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 CoachCal.com 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.