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Cal offered big money to leave UK

June 13, 2014

UK Coach John Calipari said in a recent interview that he was offered "significantly" more money to leave UK than he was to stay. Calipari made the statement in an interview with Kentucky Sports Radio. Marc Stein of ESPN said Cal was offered a deal to coach the Cleveland Cavaliers of close to $80 million dollars for 10 years. Kentucky announced it had inked a new deal with Cal that totaled $52.5 million over 7 years. Calipari said the fact that he was offered significantly more money to leave than stay shows where his mind is.

Filed under: Basketball

 

Calipari signs new seven year contract

June 9, 2014

UK mens basketball coach John Calipari, who led the Wildcats to their 16th final four last season, has signed a new seven year contract. The contract is a 52.5 million extension that will pay a base package of 6.5 million next season and 8 million over each of the final three seasons. Kentucky has earned the top rated recruiting class in four of five seasons under Calipari. This years class is rated number 2 overall by most recruiting services.

Filed under: Basketball

 

Khsaa Boys State Baseball Finals 6-5

June 6, 2014

Conner 12  Boyd County  0

Simon Kenton 1  Hazard 0

St. Xavier 6  Johnson Central 3

Filed under: Baseball

 

Khsaa Boys Baseball Region Finals 5-31

June 2, 2014

Johnson Central 2  Lawrence County 1   (15th Region Championship)

Filed under: Baseball

 

Khsaa Boys Baseball Region Finals 5-29

May 30, 2014

South Laurel 4  Corbin 1  (13th Region Final)

 

15th region final     Saturday  7:30 pm at Sheldon Clark

Filed under: Baseball

 

Khsaa Boys Baseball Regional Championship Scores 5-28

May 29, 2014

Hazard 11  Estill County 1  (14th region championship)

Boyd County 3  Ashland 1  (16th region championship)

 

Filed under: Hazard High School | Baseball

 

Khsaa Boys Baseball Region Finals 5-27

May 28, 2014

Estill County 3  Knott County Central 2   (14th Region)

Hazard 9  Letcher County Central 7  (14th Region)

 

Ashland Blazer 3  Greenup County 0  (16th Region)

Boyd County 9  Rowan County 6  (16th Region)

 

15th Region POSTPONED

Filed under: Baseball

 

Khsaa boys baseball regional finals 5-26

May 27, 2014

Estill County 12  Perry County Central 1

Hazard 3  Powell County 2

Knott County Central 14  Wolfe County 2

Letcher County Central 18  Jackson City 1

 

Belfry 7  Prestonsburg 1

East Ridge 7  Pike County Central 1

Johnson Central 8  Allen Central 1

Lawrence County 2  Pikeville 0    

Filed under: Baseball

 

Khsaa Boys Baseball District Finals 5-22

May 23, 2014

Johnson Central 7  Lawrence County 3  (57th District Championship)

Prestonsburg 5  Allen Central 4   (58th District Championship)

Filed under: Baseball

 

Khsaa Boys Baseball District finals 5-21

May 22, 2014

Knott County Central 4  Letcher County Central 3  (53rd District Championship)

Hazard 3  Perry County Central 0  (54th District Championship)

Estill County 4  Powell County 2  (56th District Championship)

Prestonsburg 12  South Floyd 2  (58th District)

 

Filed under: Prestonsburg High School | Baseball

 

Khsaa Boys Baseball District Finals 5-20

May 21, 2014

Knott County Central 13  Jenkins 3   (53rd District)

Johnson Central 5  Sheldon Clark 0  (57th District)

Lawrence County 6  Paintsville 0  (57th District)

East Ridge 6  Shelby Valley 5  (59th District)

Pike County Central 4  Belfry 3  (60th District Championship)

Ashland Blazer 5  Boyd County 4  (64th District Championship)

Filed under: Baseball

 

Khsaa Boys Baseball District Finals 5-19

May 20, 2014

Allen Central 8  Betsy Layne 1  (58th District)

Harlan County 11  Harlan 1  (52nd District)

Middlesboro 6  Bell County 0  (52nd District)

Hazard 7  Leslie County 0  (54th District)

Wolfe County 11  Breathitt County 2  (55th District)

Powell County 10  Lee County 0  (56th District)

Sheldon Clark  15  Magoffin County 6  (57th District)

Pike County Central 17  Phelps 1  (60th District)

Morgan County 7  East Carter 2  (62nd District)

Filed under: Baseball

 

Khsaa Boys Baseball finals 5-17

May 19, 2014

Ashland Blazer 11  Prestonsburg 4

Belfry 12  Letcher County Central 8

Harlan 10 South Floyd 3

Jackson City 7  Morgan County 3

Lawrence County 3  Hazard  2

Phelps 28  Menifee County 2

Pike County Central 10  East Ridge 8

Sheldon Clark 3  Fairview 2

Prestonsburg 9  Belfry 6

Filed under: Prestonsburg High School | Baseball

 

Khsaa Boys Baseball Finals 5-14

May 15, 2014

Paintsville 4  Hazard 2

Prestonsburg 7  East Ridge 1

Pikeville 7  Pike County Central 2

Sheldon Clark 7  Belfry 6

East Carter 6  Lawrence County 3

Filed under: Baseball

 

Khsaa Boys Baseball finals 5-13

May 14, 2014

Ashland Blazer 9  Russell 3

Harlan 9  Perry County Central 8

Harlan County 9  Clay County 6

Jackson City 13  Buckhorn 3

Jenkins 13  Phelps 8

Lawrence County 6  Raceland 5

Powell County 10 Breathitt County 0

South Floyd 5  Rose Hill Christian 0

Filed under: Baseball

 

Khsaa Boys Baseball finals 5-12

May 13, 2014

Ashland Blazer 8  Lewis County 0

Belfry 7  Allen Central 6

Breathitt County 9  Knott County Central 2

Harlan County 13  Leslie County 1

Jackson City 5  Magoffin County 2

 Johnson Central 13  Prestonsburg 3

Knott County Central 12  Jenkins 2 

Paintsville 16  Pike County Central 2

Pikeville 6  East Ridge 5

 

Filed under: Prestonsburg High School | Baseball

 

Khsaa Boys Baseball finals 5-10

May 12, 2014

Hazard 8  Perry County Central 7

Lewis County 12  Fairview 4

Powell County 2  Johnson Central 1

Allen Central 7  Sheldon Clark 6

Pike County Central 12  East Ridge 2

Harlan County 7  Hazard 1

Pikeville 12  Shelby Valley 2

Filed under: Hazard High School | Baseball

 

Khsaa Boys Baseball finals 5-8

May 9, 2014

East Carter 9  Ashland Blazer 4

East Ridge 6  Betsy Layne 2

Lee County 13  Breathitt County 7

Morgan County 7  Fairview 2

Perry County Central 7  Jackson City 2

Prestonsburg 6  Pikeville 0

Filed under: Baseball

 

Khsaa Boys Baseball Finals 5-7

May 8, 2014

Buckhorn 4  Leslie County 3

Johnson Central 11  Magoffin County 0

Paintsville 5  Sheldon Clark 2

Prestonsburg 10  Betsy Layne 7

Wolfe County 8  Breathitt County 7

Filed under: Prestonsburg High School | Baseball

 

Khsaa Boys Baseball Finals 5-6

May 7, 2014

Allen Central 9  Knott County Central 3

Ashland Blazer 9  Rowan County 1

East Ridge 11  South Floyd 3 

Harlan 11  Leslie County 1

Johnson Central 12  Magoffin County 2

Perry County Central 8  Shelby Valley 4

Pike County Central 11  Phelps 2

Filed under: Baseball

 

Khsaa Boys Baseball Finals 5-5

May 6, 2014

Paintsville 14  Prestonsburg 12

Allen Central 7  Leslie County 2

Belfry 11  Shelby Valley 0

Jackson City 8  Wolfe County 1

Knott County Central 10  Cordia 2

Letcher County Central 5  Harlan County 4

Pikeville 15  South Floyd 1

Sheldon Clark 6  Pike County Central 2

Filed under: Prestonsburg High School | Baseball

 

KHSAA Boys Baseball Finals 5-3

May 5, 2014

Belfry 9  Prestonsburg 8

Letcher County Central 7  Betsy Layne 6

Perry County Central 9  Betsy Layne 6

Perry County Central 8  Letcher County Central 6

Allen Central 14  Phelps 4

East Ridge 10  Jenkins 3

Johnson Central 14  Sheldon Clark 4

Paintsville 8   St. Mary 7

Phelps 8  South Floyd 4

Sheldon Clark 14  Raceland 9

 

Filed under: Baseball

 

KHSAA Boys Baseball Finals 5-1

May 2, 2014

Allen Central 14  South Floyd 0

Belfry 3  Paintsville 1

Betsy Layne 6  Jenkins 4

Hazard 6  Knott County Central 4

Hazard 8  Jackson City 1

Lawrence County 3  Johnson Central 2

Pike County Central 12  June Buchanan 2

Pikeville 14  Magoffin County 3

Sheldon Clark 10  Pike County Central 6

Filed under: Baseball

 

KHSAA Boys Baseball Finals 4-29

April 30, 2014

Belfry 15  Magoffin County 5

Knott County Central 2  Cordia 0

Perry County Central 7  Pike County Central 3

Pikeville 6  Shelby Valley 0

Prestonsburg 4  Betsy Layne 0

 

Filed under: Prestonsburg High School | Baseball

 

KHSAA Boys Baseball finals 4-26

April 28, 2014

Letcher County Central 10  Estill County 7

Letcher County Central 3  Harlan County 1

Rowan County 15  Magoffin County 7

Allen Central 15  Pikeville 5

Belfry 5  Allen Central 1

Powell County 7  Pikeville 2

Boyd County 8  Lawrence County 5

George Rogers Clark 3  Prestonsburg 1

Harlan 6  Buckhorn 5

Harlan 5  Buckhorn 2

Johnson Central 13  Sheldon Clark 0

Filed under: Prestonsburg High School | Baseball

 

Sports News 4/25/2014

April 25, 2014

Sports News 4/25/2014

The NBA playoffs have begun a few days ago and it is already shaping up to be an upset filled tournament. Notably, The Oklahoma City Thunder has fallen behind 2-1 to the Memphis Grizzlies. Historically, the Thunder has never played well against the Grizzlies in the playoffs but throughout the regular season, they beat them consistently and handedly.

Another team that is failing to live up to expectations is the Houston Rockets. They have fallen behind to a dangerous 2-0 to the Portland Trailblazers. Adding salt to the proverbial wound is the fact that game 3 takes place in Portland…

Outside of those two match-ups the only team that seems to be playing under par is the Indiana Pacers. Continuing their late season slump, they have fallen behind to the Atlanta Hawks 2-1. Danny Granger, who was traded from Indiana to the Clippers, has been performing quite well in aiding the Clippers to gain a 2-1 lead over Golden State.

Finally I would like to discuss an upcoming UFC fight, more specifically UFC 172. Headlined by the massively anticipated fight of Jon “Bones” Jones vs. Glover Teixeira, this UFC seeks to set viewer records. Teixeira has won 20 straight fights coming into this battle while Jones plans on extending his record of most consecutive title defenses from 6 to 7. Weigh-in begins at 4pm EST today as the fight is scheduled to take place tomorrow with prelims beginning at 7:30pm EST.

Filed under: Basketball | Extreme sports

 

KHSAA Baseball finals 4-24

April 25, 2014

Lawrence County 10  Prestonsburg 0  (5 innings)

Betsy Layne 13  South Floyd 3  (6 innings)

East Ridge 7  Perry County Central 4

Hazard 22  Breathitt County 7  (5 innings)

Jackson City 6  Pike County Central 0

Leslie County 9  Cordia 1

Letcher County Central 21  Jenkins 3  (5 innings)

Paintsville 14  Morgan County 0

Filed under: Prestonsburg High School | Baseball

 

KHSAA Boys Baseball finals 4-23

April 24, 2014

Allen Central 19  South Floyd 0

Belfry 20  Phelps 10

Breathitt County 10  Wolfe County 3

Johnson Central 6  Paintsville 0

Pike County Central 10  Jenkins 2

Filed under: Baseball

 

KHSAA Boys Baseball Finals 4-22

April 23, 2014

Allen Central 10  Betsy Layne 4

Belfry 9  Hazard 7

Harlan County 9  Harlan 0

Lawrence County 12  Pikeville 1

Magoffin County 10  Sheldon Clark 7

Paintsville 8  Johnson Central 2

 

Filed under: Baseball

 

KHSAA Girls Softball Finals 4-21

April 22, 2014

Ashland 10  Lawrence County 0

East Ridge 6  Belfry 4

Jenkins 16  Hazard 1

Johnson Central 13  Shelby Valley 0

Knott County Central 15  June Buchanan 0

Leslie County 14  Jackson City 2

Letcher County Central 12  Perry County Central 2

Magoffin County 6  Pikeville 1

 

Filed under:

 

KHSAA Boys Baseball Finals 4-19

April 21, 2014

Prestonsburg 5  Sheldon Clark 4

Prestonsburg 14  Mingo Central WV 2

Allen Central 15  Morgan County 3

Johnson Central 11  Allen Central 2

Johnson Central 13  Bardstown 3

Letcher Central 16  Bath County 6

Hazard 10  Sheldon Clark 0

Hazard 10  Mingo Central WV 0

Belfry 12  Kentucky Country Day 1

Paintsville 4  Pikeville 3

Paintsville 10  Belfry 4

Pikeville 5  Kentucky Country Day 4

East Ridge 10  Phelps 9 

Jackson City 2  Shelby Valley 1

Pike County Central 14  Magoffin County 0

 

Filed under: Prestonsburg High School | Baseball

 

KHSAA Boys Baseball Finals 4-17

April 18, 2014

Allen Central 19  Breathitt County 1

Belfry 24  Mingo Central WV 11

Knott County Central 13  Betsy Layne 0

Lee County 19  Magoffin County 9

Phelps 11  Jenkins 5

Pikeville 3  East Ridge 1

Russell 3  Johnson Central 2

Filed under: Baseball

 

KHSAA Boys Baseball Finals 4-16

April 17, 2014

Allen Central 10  Prestonsburg 9

Belfry 11  Phelps 1

Knott County Central 13  Wolfe County 3

Lawrence County 15  Sheldon Clark 0

Paintsville 10  Magoffin County 0

Pike County Central 7  Shelby Valley 4

Filed under: Prestonsburg High School | Baseball

 

Willie Cauley-Stein staying at Kentucky

April 15, 2014

Kentucky big man Willie Cauley-Stein says he plans to return to UK next year for his junior season. Cauley-Stein tweeted just before 6 pm on Monday that he was "proud to say that I am coming back for my junior year" Cauley-Stein said he had an empty spot to fulfill and was in no rush to leave the best fans in the country. Several Kentucky freshmen are currently in the process of making decisions concerning their futures. Most experts feel Julius Randle will enter the NBA draft. James Young is also being mentioned as a possible first round NBA pick if he decides to enter the upcoming draft.

Filed under: Basketball

 

KHSAA Boys Baseball Finals 4-12

April 14, 2014

Ashland Blazer 6  Prestonsburg 4

Harlan County 10  McCreary Central 2

Harlan County 4  Lincoln County 2

Harlan 27  Owsley County 2

Harlan 18  June Buchanan 8

Jackson City  13  Breathitt County 1

Letcher County Central 6  Scott WVa 4

Paintsville 8  East Ridge 1

Pike County Central 25  Phelps 0

Russell 8  Sheldon Clark 2

Campbell County 10  Johnson Central 0

 

Filed under: Prestonsburg High School | Baseball

 

KHSAA Baseball Finals 4-10

April 11, 2014

Belfry 3  Pike County Central 2

Knott County Central 25  Jenkins 14

Perry County Central 4  Jackson City 3

Russell 8  Lawrence County 3

Filed under: Baseball

 

KHSAA Boys Baseball Finals 4-9

April 10, 2014

Betsy Layne 9  Sheldon Clark 6  15th Region All-A Classic

Paintsville 12  Allen Central 0  15th Region All-A Classic

Hazard 16  Lee County 3  14th Region All-A Classic

Harlan County 6  Middlesboro 1

Knott County Central 12  Perry County Central 5

Filed under: Baseball

 

Khsaa Boys Baseball Finals 4-8

April 9, 2014

Johnson Central 14  Prestonsburg 0

Hazard 14  Wolfe County 4 (6 innings)  14th region All-A Classic

Lee County 8  Jackson City 7  14th region All-A Classic

Paintsville 5  Shelby Valley 4  15th region All-A Classic

Morgan County 29  Elliott County 1  16th region All-A Classic (5 innings)

East Ridge  12  Pike County Central 2

Jenkins 6  Leslie County 3

June Buchanan 16  South Floyd  5

Knott County Central 5  Letcher County Central 3

 

Filed under: Prestonsburg High School | Baseball

 

Cats fall one game short of National Championship

April 8, 2014

Kentucky's incredible post-season run fell one game short of a national title on Monday as the Cats fell to UConn by a final of 60-54. Kentucky ended the season at 29-11 while Uconn ended the season at 32-8. Both teams had failed to make the NCAA tournament just last season. Kentucky advanced to the championship game with a 74-73 win over Wisconsin on Saturday. UConn defeated top-seed Florida 63-53 to earn a trip to the finals.

Filed under: Basketball

 

Cats headed to National Championship

April 7, 2014

Aaron Harrison's three pointer with 5.7 seconds left lifted Kentucky over Wisconsin 74-73 on Saturday. The Cats advanced to tonight's championship game to take on UConn at 9:00 pm. Kentucky will be shooting for it's 9th National Championship tonight. The 8th seeded Wildcats (29-10) will battle the 7th seeded Huskies (31-8). The two will combine to produce the highest combined seed total for a national championship since seeding began in 1979. The previous was the 2011 game when third seeded UConn beat eight seeded Butler.

Filed under: Basketball

 

Cats headed to Final Four

March 31, 2014

Aaron Harrison's three pointer with 2.3 seconds left lifted Kentucky over Michigan and propelled the cats to next weekends Final Four. Harrison scored all twelve of his points over the final 8:05. This will be Kentucky's 16th trip to the Final Four. This will also be the first-time an all-freshman starting lineup has made it since Michigan's Fab Five made it in 1992. Kentucky will take on Wisconsin on Saturday in Texas. Kentucky improved to 28-10 with the win. Michigan ended the season at 28-9. Kentucky will play the second national semi-final on Saturday. Florida will take on UConn in the first national semi-final.

Filed under: Basketball

 

Cats set to take on Cards in NCAA Sweet Sixteen

March 27, 2014

Kentucky is set to return to action on Friday, in the regional semi-final round of the NCAA tournament. UK will take on in state rival Louisville in Indianapolis at approximately 9:45 pm. The game will air on CBS with Jim Nantz, Greg Anthony and Tracy Wolfson handling the play by play and color.

Filed under: University of Kentucky | Basketball

 

Julius Randle named to All-American team

March 27, 2014

Freshman Julius Randle has been honored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Randle is one of three freshmen to earn All-America honors by the NABC. Randle was selected to the third-team in voting by member coaches of the NABC. Randle leads the nation with 22 double-doubles on the season. He leads the team in scoring average and rebounds.

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Kentucky stays alive with win over Wichita State

March 24, 2014

The Harrison twins came alive at the best possible time on Sunday, as Kentucky rallied from a 9 point second half deficit to beat previously unbeaten Wichita State 78-76. Kentucky was led in scoring by Andrew Harrison with 20 points. Aaron Harrison added 19 and Julius Randle tossed in 13. Cleanthony Early led Wichita State with a game high 31 points. Kentucky improved to 26-10 with the win Wichita State ended the season at 35-1. Kentucky will take in Louisville in the Sweet Sixteen on Friday. Tipoff is scheduled for 9:45 pm.

Filed under: Basketball

 

Kentucky a # 8 seed in NCAA tournament

March 18, 2014

Kentucky will open play in the NCAA tournament on Friday. The Cats enter as a number eight seed and will take on number nine seed Kansas State at approximately 9:40 pm. The game will be televised live on CBS. Kentucky enters the tournament with an overall record of 24-10. Kansas State comes into the tournament with an overall record of 20-12. The Kentucky-Kansas State winner will likely face off with top seeded Wichita State on Sunday.

Filed under: Basketball

 

Cats rally but fall short in SEC title game

March 17, 2014

The Kentucky Wildcats rallied from 16 down in the second half on Sunday, but ended up falling one point shy against the Florida Gators in the SEC championship game. Willie Cauley Stein finished with a double,double in the loss, scoring 10 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. Kentucky trailed by 15 with just over 12 minutes left in the game. The cats had a chance to win in the last possession, but James Young slipped on a drive to the basket and time expired as Florida claimed the SEC title by a final of 61-60.

Filed under: Basketball

 

Cats set to open SEC tourney tonight in Atlanta

March 14, 2014

Kentucky will open SEC tournament play tonight, taking on LSU at 7:00 pm in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. LSU advanced to the quarterfinal round with a 68-56 win over Alabama on Thursday. Kentucky enters the tournament as the number two seed behind number one seed Florida. Kentucky is expected to make the NCAA tournament field regardless of the outcome of this weeks SEC tournament. LSU would likely need to advance to the finals or win the tournament to make the NCAA field. Tipoff tonight is set for 7 pm.

Filed under: Basketball

 

Gators roll past Cats 84-65

March 10, 2014

Patric Young scored 18 points as No. 1 Florida rolled past Kentucky 84-65 on Saturday. Julius Randle led Kentucky with 16 points and 10 rebounds. With the win, Florida finished the SEC portion of the schedule with a perfect 18-0 record. The Gators improved to 29-2 overall and 18-0 in the SEC. Kentucky ended the regular season with a 22-9 overall record. The cats finished SEC play at 12-6. Kentucky will play in the quarterfinal round of the SEC tournament on Friday evening in Atlanta.

Filed under: Basketball

 

Cats hold off Tide on Senior Night at Rupp

March 5, 2014

Julius Randle finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds as No 25 Kentucky held off Alabama 55-48 on Tuesday. Kentucky used a 15-2 second half run to build a 43-34 lead. Kentucky avoided its first three game losing streak under John Calipari and also clinched the two seed in next week's SEC tournament. With the win, Kentucky improved to 22-8 overall and 12-5 in the SEC. Alabama fell to 12-18 and 6-11 in the SEC. Kentucky will wrap up the regular season on the road at number one Florida on Saturday.

Filed under: Basketball

 

Kentucky holds off LSU in OT

February 24, 2014

Julius Randle's shot in the lane with :03 left in overtime lifted Kentucky over LSU on Saturday in Rupp Arena. The number 15 Cats defeated the Tigers 77-76. Aaron Harrison led Kentucky with 21 points. James Young added 20 in the win. Anthony Hickey led LSU with 20 points. With the win Kentucky improved to 21-6 overall and 11-3 in the SEC. LSU fell to 16-10 and 7-7 in the SEC.

Filed under: Basketball

 

UK knocks off Ole Miss 84-70

February 19, 2014

Julius Randle had 25 points and 13 rebounds as Kentucky went on the road and defeated Ole Miss on Tuesday. Aaron Harrison added 17 points as Kentucky improved to 20-6 overall and 10-3 in the SEC. The cats went on a 15-0 run midway through the first half. Jarvis Summers led Ole Miss with 22 points., The Rebels fell to 16-10 overall and 7-6 in the SEC.

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Gators defeat Cats in Rupp 69-59

February 18, 2014

Florida tied a school record with their 17th straight win on Saturday, knocking off Kentucky in Rupp Arena 69-59. Casey Prather led Florida with 24 points on 8 of 9 shooting. Andrew Harrison led the cats with 20 points. Florida won at Rupp Arena for the first time since 2007. Scottie Wilbekin added 23 points for Florida as the Gators improved to 23-2 overall and 12-0 in the SEC. Kentucky fell to 19-6 overall and 9-3 in the SEC.

Filed under: Basketball

 

Kentucky knocks off Mississippi State 69-59

February 10, 2014

Julius Randle scored 16 points and James Young added 11 as Kentucky went on the road and knocked off Mississippi State on Saturday. Kentucky improved to 18-5 overall and 8-2 in the SEC. Craig Sword led State with 12 points as the Bulldogs fell to 13-10 overall and 3-7 in the SEC. Kentucky won the rebounding battle 38-33 and also scored 40 points in the paint.

Filed under: Basketball

 

Kentucky holds off Missouri

February 3, 2014

Aaron Harrison scored 21 points and James Young added 20 as Kentucky held off a rally to win in Missouri on Saturday. The Wildcats improved to 16-5 and 6-2 in the SEC with the win. Missouri fell to 16-5 and 4-4 in the SEC. Jabari Brown led all scorers with a game high 33 points in the loss. Missouri suffered only its third loss at home in the last 46 home games. Kentucky will be back at Rupp Arena on Tuesday to take on Ole Miss. Tipoff is set for 7 pm.

Filed under: Basketball

 

Cats land 5 Star lineman

January 30, 2014

Mark Stoops got his first win over Alabama today as 5 star lineman Matt Elam decided to play for the Wildcats over Alabama and Nick Saban. Elam, a 6'5, 370 pound lineman is rated the nation's number 3 defensive tackle by 24/7 Sports. Elam was a standout at John Hardin High School in 2013 and picked Kentucky over such schools as Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Tennessee. Kentucky is also expected to release plans to build a 45 million dollar practice facility in the near future.

Filed under: Football

 

Cats fall at LSU 87-82

January 29, 2014

James Young led Kentucky with 23 points, but it wasn't enough as LSU knocked off Kentucky on Tuesday night 87-82., Johnny O'Bryant led LSU with a game high 29 points. LSU improved to 13-6 and 4-3 in the SEC while Kentucky dropped to 15-5 and 5-2 in the SEC. Dakari Johnson had 15 points in the loss for Kentucky.

Filed under: Basketball

 

Kentucky defeats Georgia 79-54

January 27, 2014

Aaron Harrison scored 15 points to lead number 14 Kentucky past visiting Georgia on Saturday by a final score of 79-54. Julius Randle added 14 points and James Young tossed in 13 in a balanced scoring effort from Kentucky. Kentucky improved to 15-4 overall and 5-1 in the SEC. Georgia fell to 10-8 overall and 4-2 in the SEC. Kentucky shot 50% for the game on 29 of 58 from the field.

Filed under: Basketball

 

Kentucky rolls past Texas A&M

January 22, 2014

Alex Poythress scored a season high 16 points as Kentucky rolled past visiting Texas A&M 68-51 on Tuesday night. Kentucky improved to 14-4 overall and 4-1 in the SEC. Texas A&M fell to 12-6 overall and 3-2 in the SEC. Kentucky outrebounded the Aggies 42-24. Dakari Johnson added 6 points and 7 rebounds in the win. Kentucky will host Georgia on Saturday.

Filed under: Basketball

 

Kentucky knocks off Tennessee 74-66

January 21, 2014

Kentucky freshman Andrew Harrison scored a career high 26 points as the Wildcats beat Tennessee 74-66 on Saturday. Kentucky (13-4 and 3-1 in the SEC) made 23 of 24 free throws including their first 17 straight. Kentucky trailed by nine in the first half before rallying to win. Kentucky ended the game on a 25-14 run. Tennessee outrebounded the Cats 39-24.

Filed under: Basketball

 

Cats Fall to Arkansas in OT

January 15, 2014

A slam dunk with 0.2 seconds remaining lifted Arkansas over visiting Kentucky on Tuesday. Michael Qualls dunk gave the Razorbacks an 87-85 win in overtime. With the loss Kentucky falls to 12-4 overall and 2-1 in the SEC. James Young led Kentucky with 23 points. Arkansas has won three straight at home over Kentucky.

Filed under: Basketball

 

UK moves up to No. 13 in AP Poll

January 14, 2014

The Kentucky Wildcats moved up to one spot to No. 13 in this week's AP top 25 poll. Arizona remained at No. 1 with Syracuse No. 2 ., Eleven ranked teams lost at least one game during the previous week. The top ten included : Arizona, Syracuse, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Wichita State, Villanova, Florida, Iowa State, Oklahoma State and San Diego State.

Filed under: Basketball

 

UK beats Vandy 71-62

January 13, 2014

Willie Cauley-Stein scored 15 points as Kentucky defeated host Vanderbilt by a final of 71-62. Aaron Harrison added 14 and Andrew Harrison scored 10 as Kentucky improved to 12-3 overall and 2-0 in the SEC. Kentucky will next play at Arkansas on Tuesday night.

Filed under: Basketball

 

Kentucky 85 Mississippi St. 63

January 9, 2014

After trailing by three at the half on Wednesday, Kentucky stormed back to defeat Mississippi State. James Young led the Cats with 26 points. Kentucky shot 65% in the second half, and held Mississippi State without a field goal for nearly ( minutes in the second half. Young finished the game 8 or 18 from the field to lead the Cats. Willie Cauley-Stein and Alex Poythress each added 12 points for Kentucky who improved to 11-3 overall and 1-0 in the SEC.

Filed under: Basketball

 

eRUPPtion Zone tickets available for Belmont game

December 18, 2013

eRUPPtion zone tickets will be available to the public for Saturday's mens basketball game against Belmont. The public will be permitted to begin lining up for public eruption zone ticket sales this Saturday, December 21st at 6pm. Tickets in the eRUPPtion zone will be 5.00 (cash only) and are limited to one per person.

Filed under: Basketball

 

Kentucky falls to 19th in latest college basketball poll

December 17, 2013

Arizona remains the runaway number one in the latest AP college hoops poll. Kentucky fell from # 11 all the way to # 19 after losing to North Carolina on Saturday. The latest top ten is as follows:

1. Arizona

2. Syracuse

3. Ohio State

4. Wisconsin

5. Michigan State

6. Louisville

7. Oklahoma State

8. Villanova

8. Duke

10. UConn

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Filed under: Basketball

 

TV schedule released for first three UK football games

July 18, 2013

The Southeastern Conference has announced the early season schedule comprising the first three weeks of the upcoming college football season.

Kentucky's season opener against Western Kentucky will kickoff at 7 p.m. at LP field in Nashville and will be televised live by ESPNews. Kentucky's home opener against Miami (OH) on September 7th will kick off at noon and be televised by Fox Sports Network. Kentucky's September 14th game against the Louisville Cardinals is scheduled for noon and will be televised live on ESPN.

Follow the Cats all season long on Q95 FM.

Filed under: Football

 

A UK football player has been injured in a car accident in GA

May 6, 2013

University of Kentucky Safety Ashley Lowery has been hospitalized in Georgia with injuries suffered in a car accident Friday night.

UK athletic department spokesman Tony Neely confirmed that Lowery was being treated in a hospital but the school is still gathering details about the accident, where he is hospitalized and his condition.

Lowery played in eight games last season as a sophomore; he started all of those games.

He ranked fifth on the team with 43 tackles.

Last season he also had a career best nine tackles against Vanderbilt and recorded his first career interception which he returned for 21 yards.  

Several UK players have asked for prayers for Lowery through twitter.

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UK's football Wildcats have lost a top commitment

April 10, 2013

Four star defensive end Denzel Ware has de-commited from UK.

Ware made the announcement via Twitter on Tuesday.

He said he wanted to thank the Big Blue Nation and every coach at UK, but at this time he had decided it was best to de-commit and look at his other options.

Ware is from Florida and was originally committed to Florida State when Mark Stoops was there. Ware also has offers from Alabama, Ohio St. and Texas among others.

Filed under: Football

 

UK Guard Ryan Harrow is leaving The Cats

April 1, 2013

Point guard Ryan Harrow is leaving UK to transfer to Georgia State.

John Calipari says, "Given the health of his dad, we fully support Ryan's decision to transfer to Georgia State to be closer to his family in Atlanta."

Harrow's father suffered a stroke before the 2012 season. He told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he will petition to be able to play next season because he wants to be close to his father.

Calipari said, "Ryan was a vital part of this year's team and an important player in practice during our 2011-12 national championship run." Calipari continued, "I want to thank Ryan for his efforts and hard work and wish him the best of luck at Georgia State."

Harrow averaged 9.9 points and 2.8 assists after sitting out the season following a transfer from North Carolina State.

Filed under: Basketball

 

Changes Are Coming To UK's Annual Spring Football Game

February 27, 2013

You will need a ticket to attend the annual UK spring football game this season, which is set for April 13 at 7 p.m. at Commonwealth Stadium. It will still be free, but with small service fee through Ticketmaster. There will be reserved seating this year.

Season ticket holders will get an opportunity for the free tickets will begin Thursday, Feb. 28, at 9 a.m. Current season ticket holders will receive an e-mail this week detailing how they may obtain up to eight reserved seats:

Seats can be purchased through TicketMaster.com or by calling TicketMaster at 800-745-3000
Tickets are free but there is a small service charge per ticket

UK students may obtain their free tickets beginning Thursday at 9 a.m. at the Joe Craft Center ticket office. Students may pick up two tickets per ID.

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Wiggins To Visit UK

February 13, 2013

A big recruiting day for Kentucky in both basketball and football.

Scout.com is reporting that Huntington Preps Andrew Wiggins, the nation's number one recruit, will visit UK on February 27.

The 6'8" small forward has already visited Florida State and he's scheduled three more trips.

His confirmed to visit Kentucky on February 27 is when the Cats take on Mississippi State and then he's tentatively set to go to Kansas on March 4 and North Carolina on March 9.

In football, another huge get for head coach Mark Stoops. Rivals reports UK has picked up a commitment from 6'3", 220 lbs linebacker Denzel Ware from Crestview, Florida.

Ware is a former Florida State commitment who chose the Cats over the Noles, Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Georgia Tech, Louisana- Lafayette, Ohio State, Texas and USC.

He's listed by some as the third best outside linebacker prospect in the country, although rivals says he'll play defensive end at UK.

Filed under: Basketball | Football

 

ESPN's College Gameday Is Coming To Rupp Arena

February 13, 2013

ESPN's hit Saturday morning show, College Gameday covered by State Farm, returns to Rupp Arena on Saturday, Feb. 23rd.

Tickets to attend College Gameday will be available starting today at 6:00 p.m., online through Ticketmaster and at Ticketmaster outlets.

GameDay tickets are free of charge and orders will have a minimal service fee attached. There is a limit of eight tickets per household.

The Wildcats will host the Missouri Tigers to cap off the full day of activities that evening at 9 p.m. ET.

A special edition, individually numbered UK Basketball poster will be given out to the first 10,000 people through the door.

Tickets to ESPN College Gameday Covered by State Farm are not valid for admission to the UK vs. Missouri basketball game, but to the College Gameday event itself. Doors will open at 8:00 a.m. and the event begins at 9:00 a.m.
 

Filed under: Basketball

 

A House Committee has approved a project including Commonwealth Stadiums makeover

February 7, 2013

Six of Kentucky's public universities have cleared an initial hurdle for a plan to spend $363 million on construction projects, including a makeover for the Kentucky Wildcats' Commonwealth Stadium.

The House Appropriations and Revenue Committee approved legislation Wednesday allowing the universities to proceed with the projects.

The top selling points for the proposal are that the projects will be paid for by the universities without any General Fund money and that they will create more than 5,000 construction jobs.

The biggest expenditure would be $110 million to renovate Commonwealth Stadium. Morehead, Murray, Northern and Western Kentucky universities also would get upgrades, as would the University of Louisville.
 

Filed under: Football

 

Jason Hatcher caps off a stellar recruiting day for Kentucky football

February 7, 2013

Defensive end Jason Hatcher out of Trinity High School in Louisville is headed to Kentucky. Hatcher made his announcement at 3:00 p.m. and becomes the 22nd signee for new UK coach Mark Stoops.

Hatcher, rated a 4-star prospect, previously committed to Southern Cal twice but decommitted. Hatcher wore a white suit and ended any suspense by putting on a UK cap.

Kentucky's recruiting class is ranked 23rd nationally.

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Kentucky, North Carolina agree to plans for future games

February 1, 2013

Kentucky is set to renew its rivalry with North Carolina next year.

The rivalry of two tradionally basketball-oriented schools will resume next season as Kentucky and North Carolina have agreed to a two year home and home series begining in the 2013-14 season.

The Wildcats will travel to Chapel Hill in 2013 to take on the Tarheels, and the series will return to Rupp Arena during the 2014-15 season.

Kentucky has won 3 of the last 4 meetings between the schools, while North Carolina holds a 22-13 edge in the all time series.

Filed under: Basketball

 

UK denies rumors that its football head coaching job has been offered

November 19, 2012

Despite reports that the UK head football coaching position has been offered to UC head coach Butch Jones, Kentucky officials say its simply not true. UK executive Asst. Athletic Director Dwayne Peevy denied the rumor, saying the job has not been offered to anyone as of yet.

The 247 site for University of Cincinnati sports reported that the job was offered to UC's current coach. Jones was mentioned early as a candidate for the UK job after Joker Phillips was fired two weeks ago.

Speculation concerning Jones had died down but has emerged again in recent days. Jones was an assistant under Brian Kelly at Central Michigan, then became the head coach when Kelly left for Cincinnati. Jones was then named head coach at UC when Kelly left for Notre Dame. Jones is 21-14 overall at UC and 10-9 overall in the Big East Conference.

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Kentucky fires Joker Phillips

November 5, 2012

Athletic director Mitch Barnhart announced Phillips' firing Sunday in an open letter on the Wildcats' website. The letter stated Phillips would be let go, effective at the end of the season, but athletic department spokesman DeWayne Peevy later said the coach's status for the final two games was still to be determined.

The Wildcats lost their eighth straight game on Saturday, a 40-0 home loss to Vanderbilt. It was their worst loss to the Commodores in 96 years. Kentucky now sits at 1-9 overall and 0-7 in the SEC. Kentucky plays Samford on November 17 before closing out the season against SEC rival Tennessee on the road.

Barnhart said the school will immediately begin the search for a new coach. Phillips had two years left on his contract, which pays him $1.7 million per season, and Peevy said the school would honor the contract. The 49-year-old coach was 12 and 23 overall in three seasons at Kentucky. He led the Cats to a bowl game appearance in the first season but they have gotten worse in each season since.

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Calipari lands another top recruit for an already stellar 2013 class

October 18, 2012

Kentucky Coach John Calipari received another top-ranked commitment on Wednesday when five-star recruit Marcus Lee chose the Cats over his home state of California's Golden Bears.

The 6'10" center is known as a shot-blocker and defensive specialist. Lee is rated as the #2-rated center in the class of 2013 and as high as 15th overall by some. Lee joins the highly-touted Harrison twins, James Young and Derek Willis as Kentucky's class of 2013.

With all five recruits being rated in the top 15 nationally, some experts are posing the question: could this be the top recruiting class in history? Time will certainly tell as the Cats look to the coming years.

Filed under: Basketball

 

Join Q95 FM for UK football this Saturday

September 13, 2012

Join Q95 FM on Saturday evening as the Kentucky Wildcats play host to Western Kentucky. Hear all the play-by-play action starting at 5:30 pm with countdown to kickoff followed by kickoff at 7:00 p.m. Catch UK football all season long on Q95 FM.

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Davis, Kidd-Gilchrist go 1-2 in NBA draft

June 29, 2012

The University of Kentucky has some more bragging rights to go with their eighth national championship trophy. They are now the first and only school to have two players chosen first and second in the NBA draft.

First, it was New Orleans snagging Anthony Davis as the No. 1 overall pick. He grabbed a quick hug from fellow Wildcat Kidd-Gilchrist before taking the stage--and it wasn't long after that Kidd-Gilchrist took the stage himself, as No. 2, picked up by Charlotte.

Four Wildcats were chosen in the first round: Terrence Jones went out at No. 18 to Houston, and Marquis Teague went at No. 29 to Chicago.

A total of six UK players went on to be drafted. Later in the night, Doron Lamb was tabbed by Milwaukee at No. 42, and Darius Miller (No. 46) will join Davis at the New Orleans Hornets.

Whether or not you agree with Coach Calipari's aggressive one-and-done recruiting strategy--scouring the nation for top talent, cultivating it in one season into a cohesive, championship-caliber unit, and then losing all that work to the NBA draft--it undoubtedly produced results this season.

Filed under: University of Kentucky | Basketball

 

UK defeats KU 67-59 to win eighth national championship

April 4, 2012

What may have sounded like a cheer of triumph thundering in the Superdome after UK's 67-59 win was really just a collective sigh of relief.

The Big Blue Nation has known this team was championship-capable for months now. That sort of knowledge comes not from the many W's they strung together, but the way they were earned: a high octane offense, consistent free throw shooting, and a smothering, spirit-crushing defense led by the nation's best blocker.

That kind of play has the potential to hang banners at Rupp, no doubt. But after seeing Kentucky power down in the SEC title game against Vanderbilt, and understanding the incomparable capacity Kansas has shown this season for the big comeback, this year's title game was as tense as possible when you consider Kentucky's crop of talent.

Sure, they were in command all game long. Sure, the first half was a twenty minute highlight reel. But in the second half, where Kansas has repeatedly put its stamina and heart to good use throughout the tournament and the season, Calipari says he pulled the reins back on the Cats and tried to get them to calm down and reset. That meant a much more relaxed, methodical play, where the Cats were often forced to take it back to half court to reassess the situation.

At one point, Kansas closed to within five, a slim enough lead to evoke some worry. Down the stretch, though, it was clutch free throw shooting and more of the same in defense that won Kentucky's eighth national championship.

So who can we look to and say led the Cats Monday night? Doron Lamb led all Cats in scoring with 22 points, including two 3-pointers within 33 seconds at a time when Kansas felt the momentum might be headed their way.

But then there's Anthony Davis, who only put up 6 points--including just one field goal--yet was named outstanding player, thanks to sixteen rebounds, six blocks, five assists and three steals. He shot 1 for 10, and decided early on that he would be playing the role of support to get the ball to his scoring teammates.

And it was that consummate philosophy--teamwork and fundamentals--that brought UK fans their long-awaited number 8.

While we may be losing several of these talents to the NBA, that was always in the cards. Coach Cal says he'll be going recruiting again on Friday.

Filed under: University of Kentucky | Basketball

 

UK vaults over U of L and into the national championship game

April 2, 2012

For all the aura and spectacle of a UK and U of L showdown in the Final Four, it seems like it happened months ago, because the fans and the Cats themselves are instead looking forward to tonight's championship game.

In a way, it did happen months ago--the December game produced a nearly identical result. It was 69-62 on New Year's Eve, 69-61 yesterday. The stage, though, and the stakes, were wildly different.

The Cats seemed steady and in control all game long. When U of L rallied and the score was tied 49 all with less than 10 minutes to play, UK ratcheted their play up and tore off an 11-2 run.

It's a style of play they've maintained all season long: controlling the game while leaving enough gas in the tank to put the hammer down if they really need to.

And they'll need to tonight. UK and Kansas are, historically, the country's two best teams. And this will be the first meeting of UK and KU in a national championship game. KU's Thomas Robinson is the closest competition Anthony Davis has for player of the year.

Hopefully, Davis can pull off another game like the leading performance he put together yesterday against Louisville: 18 points, 14 rebounds, 5 blocks, 2 assists and 1 steal. The Cats will have to stay out of foul trouble, capitalize on their free throws, maintain their strong defense, and sink their field goals.

They've already beaten Kansas once this season, 75-65 at Madison Square Garden. Can they do it again, and in the process, deliver UK's long-awaited eighth national title? We'll find out soon. Pre-game starts around 7:00 p.m. on Q95 FM, and tipoff is slated for 9:23.

Filed under: University of Kentucky | University of Louisville | Basketball

 

UK outguns Baylor 82-70, marches on to second straight Final Four

March 26, 2012

Are there any easy games in the NCAA tournament? Of course not. But a team as good as this year's Wildcats can make it look easy.

Their 82-70 shutout of the Baylor Bears didn't look so inevitable in the opening minutes. A couple poor decisions and missed opportunities gave Baylor a 10-5 lead, when Calipari called a time out and hit the reset button with his Cats. The 16-0 run that followed wrested control of the game squarely into their hands.

They maintained a steady pace and a rock-solid defense, leading 42-22 at halftime. Kidd-Gilchrist again led UK's effort with 19 points, and Anthony Davis tipped in 18, back on form after a lacking performance against Indiana. Terrence Jones may not have tallied as many points, but his presence on court netted nine rebounds, six assists, three blocks and two steals. It's that kind of well-rounded, fundamental gameplay that Calipari instills in his young team, and it's that kind of gameplay that leads to championships.

The only major scare of the game was a second-half injury, when Anthony Davis and Perry Jones III of Baylor collided, landing Davis on the hardwood grabbing at his knee. After a few tense minutes, trainers worked it out and not long after, Davis headed back into play with a roar of applause behind him.

The Cats will now face their long-standing in-state rival, Louisville. And while they've defeated U of L before (69-62 on New Year's Eve), that was certainly not on a stage as big as the Final Four. They'll face off in New Orleans, site of UK's loss in the SEC tournament. That may have been only a couple weeks ago, but it's another lifetime entirely in the minds of the Cats, because the winner of the next game will go on to face the winner of an Ohio State/Kansas game for the national title.

Filed under: University of Kentucky | Basketball

 

Cats get another swipe at Indiana, win 102-90

March 24, 2012

They're both juggernauts in the annals of college basketball. They're rivals. And after Christian Watford's 3-pointer at the buzzer gave Kentucky its first defeat of the season, they were understandably determined to change the outcome when they faced the Hoosiers again. Moving onto the Elite 8 may have been their primary goal, but besting Indiana in a tournament rematch must have been on their minds.

And what a rematch it was. It was an up-and-down, back-and-forth brawl that saw both teams scrambling across the court. In the end, Kentucky had them covered, and Indiana fell 102-90.

The performance was headed up by Kidd-Gilchrist at 24 points, Lamb's 21, and efforts of 19, 14, and 12 from Miller, Teague, and Jones. Anthony Davis, who picked up two fouls very early, spent a lot of time on the bench, and only racked up 9. Without Davis, Indiana's offense was less afraid of getting blocked, and the Hoosiers began railing on the inside to keep the game close. Watford led all players with 27 points.

But the Cats would not be denied. They drew numerous fouls and capitalized fantastically, shooting 35/37 at the free throw line, including Kidd-Gilchrist knocking in 10/10. He also grabbed 10 rebounds.

UK led 50-47 at the half, and kept the pace up in the second, ending 102-90 and heading off to their second straight Final Four. They'll face Baylor on Sunday.

Filed under: University of Kentucky | Basketball

 

Win against Iowa State takes Cats to Sweet 16

March 19, 2012

Led by an electric performance by freshman Marquis Teague, the Cats put all the pieces together and methodically fought their way over Iowa State and into the Sweet 16.

Coach Cal and Teague both realized the Iowa State defense was leaving him open--a vulnerability that allowed Teague to rack up a career-high 24 points. He also tallied seven assists.

Miller, Lamb, and Davis put 19, 16, and 15 on the board, respectively, as an unstoppable second-half surge took the game from tied at 42 to a decisive 87-71 victory.

Next on the calendar is a Friday rematch against Indiana, the first of only two teams able to claim they've bested Kentucky this season. You can bet that buzzer-beating 3-pointer has weighed heavily on their minds these past few months.

And though they're deliberately avoiding the word "revenge," they're very eager to get into the rematch and demonstrate how they've learned and grown as a team in all that time.

Coverage starts at 8 p.m. Friday on Q95 FM, and tipoff is set for 9:45.

Filed under: University of Kentucky | Basketball

 

UK edges Louisville 69-62

January 2, 2012

In a crucial faceoff with bitter rival Louisville, the Wildcats did not disappoint. The 69-62 win wraps up a five-game run of home appearances for the Cats and extended their streak of wins at home to 44, the nation's highest.

Both teams brought the heat: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist clocked in with his best performance of the year, tallying 24 points and 19 rebounds. Louisville's Russ Smith racked up a career-high 30 points.

Louisville only saw the lead after they sunk the first basket of the game, but the win was by no means easy. The Cardinals kept the pressure up until the final buzzer, never trailing very far and going so far as to tie the game up early in the second half.

No. 3 Kentucky and no. 4 Louisville have never before faced each other with such high rankings. After 40 minutes and 52 fouls, Kentucky is now 13-1 headed into the new year.

Filed under: University of Kentucky | University of Louisville | Basketball

 

Cats beat Lamar 86-64

December 29, 2011

With a match against rival Louisville looming just days away, Kentucky (12-1) rolled over Lamar 86-64.

The game marked the return of Terrence Jones, who injured his left pinky in the game against Indiana two weeks ago. He added 9 points, while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist led the Cats with 18.

No. 3 Kentucky will take on No. 4 Louisville on New Year's Eve.

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Wiltjer shines in 87-63 win over Loyola

December 23, 2011

In their first ever meeting with Maryland's Loyola Greyhounds, the Cats knocked down yet another team to extend their 41-0 record at Rupp Arena under Coach John Calipari.

Kyle Wiltjer said he wanted to make the most of his time on the hardwood with Terrence Jones still sidelined by an injury to his shooting hand in the Chattanooga game last Saturday. And that he did, scoring a career-high and game-high 24 points to lead the Cats to an eventual 87-63 win.

But it was far from a blowout. Loyola came out swinging, and though UK led from a 4-2 lead to the end of the game, the Greyhounds kept the first half closely contested. The Cats managed to claw out a 33-23 lead, when Loyola came back with 8 unanswered points to cut the lead to 2.

The 45-39 lead at halftime got cut to 45-41 when Erik Etherly sunk the first basket of the second half for Loyola. He led all Greyhounds with 14 points, followed by Dylon Cormier and Justin Drummond at 13 and 10, respectively.

It was then that UK shifted gears and stomped on the gas pedal, running 22-4 and keeping Loyola without a point for over five minutes with a stifling defense. On top of Wiltjer's 24 points, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 15 with four assists and Darius Miller contributed another 13. Anthony Davis racked up 15 of his own along with 11 rebounds and three blocks, going double-double for the fifth time and totaling 52 blocks on the year.

Kentucky plays Lamar on the 28th, with coverage on Q95 FM starting at 7:00 p.m. After that, they end their run of home games with a match against rival Louisville on New Year's Eve.

Filed under: University of Kentucky | Basketball

 

Cats bounce back against Chattanooga

December 19, 2011

Out for blood after the loss to Indiana, Kentucky is back to winning form after defeating Chattanooga 87-62 on Saturday night.

Terrence Jones sustained a finger injury very early in the game. He spent most of the game on the sidelines, and accounted for no points. Anthony Davis led the Cats with 14 points and 18 rebounds.

Coach Cal made it clear after reviewing the Indiana game that one-handed rebounding was instrumental in their loss last week, and drove the point home early in the first half. UK sunk nearly 50% of its attempts, including 36% of its 3-pointers. Now 9-1, they'll host Samford (Tuesday at 5:30) and Loyola (Thursday at 11:30) this week.

Filed under: University of Kentucky | Basketball

 

Indiana upsets No. 1 Kentucky with buzzer-beating 3-pointer

December 12, 2011

The Hoosiers didn't disappoint their fans, some of whom camped out in the cold to get tickets to the game. The bleachers emptied and the court flooded with fans after Christian Watford sunk 3-point shot at the buzzer to hand Indiana the win over No. 1 Kentucky.

Watford found himself with 20 points when the dust cleared, helping get Indiana their first win over a number one team since toppling Duke in 2002, and their first 9-0 season since '89-'90.

Doron Lamb's 19 points and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's 18 led the Wildcats' scoring. The frenzied final minutes saw the lead repeatedly change hands, but missed free throws in the closing seconds seemed to seal Kentucky's fate. They now head back to Lexington for five straight games from home, starting with Chattanooga on the 17th and culminating in a throwdown with Louisville on New Year's Eve.

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Down to the wire against UNC, Davis makes a big block

December 5, 2011

Forty minutes of intense play by two of the best teams in the nation came down to the final five seconds. The clock quickly disappearing, North Carolina's John Henson had the shot that could have won UNC the game, but Anthony Davis proved again that he doesn't just block shots--he blocks shots when it's all on the line.

The swat kept Kentucky ahead until the buzzer sounded, giving them a narrow 73-72 win despite North Carolina's better 3-point game. Davis is shaping up to establish himself as one of the best blocker's in the program's history, after coming off a game against St. John's contributing eight of the record-setting 18, just one shy of an individual record.

The Cats, now 8-0, travel to Bloomington to face 8-0 Indiana.

Filed under: University of Kentucky | University of North Carolina | Basketball

 

Davis, Jones lead Cats to victory over St. John's

December 2, 2011

The No. 1 UK Wildcats put on a clinic of fundamentals and didn't relent in defense to trump St. John's 81-59 Thursday. The combined efforts of freshman Anthony Davis (15 points, 15 rebounds, 8 of a school record 18 blocks) and Terrence Jones (26 points, 9 rebounds) accounted for no small part of the games big numbers. The Cats, now 7-0, are up against No. 5 North Carolina on Saturday.

Filed under: University of Kentucky | Basketball

 

Practice going well in preparation for Ole Miss game

November 4, 2011

As the Wildcats gear up to face off with Ole Miss on Saturday, Coach Phillips says he's pleased with the team’s performance. He's quick to cite their energetic, intense practice ethic as a good omen, and credits the energy and intensity of the assistant coaches.

As junior QB Morgan Newton recovers from a high ankle sprain, the position of starting quarterback has not yet been set in stone. Most are looking to freshman Maxwell Smith, who replaced Newton against Mississippi State and threw a solid game.

Asked about the Ole Miss offensive line, Coach Phillips says he has an eye on their quarterback, Randall Mackey. "[He’s] a dynamic player... He plays with his legs and arms. They have some skilled guys. They have two really good running backs. One is usually a jet sweeper and they have some really good young receivers also. They have a huge offensive line and might be the biggest offensive line we have faced all across the board."

Coverage will start on Q95 FM with pre-game at 2:00.

Filed under: University of Kentucky | Football

 

Cats flex muscles in 97-53 win over Transy

November 3, 2011

Terrence Jones’ 22 points and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s 19 were instrumental in a 97-53 exhibition game victory over Transylvania University.

Their showing on Wednesday bodes very well for the season, as the freshmen crew did not disappoint and the team showed tight cohesion. The Pioneers led in the opening moments of the game by as many as 7 points, but the Cats knuckled down and went on two 13-0 runs to lead 37-23 by halftime and 97-53 by the final buzzer.

The two schools actually have a colorful history, as outlined by Jon Scott in this piece for the Herald-Leader, but hadn’t played each other for the past century.

Filed under: University of Kentucky | Transylvania University | Basketball

 

Cats No. 2 in preseason poll

October 29, 2011

For the third straight year under the tutelage of Coach Calipari, the Wildcats basketball program has ranked in the top 10. This year, they go into the season ranked number 2 in the ESPN/USA Today poll. They trail only North Carolina, and lead rivals Duke (6th) and Louisville (8th). It's the Cats’ highest placement in the poll since the ’95-’96 season was ranked #1.

Filed under: University of Kentucky | Basketball

 

Cats gearing up to face Mississippi State "Blackout Game"

October 29, 2011

Joker Phillips and his 2011 Wildcat crew are gearing up, both physically and mentally, for what everyone is expecting to be a highly physical Saturday showdown.

"This is a game that you have to come out and execute and play your responsibilities on defense, execute on offense and in the kicking game to have an opportunity to win the game. And, you have to play physical and that is what we have to get our minds ready to do," Phillips said.

The Wildcats will enter Commonwealth Stadium 3-4 tomorrow, coming off a decisive victory over Mississippi State to snap a four game losing streak. So far, they're 2-2 at home.

Phillips said he's seen the requisite athleticism from his defensive line in the week's preparations, and that the offense has shown great improvement, but the team still has far to come.

Saturday is a "Blackout Game"--the Cats will take the field in black uniforms for the first time in their history, and fans are encouraged to wear black as well. Though they've had the idea and the jerseys all season long, they wanted to pick the right game to debut them. The night game, starting at 7 p.m. tomorrow, fit the bill.

Coverage will start on Q95 FM with pre-game at 5:30.

Filed under: University of Kentucky | Football

 

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