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Tuesday's Wildcat Links

March 31st 2015

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kentuckysports.com:  Harrison twins are clutch players
ukathletics.com:  Cauley-Stein named 25th consensus All-American
Nation of Blue:  Calipari talks about Final Four with Shannon Spake
USA Today:  sports psychologist helps Calipari learn about his players
SI.com:  UK is heavy favorite but not a lock to win it all
SportingNews:  Calipari not the villain in postgame comments about ND
SI.com:  storylines for UK-Wisconsin rematch
NextCats:  Ingram has in-home visit set with Calipari
NextCats:  Newman thinks he would "fit in" with UK's backcourt
NextCats:  Brown non-commital on UK despite great respect
WKYT:  former Cat Mark Pope gets first head coaching job

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ukathletics.com:  Stoops pleased with Monday practice

Monday's Wildcat Links

March 30th 2015

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ESPN/Ian O'Connor:  Cats pass last major hurdle
USA Today:  UK-Notre Dame was sports perfection
NBCSports:  UK-Wisconsin is the rematch we deserved to see
Ft. Wayne News-Sentinel:  UK is what is right about college basketball
Zagsblog:  Draft Express moves Towns to #1
Nation of Blue:  UK-Notre Dame set a TV ratings record
UK Basketball Live:  watch a replay of UK-ND w/ UK Radio Network calls
NextCats:  Brown, Zimmerman, Newman in no hurry to make decisions

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Sunday Wildcat Links

March 29th 2015

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ukathletics.com:  UK TV highlights with calls from Tom & Mike
SportingNews/MikeDeCourcy:  Cauley-Stein defense comes up big
CBS:  Cats pass the test
kentuckysports.com/John Clay:  desperation fueled the Cats' comeback
Cleveland Plain Dealer.  Wildcats kept the faith
SI:  Notre Dame had the script but still couldn't defeat Kentucky
kentuckysports.com:  thumbs up, thumbs down for the UK win
Big Blue Insider:  UK fed the beast (Towns)
KSR:  Cauley-Stein says Cats won with "heart"
USAToday:  Harrison comes up big in the clutch
BleacherReport:  tournament became more interesting with UK more vulnerable
WDRB/Eric Crawford:  Cats pass the biggest test they've faced
Washington Post/Chuck Culpepper:  ND's play says a lot about Kentucky, too

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C-J:  offense comes up with big plays in scrimmage
Big Blue Insider:  highlights from UK open practice

Saturday Wildcat Links

March 27th 2015

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John Clay: Calipari is seen as the bad guy, but his players are mostly good guys
Bleacher Report: Most impressive players to watch in postseason so far
Fox Sports: Elite 8 previews and predictions
Herald Leader: Lyles takes pride in his 'old man's game'
IndyStar: Kentucky, Notre Dame a showdown of strengths
ESPN: It's time to root for Kentucky
Wildcat Blue Nation: Cats walk the walk and destroy the talk
CBS Cleveland: We are not perfect, we are undefeated
WSJ: Can anyone really beat Kentucky?
Rant Sports: Preview of the Wildcats vs. the Fighting Irish
SEC Sports: Kentucky is the likeable, embraceable favorite
Vaught's Views: Notre Dame's offense and defense impresses Calipari
C-J: Booker busts slump and Harrison unfazed by injury
UK Athletics: Final Four awaits Kentucky, Notre Dame victor
Cat Scratches: Towns eager to bounce back individually, but team still comes first
CoachCal.com: Notre Dame presents defensive challenge for Kentucky
KSR: Three keys to reaching the Final Four

tomleachky.com:  Tyler Ulis talks about matchup with ND

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Friday Wildcat Links

March 26th 2015

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Bleacher Report: How to beat the Kentucky Wildcats
AL.com: Rewinding Kentucky's win against West Virginia
NBC Sports: Kentucky dominates WVU and advances to Elite 8
US News: Perfectly powerful
Yahoo Sports: Kentucky mauls West Virginia
LA Times: Kentucky 78, West Virginia 39
Fansided: The Wildcats' ridiculous layups
Chicago Tribune: UK crushes WVU
Bleacher Report: Cauley-Stein's impressive alley-oop
SB Nation: Three things we learned from UK's win
Fox Sports: Can Notre Dame burn Kentucky?
Herald Leader: Notre Dame's offensive fight vs. Kentucky's defensive wall
C-J: 36-one big blowout for Kentucky
Vaught's Views: Balanced, confident Notre Dame Elite 8 match-up for Kentucky
CoachCal.com: Keys to Kentucky's victory
UK Athletics: Kentucky's defense dominate
CatsPause: Wildcats let their playing do the talking

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Thursday Wildcat Links

March 25th 2015

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Bleacher Report: Biggest takeaways from Kentucky's postseason so far
USA Today: Kentucky brushes off West Virginia's bravado
ESPN: Key player for Kentucky
CBS Sports: Will Kentucky go perfect?
WCPO: Can anyone beat Kentucky?
Buckeyeextra.com: Kentucky basketball lives in a pressure filled world
Newsday: Pictures from inside Kentucky's practice
WKYC: Kentucky remains hungry despite success
Fansided.com: West Virginia player vows to end Kentucky's perfect run
Fox Sports: How will NBA's one-and-done battle affect Kentucky, Calipari?
Sporting News: WVU talks boldly of Kentucky
CoachCal.com: WVU talk adds fuel to the fire
UK Athletics: UK, WVU battle for Elite Eight birth
Vaught's Views: Kentucky is ready for the full-court pressure
C-J: WCS loves the game, leads undefeated Kentucky
John Clay: Calipari, Huggins friendly rivals who desperately want to win
Herald Leader: Five key reasons the Cats have been unstoppable so far

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Wednesday Wildcat Links

March 24th 2015

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Bleacher Report: Would Kentucky's backups be a dominate NCAA Tournament team?
Cleveland.com: De-constructing Kentucky's defense
Cleveland.com: Kentucky Wildcats are the tallest, but are they the best?
WVU Sports: Wildcats tall order for WVU
WKYC: Kentucky play for fun, play to win
Herald Leader: Fearless or foolish?
Nation of Blue: Who helped prepare Kentucky the most for West Virginia?
Chicago Sun Times: Kentucky wouldn't beat Bob Knight's best Indiana teams
Forbes: Kentucky leads Midwest to most expensive regional tickets of Tournament
C-J: Calipari can't win for winning
CoachCal.com: Kentucky vs. West Virginia by the numbers
Vaught's Views: WVU uses press and depth to wear down opponents
KSR: USA Today shines the spotlight on Karlito

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SB Nation: Obama's 4 major concerns with the NCAA


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Tuesday Wildcat Links

March 23rd 2015

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Vaught's Views: Video reminds WCS of player he can be, and should be, for Kentucky
Bleacher Report: Cats must battle their past in order to make history
Sporting News: Can Arizona's Wildcats top Kentucky's?
Wildcat Blue Nation: Kentucky to face WVU Mountaineers on Thursday
Newser: The Wildcats biggest foe might be themselves in Tournament
Rant Sports: Wichita State could be the Tournament's best game
WKYC: Players glad they came back to Kentucky
WKYT: Trey Lyles on 'This is Kentucky Basketball'
C-J: Booker ready to shake his slump
CoachCal.com: WVU awaits Kentucky
A Sea of Blue: The paradigm shift
KSR: Brief analysis of West Virginia

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Monday Wildcat Links

March 22nd 2015

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Fox Sports: Kentucky stays unbeaten, top seed goes down
Wildcat Blue Nation: Kentucky to the Sweet 16
FanSided: Could Notre Dame be the team to knock out Kentucky?
ESPN: How they got to the Sweet 16
C-J: Cauley-Stein's latest posterization turned tide for Kentucky
Vaught's Views: Booker trying to find other ways to help Cats win
KSR: Did UC expose Kentucky?
Nation of Blue: Could Kentucky be losing another assistant coach?

OTHER SPORTS
UK Athletics: Hoops fall to Dayton
Herald Leader: Bishop suspended against Dayton

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Sunday Wildcat Links

March 22nd 2015

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The Boston Globe: Don't bet against Kentucky
Bleacher Report: Reactions from game
CDT: Kentucky stays on unbeaten path
sltrib.com: Kentucky staves off stubborn Cincinnati
CDN: Teams that could upset Kentucky
CoachCal.com: UK moves past physical Cincinnati
UK Athletics: UK bounces past Cincy
Vaught's Views: Calipari likes the will to win attitude
John Clay: Bearcats remind us that it won't be easy from here on out
Herald Leader: Glory can wait, Cats on a mission
C-J: UK basketball survives Cincinnati
KSR: Calipari says his team is not going to surrender
Wildcat Blue Nation: Kentucky 64 Cincinnati 51 
A Sea of Blue: 36-0 with 4 to go

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Saturday Wildcat Links

March 20th 2015

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Sporting News: Kentucky aversion to Cincinnati has roots in infamous stall game 
Rant Sports: Larry Brown loses NBA credibility with Kentucky comment
Wildcat Blue Nation: Kentucky slow start understandable, not acceptable
Nation of Blue: Kentucky Wildcats preview Cincinnati
CDT: Wildcats slept in prep for Cincinnati
ESPN: Wildcats vs. Bearcats
UK Athletics: Kentucky, Cincinnati clash for Sweet Sixteen berth
KSR: How the Bearcats earned a lottery ticket
CoachCal.com: Cats say a 'different team' to appear Saturday
John Clay: Bearcats interim coach traces roots to Kentucky
Herald Leader: Now that Kentucky is Cincinnati's problem, do they have solution?
Courier-Journal: Cincy takes aim at Kentucky
Cat Scratches: UK expecting stiff challenge from motivated Bearcats
Vaught's Views: Cincy players respect UK and their fans

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Friday Wildcat Links

March 20th 2015

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NBA.com: Cauley-Stein after more than just getting stops for UK
Huffington Post: John Calipari on basketball
Daily Press: Kentucky defeats Hampton
Cincinnati.com: Kentucky routs Hampton and faces Bearcats next 
ESPN: Five observations from Kentucky's win against Hampton
UPI.com: Kentucky starts slow, still pummels Hampton
WKYT: Kentucky hammers Hampton
Bleacher Report: Reactions from Kentucky's win
Vaught's Views: Cincinnati wants to shock the world
Herald Leader: Kentucky slams Hampton
C-J: Kentucky cruises in NCAA opener
Denver Post: Kentucky favored to go 40-0
Wildcat Blue Nation: Cats win
UK Athletics: Towns' double-double leads Kentucky past Hampton

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Tom's bracket

March 19th 2015

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     Last year, a 7-seed defeated an 8-seed for the national title but I forsee a much more formful NCAA Tournament unfolding.  Give me Kentucky, Arizona, Wisconsin and Duke and I would be confident the national champion is in that group--and I'd frankly be fine with taking the Wildcats against the field.  This UK team has the ideal mix of talented freshmen with players who returned from coming up one game short of the top prize and I expect that combination of skills and wills to carry the Cats to their ninth national title banner come April.  For now, here are my thoughts on how the brackets will unfold:

MIDWEST

Round of 64 winners:  UK, Purdue, WVU, Maryland, Texas, ND, Wichita St, KU

Round of 32:  UK, Maryland, ND, Wichita St

Sweet 16 winners:  UK, ND

On to the Final Four:  UK

WEST

Round of 64:  Wisconsin, Oregon, Ark, UNC, Ole Miss, Baylor, OSU, Arizona

Round of 32:  Wisconsin, Arkansas, Baylor, Arizona

Sweet 16:  Wisconsin, Arizona

On to the Final Four:  Arizona

EAST

Round of 64:  Villanova, LSU, UNI,UofL, Providence, OK, Michigan St, UVA

Round of 32:  Villanova, UofL, OK, UVA

Sweet 16:  Villanova, UVA

On to the Final Four:  UVA

SOUTH

Round of 64:  Duke, SD State, Utah, G'town, SMU, Iowa St, Davidson,Gonzaga

Round of 32:  Duke, Utah, Iowa St, Gonzaga

Sweet 16:  Duke, Gonzaga

On to the Final Four:  Duke

FINAL FOUR:

UK over Arizona, Duke over Virginia and Kentucky to take the title!


Thursday Wildcat Links

March 18th 2015

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ESPN: Who can beat Kentucky?
ESPN: Before dunking, Cauley-Stein used to play wide-receiver
Yahoo: Hampton-Kentucky preview
USA Today: Coaches explain how to hang with Kentucky
Yardbarker: Pitino raves about Kentucky
Sporting News: NCAA Tournament preview
WKYT: Pursuit of perfection
247Sports: Alford still impressed by Kentucky
C-J: Harrison twins peaking at the right time for UK-again
Herald Leader: Wildcats 'feel the tension' but confidence is unwavering
CoachCal.com: Cats not changing their ways
Vaught's Views: We all put our shorts on the same way
UK Athletics: Kentucky opens NCAA play with Hampton
Wildcat Blue Nation: How does Calipari do it?

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Wednesday Wildcat Links

March 18th 2015

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VaughtsViews:  ESPN's Bilas says fearless attitude will serve UK well
RushTheCourt previews tourney bracket-by-bracket
ESPN:  summary of analysts' picks for NCAA Tourney
Zagsblog:  Bobby Hurley compares Cats to his great Duke teams
CatsPause previews the UK bracket
ESPN:  41% chance that UK wins the national title
NBC Sports:  Dan Patrick thinks UK will get upset 
ukathletics:  Towns named frosh All-American
Pittsburgh Post Gazette:  Calipari puts players first
C-J:  Ashley Judd pushes back v. social media 
WildcatBlueNation:  Clark Kellogg talks about the Cats
ESPN:  Hampton earns a matchup with Kentucky

FOOTBALL
ESPN:  Stevie Johnson signs with San Diego


Tuesday Wildcat Links

March 17th 2015

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kentuckysports:  CBS' Miller says it would take "an act of God" to beat UK
ukathletics:  Cauley-Stein named USBWA All-American
coachCal.com:  UK goes wire-to-wire at #1; first time since '92
CBS Sports asked coaches to talk about how to beat Kentucky
ESPN writer Myron Medcalf predicts a UK-Gonzaga national title game
KSR:  Calipari expecting Booker to step up his game this week
MidMajorMadness previews Manhattan v. Hampton
Zagsblog:  Masiello would love to play Kentucky
TSN/DeCourcy says committee blew it with Villanova as a 1-seed
Nation of Blue:  Aminu Timberlake responds to Christian Laettner apology
NewYork Daily News:  Calipari building a college basketball empire
Cleveland.com:  UK is a college basketball dynasty
ESPN:  Indiana '76 players talk about their perfect season
Today:  Ashley Judd pushes back on Twitter trolls re: her tweets during game

FOOTBALL
NextCats:  national analyst talks about UK's 2016 recruiting

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Monday Wildcat Links

March 15th 2015

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Bleacher Report: Blueprint to win NCAA Tournament
Fox Sports: Kentucky beats Arkansas for SEC Tournament title
Associated Press: Kentucky leads the way with top spot in March Madness
YardBarker: Kentucky does not cut down net at SEC Tournament
C-J: Unselfishness has been the key to Kentucky's success
UK Athletics: Kentucky claims 28th SEC tournament title
CoachCal.com: Cats punctuate dominant SEC run with title-game win
YouTube: Game call and recap
Vaught's Views: Cats remain perfect going into NCAA Tournament play
Herald Leader: Cats ready for everything
Herald Leader: Cauley-Stein MVP
Wildcat Blue Nation: Wildcats are six games away from immortality
Nation of Blue: A look at Kentucky's bracket

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Sunday Wildcat Links

March 15th 2015

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Wildcat Blue Nation: Know your enemy
Washington Post: Arkansas is very confident heading into the SEC Championship
Fox Sports: What's still to learn from latest Kentucky blowout?
WDRB: Kentucky team is physically overwhelming
C-J: Kentucky grinds it out
Forbes: What every leader can learn from UK
UK Athletics: Kentucky, Arkansas vie for SEC title
Vaught's Views: No weakness in No. 1 Kentucky
CoachCal.com: Offensive breakthrough
YouTube: Game call and recap 
John Clay: Add it all up, and Kentucky and its fans are unstoppable
Herald Leader: Arkansas is grateful for another crack at Kentucky

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Saturday Wildcat Links

March 13th 2015

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Bleacher Report: Best social reactions to UK's win over Florida
Rant Sports: Kentucky proves a perfect game is needed to beat them
CBS Sports: Coaches tell us how to beat Kentucky
ESPN: Five observations from Friday's game
Wildcat Blue Nation: Kentucky pays Florida back a third time
The Tennessean: Conspiracies? Kentucky needs no help
Herald Leader: Kentucky overpowers Florida in SEC opener
Fox News: Kentucky stays undefeated
isportsweb.com: A moment to reflect
CoachCal.com: Three for three
UK Athletics: Towns and Harrison help UK past Florida
YouTube: Game call and recap
Vaught's Views: Bruce Pearl talks about Kentucky's depth
C-J: Injured Poythress still finds a way to help Kentucky
Fox Sports: Kentucky-Auburn preview
John Clay: Cauley-Stein says Kentucky will need his scoring in the postseason
KSR: What to expect from UK-Auburn game

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Friday Wildcat Links

March 12th 2015

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WDRB: Donovan says blizzard of threes won't beat Kentucky
Fox Sports: Florida Gators vs. Kentucky Wildcats
Tampa Bay Times: Florida earns another shot at Kentucky
C-J: Careful what you wish for
Herald Leader: Kentucky could reach 'another level'
Vaught's Views: The Gators are confident they have learned how to beat UK
CoachCal.com: Cats ready for confident Gators
KSR: Cauley-Stein and Towns named to SI.com's second team
College Spun: Looking back at the last college team to go undefeated

ESPN:  Outside The Lines will focus on Cal's relationship with his players
 
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Vaught's Views: Kentucky's Pro Day
UK Athletics: Pro Day recap

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