Hello, everyone. I hope you are all very, very happy today. I want you all to be happy everyday, but today especially, as it is National “I Want You To Be Happy” Day.
“I Want You To Be Happy” Day was created to encourage the world to make others happy, and it is celebrated annually on March 3, today. The lengths you go to put a smile on someone else’s face is up to you, but I encourage you all to do something, big or small, to cheer up those around you.
Me, I’m going to show you the video of reactions to Aaron Harrison’s shot in the 2014 Final Four. That should get us all smiling this morning, and then we’ll go from there. And it’s appropriate with the recent “tweak” and a new tournament run ahead.
Kentucky currently projected as the No. 4 seed in the West.
According to projections from both USA Today and ESPN’s Joe Lunardi, Kentucky is the four seed in the West region, playing its first two games in Oklahoma City. The brackets of the two tournament projections vary, but they both agree on UK in the Anaheim region.
USA Today has Oklahoma, Michigan State and Duke as the West’s three seeds ahead of the Cats, while Lunardi puts North Carolina, Oklahoma and Oregon in that region.
Jamal Murray was on The Paul Finebaum Show yesterday.
If you missed it, you can watch the brief interview below:
Murray told Finebaum, “I’m doing whatever it takes to win right now.”
And by whatever it takes, he means hit everything he throws up.
Alabama lost AGAIN last night.
As of a few weeks ago, Avery Johnson was on his way to earning SEC Coach of the Year honors in only his first season in the college ranks. That may no longer be the case, however, as Johnson’s Tide dropped its third in the last four games, and will travel to Georgia on Saturday. Last night’s loss came at home, on Senior Night, to Arkansas. Now it is anyone’s guess as to who will take the conference’s coaching award.
UK Hoops will open SEC Tournament play today.
Kentucky’s women’s team will play LSU in the Cats’ first game in Jacksonville at 2:00 pm. Kentucky took the only regular season meeting between the two schools, 70-58, in Lexington. They will meet again today in the tournament’s 5/13 matchup with Florida waiting in the next round.
The game will be televised on the SEC Network.
Bam Adebayo pulled out of the Nike Hoop Summit.
The future Wildcat, who was named one of five finalists for McDonald’s All-American Player of the Year, has opted to not play in the Nike Hoop Summit next month.
T.J. Walker has heard his decision to stay home is school-related.
Good luck to the Madisonville Maroons in the 2nd Region tournament tonight.
My high school alma mater opens with Lyon County tonight and will hopefully advance to meet the Webster County/Hopkinsville winner. Several Hopkinsville folks have been tweeting me rubbish about beating the Maroons in the second round, but y’all better worry about Webster County first.
Madisonville hasn’t been to the state tournament since I was a sophomore — many, many, many moons ago — and it’s time the Maroons get back to Rupp.
We will get our first report from the OVC Tournament today.
Our own C.M. Tomlin is in Nashville this week for the OVC Tournament, simply because we thought it would be funny to send him to the OVC Tournament. His first of four daily recaps will go live on the website some time this morning and I have high expectation for his account of the scene.
Tomlin is KSR’s resident OVC expert, as well as our UConn basketball recruiting writer. He knows very little about the two, but damn he’s good at it.