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Saturday Morning Sphinx Links

Yeah it’s a stretch, but it’s early

– Not much in the world of mainstream Kentucky sports that you didn’t hear yesterday. The big news from Friday was that Montrezl Harrell finally received his release from Virginia Tech. Now Harrell wants to take a few visits before he makes his new college decision. He plans to visit Louisville first, presumably to see what all the fuss is about. After he’s got that out of his system, all we can do is keep our fingers crossed and hope that he’d rather win championships than just watch them.

– While it seems that Rajon Rondo would be the kind of point guard that would thrive in a fast-paced game, the former Kentucky point man said that he regrets letting the Sixers push tempo in the last game, a Celtics loss in which they blew a huge, early lead. Rondo is the kind of guard that can play fast or slow, but if the Celtics hope to advance, he’ll need to take over the next three games – which we all know he is capable of.

– Possibly one reason the Celtics need to slow it down is because they just simply aren’t athletic enough to compete. ESPN ranked the athleticism of each team left in the playoffs, and while Eric Bledsoe and Rajon Rondo were noted for their individual aptitude, the lack of said ability in their teammates dropped their teams to six and seven in the rankings, respectively. The positive for both our guys is that they’ve come to play this postseason. That only bodes well for their careers here on out, no matter if they make it to the conference finals or not.

– Heartbreak all around for Kentucky teams that we don’t usually cover as much. The tennis team finished a fantastic season with a Sweet Sixteen loss to Stanford. While the team portion is over, four UK tennis players, Eric Quigley, Alex Musialek, Anthony Rossi and Panav Jha, will stay in Athens to compete in the singles and doubles championships. Quigley, Musialek and Rossi will compete for the singles title and Quigley and Jha will challenge for the doubles crown. Congrats to the team on a great season!

– The baseball team dropped the second game in their season ending series against Mississippi State in Starkville. For the Wildcats to win or share the SEC title, they’ll need to win the final game against the Bulldogs and hope that LSU beats South Carolina, who currently holds a half a game edge over the Cats.

The softball team also lost yesterday. after taking a lead on Michigan in the top of the seventh, the Wolverines rallied in the bottom to seal the 3-2 win. The Cats are now on the elimination side of the bracket and will need to win four games to advance to the Super Regional. Their first match will be against the loser of Louisville – Valparaiso.

Article written by Matthew Hays

3 Comments for Saturday Morning Sphinx Links

  1. SuperTroy
    10:06 am May 19, 2012 Permalink

    HATE to hear the tennis team lost. I expected them to make a run. The baseball team is pissing away the SEC Champ. Now, we need help to win it. The softball team still has a chance to do something…but that loss hurts bad. Rough weekend so far for the Cats. Hopefully, the teams can bounce back on the diamond and we can get some individual titles from that men’s team.

  2. BlueNotes
    10:51 am May 19, 2012 Permalink

    Doesn’t it seem like Tubby is coaching the baseball, tennis, and softball teams?

    So much expectation, so much failure when it counts.

    Sure, we can sit back and say, “they enjoyed a great season”, but the purpose of the season is to prepare you to excel when the pressure is on. Otherwise, its a case of…. “our mediocre teams played above their heads during the season, and returned to normality in the playoffs. Weeeooo! Great job!”

    I do think these levels of performance are encouraging for UK and only HOPE they are building blocks (as a opposed to days we’ll soon look back on and refer to as “the good old days”.

    It’s time to step up and close the deal – UK BASEBALL

  3. Burger
    1:24 pm May 19, 2012 Permalink

    And the Ping Pong team dropped a tough one against China in the Beijing Invitational WonTon Classic.