Last season: 32-6, reached NCAA Tournament South Region final.
Coach: John Calipari.
Who's gone: G De'Aaron Fox, G Malik Monk, F Bam Adebayo (all NBA lottery picks); G Isaiah Briscoe, F Derek Willis, G Dominique Hawkins, G Mychal Mulder, F Isaac Humphries.
Kentucky’s Adebayo will hire agent, stay in NBA draft
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky freshman Bam Adebayo will hire an agent and stay in the NBA draft. He is the fifth Wildcat to leave school for the June draft.
The 6-foot-10 forward had left open the possibility of returning for his sophomore season. He had announced on April 5 he would not hire an agent, but on Tuesday said in a statement it's in his "best interest to remain in the draft."
Kentucky’s Briscoe is 4th Wildcat to enter NBA draft
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky guard Isaiah Briscoe says he will enter the NBA draft and hire an agent, the fourth Wildcats' player to announce their intentions this week.
Briscoe said Thursday in a statement through the school that he's "ready for the next step and can't wait to begin the next journey."
No. 8 Kentucky beats Georgia 71-60 in SEC quarterfinals
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After recently struggling to start or sometimes finish games effectively, No. 8 Kentucky opened tournament play by taking control and maintaining it against one of its toughest foes.
Isaiah Briscoe and De'Aaron Fox each scored 20 points, Bam Adebayo added 13 and the Wildcats led Georgia throughout for a 71-60 victory on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.
Georgia’s Fox: Maten out indefinitely with sprained knee
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Yante Maten, Georgia's leading scorer, is out indefinitely with a sprained right knee.
Bulldogs coach Mark Fox updated Maten's condition Sunday. Fox said he did not know when Maten could return, but it appeared surgery was not necessary and the 6-foot-8 junior would make a full recovery "in time."
Briscoe, Monk lead No. 15 Kentucky past Alabama, 67-58
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Kentucky went from a shootout to a defensive grinder this week, and won both ways.
Now, coach John Calipari and the 15th-ranked Wildcats want to put it all together by the postseason.
Isaiah Briscoe had 11 points, 11 rebounds and four assists to help Kentucky weather one of its lowest scoring outputs and beat Alabama 67-58 on Saturday.
No. 8 Kentucky rallies, outlasts Georgia 90-81 in OT
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — There's no stopping Malik Monk when he's hitting from long range, and the freshman once again showed his hot hand in tense moments for No. 8 Kentucky.
Monk made two 3-pointers and scored eight of 37 points in overtime, and Bam Adebayo and Dominique Hawkins added baskets to help Kentucky outlast Georgia 90-81 on Tuesday night and end a two-game losing streak.
Illness sidelines guard De’Aaron Fox for No. 8 Wildcats
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky says that illness has sidelined freshman point guard De'Aaron Fox for the eighth-ranked Wildcats' game against Georgia on Tuesday night.
Team spokesman Eric Lindsey said via text that Kentucky's second-leading scorer (15.9 points) would miss his first game this season because of illness. Fox had sprained his right ankle against South Carolina on Jan. 21 but started last Tuesday's 82-80 loss at Tennessee and Saturday's 79-73 loss to Kansas, scoring 10 points.
Fox leads No. 5 Kentucky over Mississippi State 88-81
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Malik Monk, Kentucky's leading scorer, was struggling and so was star guard Isaiah Briscoe. So when the Wildcats needed some clutch baskets late, coach John Calipari turned to freshman point guard De'Aaron Fox and gave him some simple instructions.
"We just said, 'Here you go De'Aaron, go and do your thing,'" Calipari said.
No. 6 Kentucky pulls away from Arkansas in second half 97-71
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — De'Aaron Fox alternated determined drives to the basket with soft jumpers that showed why he is the second-leading scorer for No. 6 Kentucky.
Making it more satisfying for the Wildcats freshman was getting other contributions to offset an off night for scoring leader Malik Monk.
Fox scored a career-high 27 points, Derek Willis and Isaiah Briscoe each added 15 and Kentucky pulled away to beat Arkansas 97-71 on Saturday night.
No. 8 Kentucky bounces back, beats Mississippi 99-76
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Any concerns whether No. 8 Kentucky could bounce back from a tough road loss to an archrival were eliminated Thursday night in less than five minutes.
Malik Monk scored 34 points, Isaiah Briscoe had a triple-double and the Wildcats used an early surge to roll to a 99-76 victory over Mississippi in the SEC opener for both teams.
The Wildcats (11-2) showed no emotional hangover or playing rust after losing at No. 6 Louisville eight days ago.
No. 6 Kentucky dismantles Hofstra 96-73
NEW YORK (AP) — John Calipari sounded like a typical college student. He can't wait for finals to be over. He's not thinking winter vacation, though. He's thinking basketball. All basketball.
"I am so happy because Wednesday will be our last finals. I don't have to worry about anything academically," Calipari said after No. 6 Kentucky beat Hofstra 96-73 on Sunday.
No. 1 Kentucky rolls past Arizona State 115-69 in Bahamas
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Kentucky was already up big when Isaiah Briscoe snatched down a second-half rebound, took a dribble and fired an outlet pass ahead to Malik Monk. The ball was high and off target, but Monk went airborne and redirected the ball with his right hand to Wenyen Gabriel for a transition reverse dunk.
Yes, the top-ranked Wildcats were so good Monday night that they were turning even mistakes into highlight-reel plays.
No. 1 Kentucky runs away from Cleveland State 101-70
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — As top-ranked Kentucky develops in small steps, the on-court relationship between Malik Monk and De'Aaron is clearly off and running.
Monk scored 23 points and Fox had 16 points and 11 assists to propel the Wildcats to a 101-70 rout of Cleveland State on Wednesday that was impressive on several fronts.
Kentucky guard Briscoe (back) out against Cleveland State
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Leading scorer Isaiah Briscoe sat out top-ranked Kentucky's game against Cleveland State on Wednesday with a back injury the school says will be evaluated daily.
Backcourt helps No. 2 Kentucky run away from Canisius, 93-69
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Isaiah Briscoe expected all those NBA workouts focused on improving his game to pay off with efforts like this.
Judging from how newcomer De'Aaron Fox shook off a rough start, Briscoe picked up some leadership pointers as well.
Briscoe and Fox each scored a career-high 21 points, Malik Monk added 16 and No. 2 Kentucky pulled away from Canisius early in the second half for a 93-69 victory Sunday night.
No. 2 Kentucky handles Stephen F. Austin 87-64 in opener
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's latest highly touted freshman class showed their expected potential, but only after a boost from the veterans.
Isaiah Briscoe scored 17 points, Derek Willis added 15 and No. 2 Kentucky went on to an 87-64 season-opening victory over Stephen F. Austin on Friday night.
Kentucky routs Clarion 108-51 in exhibition opener
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Malik Monk came off the bench to score 15 points, Derek Willis and Bam Adebayo each added 13 and Kentucky rolled past Clarion 108-51 in an exhibition Sunday night against Wildcats coach John Calipari's alma mater.
Last season: 27-9, lost in second round of NCAA Tournament.
Coach: John Calipari.
Who's gone: G Tyler Ulis, G Jamal Murray, F Skal Labissiere, F Marcus Lee (transfer), G/F Charles Matthews (transfer), F Alex Poythress.
Talented Kentucky begins another year with high expectations
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky coach John Calipari once again must figure out how to use his latest talented freshman class, which this year is big and fills voids at many positions.
All of which means another season of high expectations at a school where a national championship is always the standard.
Calipari, Kentucky picked to win SEC men’s title yet again
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kentucky is the media favorite yet again to win the Southeastern Conference basketball title.
A media panel made the Wildcats as the overall preseason pick for the 12th time since the 1998-99 season in voting announced Wednesday.