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Five Things to Look for this Week

Good morning.  Happy Monday.  For teachers and students around the state, congrats.  You’ve almost made it to summer.  Once you get to Memorial Day weekend, only a few make-up days stand between you and two months of bliss.  Luckily, there will be a few Big Blue distractions to help you get through your week.

1. Workout SZN

Now that the NBA Combine has concluded, teams will hold private workouts for prospective draft picks over the next two weeks.  Wenyen Gabriel is up first, working out with the Sacramento Kings this morning.  Kevin Knox, P.J. Washington, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Hamidou Diallo will surely follow.  If Jarred Vanderbilt is healthy enough to workout for a team, it will be a surprise.

The deadline for Vanderbilt, Washington and Gabriel to withdraw from the NBA Draft is three weeks from today, June 11, at 5:00 p.m. (The NCAA has a deadline on May 30, but that’s ultimately usurped by the NBA’s.) The workouts and interviews they conduct will carry plenty of weight in their decision-making process.  As of today, it looks like Washington might be UK’s only departure, but a lot can change between now and May 30.

I got it flip-flopped: the NCAA deadline is the one that usurp’s the NBA’s. Nine days from today on May 30 we will know where the Wildcats stand. 

2. UK Softball Advances to the Super Regional

I knew the UK softball team was good.  I didn’t know they were that good.

This weekend Rachel Lawson’s team outscored their opponents 28-1.  TWENTY EIGHT TO ONE.  Two regional games ended prematurely with grand slams resulting in run-rules.  Kentucky will take their incredible run to the west coast for a three-game Super Regional against Oregon, the No. 1 team in the nation that eliminated them a year ago.  The action begins Thursday night at 9:00 on ESPN2.

3. The SEC Baseball Tournament Begins

The Bat Cats’ season did not end according to plan.  Following a sweep on the road, Kentucky lost all hope of hosting a regional tournament.  There’s still a slight chance if they make a big run at the SEC Tournament, but it will not be easy as a 10-seed with an injury-plagued pitching staff.  UK’s first game in Hoover is Tuesday at 2:00 against Auburn.  

4. (Hopefully) A Close NBA Game

All we saw this weekend were Game Three blowouts.  Here’s to hoping there’s some kind of competition in the Conference Finals before the Warriors eventually win another NBA Finals.  The Cavs will try to even the series tonight at 8:30 on ESPN.  The Rockets will attempt the same tomorrow at 9:00 on TNT.

5. Food Bracket Finals

Who will take home the crown, Buffalo Wild Wings or the Duke basketball of chain restaurants, Outback?


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

8 Comments for Five Things to Look for this Week

  1. JTHinton
    9:23 am May 21, 2018 Permalink

    Man, UK softball, there’s room for improvement, we can’t be giving up runs like that to Oregon 😉

    • SuperTroy18
      11:20 am May 21, 2018 Permalink

      It WAS unearned though, so that’s something.

  2. BluemanGreen
    9:40 am May 21, 2018 Permalink

    Pretty sure Diallo is departing too since he signed an agent & all. Also Washington literally just said that hes not leaving unless he gets a first round guarantee…so what are you talking about? lol

    • Booby Petrino
      10:12 am May 21, 2018 Permalink

      Nick’s writing isn’t great but in that paragraph he’s clearly referring to PJ, Wenyen, and Jarred. The sentence was silly but it wasn’t hard to see who he’s talking about. We all know Knox, Diallo, and Shai are gone.

  3. BBNDan7
    10:09 am May 21, 2018 Permalink

    The deadline is the 30th, Nick. Everyone seems to know this but you

  4. UKnowMe
    11:08 am May 21, 2018 Permalink

    Be easy on Nick. If it is not about the city of Louisville or his family members college careers he is clueless and I am ok with that.

    • thatCat
      11:22 am May 21, 2018 Permalink

      I’m just happy there wasn’t a grammatical error for once

  5. #606
    1:13 pm May 21, 2018 Permalink

    Read “SZN” and immediately knew it was a Nick Roush article. He’s so hip.