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University of Kentucky softball prepared for Friday’s Super Regional showdown with Washington

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky coach Rachel Lawson knows what her team will be going up against when the Wildcats take on No. 3 in the NCAA Super Regionals Friday. “Washington is always one of the best defensive teams in the country,” Lawson said. “I don’t know what their statistics are in terms of defense, but they’re very fast and they’re always really good. They do a great job...

UK women’s baseball team going to Super Regionals’ second round of NCAA Tournament

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is going to the Super Regionals for just the seventh time in school history.   The Wildcats punched their ticket to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with an 11-1 win over Virginia Tech in six innings Sunday at Joe Cropp Field. Kentucky (36-22) will face the winner of the Seattle Regional between Mississippi State and No. 3 seed Washington.   The Wildcats...

UK Notebook: Coach John Calipari completes successful first decade at helm of Kentucky

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari just completed his first decade at Kentucky and has enjoyed a memorable run since he was hired in 2009. The Kentucky coach led the Wildcats to a 30-7 record, the fifth time Kentucky has recorded 30 or more victories during his tenure in Lexington. During that same span, Kentucky has won 31 games in the NCAA Tournament, made four Final Four appearances, made...

UK’s PJ Washington going to NBA draft, ‘ready for next step’; Hagans returning next year

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today PJ Washington has decided to enter the NBA Draft and this time for good.   
“It’s been a little over a week since our season ended but it still hasn’t hit me that I’ve played my last game with Kentucky across my chest,” Washington said. “This place has been my home for two years and it’s hard for me to put in words how much I’ve grown in my time at...

Kentucky falls to Auburn in overtime, but P.J. Washington ‘gave it everything’ he had

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today KANSAS CITY (KT) — PJ Washington left it all on the court in what could have been his final game at Kentucky. Although a national championship would have been icing on the cake, Washington did his best to carry the Wildcats on his shoulders in Kentucky’s first Big Dance in Kansas City.   “I just tried to go out there and give it everything I had,” he said....

Past success won’t have any bearing for for Wildcats in preparation for Elite Eight showdown with Auburn

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has already beaten Auburn twice this season but in order to punch a ticket to the Final Four for the first time in four years, the Wildcats will need to repeat the feat for a third time Sunday. 
And it won’t be easy. The Tigers (29-9) have won 11 straight since dropping an 80-53 decision to the Wildcats on Feb. 23 in Lexington and will have to carry on without...

Wildcats have respect for Houston, expect Cougars best shot in Friday night’s Sweet Sixteen matchup

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is used to getting every team’s best shot. That won’t change as the Wildcats delve deeper into the NCAA Tournament. Kentucky (29-6) endured several punches during the regular season, especially in the Southeastern Conference. Coming off two straight NCAA Tournament victories over Abilene Christian and Wofford, respectively, the Wildcats are expecting a similar...

Kentucky Senior Reid Travis returns to practice, expected to play when Cats tourney opener Friday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Reid Travis is expected to return to the lineup when Kentucky opens the postseason against Mississippi or Alabama Friday night in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. Travis practiced with the team this week and was on the floor at Bridgestone Arena Friday morning. The senior forward has missed the past six games because of a strained knee. Travis...

As Kentucky readies for rematch with Tennessee, Calipari knows comebacks will get harder to achieve

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today In two weeks, the postseason begins and John Calipari hopes the Wildcats learned a lesson in a 70-66 win over Arkansas Tuesday night. An overwhelming favorite against the Razorbacks, fourth-ranked Kentucky (24-4, 13-2 Southeastern Conference) fell behind early and trailed by 15 early in the second half before mounting a successful comeback down the stretch. The rally...

Tennessee looming, but Wildcats not looking past Tuesday matchup with struggling Razorbacks

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky owns a six-game winning streak over Arkansas but that won’t matter when the Wildcats take on the Razorbacks Tuesday night at Rupp Arena. “Our prep is the same as it’s been for Transylvania and IUP,” Kentucky assistant coach Joel Justus said. “You have a little bit more information at this time of year so your preparation is probably a little more intense....

Wildcats dominate top-ranked Volunteers from start to finish with 86-69 win at home Saturday night

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today In the closing minutes of Kentucky’s 86-69 win over top-ranked Tennessee Saturday night, John Calipari made it known he wasn’t fond of the student section’s chant referring to the Volunteers as overrated. “I know how good Tennessee is,” Calipari said. “And that’s what I told our fans, enough of they’re overrated. They’re not overrated. (They’re) probably...

Keith Taylor: Tennessee tough, but Wildcats are good at bouncing back from losses this season

Kentucky has been good at bouncing back this season and as history suggests, that’s good news going into its showdown against top-ranked Tennessee Saturday. The fifth-ranked Wildcats had a 10-game winning streak snapped in a 73-71 loss to No. 19 LSU earlier this week. Losses aren’t good, but they can be learning lessons. Kentucky has taken a live and learn approach during its of its setbacks this...

Kentucky holds off Mississippi State in Starkville to capture 20th win of the season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The streak continues for Kentucky. The fifth-ranked Wildcats (20-3, 9-1 Southeastern Conference) staved off a furious rally by host Mississippi State and held on for a 71-67 win over the Bulldogs Saturday in Starkville. Kentucky recorded its 10th consecutive victory and completed a regular-season sweep of the Bulldogs. Kentucky defeated Mississippi State 76-55 on Jan....

Cats get physical with South Carolina, coast to ninth straight victory with 76-48 win Tuesday at Rupp

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today An overwhelming favorite, Kentucky didn’t overlook South Carolina and coasted to a 76-48 win over the Gamecocks Tuesday night. The fifth-ranked Wildcats notched their ninth straight victory, including eight straight Southeastern Conference victories since dropping a 77-75 loss to Alabama in the league opener on Jan. 5 in Tuscaloosa. Kentucky (19-3, 8-1) improved to...

Jamie Vaught: Despite early season setbacks, Cats rebound, make basketball in Kentucky fun again

UK Basketball is fun again. After that ugly season-opening loss to Duke in Indianapolis back on Election Day in early November, the Big Blue Nation suffered a horrible spell for nearly two months. The rabid fans had seen the Wildcats, a preseason No. 2 team behind Kansas, fall from grace. Kentucky was no longer a serious Final Four contender. Three days later, UK bounced back and defeated Missouri...

P.J. Washington posts second straight double-double as Cats capture lopsided win over Commodores

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Vanderbilt was no match for Kentucky and fast-improving PJ Washington. The seventh-ranked Wildcats showed no signs of a letdown after their win over No. 11 Kansas and rolled to an 87-52 rout over the Commodores Tuesday night in a game that was never close. Kentucky (17-3, 6-1) led Vanderbilt 45-15 at the break and kept the foot on the pedal in the second half to record...

PJ Washington turns in inspiring performance, leads Wildcats past Kansas 71-63, gets 5th double-double

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today When he’s at his best, PJ Washington is nearly unstoppable. He was a force for Kentucky when the Wildcats needed him the most Saturday night.   Washington had a double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead the eighth-ranked Wildcats to a 71-63 victory over No. 9 Kansas in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge at Rupp Arena. It was the team’s fifth consecutive victory...

Jamie Vaught: Cal’s gesture an honorable one, Pitino should be recognized for accomplishments at UK

Rick Pitino was nowhere to be seen in the Big Blue Nation last month when UK basketball coach John Calipari reached out to the former Wildcats boss for the celebration of UK’s 1993 Final Four team’s 25th-year anniversary held in Lexington. It was Pitino who took that team to the school’s first Final Four trip in nearly 10 years. But Pitino — who in 1989 took over the Kentucky program in...

UK’s Ashton Hagans scores career-high 23 points as Cats top Georgia Bulldogs Tuesday night in Athens

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Ashton Hagans had a career night in a return to his home state. The Kentucky freshman guard scored a career-high 23 points to lead the 12th-ranked Wildcats to a 69-49 win over Georgia Tuesday night in Athens. Hagans, Georgia’s Gatorade Player of the Year and Mr. Basketball last season, de-committed from the Bulldogs after a coaching change last spring and chose to sign...

Looked ‘ugly’ early, but ‘Cats roll up their sleeves to win over Vandy 56-47 at Rupp

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It’s a trend Calipari would like to see come to an end sooner rather than later. For the second straight game, the Wildcats fell behind early and rallied to beat a Southeastern Conference opponent. Kentucky (12-3, 2-1) overcame a 16-4 deficit and outscored Vanderbilt 28-17 in the second half to defeat the Commodores 56-47 Saturday night.  Similar to its last outing,...