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Thursday Quickies: The Madness Begins Edition

The NCAA Tournament is finally here and more in today's quickies!

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UK trend report: Why Kentucky can win it all - LCJ
A look at what must go right for Kentucky to win the NCAA Tournament.

Cal-culated indignation? Kentucky’s coach regularly cries foul with NCAA tourney process | Lexington Herald-Leader
That John Calipari suggested unfairness in Kentucky’s path in this year’s NCAA Tournament should sound familiar. He seems to see unfairness every year. Analysts say he’s trying to stoke an us-versus-them competitive fire in his players.

Quade Green Ready To Represent Philadelphia At Nike Hoop Summit - USAB
Quade Green talks about his future at UK and says he’s fine if Isaiah Briscoe comes back next season.

Comparing Calipari's Cats - 247 ranks John Calipari's eight Kentucky teams across 11 statistical categories. How do the 2016-17 Wildcats stack up?

Two more UK signees added to Nike Hoop Summit " UK recruiting news
UK targets Mohamed Bamba and Kevin Knox are also on the U.S. team. The Nike Hoop Summit game will be played April 7 in Portland, Oregon.

2017 Kentucky Basketball Awards - UK Wildcats News
It's been an incredibly busy postseason as far as awards go for the Kentucky Wildcats. Here's how you can keep up with them all and help the Wildcats win some more.

8 types of college basketball coaches you’ll meet during March Madness -
Coaches are our barometers as fans. Which one are you?

The best of the best in the 2017 NCAA tournament - ESPN
You want to know who should take the last shot or which team was underseeded? We can help. But looking for a favorite mascot or best hair or hardest name to spell? We can help there, too.

Why "I Like My Team" Entering The Tournament | Kentucky Sports Radio
While many of college basketball's so-called experts overlook the SEC Champion Kentucky Wildcats, there's reason to believe a special March is upon us.

Kentucky’s complete history in the NCAA Tournament as a No. 2 seed | Lexington Herald-Leader
This is the sixth time since the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985 that Kentucky will be a No. 2 seed in the Big Dance. The Wildcats have one won national championship as a 2 seed, but they’ve also experienced a couple of their most heartbreaking losses of the past 25 seasons in that spot. A full history of UK as a 2 seed.

The New York Times examines Calipari’s media empire; Is a Cal/Trump podcast on the way? | Kentucky Sports Radio
As Kentucky fans, we are well accustomed to John Calipari's use of his podcast. Will a future guest be the U.S. president?

The Wonky-Tonkiest, Nitty-Grittiest, Most Analytically Correct MVP Debate of All Time! - ESPN
In ESPN the Magazine's Analytics Issue, we learned what happens when six NBA geniuses get together on Slack -- a vicious MVP debate breaks out! And the winner is ...

Repeating a tough task for Villanova as NCAA Tournament ushers in March Madness |
In its quest to become the first team to win back-to-back titles since the Florida Gators accomplished the feat in 2006-07, Villanova will reach the Final Four for the second straight season, fending off ACC members Virginia and Duke in the Sweet Sixteen in New York.

NFL Power Rankings: Free agency pushing Giants toward No. 1 -
The opening of a new league year provided a flurry of activity across the NFL. How has this impacted the pecking order of the 32 member clubs? Elliot Harrison reveals his rankings, from 1 to 32.

Ball Family Home Burglarized During High School Game - CollegeSpun
The family of UCLA star Lonzo Ball had its home burglarized during brother LiAngelo and LaMelo's game Tuesday night..

Mike Fields: My most memorable moments at Kentucky’s state tournament | Lexington Herald-Leader
Editor’s note: Mike Fields covered high school sports for the Lexington Herald-Leader for 35 years before his retirement in 2015. He now writes part time for the KHSAA.

2017 NFL free agency: Fantasy football winners and losers |
The NFL's free agency frenzy has seen a number of big-name wide receivers change teams, but the impact has been far less significant at both the quarterback and running back positions (at least to this point). With that being said, here's the early fantasy football winners and losers of the 2017 NFL free-agent period.

Terrelle Pryor Says He Would Have Considered Going To Duke To Play Basketball And Football - CollegeSpun
Where would Terrelle Pryor have gone if he didn't pick Ohio State?

Sweet Sixteen: Bowling Green puts Graves County away in second half | Lexington Herald-Leader
Bowling Green defeated Graves County in the first round of the KHSAA boys’ Sweet Sixteen at Rupp Arena on Wednesday afternoon.

Paul Laurence Dunbar high-scoring senior Hollingsworth named Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball |
Taveion, the city’s all-time leading scorer in boys’ basketball, is the first Lexington player to win Mr. Basketball since 1984.

The Sweetest Century: Ten iconic Kentucky Boys’ State Tournament teams | Lexington Herald-Leader
As Kentucky celebrates the 100th year of its boys’ basketball state tournament, here are 10 iconic teams that loom large in the event’s lore.

Bad Karma: GoPro's first drone does not impress - The Verge
What goes down must come back around.

This Woman Was Driving When A Snake Came Through Her Air Vent And People Have Decided That They Won't Drive Ever Again - BuzzFeed News
*Cuts up license*..

McDonald’s testing mobile ordering in the US - The Verge
McDonald’s is now letting some mobile app users in Washington and California place their orders before actually getting to a restaurant location.