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Kentucky Moves on in SECs

Kentucky escaped the SEC Quarters with a nine-point win over a game Ole Miss team in Atlanta Friday behind a strong 19-point showing from Doron Lamb.

The 75-66 final score belies how close the game was. The bottom line is that Cal’s teams struggle with the rugged style employed by Ole Miss head coach and Bob Huggins disciple Andy Kennedy.

Despite the Cats’ struggles in this one, it keeps alive a recent and very positive trend—UK is now winning close games and doing it away from home. For...

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Keys to Victory Vs. Arkansas

The Kentucky Wildcats will travel to Fayetteville, Ark., Wednesday night to take on the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Kentucky is now 1-5 on the road in SEC play. But four of those losses came down to the last possession.

Arkansas is coached by former UK great John Pelphrey, but the Hogs have never beaten the Cats on his watch.

Find out why that trend won't change in the BBL's guest post over at

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Kentucky Vs. Cornell Is No Mismatch

We’re going to play Devil’s Advocate with the Big Blue Nation here and say, “uh oh” with regard to the Kentucky Wildcats next opponent in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. The team of which we speak is the Cornell Big Red.

Banner Carrier of the Ivy League

Cornell just overwhelmed and discombobulated two teams who spent the entire season in or around the Top 25. The games weren’t close. They dictated their style and their amoeba defensive zone prevented both Temple and Wisconsin from entering the ball...

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5 Thoughts on Kentucky-Wake Forest

The Kentucky Wildcats will battle Wake Forest tonight in a second round matchup that should be plenty entertaining to a primetime national TV audience.

Here are a few of the BBL’s thoughts on this game.

1) Wake Forest’s chances start and end with point guard Ish Smith. Smith, fresh off a game winning jumper to beat Texas in OT Thursday, is the playmaker and pace setter for the Demon Deacons. He is athletic and quick and should be a fine challenge for Kentucky’s young guards. Keep an eye on...

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UK-UT Set to Tip

The Vols and Cats play their rubber match today, and a lot more is on the line this time.

Both teams are securely in the field of 65, but a shot at an SEC tournament championship hangs in the balance Saturday.

Kentucky needs to shoot well and control the paint if they are to pull off the big W.

We’ll have coverage after the game.

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The Kentucky Wildcats Hit the Road

And so the regular season comes down to this. The Kentucky Wildcats, 24-1 overall and 9-1 in the SEC, embark this week on a brutal six-game stretch that will test the mettle of this young team and go a long way toward dictating the fate of the 2009-10 season.

Four of the games will be on the road, and five out of the six come versus teams still deserving strong consideration for NCAA tournament bids. None figure to be cake walks.

Murderer’s row starts off Tuesday night in Starkville...

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Almost Gametime: UK Vs. UT

The stage is set for a memorable night in Lexington, Kentucky.

If you didn’t see it, the Kentucky faithful created a scene this morning at ESPN’s College Gameday, putting 20,000 plus fans in Rupp Arena by 10 am.

Kentucky will meet Tennesee in less than an hour, in what should be one of the Cats stiffest tests, on paper, of the entire season. This is an excellent chance for the Cats to solidify their No. 1 seed resume in the eyes of the nation, and send a message to the rest of college...

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Ole Miss Vs. Kentucky and Other Ramblings

We offer up a few thoughts on the happenings that matter most to UK fans.

The Rebs Come to Town
Everything about this game screams trouble for the visitors. Sure, Mississippi is a solid team that has spent the bulk of the year ranked in the top 25. But frankly, Kentucky is a match-up nightmare for a banged up, undersized squad that will be traveling on short rest.

Ole Miss is coming off its worst loss of the season, falling at home Sunday night to Arkansas in a game where they were...

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Vanderbilt Vs. Kentucky: 5 Thoughts

1) The Commodores come into this game with possibly their deepest team in the Kevin Stallings era. Ten players are averaging nine minutes or more per game and four of them are averaging double figures in points. Vandy returned seven of its top eight scorers from last season and added one of the school’s biggest recruits of the past decade in John Jenkins, a 6-5 guard who is averaging 11 points per game on a sick 49% percentage from behind the three point arc. This roster possesses a variety of...

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Kentucky freshman Charles Matthews is transferring, the school announced. Former ESPN 100 prospect. - via @ESPN App…
1. This loss means nothing. UK lost a game on the road in bizarre circumstances vs a very good team. If anything,...
Time to put Texas A&M to bed and get tuned up for a high seed in the big dance.
Epic collapse by UK tonight. Still something not right with this team.
Tough loss over the weekend, but the Cats showed heart...they'll be back.

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