The UK basketball program has three commitments heading into the early signing period Wednesday. Major targets like James Wiseman, Jaden McDaniels, Isaiah Stewart, Vernon Carey and others remain uncommitted.
The 2018-19 college basketball season is one week old. Several SEC teams are off to fast starts. Auburn, Vanderbilt and LSU have recorded impressive wins. Kentucky and South Carolina are trying to bounce back from losses.
Ex-Kentucky hurdles star Sydney McLaughlin, iconic CBS sportscaster Verne Lundquist, UK radio play-by-play announcer Tom Leach and WinStar Farm, part-owner of 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify, will receive 2019 Bluegrass Sports Awards
After his team's 71-59 loss to Kentucky, Southern Illinois coach Barry Hinson talked about the hospitality his team had received in Lexington before the game. The Salukis led UK 44-37 in the second half before falling to 0-1 on the season.
Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari talks to the media after his team's 71-59 win over Southern Illinois in Rupp Arena in Lexington on Nov. 9, 2018. UK trailed 44-37 with 14:19 remaining before rallying to even its record at 1-1.
It seems a good guess that once the shock wore off, the Big Blue Nation lamented the 34-point loss to Duke. But UK Coach John Calipari expressed gratitude for the defeat, which he said showed Kentucky the way forward this season.
Kentucky basketball rallied in the second half to beat Southern Illinois 71-59 on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, in Rupp Arena in Lexington. UK rebounded from a 34-point loss to Duke on Tuesday. Nick Richards grabbed 19 rebounds in the win.
UK point guard Immanuel Quickley tied for the team lead with 15 points in the Wildcats' victory over Southern Illinois in Rupp Arena on Friday night. Quickley started the game after coming off the bench Tuesday.
After a shocking 34-point loss to Duke, Kentucky players said they came into the home opener with something to prove. Not necessarily to the fans, but to themselves. A 71-59 victory, even with 19 turnovers, was a step toward getting that done, they said.
Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari talks about sophomore center Nick Richards' 19 rebounds in UK's 71-59 win over Southern Illinois on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. Richards scored eight points and blocked three shots.