Because I’m devoted to bringing y’all top notch UK Women’s Basketball coverage, our old-friend Kindsey Bernhard and I made the trek from Lexington to Greenville, South Carolina last night for the Women’s SEC Tournament. Based off our short time here, I can already tell Greenville is one of the best cities in the South. The parks are gorgeous, food is delicious, the people are incredibly friendly and I’m excited for three more days here. If you ever find yourself wanting a nice weekend trip, I 10/10 recommend Greenville.
Also, Greenville is the nicest/fittest/prettiest city pic.twitter.com/mFwBaqMzb6
– Haley Simpson (@haleysimpKSR) March 2, 2017
Anyways, on to the reason we’re here. Earlier today, the team went to North East Street Academy, a local elementary school who’s students the players have been pen pals with. The team hung out with the students, played some ball, danced and led them in the Cats cheer.
The Cats are a four seed in the tournament, earning them a two-game bye. They’ll take the floor for the first time tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. against No. 12 Alabama. Kentucky visited Tuscaloosa back in January and handled the Tide easily in a 71-54 win. Evelyn Akhator completely destroyed them in the paint, scoring 29 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. So it’s sufficient to say that the Cats will try to win using that technique once again, but the Tide will also probably try to shut her down.
In order to get to the quarterfinals, Alabama defeated No. 13 Vanderbilt on Tuesday and pulled out an upset against No. 5 Tennessee earlier today. Kentucky lost its last game to the Volunteers in Knoxville, so Alabama is a far easier matchup for the Cats.
If Kentucky comes out against Alabama tomorrow, they’ll face the winner of No. 8 Georgia or No. 1 South Carolina who play the first game tomorrow at noon. Kentucky has won both their games against Georgia this season 82-61 and 66-56. However, the Cats have lost both times they’ve played the Gamecocks albeit a close one on Sunday in Columbia.
Tomorrow’s game can be found on the SEC Network so tune in and avoid your work with some mid-day basketball. Also, follow me on Twitter.com at @haleysimpKSR for all of your Women’s Basketball needs but I’ll also have updates here.
P.S. if you have any Greenville recommendations, feel free to send them my way.