By KSR on ©March 20th, 2019 @ 10:30am
It’s the moment America we’ve been waiting a year for — the bracket is out, and our college basketball insider Aaron Torres makes his picks. Aaron goes region by region, game by game and tells you who he likes and why. Highlights:
A Game-by-Game Tournament Breakdown: Aaron goes through each individual game and tells you who he likes, why, and what the key matchups will be. What players do you need to know? What teams could be Cinderella? Aaron has all the answers.
Upset Picks: Aaron has a bunch of upsets that could potentially shake up your bracket. He has two No. 12 seeds upsetting five-seed, and one four-seed that he is positive won’t get out of the first round. Also, could the defending champion Villanova Wildcats be in trouble?
Who’s going to win it all? Finally, Aaron makes his Final Four and national championship picks. He tells you the one reason Duke won’t win the title, and why Tennessee-Virginia might be the game of the tournament. Is Kentucky in the Final Four? Who wins the title? Stay tuned for Aaron’s final picks!
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By Bryan the Intern on ©March 20th, 2019 @ 10:00am
I don’t think many are expecting Kentucky to have much trouble with Abilene Christian tomorrow in Jacksonville. Outside of a hot shooting performance by ABU, UK is just superior in almost every way imaginable. John Calipari teams seeded 3rd or higher are 13-0 in 1st round games during his career. But I feel like you see a trend in those 13 games:
1992 (UMASS, 3 seed): defeated Fordham by 27
1993 (UMASS, 3 seed): defeated Penn by 4
1994 (UMASS, 2 seed): defeated SW Texas St. by 18
1995 (UMASS, 2 seed): defeated Saint Peter’s by 17
1996 (UMASS, 1 seed): defeated Central Florida by 22
2006 (Memphis, 1 seed): defeated Oral Roberts by 16
2007 (Memphis, 2 seed): defeated North Texas by 15
2008 (Memphis, 1 seed): defeated UT-Arlington by 24
2009 (Memphis, 2 seed): defeated Cal-St Northridge by 11
2010 (Kentucky, 1 seed): defeated E. Tennessee St. by 29
2012 (Kentucky, 1 seed): defeated Western Kentucky by 15
2015 (Kentucky, 1 seed): defeated Hampton by 23
2017 (Kentucky, 2 seed): defeated Northern Kentucky by 9
Just 2 of these games were decided by under 10 points. For those who remember the NKU game from 2 years ago, that score was about as close as NKU deserved to be. UK was comfortably ahead for almost that entire game. But you also see that just 5 of the 13 games were decided by over 20 points. Which is interesting because as a 3-seed or higher, you are theoretically playing one of the 12 worst teams in the field. I doubt UK covered very many of these spreads. But they also were not in threat of losing any of these games expect for the 1993 UMASS-Penn game.
So what should we expect tomorrow? I expect we will come away from the game with little moments of stress but unimpressed by the overall performance of the Cats. And if you are a betting person, for entertainment purposes only, I think Abilene Christian +22.5 is not a bad bet.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©March 20th, 2019 @ 9:55am
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By Drew Franklin on ©March 20th, 2019 @ 9:00am
Hello from sunny Jacksonville!
The Kentucky Sports Utility Vehicle touched down in Duval County late Tuesday night, just in time for the crew to check in to the hotel and go directly to bed after a 15-hour day. I won’t say we are well-rested today, but we’re kinda-rested and ready to provide you with unbeatable web, radio, television and social media coverage from the first day of NCAA Tournament events at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena.
Here is what’s on tap for the day…
Kentucky will hold its open practice at 3:25 p.m.
If you’re in the Jacksonville area, whether it be as a permanent Floridian or someone in town early for the games, get on over to the arena to catch 40 minutes of open practice from the Cats. And if you’re interested in scouting Kentucky’s opponents, Abilene Chrisitan goes at 11:45 a.m., Wofford is immediately after Kentucky at 4:10 p.m., and Seton Hall goes last at 5:40 p.m.
Coach Cal and the players’ pre-tournament press conferences begin at 2:45 p.m.
The players are up for questioning first, beginning at 2:45 pm here in Jacksonville. John Calipari will take over at the podium at 3:00 p.m. The whole thing will be streamed live and we will carry it for you here on Kentucky-Sports-Radio-dot-com so you can follow along like you’re there.
I suspect one of the first things out of Calipari’s mouth will be an update on the status of his star player, PJ Washington. Log on to KSR or turn on notifications on the KSR app to find out what that update is.
So what’s up with PJ Washington anyway?
The rumor mill sent Big Blue Nation into a panic as whispers circulated the interwebs and group chats around the Bluegrass about a possible significant foot injury to Kentucky’s All-American. Jeff Drummond of Cats Illustrated was the first to actually report anything once he got UK to confirm that Washington was indeed hobbling around campus in a walking boot. “A precautionary reason,” Drummond was told.
There is no sense in overreacting at this time because we will soon know the truth once Calipari addresses the media from Jacksonville. I will say, though — Cal sure seemed confident in his many interviews on Sunday and Monday, not like someone would if they had just learned some damaging news. Washington has been in the boot since the team got back from Nashville, so unless Cal buried his concerns behind his smile and swagger, he did not seem too worried. My very uneducated guess is Washington may sit out Thursday to recover from whatever is bothering him and then he will play Saturday. Again, that is a complete guess, so don’t read it as anything more. If the injury is anything beyond that, then we can set our heads on fire.
Hang in there until 3:00 pm.
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Today’s March Madness TV schedule:
NCAA Tournament First Four:
6:40 p.m. ET | (16) NC Central vs. (16) North Dakota State | truTV
9:10 p.m. ET | (11) St. John’s vs. (11) Arizona State | truTV
7:00 p.m. ET | (6) Toledo at (3) Xavier | ESPN 3
7:00 p.m. ET | (8) Norfolk State at (1) Alabama | ESPN U
7:00 p.m. ET | (6) Harvard at (3) Georgetown | ESPN 2
7:00 p.m. ET | (6) Wichita State at (3) Furman | ESPN 3
9:00 p.m. ET | (8) Sam Houston State at (1) TCU | ESPN U
9:00 p.m. ET | (5) Butler at (4) Nebraska | ESPN 2
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By Brent Wainscott on ©March 20th, 2019 @ 8:30am
Last season when Kentucky took on Xavier, it was the first game in the final season of The Cliff. With a packed house on an unusually warm February night, Xavier beat Kentucky 3-2 in extra innings to deflate the send-off of Cliff Hagan Stadium. This season, Kentucky got back at the Musketeers by welcoming Xavier to Kentucky Proud Park with a huge 16-3 victory.
As evident by the final score, hitting was contagious in what was Kentucky’s best offensive performance this season. This performance was lifted by four big blue bombs and eight of Kentucky’s starters getting a hit. The four home runs matched Kentucky’s high against Austin Peay in the season opener.
The most significant bomb came from the senior infielder Alex Rodriguez. It was the first home run of his career in the blue and white.
— Kentucky Baseball (@UKBaseball) March 20, 2019
A-Rod would also record a career-high four RBIs.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Kentucky home run derby without T.J. Collett, who blasted a three-run shot for his seventh home run of the season in the bottom of the fifth to make it a 10-run lead for the Cats. Directly after Collett was Jaren Shelby, who decided to get in on the fun as well to make it a 14-3 lead for the Cats.
— Kentucky Baseball (@UKBaseball) March 20, 2019
— Kentucky Baseball (@UKBaseball) March 20, 2019
Breyon Daniel would cap off the home run party with a solo shot in the seventh to give Kentucky a 15-3 lead. The Cats would tack on one more on a bases-loaded walk in the eighth.
The big lead meant that Kentucky got to utilize their bullpen a lot last night, as Mingione sent nine Cats to the mound. Alex Degen got the start, going only 2.2 innings, but it was sophomore right-hander Trip Lockhart who was credited with the win. When Lockhart entered the game in the third, the Musketeers were threatening with the bases loaded, but Lockhart was able to catch the batter looking to get the Cats out of a jam. Lockhart went 1.1 innings.
The Johnny All-Staff performance for Kentucky only gave up three runs on four hits. Despite walking seven batters, the Cats were able to strike out 14.
Kentucky will be back in action for game one of a weekend series against No. 13 Texas A&M at Kentucky Proud Park. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. ET on SEC Network+ or streaming on UKathletics.com on the UK Sports Network.
By Nick Roush on ©March 19th, 2019 @ 11:01pm
Over the last 24 hours rumors have been flying around the Bluegrass that P.J. Washington injured his foot in Kentucky’s SEC Tournament semifinal loss to Tennessee.
Once they first surfaced, KSR checked the tape and scoured social to see the alleged injury. The research produced nothing, but this afternoon we discovered Washington is in fact wearing a boot.
UK officials tell KSR the sophomore forward has been wearing a walking boot since Sunday for “precautionary reasons.”
As of now, there’s no reason to panic. The severity of the injury is unknown. The team is currently on their way to Jacksonville. John Calipari will have an update on Washington’s status tomorrow afternoon.
Kentucky is scheduled to take the Veterans Memorial Arena court in Jacksonville for an open practice tomorrow afternoon at 3:25 p.m. ET.
By Nick Roush on ©March 19th, 2019 @ 11:00pm
This year’s West Regional will be hosted at the Honda Center in beautiful Anaheim, California. The 2019 NCAA Tournament Regional is the city of Anaheim’s most notable athletic accomplishment since the 1994 Disney biopic, Angels in the Outfield.
So, maybe the movie about angels helping Tony Danza play baseball wasn’t based off a true story. But it’s still more realistic and exciting than the college basketball played west of the Rocky Mountains.
Thanks to Washington’s ineptitude, the Pac-12 found a way to sneak three teams into the tournament. Gonzaga did the West Coast’s reputation no favors by letting Saint Mary’s dominate them in the WCC Championship. As bad as the basketball has been on the West Coast, the Aaron Torres Region still has a few things to offer.
GAME TIMES/TV INFORMATION
First Four | Tuesday | Dayton, OH
No. 16 Prairie View A&M vs. No. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson | 6:40 p.m. ET | truTV
First Four | Wednesday | Dayton, OH
No. 11 St. John’s vs. No. 11 Arizona State | 9:10 p.m. ET | truTV
Thursday | Hartford, CT
No. 4 Florida State vs. No. 13 Vermont | 2:00 p.m. ET | TBS
No. 5 Marquette vs. No. 12 Murray State | 4:30 p.m. ET | TBS
Thursday | Des Moines, IA
No. 7 Nevada vs. No. 10 Florida | 6:50 p.m. ET | TNT
No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 15 Montana | 9:10 p.m. ET | TNT
Thursday | Salt Lake City, UT
No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 16 F. Dickinson/Prairie View | 7:27 p.m. ET | truTV
No. 8 Baylor vs. No. 9 Syracuse | 9:50 p.m. ET | truTV
Friday | Tulsa, OK
No. 3 Texas Tech vs. No. 14 Northern Kentucky | 1:30 p.m. ET | TNT
No. 6 Buffalo vs. No. 11 Arizona State/St. John’s | 4:00 p.m. ET | TNT
ONE THING TO KNOW ABOUT ALL TWENTY TEAMS IN THE REGION
1. Gonzaga — The Bulldogs are a one-seed for the third time in school history. Just like the previous two stints as one-seeds, they’ll play in Salt Lake City. Gonzaga has played more NCAA Tournament games in Salt Lake City than any other site, winning six of the nine games played there.
16. Prairie View — The Panthers are in their second ever NCAA Tournament despite an early 11-game losing streak.
16. Fairleigh Dickinson — The Knights’ five starters average 10+ points per game, something only three other tournament teams — Tennessee, Georgia State and St. John’s — can say.
8. Syracuse — The Orangemen play a 2-3 zone, ever heard of it?
9. Baylor — Before you pick Baylor, consider this: Scott Drew is 1-5 against single-digit seeds, with a margin of defeat 13.4 PPG. Against double-digit seeds Drew is 9-2 with a +9.2 scoring margin.
5. Marquette — Markus Howard set a Big East record by scoring 53 points in an overtime win over Creighton. He had a pair of 45-point games this season and scored 30 or more nine times.
12. Murray State — The last time the Racers won a game in the NCAA Tournament, they were eliminated by Marquette. A six-seed with Isaiah Canaan in 2012, after defeating Colorado State in the first round they fell to Buzz Williams’ team 62-53 in the round of the 32.
4. Florida State — Last year the Seminoles beat Gonzaga in the Sweet 16 of the West Region to advance to the Elite Eight for only the third time in school history. This year could be deja vu all over again.
13. Vermont — The Catamounts defeated UMBC to punch their ticket t the NCAA Tournament. People forget UMBC was a 16-seed when they beat Virginia in the NCAA Tournament in 2018.
6. Buffalo — Just before Nate Oates helped Buffalo clinch a third NCAA Tournament bid in four years, he signed a contract extension to make him the highest-paid coach in the MAC through 2024.
11. Arizona State — Before Bobby Hurley went to the desert, he took the Buffalo Bulls to the NCAA Tournament in 2015. As he departed, Hurley handed the program to his former assistant, Oates.
11. St. John’s — The Red Storm’s head coach took St. John’s to the Final Four 34 years ago. Chris Mullin was a three-time All-American who capped off his final season with a trip to Lexington for a Final Four that featured three teams from the Big East.
3. Texas Tech — The Red Raiders tied with Kansas State to take the Big 12 regular season title a year after they advanced to their first Elite Eight in school history. Like Florida State, they’re new to playing this late in the season.
14. Northern Kentucky — The Norse made the NCAA Tournament in their first year of eligibility, falling to the University of Kentucky 79-70 in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament. If you check the NKU record books, you’ll find the name “Roush” riddled throughout, thanks to my talented sisters.
7. Nevada — Aaron Torres has been riding the Muss Bus since before they made a run to the Sweet 16 in 2018. Can the Martin Brothers carry them to the second weekend again?
10. Florida — The Gators were only 3-11 vs. NCAA Tournament teams this season, defeating Miss. State once and LSU twice.
2. Michigan — The Wolverines’ leading scorer, Ignas Brazdeikis, is right-handed but he shoots the ball with his left hand. If you think that’s an obscure combination, he’s also a Lithuanian-born Canadian.
15. Montana — The Grizzlies cannot be happy with their draw. Montana is playing Michigan in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season. As a 14-seed the Grizz fell 61-47 last year. Their only two tournament wins came in 1975 and 2006.
BETTING ODDS TO WIN THE REGION
Murray State over Marquette is almost too good to be true, but you gotta roll with the home state team. The duel between Markus Howard and Ja Morant is the most anticipated matchup of the first round. If you saw Morant in the OVC Tournament, you know he’s prepared to rise to the occasion. Besides, the Golden Eagles have lost five of their last six.
PICK TO WIN IT
For most, the loss to Saint Mary’s validated the belief that the Zags are frauds. I believe that loss is exactly what the Zags needed to fuel them to a Final Four.
Is Florida State going to eliminate them in consecutive years? I don’t think so. Is Michigan getting to back-to-back Final Fours? The Fab Five isn’t walking through that door. While you all zig, I will Zag.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©March 19th, 2019 @ 11:00pm
Ah, the South Region, aka, the region Kentucky should be in but Tennessee had to go and lose to Auburn in the SEC Championship and ruin our chances. Another reason to hate the Vols, amirite?
Sadly, Kentucky won’t get to take advantage of what would have been a ridiculous home court advantage in Louisville, but there’s still plenty on intrigue in this part of the bracket. Is this Virginia’s year or will it be another early exit? Is there another team that can challenge them outside of Tennessee? Let’s break it down.
GAME TIMES/TV INFORMATION
|7:20 PM||(6) Villanova||(11) St. Mary’s||TBS||Hartford, CT|
|9:50 PM||(3) Purdue||(14) Old Dominion||TBS||Hartford, CT|
|12:15 PM||(7) Cincinnati||(10) Iowa||CBS||Columbus, OH|
|12:40 PM||(8) Ole Miss||(9) Oklahoma||truTV||Columbia, SC|
|2:00 PM||(4) Kansas State||(13) UC Irvine||TBS||San Jose, CA|
|2:45 PM||(2) Tennessee||(15) Colgate||CBS||Columbus, OH|
|3:10 PM||(1) Virginia||(16) Gardner Webb||truTV||Columbia, SC|
|4:30 PM||(5) Wisconsin||(12) Oregon||TBS||San Jose, CA|
ONE THING TO KNOW ABOUT ALL 16 TEAMS IN THE REGION
1. Virginia – The Cavaliers are first in the country in scoring defense, holding opponents to 55.1 points per game and second in the country in offensive efficiency, scoring 123.6 points per 100 possessions, per KenPom. That’s actually two things.
2. Tennessee – By now, you know all about the Volunteers, who have the nation’s top flopper in Grant Williams. Right, Calipari?
3. Purdue – Carsen Edwards is one of the nation’s best scorers, averaging 23.5 points per game; however, Minnesota proved that if you shut down Edwards, you can stop Purdue. In the Boilermakers’ two losses to the Golden Gophers in recent weeks, Edwards was 11-48 from the field.
4. Kansas State – I’m still annoyed by the Purple Wildcats after last year, specifically goofy Bruce Weber. Kansas State has underachieved this season and their tournament chances look especially grim now that Dean Wade is doubtful to play with a foot injury.
5. Wisconsin – I’ll forever be annoyed by Wisconsin, and this group seems to be just Ethan Happ and a bunch of dudes.
6. Villanova – My, how the mighty have fallen. Last year’s defending champ is a shadow of its former self after losing four players to the NBA, but Jay Wright should save them from a first-round exit.
7. Cincinnati – Per usual, Mick Cronin’s squad is physical, holding opponents to an average of 62.2 points per game. Assuming both teams advance to the second round, Cincinnati vs. Tennessee will be a game to watch, especially since it takes place in Columbus.
8. Ole Miss – Kermit Davis has done a great job with the Rebel Black Bear Landsharks this season, but they’ve lost five of their last seven, so don’t look for them to go farther than the second round. Also, this is dumb:
9. Oklahoma – Trae Young is gone, but the Sooners are dancing thanks to wins over Kansas, Wofford, and Florida.
10. Iowa – The Hawkeyes won three games by two points or fewer this season. That’s seriously the only interesting thing about them.
11. Saint Mary’s – You probably remember the Gaels from their win over Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference Championship. They also lost to LSU by four back in December.
12. Oregon – Despite losing Bol Bol to a foot injury in January, the Ducks managed to make the tournament thanks to a win over Washington in the Pac-12 Championship. They could give a fading Wisconsin team a battle Friday afternoon.
13. UC Irvine – Their mascot is the Peter the Anteater, who got a makeover from Conan O’Brien back in 2015:
14. Old Dominion – The Monarchs are led by senior guard B.J. Stith, who is playing for the same coach, Jeff Jones, that his father did at Virginia 30 years ago. B.J. wanted to follow in his dad’s footsteps at UVA, but after playing in only 13 games as a freshman, transferred to Old Dominion to play for Jones and his dad, who’s an assistant.
15. Colgate – The Raiders are not a toothpaste and are making their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1996.
16. Gardner-Webb – The team that will always remind us things could be much, much worse.
(12) Oregon over (5) Wisconsin
Not only because I’ll always hate Wisconsin but because Oregon is the exact type of team that can give the Badgers trouble. Junior point guard Peyton Pritchard can be a matchup nightmare and freshman Louis King is averaging 19 points over the last three games. Plus, Wisconsin’s star, Ethan Happ, is hitting only 46.8 percent of his free throws. Hack-a-Happ!
According to Bovada, Wisconsin’s only a 1.5-point favorite right now, making this the most likely 5/12 upset in the eyes of the oddsmakers.
BETTING ODDS TO WIN THE REGION
|Kansas State (4)||+1000|
|St Mary’s (11)||+4000|
|Cal Irvine (13)||+8000|
|Old Dominion (14)||+9000|
|Gardner Webb (16)||_20000|
PICK TO WIN IT
I’m chalking Sunday’s 20-point loss to Auburn up to fatigue and disinterest (although, come on Vols, have some pride). The Vols looked very impressive on Saturday, responding to every punch Kentucky had with one of their own (even if they got an assist from the refs). A smart, experienced squad that’s capable of lighting it up from the outside, Tennessee could knock Virginia out in the Elite Eight…or they could choke in the second round. I’m betting on the former simply for the possibility of a rematch with Kentucky in the Final Four, because that was some incredible basketball.
By Zack Geoghegan on ©March 19th, 2019 @ 11:00pm
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Thats my dad on left with the white hair. He was like a little kid talking about this on the phone with me. #BBN
— ///BasketballBenny\\\ (@thuggler) March 19, 2019
#9 Sarahbeth Taite
#SBTuesday is in honor of @MarchMadness starting this week… also in honor of my Kentucky boy’s most stressful time of year ? @Colby_Shaw #OldKentuckyHome #MarchMadness #BBN @KYSportsRadio @ShannonTheDude @DrewFranklinKSR @RyanLemond @mrstylerKSR @UKAthletics pic.twitter.com/SQ6O3PRLam
— Sarahbeth Taite (@SarahbethTaite) March 19, 2019
#8 Big Blue Express
The bad omen would be you running into Luke Maye and taking a picture with him again. https://t.co/HmdIOiau0g
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#7 John Robic’s Hair
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It’s March and I’m way too excited about football.
#5 Matt Jones
PJ Washington wearing a walking boot for “Precautionary reasons” according to UK
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) March 19, 2019
These tears are only “precautionary”, as well.
— TheBluegrassBoys (@8luegrass8oys) March 19, 2019
Someone get Josh Harrellson on the phone.
#3 Mayor Linda Gorton
It’s March, and that means brackets! I’ve got mine all filled out … men’s and women’s. I’ve heard it called a bracket challenge, but there’s no challenge for me … it’s @KentuckyMBB & @KentuckyWBB all the way!! Go Big Blue! #BBN pic.twitter.com/poExjaJfap
— Mayor Linda Gorton (@MayorGorton) March 19, 2019
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#2 Burke Garner
— Burke Garner (@SirTweets_Alot) March 20, 2019
#1 Randall Cobb
— Randall Cobb (@rcobb18) March 19, 2019
I’m not sure how I feel about this…
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©March 19th, 2019 @ 10:00pm
To get to the Final Four, Kentucky’s most likely going to have to go through North Carolina. The Tar Heels have improved a lot since the Cats’ 80-72 win back in December. Do they scare you now? Chris Tomlin asked fans in Nashville for their thoughts on Roy Williams’ squad.
In case you missed it, last night Matt and Perrin Johnson broke down the entire bracket:
For tonight’s full episode, visit HeyKentucky.com.
By Drew Franklin on ©March 19th, 2019 @ 9:45pm
Mac Engel of The Fort Worth Star-Telegram wrote a column about the upcoming Kentucky-Abilene Christian game in the NCAA Tournament. He called it, “Abilene Christian will slay John Calipari and his merry band of NBA bums from Kentucky.”
“Take heed you obnoxious followers from Kentucky, ACU is coming to get you, Cal’ and Ashley Judd, too,” Engel writes. “UK is done. Coach Cal has never seen a squad like ACU … with the possible exception of the NCAA investigators.”
The piece is mostly written as satire, so don’t take it all to heart and let it ruin your day. And I’ll give Engel some serious credit for the attention-grabbing headline and the tweet he sent to link his story. He accomplished what he set out to do, which is get people to notice his work.
College basketball is a cesspool but Thur/Fri of #NCAATourney are my fav 2 days on a sports calendar. Why? BC #AbileneChristian @ACU_MBB will maul John Calipari & his latest lotto team from #Kentucky. Sorry, @AshleyJudd, it's over.https://t.co/Z1N3U0NGUi
— Mac Engel (@MacEngelProf) March 19, 2019
Hopefully we get a follow-up story Friday afternoon after Kentucky mops the floor with Abilene Christian.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©March 19th, 2019 @ 9:30pm
With UK Athletics riding high, Mitch Barnhart is getting some well-deserved recognition. Barnhart was named one of five finalists for Athletic Director of the Year by the Sports Business Journal this afternoon.
Let’s quickly run through what has been a banner year for UK Athletics. The men’s basketball team earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament and the women’s team a No. 6 seed, the volleyball and men’s soccer teams won conference championships, and, oh yeah, the football team capped off its most successful season in four decades with a win in the Citrus Bowl. Plus, the baseball team just opened a beautiful new stadium and the department’s streak of semesters with a cumulative grade-point average above 3.0 extended is now 13.
UK finished 21st in the Learfield Directors’ Cup final fall standings, their highest ranking at that point in school history. With Kentucky one of only six schools to have both its men’s and women’s basketball teams receive top-six seeds in the NCAA Tournament, they could finish even higher in the spring.
This is the second time Barnhart has been chosen as a finalist for the award, the first being back in 2015. The other finalists are Ray Anderson (Arizona State University), Jennifer Cohen (University of Washington), Blake James (University of Miami) and Jamie Pollard (Iowa State University). The winner will be announced at the 12th annual Sports Business Awards on May 22 at the New York Marriott Marquis at Times Square.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©March 19th, 2019 @ 9:00pm
In less than 48 hours, Kentucky’s NCAA Tournament run will be underway. What do the Cats’ chances to win it all look like in the eyes of the oddsmakers? Here are the latest odds from BetOnline.ag.
Kentucky vs. Abilene Christian
- Abilene Christian +22½ (30% of the money)
- Kentucky -22½ (70% of the money)
Kentucky to Reach the Sweet 16
- Yes -330
- No +270
Kentucky to the Reach Elite 8
- Yes -110
- No -110
Kentucky to Reach the NCAA Final
- Yes +500
- No -650
Kentucky to Win the NCAA Tournament
- Yes +1200
- No -1600
If you were curious, Duke’s still the favorite to win the tournament at +250.