Kentucky’s frontcourt depth will get tested without Travis
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The depth of No. 4 Kentucky's frontcourt will be tested in the next couple of weeks without injured forward Reid Travis
No. 2 Kentucky rallies past Southern Illinois for 71-59 win
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Those lopsided wins No. 2 Kentucky is normally used to this time of year might eventually happen. All that mattered to the Wildcats was proving they could regroup from a blowout loss and get their first victory.
It certainly took everything for them to scrape past Southern Illinois.
Keldon Johnson and Immanuel Quickley each scored 15 points, Nick Richards grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds and the Wildcats rallied in the second half to beat the Salukis 71-59 on Friday night.
Kentucky Preview Capsule
Last season: 26-11, won the SEC Tournament title and reached NCAA Sweet 16.
Coach: John Calipari.
Who's gone: Forward Kevin Knox and guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander became NBA lottery selections. Guard Hamidou Diallo and forward Jarred Vanderbilt were also drafted.
Kentucky beats Alabama 81-71 behind Washington’s 16 points
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Four straight losses were enough for Kentucky.
PJ Washington scored 16 points, Kevin Knox added 13, and Kentucky beat Alabama 81-71 on Saturday to end a four-game slide.
"They played desperately," Kentucky coach John Calipari said. "We gave away some games this year and we have to start taking games away from people, which means desperation."
Diallo scores 23, No. 8 Kentucky beats Monmouth 93-76
NEW YORK (AP) — During a recent practice, Kentucky coach John Calipari noticed freshman guard Hamidou Diallo was pulling his hand back after launching jump shots.
The technique worried Calipari, so as he recalled, he forced the New York City product to "keep his follow through."
Based on what transpired at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, coach knows best.
No. 8 Kentucky finally has it easy against Fort Wayne, 86-67
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — How No. 8 Kentucky finally won comfortably pleased coach John Calipari as much as the fact his young team ran away from Fort Wayne.
Nick Richards' breakout performance was among many areas where Calipari praised his young Wildcats.
Richards had career highs of 25 points and 15 rebounds, and 70 percent first-half shooting propelled Kentucky to an 86-67 rout Wednesday night.