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Wildcat Quickies: Offseason Blues Edition

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Ladies fall. Football striving for more. KAT outduels Wall in thriller. UK favored for 5-star 2017 PG? More.

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In the span of one week, we've seen the men's and women's hoops teams fall in the NCAA Tournament.

The men fell last week to Indiana in the Round of 32, but the ladies made it a bit further before bowing out in the Sweet 16 to Washington. Both teams overcame a lot of adversity this year just to make it into the Big Dance and win games, so we should be happy with what they both accomplished this season.

But that's not going to make the offseason any more easy to enjoy...

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Well, at least last year.

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Wildcats Fall to Washington in Sweet 16 - UK Wildcats News
Makayla Epps scored 30 points, including 17 in the second half, but it was not enough as third-seeded Kentucky lost to seventh-seeded Washington 85-72 on Friday.

Mitchell says Sweet 16 loss can't "take away how proud I am of our team" - Courier-Journal
"We could have gone a lot of different directions and we chose a path to be standing in the Sweet 16," Matthew Mitchell said. "We would love to have advanced further, but it doesn't take away of how proud I am of our players."

Notre Dame stole a trip to the Elite Eight from Wisconsin. Literally. -
Two huge steal in the final seconds sends Notre Dame to the Elite Eight. Admittedly, I wanted to see the Irish make a deep run this year after Kentucky broke their hearts last year. And hey, they're doing just that and breaking the Badgers' hearts in the process.

Maldonado's Two Homers Power No. 1 Florida to Opener - UK Wildcats News
Top-ranked Florida got a pair of home runs from freshman leftfielder Nelson Maldonado and a five-inning start from All-America junior Logan Shore, posting a 12-5 win over Kentucky.

KAT outduels Wall as Wolves score big road win over Wiz - ESPN
Karl-Anthony Towns scored 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Timberwolves to a 132-129 double-overtime victory Friday night. John Wall had 22 points and a season-high tying 16 assists.

De'Aaron Fox trolls Jeff Goodman - Cats Pause
And immediately is one of the most beloved players of the Coach Cal era.

Players responding to Eddie Gran's coaching style this spring - Courier-Journal
Eddie Gran and Darin Hinshaw are wasting no time emphasizing the high standard they hold players to.

Schaper’s Homer, Nunley’s One-Hitter Pace Kentucky Past Arkansas - UK Wildcats News
Freshman catcher Jenny Schaper hit her first career home run in the top of the second inning as part of an offensive explosion by the No. 12 Kentucky offense which helped lead the Wildcats to a 9-0 win.

National analyst predicts top recruit will pick UK - UK recruiting blog
Four-star athlete Tyrell Ajian is expected to visit Kentucky this weekend, and the Cats may already be surging into the lead for him.

Ulis, Murray tabbed to NABC All-District team -
The five-member team, which was voted on by member coaches of the NABC, also included LSU’s Ben Simmons, Ole Miss’ Stefan Moody and Florida’s Dorian Finney-Smith.

UK Mailbag | Spring football, basketball roster and more - Courier-Journal
Recruiting updates on Jarrett Allen and Marques Bolden, differences in football practice, basketball roster situation and more.

KSR Football Pod: Spring Practice, Movies & UK Hoops - Kentucky Sports Radio
The KSR Football Podcast is back for Spring Football and offseason silliness, including a story about Freddie Maggard vs. Derrick Thomas.

Roy Williams: Calipari 'out in left field sometimes' - Cats Pause
Earlier this week, Notre Dame coach Mike Brey called Kentucky coach John Calipari "a master" after finding a way to get his team declared for the NBA draft. Now ol' Roy is chiming in.

After dinging Cards coach, Thomas energizing Cats receivers - Courier-Journal
Lamar Thomas is not afraid to take shots at U of L while taking charge of UK receivers.

Derby Watch: Louisiana Derby contenders racing history as well as one another - Lexington Herald-Leader
Positioned six weeks out from the first leg of the Triple Crown this year, the contenders in the Grade II, $1 million Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds Saturday will have an extra hurdle to overcome even if their best case scenarios manifest in the 1 1/8-miles test.

2016 SportsDay Boys Basketball Player of the Year: Marques Bolden - SportsDay
Bolden picks up an award that the likes of Admon Gilder, Emmanuel Mudiay, Keith Frazier, Marcus Smart and Le'Bryan Nash have won recently.

Former NBA coach Mike Dunleavy Sr. agrees to coach Tulane - ESPN
Mike Dunleavy Sr., who has coached four NBA teams, will replace Ed Conroy as the basketball coach at Tulane.

Pitino's program actively pursuing transfers, others - 247 Sports
Louisville continues to go after the other kind of one-and-done.

3 charts that show Buddy Hield is the best college shooter since Steph Curry -
Buddy Hield is having one of the best scoring seasons in the recent history of college basketball. We have the graphs to prove it.

HS Basketball: David Sloan to transfer from Taylor County - Lexington Herald-Leader
David Sloan, expected to be one of the frontrunners for Mr. Basketball in 2017, intends to transfer from Taylor County and has moved to Louisville, where he’s originally from.

Cronin to remain coach of Cincinnati - ESPN
Mick Cronin is staying put as Cincinnati's coach despite UNLV's contention that he accepted an offer to coach the Runnin' Rebels.

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