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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. 
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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...

Calipari’s Wildcats not looking ahead to Duke going into final exhibition game

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Before second-ranked Kentucky can start thinking about its season opener against No. 4 Duke set for Tuesday, the Wildcats will play one more exhibition game before the season becomes official. Freshman Keldon Johnson said the Wildcats haven’t started looking ahead to the Blue Devils just yet. “We’re taking it one game at a time,” he said. “We’ll cross that...

Exhibition opener a teaching tool for No. 2 Kentucky, Transy

Transylvania guard Michael Jefferson (10) drives to the basket against Kentucky’s PJ Washington in an exhibition game Friday night at Rupp Arena. (Kentucky Today/Tammie Brown) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is still growing and learning and far from reaching its peak. The Wildcats had little trouble defeating Transylvania in its exhibition opener Friday night, but the team’s 94-66...

No. 2 Kentucky eager to meet Transy in ‘Battle on Broadway’

Kentucky Today It’s not the official opener, but Kentucky is anxious to open the exhibition season. The second-ranked Wildcats will take on Transylvania in the first of two exhibition games Friday night at Rupp Arena. Although the game doesn’t count, the players are eager to face an outside opponent, signifying the season is drawing nearer. “We’re just excited to play against somebody else,”...

Kentucky coach John Calipari seeking a consistent rotation as Cats prepare to open exhibition play

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today When Kentucky opens its two-game exhibition schedule against Transylvania Friday, John Calipari will be looking for a degree of separation ahead of the team’s season opener against Duke in less than two weeks. “It’s got to start happening and I may start one group of five and then maybe three different guys in the second half,” Calipari said. “(I) may do...

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”...

Although favored to win the Southeastern Conference, Calipari, Cats know task won’t be easy

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is used to being the favorite in the Southeastern Conference and this season will be no different. The Wildcats were picked to finish first in the league by media members Wednesday. Kentucky was selected ahead of Tennessee, Auburn, Mississippi State, Florida, LSU, Alabama, Vanderbilt, Missouri, Arkansas, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Georgia, and Ole Miss....

UK Notebook: Calipari glad to see Big Blue Nation develop passion for football team

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari understands why Kentucky’s fan base was not happy following Kentucky’s 20-14 overtime loss to Texas A&M two weeks ago. “Do you remember where two years ago we’d be sad and disappointed? Wasn’t no sad now,” the Kentucky men’s basketball coach said. “Everybody, their staff was mad, their players were mad, our fans were mad, the...