Kentucky Wildcats http://wfpl.org en Alex Poythress, Dakari Johnson Returning to UK Wildcats Next Season http://wfpl.org/post/alex-poythress-dakari-johnson-returning-uk-wildcats-next-season <p>Sophomore forward Alex Poythress and freshman center Dakari Johnson have announced they will return for another season of college basketball with the Kentucky Wildcats.</p><p>Poythress&nbsp;and Johnson were key contributors to the Wildcats' NCAA title-game run. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">His postseason performances fueled speculation that he might enter the NBA draft, &nbsp;but </span>Poythress<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said in a release that he wanted "to make sure that I'm NBA-ready before I make that jump."</span></p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:22:26 +0000 Rick Howlett & Associated Press 9204 at http://wfpl.org Alex Poythress, Dakari Johnson Returning to UK Wildcats Next Season UK's Julius Randle to Enter NBA Draft http://wfpl.org/post/uks-julius-randle-enter-nba-draft <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">University of Kentucky basketball player Julius Randle is leaving the Wildcats after one season to enter the NBA draft.</span></p><p>The 6-foot-9 forward is widely expected to be among the top five picks in the June 26 draft.</p><p>Randle led UK in scoring and rebounding during the Wildcats NCAA Tournament run, which ended with a loss to Connecticut in the title game. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:08:23 +0000 Rick Howlett 9193 at http://wfpl.org UK's Julius Randle to Enter NBA Draft UK's Julius Randle to Announce NBA Draft Decision Tuesday http://wfpl.org/post/uks-julius-randle-announce-nba-draft-decision-tuesday <p>The University of Kentucky basketball program will hold a news conference tomorrow afternoon &nbsp;with freshman forward Julius Randle, who will announce whether he is entering the NBA draft or returning for another season. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sunday is the deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft, and the 6-foot-9 Randle has been projected as a lottery pick if he turns pro.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;He led the Wildcats in scoring and rebounding during their NCAA title quest.</span></p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:41:54 +0000 Associated Press 9180 at http://wfpl.org UK's Julius Randle to Announce NBA Draft Decision Tuesday Calipari on NBA Rumors: 'I Have the Best Job in the Country' http://wfpl.org/post/calipari-nba-rumors-i-have-best-job-country <p>An executive with the Los Angeles Lakers is denying rumors that University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari will become the next head coach of the struggling NBA team. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>The<a href="https://twitter.com/search?src=typd&amp;q=rex%20chapman"> rumors were floated</a> by former UK star Rex Chapman on Twitter shortly before the Wildcats’ loss to Connecticut in Monday night’s NCAA championship game.&nbsp; Chapman called Calipari’s departure a “done deal.”</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:08:26 +0000 Rick Howlett & Associated Press 9090 at http://wfpl.org Calipari on NBA Rumors: 'I Have the Best Job in the Country' UK's Aaron Harrison 'Not Afraid to Miss' Game-Winning Shots http://wfpl.org/post/uks-aaron-harrison-not-afraid-miss-game-winning-shots <p>The Kentucky Wildcats take on the Connecticut Huskies tonight for the men’s NCAA basketball championship. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">UK got by Wisconsin 74 to 73 Saturday night after Aaron Harrison put the Wildcats ahead with a long three-pointer with just under six seconds remaining.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; It was Harrison’s third straight game-winning shot.</span></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:39:47 +0000 Rick Howlett 9080 at http://wfpl.org UK's Aaron Harrison 'Not Afraid to Miss' Game-Winning Shots Kentucky Wildcats Beat Wisconsin 74-73, Will Face UConn for NCAA Title http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-wildcats-beat-wisconsin-74-73-will-face-uconn-ncaa-title <p>Aaron Harrison hit a 3-pointer with 5.7 seconds left, after taking a pass from his twin brother Andrew, and Kentucky beat Wisconsin 74-73 on Saturday night to advance to the national championship game.</p><p>The Harrison twins and all those Kentucky freshmen aren't one and done just yet.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>They will be playing for the Wildcats' ninth national championship Monday night in an unexpected title matchup.</p> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 03:42:52 +0000 Associated Press 9073 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Wildcats Beat Wisconsin 74-73, Will Face UConn for NCAA Title Back Home in Texas, UK's Randle "Just Excited to be Playing" in Final Four http://wfpl.org/post/back-home-texas-uks-randle-just-excited-be-playing-final-four <p>The men’s NCAA basketball tournament resumes this weekend with the Final Four.</p><p>The two national semifinal games will be played Saturday night in Arlington, Texas, with Florida facing Connecticut and Wisconsin squaring off with Kentucky. &nbsp; &nbsp;The winners advance to the national championship game Monday night. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>The venue, AT&amp;T Stadium, is not far from the Dallas neighborhood where UK’s Julius Randle grew up, but the Wildcats’ leading scorer says he’s thankful to be in a Final Four anywhere.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 18:14:59 +0000 Rick Howlett & Associated Press 9061 at http://wfpl.org Back Home in Texas, UK's Randle "Just Excited to be Playing" in Final Four Calipari Trying to Keep Wildcats Hungry for Title Run http://wfpl.org/post/calipari-trying-keep-wildcats-hungry-title-run <p>The Kentucky Wildcats are in Arlington, Texas to prepare for their showdown with Wisconsin in the men’s NCAA Final Four. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky defeated Kansas State, Wichita State, Louisville and Michigan to reach the national semifinals, a path that coach John </span>Calipari<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> compared to a minefield.</span></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:15:35 +0000 Rick Howlett 9056 at http://wfpl.org Calipari Trying to Keep Wildcats Hungry for Title Run UK's Aaron Harrison Not Suprised by Wildcats' NCAA Success http://wfpl.org/post/uks-aaron-harrison-not-suprised-wildcats-ncaa-success <p>The University of Kentucky Wildcats are preparing for their matchup against Wisconsin Saturday night in the men’s NCAA Final Four. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>UK advanced to the national semifinals Saturday with a three-point victory over Michigan. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Some had begun to give up hope of any UK tournament success as far back as early March,</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;when the slumping Wildcats lost at 10-18 South Carolina. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:44:15 +0000 Rick Howlett 9029 at http://wfpl.org UK's Aaron Harrison Not Suprised by Wildcats' NCAA Success NCAA: Kentucky Beats Louisville 74-69; Will Face Michigan for Final Four Berth http://wfpl.org/post/ncaa-kentucky-beats-louisville-74-69-will-face-michigan-final-four-berth <p>Aaron Harrison made a 3-pointer with 39 seconds left to give Kentucky the go-ahead points Friday night in a 74-69 victory in the men’s NCAA Midwest Regional over rival Louisville. Harrison, Julius Randle and Dakari Johnson, all finished with 15 points for the eighth-seeded Wildcats, who will play Michigan in Sunday's regional final.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Fourth-seeded Louisville got 23 points from senior Russ Smith, who missed a late 3 with a chance to tie.</p> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 05:06:09 +0000 Rick Howlett & Associated Press 9006 at http://wfpl.org NCAA: Kentucky Beats Louisville 74-69; Will Face Michigan for Final Four Berth