A Foolproof Final Four Formula

Photo credit Mark Kuhlmann/NCAA (LEXINGTON, Ky.) – It’s Not Xs and Os, It’s JIMMYs and JOEs. The more I cover college sports, the more I feel that adage applies. Because when it comes to winning and losing ballgames, it’s ultimately the talent level that matters. We’ve seen it with UK Basketball. You put

Far Worse than an ACL

By Dr. John Huang Most Kentucky fans have had enough of 2020. Take a worldwide pandemic, mix in some social injustice, sprinkle in an unhealthy portion of partisan presidential politics and an ungodly number of celebrity deaths—and you’ve got the recipe for a downer of a year. During stressful times, sports

Here’s What I’ll Really Miss About Ashton Hagans.

By Dr. John Huang We all knew it was coming. So, the announcement that Ashton Hagans was declaring for the 2020 NBA draft didn't raise many eyebrows. https://twitter.com/H23Ash/status/1246880689947062273 Even in this news-starved, Covid-19, apocalyptic world we live in, the fact that Kentucky's starting point guard for the past two seasons was taking

Calipari to Touch Players More (Say What?)

Part of four-step plan in preparation for upcoming tournament run By Dr. John Huang (LEXINGTON, Ky.) – Surely you’ve heard about THE GRIND. Coaches talk all the time about it, and players dread being caught up in it. THE GRIND is when the season drags on—those dog days of February

It’s Hard

By Dr. John Huang (LEXINGTON, Ky.) -- Kentucky head coach John Calipari has hinted on numerous occasions how difficult it is to play basketball at the University of Kentucky. “This place isn’t for everybody,” we’ve heard him scream repeatedly. “All this stuff of ‘I’ve got to get out of here in

Richards and Montgomery Ready for Big Orange

By Dr. John Huang Die-hard Kentucky fans know that Knoxville is a hard place to play. For whatever reason, Kentucky never seems to win in Thompson-Boling Arena. Dating back to the days of Ernie and Bernie, victories over Tennessee have been too few and far between. After their stellar performances against Mississippi

The Best Job in America

By Dr. John Huang Kentucky assistant basketball coach is a dream position for many (LEXINGTON, Ky.) – Doesn’t everyone want to be Tony Barbee? The Kentucky assistant, currently in his sixth year with the Wildcats, laughed when asked what it felt like to have the best job in America. “Being a coach in general

One-Half and Done

By Dr. John Huang By now you’ve undoubtedly heard the news that Kentucky freshman Kahlil Whitney has decided to leave the University of Kentucky Basketball team. Whitney, a 6’6” 210-lb forward from Chicago, was a consensus five-star recruit and the 11th-ranked player overall in the 2019 class. Whitney announced his decision

Playing with Fire

photo credits Victoria Graff ‘Cats Playing With Fire, Tempt Fate On The Road BY Bill Crockett (MANCHESTER, Ky.) — When you play with fire on the road, sometimes you get burned.  On Wednesday, tenth-ranked Kentucky squandered a 14-point second-half lead in Columbia.  Freshman Jermaine Couisinard scorched the ‘Cats for 26-points and banked in a last-second buzzer-beater for