LEXINGTON, Ky. — Now that Kentucky is on a roll, having won three straight by double digits against projected NCAA Tournament teams, just how high could the Wildcats climb in the tourney seeding by Selection Sunday?
Host Curtis Burch and beat writer Kyle Tucker discuss that, the latest on college basketball’s ever-widening scandal, and just what a doofus Mick Cronin seems to be — all on the latest episode of Wildcat Country, your daily Kentucky podcast presented by SEC Country. The rundown:
- While we were recording Monday night, former Cats Anthony Davis and Devin Booker were facing off in the NBA and in the process of combining for NINETY-THREE points. Yeah. Booker is a future all-star and Davis, who has averaged 40 and 15 during a six-game Pelicans winning streak to get them to fifth in the West standings without injured DeMarcus Cousins, is about to get some serious MVP buzz.
- Nearly every major bracketology update (and the Bracket Matrix, which compiles them all) has the Cats as a No. 5 seed after their three-game winning streak. But USA Today has UK up to a No. 4 and its bracket guru thinks it’s possible the Cats could climb as high as a No. 3. John Calipari’s team would have to win Wednesday against Ole Miss, Saturday at Florida and then likely run the table in the SEC Tournament in St. Louis next week to do that, but you could make a case that this is the hottest team in the league right now, so it’s not a totally crazy notion.
- Michigan State announced that it did find a violation (UK said it did not with Kevin Knox) after the Yahoo Sports report that listed several college stars who met and/or had meals with an agent. Miles Bridges had to make a donation to charity in the amount of the meal in question: $40. And that’s that. He’s good to go. Which is why that part of Yahoo’s story is really a non-story. Nobody, least of all the NCAA, much cares about a dinner meeting with an agent. It’s why Kentucky was never particularly concerned about the Knox issue. The Bam Adebayo angle could be more problematic, however.
- At what point is Mick Cronin going to stop acting like a child? Every time Cincinnati plays rival Xavier, he picks a fight with an opposing player like a hot-headed dummy. And over the weekend, he decided to take pot shots at the three nearby power programs (other than the one in his own city that pounded him this season): UK, Louisville and Indiana. His rant didn’t really make any sense, but then again he’s a total goober.