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Wildcats check in at No. 4, Duke ranked on top of preseason USA Today Coaches Poll

Despite losing nearly 93 percent of its scoring and almost 77 percent of its rebounding from a season ago, the panel for the USA Today Coaches Poll once again believes the Kentucky men’s basketball team will be among the top teams competing for a national title in 2017-18. The Wildcats are ranked fourth in the preseason Coaches Poll that was released Thursday. Duke will begin the season at No. 1,...

Kentucky Cares Classic features UK, Morehead State in exhibition benefiting disaster relief effort

In light of recent disasters around the country, UK Athletics will play a small part in helping those affected by adding a third men’s basketball exhibition game to Kentucky’s 2017-18 schedule. The NCAA has granted a special waiver for the Wildcats to host Morehead State. UK will host the Eagles – coached by former Kentucky staff member Preston Spradlin – for the inaugural “Kentucky Cares...

Total of 27 University of Kentucky players make NBA rosters, leading all college basketball programs

Kentucky’s unprecedented success with helping players reach the NBA has surpassed a new level of extreme. As the 2017-18 NBA season begins Tuesday, a whopping 27 players on NBA opening-day rosters played and finished their college basketball careers at the University of Kentucky, the nation’s most prolific NBA player-producing program in the country. UK’s 27 players are once again far and away...

Wildcats media choice to win SEC title; Diallo, Knox picked for preseason all-conference teams

The Kentucky men’s basketball program finds itself in familiar territory under the direction of ninth-year head coach John Calipari. UK is faced with replacing more than 90 percent of its scoring and 85 percent of its rebounding, yet a select panel of media voted the Wildcats to win their fourth consecutive Southeastern Conference regular-season championship. Should Kentucky achieve that standard,...

With new basketball season on the horizon, UK deputy AD Peevy prepares for calm before storm

By Amy Jones-Timoney and Kody Kiser Special to KyForward As the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team prepares to kick off its regular season with Big Blue Madness, UK Deputy Director of Athletics DeWayne Peevy prepares for the calm before the storm. Since he oversees the men’s basketball program as part of his role with UK Athletics, the next few months will keep the Birmingham,...

Jamie Vaught: College basketball yearbooks agree — Cal’s Cats will open the season ranked No. 6

As you know, when October rolls around, it’s basketball time in Kentucky. That means the college basketball yearbooks are out, too, and they are forecasting a banner year for the Wildcats this winter. All three publications — Athlon Sports, Lindy’s Sports and Street & Smith’s — have picked Kentucky’s men squad at the same spot — No. 6 — in their preseason rankings....

UK’s Knox grew up above the curve, playing outside his comfort zone and above the competition

Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of stories and profiles taking a look at this year’s Kentucky men’s basketball team ahead of Big Blue Madness, set for Oct. 13. By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kevin Knox II has always played above the competition. Knox, son of former Florida State wide receiver Kevin Knox who won a national championship with the Seminoles in 1993 and played one season...

College basketball official files federal harassment lawsuit against Kentucky Sports Radio

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today College basketball referee John Higgins filed a federal civil lawsuit against Kentucky Sports Radio, accusing it of causing conditions that led to the harassment of him and his family after an NCAA tournament game in March. Higgins, of Nebraska, his wife Carol Higgins and their roofing and siding company, Weatherguard, filed the suit Tuesday in U.S. District Court for...

UK freshman point guard Quade Green wants to create own legacy, path to next level

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of stories and profiles taking a look at this year’s Kentucky men’s basketball team ahead of Big Blue Madness, set for Oct. 13. Quade Green hasn’t had much down time this fall. “It’s been crazy,” Green said. “Adjusting to college is the busiest thing ever in my life right now. I’m going through the process...

Foot injury sidelines Wildcats’ freshman post Jarred Vanderbilt for at least three months

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The University of Kentucky men’s basketball team lost one of its top post players Friday. Freshman Jarred Vanderbilt suffered a foot injury and is expected to miss the next three months. Vanderbilt suffered the injury during a skill instruction period Friday and will have surgery on the injured left foot. The 6-foot-9 freshman forward is hopeful and optimistic for a...

UK releases information on single-game tickets for men’s basketball games at Rupp

On-sale dates and single-game ticket prices for each of Kentucky’s home games will have its first public on-sale opportunity on Tuesday. Once again this season, the UK Athletics Ticket Office, in conjunction with its partnership with Ticketmaster, will enable its resale marketplace for all 20 men’s basketball home games prior to the season tipping off. New this season, fans will be able to purchase...

Jamie Vaught: Outspoken Finebaum has become the unofficial voice of the Southeastern Conference

Paul Finebaum? Heard of him? The name should be familiar, especially if you’re a Southeastern Conference fan. He is all over the airwaves as a colorful and controversial broadcaster on the SEC and ESPN networks with strong opinions on many issues. And he tours with the SEC Nation, the traveling pregame show that is shown live from a different campus on Saturdays, previewing college football games...

Let the Madness Begin: Tickets for Big Blue Madness 2017 available Sept. 29 at Memorial Coliseum

Tickets for the 2017 edition of Big Blue Madness in Rupp Arena will be available Friday, Sept. 29, at 10 p.m. at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows on Avenue of Champions and online at Ticketmaster.com. Big Blue Madness, the first open practice opportunity for UK’s 2017-18 men’s and women’s basketball teams, is Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. It will also air live on the SEC Network. Tickets are free again...

ESPN documentary series SEC Storied shines spotlight on inspirational career of C.M. Newton

Featuring one of the towering figures in Southeastern Conference history, the latest chapter in ESPN Films’ SEC Storied series is “Courage Matters – The C. M. Newton Story.” Premiering Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 9 p.m. ET on SEC Network, the film explores the story of Newton’s influence on the basketball world, a career spanning seven decades as an innovator and an advocate for the advancement...

Tickets for annual UK men’s basketball Blue-White scrimmage at Rupp go on sale Monday

Tickets for the Kentucky men’s basketball Blue-White Game go on sale Sept. 25 at 5 p.m. ET. The annual exhibition is scheduled for Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. in Rupp Arena. The game will be televised by the SEC Network. On Monday at 5 p.m., tickets will be available online through Ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000. Based on availability after Monday evening’s on-sale, tickets...

John Calpari’s 2017 Coaches’ Clinic scheduled for Oct. 22 at the Joe Craft Center

The 2017 John Calipari Coaches’ Clinic has been set for Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Joe Craft Center on the campus of the University of Kentucky. Last year’s clinic was sold out, so early registration is encouraged to reserve a spot. The day-long event, intended for male and female coaches, gives a unique look into the coaching philosophies and strategies that Calipari uses in guiding...

Cats release start times, television information for SEC, most of non-conference schedule

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today All of Kentucky’s men’s basketball games will be televised not only locally and regionally, but also nationally this season. All games will be televised through the ESPN app, which includes ESPN, ESPN2, and the SEC Network. All games on the CBS Network also can be streamed online. Kentucky’s game against Kansas will be televised on ESPN, while the UCLA and Louisville...

Popular John Calipari Women’s Basketball Clinic back in Rupp Arena on Oct. 29

The ninth annual and always popular John Calipari Women’s Clinic is set for Oct. 29 from 1-4 p.m. The clinic will take place in historical Rupp Arena for the second consecutive year. The clinic is designed for women with all levels of basketball knowledge and experience and offers an exclusive inside look at the University of Kentucky men’s basketball program. The cost will remain unchanged at...

Wildcats collide with West Virginia on ESPN as part of Big 12/SEC Men’s Basketball Challenge

ESPN has announced the television network designations and start times for the fifth annual Big 12/SEC Challenge Presented by Sonic. Four of the 10 games will be televised on ESPN, four on ESPN2 and two games will air on ESPNU. All 10 games will also be available on the ESPN app. ESPN’s College GameDay Covered by State Farm – the Saturday roadshow that discusses the top storylines of the college...

UK’s Calipari spearheading Sunday telethon effort on WKYT for victims of Hurricane Harvey

John Calipari has announced plans for a telethon Sunday for victims of Hurricane Harvey. The Kentucky basketball coach said he was working with WKYT in Lexington and the Red Cross on the project. It will air live from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on WKYT and UK/IMG affiliates. Sunday’s telethon will also stream live at WKYT.com. Kentucky coach John Calipari has organized a telethon Sunday for Hurricane Harvey...