Saturday, April 5, 2014

Video: Alex Poythress Gets Crazy on Wisconsin

Watch as Kentucky's Alex Poythress destroys a Wisconsin defender:

Aaron Harrison Strikes Again! Kentucky Headed to National Title Game

(8) Kentucky 74
(2) Wisconsin 73

Final from Arlington, Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas - The script has stayed the same through Kentucky's NCAA Tournament run: Hang around in the first half, get it close by halftime, make a second-half run and then pull out a heart-stopping victory.

With a side of Aaron Harrison heroics.

The Wildcats rode that script again Saturday night in the Final Four and right into the national championship game. The Cats, with a thrilling 74-73 victory over Wisconsin, have a date with Connecticut for the national title.

"Another great game," John Calipari said before putting his hand in the air in disbelief.

What else can he say? This run, these games, these finishes - Hollywood couldn't come up with a script like this.

It's left a man of many words speechless.

"We played seven freshmen, folks," Calipari said. "We played seven freshmen. They're all performing in that stage, under those lights, which is an amazing story."

Aaron Harrison provided the climactic, blockbuster moment again, this time with a 3-pointer and UK down by two. With the clock winding down and Kentucky's dream run fading, Aaron Harrison pulled up from long range with Josh Gasser on him - and nailed it with 5.7 seconds left.

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Willie Cauley-Stein to Miss Remainder of NCAA Tournament

Kentucky will be without center Willie Cauley-Stein for the remainder of the NCAA Tournament.

tracywolfson Willie Cauley-Stein told us he is out for this game and for Monday if Kentucky wins. #FinalFour

Video: UK Pep Rally Before Tonight's Final Four Game

Check out this footage from the UK pep rally prior to tonight's Final Four game against Wisconsin:

* Video by on  YouTube

Charles Barkley Says UK is Greatest Program in College Basketball

Former NBA star Charles Barkley just said what many Kentucky basketball fans already think:

Kyle Fields is Back With Some More Music for Big Blue Nation

Kyle Fields is back with some more music for Big Blue Nation:

Friday, April 4, 2014

John Calipari Talks About the Final Four, Wisconsin and More

Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks about the Final Four, Saturday's game against Wisconsin and more:

Murray State Tops Yale to Win the CIT Championship

Murray State 65
Yale 57

Final from Murray, Kentucky

Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers put a cap on the 2013-14 season with a championship win in the Postseason Tournament in a 65-57 win over the Yale Bulldogs at the CFSB Center in Murray, Ky.

The Racers (23-11) won four games at home in the CIT to become the sixth champion of the event that began in 2009 and just the second-ever to do it on their home court.

The game started with amazing energy from a revved up crowd at the CFSB and the Racers getting out to a 7-0 lead. Despite the early lead, the Racers were put to a test by a very game Yale (19-14) team. The Bulldogs kept pace with the Racers and ended the half with a 7-3 run to cut the MSU lead to 27-26 at the intermission.

In the second half, the Bulldogs carried over that momentum and led early in the stanza at 28-27. However, the Racers quickly turned the tables with a 10-0 run to lead by 11 at 46-35 with 10 minutes to play. Yale would simply not go away as it answered with its own 10-0 run, cutting the lead to a single point with just over seven minutes left in the contest.

The Racers pushed through and made seven of nine free throws in the final two minutes to hold on for the 8-point win. Playing a key factor in the victory was a record-tying 14 blocks by MSU as Jarvis Williams and Jonathan Fairell each had five for their career-highs.

Cameron Payne led MSU with 24 points, while Jarvis Williams added 16 by going 8-for-8 from the field to go along with five blocks. Fairell added nine rebounds to his five blocks, while Payne pulled down seven boards.

Payne and Williams scored 40 of MSU's 65 points.

Following the game, Payne was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament, while Williams and Yale's Justin Sears and Javier Duren were named to the All-Tournament team.

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Video: Kentucky Wildcats Arrive at the Final Four

Check out this footage of the Kentucky Wildcats arriving at the Final Four:

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Shirtless Bruce Pearl Goes in the Dunk Tank

Watch as a shirtless Bruce Pearl goes in the dunk tank at a fraternity event at Auburn:

Former Louisville Player Zach Price Arrested for Assault

Former Louisville forward Zach Price was reportedly arrested early Thursday morning on suspicion of assault.

Price's new school, Missouri, has suspended him indefinitely in the wake of the arrest.

According to the Columbia Daily Tribune:

Columbia Police Sergeant Joe Bernhard confirmed that Price was arrested at 2:31 a.m. at 3007 Troyer near the intersection of Green Meadows, but the incident that led to his arrest occurred at 1:17 a.m. in the “area of Stadium Boulevard,” according to the probable cause statement.
Price, 20, was involved in a dispute with a 23-year-old male roommate and 23-year-old Amanda Ackerburg and followed them to the area of Stadium Boulevard, blocked in their vehicle with his own vehicle, preventing them from leaving the area, according to the probable cause statement.
The statement said that Price exited the vehicle and struck one of the victims in the face with a closed fist. The other victim attempted to intervene and was pushed to the ground by Price.
One of the victims tried to spray Price with mace. Both victims were said to sustain minor injuries as a result of Price's actions.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Chane Behanan Cited for Marijuana Possession in Louisville

Former Louisville basketball player Chane Behanan was reportedly cited for marijuana possession this morning following a traffic stop in Louisville:

JanelleWAVE #LMPD says Chane Behanan is back in #Louisville and was cited for marijuana possession after a traffic stop early this morning. #WAVE3News

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According to Louisville Metro Police Officer Carey Klain, Chane Behanan was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped by police near the intersection of 17th Street and Broadway at 1:15 a.m. Wednesday.

Officers said they smelled marijuana and asked Behanan if he had any drugs on him. He said yes and handed police a single blunt, or marijuana cigarette. Police searched the car and did not find anything else.

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Pete Holmes Hangs Out with Anthony Davis, Talks About Owning the Unibrow

Pete Holmes of The Pete Holmes Show hangs out with former Kentucky star Anthony Davis:

Orlando Antigua Sends Greetings to USF's Bulls Club

Here is a video of Orlando Antigua sending greetings to the Bulls Club at South Florida:

Fans Decorate John Calipari's Yard

Look what a fan or fans left in John Calipari's yard yesterday:

Aaron Harrison is On the Cover of Sports Illustrated

Kentucky freshman  Aaron Harrison is on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week:

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Orlando Antigua Introduced at South Florida

New head coach Orlando Antigua was introduced at South Florida this afternoon.

Here are some pictures from Twitter:

ESPN Analysts Make Final Four Predictions, Talk About Harrison Twins

ESPN's Seth Greenberg talks about Kentucky's Andrew and Aaron Harrison

Here is Greenberg, Jay Bilas, Dick Vitale, Rece Davis and Jay Williams making their Final Four predictions:

* Videos courtesy of ESPN

New UK "Hero" Marcus Lee Got a Standing Ovation in Class Today

New Kentucky "hero" Marcus Lee got a standing ovation when he entered a marketing class this morning:

Tyrone Brazelton Signs with Neptunas Klaipeda in Lithuania

Former Western Kentucky University guard Tyrone Brazelton has signed with Neptunas Klaipeda in Lithuania's top-level LKL league.

Brazelton has been well-travelled during the last year as he has played in five leagues in two countries.

Here is more from

Neptunas Klaipeda (LKL) signed 28-year old American point guard Tyrone Brazelton (183-103kg-86, college: W.Kentucky). He just played at Tsmoki-Minsk in Belarusian Premier League. Brazelton managed to play in five leagues in two countries this year (!!!). In only one Premier League game he recorded 9 points, 2 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals. He also played 7 games in EuroChallenge where he had 8.1ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.3apg. Brazelton also played 8 games in VTB United League where he recorded 9.8ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.8apg and 1.0spg. He also played at Nevezis earlier that season. In 8 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.5apg and 2.1spg. Brazelton also played 6 games in Baltic League where he recorded 14.7ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.2apg and 1.8spg. The last season he was tested by Petrochimi (Superleague) in Iran. The other team Brazelton played that season for was BC Odessa (Superleague) in Ukraine. In 24 games he recorded 12.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.8apg and 1.5spg. Another team he played that season for was Nuernberger Basketball Club (ProA) in German league. In 9 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 18.9ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.9apg and 1.4spg.

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Rick Pitino Recaps the Season, Looks Forward to 2014-15

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino recaps this season and looks forward to 2014-15:

* Video by TheCrunchZone on YouTube

All-Access Video: Kentucky vs. Michigan

Check out this All-Access video from the Kentucky vs. Michigan win in Indianapolis (click to play):

Peyton Siva is a Kentucky Fan?

Has former Louisville star Peyton Siva flipped his allegiance to the Kentucky Wildcats?

Of course not, but he did lose a bet to former UK star Josh Harrellson and had to pay his dues:

Brandon Harris, O’Karo Akamune Join Bowling Green Hornets

Former Western Kentucky University players Brandon Harris and O'Karo Akamune have joined the Bowling Green Hornets of the Central Basketball Association (CBA).

Here are details from

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. –The Bowling Green Hornets are pleased to officially announce the signings of two former members of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Men’s Basketball program, Brandon Harris and O’Karo Akamune. The pair of seniors will look to bolster the Hornets’ lineup by providing Head Coach Nathan Thompson immediate scoring help, experience, and leadership on and off the court. Harris, the 6-1 combo guard originally from Oklahoma, is expected to significantly contribute in the backcourt with Maurice “Squeaky” Hampton (Austin Peay State) and Kalen Kimberland (Lindsey Wilson), while Florida-native and 6-7 forward, Akamune, will help solidify the front court alongside John Paul Nyadaro (Trevecca Nazarene), DeAntra Scott (Lindsey Wilson), and Michael Gardner (University of Kentucky).

With both individuals striving to obtain opportunities to advance their professional careers overseas, the Hornets and the Central Basketball Association (CBA) are providing the perfect means to achieve their aspirations. Last season, the Hornets gave the platform for former Hilltoppers, Jamal Crook and Teeng Akol, to sign international contracts in Canada and Luxembourg, respectively. With a track record of helping former NCAA Division-I, NCAA Division-II, and NAIA players advance to the next level, the Hornets and the CBA are quickly becoming popular across the United States as the fastest-growing professional basketball league in the nation behind the NBA and the NBA D-League, as evidenced through their national recognition from the Associated Press last month. In the last year, the Hornets have had three of their own players sign their first overseas contracts, while also having nine former players with international-playing experience participating on their own roster during that span.

The two new additions, Harris and Akamune, will become the sixth and seventh former Western Kentucky players to don a Bowling Green Hornets uniform in only the organization’s second year in existence, joining Crook, Akol, Kahlil McDonald, Boris Siakam, and Marcus Vasquez. Furthermore, the organization may not be done adding local talent to their roster, as they currently are in preliminary negotiations with two other former Hilltoppers, as the team looks to improve their talent on the court with key mid-season acquisitions.

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DeMarcus Cousins: The Real Boogie Smooth

Hilarious. Check out The Real Boogie Smooth:

Video: BBN Greets the Kentucky Wildcats at the Airport

Here is some footage of Kentucky fans greeting the Wildcats at the airport when they returned from Indianapolis Sunday night:

Monday, March 31, 2014

John Calipari Gives Comments on Orlando Antigua and South Florida

Kentucky head coach John Calipari gave some comments about assistant Orlando Antigua this afternoon.

Antigua will be leaving Kentucky after the season to take over the head coaching job at South Florida:

“When this is done right, everyone involved should benefit from the success of the program. This includes the university as a whole, the athletic department, administrators, staff and especially the assistant coaches. They and their families deal with the brunt of the work. With that being said, I am so excited that Orlando has been hired by the University of South Florida. Based on what he’s done with the Dominican Republic National Team as their head coach and his work with our family over the last five years at Kentucky and one season at Memphis, I have the utmost confidence in him to lead this program to new heights. My guess is they will do things that have never been done before at South Florida. We’re all going to miss him and his family after we finish this run.”

Writer Says Kentucky is the Walmart of College Basketball, Warns About BBN

Mac Engel, a writer for the Fort-Worth Star Telegram, says Kentucky is the Walmart of college basketball.

"Kentucky is Walmart and simply bigger than everyone else," Engel writes.

He also offers a "warning" about Kentucky fans: "This may be the single most obnoxious, self-congratulatory, priority-skewed fan base in a nation full of them. To them, Sunday’s outcome is a birthright. To their credit, they are usually right."

Here is an excerpt:

The Walmart of college basketball, often referred to as the Kentucky Wildcats, demonstrated once again they own the market while the others, which include national power Michigan, are merely trying to get the leftovers. For the third time in as many games, Kentucky’s freshman-laden lineup rallied to defeat a higher seed in the final seconds. This time, UK freshman guard Aaron Harrison, who is from Richmond, Texas, hit a looooong 3-pointer with 2.6 seconds remaining to give the Wildcats a 75-72 win in the Elite Eight. It was the end to a brilliant, highly entertaining three games for Kentucky in this latest tournament run. Kentucky is now the second team to reach the Final Four starting five freshmen; the first was Michigan in 1991, which reached the title game, with the Fab Five. This time, because college basketball has changed so dramatically since then, do not be surprised if UK’s Fab Five win the title this time. “It doesn’t matter about the age anymore,” Aaron Harrison said. Yes. We’ve noticed. Somehow, Kentucky was seeded eighth in this latest NCAA tournament, and on Sunday the Wildcats shot the selection committee’s better judgment all to hell by relying on a wide array of NBA-level talent to reach another Final Four. Arlington, plug your ears, Kentucky Nation and its merry band of student-athletes are coming to JerryWorld this week. A warning: This may be the single most obnoxious, self-congratulatory, priority-skewed fan base in a nation full of them. To them, Sunday’s outcome is a birthright. To their credit, they are usually right.

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Wisconsin's Bo Ryan is Poking the Big Blue Beast

Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan made some interesting comments on today's Final Four teleconference.

He didn't directly mention Kentucky fans but he took some interesting jabs at the Big Blue Nation:

Orlando Antigua is the New Head Coach at South Florida

According to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports, Orlando Antigua is the new head coach at South Florida.

JonRothstein BREAKING --- Kentucky's Orlando Antigua has accepted the head coaching position at South Florida, sources told @CBSSports. Story coming.

Cleveland Cavaliers Sign Former University Heights Star Scotty Hopson

The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed former University Heights and Tennessee star Scotty Hopson for the rest of the season.

His contract will be nonguaranteed for next season:

Report: South Florida Expected to Offer Job to Musselman or Antigua

According to Gary Parrish of, South Florida is expected to offer it's head coaching job to either Eric Musselman or Kentucky assistant Orlando Antigua.

Here is an excerpt:

South Florida officials are expected to offer the school's position of men's basketball coach to either Arizona State associate head coach Eric Musselman or Kentucky assistant Orlando Antigua at some point this week, multiple sources told

USF is trying to replace Stan Heath.

He was fired March 14 after six years at the school.

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Marcus Lee Talks About Surprising Performance Against Michigan

Kentucky's Marcus Lee talks about his surprising performance against Michigan and more:

* Video by John Clay of (Herald-Leader)

Final Four Ticket Information from UK

Here is some Final Four ticket information from the University of Kentucky:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Current men’s basketball season ticket holders may place a request for Final Four tickets through the UK ticket office, if they have not already done so, beginning Monday, March 31 at 9:00 a.m. ET.

Ticket holders may request up to two tickets at face value ($300 per ticket). Tickets include the semi-final games on Saturday and the championship game on Monday. UK is sold out of its NCAA required hotel allotment. Ticket holders will receive an email confirmation on Monday evening regarding the status of their ticket request. Please note that placing a request does not guarantee tickets. All tickets must be picked up in Dallas and will require a photo ID.

All ticket requests must be received by 4:00 p.m. ET on Monday, March 31. Seat locations will be assigned based on the K Fund priority point system.

Season ticket holders may request tickets via one of the following methods:

· Call the UK Ticket Office at (800) 928-2287. The ticket office is open from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm ET.

· Fax your request form to (859) 323-1269. Request forms have been emailed to all men’s basketball ticket holders.

· Walk up and place your request in person at the UK Ticket Office, located in the Joe Craft Center, from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm ET.

UK students who signed up for the online Final Four lottery last week will receive an email from the ticket office on Monday afternoon, March 31 with ordering instructions for the NCAA's Veritix ticket system. Student tickets must be purchased by Tuesday at 12:00 noon ET. If not all tickets are purchased by the deadline, the ticket office will send another email to all eligible students, and the remaining tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis until Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. ET. Student ticket information can be found online at

Aaron Harrison Drains Clutch 3-Pointer, Earns Bonuses for Everyone

Aaron Harrison nailed a clutch 3-pointer Sunday to send the Kentucky Wildcats past Michigan and into the Final Four:

ByBerkowitz Aaron Harrison's shot was worth nearly $330,000 in Final Four bonuses to #Kentucky men's basketball coaches and the athletics director

According to

· Head coach John Calipari gets a $150,000 bonus. This amount is added on top of the two $100,000 bonuses that Calipari already received when Kentucky reached the Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight.

· Assistant coach Kenneth Payne gets a bonus equal to two months salary. Payne makes $350,00 a year, so his bonus will end up being about $58,333.

· Assistant coach John Robic also gets a bonus equal to two months salary. He makes $300,000 a year, so he'll get an extra $50,000.

· Same deal for assistant coach Orlando Antigua, who makes $275,000 a year. His bonus will be $45,833.

· Athletics director Mitch Barnhart will get a $25,000 bonus, in addition to the $25,000 bonus he got when Kentucky mad it into the tournament.

Oh, and let's not forget the $1.5 million that the SEC will receive thanks to Kentucky's success. Each time a team wins a tournament game, they earn another "unit," which leads to a $1.5 million payout to the team's conference, which then decides how to distribute the money.

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Three Wildcats Make Midwest Region All-Tournament Team, Randle Named MOP

Three Kentucky players were named to the Midwest Region All-Tournament Team following yesterday's win over Michigan.

Julius Randle was named Most Outstanding Player.

Midwest Region All-Tournament Team:

- Julius Randle, MOP (Kentucky)

- Marcus Lee (Kentucky)

- Caris LeVert (Michigan)

- Nik Stauskas (Michigan)

- Aaron Harrison (Kentucky)

Listen to Coach Cal's Speech Following Last Night's Game

Check out John Calipari's postgame speech to his team following last night's win over Michigan:

UK Fan Writes a Song About the Wildcats and Marcus Lee

If you're gonna play in Texas, you gotta have Lee in the game:

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Pat Forde Eats Some Crow, Praises John Calipari

Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports had to change his article and eat some crow tonight after Kentucky finished of Michigan to secure a spot in next weekend's Final Four.

Here is an excerpt of Forde's new article:

The biggest reason Michigan couldn't capitalize was the revelatory play of Marcus Lee – and let's talk about him for a minute, Cal. HOW ON EARTH did you get that performance out of Lee? The sell job must have been an all-timer. Until he suddenly became Blake Griffin on Sunday, Lee had the following stat line over the previous 10 games: five DNPs, zero points, two rebounds. Naturally, he shows up on the biggest stage of the year and dunks everything that comes off the rim (and a couple that didn't come off the rim, but that's a different subject). He puts up 10 points and eight rebounds and blocks two shots.
I'll be honest, Cal: I forgot Lee was on the team. But you clearly kept him engaged, kept him confident – and you trusted him early in a huge game. The response was the Kentucky version of Tim Henderson's two 3-pointers in the Final Four for Louisville last year against Wichita State. It was a season-saving performance nobody saw coming.

That is great coaching.

Now this needs to be said, too: You're going to the Final Four with a team that is 100 percent of your making, and a team that is almost completely dependent upon freshmen. After providing about 64 games of ammunition since the 2012 title to those who weren't sure one-and-done was a sustainable way to build a program, you've supplied a powerful rebuttal. Three Final Fours in four seasons says that your way works – it works better than any other way currently being implemented in college basketball.

You proved your point, and your team is still playing. How good does that feel?

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Dakari Johnson Says Aaron Harrison Has a Big Set of Basketballs

Dakari Johnson says what most of America is thinking tonight:

steveandress Dakari Johnson said Aaron Harrison's "nuts" are so big "he can't walk right now". Not sure I can use that on TV, but quote of the year! #BBN

Believe It or Not, Kentucky is Headed to the Final Four

(8) Kentucky 75
(2) Michigan 72

Final from Indianapolis, Indiana

Game recap by UK:

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The shot came from NBA range, and if things play out as expected, Aaron Harrison and a lot of those Kentucky kids will be playing in that league soon enough.

First, they're heading to the Final Four - a trip to Big D courtesy of Harrison's unforgettable big shot.

The 6-foot-6 forward made a 3-pointer from about 24 feet with 2.3 seconds left Sunday to lift the Wildcats and all those freshmen to a 75-72 win over Michigan and the program's 16th trip to the Final Four.

He backpedaled slowly, almost expressionless, after ball hit twine. Teammates Dakari Johnson and Julius Randle chased him down.

"Making that shot and seeing my teammates so happy and turning toward me, it's the best feeling in the world," Harrison said.

Michigan's Nik Stauskas missed a desperation heave at the buzzer and then, it was Harrison's turn on the bottom of a dog pile. Make that a puppy pile. Eighth-seeded Kentucky is the first all-freshman starting lineup to make the Final Four since the Fab Five at Michigan in 1992.

The Wildcats (28-10) will play Wisconsin next Saturday outside of Dallas at AT&T Stadium.

"They made a great shot," said Stauskas, who led the second-seeded Wolverines with 24 points. "I thought we did a pretty good job contesting it. It's part of basketball."

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Kelly Wells a Finalist for 2014 Don Meyer Award

University of Pikeville head coach Kelly Wells is a finalist for the 2014 Don Meyer National Coach of the Year Award.

The Don Meyer Award is presented annually to the top NAIA men's basketball coach.

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Video: The Kentucky Wildcats Head to the Arena for the Elite 8

Check out this video of the Kentucky Wildcats heading to the arena for tonight's national quarterfinal game vs. Michigan:

Michigan Players Talk About Today's Game vs. Kentucky

Several Michigan players talk about today's game against Kentucky:

Jerry Tipton, John Clay Talk About Kentucky vs. Michigan

The Herald-Leader's John Clay and Jerry Tipton talk about today's game between Kentucky and Michigan:

Who's Got Next: Kentucky vs. Michigan breaks down Kentucky vs. Michigan:

"Stephen A. Smith" Talks About Julius Randle on SNL

This is some funny stuff from Saturday Night Live as "Stephen A. Smith" breaks down some college basketball and give Julius Randle a mention (click to play video):

Aaron Harrison and Dakari Johnson Preview Michigan

Kentucky's Aaron Harrison and Dakari Johnson talk about today's Midwest Region championship game against Michigan:

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