Tournament Time For U of L, UK, IU

(Thanks to Alan Lytle, Kentucky Public Radio)

The U of L men’s basketball team opens play tonight in the Big East Tournament in New York City, where the Cards will take on Marquette. The Golden Eagles, a number 11 seed, defeated sixth-seeded West Virginia Wednesday night to advance to the quarterfinals. The third-seeded Cards received a double-bye in the tournament. The winner of tonight’s game will face either Cincinnati or Notre Dame in the semi-finals.

Kentucky begins play Friday afternoon in the Southeastern Conference Tournament in Atlanta.

Coach John Calipari (pictured) says his young team has come a long way in a very short time. The Wildcats finished the regular season on a tear, with home wins over Florida and Vanderbilt, and a rare road victory over Tennessee. Calipari says his team is developing the toughness required for a march through the post-season.    

“And if we can keep winning, you create that. You expect…you know in a close game now…that last two tight games we played, we won. And again, let me say this…two of the better teams…better than some of the teams we lost to. These two teams were better. They were close games and we figured out how to win,” he said.

Kentucky will play Friday afternoon at 3:30 against Ole Miss, which upset the Wildcats on the road last month.

Indiana takes on Penn State this evening in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament.