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Calipari remains hopeful Southeastern Conference will choose to have league tournament in March

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari remains hopeful the Southeastern Conference moves forward with the league tournament this year. Because of the ongoing pandemic, the NCAA announced Friday that leagues can give their automatic bid to the regular-season champion or to the team that wins the conference tournament. Each conference has until Feb. 26 to make a final announcement on conference...

Green Bay halts two streaks Friday with 86-82 overtime win against NKU in Horizon League battle

NKyTribune staff GREEN BAY, Wis. — Two impressive streaks ended Friday night in the Kress Center, much to the dismay of Northern Kentucky University. Josh Jefferson scored a career-high 27 points as Green Bay halted NKU’s six-game winning streak with an 86-82 overtime victory in the Kress Center. The Phoenix made six free throws in the extra session and snapped a three-game home losing streak in...

Calipari knows turnaround won’t happen overnight, stays the course as UK prepares for Auburn

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky head coach John Calipari isn’t looking for a quick fix to his team’s struggles and knows a complete turnaround won’t happen overnight. “We’re looking for singles and bunts,” he said. “I don’t need home runs. We’re not capable of hitting home runs. So let’s not. Let’s just do all the bunts and great screens and execution...

Iles pours in 28 points, NewCath holds off late Holy Cross rally for 79-76 victory on Thursday night

NKyTribune staff Joel Iles poured in a game-high 28 points as Newport Central Catholic held on for a 79-76 win over visiting Holy Cross on Thursday night. Preston Baggett added 14 points — including four crucial free throws in the final minute — as NewCath improved to 5-3. Kaedon Butts finished with 13 points for the Thoroughbreds, who built a 10-point lead in the second half and held off a late...

NKU hits road for Horizon League weekend series at Green Bay; Norse own six-game winning streak

By Don Owen NKyTribune sports editor For the second straight weekend, Northern Kentucky will travel north to the state of Wisconsin for a two-game Horizon League series that begins Friday at 5 p.m. against host Green Bay. NKU is 11-8 overall, 9-5 in the Horizon League. The Norse — who swept a series at Milwaukee last week — have won six consecutive games. Green Bay is 6-14 overall, 6-10 in the...

Thomas More women vault to No. 1 nationally in latest NAIA basketball poll; Saints off to 21-1 start

By Don Owen NKyTribune sports editor It took less than two years for the women’s basketball program at Thomas More University to vault to No. 1 in the NAIA national rankings. Thomas More, which captured three national championships at the NCAA Division III level before transitioning to the NAIA in 2019-20, is ranked No. 1 in the latest NAIA poll. The Saints are 21-1 overall and have posted victories...

Prep Sports Notebook: Simon Kenton basketball player joins sister on 2,000 career points list

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Simon Kenton senior guard Kelly Niece has become the second basketball player in team history and the second member of his family to surpass the 2,000-point mark in career scoring. Niece scored 28 points in his team’s 81-62 loss at Beechwood on Saturday to lift his career total to 2,019. He needs 163 points to surpass the team’s all-time record of 2,181...

Potential breakthrough win for Kentucky falls through cracks in 81-80 loss to Arkansas on Tuesday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky made a breakthrough Tuesday but it wasn’t enough to end a losing streak that blossomed to four games for the second time this season. Jalen Tate made two free throws with 4.3 seconds remaining to lift Arkansas to an 81-80 victory over the Wildcats, ending the Razorbacks’ eight-game losing streak to Kentucky. On the ensuing possession, following Tate’s...

In search of a breakthrough victory, Kentucky plays host to Arkansas in SEC battle on Tuesday night

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari has lost four straight games or more just twice in his tenure as coach of the Kentucky Wildcats. He hopes to avoid the rare slide for a second time this season on Tuesday night against Arkansas. 
Coming off an 82-71 loss to No. 16 Tennessee, the Wildcats (5-12, 4-6 Southeastern Conference) have suffered three straight losses and have won just one game...

Clos scores 18 points, No. 4 Thomas More cruises to 64-54 win over No. 12 Shawnee State on Monday

NKyTribune staff Taylor Clos scored 18 points to lead No. 4 Thomas More to a 64-54 win over No. 12 Shawnee State on Monday night in a battle of women’s basketball teams nationally ranked in the NAIA poll. Clos, a Campbell County High School graduate, drained a trio of 3-pointers as Thomas More improved to 21-1 overall, 16-1 in the Mid-South Conference. Thomas More led by as many as 16 points in the...

Calipari, Kentucky not ready to give up on season despite many frustrations and 5-12 overall record

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It would be easy to think John Calipari has written off this season and is already looking ahead to next year. That’s what some coaches typically do when the bottom falls out, and there’s little time for long-term repair this late into the season. Even short-term attempts to patch up the holes often fail. In addition to the head coach, the fan base also has a tendency...

Beechwood award-winning quarterback Cameron Hergott to continue football career at Akron

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Beechwood quarterback Cameron Hergott announced Sunday that he has made a commitment with the University of Akron, an NCAA Division I program that competes in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Hergott, who was named Kentucky Mr. Football by the state coaches association for the 2020 season, announced his college commitment on Twitter. Last Tuesday, he tweeted...

Billy Reed: Looked for solace in University of Kentucky basketball; sadly it’s back to politics

The political news had gotten too depressing, so I switched to the Tennessee at Kentucky basketball game in search of some fun. Bad choice. For awhile Coach John Calipari’s Wildcats played some of their best ball of this crazy season. But then they let the Vols get a 12-0 run that put them back in the game. And again they snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Tennessee 82, UK 71. The record now...

Wildcats fall to Volunteers 82-71 after second half collapse; John Calipari left at ‘loss for words’

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky collapsed yet again and this time John Calipari was at a loss to words this time following an 82-71 loss to No. 11 Tennessee Saturday night. The Wildcats (5-12, 4-6 Southeastern Conference) led 58-48 with 12 minutes remaining, but the Volunteers (13-4, 6-4) used 12-0 run to grab the lead. That initial spurt led to a monstrous 26-6 by Tennessee run that put the...

CovCath knocks off Louisville Male in Saturday night showdown; Cooper girls upset Sacred Heart

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Covington Catholic evened its record against boys basketball teams ranked among the top five in the state and Cooper pulled off a major upset in girls basketball on Saturday. CovCath (12-2) won a home game against Louisville Male, 70-58, with all five of the Colonels’ starting players scoring in double figures. The team leader was sophomore forward...