Outside of Kentucky's two teams in the NCAA Tournament — the Cats and Louisville — here are a few of the players and coaches with ties to the Bluegrass state:
Kyle Wiltjer, part of Kentucky's NCAA championship squad in 2012, has thrived in his first season with seventh-ranked Gonzaga, the West Coast Conference Tournament winners.
Wiltjer, a Wooden Award finalist, leads the Bulldogs in scoring (16.7 points per game) and is second in rebounding (6.0).
The junior forward was named the WCC Tournament's MVP, and he had 18 points and 10 rebounds in Gonzaga's 91-75 win against BYU in the finals.
■ Angel Nunez, a transfer from Louisville who is a junior, averages 3.1 points.
Former Lexington Christian star Taylor Barnette hit the game-winning three-pointer that broke top-seeded Murray State's heart (and its 25-game winning streak) in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament finals.
The sophomore guard, who averaged 10.7 points and 2.6 rebounds, talked to the Herald-Leader's Mark Story about his big shot:
"I said out loud 'Lord, give me the strength to hit this shot, give me the confidence. And He did,'" Barnette said. "I came off the screen, my mind was clear. So much of shooting is mental, you've got to believe it is going to go in. And I did."
Barnette is shooting 39.9 percent from three-point range and 44 percent overall.
■ Two of the Bruins' coaches also have ties to Kentucky. Assistant coach Mark Price is a Brandenburg native. Director of basketball operations Tyler Holloway scored 1,083 points at Murray State from 2006-09.
Steve Masiello, who was part of Kentucky's national championship team in 1998 and an assistant coach for Rick Pitino at Louisville, guided the Jaspers to a second straight NCAA bid.
Former Christian County star Donovan Kates averages 3.5 points and 2.3 rebounds for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champions.
Associate head coach Matt Grady has also worked at Louisville, Murray State and Morehead State.
Former UK player and 1998 national champion Heshimu Evans is in his first season at Manhattan as the team's assistant strength and conditioning coach. His bio on the Jaspers' website says that Evans played overseas for 15 years and won five championships in Portugal.
Ryan Harrow missed out on the NCAA Tournament in his one season at Kentucky. But the senior transfer point guard will be there this year with the Panthers, the Sun Belt Conference champions. Harrow, who missed the finals and most of the semifinal with a hamstring injury, averages 19.4 points and 3.8 assists.
Kevin Ware, a Louisville transfer, contributes 7.7 points per game, and former Elizabethown star Curtis Washington averages 5.1. Assistant coach Everick Sullivan starred at Louisville for Denny Crum from 1988-92.
Former Madisonville and Kentucky star (and Eastern Kentucky and Campbellsville coach) Travis Ford led the Cowboys into the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in seven seasons. His roster includes 2011 Mr. Basketball Anthony Hickey Jr. (Christian County) and Ford Stuen (Henderson County). Stuen is Travis Ford's nephew.
Assistant coach James Dickey was on Kentucky's staff from 1985 to 1989. Another assistant, Chris Ferguson, played at Cumberlands.
Director of player development Tommy Wade starred in high school at Hopkinsville and has been an assistant at Kentucky Wesleyan, Murray State and St. Catharine.
Former UK standout Allen Edwards is an assistant coach for the Mountain West Conference winners. He was also a special assistant to Tubby Smith at Kentucky before going on to work at Morehead State, VCU, Towson State and Western Kentucky.
Assistant director of player development Matt Wise played at Transylvania.
Bearcats Coach Mick Cronin, currently off the sideline due to health concerns, previously spent three seasons at Murray State and led the Racers to a 69-24 record and two NCAA appearances.
Cincinnati's roster includes Ge'Lawn Guyn (Scott County) and Zack Tobler (Covington Catholic). Guyn started the first two games before missing the rest of the season with a ligament injury to one of his fingers.
Assistant coach Larry Davis graduated from Asbury, and Antwon Jackson played for Pikeville College.
Coach Chris Holtmann graduated from Jessamine County in 1990 and was an NAIA All-American guard at Taylor University in Indiana.
Former Louisville Eastern star Kameron Woods, a senior, leads the Bulldogs in rebounding with 9.8 per game, and he averages 7.8 points.
Kelan Martin, a freshman out of Ballard, contributes 7.3 per game. And freshman Jackson Davis (Lafayette) averages 0.9 points and 1.4 rebounds per contest.
Assistant coach Terry Johnson played at IPFW before earning his master's degree from Western Kentucky.
■ Former Louisville Eastern star Remy Abell averages 8.6 points for Xavier. The Musketeers' roster also includes Louisville native Andrew Mitchell.
■ Mark Pope, an NCAA champ with Kentucky in 1996, has been an assistant coach at BYU since 2011.
■ Former Western Kentucky point guard Kurtis Townsend (1978-80) is in his eighth season as an assistant coach for Kansas.
■ Ohio State star freshman D'Angelo Russell is a Louisville native.
■ Indiana Coach Tom Crean was the associate head coach at Western Kentucky from 1990 to 1994. Star freshman guard James Blackmon Jr.'s dad starred at Kentucky from 1983-87.
■ Coaching legend Gene Keady, a special assistant/advisor for St. John's Coach Steve Lavin, was 38-19 in two years at Western Kentucky before taking over at Purdue from 1980 to 2005.
■ N.C. State Coach Mark Gottfried led Murray State to a 68-24 record from 1995-98. That included two NCAA Tournament appearances. Director of basketball operations Tom Kelsey also worked for Gottfried in Murray.
■ Knott County native Matt Hurt is the director of basketball operations for Coastal Carolina.
■ Darryl Sharp, associate head coach for Hampton, was an administrative assistant for two seasons for Denny Crum at Louisville (1999-2001).
■ Keith LeGree, an assistant coach for Texas Southern, played two seasons at Louisville (1991-92) before transferring to Cincinnati.
■ Former Berea College player Cory Schlesinger is the strength and conditioning coach for UAB.
■ Baylor's director of basketball operations, Tim Maloney, previously was an assistant at Eastern Kentucky.
■ Purdue associate head coach Jack Owens played one season at Murray State (1996) before transferring to Howard Community College, and then Eastern Illinois.
■ Georgia assistant coach Philip Pearson was on the staff at Murray State from 1996 to 1998.
■ Wichita State assistant coach Devon Smith previously worked for Rick Pitino at Louisville.
■ Iowa video coordinator Al Seibert was an assistant coach at Western Kentucky from 1994-98.
■ Oregon assistant coach Mike Mennenga played at Morehead State.