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Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
Kentucky vs. North Carolina – NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
March 26, 2017, FedExForum, Memphis, Tenn.
Final Score: No. 1-seed North Carolina 75, No. 2-seed Kentucky 73
Team Records and Series Notes
- Kentucky finished the season 32-6 overall.
o UNC snapped UK’s 14-game winning streak, which was the longest streak in the country entering Sunday.
o UK won 32 games for the fourth time in the John Calipari era.
By LARRY VAUGHT
Just when it looked like Kentucky was ahead to another Final Four, the bottom fell out and then the Cats took a dagger to the heart at the end.
Sophomore Isaac Humphries, who had a sensational game with 12 points and five rebounds in 21 minutes, hit a shot with 5 minutes, 5 seconds to play to give UK a 64-59 lead and cap a 17-6 Kentucky run.
By RICHARD CHEEKS
Friday night, the Kentucky Wildcats beat UCLA by 11 points, 86-75 to advance to the NCAA Elite 8. Since the NCAA Tournament started in 1939, there have been 88 Elite 8’s played. Kentucky has advanced to a record 32 Elite 8 appearances, winning 17 times and ending their season at the Elite 8 15 times. In the last seven seasons with Coach Calipari at the helm, the Cats have advanced to the Elite 8 5 times, winning 4 and losing only 1, his first such appearance for UK in 2010.
By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky added a preferred walk-on for the 2017 football season when Mercer County running back Donald “D” Smith verbally committed to the Wildcats Friday.
He picked UK over Louisville after previously considering offers to play at Centre College and Georgetown College.
His father, Donald Sr., was a standout running back and then at Western Kentucky University. He also happens to be Louisville fan and noted how ironic it is that another former Harrodsburg star, Craig Yeast, is a UK fan but his son Russ is going to Louisville.
SEATTLE – For the 13th-consecutive season, Kentucky is headed to the NCAA Regional Championship. The two-seeded Wildcats will travel to the University of Washington on April 1, 2017 to compete in the Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle at 7 p.m. ET. The Wildcats will face No. 1 seed Oklahoma, No. 3 seed Washington, Utah State, Stanford and BYU in the pod.
“We’re looking forward to competing in the Seattle regional against the reigning national champions, Oklahoma, and a very solid Washington program that we faced earlier this season,” head coach Tim Garrison said. “The other teams in the regional have impressive credentials as well. Utah State is highly competitive and Stanford is a perennial power from the PAC-12. Rounding out the regional is a BYU team that has proved to be capable of putting together solid performances.”
CBS Sports and Turner Sports announce tip times and commentator teams for the Regional Semifinals of the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship on Thursday, March 23, and Friday, March 24 (7 p.m.-Midnight, ET, both days), with all remaining games available in their entirety across TBS and CBS, in addition to NCAA March Madness Live.
Exclusive live coverage will begin on TBS both days with Infiniti NCAA Tip-Off at 6 p.m. and will conclude with Inside March Madness presented by Buick following the network’s second game.