Kentucky Loses Second Battle of The Bluebloods : North Carolina goes on to defeat the CATS in a game decided on final play.

What a foul is according to NCAA Officials - Internet photo
What a foul is according to NCAA Officials – Internet photo

David Leveridge- Bluegrass Sports Nation Beat Writer
Memphis, Tennessee

The South Regional Championship game in Memphis, Tennessee featured 2 of the most successful teams in College Basketball history. Kentucky and North Carolina are 2 of the biggest name programs in College Hoops. North Carolina is the #1 seed in the South Region with a record of 30 Wins and 7 losses.  UNC is on a current 3 game win streak.   UNC Entered today’s game against the Cats with a big win over Texas Southern.  

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Cats Fall in Final Second

Humphries with the jumper - Photo by Brendon MIller
Humphries with the jumper – Photo by Brendon MIller

March 26, 2017 – Ty Back – Memphis, TN

The Kentucky Wildcats season ended Sunday night at the hands of the North Carolina Tarheels. Carolina led for all but 3:57 of the game but in the last 50 seconds, Kentucky erased a 7 point deficit to tie the game at 73 with only nine seconds to play.  Malik Monk rose up from the top of the key, with two defenders in his face, to drill an off balance three to tie the game.  

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Early Foul Trouble is Too Much to Overcome as the Wildcats Fall to North Carolina 75-73

Today’s matchup between the University of Kentucky Wildcats and the North Carolina Tar Heels is college basketball royalty at its best.  

The Wildcats are the all-time winningest program in major college basketball history with 2,205 wins, of course the Tar Heels are not too far behind in third place with 2,173. Continue reading Early Foul Trouble is Too Much to Overcome as the Wildcats Fall to North Carolina 75-73

KEY TO THE CATS, BRISCOE TALKING and HIS LEADERSHIP.

Isiah Briscoe
Isiah Briscoe

March 25, 2017 – Memphis, Tennessee

BRENDON D. MILLER – Bluegrass Sports Nation

At today’s off-day press conference for the South Regional Final, CATS Coach John Calipari attributed the CATS improved play to Sophomore, Isaiah Briscoe’s on floor and verbal leadership.  Cal, in his opening, specifically pointed out Briscoe’s leadership and his direction on the floor.  

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Cats Moving On get even with UCLA

Malik Monk - Photo Brendon Miller
Malik Monk – Photo Brendon Miller

Ty Back – Eight years ago this month, John Calipari left Memphis for the greener pastures of Lexington, KY.  While coming to Memphis over the past few years to recruit and visit friends, last night was his first time back on the sidelines in FedExForum (yes it has to be written like that).  A night where number two seeded Kentucky took on number three seeded UCLA for a right to move on to the 2017 NCAA South Region Final to take on the North Carolina Tarheels on Sunday. Continue reading Cats Moving On get even with UCLA

Fox has best game of collegiate career: Kentucky defeats UCLA advances to the Regional Final to take on North Carolina.

Fox has special night - Photo Brendon Miller
Fox has special night – Photo Brendon Miller

Fox has best game of collegiate career:  Kentucky defeats UCLA advances to the Regional Final to take on North Carolina.  

David Leveridge- Bluegrass Sports Nation Beat writer

Memphis, TN, The Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament is one of the most exciting weekends in sports.  Memphis, Tennessee is the host city of the South Region.  The Region is the only region in the Tournament that features the top 4 seeds, playing.  The South Region features 3 Blue bloods in College Basketball history.  The # 1 Seed North Carolina Tar Heels, The # 2 Seed Kentucky Wildcats, the # 3 Seed the UCLA Bruins, and the #4 Seed Butler Bulldogs.   Continue reading Fox has best game of collegiate career: Kentucky defeats UCLA advances to the Regional Final to take on North Carolina.

Kentucky Out Foxes UCLA in 86-75 Win

Fox leads Cats over Bruins - Photo by Brendon Miller
Fox leads Cats over Bruins – Photo by Brendon Miller

The NCAA South Regional here in Memphis, Tennessee is a who’s who of NCAA tournament championship history.  The top three teams in championships won, are in this region.  UCLA leads the way as the all-time leader with 11, Kentucky is following closely behind with 8 and North Carolina, who is tied at third with 5 championships, make up three-fourths of the South Region field.  Butler University, which is the fourth team, may not hold up to the standards of the other three teams, but the Bulldogs from Butler have been to two Final Fours in the last eight years, so that is not a bad resume either. Continue reading Kentucky Out Foxes UCLA in 86-75 Win

NCAA Sweet 16 – Are there really any upsets at this stage of the tournament

South Regional - Memphis, Tenn
South Regional – Memphis, Tenn

If you are looking for surprises and upsets at this time in the tournament, you really won’t see many. On the first night of play in the Sweet 16, the buzz was about a number 11 seed, Xavier, knocking off a 2 seed in Arizona. Was this really an upset. The AP Preseason poll had Xavier ranked 7th and Arizona 10th while the USA Today Coaches poll had them 8 and 11. Did Xavier live up to expectations during the season. Continue reading NCAA Sweet 16 – Are there really any upsets at this stage of the tournament

Wolfe County Referee selected to call Boys Sweet 16

Wolfe County's own Benny Campbell - Photo submitted
Wolfe County’s own Benny Campbell – Photo submitted

Hazel Green Kentucky resident and Wolfe County Softball Coach
Benny Campbell has been selected as a member of the Officiating Crew for the KHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament which was played in Rupp Arena on March 15-19.  Campbell joined 15 other officials from across the state as they called the 100th edition of the Sweet 16 which is billed as the Greatest Show in Hoops.  The officials are assigned on a daily basis as to which games they will call. Continue reading Wolfe County Referee selected to call Boys Sweet 16

NCAA Tournament – Blue Memphis

Hawkins with the drive - Photo by Brendon Miller
Hawkins with the drive – Photo by Brendon Miller

The second weekend of the NCAA Tournament is the proverbial emotional roller coaster ride for die-hard Wildcat fans like me. I love the weekend and yet, I hate the weekend.

I love the exhilaration of knowing your team is one of sixteen teams still with a chance to win it all. I hate the realization that at any time during the weekend, your team can be sent packing, its season ended with a bad call or unlucky buzzer beater. Continue reading NCAA Tournament – Blue Memphis