How can Indiana slow down Jamal Murray?

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Q. Coach, what makes Jamal Murray as dangerous as he is and what are some of the things your team is going to have to do to slow him down?
TOM CREAN: He’s really improved as a shooter, there is no question about that, his shot selection has improved. He comes off screens very well and he does a great job of coming off the foul line. They do a great job of getting him hope and giving him choices of which way to go to. They’ve all got to see help, not just Jamal Murray. We’ve got to do a great job of showing early help in everything.

Tom Crean on John Calipari: “He has been good to me for a long time.”.

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Q. Given the anticipation of this game, the high-level of two programs, do you think that this game tomorrow will have any momentum toward renewing this rivalry and where do you think that stands?
TOM CREAN: I think that games can always come back. Right now where we sit it’s very hard for us, with what we have with the Crossroads Classic and the ACC challenge pulls into that. We’ve got to have a certain amount of home games. We’re going to do a neutral sight with Louisville and I don’t think anybody has ever closed the door on the series and certainly it’s not open right now with anything that makes a lot of sense, but hopefully some day it will.

Matthew Mitchell to Host Pizza Party for BBN Saturday for UK-IU

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky women’s basketball head coach Matthew Mitchell will provide free pizza to Wildcat fans in attendance at Kentucky’s NCAA Tournament first-round game vs. UNC Asheville at Memorial Coliseum on Saturday. The pizza will be provided after Kentucky’s 4 p.m. ET tip vs. UNCA for fans that wish to stay around and watch the Kentucky men’s basketball team play Indiana in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on the video board.

Lee on playing Indiana will “be history”

By LARRY VAUGHT

What does Marcus Lee think about playing Indiana Saturday?

“It’s always going to be history. I guess you could say all of us adjust to it because we’re in the NCAA Tournament,” Lee said Thursday night. “But I think it’s just a point where we have to get ready for it and we’ll be happy to be there.”

Since Kentucky and Indiana have not played since 2012, has Lee ever seen a Kentucky-Indiana game?

“Growing up, that’s kind of the best part of basketball, in college basketball, is rivalry week and those rivals of the hyped up teams. So it’s really cool to finally be a part of it,” Lee said.

Guest post: Numbers favor Cats by 9 over Indiana

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By RICHARD CHEEKS

Kentucky turned in another one of those outstanding overall game performances in the NCAA first round game against Stony Brook. No serious observer expected Stony Brook to bring the Cats’ season to an end, but few expected the Cats to take the Seawolves apart and lead by more than 30 points about midway through the second half (62-32). As a result, the Kentucky Wildcats posted the most impressive first round win of the first day of play, and served notice on the NCAA field that this team is a legitimate contender for the Championship.

John Calipari postgame press conference comments

Skal Labissiere (Vicky Graff Photo)

Skal Labissiere (Vicky Graff Photo)

Here is what Kentucky coach John Calipari had to say after Thursday night’s win over Stony Brook that puts UK into the second round against Indiana Saturday.

Q. John, when did you feel like they were starting to settle in and starting to play the way you felt like they were capable of playing?
JOHN CALIPARI: You know, we were good enough defensively that we just need to do make a couple baskets, couple shots and get it to 19 or 20 and figure out what we were.

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Calipari knows Indiana is “really, really good”

By LARRY VAUGHT

Credit John Calipari for not mincing words about why Kentucky and Indiana have not played since 2012.

I didn’t want to play home and home. I told them we would play two years in Indianapolis if you want. I didn’t want to play home and home. I didn’t want to go there, and they didn’t want to have to come to us. So that ended the series,” Calipari said after UK beat Stony Brook Thursday night tin Des Moines to set up a game against Indiana Saturday in the NCAA Tournament second round.

Poythress, Briscoe, Labissiere postgame comments

Q. Alex, how much of the game plan was just to double-team Jameel right from the start and not let him do anything and force someone else to beat you?
ALEX POYTHRESS: One of the best players, so we was trying to make it hard on him right from the jump, make other players make plays and just try to play sound defense from that.

Stony Brook coach on Cats: “They are better than I thought.”

DES MOINES — Here’s what Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell had to say about Kentucky after Thursday’s loss to the Wildcats:

Q. Steve, again, just like Jameel Warner was saying about the number of bigs that they were able to run at you, does that kind of just shake everybody’s confidence when they’re seeing something they’ve never seen before?
STEVE PIKIELL: They’re so athletic at every position. I mean, Vanderbilt wasn’t like that. The guard, Ulis, is right from the bat and their bigs are athletic, their wings are athletic and they have a lot of guys coming off the bench and they’re well coached and I thought they played, like, really well, too.