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Wildcat Quickies: March On Edition

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The Cats come Marching in. SEC champs again. Skal surging. Willis return. New football commitment. More.

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March is here, and though the gloomy winter/spring weather may still be here, it's more summer-time heat around Lexington, Kentucky once more.

That's because the Cats are once again getting hot during the best month of the year for sports with postseason play beginning next week and March Madness on the horizon. Thanks to a pair of blowout wins over bubble teams this past week in addition to everyone FINALLY being healthy (knocks on wood repeatedly), this UK squad looks as dangerous as anyone entering the Big Dance...again.

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Cats clinch share of SEC title with win over LSU -
The Wildcats had five players reach double figures in scoring for the second consecutive game, and clinched a share of their 47th SEC regular-season title with a 94-77 victory over the Tigers (18-13, 11-7 SEC).

Labislsiere enjoys best game at Kentucky as Cats steamroll LSU - Cats Pause
Skal Labissiere believes he had one rock solid ally to help him fight through monumental struggles during his first season at Kentucky.

Calipari pleased with Willis' performance in return from ankle injury - Courier-Journal
UK head coach John Calipari was pleased with what he saw from Willis against the Tigers as the junior forward returned from an ankle injury.

Player of year Ulis, Murray head this All-SEC ballot - Lexington Herald-Leader
Jerry Tipton gives his All-SEC ballot, which features Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray deservedly making it.

Kentucky adds in-state OL commitment - Cats Pause
Dotson was a bit under-the-radar in the perspective of today's recruiting. The 16-year old has not attended many camps and isn't ranked in any service, but UK likes what they got.

New assistant Clinkscale has been watching the ’ recruiting successes from afar - Lexington Herald-Leader
Before it became official that Steve Clinkscale would be UK’s new defensive backs coach, word started getting out to some of the players he had been recruiting at the University of Cincinnati.

North Carolina LB Chase Monroe likes ‘vibe’ at Kentucky - Vaught's Views
North Carolina junior linebacker Chase Monroe really had his interest "sparked" when he came to Kentucky for Junior Day earlier this year and it went both ways because the Wildcats offered him a scholarship.

Ben Simmons and LSU should apologize for underachieving, not academic shortcomings - Yahoo Sports
We don't need a mea culpa from Simmons for going through the motions in class. But he and the Tigers should own up to their near-total basketball failure.

Bam Adebayo’s coach says he’s skipping Summit to concentrate on school
Adebayo's coach, Brandon Clifford, told  the big man wanted to concentrate on his academics and is already playing in the McDonald's All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic.

Florida recruiting analyst predicts that Mac Jones won’t end up at Kentucky -
ones is committed to Kentucky and has been for some time. He’s having a massive offseason, though, and new recruiting interest is heating up fast.

Lovie Smith expected to become Illinois head football coach - FOX Sports
On the heels of new Illinois AD Josh Whitman firing head coach Bill Cubit, one-time Bears coach Lovie Smith is expected to become the next Illini head coach.

Landon Young, Ray Zuberer to receive Wah Wah Jones award - Lexington Herald-Leader
Landon Young of Lafayette and Ray Zuberer of Owensboro Catholic were named co-recipients of the third annual Wallace "Wah Wah" Jones Award by the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation on Friday.

Duke's Jefferson out for season with injury, could return with hardship waiver -
This might not be the last time we hear from Amile Jefferson at Duke.

Bo Ryan cleared by Wisconsin of alleged misuse of school resources during affair - ESPN
The University of Wisconsin said that an investigation of Bo Ryan cleared the former basketball coach of alleged misuse of school resources during an extramarital affair.

UK target Marvin Bagley holds on to No. 1 ranking in class of 2018 -
With offers from Arizona, Arizona State, California, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Oregon and UCLA to name a few, Bagley will have his pick of the best programs once he decides to narrow down his focus.

Biggest strengths, weaknesses of each SEC East team entering spring practice -
With the four leading rushers from last season all returning, running back is a position that gives the Wildcats plenty of options.

Spider-Man spinoff starring Venom back on at Sony - Polygon
The supervillain gets a starring role. A movie based on Venom was in the works at Sony several years ago before it was scrapped.

Texas Tech’s Toddrick Gotcher proposes to girlfriend on court -
Spoiler alert: she said yes.

NCAA loses $9 million in 2015 - USA TODAY Sports
The NCAA operated at a loss of more than $9 million for the year. It's the first deficit in the 11 years for which USA TODAY Sports has compiled stats.

Tony Stewart anxiously awaits update after back surgery
The three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion suffered a burst fracture of his L1 vertebra in an all-terrain vehicle on Jan. 31. He will have an X-ray in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday that will offer insight into his progress.

Just how valuable is football to Alabama sports? -
The $95.1 million in football revenue works out to 81 percent of the sports-specific income Alabama made in 2015. The men's basketball program was next with $12.8 million of revenue.

Report: 23 Jump Street will be a crossover with Men in Black - Polygon
Unfortunately, Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones aren't involved.

Meerkat Is Ditching the livestream - Re/code
The company has all but abandoned the live-streaming model we’ve become familiar with in favor of something new: A social network where "everybody is always live."

Here's how experts will test the knife found at O. J.'s estate - The Verge
A buried knife was found at O. J. Simpson's estate during construction work, though no one is sure exactly when. It is currently being tested for hair and fingerprints, but those tests may not be of much use.