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Kentucky Kernel

The Student News Site of University of Kentucky

Kentucky Kernel

Kenny Payne talks to guard Charles Matthews on the sidelines during the UK vs. Mississippi State mens basketball game on Jan. 20, 2015, at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Taylor Pence | Staff

Column: The state of college hoops in Kentucky is shifting, and it’s not in favor of UK

Hunter Shelton March 18, 2022

The state of mens college basketball in Kentucky is subject to undergo a dramatic shift in the lead up to next season. Yes, the season isn't entirely over for the Bluegrass. Murray State will attempt...

Kentucky Wildcats guard Davion Mintz (10) lays on the ground during the UK vs. Saint Peter’s mens basketball game in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday, March 17, 2022, at Gainbridge Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana. UK lost 85-79 in overtime. Photo by Michael Clubb | Staff

Column: The moment was too big for Kentucky

Hunter Shelton March 18, 2022

INDIANAPOLIS—Despite having his oldest team in his 13 years at Kentucky, John Calipari couldn't prepare his team for Thursday night, no matter how hard he tried. "My whole thing coming in, because I...

Kentucky Wildcats forward Lance Ware celebrates on the bench during the UK vs. Vanderbilt basketball game on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022, at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. UK won 77-70. Photo by Jack Weaver | Staff

Column: No. 5 Kentucky needs big week to cement place as championship contender

Hunter Shelton February 7, 2022

With Selection Sunday less than five weeks away, Kentucky basketball faces one of its most important two-game stretches of the season.  The Wildcats are currently riding a four-game winning streak, including...

Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari coaches from the sidelines during the Kentucky vs. Auburn men’s basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022, at Auburn Arena in Auburn, Alabama. UK lost 80-71. Photo by Michael Clubb | Staff

Column: John Calipari should stick to his guns on Shaedon Sharpe

Hunter Shelton January 24, 2022

TyTy Washington Jr was out. Sahvir Wheeler was one more screen away from a serious injury. The bench wasn’t producing. Things were looking bleak in the Kentucky backcourt on Saturday against Auburn....

Kentucky Wildcats guard Kellan Grady (31) smiles on the bench during the UK vs. Tennessee basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. UK won 107-79. Photo by Jack Weaver | Staff

Column: Kentucky cannot overlook Texas A&M as Auburn matchup looms

Hunter Shelton January 19, 2022

On Saturday, Jan. 15, Kentucky basketball found its stride once again.  A 107-79 rout of rival Tennessee inside Rupp Arena marked the biggest win of the season for the No. 12 Wildcats.  Big Blue Nation...

Kentucky Wildcats guard Sahvir Wheeler (2) shoots the ball during the UK vs. Southern basketball game on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021, at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. UK won 76-64. Photo by Jack Weaver | Staff

Column: Sahvir Wheeler’s absence proves beneficial to Kentucky

Hunter Shelton January 13, 2022

On Tuesday, Jan. 4, just over three and a half minutes into a ranked matchup between Kentucky and LSU in Baton Rouge, all of Big Blue Nation held its breath.  Kentucky starting point guard Sahvir Wheeler...

Akvilė Paražinskaitė serves the ball during the University of Kentucky vs. Tennessee women’s tennis match on Sunday, March 28, 2021, at Hillary J. Boone Tennis Center in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Michael Clubb | Staff

Column: Novak Djokovic’s visa mix-up proves fatal amidst vaccine exemption

Hunter Shelton January 6, 2022

Novak Djokovic, the current No. 1 ranked tennis player in the world, is a winner of 20 Grand Slam singles titles, including nine Australian Open titles.  On Wednesday, Jan. 5, the Serbian landed in Australia,...

Freshman guard Keldon Johnson dunks the ball. University of Kentucky mens basketball team lost to Auburn 77-71 in the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, March 31, 2019, at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by Michael Clubb | Staff

Elite Eights are just fine

Chase Campbell April 8, 2019

The Kentucky men's basketball season wraps up once again, with a loss to an overachieving Auburn Tigers team that stole and shot their way into the Final Four, exceeding expectations.The Cats ended another...

Lonnie Johnson Jr. celebrates a third down stop during the game against South Carolina on Saturday, September 29, 2018 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Chase Phillips | Staff

Cats in the NFL: Prospects for UK football players in the draft

Chase Campbell April 1, 2019

Though the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is nearing its end as the long season comes to a head, football season feels right around the corner. This upcoming NFL Draft promises to be one of the best...

The Kentucky Kernels sport editor, Erika Bonner, takes notes during a post-game press conference with John Calipari at Rupp Arena on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Michael Clubb | Staff

Women are showing ‘what crazy can do’ in newsroom

March 4, 2019

Have you seen Nike’s newest “Dream Crazier” campaign ad narrated by Serena Williams? It’s over a week old now and you probably have seen it, but if not, stop reading this (but only if you promise...

Freshman guard Keldon Johnson smiles while walking off the court after UKs win. University of Kentucky mens basketball team defeated Vanderbilt University 56-47 at Rupp Arena on Saturday, January 12, 2019, in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Michael Clubb | Staff

Why the Cats are contenders… for real this time

February 2, 2019

The UK men’s basketball team’s win over Florida on Saturday is the most important win this year.Yes, the Cats beat Vanderbilt by 35.Yes, the Cats never lost control against consecutive ranked teams...

Freshman guard Ashton Hagans waiting to be put into the game while squatting next to a UNC player. University of Kentucky mens basketball team defeated University of North Carolina 80-72 in the CBS Sports Classic at the United Center on Saturday, December 22, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Photo by Michael Clubb | Staff

Cats, led by Hagans, finally playing with swagger

December 23, 2018

At Kentucky, swagger on the basketball court is often a “must-have”. John Wall’s salute. Brandon Knight’s jersey lift. P.J. Washington’s mean mug. After a 34-point loss to the hated Duke Blue...

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