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  • Dick Vitale Calls for Kentucky and Indiana to Put 'Egos' Aside and Schedule Series

    12 Up "Getting top programs to play each other is not always easy in college sports, especially in a non-conference matchup during the regular season. Indiana and Kentucky have a rivalry in college basketball that stretches back to the 1920s. However, the two teams have..." July 02

  • Kentucky Basketball Team Back on Campus and it's Time for Wildcats Fans to Get Excited

    12 Up "Kentucky was one of the hottest teams in college basketball before the NCAA Tournament was cancelled in March, so head coach John Calipari is surely itching to get back to work with his team in preparation for the 2020-21 season. Well, the Wildcats' official Twitter..." July 01

  • Kentucky women's basketball coach Matthew Mitchell recovering from brain surgery

    USA Today "Kentucky women's basketball coach Matthew Mitchell is recovering from brain surgery following complications from a concussion in March. "Coach Mitchell sustained a concussion in March," a UK spokesman said in a statement to The Courier Journal. "At the..." June 28

  • DeMarcus Cousins Should Join John Wall and Wizards to Make Kentucky Fans' Dreams Come True

    12 Up "The list of NBA free agents available to join forces with potential playoff teams for the Orlando-based restart operation was trimmed a smidge on Tuesday as reports confirmed that DeMarcus Cousins, who is currently recovering from a torn ACL suffered in August,..." June 23

  • The 2010 Wildcats produced five 1st-round picks - and changed college basketball

    The Score "The first step in the creation of the 2009-10 Kentucky Wildcats was the hiring of head coach John Calipari. Calipari had led Memphis to a 38-2 record and a trip to the NCAA championship game two years earlier, but that entire season was vacated because of the Derrick Rose SAT..." June 13

  • John Calipari credits success to trust from black families

    The Score "Kentucky head coach John Calipari is a Hall of Famer and one of the all-time winningest bench bosses in NCAA history, but the 61-year-old knows he wouldn't have reached those peaks without the black players who have suited up for him over the years. "Where I am now is..." June 06

  • Knicks-John Calipari Rumors Are Starting to Heat Up

    12 Up "The New York Knicks' coaching search hasn't even properly gotten started, and already unusual names like Mike Woodson are being mentioned as potential candidates for the 2020 season and beyond. Insiders like Ian Begley and Stefan Bondy have mentioned some even more..." June 06

  • Ranking the top 16 incoming freshmen who will immediately impact

    CBS Sports "The youth of college basketball has grown in importance as the one-and-done era has matured. Players are no longer consistently staying four years and winning championships, in part because it's no longer a prerequisite to success. 18- and 19-year-olds can make an immediate impact for..." June 03

  • John Calipari cancels show, wants moment of silence after George Floyd death

    ESPN "Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari canceled Monday's "Coffee with Cal" show, which has streamed live on Facebook to raise funds for coronavirus relief for the past three months, and instead asked supporters to have "a moment of silence" a week after..." June 01

  • Kentucky, Notre Dame to meet this fall to begin 3-year series

    The Score "Kentucky and Notre Dame play this fall to begin a three-year series between two of college basketball’s winningest programs. Kentucky hosts Notre Dame on Dec. 12 in the first regular-season meeting between the schools since Notre Dame's 64-50 victory at home on Nov. 29,..." May 30

  • Kentucky, Notre Dame to begin 3-year basketball series this fall

    ABC 7 Chicago "Kentucky and Notre Damewill play this fall, beginning a three-year series between two of college basketball's winningest programs. Kentucky hosts Notre Dame on Dec. 12 in the first regular-season meeting between the schools since Notre Dame's 64-50 victory at..." May 28

  • UCLA's Johnny Juzang gets transfer waiver, can play immediately

    The Score "New UCLA guard Johnny Juzang will be able to play next season after getting a transfer waiver, sources told CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein. Juzang transferred from Kentucky in April ... " May 27

  • Kentucky target Moussa Cisse reclassifies into 2020 class

    WYMT "Kentucky target Moussa Cisse, as some expected, has reclassified into the 2020 class. Cisse has Kentucky in his final six, which includes Memphis, LSU, Georgia, Florida State and Georgetown. " May 27

  • Doug Gottlieb writes incredible tribute to the late Eddie Sutton "Doug Gottlieb did his late coach justice with an incredible tribute. Gottlieb wrote a great post on Instagram Saturday to pay tribute to Eddie Sutton, who died at the age of 84. Gottlieb played for Sutton at Oklahoma State from 1997-2000, becoming the school’s..." May 24

  • Former Oklahoma State, Kentucky coach Eddie Sutton dies at 84

    ESPN "Legendary college basketball coach Eddie Sutton, who won more than 800 games and was the first coach to take four different schools to the NCAA men's basketball tournament, died Saturday of natural causes, his family said in a statement. He was 84. Sutton died at his home in South..." May 24

  • Kentucky Cheer Alums Defend Coaches Fired In Nudity Scandal, It's Unfair!

    TMZ "A group of 850 former Kentucky Wildcats cheerleaders are rallying behind the coaches fired over wild hazing allegations ... demanding they get their jobs back! As we previously reported, UK axed the cheer team's advisor, head coach and 3 assistants after investigation into a crazy..." May 21

  • John Wall Details Decision to Commit to John Calipari, Kentucky in 2009

    Bleacher Report "John Wall will forever be tied to the University of Kentucky.  In one season with the Wildcats, the point guard was a consensus first-team All American, SEC Player of the Year and helped reboot a program that had fallen below its own enormous standards. He just never would've..." May 19

  • Kentucky-Michigan basketball game in London postponed until December 2022

    Yardbarker "The Kentucky Wildcats and Michigan Wolverines won't be doing any Christmas shopping in London later this year, after all.   On Tuesday, Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe tweeted that a game between the two universities scheduled for the O2 Arena in London on..." May 19

  • University of Kentucky Axes Entire Cheerleading Coaching Staff Following Hazing and Nudity Investigation

    Complex "The University of Kentucky has fired its entire cheerleading coaching staff after conducting a three-month investigation into allegations of hazing, alcohol use, and public nudity, CNN reports. "The advisor and the coaches failed to stop a culture of hazing, alcohol use..." May 19

  • What if Kentucky basketball had hired John Calipari two years earlier than it did?

    USA Today "When Kentucky athletics director Mitch Barnhart began his search for a coach to replace Tubby Smith in 2007, there was a clear favorite. Florida coach Billy Donovan, a former UK assistant, had just won his second consecutive national championship. No other coach could be considered at..." May 16

  • Prodigy players bypassing college basketball for NBA G League no big deal

    CBS Sports "Daishen Nix's recent decision to play for the NBA's G League rather than join UCLA and play college basketball next season has been called a possible "sea-change moment" for the sport -- and not in a good way. That after fellow five-star prospect Jalen Green also..." May 08

  • Olivier Sarr to transfer to Kentucky from Wake Forest

    ESPN "Former Wake Forest big man Olivier Sarr, arguably the top college basketball transfer this spring, is transferring to Kentucky, he told ESPN on Wednesday. "I felt that was the best fit and the best opportunity for me," Sarr told ESPN. "Being able to..." May 06

  • Wake Forest coach Steve Forbes takes a shot at UK’s academics

    A Sea of Blue "On Tuesday, Wake Forest center Olivier Sarr was officially added to the transfer portal after reports came out over the weekend that he was not yet officially in. It is believed that Kentucky will be one of the main teams involved in trying to get Sarr for the 2020-21..." May 06

  • John Calipari: G League plan to pursue top recruits could negatively affect 'thousands'

    USA Today "John Calipari still thinks the G League path for elite college basketball recruits is a bad idea, even as the NBA's developmental league increases the value of the contracts offered to top prospects. A third class of 2020 recruit, five-star point guard and former UCLA..." April 28

  • Which college basketball teams need a The Last Dance documentary?

    NBC Sports - College Basketball Talk "The Last Dance has taken the sports world by storm. In a time where we don’t actually have any access to live sports due to the coronavirus pandemic shutting down the entire world, airing 10 hours of archival, all-access, never-before-seen footage from the Chicago..." April 28

  • Kentucky basketball lands Jacob Toppin, brother of Obi Toppin, as transfer from Rhode Island

    CBS Sports "After his brother Obi won the Naismith Award and a litany of other National Player of the Year honors, Jacob Toppin will get his turn in college basketball's spotlight. Toppin, who played for the Rhode Island as a freshman last season, announced Thursday that he is..." April 16

  • UCLA adds Kentucky transfer Johnny Juzang, guard Jaylen Clark

    ABC7 "UCLA has added a pair of guards to its 2020-21 recruiting class, including Kentucky transfer Johnny Juzang. The Bruins received a signed national letter of intent from Jaylen Clark, a 6-foot-5 guard from Rancho Cucamonga, California. Juzang, a 6-6 guard..." April 16

  • Kentucky Will Never Play at Indiana Ever Again and Hoosiers Fans Need to Get a Grip

    12 Up "It would appear that Indiana Hoosiers fans are still romanticizing the team's upset over the then-No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats back in 2011. Of course, Christian Watford famously drilled a 3-pointer as time expired to give Indiana a 73-72 win at Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers were also..." April 14

  • Creighton transfer Davion Mintz commits to Kentucky

    NBC Sports - College Basketball Talk "Kentucky landed a commitment from Creighton transfer Davion Mintz on Friday morning. Mintz did not play this past season for the Bluejays while he dealt with an ankle injury, but he did average 9.7 points and 3.0 assists for the Bluejays as a junior in 2018-19.  " April 11

  • Ranking the best one-and-done players ever

    The Score "When the NBA changed its draft rules in 2005, it ushered in the era of one-and-done players. The result has been numerous blink-of-an-eye college basketball sensations, with some continuing to star in the pros. The period between 2006-08 was really something else, with three of the..." April 11

  • Kentucky transfer Johnny Juzang commits to UCLA

    NBC Sports - College Basketball Talk "Johnny Juzang is going back to Cali. The former top 30 prospect announced on Thursday that he will be transferring to UCLA. He picked the Bruins over Arizona, Notre Dame, Oregon, Texas Tech and Villanova. " April 09

  • The Daughter Of Kentucky Basketball Assistant Coach Has Died

    The Spun "On Wednesday night, the Kentucky community was struck with heartbreaking news. It turns out that Wildcats assistant coach John Robic lost his daughter Hayley to her battle with cancer. She was just 27 years old. Hayley was diagnosed with cancer last fall after experiencing pain in her..." April 09

  • John Calipari to host Facebook talk show as COVID-19 fundraiser

    ESPN "Citing a desire to do something that "creates hope" and raises funds for COVID-19 initiatives, Kentucky coach John Calipari says he will be launching a Facebook Live show called "Coffee with Cal." Beginning next week, the show will stream Mondays at 10..." April 08

  • March Madness: The 10 biggest national championship upsets in NCAA Tournament history

    CBS Sports "It's called March "Madness" for a reason. The upsets that crush your bracket every year happen all month, but as the tournament goes deeper, the chances of a monumental upset in a later round get more slim. But that's not to say that there have not been upsets in the national..." April 07

  • The All-Time Kentucky Basketball Starting 5

    12 Up "Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball is less of a program than it is a factory: a factory of relentless, merciless college basketball excellence. John Calipari has taken Big Blue Nation's powerful tradition and supercharged it for the 21st century, and as a result, picking an..." April 04

  • Kentucky's Johnny Juzang entering NCAA transfer portal after freshman season

    Kentucky Sports "Kentucky freshman Johnny Juzang, who gained a reputation this past season for being unafraid to compete, will take a new leap of faith. UK announced Friday that Juzang had entered his name in the NCAA transfer portal. “When we spoke last night, his family talked about Johnny..." March 27

  • NCAA unlikely to grant extra eligibility year to winter athletes

    The Score "The NCAA is unlikely to grant another year of eligibility to student-athletes who participate in winter sports and had their seasons and tournaments cut short due to the coronavirus outbreak, reports Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports. Spring student-athletes are still in line to..." March 18

  • 3 'Shining Moments' From Kentucky's 2019-20 College Basketball Season

    12 Up "The real start to the college basketball season was supposed to commence this week. However, the coronavirus pandemic canceled conference tournaments this past week before the NCAA opted to not hold the March Madness tourney this year. Yes, that means there won't be..." March 16

  • Kentucky fan apologizes for calling Tennessee fan N-word during loss

    Larry Brown Sports "A Kentucky fan has issued an apology after being caught on video shouting a racial slur at a rival fan on Tuesday night. The Wildcats blew a 17-point lead and lost at home to Tennessee on Tuesday. One Vols fan began recording videos towards the end of the game of Kentucky..." March 04

  • John Calipari on Kentucky's collapse against Vols: 'We got manhandled'

    ESPN "Kentucky coach John Calipari wasn't in a mood to mince words after the host Wildcats were on the wrong end of a 17-point, second-half collapse in a 81-73 loss to Tennessee on Tuesday. "We got manhandled. I got manhandled," Calipari said...." March 04

  • Kentucky Fans Should Revolt if Committee Doesn't Give Them No. 1 Seed After Winning SEC Regular Season Title

    12 Up "The Kentucky Wildcats have had themselves an otherworldly season, playing to the tune of a 24-5 record. Their win against Auburn on Saturday helped them clinch the regular season SEC title. By all accounts, they have played like a No. 1 seed, and if the committee doesn't..." February 29

  • Hot Kentucky Stretch Has Them Back Atop the SEC Standings

    12 Up "On Saturday, the Kentucky Wildcats beat Ole Miss 67-62, giving them their fourth win in a row and eight of their last nine games. The LSU Tigers and Auburn Tigers both lost their last games, giving the Wildcats sole ownership of first place in the SEC. This is huge for..." February 17

  • ESPN Analyst Jimmy Dykes Thinks Kentucky Deserves Top 4 Seed After Getting Snubbed in Tournament Preview

    12 Up "The Kentucky Wildcats have risen up the rankings all the way to No. 12 overall after a somewhat slow start to the season. That is why some fans and analysts were surprised when the Wildcats were not chosen as a top-four seed in the recent March Madness preview shared over the..." February 13

  • Where Shareef O’neal and Khalil Whitney May End Up After Entering the Transfer Portal

    Black Sports Online "Shareef O’neal and Khalil Whitney were both high level 5 star basketball recruits coming out of high school, Shareef choosing to commit to UCLA and Khalil committing to Kentucky; but now the two young stars will enter the transfer portal and choose a new school to play for. This is..." January 24

  • Kentucky basketball's Kahlil Whitney, a former top recruit, announces plans to transfer

    USA Today "After being relegated to the end of Kentucky's bench in recent weeks, freshman wing Kahlil Whitney has decided to leave the program. "Like so many others, playing at UK had always been a dream of mine," Whitney wrote in a note posted to Twitter. "I truly believed..." January 24

  • Kentucky's John Calipari Ejected for Heated Argument with Refs

    Sportsnaut "Kentucky Wildcats head basketball coach John Calipari blew his top arguing with refs and was ejected as his team battled Arkansas Saturday. " January 18