Kentucky Rumors & News

  • Christian Laettner praises Luke Maye, trolls Kentucky

    ESPN "Apparently even Duke and North Carolina's rivalry takes a backseat when there's a chance to send a dig at Kentucky. On Sunday night, former Duke All-American Christian Laettner congratulated North Carolina's Luke Maye, whose last-second jumper beat Kentucky to send the Tar Heels to the Final..." March 27

  • Heels head to Final Four on Maye's last-second hoop

    The Sports Xchange "MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- In 1992, Duke's Christian Laettner ended arguably the best game in NCAA Tournament history with a buzzer-beater that handed Kentucky a heartbreaking loss in the East Regional championship game. Twenty-five years later, the Wildcats experienced more end-of-game heartbreak..." March 26

  • Lonzo Ball was owned by UK's Fox, and LaVar just couldn't keep his mouth shut

    CBS Sports "Kentucky point guard De’Aaron Fox got the better of Lonzo Ball , in a big way, on Friday night in the Sweet 16. Fox, who finished with 39 points on 13-of-20 shooting, more than proved his chops as one of the best prospects in the country primed to make a splash in the NBA. Meanwhile, Ball looked..." March 26

  • Kentucky takes out UCLA

    The Sports Xchange "MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- John Calipari stood in front of his Kentucky team at halftime Friday night and made an announcement. "We're going to play through De'Aaron Fox," he said. "The rest of you, take a back seat." Calipari said the Wildcats cheered after those words. When the game was over,..." March 25

  • Kentucky rejects Wichita State's upset bid

    The Sports Xchange "INDIANAPOLIS -- Kentucky's Malik Monk and Bam Adebayo combined for 27 points and 12 rebounds on Sunday, but it wasn't until each delivered a clutch blocked shot in the final 11 seconds that the No. 2 seed Wildcats earned a South Regional Sweet 16 berth. Monk, the Southeastern Conference..." March 19

  • Gregg Marshall's Wife's Behavior at WSU vs. Kentucky Causes Security to Step in

    Bleacher Report "Security at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis reportedly had to talk to Lynn Marshall—the wife of Wichita State Shockers head coach Gregg Marshall—about her behavior during Sunday's game against the Kentucky Wildcats. According to WTVQ's Kennedy Hardman, security paid Marshall three..." March 19

  • Wichita State's Darral Willis Jr. Says Kentucky is "Nothing Special"

    The Big Lead "Wichita State forward Darral Willis Jr. was asked about the Shockers’ next opponent. He responded as you’d expect any confident young athlete to respond — by saying his team isn’t afraid of any team on the planet. He may have made a misstep, however, by categorizing Kentucky as “nothing special”..." March 19

  • Kentucky manages to get past Northern Kentucky

    The Sports Xchange "INDIANAPOLIS --- No. 15 seed Northern Kentucky wouldn't give in, but No. 2 seed Kentucky simply had too much talent. De'Aaron Fox scored 19 points and Malik Monk sank four clutch free throws during the final 30.3 seconds Friday night, lifting Kentucky to a 79-70 South Regional victory over..." March 18

  • Freshmen trio leads Kentucky to SEC tourney title

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE -- Kentucky captured its 30th SEC Tournament championship on Sunday when the top-seeded Wildcats defeated No. 3 seed Arkansas 82-65 at Bridgestone Arena. "This is a talented group," Kentucky coach John Calipari said. "I know they say there are other teams more talented. I'll take..." March 12

  • Fox carries Kentucky past Alabama, into SEC final

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE -- Kentucky goes in search of its 30th SEC tournament title on Sunday after a 79-74 victory over Alabama in the semifinal round Saturday at Bridgestone Arena. No. 1 seed Kentucky (28-5) will face the winner of No. 7 Vanderbilt and No. 3 Arkansas in the championship game. "The..." March 11

  • Kentucky beats Georgia to reach SEC semifinals

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- No. 8 Kentucky moved into the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament with a 71-60 victory over Georgia on Friday at Bridgestone Arena. The Wildcats will face the South Carolina-Alabama winner at 1 p.m. Saturday. Top-seeded Kentucky (27-5) is in search..." March 10

  • No. 9 Kentucky claims regular season SEC title

    The Sports Xchange "COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- No. 9 Kentucky stands alone as Southeastern Conference champion following a 71-63 victory at Texas A&M on Saturday. Kentucky finished the regular season 26-5, 16-2 in the SEC for its 48th conference title. That number is more than all other league schools combined...." March 04

  • Kentucky comes back from 19 down to beat Vandy

    The Sports Xchange "LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Thanks to the biggest comeback of the John Calipari era, No. 9 Kentucky clinched at least tie for its 48th Southeastern Conference championship. Freshman guard Malik Monk scored a game-high 27 points, and the Wildcats rallied from 19 points down to beat Vanderbilt 73-67 on..." March 01

  • De’Aaron Fox’s Father On How 2K Helped His Son Become An Elite NBA Prospect

    Black Sports Online "Everyone has won a game of 2K before and immediately after, your friend will say, “you can’t beat me in real life though”. Well, you can’t say that to De’Aaron Fox unless you’re a professional basketball player and even then, you still may lose. The soon to be lottery pick owes a lot of his..." February 28

  • No 11 Kentucky wins showdown vs. Florida

    The Sports Xchange "LEXINGTON, Ky. -- No. 11 Kentucky took control of the Southeastern Conference race on Saturday with a 76-66 win over No. 13 Florida at Rupp Arena. Kentucky (24-5, 14-2 SEC) now holds a one-game lead over Florida (23-6, 13-3) with two games to play. If the Wildcats beat Vanderbilt on Tuesday..." February 25

  • Freshman Adebayo leads No. 11 Kentucky over Missouri

    The Sports Xchange "COLUMBIA, Mo. -- No. 11 Kentucky got a double-double of 22 points and a career-best 15 rebounds from freshman Bam Adebayo in its 72-62 victory over Missouri on Tuesday night. Saturday's showdown for first place in the Southeastern Conference is now set at Rupp Arena between Kentucky (23-5,..." February 22

  • 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

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