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Whip cream challenge for Kelly Melton another reason to believe in Mark Stoops

By LARRY VAUGHT Looking for still another reason to believe in Mark Stoops and like what he is doing at Kentucky, then I have one for you. Kentucky fan Kelly Melton is battling Leukemia and former UK basketball player Nerlens Noel and current UK kicker Max Strong have helped start a “Kickin’ it 4 Kelly” …

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Who have been the best defenders in UK basketball history

By LARRY VAUGHT Bleacher Report columnist Bobby Reagan had an interesting post this week about the five all-time best defenders in Kentucky basketball history. He went with Anthony Davis No. 1 and Nerlens Noel No. 2. They were followed by Dale Brown, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Rajon Rondo. All certainly were legitimate defenders and there’s no …

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Guest post: NCAA has power to negate one and done if it wants

Vaught’s note: Steve Vance is a long time UK basketball fan who occasionally provides commentary on UK basketball. Today he shares his thoughts on the one-and-done — and assumes that Julius Randle will declare for the NBA in a few hours at his press conference — and even has a humorous reference to Hayden “Sidd” …

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Are the Cats overrated or underachieving? Sporting News columnist Mike DeCourcy offers insights

By LARRY VAUGHT With Kentucky now 15-5 — remember all the preseason speculation about the team maybe going 40-0 with perhaps the all-time best recruiting class — is it time to admit the Wildcats were overrated going into the season? Or is it time to acknowledge that the team has just underachieved going into Saturday’s …

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Calipari says Cauley-Stein “knows he can go get it” and block shots now

By LARRY VAUGHT Kentucky sophomore Willie Cauley-Stein has 31 blocks in eight games to rank seventh nationally in blocks per game at 3.88. However, he has 17 in the last two games, including nine against Providence — or one more than Anthony Davis ever had in a game during his Player of the Year season …

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@ReeseKemp2 again wants to help others with Big Blue Madness tickets

By RENE CORNETTE Reese Kemp is a 16 year old on a mission. A mission to help others and raise awareness for cystic fibrosis, a disease that he knows all to well. He was diagnosed with the life threatening, respiratory disease when he was only 2. Reese hasn’t let that slow him down though, in …

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UK coach John Calipari believes Wildcats have numbers, physique to press more, be more physical

By LARRY VAUGHT Question: How much more physical do you expect this year’s team to be? Calipari: “Oh, man. I keep hearing they are going to call fouls this year. I just watched a whole season where people beat the living crap out of each other all the way through to the finals. So we are …

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DeCourcy likes UK’s veteran players, expects real leadership from Poythress and Cauley-Stein

By LARRY VAUGHT With all the hype about John Calipari’s team, I asked Sporting News columnist Mike DeCourcy what it thought was the most underrated part of the team going into the season. “I think it is the veteran core. I have heard a lot of people try to make the case that when Kyle …

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