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Aaron Torres Sports Podcast Ep. 134: Recapping the First Weekend of the NCAA Tournament

The first weekend of the NCAA Tournament is in the books — and oh what a weekend it was, as 68 teams are now down to just 16. Relive it all with an Aaron Torres Sports Podcast taped immediately following Sunday night’s action. After 96 straight hours of basketball, Aaron is here to discuss the entire weekend, including:

All the Top Seeds Advance: Aaron opens the show by discussing the biggest topic of the weekend — we have an NCAA Tournament where all the best teams advanced. Kentucky, Duke, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia and more are onto the second weekend and Aaron says this is great for the sport. He also explains that while everyone claims to love the upsets, we should be rooting for more tournaments like this one.

Duke’s Wild Win over UCF: Next Aaron hits on the most controversial finish of the weekend, which came in the Duke-Central Florida game. Aaron recaps it all and says you shouldn’t blame the refs for Duke’s win. At the same time, is this game further proof that Duke won’t actually win the title? Aaron thinks so.

Big Victories for Tennessee and Kentucky: Finally, Aaron wraps by talking about the wild victories that Tennessee and Kentucky got this weekend. He discusses Admiral Schofield deciding to bench himself – and why that’s further proof of what makes this team special. Speaking of “special” how about Tyler Herro’s defensive effort against Fletcher Magee?? Aaron says that is a full credit to John Calipari, who stuck with Herro through the tough times.

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.


Only in Kentucky: Bride and Groom allow UK game to be shown during ceremony

Only in Kentucky: Bride and Groom allow UK game to be shown during ceremony

What do you do if your wedding is at the same time as Kentucky’s NCAA Tournament second round game? If you’re this couple from Somerset, you let your guests watch it during the ceremony.

Scheduling your wedding during the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament is still frowned upon, but shoutout to Devan and Randall Smith for making the most of the situation.


WATCH: John Calipari shimmies after Kentucky’s win over Wofford

WATCH: John Calipari shimmies after Kentucky’s win over Wofford

Saturday’s win over Wofford wasn’t pretty, but KyWildcatsTV found a way to make it beautiful.

The award-winning Kentucky Basketball video crew put their spin on the Cats’ victory to advance to the Sweet 16, and as promised, it includes some footage of John Calipari dancing in the locker room — if you consider this dancing:

For Cal’s sake, we’ll let it slide. Watch the entire video below:


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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Seven Quick Sweet 16 Facts for UK

A little beginning of the week primer to the Sweet 16 and the matchup with Houston.  A couple stats that you can throw around to your friends and family this week:

  1. Kentucky has won eight of their last nine Sweet 16 games, including six of seven under Calipari.
  2. Kentucky hasn’t lost in the NCAA Tournament to a non-Power 5 school since UCONN in 2014 and 2011.  And not to somebody not named UCONN since UAB in 2004.
  3. Before last year’s loss to Kansas State, Kentucky had won Sweet 16 games by 11, 39, 5, 12, 2, and 17, for an average margin of victory of 14.3 points per game.
  4. Houston has been to 11 Sweet 16’s in their program history but none since 1984.  Since 1984, Kentucky has been to 22 Sweet 16’s.
  5. In 8 of 11 Houston Sweet 16 appearances, Kentucky also appeared in the Sweet 16.
  6. Kentucky has only played two games all-time in Kansas City, at the Guardians Classic in 2005.  They lost to Iowa and then beat West Virginia.
  7. Kelvin Sampson has played UK only twice, both while at Indiana.  He split games in 2006 and 2007.

There will be a lot of information to digest over the next 4 days but this should get you going.


KSR Show Thread 3/25: Gearing up for the Sweet 16

KSR Show Thread 3/25: Gearing up for the Sweet 16

Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Monday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio, which is coming to you live from the Lexington and Louisville studios as the gang catches their breath after Jacksonville and gets ready for Kansas City. Tune in to hear their thoughts on Kentucky’s performance vs. Wofford, the Sweet 16 matchup with Houston, the latest buzz on PJ Washington’s foot, and how bummed we all are that Central Florida lost to Duke.

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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Today On KSR: One weekend down, two to go…

Today On KSR: One weekend down, two to go…

(Matt Stamey-USA TODAY Sports)

The Kentucky Sports Utility Vehicle arrived back in Lexington late Sunday night after a scenic drive home from Jacksonville. Today is a day to rest our legs and wash our drawers before we get to ready to do it all again for the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament in Kansas City. It’s going to be a good time.

 

Here’s a look at the Sweet 16 bracket:

The Southeastern Conference has four teams in the Sweet 16 for the first time in 23 years and only the third time in history.

The Cats will play in the late game Friday night.

Kentucky will tip off at 9:59 p.m. (probably even later) Friday night on TBS.

Thursday, March 28
West: No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 4 Florida State, 7:09 p.m. (CBS)
South: No. 2 Tennessee vs. No. 3 Purdue, 7:29 p.m. (TBS)
West: No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 3 Texas Tech, 9:39 p.m.* (CBS)
South: No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 12 Oregon, 9:59 p.m.* (TBS)

Friday, March 29
East: No. 2 Michigan State vs. No. 3 LSU, 7:09 p.m. (CBS)
Midwest: No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 5 Auburn, 7:29 p.m. (TBS)
East: No. 1 Duke vs. No. 4 Virginia Tech, 9:39 p.m.* (CBS)
Midwest: No. 2 Kentucky vs. No. 3 Houston, 9:59 p.m.* (TBS)

Kentucky is a 2.5-point favorite over Houston.

UK covered the spread in its first two games of the tournament, will it be three in a row?

The total on the game is 135.5.

Kentucky has a comfortable lead in its record for most NCAA Sweet 16 appearances.

Kentucky’s upcoming trip to Kansas City marks its 44th appearance in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16, the most of any school in history. North Carolina and Duke are second with 33 appearances.

What’s the latest on PJ Washington?

There is nothing new to report this morning. When we know something, you will know something. Until then, we all wait in the dark.

The UK women play tonight at 7 p.m.

Kentucky’s women’s team will play its second round game against NC State (at NC State, unfortunately) with a spot in the Sweet 16 on the line. NC State is the 3-seed in the region and a very good rebounding team, so the Cats will have their hands full in playing to make the second weekend of the tournament for the sixth time under Matthew Mitchell.

The game will be televised on ESPN.

Watch the game at KSBar and Grille!

Duke is the luckiest team in sports history.

The missed lob to put UCF up six, the no-call on Zion’s charge, the hook-and-hold after the free throw, the cheap fouls on Tacko, CFU’s tip-in not going in… Duke is Satan’s team. Central Florida deserved to win.

Lots more tournament talk to come throughout the day and beyond, plus the show radio show is back in studio today at 10 a.m.

Go Cats.


Kentucky will face No. 3 Houston for Sweet 16 Matchup

Kentucky will face No. 3 Houston for Sweet 16 Matchup

It’s official: No. 2 Kentucky will face No. 3 Houston for their Sweet 16 Matchup in Kansas City, Missouri. The No. 11 Ohio State Buckeyes put up a good fight, but the Houston Cougars came away with the 74-59 win. It’ll be a late one for the BBN – the game is set to tip at 10 p.m. ET Friday night. It’ll be shown on TBS and will be called by Ian Eagle and Jim Spanarkel.

We’ll have plenty of pre-game coverage as the matchup approaches.

Cats > Cougars


Cheer on UK Hoops at KSBar & Grille’s watch party

Cheer on UK Hoops at KSBar & Grille’s watch party

The UK women’s basketball team is set to play NC State Monday night. Come cheer on the Cats at KSBar & Grille, where we’ll be hosting a watch party. The game is slated to start at 7:00 p.m., so come out and grab a table early!

For a preview of the matchup, click HERE.


Fletcher Magee was not impressed with UK’s defense

We all know the Kentucky Wildcats held off the Wofford Terriers on Saturday to move on the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament. Also, we all know that Fletcher Magee has made the most three-pointers in NCAA history.

Well, the Cats weren’t about to let one of the most prolific shooters in Division-I college basketball history beat them. They forced Magee into a ton of bad shots and didn’t give him a sliver of breathing room. If Wofford was going to upset Kentucky, it was going to have to be through someone else.

Despite setting the record mentioned above just days earlier on Thursday night, Tyler Herro and the Kentucky Wildcats helped Magee achieve another three-point shooting record. After going 0-12 from downtown, Magee set the record for the most three-point attempts without a make in NCAA Tournament history.

This was due in large part to the defense of Tyler Herro and Co. Of the 12 three-pointers Magee attempted, 11 of them were contested. But that didn’t impress him – he didn’t see any difference between the Cats’ defense and the defenses he’s been playing all year.

I’ve shot the shots I got tonight against every team in the [Southern Conference], every other team I’ve played. They were no harder,” Magee said. “I just didn’t shoot it well. Some of them felt good and were short, some of them felt good and were long, and some of them were just off. It’s just what happens.”

Sure, sometimes it just happens. But, for some context, his previous worst career game without a successful three came earlier this season against Kansas, when he went 0-9 from deep. Saturday was the fourth time in his four-year career with Wofford where he failed to make a three.

However, it seems Magee just struggles when he faces better opponents. In four games this season against KenPom top-50 defenses, Magee only shot 16 percent from behind the arc. Meanwhile, his average was exponentially higher when he competed against the lower-level teams. He shot over 45 percent against KenPom defenses rated outside the top 100 and a whooping 58 percent against non-Division 1 teams.

Magee should probably look to give credit where it’s due. I’m sure a KenPom top-10 defense like Kentucky’s was a bit more difficult to maneuver than the Citadel’s or Mercer’s. And maybe, just maybe, it had something to do with the length and athleticism of UK’s elite defense, especially that of Tyler Herro.


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