1. Ryan Harrow’s Transfer
The news for Kentucky Athletics was relatively slow this weekend, that was until we received word of Ryan Harrow’s transfer. The story, which was broken by CBS Sports’ Jeff Goodman, informed us that Harrow will be the newest member of Ron Hunter’s Georgia State Panthers. Doug Robertson of the Atlanta Journal Constitution wrote a piece this morning disclosing some of the reasons why Harrow decided to transfer. “I really need to be home with him [his father] to be closer to him to make sure he’s taken care of,” Harrow said. Harrow’s father is a big basketball fan and the move would allow him the chance to see Ryan play closer to home. “I got better there. I built some relationships there. I know next year we would have been really good. It was just real important for me to be with my Dad. With him being sick like this, I needed to be here with him.” Of course, this could explain Harrow’s early season emotional issues and his extended family visit. He averaged 9.9 points, 2.8 assists, and 2.8 rebounds this season.
We wish you well in all your future endeavors, Ryan.
2. UK Hoops takes on UConn in Elite 8
Matthew Mitchell’s UK Hoops squad is primed to take on
Luigi Geno Auriemma’s Connecticut Huskies tomorrow night in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Kentucky, who is coming off a Sweet-16 victory over Elena Delle Donne’s Delaware Blue Hens, are set to take on the Huskies for the second straight year in the Elite-8. For those who are unaware, Kentucky forward, Samarie Walker, briefly played for UConn during the 2010-11 season. She’s now averaging 8.9 points and 2 steals per game. A’dia Mathies is the team’s leading scorer, pouring in 16.1 points per game. In addition to her scoring, she pulls down 4.5 rebounds and dishes out 2 assists per game. Tomorrow’s game is set to tip at 7:30 pm and will be broadcast live on ESPN. Matt, Drew, Hayley, and Wilder will be bringing you live updates from tomorrow’s game.
3. UK Baseball keeps rolling
College Baseball isn’t the most popular sport here in Kentucky. However, this isn’t stopping Gary Henderson and his 8th ranked band of Baseball Cats from performing at a high level in the SEC. Today while most were watching basketball, the baseball team blanked Georgia 5-0, taking their third straight conference series in the process. Kentucky rallied behind LHP Corey Littrell who tosed 12 strikeouts in 7 innings of play. The team’s center fielder, Austin Cousino, had himself a solid offensive day, going 3-4 with a double and a triple. Not to be outdone, Michael Thomas (catcher), swatted a home run in the fifth inning, scoring two. With the victory, Kentucky moved to 21-6 (6-3) on the season, which is good for 2nd place in the SEC East. The celebration on the third straight series victory will be short-lived as Henderson’s squad must travel to Louisville on Tuesday night to take on the Cardinals in Jim Patterson Stadium. Louisville is currently ranked 10th nationally according to Baseball America.
4. The Final Four is set
Raise your hand if you picked Syracuse, Michigan, Louisville, and Wichita State for your Final Four. Anybody? Anybody? If you did, go buy a lottery ticket or something, yeesh. Next week’s Final Four will pit Syracuse against Michigan and Louisville against Wichita State. According to Ken Pomeroy’s numbers, Louisville is the overwhelming favorite to take home their third national title (puke). The Cardinals have been given a 58% chance of cutting down the nets. The favorites after Louisville are Michigan at 19%, Syracuse at 17%, and Wichita State 6%. As the week progresses we’ll have more on the Final Four, but until then, here’s the floor that the teams will be competing on in the Georgia Dome. I’ve seen half-assed efforts from the NCAA in my day, but this is the most half-assed effort I’ve seen in quite some time.
5. The McDonald’s All-American Game is Wednesday
The guys seem to be enjoying themselves.
The McDonald’s All American game, otherwise known as Kentucky’s annual All-Star Showcase, takes place this Wednesday in Chicago’s United Center. As it currently stands, six future Wildcat players will be participating in the yearly scrimmage, while two others, Andrew Wiggins and Aaron Gordon, could potentially suit up for the Cats. While it’s unknown as to when or where the nation’s top prospect, Andrew Wiggins, will sign, he did give Kentucky fans a nugget which caused all of our hearts to skip a beat.
6. Thoughts and prayers to Kevin Ware
Wow. Prayers are with Kevin Ware.
– Nerlens Noel (@NerlensNoel3) March 31, 2013
Watching Duke/ Louisville my heart goes out to Kevin Ware.
– Joe Theismann (@Theismann7) March 31, 2013
You’ve undoubtedly heard of the horrific injury to Kevin Ware’s leg by now. If you haven’t, Ware came down awkwardly on his leg while attempting to block a Duke three point attempt. Immediately following the injury, Ware’s teammates, who were both on the floor and on the bench, were reduced to tears after witnessing the catastrophic injury. He was then rushed to the hospital to repair the leg, which had clearly been shattered. From all accounts, Ware should be fine, though the recovery process will be a long and difficult one. We here at KSR like to poke fun at Louisville as much as anybody, but this injury is something that no one can possibly wish on another person no matter their affiliation.
Good luck on your recovery, Kevin! We as BBN wish for you to be back on the court someday soon!
7. Kyle Wiltjer is coming back
I just want everyone to know I AM NOT TRANSFERRING. The thought never crossed my mind. I love Coach Cal and the staff, UK, and the BBN..
– Kyle Wiltjer (@kwiltj) April 1, 2013