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LIVE: Kentucky and Wofford’s NCAA Tournament press conferences

John Calipari and select players are about to preview tomorrow’s game. Tune in below starting at 3:10 p.m. for Kentucky’s turn at the podium and stick around for Wofford head coach Mike Young and the Terriers at 3:55 p.m.


Matt catches up with Ian Eagle on Hey Kentucky

Matt catches up with Ian Eagle on Hey Kentucky

Ian Eagle is one of our favorite announcers, and during Kentucky’s open practice on Wednesday, took some time to catch up with Matt for Hey Kentucky. Chances are you missed last night’s show because it aired at the same time as the game, so check out the interview below:

Want more? Here’s the entire episode:


Come see all the benefits UK Federal Credit Union has to offer Big Blue Nation!

The University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union has been a proud partner of the Big Blue Nation for over 80 years! As a locally owned business, we are a proud supporter of the University of Kentucky Wildcats and all its fans. Whether you are a UK employee, student or fan, there’s a place for you at UKFCU! We are a full-service financial institution offering a wide array of products from checking and savings accounts, to credit cards and mortgages. And with your accounts you have access to mobile & online banking, wallet pay and over 65,000 free ATMs. All while typically offering better interest rates on deposits and loans, and having less fees on your accounts.

UKFCU has all the perks of a big bank, but we are local and right here at home.  So come on over and learn more about what UKFCU can offer you! Visit ukfcu.org to learn more. Go Big Blue!


WATCH: The Journey takes you behind the scenes of Kentucky’s first round win

WATCH: The Journey takes you behind the scenes of Kentucky’s first round win

The Journey is back! Our favorite behind-the-scenes web series on Kentucky Basketball made its triumphant return to the internet today to break down the Cats’ first round win over Abilene Christian. Watch below:


Shaquille O’Neal is the new face of Papa John’s

Shaquille O’Neal is the new face of Papa John’s

What’s the best way for Papa John’s Pizza to move past the whole John Schnatter drama? Hire one of the most lovable figures in sports. This morning, it was announced that Shaquille O’Neal is joining the Papa John’s board of directors and will also serve a brand ambassador.

According to CNN, the company will pay Shaq $8.25 million over three years to endorse their product. He’ll invest in nine Papa John’s stores in Atlanta, adding to his repertoire of restaurants. Shaq also owns a Krispy Kreme franchise in Atlanta, a Big Chicken fast casual fried chicken restaurant in Las Vegas, and “Shaquille’s” restaurant in Los Angeles.

Better Ingredients, Better Spokesman, ooooh-oh Papa John’s?


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Who is this Fletcher Magee guy, anyway?

© Matt Stamey | USATSI

In the past 12 hours, Fletcher Magee has become one of the darlings of the NCAA Tournament, the plucky David the nation will root for to carry Wofford past the Big Blue Goliath tomorrow afternoon. Who is this guy, anyway? Let’s find out.

He broke the NCAA career three-point record last night

Above all, Magee is a shooter. His seven threes last night took his career total to 509, setting an NCAA Division I record. It was the 15th time in his career he’s hit seven threes in a game. He and Steph Curry are the only Southern Conference players to make at least five threes in an NCAA Tournament game in the past 20 years. Speaking of Steph, Magee is only 11 threes away from breaking his single-season record (162) set back in 2007-08.

He was on Ben Simmons and Antonio Blakeney’s AAU team

Magee was an unranked recruit in the 2015 class, but played AAU with Antonio Blakeney and Ben Simmons, two five-stars Kentucky fans should definitely remember. The three played for Each 1 Teach 1 Elite on the EYBL circuit.

He also played on the FABC All-Star game with Tacko Fall back in 2015:

And yes, I just shared that picture because I’m fascinated by Tacko Fall

He declared for the NBA Draft last summer

After his junior season, Magee explored the NBA Draft waters, working out for several teams before deciding to return to Wofford. Here he is describing his game to Los Angeles Lakers reporters:

He’s struggled vs. ranked opponents

Magee’s averaging 20.6 points off 44.6 percent from the floor and 43.3 percent from beyond the arc, but those numbers are lower when you look at Wofford’s three games vs. ranked opponents:

Opponent Result Points FG FG% 3PT 3PT%
#8 UNC L, 78-67 21 points 7-23 30.4% 3-16 18.8%
#2 Kansas L, 72-47 7 points 1-14 7.1% 0-9 0%
#17 Mississippi State L, 98-87 24 points 7-13 53.8% 4-10 40%

As Todd Harris notes (and logic would suggest), the Terriers as a whole cool down considerably from the outside vs. Power Five opponents:

He’ll have a big cheering section tomorrow

Last night, Magee, an Orlando native, had almost 75 family members and friends in the stands in Jacksonville, a number that will surely grow tomorrow. As Kentucky fans, we’re used to it, but brace yourself because everyone in America will be cheering for him and the Terriers to pull off the upset.


Kentucky is a five-point favorite vs. Wofford

Vegas has spoken and Kentucky is a five-point favorite vs. Wofford in tomorrow afternoon’s game in Jacksonville. The total is currently 138.5.

The line opened at Kentucky -6 late last night and quickly moved in Wofford’s direction. Even without PJ Washington, the Cats easily covered last night’s 20-point spread vs. Abilene Christian. With the hot-shooting Terriers on deck, things are about to get dicier, at least in the eyes of the oddsmakers.