Kentucky is back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since winning the Championship in 2012
They have won 4 National Championships since 1978
They had the #1 recruiting class this year according to ESPN
John Calipari is coaching in his 9th* Sweet 16
Frank Vogel* (who is cheering for UL this weekend)
Road Through The Tourney:
#9 KSU 56-49 W
#1 Wichita State 78-76 W
#5 Andrew Harrison, 6’6, 215 Lbs, Freshman, Guard
Andrew Harrison was widely regarded as a top 5 player in the class of 2013 with Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Julius Randle, and twin brother Aaron Harrison. In his Freshman year at uk he has put up 11 points per game, 3.8 assists and 0.5 steals per game. Had a season high 26 points vs Tennessee on January 18th. Had a season high 9 assists vs Georgia in the S.E.C. Tournament. Chose Kentucky over Maryland, SMU, Baylor, Kansas and Arizona
The Cards are 17-3 on the season yet the overwhelming feeling is the Cards are just starting to click. Many of us have questioned our hotel reservations in Dallas over the past few months but the light seems to be getting brighter. Nick Wiggins of Bleacher Report is one that believes the Cards are right on track. In Wiggins article Louisville Basketball: Why the Cardinals will make a third straight Final Four Nick gives his reasons why he hasn’t quit on the Cards just yet! Here is a few quotes from the article:
“Rick Pitino has proven to be a master at getting the most out of his players. There is a reason he has taken three different schools to the Final Four, won national championships at two different schools and is in the Hall of Fame. Pitino and his ability to “coach up” his players is the first feather in the cap for the Cardinals.”
Today the Sports Business Journal released an article saying the the Final Four (which is to be broadcast on TBS this year) will also be broadcast on Tru Tv and TNT. TBS will hold the National broadcast that we see every year while Tru TV and TNT will hold broadcast with people relevant to each team playing. Here are some of the main quotes that can be read in this full article from Sports Business Journal.
Starting tomorrow morning at 10 A.M. Mini-plans can be purchased through the University. They come in four and six packs and you get to pick the four or six games you want to attend from the list provided. The FInal Four plan you can pick four out of the following opponents: Hofstra, Hartford, UKMC, Missouri State, Houston, USF or Temple. The Pick Six Plan allows you to pick six of the following eight opponents: A “Pick Six Plan” is also available in which six games can be selected from this group of eight opponents: Western Kentucky, Memphis, SMU, Cincinnati, Rutgers, USF, Temple, and Connecticut. Click below for the full official press release from S.I.D Kenny Klein.
By Justin Renck:
Here are some things that jump out at me about these stats:
*The Shockers have 11 players that average over 10 minutes per game. The 12th player still averages 8 minutes per game! No one averages 30 minutes per game. So do they even get worn out with all that rest?
*They have 3 players (Wessel, Wiggins, VanVleet) who are better than 40% 3 point shooters. They haven’t taken as many shots as the leading scorers, but obviously you can’t leave them open or they will make you pay. To compare, the Cards have 1 player in that category, and that is Kevin Ware. So there’s that.
Meet The Opponent- Duke Blue Devils
- Besides Cincinnati and UCLA, Duke is the only other school to make 5 consecutive Final Four appearances.
- Coach Mike Krzyzewski is the winningest coach in NCAA Basketball history, amounting a win total of 927 games beginning at the start of this year.
- This is Duke’s 19th time in the Elite Eight, last going in 2010 where they beat Butler in the NCAA Championship game.
- Coach K is an astounding 11-1 in Regional Championship games. With a win tomorrow he ties John Wooden (UCLA) for most all-time Final Fours