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Former Wildcat Walter McCarty returns to Rupp, leads Evansville to stunning upset of No. 1 Kentucky

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today A week after Kentucky beat the No. 1 team, the Wildcats lost as the top-ranked team. Kentucky’s stay atop the Top 25 will last less than a week after the Wildcats dropped a stunning 67-64 decision to Evansville Tuesday night, ending the school’s 52-game winning streak against non-conference, unranked opponents. Much like their coach — Walter McCarty, who played...

Wildcats embrace top ranking, welcome former Ky. standout, Evansville coach Walter McCarty to Rupp

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Immanuel Quickley wasn’t surprised when Kentucky climbed to the top of the polls Monday. “We haven’t been No. 1 that long,” he said with a smile. “I think it’s been like 20 minutes. Still kind of getting adjusted. But I think we’ll have a good mindset. Coach does a good job of keeping us humble. We know we’re No. 1, but we know we’re not where we need...

Raptors’ Casey, Celtics’ McCarty will coach former Wildcat greats in annual UK Alumni Charity series

Some of the greatest players to put on a Kentucky uniform will be back in action for the UK Alumni Charity Game on Friday in Rupp Arena. Former Wildcat stars Derek Anderson, Keith Bogans, Ramel Bradley, Rex Chapman, Erik Daniels, Tony Delk, Jamaal Magloire, Mychal Mulder and Antoine Walker are all confirmed for the main event of the UK Alumni Charity Series. Current NBA players will also play in...

Looking back on UK’s return to glory: ‘The Untouchables’ were unstoppable in 1996

By Keith Taylor KyForward sports reporter Walter McCarty still shakes his head in disbelief when he thinks about how much time has passed since Kentucky won the school’s sixth national championship nearly two decades ago. “I can believe it and I can’t believe it — if that makes any sense,” said McCarty, now an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics. “Sometimes after (my playing...

Daily Yonder: KHSAA says he’s cheating,
but Roderick Rhodes says he’s changing lives

Cordia High School Coach Rodrick Rhodes huddles with his players before a 2011 game. The former UK star and NBA player has helped bring students from tough urban neighborhoods and a Malaysian war zone to the rural school. The high school athletic association says he’s cheating. He says he’s changing lives. (Photo by John Flavell)   In a state where basketball is a religion, a small, mountain...

Former Wildcat Walter McCarty named an assistant coach for the Boston Cletics

Staff report   Former UK men’s basketball star Walter McCarty has joined Brad Stevens’ first staff with the Boston Celtics.   Walter McCarty was recognized at a UK football game at Commonwealth Stadium during the 2012 season. (KyForward file photo) The team announced the deal in a news release Wednesday.   McCarty re-joined the Celtics prior to the 2012-13 season as a community...

More than $300,000 presented to charities
as former Wildcats return for alumni game

DeMarcus Cousins feigns annoyance at a call during alumni game. (Photo by Jon Hale)   On a day in which UK basketball fans had a chance to see some of their favorite former Wildcats play at Rupp Arena again, the most memorable moment likely came at halftime.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] That was when UK head coach John Calipari, the former Wildcats playing and coaching in the...

More than $300,000 presented to charities as former Wildcats return for alumni game

DeMarcus Cousins feigns annoyance at a call during alumni game. (Photo by Jon Hale)   On a day in which UK basketball fans had a chance to see some of their favorite former Wildcats play at Rupp Arena again, the most memorable moment likely came at halftime.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] That was when UK head coach John Calipari, the former Wildcats playing and coaching in the...

Comparisons between 1996, 2012 teams
on the mind as UK alumni return to Rupp

Derek Anderson coaches during the John Calipari Fantasy Camp. (Photo by Jon Hale)   Even before the 2011-12 UK men’s basketball team had cut down the nets after the school’s eighth national championship, comparisons to the 1996 title team had been rampant.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Like the 1996 team, the 2012 championship team was considered one of the best teams...

Comparisons between 1996, 2012 teams on the mind as UK alumni return to Rupp

Derek Anderson coaches during the John Calipari Fantasy Camp. (Photo by Jon Hale)   Even before the 2011-12 UK men’s basketball team had cut down the nets after the school’s eighth national championship, comparisons to the 1996 title team had been rampant.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] Like the 1996 team, the 2012 championship team was considered one of the best teams...

Where are they now? Former Wildcat Walter McCarty pursuing a career in music, enabled by basketball career

By Kelli Elam Kentucky Alumni Magazine   Basketball and music have always been a part of Walter McCarty’s life. So it’s only natural that now that his basketball career is over, he is embarking on a second career — in music.   McCarty, ’96 CIS, had a standout career at the University of Kentucky, helping to lead the Wildcats to the 1996 NCAA National Championship, the sixth in the...