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Today on KSR: Virginia and Texas Tech advance to National Championship

Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

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

@CourtsideFilms

Staying on the hardwood, five-star guard RJ Hampton announced his top four teams of Kentucky, Duke, Kansas and Memphis.

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

@UKFootball

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.

Article written by Sam Gormley

Follow me on Twitter @GormleyKSR; "The Whitest Man in the World"-JRock

23 Comments for Today on KSR: Virginia and Texas Tech advance to National Championship



  1. Matt10
    10:35 am April 7, 2019 Permalink

    Clear foul from the picture above? Hmmm. The Auburn player has a foot on the floor, is straight up and even leaning back a little. The UVA player is initiating contact. At least that’s what the picture looks like. I didn’t watch it though.



    • DelrayCat
      10:56 am April 7, 2019 Permalink

      It was a foul. He jumped forward into the shooter’s legs not leaving room to land. Been called a foul on those for a while.



    • BigJohnC
      11:18 am April 7, 2019 Permalink

      Clearly a foul. But…they did miss an obvious double dribble right before that. Either way…my cats ain’t in it so I don’t really care



    • catdaddyd
      3:00 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

      The double dribble was caused by a no call foul. Guys walk, double dribble, and carry the ball on almost every possession. Look at Luke Maye’s shot against us in 17, that happens on almost every jumpshot now.



  2. pwells618
    10:36 am April 7, 2019 Permalink

    The most unwatched final four ever!! Does anyone even care?



    • catdaddyd
      2:54 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

      I enjoyed the games, both games came down to the final possessions



    • catsarerunnin
      2:57 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

      No



  3. henderblue
    10:40 am April 7, 2019 Permalink

    The story line this year is Virginia being first one seed to be beaten by a 16 seed last year and playing with a chip on their shoulders this year and coming back to win it all. But that Texas Tech defense is tough. Will be a hard win, but I think they’ll get it done. The big boy for Texas Tech rolling his ankle last night is the question mark for them. Their star player will have to up his game from last night for them to win



  4. Shaggysheep34
    11:28 am April 7, 2019 Permalink

    It’s NATE Sestina, dumbass



    • KayutsBy90
      12:24 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

      The constant errors on this site are ridiculous. You’d think as big as the KSR brand has gotten they could hire an intern or someone to proofread everything about to be posted.



    • runningunnin.454
      1:12 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

      If you’ve never made a mistake, feel free to throw the stone.



    • ClutchCargo
      2:44 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

      I get tired of people nitpicking every little mistake on here, but getting the players’names right is one of basic things that should be expected.



    • catsarerunnin
      2:58 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

      It aint a spellin bea yo



    • runningunnin.454
      3:58 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

      Your probably right, Clutch. See what I did there? Thought I would give the English professors a little more distress, ha ha ha.



  5. 4everUKblue
    12:27 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

    Officiating will never get any better until something is put into place to hold them accountable, until then it will only get worse and teams will be cheated.



    • runningunnin.454
      4:27 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

      You are absolutely correct. Not enough that the refs are incompetent; but, some of them also want to determine the outcome of the game. And, they think we watch to see them.
      Been going downhill since ’66 when a “look at me” ref called a foul against Western Kentucky on a jump ball. That sent Michigan to the regional final against UK.
      The NCAA and their refs are killing their own product. I don’t watch to see two teams combine for >50 fouls and a FT shooting contest.



  6. VirginiaCat
    12:30 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

    So far, the FF has been fun to watch. Drama, intensity, coaching adjustments and counter adjustments, strong defenses, and individual performances. I was particularly impressed with Texas Tech’s toughness and Chris Beard’s coaching and leadership.

    Sad that Kentucky wasn’t part of it, but honestly, we were too inconsistent this year due to poor guard play, youth and inexperience, spotty performances, inability to hold a lead, poor shooting, and a lack of in-game adjustments. We have good potential next year if we can prevent an exodus to the NBA and snag an uncommitted five star. If we can pretty much keep what we have and get an additional quality player, we will be tough. Otherwise, it will be pretty much a repeat of recent years.

    Looking forward to the final tomorrow night and thinking that Texas Tech has a good shot at it.



  7. nadkin
    1:05 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

    I ponder that if we had Quade would we have got it done, because of having a experienced guard, makes you wonder how that would have effected the outcome? or made it worse, who knows now.



    • JT919
      1:38 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

      Nah. Quade was a negative influence in practice after the duke loss and struggles and he wouldn’t have fixed our ballhandling issues. Probably would have gotten outplayed by Auburn’s guards just as much as Ashton and quickley.



  8. VirginiaCat
    1:26 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

    Good point, although Cal was adamant about playing Hagans in order for him to “work through it.” I have thought about that a lot, why you would use such an important game as a teachable moment. I think that Cal believed that we were going to win and wanted to get Hagans over the hump for the rest of the tournament, not recognizing that his multiple turnovers were sewing the seeds of defeat. As to Quade, he may have been a good alternative to Hagans, but we will never know.



  9. runningunnin.454
    1:54 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

    I believe last FF game decided by FT’s was in 1989, thirty years ago, when Michigan hit two with three sec on clock to beat Seton Hall.
    Ty Jerome, “People can say what they want, we’re in the National Championship, and they’re not”.
    There you go Ty, an enlightened, mature, wise beyond your years comment; poli sci major? You could go far in pr someday, maybe an ambassador. SMH