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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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Jason King Talks With ‘Polarizing’ Coach Cal

ESPN's Jason King is out with a great piece on "polarizing" Coach Cal.  You either love him or hate him, according to King.  I think Big Blue Nation has made their judgement...and to hell with everyone else!  You can view the piece here.

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Kentucky beats Transy 74-28 in final exhibition game

LEXINGTON – After a sluggish first half, the Kentucky offense got rolling with a 20-4 run to open the second half to pull away from Transylvania for a 74-28 win in their final exhibition tune up on Monday night.  Five Wildcats scored in double figures led by Nerlens Noel with 15, Julius Mays with 14, Ryan Harrow and Willie Cauley-Stein with 12 each, and Archie Goodwin with 10.

Kentucky shot just 43 percent in the first half on their way to a 27-18 lead, but after an animated John Calipari...

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Davis Scores 21 in NBA Debut; UK Opens Exhibition Season

The calendar has flipped another page, and tonight brings every UK fan what they have waited for since April - the dawn of another basketball season.  Yes, I know it's an exhibition game, and I know its against NAIA power Northwood, but still, it's basketball!  After all the talk, following recruits, suffering through another dismal football season, it's time for hoops!

Kentucky will face Northwood tonight at 7 p.m. in Rupp Arena.  If you aren't going to the game, it will be shown on Fox...

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John Calipari and Matthew Mitchell are dynamic duo

With both the UK basketball teams - men's and women's -  favored to win the SEC and strong contendors for a Final Four run, Kentucky Sports Radio's Ally Tucker has a great post about what impact John Calipari and Matthew Mitchell are as a 1-2 punch.

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Calipari says this year’s team will require patience

John Calipari says that this year's version of the Cats will require patience.  Oh, by the way, the Wildcats were picked to win the Southeastern Conference title yet again.

Read Coach Cal's comments here.

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CoachCal.com preview on ESPNU All Access Kentucky

CoachCal.com has a preview of the new episode of All Access-Kenucky that is coming Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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NBA Scouting Director: Kentucky headed toward best recruiting class in history

The addition of James Young to Kentucky's 2013 recruiting class following last week's commitment by the Harrison Twins means that the Cats now have commitments from three of the top five players in the nation.  They are also expected to add at least one and probably two more players in the top ten, giving UK potentially the best recruiting class in college basketball history.

Don't believe me on that!  Over on his blog, Adam Zagoria talks to a NBA scouting director who says the same thing.

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Calipari Looks to Sign Another Top Recruiting Class

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KENTUCKY DEFEATS KANSAS FOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

The University of Kentucky Wildcats won the eighth men’s basketball championship in school history last night in New Orleans with a 67-59 victory over the Kansas Jayhawks.  The game was a heavyweight match up featuring the top two programs in terms of wins in NCAA history, but the game was an obvious mismatch early as the Wildcats built a lead of as much as 16 points in both halves.  Kansas made a late run to cut the lead to five with 1:37 to play but the Wildcats played great defense over...

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UK’s Season Comes to Historical, Emotional Climax

With the Kentucky Wildcats on the cusp of claiming their eighth national championship tonight, I find myself with mixed emotions.  On one hand, I am excited, thrilled, elated, and any other adjective one can find to describe the joy that this team has brought me this season and how happy I am about the win over Louisville on Saturday. 

But there is also nervous anticipation-the kind that comes from knowing without a doubt that the Wildcats are the best team in the nation – that they deserve...

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Wildcats Cruise Into the Sweet Sixteen-Indiana Up Next

The Kentucky Wildcats surged into the NCAA Sweet Sixteen with a pair of dominating victories at the KFC  YUM! Center in Louisville this past weekend.  Wildcat faithful filled downtown and had the Birds Nest hopping in Kentucky’s 81-66 win over Western Kentucky and 87-71 win over Iowa State.

Kentucky will now get a rematch with the Indiana Hoosiers on Friday night in the Georgia Dome for the opportunity to advance to the South Region finals.

It can be safely said that there was no...

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Tuesday Notes Before the Dance Begins

Here’s some notes for Tuesday as we await the outcome of tonight’s opening round games in Dayton that will determine UK’s second round opponent in Louisville on Thursday…

  • The Associated Press announced the winners of the Southeastern Conference post-season awards on Monday and Kentucky swept the top places on the list.  Anthony Davis was named the Player of the Year and the Newcomer of the Year while John Calipari was named the SEC Coach of the Year.  Michael Kidd-Gilchrist joined Davis...
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Random Thoughts Following UK’s Loss to Vanderbilt

Random thoughts about Kentucky’s loss to Vanderbilt on Sunday in the SEC Champinship game…

1.  While disappointed that the Cats didn’t close the deal and keep momentum going by beating Vandy, the loss isn’t the end of the world.  As we all know, the 1996 Wildcats had a very similar path in the regular season-early season loss, undefeated SEC season, and then a loss to Mississippi State in the SEC finals.  That team steamrolled to the NCAA tournament.

2.  With that said, the loss is also a...

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Wildcats Defeat Gators 74-71 to Make SEC Final

It wasn't always pretty, but the Kentucky Wildcats took haymaker after haymaker on Saturday afternoon but survived a major test by Florida to advance to the championship game of the Southeastern Conference Tournament in New Orleans.  Five different Wildcats scored in double figures for Kentucky with Doron Lamb leading the way with 16 points.  Terrence Jones, Anthony Davis, and Marquis Teague had 15 points each and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 10.

Davis also had 12 rebounds for a...

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1. This loss means nothing. UK lost a game on the road in bizarre circumstances vs a very good team. If anything,... fb.me/4rtUJiRSK
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. fb.me/7EWsEFppx

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