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Looking Ahead: Mitchell’s return could be a key for Cards as plenty of veterans, top recruits raise hopes

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — Donovan Mitchell sat in front of his locker in Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis Sunday afternoon patiently answering questions while trying to process the fact that Louisville’s college basketball season had ended three games short of its NCAA Final Four goal. “This hurts. This sucks,” Mitchell said. “We...

‘Career day’ by Michigan’s Wagner leaves Louisville on the outside looking in at NCAA Tournament

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent INDIANAPOLIS — Here is Louisville forward Jaylen Johnson’s evaluation of Michigan center Moritz “Moe” Wagner: “He’s going to have a great career.” Uh, Jaylen, he already did. “Wagner had a career day,” said UofL’s Deng Adel. “He was a nightmare matchup for us.” And those nightmares are liable...

UofL’s No. 2 seed in NCAA a mild surprise, Cards will meet Jacksonville State in Indianapolis

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — By almost any measure, Louisville’s basketball team got a very favorable — and somewhat surprising — path in the NCAA Tournament pairings that were announced Sunday night by the Selection Committee. After losing three of their last five games, including a one-and-done defeat against Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament...

Norse are Horizon League Tournament Champions; headed to NCAA Tournament in first year of eligibility

The Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball team has been crowned the 2017 Horizon League Tournament Champion after defeating No. 10 seed Milwaukee, 59-53, on Tuesday night at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. The Norse have earned an automatic NCAA Tournament berth in their first year on eligibility after being granted full Division I status in August. No. 4-seeded NKU (24-10) was led by Lavone...

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...

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...

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 Vaught: Even better than advertised, Wildcat guard Ulis returning to home state

Kentucky freshman Tyler Ulis has a 128-38 assist-to-turnover ratio this season, ranking No. 4 nationally with a ratio of 3.37 (Jamie Vaught Photo)   Some random March Madness jottings:   — Even though Kentucky’s Tyler Ulis was a McDonald’s All-American who played at Marian Catholic High School in Chicago, the 5-9 freshman is returning to his home state of Ohio this weekend...