Kentucky SEC Championship highlights

Kentucky celebrates SEC Championship

Photos by Wade Upchurch

Lee likes battle-tested Cats

Wade Upchurch Photo

Wade Upchurch Photo

By LARRY VAUGHT

NASHVILLE — Junior Marcus Lee says he has paid no attention for NCAA bracket projections for Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament.

“I mean, when we get bored, we try to look stuff up and try to figure it out, but they’re complicated. We don’t really try to deal with them. But we’re just excited to see what happens next and go on to the next level,” Lee said Sunday after UK’s SEC Tournament title game overtime win over Texas A&M.

He said he had no idea what kind of seeding to expect.

Was there any doubt about Murray’s final 3?

Jamal Murray accepts his all-tourney award. (Wade  Upchurch Photo)

Jamal Murray accepts his all-tourney award. (Wade Upchurch Photo)

Q. For Jamal and Coach, if it’s okay, that last play, that last big three with about six seconds left on the shot clock, was that how that was drawn up? And was there ever any doubt that that was going in?
COACH CALIPARI: I doubted it was going in, but he didn’t. That’s what’s good about it. Was that for Jamal? I can’t remember what it was.

TYLER ULIS: It was, like, you told me to give it to Jamal, and then you told me go back and get it, and we were like running back and forth.

Kentucky-Texas A&M postgame notes and numbers

MVP Tyler Ulis (Wade Upchurch photo)

MVP Tyler Ulis (Wade Upchurch photo)

Kentucky Men’s Basketball Postgame Notes
Texas A&M vs. Kentucky, Southeastern Conference Tournament championship
Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.
March 13, 2016
Attendance: 19,613

Final Score: Kentucky 82, Texas A&M 77 (overtime)

Team Records and Series Notes
• Kentucky is 26-8 and has won five in a row. Texas A&M is 26-8, ending an eight-game winning streak.
• Kentucky leads the all-time series 5-3.
• Both games this season went into overtime, with Texas A&M winning in College Station.
• This is the first time the teams have played in the SEC Tournament.

Guest post: Numbers favor Kentucky by 4 points

Tyler shootsBy RICHARD CHEEKS

The SEC Tournament’s semi-final games were as different as night and day. In the first game, Texas A&M waltzed their way into a place in Sunday’s Championship Game because LSU basically was a no show for the game. In the second game, Georgia challenged Kentucky and led for nearly the entire game, before the Cats pulled away late for a 13 point win . Now the table has been set for a Texas A&M and Kentucky rematch for the SEC Tournament championship.

An inside look at the UK-Georgia game

Derek Willis thinks title game will be fun

Derek block

Derek Willis blocked four shots Saturday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

NASHVILLE — The last time Kentucky played Texas A&M, Derek Willis was on a roll going into the game and came out of the game with a sprained ankle.

Willis is back playing and had 14 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots in Saturday’s 93-80 win over Georgia in the Southeastern Conference Tournament. Now he gets a chance to play against Texas A&M again in Sunday’s SEC title game.

Swaggy Calipari jokes that NCAA might put Louisville back into the tourney to play Kentucky

Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

By LARRY VAUGHT

NASHVILLE — For a coach who says he doesn’t worry that much about winning the Southeastern Conference Tournament, Kentucky’s John Calipari certainly was letting the swagger show again after Saturday’s semifinal win over Georgia.

Kentucky will play Texas A&M Sunday at 1 for the tourney title.

Calipari got the forum he wanted when he was asked about the NCAA selection committee not having all “basketball people” on it. He joked to SEC commissioner Greg Sankey that he had the “bully pulpit” before somewhat defending the committee.

Kentucky vs Georgia Photo Gallery

Photos by Vicky Graff