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  • Redemption

    Redemption is such a sweet thing. 
    North Carolina must think so. 
    Avenging a year’s worth of built-up heartbreak, the Tar Heels won the national championship last Monday night in Phoenix, defeating the Gonzaga Bulldogs 71-65 in an ugly contest that saw both teams shoot a combined 46-132 (34.8 percent) from the field and combine for 44 fouls. Both teams also shot 52 free throws in the contest, with many complaining all the free throws and fouls called disrupted the flow of play and made the game borderline unwatchable. 

  • Vaught’s Views: Lynn Bowden could be a special player for UK

    By Larry Vaught

    Lynn Bowden didn’t really know anything about the Kentucky-Ohio All-Star Basketball Game until his coach recently told him about it. Once he heard about it, he thought, “Why not,” and opted to play in Saturday’s game at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills.
    Even though he’ll be a 6-1 guard for Ohio, he could be the most interesting player in the game for many University of Kentucky fans. He’s a UK football signee and was rated as one of the top 100 players in the 2017 recruiting class by ESPN.

  • 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.