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Calipari confident Cats will fare well against UCLA in CBS Sports Classic

Kentucky coach John Calipari talks with guard Quade Green during a win over Virginia Tech last week. The Wildcats take on UCLA at 4 p.m. Saturday in the CBS Sports Classic in New Orleans. (Tammie Brown/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today LJohn Calipari isn’t sure what to expect when his team takes on UCLA Saturday, but the Kentucky coach is confident the Wildcats will fare well in New...

Fox scores career-high 39 points to lead Cats past UCLA and into South Region finals

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer MEMPHIS — Kentucky got revenge against UCLA and will have to beat North Carolina for a second time this season to reach the Final Four. De’Aaron Fox scored career-high 39 points to lead the Wildcats to an 86-75 win over the Bruins Friday night in the South Region semifinals at FedExForum. Kentucky guard De’Aaron Fox gets a hug from Isaiah Briscoe...

Calipari talks about his time at Memphis, but he’s more concerned about matchup against UCLA

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer MEMPHIS — John Calipari hasn’t forgotten his time at Memphis. Calipari, who compiled a 214-68 record in nine seasons as coach of the Tigers, had a reception with a “couple hundred people,” many of them close friends, Wednesday night and reminisced about the good times as his Kentucky team prepares to take on UCLA in the South Region semifinals...

Bearcats’ coach likes UCLA’s chances, Cats focused on themselves going into powerhouse showdown

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin believes UCLA has the right tools in place to make a run at the national title. The Cincinnati coach came away impressed with the Bruins following a 79-67 loss in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Sunday night. Even though UCLA coach Steve Alford has been mentioned as a possible successor to Tom Crean at Indiana, Cronin...

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...

Top-ranked Kentucky expecting a shootout against No. 11 Bruins in marquee showdown

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer Dominique Hawkins hasn’t forgotten last year’s 87-77 loss to UCLA but doesn’t expect the setback to have any bearing when the two powerhouse programs meet Saturday at Rupp Arena. “I don’t think it’s really a revenge factor,” Hawkins said Friday. “I just think that we’re going to come out and just play our game and hopefully we can win.” Making...

Keith Taylor: Calipari wants UK to get tougher, establish post presence against EKU

John Calipari knows his team isn’t going to produce blowouts eight games into the season. “We’re not going to be 20 points up on people,” he said. “These are going to be seven, eight-point games and you gotta battle it through. You gotta just have enough grit to go get balls and make a play at the end. We’ve shown we can do it.” Kentucky coach John Calipari wants the Wildcats to...

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...