To the dismay of many fans, college basketball officials are big fans of charges. The pandemic that is plaguing college basketball has spread to the NBA.
Last night Jamal Murray made a textbook poster at the rim. He ripped out the soul of Milwaukee Bucks’ D.J. Wilson and stomped on it. The play was breathtaking. One ref was so overwhelmed with emotion, he felt the need to get involved and call a charge.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 10, 2020
— SLAM (@SLAMonline) March 10, 2020
The official that blew his whistle was not the one standing underneath the rim. The ref from behind the play made the egregious mistake.
Inconceivable. It’s well past time to #BanCharges.
The Latest on Ashton Hagans
John Calipari spent most of Monday talking around what’s next for Ashton Hagans. He said on multiple occasions that he had not yet talked to the UK point guard.
“I think it’ll all be fine. It’ll play out,” he said on his coaches’ show. “I haven’t talked to him yet, but I know he’s back with the team. We were off yesterday and basically off today, so he maybe did some individuals with the group, but the No. 1 thing with all of these kids is the health and welfare of the kids. Things happen.”
Aside from the telephone conversation he had on his call-in show, Calipari completed a couple of other media obligations, talking more at length about Hagans on the SEC Teleconference and spending 15 minutes with Dan Patrick Monday morning.
After spending so much time talking Monday, he will be absent from this afternoon’s media opportunity. Instead we will only hear from some of the players before they depart for the SEC Tournament in Nashville.
Five Conference Championship Games
The ACC Tournament tips off today in Greensboro at 4:30 ET between Pitt and Wake Forest, but the heaviest dose of daytime basketball does not hit until Wednesday. To stave off your starvation for basketball, tonight five teams will punch their tickets to the NCAA Tournament. Saint Mary’s gets one more shot at BYU in the WCC thanks to Jordan Ford’s last-second heroics.
Jordan Ford. Game. Set. Match. pic.twitter.com/JDA9OX5Gpg
— Kyle Boone (@Kyle__Boone) March 10, 2020
To reach their third NCAA Tournament bid in four years, Northern Kentucky must defeat UIC in the Horizon League finals. Last month the Flames beat the Norse by 30 at home. We’ll see if NKU can avenge the loss when the ball is tipped at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.
- Northeast: St. Francis (PA) at Robert Morris at 7:00 on ESPN2
- Colonial: Northeastern vs. Hofstra at 7:00 on CBSSN
- WCC: Saint Mary’s vs. #2 Gonzaga at 9:00 on ESPN
- Summit: North Dakota vs. North Dakota State at 9:00 on ESPN2
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UK Baseball Concludes Homestand
This afternoon’s 4 p.m. first pitch vs. Western Kentucky will be the 14th game played at Kentucky Proud Park over the last three weeks. Aside from the sweep at the hands of UNC-Wilmington, the Bat Cats have not lost in this season-opening homestand.
Over the weekend they took care of business against Oakland and Norfolk State. T.J. Collett was named SEC Co-Player of the Week and National Player of the Week after batting .455 with six extra-base hits (three doubles, three home runs) among his 10 total hits, seven runs and 13 RBI. Not too shabby.
UK Football Pocket Pass Returns
Kentucky fans can get in the stands for all seven 2020 games at Kroger Field for only $250. Back by popular demand, the virtual ticket is delivered to your mobile device before every game and will move you to different parts in the stadium. If you purchase them with a group of up to six people you can sit next to each other during each game. Last year the Pocket Pass sold out. Click here to learn more and purchase your pass before they’re gone.
More Kentucky Football Spring Practice
Practice No. 4 is currently underway at the Joe Craft Football Training Facility. Now popping pads with helmets and shoulder pads, there’s a little extra juice on the field. We’ll speak with the offense once the practice concludes.
They last hit the field Saturday afternoon while the basketball team came from behind to beat Florida. You probably missed everything that Mark Stoops had to say about their first day in pads, so go ahead and take a gander.
Later this afternoon we’ll bring you a new episode of 11 Personnel to catch you up on everything that’s happening at UK football spring practice.
HOLY CUP SNAKE!
Aside from Austin MacGinnis, the outrageously long cup snakes are the best part of the fledgling league. XFL fans continue to break new ground, proving anything is possible if you just put your mind to it.
Guess how many cups are in the legendary beer snake.
Any math nerds want to help us out here? pic.twitter.com/sGSb2CDeJ9
— XFL (@xfl2020) March 8, 2020