Kentucky vs. Louisville: rivalry t-shirt wars (photos)

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Don’t think Louisville vs. Kentucky is a hard-core rivalry? Check out the Final Four smack-talking t-shirts after the jump. This is NASTY. Brutal, like Duke vs. North Carolina.

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Ashley Judd in Kentucky Wildcats Gear (Picture Gallery)

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She’s the most famous die-hard fan in all of college basketball. Ashley Judd loves her Kentucky Wildcats, it’s even part of her self-description on her Twitter page. And check out her tweet for the big game today.

If you don’t have a dream, how are you going to make a dream come true? I’m dreaming today of a fab win for KENTUCKY! UConn tough. GO CATS!

That last part sounds very Pat Fitzgerald of Northwestern like! Haha! This is a huge weekend for her, as she has a just released book to promote too.

USAToday on my book, All That is Bitter & Sweet. Out Tuesday! http://usat.ly/fWlEcC

As always, click on the pic for a much, larger full version

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Kentucky vs. Kansas: NCAA Tournament National Championship drinking game

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Welcome to the fourth annual NCAA Tournament Championship Drinking Game, one of our favorite articles every year here at The Sports Bank.  If you missed our first three editions, you can check out the 2009 Michigan State vs. North Carolina version, the 2010 Butler vs. Duke edition, or last year’s UConn vs. Butler.

Even if you do not have a rooting interest in tonight’s game between the Kentucky Wildcats and Kansas Jayhawks; invite some friends over, buy a heck of a lot of booze, follow our drinking rules, and it will be as much fun as if your own team was playing.

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#1 Kentucky Wildcats vs. #4 Louisville Cardinals: everything you need to know

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It’s a bluegrass, bourbon, basketball battle. The biggest meeting ever between the two rivals from the state of Colonel Sanders’ fried chicken and his secret recipe. It’s the Kentucky Wildcats vs. the Louisville Cardinals at the Final Four in New Orleans. Sounds very Southern (and drunk) to me.

Let’s get to it!

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What happened to Kentucky Wildcats superfan Ashley Judd’s face?

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Is this a botched surgery? Sure, she looks younger and less gaunt, but she also looks like The Joker. She now has Renee Zellweger type “smush face.” I’m speaking of course about Kentucky Wildcats superfan Ashley Judd.

After the jump, see her before/after picture.

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College Football 77 in 77: #64 Kentucky Wildcats

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I know what you’re saying, yet another team that falls into one of three categories: a.) good, although obscure mid-major program,

b.)  BcS conference team that has fallen from grace

c.) college basketball powerhouse where college football is an overlooked afterthought. Obviously the Kentucky Wildcats fall into that final category. (But they are an official TSB team now)

But that’s what the 70s, 60s, and 50s are in the 77 in 77s. So when will we get some “real” teams, and programs lots and lots of people care about?

Probably in about 15 days or so; which is good because I’d like to move closer to the higher page view generating teams as quickly as possible. Cuz it also means we’re getting ever so closer to the season kicking off.

Kentucky is underrated though; they’ve made five straight bowls and Joker Phillips could guide them to a sixth this year. And he has the coolest coaches name of all

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Kentucky Wildcats Set New Record for NBA Draft Representation

For the first since the NBA Draft was reduced from seven rounds to two rounds in 1988, only one college basketball program, the Kentucky Wildcats, has seen at least four players get selected in back-to-back drafts. Last year five Cats got picked (John Wall Washington Wizards, DeMarcus Cousins Sacramento Kings, Patrick Patterson Houston Rockets,  Eric Bledsoe Oklahoma City Thunder, and Daniel Orton Orlando Magic).

Four former Wildcats were selected in the 2011 NBA Draft last night, including top-10 picks Enes Kanter and Brandon Knight who were selected third and eighth overall. Kanter was selected No. 3 overall by the Utah Jazz, followed by Knight at No. 8 by the Detroit Pistons. Josh Harrellson went 45th to the New Orleans Hornets. DeAndre Liggins ended the night for Kentucky when he was selected 53rd by the Orlando Magic.

2011 marks the second straight year that Kentucky had multiple players selected in the top 10 of the draft, and at least four overall. In the modern era, and I define the “modern era” as post-1987 when the draft was reduced from seven rounds to two, this is the first time it has happened; at any school. Only one school has four taken in three consecutive years (Long Beach State, 72-74, but that was back when the draft was 10 rounds long).

By Paul M. Banks

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Kentucky Wildcats Lead the Way with Three McDonald’s All-American Recruits

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McDonald’s® unveiled the official rosters for the 34th annual McDonald’s All American Boys Game and 10th annual Girls Game during its annual selection show today on ESPNU. The Games will be played on March 30 at the famed United Center in Chicago, Ill.

5 schools (Duke, North Carolina, Louisville, Syracuse and Ohio State) boast two All-Americans, but Kentucky leads the way as the only University to land three.

They are:

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Mich St., Duke, KU and UK to Tip Off Next Season By Playing Each Other

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What’s most interesting about the sport of college basketball is how much it’s Q Rating as a sport increases during this season. No other sport has such a wide level of disinterest in the beginning (and again that really bothers me. I’m not advocating this apathy- just pointing it out) but then creates such a tremendous buzz at the end. Everyone loves March Madness, but not everyone cares in November, although they should.

There have been more key non-conference games in November and December lately, but now it’s going to be ramped up a notch, and right from the very the start.

Four of the game’s marquee programs: Michigan State Spartans (overlook last night’s bad loss at Syracuse, they’ll be alright come March), the Duke Blue Devils, Kentucky Wildcats and Kansas Jayhawks have all agreed to get together and get the season started right and tight.

By Paul M. Banks

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99 in 99:#11 Kentucky Wildcats

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John Calipari was hired away from Memphis to put the Kentucky Wildcats back on the national map.  In just one season in Lexington, Calipari has done that that and so much more.

The Wildcats lose eight players from last year’s team including five that were selected in the first round of the NBA Draft.  In what seems like it will become a yearly cycle at UK, the program brings in the top recruiting class in the country and could very easily be a Final Four contender.

The Sports Bank’s “99 in 99”ranks the 72 power conference college basketball teams and top 27 mid-major programs.  Click here if you missed teams #13-#99.

By: David Kay
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College Basketball Officially Begins Tonight

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345 NCAA Division I men’s basketball teams begin their journey on the road they hope will culminate at the Final Four, as official practices will be conducted all across the country this weekend.

Many teams and their fans will gather across the country in arenas late Friday night to celebrate Midnight Madness, the annual celebration that marks the start to the season.  Practices are permitted to begin after 5 p.m. Friday.

A Snoop Dogg Concert accompanies Northwestern’s event this evening.

ESPNU will televise its Midnight Madness special featuring extensive whip-around coverage from top college basketball programs around the nation Friday at 9 p.m. ET.  Coverage will focus on several men’s programs including defending national champion Duke, as well as Kentucky, Memphis, Gonzaga, Kansas State and St. John’s. (No doubt because former ESPN personality Steve Lavin is now leading the program).

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NCAA Tournament East Regional Sweet 16 Breakdown

By: David Kay

The East Regional will feature the classic favorite versus underdog match-ups as top-seeds Kentucky and West Virginia have advanced to face #12 Cornell and #11 Washington respectively.  David Kay is here to break down the match-ups.
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