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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Thursday Overtimes Edition

News and commentary from around the Big Blue Internet. Kentucky plays Kansas St. tonight in the NCAA Tournament. Bat Cats take on South Carolina tonight, the first of a 3-game series. Tennis hosts #3 Georgia. More.

Results from yesterday's action, if you haven't been keeping up, via Ken Pomeroy. Upsets are in bold.  Look at all the overtime games!

Game Location Venue
32 Oregon 87, 48 BYU 68 Milwaukee, WI BMO Harris Bradley Center
33 Harvard 61, 24 Cincinnati 57 Spokane, WA Veterans Memorial Arena
55 North Dakota St. 80, 29 Oklahoma 75 (OT) Spokane, WA Veterans Memorial Arena
36 Texas 87, 49 Arizona St. 85 Milwaukee, WI BMO Harris Bradley Center
25 Connecticut 89, 46 Saint Joseph's 81 (OT) Buffalo, NY First Niagara Center
34 Saint Louis 83, 54 North Carolina St. 80 (OT) Orlando, FL Amway Center
52 Dayton 60, 20 Ohio St. 59 Buffalo, NY First Niagara Center
17 Pittsburgh 77, 68 Colorado 48 Orlando, FL Amway Center
21 San Diego St. 73, 76 New Mexico St. 69 (OT) Spokane, WA Veterans Memorial Arena
1 Louisville 71, 64 Manhattan 64 Orlando, FL Amway Center
11 Michigan St. 93, 103 Delaware 78 Spokane, WA Veterans Memorial Arena
13 Wisconsin 75, 96 American 35 Milwaukee, WI BMO Harris Bradley Center
14 Syracuse 77, 110 Western Michigan 53 Buffalo, NY First Niagara Center
7 Villanova 73, 169 Milwaukee 53 Buffalo, NY First Niagara Center
16 Michigan 57, 180 Wofford 40 Milwaukee, WI BMO Harris Bradley Center
3 Florida 67, 176 Albany 55 Orlando, FL Amway Center

Tweet of the Morning

Marcus Foster is a Parade All-American freshman guard who plays for the Kansas St. Wildcats.

Sounds like a Kentucky girl to me!

Your Quickies:

Kentucky football
Kentucky basketball
  • Kansas St. planning to out-physical Kentucky, according to John Calipari. That's definitely a plan. That's how they beat Kansas at home — well, that, and due to an absent Joel Embiid.

  • Willie Cauley-Stein admits to being a "teaser."

    "That probably it is fair. It has been like that all year," Cauley-Stein said. "I will have a stretch where I play three games crazy and the next game it is like hide-and-seek and I am not there.

    "It is annoying to me. I don’t know why I do it. I don’t know what happens. I would say that (Vitale’s statement) is pretty accurate and I just have to find a way to get over that. That is just me still trying to figure out how to play a college level game and be consistent at what I am trying to do."

    Honesty. Good to see. It'd be even better to see him figure it out.

  • A Big Blue Blessing.

  • Kansas St. is a team rebounding bunch. They are not big enough to dominate inside, so they make up for it by getting a lot of loose balls. This is a blue-collar group.

  • John Calipari: "They believe in each other." Believe it when I see it. :-)

  • We're gonna shock the world! Well, probably not tonight, win or lose, but one thing at a time.

  • Kenny Payne — still got plenty of game.

  • Trey Lyles and Indianapolis Tech are on a roll, and they face Bloomington North tonight in the state semifinals.

  • Andy Hutchins (Alligator Army) won't give it up:

    Don't believe all of the hype from Kentucky fans convinced that the Wildcats have hit their stride because their third loss to Florida was closer than the first two.

    You know, I've preached the adage that "If you don't have something nice to say ..." and he is a fellow SB Nation guy. So I'm just going to leave this here.

  • Mark Story ranks each of the Wildcats by importance. I think this is probably right, more or less. I might quibble around the edges, but it's close enough for me.

  • For Kentucky, it's win or ?. Let me help you with that, Rick — Win or lose. Win or go home. Win or don't. All those are viable.

    Lose by even a point and this season will be recorded as the most colossal disappointment of Calipari's career.

    IIt's really that simple. This is a game Kentucky (24-10) has to win. There is no in-between. There's no other way spin it or tweak it. The players from both teams know that.

    I'm not sure what the players from both teams "know." What I know is coaches fail all the time. Great coaches fail all the time. Remember when Mike Krzyzewsk's Duke team lost to 15 seed Lehigh back in 2012? No? Two years from now, nobody will remember this season if it winds up going south tonight, either. Unless, of course, the bad seasons continue.

Other Kentucky sports
College basketball
  • An analytical look at Day One of the tournament, officially the "second" round.

  • Texas escapes on a buzzer-beater by Cameron Ridley. Both teams played well, Texas just made one more play than Arizona St.

  • North Dakota St. beats Oklahoma. I knew they were a dangerous team, and I had them picked in one of my two brackets to pull the upset. Unfortunately, my billion dollars went down the tubes early, but I'm doing better than I usually do. Tonight will probably return me to form.

  • Harvard's for real. I'm just glad we don't have to play them unless both teams win through to the final.

  • Land Grant Holy Land has an open letter to Aaron Craft. That kid was a great player at OSU rosy cheeks and all, and I know they won't forget him up there.

  • So who hates who more among Kansas, Kansas St., and Wichita St.?

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