Good morning, Kentucky-Sports-Radio-dot-com readers.
Like many of you, I spent my weekend watching college basketball and Stormy Daniels — mostly college basketball, though. It was a little hard to watch considering our beloved Wildcats bowed out early, but, like a good Stormy Daniels flick, we kept watching the action, wishing we were a part of it and not at home on the couch.
Good news for the week ahead, though: there is some exciting basketball to watch outside of March Madness, and it begins today. I’ll tell you all about that and what else is on tap for the week ahead in this Monday morning edition of your KSR Wake-Up…
The Final Four is set.
And Duke is not in it. Thank God.
San Antonio will instead get (1) Kansas out of the Midwest; (1) Villanova out of the East; (3) Michigan out of the West; and (11) Loyola-Chicago out of the South, where all hell broke loose on Day 1 of the tournament. If we’re ranking the four remaining teams in order of who to pull for, I think the Fightin’ Sister Jeans are the obvious pick for fan favorite, followed by Michigan and Villanova in whatever order you prefer, and then Kansas running last.
Villanova is the favorite out in Las Vegas with opening odds of:
McDonald’s All-American festivities begin today.
KSR’s own Nick Roush is down in Atlanta for the 2018 McDonald’s All-American game, which of course features two future Kentucky Wildcats in Immanuel Quickley and Keldon Johnson. We will have plenty of coverage from the practices and interviews today and tomorrow, and then the actual game will be played Wednesday night at 7 pm. It will air on ESPN, so clear your schedule or set your DVR for that one.
The Powerade Jam Fest will air tonight.
To get you ready for Wednesday’s McDonald’s game, ESPN 2 will air the Powerade Jam Fest tonight at 8 pm.
Immanuel Quickley will participate in the Boys’ Three-Point contest, against Cameron Reddish (Duke) and Jahvon Quinerly (Villanova).
Keldon Johnson will be among the eight contestants in the Dunk Contest, although all eyes will be on Zion Williamson in that one.
Johnson will also play in the Legends and Stars Shootout.
ESPN 2. 8 o’clock. Tonight.
Tubby Smith is going to High Point.
As predicted on Kentucky Sports Radio some two weeks ago, Tubby Smith’s next coaching job will be at High Point, his alma mater. Part 2 of that prediction is G.G. Smith, Tubby’s son, will join the staff as an assistant and eventually take over the job once Tubby steps down. You heard it here, folks.
UK’s Spring Football Practice continues this week.
We won’t have any updates for you today, but there will be plenty of football talk later on in the week as the Cats return to practice for the second of four straight weeks after spring break, leading up to the spring game on April 13.
ICYMI: Politico released its story on Matt Jones.
I did a 52-minute interview with the author while sitting in the parking lot of a Kroger and not a single one of my quotes made the final cut. Other than that, it’s a pretty good look into Matt’s political aspirations and his haircut.
Kentucky Baseball beat No. 9 Auburn.
The Cats won the three-game series against ninth-ranked Auburn, 2-1, by winning the second game of Sunday’s double-header, 13-3. Tristan Pompey was the star Sunday night with four hits, five RBI and one home run in the victory.
It marked the second series over a top-10 team in the last three weekends. Nick Mingione should be fired up during his Monday Motivation on KSR today.