Good morning, Wildcats. Start your Sunday morning off by catching up on the latest sports news. There’s plenty to cover, so let’s get started
Gonzaga defeats South Carolina
Gonzaga beat South Carolina with a 77-73 victory Saturday night, and the Zags are officially going to their first championship game in program history. Just as basically everyone predicted, the game was fairly uneventful… that is, until the final minutes. Throughout most of the game, the Zags had a sizable lead. But, just like they’ve done multiples times throughout the tournament, the Gamecocks fought their way back.
After trailing by more than 10 for much of the second half, South Carolina found themselves down by just three with under a minute remaining. In the end, it came down to free throws, and when Gonzaga’s Killian Tillie sank two with :02 left on the clock, South Carolina’s hopes of advancing vanished.
North Carolina hangs on against Oregon
The Tar Heels edged out the Ducks 77-76. The ending felt a little too familiar: down by six with under a minute left, Oregon’s Tyler Dorsey hit a three-point jumper that shouldn’t have gone in, but did, followed by a layup that put the Ducks back in the game. Just like the Gonzaga vs. South Carolina game, the last several seconds were dictated by free throws.
UNC had plenty of opportunities to expand their lead in the final seconds of the game, but the Tar Heels could not seem to hit one from the line. Kennedy Meeks missed two in a row with :05 remaining; Joel Berry missed two with :04 remaining. What they could do, however, was grab offensive rebounds, and by continuing to maintain possession of the ball, North Carolina is going to the championship game.
I mean seriously, how did this go in?
– Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 2, 2017
National Championship Game
Gonzaga and North Carolina will play for the national title Monday, April 3 at 9:20 p.m. ET on CBS. I’m too much of a sports fan to completely refuse to watch it, and it’s our last chance to watch college basketball for several months. Whether you decide to watch the game or not, I have a feeling most of the BBN has one thing we can agree on: Go Zags.
After a stunning Mississippi State upset over UConn Friday, the No. 2 Bulldogs will take on No. 1 South Carolina in an all SEC national championship game tonight. Tipoff is at 6 p.m. ET and can be watched on ESPN. Bring on the “SEC” chants.
Kentucky’s men’s and women’s basketball teams both defeated a team playing in the national title game. I’m sure you remember UK’s December victory over UNC, and UK Hoops upset Mississippi State on senior night back in February with the help of seniors Evelyn Akhator and Makayla Epps, who scored 27 and 22 points against the Bulldogs, respectively.
Speaking of women’s basketball…
Makayla Epps has announced the information about her autograph tour. The fan favorite will be in Lexington Fayette Mall on Tuesday, April 4 from 6-7:30.
And, speaking of autograph tours…
In case you missed it, Dominique Hawkins and Derek Willis will also make an appearance at the AllSports in Fayette Mall today at 1pm. They also have dates set for stops in Elizabethtown, Cold Springs and Ashland.
ICYMI: Spring Football
Yesterday, the Wildcats took part in their second scrimmage of the spring, and KSR’s got you covered on all the takeaways. In addition to uploading the latest installment of the Depth Chart Podcast, there were also plenty of articles to fill you in on the team’s progress as the spring game quickly approaches. Be sure to check those out if you haven’t already. But, if you’re feeling especially lazy this Sunday morning, here’s an even quicker recap:
- Drew Barker returned to practice. According to Mark Stoops, the QB took 10 snaps and led the offense to a touchdown.
- Benny Snell really doesn’t want to get tackled. “At times I have to reason with him,” said Stoops. “He gets frustrated when he gets tackled. He’s gonna get tackled.” Does he have to?
- Ball handling has improved from last season. Yesterday, there were no turnovers; in the first scrimmage, there was just one, and it was quickly recovered by the offense. Additionally, the wide receivers performed consistently, dropping only one pass during the scrimmage. According to Eddie Gran, there were even some “money catches.”
Beginning Tuesday morning, college basketball will officially be over for the season, leaving fans bored and without cause for the next several months. If this sounds like you, and you need a new sport to occupy your time with until football begins next fall, look no further. Kentucky baseball is having a heck of a season so far under first-year coach Nick Mingione, and they defeated a strong Vanderbilt team (No. 22, 17-11) 7-4 Saturday. The No. 11 BatCats are now 7-1 in the SEC and 21-7 overall. For a full recap, check out Trey’s coverage here.
Kentucky will go for the series sweep today at 1 p.m. at the Cliff. It looks like the rain is going to hold off until later tonight, so come out and cheer on your Cats this afternoon.
Draymond Green is a child
After the Golden State Warriors’ 107-98 victory over the Houston Rockets, Draymond Green admitted he punched James Harden’s injured wrist, but only because “he pinched me.” Fair enough?
Draymond Green appears to take a cheap shot at James Harden’s injured wrist.
– NBA SKITS (@NBA_Skits) April 1, 2017
Well, that’s all I have for the day. Have a great Sunday, and, as always, Go Cats.