November 20, 2014 |
Dakari Johnson scored 11 points, Andrew Harrison had 10 and No. 1 Kentucky used a dominant defense to blow out No. 4 Kansas, 72-40, in Tuesday night's Champions Classic in Indianapolis. The Wildcats (3-0) shot just 43.1 percent from the field, but they were so good on defense that it didn't matter. Kansas (1-1) shot just 19.6 percent from the field and was 15 for 27 at the line in the storied program's worst offensive performance since a 61-45 loss to Kentucky on Dec. 1, 1998. Duke 81, Michigan State 71 - Jahlil Okafor spent last year's State Farm Champions Classic trying to pick a school.
November 17, 2014 |
Trey Lyles lifted No. 1 Kentucky out of a funk with five straight points to begin the second half, and Tyler Ulis scored 12 points on four three-pointers to help the Wildcats rally for a 71-52 win over Buffalo on Sunday in Lexington, Ky. Trailing by 38-33 at halftime, Kentucky used a three-pointer and subsequent steal and dunk by Lyles to get back on track. The 6-foot-10 freshman forward finished with 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting as the Wildcats (2-0) pulled away from the stubborn Bulls (1-1)
May 1, 2014 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Nearly a half century of Aprils have passed since 18-year-old stablehand Art Sherman shared a sleeping bag with a groom on a 4-day cross-country train ride destined for Churchill Downs. They were accompanying the best race horse ever born in California to his date with Kentucky Derby glory. The legendary Swaps, who would eventually set six world records, upset the heavily favored Nashua in the 1955 Derby. A once-in-a-lifetime horse, Swaps would eventually get a statue at Hollywood Park and a permanent place in the heart of that teenager who would become his exercise rider.
April 9, 2014 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - On senior night, Kevin Ollie made a promise to the Connecticut fans. He would bring his team back in April with a banner. The Huskies promptly lost their next game at Louisville, 81-48. They lost to the Cardinals again in the American championship game. They never lost again. Starting with a survival game against Saint Joseph's on the first Thursday of the NCAA Tournament, the seventh-seeded Huskies kept playing better and showing different dimensions game to game, upsetting Villanova, Iowa State, Michigan State, Florida and, finally, last night at AT&T Stadium, mighty Kentucky, 60-54, to win the program's fourth national title, all since 1999.
April 8, 2014 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - I liked four teams when this NCAA Tournament began - Wichita State, Louisville, Michigan State and Florida. Kentucky has beaten two of them, Connecticut the other two. Now, what? The seeds stopped mattering when the games started. Add these seeds up and you get 15. Watch and analyze the 10 games UK and UConn have played in this tournament and you get the teams that have performed the best now playing for the championship. I have been in the building for each of UConn's five wins.
March 10, 2014 |
Patric Young scored 18 points to lead No. 1 Florida Saturday to an 84-65 rout over No. 25 Kentucky (22-9) - and a perfect 18-0 record in SEC play. The Gators (29-2) have won 23 straight. Only two SEC schools have managed a 17-1 mark: Kentucky did it twice (1970, 1986), and LSU did it in 1981. But no one had gone 18-0 until now. Oregon 64, Arizona 57 - Playing at home, the Ducks (22-8, 10-8 Pac-10) won their seventh straight, knocking off the No. 3 Wildcats (28-3, 15-3) to improve their chances of a bid in the NCAA tournament.
December 30, 2013 |
Kentucky guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison combined for 28 points, including 11 during a critical second-half stretch with star Julius Randle sidelined by cramps, helping the 18th-ranked Wildcats beat visiting No. 6 Louisville, 73-66, in Lexington on Saturday. Randle's 17 first-half points staked Kentucky (10-3) to a 41-36 halftime lead before the 6-foot-9 forward went to the locker room early in the second with leg cramps. He returned but cramped again and spent the rest of the game on the bench.
December 16, 2013 |
Marcus Paige scored 21 of his 23 points in the second half and James Michael McAdoo had 20 points, helping No. 18 North Carolina beat No. 11 Kentucky, 82-77, in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Saturday. J.P. Tokoto added 15 points for the Tar Heels (7-2), who ground out yet another marquee nonconference victory in a first month of the season filled with wild swings. The Heels shot 57 percent after halftime and scored 20 points off turnovers to finally wrestle control of a foul-filled game away from the Wildcats (8-3)
December 8, 2013 |
Jennifer O'Neill scored a career-high 43 points, including the go-ahead basket in the fourth overtime, and No. 5 Kentucky beat No. 9 Baylor, 133-130, on Friday night in Arlington, Texas, in the highest-scoring Division I women's game in history. The previous high for a Division I women's game was 254 points in Southern Methdist's 127-125 win over Texas Christian, also in four OTs, on Jan. 25, 1997. Louisville star out. Louisville starting guard Antonita Slaughter will miss the rest of the season after she was diagnosed with a blood clot in her lung.
November 14, 2013 |
Branden Dawson tipped in a miss with less than six seconds remaining, and No. 2 Michigan State hung on for a 78-74 victory over top-ranked Kentucky and its latest cast of young phenoms in the first game of the Champions Classic on Tuesday night in Chicago. Keith Appling came within two rebounds and two assists of a triple-double, finishing with 22 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists for the Spartans (2-0). Julius Randle led the Wildcats (2-1) with 27 points - all but four in the second half - and 13 rebounds.