College Basketball: Western Kentucky opened its season in the wee small hours this morning with a 66-49 loss at 16th ranked Wichita State. The Hilltoppers were led in scoring by TJ Price and Aleksej Rostov who each had 12 points. WKU returns to action Saturday night hosting East Tennessee, with pre game coverage at 6:30 on News/Talk WHOP.
Women’s scores: 4th ranked Tennessee defeated 12th ranked North Carolina 81-65, Murray State defeated Evansville 62-50, Vanderbilt defeated Western Kentucky 85-60. 5th ranked Louisville advanced to the semifinals of the WNIT with a 100-82 victory over Qunnipiac. Louisville hosts 14th ranked LSU Thursday night.
Tonight’s action: Top ranked Kentucky meets second ranked Michigan State as part of the Champions Classic in Chicago. Coverage of the game from the United Center begins at 5 on Lite 98.7. 4th ranked Duke meets 5th ranked Kansas in the second game of the twin bill.
Third ranked Louisville hosts Hofstra, while former Christian County standout Donovan Kates and Manhattan take on Columbia. Murray State hosts Brescia, Vanderbilt takes on Georgia State in its season opener in Nashville, while Tennessee opens its season at Xavier.
Former Christian County standout Anthony Hickey, Jr. and LSU begin their season today, against Massachusetts as part of the ESPN season opening marathon. The game tips off at 10 am this morning.
Women’s action has Austin Peay at Southern Illinois.
Kentucky and Michigan State are 1-2 in the first Associated Press regular season poll of the season. Defending national champion Louisville is third followed by Duke and Kansas. Arizona is sixth, followed by Michigan, Oklahoma State, Syracuse and Ohio State rounding out the top 10.
The Wildcats are also the top ranked team in the first USA Today Coaches poll of the regular season. Michigan State, Louisville, Duke and Arizona make up the first five. Kansas is ranked sixth, followed by Syracuse, Michigan, Ohio State and Florida rounding out the top 10.
Kentucky’s Julius Randle was named the SEC player of the week Monday. The freshman had a pair of double-doubles in wins over UNC Asheville and Northern Kentucky. Randle has scored 45 points and grabbed 30 rebounds in the two wins to open the season.
College Football: The Courier Journal reports Kentucky received its first 2015 commitment Monday from four star cornerback Montrell Custis. Custis of Hampton, GA chose Kentucky over Auburn, Tennessee, Mississippi State and West Virginia among others. Hampton is the 28th ranked junior in the state of Georgia.
Hoppers Baseball: The Hoptown Hoppers have learned they will be playing their Ohio Valley League games next season at Christian County High School. The Christian County Board of Education approved the measure last week.
The Hoppers played at Colonel Field in their first season in 2012 in which they won the Ohio Valley League championship. Last season, the Hoppers played at Hopkinsville High’s Tiger Field in winning the regular season title, but losing to Fulton in the OVL championship series.
NFL: As first reported Monday, Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker is finished for the season with a Lisfranc injury in his right foot. Locker suffered the injury in the second quarter of Sunday’s 29-27 loss to Jacksonville. Ryan Fitzpatrick will take over running the Titans offense. Tennessee returns to action Thursday night hosting Indinapolis.
NHL: The Nashville Predators play their sixth game in this seven game road trip this evening at the NY Islanders. Nashville will try and snap a two game losing streak. Coverage of the game begins at 6 on News/Talk WHOP.