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Kentucky’s college basketball broadcasters can’t help but wonder what might’ve been in postseason

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Tom Leach can’t help but wonder what would have transpired if the COVID-19 crisis didn’t bring sports to a sudden halt earlier this month. Like many in the sports profession, Leach was busy preparing for the postseason after calling Kentucky’s thrilling 71-70 comeback win at Florida on March 7 in Gainesville. By March 13, the season came to a screeching halt. Kentucky...

Kentucky uses another second-half rally to complete sweep of Vandy

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Comebacks are customary when Kentucky plays Vanderbilt no matter the circumstances. The Wildcats did it again Tuesday night at Memorial Gymnasium. Kentucky rallied and notched its third consecutive victory and 11th in its last 13 contests with a 78-64 win over the Commodores. The 12th-ranked Wildcats (19-5, 9-2 Southeastern Conference) outscored Vanderbilt 51-28 in the...

Nick Richards comes to rescue with 25 pts., 14 rebounds as Cats win in OT over Texas Tech

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The amazing transformation of Nick Richards continues. The Kentucky junior forward scored 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead No. 15 Kentucky to a 76-74 win over 18th-ranked Texas Tech Saturday in the Big 12/SEC Challenge in Lubbock, Texas. Richards scored the first five points in overtime to give Kentucky a 69-64 lead and drained a pair of free throws with 10.3...

Limited-edition bobblehead commemorates rivalry between UK Wildcats, UofL Cardinals

As the University of Kentucky Wildcats and the Louisville Cardinals prepare to renew on of college basketball’s most intense rivalries today, fans can now purchase a playful memento. The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum has unveiled an officially licensed, limited edition bobblehead featuring Kentucky mascot “Wildcat” and Louisville mascot “Louie the Cardinal.” The mascots are...

UK Wildcats looking forward to rivalry game against in-state foe Louisville, coming off two losses

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Nate Sestina isn’t looking back. The Kentucky senior is looking forward to his first taste of the Kentucky-Louisville rivalry set for Saturday. “We have a team full of guys that are ready to play and the game coming up is huge for us,” Sestina said. “It’s an in-state rivalry, it’s a big, another big toughness game for us. The tension around...

Transformed point guard Ashton Hagans a ‘star’ and a ‘pro’ as Cats win against Georgia Tech 67-53

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky coach John Calipari would match Ashton Hagans against any point guard in the nation. “He’s so far advanced,” Calipari said after Hagans scored 21 points to lead the No. 8 Wildcats to a 67-53 win over Georgia Tech Saturday. “There may be better point guards out there. I’d have to watch closely. I mean, the way he is playing — that he’s...

Community comes together to make sure kids have beds; over 100 volunteers get involved

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Children in Franklin will soon have a comfortable place to sleep thanks to efforts from their community. Several organizations and groups in this south-central Kentucky town have worked for the past six months to build beds for local children in need. During the Franklin-Simpson Middle School health fair in November, two boys told Christy Ramey they did not have...

Kentucky makes decisive statement with win over in-state foe Cardinals, 71-58, in Louisville Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today LOUISVILLE (KT) — Kentucky didn’t overlook Louisville and simply took care of business Saturday, posting a 71-58 win over the Cardinals, giving Big Blue Nation one more reason to trust the process.   A season-opening 118-84 loss to Duke in the season opener, coupled by an 84-83 overtime loss to Seton Hall earlier this month, sowed seeds of doubt within a small segment...

Kentucky rips Louisville, 56-10, as sophomore quarterback Terry Wilson shines to deliver ninth win

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – Rarely in the history of the Governor’s Cup has Kentucky had the luxury of being so comfortably ahead of Louisville late in the game that the coaches could play their second- and third-stringers. 
But that was the case Saturday night in Cardinal Stadium after Terry Wilson, Benny Snell Jr., Lynn Bowden Jr., A.J. Rose Jr. and the UK defense...

Keldon Johnson has career night for ‘Cats but win over Tennessee State ‘made it even better’

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Keldon Johnson carried the load for Kentucky Friday night but was happier the Wildcats finished off feast week with a 77-62 win over Tennessee State. The freshman guard scored a career-high 27 points, including 20 in the second for the 10th-ranked Wildcats won completed their third win in six days and recorded their fifth consecutive victory. “It felt pretty good,”...

UK Wildcats roll to fourth straight victory with win over Winthrop Eagles, 87-74, at Rupp

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today LEXINGTON, Ky. (KT) — Kentucky enjoyed a feast on the hardwood before taking a day off for Thanksgiving, rolling to an 87-74 win over Winthrop in a matinee contest Wednesday afternoon at Rupp Arena. The 10th-ranked Wildcats (4-1) placed five players in double figures, led by PJ Washington with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Kentucky has won four straight since dropping...

UK provost reports accelerated retention and graduation rates, meeting student financial needs

The University of Kentucky has dramatically accelerated retention and graduation rates to record levels in the last four years, UK officials have reported. Moreover, fueled by the nationally heralded UK Leveraging Economic Affordability for Developing Success (UK LEADS) program, unmet financial need is declining for university students as the institution launched a capital campaign with a chief goal...

Jamie Vaught: Knox’s breakout performance at WVU gives Cats new hope for SEC Freshman OTY honors

Until freshman Kevin Knox’s phenomenal 34-point, seven-rebound effort in Kentucky’s stunning upset of then-No. 7 West Virginia last Saturday night, the Wildcats were in danger of not having an SEC Freshman (or Newcomer) of the Year only for the second time during coach John Calipari’s nine-year tenure at the University of Kentucky. As you’ll recall, the previous SEC Freshman (or Newcomer) of...

Jim Host: Meet the UK alum who led the transformation of intercollegiate athletics

By Amy Jones-Timoney and Kody Kiser Special to KyForward It is fitting that the man many consider the pioneer of marketing for college athletics also began his educational career as a pioneer. Jim Host is known throughout the country as the founder of Host Communications, a successful college sports marketing and association management company. Growing up in Ashland, Kentucky, in the mid 1950s, he...

UK College of Medicine partners with NKU, St. Elizabeth to develop regional medical school

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine announced plans Monday to develop a regional medical school campus in Northern Kentucky for four-year medical education. The program is the third regional medical school campus announced by UK designed to increase the overall number of physicians in the Commonwealth. Four-year regional campuses have been proposed in Bowling Green and Morehead; the campus...

UK, UofL team up to help state become hub
of next-generation advanced manufacturing

  The University of Kentucky and University of Louisville today announced a $3.76 million grant to create a national center of excellence in micro/nanotechnology. The highly competitive grant from the National Science Foundation is one of just 16 awarded to universities across the country.   The University of Kentucky and University of Louisville also are joining a new national network...

UK student musicians produce, record, and release CD Songs Without Words

At the encouragement of their trombone professor, a group of four UK School of Music students and recent graduates transcribed, performed and produced the CD Songs Without Words, which was released earlier this summer. (Photo provided)   At the encouragement of their trombone professor, a group of four University of Kentucky School of Music students and recent graduates transcribed, performed...

Kentucky's Kendra Harrison's 'hard-work' in 2015 Track and Field season sets new records

(Photo from UK Athletics)   Kendra Harrison turned in a record setting 2015 season. In fact, her season is still not over.   As a collegiate competitor, she defeated professionals from around the world in the 100m hurdles at the USA Track and Field Championships to make the American team for the 2015 World Championships.   And she did so while going through a full course load at an Academic...

Kentucky men’s basketball leads nation in overall attendance, women’s places seventh

Kentucky’s men’s basketball program led the nation in total home attendance for the first time in five years, according to NCAA figures released Monday. (Photo from Facebook)   Kentucky basketball was the team to watch this year, and now the stats back it up for both the men and women’s programs.   Both Kentucky basketball programs were among the top in national attendance...

Fourteen UK swimming and diving student-athletes set records as Scholar All-Americans

Fourteen Kentucky Wildcats were named Scholar All-Americans by the CSCAA. (Photo from Facebook)   Record-setting academic honors continue to come in for the Kentucky swimming and diving team following the 2014-15 season. Last week, 14 Wildcats were named Scholar All-Americans by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.   The 14 UK student-athletes recognized, the most Scholar...