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  • 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.

  • Believing

    Feb. 22, 1980: The day the United States Olympic hockey team did the unthinkable. Few thought it could be done. The United States, young, inexperienced, untested, was no match for the talented, powerful, battle-tested Soviet Union squad, they said. The American squad, however, had shocked all the pundits, critics, and detractors with their gutsy and determined play. They had been the surprise of the 1980 Olympics, tying with a talented Swedish squad before rattling off four straight wins en route to their clash with the Soviet Union.

  • VAUGHT’S VIEWS: De'Aaron Fox a likely top 20 NBA Draft pick

    By Larry Vaught

    Players often come to play basketball at Kentucky now to enhance their NBA Draft status. It’s something coach John Calipari sells to players as he points to the draft picks he’s had and how well many of them are doing in the NBA.
    A player can play himself into a higher spot in the draft — Eric Bledsoe, Jamal Murray, Trey Lyles for instance — that many ever imagined. However, because the spotlight is always on UK basketball, a player can hurt his draft stock with subpar play — remember Skal Labissiere.