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Kentucky will play around 9:40 p.m. ET on Friday

Kentucky will play around 9:40 p.m. ET on Friday

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I think I speak for the BBN when I say that even though it was a long and awesome weekend in Catlanta, it’s good to be home. Now, we turn our sights to St. Louis, where the Cats will play Kansas State on Friday night around 9:40 p.m. ET. The game will follow Wichita State’s game, which tips off at 7:10 p.m. ET. Jim Nantz, Greg Anthony, and Tracy Wolfson will be calling the game for CBS.

Here’s the bracket complete with tip times:

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UK Freshmen’s Monday news and views

(h/t @UKathletics)

(h/t @UKathletics)

It seems like just yesterday #BBN was frustrated and done with these guys, ready to move on to the next. In just a short few days, they have all proved us wrong and recaptured our hearts with their amazingly improved play in the SEC Tournament. Although the team only got a 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament, we have seen the effort this team can put forward and how far they have a chance of going in the NCAA tournament.

On to today’s news and views:

UK men’s basketball fell to Florida

After falling down by 16 points, Kentucky fought back and held it’s fate in it’s own hands on the game’s final possession. Down by one with 14 seconds remaining, James Young got the ball for one last shot but slipped on his drive to the basket as Kentucky’s SEC tourney championship hopes bounced away to end the game. While the boys fell short, their effort did not go unnoticed.

James Young said he took too wide of a step on the last drive, but Andrew Harrison said the last play was “completely my fault”. Harrison said he didn’t get the ball to Young with enough time to play.

 

 

Coach Cal had a few things to say late in the evening

 

Men’s basketball is going to St. Louis

The Cats are an 8-seed in the Midwest bracket, and will face 9-seed Kansas State in St. Louis on Friday, with a potential game against Wichita State in the round of 32. Duke and Tennessee are also in that bracket as well. Coach Cal responded to the Cats bad bracket placement with the perfect statement: “Only way to prove them wrong is go play.”

Rece Davis said Kentucky is the most under-seeded team in the entire field.

Here’s a look at the entire field:

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The NCAA women’s basketball bracket will be picked Monday evening

UK Hoops will be having a selection show party at Memorial Coliseum. Instead of doing privately at a coaches’ house, they have decided to invite all their fans to join them.

Selection Show

 

Randle and Aaron Harrison were named to the SEC All-Tournament Team

No James Young, though. Joining those 2 on the All-Tournament team are Jarnell Stokes of Tennessee, and Patric Young, Michael Frazier, and Scottie Wilbekin of Florida. Wilbekin also was the tournament MVP.

 

Anthony Davis had one of the best games in his NBA career tonight

Against the Boston Celtics tonight, Davis exploded for 40 points and 21 rebounds in a 121-120 OT win in New Orleans. He also added 3 blocks, as well. Davis nearly iced the game in regulation with a fadeaway 20-footer with 1.1 on the clock to give the Pelicans a 112-110 lead, but a buzzerbeater by Kris Humphries pushed the game into OT.

 

 

The men’s tennis team clinched a 4-1 win over No. 54 Ole Miss

The Wildcats move to 5-0 in SEC play on Sunday. The No. 15 team used the doubles points and singles wins from Alejandro Gomez, Beck Pennington and Jerry Lopez to seal the win.

 

 

Kentucky Track and field earned their highest NCAA Indoor total ever

The team finished with 23 points overall for ninth place nationally after the weekend effort. Dezerea Bryant all Kendra Harrison all scored major points for the team to push the team to their highest placement in over 20 years.

 

 

I’ll leave you with this song, because frankly….I am still not done with it yet.

 

 

@Sealey_KSR


Anthony Davis Has Career Night

 

Anthony Davis is at it again, and continues to prove why the newly legal 21-year old will be an absolute force to be reckoned with in the NBA for years.

Against the Boston Celtics tonight, Davis exploded for 40 points and 21 rebounds in a 121-120 OT win in New Orleans. He also added 3 blocks in there as well, because he can. Davis nearly iced the game in regulation with a fadeaway 20-footer with 1.1 on the clock to give the Pelicans a 112-110 lead, but a buzzerbeater by Kris Humphries pushed the game into OT.

Davis is now averaging 21PPG and 10.2RPG in his 2nd season in the NBA, unbelievable.

 


For Kentucky To Compete in the NCAA Tournament, Randle Must Play Better

Photo via kentucky.247.sports.com)

After coming off of a heartbreaking 61-60 loss to Florida, the Kentucky Wildcats look ahead to Kansas St. in the NCAA tournament. They fought extremely hard to come back and made the game exciting. I loved how this team didn’t back down and battled to put themselves in a position to win. After the game, I looked at the stat sheet and one stat resonated with me the most; Julius Randle went 1-7 and scored only 4 points.  In the previous 2 matchups with Florida; he had played very well, scoring 13 in the first meeting and 16 in the second.

The 4 points he scored against Florida is a season low for Julius. Also, coming into the game, he only had 4 single digit scoring games. Surprisingly, Kentucky went 3-1 in those games. With Kentucky receiving maybe the worst possible draw in the tournament they could have asked for, Julius needs to get his field goal percentage up to put this team in a position to be able to win.  Julius hasn’t shot the ball particularly well over his last 3 games in the SEC tournament. Here are his stats from the SEC tournament.

Opponent

FGM/FGA

FG%

3PM/3PA

3P%

FTM/FTA

FT%

REB

LSU

4-12

.333

0-0

.000

9-16

.563

16

AST

BLK

STL

PF

TO

PTS

1

0

0

3

1

17

Opponent

FGM/FGA

FG%

3PM/3PA

3P%

FTM/FTA

FT%

REB

Georgia

4-10

.400

0-0

.000

4-7

.571

11

AST

BLK

STL

PF

TO

PTS

1

0

1

3

2

12

Opponent

FGM/FGA

FG%

3PM/3PA

3P%

FTM/FTA

FT%

REB

Florida

1-7

.143

0-1

.000

2-4

.500

7

AST

BLK

STL

PF

TO

PTS

1

2

1

3

2

4

It’s obvious that in the past 3 games, he has gotten progressively worse in each game. He has taken fewer shots, attempted fewer free throws, grabbed fewer rebounds, and scored fewer points as each game went on. The last thing that Kentucky needs at this point in the season is their best player reeling as they enter the NCAA tournament.

One factor that may be affecting Randle’s play is his confidence. He has had so many attempts around the rim that he has missed.  He simply isn’t making the shot like he has all season. Missed layup after missed layup starts to affect the mental aspect of the game. Confidence can affect free throw shooting as well. Randle’s free throw shooting in the SEC tournament has been significantly lower than his season average of 71%.

For Kentucky to do something special in the NCAA tournament, they need Julius Randle. With such a tough draw, Kentucky can’t afford to have one subpar game from him. Kentucky doesn’t play again until  Friday, giving him plenty of time to get his head in the game and focus on the goal that this team has had from the beginning of the year ……. Win a National Championship!


Kentucky Players Not Surprised By 8-Seed

Photo © Dale Zanine

Photo © Dale Zanine

Upon hearing that Kentucky would be an 8-seed and heading to St. Louis to take on Kansas State, most were disappointed. In the players’ case, however, they seem to be taking it in stride according to the Courier-Journal’s Adam Himmelsbach:

“We kind of knew we were going to get janked,” sophomore center Willie Cauley-Stein said. “That’s what you kind of sign up for at Kentucky when you don’t take care of business early.”

I’ve never heard the word “janked” before, but I understand context clues and get the point. James Young said UK’s seed “is what it is,” according to Darrell Bird from the Cats Pause:

“It is what it is,” freshman guard James Young said. “We’ve just got to treat every game like it’s our last and just keep playing.”

See more quotes like that at this link.


How Will You Feel If/When John Calipari Decides To Leave Kentucky?

Photo via kentucky.247.sports.com

The rumors continue to swirl that John Calipari is headed to the NBA. The latest rumor being that he is the one of the favorites to coach the Knicks next season.  With the somewhat disappointing season (given the expectations we gave this team), what would it take for Calipari to leave and head to the NBA, or would he leave at all? I know Kentucky has been playing better of late and could make a deep NCAA tournament run, but the day is coming when he will not be the coach of Kentucky and it could be sooner rather than later.

I have always been a Kentucky Basketball fan, but it has been under the John Calipari era that I have developed my passion for Kentucky basketball.   Maybe it is my age, since I have grown up with Calipari coaching, but I have liked what he has been able to do for the men’s basketball program.  I especially like his appreciation of the sixth man (we the fans), and what he has accomplished in his five seasons here; an elite eight appearance, a final four appearance and a National Championship.  Most coaches will never come close to this record. With all that said it could be what happens in the NCAA tournament that plays a factor in the decision.  If Kentucky makes it to the final four or wins another championship, we as fans will forgive and forget. This could also be an opportunity for Calipari to leave on a good note and further emphasize that a “one and done” team can be successful.   If they lose in the first or second round, fans will not be so forgiving. Would Calipari want to leave on a bad note?  Another factor could be that of the possible rule change with the NBA in only allowing a player to enter the draft after 2 years of college.  This would give Calipari the best of both worlds.  He could still emphasize a “players first program” while retaining his talent base the following year.

The day will come when it’s his time for Calipari to leave Kentucky. Whoever takes his place will have some tough shoes to fill.  As fans he has spoiled us.  He gets 5 star recruits and we all cheer.  He speaks and we believe in the “tweak”.  I would like to see him finish his coaching career at Kentucky but the question may be will he stay or should he go?

No matter the terms on which he decides to leave, I will be sad if/when John Calipari decides to leave Kentucky. How will you feel?

@Perk_21KSR


Randle, Aaron Harrison Named To SEC All-Tournament Team

Photo via SI

 

Despite the loss today in the Championship Game, there are some slivers of good news coming out of Atlanta. Julius Randle and Aaron Harrison were named to the SEC All-Tournament Team after the game. Joining those 2 on the All-Tournament team is Jarnell Stokes of Tennessee, and Patric Young, Michael Frazier, and Scottie Wilbekin of Florida. Wilbekin also was the tournament MVP.

[SEC Championship Recap + All-Tournament Awards]


Jeff Borzello says Kentucky is the 19th best team in the field

(Via Recruitingcycle.com)

CBS Sports’ Jeff Borzello broke down the 68 team field by ranking the teams from 1-68, not according to the seeding by the selection committee. Borzello ranked Kentucky as the 19th best team in the field, although Kentucky received the 8-seed. Borzello also believes that Louisville, who received a 4-seed, is the 3rd best team in the field.

Four of the top 10 teams in Borzello’s rankings are in Kentucky Midwest Region. 

“19. Kentucky: It might be hard to trust the Wildcats, but it’s also hard to overlook this much talent. John Calipari’s team showed a different edge in the SEC tourney.”


Kentucky Track and Field Competes at NCAA Indoor Championships

Over the weekend, the Kentucky Track and Field teams competed at the NCAA Indoor Championships. After winning the Regional Coach of the Year, Coach Floreal and his teams looked to compete at a high level like they have all season. On Friday, four Wildcats advanced to Saturday’s finals, one of those being Dezerea Bryant. Bryant continued her dominating season by winning the 200m dash with a time of 22.69, the first woman in Wildcat in history to do so. Coach Floreal had high praise for Bryant “I think Dezerea being our first sprinter NCAA Champion in school-history says it all. Anytime you can do something that’s never done before, we are taking a huge step in the right direction. The competition was pretty tough too. She had to really make Kamaria Brown uncomfortable. That was the plan, to get out and make her feel uncomfortable. She did that; she executed the plan in order to win.”

Here are some other notable finishes from Friday:                                        

Allison Peare finished 3rd in the mile run with a time of 4:42.40.

Kendra Harrison won the preliminary heat in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.03.

Saturday:

The Kentucky Women finished 9th with a total of 23 points, their highest finish in school history. The men finished tied for 45th overall. Derzera Bryant earned the most total points of any Wildcat, scoring 18. Coach Floreal on his teams finishes to the indoor season, “I am very thankful for how far we have come but we cannot rest until we get to our destination. By no means are we satisfied with our team results, but we also appreciate that we continue to head in the right direction. The NCAA Championships are often decided by hundreds if-not thousands of seconds. We have now seen what it takes to do something really unique and special as a team. We will continue to strive toward those goals.”

Here are some notable finishes from Saturday:

Kendra Harrison placed fourth in the 60m hurdles with a time of 7.93; 0.1 seconds off the winning time.

Bradley Szypka placed 5th in the shot put with a distance of 19.51m/64-0.25, a new personal best.

With a very successful indoor season under their belt, the Wildcats will have to focus their attention on the outdoor season, which takes place next week at the Baldy Castillo Invitational in Tempe, Arizona. Go CATS!

(Stats and info from ukathletics.com)

@Perk_21KSR


The Other Wildcats

Photo from AP/Charlie Reidel

 

Welp, an 8-seed isn’t exactly the cherry on top of a close defeat we had in mind now is it? Instead, the Wildcats will take on…the Wildcats of Kansas State. I’ll admit I knew little to nothing about KSU until about 6:30, and after some research, I now know quite a bit about them and I think you should too. Here’s a quick breakdown of what the REAL Wildcats will be going up against on Thursday night in St. Louis. Send ‘em back to fake Manhattan boys.

 

THE FACTS:

Record: 20-12 (10-8 Big 12), 5th in Big 12
RPI Ranking: 51
BPI Ranking: 49
Strength of Schedule: 39
Best Win: 85-82 (OT) vs. #7 Kansas
Worst Loss: 60-58 vs. Northern Colorado

ALL-TIME SERIES:

Kentucky leads the all-time series 8-0. The last meeting was on November 28th, 2008 with Kentucky coming out on top 74-72 despite turning the ball over 31 times and with a boost from Jodie Meeks’ 37 points.

THE LINEUP:

G - #2 Marcus Foster, Fr. — 15.8PPG, 40.4% 3PT
G - #55 Will Spradling, Sr. — 7.8PPG, 34.5% 3PT
F - #1 Shane Southwell, Sr. — 9.8PPG, 4.4RPG
F - #42 Thomas Gipson, Jr. — 11.8PPG, 6.5RPG
F - #25 Wesley Iwundu, Fr. — 6.7PPG, 4.3RPG

BY THE NUMBERS:

Points Per Game: Kentucky (76.0), Kansas State (69.7)
Opp. Points Per Game: Kentucky (66.6), Kansas State (65.7)
Shooting Percentage: Kentucky (45.1%), Kansas State (43.6%)
3PT Percentage: Kentucky (32.5%), Kansas State (33.4%)
Opp. Shooting Percentage: Kentucky (40.3%), Kansas State (40.8%)
Opp. 3PT Percentage: Kentucky (31.7%), Kansas State (29.4%)
Rebounding Margin: Kentucky (+9.7), Kansas State (+1.3)
Free Throw Percentage: Kentucky (68.2%), Kansas State (65.8%)

@WillTottenKSR

 

 

 

 


Andrew Harrison takes responsibility for the last play

(Via WholeHogSports.com)

Although James Young slipped/tripped on the last play for Kentucky, point guard Andrew Harrison took the blame and responsibility upon himself– showing a sign of leadership for this Kentucky team. Andrew Harrison told the Courier-Journal that the last play was “completely my fault.” Harrison admitted that he didn’t get the ball to Young with enough time.

 


Rece Davis thinks Kentucky is most under-seeded team in the field

(Via @ESPNU)

The numbers don’t lie, and Rece Davis agrees. On the CBS broadcast covering the Bracket reveal, Rece Davis just said that Kentucky is the most under-seeded team in the whole field. Dick Vitale chimed in on the other team from the Commonwealth in the Midwest Region, saying that Louisville “deserves so much better.”

Who got the worst end of the deal? Kentucky with the 8 seed or Louisville with the 4 seed?


Some Twitter reactions to UK’s seed

(Via USAToday.com)

People had plenty to say about the Cats getting the 8 seed. Let’s take a look at some of the Twitter chatter.


Here’s your full NCAA Tournament Bracket

 

Who ya got in the Final 4? Discuss below…


Calipari jokes about the seeding

 

(Via YahooSports.com)

According to Kyle Tucker of the Courier-Journal, John Calipari predicted to his Kentucky team that they would receive an 8 seed. His players didn’t believe it. Calipari responded to them by saying, “Only way to prove them wrong is go play.”

Calipari then joked that if the Cats had beaten Florida today, they probably would have been a 9-seed.