Kentucky Wildcats Saturday Quickies: Preakness Stakes Edition

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News and commentary from around the Big Blue Internet. Bat Cats win again at Georgia 10-0. Softball defeats Ohio in the first game of the NCAA Lexington Regional, plays again today. Tennis falls to Oklahoma in Sweet Sixteen. More.

It's Preakness day, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation. Time to get your bet on.

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  • Congratulations to Dick Vitale and his outstanding work to fight cancer for the V Foundation. He was in Sarasota last night, and helped raise $2 million.

  • Position battles: Center. Consider:

    Kentucky: Dakari Johnson, Willie Cauley-Stein, Marcus Lee versus Karl Towns Jr.: Yes, there are veterans -- three of them -- returning against the young pup. Calipari could figure out how to play all four of them at some point during a game. Johnson, Cauley-Stein and Lee all had their moments in which they shined. Johnson has the best chance to be in the low post, Cauley-Stein can be the top shot-blocker and Lee is a bit of an X factor among the group. Now, enter the newcomer. Towns can do a bit of everything, but he doesn't need to be the primary option. That's key for him and rare for a high-profile Kentucky player. This isn't even mentioning Trey Lyles and Alex Poythress, who are more positioned to play smaller forward positions next to the bigs. This team is loaded.

  • ChickenHoops writing for Garnet and Black Attack thinks coaching transition at Tennessee and Missouri open up the door for South Carolina:

    Florida and Kentucky don't slump, so there's no reason to worry about climbing those mountains just yet. But the conference can't even settle on a third-best program at this point from the remaining 12 teams, let alone a hierarchy. Last year, Tennessee was the only other relevant program in the conference. In 2013, Ole Miss and Missouri made the tournament on the strength of solid seasons. But there's a gap at the top of the conference once you get past the two best programs.

    Absolutely right.

  • Mike Krzyzewski is the highest-paid basketball coach in America.

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