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UK basketball faces challenging non-conference schedule; Big Blue Madness set for Oct. 11

With the exception of a still-to-be-announced Big 12/SEC Challenge game, the University of Kentucky men’s basketball 2019-20 non-conference schedule was completed Tuesday with five additional games. Already packed with the annual slate of traditional powers and postseason contenders, UK added a multi-team event, the BBN Showcase, and finalized a two-year deal with Georgia Tech from the Atlantic...

Former Kentucky men’s basketball All-American, Hall of Famer Billy Ray Lickert dies at age 78

Billy Ray Lickert, a Helms Foundation All-American in 1961 and three-time All-Southeastern Conference player for the Kentucky men’s basketball team, died Wednesday. He was 78. Lickert became the 12th player in program history to amass 1,000 career points and was a three-year letterwinner (1959-61) under legendary coach Adolph Rupp. He was inducted into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010 and was...

Wildcat newcomers Washington, Diallo lead Team USA to victory in first exhibition game

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It didn’t take long for Team USA to get down to business on its arrival in Cairo, Egypt earlier this week. Coach John Calipari’s Team USA squad defeated Lithuania 89-66 in an exhibition game late Wednesday local time. The team’s top two scorers were Calipari’s own incoming University of Kentucky players. Kentucky freshman guard PJ Washington led the team in scoring...

UK announces two-year contract extensions, pay increases for both Calipari and Stoops

Kentucky men’s basketball head coach John Calipari and football head coach Mark Stoops have each agreed to two-year extensions to their respective contracts, Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart announced on Wednesday. The amendment to Calipari’s contract extends his deal from March 30, 2022 to March 30, 2024. Calipari’s total guaranteed compensation – including base salary, media/endorsement...

It’s Cats vs. Norse: UK, Northern Kentucky University paired in NCAA tourney first round

By Glenn Osborne KyForward managing editor John Calipari’s Kentucky Wildcats, fresh off an SEC tournament championship win over Arkansas, will meet Northern Kentucky University Friday in first-round NCAA tournament play in Indianapolis. The Norse are making their first appearance in the NCAA tourney in their first year of eligibility. The No. 8 Wildcats, winners of the SEC regular season and...

Suspended Morehead men’s head basketball coach Sean Woods has resigned his position

Morehead State head basketball coach Sean Woods, a former standout player at Kentucky, has resigned his position, according to a statement from MSU athletics director Brian Hutchinson. Woods, who played on UK’s “Unforgettables” team in 1992, has been suspended with pay since Nov. 22. Morehead has not won a game since the suspension began. Multiple media outlets have reported that...

One idea, once choice, one team theme of first day’s speakers at Alltech Ideas Conference

Alan Mulally, former president and CEO of Ford Motor Company, and John Calipari, head coach of the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team, addressed a packed audience in Rupp Arena at the opening session of ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference. The 32nd annual three-day conference has attracted more than 3,000 people from 71 countries to Lexington. ONE explores world-changing ideas and challenges...

Jamie Vaught: Former UK coach Gillispie keeping mum about his success at Texas junior college

Billy Clyde is back! His Ranger College team in Texas is doing wonders in junior college basketball this season, compiling a remarkable 21-4 record and a No. 24 national ranking going into this week’s action. After being away from basketball for three years, coach Billy Gillispie returned to the sport he loved last spring when he was chosen as the school’s head coach and athletic director....

For third consecutive season, Calipari's Wildcats find themselves at top of early poll

Kentucky is 63-5 as the No. 1 team in the country since John Calipari’s first year at the helm, the best record in the country by a top-ranked team during that span (UK Athletics Photo)   Kentucky will begin the season as the top-ranked team in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll for the third season in a row.   The Wildcats share the preseason top spot with North Carolina. The two teams both...

Tickets for annual UK Blue-White men's basketball scrimmage on sale Tuesday

Fans can purchase tickets to the Blue-White Scrimmage beginning on Tuesday (UK Athletics Photo)   Tickets for the Kentucky men’s basketball Blue-White Game go on sale Tuesday at 9 a.m.   The annual Blue-White scrimmage is scheduled for Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. in Rupp Arena. The game will be televised by the SEC Network.   Tickets will be available online through Ticketmaster.com or by...

Jamie Vaught: Preseason college yearbooks unanimous in their enthusiasm for the Cats

Gracing the cover of Athlon Sports are senior Alex Poythress and sophomore Tyler Ulis (above) as both former McDonald’s All-Americans will be guiding the youthful Kentucky squad (Jamie Vaught Photo)   It’s never too early to talk about UK basketball — especially in the Big Blue Nation — even though the college football campaign has just gotten warmed up.   You couldn’t...

Kentucky State will take on UK in exhibition in first meeting of the schools since 2001

Kentucky and Kentucky State last met in 2001, the teams’ only regular season game, with the Wildcats winning 118-63. Between the two programs they own 11 National Championships with Kentucky State having three consecutive NAIA Championships from 1970-72 (KSU Athletics Image)   The Kentucky State University men’s basketball team will face the University of Kentucky in an exhibition...

Tickets for exhibition featuring Kentucky and North Carolina professionals go on sale Friday

For the first time, a team of University of Kentucky pros will face a team of North Carolina pros. The exhibition game is set for Sunday, Sept. 13, at 5:30 p.m. in Rupp Arena (UK Athletics Photo)   Tickets for the 2015 UK Men’s Basketball Alumni Charity Game on Sept. 13 at 5:30 p.m. in Rupp Arena will go on sale to the public on Friday at 10 a.m.   For the first time, a team of University...

Tickets for UK-North Carolina Alumni Charity Game at Rupp Arena go on sale Aug. 14

Alumni from Kentucky and North Carolina will meet in an exhibition game in Rupp Arena Sept. 13 (Jamie Vaught Photo)   Tickets for the 2015 UK men’s basketball Alumni Charity Game, which will be held Sept. 13 at 5:30 p.m. in Rupp Arena, will go on sale to the public on Aug. 14, at 10 a.m.   For the first time, a team of University of Kentucky pros will face a team of North Carolina pros.   All...

$15 million Rupp Arena project includes new video, scoreboard array, wireless Internet

A $15 million technology and roof upgrade for Rupp Arena will include replacing the center-hung sound system with a new video and scoreboard (UK Athletics Photo)   Rupp Arena will receive a $15 million dollar technology overhaul that includes a new center-hung video, audio and scoreboard array, wireless Internet for fans and patrons and major roof structure improvements so the arena can attract...

Wildcats' recruit Murray makes Canadian roster for this week's Pan American Games

Incoming Kentucky freshman Jamal Murray was named to the Canadian roster for the 2015 Pan American Games, becoming one of only three collegians to make the squad.   Murray is the only one of the three to not have played in a collegiate contest yet.   The Canadian Olympic Committee and Canada Basketball comprised the 12 athletes who will represent Team Canada at the Toronto 2015 Pan American...

Calipari denies New Orleans media reports that he has interest in coaching Pelicans

John Calipari took to his Twitter feed to deny interest in the New Orleans Pelicans’ head coaching job (UK Athletics Photo)   By Glenn Osborne KyForward sports editor   Hours after media speculation in New Orleans that he was interested in discussing a move to the NBA’s Pelicans, Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari said Tuesday he had no plans to pursue the position.   Calipari...

Battle of the Blue Bloods: Kentucky heads to Kansas for Big 12-SEC Challenge matchup

Marcus Lee will lead the Wildcats against Kansas it their first visit to Lawrence since December 1989 (UK Athletics Photo)   The two winningest schools in NCAA Division I history will meet during the 2015-16 season when Kentucky plays at Kansas as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge.   The Wildcats will visit Lawrence, Kan., on Jan. 30 to play the Jayhawks in the annual league challenge between...

Sports Notes: Murray State sharpshooter Payne has prominent position in NBA Draft

Cameron Payne, the OVC Player of the Year, is seen by many experts as a lock to be taken in the first round of the NBA Draft (MSU Athletics Photo)   While Kentucky basketball fans continue to speculate about the upcoming NBA Draft and where their favorite former Wildcats may wind up, a couple of other players with Bluegrass ties figure prominently in most mock predictions.   According to...