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Fox on Fire as Kentucky Basketball Downs UCLA to Reach the Elite Eight

De Aaron Fox[1] served notice from the start that he was going to have a big night. He scored the Wildcats first eight points. It was apparent early that the Bruins couldn t stay in front of him. He repeatedly drove past UCLA defenders for pull-up jumpers, floaters and layups. Fox had 15 points for the half. In what has become a recurring theme, Dominique Hawkins[2] came off the bench to give his team a much needed spark. Hawkins had six points on a couple of three pointers. One of those was probably the longest shot he s hit in his UK career. Bruin coach Steve Alford had a good view as the senior drilled one in from the hash mark right in front of the UCLA bench.

The Bruins were playing their usual efficient game on offense. The game flow had the feel of a comfortable UCLA lead. In addition to Leaf, another thorn in Kentucky s side in the last couple of meetings with UCLA has been center Thomas Welsh. He did some damage with seven points. But he picked up his second foul with 6:28 remaining. Trailing 26-25, the Cats went on a little 11-7 run in the last 4:30 to take a somewhat surprising 36-33 lead at the break.

Taking Control

Malik Monk[3] has struggled to get his shot to fall for the past several games. His first half Friday was just okay. The freshman scored seven points on three of six from the field and one of two from behind the three point line. After the break, however, the Wildcats leading scorer on the season really shook off his slump. He scored 10 straight points at one stretch early in second half. He had 14 of his 21 points for the game in the half. Kentucky Basketball s freshman backcourt was truly a dynamic duo this night. Especially during one stretch of a little over seven minutes of game action. In that span, from the late first half to midway through the second, Fox and Monk accounted for 22 straight points by the Cats. They combined for 60 points in the game, 38 in the second half. Another key sequence came later in the half. The Wildcats appeared on a few occasions to be ready to pull away for good, only to see UCLA rally back in to contention. The Bruins got to within 63-58 with 8:01 to go. But Derek Willis, who had misfired from deep most of the night, drilled a three pointer to extend the lead to eight. That kicked off a 8-0 Kentucky run that put the game away for good. Willis had the last two of those as well.

The Battle Was Won

Down the stretch it the Fabulous Mr. Fox put the game away. He scored 13 of the Cats last 15 points, including 9-10 from the free throw line. He emphatically won the much-ballyhooed match up with UCLA s point guard Lonzo Ball. The Bruins star freshman had 10 points and eight assists, but he also had four turnovers. He was 1-6 from three, missing his last five attempts. Ball and his teammates simply had no answer for Fox, as beat them on the dribble all night long. He was 13-20 from the field and 13-15 from the foul line. He had four assists and only one turnover in 36 minutes. It was the seventh straight game Fox led (or co-led) the Cats in scoring. The latest was one of the finest, and perhaps the best, single game point guard performances in Kentucky Basketball history. His 39 points were the most ever by a freshman in an NCAA tournament game. It s the fourth highest by any Wildcat in the NCAA tourney and the best tally since Tayshaun Prince had 41 versus Tulsa in a 2002 second round win.

More Keys to a Huge Win

The defensive transformation of this Kentucky Basketball team is remarkable. Friday night the Bruins did shoot 53% from the field, snapping the Cats string of holding teams to 45% or less. But the Wildcats forced 13 turnovers and had a big 14-2 edge in points off turnovers. They also improved at the much discussed 4-spot. The early flurry from Leaf didn t continue for UCLA, as he only had four points in the second half. You have to give both the players and coaches for the turnaround on the defensive end of the floor in the past few weeks. Speaking of turnovers, Kentucky only had six for the game, and only ONE turnover in the second half. UCLA is certainly not known for pressure defense, but that kind of ball security this deep in the tournament is a huge advantage. The Wildcat s point guard must be pretty good, huh? Bam Adebayo only had two points and four rebounds. He struggled to catch the ball at times as UCLA harassed him with weak-side help anytime the ball went into the post. But he took advantage of that overplay to kick the ball back out and he led the team with five assists. He also got Welsh in foul trouble and the Bruin center fouled out with almost six minutes left, creating another advantage for the Cats.

Next: Ranking The Top 10 Sweet Sixteen Games in Kentucky History[4]

Kentucky Basketball Advances to the Elite Eight

Coming up Sunday at 5:05 PT is about as blue-blooded a regional final as you could imagine. The second-seeded Wildcats face the top-seed North Carolina Tar Heels at the FedEx Forum in Memphis. The Wildcats will be seeking their 18th Final Four appearance. Kentucky defeated UNC in December 103-100 in Las Vegas, led by 47 points from Malik Monk. A repeat of that performance would be just fine for the Wildcat faithful.

Box score courtesy of UK Athletics[5]

Records courtesy of Jon Scott[6]

References

  1. ^ De Aaron Fox (www.ukathletics.com)
  2. ^ Dominique Hawkins (wildcatbluenation.com)
  3. ^ Malik Monk (www.ukathletics.com)
  4. ^ Next: Ranking The Top 10 Sweet Sixteen Games in Kentucky History (wildcatbluenation.com)
  5. ^ Box score courtesy of UK Athletics (www.ukathletics.com)
  6. ^ Records courtesy of Jon Scott (www.bigbluehistory.net)

Greg Marshall’s wife makes headlines, does Indiana proceed with …

Tom Crean was fired[1] on Thursday, minutes after tip-off of the first game in the round of 64. The rumors of who might replace Crean flooded in and many of those names were coaching in the tournament. Among the names on that list include Wichita State head coach Greg Marshall[2]. Marshall successfully pushed his No. 10 seed Shockers past second round opponent No. 7 seed Dayton. They met No. 2 seed Kentucky in the third round and took the game to the final buzzer. Wichita State fell to Kentucky, 65-62. The Shockers play on the court was not the only headline coming from Wichita State after their loss. Greg Marshall s wife, Lynn Marshall, was heard loud and clear throughout the first weekend of the tournament. More so, her behavior brought some negative attention. Marshall was escorted out by a security team following Wichita State s loss. The Associated Press[3] reports that a security guard had asked Marshall to leave after loudly cursing and causing a scene[4].

A security guard asked the wife of Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall to leave the lower bowl of Bankers Life Fieldhouse after she started loudly cursing shortly after Sunday s 65-62 loss to Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament.

To make matters worse, the NCAA tried to combat the distraction that Marshall was making by asking a reporter to take down videos posted to Twitter. Drew Franklin of Kentucky Sports Radio[5] was sitting near Lynn Marshall on press row and began to live tweet her behavior. His live tweets include videos[6] showing the Wichita State wife yelling at Kentucky players.

Someone from the NCAA came and got my name and told me I could no longer tweet about her because it made her upset. I guess it didn t make anyone else upset when she told Malik Monk to get in the weight room or told Isaiah Briscoe to buy some bigger shorts or told Calipari to shut the f-ck up or told Roger Ayers he is garbage or any of the other classy things she yelled between F-bombs.

The NCAA apparently did not see the tweets as constructive. Franklin took to Twitter to mention that a member representing the NCAA forced him to take down the video[7] of Greg Marshall s wife. The situation became news when the NCAA then denied asking Franklin[8] to take down the video. So how does the situation that took place in Indianapolis translate to Indiana s coaching search? Well, Greg Marshall is presumed to be on the short list of coaches being considered for the opening. Do the headlines this weekend detour Indiana from pursuing Marshall? I doubt it, but it is worth noting. We reported earlier this week that Yahoo! Sports Brad Evans believes that Marshall would only leave Wichita State for two other schools[9]: Indiana or North Carolina. The question is whether or not Marshall s wife put his candidacy in jeopardy.

Many will say Athletic Director Fred Glass is not seriously considering Marshall given his lack of ties to Indiana. Marshall was born in South Carolina, grew up and spent most of his early coaching career in Virginia. Glass told the media[10] after Crean s firing that the right candidate being a former IU person is a double-check plus. Being from the state of Indiana is a double-check plus. Collegiate head-coaching experience is certainly a double-check plus.

Given that statement, It s hard to believe that Greg Marshall is the favorite to land the job. Glass seems to hold a high standard for the Indiana connection, giving candidates a double-check plus , whatever that means. However, Marshall is one of the most qualified candidates in terms of success and proven coaching ability. If he is seriously being considered, Marshall will likely have a few questions to answer about his wife s conduct at games.

Next: Indiana has the NCAA credibility Greg Marshall is looking for[11]

On the flip side, Indiana fans could instantly fall in love with her. Her feud with Kentucky could make her an instant favorite with some Indiana fans. Others might see her as a sideshow and rather not partake in bringing it to Assembly Hall.

References

  1. ^ Tom Crean was fired (hoosierstateofmind.com)
  2. ^ Greg Marshall (hoosierstateofmind.com)
  3. ^ Associated Press (collegebasketball.ap.org)
  4. ^ loudly cursing and causing a scene (collegebasketball.ap.org)
  5. ^ Drew Franklin of Kentucky Sports Radio (kentuckysportsradio.com)
  6. ^ include videos (twitter.com)
  7. ^ the NCAA forced him to take down the video (twitter.com)
  8. ^ the NCAA then denied asking Franklin (www.philly.com)
  9. ^ would only leave Wichita State for two other schools (hoosierstateofmind.com)
  10. ^ Glass told the media (www.indystar.com)
  11. ^ Next: Indiana has the NCAA credibility Greg Marshall is looking for (hoosierstateofmind.com)

Gregg Marshall’s wife makes headlines, does Indiana proceed with …

Tom Crean was fired[1] on Thursday, minutes after tip-off of the first game in the round of 64. The rumors of who might replace Crean flooded in and many of those names were coaching in the tournament. Among the names on that list include Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall[2]. Marshall successfully pushed his No. 10 seed Shockers past second round opponent No. 7 seed Dayton. They met No. 2 seed Kentucky in the third round and took the game to the final buzzer. Wichita State fell to Kentucky, 65-62. The Shockers play on the court was not the only headline coming from Wichita State after their loss. Gregg Marshall s wife, Lynn Marshall, was heard loud and clear throughout the first weekend of the tournament. More so, her behavior brought some negative attention. Marshall was escorted out by a security team following Wichita State s loss. The Associated Press[3] reports that a security guard had asked Marshall to leave after loudly cursing and causing a scene[4].

A security guard asked the wife of Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall to leave the lower bowl of Bankers Life Fieldhouse after she started loudly cursing shortly after Sunday s 65-62 loss to Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament.

To make matters worse, the NCAA tried to combat the distraction that Marshall was making by asking a reporter to take down videos posted to Twitter. Drew Franklin of Kentucky Sports Radio[5] was sitting near Lynn Marshall on press row and began to live tweet her behavior. His live tweets include videos[6] showing the Wichita State wife yelling at Kentucky players.

Someone from the NCAA came and got my name and told me I could no longer tweet about her because it made her upset. I guess it didn t make anyone else upset when she told Malik Monk to get in the weight room or told Isaiah Briscoe to buy some bigger shorts or told Calipari to shut the f-ck up or told Roger Ayers he is garbage or any of the other classy things she yelled between F-bombs.

The NCAA apparently did not see the tweets as constructive. Franklin took to Twitter to mention that a member representing the NCAA forced him to take down the video[7] of Greg Marshall s wife. The situation became news when the NCAA then denied asking Franklin[8] to take down the video. So how does the situation that took place in Indianapolis translate to Indiana s coaching search? Well, Gregg Marshall is presumed to be on the short list of coaches being considered for the opening. Do the headlines this weekend detour Indiana from pursuing Marshall? I doubt it, but it is worth noting. We reported earlier this week that Yahoo! Sports Brad Evans believes that Marshall would only leave Wichita State for two other schools[9]: Indiana or North Carolina. The question is whether or not Marshall s wife put his candidacy in jeopardy.

Many will say Athletic Director Fred Glass is not seriously considering Marshall given his lack of ties to Indiana. Marshall was born in South Carolina, grew up and spent most of his early coaching career in Virginia. Glass told the media[10] after Crean s firing that the right candidate being a former IU person is a double-check plus. Being from the state of Indiana is a double-check plus. Collegiate head-coaching experience is certainly a double-check plus.

Given that statement, It s hard to believe that Gregg Marshall is the favorite to land the job. Glass seems to hold a high standard for the Indiana connection, giving candidates a double-check plus , whatever that means. However, Marshall is one of the most qualified candidates in terms of success and proven coaching ability. If he is seriously being considered, Marshall will likely have a few questions to answer about his wife s conduct at games.

Next: Indiana has the NCAA credibility Gregg Marshall is looking for[11]

On the flip side, Indiana fans could instantly fall in love with her. Her feud with Kentucky could make her an instant favorite with some Indiana fans. Others might see her as a sideshow and rather not partake in bringing it to Assembly Hall.

References

  1. ^ Tom Crean was fired (hoosierstateofmind.com)
  2. ^ Gregg Marshall (hoosierstateofmind.com)
  3. ^ Associated Press (collegebasketball.ap.org)
  4. ^ loudly cursing and causing a scene (collegebasketball.ap.org)
  5. ^ Drew Franklin of Kentucky Sports Radio (kentuckysportsradio.com)
  6. ^ include videos (twitter.com)
  7. ^ the NCAA forced him to take down the video (twitter.com)
  8. ^ the NCAA then denied asking Franklin (www.philly.com)
  9. ^ would only leave Wichita State for two other schools (hoosierstateofmind.com)
  10. ^ Glass told the media (www.indystar.com)
  11. ^ Next: Indiana has the NCAA credibility Gregg Marshall is looking for (hoosierstateofmind.com)
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