High School Basketball
The Houchens Industries/KHSAA Girls Sweet 16 began Wednesday in Bowling Green.
4th region representative Glasgow lost to Butler 54-49, 11th region winner Dunbar had to go to overtime to defeat Boone County 72-70, 7th region representative Manual—one of the pre tournament favorites--held off Perry County Central 50-41 and 3rd region representative Muhlenberg County fell to Montgomery County 60-43.
Today’s games: 2nd region representative Hopkinsville makes its first ever appearance in the Sweet 16 against 1st region winner Marshall County. The Lady Tigers are 31-4, while Marshall County is 27-8. The teams played during the regular season with Hopkinsville winning 60-49.
Tip off at noon at EA Diddle Arena, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 11:40 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Other games have Marion County meeting Walton Verona this afternoon, with Magoffin County going against Ashland Blazer and Lincoln County meeting Clay County this evening.
The Kentucky High School Athletics Association announced Wednesday Houchens Industries has signed a five year extension to remain the sponsor of the Girls Sweet 16. The new deal runs out in 2015. Houchens has been the corporate sponsor of the Girls Sweet 16 since 2000.
The Louisville Cardinals got off to a flying start in the Big East tournament in New york defeating Seton Hall 61-55. Peyton Siva led the Cards with 14 points. Louisville meets second seed Marquette this evening at Madison Square Garden.
The Southeastern Conference tournament begins today at the New Orleans Arena.
LSU meets Arkansas at noon, with the winner to face top seed Kentucky at noon Friday. Alabama meets South Carolina, Ole Miss plays Auburn this evening with the winner to face second seed Tennessee tomorrow, while Mississippi State meets Georgia in the nightcap, with the winner to meet Vanderbilt Friday night.
Former Tennessee assistant Eric Russell—who left the Vols in December to accept a coaching position at Washington State—says uncertainty contributed toward his decision to leave Knoxville. The Knoxville News Sentinel—citing a report from the Spokane Spokesman Review—says Russell claims being closer to his hometown in Idaho had nothing to do with leaving UT.
The Nashville Predators are back in action this evening, hosting the Colorado Avalanche at Bridgestone Arena. Coverage of the game begins at 7 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
Nashville native Brandt Snedeker is in the field for the WGC-Cadillac Championship which begins today at TPC Blue Monster at Doral in Miami, Florida. New world number one Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods are also in the field.