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PJ Washington in boot for precautionary reasons

PJ Washington (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky sophomore P.J. Washington, Kentucky’s leading scorer (14.8 points per game) and rebounder (7.5), suffered some type of leg injury in Saturday’s Southeastern Conference Tournament loss to Tennessee and is now in a “boot” for precautionary reasons.

Kentucky starts NCAA Tournament play Thursday night in Jacksonville against Abilene Christian, a No. 15 seed. If the Cats win they would play again Saturday.

Kentucky just got senior center Reid Travis back for the SEC tourney after he had missed five games due to a sprained knee.

Seidt Named Arthur Ashe Female Sports Scholar of the Year

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky junior swimmer Asia Seidt has been named the Arthur Ashe Female Sports Scholar of the Year, selected out of 1,000 nominees by “Diverse: Issues in Higher Education” magazine.

“You can’t find a better representation of what it means to be a student-athlete in all of collegiate athletes,” said head coach Lars Jorgensen. “She is a wonderful young lady, great student, great leader and an asset to our program. She is great to coach and she is hardworking, and there isn’t much she can’t do and excel in at a high level.

Does winning the SEC Tournament even matter to selection committee?

Vicky Graff Photo

By KEITH PEEL, Contributing Writer

The confetti has now all fallen in Nashville. The Auburn Tigers walked away with the big SEC Tournament Championship trophy after spanking a lethargic Tennessee team 84-64. The NCAA Selection Committee has handed down its verdicts and the seeds are all decided for all four regions on the NCAA Tournament brackets. 

So the question is: Did the the playing of the SEC Tournament have any impact whatsoever on the seeding process for SEC teams?

Matthew Mitchell, players willing to extend “some good grace” to whoever made mistake and released pairings early

Matthew Mitchell (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky women’s basketball team was set to have dinner together at a Lexington restaurant and watch the NCAA Tournament selection show to see what seed they earned and where they would be playing.

But about three hours before the show was originally scheduled to air on ESPN Monday night, the brackets got released on ESPNU. The selection show was then moved up to 5 p.m. but by then teams already know who was in the tourney, where they were playing and how they were seeded.

SEC has prepared Cats for different teams all playing with an “edge”

Reid Travis (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

It’s hard for any team to know exactly what to expect from NCAA Tournament play because there are so many teams with different styles of play and coaches also never know who will win to advance so that can make for short preparation time.

Kentucky coach John Calipari says Southeastern Conference play has prepared UK for whatever it might face going forward.

“The hard games that we had, especially at the end of the year, I think has prepared my team. The great thing that’s happened in our league right now, everybody is playing kind of different. It’s not like everybody plays the same way,” Calipari said on the SEC coaches teleconference Monday.

Like Kentucky, North Carolina had “difficult” moments earlier in the season

Roy Williams (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

If North Carolina and Kentucky both win three games, the two traditional powers could meet in the NCAA Midwest Region final for a berth in the Final Four. Remember it was just two years ago that Kentucky lost 75-73 to North Carolina in the South Region title game and the Tar Heels went on to win the national title.

Now North Carolina is the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region and UK is the No. 2 seed.

No. 17 UK women open NCAA play against Princeton in North Carolina

Maci Morris (UK Athletics Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 17 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team has been selected as an at-large team in the 2019 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament, earning the Wildcats’ ninth appearance in the last 10 seasons in the event. Sixth-seeded Kentucky (24-7) will face 11th-seeded Princeton (22-9) in the first round on Saturday inside Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, N.C. The game will air live on ESPN2 (regionalization applied) at 11 a.m. ET.

John Calipari: “We are as ready as we can be.”

John Calipari (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

No excuses from John  Calipari today about his team going into NCAA Tournament play Thursday night in Jacksonville against Abilene Christian.

“I think they’re in a great frame of mind. They’ve been that way,” the Kentucky coach said about his players on Monday’s SEC coaches teleconference. “They’re a young team, a lot of freshmen and even the veteran players have not been in this situation. PJ (Washington) has and he was a significant player (last year).

Kentucky one of seven teams picked for NCAA all-access series

Vicky Graff Photo

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Big Blue Nation will have the opportunity to enjoy every step of the Kentucky men’s basketball’s NCAA Tournament journey with UK’s inclusion on the “NCAA March Madness Confidential” all-access series.

Beginning with Sunday’s Selection Show watch party at head coach John Calipari’s house in Lexington, a production crew will be embedded with the Wildcats throughout the March Madness run to document the excitement, preparation and work that goes on behind the scenes of the pinnacle of the college basketball season.

Guest post: Young fan shares her first SEC Tournament experiences

Brooklyn with April Peal in Nashville

Vaught’s note: Kentucky fans of all ages love the SEC Tournament. This year I got to meet sixgh-grader Brooklyn Swatzell of Calloway County and asked her to share some of her experiences. Enjoy the insights from a young fan about her impressions of her first SEC Tournament.

By BROOKLYN SWATZELL, Contributing Writer

Hi, I’m Brooklyn Swatzell. I’m a sixth grader at Calloway County Middle School in Murray, Ky., and I got to experience my first SEC Tournament this year. I went to the tournament with my cousin, April Peal, my aunt and uncle, Ricky and Ava Peal, and their friends, Jim and Karen Primm. We stayed at my cousin’s house in Franklin, TN, which is right outside of Nashville.