursday night at Imperial Arena in Atlantis. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s second exhibition game at Imperial Arena in the Big Blue Bahamas Tour will be one to remember. The Wildcats defeated San Lorenzo De Almagro 91-68 Thursday night but...

Paced by vet and newcomer, Cats open Bahamas tour with easy win

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky opened its four-game Bahamas exhibition tour with an 85-61 win over the Bahamas National Team Wednesday at Imperial Arena in Atlantis. Nick Richards led four players in double figures with a team-high 19 points and missed just one shot on seven attempts. Freshman guard Tyler Herro followed Richards with 16 points and two steals. Keldon Johnson added 11 points...

Practice report: It’s easy to see why Calipari is so giddy about Wildcats

Kentucky coach John Calipari instructs his team during an open practice Wednesday at the Joe Craft Center. The Wildcats are preparing for a trip to the Bahamas next week. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari has spent more time with this Kentucky team than any other he has coached at Kentucky. In some ways, it’s been a throwback summer for the Kentucky coach...