It’s a transitional day in the sports world as we say goodbye to the college basketball season and hello to The Masters. Those are two of our top stories in this Monday edition of KSR’s morning newspaper hitting online newsstands right now on this lovely fifth day of April. I hope you have a great one.
Now for some things you may might interesting:
The national champion will be crowned tonight.
Only Baylor stands between Gonzaga and the NCAA’s first undefeated team since the 1975-76 Indiana Hoosiers. Two days after Gonzaga’s thrilling finish against Johnny Juzang’s UCLA, the Bulldogs and Bears—the two best teams all season—will meet on the main stage for college basketball’s grand prize. A 4.5-point favorite, Gonzaga is eyeing a perfect 32-0 record and the school’s first national championship.
Tip-off is at 9:20 p.m. ET on CBS.
Stanford won the women’s title last night. (Shout out to Wilder Treadway.)
Congrats are in order for Stanford after the Cardinal won the NCAA women’s championship last night. A game that came down until the very end, Stanford held off the Arizona Wildcats and one final shot attempt from the game’s leading scorer, Arizona’s Aari McDonald, to win the school’s first national championship since 1992.
Former KSR writer Wilder Treadway, our old beat reporter for UK women’s basketball, is an SID for Stanford. Congrats to Wilder and his style:
UK Volleyball earned the No. 2 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.
The NCAA’s volleyball tournament will be held in an Omaha bubble later this month and your University of Kentucky Wildcats will be the No. 2 overall seed in the field when the tournament begins. The highest-seed in school history, Kentucky received a first-round bye that leaves the Cats waiting on the UNLV-Illinois State winner for a second-round match on Thursday, April 15 at 7 p.m. ET.
You can find Kentucky in the bottom right corner of the 48-team bracket:
DeMarcus Cousins to join the Clippers.
Cousins will join the Los Angeles Clippers on a 10-day deal at some point this week, his fifth team in the NBA and fourth in four years dating back to the Achilles injury that derailed his career in New Orleans in early 2018. The signing brings Boogie back to league competition since he was waived from the Rockets earlier this season, and puts him with former teammates Rajon Rondo and Patrick Patterson on a championship contender in the West.
Keldon Johnson is making history in San Antonio.
The former Wildcat joined some elite company in beginning their Spurs careers with 700 points and 330 rebounds in their first 60 games. Robinson, Duncan, Johnson…
Three players in Spurs history with 700+ PTS and 330+ REB in their first 60 career games:
Keldon Johnson pic.twitter.com/ael19O6Msi
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) April 4, 2021
It’s Monday at The Masters.
— The Masters (@TheMasters) April 5, 2021
There’s a new KSR Football Podcast coming your way soon.
With all of the exciting stuff happening over at the UK training facility this spring, it’s time to record and release a new edition of the KSR Football Podcast. Nick Roush, Freddie Maggard, Charles Walker and I will meet tonight to discuss the latest on spring football and the new episode will hit your podcast feed late tonight, probably while you’re watching basketball. Any questions? Send them to us on the Twitter machine.
Today’s KSR will be without Ryan again.
The Lemond family vacation has Ryan occupied today but the Kentucky Sports Radio radio show will continue without him. I’ll dial in from Lexington, Matt from Louisville and Shannon from the studio as we broadcast live from 10 to noon today. Tune in.