Big Blue Brew 3/20: Bracket Making with Obama

John Calipari discusses March Madness picks with President Barack Obama.

🔵 The Official Daily Newsletter For Kentucky Athletics

Good Morning. Get your running shoes on because the UK5K presented by Kroger Simple Truth Set is scheduled for April 20.

What else are we mixing into today’s Brew?

🎙️ Ways to Win
⚾️ Career hits for Pitre
🔵 And much, much more!


🔼 Everyone has one friend whose bracket they copy for March Madness. For millions and millions of Americans that friend is President Barack Obama. Dating back to his first years in the White House, the release of his annual bracket has become a beloved and highly anticipated annual tradition. This year, he’s breaking down his picks with legendary coach John Calipari and Craig Robinson on the very first episode of their new podcast WAYS TO WIN from Higher Ground Media. He’ll talk sleepers, Cinderellas, final four favorites—and just how far he thinks Coach Calipari’s Kentucky Wildcats will go.

🔼 Back to Work. The football team is back on the gridiron for spring practices. Hear what head coach Mark Stoops had to say about practice above.

🔼 Above and Beyond. The Wildcats took down Evansville in a comeback victory 11-3. It was the third time in the last five games the Cats have scored 10 or more unanswered runs. Emilien Pitre smacked his 100th career hit (and 101 and 102) in just his 93rd career game. He brought in four runs and stole three bases.


Championship Seeds. The gymnastics team is headed to the SEC Championships! The meet is on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET and will air on the SEC Network.

What seed are the Cats in?

Think you got it? Scroll on down to the bottom of this email for the answer!


Kentucky Made. For the third time in program history, the nation’s best freshman is a Kentucky Wildcat! Reed Sheppard was named the United States Basketball Writers Association Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Year. He was also named Freshman of the Year by The Field of 68 and both ESPN’s Jeff Borzello and Dick Vitale. Sheppard is College Hoops Today’s National Sixth Man of the Year, too.


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Wednesday, March 20

🏊 Women’s NCAA Swim and Diving Championships
🥎 Softball vs. Marshall @ 6pm ET | Designated Players Club | Tickets
📣 Stunt at Vanguard/Concordia-Irvine @ 9/11pm ET

Thursday, March 21

🏊 Women’s NCAA Swim and Diving Championships
🏀 Men’s Basketball NCAA Tournament vs. No. 14 Oakland @ 7:10pm ET | Watch on CBS

Friday, March 22

🏊 Women’s NCAA Swim and Diving Championships
⛳️ Women’s Golf Clemson Invitational
🎾 Men’s Tennis vs. Texas A&M @ 5pm ET | Watch | Live Stats
🥎 Softball at Florida @ 6pm ET
🎾 Women’s Tennis at LSU @ 6pm ET
⚾️ Baseball at Missouri @ 7pm ET
📣 Stunt vs. Cal Poly/Arizona State @ 8/9pm ET

Saturday, March 23

🏊 Women’s NCAA Swim and Diving Championships
⛳️ Women’s Golf Clemson Invitational
🤸 Gymnastics SEC Championships @ 8pm ET
⚽️ Women’s Soccer vs. Louisville @ 1pm ET
🥎 Softball at Florida @ 3pm ET
⚾️ Baseball at Missouri @ 4pm
📣 Stunt vs. TBD @ 7pm ET

Sunday, March 24

⛳️ Men’s Golf The Hootie at Bulls Bay
⛳️ Women’s Golf Clemson Invitational
⚾️ Baseball at Missouri @ 12pm
🥎 Softball at Florida @ 12pm ET
🎾 Men’s Tennis vs. Auburn @ 1pm ET | Watch | Live Stats
🎾 Women’s Tennis at Texas A&M @ 1pm ET
⚽️ Men’s Soccer vs. Saint Louis @ 3pm ET


Answer: 3rd!

🔵 Have a great Wednesday!