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Kentucky-Wichita State basketball and more March Madness links

Kentucky freshman Bam Adebayo (3) talked to reporters during media locker room interviews at NCAA tournament's site at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind., on March 18, 2017. After beating NKU, Kentucky faces Wichita State on Sunday.
Kentucky freshman Bam Adebayo (3) talked to reporters during media locker room interviews at NCAA tournament's site at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind., on March 18, 2017. After beating NKU, Kentucky faces Wichita State on Sunday. Lexington Herald-Leader

Big Blue Links for Sunday:

▪ For this year’s Big Dance, Wichita State wants to go steady with Kentucky, writes Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader.

▪ Remember, this is the round where Kentucky took an early exit last year, says my column.

▪ Kentucky should put the rematch aside and focus on itself, says Anthony Crawford of the Kentucky Kernel.

▪ This is not your typical 10-2 matchup, says Metz Camfield of

▪ Kentucky and Wichita State have more than ever at stake, reports Fletcher Page of the Courier-Journal.

▪ Malik Monk is not worried about his errant jump shot, reports Mark Story of the Herald-Leader.

▪ Calipari hopes that Malik Monk is due, writes Alex Forkner of the Cats Pause.

▪ Monk insists he’s not in a funk, says Fletcher Page of the Courier-Journal.

▪ Dominique Hawkins has come out of his shell as a senior, reports Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader.

▪ Gregg Marshall is downplaying the revenge factor, reports Derek Terry of Cats Illustrated.

▪ Marshall speaks up for the game’s little guy, reports the Wichita Eagle.

▪ Wichita State’s Landry Shamet taking first steps on national stage, reports Paul Sullentrop of the Wichita Eagle.

▪ Wichita State’s success was not built with nationally known recruits, reports Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader.

▪ NCAA Tournament proves Wichita State has outgrown Missouri Valley Conference, argues Bob Lutz of the Wichita Eagle.

▪ Angry Wichita State is tired of hearing about Kentucky, writes Rick Bozich of WDRB.

▪ The learning curve continues for lackadaiscal Kentucky, writes Tim Sullivan of the Courier-Journal.

▪ Winning is all that matters this time of year, writes Keith Taylor of KyForward.

▪ John Calipari has a favorite player in son Brad, writes Kyle Tucker of SEC Country.

▪ Makayla Epps doesn’t want her career to end, reports Jennifer Smith of the Herald-Leader.

▪ How can Louisville stop Michigan’s threes? asks Eric Crawford of WDRB.

▪ Anime hero inspires Deng Adel’s joyful play, reports Jeff Greer of the Courier-Journal.

▪ John Beilein is not buying Rick Pitino’s hyperbole, writes Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press.

▪ Michigan is not Golden State, but Pitino-Beilein III should be fun nonetheless, writes Pat Forde of Yahoo.

▪ Wisconsin’s rally topples top-seeded Villanova, reports Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

▪ Villanova repeats history, but not the one it wanted, writes Bob Ford of the Philadelphia Enquirer.

▪ Wisconsin plays giant-killer to beat another giant-killer, reports Marc Tracy of the new York Times.

▪ Wisconsin jolts March Madness by knocking out Villanova, reports Ava Wallace of the Washington Post.

▪ Wisconsin’s seniors come up with more March joy, reports Dana O’Neil of

▪ Bronson Koenig keyed the Wisconsin upset win, reports Dan Greene of

▪ Memo to Villanova, you can’t win them all and don’t play Wisconsin, writes Mark Bradley of the AJC.

▪ You keeping doing you, Wisconsin, says Mike DeCourcy of the Sporting News.

▪ Butler is going back to the Sweet 16, reports David Woods of the Indianapolis Star. Nicholasville native Chris Holtmann will be in Memphis.

▪ Florida returns to Sweet 16 with impressive win over Virginia, reports Kevin Brockway of the Gainesville Sun.

▪ Virginia season ends in beat down by Florida, reports David Teel of the Daily Press.

▪ West Virginia tops Notre Dame to reach Sweet 16, reports Erik Brady of USA Today.

▪ Xavier dismantles Leonard Hamilton and Florida State, reports Patrick Brennan of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

▪ Xavier executed the perfect game plan, reports Jeff Borzello of ESPN.

▪ Is this as good as it gets for Florida State basketball, asks Corey Clark of the Tallahassee Democrat.

▪ Purdue recovers to beat Iowa State, reports Nathan Baird of the Journal Courier.

▪ Northwestern almost came all the way back against Gonzaga, reports Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune.

▪ Joel Berry is using cupping therapy, reports Adam Smith of the Burlington Times.

▪ Nate Britt has found peace for himself and his role, reports Andrew Carter of the Charlotte Observer.

▪ Old rivalries resurrected thanks to bracket and costs of a law, writes Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News and Observer.

▪ South Carolina’s pre-tournament rest could help against Duke, says Gene Sapakoff of the Charleston Post and Courier.

▪ UCLA vs. Cincinnati features Caupain vs. Ball says Paul Daugherty of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

▪ Steve Alford is focused on UCLA not the opening at Indiana, reports Brian Bennett of ESPN.

▪ Alford has become a master of deflection, says Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times.

▪ Rhode Island coach to get help from his brother before facing Oregon, reports Joe Davidson of the Sacramento Bee.

▪ Southern Cal is hoping to continue its bracket-busting ways against Baylor, reports Zach Helfand of the Los Angeles Times.

▪ Can Oregon recover after injury to Chris Boucher? asks Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post.

▪ Kansas vs. Michigan State is not about the seeds, writes Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star.

▪ Kansas has a healthy dose of respect for Michigan State, reports Gary Bedore of the Kansas City Star.

▪ Illinois hires Brad Underwood away from Oklahoma State, reports Shannon Ryan of the Chicago Tribune.

▪ What potential candidates are saying about Indiana opening, from Inside the Hall.

▪ A sleeping giant, will Indiana return to the national stage? asks Zach Osterman of the Indianapolis Star.

▪ Tom Crean’s coaching family is there to pick him up, writes Mike Rosenberg of

NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament television schedule


12:10: Louisville vs. Michigan (CBS)

About 2:40: Kentucky vs. Wichita State (CBS)

5:15: Kansas vs. Michigan State (CBS)

6:10: North Carolina vs. Arkansas (TNT)

7:10: Oregon vs. Rhode Island (TBS)

About 7:45: Baylor vs. Southern Cal (TruTV)

About 8:40: Duke vs. South Carolina (TNT)

About 9:40: UCLA vs. Cincinnati (TBS)

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