Friday marked the final regular season game of the NBA’s Orlando bubble down in Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
For several former Wildcats – Anthony Davis, Jamal Murray, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro being just a few – their roads to potentially deep postseason runs are just beginning.
For others such as Devin Booker, De’Aaron Fox and Keldon Johnson, their time in Orlando is officially over.
Let’s take a look at what happened during Friday’s final day of games before looking ahead to what’s next.
Cats in the NBA
|MATCHUP||RESULT||Former Cats (WINNER)||Former Cats (LOSER)|
|TOR 117, DEN 109||Jamal Murray (11 PTS, 4-5 FG, 3-3 3P, 1 AST, 1 STL|
|IND 109, MIA 92||Tyler Herro (16 PTS, 6-16 FG, 3-8 3P, 3 AST, 1 REB)
Bam Adebayo (DNP)
|LAC 107, OKC 103 (OT)||Patrick Patterson (17 PTS, 4-16 FG, 4-11 3P, 14 REB)||Hamidou Diallo (27 PTS, 10-22 FG, 4-8 3P, 11 REB, 1 AST, 1 BLK)
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (13 PTS, 6-10 FG, 4 REB, 1 STL)
Nerlens Noel (5 PTS, 2-2 FG, 1 REB, 1 BLK)
|PHI 134, HOU 96|
Play-in game set for this afternoon
With the NBA regular season officially complete, we now move on to the NBA’s first-ever “play-in tournament” to determine the final Western Conference playoff participant.
Starting at 2:30 p.m. ET, the Portland Trail Blazers and Memphis Grizzlies are set to face off with a spot in the playoffs on the line. If the eight-seed Trail Blazers win, they will officially keep their spot and move on to face the one-seed Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the NBA playoffs. If the Grizzlies win, the two teams will face off yet again on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. ET, with the winner of that game determining the final playoff team.
Wenyen Gabriel will suit up for the Blazers, while Murray State standout Ja Morant will take the floor for the Grizzlies.
ABC is set to host game one this afternoon, followed by ESPN broadcasting game two, if necessary.
Massive commitment at 3:30 p.m.
Switching over to the gridiron, Kentucky football is a finalist for one of the top prospects in the class of 2021l, and we’ll find out where he’s landing this afternoon.
Monkell Goodwine, the No. 27 overall player in Rivals’ recruiting rankings, is set to decide between Alabama, Kentucky, Texas A&M, Arizona State and Clemson at 3:30 p.m. ET.
Not only is Kentucky in the near-five-star prospect’s final five, Goodwine said this past week that the Wildcats were in his “top 2.”
Top 2 ? https://t.co/8rmiVOWqTu
— Monkell Goodwine (@MonkellGoodwine) August 11, 2020
Reading the national predictions for Goodwine, Alabama is seen as the favorite, with four of five Rivals analysts predicting the Crimson Tide over the Aggies, while six of seven experts Alabama to win out over at 247 Sports. Nobody currently forecasts a UK commitment from Goodwine.
The top 10 defensive end from the DMV (DC-Maryland-Virginia) is being recruited by UK defensive coordinator and pass rushing specialist, Brad White. Goodwine had plenty of nice things to say about White shortly after he announced his five finalists.
“Coach White and I have a good relationship,” Goodwine told Rivals. “I really like Kentucky because the communication and relationship with me and coach White is really good. Even if I don’t commit there, there’s still going to be that level of respect between me and him. Friendship goes a long way in life. He’s a good coach and if I did commit to Kentucky there’s probably a good chance I play my freshman year and do well.”
Can Kentucky pull off the major upset?
We’ll find out at 3:30 p.m., with the commitment set to take place at SIAllAmerican.com.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) August 15, 2020
Louisville will try to play this fall with fans
The Louisville Cardinals are planning to play college football this fall, and they hope to do so with fans in the stands.
On Friday afternoon, Louisville Director of Athletics Vince Tyra announced that if things hold firm within the ACC Medical Advisory Group, the school will play football this fall.
“As this week comes to a close, I can tell you that the Louisville Cardinals and the ACC are planning to move forward with the plan to play football,” said Tyra. “We do not anticipate this changing unless new information comes forward from the ACC Medical Advisory Group.”
Tyra also noted that the school has submitted a plan to Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear about allowing limited fans in the stands at Cardinal Stadium.
“Additionally, we have submitted our plan for fans to be in attendance at home games in a limited capacity to Governor Beshear’s office and we hope to receive an answer from them shortly,” Tyra added. “Once we do, we will reach out to our season ticket holders immediately.”
No word on the University of Kentucky’s end on fans, but the SEC is currently planning to move forward with the fall season as planned.
What other sports are on TV today?
Outside of the NBA’s play-in game at 2:30 p.m. ET (ABC), what do fans have to watch today?
Check out the full slate below:
|LPGA: Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open||7:00am||GOLF|
|PGA: Wyndham Championship||1:00pm||GOLF|
|Senior Players Championship||3:00pm||GOLF|
|NY Mets at Philadelphia||6:05pm||–|
|Pittsburgh at Cincinnati||6:10pm||FS1|
|Cleveland at Detroit||6:10pm||–|
|Atlanta at Miami||6:10pm||MLBN|
|Tampa Bay at Toronto||6:37pm||–|
|Washington at Baltimore||7:05pm||–|
|St. Louis at Chi. White Sox||7:10pm||–|
|Seattle at Houston||7:10pm||FOX|
|Kansas City at Minnesota||7:10pm||–|
|Boston at NY Yankees||7:15pm||FOX|
|Oakland at San Francisco||7:15pm||FOX|
|San Diego at Arizona||8:10pm||–|
|Texas at Colorado||8:10pm||–|
|Milwaukee at Chi. Cubs||8:15pm||FS1|
|LA Dodgers at LA Angels||9:40pm||MLBN|
|Motor Sports||TIME ET||TV|
|Xfinity: UNOH 188||3:00pm||NBCSN|
|NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs||TIME ET||TV|
|Boston at Carolina||12:00pm||NBC|
|Colorado at Arizona||3:00pm||CNBC|
|Tampa Bay at Columbus||7:30pm||NBCSN|
|Vegas at Chicago||8:00pm||NBC|
|New York at Minnesota||6:00pm||CBSSN|
UFC 252 is also set to take place this evening, featuring the heavyweight championship bout as the event headliner.
Here is the entire card, along with the current odds:
Main Card (ESPN+ PPV at 10 p.m. ET)
- Stipe Miocic (+100) (c) vs. Daniel Cormier (-120) – heavyweight championship fight
- Sean O’Malley (-300) vs. Marlon Vera (+250)
- Junior Dos Santos (+110) vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik (-130)
- Herbert Burns (-265) vs. Daniel Pineda (+225)
- John Dodson (+210) vs. Merab Dvalishvili (-250)
Prelims (ESPN/ESPN at 8 p.m. ET)
- Jim Miller (+105) vs. Vinc Pichel (-125)
- Felice Herrig (+250) vs. Virna Jandiroba (-300)
- TJ Brown (-150) vs. Danny Chavez (+130)
- Livinha Souza (-160) vs. Ashley Yoder (+140)