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Wildcats use grinding ground game to slam door on the Vanderbilt Commodores, 38-14, in Nashville

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky moved within one game be becoming bowl eligible for the fourth straight season with a 38-14 win over Vanderbilt in its Southeastern Conference finale Saturday in Nashville. Coming off a disappointing 17-13 loss to Tennessee last week, the Wildcats fell behind 14-3 after the Commodores scooped up an A.J. Rose fumble and returned it 67 yards for a touchdown at...

Kentucky overcomes slow start, wins football season opener against gritty Toledo, 38-24, on Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The opener is seemingly the toughest game of the year for most teams and Toledo was no easy task for Kentucky Saturday. 
The Wildcats (1-0) scratched and clawed their way to a 38-24 win over the Rockets and it wasn’t pretty. Kentucky trailed twice in the first half and pieced together a field goal off a Toledo turnover, followed by a touchdown in consecutive fashion...

SEC Tournament: Wildcats roll Tide to advance to semifinals, 73-75, avenging an earlier two-point loss

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today NASHVILLE — Kentucky got even with Alabama.   The Wildcats (27-5) avenged a 77-75 loss to the Crimson Tide earlier this season and welcomed the return of senior Reid Travis to the lineup with a 73-55 win in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament Friday night at Bridgestone Arena. “It was a good win,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said....

Wildcats in ‘good spirits’ going into showdown at Florida, ready to ‘give it all we’ve got’

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is used to what to expect on the road and won’t be overwhelmed when it visits Florida Saturday in Gainesville. “I heard that it’s pretty crazy, but at this point we’re pretty used to it, playing at Louisville and playing at Auburn,” Kentucky guard Jemarl Baker said. “We’ve just got to go out there and give it all we’ve got.” The Wildcats (17-3,...

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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Late Kentucky rally doesn’t pull it out — Cats lose to Alabama in SEC opener in Tuscaloosa, 77-75

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It took Alabama six years to beat Kentucky. The Crimson Tide did just that Saturday in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.   The 13-ranked Wildcats (10-3) had a 10-game winning streak to Alabama snapped following a 77-75 setback as the Crimson Tide extended their winning streak to five games. Kentucky had a modest three-game winning streak come to an end.   “We...

Calipari’s Wildcats looking forward to opening Southeastern Conference play at Alabama Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Keldon Johnson likes the way Kentucky is starting to come together going into the team’s Southeastern Conference opener set for Saturday at Alabama. “We’re just trusting each other, playing as a team,” he said Thursday. “We’re just enjoying the process, enjoying getting better every day and just enjoying each other. That’s just the main thing. You can see...

Wildcats leave Sunshine State all smiles after Citrus Bowl victory, 27-24 over Penn State

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today ORLANDO, Florida (KT) — Kentucky started the New Year with a bang.   The Wildcats (10-3) reached the double-digit win plateau for the first time since 1977 with an exciting 27-24 triumph over Penn State in the Citrus Bowl Tuesday, ending a four-game postseason losing streak. Kentucky had lost its last three bowl contests, including a disappointing 24-23 loss to Northwestern...

Western Hills football standout Wandale Robinson commits to Cats

Western Hills star Wandale Robinson chose Kentucky over Ohio State, Nebraska and other schools Thursday at the school. Robinson is a front-runner for Kentucky Mr Football. (Mike Marsee Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Wandale Robinson has made his college choice and is staying close to home. The Western Hills High School senior running back verbally committed to Kentucky Thursday afternoon. Robinson,...

Hitting his stride, UK guard Diallo buying into what it takes for Wildcats to win

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Hamidou Diallo is buying into what it takes for Kentucky to be successful and it’s showing in the court. The secret to Diallo’s recent success, especially during the past four games, has been simple. “(I’ve) just been coming in every day and working hard,” Diallo said following the Wildcats’ 93-86 victory over Virginia Tech last Saturday. Diallo, a redshirt...

Wildcats to face first real test of season against high-scoring Virginia Tech Hokies

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will have two options on the table when it takes on Virginia Tech Saturday at Rupp Arena. “We are at that stage with this team, we win or we learn,” Calipari said Friday. “That’s where we are. I’m not taking it any other way. We win or we’ll learn. And we are going to learn as individual players where guys are and as a team where we are.” Whether...

Stoops sees silver lining ahead for Wildcats amid disappointing loss to Ole Miss

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops answers questions during his weekly press conference Monday. The Wildcats take on Vanderbilt at 4 p.m. Saturday in Nashville. (Keith Taylor/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops admitted last Saturday’s 37-34 loss to Mississippi wasn’t easy to swallow, but after reviewing the loss on film, Stoops feels better about his team’s chances going into...

Knox pours in 27 as Cats reach century mark in exhibition win over Thomas More

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kevin Knox has been one of the shining stars for Kentucky during preseason workouts. When the lights came on, he didn’t disappoint. The freshman forward scored 27 points to lead the Wildcats to a 103-61 win over Thomas More in the first of three exhibition games Friday night at Rupp Arena. Knox made 8 of 12 attempts from the floor and drained all 10 of his attempts...

UK’s Stoops not worried about Tennessee’s state of mind, focused on own team

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops isn’t too concerned about Tennessee’s state of mind going into Saturday’s showdown against the Volunteers at Kroger Field. The Volunteers (3-4, 0-4 Southeastern Conference) have yet to win a game in the league and haven’t scored an offensive touchdown in the last 14 quarters. The Volunteers’ defense scored the lone touchdown in a 45-7 loss at Alabama...

Recovering from foot injury, Vanderbilt not surprised by Kentucky’s early team chemistry

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Jarred Vanderbilt couldn’t wait to get to Kentucky to meet his new teammates. “I’m glad that they let us come during the summer,” Vanderbilt said. “You know just to get our feet wet. Experience a little bit in the college world and maybe it is good having a little advantage.” Jarred Vanderbilt will miss the first three months of the season as he recovers from...

Playing for ex-NBA star Hardaway helped P.J. Washington prepare for life as a Wildcat

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today P.J. Washington was born in Louisville, but the Kentucky freshman doesn’t remember much more about his brief stay in the Bluegrass. “I was a little over three months old when we moved,” he said. “I don’t remember a lot about Louisville, other than being born there.I was just born in Louisville. That’s about it.” Kentucky newcomer P.J. Hardaway said playing...

Stoops: Lack of protection and aggressiveness on offensive line a big concern

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops knows his team has some “work to do” when the Wildcats return to Southeastern Conference play against Missouri Saturday, the last of three straight road games. The main point of emphasis for Kentucky (4-1, 1-1 ) following a closer-than-expected 24-20 victory over Eastern Michigan last week will be shoring up an offensive line that surrendered five sacks...

Keith Taylor: Resilient Wildcats proved they can shot take a shot to the gut, then fight right back and win

The culture is changing at Kentucky and it’s all for the better. Even when things looked bleak after South Carolina opened the game with Jake Bentley’s 63-yard touchdown pass to Deebo Samuel Saturday night, the Wildcats didn’t flinch and recovered from the Gamecocks’ quick strike to go on to defeat the Gamecocks 23-13. Mark Stoops and Mitch Barnhart were all smiles after Kentucky’s win...

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...

Former UK guard Hawkins pondering future as NFL teams showing interest in his talents

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Dominique Hawkins is known for his basketball skills, but his football talents are getting a look from trams in the National Football League. Hawkins, who just concluded a four-year career at Kentucky, wasn’t selected in the NBA Draft last spring, but participated with the Sacramento Kings in the Las Vegas Summer League. Dominique Hawkins likes football, but considers...