Basketball Season Coverage
By Jack Pilgrim on ©April 09th, 2019 @ 10:40pm
After Kentucky forward PJ Washington announced he would be putting his name in the NBA Draft this morning, freshman point guard Ashton Hagans turned around and let the Big Blue Nation know he was back for round two.
The decision itself wasn’t shocking, as the 6-foot-3 guard out of Cartersville, GA was seen as a consensus late-second to undrafted prospect in the upcoming 2019 NBA Draft. The timing, however, did come as a bit of a surprise, as Hagans opted to not even explore the draft process to receive feedback and work out for teams.
Why? Because he knew exactly where he wanted to be as a basketball player, and he’s just not there yet. In his own words, he has “only scratched the surface” with his game.
“We had a great season this year but I want more,” Hagans said in a press release. “I know I’ve only scratched the surface with my game and there’s so much more I want to accomplish at Kentucky. Coach Cal and the staff have challenged me since day one, and I know with another season at UK we can chase some special things with the same mindset. I can’t wait to get back to work with my brothers.”
After the announcement, Hagans talked to Evan Daniels of 247 Sports, saying he believes Kentucky has a legitimate shot to win the national championship next season.
“It’s Kentucky for one,” he said of his decision. “The team that I’m on next year is one that I think we can win again. Talking to my people and hearing the conversation we were hearing, it wasn’t that bad. But next year I feel like I can do something different and help the program more and build a better relationship with coach Cal. This year was a dream come true for me and next year can be something special.”
After seeing who Kentucky had coming in next season in Tyrese Maxey, Kahlil Whitney, and Keion Brooks Jr., along with the addition of graduate transfer Nate Sestina, he knew he could would fit right in as the team’s leader.
“I think we are going to be a very good team,” Hagans said. “We just got a grad transfer and playing with this group that I was playing this year with Reid on the team, that was a big help for us. We also needed that. With Kahlil, Tyrese, Keion, there’s some special guys. I’ve known them from being in that class, next year is going to be a special.”
For Hagans as a player, he believes he has “unfinished business” to take care of before making the jump to the NBA.
“I just felt like I left something behind and there’s unfinished business,” he said. “I just want to try and work on my game and get better so I can go higher in the Draft.”
By Drew Franklin on ©April 09th, 2019 @ 8:30pm
Ashton Hagans made everyone’s Tuesday when he announced he will be back at Kentucky for his sophomore season. Let’s celebrate his return with five great memories from his freshman year as UK’s point guard!
1. That time he tied UK’s single-game record for steals against UNC.
Hagans’ breakout game came in Chicago in the CBS Sports Classic, when he put the clamps on UNC star point guard Coby White as Kentucky upset the ninth-ranked Tar Heels on the big stage. Hagans played the most minutes of his career at that point and matched the school’s record for assists in a single game with eight.
2. That time he wore L’s Down shoes for the Louisville game.
He also put his L down while dribbling out the clock at the end of the game, a 13-point win for UK in Louisville.
3. That time he made Wofford’s Storm Murphy take a seat.
Hagans took Murphy’s ankles in Kentucky’s tournament win over Wofford.
4. That time he, the “traitor,” dominated Georgia in front of his friends and family.
The best game of Hagans’ young career came down in Athens, where he and the Cats pounded Georgia, the school he had originally committed to prior to Kentucky. Hagans was greeted with taunts of “traitor” from the hometown crowd prior to the game, only to respond with a career-high 23 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals in a 20-point UK victory. After the game, Hagans admitted he set out to “put on a show” in front of his friends and family, only an hour from his old high school, against a group of Bulldogs that were almost his college teammates.
5. That time he was named Co-Defensive Player of the Year in the Southeastern Conference… as a freshman.
Hagans became the fifth Kentucky player to win the SEC’s Defensive Player of the Year under John Calipari, joining Anthony Davis (2012), Nerlens Noel (2013), Willie Cauley-Stein (2015) and Tyler Ulis (2016). According to STATS, Hagans was the first major-conference freshman with three or more steals in seven or more straight games since some guy named Chris Paul did it in 10 straight games at Wake Forest in the 2003-04 season.
Here’s to many more Ashton Hagans memories to come!
John Calipari has his point guard for next season. It will be the same point guard he had from this past season, a rarity for Calipari at Kentucky.
As you probably know by now, that returning point guard is Ashton Hagans, the SEC’s Co-Defensive Player of the Year, who announced his plans to return to school Tuesday evening.
“We had a great season this year but I want more,” Hagans said, via a release from UK. “I know I’ve only scratched the surface with my game and there’s so much more I want to accomplish at Kentucky. Coach Cal and the staff have challenged me since day one, and I know with another season at UK we can chase some special things with the same mindset. I can’t wait to get back to work with my brothers.”
Coach Cal met with Hagans on Tuesday and the two decided it would be best for Hagans to come back to school to further develop his game, rather than testing the NBA waters.
“I had a great meeting with Ashton,” said Calipari. “He had a wonderful season but he’s not satisfied. He said his desire was to come back and continue to grow and do some special things at Kentucky. That’s all I needed to hear. He’s ready for the challenge, and I’m all in with him.”
The College Basketball Season finally ended as the Virginia Cavaliers defeated Texas Tech on Monday by a score of 85-77. So how did each SEC team fair overall this season? Below are my final grades and analysis for every squad in the conference for 2018-19. Teams are in order based on their final ranking in conference play.
Record: 28-7, Sweet Sixteen Finish
Final Grade: B+
The Tigers are a very hard team to grade. Do you concentrate on their surprising on-the-court success? Or, do you take into consideration all of the problems off-court with potential recruiting violations involving Head Coach Will Wade and freshman Javonte Smart?
Personally, I am choosing to look more at the on-court product until more information comes out on the current scandal in Baton Rouge. Is it possible that they achieved almost 30 wins and a Sweet Sixteen appearance unfairly? Yes.
However, winning the SEC Regular Season Title is very, very impressive given their preseason ranking which placed them as a middle-of-the-road conference team. Wade did a great job with his team this year. Despite a tumultuous past two months, this was a very memorable season for LSU.
— Brandon Saho (@BrandonSaho) March 23, 2019
Record: 31-6, Sweet Sixteen Finish
Final Grade: B+
The Volunteers were one of the best teams in the entire nation for the vast majority of this season. However, I think everyone can agree that the ending to their terrific year was very disappointing.
Not only did they get absolutely embarrassed in the SEC title game by a head coach formerly employed by Tennessee (Bruce Pearl), but the Volunteers also failed to make the Elite Eight as they ran into a red-hot Purdue squad in the NCAA tournament.
This was without question the best Volunteer team in school history. It was an absolute pleasure to watch Grant Williams and Admiral Schofield wreak havoc all season long. The bad news is that Tennessee actually underachieved when it mattered most. No matter how good that regular season was, they will mostly be remembered for letting Purdue’s Ryan Cline put on one of the most memorable shooting performances in tournament history.
RYAN CLINE IS NOT HUMAN pic.twitter.com/bzemdSGLHJ
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 29, 2019
Record: 30-7, Elite Eight Finish
Final Grade: A-
The Wildcats actually had quite a different path than Tennessee. Like I previously mentioned, the Volunteers were ranked in the top ten for the vast majority of the year. Don’t forget that Kentucky started out 10-3 with losses to Seton Hall and Alabama. Things were so gloomy that even Quade Green decided to transfer.
Turning a 10-3 start into a 30-7 final record against incredibly tough competition is very impressive no matter how you try and spin it. Yes, the season still ended in a disappointment. Kentucky lost to an Auburn team they absolutely should have beaten. Reid Travis and PJ Washington deserved a better ending to their college careers.
Despite that very hurtful loss, every single team in the nation would take a 30-win season and an Elite Eight finish if they had the chance to do so. There was just one more piece missing in this year’s Kentucky team (looking at you Zion), but this was still a memorable season for Kentucky that many fans would not trade for.
An overtime loss to a red hot Auburn team in the Elite 8 doesn’t erase all the fun from the Bahamas, the wins over UNC and Louisville, how we got to know the guys off the court, and everything else. Loved every moment of it.
— Drew Franklin (@DrewFranklinKSR) April 1, 2019
Record: 16-16, No Postseason
Final Grade: C-
What an utterly bizarre season it was for the Gamecocks. They managed to successfully finish fourth in conference play, yet they could not even break .500 on the season.
What kind of a grade do you give South Carolina who placed higher in its conference standings than a team that made the Final Four? Also. the Gamecocks did not even finish with a winning record for crying out loud.
No matter how you chose to spin this, I do think that Head Coach Frank Martin got the most out of his team this season. They played their best basketball in conference play and gave a lot of good teams fits. If nothing else, they were an impressive annoyance for a few tournament teams. That’s good enough to receive a passing grade.
Final Record: 30-10, Final Four Finish
Final Grade: A+
The Tigers won the SEC Tournament, won exactly 30 games, and made their first Final Four in school history. I could care less how many games they lost, or how underwhelming their regular season was. This was easily the best season in school history, and Auburn deserves their A+ grade.
What’s even more interesting is that if it had not been for a very controversial foul call (it was a foul) in the last seconds of the Final Four against eventual champion Virginia, the Tigers could have won the whole tournament.
Foul? I think it’s a foul from this angle. pic.twitter.com/sLFweNDpmx
— Rob Dauster (@RobDauster) April 7, 2019
The Cavaliers were just a team of destiny this season. I realize that some of you may only consider an A+ be given to just the team that wins it all. However, the randomness of this tournament every year opens up for a few, special cases. The best Auburn team ever is unquestionably one of those cases.
Record 23-11, First Round Exit
Final Grade: B-
The Bulldogs got red-hot down the stretch in February as they won five games in a row heading into the month of March. Unfortunately for them, all of that positive momentum was stopped when they had to play Tennessee and Auburn a combined three times in a two-week span.
That isn’t exactly the kind of momentum changer you want before you play a 5/12 game against a hungry mid-major in the form of Liberty University. The Bulldogs fell in the first round to a team that shot 48% from the three-point line. If your opponent hits 12 three’s in one game, you probably aren’t walking out of that matchup a winner.
Either way, I was often impressed with the Bulldogs in the regular season. Coach Ben Howland is still trying to build a good program in Starkville. While they would have received a higher grade if they had at least made the second round, you get the feeling that maybe Howland has something nice going on down there.
Record 20-13, First Round Exit
Final Grade: B+
The Rebels were far and away the biggest surprise from the SEC this season. They were picked to finish last in the conference and they managed to comfortably make the NCAA Tournament!! That accomplishment within itself is worthy of an “A” grade on the season.
But how Ole Miss finished the season cannot be ignored. They lost five of their last six games including an embarrassing first round blowout to a below average Oklahoma team. No way can any team play like that in March an earn an A.
Despite a bad ending, Head Coach Kermit Davis has the Rebels already back on track in his first season. Winning 20 games and making the tournament is a massive success for a team that won only five conference games last season.
Kermit Davis’ new contract, as expected, includes a hefty pay raise. Rebels were 20-13 and an 8-seed in NCAA Tournament in Davis’ first year in Oxford. pic.twitter.com/0dddX1h32s
— Neal McCready (@NealMcCready) April 4, 2019
Record: 20-16, Second Round Exit
Final Grade: B
Florida’s season is mainly going to be defined by them actually making the tournament and beating a tough Nevada squad in the first round. Remember, if the Gators had not of beaten LSU in the SEC Tournament, then they would have missed the Tournament altogether.
Overall, this is a situation similar to Ole Miss. Florida successfully won 20 games and made the tournament. They were originally picked to finish fifth in the conference so its safe to say that they underwhelmed in the 2018-19 season.
Head Coach Mike White was often criticized the majority of the year. However, beating LSU and Nevada proved that this guy gets the most out of his players. The Gators did not have a large amount of talent this year, but they still managed to have a respectable season despite being underwhelming.
Record: 18-16, NIT Second Round
Final Grade: D+
No team in the SEC disappointed more this season than the Razorbacks did. At one point, Arkansas basically forget how to play basketball as they lost six straight games in a row over the span of three weeks.
I don’t care that they made the second round of the NIT at all. Failing to win 20 games and to make the tournament in a season when star Daniel Gafford went out of his way to return to school is a failure. Gafford would have been a lottery pick last season, but this year’s Razorback team was so disappointing that it actually hurt his draft stock in this year’s draft.
The burden falls completely on former Head Coach Mike Anderson who has now been replaced with Eric Musselman. Brighter days may be on the horizon, but wow did this season stink for the Razorbacks.
— Arkansas Razorbacks (@ArkRazorbacks) April 8, 2019
Record: 18-16, NIT First Round
Final Grade: C-
Welcome to the “wow this team had such a disappointing season that they had to fire their head coach” section of this column. The Crimson Tide barely had a winning season, and they failed to make the NCAA Tournament.
Out goes Head Coach Avery Johnson, and in comes new front man Nate Oaks from Buffalo. This may seem like a surprising move, but once you consider Alabama lost five of their last six games including a home loss to Norfolk State (!), this move makes a lot of sense.
Record: 14-18, No Postseason
Final Grade: D+
I thoroughly did not understand Texas A&M’s decision to fire former Head Coach Billy Kennedy. Everyone knew that the Aggies were going to be in a massive rebuilding year. Yet, after winning just 14 games the administration went ahead and fired Kennedy.
It makes a little more sense that they went out and got Virginia Teach Head Coach Buzz Williams who is quickly climbing up the ladder of best coaches in the sport. In summary, Texas A&M had the terrible season everyone assumed they would have, and they got a really good head coach out of it. Not too shabby, I guess.
Record: 15-17, No Postseason
Final Grade: D
The Tigers got dealt a really bad hand when star Jontay Porter tore his ACL and missed the entire season. This was a devastating injury that completely killed Missouri’s season. The fact that they won 15 games without him is actually sort of impressive.
Sadly, that’s all this year is going to be for the Tigers. Maybe brighter days are ahead, but the 2018-19 season will always be one massive “what if?”
Record: 11-21, No Postseason
Final Grade: F+
Tom Crean’s first year in Athens was pretty terrible to say the least. The Bulldogs only won two conference games, and at one point they had lost nine straight in SEC play.
However, there is very small room for optimism. Forward Nicolas Claxton caught the eye of many NBA scouts and he will be returning next season. Combine that with the future arrival of possibly the best recruit in the class of 2019 in Anthony Edwards and you have a nice outlook for the 2019-20 season. That’s all I got on this team because wow was Georgia terrible this year.
— Overtime (@overtime) March 26, 2019
My guy from GA Anthony Edwards a problem. pic.twitter.com/A41UQ0zeSB
— Evolve Basketball (@evolvebballapp) July 21, 2018
Record: 9-23, No Postseason
Final Grade: Complete and Total Failure
Zero. That’s the amount of SEC games the Commodores won this season. Did star Darius Garland’s season ending injury in the first few weeks of the season lead to this? Yes. But zero is still zero. Bryce Drew has now been fired, and there is nothing to remember from this abject disaster.
Vanderbilt deserves exactly zero more words written about them, so I’ll stop now.
That does it, folks. I’ve enjoyed covering the SEC throughout the season as the conference has made drastic strides in the sport. With a great crop of new head coaches coming in, I can only expect the conference to improve even more. The success of this year has put the rest of the college basketball world on notice: The SEC is back and better than ever.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©April 09th, 2019 @ 6:16pm
Kentucky point guard Ashton Hagans has announced he will return for a sophomore season.
The 6-foot-3 guard out of Cartersville, GA made the announcement this afternoon on Instagram.
“I’m back like I forgot my keys! #yearTwo” Hagans said.
As a freshman, Hagans averaged 7.7 points, 2.6 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 1.6 steals per game. He finished in double figures 13 times this season, including a stretch of five consecutive outings with 11 or more points from December 29 (Louisville) through January 15 (Georgia).
Hagans has already proven he can be a superstar on defense, and with another season to work on his jump shot and cut back on turnovers, he could become something pretty special under John Calipari in 2019-20.
Let’s run this thing back.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©April 09th, 2019 @ 5:00pm
We know PJ Washington’s headed to the draft, but what about Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson? Sports Illustrated’s latest mock draft has PJ going to the Los Angeles Lakers at No. 11, Tyler going to the Orlando Magic at No. 16, and Keldon to the Boston Celtics at No. 18.
“Orlando has a need for perimeter shooting, particularly with Terence Ross’s contract expiring, and Herro fits the bill well in this range of the draft,” SI’s Jeremy Woo writes. “He helped himself a good deal over the course of the season, and while there are still some physical limitations he’ll face at the next level, he’s proven he’s more than just a specialist and added value in other ways for Kentucky. Herro’s upside is tied to him refining his jumper and on-the-move shooting into an elite skill, but he’s on the right track. He wouldn’t be the typical, toolsy Magic draftee, but he would make sense.”
“While Johnson comes with some limitations, his competitive drive, offensive skill package and positional value give him a solid floor. Although it’s possible he falls a bit behind his teammates on draft night, teams still like his intangibles, and he certainly won’t have to be a star to justify being selected in this range. It’s worth noting that it seems unlikely the Celtics keep all of their picks.”
For what it’s worth, this is a two-round mock draft and does not include Ashton Hagans.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©April 09th, 2019 @ 4:30pm
Exciting news, Kentucky Sports Radio fans: PJ Washington and Reid Travis will be on tomorrow’s show.
Now that it’s official that PJ is off to the draft, he and Reid will join Ryan, Drew, and special guest host Alan Cutler in studio tomorrow to discuss their careers at Kentucky and what lies ahead. Their autograph tours are still in the works, but rest assured: both will stop at KSBar at some point along the way. For now, leave your best questions for Reid and PJ in the comments and you may hear the gang ask them on the show.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©April 09th, 2019 @ 3:30pm
Anytime you bring Rex Chapman into the studio, you’re guaranteed two hours of good radio, but today, Rex surprised us by bringing actor/comedian/basketball fan Michael Rapaport on the show. The two are longtime friends, and during a segment in hour one, Rapaport called Rex to discuss a very serious issue: hand checking in the NBA. He agreed to share his rant on KSR.
“How much of a difference, how much of a straight line do all of the players — not to say that they couldn’t be fantastic in the 80s or 90s when hand checking was allowed — but how much of a straight line and how much of an advantage does any offender, any offensive player in this day and age without hand checking?”
The two go back and forth on the topic for a few minutes. Tune in at the end of hour one:
Sadly, Rapaport didn’t bring up his feud with our own Jack Pilgrim, which is really the reason I wrote this post.
Still waiting on that game of 1-on-1, boys.
By Aaron Torres on ©April 09th, 2019 @ 2:45pm
The 2018-2019 season officially came an end on Monday night, and Virginia is your national champion after a wild, overtime win over Texas Tech. But while Cavaliers fans celebrate, the rest of the college basketball world has already turned their attention to next season.
So let’s do the same, with my “Way Too Early Top 25” for the 2019-2020 season.
Now before we get into the names, faces and teams to watch in 2019-2020, it’s important to give the same disclaimer we always do this time of year: Even though the 2019 season has ended, it’s still VERY early to truly figure out what teams will look like in 2019-2020. Players all over the country are testing the NBA Draft waters and we won’t know until late-May who is coming back to college. Not to mention that a number of big recruits (Cole Anthony and Matthew Hurt among others) are still figuring out their college destinations, a few head coaching jobs have yet to be filled, and transfers will alter the trajectory of other teams as well. Add in the fact that this ongoing FBI trial could continue to shake things up even further, and again, it’s REALLY early to try and figure out who will truly be elite or not in 2019-2020.
With that said, below is our best guess at what next season will look like. To be clear, some of the “who will stay” and “who will go” projections are simple guesses at this point. Some like Zion Williamson are obvious, but most aren’t, and so each player and team is a little different. In the case of a player like Tennessee’s Jordan Bone who has said “I plan on staying in the draft,” that is taken into account, but if a player is truly on the fence, I’m simply doing my best to guess what every player will do. I’m bound to get some of these wrong. It’s inevitable.
Still, here is the early “Way Too Early Top 25” for 2019-2020, and I’ll be sure to have an updated one in late April, after everyone has removed their names from the NBA Draft.
(*** This article published before the announcements that Mick Cronin would leave Cincinnati for UCLA, and before Michigan announced Iggy Brazdeikis and Jordan Poole will test the draft waters. We’ll continue to update as players make their “stay or go” decisions)
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©April 09th, 2019 @ 1:00pm
Virginia won the national championship last night, but how do they stack up vs. the national championship teams that came before them? John Gasaway at ESPN undertook the tall task of ranking all 81 national championship squads, and Kentucky’s eight did pretty well for themselves, three finishing in the top 20.
13. 1996 Kentucky
16. 2012 Kentucky
20. 1978 Kentucky
46. 1998 Kentucky
48. 1951 Kentucky
64. 1949 Kentucky
67. 1958 Kentucky
72. 1948 Kentucky
If you’re curious, the 1972 UCLA team took first place, followed by the 1976 Indiana team and the 1973 UCLA squad. This year’s Virginia team came in at No. 34. The 1996 Kentucky team is the highest ranked of any squad since the early ’80s.
They were called The Untouchables: Tony Delk, Antoine Walker & Co. dropped neutral-site games to John Calipari’s UMass squad and to Mississippi State in the SEC tournament title game. Nevertheless, Rick Pitino’s Wildcats breezed through that year’s NCAA bracket, winning six games by an average of 21 points. UK won its rematch against Marcus Camby and the Minutemen in the Final Four, and then defeated John Wallace and Syracuse to win the title.
Hard to argue with that. Check out the entire list at ESPN.com.
After all of that, UCLA ended up hiring Mick Cronin. After being turned down by John Calipari, TCU’s Jamie Dixon, and Tennessee’s Rick Barnes, the Bruins settled for Cincinnati’s head coach, giving him a six-year contract worth $24 million. He will be introduced at a press conference tomorrow morning.
— UCLA Athletics (@UCLAAthletics) April 9, 2019
Imagine being a UCLA fan last Monday, hearing the news that your school is swinging for the fences by going after John Calipari, and then finding out this morning that you ended up with Mick freaking Cronin. They should have just kept Steve Alford.
Life comes at you fast.
In what is the most expected of Kentucky’s draft decisions, PJ Washington has declared for the NBA Draft and will sign with an agent.
“It’s been a little over a week since our season ended but it still hasn’t hit me that I’ve played my last game with Kentucky across my chest,” Washington said. “This place has been my home for two years and it’s hard for me to put in words how much I’ve grown in my time at Kentucky. The staff challenged me from day one to become the best version of myself and to work hard to become one of the best players in college basketball. I feel like I’ve done that.
“When I decided to come back to school a year ago, I knew there were things I still wanted to accomplish so I challenged myself to become a better all-around player, to develop more consistency and to become a leader for this team. Although we fell a couple games short of our ultimate goal, I’ll never forget the season we had with my brothers. We did some special things this season and made memories that I’ll carry with me for the rest of my life.
“I want to thank God, Coach Cal and the staff with challenging me to become the player that I am. They believed in my potential and never accepted anything less than my best. Thank you helping me grow into a man that’s ready for this next step. To my teammates: Wow, we have been through so much. Thank you for putting your trust in me and for inspiring me through every workout, practice and game. I’ll never forget this group. And to everyone at UK: Thank you for your support and for helping a kid from Dallas see his dreams come true.”
I will be entering my name into the 2019 NBA Draft and signing with an agent. Thank you BBN for all your love and support over the past two years. Once a wildcat, Always a wildcat ???? pic.twitter.com/3x6n5RcHqZ
— Paul Washington Jr (@PJWashington) April 9, 2019
PJ declared for the draft last season, but after going through the combine and receiving feedback, decided to return to Kentucky for his sophomore year. The gamble looks like it will pay off, as PJ is projected to be a lottery pick in all of the major mock drafts. He finishes his Kentucky career with 932 points, 475 rebounds 120 assists and 74 blocks and was named an NCAA Consensus All-America Third Team selection.
“I’m so proud of PJ and what he’s accomplished over the last two seasons,” John Calipari said. “When he was in this position last year, he had to determine what was best for him. He looked at this and said, I want to come back and work on my game, to be coached, to become one of the best players in the game and to help us be one of those teams in the mix. And I told him, do not come back to school unless you’re going to drag your teammates with you. And boy did he ever.
“PJ transformed everything about his game. He became a national player of the year candidate, he showed his full set of his skills and he improved his stock while helping us become one of the best teams in the country. What I’m most proud of is how PJ developed into a leader. Every kid is on their own timetable, and the one that PJ followed – which was the best path for him – has put him in a position to do some special things at the next level. I can’t wait to watch his continued growth.”
Thank you, PJ.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©April 09th, 2019 @ 10:00am
As a casual NBA fan, I don’t have a lot of feelings about Dwyane Wade, but this tribute video from Budweiser commemorating his final season just gave me all the feels.
Wade has been trading jerseys with NBA stars all season, and to honor his legacy, Budweiser brought him face-to-face with five people he’s impacted the most throughout his career, including his mother. Grab your tissues.
Wade’s final regular season home game is tonight in Miami as the Heat take on the 76ers. If this ad is any indication, it’s gonna be an emotional one.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©April 08th, 2019 @ 6:00pm
The 2019 national championship doesn’t tip off until later tonight, but you can already bet on who will win the 2020 national championship in Atlanta. Caesars Palace released these odds today, which show Kentucky at 8/1 with Duke. Virginia is the favorite at 5/1:
We don’t even know who will be on the team yet, so I’ll keep my money to myself for now. In related news, Joe Lunardi’s already cranking away at Bracketology:
The first bracket for 2019-20 has been filed. Keep an eye out tonight.
— Joe Lunardi (@ESPNLunardi) April 8, 2019