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Ashley Scoby: For Lyles, trip to Indy for Final Four match with Badgers a dream come true

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  Long before he tweeted pictures of an NCAA regional trophy, before he tweeted about a snow day at UK and before he Instagrammed pictures of he and his “brothers” going through the daily life of a Kentucky basketball player, …

NABC bestows national Coach of the Year honors on Cats’ Calipari for a third time

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  For the third time in his career, John Calipari has been named national Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.   Calipari moved into second place alone for the most all-time NABC Coach of the …

Kentucky’s Cauley-Stein chosen first-team All-American by Associated Press, NAABC

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  Willie Cauley-Stein became Kentucky’s 25th consensus first team All-American this week after the Associated Press and National Association of Basketball Coaches each selected the 7-foot junior as one of the nation’s top five players.   The NCAA recognizes the …

Sports Notes: Most eyes are on Indy this weekend, but some are looking ahead, too

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  As the eyes of Big Blue Nation (and the rest of the basketball-watching country) turn toward Indianapolis to see whether top-ranked Kentucky can close the deal, some eyes are being trained on next year’s team.   Reports last week …

After tough loss in Elite Eight, Pitino already turning his attention to the 2015-16 season

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By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent   LOUISVILLE–Less than 24 hours after what he called a “bitter” 76-70 loss to Michigan State in the East Regional Final Sunday afternoon, Louisville coach Rick Pitino already had his mind on the 2015-16 season. …

Eastern Kentucky’s Neubauer departs for Fordham after 10 seasons on Colonel bench

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  Eastern Kentucky University head men’s Basketball Coach Jeff Neubauer has stepped down to accept the same position at Fordham University, a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference.   Neubauer leaves EKU as the second winningest coach in program history, …

Louisville’s bid to crash Final Four party blocked in overtime by Michigan State

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  By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent   With a big assist from Michigan State, the mid-February version of the Louisville Cardinals returned from a long hiatus Sunday afternoon at an inopportune time, and that reappearance was enough to end their …

Ashley Scoby: Luck of the Irish runs out as Kentucky now just two wins away from title

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  “Don’t miss,” Andrew Harrison told himself as he walked to the line for two free throws. His 37-0 team was tied 66-66 with Notre Dame in the Midwest Regional Final Saturday night, and six seconds potentially remained in his …

Familiar foe Michigan State is final obstacle
for Louisville’s improbable Final Four run

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  By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent   It’s beginning to feel a lot like 1987 to Rick Pitino, and look like 2012 where his current Louisville basketball team is concerned.   Pitino’s ’87 Providence team, led by Billy Donovan, was …

Lightly used reserve Gill combines with vets Rozier, Harrell to keep Cards alive in NCAA

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  By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent   There were other players who stood out more and longer for Louisville throughout the evening, but without little-used Anton Gill’s contributions, the fourth-seeded Cardinals might be headed home instead of spending a long …

Ashley Scoby: Road to season of perfection had genesis in Bahamas exhibition defeat

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  CLEVELAND — The concrete answer for “how to beat Kentucky” requires a run-on sentence, and a look back to August.   This team can lose – and it has – when they have played six games in eight days, …

Last-second bomb provides the difference as Knights fall to Florida Southern in D-II semis

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  A season of history and titles ended in heartbreaking fashion for the Bellarmine University men’s basketball team on Thursday night in the Final Four of the Division II NCAA Tournament.   A spirited comeback in front of a raucous …

Ashley Scoby: Still perfect, miffed Wildcats wake up to teach West Virginia a hard lesson

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  What’s the old saying about what not to do around a sleeping wild animal?   A team called the Mountaineers theoretically should have known not to poke the bear that is now a 37-0 Kentucky team. But previous to …

Pitino well aware of what he’s up against in NCAA Sweet 16 ACC rematch with N.C. State

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  By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent   Even before the upsets, the general consensus among analysts and pundits was that the East Regional was the weakest collection of high-seeded teams among the four regionals in the NCAA Tournament.   That …

Freeman’s 30-foot bank shot at buzzer halts Murray State’s bid in NIT, record season

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  The record-breaking 2014-15 season for the Murray State Racers came to an end Wednesday in the National Invitation Tournament quarterfinals on a buzzer-beater to the Old Dominion Monarchs 72-69 at the Constant Center in Norfolk, Virginia.   Down by …