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SEC releases television schedule; All UK basketball games to be televised as part of ESPN package

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The Southeastern Conference unveiled its television conference schedule on Tuesday and every game will be on national television. All of the team’s games are part of a package offered by ESPN, including the SEC Network. Kentucky will open the conference schedule against Missouri at 2 p.m. on Jan. 4, followed by a road encounter at Georgia set for 9 p.m. on Jan. 7 on...

UK draws national runner-up Texas Tech in Big 12/SEC Challenge on Jan. 25 in Lubbock, Texas

The final piece of the 2019-20 University of Kentucky men’s basketball non-conference schedule came into place Thursday, and it’s a good one. The Wildcats will visit the 2019 national runners-up, the Texas Tech Red Raiders, on Jan. 25 at United Supermarkets Arena as a part of the annual Big 12/SEC Challenge. The full slate of games was announced Thursday by the respective leagues. It will...

Geoffrey Staton hired as head athletic trainer for UK men’s basketball; also worked with Phoenix Suns

Geoffrey Staton, who has experience at the college, professional and international levels, has been hired as the head athletic trainer for the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team. Staton will take over for Chris Simmons, who served in the role since 2009-10 and returned to Memphis as the head athletic trainer in June. Staton will begin his role with the Wildcats immediately. “I...

Former UK basketball star Derek Anderson among six to be inducted into Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame

Six individuals who have made outstanding contributions to sports – dating back nearly a century through recent times – have been selected as the 2019 class of the Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame fueled by the Kentucky Lottery. Comprising the 42nd KSHOF class are: Derek Anderson, a member of a University of Kentucky basketball national championship, 11-year NBA veteran and NBA champion; Deion Branch,...

Nick Richards up to the challenge of becoming top post player in nation after opting to return to UK

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Nick Richards wants to get better and that’s the main reason he opted to return to Kentucky for a third season. “That’s one of the reasons I came to this school is to improve on my basketball skills and get ready for the next level,” Richards said. “I thought that coming back for an extra year would just benefit that.” Kentucky sophomore Nick Richards declared...

Jamie Vaught: It’s OK to be disappointed by UK’s loss to Auburn, but stop whining about John Calipari

Interestingly, a small bunch of so-called “Monday Morning” coaches in the Big Blue Nation as well as some opinionated media folks have been complaining and howling about basketball coach John Calipari and his favored Kentucky Wildcats for failing to make a coveted trip to the 2019 NCAA Final Four after Sunday afternoon’s heartbreaking overtime loss to Auburn. Sure, we are saddened with the painful...

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...

Kentucky holds off Mississippi State in Starkville to capture 20th win of the season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The streak continues for Kentucky. The fifth-ranked Wildcats (20-3, 9-1 Southeastern Conference) staved off a furious rally by host Mississippi State and held on for a 71-67 win over the Bulldogs Saturday in Starkville. Kentucky recorded its 10th consecutive victory and completed a regular-season sweep of the Bulldogs. Kentucky defeated Mississippi State 76-55 on Jan....

Jamie Vaught: Despite early season setbacks, Cats rebound, make basketball in Kentucky fun again

UK Basketball is fun again. After that ugly season-opening loss to Duke in Indianapolis back on Election Day in early November, the Big Blue Nation suffered a horrible spell for nearly two months. The rabid fans had seen the Wildcats, a preseason No. 2 team behind Kansas, fall from grace. Kentucky was no longer a serious Final Four contender. Three days later, UK bounced back and defeated Missouri...

Keith Taylor: Kentucky may not be the best, but Cats are the hottest team in the nation

Kentucky is one of the hottest squads in the nation after notching three victories over ranked teams in a seven-day span. 
It all started with a thrilling 82-80 win over Auburn on Jan. 19, followed by a blowout over Mississippi State last Tuesday. The Wildcats parlayed that success into a 71-63 triumph over Kansas Saturday in front of the largest crowd to witness a game in Lexington this season. 
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PJ Washington turns in inspiring performance, leads Wildcats past Kansas 71-63, gets 5th double-double

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today When he’s at his best, PJ Washington is nearly unstoppable. He was a force for Kentucky when the Wildcats needed him the most Saturday night.   Washington had a double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead the eighth-ranked Wildcats to a 71-63 victory over No. 9 Kansas in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge at Rupp Arena. It was the team’s fifth consecutive victory...

Kentucky rolls past Mississippi State for fifth straight win, sets sights on Saturday matchup with Kansas

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky can now focus on Kansas. The eighth-ranked Wildcats prepared for the Top 10 showdown against the Jayhawks with a 76-55 victory over No. 22 Mississippi State Tuesday night. Kentucky extended its winning streak to five games going into the SEC-Big 12 Challenge this weekend. Kentucky coach John Calipari improved to 11-0 against Mississippi State. Kentucky notched...

Looked ‘ugly’ early, but ‘Cats roll up their sleeves to win over Vandy 56-47 at Rupp

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It’s a trend Calipari would like to see come to an end sooner rather than later. For the second straight game, the Wildcats fell behind early and rallied to beat a Southeastern Conference opponent. Kentucky (12-3, 2-1) overcame a 16-4 deficit and outscored Vanderbilt 28-17 in the second half to defeat the Commodores 56-47 Saturday night.  Similar to its last outing,...

UK’s Immanuel Quickley emerging as a top threat from long range, shines on both ends of court

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today LEXINGTON, Ky. (KT) — Immanuel Quickley is making the most of his minutes. 
The freshman guard has emerged as one of Kentucky’s top threats from long range since the Wildcats began Southeastern Conference play last week at Alabama. Quickley, a known long-range shooter in high school, won the 3-point shooting contest in the McDonald’s All-American game last summer. 
Quickley...

Seton Hall squeaks by Wildcats, going down to the buzzer, 84-83 at Madison Square Garden

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Myles Cale hit a 3-pointer with eight seconds remaining to send Seton Hall to an 84-83 victory over ninth-ranked Kentucky Saturday at Madison Square Garden.   The Pirates (6-3) led 70-67 with two seconds remaining in regulation but Kentucky’s Keldon Johnson sank a half-court heave at the buzzer to send the game into overtime. Johnson’s 3-point attempt at the end...

Cats hold off Southern Illinois for first win; Johnson and Quickley each score 15 points

UK Athletics Keldon Johnson and Immanuel Quickley each scored 15 points, Nick Richards grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds and No. 2 Kentucky rallied in the second half to beat Southern Illinois 71-59 on Friday night. Immanuel Quickley (Photo by Kentucky Today/Tammie Brown) The Wildcats (1-1) bounced back from Tuesday night’s 118-84 shellacking by No. 4 Duke, but had to work hard in the second...

Landslide: No. 4 Duke rolls past second-ranked Kentucky in season opener

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today A highly-anticipated Top 5 showdown on college basketball’s opening night wasn’t even close. Second-ranked Kentucky fell behind early and never fully recovered in a stunning 118-84 loss to No. 4 Duke Tuesday night in the State Farm Champions Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The final tally by the Blue Devils set a Champions Classic record and the margin of victory...

Cats set to open the season against Duke in loaded Champions Classic

Kentucky freshman guard Tyler Herro and the Wildcats will open the season against Duke Tuesday night in the State Farm Champions Classic at Indianapolis. (Kentucky Today, Tammie Brown) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It’s not the Final Four, but it’s close enough. Kentucky will be among four teams competing in the State Farm Champions Classic Tuesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis...

Champions Classic: UK vets Washington, Travis eager for season-opener against Duke

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today LEXINGTON, Ky. (KT) — PJ Washington doesn’t shy away from the big stage and the Kentucky sophomore forward is looking forward to Tuesday’s season opener against Duke in the Champions Classic in Indianapolis. “I’m a competitor and I love playing against good teams,” he said. “It’s always fun playing against somebody like that. You know that they’re going...

Cats stave off IUP in tougher than expected exhibition encounter

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky got all it could handle from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in its final exhibition game Friday night. The second-ranked Wildcats improved to 6-0 in exhibition games this season with an 86-64 win over the Crimson Hawks, an NCAA Division II squad based in Indiana, Pennsylvania. Kentucky opens the regular season against No. 4 Duke in the Champions Classic Tuesday...