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Jay Bilas sees James Young as lottery pick, Russ Smith of Louisville as second round choice

By LARRY VAUGHT ESPN analyst Jay Bilas thinks Kentucky’s James Young could be a lottery pick (the top 16 picks) in Thursday night’s NBA Draft. “Young is another lefty. Really good athlete. Good catch and shoot guy,” Bilas said. “I think he can put the ball on the floor and attack the basket. He is …

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Russ Smith: “If my career had to end, I’m okay with it ending to Kentucky”

By LARRY VAUGHT INDIANAPOLIS — He had just played his final game of a legendary career at Louisville and missed a potential shot that could have forced overtime, but Louisville senior Russ Smith was as gracious in defeat as any All-American could be here Friday. “I don’t hold grudges. I don’t hate anybody,” said Smith …

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Cats, Cards both looking for edge in NCAA showdown

By LARRY VAUGHT INDIANAPOLIS — Depending on whether you are a Kentucky fan or a Louisville fan, it’s easy to find reasons why your favorite team will win Friday night’s NCAA Midwest Region showdown here. Kentucky beat Louisville 73-66 on Dec. 28 in Rupp Arena. Since then, the Cardinals have won 20 of 23 games …

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Kentucky freshman Julius Randle finalist for Oscar Robertson Player of Year Award, Wayman Tisdale freshman award

ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected 15 outstanding players as finalists for its Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year Trophy and six standout freshmen as finalists for the Integris Wayman Tisdale Award. Members of the association’s board of directors chose the finalists and the entire 975-member USBWA will vote …

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No. 18 Kentucky tops No. 6 Louisville, 73-66

GARY B. GRAVES, AP Sports Writer LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison combined for 28 points, including 11 during a critical second-half stretch with star Julius Randle sidelined by cramps, helping the 18th-ranked Wildcats beat No. 6 Louisville 73-66 on Saturday. Randle’s 17 first-half points staked Kentucky (10-3) to a 41-36 halftime …

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Julius Randle: “It’s the time of year where there are no more excuses”

By LARRY VAUGHT Jarrod Polson, a senior guard who sparked UK’s win over Belmont, knows what he considers the key for Kentucky Saturday against Louisville. “Just be able to handle pressure well. They’re always a pressing team and they try to get up in you,” Polson said. “I don’t know, bring a lot of energy …

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Could Cats-Cards both make Final Four? ESPN analyst Jay Bilas says “odds say no”

By LARRY VAUGHT College basketball analyst Jay Bilas understands the hype for Saturday’s Kentucky-Louisville game and the passion both fan bases have for this rivalry. The ESPN analyst also knows many variables factor into who can win the game. However, Bilas doesn’t think it’s hard to project which player could be the key to his …

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Media members: Who will be the key players in Saturday’s UK-Louisville game?

By LARRY VAUGHT Seven Lexington-based media members — WLEX-TV sports anchor Alan Cutler (@cutler18), WKYT-TV news anchor Jennifer Palumbo (@JenNimePalumbo), Kentucky Sports Radio analyst Ryan Lemond (@ryanlemond), UK radio play-by-play announcer Tom Leach (@tomleachKY), WLAP Sunday Morning sports talk host Mark Buerger (@meisterbuerger), Winchester Sun sports editor Keith Taylor (@keithtaylor21) and Larry Glover Live sports talk …

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