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February 22nd, 2019

’58 Legend Johnny Cox to Attend Autograph Event for Fans this Saturday

To coincide with UK’s tribute to the 1958 NCAA Championship team this Saturday 2/23 during the UK-Auburn game in Rupp, the “Wildcat Legends” Fine Art Series will host team member and All-American Johnny Cox, as he will be on hand before the game to sign autographs for fans.

From noon — 1:00 p.m., Johnny will be in the Lexington Center mall foodcourt (immediately adjacent to Rupp Arena) in front of Your Frame Of Mind Galleries to autograph his likeness on the popular “Wildcat Legends — Rupp’s Living Legends” fine art print (see image). Fans who previously bought the print with other players’ signatures are welcome to bring their existing print to simply add Cox’s signature for $15; fans who have yet to purchase the print may buy it anew for various pricing options with different combinations of player signatures. Johnny will also sign any other memorabilia brought by fans for $15 per signature, or 5 items signed for $60; he will also sign your ticket to the Auburn game (his photo is on it) for FREE with the purchase of any item. As always for the fan’s convenience, any items purchased at the event can be left at the YFOM Gallery until (30 minutes) after the game, so they will not need to be taken inside of Rupp during the game.

ALL fans are invited to attend and meet this true “Wildcat legend,” regardless if they have a game ticket or not. Please visit or see their Facebook page at for more information.

The Path to a Kentucky No. 1 Seed Isn’t as Complicated As Most Think

It’s amazing how quickly the conversation in college basketball can change.

Shortly after Kentucky’s win over Tennessee on Saturday, I pitched our editors here a piece on the overall, No. 1 seed picture. Obviously most folks reading here are Kentucky fans and I actually thought that the Wildcats had a better shot at a No. 1 seed than most were projected.

We agreed that we would go ahead and wait until after Tuesday night’s games to be safe. Assuming Kentucky took care of business against Missouri and Tennessee handled Vanderbilt, it would be safe to run Wednesday morning. What could possibly go wrong?

Quite a bit actually. In no particular order, here is what has changed in the race for the four No. 1 seeds, just since late Tuesday night:

— Reid Travis left Kentucky’s game with a knee injury – sending Big Blue Nation into a frenzy. Thankfully it was just a sprain and Travis will hopefully be back in just a few weeks. Still, with several big games ahead and Travis likely on the sidelines, Kentucky’s path to a No. 1 seed isn’t nearly as clear as it looked when I began this article Tuesday morning. I still think they get one, but this is a major road block.

— Tennessee looked terrible in a win against the SEC’s worst team, Vanderbilt. Ultimately it had no bearing on the Vols pursuit of a No. 1 seed, but with Tennessee facing five straight games against NCAA Tournament caliber teams to close the regular season, it feels fair to wonder if the Vols can finish as strongly as they started.

— Nevada lost on the road at San Diego State on Wednesday night. While the Wolf Pack were a long-shot to get a No. 1, this officially eliminated them from any such talk.

— Zion Williamson went down with a knee injury – flipping the sports world on its head Thursday. Zion is OK, and we can put to rest talking of him “Shutting it Down” for now. At the same time, Duke took a loss no one saw coming, and now they aren’t nearly as much of a lock for a No. 1 as they were before the Carolina game.

— Duke’s unexpected loss resulted in an unexpected North Carolina win – and now the Tar Heels have a realistic, albeit small shot at a No. 1 seed. It would take a minor miracle, but North Carolina does in fact have life in the No. 1 seed debate.

And again, that’s only what happened since Tuesday afternoon when I officially finished the first draft of the article below – can you imagine how much will change in the final two weeks of the regular season?

Ultimately however, the gist of the article didn’t change, and I still believe Kentucky is in prime position to get a No. 1 seed.

Let’s go through all the scenarios and all the teams involved, to give you a clearer picture of where we are, and how the Wildcats fit in.


Karl-Anthony Towns Injured in Auto Accident

Former Kentucky Wildcat Karl-Anthony Towns might have to miss a game or two after the NBA All-Star was involved in an auto accident.

Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Ryan Saunders told the media this morning the car accident happened as Towns traveled to the airport for the team’s road trip to New York.  He was excused from this morning’s shoot-around and is considered “questionable” for tonight’s game against the Knicks.

There were no further details about Towns’ accident, but luckily, it does not sound severe.  Best wishes from the BBN to a speedy recovery for the Big KAT.