Good morning, readers of KSR. What started off as a fairly dry day quickly turned exciting… so let’s get started with what you need to know:
UK Baseball crushes Tennessee
The No. 8 KentuckyÂ Baseball team rolled over Tennessee Friday night, defeating the Volunteers 15-5.Â The Wildcats are now 34-16 overall and 16-9 in league play. This team’s 16 SEC wins makesÂ them the winningest Kentucky team against conference opponents since the 2012 team went 18-12 in league play.Â
Shoutout Stephen Johnson
The Bat Cats got off on the right foot, partly thanks to QB Stephen Johnson and his opening pitch. The Kentucky Baseball account tweeted this video during the game, so what do you think? Think weâ€™re looking at a multi-sport athlete?
â€” Kentucky Baseball (@UKBaseball) May 12, 2017
Bat Cats back in action
The Wildcats will go for round two this afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m., but itâ€™s Senior Day, so be sure to get to the Cliff a little early. Seven seniors will be recognized before the game: MarcusÂ Carson, Colton Cleary, Connor Heady, Gunnar McNeill, Zach Reks, Logan Salow and Storm Wilson. The series closer is set for Sunday at 1 p.m.
Kentucky Tennis advances
In more â€œother UK sportsâ€ news, both the Menâ€™s and Womenâ€™s Tennis teams have advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championships.
The No. 17 Womenâ€™s team advanced after defeating No. 45 Dartmouth 4-2. The Wildcats are now 17-8 on the season. Kentucky will face No. 10 Michigan at 1 p.m. this afternoon. Be sure to check out @UKWomensTennis for updates.
The No. 32 Menâ€™s team swept No. 40 Georgia State 4-0, improving their record to 15-12 on the season. The Cats will play today at 5 p.m. Follow along withÂ @UKMensTennis.
John Wall hits game-winning three, Wizards force Game 7
Former Cat John Wall stayed quietÂ in the first half of Game six of the NBA Palyoffs, scoring just three points. Luckily, the point guard came alive during the second half, scoring 26 points, including a game-winning three-pointer. The shot pushed the Washington Wizards to a 92-91 victory over the Boston Celtics. The series is now tied at 3-3, so the teams will meet again for Game 7 Monday at 8 p.m.
â€” NBA.com (@NBAcom) May 13, 2017
To say he was hype would be, well, an understatement. John Wall gonna John Wall (this is why we love him).
â€” Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) May 13, 2017
ICYMI: NBA Combine Mock Draft
We’ve had lots of coverage of this year’s NBA Combine, but the fun doesn’t end quite yet. Following Friday’s activities, Draft Express released their idea of what the 2017 Draft will look like.
They have De’Aaron Fox going at No. 5 to the Orlando Magic; No. 7 Malik Monk to the New York Knicks; No. 32 Bam Adebayo to the Phoenix Suns. And yes, they included Hamidou Diallo on their mock list – he was placed at No. 35 to the Orlando Magic. Another interesting placement? Lonzo Ball at No. 2 to the Phoenix Suns. Personally, I’d never take Ball over Fox, and, for no one particular reason other thanÂ Tyler Ulis’ sanity, I hope this doesn’t happen.
Trouble in Paradise
While looking for updates about Ulis’Â recent ankle surgery, I found something much more alarming. Whatâ€™s going on with everyoneâ€™s favorite bromance?! Although Tyler Ulis and Devin Booker both attended Derby last weekend, no one can find any pictures of the pair. What started off, I’m sure, as conflicting schedules or maybe some miscommunication has prompted fans to worry about the state of the friendship. When one fan tagged the players and included #weneedanswers, Booker replied he texted Ulis but did not receive a reply. What’s going on in Phoenix?!
Me too.. I texted him.. No replyðŸ˜”https://t.co/8oj8AjTRfG
â€” Devin Booker (@DevinBook) May 12, 2017
Friendly Camp Cal reminders
A month from today, John Calipariâ€™s summer camps will once again be underway. Coach Cal issued a friendly reminder of his popular camps via Twitter yesterday afternoon â€“ first for the overnight basketball camps on June 11-14 and June 18-21 and then for the father/son camp on June 9-10, June 16-17 and June 30-July 1. For more info, check out CoachCal.com.
Lexington’s Latest and Greatest
**this is not an advertisement – I just think it’s cool**
If you’re like me and appreciate a great burger, consider checking out Shake Shack, locatedÂ at theÂ Summit at Fritz Farm at the corner ofÂ Nicholasville Road and Man o’ War Boulevard. The burger chain, which is a staple in bigger cities such as NYC and Chicago, just opened their first Kentucky location, and it’s right here in Lexington. Love it? Think it’s overrated? I haven’t had a chance to try it yet, so be sure to let me know what you think.