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Kentucky sophomore shortstop Ryan Ritter proving to be a force both at the plate and in the field

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today When Ryan Ritter joined the University of Kentucky baseball team this season after one year at John A. Logan College in Carterville, Ill., 60 miles northwest of Paducah, he was considered an elite defender, with his offense hardly being given a second thought. But that is rapidly changing. The sophomore shortstop is proving he is pretty handy with a bat too, the latest...

Wildcats use solid defense, balanced scoring to seal 71-63 win over Idaho State in Sunday’s NCAA opener

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky survived its first test in the NCAA Tournament and is still dancing after opening weekend. The Wildcats (18-8) advanced to the second round of the Big Dance with a 71-63 win over Idaho State Sunday in San Antonio. “We earned a ticket to the NCAA Tournament and we’re trying to enjoy the ride,” Kentucky coach Kyra Elzy said. “… at the end of the day,...

Elzy says team is in a good frame of mind entering Sunday’s first round of women’s NCAA tournament

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kyra Elzy isn’t worried about her team’s mindset going into the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats (17-8) have lost three of their past five games but more than a week following a 77-66 loss to Georgia in the Southeastern Conference quarterfinals, Elzy said her squad is mentally prepared to start dancing. “We have had some of our best practices of the year,” she said....

Coach Mark Stoops wants team to ‘use time wisely’ as the Wildcats begin spring workouts Tuesday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has time on its hands as it begins spring practice. The Wildcats will have five weeks to install a new system implemented by offensive coordinator Liam Coen. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said Coen has already “implemented some things for them,” but added there’s “a great deal to go through.” The Kentucky coach said the staff and players will need to “use...

University of Kentucky wins 2021 NCAA Rifle National Championship to claim school’s third title

After not getting a chance to put the finishing touches on its impressive 2020 season, the University of Kentucky rifle team claimed its unfinished business Saturday as it won the 2021 NCAA Rifle National Championship as Wildcats finished gold and silver in air rifle inside Converse Hall in Columbus, Ohio. This is the third national title for head coach Harry Mullins and the Kentucky program. The Wildcats...

With Terrence Clarke’s return, John Calipari leaving all options open as Cats head into SEC Tournament

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari is going into the Southeastern Conference Tournament with a full deck in hand and hopes the return of Terrence Clarke will turn to be an ace for Kentucky in Nashville. “This is this time of year nothing is (left) on the table,” Calipari said Wednesday. Clarke hasn’t played since Dec. 29 and was cleared by the team’s medical staff last week. Calipari...

Calipari, Wildcats taking a one-game-at-a-time approach to Southeastern Conference Tournament

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari isn’t looking ahead going into the postseason. “It’s one game, four times,” Calipari said. “One game.” The Wildcats (9-15) open the Southeastern Conference Tournament against Mississippi State at noon Thursday at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Isaiah Jackson goes up for a shot in a win over South Carolina last Saturday at Rupp Arena. (Photo...

UK plays Mississippi State in SEC Tournament on Thursday; Cats enter postseason with 9-15 record

By Eric Lindsey University of Kentucky Kentucky will play Mississippi State on Thursday in the Southeastern Conference Tournament after finishing the season 8-9 in league play. Game time is set for noon ET (11 a.m. CT) at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. UK locked up the No. 8 seed on Saturday with an impressive 92-64 victory over South Carolina and Mississippi State’s loss to Auburn. The Bulldogs...

Jamie Vaught: Although Davion Mintz is still deciding on future, a return to Kentucky would big win for BBN

My teenage son’s current favorite basketball player at UK is Davion Mintz. I certainly agree with him. Mintz is probably my favorite, too. The 6-3 guard arguably has been the most productive player for the 2020-21 Wildcats. He has been very dependable and doesn’t make many mistakes. In fact, he has a nice assist/turnover ratio of 62 to 45 going into Saturday afternoon’s matchup with South Carolina...

Wildcats riding high after 92-64 blowout win against South Carolina Saturday at Rupp Arena

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It felt old times for Kentucky. The Wildcats closed out the regular season with an impressive 92-64 rout of South Carolina Saturday at Rupp Arena. The home finale ended a roller-coaster ride that hit a straight stretch against the Gamecocks. “We got better and we made some shots,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “It’s a good sendoff for us.” Now that...

John Calipari throws team egos ‘out the window’ as Wilcats prepare to begin the postseason

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari is in March mode going into Saturday’s regular-season finale against South Carolina. In a season filled with inconsistency, the Wildcats (8-15, 7-9 Southeastern Conference) take a two-game losing streak into the rescheduled contest against the Gamecocks. In preparation for the SEC Tournament next week in Nashville, Calipari said the Wildcats are “playing...

Kentucky moves into ‘attack mode’ in final week of regular season; Ole Miss up next Tuesday in Oxford

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today In the final week of a disappointing regular season, Kentucky senior Olivier Sarr said the Wildcats still have a lot to prove before the postseason. “We’re going to take it one game at a time and make sure that we’re not taking two, three steps ahead and just focus in on the present moment,” he said following the Wildcats’ 71-67 loss to Florida last Saturday....

Kentucky’s game against South Carolina, postponed due to COVID, to be played March 6 at Rupp Arena

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will have one more home game following Saturday’s Senior Day game against Florida. Kentucky coach John Calipari gives instructions to his team in a win over Tennessee Saturday in Knoxville. (Photo by Keith Taylor, Kentucky Today) The contest against South Carolina, originally scheduled for Dec. 29, has been rescheduled for March 6 at Rupp Arena, Tipoff time...

Kentucky’s Davion Mintz ‘still excited’ to be a Wildcat despite the team’s struggles this season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Davion Mintz isn’t looking back. Although this season has been an adjustment on and off the court for the former Creighton guard, Mintz has no regrets about transferring to Kentucky and is “still excited” to be a Wildcat. “It’s the best decision I ever made still,” Mintz said. “I’ve been running my marathon and I’ve been chasing my dreams for years....

Another UK dagger: Wildcats withstand hand-to-hand combat to defeat Volunteers on Saturday, 70-55

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky stayed nearly a week in Tennessee and ended the six-day road trip with an impressive 70-55 win over Tennessee on Saturday. Kentucky departed for the two-game trek last Sunday ahead of a winter storm and began the trip with an 82-78 win at Vanderbilt last Wednesday. The Wildcats continued the impressive showing against the Volunteers, shutting down Tennessee on...

Calipari hears criticism, and agrees, as Cats continue fight for university, state and athletic department

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari has heard the noise and hasn’t tuned out the dissatisfaction in Big Blue Nation. The Kentucky coach concurs with criticism and agrees he is the “worst coach ever.” You won’t get an argument from Calipari regarding that claim. He also acknowledges that he doesn’t how to coach, another complaint from followers of the program who aren’t used to...

Calipari knows turnaround won’t happen overnight, stays the course as UK prepares for Auburn

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky head coach John Calipari isn’t looking for a quick fix to his team’s struggles and knows a complete turnaround won’t happen overnight. “We’re looking for singles and bunts,” he said. “I don’t need home runs. We’re not capable of hitting home runs. So let’s not. Let’s just do all the bunts and great screens and execution...

Wildcats fall short in quest for breakthrough, drop fourth straight with 81-80 loss to Razorbacks

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky made a breakthrough Tuesday but it wasn’t enough to end a losing streak that blossomed to four games for the second time this season. Jalen Tate made two free throws with 4.3 seconds remaining to lift Arkansas to an 81-80 victory over the Wildcats, ending the Razorbacks’ eight-game losing streak to Kentucky. On the ensuing possession, following Tate’s...

In search of a breakthrough, Wildcats move forward hand-in-hand as they prepare for Arkansas

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari has lost four straight games or more just twice in his tenure as coach of the Kentucky Wildcats. He hopes to avoid the rare slide for a second time this season on Tuesday night against Arkansas. Coming off an 82-71 loss to No. 16 Tennessee, the Wildcats (5-12, 4-6 Southeastern Conference) have suffered three straight losses and have won just one game in...

Wildcats fall to Volunteers 82-71 after second half collapse; John Calipari left ‘at a loss for words’

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky collapsed yet again and this time John Calipari was at a loss to words this time following an 82-71 loss to No. 11 Tennessee Saturday night. The Wildcats (5-12, 4-6 Southeastern Conference) led 58-48 with 12 minutes remaining, but the Volunteers (13-4, 6-4) used 12-0 run to grab the lead. That initial spurt led to a monstrous 26-6 by Tennessee run that put the...