Spurs draft picks strong in 106-96 win over Hornets
The San Antonio Spurs' draft picks are stepping up in the NBA Summer League.
Second-round picks Keldon Johnson and Quinndary Weatherspoon each scored 19 points and first-rounder Luka Samanic...
Hornets draft Kentucky forward PJ Washington at No. 12
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — When PJ Washington entered the 2018 NBA draft, he quickly realized he wasn't ready for the next level.
So the 6-foot-8, 230-pound forward swallowed his pride, pulled...
Kentucky guard Tyler Herro will remain in NBA draft
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky guard Tyler Herro says he plans to remain in the NBA draft after initially leaving open the possibility of returning to school.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky freshman guard Tyler Herro will enter the NBA draft pool and hire an agent but leave open the possibility of returning to school.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky guard Keldon Johnson will enter the NBA draft and hire an agent but is keeping open the option of returning to school.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky is losing PJ Washington but holding onto Ashton Hagans.
Washington announced Tuesday that he plans to enter the NBA draft and hire an agent. Hours later,...
Kentucky’s Washington plays through pain in loss to Auburn
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — PJ Washington got more out of himself and his sore left foot than anyone would have expected. It just wasn't enough to get Kentucky to the Final Four.
Auburn meets Kentucky in Elite Eight
No. 5 seed Auburn (29-9, 15-7) vs. No. 2 seed Kentucky (30-6, 16-4)
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight, Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri; Sunday, 1:20 p.m. EDT
Injury questions linger for teams headed to regional finals
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Kentucky got PJ Washington back just in time, Duke hung on without Cam Reddish, and Auburn's thrill from a huge win was tempered by a potentially serious injury to Chuma...
Herro late 3-pointer lifts Kentucky over Houston, to Elite 8
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kentucky got its big man back, and PJ Washington helped get the Wildcats to the Elite Eight for the seventh time in 10 years — with big boost from Tyler Herro.
Status unclear for injured Kentucky star PJ Washington
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — PJ Washington wasn't wearing a cast on his left foot when he arrived at the Sprint Center on Thursday, and during the practice period open to the media he jogged, did some...
Bluegrass romp: Kentucky blows out Abilene 79-44 at NCAAs
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Kentucky could afford to be down a man against NCAA Tournament newcomer Abilene Christian.
Going forward, the Wildcats are surely going to need that guy who was...
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Kentucky coach John Calipari says in a tweet that leading scorer and rebounder PJ Washington has a sprained foot and will miss the second-seeded Wildcats' NCAA Tournament...
Kentucky’s top player nursing injured foot heading into NCAA
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — As the Kentucky Wildcats went through a casual shoot-around the day before their opening game of the NCAA tournament, complete with a blaring band and thousands of...
Kentucky’s Calipari expects Washington to play in opener
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Kentucky coach John Calipari expects scoring and rebounding leader PJ Washington to play in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday despite seeing a foot...
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky says scoring and rebounding leader PJ Washington is wearing a walking boot "as a precaution" before the No. 2 seed Wildcats open Midwest Region play in the NCAA...
Tennessee’s Grant Williams named AP SEC player of year
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee forward Grant Williams is the Associated Press' Southeastern Conference player of the year and Mississippi's Kermit Davis is coach of the year.
No. 6 Kentucky earns hard-fought 80-76 win over Mississippi
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...
Ole Miss faces tough test vs No. 6 Kentucky
No. 6 Kentucky (24-5, 13-3) vs. Mississippi (19-10, 9-7)
The Pavilion at Ole Miss, Oxford, Mississippi; Tuesday, 9 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 6 Kentucky presents a tough challenge for...
No. 7 Tennessee looks for home win vs No. 4 Kentucky
No. 4 Kentucky (24-4, 13-2) vs. No. 7 Tennessee (25-3, 13-2)
Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tennessee; Saturday, 2 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 7 Tennessee looks for its fourth...
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...
Calipari Kentucky’s 2nd-winningest coach after 80-53 win
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — John Calipari was satisfied being in third place as Kentucky's all-time winningest coach.
"No one should go by (Joe B Hall), so coach Hall just asked me to vacate any...
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
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."
No. 5 Kentucky routs South Carolina 76-48
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky used a stellar defense to maintain its roll and throw South Carolina off kilter.
PJ Washington scored 20 points, and routed South Carolina 76-48 Tuesday night for its ninth consecutive victory.
No. 7 Kentucky tightens D, rallies to beat Florida 65-54
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — PJ Washington didn't have to say anything to his Kentucky teammates.
They all knew the situation: trailing by 11 points on the road with 13 minutes to play. They all knew what had to happen: lock down on defense or lose for the first time in a month.
Washington simply set the tone for everyone else to follow.
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. 8 Kentucky closes out No. 22 Mississippi State 76-55
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's defense wasn't perfect against Mississippi State, just quick enough to disrupt the No. 22 Bulldogs' rhythm and cause its worst offensive performance this season.
The No. 8 Wildcats now aim to keep it going after clearing the second of three big challenges.
PJ Washington scored 21 points, including a big 3-pointer down the stretch, Tyler Herro added 18 and Kentucky pulled away from Mississippi State 76-55 on Tuesday night for its fifth consecutive victory.
No. 10 Kentucky easily takes care of Winthrop, 87-74
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Of the areas coach John Calipari can fault with No. 10 Kentucky right now, shooting isn't one of them after the Wildcats' best performance this season.
More important was that they were accurate early and consistently against Winthrop.
PJ Washington had 19 points and 11 rebounds, Tyler Herro added 15 points and Kentucky shot a season-best 56 percent to run away from the Eagles 87-74 on Wednesday.
No. 10 Kentucky coasts past North Dakota 96-58
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — As No. 10 Kentucky works through initial growing pains, it can feel good about its first lopsided win this season.
PJ Washington set a career high with 25 points and grabbed a season-best seven rebounds, Tyler Herro added 18 points and the Wildcats rolled over North Dakota 96-58 on Wednesday 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.
SEC banking on some veteran stars _ even Kentucky
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Kentucky's PJ Washington says coach John Calipari has "chilled out" at practice leading up to the season.
It doesn't take as much yelling from coaches when you have a little seasoning and maturity on the roster, qualities that the Wildcats and other top Southeastern Conference teams are banking on to match — or even better — the league's strong 2017-18 season. Calipari says he hasn't had to raise his voice yet in practice.
Kentucky’s PJ Washington confident, poised to lead Wildcats
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — PJ Washington flashed a wide, sly grin when asked about plans to make his second season at Kentucky better than the first.
It spoke volumes about his confidence before he said a word.
But the 6-foot-8 forward does plan to be more vocal. He returns to school as the top scorer and rebounder for the Wildcats. Washington also wants to prove he can defend all positions, perhaps the most important advice he received last spring from NBA scouts while testing the draft waters.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — PJ Washington will return to Kentucky after withdrawing from the NBA draft, while teammates Wenyen Gabriel and Jarred Vanderbilt have decided to turn pro.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky forward Wenyen Gabriel will enter the NBA draft pool but not hire an agent, remaining eligible to return for his third season with the Wildcats.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky freshman point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander says he will enter the NBA draft pool and hire an agent.
Gilgeous-Alexander's decision on Monday follows announcements last week by Wildcats underclassmen Kevin Knox and PJ Washington to enter the June 21 draft. Knox plans to hire an agent and will not return while Washington has said he wanted to test the waters.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky freshman forward PJ Washington says he will enter the NBA draft but not hire an agent, leaving open a possible return for his sophomore season.
Washington averaged 10.8 points and 5.7 rebounds this season. He is the first of several Wildcat underclassmen expected to enter the June 21 draft.
The draft combine is May 16-20 in Chicago. Players must decide by May 30 whether to remain in the draft or return to school.
Washington’s 18 points lifts Kentucky over Georgia, 62-49
ST. LOUIS (AP) — John Calipari never had any doubt Kentucky fans would make their annual pilgrimage to this year's Southeastern Conference Tournament, even if it was west of the Mississippi River in St. Louis' Scottrade Center.
Big Blue Nation was on hand, and in full force, as the Wildcats made their tournament debut with a 62-49 win over Georgia in the quarterfinals on Friday.
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."
No. 21 Kentucky beats Vanderbilt 83-81 in overtime
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — After No. 21 Kentucky rallied to force overtime against Vanderbilt, guard Quade Green wasn't surprised he was able to split through two defenders to make the winning basket.
"I just saw an open layup," said Green, whose layup with five seconds left in overtime gave the Wildcats an 83-81 win over the Commodores on Tuesday night.
"I saw the big man was at the top of the key, so he wasn't guarding the row."