The Cats are Final Four bound.
In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past 24 hours, you probably know that Kentucky defeated Notre Dame in a tight game Saturday night, 68-66. This post would be a lot different if Aaron Harrison hadn’t hit that clutch three towards the end, or if Karl-Anthony Towns hadn’t played absolutely out of his mind, or if Willie wasn’t the beast that he is, or if Andrew hadn’t knocked down those game-winning free throws, etc. Instead of celebrating all night long, the BBN would have collectively went to bed with tears in their eyes, proud of what their Cats accomplished but sad that they wouldn’t make it just a couple of more games. Thank God it didn’t go down that way. Now, Kentucky seeks it’s 39th win- two more away from a historic 40-0 and the ninth national title. Honestly, I still haven’t recovered, and I assume most of the Big Blue Nation hasn’t either. But, before you go to bed with visions of Harrisons dancing in your heads, here are tonight’s news and views:
The Final Four Is Set
Duke was the final puzzle piece in what is going to be an absolutely solid Final Four this weekend. After defeating Gonzaga, 66-52, the Blue Devils are on their way to their 16th Final Four and the 4th most of all time. In what was, I’m sure, a highlight of many of the BBN’s day, Louisville was downed in overtime by Tom Izzo’s Michigan State team earlier this afternoon, 76-70. So here is where we will stand come Saturday evening: Kentucky vs. Wisconsin at 8:49 on TBS, and Michigan State vs. Duke at 6:09. Better start preparing yourselves now.
– March Madness TV (@MarchMadnessTV) March 29, 2015
Cats open as a six-point favorite over Wisconsin.
Saturday night is going to be fun and our friends out in Vegas know it. The Cats opened as the six-point favorite over Frank Kaminsky and his gang earlier this afternoon. The Cats are 1-3 against the spread in the tourney. I think I can speak for the whole BBN when I say ‘please, please, please cover Kentucky. I can’t handle another game like last night.’ According to VegasInsider.com Kentucky’s odds to win the whole thing are 2/3 right now.
Karl Towns has moved to #1 in the Draft Express rankings.
This certainly shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. Towns was in beast-mode last night, ending the game with 25 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. I saw many people on Twitter call last night’s game his “#1 in the draft game” and I can’t say I disagree. Draft Express has KAT going first to the Knicks (God bless him) right now in their mock draft, with WCS following at #6 to the Kings. Booker and Lyles go later in the first round at #17 and #19 respectively. Dakari is projected early second round with Andrew to Cleveland late after.
Last night’s game was the highest rated for a college basketball game in cable television history.
According to the NCAA’s website, last night’s match-up generated a 9.0/16 overnight rating/share, peaking with a 11.9/21 from 10:45-11pm. That’s the highest overnight rating for a college basketball game in cable television ever. Who run the world? Cats.
Kentucky’s open practice will take place from 3-3:50 on Friday in Lucas Oil Stadium.
I expect the BBN to show out in big numbers.
Stoops got a Yahtzee today.
He also got one yesterday, in case you missed it. Today’s Yahtzee was from 6’9″ OL/DL Calvin Taylor out of Augusta Christian. The 2015 commit also had offers from Temple and Charlotte. Yesterday’s commitment came from Kordell Looney, a three star 6’4″, 285 lb DT out of Ohio. This 2016 commit had offers from Bowling Green, Illinois, and Toledo before he decided to roll the dice for Stoops.
Kentucky knocked off the top ranked LSU Tigers today in baseball.
Kentucky defeated LSU 12-10 in 11 innings to win the series, 2-1, this afternoon, after beating them on Friday 5-4. Trey Huntsman has a good recap of all the excitement here.
That should do it for right now. We’ll be back around in the morning for more news leading up to Saturday’s forthcoming insanity. Two more games til perfection, y’all. Go Cats!