Kentucky Wildcats

NCAA Day 1: Wildcats x 3 Advance, Doom for Texas, Louisville KY Hosts Upset, Thriller, Controversy and Catwalk

Day 1 of the NCAA Tournament was filled with upsets, nail-biters, a controversial call and expected romps by the Wildcats of Kentucky, Arizona and Villanova. In Louisville, things got rolling with a rare 14-seed upset as Alabama-Birmingham knocked off Iowa State, then #11 UCLA won 60-59 over SMU after a last-minute goaltending call against the Mustangs. Those were two of four lower seeds that advanced, and the UCLA win was one of a record five games decided by a one-point margin. In the nightcap, Cincinnati made a miraculous comeback in the final minute of regulation and tied it on a buzzer…


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Jay-Z, Drake, and Matt Jones: The Rebirth of Big Blue Nation

Behind the 69-62 final score, something bigger happened Saturday afternoon in Lexington. It wasn’t Michael Kidd-Gilchrist or Russ Smith’s stat line. It wasn’t the horrid officiating. Jay-Z, arguably the most popular rapper in the world, sat courtside at Rupp Arena. If you aren’t familiar with Sean “Jay-Z” Carter, you may know his pregnant wife Beyonce. Or perhaps, his current collaborator, the ever controversial Kanye West. A friend helped it sink in at a New Year’s Eve party. “Why would Jay-Z spend his New Year’s Eve in Lexington, Kentucky?” The answer is simple, but the ramifications are boundless. Thanks to John Calipari and his mega-teams of…


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Cardinals Can’t Overcome Kentucky’s Talent, 69-62

In a wild, whistle riddled, Battle of The Bluegrass, the better team won. The explosiveness of the talented Wildcats proved too much for the Cardinals to handle. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist led the Cats with a monstrous 24 points and 19 rebounds. Kidd-Gilchrist at times couldn’t be touched by the Louisville defenders. Every time the Cardinals would think about closing the deficit, Kidd-Gilchrist would topple the comeback with a big play. Meanwhile, Russ Smith put on clinic for the Cards. Smith recorded 30 points, the game high. Russ See TV appeared to be the only player unafraid to shoot the ball. Smith…



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Reinvigorated Cardinals Stun UK in Lexington, 24-17

Big Blue Nation meet Teddy Bridgewater. The true freshman quarterback showed why he was so highly touted Saturday night. Bridgewater took over the reins after senior Will Stein was injured in the second quarter. Despite the pressure of a packed Commonwealth Stadium, the freshman took the snaps in stride. With two touchdown passes and no turnovers, Bridgewater gave Louisville a glimpse into a very sunny future. Louisville was able to halt Kentucky’s offense with a stifling defense that forced Kentucky quarterback Morgan Newton into six sacks. Louisville’s front four were able to disrupt Newton all night long, making things very difficult for…


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Cards Lose to Kentucky 3-2, Continues Early Disappointment

Cardinal Baseball entered 2011 with top 25 ranking and a great shot at a three-peat as Big East Champions. Yet, ever since returning from their West Coast road trip last month, they haven’t been the same team. Louisville entered the Tuesday night clash with the Wildcats hoping to right the ship. They didn’t start off that way, with the Cats quickly scoring two runs in the top of of the first inning. UofL once again struggled to over take the early deficit. The Wildcats should have increased their lead stranding runners in scoring position on three separate occasions. Sophomore rightie…


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Yes, It’s Still March Madness, only 2012…Get Ready Louisville!

I know, I know, I should be talking about horses and Derby hats,  bourbon, betting and Barnstable’s.  Basketball is over, no more Blueston, no more Cardinals till the leaves start to turn colors…It really takes me a while to “put the ball away”. What has helped me in my catatonic, saddened state the past 2 weeks?( I am a Cardinal fan after all) No, not the bourbon mentioned….do you know me that well already? Come on, it’s like every Cardinal and Wildcat and Hoosier and Knight’s fan, it’s the thought of next year, the new season, the new players, all of our hope and…


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Louisville to Houston in the Madness

Hoops Hysteria is here. For three weekends in March, the entirety of our community will be sneaking in peeks at the scores at the office. Husbands will beg their wives to eat in the TV room. Laptops everywhere will be streaming March Madness On Demand, and a college kid will skip out on beach time in 80-degree weather to catch a couple games. There is nothing like March Madness. Louisville has a tough draw in the first round. The Thursday match-up with Morehead State is no cupcake. The Eagles have a strong defense and Kenneth Faried, the most prolific rebounder…


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Awaiting the Madness of March

Basketball fans in Kentucky have got to be giddy with the fine meal they are being served right now. With the conference tournament appetizers, high school sweet 16s for the first course, and the main course NCAA tourney just around the corner; things are heating up. There will be plenty of exciting basketball to watch. Louisville Looks to Solidify High Seed While the Cards won’t play their first game in the Big East tourney until Thursday, Rick Pitino will be watching closely to see who they will face. The Cardinals will face the winner of West Virginia vs. Providence/Marquette game…