Kentucky Rumors & News

  • No. 13 Kentucky rebuffs Georgia

    The Sports Xchange "ATHENS, Ga. -- Kentucky remained in a first-place tie with Florida in the SEC with a thrilling 82-77 victory at Georgia on Saturday that featured 13 ties and 15 lead changes. "Anytime we win a road game in our league I'm ecstatic," Kentucky coach John Calipari said. "I'd rather learn from a..." February 18

  • Kentucky gets back on track vs. Tennessee

    The Sports Xchange "LEXINGTON, Ky. -- No. 13 Kentucky, which had dropped three of six games after starting the season 17-2, avenged one of those losses on Tuesday night. The Wildcats routed the Vols 83-58 at Rupp Arena to improve to 21-5 overall and stay in a first-place tie at an 11-2 record in the..." February 14

  • No. 15 Kentucky regains traction on road

    The Sports Xchange "TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- No. 15 Kentucky snapped a two-game road losing streak and maintained a share of first place in the Southeastern Conference with a 67-58 victory over Alabama on Saturday. Kentucky improved to 20-5 overall, 10-2 in the SEC. Alabama fell to 14-10, 7-5. "Listen, we were..." February 11

  • Karl-Anthony Towns takes shot at Kentucky basketball

    Larry Brown Sports "The Kentucky men’s basketball team has struggled over its last several games, and even a win wasn’t enough to satisfy John Calipari on Tuesday night. Unhappy with his team’s performance in a 92-85 victory over LSU, Calipari did not hold back in a postgame interview. “If anybody wants to quit,..." February 08

  • No. 15 Kentucky subdues LSU 92-85

    The Sports Xchange "LEXINGTON, Ky. -- No. 15 Kentucky put four players in double figures in a 92-85 victory over LSU on Tuesday night at Rupp Arena. The win enabled Kentucky (19-5, 9-2 SEC) to begin the process of righting its ship after a tough stretch that saw a team ranked No. 1 earlier this season lose..." February 07

  • Kentucky’s major flaw is starting to rear its head

    New York Post "The blame game is about to start in Lexington. Three losses in four games, a lopsided defeat in Florida, and looking up at South Carolina in the SEC wasn’t the plan for this mega-talented freshman class. There are problems at Kentucky. A No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament is a fantasy. A No. 2..." February 07

  • No. 24 Florida trounces No. 8 Kentucky

    The Sports Xchange "GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- No. 24 Florida shot 68 percent in the second half and outrebounded Kentucky 54-29 to hand No. 8 Kentucky its worst loss of the season, 88-64 on Saturday night. "I told the guys, 'Hey, beating Kentucky is great. They're one of the best teams in the country,'" Florida..." February 04

  • No. 8 Kentucky needs OT to rebuff upset-minded Georgia

    The Sports Xchange "LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Without Malik Monk, No. 8 Kentucky might very well have lost its third straight game. The freshman guard scored 37 points and sophomore guard Isaiah Briscoe added 23 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists to lead the Wildcats to a thrilling 90-81 overtime victory over..." February 01

  • Kansas loss teaches Kentucky lessons that SEC simply can't

    Sporting News - NCAAB "There are three simple letters that describe the most significant problem for the Kentucky Wildcats as February approaches and the shortest month remains between them and the period that will, as ever, define their season. You’ve probably heard these letters chanted proudly through the crisp..." January 30

  • Mason propels No. 2 Kansas past No. 4 Kentucky

    The Sports Xchange "LEXINGTON, Ky. -- In a battle of college basketball blue bloods, No. 2 Kansas rallied from a double-digit first-half deficit to defeat No. 4 Kentucky 79-73 Saturday at Rupp Arena. "It's very satisfying to win," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "Tonight it was amped up but our guys like playing..." January 28

  • John Calipari: Loss to Tennessee was good for Kentucky

    Larry Brown Sports "Losing a game is about the worst thing that can happen to a team in the eyes of most fans, but John Calipari actually thinks a loss was a good thing for his Kentucky squad. Kentucky is ranked No. 4 in the country and 17-3 on the season. They lost two non-conference games to UCLA and Louisville,..." January 28

  • Hobbs helps Tennessee stun No. 4 Kentucky

    The Sports Xchange "KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Super Tuesday turned into Black Tuesday in college basketball as Tennessee stunned No. 4 Kentucky 82-80 on a night when the Nos. 1, 2 and 4 teams all lost. "Tennessee deserved to win the game," Kentucky coach John Calipari said. "It would have been a shame if we had made..." January 25

  • Monk leads No. 5 Kentucky past No. 24 South Carolina

    The Sports Xchange "LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Fifth-ranked Kentucky stands alone as the only undefeated team in the SEC following an 85-69 victory over No. 24 South Carolina on Saturday. "Credit to Kentucky, obviously," South Carolina coach Frank Martin said. "They are a high-powered offensive team and they came at us...." January 21

  • No. 5 Kentucky rebuffs Mississippi State

    The Sports Xchange "STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Fifth-ranked Kentucky nearly blew an 18-point second-half lead before holding on to defeat Mississippi State 88-81 on Tuesday night. The Wildcats (16-2, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) earned their 11th consecutive victory over the Bulldogs (12-5, 3-2). "We go into..." January 17

  • Freshman duo of Monk, Adebayo lead Kentucky to win

    The Sports Xchange "LEXINGTON, Ky. -- No. 6-ranked Kentucky (15-2, 5-0) maintained its hold on first place in the Southeastern Conference on Saturday with a 92-72 victory over Auburn (11-6, 1-4). "We challenged them, but we never really threatened them," Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said. "Kentucky is a great team..." January 14

  • John Calipari's New Sales Pitch: Become a One-and-a-Half-and-Done Player

    Bleacher Report "Another season of college basketball in Lexington, Kentucky, another innovation by head coach John Calipari that could change the game. On Saturday, Hamidou Diallo, an absurdly athletic 18-year-old shooting guard from New York City who's ranked 10th in his class, committed to play basketball at..." January 11

  • Guards guide No. 6 Kentucky past Vanderbilt

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Plagued by foul trouble, Vanderbilt tried its best to keep up with Kentucky's high-powered offense but fell short in an 87-81 loss to the No. 6 Wildcats on Tuesday evening at Memorial Gym. Kentucky's three guards -- Isaiah Briscoe (23 points), De'Aaron Fox (22) and Malik..." January 10

  • No. 6 Kentucky pulls away from Arkansas 97-71

    The Sports Xchange "LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Freshman guard De'Aaron Fox scored a career-high 27 points and No. 6 Kentucky rolled to a 97-71 victory over Arkansas on Saturday night at Rupp Arena. "De'Aaron Fox is ridiculous," Kentucky coach John Calipari said. "He's been doing extra work. He's been coming to practice..." January 08

  • Calipari, Kentucky land their fifth five-star prospect for class of 2017

    CBS Sports "Class of 2017 standout Hamidou Diallo publicly committed to Kentucky on Saturday and will enroll next week. But the five-star prospect is not expected to play for the Wildcats until next season. Diallo is 10th in 247Sports' Class of 2017 rankings. He chose Kentucky over..." January 07

  • Former Wildcat DeMarcus Cousins praises Malik Monk, De'Aaron Fox

    ESPN "Former Kentucky big man DeMarcus Cousins compared this year's Wildcats freshman backcourt of Malik Monk and De'Aaron Fox favorably to the guard duo he played with in college, John Wall and Eric Bledsoe. "The way they play together is like watching John and Eric, all over again," Cousins..." January 06

  • Monk, Fox propel No. 6 Kentucky in rout of Texas A&M

    The Sports Xchange "LEXINGTON, Ky. -- No. 6 Kentucky was clicking Tuesday night and there was nothing Texas A&M could do to stop the runaway train. The Wildcats (12-2, 2-0 SEC) rolled to a 100-58 victory over the Aggies (8-5, 0-2) at Rupp Arena. "Texas A&M, they just hit us on a good night," Kentucky..." January 04

  • Kentucky rides Briscoe's triple-double to win

    The Sports Xchange "OXFORD, Miss. -- Sophomore guard Isaiah Briscoe recorded the second triple-double of Kentucky's season as the eighth-ranked Wildcats rolled to a 99-76 victory over Ole Miss in both teams' Southeastern Conference opener Thursday night at The Pavilion. "We played really today guys," Kentucky..." December 29

  • John Calipari rips one-and-done haters: 'If it's your son, you want him out in a year'

    TMZ "John Calipari says people hating on players leaving college after one year wouldn't be hating if it were THEIR KID ... saying sometimes a short college stay is best for the the athlete. Calipari is the head man in Kentucky -- a college bball powerhouse that routinely recruits the best players..." December 27

  • Kentucky lands 5-star forward Jarred Vanderbilt

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Kentucky added another five-star basketball recruit to its 2017 class on Friday. Small forward Jarred Vanderbilt chose the Wildcats over North Carolina, TCU and Oregon, announcing his decision on ESPNU and social media around noon. "I prayed. I've talked to my family," Vanderbilt said. "Just..." December 23

  • No. 10 Louisville tops No. 6 Kentucky in thriller

    The Sports Xchange "LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Hometown hero Quentin Snider's 22 points led No. 10 Louisville to a 73-70 victory over No. 6 Kentucky on Wednesday night at the KFC Yum! Center. "I'm really delighted with the victory because it has been a while since we have beaten them," Pitino said, noting that..." December 21

  • An insider’s view of the John Calipari-Rick Pitino rivalry

    Fox Sports "The newest chapter, in the most hate-filled rivalry in college basketball will take place when No. 10 Louisville plays host to No. 6 Kentucky on Wednesday. It’s a game that has seen bad blood spilled between the schools since 1913 — with a regular-season break from 1948-84 — and has only gotten..." December 21

  • No one-and-done craze? No Dunk City? Some of what might have been if Rick Pitino stayed at Kentucky

    ESPN "Last Thursday night, New Albany High School's Romeo Langford, the No. 2 junior in all of high school basketball, hosted La Lumiere's Brian Bowen, the 13th-ranked senior. In prep hoops world, this was big -- big enough to earn a prime-time spot on ESPN2, in fact, and thus big enough to lure..." December 20

  • Monk scores 47 to lead No. 6 Kentucky past No. 7 North Carolina

    The Sports Xchange "LAS VEGAS – Kentucky freshman guard Malik Monk hesitated before making the go-ahead 3-pointer with 22 seconds left in the 103-100 victory for the sixth-ranked Wildcats over No. 7 North Carolina on Saturday. He said he heard his coach, John Calipari, yelling amid the noise of the 19,298 at..." December 17

  • Monk, Briscoe lead as No. 6 Kentucky routs Hofstra

    The Sports Xchange "BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- No. 6 Kentucky started a four-game road swing Sunday with a 96-73 victory over Hofstra at the Barclays Center on Sunday. "I'm worried. We've got a long way to go," Wildcats coach John Calipari said. "We've got some players who are not playing with the confidence they need...." December 11

  • Kentucky shrugs off loss, blasts Valpo

    The Sports Xchange "LEXINGTON, Ky. -- No. 6 Kentucky got back on the winning trail Wednesday night with a 87-63 rout of Valparaiso at Rupp Arena. The Wildcats (8-1) lost their No. 1 ranking with an upset loss to UCLA on Saturday. Valparaiso saw its five-game winning streak end Wednesday. "All we talked..." December 07

  • No. 11 UCLA stuns No. 1 Kentucky 97-92

    The Sports Xchange "LEXINGTON, Ky. -- No. 11 UCLA used 10 3-pointers and 53 percent shooting to upset No. 1 Kentucky, 97-92, on Saturday at Rupp Arena. The loss snapped a 42-game home winning streak for the Wildcats. "We proved that if you can run with this team, you can run with anybody," UCLA coach..." December 03

  • In fight to avoid Big Sick Nation, Kentucky cleans out facilities

    ESPN "Kentucky coach John Calipari gave his players large bottles of hand sanitizer and had the team's facilities and dorm rooms scrubbed this week to deal with a cold bug that affected some members of the program, the coach said Friday. "Each of them have [hand sanitizer] in the room," Calipari..." December 02

  • No. 1 Kentucky routs Arizona State

    The Sports Xchange "NASSAU, Bahamas -- No. 1 Kentucky ran its record to 7-0 Monday night with a 115-69 victory over Arizona State in a regular-season game played at the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island. "They were spectacular," Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley said. "I don't think I've seen a faster team in..." November 28

  • No. 1 Kentucky blows out Tennessee-Martin

    The Sports Xchange "LEXINGTON, Ky. -- No. 1 Kentucky improved to 6-0 Friday night with a 111-76 victory over Tennessee-Martin. The loss snapped a five-game win streak for the Skyhawks and marked the most points ever by a John Calipari-coached UK team. "They got our best today," Calipari said. "I kind of like..." November 25

  • Monk, Fonx fuel No. 1 Kentucky in rout of Cleveland St.

    The Sports Xchange "LEXINGTON, Ky. -- No. 1-ranked Kentucky improved to 5-0 Wednesday afternoon with a 101-70 victory over Cleveland State at Rupp Arena. With sophomore leader Isaiah Briscoe sidelined by a back injury, the freshman backcourt tandem of Malik Monk and De'Aaron Fox took control. Monk paced..." November 23

  • John Calipari Takes a Jab at Louisville Alum Kenny Payne

    Nation of Blue "John Calipari cracked a funny joke about the University of Louisville and associate head coach Kenny Payne during his media availability today. Payne, of course, went to school and played basketball for the Cardinals." November 22

  • No. 2 Kentucky remains perfect, easily handles Duquesne

    The Sports Xchange "LEXINGTON, Ky. -- No. 2 Kentucky improved to 4-0 Sunday night with a 93-59 victory over Duquesne at Rupp Arena. Kentucky, fresh off its impressive 68-49 rout of Michigan State on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden, wasted no time in dispatching Duquesne on its return home for the first of..." November 21

  • Top 25 guard Quade Green commits to John Calipari and Kentucky

    CBS Sports "Less than two weeks ago, John Calipari's Kentucky Wildcats did not have a single player committed to the program in their 2017 class. Since then, the Cats added two five-star prospects in Nick Richards and P.J. Washington, followed by top-50 combo guard Shai Alexander in the early signing..." November 20

  • Monk, Briscoe lead No. 2 Kentucky over No. 13 Michigan State

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Kentucky's kids are alright. Facing an early-season challenge against No. 13 Michigan State in the opener of the Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden, the young No. 2 Wildcats, led by freshman Malik Monk's 23 points, knocked off the Spartans 69-48 on Tuesday...." November 15

  • 4-star guard Shai Alexander commits to Kentucky

    Lexington Herald-Leader "Four-star combo guard Shai Alexander announced his commitment to Kentucky on Monday morning, giving the Wildcats their third commitment for the class of 2017 and their first at an important position. Alexander — a 6-foot-4 prospect with a 6-10 wingspan — is entering his senior season at..." November 14

  • No. 2 Kentucky overwhelms Canisius in 2nd half

    The Sports Xchange "LEXINGTON, Ky. -- No. 2-ranked Kentucky ran its record to 2-0 Sunday night with a 93-69 victory over Canisius at Rupp Arena. It was the Wildcats' final tuneup before a nationally televised showdown against No. 12 Michigan State on Tuesday. "I just got to keep telling myself this is..." November 13

  • Findlay Prep star P.J. Washington chooses Kentucky

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Consensus five-star Findlay Prep forward P.J. Washington announced Thursday on ESPNU that he would play basketball at national power Kentucky. He chose the Wildcats over UNLV and North Carolina." November 10

  • 2017 recruit Nick Richards picks Kentucky over Syracuse basketball, Arizona

    Syracuse.com "Nick Richards, a 6-11 senior center at The Patrick School in Elizabeth, N.J., announced on Thursday that he would attend Kentucky. Richards picked the Wildcats after narrowing down his list of choices to Kentucky, Syracuse and Arizona. He made the announcement during a ceremony at his high..." November 10

  • John Calipari on similarity with Rick Pitino's book title: 'Don't care'

    ESPN "Not even the publishing world is safe from the effects of the heated Louisville Cardinals-Kentucky Wildcats rivalry. Kentucky's John Calipari recently said he refused to alter the title of his new book after his publisher, HarperCollins, told him it might generate controversy because it..." October 27

  • John Wall’s Cell Phone Almost Prevented Him From Joining Kentucky

    Uproxx "Despite only playing for one season, John Wall is one of the most celebrated players in Kentucky basketball history. He was the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year for 2009-10, a consensus choice for First Team All-American, and he was the No. 1 pick in the 2010 Draft. But it almost didn’t..." October 13

  • Six recruits with eyes on Kentucky, which currently has zero 2017 commitments

    CBS Sports "My colleague, Gary Parrish, posted an interesting fact in his Recruiting Roundup column Monday: The Big Ten currently has more commitments from top-100 prospects in the class of 2017 than any other league. The interesting side note to that column is that the SEC is second to the Big Ten right..." October 05

  • Six recruits with eyes on Kentucky, which currently has zero 2017 commitments

    CBS Sports "My colleague, Gary Parrish, posted an interesting fact in his Recruiting Roundup column Monday: The Big Ten currently has more commitments from top-100 prospects in the class of 2017 than any other league. The interesting side note to that column is that the SEC is second to the Big Ten right now..." October 04

  • North Carolina shouldn't give up on series vs. Kentucky due to ACC adding games

    CBS Sports "Kentucky and North Carolina represent the pinnacle of college basketball and the rivalry between the Wildcats and the Tar Heels is so well-worn, there is an extensive Wikipedia page dedicated to its history. It is undeniably beneficial to college basketball to have these two juggernauts clash..." August 26

  • Calipari: UK’s Derek Willis ‘under a different eye’ after arrest

    SEC Country "Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari on Thursday spoke to local reporters for the first time since Derek Willis’ arrest in mid-June for public intoxication and said the senior forward will not miss any game time. That doesn’t mean he won’t be, or hasn’t been, punished. “You guys know I don’t..." August 26

  • John Calipari makes incredible gesture to help flood victims in Louisiana

    Fox Sports "Over the last few weeks, the nation has looked on in horror, as devastating floods have displaced thousands in and around the Baton Rouge, Louisiana area. And now, one of the biggest names in college sports, with the help of one of his former stars (who just so happens to be an adopted Louisianan)..." August 25

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