Good morning, BBN! Happy Friday to each and every one of you!
What’s on the agenda for today? Let’s jump right in.
KSR Game of the Week
This week’s Kroger KSR Game of the Week features the Bowling Green Purples and the South Warren Spartans, a relatively new series featuring two undefeated state powerhouses capable of making a run for a state title.
On one end, South Warren has won state championships in 2016 and 2018 after being in existence for only ten years. On the other, Bowling Green has secured six state titles and leads the new series 3-2.
Leading up to the game, KSR will host its radio show live from Bowling Green High School from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by Freddie Maggard being at the Tates Creek Kroger in Lexington at 4 p.m. ET to record a Facebook Live and give out Kroger gift cards to those who say the magic words, “Kroger Presents the KSR Game of the Week.”
As for the matchup itself, KSR will be in attendance to give you all the updates, interviews, footage, and complete game recaps you need to keep up with the action.
To get you ready for the game, check out KSR’s game previews:
NBA Finals Game 2
The NBA Finals will continue Friday evening following the Los Angeles Lakers’ Game 1 victory over the Miami Heat, with the latter expected to be short-handed in the matchup.
Following the Lakers’ 116-98 victory Wednesday, the Heat are expected to be without former Wildcat forward Bam Adebayo and guard Goran Dragic, with the former being doubtful to play due to neck and shoulder strains and the latter dealing with a plantar fascia tear in his left foot.
Without them, former UK guard Tyler Herro will have to pick up the production on his end of things after finishing with 14 points, four rebounds and three assists in the Game 1 loss.
Game 2 is scheduled to take place at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.
Reds go scoreless again, playoff run ends
Cincinnati’s dreams of a deep playoff run came to a screeching halt Thursday afternoon when they failed to score for a second consecutive game, falling to the Atlanta Braves by a final score of 5-0.
This comes after the Reds were shut out in Game 1 in 13 innings, falling to the Braves 1-0 with a walk-off single by Freddie Freeman in the bottom of the 13th.
Now, the Braves move on to the next round, joining the Tampa Bay Rays, New York Yankees, Houston Astros, Oakland A’s, and Los Angeles Dodgers in the divisional round.
Will Joey Gatewood play against Ole Miss?
Kentucky quarterback Joey Gatewood is officially eligible after receiving waivers from the NCAA and SEC to play immediately.
But will he earn game reps on Saturday? That’s to be determined.
“We’ll see how it goes. We’ll see,” Mark Stoops said during his final press conference previewing the Ole Miss game. “Beau has gotten the majority of the backup reps the past two weeks, Joey has still practiced and obviously has run plays all camp and he can step in. We’ll see.”
At this point, the focus is on starting quarterback Terry Wilson, who finished with 239 yards, one touchdown, and one interception through the air to go with 42 yards on the ground. He’ll be the first quarterback on the field, and Stoops believes he’ll continue to make progress.
“Just like any other position, we don’t really ever talk about the backups at any other spot. We’ll see how it goes,” he said. “Terry is our starter, I’m excited about Terry. I know he’ll continue to improve, he always has with reps through the season. He did some really good things in the opener, and we expect him to build on that, just like the rest of our team. We were very efficient and very good at times, we just need to be good for 60 minutes.”
Broncos get first win on Thursday Night Football
On the surface, the Thursday Night Football matchup between the Denver Broncos and the New York Jets was seen as one of the worst games of the year.
With 13 total scores and five touchdowns, though, the matchup ended up being a fairly good one, finishing with a final score of 37-28 in favor of the Broncos.
The game started with a 46-yard touchdown scramble for New York quarterback Sam Darnold, followed by two touchdown passes from new Broncos quarterback Brett Rypien and two touchdown runs from running back Melvin Gordon.
Former Kentucky linebacker Avery Williamson finished the day with three solo tackles, good for fifth on the Jets in the loss.
KSR in an hour
Matt Jones and the KSR crew are LIVE from Bowling Green High School this morning to preview Bowling Green vs. South Warren and discuss UK’s home matchup against the Ole Miss Rebels this weekend.