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Gambling awareness, March Madness share month; NCAA Tournament largest gambling event of the year

In March, the largest gambling event of the year – the NCAA men’s basketball tournament – begins. March also is national Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM). If the Kentucky General Assembly passes House Bill 175, and it is signed into law by Gov. Matt Bevin, sports betting in Kentucky will become legal. Even more betting on basketball will occur. The Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling...

Jamie Vaught: March is upon us, some observations, statistics and tidbits as we head into the ‘Madness’

• It’s really hard to believe that two of UK’s best players — Kevin Knox and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander who earned first-team or second-team All-SEC honors as voted by the coaches — were left out by the Associated Press on its All-SEC teams. Weird, huh?  If my late brother-in-law, who was a head basketball coach on the high school level for a couple of years, was alive today, he would...

Kentucky State Parks offering opportunities to watch March Madness Basketball at several park locations

College basketball fans have several options to watch their favorite teams during March at Kentucky State Parks. Natural Bridge State Resort Park near Slade has Trail’s End Tavern with TV sets and a variety of beverages available. The tavern is inside Hemlock Lodge. Trail’s End Tavern at Natural Bridge State Resort Park (Photo from KAP) Jenny Wiley State Resort Park at Prestonsburg also has...

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...

After tough draw, defensive play the key for Wildcats making deep run in NCAA Tournament

Kentucky got a tough draw in the NCAA Tournament with six teams in its region ranked in the latest Associated Press Top 25, and two more listed at the top of the others receiving votes category. Among those six ranked teams is 10-seed Wichita State, the No. 8 team in the latest Ken Pomeroy rankings, which Kentucky could potentially face in the second round should both the Shockers and Wildcats win...

WalletHub report shows Lexington is 8th best city for college basketball fans, 3rd among large cities

With March Madness just over a week away, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its NCAA Tournament Fun Facts infographic as well as its report on 2017’s Best & Worst Cities for College Basketball Fans to help get hoops lovers psyched for this magical time of year. Lexington ranked eighth overall as the best city for college basketball, third among large cities. Lexington trailed...

Defense a concern, but so is offense as UofL women prepare to tip off in NCAA Tournament

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — It’s not difficult to discern a theme for the University of Louisville women’s basketball team heading into this weekend’s NCAA Tournament. As sophomore power forward Myisha Hines-Allen so succinctly puts it: “Defense. Defense. Defense.” The third-seeded Cardinals (25-7) will get their bid for a fourth straight Sweet...

Murray adds another honor, earns spot on U.S. Basketball Writers Freshman All-American team

One of the best freshman and one of the most prolific scorers in the country, freshman guard Jamal Murray was named to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Freshman All-America Team on Wednesday. Murray joined California’s Jaylen Brown, Marquette’s Henry Ellenson, Duke’s Brandon Ingram and LSU’s Ben Simmons on the prestigious squad. Jamal Murray currently leads the Wildcats in scoring...

Wildcats assigned No. 4 seed in East Region, could face Indiana in second-round showdown

By Glenn Osborne KyForward sports editor Despite sharing the Southeastern Conference regular season championship with Texas A&M, then knocking off the Aggies in the finals of the conference tournament Sunday, Kentucky received a No.4 seed in the East Region for this year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship and will have to travel west to Iowa for first-round play. The Wildcats will...

Billy Reed: In this year’s NCAA tournament, concept of upset is as out of date as old Chuck Taylors

I see that Holy Cross, which has a 14-19 record, has earned a spot in the NCAA basketball tournament by winning the Patriot League tournament. This miracle happened in Bethelem, Pa., and is surely the most amazing thing to happen in a town by that team since a certain baby was born in a manger 2016 years ago. But I am not shocked. Not at all. This college basketball season has been so weird and crazy...

March Madness: Worker productivity declines, illegal wagering increases, according to WalletHub

The 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is approaching, and the personal finance website WalletHub released its March Madness By The Numbers report, which examines the billion-dollar basketball, betting and business bonanza. The report includes an infographic full of fun facts about the financial side of the tournament as well as a panel discussion with a group of leading sports business experts. Below...

Jamie’s Bookshelf: Ten more good books for the avid readers on your shopping list (they always fit)

By Jamie H. Vaught KyForward Columnist Second of two parts Are you ready to browse for entertaining new books, which seem to be more plentiful during the holiday season? I shared the first 10 yesterday. Still in time for Christmas shopping for your loved ones who are avid readers, here’s the rest of my list of recently published nonfiction books, in no particular order, with many of them highly-reviewed: –“A...

Kentucky by Heart: For good or bad, directly or indirectly, UK basketball looms large

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist   Steve Flairty grew up feeling good about Kentucky. He recalls childhood trips orchestrated by his father, with the take-off points in Campbell County. The people and places he encountered then help define his passion about the state. “Kentucky by Heart” shares part and parcel of his joy. A little history, much contemporary life, intriguing places, personal...

Ashley Scoby: Badgers mirror Wildcats’ calm, but both teams know when to flip the switch

Kentucky has been a loose team during its unbeaten run this season, but when Wisconsin met the media Thursday, they didn’t seem to be feeling any pressure either (Jamie Vaught Photo)   When Kentucky unleashed a full-court press against Bob Huggins’ West Virginia team that was known for its own press, the Wildcats were giving another team a taste of its own medicine.   Now, when 38-0...

Ashley Scoby: Badgers mirror Wildcats' calm, but both teams know when to flip the switch

Kentucky has been a loose team during its unbeaten run this season, but when Wisconsin met the media Thursday, they didn’t seem to be feeling any pressure either (Jamie Vaught Photo)   When Kentucky unleashed a full-court press against Bob Huggins’ West Virginia team that was known for its own press, the Wildcats were giving another team a taste of its own medicine.   Now, when 38-0...

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

Trey Lyles cuts down the nets after Kentucky defeated Notre Dame in the Elite Eight to earn a trip to his hometown on Indianapolis for the Final Four (UK Athletics Photo / Chet White)   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 himself and his “brothers” going through the daily life of a Kentucky...

Jamie Vaught: CBS sideline reporter Wolfson sees Wildcats as tourney's No. 1 storyline

Tracy Wolfson is covering her 10th NCAA Tournament as a sideline reporter for CBS (Jamie Vaught Photo)   Tracy Wolfson has seen a plenty of March Madness.   “I’ve been part of close to 10 tournaments,” she said.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jamie”] And this year’s NCAA tournament promises to be an exciting one as top-ranked UK, now 34-0, could become the...

Jamie Vaught: CBS sideline reporter Wolfson sees Wildcats as tourney’s No. 1 storyline

Tracy Wolfson is covering her 10th NCAA Tournament as a sideline reporter for CBS (Jamie Vaught Photo)   Tracy Wolfson has seen a plenty of March Madness.   “I’ve been part of close to 10 tournaments,” she said.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jamie”] And this year’s NCAA tournament promises to be an exciting one as top-ranked UK, now 34-0, could become the...

Pitino says it will take a perfect ‘Villanova performance’ to stop Wildcats in tourney

Rick Pitino, who coached Kentucky to a National Championship in 1996, thinks opponents will have a hard time stopping the Wildcats this year (UofL Athletics Photo)   By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent   LOUISVILLE–So who has the best chance among teams in the NCAA Tournament field to derail Kentucky’s charge toward 40-0 and its second national championship in four years? Notre...

Let the Madness begin: UK faces Manhattan-Hampton winner in Louisville on Thursday

Kentucky, which earlier Sunday won the SEC Tournament title to improve to 34-0 on the season, will enter NCAA Tourney play as the overall No. 1 seed (UK Athletics Photo)   By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent   LOUISVILLE–There were no surprises as far as undefeated Kentucky was concerned when the 2015 NCAA Tournament brackets were announced Sunday.   As expected, shortly after...