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Calipari_plane.jpgTAMPA, Fla. - Greetings from Tampa, Fla., host of second- and third-round games of the East Region and Southeast Region of the NCAA Tournament, and, of course, where the Kentucky men's basketball team will play 13th-seeded Princeton on Thursday.

I'm traveling with the team once again and, much like last week's Southeastern Conference Tournament, will have updates on the tournament throughout the week. Guy Ramsey will be traveling with the women's team starting Wednesday and will have similar coverage of the UK women's basketball team.

We left Lexington on Tuesday around 4:30 p.m. via a chartered plane. We arrived in Tampa around 6:20 p.m. -- no turbulence this time -- and arrived at our hotel in Tampa around 7 p.m.
Not much to speak of on the flight. We picked up a few more passengers this week, including Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart and UK President Dr. Lee T. Todd, Jr., but for the most part, it was a quiet and event-less flight.

After arriving at the hotel, the team ate, had a meeting and then it was lights out. Wednesday is when the real fun begins.

Lamb_plane.jpgThe team will have two practices Wednesday, including an open practice at 1:30 p.m. at the St. Pete Times Forum. Fans are invited to attend and watch.

Just before the open practice, the players and head coach John Calipari will be available to the media. As always, I'll have video and a written post or two from that and for the game Thursday.

Also, for those fans still wanting tickets to the games in Tampa, individual tickets will go on sale Wednesday at 9 a.m. Individual sessions are priced at $77 per seat and include two games within each session.

Tickets for all six games on March 17 and March 19 remain on sale and are priced at $231, which include two sessions Thursday and one session Saturday. Tickets are available at the McDonald's Box Office at the St. Pete Times Forum, of 1-800-745-300.
Check back Wednesday afternoon for more coverage.

And if you're on the fence about coming to Tampa, let me offer some facts that might push you over: The forecast calls for sunny skies and 80-degree temperatues all week.

(Photos are by Chet White of UK Athletics and were taken on the plane ride to Tampa.)

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