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Florida Gulf Coast’s Saturday News and Views

(Why doesn’t every human being go to school there?)

There are only 3 certain things in this life: death, taxes, and Georgetown losing to a team seeded much higher than them in March. Georgetown has made a habit of bowing out earlier than expected in recent years. Tonight though, the Hoyas were for the most part dominated by a cinderella you might not have known existed. Florida Gulf Coast, the 15 seed (in the school’s first NCAA tournament), didn’t just pull an “upset”… they dunked all over Georgetown and looked the part of the more confident team. Florida Gulf Coast University may have quietly entered the tournament, but perhaps we all should have given a longer look at the Eagles before quickly scribbling “Georgetown” into the second round third round. FGCU beat Miami earlier this season– you know, the Miami many people are riding to the Final 4. The Eagles also played a host of other good teams in Duke, VCU and Iowa State. The Eagles were not intimidated by the moment. Not one bit.

This now marks the 2nd year in a row in the NCAA tournament that a 15 seed has knocked out the #2 seed. Last year, Norfolk State and Lehigh bounced Missouri and Duke respectively.

And yes, for the fellas…this is still Andy Enfield’s wife (the head coach of FGCU)


And now on the the news and views from the day…

—-  Admittedly, yesterday was a little rough. When the NCAA tournament kicked off without a Kentucky game to look forward to, I had trouble getting into the spirit of March Madness. In fact, yesterday it felt more like March “Meh-ness.” At some point though, the show must go on. And on the show went today. Although it was a relatively quiet day in the world of Kentucky basketball, March Madness was at its absolute best all day long. We’ll get to more of that after we hit a few of the important Kentucky-related notes…

—- Mark Stoops and the Kentucky football program received yet another commitment on the defensive side of the ball today. According to Justin Rowland, 2014 Ohio LB Dorian Hendrix committed to the Cats. The 6’1 215 lbs. Hendrix committed while on his unofficial visit this afternoon. Hendrix held offers from Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and others. The LB also had been receiving interest from Wisconsin, Northwestern, Purdue and Tennessee. 247 Sports lists Hendrix as the 25th best inside linebacker in the nation and the 29th best prospect in Ohio.

—-  Hendrix might also be pulling double duty this weekend as a recruiter. Four-star WR Thaddeus Snodgrass (old man Snodgrass’ son) is also on campus this weekend. 2-for-1? Let’s hope.

—-  In other football news, the team took to the field again this afternoon for another spring practice. Mark Stoops continues to feel more positive about the returning players with each practice. “This is the best we’ve looked,” Stoops said after today’s practice. If you want to catch a glimpse into how Stoops goes about communicating during practices– the new UK coach was mic’d up during an earlier session. Check it out below:

—-  Let’s flip the script to basketball for a moment. The future is bright for Kentucky for a number of reasons. Let me give you 3 of them…

1) Julius Randle was quoted today as saying, “We’ll get Kentucky back to where it’s supposed to be.” Randle and the rest of the 2014 recruiting class have a certain confidence about them. Of course we won’t know until they take the court, but I don’t foresee this group shying away from the enormity of playing at Kentucky.

2) One NBA Scout stated today that Kentucky could have up to 8 first rounders in the 2014 NBA Draft. Another UK informercial on Draft night? Okay… fine by me. #Needle

3) John Calipari spent part of today in New York visiting 2014 5-star SG Isaiah Whitehead. 

And if I had a dollar for every time Coach Cal was pictured with Irv Gotti…I’d probably be able to tell you a little more about Irv Gotti.

—- Orlando Antigua made the trip to New York with Calipari. Antigua was in the news earlier today as he is being considered for the newly vacant head coaching job at Hofstra. I think we all probably know that it’s only a matter of time before Orlando Antigua makes the big jump. Antigua has been one of the best recruiters and one of Calipari’s top assistants. Calipari has said on multiple occasions that Antigua will have the opportunity to be a little selective when it comes to his first head coaching job. Cal has always said that it’s not about taking a job in a big conference, but rather taking a top 4-5 job in any conference. You can win anywhere. Instead of going to a bottom dweller in a BCS conference, go to a top 4-5 team in any conference. We’ll see if the Hofstra/Antigua rumblings grow over the weekend.

—- In some bad news for an otherwise happy time for the UK Women’s basketball team, one of Kentucky’s effective reserves, Samantha Drake, did not make the trip with the UK Hoops team to the NCAA tournament. Drake has been suspended indefinitely for “not upholding team standards.” For a team with a legitimate chance to make the school’s first Final 4 trip (#2 seed, decent draw in the bracket), this kind of negativity this close to the tournament is less than ideal. Drake has had a few big games for the Cats this season and has provided some depth in the post when Samarie Walker and DeNesha Stallworth need a break. The Cats open up play Sunday afternoon. We will have more on KSR tomorrow night to preview the game.

—- In a bit of random news today, Shabazz Muhammad is “holding on to 19 as long as he can…changes come ’round soon make us women and men filthy rich millionaires.”


Now let’s hit some of the highlights from the Madness of March today…

1. The Wild, Wild West…

The West portion of the bracket just keeps getting more and more bizarre by the minute. The West is guaranteed of at least a #12 or #13 seed making the Sweet 16. Ole Miss (12) and LaSalle (13) both advanced earlier today, creating an interesting and unexpected second round third round match-up. The #9 (Wichita State) and #14 (Harvard) seeds are also still alive with a chance at a Sweet 16 berth.

2. The Pac 12 and the Atlantic 10 are proving the doubters wrong…

The Pac 12 rattled off a perfect 3-for-3 performance in the first day of the tournament and looked to remain perfect after today. Illinois stopped the streak by beating Colorado but UCLA has a chance to set the Pac 12’s record at 4-1 thus far. For a conference that was not given much respect (Oregon with the 12 seed?), the teams are making the most of the opportunities to prove people wrong. Not only are the Pac 12 teams winning, but they are winning from tough seeds.

The Atlantic 10 has also proved to be a strong conference with some quality wins in this year’s tournament already. For a conference that will have an entirely different look very soon, the final showing for this current group of teams has been incredibly impressive. “We’re what, 5-0? 6-0?” The conference’s commissioner can’t even keep track of how fast the wins are coming in. The A-10 is a perfect 6-0 to start the tournament, leaving 15.6% of the round of 32 teams from the conference.

3. The Big East, not so much…

Only 3 Big East teams (Louisville, Syracuse and Marquette) have maneuvered their way into the round of 32 so far. And Marquette squeaked in, to say the least. A number of Big East teams put up clunkers in the opening games: Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Villanova and Georgetown. For a farewell tour for the conference, things could certainly be going better…

4. Marshall Henderson is making a name for himself. And he’s allegedly at a bar right now. OF COURSE HE IS AT A BAR RIGHT NOW!

(h/t @BradHenz)

—-  Speaking of, Marshall Henderson talked trash for a significant while on Twitter tonight to a fake Ryan Harrow account. And yet people wonder how the whole Manti T’eo situation could possibly happen…

—-  And last but not least, I’ll leave you with an image once again from the back page of the Kernel…

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

51 Comments for Florida Gulf Coast’s Saturday News and Views

  1. Trollerama
    10:37 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    Kentucky sucks balls.

  2. FGC
    10:38 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    Florida Gulf Coast > Kentucky.

  3. Heisler
    10:39 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    I can’t help but love Marshall Henderson. Win an NCAA tournament game? Go to a local bar during the f’n tournament. Awesome.

    Poor Andy Kennedy.

  4. katzrjamers
    10:40 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    online watching – WKU 20 Kansas 16, 7:29 left in 1st half. ‘Toppers!

  5. Danny Mac
    10:42 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    You guys wouldn’t believe it but I was there at the game Irv Gotti and Cal were at. It was at my school old school Albany Academy’s State Semi-final game for class A. We won on a buzzer beater so I hope he was impressed. Can’t believe he went up to Albany NY to watch a game.

  6. Hilltopper
    10:42 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    Western Kentucky embarrassed UK at football, now we are going to embarrass Kansas at basketball.

  7. Lenny
    10:43 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    Our family relocated to the Huntington, WV area two years ago and have become close with Andrew Wiggins and have taken the kid under our wing so to speak. We have met his parents a couple of times and they are very good people that honestly are open to him attending any of the final schools on his list. That being said, Andrew has become very close with a girl down in Tallahassee. Of course we don’t know anything about her. He also often wears FSU gear but that is likely due to his parents being star athletes at the school and he followed the school as a kid. When my wife asked him which school he liked the best overall, she said he did not hesitate to say FSU. He said UK was a close second. With the girl also being at FSU and his parents wanting him to follow in their footsteps, I think he ends up at FSU. He could surprise us a choose UK or UNC, but I think it is a small chance. I am from Frankfort and am a diehard Kentucky fan. I hope Cal can get Wiggins to play for the Cats. In the meantime, I will do what I can from here. I just don’t think it will matter much in the end. The kid will most likely choose FSU.

  8. CBS
    10:51 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    What in the world was that last letter from bbn?

  9. UPSCat4080
    10:55 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    #7….I see what you did there lol.

    Can’t wait for the Stoops movement to take full effect in Game 1. STOOPS TROOPS!!!!!

  10. katzrjamers
    10:58 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    WKU – playin’ with heart. Bill Self looking for hair to pull. I like this game

  11. sarasotacat
    11:00 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    FGCU my hometown

  12. Skeps
    11:02 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    You mean the Big East is sucking, again, in the tournament? A majority of their bids are gone in the first round.

  13. theSkinny81
    11:03 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    Major, major kudos to the open letter from BBN.

  14. Oldblue
    11:03 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    I love the Big Blue I have been a fan over 40 years we have more good seasons than we do bad ones but the player and fan bashing is the worst ever. I know now the access we have to instantly tell the world what we think is great but sometimes it comes at a price I dont want to step on any Big Blue toes so I thought now might be a good time to raise this subject. WE ARE THE GREATEST TRADITION IN COLLEGE BASKETBALL

  15. katzrjamers
    11:04 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    WKU – 16 seed WKU – 1 seed KU. WKU by 1 at half, and missed a 3 by an inch, was tipped in but didn’t beat the buzzer. I don’t follow WKU or KU, but this is a game to watch.

  16. mashburnfan1
    11:12 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    11} confusing name then as FGCU is in Ft Myers, not Sarasota. I officiated some summer tourneys there a few years back, beautiful campus in a great area of FL.

  17. Catlogic15
    11:19 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    Isn’t FGC seeded much “Lower” than Georgetown?

  18. sarasotacat
    11:36 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    16} I go to community college in sarasota but FGCU is not far away (45 minute drive).It is exciting for them to get this amount of exposure.

  19. dave
    11:38 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    typically i’d say, well the refs allow a (very physical) style all year in BE play which could set those teams up for failure when refs call actual fouls in ncaat. but. uofl fans always talk bout how their conference is better than everyone else’s. so f*** BE and f*** uofl

  20. Carolina Blue is past tense for CAROLINA BLOWS
    11:49 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    So FGC was the 2 seed. No wonder bracket looks like crap. I was doing it backwards.

  21. Brink
    11:57 pm March 22, 2013 Permalink

    19 That is usually why UL loses in the tourney. They get a crew that won’t let them push hack and slap all night long, then they don’t know what to do on D, and lose.

  22. Brink
    12:00 am March 23, 2013 Permalink

    WKU getting jobbed.

  23. katzrjamers
    12:03 am March 23, 2013 Permalink

    WKU down by 6 with 5min left – Withey doin the toppers in

  24. katzrjamers
    12:04 am March 23, 2013 Permalink

    wanted to see NN & Withey go block for block in this NCAAT

  25. bsquared
    12:06 am March 23, 2013 Permalink

    Wku would have had this in the bag if the could connect on there wide open looks

  26. jon
    12:10 am March 23, 2013 Permalink

    6. By “embarrassing UK in football”, do you mean beating a bad team by one point on a trick play?

  27. jon
    12:11 am March 23, 2013 Permalink

    Meanwhile…go Tubby!

  28. katzrjamers
    12:18 am March 23, 2013 Permalink

    wku – 50, ku – 55. wku has ball 1:43 left. really want ku to lose

  29. katzrjamers
    12:23 am March 23, 2013 Permalink

    WKU missed layup. ku 6pt lead. done. wku – did your best, missed some open shots. it happens. be proud

  30. West Ky Cat
    12:25 am March 23, 2013 Permalink

    Western having a hard time competing with Kansas having 8 players on e floor. (3 of them are wearing black & white uniforms)

  31. wow
    12:27 am March 23, 2013 Permalink

    Refs gave KU this game. Point. Blank. Period

  32. Bill Self
    12:27 am March 23, 2013 Permalink

    Its ok WKU, you guys didn’t lose. You all just ran out of time to beat us. Good effort.

  33. katzrjamers
    12:33 am March 23, 2013 Permalink

    and so ku survives as does the coach’s hairpiece. feel for you folks in Bowling Green. sad cause now there’s no KY team left to cheer for.

  34. FSU twitter chick
    12:39 am March 23, 2013 Permalink

    #7: You mean me? The campus whore that showed Wiggins a good time, if you know what I mean…. Wink, wink. Yeah but like I would have sucked him off for free, but when coach told me he’d pay me and keep paying me to send him naked pics of my shaven goodies, I took it? Does that make me a prostitute? Shhhh don’t tell daddy!! Better hope he don’t read this!! Or Andrew… Wiggy pooh, love you baby, but it’s expensive to look this good!!

  35. sons of anarchy
    12:42 am March 23, 2013 Permalink

    Anyone who thinks Henderson is going to be banned from social media is delusional. HIS OWN COACH BEAT A CAB DRIVER. So him at a bar during the tourney shouldnt be a surprise either. If a UK player did this I would be embarrassed and the national media would have a field day with it. With that being said, half of you still think he is cool. I dont care if he was one of the first ones to check up on Nerlens. He is a piece of white trash and needs to have someone break their foot off in his ass (maybe someone will do it at the bar he is at).

  36. Chicago Chris
    12:49 am March 23, 2013 Permalink

    Wow, did Florida’s bracket open up, or what? No better than a #7 seed to reach the elite 8.

  37. Marshall henderson
    12:52 am March 23, 2013 Permalink

    cant do crack during the middle of the season so Im hitting the bars instead

  38. Chicago Chris
    12:52 am March 23, 2013 Permalink

    Wiggins to FSU is like Muhammad to UCLA. It won’t have any great effect on the world of college basketball. If he comes here, however…

  39. jon
    1:01 am March 23, 2013 Permalink

    36. They gotta get by Tubby first, and I think its not going to be as easy as people think.

  40. Matt Jones' Barber
    1:52 am March 23, 2013 Permalink

    Haha “Old man Snodgrass’ son” classic

  41. Wildcatsteeler
    3:51 am March 23, 2013 Permalink

    If that last letter was true they’d have about $150 each. Won 3 games worth a damn. 3rd best team in the state is sad. I hope these guys leave so I can block them out of my memory forever.

    7:43 am March 23, 2013 Permalink

    #7 has officially shown how idiotic the BBN fans are . Plain crazy and i bet he is some middle aged man that wears uk gear 7 days aweek. Geez get a life .

  43. Just saying
    9:12 am March 23, 2013 Permalink

    41. I was thinking the exact same thing… About you. We are UK fans, guys like you are not needed here

  44. hendoblue
    9:39 am March 23, 2013 Permalink

    14- well said old blue

  45. minton
    9:43 am March 23, 2013 Permalink

    #43 Yup. Can’t stand fair-weather fans that abandon their team when things don’t go their way.

  46. duh
    9:44 am March 23, 2013 Permalink

    Of course Marshall Henderson is at a bar – serial killers can do anything they want…

  47. bluebiscuit
    9:51 am March 23, 2013 Permalink

    Marshall Henderson looks like he’s drinking from a sippy cup.

  48. so bad
    10:42 am March 23, 2013 Permalink

    Yes because talking trash to a fake twitter account and lying 400 times on TV about someone you say you’ve met IRL and haven’t… and then saying she died…and then realizing she wasn’t real… and then pretending like she still was…
    yea… pretty much actually the same thing.

    so bad…please please please stay on ksrcollege.

  49. Nash
    11:23 am March 23, 2013 Permalink

    Loved the ol’ man snodgrass son line! reminded me of my grandpa and dad! Go CATS!!

  50. Larry
    11:52 am March 23, 2013 Permalink

    Once again, the Big East goes down like a prostitute at a Navy Shipyard. Thank God that conference won’t be overrated ever again.

  51. jp7
    12:25 pm March 23, 2013 Permalink

    Marshall Henderson continues to make it impossible to like him. He keeps proving over and over what a punk he is. Let Ole Miss win 8 National Championships instead of one NCAA game in 100 years, then you can dog Kentucky and Ryan Harrow.