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April 3, 2015
INDIANAPOLIS - Here are my suggestions as you get set to watch Kentucky try for 40-0 at the Final Four. Ignore the slogans: "one and done," "succeed and proceed," "players' first program. " Forget what you remember of John Calipari at Massachusetts. Don't get caught up in the morality play that some of these players are not really students or at least not for long. Look at college basketball at the top levels in 2015 the way it should be looked at - as a big business. The Kentucky coach recognized that when he got the highest-pressure job in the game and created a model that is built for short-term students and long-term success.
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March 31, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEVELAND - Jerami Grant almost witnessed his older brother, Jerian, slay the Goliath of college basketball. Jerian Grant, a senior guard at Notre Dame, misfired on a last-second three-pointer Saturday night as Kentucky escaped with a 68-66 victory in the Midwest Regional final at Quicken Loans Arena. With the 76ers in town for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Jerami Grant attended the regional final with his family. Former NBA player Harvey Grant is their father. The rookie forward out of Syracuse said the atmosphere made him miss college ball a little bit. He was swept away by the intensity of the crowd and the players and how hard the teams were playing.
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March 20, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
SEEMS LIKE everybody is in Kentucky's corner. Yesterday Larry Brown, whose SMU Mustangs are playing in the Big Dance today, hinted that Kentucky will win the national championship, while President Obama picked the Wildcats outright. Brown told Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio that he thinks Kentucky "would make the NBA playoffs in the East [Division]. " That ought to instill lots of confidence in his team if, by some crazy chance, it meets Kentucky in the title game. Obama didn't hint at anything.
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March 20, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
KENTUCKY opened as 32-point favorites against Hampton. Vegas Vic has them at 34. By the time the game starts tonight (9:40, CBS), the line could be 35. It's Vic's highest spread total since Duke was a 34-point favorite against Alabama State in 2004 and covered it with a 96-61 win. Yep. The Dookies were laying 34 and won by 35. In the SEC semifinals this year, Kentucky was favored by 24 1/2 over Auburn and won by 24 (91-67). In the conference title game, the Wildcats beat Florida by 25. They were 13 1/2-point favorites.
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March 18, 2015 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
CLICK HERE to download Dick Jerardi's 2015 NCAA tournament bracket in .pdf form. I THOUGHT last year's tournament was wide-open. I did not think it was so wide-open that Connecticut was going to win. I would have gone 15 deep before even considering the Huskies. I do not think this tournament is open at all. I do think there are a few teams that could beat Kentucky. I just don't think any will actually beat the Wildcats. I have seen 40-0 since about mid-January. I still see it. This tournament is really top-heavy.
NEWS
March 17, 2015 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats are taking a 34-game winning streak into the NCAA tournament in their quest for title. Willie Cauley-Stein scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Kentucky never trailed in beating Arkansas, 78-63, Sunday in the Southeastern Conference tournament championship game in Nashville. Atlantic Ten. Treveon Graham scored 20 points and Doug Brooks made a huge steal in the final minute to help Virginia Commonwealth beat Dayton, 71-65, and win its first A-10 tournament championship.
NEWS
March 17, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
So Kentucky is going to win this thing? Not so fast. Say the Wildcats end up with a path that includes Cincinnati, Maryland, and then Kansas or Notre Dame just to get to the Final Four. UK obviously is the favorite each time, but that's a little bit of a gauntlet, with differing styles and plenty of talent. Notre Dame obviously is the kind of offensive team that could make things interesting for Kentucky if the Irish make it to the Elite Eight game in Cleveland. If Kansas was the last No. 2 seed, it makes sense that Notre Dame would be the top No. 3 after winning the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
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March 17, 2015 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
WHEN KENTUCKY beat Kansas, 72-40, on Nov. 18, the whispers began. When the Wildcats had UCLA down 41-7 at the half on Dec. 20, the talk became louder. By the time they hit 20-0, the countdown began. Could a group of "veterans" who played for the 2014 national championship combine with another great recruiting class and win them all, go 40-0, become the first unbeaten national champions since 1976? After blasting Arkansas, 78-63, yesterday to win the SEC championship, that whisper has become a shout, 34-0, just six more wins from perfection.
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February 26, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
It's been obvious for a while now. The race for NCAA top seeds, and even the jockeying among No. 2 seeds, comes with a subtitle: HOW TO STAY AWAY FROM KENTUCKY. You think Villanova wants to face John Calipari's outfit before the Final Four? Even if we'd argue that 'Nova actually is one of the teams that might have a chance against UK on its finest shooting day, that doesn't mean the local Wildcats want to see the other Wildcats a step short of Indianapolis. Here's the good news for 'Nova: It's not likely to happen.
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February 26, 2015 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
SO, IS 40-0 going to happen? It is now very possible. I don't think Kentucky is one of the great college teams in history. In fact, I would take the Wildcats' 2012 national champions over this team. They finished 38-2, losing on a buzzer-beater at Indiana and to Vanderbilt in the SEC championship game. Remember, Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist were the first two players taken in that NBA draft. Davis and Tim Duncan are the most talented college big men I have seen since I started covering college hoops for the Daily News in 1987.
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