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The Belk Bowl: Fun and games are over, as Kentucky gets down to business against Virginia Tech

Gametracker: Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech Noon, Saturday. TV/Radio: UK Radio Network. By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today CHARLOTTE, N.C. (KT) — The fun is over and Kentucky is ready to get down to business.   “At this point, you start getting a little anxious (and) you’re ready to go play the game,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said Monday.   Kentucky has circled the Charlotte Motor Speedway,...

Tyrese Maxey scores career-high 27 points to lead UK’s Cats to 78-70 overtime win over Louisville Cards

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Tyrese Maxey is making it a habit of stepping up in big games. He did just that against Kentucky’s in-state rival Saturday. The freshman guard scored a career-high 27 points to lead the Wildcats to a 78-70 overtime victory over No. 3 Louisville. Maxey broke a previous high of 26 he scored in the Wildcats’ 69-62 upset of then top-ranked Michigan State in the team’s...

Jamie Vaught: UK’s new recruit, Nate Sestina, can impact game on frontline and perimeter

Nate Sestina, a graduate transfer from Bucknell University, is one of UK’s new faces for the 2019-20 basketball team. But who is Sestina? I wanted to know more about his background. So I did some research by googling and found some interesting articles and tidbits. If you are a hoops junkie, you would already know something about the 6-foot-9, 245-pound forward. He can impact the game on the frontline...

Kentucky falls to Auburn in overtime, but P.J. Washington ‘gave it everything’ he had

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today KANSAS CITY (KT) — PJ Washington left it all on the court in what could have been his final game at Kentucky. Although a national championship would have been icing on the cake, Washington did his best to carry the Wildcats on his shoulders in Kentucky’s first Big Dance in Kansas City.   “I just tried to go out there and give it everything I had,” he said....

Wildcats start path to Final Four as No. 2 seed against Abilene Christian Thursday in Jacksonville

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s path to the Final Four will begin in the Sunshine State.    The Wildcats (27-6), the No, 2 seed in the Midwest Region, will take on Abilene Christian at 7:10 p.m. Thursday in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament in Jacksonville. The Wildcats (27-6) won the Southland Conference Tournament and received a bid to the Big Dance for the first time in school...

Calipari steps back, uses ‘old-school’ approach to move Cats forward; North Dakota game tonight

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari has taken a step back in an effort to get his team back on track.   The Kentucky coach admitted he might have gotten too far ahead too soon after the 10th-ranked Wildcats suffered a 118-84 loss to top-ranked Duke, followed by a 71-59 triumph over Southern Illinois last week.   “We went back to some old-school (workouts) for a couple of days,” Calipari...

Volunteers roll over UK 24-7 in stunning win in Knoxville; Cats were in ‘all systems failure’ mode

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (KT) — Tennessee is in a rebuilding mode. It didn’t matter. The Volunteers were in past form in a stunning 24-7 win over No. 12 Kentucky.   The Wildcats haven’t won in Knoxville since 1984 and the losing streak was extended to 17 games following Saturday’s disastrous setback in their Southeastern Conference finale. It was an all systems failure...

‘Cats quarterback Stephen Johnson was the right play caller at the right time in win over Tennessee

Stephen Johnson may not be considered the top quarterback in the Southeastern Conference and isn’t in the running for the Heisman Trophy, but he’s the right signal caller at the right time for Kentucky. Although the junior college transfer hasn’t been perfect during the past two seasons, he has been instrumental in leading the Wildcats to what will be back-to-back postseason appearances. Johnson...