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Aaron Harrison cements his legendary legacy as Kentucky advances to Monday's title game

ARLINGTON, Texas — Few questions remain about this Kentucky team. The main one will be answered Monday—Can a bunch of freshmen win a national championship?—and in a way, the Wildcats’ legacy still has a lot on the line five-sixths of the way through what, to this point, may be the most idyllic run through the NCAA Tournament any team has ever dared. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   And...

Aaron Harrison cements his legendary legacy as Kentucky advances to Monday’s title game

ARLINGTON, Texas — Few questions remain about this Kentucky team. The main one will be answered Monday—Can a bunch of freshmen win a national championship?—and in a way, the Wildcats’ legacy still has a lot on the line five-sixths of the way through what, to this point, may be the most idyllic run through the NCAA Tournament any team has ever dared. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   And...

Kentucky advances to championship game with another Harrison three-point winner

ARLINGTON, Texas — Kentucky will play for the national championship Monday.   The Wildcats beat Wisconsin 74-73 at AT&T Stadium, somehow one-upping the Michigan game and, thus, two-upping the Louisville finish. Aaron Harrison hit a three with 6.4 seconds left from the left wing—the same spot he hit against Michigan—to give the Wildcats a one-point lead.   Traevon Jackson missed...

Revisiting the 'one-and-done' argument as John Calipari offers 'succeed and proceed'

The massive video screen at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas showed an interview with Kentucky’s John Calipari and CBS’s Jim Nantz on Friday. (Photo by James Pennington)   ARLINGTON, Texas — One of the most burdensome banalities of covering the Final Four in the Dallas area is the media shuttle. It is impossible to park at AT&T Stadium even though parking lots surround the...

Revisiting the ‘one-and-done’ argument as John Calipari offers ‘succeed and proceed’

The massive video screen at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas showed an interview with Kentucky’s John Calipari and CBS’s Jim Nantz on Friday. (Photo by James Pennington)   ARLINGTON, Texas — One of the most burdensome banalities of covering the Final Four in the Dallas area is the media shuttle. It is impossible to park at AT&T Stadium even though parking lots surround the...

Derek The Destroyer: Freshman reserve Willis has prepared Kentucky for Kaminsky

ARLINGTON, Texas — In an effort to prepare Kentucky for Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky in Saturday’s Final Four, John Calipari turned to his bench. Kaminsky is a difficult matchup because of his size and skill set, chronicled in-depth here, and he’s not like any player Kentucky has seen yet this season. [widgets_on_pages id=”James”]   Or have they?   Six-foot-nine freshman...

Willie Cauley-Stein still doubtful Saturday despite day-to-day improvements on ankle

Willie Cauley-Stein talked with reporters Friday for the first time since his ankle injury against Louisville in the Sweet 16. He is still doubtful to play Saturday against Wisconsin. (Photo by James Pennington)   ARLINGTON, Texas — Willie Cauley-Stein has shed the boot he’s been wearing on his left ankle since leaving Kentucky’s Sweet 16 win over Louisville on March 28, but he still hobbled...

Kentucky assistant coach Orlando Antigua eager to assume top job at South Florida

Kentucky assistant coach Orlando Antigua, swarmed by reporters and the bright lights of television cameras, answered questions Thursday. When Kentucky’s season is over, he will become South Florida’s head coach. (Photo by James Pennington)   ARLINGTON, Texas — Orlando Antigua has only been a head coach for about 48 hours, but he’s already felt the glow of the lights that comes...

John Calipari is back at the Final Four, but it's been a long road for Wisconsin's Bo Ryan

Kentucky’s John Calipari and Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan answer questions Thursday in advance of their matchup in the Final Four on Saturday. (Photo by James Pennington)   ARLINGTON, Texas — The Final Four is a mess, and it’s run by neat freaks. Scoping out the scene from within is difficult because it’s so vast. AT&T Stadium is 3 million square feet, which is 60 percent bigger than...

John Calipari is back at the Final Four, but
it’s been a long road for Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan

Kentucky’s John Calipari and Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan answer questions Thursday in advance of their matchup in the Final Four on Saturday. (Photo by James Pennington)   ARLINGTON, Texas — The Final Four is a mess, and it’s run by neat freaks. Scoping out the scene from within is difficult because it’s so vast. AT&T Stadium is 3 million square feet, which is 60 percent bigger than...

Considering Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky: The Badgers’ star is dangerous and unique

Wisconsin has made it to the Final Four largely on the back of 7-footer Frank Kaminsky (back, both arms raised). Wisconsin plays Kentucky in the Final Four on Saturday. (Photo by David Stluka, courtesy of Wisconsin Athletics)   ARLINGTON, Texas — Much noise has been made about Wisconsin 7-footer Frank Kaminsky, and it’s deserved. The breakout junior, not even a starter last season for the...

Considering Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky: The Badgers' star is dangerous and unique

Wisconsin has made it to the Final Four largely on the back of 7-footer Frank Kaminsky (back, both arms raised). Wisconsin plays Kentucky in the Final Four on Saturday. (Photo by David Stluka, courtesy of Wisconsin Athletics)   ARLINGTON, Texas — Much noise has been made about Wisconsin 7-footer Frank Kaminsky, and it’s deserved. The breakout junior, not even a starter last season for the...

It’s bourbon vs. beer as Kentucky, Wisconsin governors bet on Friday’s Final Four matchup

The governors from Kentucky and Wisconson are wagering on their home teams in Saturday’s NCAA Final Four men’s basketball game.   Kentucky Gov. Beshear bet a fully stocked Kentucky bourbon bar that the University of Kentucky Wildcats will win, while Gov. Scott Walker offered Wisconsin beer, bratwursts and cheese for a Wisconsin Badgers victory.   “We’ll look forward to grilling...

Calipari jests now that Kentucky's struggles are history: 'We ain't dead yet, boys!'

Kentucky coach John Calipari is at his liveliest, at least in the media, this time of year. (Photo by James Pennington)   An emerging pattern in John Calipari’s public personality over the past five years may not necessarily be a giant leap to take logically, but here goes: When his teams are winning, he lights up. He’s no stranger to hyperbole to begin, and when he’s feeling good, he’ll...

Calipari jests now that Kentucky’s struggles
are history: ‘We ain’t dead yet, boys!’

Kentucky coach John Calipari is at his liveliest, at least in the media, this time of year. (Photo by James Pennington)   An emerging pattern in John Calipari’s public personality over the past five years may not necessarily be a giant leap to take logically, but here goes: When his teams are winning, he lights up. He’s no stranger to hyperbole to begin, and when he’s feeling good, he’ll...

Marcus Lee was always ready for breakout, and he’ll have to be ready against Wisconsin

As unlikely as it may have seemed this time last week, Marcus Lee could be a huge part of Kentucky’s Final Four gameplan Saturday vs. Wisconsin (Photo by James Pennington)   Marcus Lee didn’t have much to show for his freshman season before his 10-point breakout against Michigan in the Elite Eight—his performance there was so dumbfounding, Kentucky radio announcer Tom Leach exclaimed...

Marcus Lee was always ready for breakout, and he'll have to be ready against Wisconsin

As unlikely as it may have seemed this time last week, Marcus Lee could be a huge part of Kentucky’s Final Four gameplan Saturday vs. Wisconsin (Photo by James Pennington)   Marcus Lee didn’t have much to show for his freshman season before his 10-point breakout against Michigan in the Elite Eight—his performance there was so dumbfounding, Kentucky radio announcer Tom Leach exclaimed...

John Calipari’s first 2014 Final Four Q&A:
Cauley-Stein still doubtful vs. Wisconsin

Kentucky coach John Calipari greets his father, Vince, while the Wildcats were cutting down the nets at Lucas Oil Stadium following their 75-72 win over Michigan on Sunday. (Photo by James Pennington)   Kentucky coach John Calipari answered 20 minutes’ worth of questions on a teleconference Monday afternoon, participating in a media call that featured all four of the Final Four’s head...

John Calipari's first 2014 Final Four Q&A: Cauley-Stein still doubtful vs. Wisconsin

Kentucky coach John Calipari greets his father, Vince, while the Wildcats were cutting down the nets at Lucas Oil Stadium following their 75-72 win over Michigan on Sunday. (Photo by James Pennington)   Kentucky coach John Calipari answered 20 minutes’ worth of questions on a teleconference Monday afternoon, participating in a media call that featured all four of the Final Four’s head...