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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Willie Cauley-Stein Edition

News and commentary from around the Big Blue Internet. Willie Cauley-Stein reportedly has stress fracture, officially "doubtful" for today. Bat Cats tied in series 1-1 at Vandy, rubber match today. Softball plays doubleheader with Auburn today. More.

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The official word on Willie Cauley-Stein is that he's "doubtful." Unfortunately, KSR's Ryan Lemond is reporting it is a stress fracture (or stress reaction.) If that is so, he is likely done for the season.

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I find this funny for some reason. I can't figure out why. Perhaps that's the nature of humor, in a way.

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  • Kentucky incoming freshman Trey Lyles and Indianapolis Tech win the Indiana 4A state championship. Congrats to Trey!

  • If you haven't read this column by Gregg Doyel, drop what you're doing and go read it. Here's a taste:

    Before last week Kentucky might not have been a disaster -- but it had been a disappointment, losing nine games in the regular season and a 10th in the SEC tournament, leading to an eighth seed in the NCAA Tournament. Has there ever been a team with this many future first-round draft picks seeded as low as the Wildcats were seeded this year? Hell, has there ever been a team with this many future first-round draft picks ... period?

    That snippet doesn't do it justice. Read the whole thing.

  • Complain about John Calipari all you want. All he does is win.

  • Dominque Hawkins ready if Coach Cal needs him against the Michigan Wolverines.

  • Mike DeCourcy says John Calipari has performed the greatest coaching job of the era. Consider:

    This is where the twin dismissals of Calipari’s ability begin to consume each other. If success with even the most sparkling of the one-and-done players is an aberration but Calipari is advancing through NCAA Tournament games on a routine basis — well, wouldn’t that make him truly extraordinary?

    Read the whole thing, it's worth your investment of time.

  • If Kentucky does make the Final Four, they did it the hard way. Indeed, if Kentucky manages to win it all, they will have done so in spite of all the criticism, all the hand-wringing, and proven beyond argument that this was, in fact, the greatest recruiting class ever. They may have already proven it, in fact, given the toughness of the bracket they've faced.

  • Leave it to Jerry Tipton to shove a dark cloud over our happy days. I'm not sure why this is worth a column, because other studies have disputed this, but in it's particularly narrow context, it may be spot on, I don't know. Chalk it up to the curmudgeon instinct.

  • Dakari Johnson's play was inspired by WCS' injury, or so he says. I don't care where it came from, just get out there and play hard.

  • Randle's pass demonstrates the Wildcats' transformation:

    As the final minute of the NCAA Tournament Midwest Region semifinal between Kentucky and Louisville dwindled, Harrison watched from the corner, with certain members of the media now closer to him than any of the five Cardinals defenders. He saw that Randle was surrounded by white jerseys and raised his arms in the air. The universal signal for: "Hey, I’m open!" There was none of the old Kentucky doubt in that gesture, though. There was hope. There was belief.

    "He saw me out of the corner of his eye and just hit me," Harrison said. "And I just got a shot in rhythm."

    "Ah Zatrra, the stories you tell."

  • Good grief. Fricking pyromaniac kids.

  • Elite Eight preview. College Basketball Talk likes the 'Cats in this one. I do, too, but it will be really hard.

  • Great article on Karl Towns Jr.

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