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Tuesday Notes Before the Dance Begins

Here’s some notes for Tuesday as we await the outcome of tonight’s opening round games in Dayton that will determine UK’s second round opponent in Louisville on Thursday…

  • The Associated Press announced the winners of the Southeastern Conference post-season awards on Monday and Kentucky swept the top places on the list.  Anthony Davis was named the Player of the Year and the Newcomer of the Year while John Calipari was named the SEC Coach of the Year.  Michael Kidd-Gilchrist joined Davis on the All-SEC First team while Terrence Jones made the Second Team.  Congratulations to the Wildcats and Coach Cal on well-deserved honors.
  • Western Kentucky and Mississippi Valley State will play Tuesday night right here in Dayton for the right to play Kentucky on Thursday.  In what is sure to be a great experience, President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron are not only attending the game, but will also meet both teams.  I am certainly biased because I live in Dayton, but I can tell you that the Dayton area is very excited to be hosting the First Four.  UD Arena is a great venue for basketball that seats about 12,000 and the Flyer fanbase is passionate.  The ties to Kentucky are obvious for WKU given its an in-state school, but Mississippi Valley State also has a tie to the state.  Former Wildcat Sean Woods is the head coach and has done an incredible job in turning the program around.  Woods was a member of the 1991-92 team dubbed the “Unforgettables” and was the player who hit the running shot over Duke that lead to Christian Laettner’s now infamous shot to beat Kentucky in the regional final.  It’s hard to decide who to pull for more here.  UK will crush either one of them, but I lean toward supporting the Hilltoppers since they are in-state.
  • Kentucky is still the #1 team in the land according to both major polls.  Unlike previous weeks, first place votes in the AP poll also went to Syracuse (1), Missouri (2), and North Carolina (1) while in the Coaches poll UK received all but one first place vote while Mizzou got the other.  Polls are great, but at this point they mean nothing, which is the beauty of college basketball.  The GAMES decide the champion, not polls and computers!

That’s all I have for this morning.  We will break down UK’s bracket tomorrow once their second round opponent is set.

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