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Quickies: Spring Wrap-Up Edition

Cats finish spring ball. Barker named starter. Building blocks in place. NBA Cats year in review. 3 vital questions for Stoops. NBA playoffs. More.

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Building Blocks in Place after Solid Spring - UK Wildcats News
Kentucky has had its best spring of Mark Stoops’ tenure, and the Wildcats put a bow on it with a solid outing at the Blue-White Spring Game. "I'm more confident in our team and we better be, as you move on and you get more and more guys and I feel like we're getting our quality of player is getting better and better and we keep on adding depth to this team, we're moving in the right direction," Stoops said.

Cousins, Davis, Towns make up three of NBA’s best big men -
When it comes to the best bigs in the game, one cannot exclude DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis and Karl-Anthony Towns, who is the prohibitive favorite to bring home Rookie of the Year honors this season.

What Went Right in the Blue/White Game - Kentucky Sports Radio
Though it's hard to put too much stock into a glorified spring football scrimmage, Kentucky football did what it needed to do during Saturday's Blue-White Game. Impact players on both sides of the ball emerged while the quarterbacks threw the ball very well as Drew Barker looks like he'll become a quality SEC passer.

NFL-bound Korem says UK will still do sports science; transition plans in place - Lexington Herald-Leader
It took a special job in a special place to lure High-Performance Coordinator Erik Korem away from Kentucky.

Drew Barker named starting QB after spring game - Courier-Journal
"The last week of spring I feel like Drew was starting to pull away," UK head coach Mark Stoops said after the Blue’s 31-20 win. "That's the nice thing to see about Drew is I thought he was very, very consistent this spring and really this whole offseason."

Eighth-Inning Rally Lifts No. 4 Dores to Series Win - UK Wildcats News
A two-RBI single from Bryan Reynolds in the bottom of the eighth inning lifted No. 4 Vanderbilt to a 3-2 comeback win over No. 9 Kentucky to clinch the series.

Coach Cal's guys in the NBA: Year in review -
The biggest thing to change about Boogie’s game this year was his ability to shoot 3s as he launched 210 3-pointers and averaged 33.3% from deep.

Three and out: Answers to 3 vital questions as Mark Stoops enters his 4th season at UK - Lexington Herald-Leader
Answers from three Lexington sports media figures to three vital Kentucky Wildcats football questions as Mark Stoops enters his 4th season as UK head coach

Observations from Kentucky's Blue-White Spring Game - Cats Pause
Kentucky's Blue squad composed of starters defeated the backups of the White team 31-20 in the Cats' Spring Game in Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday.

Alabama going after a 4-star QB not named Mac Jones - SEC Country
It looks like Alabama is poised to land a big-time QB in the 2017 class, and it's thankfully not Mac Jones, who was offered last week.

Bagley Returns After High School Ineligibility - SNY
Marvin Bagley III showing up at the Nike EYBL session normally wouldn't be a big deal, but the last few months haven't been normal for the top-ranked player in the Class of 2018.

Three Rivals 100 recruits among visitors for UK Blue-White Spring Game - Lexington Herald-Leader
Three of the top 100 football prospects in the country were among the visitors for UK’s Blue-White Spring Game at Commonwealth Stadium.

Warriors treat the Rockets like a JV basketball team in Game 1 rout -
The Rockets would like nothing more than to show the world they can hang with the Warriors. In Game 1, Steph Co. predictably show Houston just how far away it is from competing with the champs.

Stephen Curry of Golden State Warriors questionable for Game 2 with an ankle injury - ESPN
Warriors coach Steve Kerr says Stephen Curry is questionable for Game 2 of the Warriors' first-round playoff series after injuring his ankle in Saturday's win over the Rockets.

Kentucky Surges Ahead for the Lead at SEC Championship - UK Wildcats News
After putting together its most impressive start to the SEC in the Brian Craig era on Friday, the Kentucky men’s golf team put together a combined round of 9-over par on day two and own a 6-over par score through two rounds.

Defense wins the day in Tennessee spring game - Gridiron Now
Almost 68,000 fans showed up at Neyland Stadium on Saturday to see Tennessee finish off its 2016 spring drills with the Orange and White game.

Jordan Brand Classic All-American Game Recap - Scout
De'Aaron Fox and Malik Monk came away with MVP honors as they dazzled throughout the night.

Social media buzz: Jordan Brand Classic -
Fox & Monk stole the headlines, but Adebayo finished with 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting, including a number of monster jams, and five rebounds.

Raptors on hot seat after another playoff setback - TSN
With a 100-90 Game 1 loss to the Indiana Pacers, Toronto dropped its third straight series opener, each of them coming at home, and seventh consecutive playoff contest overall.

How Paul George dominated the Raptors as the Pacers went up 1-0 -
The Pacers guard was the best player on the floor Saturday, and that's why Indiana now leads its best-of-seven-series 1-0.

Calipari starts Saturday by watching top Nike recruits - UK recruiting blog
John Calipari was in the gym Saturday morning to see top recruiting targets Michael Porter Jr. and Trae Young.

Trevon Duval Wows Coaches at Under Armour event | SNY
It doesn't look like UK is still pursuing the five-star point guard from 2017.

Auburn to the SEC East? Why not scrap divisions altogether? - Gridiron Now
If Gus Malzahn is right and the SEC is thinking about realignment by moving Auburn to the East, why not just eliminate the divisions altogether?

Reds erase early 4-run deficit, beat Cardinals 9-8 - Lexington Herald-Leader
Down 4-0 early and facing St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright, the Cincinnati Reds didn't seem to have much chance of ending their four-game losing streak.

Inside the truck: How ESPN handled Kobe Bryant's epic final game - Mashable
Go behind the scenes with ESPN as the sports broadcasting giant presents Kobe Bryant's final NBA game.