- 1969 Gators made similar trip to New York
- Championships often begin in the backcourt
- Diamond Dogs take series against Mississippi State
- Football ticket prices going up
- Horn to be South Carolina coach
- Media outlets report new South Carolina basketball coach
- Meet USC's next basketball coach: Darrin Horn
- Lady Vols remain elite
- Like Ole Miss, Ohio State depends on young talent
- LSU women take on North Carolina
- Pelphrey's passion mixes well with Arkansas
- Report: WKU Coach Darrin Horn Headed to South Carolina
- Seniors' careers come to a close in Cats' WNIT loss
- Shift gives Carolina's Norwood more freedom
- Tar Heels able to do what Vols couldn't
- USC takes 6-2 chilly thriller over
- USC to hire Western Kentucky's Darrin Horn as basketball coach
- Vols rule in '08, but what's next for SEC
- Young Vandy women have bright future
Monday, March 31, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Today while surfing the net I came across this old article on Mark Pope and thought I'd share it with our readers. Mark was a transfer from University of Washington and only played two years for UK. During Pope's two years at UK he had 546 points and played in 69 games. Pope played a big role on UK's 1994-95 team which advanced to the Elite Eight and the 1995-96 NCAA Championship team. For info on Mark Pope and his career stats at UK visit Jon Scotts UK History and Stats.
Pope hopes he finishes, not fouls
It's "when the refs don't call any fouls," he said.
As a junior, Pope committed a total of 96 fouls, second on the team behind hackster Andre Riddick. Twelve times last year, he received at least four fouls.
Pope continued to live up to his foul-prone reputation during the Wildcats' Italian tour.
"In Italy, the moment he left the locker room, he had two fouls," Coach Rick Pitino said.
This prompted Pitino to name senior Walter McCarty as the starting center, with Pope contributing off the bench.
But he's not complaining.
"The great thing about our team is that we don't have to worry about any of that stuff," he said. "You just come in and play and fill whatever role is available. If that means coming off the bench, that's great."
Starting McCarty will prevent Pope from getting into early foul trouble, Pitino said.
"Mark, by starting, never gets to play much in the first half," he said. "What we're trying to do is stop him from getting three fouls per half."
Pope, who led the team in rebounds last year, also was named the team's Mr. Hustle. But his leadership abilities were evident long before that.
A transfer from Washington, Pope was named a co-captain before playing a minute in a UK uniform. He's a co-captain again this season.
An academic All-American who has his sights set on law school rather than the NBA, Pope is active in UK's Fellowship of Christian Athletes. So it isn't surprising he's taking the backup role in stride.
"Walter's a heck of a player," Pope said. "He's earned that spot."
Although Pope won't start, he will finish.
"We need Mark Pope that last seven minutes of the game," Pitino said. "We need him on the court."
- Arkansas's Darren McFadden (RB) NFL Draft
- Arkansas's Felix Jones (RB) NFL Draft
- Bama's Hendrix makes choice that's no choice at all
- Basketball could still be in future of exiting Hogs
- Birmingham one of two early NCAA sites not to sell out
- Country singer Sara Evans to wed ex-Alabama quarterback
- Florida gets 7 p.m. NIT semifinal
- Georgia being careful with King's knee
- Meyer's speed challenge begins at Florida
- Mississippi State coach to resign - again
- LSU's Perrilloux could start practicing next week
- Ole Miss revved up for trip to Big Apple
- Pelphrey must rebuild with his own players
- Quarterbacks splitting reps at Auburn
- Western's Horn reported to be atop South Carolina list
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Regional Semifinals Games & Time
Thursday, Mar 27, 2008
Charlotte Bobcats Arena (Charlotte, NC)
(1) North Carolina 34-2
(3) Louisville 26-8 9:57
(2) Tennessee 31-4
U.S. Airways Center (Phoenix, AZ)
(3) Xavier 29-6
(12) West. Kentucky 29-6 9:40
(1) UCLA 33-3
Regional Semifinals Games & Time
Friday, Mar 28, 2008
Ford Field (Detroit, MI)
(3) Wisconsin (31-4)
(12) Villanova (22-12) 9:40
(1) Kansas (33-3)
Reliant Stadium (Houston, TX)
(2) Texas (30-6)
(5) Michigan St. (27-8) 9:57
(1) Memphis (35-1)
at North Carolina 8 1/2 Washington State
at UCLA 12 Western Kentucky
Louisville 3 at Tennessee
at Texas 2 Stanford
at Kansas 12 Villanova
at Memphis 4 1/2 Michigan State
- The Bluegrass Miracle?
- The Scotty Hopson saga
- UK Recruit Prospect: 6'11 Maurice Sutton expects to announce college choice soon
- UK Recruit Prospect: 6'10 Daniel Miller Games and Stats-Link
- UK Recuit Prospect: Daniel Orton breaks the backboard-Video Link
- Cats show no quit
- Mahoney's 30 points fuel win; Elliott injured
- Mahoney Launches Kentucky Into WNIT QF
- Mahoney, UK top James Madison
- UK vs. James Madison Box Score
- UK vs James Madison Photo Gallery
- UK Hoops vs. James Madison Post-Game Notes
- UK Hoops vs. James Madison Post-Game Quotes
- WNIT Bracket (PDF)
- Women Advance to WNIT Elite Eight
- Brand new Cats
- Brooks 'ANGRY' Over Woodson's Draft Status
- Brooks promises no drop-off for UK football
- Coach Brooks Presser Video Link
- He recommits himself as he battles for UK's No. 1 QB job
- Kentucky Football Begins Spring Practice Quotes
- Several Cats will be limited by injuries
- UK Football: Brooks says don't count out Will Fidler at QB
- UK Football: Brooks thinks returning Cats 'more athletic'
- Bruins and Hilltoppers meet in Sweet 16
- Louisville (26-8) vs. Tennessee (31-4)
- Cardinals and Vols clash in Charlotte
- Irish, Lady Vols Headed to Regionals
- NCAA basketball tips off a sporting heaven at Ford Field
- NCAA resumes today; N.C. faces Wash. St.
- NCAA Tournament: East Regional capsules
- Washington State (26-8) vs. North Carolina (34-2)
- West Regional action pits Musketeers against Mountaineers
- Western Kentucky (29-6) vs. U-C-L-A (33-3)
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
- Carolina suspends Garcia until August
- Emotional seniors say good-bye to Arkansas
- Florida beats ASU for a trip to New York
- Gillispie optimistic after trying first season at Kentucky
- Gillispie: Season better than expected
- Hall puts mark on bourbon bottle
- Joe B. Hall To Be Honored With Limited Edition Maker's Mark Bottle
- Kentucky looks forward to the future
- Lady Vols play like they're at home
- Late surge nets Georgia big hoops recruit
- Lofton longs for his shot at Louisville
- Lofton out of boot, expected to play
- Meeks and Patterson Leaning Toward Surgery
- Pay Pearl -- or pay the price
- Pitino disputes snubbing of Lofton
- Runnin' Rebs want a road win
- SEC can survive less than stellar year
- SEC unveils tournament refund policy
- Summit Is First to Win 100 Tourney Games
- Time to turn our attention to recruiting
- Too much LadyVols
- UK Commit G.J. Vilarino earns All-State honors
- UK walk-on possibilities
- Will Lofton play Thursday?
Monday, March 24, 2008
Looks like Meeks and Patterson will have surgery.
Look for Patterson to shoot 3's next season and to make them even with the line being moved back.
Coach wants to shoot more 3's next season and make them, but not shooting 3's just to be shooting them.
Coach loves it at UK and plans to be at UK for a long time.
@UNC, IU, @UL, Las Vegas Tourney UK will play Kansas St in the 1st game, then the second game will be West Virgina or Iowa.
15 Non-Conference games: Coach wants to make it as difficult as he can to get team ready for SEC & NCAA play. Coach would love to play the Top 10 teams next season, but knows it won't happen.
Recruiting: Coach said, Roster needs upgrading, UK needs scorers and it doesn't matter if he's a G, PF, C just as long as he can score.
Coach said players will be gym rats and in the weight room during the summer when not in classes.
Coach said he has a lot of plans for UK over the summer.
Coach said that UK is trying to get former players to come back during the summer to work with the players.
Plans to take his basketball camps on the road in Ky and hopes to add several more and to take the players to work the camps as well.
Coach talked to Richie Farmer and Rex Chapman at the Sweet 16 and ask them to come and bring their sons to the Father/Son camp and maybe have them play against one another.
Coach was ask about Liggins and who he would compare him to in college. Coach said he was like Jasper, tall, good body, dribbles great and see plays before he catches the ball. Coach said he is excited to get to coach Liggins next season.
Best part of his 1st season at UK was everything. But mainly the way Joe and Ramel did as the season went on and that Joe and Ramel was great leaders for UK on and off the court this season. That was the best thing he'll remember the most from the 2007-08 season.
Coach said Joe and Ramel will come back to UK a lot and he welcomes them anytime they want too.
Gillispie also mentioned several of his former players that he coached at UTEP and A&M and the NBA teams they are playing on now.
Coach commented that Coach Knight will more then likely be back coaching and that he like the way Knight is well prepare when doing the ESPN shows and said that Knight wasn't like the others on ESPN he knows what he's talking about.
There you go just a few tidbits from the last show of the 2007-08 season.
If you would like to hear it for yourself it should be up sometime late tonight or tomorrow at ukathletics.com and yahoo.com for streamfeeds. Also you can go to GoBigBlueCats and download the Audio: Billy Gillispie Call-in Show 3/24/08.
- Capel parries South Carolina question
- Carolina leaves Arkansas fans with ugly image
- Cowgill catch highlights Kentucky 9-8 win over Auburn
- Florida takes baseball series at Ole Miss
- Hollander scores run, knocks in another in LSU win over Arkansas
- James Madison up next for the Wildcats
- Memphis survives State's best shot
- Memphis outlasts Mississippi State
- Ole Miss digs hole in loss to Florida
- Sweaty, then sweet for Tennessee
- Tigers lose opportunities, then lose to Wildcats 9-8
- Top-ranked Tar Heels wallop Arkansas
- UF takes two of three from No. 8 Mississippi
- UT just good enough to advance
- Vols do it, not Butler
- Vols figure out way to win close games
Coaches last call in show for the 2007-08 season will be on tonight at 6PM-EST/5PM-CST, if you would like to listen you can use one of these links or radio stations YAHOO STREAM LINK and this STREAMING LINK you can also try www.wlap.com WLAP630AM Stream Feed Link; www.wvlkam.com WVLK 590AM Stream Feed Link; www.wggc.com WGGC 95.1FM. So tune in and listen to Coach Gillispie and his comments on the 2007-08 season and the outlook on the 2008-09 season and more.
If you have questions or comments call: 1-800-249-CATS
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Wildcats Thunder Administrator
Today, I was fortunate enough to attend the Sweet 16 semi-finals in Rupp Arena. It was my first trip back since Lafayette won the 1979 title going away. That season was the KHSAA's first trip to Rupp Arena for the finals.
Lexington Catholic was favored by most to win it, didn't play particularly well and lost to Covington Holmes in the first game of the day. Catholic plays smart basketball, but I believe the athletes of Holmes were too much this morning.
Mason County won the second game against Shelby County. I am now a big fan of Darius Miller. Extremely high basketball IQ! Very, very smart on the court. With his size today, he could park on the blocks all night long and dare teams to stop him, yet at UK, he'll be a "3" for Billy G. Not a great shot from outside, but solid form. His court vision is outstanding. His passing is the same.
I'm very excited about how he can be plugged into the lineup for UK next year.
There is also a rumor running around Rupp Arena that Russ Middleton from Mason County is turning down scholly offers to play at UK as a walk-on. Middleton is a three point shooter who has been deadly in the tournament and received the KHSAA's sportsmanship award before the game today.
On a side note, Coach Gillispie was on press row today taking in the games. I believe I also saw Dwayne Casey with him believe it or not.
Got the chance to run into Deron Feldhaus and Richie Farmer and his family.
Simply a great day thus far!
- All eyes again focus on Lofton
- Calathes gets triple-double in Florida win
- Changing of guard bold and curious UT move
- Dogs' final week put fun back in season
- Felton, UGA quickly look to next season
- Gillispie: Good times comin'
- Help for Rhodes finally arrives with Stewart
- Mississippi State roars back to beat Oregon
- One down, No. 1 next for Arkansas
- Pearl shakes up guards in UT win over American
- UK Womens Basketball Cats keep going in overtime win
- Upset puts end to Vandy season
- Vandy hits wall in upset
- Weems red-hot in Arkansas win
Friday, March 21, 2008
Wildcats Thunder Basketball/Recruiting Analyst
I have been told that Scotty Hopson and UK are talking about a visit in the coming weeks. I was told today that contact was made and both sides are working on the best time for Hopson to visit the UK campus. I wasn't told if it would be a official or unofficial visit, but they are working on getting it done. Look for Hopson to visit UK maybe as early as the following week(March 31 thru April 6th). Now this doesn't mean Hopson is UK bound if the visit does indeed happen, but it is for sure a positive sign. Also the visit may not happen on these exact dates, but I was told they were the most logical dates the visit could happen on. Also from the info I have gotten I believe he will for sure visit and the week of the March 31 thru April 6 is when it will happen. But something could happen and push it back a bit. But none the less this is a great sign for UK concerning Hopson. For more details and other developing recruiting info on UK recruits click here.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Wildcats Thunder Administrator
While disappointed with the loss today, I could not be more proud of what our guys overcame to even make the tournament. I applaud Joe and Ramel for being warriors in the court.
Now we as UK fans can look forward to the excitement of next season. Coach Gillispie has given us a look into the future of UK basketball and I for one like very much what I see. I am very much looking forward to what it looks like with his guys that he recruits.
Next season I expect:
- A healthy Meeks that is hungry to be a leader.
- A healthy Jasper that is ready to prove he can lead as well.
- A healthy Patterson,"TICKED OFF" from having to sit out post season play.
- A 5* PG ready to showcase his skill to the Big Blue Nation.
- A Mr. Ky. Basketball winner ready to show he is deserving of that crown in front of his home state fans
- A JUCO SF ready to show he was deserving of a D1 scholarship out of high school
- A Big Man that will come in and help almost immediately.
- A "confident and slightly heavier" Stevenson that can bang in the paint a little more.
This loss hurts. I hate it most for our two seniors but at least now we can look to the future for UK anticipation instead of the uncertainty that came with all the off season turmoil surrounding our former coach.
Watch the recruiting board here. I expect fireworks in the very near future, with recruiting news like this.
Wildcats Thunder Member
First off I want to say Ramel and Joe absolutely played their tails off on both ends of the court today. Unfortunately both were tagged with some very cheap fouls and it limited what they were able to do defensively late in the game, especially Ramel.
Also, I have to admit I was one of those people that labeled Joe with the 'no heart" tag. I always liked Ramel because of his effort but Joe confounded me at times. These two have spent the season showing me I was wrong and that with a decent coach that was actually willing to work as hard as his players they would have been mentioned with some of the best in Kentucky basketball. Tubby Smith wherever you are right now, thank you for wasting these two guys for 3 years. Its just a crying shame...but I digress. Onto the analysis.
Ramel, Joe, and Stevenson all played pretty well today. And Jasper and Harris made some plays on defense but one of the reasons we were so successful in SEC play is that we finally started getting contributions on the offensive end from these two. Night in and night out Harris and Jasper were able to provide just enough offense, roughly 8-16 points a game between the two of them to alleviate some of the pressure off Ramel and Joe. Today, a goose egg. Neither one of these guys had their A game today, or anywhere close to it for that matter and we struggled.
I can't fault them for that though. I think they both played with maximum effort and just had off nights on the offensive end of the floor.
Also, if anyone ever argues that Patterson wouldn't have made a difference in this game they need to be hit over the head with a hammer. I didn't see a second chance points graphic, but I know Marquette had a ton of them, as did Georgia against us in our SEC tourney loss. Patterson will make a huge dent in that stat when we get him back next season.
We struggled to keep Marquette out of the lane all game. James is just too quick for any of our perimeter players to stay in front of. Harris did a solid job on him despite being in foul trouble for most of the game. We will have much better athletes on the perimeter next season so its not likely teams will be able to get to the rim as easily as Marquette did at times today.
Coaching...I thought Gillispie coached a solid game. I'm a little upset that Marquette's best three point shooter was allowed to get so open at the end of the first half but other than that I can't find much to complain about as far as the job our first year coach did. Marquette played a really good game today.
Middle Tenn. St. (Sun Belt 14-4; 22-11)
Kentucky Wildcats (SEC 8-6; 15-15)
Friday, March 21, 2008 7pm EST Memorial Coliseum
The Kentucky women’s basketball team will meet Middle Tennessee of the Sun Belt Conference in the second round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament Friday, March 21 at 7 p.m. EST in Memorial Coliseum. Kentucky is 8-2 all-time vs. MTSU.
General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $4 for youth/seniors (18 & under, 65+). For ticket information, log on to www.ukathletics.com or call the UK ticket office at 859-257-1818 or 1-800-928-CATS (2287).
Should Kentucky beat MTSU, they would play Wednesday, March 26 with time and location to be determined.
- Elliott, Mahoney Named AP All-SEC
- Vote for Sarah Elliott--Lowe's Senior Class Award
- Game Notes (PDF)
- WNIT Bracket (PDF)
- Matthew Mitchell WNIT Quotes
Head Coach Matthew Mitchell
“We’re extremely excited to be playing in post season. We have a very tough opponent coming in to play. Middle Tennessee State has been a fantastic program over the last five, six, seven years. They played a terrific game last night obviously against Western Carolina and it will be a tough matchup for us. They pose a lot of difficulties for us match-up wise. They are not a tremendously big team but they fast, quick and can shoot the basketball. Anytime you have the leading scorer in the nation on your team that usually means the opponent will have a difficult time. We definitely will have our hands full with Middle Tennessee tomorrow night.
- A Familiar Foe: The Kentucky Wildcats
- After roof fell in, their concern is about the ground
- Anaheim regional at a glance
- Audio: UK from the NCAA Tournament
- Billy Gillispie at the Improv
- Bracketbreaker Challenge: Marquette
- Cats, Eagles cover all the angles
- Cats eerily similar to first-round foe
- Cats have to regain their late-season magic to make a run
- Cats say low seeds' history is no hindrance
- It’s blue-collar heaven for Kentucky
- It's Kentucky's Time to Prove Worthy of NCAA Bid
- Its Marquette Time!!!
- Kentucky After Two Former Indiana Recruits
- Kentucky's Harris has evolved into defensive weapon
- Kentucky in unfamiliar tourney position—looking up
- Kentucky Tries a New Role: Underdog
- Kentucky’s Final Season
- Kentucky's Gillispie wishes Texas A&M well
- Let's Dance: Marquette takes on Kentucky in tourney opener
- Live from the Honda Center
- March Madness Prediction: Kentucky vs Marquette
- Marching unnoticed
- Meeks ‘very, very doubtful,’ Gillispie says
- NCAA Report: Coaches say Carter is improving
- NCAA Report: Gillispie says Bradley has more 'spirit' than any player he's coached
- NCAA Report: Is UK still Gillispie's dream job?
- NCAA Report: Marquette's Crean says UK totally different team from start of season
- NCAA Report: Patterson supports team in person while waiting for surgery
- NCAA Report: Porter thinks juco player Galloway will help Cats next year
- NCAA Report: Questions for Tennessee's Steve Forbes, Part 2
- NCAA Report: Ramel Bradley could be key to UK run in tourney
- NCAA Report: Ramon Harris likes what he sees from Darius Miller
- NCAA Report: Stewart admits it took time to adjust to Gillispie
- NCAA Report: Tennessee's Forbes shares insights on Billy Gillispie, Part1
- NCAA Report: The flight's the thing (and the time change!)
- NCAA Report: Underdog role might work in UK's favor
- Rookie will do UK-Marquette game for CBS
- Surging UK faces Marquette in NCAA opener
- The Cats take on Marquette today
- UK Basketball: Patterson trying to enjoy NCAA
- UK Practice Pictures from Today in Anaheim
- Wildcats like being ‘dogs vs. Marquette
- Arkansas' Ervin been there, done that
- Back-to-back took awhile at Vandy
- Can congress prompt investigations into results of college games?
- Capel denies contact with South Carolina
- Felton grateful for Evans' patience
- Florida cruises in NIT opener
- Finally, Gators are fun to watch again
- Lady Vols have tourney shot
- Lead Dawg Gaines leads Georgia to success
- Mississippi State leery of Oregon
- NJ lawmaker wants NCAA to investigate disputed Rutgers-Tennessee
- Ole Miss rolls past Santa Barbara
- O'Neill celebrates former team's success
- Tennessee has guarded optimism
- UGA hoops diehards have kept faith
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Wildcats Thunder Administrator
Kentucky vs Marquette
NCAA TOURNAMENT RD 1
When: 2:30 p.m. Thursday
Where: Anaheim, Calif.
Radio: Big Blue Radio Network Affiliate List
UK 18-12, 12-4 SEC; Roster | Schedule | Stats
MU 24-9, 11-7 Big East; Roster | Schedule | Stats
Coach: Tom Crean: 165-86 (.657) in 8 seasons
Crean has only been a head coach at Marquette
2007-08 Record: 24-9
Big East Record: 11-7
Marquette 76 IUPUI 68
Marquette 66 Utah Valley 55
Marquette 74 Chaminade 63
Marquette 91 Oklahoma St. 61
Duke 77 Marquette 73
Marquette 100 UWM 65
Marquette 81 Wisconsin 76
Marquette 82 Sacramento State 51
Marquette 80 IPFW 56
Marquette 89 Coppin St. 42
Marquette 77 Savannah St. 37
Marquette 96 Providence 67
West Virginia 79 Marquette 64
Marquette 61 Seton Hall 56
Marquette 92 Notre Dame 66
Louisville 71 Marquette 51
Connecticut 89 Marquette 73
Marquette 79 DePaul 71
Marquette 62 USF 54
Marquette 75 Cincinnati 60
Louisville 71 Marquette 57
Notre Dame 86 Marquette 83
Marquette 89 Seton Hall 64
Marquette 72 Pittsburgh 54
Marquette 73 St. John’s 64
Marquette 78 Rutgers 48
Marquette 85 Villanova 75
Georgetown 70 Marquette (OT)
Marquette 67 Florida Gulf Coast 37
Syracuse 87 Marquette 72
Marquette 67 Seton Hall 54
Marquette 89 Notre Dame 79
Pittsburgh 68 Marquette 61
Jerel McNeal G 6’3” JR (PPG-14.3) Minutes PG-29.9
Dominic James G 5’11” JR (PPG-13.0) Minutes PG-30.1
Lazar Hayward F 6’6” SOPH (PPG-13.0) Minutes PG-25.1
Wesley Matthews G 6’5” JR (PPG-11.2) Minutes PD-28.5
Gusmane Barro C/F 6’10” SR. (PPG-5.5) Minutes PG-19.4
Points PG: 75.8 (+11.6)
3 Point FG%: 35.3
3 Point FG PG: 7
Rebounds PG: 36.6 (+2.4)
Assists PG: 14.8
TO’s PG: 13.2
Steal PG: 9.6
Blocks PG: 3.8
A look at the Marquette schedule reveals some big wins for the Warriors this season….such as defeating Big Ten champion Wisconsin, Big East tourney champion Pittsburgh and a solid NCAA bound Notre Dame team. Marquette averages 76 points per game and have 4 players scoring 11 points or more per game…..in short, Marquette is a very good offensive team. The Warriors are a perimeter team getting excellent guard play from McNeal, James and Matthews. Hayward is an excellent shooter..hitting 47.5% of his shots and a red hot 45.2% from 3 point range. Coach Crean goes to the bench often as 10 players get 10 or more minutes per game. No Marquette player averages more than 30 minutes per game, so the Warriors will have fresh players on the floor throughout the game. Although, Marquette is mostly a perimeter team, they have defeated teams this season with strong inside games. Unquestionably, the Warriors strength is their superb guard play on both offense and defense….importantly, the Warriors get nearly 10 steals per game. Coach Crean has been a very good coach at Marquette and while this is not a great Warrior team, it is a very good team that is capable of competing with any team. Marquette enters the game against the Cats as a 6 point favorite and that sounds about right. This Marquette team will be a very tough opponent for the Cats.
Kentucky, having sweating out getting into the NCAA, now must turn their attention to a very difficult first NCAA game. It’s hard to evaluate UK’s performance in the SEC tourney because of all that took place as a result of the tornado. Still, the Cats didn’t play well against Georgia and they must lift significantly lift their game performance against Marquette. Hopefully, Bradley can regain his shooting eye because both Crawford and “Smooth” must have productive offensive games. However, even that won’t be enough against a team of Marquette’s caliber…..the Cats must get some good offense from Jasper, Harris and Stevenson.. A key factor for UK to have a chance of upending Marquette is they must minimize TO’s. The Warriors who snag 10 steals per game will present a big challenge for the Cats to take care of the basketball. The Cats are perfectly capable of defeating Marquette, but they must bring their A game on both offense and defense. I know the vast majority of UK fans are very proud of this Kentucky team that has overcome so much adversity and made the NCAA tourney when virtually all sports analysts has written UK off as an NIT team at most. These folks obviously underestimated the coaching genius of Billy Gillispie who has molded this Cat team into a tough minded overachieving team. I know Marquette is the favorite, but I have a good feeling that these Cats are not ready for the season to end. I like UK to defeat the Warriors and march on in the NCAA. Go Cats!
Let the MADNESS begin as 64 teams kick off the 2008 NCAA Tournament on Thursday and Friday . Now the questions begin. Who will advance? Who goes home? Will there be BUZZER beaters? Will Cinderella advance? Does David slay they Goliath? Who will be left standing #1 on April 7, 2008 in San Antonio, Tx as 2008 NCAA Men's Basketball Champions and bringing home the hardware? And many more questions I'm sure, including the officiating.. There's only one way to find out! Tune in and watch the most exciting time in college Basketball for the answers...Regardless the out come it will be fun to watch till the end..
|THURSDAYS GAMES &|
Qwest Center Omaha (Omaha, NE)
(16) Portland St. (23-9) 12:25 pm
(1) Kansas (31-3)
(9) Kent St. (28-6) 2:55 pm
(8) UNLV (26-7)
(11) Kansas St. (20-11) 7:10 pm
(6) USC (21-11)
(14) CSU Fullerton (24-8) 9:40 pm
(3) Wisconsin (29-4)
Verizon Center (Washington, DC)
(14) Georgia (17-16) 12:20 pm
(3) Xavier (27-6)
(11) Baylor (21-10) 2:50 pm
(6) Purdue (24-8)
(15) Belmont (25-8) 7:10 pm
(2) Duke (27-5)
(10) Arizona (19-14) 9:40 pm
(7) West Virginia (24-10)
Honda Center (Anaheim, CA)
(9) Texas A&M (24-10) 7:25 pm
(8) BYU (27-7)
(16) Miss. Valley St. (17-15) 9:55 pm
(1) UCLA (31-3)
Pepsi Center (Denver, CO)
(13) Winthrop (22-11) 7:20 pm
(4) Washington St. (24-8)
(12) George Mason (23-10) 9:50 pm
(5) Notre Dame (24-7)
Pepsi Center (Denver, CO)
(12) Temple (21-12) 12:30 pm
(5) Michigan St. (25-8)
(13) Oral Roberts (24-8) 3:00 pm
(4) Pittsburgh (26-9)
Honda Center (Anaheim, CA)
(11) Kentucky (18-12) 2:30 pm
(6) Marquette (24-9)
(14) Cornell (22-5) 5:00 pm
(3) Stanford (26-7)
|FRIDAYS GAMES &|
RBC Center (Raleigh, NC)
(10) Davidson (26-6) 12:25 pm
(7) Gonzaga (25-7)
(15) UMBC (24-8) 2:55 pm
(2) Georgetown (27-5)
St. Pete Times Forum (Tampa, FL)
(13) Siena (22-10) 7:20 pm
(4) Vanderbilt (26-7)
(12) Villanova (20-12) 9:50 pm
(5) Clemson (24-9)
St. Pete Times Forum (Tampa, FL)
(12) West. Kentucky (27-6) 12:30 pm
(5) Drake (28-4)
(13) San Diego (21-13) 3:00 pm
(4) Connecticut (24-8)
BJCC Arena (Birmingham, AL)
(15) American (21-11) 12:15 pm
(2) Tennessee (29-4)
(10) South Alabama (26-6) 2:45 pm
(7) Butler (29-3)
(11) St. Joseph's (21-12) 7:10 pm
(6) Oklahoma (22-11)
(14) Boise St. (25-8) 9:40 pm
(3) Louisville (24-8)
RBC Center (Raleigh, NC)
(16) Mount St. Mary's (19-14) 7:10 pm
(1) North Carolina (32-2)
(9) Arkansas (22-11) 9:40 pm
(8) Indiana (25-7)
Alltel Arena (North Little Rock, AR)
(10) St. Mary's (25-6) 12:30 pm
(7) Miami (FL) (22-10)
(15) Austin Peay (24-10) 3:00 pm
(2) Texas (28-6)
(9) Oregon (18-13) 7:25 pm
(8) Mississippi St. (22-10)
(16) TX Arlington (21-11) 9:55 pm
(1) Memphis (33-1)
- AP All-Southeastern Conference women's basketball team
- Arkansas' Vaughn gets honorable mention on All-SEC list
- Baseball Cats continue pummelation
- Bulldogs upbeat at first tournament practice
- Brady can't wait to coach again at Arkansas State
- Cats closing in on record streak
- Chancellor fires back at ESPN crew
- Humble Varnado leads nation in blocked shots
- Humphrey thinks Georgia can go a long way
- Florida still playing for pride
- Florida's NIT strategy: Live in the moment
- Fowles SEC Player of the Year
- More honors for Fowles, Chancellor
- Odom's lone recruit stands by his pledge
- OH GOOD GREIF: The Vols and Commodores have plenty to prove
- Ole Miss hopes to ease negative vibes
- SEC is left in awe by Georgia
- SEC sorting out tornado refunds
- Tennessee's Tyler Smith honors late father
- Today's schedule UK/Marquette Presser & Practices
- UK BASEBALL
- One more win(UK) ties best start in school history
- Weems misses Arkansas practice with bad knee
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
- #11 UK vs. #6 Marquette - First Round Preview (NCAA Tournament Edition)
- 2008 Cinderella Team: Marquette Golden Eagles
- 32 Games, 32 Reasons to Watch all of the NCAA First Round
- Bracket advice you can take to the bank — maybe
- Bracket packet: Brat pack pick apart the tourney
- Big Blue Fans Search For Big Dance Tickets
- Cats' 4-team draw offers intriguing matchups
- Cats to dance on the West Coast
- Contact: yes; violation: no
- Commentary: NCAA rooting guide
- Darius Miller doing some recruiting
- DeAndre Liggins- Kentucky's Next Star Guard?
- Do I think Kentucky is good enough to go deep?
- Dogs’ Run Saved Felton But Shines Light On Poor SEC
- Donovan boots Gators from facility
- Donovan to Blame for Failure to Make NCAA
- Don't bet against the Cats
- Fantasy Hoops Blog: Let the Madness Begin!
- Florida's Donovan kicks players out of practice facility
- From the small screen to the big time
- Gillispie, Other SEC Coaches High on Hogs' Chances in NCAA Tournament
- Gillespie, Truman may have something in common
- Georgia linebacker to miss season
- Half-century later, 'Big Chief' still plays
- How Georgia can beat Xavier
- Interview With Tennessee Men's Basketball Coach Bruce Pearl
- IU Match-Up Means Something To Pelphrey
- MSU gets new opportunity
- Lady Vols Lead NCAA Hoops Graduations
- Lapses in focus, toughness cost Arkansas
- Log 5 Table of the NCAA Tournament -- Who Has The Best Chance to Win?
- LSU women begin quest for fifth straight Final Four
- March has never been madder than it was in Atlanta
- March Madness odds: Marquette vs. Kentucky
- Marquette faces challenge against Kentucky
- My Man, Coach Billy Gillispie
- NCAA Pants Party: Marquette Vs. Kentucky
- NCAA Tournament: 1st Round Predictions From The South Region
- NCAA tournament 'bracketology': Academically speaking, that is
- Peers cheer Felton
- SEC to issue refunds to ticket holders shut out of SEC tourney
- Tennessee's point guards struggle for consistency
- The party is over in Gainesville
- Top two South seeds come in as hot as anyone
- Tourney-bound Kentucky can finally exhale
- Tuckasee NCAA Qualifiers
- UGA, SEC re-defined madness
- UK-Morehead baseball game postponed
- UK Postpones Morehead Game to Wednesday
- UK-Marquette early thoughts
- UK Women Earn Postseason Bid To WNIT
- UK Women's team awaits postseason fate
- UK's Meeks will attempt return to practice
- UT women get easier road to Final Four
- "X" Hours Until Tournament Time
- WATCH EVERY GAME FROM THE 2008 NCAA DIVISION I