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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.

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 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!


Article written by Miss J.C. Ausmus

No, my name doesn't stand for anything. Follow me on twitter? @JC_KSR

25 Comments for Sunday Night News and Views

  1. Hastetheday
    10:35 pm March 29, 2015 Permalink

    Andrew Harrison went to the line at the end , if i’m not mistaken. 😉

    • Hastetheday
      10:36 pm March 29, 2015 Permalink

      Facts are optional.

    • WeareBBN
      10:50 pm March 29, 2015 Permalink

      She said Andrew hit the ft’s and Aaron hit the 3….so I guess your facts are optional. Can’t wait for Saturday and so sad because of work I can’t be there for the practice on Friday or the title game Monday. GO BIG BLUE.

    • Rixter
      11:52 pm March 29, 2015 Permalink

      Weare, these posts are often edited later to correct erroneous information.

    • Hastetheday
      2:05 am March 30, 2015 Permalink

      Yeah, I believe there was an edit .:P

    • WeareBBN
      6:06 pm March 30, 2015 Permalink

      Kind of new here sorry, my mistake for jumping to conclusions.

  2. Ridge Runner
    10:45 pm March 29, 2015 Permalink

    I too haven’t fully recovered from that near death experience last night. whewwwwww! Oh well…Monday is looming and another week before we are glued to the tv again.

    Nice weekend wrap up, JC.

  3. bouzoukiman
    11:08 pm March 29, 2015 Permalink

    Does anyone know if they’re doing the homer broadcasts for the final four like they did last year? I can’t find anything about it on the web.

    • Hastetheday
      2:08 am March 30, 2015 Permalink

      They are ,but I don’t think they’ve said what channel they will be on.

    • rockatao
      6:07 am March 30, 2015 Permalink

      I believe Kentucky telecast is on truTV

    • Catsby80
      8:17 am March 30, 2015 Permalink

      do we know who the UK representatives are going to be?

  4. ukbradstith
    11:14 pm March 29, 2015 Permalink

    Yes, they are but I don’t know any details yet.

    • Rixter
      11:54 pm March 29, 2015 Permalink

      I hope they’ll let Rex out of rehab to do this year’s broadcast

    • EdC
      7:35 am March 30, 2015 Permalink

      I hope they don’t even think about letting Rex do the broadcast after that STUPID and frankly confrontational Calipari to the Lakers predicition from last year.

    • RealCatsFan
      9:05 am March 30, 2015 Permalink

      I’ll still continue to say that Chapman’s tweet sabotaged our championship last year. You’ll never convince me that word of this did not leak back to the players in the locker room, as connected to social media as today’s kids are. That team just did not look like the same team that had played earlier in the tournament, and it wasn’t because of UConn. Thanks Rex!

  5. Blue Elvis
    11:56 pm March 29, 2015 Permalink

    Is it just me or does it seem like that most of our recent football recruits have more and more mid major recruiting lists? Winning a recruit from the prestigious powerhouses Temple, Toledo and Bowling Green is not impressive. Could the pipeline be drying up? Has the Harbaugh Mystique already hit home? Time will tell.

    • rockatao
      6:13 am March 30, 2015 Permalink

      it’s not just you, Elvis. I’ve been commenting on that for quite a while now, but everyone keeps informing me that Stoops knows more about recruiting than I do. But recent recruiting has been looking more and more like the Joker-era.

  6. rockatao
    6:08 am March 30, 2015 Permalink

    does okafor really outweigh KAT by 25 pounds? Towns seems like the bigger guy. i guess we will have to see them side-by-side

    • J-Dub421
      9:36 am March 30, 2015 Permalink

      If this is true, then Okafor will be gassed for the last 10 minutes of the game if we play in the finals.

  7. GrumpyOldDude
    7:16 am March 30, 2015 Permalink

    Where the Hell has Matt been? No columns in 8 days during this run?

  8. EdC
    7:36 am March 30, 2015 Permalink

    Just glad that they are in the Anapolis all things considered.

  9. RealCatsFan
    9:09 am March 30, 2015 Permalink

    If I am the GM of an NBA team and have the #1 pick, and I get to choose between two talented centers with a similar inside game, but one clanks FT’s and has no game outside ten feet, while the other is ice at the line and has a sweet stroke from 12 – 15 feet, I know who I’m picking, and his initials are KAT!

    • EdC
      9:21 am March 30, 2015 Permalink

      Clanks FT’s WHEN he actually manages to get them that far. He didn’t even manage to touch the net with one against Gonzaga, much less metal.

    • J-Dub421
      9:35 am March 30, 2015 Permalink

      KAT is a much better passer and a way better defender as well.

  10. catdaddyd
    12:22 pm March 30, 2015 Permalink

    I thought Towns just turned 18 at the beginning of the season.