Happy Sunday, BBN!
It’s a quiet morning in the Bluegrass, but with how things have been going lately, you never know when breaking news could hit. So, before anything crazy happens, here’s what you need to know to start your day:
Bat Cats Play for Redemption
The UK baseball team will be back in action this afternoon for the final game in their series against Missouri. The teams have split the series so far, with UK taking the first game 2-1 and Missouri claiming the second 14-11. Yes, 14-11. Check out Trey’s recap of yesterday’s high-scoring affair here.
Today’s game is slated for 1 p.m. at the Cliff. If you can’t make it to Lexington, tune into the SEC Network+ or 630 WLAP for full coverage.
UK Softball Feels the Same
The baseball team isn’t the only group of Wildcats playing a decisive Game 3 today: the No. 18 Kentucky softball team takes on No. 6 Tennessee today at 1:30. The Cats took Game one, 9-8 in eight innings. But the Vols came back strong Saturday, earning a 8-1 victory over UK.
Only the top 12 teams in the conference qualify for the upcoming SEC tournament, and the Cats – currently sitting at No. 10 – need a win to stay in the fight until selection next weekend. Today’s game is set for 1:30 p.m.
It seems like there’s new scoop from the recruiting trail everyday. What will today bring? Well…
It’s the final day of the Nike EYBL tournament in Indianapolis. James Wiseman and D.J. Jeffries will both hit the floor, plus recently-offered 2020 player Scottie Barnes. Tyrese Maxey, whose pending decision has been generating a lot of buzz recently, is also in attendance. Assistant coaches Kenny Payne and Tony Barbee are watching all of the weekend’s action unfold.
Joel Justus is in Atlanta at the Adidas Gauntlet Series. He’ll be keeping an eye on 2020 5-star players Matthew Hurt and Jalen Green, among others.
We’ll have plenty of coverage throughout the day as updates become available.
Bledsoe vs. Rozier update
If you’ve been following the Eric Bledsoe-Terry Rozier drama, you know the media has made it seem like they really don’t get along. And, maybe they don’t. But following last night’s Celtics Game-7 win, they tried to clear the air.
“I mean, it’s the playoffs. What do you expect, us to be out there shaking hands and giving out hugs the whole time?” Bledsoe said. “That [stuff] ain’t going to happen. He had a hell of a series, man, I got to take my hat off to him.”
Part of the drama started when Rozier referred to “Drew Bledsoe,” leading the former Cat to insist he didn’t even know who Rozier was. Last night, Boston fans had a little fun at Bledsoe’s expense.
Eric Bledsoe said he didn’t know who Terry Rozier was so Celtics fans troll with, “Who is Bledsoe?” chant ? pic.twitter.com/qL1Xjh80Rd
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 29, 2018
On the court, both point guards had an excellent night. Bledsoe finished with 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting. But Rozier had the slight edge, finishing with 26 points on 10-of-16 shooting plus nine assists.
Think what you will, but I like to think it all started because of Kentucky-Louisville.
A Big Night for Lebron
Whether you love him or hate him, I’d be willing to bet most of you – at least the NBA fans – will be watching Lebron James and the Cavs take on the Pacers today for Game 7. There’s a lot on the line for Lebron, who’s never lost a first-round playoffs series. He’ll need another monster game tonight, but he’s got the momentum: in the Cavs’ three postseason wins, he’s averaging 40.7 points on 61 percent shooting, 11.7 rebounds and 6.7 assists.
If the Pacers come out with the win, today could very well be the last time we see Lebron in a Cleveland uniform… what do you think?
Tip is set for 1 p.m. and will air on ABC.
That’s all I have for right now. Have a great morning and, as always, go Cats!