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Jamie Vaught: Despite Wildcat’s absence, March Madness still offers some fun with Ky. connections

Over the years, the men’s NCAA Tournament party, popularly known as the Big Dance, usually has invited the Kentucky Wildcats as a very important guest. But that isn’t the case this time as the 9-16 Wildcats suffered one of their worst hoops seasons in school history. Fortunately, if you are a true fan, 2021 March Madness will still be fun as the 68-team event will have some UK flavor as well as...

Kentucky freshmen eager to take national stage as Wildcats prepare to embark on road to Final Four

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Ashton Hagans remembers watching Kentucky play in the NCAA Tournament, especially the Wildcats’ loss to North Carolina two years ago in the South Region finals in Memphis. He also watched last year’s setback to Kansas State in the Sweet Sixteen but is ready to make his own mark in the prestigious event. “It’s a dream come true, just growing up watching this...

Wildcats start path to Final Four as No. 2 seed against Abilene Christian Thursday in Jacksonville

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s path to the Final Four will begin in the Sunshine State.    The Wildcats (27-6), the No, 2 seed in the Midwest Region, will take on Abilene Christian at 7:10 p.m. Thursday in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament in Jacksonville. The Wildcats (27-6) won the Southland Conference Tournament and received a bid to the Big Dance for the first time in school...

NCAA: Long three-point streak ends, but Cats oust Davidson in tourney opener

Kevin Knox scored 25 points to lead Kentucky to a 78-73 win over Davidson Thursday night at Taco Bell Arena in Boise. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today BOISE (KT) — The first one is out of the way. Kentucky (25-10) advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 78-73 triumph over outmanned Davidson Thursday night, setting up a potential matchup against Arizona in the...

NCAA: Calipari not surprised by his team’s seeding in Big Dance

Kentucky coach John Calipari wasn’s surprised by his team’s placement in the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats are a No 5 seed in the South Region, with overall top seed Virginia. (Keith Taylor/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari wasn’t surprised when his team’s NCAA destination was revealed Sunday. “I would have been shocked if we got a four seed,” Calipari...

Despite lack of tournament experience, Pitino thinks tough schedule has Cards ready to go

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — Sitting out last year’s Big Dance as wallflowers under the school’s self-imposed postseason ban means that very few players on Louisville’s current roster have NCAA Tournament experience. In fact, only two — junior guard Quentin Snider and senior center Mangok Mathiang — have logged significant minutes in an NCAA...

Jamie Vaught: Lots of Bluegrass color in NCAA Big Dance field beyond just UK and UofL

There are lots of representatives from the state of Kentucky in the Big Dance beyond just UK and U of L. As you know, Northern Kentucky, which was just granted full NCAA Division I status last August, has earned its first NCAA Division I tourney berth for winning the Horizon League Tournament in Detroit last week. And the No. 15 seed Norse (24-10) will face No. 2 seed Kentucky in the South Region...