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Big Blue Links: Moving back and moving out for Kentucky basketball

Kentucky’s Isaiah Briscoe decided Wednesday to remove his name from the NBA Draft pool and return to school for his sophomore season.
Kentucky’s Isaiah Briscoe decided Wednesday to remove his name from the NBA Draft pool and return to school for his sophomore season. The Associated Press

Big Blue Links for Thursday:

Marcus Lee decides to transfer, reports Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader. “The options Marcus Lee had could be described as none and done. Return to Kentucky where another heralded freshman class made the chances of a prominent role next season seem remote. Remain in this year’s NBA Draft and almost assuredly not be picked. “

Isaiah Briscoe sets sights on 2017 NBA Draft, reports Tipton. “The NBA is my ultimate goal,” Briscoe said in a UK news release announcing the decision Wednesday. “So I’m returning to build on last year. There’s no better place to grow as a player or to win a championship, and I want to do both.”

UK’s new women’s basketball assistants have strong bond, reports Jennifer Smith of the Herald-Leader. “The three new assistant coaches hired by embattled Kentucky women’s basketball coach Matthew Mitchell certainly gave off that familial vibe when they met with the media for the first time Wednesday. “

Louisville’s Chinanu Onuaku stays in the draft pool, reports Jeff Greer of the Courier-Journal. “Onuaku’s announcement ended a bit of a mini-drama after U of L coach Rick Pitino told ESPN and The Courier-Journal earlier Wednesday that Onuaku was staying in the draft, but Onuaku, in another Instagram post, said he hadn’t made a decision yet.”

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Lee’s decision to flee will impact UK, says Mike DeCourcy of the Sporting News. “However, on a team desperate for some semblance of consistency with its inside game, as talented freshman Skal Labissiere struggled with the transition to college basketball and veteran power forward Alex Poythress wrestled with his return from a knee injury, Lee’s issues with effort and consistency often made it difficult for John Calipari to keep him in games.”

Indiana’s Troy Williams decides he’s ready to move on, reports Alex Bozich of Inside the Hall. “His departure means the Hoosiers will be without four of their top seven scorers from this season’s team next winter as Williams joins Yogi Ferrell, Max Bielfeldt and Nick Zeisloft as departures from the program.”

Maryland’s Melo Trimble withdraws from the draft, reports Roman Stubbs of the Washington Post. “Trimble’s decision came just two hours before Wednesday night’s deadline for college prospects to withdraw or remain in the draft. His return immediately changes the complexion of the upcoming season for Maryland, which now retains the face of its program after losing four starters during the offseason.”

Former Auburn baseball coach files suit against school, reports Michael Niziolek of the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. “Former Auburn baseball coach Sunny Golloway filed a civil lawsuit in district court Tuesday against the school. Golloway alleges breach of contract, defamation, fraud and tortuous interference in the 86-page complaint. A search of online court records shows the lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Alabama’s Middle District in Opelika. “

LSU rallies past Florida in longest game in SEC Baseball Tournament history, reports Chandler Rome of The Advocate. “Neither Alex Lange nor A.J. Puk received what he deserved when LSU’s 14-inning, 5-3 win against Florida ended. They were rendered mere footnotes in the longest game in SEC Tournament history, one where those two pitched brilliantly enough to woo the Major League scouts who stayed nearly five hours to watch the madness unfold and, eventually, end with a slump-busting hit from LSU’s beleaguered catcher.”

Extortionist used Tennessee football player’s identity, reports Jamie Satterfield of the Knoxville News-Sentinel. “Posing as a University of Tennessee football player, a Sweetwater, Tenn., man terrorized a female student — largely through Snapchat — with threats of violence and humiliation if she did not send him nude selfies with sexually explicit captions, court records show.”

UK golfer makes U.S. Women’s Open, reports Anthony Crawford of the Herald-Leader. “The 2016 U.S. Women’s Open will play host to the best amateur and professional women golfers in the world this July, and among the field will be University of Kentucky freshman Anna Hack. Hack, who is from Paducah, qualified for the national championship after clinching one of two spots in the sectional qualifier at Westwood Country Club in St. Louis on Tuesday.”

SEC Baseball Tournament

Wednesday, May 25

  • Vanderbilt 6, Texas A&M 5
  • Ole Miss 10, South Carolikna 4
  • Miss State 4, Alabama 1
  • LSU 5, Florida 3

Thursday, May 26

  • 10:30 - Texas A&M vs. South Carolina
  • 2:00 - Florida vs. Alabama
  • 5:30 - Ole Miss vs. Vanderbilt
  • 9:00 - Miss State vs. LSU

All games are on SEC Network

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