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UK Basketball – Richards Leads Kentucky to 86-67 Win over Fort Wayne

Richards slams it home versus Fort Wayne – Photo by Brendon Miller

By Ricky Blair

Lexington, KY – In a pre-Thanksgiving night game, I’m not sure you should expect much.  The students were gone for the long weekend.  The band and dance team decided to take the night off and then there was the game.  A strange one indeed.  The first half of the Kentucky-Fort Wayne game in particular was truly strange.  You had Fort Wayne forward Xzavier Taylor faking a flop when he ran into Coach John Calipari on the sideline.  Yes, you read that correctly, he faked being fouled by Calipari while out-of-bounds.  Although that one didn’t count, it was one of the many flops the Fort Wayne players used to draw fouls on this young Kentucky team. Continue reading UK Basketball – Richards Leads Kentucky to 86-67 Win over Fort Wayne

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UK Football – Wildcats No Match for Angry Bulldogs as They Go Down to Defeat 42-13

Photo by Mont Dawson

By Ricky Blair
Athens, GA – The Kentucky Wildcats walked into Georgia’s Sanford Stadium to face an angry group of Bulldogs.  The Bulldogs were coming off their first loss of the season; a 40-17 beat down at the hands of the Auburn Tigers.   Continue reading UK Football – Wildcats No Match for Angry Bulldogs as They Go Down to Defeat 42-13

UK Basketball – Cats are Fowl from the Foul Line in 78-61 win over East Tennessee State

Photo by Teresa Fraley

By Ricky Blair
Lexington, KY – If you thought any game this season was going be easy for this young Kentucky basketball team, you were seriously mistaken.  Kentucky threw the ball away on their first possession of the game and ETSU scored a 3-pointer on the other end.  That was the start of a long first half for the Wildcats.  The Buccaneers went up by as many as 10 points when Devontavius Payne made a 3-pointer for ETSU to give them an 18-8 lead.   Continue reading UK Basketball – Cats are Fowl from the Foul Line in 78-61 win over East Tennessee State

Cats Show Improved Play in 73-69 Win

UK wins a tough fought game against Vermont. Photo by Brendon Miller

By Ricky Blair – Lexington, KY – The Kentucky Wildcats hang on for a 73-69 win over Vermont in a hard fought game at Rupp Arena.  The Vermont Catamounts were not your typical early season patsy game.  This veteran squad was 29-6 last season with a 16-0 record in the American East Conference on their way to an NCAA tournament bid.  The Catamounts had not lost a regular season game since last December.  Vermont also had six senior members, while the young Wildcats are without a senior on this year’s team. Continue reading Cats Show Improved Play in 73-69 Win

Charity is Name of the Game in Kentucky’s 92-67 Win

By Ricky Blair
Lexington, KY – The exhibition contest against Morehead State University tonight, which Kentucky won 92-67 was more about charity and giving than it was about a win and loss.  The proceeds from tonight’s game went to Team Rubicon a non-government organization that is helping with emergency response teams in Florida that are currently working with victims of the recent hurricanes that hit Florida and Puerto Rico.  They will also soon be helping victims in California after the recent forest fires. Continue reading Charity is Name of the Game in Kentucky’s 92-67 Win

UK Basketball – Blue-White Game – A First Look at the Young Wildcats

Blue White game a huge success – Photo by Brendon Miller

By Ricky Blair
Ok, it is a Blue-White Game, so what can you expect.  One time Junior Braddy scored around 40 points in one of these scrimmages, yet he never saw much playing time in the regular season games during his four year career at UK in the early 90’s.  Because of that, I wouldn’t put much stock in what we saw here on Friday. Continue reading UK Basketball – Blue-White Game – A First Look at the Young Wildcats

Early Foul Trouble is Too Much to Overcome as the Wildcats Fall to North Carolina 75-73

Today’s matchup between the University of Kentucky Wildcats and the North Carolina Tar Heels is college basketball royalty at its best.  

The Wildcats are the all-time winningest program in major college basketball history with 2,205 wins, of course the Tar Heels are not too far behind in third place with 2,173. Continue reading Early Foul Trouble is Too Much to Overcome as the Wildcats Fall to North Carolina 75-73

Kentucky Out Foxes UCLA in 86-75 Win

Fox leads Cats over Bruins - Photo by Brendon Miller
Fox leads Cats over Bruins – Photo by Brendon Miller

The NCAA South Regional here in Memphis, Tennessee is a who’s who of NCAA tournament championship history.  The top three teams in championships won, are in this region.  UCLA leads the way as the all-time leader with 11, Kentucky is following closely behind with 8 and North Carolina, who is tied at third with 5 championships, make up three-fourths of the South Region field.  Butler University, which is the fourth team, may not hold up to the standards of the other three teams, but the Bulldogs from Butler have been to two Final Fours in the last eight years, so that is not a bad resume either. Continue reading Kentucky Out Foxes UCLA in 86-75 Win

Kentucky “Shocks” Wichita State with a 65-62 Win

UK squeaks by Wichita St - Photo by Brendon Miller
UK squeaks by Wichita St – Photo by Brendon Miller

By Ricky Blair

Indianapolis – The NCAA Basketball Committee may do a lousy job sometimes with picking the brackets and the teams that make up the field of 68 teams.  But one thing you can say for sure about them and CBS Sports is they go out of their way to set up made for TV storylines.   Continue reading Kentucky “Shocks” Wichita State with a 65-62 Win