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Is Number 9 Coming? Title Game Preview

What an absolutely epic run by the University of Kentucky in the 2014 NCAA tooney.

Left for dead by yours truly (and just about everybody else with a pulse), this UK team led and owned by frosh has done a 360 with performance in the dance.

Aaron Harrison, Alex Poythress and Julius Randle have put on quite a show. Let's not forget the play of arguably UK's go to offensive player James Young as well as the emergence of Dakari Johnson.

With one game left on Monday night—it’s time to break...

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A Matchup Nightmare for Louisville

The Vegas booking line currently has Louisville by 5.5 over Kentucky on Friday. I think that has a lot to do with novice betters throwing "easy" money at taking an under seeded 4 seed (per the media narrative) over on a lowly 8 seed that struggles to play as a team. This game will be close but I think Kentucky wins by 5. Here is why:

1) So much for the emphasis on calling touch fouls. Since the tournament began, the refs have put their whistle in the pocket. Kentucky's starting 5 is...

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Quick Thoughts on Matchup With Michigan State

Kentucky meets Michigan State Tuesday night in Chicago in a titanic early season battle of traditional powerhouses, which also happens to be a clash between the top two teams in the country. It is too early to know much about how this one might go, but here are some quick points from the BBL.

As expected, we think Randle is going to be the engine for this Kentucky team and a definite POY candidate. This team is so deep and talented that a lot of high ceiling players arent even going to see...

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UK Gears Up for Huge Tilt vs Top 10 Florida

Tuesday, February 12, known as Super Tuesday on the worldwide leader, is the biggest day of the 2012-2013 season for Kentucky basketball.

After a trying out-of-conference slate and an up and down early SEC schedule, Coach Calipari looks to have righted the ship and gotten this young and inexperienced group to buy what he's selling. The Cats enter the week back in the top 25 for the first time since early December. After five consecutive conference wins, this is the first time they have...

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Davis Scores 21 in NBA Debut; UK Opens Exhibition Season

The calendar has flipped another page, and tonight brings every UK fan what they have waited for since April - the dawn of another basketball season.  Yes, I know it's an exhibition game, and I know its against NAIA power Northwood, but still, it's basketball!  After all the talk, following recruits, suffering through another dismal football season, it's time for hoops!

Kentucky will face Northwood tonight at 7 p.m. in Rupp Arena.  If you aren't going to the game, it will be shown on Fox...

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Wildcats Cruise Into the Sweet Sixteen-Indiana Up Next

The Kentucky Wildcats surged into the NCAA Sweet Sixteen with a pair of dominating victories at the KFC  YUM! Center in Louisville this past weekend.  Wildcat faithful filled downtown and had the Birds Nest hopping in Kentucky’s 81-66 win over Western Kentucky and 87-71 win over Iowa State.

Kentucky will now get a rematch with the Indiana Hoosiers on Friday night in the Georgia Dome for the opportunity to advance to the South Region finals.

It can be safely said that there was no...

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Wilcats Head to Starkville

When SEC play began back last month, many fans circled tonight's game as one of perhaps three potential roadblocks to the Kentucky Wildcats running through the conference unbeaten.  The other two were Vanderbilt (a 69-63 win) and at Florida (March 4).  A road trip to Starkville is never easy, and frankly begs the question of why ANYONE would want to go to Starkville, Mississippi in the first place!  But I digress...

Tonight's game against Mississippi State does cause concern for the Cats...

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Cats Demolish South Carolina, Enter Meat of SEC Schedule

The Kentucky Wildcats put on a clinic at South Carolina and reaffirmed why they are the top-ranked team in the nation with an overwhelming 86-52 win on Saturday.  The devastation of the Gamecocks was so thorough that the outcome of the contest was never really in doubt past the 17:00 mark of the first half.  As Coach John Calipari stated after the game, "It didn't matter who we played today, someone was getting beat by 30."  While many may try to downplay the win due to the opponent, the...

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Kentucky Hosts Arkansas-Little Rock in Annual Louisville Game

It's fair to say I'm not a big fan of programs like Kentucky beating up on teams like Arkansas-Little Rock, but I am a realist and accept that this is the way of big time college basketball.  For UK, these types of games are no more than glorified practices that sell tickets and provide needed breaks in a very impressive pre-conference slate of games.  I realize you can't play North Carolina and Louisiville every night out, and for teams such as UALR, these games provide financial support of...

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Cats Set to Host the Filthy Cards

Rumor has it that there is a big basketball game in Lexington tomorrow, and one would have to agree. While I certainly thought the North Carolina game was a little better barometer for where UK stands on a national level, certainly there aren’t many more bitter rivalries in college basketball than the one that exists between Louisville and Kentucky.
I tend to put rivalries in two categories-there are some rivalries that are good ones simply because the rivalry is competitive, the competition...

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Season Opener-the Marist Red Foxes

Tonight is the official tip-off of the 2011-2012 season, and what is not to be excited about?  This edition of the Wildcats should be strong contenders to not only win the SEC, but make a push toward the Final Four in New Orleans.  Kentucky is in a small group of truly elite teams this season that includes North Carolina (who will visit Rupp Arena on December 3), Ohio State, and UCONN.

First up, however, is the Marist Red Foxes, who will invade Rupp for tonight's opener.  I confess to not...

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Pregame Time: 3 Keys to Beating UConn

There are a million ways to look at this game and a number of possible options Kentucky can pursue to defeat Connecticut. We'll simplify it. Kentucky must keep up their confidence and chemistry, make shots and play good defense. That's it. They have as much as or more talent than anyone left in the Final Four, and they have the best odds according to the handicappers in Vegas. But above all else, we see three critical areas UK must focus on to come out victorious and get a chance to hang...

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Kentucky-North Carolina Sure to Be a Classic

It's been quite an amazing ride this year. Since none of us including yours truly expected UK to be here at this point, we're essentially playing with the house's money.

It feels good. It feels better we have a Warlock and a Jorts.

Now onto the game.

I've looked at the players, I've looked at the coaches. I've analyzed common opponents. I've thought out who would guard whom. I've even considered writing out a long and detailed post breaking down each individual player matchup. But...

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A Preview of West Virginia

Bob Huggins owns John Calipari, as the pundits say. The Huggie Bear is 8-1 lifetime against Calipari. UK fans still cringe when they look back at the masterful coaching display the Huggie Bear put on when his team advanced past one of the most talented Cats teams ever assembled in the Regional Final last year.

                So, how do you beat WV this year?

1)      Speed the game up and dictate the tempo. WV is athletic and can fast break when the opportunity arises, but their bread and...

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NCAA Tournament Game Preview: Bring on Princeton

While half the Big Blue Nation is busy complaining about UK’s poor NCAA tourney seeding and the other half is licking its chops for a potential shot at revenge vs. West Virginia in the next round, a scrappy Ivy League team known for tournament upsets is hatching a plan to pull off a stunner Thursday.

No, we do not believe the Princeton Tigers have the juice to beat this Kentucky squad, but in March, just about anything can happen. So we approach with caution, and offer you this mini-game...

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Kentucky freshman Charles Matthews is transferring, the school announced. Former ESPN 100 prospect. - via @ESPN App…
1. This loss means nothing. UK lost a game on the road in bizarre circumstances vs a very good team. If anything,...
Time to put Texas A&M to bed and get tuned up for a high seed in the big dance.
Epic collapse by UK tonight. Still something not right with this team.
Tough loss over the weekend, but the Cats showed heart...they'll be back.

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