Looking for something to do today before the rain starts? Head on out to John Cropp Stadium at UK and cheer on the UK Softball Team, who is hosting the 2016 NCAA Softball Regional. UK, the 1-seed, plays 4-seed Butler at 1:30 p.m. ET. That game will be preceded by (2) Utah vs. (3) Illinois at 11 a.m. If you can’t make it in person, you can cheer the ladies on via ESPN3.
Here’s the complete schedule for the weekend:
Friday, May 20
Game 1: (2) Utah vs. (3) Illinois — 11 a.m. ET [ESPN3, WatchESPN app, ESPNU Bases Loaded]
Game 2: (1) Kentucky vs. (4) Butler — 1:30 p.m. ET [ESPN3, WatchESPN app, ESPNU Bases Loaded]
Saturday, May 21
Game 3: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 — 1 p.m. ET [ESPN3, WatchESPN app, ESPNU Bases Loaded]
Game 4: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 — 3:30 p.m. ET [ESPN3, WatchESPN app, ESPNU Bases Loaded]
Game 5: Loser Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4 — 6 p.m. ET [ESPN3, WatchESPN app, ESPNU Bases Loaded]
Sunday, May 22
Game 6: Winner Game 3* vs. Winner Game 5 — 1pm ET [ESPN3, WatchESPN app, ESPNU Bases Loaded]
Game 7 (if necessary) — Same teams — 3:30 p.m. ET [ESPN3, WatchESPN app, ESPNU Bases Loaded]
The winner moves on to the Super Regional next weekend. This should get you in the mood:
Elsewhere in UK Sports world…
All eyes turn to Isaiah Briscoe and Marcus Lee
With Marques Bolden headed to Duke, the final two questions concerning Kentucky’s roster next season center around Isaiah Briscoe and Marcus Lee. Lee seems adamant about staying in the draft despite receiving terrible feedback at the Combine, while Briscoe has gotten great feedback during individual workouts with teams. Earlier this week, Briscoe’s father told Kyle Tucker that his son regained confidence during the process of working out teams, confidence he was apparently lacking during his time at Kentucky. This week, Briscoe worked out for his hometown Nets, who have a second round pick. If offered, it’s hard to see him passing that up.
That being said, I maintain that Briscoe is the key to Kentucky winning a national title next season.
UK Hoops picked up a much-needed player last night
In case you missed the news when it broke late last night, 3-star point guard Jaida Roper committed to Kentucky. Roper, a Memphis native, is a former Louisiana Tech signee who was released by her National Letter of Intent after the Tyler Summitt scandal and will be able to play next season. This is really, really good news for UK Hoops, who now has seven players for next season.
JuCo DL Phil Hoskins is on campus
Could the football team get some good news too? Justin Rowland is reporting that 6’5″ 280 lbs. JuCo defensive lineman Phil Hoskins is visiting campus today. Hoskins has offers from Baylor, Houston, Iowa State, Mississippi State, Syracuse, Central Florida, and others, and getting him on campus is a big deal for Stoops and company in the wake of James Hudson’s decommitment.
Enjoy your stay, Phil. Make yourself at home.
Kent Bulle goes for that money in Greenville, SC
Our friend Kent Bulle is playing in the BMW Charity Pro-Am today in Greenville, South Carolina, and he’ll have another friendly face cheering him on today alongside caddy and former KSR writer Aaron Flener. Drew made the trek to South Carolina to cheer on Bulle, who is currently -5 and tied for 17th. He tees off in about ten minutes, so if you want to keep track of his progress, follow along on PGATour.com.
Tony Vanetti steps in to cohost KSR
With Ryan Lemond on vacation, Matt’s called up Tony Vanetti from the bullpen. Tune in an hour from now to hear Tony and Matt do their thing. Maybe Tony will treat us to his Australian accent.
Finally, Steph is great, but LeBron is also insane:
– Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) May 20, 2016