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Flannigan scores 21, Auburn rallies past Kentucky 66-59

Jan. 16, 2021 5:00 PM EST

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Allen Flannigan scored 21 points and he and JT Thor each sank a pair of clutch free throws in the last 18 seconds to preserve Auburn's 66-59 come-from-behind win over Kentucky on Saturday. The Wildcats turned the ball over 18 times, 12 of those coming after halftime when Auburn finally...

Iowa State forward Solomon Young (33) and West Virginia forward Oscar Tshiebwe (34) vie for a rebound during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Morgantown, W.V., Friday, Dec. 18, 2020. (William Wotring/The Dominion-Post via AP)

Kentucky adds former West Virginia forward Oscar Tshiebwe

Jan. 14, 2021 8:49 PM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky says former West Virginia forward Oscar Tshiebwe has transferred to the program and will be eligible after sitting out next season per NCAA transfer rules. The 6-foot-9 sophomore from Congo with a 7-5 wingspan left the Mountaineers’ program on Jan. 1 for personal...

Kentucky basketball walk-on, pitcher Ben Jordan dies at 22

Jan. 12, 2021 2:51 PM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky says Ben Jordan, a right-handed pitcher who played last season on the men’s basketball team because of a shortage of players, has died. He was 22 years old. The school announced Jordan’s death on Monday in a release and a Kentucky baseball spokesman said coach...

Kentucky forward Olivier Sarr (30) hooks a shot over Mississippi State forward Abdul Ado (24) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Kentucky rides Allen eruption in win over Mississippi St.

Jan. 2, 2021 9:13 PM EST

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Freshman Dontaie Allen scored a career-high 23 points with seven 3-pointers and Kentucky ended its six-game skid beating Mississippi State 78-73 in double overtime Saturday night. Allen finished 7-for-11 shooting from beyond the arc and 8-for-14 overall. Olivier Sarr's 3 to start...

Kentucky head coach John Calipari yells instructions to players in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Kentucky looking for answers after worst start in 94 years

Dec. 29, 2020 6:47 PM EST

Kentucky’s win total shockingly stands at one. Coach John Calipari insists his Wildcats can rebound and be a contender. With 19 scheduled games remaining in this pandemic-shortened season, the Hall of Fame coach isn’t panicking about Kentucky’s 1-6 start, its worst since the 1926-27 squad...

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2019, file photo, Florida forward Keyontae Johnson (11) looks on during during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Marshall in Gainesville, Fla.  Johnson, the Southeastern Conference's preseason player of the year, collapsed coming out of a timeout against rival Florida State and needed emergency medical attention Saturday, Dec. 1`2, 2020. He was taken off the floor on a stretcher and rushed to Tallahassee Memorial for evaluation. The Gators had no immediate update on his condition. (AP Photo/Matt Stamey, File)

Florida's Johnson rejoins team, works as coach amid recovery

Dec. 28, 2020 4:54 PM EST

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Keyontae Johnson is back in Florida's basketball facility, just not on the court. He's scouting opponents, coaching teammates, refereeing scrimmages and even talking trash from afar. Seeing him, hearing him, being able to hug him and just having him around has created a much-needed...

Jones scores 20, Louisville holds off rival Kentucky 62-59

Dec. 26, 2020 5:06 PM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Carlik Jones made two free throws with 5.1 seconds remaining for 20 points, David Johnson added 17 points and Louisville held off rival Kentucky 62-59 on Saturday. The Cardinals (6-1) won their second consecutive game while the Wildcats (1-6) dropped their sixth in a row to tie for...

North Carolina's Leaky Black (1) drives past Kentucky's Brandon Boston Jr. (3) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, in Cleveland. North Carolina won 75-63. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Kentucky tries to snap pre-SEC skid against Louisville

Dec. 25, 2020 4:00 AM EST

A look at the upcoming week around the Southeastern Conference: GAME OF THE WEEKEND: Kentucky at Louisville, though there's scant competition. The Wildcats have dropped five games in a row for the first time since John Calipari took over in 2009. They're off to their worst start since the 1926-1927 season. But...

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2019, file photo, Florida forward Keyontae Johnson (11) looks on during during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Marshall in Gainesville, Fla.  Johnson, the Southeastern Conference's preseason player of the year, collapsed coming out of a timeout against rival Florida State and needed emergency medical attention Saturday, Dec. 1`2, 2020. He was taken off the floor on a stretcher and rushed to Tallahassee Memorial for evaluation. The Gators had no immediate update on his condition. (AP Photo/Matt Stamey, File)

Florida's Johnson leaves hospital 10 days after collapse

Dec. 22, 2020 1:37 PM EST

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida forward Keyontae Johnson is being released from the hospital Tuesday, 10 days after collapsing on the court at Florida State and needing emergency medical attention. The school released a statement from his family saying, “We continue to be amazed at the pace of his...

Iowa center Luka Garza, left, drives to the basket past Northern Illinois center Adong Makuoi, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Teams led by experienced players have edge amid pandemic

Dec. 22, 2020 11:48 AM EST

Joshua Langford is part of a Michigan State team leaning on upperclassmen in at the top of its rotation, including multiple players from a Final Four squad two seasons ago. It’s the kind of veteran experience that has given Tom Izzo's 12th-ranked Spartans and some of the nation’s top men's...