Nashville is starting to hum with UK fans, including this one who works at a local bar (Legends). Tell her hello, tip well and say Go Cats. A few notes from the afternoon:
— Things look pretty good for UK on the bubble. Boise State losing last night was very helpful, and Baylor/Villanova have huge games tonight in their respective conference tournaments. I continue to believe that so long as Kentucky wins one game, they are certainly in. Win zero games and they may still be ok due to the losses that will be suffered by another teams across the nation. Kentucky however can help their seeding process a great deal by actually coming out and winning a couple of games here in Nashville. A ten seed (or higher) is there for the taking if they get down to business and hit the level of which they are capable.
— I talked at some length today on radio about the projected roster for 2013-2014 as I see it playing out. I will give the usual qualifications that things can change (and almost always do), but for now next year’s team is shaping up to be absolutely beast-worthy. You can hear the comments on the radio show (I won’t repeat them here), but I hope people realize that regardless of what happens over these next few weeks, next season is going to be one of those special years that we all remember. I cannot wait.
— March 20th is going to be a great day in the Bluegrass. Not only will we be hopefully on the precipice of participation in the NCAA Tournament, but it is the day that I suspect Julius Randle picks Kentucky and the football team begins Spring Practice. It could be one of the more exciting full afternoons we have seen in a long time, as we begin a couple of different eras in UK land. Randle and Stoops will be names that will dominate the next 12 months across Big Blue Nation…assuming of course all goes as planned.
— Over the past few days, Drew and I have met Roger Federer, seen Anne Hathaway get mobbed by paparazzi and attended a world class tennis event. But by far the most exciting moment was today when we met former WCW announcer Tony Schiavone. As a child of wrestling in the 80s/90s, seeing Schiavone (who works for the Georgia Bulldogs radio network) was extremely cool, and brought back a lot of memories of old Saturday Night shows on TBS and of course Monday Nitro. He couldn’t have been nicer, talked to us about the wrestling business and agreed to come on the radio show when he visits Louisville with the Gwinnett Braves (for who he does play by play) this year. At the SEC Tournament, it is all about the little things. Tyler got to see Anthony Grant, Drew got to stalk Shannon Spake and I got to talk wrestling with Tony Schiavone. Much fun.
Tomorrow is a huge day…we will cover the Tournament tonight (Arkansas vs Vandy at least) and then have a huge day tomorrow. If you are in Nashville, come to WILDHORSE SALOON FOR THE KSR RADIO SHOW at 9 am Central Time to watch me, Ryan and Drew do our thing. It should be a fun morning. See you then…