It’s been five years and one day since Kentucky began their march to Number Eight. The Cats’ journey to Number Nine is just around the corner, but you’ll have to wait, and wait, then wait some more before it all starts tomorrow night around 10:00 p.m. Until then avoid work, finish your bracket, grab some beverages and salty snacks and enjoy the best two days sports has to offer: the First Round of the NCAA Tournament.
March Madness TV Lineup
16 games in one day. Prepare accordingly.
If you can’t push the guide button to figure out where all of those channels are, you can stream them online here. The most intriguing games of the day:
- UVA vs. UNCW could be Tony Bennett’s last game at Virginia.
- BATTLE OF THE NERDS! Vanderbilt vs. Northwestern
- Directional Tennessee schools are the flavor of the month, but can they win?
- Florida State vs. Dunk City
The Coaching Carousel Got Crazy
Usually the college basketball coaching changes are much less entertaining than what happens in college football, until Washington finally had enough with Lorenzo Romar. Just before Romar was fired, Cuonzo Martin accepted the job at Missouri where he will bring an important piece to the college basketball puzzle: former Romar assistant Michael Porter Sr. The father of the No. 1 player in America, Michael Porter Jr.’s destination is not guaranteed to be Columbia, Missouri, but it’s as good as it gets right now.
Here’s what makes it even wilder: Paul Finebaum reported Martin turned down $18 million at Illinois to go to Mizzou. Now Illinois is reportedly offering Virginia’s Tony Bennett just south of $5 million a year to coach the Illini.
This offseason is going to be a crazy one, folks.
Need Help Getting Out of Work?
Matthew Mitchell has got your back. Just remember to get your tickets for tomorrow’s game here.
Updates from the Cats This Evening
John Calipari and a few players will preview tomorrow’s first round matchup with Northern Kentucky at 4:30, followed by a 30 minute shoot-around at Bankers Life Fieldhouse beginning at 5:10. If you’re in Indy, get to practice. It’s not a “real” practice by any means, but they’re a fun way to prepare for the upcoming stressful weeks.
Hopefully the Cats Don’t Get This Guy in the Tournament
– Division 6 Bound® (@Division6Bound) March 16, 2017
It’s Banner Season
No, I’m not talking about hanging banners in Rupp’s rafters. I’m talking about banners lining the streets near Kentucky’s campus.
Who’s the Best KSR Caller?
It’s a controversial subject. That’s why the OTT Podcast had to make a mega-bracket to decide who’s the best of the best. Listen here to hear their surprise selection.
Wesley Woodyard Signed a Contract Extension
Wesley Woodyard will be a Tennessee Titan through 2019, but he won’t be making as much money in 2017. He was given a roster bonus, but his expected salary for next season was cut from $4.25 million to $2.2 million. The details are a bit confusing, but it’s good to hear he’ll be around with Avery Williamson for a few more years in Nashville.
In the NBA ranks, Archie Goodwin found a new team. Goodwin signed a 10-day contract with the NBA’s worst team, the
New Jersey Brooklyn Nets. Normally you hate to hear a former Cat is on a terrible team, but that could give Archie an opportunity to shine amongst turds.
Day Two at the Sweet 16
Day One didn’t feature any close games. Scott High’s 12-point margin of victory over Harlan County was the narrowest margin of victory all day. Bowling Green defeated Graves County 68-51, Perry County Central beat Pikeville 61-46, and Scott County rolled Pulaski County 83-54. The games are expected to heat up over the next two days (because the Louisville teams have arrived).
- Noon: Fern Creek vs. Hopkinsville
- 1:30: Taylor County vs. Ballard
- 6:30: Elliot County vs. Collins
- 8:00: Cooper vs. Meade County
Bobby Flynn started comeback season last night at the Sweet 16 with one fantastic blazer.
KSR starts in an hour.