David Leveridge- Bluegrass Sports Nation Beat Writer
The South Regional Championship game in Memphis, Tennessee featured 2 of the most successful teams in College Basketball history. Kentucky and North Carolina are 2 of the biggest name programs in College Hoops. North Carolina is the #1 seed in the South Region with a record of 30 Wins and 7 losses. UNC is on a current 3 game win streak. UNC Entered today’s game against the Cats with a big win over Texas Southern.
The Kentucky Wildcats season ended Sunday night at the hands of the North Carolina Tarheels. Carolina led for all but 3:57 of the game but in the last 50 seconds, Kentucky erased a 7 point deficit to tie the game at 73 with only nine seconds to play. Malik Monk rose up from the top of the key, with two defenders in his face, to drill an off balance three to tie the game.
At today’s off-day press conference for the South Regional Final, CATS Coach John Calipari attributed the CATS improved play to Sophomore, Isaiah Briscoe’s on floor and verbal leadership. Cal, in his opening, specifically pointed out Briscoe’s leadership and his direction on the floor.
Ty Back – Eight years ago this month, John Calipari left Memphis for the greener pastures of Lexington, KY. While coming to Memphis over the past few years to recruit and visit friends, last night was his first time back on the sidelines in FedExForum (yes it has to be written like that). A night where number two seeded Kentucky took on number three seeded UCLA for a right to move on to the 2017 NCAA South Region Final to take on the North Carolina Tarheels on Sunday. Continue reading Cats Moving On get even with UCLA→
The NCAA South Regional here in Memphis, Tennessee is a who’s who of NCAA tournament championship history. The top three teams in championships won, are in this region. UCLA leads the way as the all-time leader with 11, Kentucky is following closely behind with 8 and North Carolina, who is tied at third with 5 championships, make up three-fourths of the South Region field. Butler University, which is the fourth team, may not hold up to the standards of the other three teams, but the Bulldogs from Butler have been to two Final Fours in the last eight years, so that is not a bad resume either. Continue reading Kentucky Out Foxes UCLA in 86-75 Win→
If you are looking for surprises and upsets at this time in the tournament, you really won’t see many. On the first night of play in the Sweet 16, the buzz was about a number 11 seed, Xavier, knocking off a 2 seed in Arizona. Was this really an upset. The AP Preseason poll had Xavier ranked 7th and Arizona 10th while the USA Today Coaches poll had them 8 and 11. Did Xavier live up to expectations during the season. Continue reading NCAA Sweet 16 – Are there really any upsets at this stage of the tournament→
Hazel Green Kentucky resident and Wolfe County Softball Coach BennyCampbell has been selected as a member of the Officiating Crew for the KHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament which was played in Rupp Arena on March 15-19. Campbell joined 15 other officials from across the state as they called the 100th edition of the Sweet 16 which is billed as the Greatest Show in Hoops. The officials are assigned on a daily basis as to which games they will call. Continue reading Wolfe County Referee selected to call Boys Sweet 16→
The second weekend of the NCAA Tournament is the proverbial emotional roller coaster ride for die-hard Wildcat fans like me. I love the weekend and yet, I hate the weekend.
I love the exhilaration of knowing your team is one of sixteen teams still with a chance to win it all. I hate the realization that at any time during the weekend, your team can be sent packing, its season ended with a bad call or unlucky buzzer beater. Continue reading NCAA Tournament – Blue Memphis→