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Who to root for today

Thank you, San Diego State

With Selection Sunday only three days away, we be bubble watchin’. Let’s look at last night’s games to see what helped and hurt the Cats:


Boise State lost to San Diego State in the opening round of the Mountain West tournament late last night. This puts Boise State’s Tournament chances back into question. The Broncos’ best wins are over Colorado State, UNLV, San Diego State, and a road victory at Creighton. They are 8-8 against the top 100, and have two sub-100 losses. Thank you, Aztecs.

Norfolk State lost to Bethune-Cookman in the MEAC Quarterfinals last night, which means they’re likely NIT bound.

Stanford lost to Arizona State in overtime in the Pac-12 Tournament last night, ending their Tournament hopes.


Villanova beat St. John’s in their first game in the Big East Tournament, which further solidifies their Tournament resume. Villanova has an impressive list of big wins, including victories over Syracuse, Louisville, Marquette, Georgetown and Connecticut on the road. Why were they on the bubble to begin with? Twelve losses, including a stinker against Columbia.

Cincinnati’s win over Providence should give the Bearcats fans some relief heading into Sunday. They take on Georgetown in the Big East quarterfinals. A loss won’t hurt them, and a win would only boost their seeding.

Now, let’s look at today’s games and who you should root for to give the Cats some more elbow room on the bubble:



Iowa State vs. Oklahoma
Cheer for: Oklahoma
12:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Iowa State is favored by 2, and a win would all but ensure they are in the Big Dance. Go Sooners.


Baylor vs. Oklahoma State
Cheer for: Oklahoma State
9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3

Oklahoma State is favored by 2.5. Go Travis Ford.


Mississippi State vs. Tennessee
3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3/Local networks
Cheer for: Mississippi State

This is a long-shot, but the Vols have been rolling and continue to linger around the Tournament bubble. We should all be Bulldog fans today at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Most importantly, Go Cats.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

37 Comments for Who to root for today

  1. Biglaw Dawgin'
    12:02 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    Is that Rufio in the front row of the SD State crowd?

  2. Indy-Monster Cat
    12:02 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    Hey – does anyone know of an on line radio station that we can pick up the sec tourny games on? Go blue!

  3. Franks and Beans
    12:05 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    As has been stated before. I don’t care what other teams do. If the Cats can’t take care of their own business they don’t belong in the big tourney. Simple as that.

  4. Obviously
    12:15 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    3 – If you dont care, then don’t read the post and don’t comment…easy as that.

  5. Mrs. Tyler Thompson
    12:17 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    My bad, found the wrong odds. Thanks for keeping me honest.

  6. MustangCat
    12:21 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    Boise St. Lost to San Diego St. last night. This does not bode well for Kentucky….

  7. Rick Roy
    12:23 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    Haha…those were football lines. But thanks for the post TT, I like the updates on what to watch for the day. Was just about to figure that out manually.

  8. Rick Roy
    12:24 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    MustangCat- Actually, it bodes really well….

  9. WWMKGD?
    12:39 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    Yeah MustageCat, I don’t think you quite understand this whole Bubble thing. Boise St.’s loss dropped them to “First Four Out” in Lunardi’s update and now has Kentucky just behind LaSalle from getting off the Bubble entirely.

  10. hey, jack!
    12:40 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    Actually the Iowa St./Oklahoma game is a no win for UK either way. Both teams are on the bubble and whoever wins, probably secures a bid. However its not a bad loss for either team that loses.

  11. ajh
    12:44 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    ANYONE know if they will sell beer at the games?

  12. Why is a name required?
    12:47 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    Response to 10: Actually, according to Lunardi, Oklahoma is a 10 seed while ISU is a 12 seed, which means ISU is probably just off the “last four in list,” meaning that if they lose and hopefully in bad fashion, they probably drop below UK, which moves us up a spot. But if Oklahoma loses, they would still be ahead of UK in all likelihood but that would simultaneously jump ISU further ahead of us. Thus, we definitely want ISU to lose if you believe Lunardi’s rankings.

  13. RICK
    12:48 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    #10, Isn’t Okl. State in the top 25. I’ pretty sure they are in no matter what.

  14. Rick Roy
    12:49 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    Oklahoma is not on the bubble…they will have to win a couple in the tournament at least…we need them to win

  15. RICK
    12:49 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    sorry 10 its okl not okl state.

  16. Peter Pan
    12:52 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    #1 – funny you mention Rufio. I met a guy on Lake Cumberland about 7 years ago, who claimed to be the guy who played Rufio.

  17. Bristol Cat
    1:01 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    So a loss by f’n Norfolk St. has an effect on the Cats tourny hopes? Man, that’s along way from a National Championship. Good thing is, next year will be a long way from rooting against Norfolk St.

  18. Bristol Cat
    1:02 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    I’d rather go to the NIT than root for UT.

  19. Bristol Cat
    1:03 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    So, I don’t have to root for UT. Good.

  20. El Pollo Loco
    1:04 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    11 – No, they will not. It’s an SEC run event and no alcohol sales at SEC events.

  21. hey, jack!
    1:04 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    12.) first off, lunardi is not even a top 10 bracketologist over the last few years ( Iowa St is an avg. 10.89 seed vs Oklahoma 9.79 seed. the discrepancy isn’t as much as you think it is. Neither team losing is going to take them below UK at this point, so I could care less who wins or loses.

  22. Matt
    1:04 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    Why is the sec tourny not on wave 3? I have dish network and its not listed anywhere and last nights games weren’t on? Help!

  23. Matt
    1:05 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    And I’m in central ky.

  24. Chicago
    1:09 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    Ru-fi-o! Ru-fi-o! Ru-fi-o!

  25. Shawn
    1:11 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    21, this is 12. Well, that still means ISU is an entire seed below Oklahoma, which is not far off from what Lunardi has. If ISU is a 11 seed right now according to you, that means they are right there battling with UK, who is a 11-12 seed right now. Oklahoma losing does absolutely nothing to help us. But ISU losing, especially is they look bad, has a very real chance of helping us. It seems pretty clear that we would want ISU to lose.

  26. RUPPS_rhetoric
    1:22 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    22 Matt) I couldn’t agree more. They aren’t showing the games in Louisville. Instead WBKI for some reason or another is showing the Big12 tournament?!?! WTF?!?!

  27. RUPPS_rhetoric
    1:33 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    22) Matt

    I did a little research and WAVE is showing the other games, but on 2 of their sub-digital channels. They have it on Insight. But for you, you might have to try and pull it over antenna, if you can pick it up. Not sure how far away from Louisville you live, but they are digital channels 3.2 and 3.3

  28. Matt
    1:33 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    Same way here. I’ve got the big 10, acc, big 12, and big east but can’t even watch my own damn team and they’re conference tourny! My buddy has direct tv and he can’t watch it either. I’ve watched it every yr since I was old enough to remember but now your tellin me I can’t? Bs!

  29. Matt
    1:34 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    I’m in Greensburg

  30. Matt
    1:37 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    100 miles from u

  31. renea
    3:15 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    At #28 I have Directv and haven’t had any problems…if its not on your local CW channel try channel 634…on Dish it should be channels 420 something…

  32. Matt
    3:21 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    It says its not available in my area on 420 sumthn.

  33. Matt
    3:22 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    442 actually

  34. Matt
    3:27 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    Well never mind now its letting me go to that channel.

  35. Matt
    3:36 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    They just let it play between games now its saying its not authorized programming. This is done bs !

  36. renea
    3:38 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    @ Matt says- sorry man I don’t actually have Dish I just remember having to watch channel 400 something before at my parents house on Dish..

  37. renea
    3:42 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    You do have to have the sports package to view those channels on Dish I think…I have to have the sports package on Directv…