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Thursday Quickies: Beat ACU Edition

The Wildcats begin their NCAA Tournament run.

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Jacksonville Practice Matt Stamey-USA TODAY Sports

The Kentucky Wildcats begin their NCAA Tournament run tonight when they take on the 15-seed Abilene Christian University.

Kentucky is a heavy favorite in the game and is projected to win, but the main story remains PJ Washington and his foot injury. Yesterday, John Calipari revealed that PJ sprained his foot in the Tennessee game and has went through the process of x-rays and MRIs to further evaluate the damage, all of which yielded positive results.

Calipari said Washington wants to play tonight, but we’re still waiting to see if he will give it a run or if he will sit out and get a little extra rest as Kentucky tries to hold off an Abilene Christian squad looking to pull off one of the biggest upsets in NCAA Tournament history.

If Washington can’t give it a go, Kentucky could see more small-ball lineups with Keldon Johnson at the four or hopefully Nick Richards or EJ Montgomery can step up their play and fill in.

Either way, this is a game Kentucky should take care of business and prepare for either Wofford or Seton Hall in the next round.

Today marks the beginning of four of the most fun days of the year for sports fans, so buckle up and enjoy!

Tweets of the Day

Doesn’t look like Cal is taking that UCLA job.

Man, that was fun to watch.


Cats prepared for ACU with or without PJ - Cats Pause

Kentucky will be ready for this game, no matter what.

Reid Travis realizes dream of playing in NCAA Tourney - Herald Leader

It will be a memorable experience for Travis.

Washington’s presence very important for UK - Herald Leader

Having PJ on the floor makes a world of difference for the Cats.

Read this Tyler Herro feature - Bleacher Report

We’re really going to miss him when he leaves for the NBA.

Immanuel Quickley the most-improved Wildcat? -KSR

Quickley has come a long way since November.

Examining UK Hoops against Princeton - KSR

Matthew Mitchell’s squad opens with a tough Princeton swuad.

Syracuse’s Frank Howard suspended for NCAA Tournament - Bleacher Report

Not good for those who projected ‘Cuse to upset Gonzaga in the second round.

Under-the-radar prospects who could become household names - Yahoo

Several guys are hoping to make a name for themselves and their teams in the tournament.

The 68 best players in the NCAA Tournament - Yahoo

PJ, Tyler, and Keldon all make the cut.

Tampa Bay Bucs hire two female assistant coaches - ESPN

Tampa Bay becomes the first team to have two full-time female assistants.

Will Randall Cobb fill in Cole Beasley’s role in Dallas? - Dallas Cowboys

Cobb could be used in a similar fasion.