OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — PJ Washington is in the discussion for Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, but he was a missing man during the first half Tuesday night, banished to the bench by early...
No. 4 Kentucky looks to extend streak vs Arkansas
Arkansas (14-13, 5-9) vs. No. 4 Kentucky (23-4, 12-2)
Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky; Tuesday, 9 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 4 Kentucky looks for its seventh straight win in the...
Auburn looks to knock off No. 4 Kentucky
Auburn (18-8, 7-6) vs. No. 4 Kentucky (22-4, 11-2)
Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky; Saturday, 1:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 4 Kentucky looks to give Auburn its sixth straight loss...
No. 5 Kentucky ends No. 1 Tennessee’s 19-game winning streak
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — No. 5 Kentucky got the strong start it sought against No. 1 Tennessee and for a moment was blowing out the Volunteers.
Most important was that the Wildcats finished off the Vols on a national stage, just what they needed days after letting one slip away.
PJ Washington scored 23 points, Keldon Johnson added 19 and Kentucky beat Tennessee 86-69 Saturday night to end the Volunteers' school-record, 19-game winning streak.
No. 5 Kentucky escapes with 71-67 win over Mississippi St
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Kentucky coach John Calipari said he took a few moments following Saturday's game to praise his team for winning its 10th straight game thanks to some gritty plays in a difficult road environment.
Then the compliments ended. It was time for the truth.
"If you want me to tell you everything's all good, it isn't," Calipari said. "I went right down to each guy. Not mean, screaming or cussing. I wasn't.
"But you're here because you want me to keep it real. Well, this is real."
Washington helps No. 8 Kentucky top No. 9 Kansas 71-63
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — PJ Washington and No. 8 Kentucky hit the glass hard against No. 9 Kansas.
Washington scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half, and the Wildcats beat the Jayhawks 71-63 on Saturday in the SEC-Big 12 Challenge.
Washington, Reid Travis and Keldon Johnson powered Kentucky to a 49-36 rebounding advantage. Washington grabbed 13 boards, Travis had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Johnson also posted a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
No. 18 Kentucky fights back again to top Vanderbilt 56-47
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky believes it will figure out how to start games with the focus and resolve it has shown in closing them.
Now would be fine by coach John Calipari after again watching his No. 18 Wildcats having to scrap past Vanderbilt.
Ashton Hagans and Keldon Johnson each scored 15 points and combined to rally Kentucky from another slow start in a 56-47 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday night.
No. 16 Kentucky tops Louisville 71-58 in Bluegrass rivalry
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Tyler Herro better get used to being the center of attention after a career performance that also showed how No. 16 Kentucky has progressed since its season-opening blowout loss to Duke.
The freshman guard had a career-high 24 points, Keldon Johnson added 15 and the Wildcats beat Louisville 71-58 on Saturday in this fierce Bluegrass rivalry.
Johnson, Travis lead No. 19 Kentucky over No. 9 UNC, 80-72
CHICAGO (AP) — John Calipari sees No. 19 Kentucky rounding into form. Beating North Carolina sure is a good way to drive home that point.
Keldon Johnson scored 21 points and Reid Travis added 20 to lead the Wildcats to an 80-72 victory over the ninth-ranked Tar Heels in a matchup between two of college basketball's winningest programs on Saturday.
Johnson scores 24 points to lead No. 19 Kentucky past Utah
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Keldon Johnson is finding his stride and getting a feel for making clutch shots.
The freshman guard scored 24 points, including five 3-pointers in the first half, and No. 19 Kentucky beat Utah 88-61 Saturday.
Johnson made a career-high six shots from long range on seven attempts as Kentucky made a season-high 12 3-pointers against the Utes.
Seton Hall overcomes half-court shot to stun No. 9 Kentucky
NEW YORK (AP) — Keldon Johnson caught the ball near center court and heaved in a prayer of a shot at the regulation buzzer that sent Kentucky players and fans into a pulsating frenzy.
Surely now, with all that momentum, the ninth-ranked Wildcats would finally take control in overtime and escape from New York with a hard-fought win.
But this scrappy Seton Hall squad had a lot more left.
No. 10 Kentucky rallies past UNC Greensboro 78-61
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Seeing Keldon Johnson elevating for thunderous dunks and big rebounds almost made it easy to forget the Kentucky guard had limped to the locker room after rolling his left ankle in the first half.
The pain he felt on every landing reminded Johnson of what happened, but otherwise it wasn't a factor as he rallied the No. 10 Wildcats past UNC Greensboro.
"It's all in the flow of the game," he said. "You just have to keep fighting and not show any weakness."
No. 10 Kentucky easily handles Monmouth 90-44
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Coach John Calipari had few complaints about No. 10 Kentucky's domination of Monmouth.
The Wildcats not only shot well, they did so from long range for a change. Calipari was even more pleased by his team's defensive performance in its most complete victory this season.
Tyler Herro scored 16 points, Keldon Johnson added 15 and Kentucky cruised past Monmouth 90-44 on Wednesday night for its sixth straight victory.
Keldon Johnson leads No. 10 Kentucky past Tenn. St., 77-62
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Keldon Johnson had a big night for No. 10 Kentucky but was more concerned about the bottom line.
Johnson scored a career-high 27 points to lead the Wildcats to a 77-62 win over Tennessee State on Friday night.
"It felt pretty good, but the main thing, we got the win," Johnson said. "I was playing aggressively and just kept attacking (the basket) and it eventually it opened up."
Kentucky coach John Calipari was pleased to see the freshman guard produce and finish underneath.