Good morning, folks! It’s an off day for both the Men’s and Women’s NCAA Tournaments today, but don’t worry, we’ve got more Kentucky High School Basketball coverage coming throughout the day to help satisfy your March Madness appetite. The NBA trade deadline is also set for 3 p.m. later today, for those who enjoy the mind-melting pandemonium that is the hours leading up to the deadline. Trey Lyles and Eric Bledsoe are rumored to be on the out, so keep an eye on the site throughout the day to see where your favorite former ‘Cats might be on the move to.
Here’s what you need to know as we head into a rain-filled Thursday across the Bluegrass.
KHSAA Regional Tournaments continue
After two Regional Championships were decided on Wednesday night, seven Regional semifinals are set for Thursday night.
Last night, the Bowling Green Purples and Knox County Central Patriots took home titles for the 4th and 14 Region, respectively, No. 4 St. Henry was upset by No. 7 Highlands, and DuPont Manual needed overtime to sneak past Kaleb Glenn and the Male Bulldogs.
Here’s a quick recap of the scores from Wednesday night:
University Heights 69, Henderson County 53 (2nd)
No. 7 Bowling Green 57, Greenwood 49 (4th Championship)
Ballard 79, Trinity 57 (7th)
DuPont Manual 68, Male 62 – overtime (7th)
No. 25 Conner 71, No. 18 Dixie Heights 54 (9th)
No. 7 Highlands 74, No. 4 St. Henry 68 (9th)
Boyle County 57, East Jessamine 41 (12th)
Knott County Central 65, Hazard 56 (14th Championship)
We’ve got all the in-depth coverage you need from last night’s games right here.
KSR’s Transfer Tracker is up and running
Kentucky’s season has only been over for two weeks, but the staff has already been busy reaching out to players in the transfer portal, along with monitoring the situations of those who may become available in the coming weeks and months.
Who are the biggest available names on the board with confirmed or rumored Kentucky interest? Jack Pilgrim breaks them all down below.
Breaking down Liam Coen’s comments on Analytics vs. Instinct
Freddie Maggard is one of the best in the business for a reason. On Wednesday, he broke down Liam Coen’s comments on analytics, why Chris Rodriguez needs the ball more, and who replaces Drake Jackson at center. It’s all must-read stuff for Kentucky Football fans and you can check it out right here. And when you’re done with that, watch this beautiful video of Vince Marrow mic’d up during spring practice.
Yes … We did mic up the Big Dog this spring …
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) March 24, 2021
Recapping the 2020-21 WBB season
Kentucky Women’s Basketball ended its 2020-21 season with a whimper. The last few weeks (or months, even) felt like a slow path towards disappointment and that wound up being the case on Tuesday afternoon when Iowa smacked the Wildcats in the Round of 32. It was a fitting end to a bad stretch of basketball that saw UK go 7-5 over the final 12 games. With the dust settling a bit, I broke down everything that I believe went wrong with the season–and there sure was a lot to say.
No. 7 UK Softball falls in overtime, No. Volleyball sweeps ‘Bama
Kentucky Softball lost just its third game of the season late on Wednesday night, falling in extra innings to the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. Kassidy Stumbo has you ready to go with a recap from the ‘Cats 2-1 lose.
As for the Volleyball ‘Cats, they easily swept the Alabama Crimson Tide, 3-0, in the first of a two-game series that will finish up the regular season for Kentucky. Alex Weber provided his recap from the landslide win.
KSR and the crew coming up in an hour. Head Football coach Mark Stoops plans on joining the show to talk spring practice and what he’s seen from the new-look ‘Cats.