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The Final Four is here, Cats fans!

After months and months, wins and wins, and zero losses, the final stage of college basketball is upon us. Now there’s only one thing left to do: bring home the title.

But before we get to Monday night’s title game, there’s a ton of stuff going on in Indianapolis in the days before Kentucky’s seminfinal game with Wisconsin. I will make the drive up to Indy early, early, early tomorrow morning and KSR will have coverage from the scene as soon as I touch down. (And check in to the hotel. And eat. And pick up my media credential. And sit by someone I will probably hate in the media room.)

So check back with us often as we bring you everything from the Final Four these next few days. It’s going to fun a weekend and hopefully an even better Monday and Tuesday as the Cats attempt to complete what so many have said can’t be done.

Let’s. Go.


The team is in Indianapolis.

The Cats arrived in Naptown around 7:00 pm Wednesday to begin the biggest five-day stretch of their lives. Tomorrow they will talk to the media in Lucas Oil Stadium, beginning with John Calipari and Bo Ryan at the podium at noon, followed by one player from each of the four teams. They will return to Lucas Oil on Friday for more media and the open practice, scheduled for 3:00 pm.

Saturday, it’s on.

Oh look, Kentucky is on the cover of Sports Illustrated again.

Do it again next week?

Jason Whitlock blasted Karl Towns on PTI.

Whitlock, filling in for Michael Wilbon, said he expects Karl Towns to have a tough time with Wisconsin’s “grown men” inside. Whitlock said Towns will “get handled” by Frank Kaminsky & Co., although Kentucky may still win the game without a big contribution from arguably its biggest offensive contributor.

He also called Towns “a kid” and “overvalued” and then spoiled The Wire ending with no warning.

Isaiah Briscoe wants Jaylen Brown and Malik Newman at UK.

Sitting courtside with Jay Williams at the McDonald’s All-American game, Isaiah Briscoe told ESPN viewers he would like to play with Jaylen Brown the most out of the eight uncommitted players in Chicago this week. Briscoe said he is also recruiting Malik Newman to Kentucky with Brown.

“I just need somebody on the wing that can catch and shoot,” he told Williams.

Briscoe, the lone Kentucky representative at the game, said John Calipari’s proven record with guards is what drew him to Kentucky.

“It’s the highest stage of college basketball and that’s something I couldn’t say no to,” he added.

Williams then asked if the pressure of playing in Lexington scares Briscoe.

“Pressure is not in my vocabulary.”

Other notes from the McDonald’s All-American game:

— The East (Briscoe, Jaylen Brown, Cheick Diallo, Thomas Bryant, Ben Simmons, Antonio Blakeney, Luke Kennard, Diamond Stone) won, 111-91.

— Cheick Diallo took MVP honors with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

— Briscoe had 11 points and five rebounds.

— Malik Newman doesn’t have a lot to say interviews. We did learn his father’s ties to Mississippi State will have no impact on his own decision, though.

— Jaylen Brown has phenomenal hair. It would look great with a Kentucky uniform next season.

— Brown also picked Kentucky to win the Final Four.

— UK target Stephen Zimmerman dunked on UK target Thomas Bryant.

— Jay Williams said, “Tom Crean has done nothing but win at Indiana.” He did. He said that. That is something that left his mouth and went on national television.

— Don’t forget: Caleb Swanigan will decide at the Nike Hoop Summit next week and Kentucky is in the mix.

John Wall is a wizard.

Wall went between the legs then no-look pass to Otto Porter before Nerlens Noel ruined the highlight play, blocking Porter’s layup attempt at the rim.

And I just realized Wall is, in fact, a Wizard. My headline was unintentional and I’m leaving it.

Boogie messed around and got a triple-double.

Cousins had 24 points, 21 rebounds, 10 assists and a career-high six blocks in the loss at Houston. There’s talk Sacramento may shut him down for the season.


Willie had a Monday lunch date with one of his biggest fans, a four-year-old with cerebral palsy who hopes to one day be his wife. A nurse posted a video of her confessing her crush on Willie on Facebook, he saw it and arranged a lunch date in Wildcat Lodge.

These guys really are the best, on and off the court.

For KSR radio show fans in Indianapolis…

Friday’s show will be in studio, then Ryan and I will host the pregame show at Tin Roof Indianapolis at 6:00 Saturday. The plan is to do Monday’s show at Tin Roof, assuming Kentucky beats Wisconsin. I hope this helps.

Check out the new KSR Pop Up Shop in Lexington!

We are set up in the Crossroads Plaza at 3270 Nicholasville Road in Lexington. Stop by to get your official KSR merchandise, just in time for the Final Four.

See you in Indianapolis!

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

14 Comments for Wednesday Night News and Views

  1. WeareBBN
    12:54 am April 2, 2015 Permalink

    Brown is who I want at UK the most. As I have said my top 3 are Brown, Newman and Diallo. You add those 3 to Matthews, Skal and Briscoe and we bring back Ulis, Lee, Poythress, maybe Dakari and Booker{least likely but maybe as he and Ulis are close} and we are loaded with talent and quality young men once again.

  2. bigblue79
    7:41 am April 2, 2015 Permalink

    Are there any restaurants or bars in particular where fellow Cats fans will be hanging out in Indy besides everywhere? 🙂

    • ukjaybrat
      9:54 am April 2, 2015 Permalink

      Last year for the E8/S16, Tin Roof was the place to be…

  3. EdC
    8:36 am April 2, 2015 Permalink

    Well it’s not like KAT hasn’t been playing against grown men for years on the Dominican Republic national team. Oh wait … never mind.

  4. Catsby80
    8:39 am April 2, 2015 Permalink

    I feel like Jason Whitlock usually brings some decent substance when he’s a sub on PTI… Oh well… His opinion doesn’t mean squat. I’ll still take carl with 16 pts & 9 reb.

    • theWilkman
      10:26 am April 2, 2015 Permalink

      Carl? It’s only been 9+ months and 38 wins.

    • Catsby80
      10:35 am April 2, 2015 Permalink

      are you referencing that i spelled his name with a C instead of K? my bad… it was early and i hadn’t had my coffee. cut me some slack, guy.

    • theWilkman
      11:33 am April 2, 2015 Permalink

      I’m not your guy, buddy.

    • Catsby80
      11:39 am April 2, 2015 Permalink

      why are you so confrontational, sweetheart?

    • theWilkman
      12:06 pm April 2, 2015 Permalink

      My first comment was because it seemed strange someone would think his name is Carl when it’s posted as Karl all over this site 5-10 times a day.

      The second was reference to the Canadians on South Park. Like all jokes, it loses humor when explained.

    • Catsby80
      12:59 pm April 2, 2015 Permalink

      like I explained, it was early and I hadn’t fully woken up yet. I’m very aware of his name and the spelling. Cut a guy a little slack… Sorry, I don’t watch South Park… Anywho, let’s put our differences aside and cheer on the cats. Go Cats!

    9:42 am April 2, 2015 Permalink

    That John Wall video is great! Wall’s wizardry, pass to some goof-off from Georgetown, then Noel blocks!! No CAT on CAT crime and a good omen for the CATS!

    9:43 am April 2, 2015 Permalink

    BTW, what happened to the cool Bluegrass Tours bus with the wrap! (maybe only if they win?)

  7. Bobbum Man
    12:18 pm April 2, 2015 Permalink

    I also came to ask what happened to the black bus, that thing was nice lookin. Whitlock is a complete idiot, I watched that when he said it, I’ve never cared for the guy and I care for him even less now. I don’t watch the wire but I imagine he infuriated plenty of people with that alone. Will he have a tougher time against wisconsin than notre dame? Sure. But he will certainly not get handled, good luck on D there Kamsidnesgabeneky