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March 20th, 2019

Rick Pitino picks Kentucky to go to the Final Four

While digesting his dinner with the help of a little ouzo, Rick Pitino picked up his phone and turned his thoughts to the NCAA Tournament. With nearly 50,000 Twitter followers waiting with bated breath, he finally hit “Tweet,” releasing his Final Four predictions into the world. As the words scampered across the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean to the impatient hands of his former fans, Rick smiled and sipped his drink.

Someday, Rick thought, placing his phone on the table and stretching back in his chair, they’ll come calling.


John Higgins’ lawsuit vs. KSR has been dismissed with prejudice

Great news! John Higgins’ lawsuit vs. Kentucky Sports Radio has been dismissed with prejudice by a federal court judge in Lexington.

From the ruling, via Jason Riley:

“Still, while the Plaintiff’s frustration is understandable and their damages are real, in some instances the First Amendment to the United States Constitution provides special protection to speech on matters of public concern, even if that speech is revolting and upsetting. In this instance, after reviewing the entire record of and considering the content, form, and context of the allegedly tortious speech, the Court has reached the conclusion that Defendants’ speech, broadcast in various forms on radio, television, and the internet, involved matters of public concern.

Thus, the speech enjoys special protection and the First Amendment prevents the Plaintiffs from using tort actions to silence and punish the Defendants for engaging in protected speech. As a result, the Plaintiffs may not recover on the claims pleaded in the amended complaint and the claims must be DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE.”

After almost two years, it’s finally time to move on.


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UK Federal Credit Union Fans of the Day Want National Media Picks

Kentucky’s NCAA Tournament run begins tomorrow. How far do the pundits believe the Cats will go? Here’s a roundup of picks from the national media.

ESPN

Thirteen of ESPN’s 29 college basketball writers/reporters picked the Cats to make the Final Four:

  • Paul Biancardi
  • Adam Finkelstein
  • John Gasaway
  • Seth Greenberg
  • Myron Medcalf
  • Adam Rittenberg
  • Alex Scarborough
  • Jordan Schultz
  • Adam Teicher
  • Dick Vitale
  • Seth Walder
  • Jay Williams

Only one picked them to win it all: Jay Williams


CBS Sports

Five of CBS Sports’ eight college basketball writers picked Kentucky to make the Final Four:

  • Jerry Palm – Picked Kentucky to lose to Tennessee in the semifinal
  • Kyle Boone – Picked Kentucky to lose to Duke in the championship
  • Chip Patterson – Picked Kentucky to lost to Duke in the championship
  • Dennis Dodd – Picked Kentucky to lose to Gonzaga in the championship
  • Josh Nagel – Picked Kentucky to lose to Virginia in the semifinal

The Sporting News

Mike DeCourcy picked Kentucky to make the Final Four and the national championship game, with Duke winning the title.


Sports Illustrated

Two of SI’s nine college basketball writers picked Kentucky to make the Final Four, zero to win it all.

  • Emily Caron: Picked Kentucky to lose to Virginia in the semifinals
  • Max Meyer: Picked Kentucky to lose to Duke in the championship

Seth Davis

Davis picked Kentucky to make the Final Four with Purdue, Duke, and Gonzaga, with the Blue Devils beating the Cats in the title game.


Ben Roberts compiled almost 40 picks from national and local media — including yours truly and Matt — so head on over to the Herald-Leader to check that out.


Listen to Matt Jones on Pardon My Take

With March Madness upon us, Matt joined the guys at Pardon My Take to talk brackets, how far Kentucky can go, and who will win the tournament if they don’t. Warning: like everyone else in America, they talk about Zion Williamson, too.

Listen on iTunes here or below. Matt comes on around the 27-minute mark.


Aaron Torres Sports Podcast Ep. 132: NCAA Tournament Picks


It’s the moment America we’ve been waiting a year for — the bracket is out, and our college basketball insider Aaron Torres makes his picks. Aaron goes region by region, game by game and tells you who he likes and why.  Highlights:

A Game-by-Game Tournament Breakdown: Aaron goes through each individual game and tells you who he likes, why, and what the key matchups will be. What players do you need to know? What teams could be Cinderella? Aaron has all the answers.

Upset Picks: Aaron has a bunch of upsets that could potentially shake up your bracket. He has two No. 12 seeds upsetting five-seed, and one four-seed that he is positive won’t get out of the first round. Also, could the defending champion Villanova Wildcats be in trouble?

Who’s going to win it all? Finally, Aaron makes his Final Four and national championship picks. He tells you the one reason Duke won’t win the title, and why Tennessee-Virginia might be the game of the tournament. Is Kentucky in the Final Four? Who wins the title? Stay tuned for Aaron’s final picks!

Get the podcast delivered directly to your phone by subscribing to the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.  You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play. Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise.  Don’t forget to follow the show on Instagram too.


BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Expect Comfortable But Not Dominating Win Tomorrow

(Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports)

I don’t think many are expecting Kentucky to have much trouble with Abilene Christian tomorrow in Jacksonville.  Outside of a hot shooting performance by ABU, UK is just superior in almost every way imaginable.  John Calipari teams seeded 3rd or higher are 13-0 in 1st round games during his career.  But I feel like you see a trend in those 13 games:

1992 (UMASS, 3 seed): defeated Fordham by 27
1993 (UMASS, 3 seed): defeated Penn by 4
1994 (UMASS, 2 seed): defeated SW Texas St. by 18
1995 (UMASS, 2 seed): defeated Saint Peter’s by 17
1996 (UMASS, 1 seed): defeated Central Florida by 22

2006 (Memphis, 1 seed): defeated Oral Roberts by 16
2007 (Memphis, 2 seed): defeated North Texas by 15
2008 (Memphis, 1 seed): defeated UT-Arlington by 24
2009 (Memphis, 2 seed): defeated Cal-St Northridge by 11

2010 (Kentucky, 1 seed): defeated E. Tennessee St. by 29
2012 (Kentucky, 1 seed): defeated Western Kentucky by 15
2015 (Kentucky, 1 seed): defeated Hampton by 23
2017 (Kentucky, 2 seed): defeated Northern Kentucky by 9

Just 2 of these games were decided by under 10 points.  For those who remember the NKU game from 2 years ago, that score was about as close as NKU deserved to be.  UK was comfortably ahead for almost that entire game.  But you also see that just 5 of the 13 games were decided by over 20 points.  Which is interesting because as a 3-seed or higher, you are theoretically playing one of the 12 worst teams in the field.  I doubt UK covered very many of these spreads.  But they also were not in threat of losing any of these games expect for the 1993 UMASS-Penn game.

So what should we expect tomorrow?  I expect we will come away from the game with little moments of stress but unimpressed by the overall performance of the Cats.  And if you are a betting person, for entertainment purposes only, I think Abilene Christian +22.5 is not a bad bet.


KSR Show Thread 3/20: Live from Jacksonville

Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Wednesday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio, which is coming to you live from Jacksonville, Florida. Tune in to hear about the gang’s trip to the Sunshine State and the latest on PJ Washington’s mysterious foot injury.

Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080 or send a text to the KSR Texting Machine at (859) 300-3264.

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