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Today On KSR: One weekend down, two to go…


(Matt Stamey-USA TODAY Sports)

The Kentucky Sports Utility Vehicle arrived back in Lexington late Sunday night after a scenic drive home from Jacksonville. Today is a day to rest our legs and wash our drawers before we get to ready to do it all again for the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament in Kansas City. It’s going to be a good time.

 

Here’s a look at the Sweet 16 bracket:

The Southeastern Conference has four teams in the Sweet 16 for the first time in 23 years and only the third time in history.

The Cats will play in the late game Friday night.

Kentucky will tip off at 9:59 p.m. (probably even later) Friday night on TBS.

Thursday, March 28
West: No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 4 Florida State, 7:09 p.m. (CBS)
South: No. 2 Tennessee vs. No. 3 Purdue, 7:29 p.m. (TBS)
West: No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 3 Texas Tech, 9:39 p.m.* (CBS)
South: No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 12 Oregon, 9:59 p.m.* (TBS)

Friday, March 29
East: No. 2 Michigan State vs. No. 3 LSU, 7:09 p.m. (CBS)
Midwest: No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 5 Auburn, 7:29 p.m. (TBS)
East: No. 1 Duke vs. No. 4 Virginia Tech, 9:39 p.m.* (CBS)
Midwest: No. 2 Kentucky vs. No. 3 Houston, 9:59 p.m.* (TBS)

Kentucky is a 2.5-point favorite over Houston.

UK covered the spread in its first two games of the tournament, will it be three in a row?

The total on the game is 135.5.

Kentucky has a comfortable lead in its record for most NCAA Sweet 16 appearances.

Kentucky’s upcoming trip to Kansas City marks its 44th appearance in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16, the most of any school in history. North Carolina and Duke are second with 33 appearances.

What’s the latest on PJ Washington?

There is nothing new to report this morning. When we know something, you will know something. Until then, we all wait in the dark.

The UK women play tonight at 7 p.m.

Kentucky’s women’s team will play its second round game against NC State (at NC State, unfortunately) with a spot in the Sweet 16 on the line. NC State is the 3-seed in the region and a very good rebounding team, so the Cats will have their hands full in playing to make the second weekend of the tournament for the sixth time under Matthew Mitchell.

The game will be televised on ESPN.

Watch the game at KSBar and Grille!

Duke is the luckiest team in sports history.

The missed lob to put UCF up six, the no-call on Zion’s charge, the hook-and-hold after the free throw, the cheap fouls on Tacko, CFU’s tip-in not going in… Duke is Satan’s team. Central Florida deserved to win.

Lots more tournament talk to come throughout the day and beyond, plus the show radio show is back in studio today at 10 a.m.

Go Cats.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

31 responses to “Today On KSR: One weekend down, two to go…”

  1. tdub

    Let’s go!

  2. henderblue

    Duke is better than lucky. They are annointed. They WILL be in the final four. The classic hook and hold on Zion’s missed free throw, where they got the winning put back…the refs, the announcers, the NCAA…all looked the other way. No one saw it except millions on TV. Zion is too big to keep out of the final four..and most likely will be in the championship game.

    1. runningunnin.454

      So true, hender. Probably the rest of the country were cheering for Wofford; but, outside of that, I guarantee the entire country hates Dook. Yes, millions watched the game on TV, and they know the BlewDevils received a stripe shirt, gift wrapped victory, with a big bow on top.

    2. henderblue

      You’re right rg

    3. CatBlue in LR

      I didn’t see a hook-and-hold, but I saw Barrett push off to get the offensive rebound on that missed free throw that gave them the lead.

    4. henderblue

      I have a picture of it CatBlue. Wish I could post it. But it happened..right at the same time of the push in the back. Just to the left of it if you’re looking from behind the basket..the picture I have of it shows the push in the back too..

  3. wildcat2012

    It’s all good, Duke will get theirs. IMG is being investigated for academic fraud (Travon Duval somehow got the scores on ACT to go to Duke) and Zion just decided not to take a ludicrous offer from Kansas to go to Duke for free… they will forgot the last two years. If we can’t win, then go LSU. That way, no one wins

    1. runningunnin.454

      I agree. Considering the blind eye to UCLA, Dook, and UNCheat; I say go LSU.
      I don’t understand why the NCAA, and their officials, favor today’s most corrupt programs.
      Hell, If I were UL, I would hang the ’13 banner back up.

    2. Bruce Dickinson

      Good point about Louisville hanging the banner back up. I’m not a UL fan but the bias is getting disturbing.

    3. wildcat2012

      Yeah I’m with you. If I’m UL, screw it the banner is going back up haha. But with Duke, there is too much smoke right now. IMG scandal, Carter getting money for the strip club at GT visit, Bagley family becoming a six figure income family after he committed to duke and Zion name on Kansas FBI trail (and now his family is living nice and comfy in North Carolina). Call me a hater, but there is a lot of smoke

    4. grammarpoliceUK

      I agree that there is a lot of smoke, but the NCAA and ESPN have what we in the fire service call a PPV fan. Fire it up and it blows the smoke away.

  4. UKPROF

    UFC was robbed of a victory, plain and simple. Without PJ in the line-up and playing at 99%, beating Houston may not be an achievable goal. His injury is most likely more serious than we have been told.

  5. Bruce Dickinson

    Can anyone think of a time when duke didn’t have something go their way. If there was a bad call or some player that should have been ejected not gone duke’s way. I sure can’t. No team can be that lucky.

    1. runningunnin.454

      It’s not luck; it’s an expertly orchestrated, beautifully choreographed broadway play.

    2. syrin23

      This specific Duke team? Duke has been one of the teams that most consistently gets bounced from the tournament.

    3. henderblue

      Wonderfully scripted…if you are a Duke fan. With striped shirts in supporting roles..

    4. Bruce Dickinson

      They get bounced from the tournament because the sports media hyped them all year.

    5. catsarerunnin

      I just know UK would have been called for a charge in that sequence. No question about it. dUKe,UNC,Mich St,Kansas wouldn’t have. We will be in first half foul trouble against UH too. It’s every game.

  6. Bigblueswami

    That black cast has seriously curbed my enthusiasm. If we pull another one out, great. Good year with a a crappy hand fate dealt us the last few weeks of the season.

    1. syrin23

      The game being Friday gives another day to heal, and we won’t need him until Sunday’s game, and if Auburn beats UNC, we might not need him for that game.

  7. clarks

    Hate to say it but I’m ashamed of the fans on here bashing PJ for not playing. He came back to try to win a national title and has been a warrior for us. If he is able to play he will and I hope that him and his family know that is a small amount of kentucky fans saying this stuff. They all gonna eat Crowe when he comes back and leads us to Minneapolis. Go cats and get well soon pj

    1. runningunnin.454

      Bravo, well said.

    2. gasman01

      Absolutely well said. PJ is the polar opposite to Vanderbilt.

    3. BLUE WHITE

      There’s a lot of people on here that aren’t actually fans but I agree 100%

    4. speaksthetruth

      Agree… why fans say he wouldn’t want to play makes no sense.

    5. RealCatsFan

      I think the majority of UK fans think like you. There is a small but vocal contingent of morons, unfortunately.

  8. BLUE WHITE

    9:59. Why not call it 10 lol

    1. catsarerunnin

      Charles Barkley eats again at precisely 10:00 pm. Every minute counts.

  9. CatBlue in LR

    Why does CBS only want to go back to 1975 to count up Sweet 16 appearances? Oh, because that puts UNC ahead of us. Nevermind–answered my own question.

    1. catsarerunnin

      When was the last time a former UK player did any tourney analysis on CBS?

  10. jaws2

    Because if they included all years it wouldn’t fit their ACC love narrative!