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  • Kentucky lands former Louisville commit, top-35 prospect Bryce Hopkins

    ESPN "Top-35 senior Bryce Hopkins announced his commitment to Kentucky on Monday, giving the Wildcats their second pledge in the 2021 class. Hopkins, a former Louisville recruit who decommitted from the Cardinals in August, chose Kentucky over a final list that..." October 27

  • Conference games should be priority

    CBS Sports "The plan is to still have non-league games this college basketball season -- and that'll likely remain the plan unless this getting-worse-by-the-day pandemic makes it something close to impossible. But, that said, news on Monday that ESPN is pulling the plug on the NBA-like bubble it..." October 26

  • John Calipari didn't watch Chris Mack video but heard 'there was a lot of whining on it'

    USA Today "Chris Mack reignited the intensity of the Kentucky-Louisville rivalry with an inflammatory Twitter video last month. John Calipari claims he did not even watch it. "I didn’t," Calipari said. "Somebody told me about it. I can’t even..." October 26

  • Kentucky secures commitment from 5-star 2022 recruit Skyy Clark

    The Score "Five-star guard Skyy Clark is committing to Kentucky's 2022 class, he announced Thursday on Instagram. Clark picked the Wildcats over interest from North Carolina, Memphis, and UCLA. The Nashville native is ranked 19th overall on the 2022 ESPN 60. " October 22

  • Two UK Transfer Eligible

    CBS Sports "The outlook for Kentucky's 2020-21 basketball season got significantly brighter on Wednesday when the program announcedthat Wake Forest transfer Olivier Sarr will be eligible for the upcoming season. The 7-footer finished second behind North..." October 21

  • John Calipari excited to watch his former Kentucky pupils shine in NBA Finals

    USA Today "Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra joked that Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari will use the 2020 NBA Finals as a "great recruiting pitch." "I’m not sure he’s going to maximize that," Spoelstra said sarcastically about four former Kentucky players in..." September 30

  • Chris Mack Trolls John Calipari Over Louisville-Kentucky Rivalry Game

    The Big Lead "Chris Mack was in a trolling mood on Tuesday. Louisville's head coach took to Twitter and recorded a two-minute video where he very politely crapped all over Kentucky head coach John Calipari. Louisville and Kentucky are in danger of not playing this year and Mack clearly blames his..." September 29

  • Kentucky basketball player Keion Brooks Jr. supports changing name of Rupp Arena

    ESPN "Kentucky basketball forward Keion Brooks Jr. said he backs a push by Black faculty members in the school's African American and Africana Studies department to change the name of Rupp Arena. The group recently requested the change, saying Adolph Rupp's legacy is tied to a history of..." August 28

  • John Calipari and Bruiser Flint comment on addition to UK coaching staff

    A Sea of Blue "Kentucky has officially added James ‘Bruiser’ Flint to the men’s basketball coaching staff, the school announced Monday. He comes to Lexington following a three-year stint with the Indiana Hoosiers as an assistant coach. As expected, Flint will fill an..." August 25

  • Rupp Arena's name will change when Black athletes stop going to Kentucky

    USA Today "A group of professors in the University of Kentucky’s African American and Africana Studies Program has resurrected the debate over Adolph Rupp in the basketball-crazed Bluegrass State once again. They argue Rupp’s name has come to stand for racial exclusivity..." August 05

  • Why did it take so long for Adolph Rupp to sign a Black player? Listen to his explanation

    USA Today "Should Adolph Rupp have been faster to integrate the Kentucky basketball program? To hear Rupp tell it, his delay in signing a Black player until 1969, six years after the university’s athletic teams were officially desegregated, was due to circumstances beyond his..." August 01

  • Ranking the eight greatest teams in Kentucky Wildcats history

    CBS Sports "Kentucky trails only UCLA in college basketball lore, at least when it comes to most national titles won. The Wildcats have won it all eight times, starting with fabled coach Adolph Rupp's run of three titles in four years from 1948 to 1951. Since then, Kentucky's five..." July 29

  • Some Kentucky faculty want name change for arena named after former basketball coach Adolph Rupp

    ESPN "The faculty of the University of Kentucky's African-American and Africana Studies program has asked UK president Eli Capilouto to change the name of Rupp Arena because the legendary basketball coach's name "has come to stand for racism and exclusion" and "alienates..." July 23

  • 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