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John Calipari has no idea on who might leave early, “surprised” by rumor Rex Chapman started

By LARRY VAUGHT Kentucky coach John Calipari started a national media tour Monday to promote his new book, “Players First: Coaching from the Inside Out,” and admitted he had no idea how many players would leave UK early for the NBA draft and denied reports that he had any interest in coaching the Los Angeles Lakers. …

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Jarrod Polson and Dominique Hawkins brought energy, emotion Cats need more of

By LARRY VAUGHT LEXINGTON — It wasn’t hard for senior Jarrod Polson to know exactly what Kentucky needed when he got a rare opportunity to play here Saturday. Kentucky was down 25-14 midway of the first half against Belmont in a game it had to win to avoid falling out of the national rankings and …

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Calipari on Harrisons: “Aaron’s going to be fine, and so is Andrew”

By LARRY VAUGHT Freshman guards Aaron and Andrew Harrison didn’t need Kentucky coach John Calipari to tell them they didn’t play well in Tuesday’s loss to Michigan State. “Well, you had a lot of people crying in that locker room (after the loss). And they both knew … the guys that didn’t play well knew …

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Coaches name five Cats to preseason All-SEC team

Five Kentucky players were honored with preseason All-Southeastern Conference honors by the league’s coaches it was announced by the league office on Friday. Freshman Julius Randle was tabbed to the league’s first team, while sophomores Willie Cauley-Stein and Alex Poythress along with freshmen Andrew Harrison and James Young claimed second team accolades. Seven different schools …

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ESPN analyst Jay Bilas thinks Calipari has “outdone himself,”, says nobody can stop Randle on two dribbles

By LARRY VAUGHT College basketball analyst Jay Bilas thinks Kentucky coach John Calipari has “outdone” himself with this year’s freshman class. “From a rating standpoint, they have so many players No. 1 at their position that it is really unusual,” said the ESPN analyst. “It would be folly to say this is the best recruiting …

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Cauley-Stein: “I felt like a dude who just got his butt chewed (out) at halftime”

By KEITH TAYLOR, Winchester Sun When John Calipari speaks, Willie Cauley-Stein listens. The Kentucky sophomore forward responded to a halftime lecture from his coach, scoring 10 points, complete with five blocks in the second half of top-ranked Kentucky’s 95-72 exhibition win over Montevallo Monday night at Rupp Arena. Cauley-Stein didn’t elaborate on what Calipari said, …

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Four Wildcats on Wayman Tisdale Freshman of Year Watch List

ST. LOUIS – University of Kentucky freshmen Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison, Julius Randle and James Young are among 10 first-year players selected for the 2014 Integris Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award Preseason Watch List announced Monday by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA). The four freshmen were part of the top-ranked recruiting class …

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Five things to watch as Kentucky gets set to open basketball season

By GARY GRAVES, AP Sports Writer Here are five things to watch as top-ranked Kentucky begins the season: MAN IN THE MIDDLE: Life is definitely good for coach John Calipari with two 7-footers in Willie Cauley-Stein and Dakari Johnson. The Wildcats are in good hands with Cauley-Stein showing more confidence and fluidity and Johnson displaying …

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