It’s March 15th, so you best watch your back, or, as the soothsayer told Julius Caesar before he was murdered, “Beware the Ides of March.” If you’re not familiar with history or William Shakespeare’s play, Caesar ignored that warning and went about his business, going to the Theatre of Pompey, where he was stabbed by mutinous senators. Hopefully none of you have people plotting to take you down today, but regardless, be on alert. After waking up with a sore throat and cough yesterday, the only thing betraying me right now is my immune system (Et tu, antibodies?), but with one of the busiest weekends of the year on tap, I’m planning to fight back with a potent mixture of Zicam, Mucinex, and chicken soup. Ain’t nobody got time for colds.
While I try to find some honey to go with my tea, let’s run over today’s agenda, shall we?
1. The Sweet 16 starts today
Freddie Maggard will be covering the Sweet 16 for us as only he can, so check back over the next few days for coverage. Also, if you missed it, be sure to read his post from yesterday about the one-year anniversary of his father’s death. I know it wasn’t easy for Freddie to write, which makes it really special.
2. Here’s the front and back of UK’s postseason media guide
Looking good, Wildcats.
3. UK will hold an open practice tomorrow at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
With the game starting so late on Friday, I doubt many fans will make the trek to Indy on Thursday, but if you do, there’s an open practice at Bankers Life Fieldhouse from 5:10 p.m. to 5:50 p.m.
Until then, the long wait continues. I forgot how long this week feels.
4. At least we’re not Indiana
Did you see that the Hoosiers lost last night? Oh yes, a year after Tom Crean garnered some buzz for coach of the year, his team lost to Georgia Tech 75-63 in the first round of the NIT, an embarrassing end to an incredibly disappointing season. Add in the fact that the Hoosiers were too embarrassed to host the game at Assembly Hall and Indiana’s fall is doubly tragic. Tom Crean is almost certain to be fired, which means he could end up in one of the coaching vacancies in the SEC. Bring it on.
Meanwhile, at home…
5. Did you see the Kentucky/Kansas Coke commercial?
Awesome. Maybe we can recreate that moment in the Final Four this year?
6. Vince Marrow got a well-deserved contract extension
KSR was the first to report last night that Vince Marrow has agreed to a three-year contract extension to stay at UK through the 2020 season. The deal increases the recruiting guru’s salary to almost $500,000 a year (he was making $275,000 a year), making him one of the most well-paid at his position in the country. Marrow has been an integral part of Stoops’ turnaround in Lexington, and you could make a case for him being one of the most important people on the staff. Thank goodness he didn’t go to Michigan a few years ago.
7. Let’s hope James Cordon is wrong
“The Late Late Show” host may be good at carpool karaoke, but he admits he knows nothing about basketball, so let’s hope he’s wrong with his prediction of Wichita State beating Kentucky in the second round:
– The Late Late Show (@latelateshow) March 14, 2017
8. The games have officially begun
Last night, the First Four tipped off in Dayton, with Mount St. Mary beating New Orleans in a thriller to play Villanova in the East Region and Kansas State advancing past Wake Forest to play Cincinnati in the South Region. The first game was actually pretty entertaining, especially when two of New Orleans’ players got into a little scuffle:
Don’t fight your own teammate, man!
9. Your daily ‘Aww’: Olly the Jack Russell at Crufts
May you tackle your day with the same enthusiasm (albeit hopefully better execution).
10. KSR is at the Sweet 16
Tune in to hear Matt, Ryan, and Drew live from Rupp Arena as they preview the day’s action at the Sweet 16.