college basketball

Thousands Welcome Wildcats Back to Lexington

by Rick Howlett on April 3, 2012

From the Associated Press

Kentucky coach John Calipari and his players returned home to throngs of adoring fans today after winning the school’s eighth NCAA championship Monday night.

Blue-clad fans packed Rupp Arena and watched replays of Kentucky’s 67-59 win over Kansas. Senior Darius Miller carried the NCAA trophy as players stepped off a sleek blue bus parked inside the arena to cheers and screams that are typical at a Wildcats’ home game.

Calipari first thanked the fans and said there were about 5,000 that welcomed the team at the airport. He told them: “You people never cease to amaze me.”

Calipari says Kentucky had “the best players and the best team” this year in the tournament.

(Photo by Josh James, Kentucky Public Radio)

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Kentucky Beats Kansas To Win Eighth National Title

by Rick Howlett April 3, 2012

The Kentucky Wildcats are the champions of the men’s NCAA basketball tournament. UK defeated Kansas 67-59 tonight in New Orleans to claim the school’s eighth national title. Kentucky led by as many as 18 points. The Jayhawks cut the lead to five late in the second half, but UK held on to claim the victory. […]

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Kentucky and Kansas Battle for NCAA Championship

by Rick Howlett April 2, 2012

In New Orleans tonight, the Kentucky Wildcats and Kansas Jayhawks square off for the men’s NCAA basketball championship. This will be the teams’ second meeting this season. John Calipari’s Wildcats won the first matchup, a 75-65 victory in a November tournament in New York. “The thing in this game, it will come down to the […]

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Kentucky Beats Louisville, Will Face Kansas in NCAA Final

by Rick Howlett March 31, 2012

The Kentucky Wildcats defeated the Louisville Cardinals 69-61 tonight to reach the championship game of the men’s NCAA tournament. Anthony Davis led UK with 18 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots. U of L ends its season with a 30-10 record and its first Final Four appearance since 2005. The top-seeded Wildcats will face […]

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UK, U of L Get Ready for Superdome Final Four Showdown

by Rick Howlett March 30, 2012

The UK and U of L basketball teams have been practicing today at the Superdome in New Orleans, where they will square off tomorrow evening in the NCAA Final Four. Thousands of Cards and Cats fans are also in New Orleans for the game, and many more will be watching at sports bars and house […]

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Cards/Cats Showdown Puts Commonwealth in Bright Spotlight

by Rick Howlett March 30, 2012

The University of Louisville/University of Kentucky rivalry will reach new heights Saturday night when the Cards and the Cats clash in the NCAA Final Four in New Orleans. Some are calling it the biggest sporting event in the commonwealth’s history. Listen to the story: This has the feel of a Kentucky Derby week, with the […]

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UK Women Fall to UConn in NCAA Tournament

by Rick Howlett March 27, 2012

The University of Kentucky women’s basketball team has been eliminated from the NCAA tournament. The Wildcats fell to Connecticut 80-65 Tuesday night in a regional final in Kingston, Rhode Island. UK finishes the season with a 28-7 record. UConn advances to its fifth straight Final Four appearance next week in Denver.

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U of L, UK Heading to NOLA for Final Four

by Rick Howlett March 27, 2012

The Louisville Cards and Kentucky Wildcats are headed to New Orleans for their historic Final Four matchup Saturday. It’s their first NCAA tournament meeting since 1984. The teams play annually during the regular season, and UK won their New Year’s Eve game 69-62. Cards’ coach Rick Pitino says his team has changed over the past […]

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UK Women One Victory From First-Ever Final Four

by Rick Howlett March 26, 2012

The University of Kentucky women’s basketball team faces top-seeded Connecticut Tuesday night for a chance to join the men’s team in the NCAA Final Four. It would be the Wildcats’ first trip to the national semifinals. UConn has been to twelve Final Fours and owns seven national championships. UK coach Matthew Mitchell says his team […]

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Cards, Cats Prepping For First NCAA Showdown Since ’84

by Rick Howlett March 26, 2012

For the first time in nearly three decades, the UK and U of L men’s basketball teams will meet in an NCAA tournament game. The 1983 contest was dubbed the Dream Game. UK and U of L had not played each other for 24 years. Coach Denny Crum’s Cards beat the Wildcats by 12 points […]

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