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Kentucky is of for a couple of days, but that doesn’t mean that the basketball madness hasn’t begun yet. Yesterday, we got a taste of March Madness. Lipscomb clinched its first NCAA Tournament bid by winning the Atlantic Sun Tournament, Radford won the Big South Tournament on a buzzer-beater and the Michigan Wolverines thrashed the Purdue Boilermakers in an upset to win the Big Ten. And yesterday, 22-win Northern Kentucky got knocked off in the Horizon League quarterfinal by an 11-22 Cleveland State team, thus eliminating them from any chance at getting an NCAA Tournament bid.

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Former Wildcat Kendra Harrison wins World Championship - Cats' Pause
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By the Numbers: Kentucky in the SEC Tournament under Calipari - Cats' Pause
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CatsIllustrated.com - RECAP: Kentucky Wildcats complete 3-0 showing at Shriners College Classic
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Rethlake, Humes and Baalman Pace Kentucky to Sweep - University of Kentucky
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Introducing Cinderella: Lipscomb headed to first-ever NCAA tournament – CollegeBasketballTalk
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Celtics getting back to contender status, NBA playoffs setting up to be incredible - CBSSports.com
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Phil Mickelson wins playoff in Mexico, earns first victory since 2013 - Chicago Tribune
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