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Wildcat Quickies: Final Four Edition

Jamal Murray goes pro. Final Four time. UK's '96 squad not celebrated and undervalued by ESPN. More.

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Father-son bond the foundation of Murray’s success -
"My dad’s been here the whole time, put me in this position and helped me get to this spot," Jamal said. "He’s taught me everything I know. I’m thankful to have him in my life as my best friend, mentor, biggest critic and biggest fan."

McDonald’s All-American wrap-up: All the stories, notes and videos from this week’s showcase - Lexington Herald-Leader
A collection of the Herald-Leader’s feature everything from the McDonald’s All-American Game week festivities in Chicago.

Why weren't the '96 Cats honored at Rupp? - Courier-Journal
It's been 20 years since Kentucky won it all in 1996, so why wasn't there a party at Rupp Arena this season?

John Wooden's 1972 UCLA Bruins top list of past NCAA champions - ESPN
The best champions of all time? UK's '96 squad was painfully low on the list, so I'm not putting much stock into this.

Ohio trio most important recruits in Stoops era - Cats Pause
This Ohio trio may be the most important in the Mark Stoops era at Kentucky.

Bam Adebayo, coach explain decision to skip Nike Hoop Summit - Lexington Herald-Leader
Bam Adebayo’s explanation for skipping next weekend’s Nike Hoop Summit is simply to take a break and finish up school.

Under-the-radar players emerging for UK this spring - Courier-Journal
Through seven spring practices several names have started to emerge as possible breakout candidates.

Listen to Kyle Wiltjer’s interview with KSR - Kentucky Sports Radio
Kyle Wiltjer is back in Kentucky before he begins his pre-NBA workouts and made a special appearance on KSR to reflect on his time as a Wildcat.

Julius Randle fined $15,000 for gesture - Yahoo Sports
Lakers forward Julius Randle has been fined $15,000 for making an obscene gesture during the game against the Heat.

Top football commitment visiting UK this weekend - UK recruiting blog
James Hudson will be back in Lexington for an unofficial visit Saturday, which is a good sign for UK keeping the four-star DE solid to the Cats.

Breakdown: UK Commit 4-Star JaVont'e Richardson - Scout
Kentucky is off to a great start to their 2017 recruiting class, and the Wildcats received a boost Sunday night with the commitment of 4-star athlete JaVont'e Richardson.

Selling SLU to local players is Ford's priority -
"That is the key to recruiting," Travis Ford said on Thursday afternoon. "Relationships."

Four storylines to watch in the Final Four - Yahoo Sports
Will Oklahoma cut down the nets in Houston? A lot depends on how Buddy Hield and other shooters adapt to NRG Stadium.

The UNC-Syracuse Final Four matchup is a bad look for the NCAA - FOX Sports
Mark Emmert can't be pleased with these two teams representing the NCAA on its biggest stage.

North Carolina-Syracuse is a nightmare Final Four matchup for the NCAA -
The Final Four meeting between Syracuse and North Carolina is the last one the NCAA wants to see.

NCAA Final Four: Unstoppable Forces Meet Immovable Objects - WSJ
Here is how the Final Four teams can win—and lose—at their own games.

How Lon Kruger's long odyssey led him back to the Final Four - Yahoo Sports
Lon Kruger has moved from college program to program, improving each along the way. In Oklahoma, he might have finally found a home.

The guide to building a PC for virtual reality - Polygon
So how much power (and cash) do you need for your virtual reality gaming PC?

NCAA Final Four Preview: Future Stars And Past Transgressions - NPR
NBA stars in the making? Check. Upset potential? Check. Academic fraud scandals? Double check. Saturday's NCAA Final Four games have it all. Here's what you need to know.

Final Four 2016: Why Villanova can win the national championship -
A preview of Villanova-Oklahoma and some reasons why the Wildcats can win the whole 2016 NCAA Tournament.

Google’s Gmail April Fool prank backfires in spectacular style - Ars Technica
Users complain "Gmail Mic Drop" offended friends, coworkers, and lost jobs.

Hunter Pence and his fiance 'adopted' a helpless minor leaguer - FOX Sports
The adoptee is 25-year-old Matt Pare, an actual minor league catcher in the Giants organization who has thus far spent most of his career at the Single-A level.

Repeated hits to head bigger football threat than concussions -
Repeated concussions pose a significant danger to football players, but the overall number of impacts on a players head is a much greater health risk.

April Fools' pranks from across the internet, ranked from best to worst - The Verge
The madness is over, but here's a look at some of the best April 1 gaffes and giggles.

April Fools popular college football opinions - 247 Sports
A look at five popular college football opinions from last year that had us fooled.

Hands-on with HoloLens: On the cusp of a revolution - Ars Technica
It's an amazing device, and now it needs amazing software to go with it.

How Buddy Hield’s game grew in the Bahamas - ESPN
Buddy Hield grew up in the Bahamas with six siblings, building his own hoop as a youngster. His sister, Coco, says Hield "brought life to all of us."

NCAA Escapes Upsetting Crucial Auntie Fan Base By Keeping Luther Vandross-Sung Theme Song
Turner Broadcasting announced it’d be replacing Luther Vandross’ iconic version of "One Shining Moment" as their NCAA theme song last week, but those plans quickly changed.