The NCAA Tournament gets underway tonight with the play-in game, and in earnest on Thursday.
- Tournament stats and facts - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN
East Region preview: How vulnerable are John Wall and Kentucky? - The Dagger - NCAAB Blog - Yahoo! Sports
I know some Big Blue fans are going to disagree, but UK is vulnerable in this region. Kentucky CAN beat all these teams, but can they go through five games without losing to one of them? We're going to find out just how tough Wall & Co. really are.
NCAA caves to TV pressure by going easy on Duke - KansasCity.com
Wow. Now Duke is the reason for questionable seeding decisions. How can they be "ratings gold" and be so universally reviled? I suppose Whitlock will be answering that question next.
Geoff Calkins: Memphis' rooting interest? Anybody but you-know-who " The Commercial Appeal
It's hard to blame Memphis for the schadenfreude, and we have engaged in more than our share over the years.
"In March, there's one big difference between Rand Paul and Trey Grayson," says the ad, which then shows an unflattering picture of Paul with a caption that says "I'm Rand Paul and I'm a Duke Blue Devil."
Using Duke hate as a political talking point? Only in Kentucky.
Mad about Cousins - College Basketball - Rivals.com
What an awesome piece by Jason King. Simply amazing. Must-read.
Wall, Calipari lead Kentucky to sweep of AP awards | WHAS11 Louisville, Kentucky and Indiana News | News
Love it. Well, the AP recognizes good coaching when they see it, even if the SEC coaches don't. :-)
Getting The Calls: An SEC Statistical Breakdown " MrSEC.com
Pretty interesting analysis.
Intentional Foul " Tiger Confirms Masters Return, Twitter Erupts
Heh. Very funny. Well, what a circus Augusta is going to be this year.
- Eric Crawford | UK drives its way back to Big Dance | courier-journal.com | The Courier-Journal
Why not Billy Gillispie??? - HawkeyeNation Forum
Some interesting comments here.
CatsPause.com - Women get No. 4 seed in Louisville
Congrats to the Hoops team!
John Calipari talks tourney, UK fans and ABBA - Page 2 - ESPN
Did you know Cal was a fan of ABBA? Now you do.
- UK Notebook: Calipari warns of tough road ahead: AMNews.com
- Coaching Carousel Begins in Earnest – Lutz out at Charlotte | StateFans Nation
Deacon Dump 3/16: Predictions and Early Lines - Blogger So Dear
A few interesting comments on Kentucky here.
- Kentucky Makes Record 50th NCAA Tournament Appearance - KENTUCKY OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
- When will Brandon Knight decide?
Using pythag to pick an NCAA Tournament bracket - Rocky Top Talk
More statistical fun and games.
WhatIfSports.com Bracket Preview - 2010 March Madness
Now this is interesting. I'd love to get a look at their algorithm, because it shows Baylor beating UK in the Final Four, which I really don't quite buy. But it is interesting.
Behold one vehemently stacked region. The Midwest has garnered all of the headlines over the past 36 hours in terms of being tough, and not without reason. But Kentucky is a good deal younger than the Jayhawks, and opponents like Wisconsin, West Virginia and Temple won't go quietly. Barring the kind of total bracket collapse we haven't seen in years, I for one will be impressed and persuaded if John Calipari's team runs this gauntlet and makes it to Indy.
UK has a tough road, no doubt about it. But anything short of a championship is just varying degrees of failure.
- WVLK’s Glover explains why Cats will win it all in Indianapolis | Vaught's Views
- NCAA tournament: 64 truths noted by Tim Keown - ESPN
- NCAA Tournament Is A "Blessing"
- Kentucky Upset No. 5 Alabama with Five Runs in the Sixth - KENTUCKY OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
Prediction: Talent takes title | KentuckySports.com
Heh. Well, I hope he's right.
Kentucky is young, stupid and ridiculously talented. Should I waste words on this? Does it matter? Probably. But Kentucky plays on emotion. Biggest key: avoid falling behind by as many as 10 points. If that happens in the second half of any opponent second round and beyond, I question UK’s ability to fight back. Damn are they fun, though.
Heh. I think he's got us nailed.
The Onion: Kentucky Violated NCAA Rules When Recruiting Basketball-Playing Dog (VIDEO)
You have got to watch this video. If you don't laugh at this, check your pulse.
Vegas Likes Kentucky over West Virginia in NCAA East
Let's hope they're right.