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Columns

  • Road to Phoenix

    Here we are. Four teams are left standing. Sixty-eight teams celebrated on Selection Sunday, March 12, when they were invited to the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Now, after four rounds of play (five if a team played in the First Four), four teams stand alone in the Final Four, who will play Saturday evening, seeking to punch their tickets to the championship game. 

  • Vaught’s Views: ‘Everybody is heartbroken’

    Kentucky’s season did not end the way any UK fan, coach or player wanted with the bitter 75-73 loss to North Carolina Sunday in the South Region final. However, don’t forget UK won 32 games, won the SEC regular-season championship and also won the SEC Tournament.
    But let’s also put one myth to rest — or at least try.
    How many times do you read or hear that Kentucky’s one-and-done players only care about the NBA and becoming millionaires? It happens all the time.

  • When it all began

    Seventy-eight years ago, on March 17, 1939, the madness began in a small gym in northern Illinois. In attendance were roughly 15,000 people on hand to witness the birth of what we have come to love and embrace as the NCAA Tournament, full of madness and miracles. A mere eight teams were invited to Northwestern University's campus for the inaugural tournament.   

  • Vaught’s Views: Derek Willis is a big reason UK won Sunday

    By Larry Vaught

    After Kentucky survived against Wichita State Sunday, a lot of attention was given to the way De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk and Bam Adebayo played, especially late in the game. However, not nearly enough attention was given to Derek Willis.
    Remember he’s the senior who has been blasted by coach John Calipari for three years and often criticized both by fans and the media for his lack of defense. However, he’s a big reason UK not only won Sunday, but also has won 13 straight games.

  • So comes the madness

    And just like that, the madness, insanity, the crazy is here. 

  • Vaught’s Views: Dominique Hawkins could turn out to be UK’s most important player

    Dominique Hawkins is not Kentucky’s star player going into this week’s NCAA Tournament play. However, he could turn out to be UK’s most important player.
    The showcase players are freshmen Malik Monk, De’Aaron Fox and Bam Adebayo. They are UK’s top scorers and all are considered likely No. 1 NBA draft picks in June. They've all been the subject of national media features and certainly will be put in the spotlight by CBS-TV.

  • All in, all the time
  • Changing teams

    The trade deadline nearing and seeking a big, season-changing move, the New Orleans Pelicans took a chance and made one of the biggest moves this season and in the last several seasons. With one single trade, the Pelicans finalized a blockbuster move and nabbed a three-time All Star center.  

  • Not forgotten

    Yogi Ferrell, a forgotten player let go by the Brooklyn Nets, signed a 10-day contract with the Dallas Mavericks in late January, seeking a chance at redemption. He had been demoted by the Nets to the NBA Development League, promoted, demoted, and then released during his time with the team. The Mavericks took a chance on this undrafted guard from Indiana University who holds the school record for most career assists. They decided to give him a chance. 

  • Vaught’s Views: Makayla Epps plays her final home game Thursday

    By Larry Vaught

    Makayla Epps will play her final game in Memorial Coliseum Thursday when Kentucky hosts Mississippi State. She could play again in Lexington if UK makes the Sweet Sixteen since Rupp Arena will be a host site for one NCAA Regional.
    Epps has had an illustrious career. Her 1,664 points ranks fifth in UK history and her 389 assists rank eighth all-time.
    She has been able to take sophomores Maci Morris and Taylor Murray basically under her wing for two years. Next year they won’t have her with them for the first time.