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Today On KSR: It’s the last day of the college basketball season

Good morning, Kentucky-Sports-Radio-dot-com readers. It’s Monday, my seventh-favorite day of the week, and this particular Monday marks the end of the college basketball season. (Sad face.)

The national championship game is tonight.

College basketball’s national champion will be crowned tonight when Virginia and Texas Tech get together to see who can get to 50 points in the title game. It’s the championship no one expected or asked for, but it’s the way the bracket played out, leaving fans with a slow, defensive showdown on a Monday night.

Will you watch?

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Rick Barnes to UCLA is a possibility.

UCLA’s coaching search hasn’t gone well, but it may have an end in sight and Tennessee fans don’t love it. Rick Barnes, who was recently named Naismith Coach the Year, is reportedly a front-runner for the Bruins’ head coaching job, per several trusted reports, including Evan Daniels. Barnes of course led the Vols to one of its best seasons ever in 2018-19, but his success in Knoxville may be short-lived, if UCLA comes through with a formal offer.

Tavin Richardson transferred to Marshall.

We knew Richardson was eyeing other options when he entered the NCAA’s transfer portal back in January, now we know he is off to Marshall for next season. The loss will hurt UK’s young receiving corps, but at least there has been some progress among the younger receivers.

Spring Practice: Kentucky’s Wide Receivers Progress

Lynn Bowden is the star of the group; beyond that, there is plenty of room for players to step up, especially now that Richardson is officially gone. He would’ve returned 49 receptions, 645 yards and a touchdown from his redshirt freshman, sophomore and junior seasons.

UK’s Spring Game is this Friday.

We will have plenty of coverage in the days ahead as UK’s Spring Football Game inches closer. For now, get caught up on Nick Roush’s spring practice reports here. You can expect a new KSR Football Podcast in the next day or two as well.

You can still get tickets to the Spring Game here.

We should get the NBA decisions this week.

According to their social media accounts, most of the UK players spent the weekend at home, presumably to discuss their futures with family members. Once they come back and have a chat with Coach Cal, I think we will begin to hear their NBA decisions.

Remember: players can now enter the draft and hire an agent, and still decide to return to school. So don’t panic when they all announce they will enter the draft. Anyone who can test the waters should test the waters.

UK Baseball dropped another one yesterday.

The Kentucky baseball team lost two of three at Missouri over the weekend, winning the first game in the series on Friday before dropping the next two. Sunday’s contest was a 2-9 win for the Tigers, propelled by a five-run seventh inning that put the game out of reach.

The Cats dropped to 2-10 in the conference and 17-15 overall. Action returns at Lipscomb on Wednesday, followed by a weekend road series at Ole Miss, before Louisville comes to town on April 16.

It’s Monday at The Masters.

Can’t. Wait.

Lee Cruse will join today’s show.

With Matt Jones in New York recovering from WrestleMania, Ryan Lemond and I called in the help of Lee Cruse for today’s show. Tune in at 10 a.m.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

11 Comments for Today On KSR: It’s the last day of the college basketball season

  1. Kat4Life
    9:07 am April 8, 2019 Permalink

    It would very hard, if not impossible, to overstate how little I care about tonight’s game.

    • 4everUKblue
      9:36 am April 8, 2019 Permalink

      I only care about VA losing, other than that I could care less. It will be interesting to see how many blown calls there are though.

    • chrislarkey
      11:18 am April 8, 2019 Permalink

      The last game of season was last week

      Just glad dook isnt in the finals

    • catsarerunnin
      12:03 pm April 8, 2019 Permalink

      What game?

  2. ClutchCargo
    9:07 am April 8, 2019 Permalink

    I don’t understand UK fans not watching the NCAA title game. Yes, it would be so much better if our team was in it, but it’s still basketball. How can we claim to to be the most knowledgeable fan base if we only watch games involving UK?

    • 4everUKblue
      9:29 am April 8, 2019 Permalink

      The incompetence or corruptness or of the officials makes it very hard for me to watch. UCF, got screwed and so did Auburn, just to name two.

    • StillBP
      11:35 am April 8, 2019 Permalink

      Meh, we know enough about the teams and how they got there, no obligation to watch.

    • catsarerunnin
      12:06 pm April 8, 2019 Permalink

      It’s a great idea having the finals played at around 9:30. I have to be really inspired to watch any game that will end around midnight unless it’s the Cats.

  3. 4everUKblue
    9:55 am April 8, 2019 Permalink

    For anyone who questions the officials bias or corruptness, go back and watch UK vs AZ in 97′.

    Arizona-Kentucky (1997, national title game): Arizona raced to the national title after a battle with Kentucky, the defending national champion. The game was tight throughout, but the Arizona Wildcats dominated in overtime, outscoring the other Wildcats 10-5 in the extra period. Yet the foul calls were the issue after the game. Arizona set an NCAA tournament record with 34 made free throws on 41 attempts. All of Arizona’s points in overtime came off free throws. But Kentucky had just 17 free throw attempts in the game.

    Arizona did not score a FG in the final 2 minutes of regulation or OT. Nothing fishy about that…

  4. UK_Finchy
    11:36 am April 8, 2019 Permalink

    “Remember: players can now enter the draft and hire an agent, and still decide to return to school.”

    Um, no.

    • UK_Finchy
      11:37 am April 8, 2019 Permalink

      Scratch that. You are 100% right and I am 100% wrong. That’s what I get.