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Dominique Hawkins glad to have twins Andrew and Aaron Harrison back at Kentucky

By LARRY VAUGHT No one was happier than Dominique Hawkins when he found out that twins Andrew and Aaron Harrison, two players he competes with for playing time, were returning to Kentucky for their sophomore seasons. “With them back, it takes pressure off me,” said Hawkins Thursday during a press conference to discuss his recent …

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Sports Illustrated writer has four Cats among top 15 prospects of returning college players for 2015 draft

Brian Hamilton of Sports Illustrated has four Kentucky players among the 15 returning players in college basketball that he says could rate among the top prospects in the 2015 draft. He rated the players in no particular order, but obviously likes Willie Cauley-Stein and said not to let his 8.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per …

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How will Tyler Ulis push Andrew Harrison and make UK better?

By LARRY VAUGHT Sporting News college basketball columnist Mike DeCourcy is already anxious to see how Kentucky coach John Calipari will utilize two talented point guards — sophomore Andrew Harrison and freshman Tyler Ulis — next season when he has the luxury of having two highly recruited point guards on the same Kentucky team. “John …

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Blue Ribbons’ Chris Dortch, ESPN’s Jay Bilas on Dakari Johnson, Marcus Lee, Willie Cauley-Stein

By LARRY VAUGHT Which of the Kentucky bigs will have the chance to impact the team the most — or will any of them likely play enough to be a dominant player? That’s the question I recently posed to Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook editor Chris Dortch “I think Dakari Johnson has a big upside. …

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Mike DeCourcy one of few to comprehend that Calipari’s Cats succeed academically

By LARRY VAUGHT No writer covers college basketball better than Mike DeCourcy of The Sporing News and both coaches and players respect him, as do other media members. Kentucky fans certainly should have liked the recent column he wrote about UK’s academic success — and how some still refuse to believe it. Here’s part of …

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Devin Booker’s father on UK next year: “This is going to work out fine with the situation they have.”

By LARRY VAUGHT Melvin Booker has never doubted how his son, guard Devin Booker, would fit in at Kentucky after he picked the Wildcats over Missouri — the school where Melvin Booker was Big Eight Player of the Year in 1994. “It is going to be a great fit for him. I was proud of …

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Sporting News writer says Cats will have eight possible 1st-round NBA picks

By LARRY VAUGHT Sean Deveney of SportingNews.com had an interesting post speculating on how excited NBA scouts/coaches are about Kentucky’s draft prospects — for 2016. “If things fall right, several scouts and front-office executives told Sporting News that UK should eclipse its own record of five first-round picks in one draft next year, set in …

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Guest post: Numbers to ponder about Kentucky’s basketball season

Click on the chart to view a larger version. By RICHARD CHEEKS I had already isolated the efficiency values for the postseason, so  I did the same for games 1-10, 11-20, and 21-31 this evening.  I also isolated the schedule strength for the same groups of games, and used the schedule strength for the segment …

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