BBL: Kentucky’s NCAA chances dim; Baseball gets big win

(Herald-Leader photo)

(Herald-Leader photo)

Big Blue Links for Sunday:

* Using the numbers or just your eyes, clear Kentucky isn’t worthy of an NCAA bid, says my column. This is a team that lost seven games by double-digits, including its last four away from Rupp Arena.

* Eric Lindsey of argues that Kentucky’s resume still stacks up favorably against other bubble teams. He says the Cats have just as many “quality wins” as their bubble competition.

* Jerry Tipton of H-L reports that Kentucky must accept an NIT bid if offered. Tournament director C.M. Newton says that schools must tell tourney before the season if they are not likely to accept a bid.

* Kentucky baseball evens series with Florida thanks to win in Gainesville, reports Jin Harvin of Gainesville Sun. Cats rallied for an 11-5 victory.

* Jennifer Smith of the Herald-Leader profiles UK football new high-performance coach Erik Korem.  He is where the “meathead and the egghead collide,” writes Smith.

* Kentucky awaits its tournament fate, writes Matt May of the Cats Pause.

* SEC was cooked before the bird, writes Adam Himmelsbach of the Courier-Journal.

* Larry Vaught of the Danville Advocate-Messenger wonders if UK would give any effort in the NIT?

* Mark Story of the Herald-Leader ranks the top 75 state moments in NCAA Tournament history.

* Cats leave nobody to blame but themselves, writes Les Johns of the Kentucky Kernel.

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