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Calipari frustrated as Kentucky switches to desperation mode going into game at Georgia

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari is frustrated and admitted he’s not happy with the way his team is playing going into Wednesday night’s contest at Georgia. “There is a frustration out there, and I’ll be honest with you, it’s unacceptable where we are right now — unacceptable,” Calipari said Tuesday. “I’m trying to figure out everything...

John Calipari still tweaking, trying to find an answer to his Wildcats’ recent struggles

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari isn’t giving up on his squad despite their recent struggles that have left Kentucky limping going into the heart of the Southeastern Conference schedule. Although the Wildcats dropped two games last week — a blowout loss to Alabama, followed by a single-digit setback at Auburn — the Kentucky coach said he will never “stop tweaking and changing.” In...

Kentucky plays ‘well enough to win,’ but comes up short down the stretch in loss at Auburn

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky stopped Auburn, but the Tigers still escaped with a 66-59 win over the Wildcats Saturday at Auburn Arena. “We defended that way you defend to win games,” Kentucky head coach John Calipari said. The loss was the second straight for Kentucky this week after the Wildcats (4-7 overall, 2-3 SEC) opened the Southeastern Conference with three straight victories,...

UK’s Calipari looking for ‘fighters, battlers’ as SEC schedule intensifies for youthful Wildcats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari is looking for a few good players. “I’m looking for five fighters, battlers that will come in and play confident,” he said. “(You) can’t play confidently if you’re getting hit in the head. Now, if you’re hitting somebody in the head, you’ll be confident. If you’re taking all the shots...

UK women’s standout Rhyne Howard named to Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 Watch List

By Evan Crane University of Kentucky University of Kentucky standout Rhyne Howard has been tabbed one of 25 players to the 2020-21 John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 Watch List, continuing her candidacy to become the national player of the year in women’s college basketball. The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2021 John R. Wooden Award Women’s Player of the...

Louisville looks to end rivalry skid against Kentucky, extend Wildcats’ early-season woes on Saturday

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today During his media teleconference Thursday morning, Kentucky head coach John Calipari told reporters that he had talked to Louisville coach Chris Mack and offered to postpone Saturday’s game instead of playing in a mostly empty KFC Yum! Center. 
The suspicion was that Calipari had his tongue firmly planted in his cheek, and further investigation revealed that was...

Despite 1-5 start, Calipari still having fun; UK eyes turnaround against rival Louisville on Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari insists he’s still having fun as he navigates through a rare five-game losing streak to open the season. “I want to have fun doing this,” he said. “That’s the secret sauce in what we do. Yeah, I’m aggressive and I hold them accountable at a high standard, but I’m having a ball and I think they can feel that....

Calipari asks Fletcher to step away from team, evaluate future at UK and ‘get his priorities in order’

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari is used to players leaving his program. It’s happened more than once. One of his current players — freshman forward Cam’Ron Fletcher — has a decision to make after Calipari advised him to “take some time and step away from the team” on Monday. “He needs to reflect and do some soul searching to get his priorities...

UK’s Hoskins named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week; made four tackles in win over South Carolina

University of Kentucky senior defensive tackle Phil Hoskins has been named the Southeastern Conference Defensive Lineman of the Week. Phil Hoskins This marks the first SEC weekly honor for Hoskins in his career and Kentucky’s eighth this season (Jordan Wright, Defense, Oct. 10; Max Duffy, Special Teams, Oct. 10; Landon Young, Offensive Lineman, Oct. 17; Jamin Davis, Defense, Nov. 14; Chance...

Calipari makes practices tougher to ‘light a fire’ under struggling Wildcats; UK prepares for Georgia Tech

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky head coach John Calipari is used to starting over and is convinced the Wildcats will eventually turn the corner. “We were so unsure of ourselves,” the UK head coach said Friday. “I’m the one that usually forgets because the staff has to remind me. We were the same way last year. So, just know that we were the same way and the year before, and the year...

Struggling UK gets ‘punked’ by No. 7 Kansas in 65-62 loss; Wildcats (1-2) suffer second straight defeat

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky head coach John Calipari praised Kansas for its ability to defeat the Wildcats on Tuesday night. Two days after a disappointing 76-64 loss to Richmond, Kentucky dropped a 65-62 decision to No. 7 Kansas in the State Farm Champions Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Jayhawks (2-1) fended off Calipari’s squad despite shooting 29 percent from...

No. 6 Florida flexes muscles in second half, cruises to 34-10 victory over Kentucky on Saturday afternoon

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Once Florida got started, the Gators were hard to stop. The sixth-ranked Gators used a punt return to close out the first half that led to 27 unanswered points in a 34-10 win over Kentucky in Gainesville on Saturday. Coming off an embarrassing 63-3 loss to top-ranked Alabama last week, the Wildcats (3-6) held Florida in check for most of the first half and led 10-7 late...

Stoops, Kentucky face enormous road challenge against top-ranked Alabama (6-0) in Tuscaloosa

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops knows what his team will be up against Saturday when the Wildcats visit top-ranked Alabama. “They are an extremely good football team (and) very well-coached,” Stoops said. “Offensively, (they) may be as good of an offensive team as I’ve seen since I’ve been a head coach and a coordinator. It’s been a long time since I’ve...

UK sophomore Brooks embracing leadership role; averaged 4.5 points, 3.2 rebounds last season

By Tim Letcher University of Kentucky Keion Brooks finds himself in a unique position for the 2020-21 season. Brooks is the only returning player on the University of Kentucky basketball team who played significant minutes last season. In the world of Kentucky basketball, that makes him a veteran, especially with all of the new faces on the team, ones that he’s still getting to know. In the world...

UK football team faces emotional week, ending with No. 1 Alabama on Saturday in SEC battle

By Tim Letcher University of Kentucky On Monday, the University of Kentucky football team attended the funeral and a memorial service for offensive line coach John Schlarman, who died last week. The emotions that go with that have been well-documented. If that wasn’t enough to deal with, Kentucky also has a football game to play on Saturday. And the Wildcats happen to be visiting the No. 1 team...

UK inks three of nation’s top recruits on Wednesday; Calipari signs Collins, Hopkins and Hickman

By Deb Moore University of Kentucky During a year in which much has changed, one thing has remained a constant: University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari and his staff have again started to build one of the nation’s top recruiting classes. UK signed three of the nation’s top players in the early fall signing period on Wednesday. Highly rated prospects Daimion Collins, Bryce Hopkins...

Heralded UK freshman Boston brings swagger to court; Cats open against Morehead State on Nov. 25

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky freshman Brandon “BJ” Boston will never forget his first visit to Rupp Arena. On an unofficial visit four years ago to campus, Boston “watched some practice” and came away impressed as a ninth-grader. “It was just awesome,” Boston said. “I loved it ever since.” Brandon “BJ” Boston brings plenty of confidence to...

John Calipari says challenging schedule will be a ‘great test’ for young basketball Wildcats

John Calipari and the Wildcats will open the season against Morehead State on Nov. 25 at Rupp Arena. (UK photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s basketball schedule is finally set. The Wildcats unveiled a schedule that will feature nine non-conference games and 18 Southeastern Conference encounters beginning Nov. 25 against Morehead State in the Bluegrass Showcase at Rupp Arena. The...

Calipari hopeful UK can play full schedule this season, but backup teams in place — just in case

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari isn’t sure what’s going to happen beyond Thanksgiving weekend. “We don’t run this,” Calipari said during a Zoom conference call with reporters on Monday. “The virus runs us. I don’t know how this thing is going to play out and, I will tell you, if one of our kids gets positive and is traced, we’re out 14...

UK freshman Cam’Ron Fletcher brings in defensive mentality, never backs down from challenges

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Cam’Ron Fletcher loves to play defense and doesn’t back down from a challenge. “I’m a dog,” the University of Kentucky freshman forward said. “I’m going to get on the floor. I’m going to get dirty. I’m going to do all the little things.” Those little things involve chasing loose balls and making other hustle plays, but the main thing for Fletcher is...