Pitino on Calipari: “He tries to make the world being against him.”

Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

By LARRY VAUGHT

Louisville coach Rick Pitino went on ESPN Radio this morning on the Mike (Greenberg) and Mike (Golic) Show to talk about a variety of things. Obviously, the sex scandal at Louisville was the big topic of conversation.

However, the hosts also asked him about Kentucky coach John Calipari complaining about the seedings. Pitino said that was just Calipari being Calipari.

“He tries to make the world being against him. He does the same thing that John Thompson did at Georgetown — the world’s against us. Wherever he’s going, he’ll probably stay 30 miles outside of town because the hotel’s not good enough. Nothing’s ever good enough, the world’s against us,” Pitino said.

Calipari wants all players to have same defensive bounce as Tyler Ulis

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Vicky Graff Photo

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky’s defense had some issues in SEC Tournament wins over Georgia and Texas A&M. However, Kentucky coach John Calipari said part of it was that both teams made some “ridiculously tough” shots.

“You gotta accept it if you did their job and they hit it. We broke down about four times, maybe five, and it was basically the same couple guys that just broke down. Like, ‘It was you again. It was you again. It was you again,'” Calipari said.

Guest post: Follow the money to understand NCAA seedings

By KEITH PEEL

Instead of everyone complaining to the NCAA Tournament selection committee and selection chairman — by the way I give Mitch Barnhart kudos for writing an open letter to the committee — I believe the true driver behind this poor process is CBS-TV.

Since CBS is paying multiple millions of dollars for the broadcast rights each year they are looking for a return on their investment. In order to attract viewers ( and advertisers) to this annual event they must have marquee matchups and the selection committee is just the group to provide them. They are just the “errand boy” for the network.

Guest post: Numbers favor UK by 18 over Stony Brook

Alex Poythress (Vicky Graff Photo)

Alex Poythress (Vicky Graff Photo)

By RICHARD CHEEKS

The regular season is complete, 23-8, 13-5 in the SEC with a co-championship of the SEC. The Cats had to share this championship with Texas A&M primarily due to the two vagaries of the game. First, the schedule maker had Texas A&M and the Cats only meeting once, in College Station, and then the SEC referees slapped Isaac Humphries with an unnecessary technical foul that snatched a championship clinching road victory from the Cats and forced the co-championship upon them. Then, the Cats rolled through the SEC Tournament to face these same Aggies in the Championship game, winning this time on the neutral court and demonstrating their overall superiority.

A look at who is on NCAA selection committee

Several of you have asked me who the members of the NCAA Tournament selection committee are. So I looked it up and here is the list:

Joseph R. Castiglione
Committee chair and director of athletics at University of Oklahoma

  • Joe Alleva, director of athletics, Louisiana State University
  • Janet Cone, director of athletics, University of North Carolina at Asheville
  • Tom Holmoe, director of athletics, Brigham Young University
  • Mark Hollis, director of athletics, Michigan State University
  • Bernard Muir, director of athletics, Stanford University
  • Bruce Rasmussen, director of athletics, Creighton University
  • Peter Roby, director of athletics, Northeastern University

Matthew Mitchell “grateful” to be in Lexington Region

Matthew Mitchell (Vicky Graff Photo)

Matthew Mitchell (Vicky Graff Photo)

Kentucky Women’s Basketball

Pre-NCAA Tournament News Conference

March 14, 2016

Kentucky Head Coach Matthew Mitchell

Opening statement…

Kentucky women open in Memorial, can advance to Rupp

UK Athletics Photo

UK Athletics Photo

LEXINGT­­­ON, Ky. – The No. 12 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team has been selected as an at-large team in the 2016 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament, earning a No. 3 seed in the Lexington Regional. The Wildcats (23-7) will face 14th-seeded UNC Asheville in the first round on Saturday inside Memorial Coliseum. The game will air live on ESPN2 at 4 p.m. ET.

For the third time in program history and third year in a row, Kentucky has been selected to host the first and second rounds of the tournament inside historic Memorial Coliseum. The games will be held Saturday and Monday. The other first-round matchup in Lexington features sixth-seeded Oklahoma against 11th-seeded Purdue at 1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Barnhart to NCAA committee: Seeding needs to be more transparent and standarized

Mitch Barnhart (Wade Upchurch Photo)

Mitch Barnhart (Wade Upchurch Photo)

Kentucky Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart wrote the following letter on the NCAA Tournament selection process on Monday.

“Our NCAA Tournament draw has, suffice to say, been quite the topic of conversation over the last 24 hours. On that subject, I agree with and fully support our coach.

“Rather than breaking down brackets and making our case, I believe it’s more productive to look ahead. In short, I believe the process of selecting NCAA Tournament teams must be both more transparent and more standardized. The Selection Committee has made progress by revealing the S Curve after the bracket is announced, but it should consider following the lead of the College Football Playoff Committee and release updates prior to Selection Sunday.

Ulis Adds USBWA All-America Honors to Growing List of Awards

UlisLEXINGTON, Ky. – With one dazzling performance after another – the latest of which was an all-time unforgettable afternoon in the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship game – the postseason honors continue to follow for Kentucky sophomore Tyler Ulis.

The latest came Monday in the form of All-America honors from the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. The 5-foot-9 Ulis was named the USBWA All-America Second Team. He was joined by Providence’s Kris Dunn, Iowa State’s Georges Niang, Utah’s Jakob Poeltl and Iowa’s Jarrod Uthoff.

Alan Cutler will join us on WPBK-FM 102.9 Tuesday morning

Alan Cutler, right, and I have known former LSU coach Dale Brown for many years.

Alan Cutler, right, and I have known former LSU coach Dale Brown for many years.

By LARRY VAUGHT

If you watch any Lexington TV sports, you know my buddy Alan Cutler, the sports anchor/direct at WLEX-TV (Channel 18).

He can be controversial. He can be opinionated. But he can also be right and no one is more passionate about his job than Cutler.

He’ll join Tim Estes and myself on WPBK-FM 102.9 Tuesday from 7:30-8 a.m. (wpbk.com) to discuss a little bit of everything. Certainly we will talk about the upcoming NCAA Tournament and coach John Calipari, a man Cutler has known a long time.