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?
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.
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.
— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 8, 2019
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.