Kentucky Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, Michigan State to play in Champions Classic through 2019

    Sporting News - NCAAB "The Champions Classic announced on Wednesday that Duke, Kentucky, Kansas and Michigan State will continue playing in the four-team event through 2019. Initially launched in 2011, the event has become one of the staples of college basketball's opening Tuesday. New York City's Madison Square..." August 25

  • Details on Kentucky Getting Hit With ‘NCAA Violation’ Because of Drake

    Black Sports Online "This is just stupid, because Drake can and always ends up taking a picture with some of college basketballs top young stars. The NCAA officially hit Kentucky with a secondary violation for his involvement with the university — after the POWERS that be deemed it an “unfair” advantage for the..." July 23

  • Drake showed up at Texas decked out in Kentucky gear and got crushed

    Fox Sports "By now, we all know that Drake is a bit of a sports fan. He's a Kentucky basketball supporter. And hopped on the Texas A&M bandwagon when Johnny Manziel was there. He's also an actual, paid representative for his hometown Raptors, so there's love there too. Basically, the guy loves sports, so..." July 20

  • John Calipari wants Kentucky's recruiting efforts to get 'even better'

    ESPN "Since 2009, John Calipari has assembled ESPN.com's top recruiting class five times. Kentucky's incoming class for the 2016-17 season is ranked No. 1 by ESPN. But he's not content. Calipari recently said he wants to enhance the allure of an institution that has dominated the recruiting ranks in..." July 05

  • Calipari: 'Kentucky is not for everybody'

    The Score "There's immense pressure when you're in charge of a program like Kentucky. Mistakes happen, and not every player is cut out to be a Wildcat. Head coach John Calipari recruits top talent each year, but he understands Big Blue Nation isn't for everyone. From his blog: Kentucky is not for..." July 03

  • Shaq wants son to play at Kentucky, Michigan State, or LSU

    ESPN "If it's up to Shaquille O'Neal, his son will play college basketball for LSU's Johnny Jones, Michigan State's Tom Izzo or Kentucky's John Calipari. During his weekly podcast, O'Neal said he wants Shareef O'Neal (ranked 51st in the 2018 class per RecruitingNation) to play for coaches who can..." June 29

  • Report: Derek Willis given diversion stemming from arrest

    247 Sports "Kentucky senior forward Derek Willis was given diversion stemming from his recent arrest for alcohol intoxication in Boone County District Court Friday, according to a report from WDRB in Louisville. Willis will perform community service or another court-ordered program in order to expunge the..." June 26

  • Dan Le Batard Dismayed With John Calipari Spin in ESPN Carwash

    The Big Lead "Dan Le Batard opened the national portion of his radio show with Jon “Stugotz” Weiner in a little bit of a salty mood. He lamented that he was unable to use clips of Ben Affleck’s tirade on Bill Simmons’s HBO show (HBO told them no), or of song and dance numbers from Roy Firestone (who looked no..." June 23

  • Calipari: Recent comment wasn't about Louisville, Pitino

    ESPN "Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball coach John Calipari on Thursday said his recent comment that college coaches should be aware of what happens with their team on campus "wasn't intended" as a shot at Louisville and he apologized to Cardinals coach Rick Pitino if he misconstrued the..." June 23

  • Kentucky transfer Charles Matthews chooses Michigan over Xavier

    CBS Sports "Multiple reports have Charles Matthews -- a four-star shooting guard in the class of 2015 -- leaving Kentucky to play for John Beilein at Michigan. Matthews wasn't a factor for UK last year; he put up 1.7 points and 1.6 boards per game during his freshman campaign. Could he have seen more..." June 22

  • LeBron James Jr. has scholarship offers from Duke, Kentucky

    Sporting News - NCAAB "It wasn’t even 24 hours ago that LeBron James brought Cleveland its first pro sports title in 52 years, but that’s already old news. What about 11-year-old LeBron James Jr.? What’s the latest on the next King James? Well, according to ESPN.com, the younger James already has scholarship..." June 21

  • Calipari: Coaches know what happens on campus

    The Score "Kentucky coach John Calipari thinks coaches are aware of what takes place on their campus, perhaps suggesting Louisville's Rick Pitino should be held accountable for his team's alleged sex scandal. "All I can tell you is this," Calipari said on the "Mike Lupica Show," according to James Streble..." June 15

  • Kentucky Wildcats forward Derek Willis arrested for public intoxication

    247 Sports "Kentucky senior forward Derek Willis was arrested in Boone County, Ky. Saturday night and charged with public intoxication, according to multiple outlets. He was released on $50 bond paid by his mother, Linda Potts." June 13

  • Kentucky basketball transfer Marcus Lee headed to Cal

    San Jose Mercury News "Former McDonald's All-American and Kentucky men's basketball player Marcus Lee will transfer to Cal, according to reports from Scout.com and CBSSports. Lee, a power forward who attended Deer Valley High School in Antioch, returns to the East Bay after three years at Kentucky. He averaged 6.4..." June 12

  • Shaq wants son to go to Kentucky

    247 Sports "Windward 4-star 2018 power forward and the son of NBA great Shaquille O'Neal, Shareef O'Neal said recently he likes three schools: Kentucky, Michigan State and Duke. While he may like three schools, it's clear his dad prefers one. "My dad actually wants me to lean towards Kentucky," O'Neal..." June 09

  • Kentucky Basketball Led NCAA in Average Attendance in 2016

    Campus Sports "In recent years, the Kentucky basketball program has been among the most dominant in the NCAA thanks to head coach John Calipari consistently bringing in top recruiting classes. The excitement and buzz surrounding the program has led to an incredible turnout on a game-by-game basis for the..." June 08

  • The Amazing Track Record of John Calipari

    Canis Hoopus "NBA Draft season is officially upon us as the Finals are in full motion heading to game three. With Cleveland looking entirely overmatched by the defending champion Golden State Warriors through two losses, the attention of most fan bases has shifted to assessing the upcoming crop of rookies led..." June 08