If you were like me, you couldn’t really bring yourself to watch most of yesterday’s Final Four games. Sure, I kept up with score and watched what I could, but a sense of depression came across me each time I turned on the game. I saw a game that Kentucky should have been in instead have Auburn lose in heartbreaking fashion to Virginia.
What happened, happened. Yesterday saw Virginia and Texas Tech advance to Monday night’s National Championship game. The Cavaliers scored 6 points in the last 7 seconds to defeat the Tigers 63-62. The last three of which came after Kyle Guy was fouled by Auburn in the final second. You be the judge from the picture above, hard to deny that it was a foul. Although there was a clear missed double dribble call.
In the night cap, the Red Raiders held off a furious comeback from Michigan State to continue their “Cinderella” run through the tournament. Yes, I know they’re not even close to a Cinderella, but when almost every high seed makes it to the Sweet 16, a three seed making it as far as they did is impressive.
For Monday’s championship, we will see a defensive game. Not that anyone cares about my pick, but I will side toward Virginia which probably guarantees a Texas Tech win. Now onto the news you need to know to start your Sunday…
Cats make RJ Hampton’s top four
Staying on the hardwood, five-star guard RJ Hampton announced his top four teams of Kentucky, Duke, Kansas and Memphis.
RJ Hampton’s dad tells me they’re at 4 schools now w/ Duke, UK, Kansas and Memphis and may cut to 3 soon. Reclassifying to 2019 is still a strong option. They will look at what PGs go to the NBA, including what Tre Jones does at Duke. Story coming later.
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) April 6, 2019
Hampton is currently a member of the class of 2020, but is still considering possibly reclassifying. I have no basis for this statement, but I think if he reclassifies and Hagans/Quickley come back, he would more likely go towards a Duke/Kansas rather than come to an already loaded backcourt.
Our own Jack Pilgrim has been covering Hampton closely and wrote some insider information on what we could be seeing from him over the next few months. To find that, you can click here.
Nate Sestina has first interview as Cat
The newest Cat, Nate Sestina, had his first true interview as a member of the program with Kyle Tucker and Curtis Burch. In the podcast, Sestina tells the pair about what went through his mind when he got the first phone call from John Calipari.
For more on that interview and the link to listen, click here.
John Pelphrey hired at Tennessee Tech
One of the better news from yesterday was the announcement that former Cat John Pelphrey had been named the new head coach at Tennessee Tech University.
Pelphrey makes the move to the Volunteer State after serving as the Associate Head Coach at Alabama for the past three years. This is his third head coaching job as he previously served as the coach at both South Alabama and Arkansas.
This might be his biggest challenge yet as Tennessee Tech finished dead last in an underrated Ohio Valley Conference this season.
Kentucky Football has third major scrimmage
With the Spring game just a few days away, the Kentucky Football team had their final main scrimmage before then yesterday afternoon. Our own Nick Roush was in attendance to recap what happened. The biggest takeaway? The defense yet again looks like it has the potential to be good for a second straight year.
For more from the practice, you can click here to read Nick’s recap.
That is the news you need to know for your Sunday. For those that are big wrestling fans, enjoy the festivities today. I am sure both Matt and Shannon will be filling up their social medias with pictures from the event.