Blair Kerkhoff

In NCAA Tournament, Big 12 Conference didn’t live up to its own hype

Nothing says program and conference underachievement like teams explaining unexpected losses with mumbled responses and puffy eyes, and the Big 12 produced another sad locker room on Sunday with second-seeded Kansas’ stunning loss to seventh-seeded Wichita State.

Blair Kerkhoff

Undefeated Kentucky’s motivation is bad news for the NCAA Tournament field

The problem for the rest of college basketball is Kentucky remains hungry. It hasn’t been enough for the Wildcats to crush such non-conference luminaries as Kansas and UCLA, run away from North Carolina, avoid the upset at Louisville, Texas A&M and LSU and the misstep at home against Mississippi to finish the regular season 31-0. It wasn’t enough to breeze through the Southeastern Conference Tournament by an 18-point average victory margin to improve to 34-0.

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