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Stay or Go? The Lowdown on Kyle Wiltjer’s Transfer

The recent announcement by Kyle Wiltjer of his intent to transfer from Kentucky to another program boils down to one thing: playing time.

Looking at the 2013-14 Kentucky roster, Wiltjer had to have been thinking that minutes would be scarce. How do you find time for a slow-footed, 6-10 spot shooting specialist in a frontcourt mix that includes sophomores Willie Caulie-Stein and Alex Poythress with incoming prep studs Julius Randle, Dakari Johnson and Marcus Lee.

Even by very, very...

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Young Kentucky Squad Claws Way to Win Over Maryland

The headline on ESPN says Kentucky escaped Maryland tonight, but it looked more like the Wildcats fought and clawed to find a way to win a game many thought they could lose-and it appeared they might be on their way after 15 point second half lead evaporated.  I saw Nerlens Noel diving on the floor for loose balls, Kyle Wiltjer hitting  big three pointer to stop a 15-0 Maryland run, and I saw Nicholasville, KY native Jarrod Polson – yes, JARROD DAMN POLSON – a 6’ 2” guard who had scored seven...

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Cat Got Your Tongue?

UK Media Relations has put out an entertaining video with this year's basketball players asking them non-basketball related questions.  It's funny and a different perspective.

UK Rewind: Cat Got Your Tongue

read more preview on ESPNU All Access Kentucky has a preview of the new episode of All Access-Kenucky that is coming Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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Calipari wants the Harrison Twins

Recruiting is never far from the minds of UK fans, but that interest is at a peak today as Andrew and Aaron Harrison - otherwise known as the Harrison Twins - will make their decision of where to play basketball next season.  The announcement is at 5 p.m. on ESPNU, and has created a buzz.

John Calipari is in the mix with seven of the top 11 players in the class of 2013, and has a very good chance to land the best class in the history of college basketball.  It starts with the Harrison...

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October means one thing in the Bluegrass-Basketball!

October is a normally associated with college football, but in the Bluegrass State we all know that October means another season of Kentucky Basketball is right around the corner.  Midnight Madness is 10 days away, and with the Wildcats coming off their eighth national championship and sure to be ranked in the top five again this season, excitement has never been higher around the program.

John Calipari is entering his fourth season as head coach, and after an NCAA Championship and another...

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Anthony Davis, Kentucky Dismantle Arkansas 86-63

For the first time in several games, the Kentucky Wildcats were clicking on all cylinders last night in a 86-63 thrashing of Arkansas.  It was a glorious thing to see on ESPN last night as the Cats seemed intent from the opening tip to shake off the offensive woes that have plagued the team recently.  Arkansas wanted to push the tempo, and UK showed why that isn't such a great idea as they jumped out to an 8-0 lead and never looked back.

The star of the game had to be Anthony Davis who...

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Stacey Poole to consider transfer

According to an article in today's Herald Leader, Stacey Poole is considering a transfer-or, actually, Stacey Poole's dad is considering a transfer for Stacey Poole.  Jerry Tipton quotes the elder Poole as being the "driving force" behind the discussion about whether to transfer after watching Stacey play in the Blue-White game.  Apparently, Poole's father is concerned because "he's just all focused."  Yeah-that's right, Stacey Poole's dad is concerned because his son appeared "focused'...

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Once Again for Kentucky, Close But No Cigar

When it’s all said and done, the word that may best define the 2010-2011 season for the Kentucky Wildcats is “close.”

Close in victory. Close in defeat. Close to great. But not quite there.

The Cats lost another nail biter on the road, this time in Vanderbilt’s Memorial Coliseum by a count of 81-77, giving them losses in three out of four games during a crucial stretch of SEC play. Vandy was led by a masterful performance from John Jenkins, who dropped 32 and scored on what seemed like...

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Player Profile: DeAndre Liggins

Coach Calipari has stated many times that the success of this year’s squad depends a lot on the play of DeAndre Liggins. If you consider how deep a doghouse Liggins once occupied, this statement alone says a lot about the redemption of DeAndre Liggins.

Liggins was the signature recruit of former Coach Billy Gillisipie. While Patrick Patterson was ranked higher, Liggins was the only recruited player from his class that came to UK solely because of Gillispie’s recruiting efforts. Liggins was...

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Darius Miller: Enigma Wrapped in Riddle

The BBL has seen enough of Darius Miller’s continual disappearing act to last us a lifetime. This guy is impossible to figure out. Just two weeks ago he scored a career high 18 points versus Arkansas. Since then in three games he’s been completely MIA. Against LSU Saturday he played 17 minutes and didn’t score a single point, taking only one shot. He took one shot?

Untapped Potential
Folks, this kid is 6-7 and might have the best basketball body on UK’s team. He jumps out of the gym, has long...

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UK and Their ‘3-D’ Men

The BBL knows that UK’s hopes of winning the National Championship are dependent upon consistent production from the three position.

DeMarcus Cousins, Patrick Patterson, John Wall and Eric Bledsoe are a constant to combine for 55 to 60 points per game.

For Kentucky to continue to improve and have a legitimate shot at a natty title, it’s imperative that they get another 15 to 18 points every night from the “3-D” triumvirate of Darnell Dodson, Darius Miller and DeAndre Liggins.


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The Rebirth of DeAndre Liggins

The BBL is incredibly excited about the transformation on display from DeAndre Liggins.

Liggins came to UK as a consensus top 25 high school recruit but was thoroughly handcuffed and stymied during his freshman year by former coach Billy Gillispie. In Gillispie’s grind it out, yeoman style, Liggins’ tendency to try to force the spectacular play did not do him any favors. By the second half of the SEC season last year, D-Liggins was all but an afterthought in Kentucky’s rotation.

At the start...

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Is Eric Bledsoe a Lottery Pick?

Though the BBL was high on Eric Bledsoe from the moment we saw tape of his scholastic days, it appears that the secret is now out among NBA GMs. As of right now, UK faces the very real possibility of losing Bledsoe to the NBA draft after only one season.

In fact there is a large contingent of pundits and analysts who are listing him as the second best point guard on the board behind only his backcourt mate Mr. Wall. Chad Ford of NBA Draft Insider recently said that Bledsoe would already be...

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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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