Good afternoon, Cayts fans. I’m here in Rupp Arena for the first session of the 2014 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Sweet 16 Boys’ State Tournament and the fans here in attendance are pumped for some state tourney action. I’m just getting settled in here at my first trip to the tourney since 2001, but I have a couple notes for you after the first two hours of the day…
— The Hopkinsville Tigers just eliminated South Oldham in the first game of the tournament, 83-62. Tra Edwards scored 30 points to lead Hoptown to victory. I won’t pretend to know a ton about the tournament field, but after watching Hopkinsville, I can’t imagine too many teams being much better. They’re loaded with talent and athleticism; just ask my Madisonville Maroons, who lost by 32 to the Tigers in the 2nd Region tournament. I’m still bitter about that, and yes, Madisonville has the better Ferrell’s.
— I saw Scott Padgett wandering around the concourse area in his Samford Bulldogs sweats and he is getting mobbed for pictures by fans. Other celebrities in the building this afternoon include Joe B. Hall, former Paintsville star J.R. Van Hoose, Twitter superstar Lonny Demaree, and Les Johns of KSR live blog fame.
— We have a Louisville fan in the house, wearing the Louisville fan uniform:
See you in Indianapolis next weekend, sir.
— The line for Rupp Arena ice cream is ridiculous. High school kids everywhere, fighting to get a cone. That place must make a fortune.
— Up next is Trinity vs. Owensboro in the second game of the day. Trinity features junior forward Ray Spalding, a player that’s gaining interest from Kentucky. Ranked No. 88 in the country and No. 1 in Kentucky according to 247Sports, Spalding has an offer from Indiana, heavy interest from Louisville, and was paid a visit last week from UK assistant Orlando Antigua. I’ll be keeping eyes on him in this one.
— Go Campbell County Camels tonight!