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Big Blue Links: Kentucky basketball now leads nation in offensive efficiency

Kentucky forward Alex Poythress (22) joined Kentucky guard Isaiah Briscoe (13), left, and Kentucky guard Jamal Murray (23) for a ball scramble in the second half of the Kentucky vs Georgia SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament semifinal game at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., on March 12, 2016. Kentucky beat Georgia 93-80 and advance to the championship game against Texas A&M.
Kentucky forward Alex Poythress (22) joined Kentucky guard Isaiah Briscoe (13), left, and Kentucky guard Jamal Murray (23) for a ball scramble in the second half of the Kentucky vs Georgia SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament semifinal game at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., on March 12, 2016. Kentucky beat Georgia 93-80 and advance to the championship game against Texas A&M. Lexington Herald-Leader

Big Blue Links for Sunday:

▪ Kentucky now leads nation in offensive efficiency, reports Ken Pomeroy ratings.

▪ Texas A&M trounces LSU to reach SEC final, reports Richard Croome of the Bryan/College Station Eagle.

▪ Kentucky gets past Georgia for a gritty semifinal win, reports Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader.

▪ Kentucky doesn’t reach the SEC finals without Isaiah Briscoe, says my column.

▪ SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket

▪ Kentucky proves strong for the Bulldogs, writes Jason Butt of the Macon Telegraph.

▪ Georgia suffers a hard-fought defeat, reports Seth Emerson of the AJC.

▪ Needing a win, LSU gets blown out by Aggies, reports Chris Low of espn.com.

▪ Tigers get totally dominated in Music City, writes Sheldon Mickles of The Advocate.

▪ With season on line, LSU throws up a dud, writes Zac Ellis of SI.com.

▪ Fifty years after Kentucky-Texas Western, college basketball hasn’t been the same since, writes Tom Eblen and Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader.

▪ Jamal Murray is more than just marksmanship, writes Tim Sullivan of the Courier-Journal.

▪ Cats eager for rematch with Texas A&M, reports Jon Hale of the C-J.

▪ Briscoe responds to Calipari’s outburst, reports Kyle Tucker of the Courier-Journal.

▪ SEC co-champs meet in tournament final, writes Alex Forkner of the Cats Pause.

▪ Kentucky takes Georgia’s best punch, surges ahead, writes Derek Terry of Cats Illustrated.

▪ Cats conquer early post-season adversity, says Josh Ellis of the Kentucky Kernel.

▪ When the games stop, the spin starts at the SEC Tournament, writes Eric Crawford of WDRB.

▪ Kentucky fights back against the Bulldogs, says Keith Taylor of KyForward.

▪ Derek Willis is looking forward to title game, reports Larry Vaught of Vaught’s Views.

▪ Guards lead Kentucky past Georgia, writes Metz Camfield of coachcal.com.

▪ Title game is about more than a rematch, says Guy Ramsey of coachcal.com.

▪ Riley regrets missing Rupps Runts reunion, reports Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader.

▪ How football coaches go about finding talent, reports Jennifer Smith of the Herald-Leader.

KENTUCKY VS. TEXAS A&M IN SEC FINAL

When: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville

TV: ESPN with Brad Nessler, Dick Vitale and Shannon Spake

Radio: UK Network with Tom Leach and Mike Pratt

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