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Friday Quickies: The Road Begins Edition

The men and women's hoops teams open NCAA Tournament play and more in today's quickies!

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Fourth-Seeded Kentucky Hosts Belmont in First Round Friday | UK Wildcats News
After earning its school-record eighth straight appearance in the Big Dance, the UK women begin play in the 2017 NCAA Tournament today at Noon ET by hosting 13th-seeded Belmont in the first round inside historic Memorial Coliseum. Kentucky is 19-13 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, including a 15-7 record under Mitchell.

How Kentucky and Northern Kentucky match up — with a game prediction | Lexington Herald-Leader
No. 2 seed Kentucky has won more Division I NCAA Tournament games (121) than any school. A former Division II power, No. 15 seed Northern Kentucky made the Big Dance in its first season eligible for the D-I tourney. Here is a look at how the two match up at every position — with a game prediction.

2017 NCAA Tournament: Kentucky basketball's odds of advancing - SEC Country
Just how big of a threat does Northern Kentucky pose to Kentucky? No. 15 seeds are performing much better than they used to.

Findlay Prep draws familiar foe for Dick’s Nationals opener | Nevada Preps
P.J. Washington and Findlay Prep earned the No. 4 seed when the brackets for the Dick’s High School Nationals were released Wednesday and faces fifth-seeded Oak Hill Academy (Virginia) in the quarterfinals at 11 a.m. March 30 at Christ the King High School.

Lots of Bluegrass color in NCAA Big Dance field beyond just UK and UofL |
There are lots of representatives from the state of Kentucky in the Big Dance beyond just UK and U of L.

Kentucky’s NCAA fate may rest on overcoming inexperience | Lexington Herald-Leader
College basketball analysts cite last year’s championship game between Villanova and North Carolina as showing how big a difference experience can make. Kentucky proved in 2012 that a freshman-dependent team can win the NCAA Tournament. But inexperience is a hurdle that must be crossed.

Taylor County’s male cheerleader is the most impressive athlete on the planet | Kentucky Sports Radio
KSR found the star of this year's KHSAA Sweet 16 in Lexington and he's not a basketball player. No, he is a cheerleader for Taylor County.

Mo Talks End Of HS Career, National Accolades, And Social Justice In Latest Entry. - SLAM
As Mohamed Bamba gets closer to making his college decision, the five-star recruit discusses his prep journey and latest school projects in the classroom.

WATCH: Kentucky releases March Madness hype video - 247
Are Kentucky fans ready for the next chapter of March dominance?

2017 NCAA Tournament: What John Calipari said before Kentucky vs NKU - SEC Country
John Calipari said he's proud to be coaching a group of freshmen who blend with key veterans as Kentucky enters the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Coach Q&A.

De'Aaron Fox is key for Kentucky basketball in NCAA Tournament | Lexington Herald-Leader
Freshman guard De’Aaron Fox was named MVP last weekend as Kentucky won another SEC Tournament title. For the Cats to advance deep into the NCAA Tournament, the talented freshmen must keep the momentum going.

How the Utah Jazz turned Rudy Gobert into the next Bill Russell - ESPN
The Jazz bought a low draft pick to draft unheralded Frenchman Rudy Gobert. Their plan? To create the NBA's best defender.

How Grayson Allen went from young Duke star to March Madness' most hated player -
Grayson Allen's no good, highly controversial, apology-filled junior year made him the consummate heel, and that’s now Duke’s burden to bear.

Tom Crean era: How did it compare? - Scout
Indiana is once again looking to make a coaching change in the post Bob Knight era. We take a look at the coaching era since the legendary coach was let go before the 2000-01 season.

Brad Stevens has no interest in leaving Celtics - Boston Globe
Stevens has been linked to potential college openings since he took the Celtics job four years ago. But even with an opening like Indiana, it doesn't look like Boston will lose their head coach anytime soon.

Has 'all or nothing' window closed for Cardinals? -
Can the Cardinals live up to that “all or nothing” philosophy for one more season before the declining duo of Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald walk off into the sunset?

Songwriter, Peyton, pays tribute to UK Wildcats |
A former Hopkins County resident has penned a song that he hopes will become the anthem of Big Blue Nation.

8 warning signs that your team is about to suffer a crippling NCAA tournament loss -
The warning signs that your team is about to suffer a crippling NCAA tournament loss.

Wooden Watch Wooden Award candidates signature moments - ESPN
Every Wooden Award winner has that one game that sets him apart -- his Wooden moment. Here is that instance for the top five Wooden Watch candidates.

Zion Williamson is the Best Mixtape Player of our Generation: Next Lebron? - BallIsLife
UK target Zion Williamson is the best mixtape player of our generation.

These Incredible Images Were Created With 3D Printers, Microscopes | Digital Trends
Who says science isn't sometimes also art? The winning photos from the Wellcome contest offer both scientific insight and incredible art.

The Matrix reboot isn’t a remake: Here’s the difference between the two - Polygon
You probably won’t see Neo again.