On a day when the UK Hoops team reached their 3rd Elite Eight appearance in the last 4 years, A’dia Mathies also etched her name into UK history by becoming the 2nd women’s player to join the 2,000 point club at Kentucky. Mathies joins Valerie Still (2,763), Dan Issel (2,138), Kenny Walker (2,080), and Jack Givens (2,038) as the only 5 players to do so in men’s or women’s. Mathies scored 16 points tonight following her 34-point performance against Dayton she did Jordan-style suffering from flu-like symptoms. A’dia has been in the top 2 in scoring for the Wildcats all 4 years of her career, and the leading scorer her junior and senior seasons. Twice she’s been the SEC’s Player of the Year and has led Kentucky to 3 Elite Eights in her 4 year career. Congratulations, A’dia!
The UK Hoops team advanced to their 2nd consecutive Elite Eight today, defeating Delaware, 69-62 in the Sweet 16. The Wildcats took control early in the game, taking a 14-point halftime lead before Delaware clawed back to within one possession. With UK up 62-60, Kastine Evans drilled a crucial three to stall Delaware’s momentum, the ‘Cats finished strong and lived to see another game. That game will be against the same Elite Eight opponent as last year in the UCONN Huskies. Connecticut ended the Wildcats’ season last year, 80-65 in the round of 8 and will be making their 8th consecutive trip to the Elite Eight. The game will nationally televised on ESPN at 7:30 Monday night, don’t make any plans.
Syracuse and Wichita State both punched their tickets to the Final Four in Atlanta tonight. 4th seeded Syracuse cruised to a 55-39 win over Marquette, a scoring output by the Golden Eagles that tied the record for fewest points in an Elite Eight game. I’d like to think of that as the beginning of the bad karma finally coming back around to bite them after Dwyane Wade happened in 2003. Wichita State upset 2nd-seeded Ohio State 70-66 and advanced to the school’s 2nd Final Four, a mere 48 years after the first one. The Shockers are also the first Missouri Valley Conference team in the Final Four since 1979, when Indiana State and Larry Bird made it to the championship game. Wichita also plays the winner of Louisville and Duke, which means that come Saturday night the Shockers may gain a few BBN fans.
The UK baseball team dropped the 2nd game of a 3-game series with Georgia today, 7-6, with the rubber match set to come tomorrow at 1pm at Cliff Hagan Stadium. The win was the Bulldogs’ first in 8 SEC games. Kentucky fell behind late 7-3 and plated 3 runs in the 8th inning to make the game exciting, but missed chances proved to be too much and a J.T. Riddle double off the wall in the 9th inning fell just feet from tying the game, as the team couldn’t capitalize. Sunday starter Corey Littrell will be on the mound to try and take the series for the Wildcats. In the last 2 seasons, Littrell is 7-0 with a 1.85 ERA in 10 series deciding games.
Slow news day today, only 5 more games in March Madness left and by this time next week we will know which 2 teams will be battling it out for the national championship next Monday. I’m gonna go keep hitting refresh on Twitter until “Andrew Wiggins Commits To Kentucky” pops up on my screen, good night.