Southwestern used a 22-2 scoring spurt from late in the 2nd quarter to early in the 3rd period in downing Hopkinsville 52-41 at the Boys Sweet 16 in Lexington. Southwestern was led in scoring by Justin Epperson with 18 points off the bench. He was one of three Warriors in double figures. Hopkinsville was led by Jordan Majors with 18, followed by Demarius Henry with 10.
The Tigers finish the season 32-3, while Southwestern improves to 28-8 and will face Rowan County in the first quarterfinal game Friday at 11 am Hopkinsville time. Rowan County defeated North Laurel 64-46 earlier today.
Tonight's games have Bullitt East meeting Trinity at 5:30, followed by Apollo and Clark County. Both games air at 5:15 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
South Carolina Tuesday fired men's basketball coach Darrin Horn.
The Gamecocks finished last in the Southeastern Conference at 2-14, their worst record in 20 years in the league. South Carolina's overall 10-21 record marked just the fourth 20-loss season in more than a century of basketball.
Horn, who just completed his fourth season as the Gamecocks' coach, has three years remaining on his contract and is owed a total of $2.4 million.
Horn was hired from Western Kentucky after leading the Hilltoppers to the Sweet 16 in 2008.
His first team at South Carolina went 21-10 and 10-6 in the SEC, winning the Eastern Division. But it wasn't enough to get the team's first NCAA tournament bid since 2004, and his teams won fewer games each season after that.
Horn issued a statement thanking fans for their support. "My family and I have thoroughly enjoyed our time in Columbia and wish nothing but the best for the Gamecocks," Horn said.
Horn has been a head coach for nine seasons, with an overall record of 171-111.
High School Basketball
The PNC/KHSAA Boys Sweet 16 begins today at Lexington’s Rupp Arena. Second region winner Hopkinsville 32-2 meets 12th region winner Southwestern 27-8 on the season in the second game of the afternoon session.
Coverage of the game airs with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 12:30 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com. The opening game at 11 am Hopkinsville time has 2011 runner up Rowan County of the 16th region meeting region 13 winner North Laurel.
Tonight’s games have Bullitt East and Trinity—two of the pre tournament favorites—playing at 5:30 followed by region 3 winner Apollo and Clark County. Those games can be heard at 5:15 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
In addition to the Hopkinsville Tigers being at the Sweet 16, Gary Craft will be one of the officials working the tournament. Craft is a Christian County High graduate who has been an official for 25 seasons according to a story in the Kentucky New Era.
High School Baseball
Tuesday’s scores: Muhlenberg County defeated Todd Central 16-2 in 6 innings, Henderson County over Madisonville 8-3, Franklin Simpson defeated Butler County 12-2, Glasgow over Greenwood 7-1.
High School Softball
Tuesday’s scores: Bowling Green shutout Barren County 9-0
President Barack Obama and British prime minister David Cameron were on hand to watch the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers rally from a 16 point deficit with less than five minutes to go to defeat Mississippi Valley State 59-58 in the First Four in Dayton.
The Hilltoppers, now 16-18 on the season face top seed Kentucky in the South region Thursday at 5:50 pm at the KFC/Yum Center in Louisville. Pre game coverage begins at 4 on Lite 98.7.
BYU rallied from a 25 point deficit in the first half to down Iona—the nation’s top scoring team—79-72. BYU will face Marquette in the first round of the West region Thursday in Louisville.
There’s two more First Four games tonight in Dayton with Lamar meeting Vermont and South Florida meeting California.
NIT: Oregon defeated LSU 96-76, with former Christian County standout Anthony Hickey scoring two points, grabbing three rebounds and four assists. The Tigers finish the season 18-15.
Tennessee defeated Savannah State 65-51 and will face Middle Tennessee in the second round. The Blue Raiders defeated Marshall 86-78.
The Tennessean reports Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak and other staff members will meet today with free agent quarterback Peyton Manning. The Titans hosted former Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Steve Hutchison yesterday.
Former Hopkinsville High football coach Craig Clayton has landed a new job in the Nashville area. The Tennessean reports Clayton has been named as the new coach at Hillsboro High School. Clayton was fired two months ago following seven seasons as football coach at Franklin High. Clayton led the Rebels to the 2008 state championship game and compiled a 65-22 record in seven seasons at Franklin, who finished 8-4 in the 2011 season.
ESPN reports the Tennessee Titans will host a visit from former Minnesota Vikings Pro Bowl guard Steve Hutchison. League sources say Hutchison was on the Titans radar before beginning to pursue free agent quarterback Peyton Manning. The Titans want to beef up their offensive line with a veteran leader.
The source also says if the Titans could sign Hutchison, it would make coming to Nashville more appealing to Manning. Hutchison is also said to be close to current signal caller Matt Hasselbeck, as the two played together in Seattle. The report also says Manning will meet with Titans coach Mike Munchak and a number of Titans offensive assistants today or tomorrow.
In addition to the NCAA First Four tonight in Dayton, the National Invitational Tournament also begins play. Anthony Hickey and the LSU Tigers are at Oregon, while top seed Tennessee meets Savannah State and Middle Tennessee entertains Marshall.
High School Baseball
Monday’s scores: Madisonville edged Hopkinsville 2-1, Fort Campbell over Kenwood, TN 11-1, Muhlenberg County over Trigg County 8-1, Edmonson County defeated Webster County 11-3, Crittenden County over Reidland 5-2, Union County over Owensboro 8-3.
Today’s games: Todd Central hosts Muhlenberg County, Madisonville at Henderson County, Hopkins Central goes to Webster County, Lyon County at Reidland, Community Christian at Livingston Central.
High School Softball
Monday’s scores: Bowling Green defeated Russellville 15-0 in 3 innings.
Today’s games: Ohio County hosts Daviess County, Paducah Tilghman entertains Fulton County and Bowling Green welcomes Barren County.
High School Basketball
The PNC/KHSAA Boys Sweet 16 begins tomorrow at Lexington’s Rupp Arena. Region 2 representative Hopkinsville puts its 32-2 record on the line against 12th region winner Southwestern who is 27-8 on the season.
Coverage of the game begins at 12:30 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com. The opening game of the tournament features 2011 runner up Rowan County meeting North Laurel.
The NCAA Tournament begins this evening with the First Four in Dayton, Ohio. Western Kentucky meets Mississippi Valley State at 5:40, with the winner to face Kentucky in the South region Thursday in Louisville. The second game has Iona meeting BYU with the winner to play Marquette in the West region Thursday in Louisville. Coverage of both games at 5:30 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
The field for the Women’s NCAA Tournament was announced Monday night. Kentucky is the two seed in the Kingston regional and will open against 15 seed McNeese State Saturday afternoon at 3:20 in Ames, Iowa.
Louisville is the 7th seed in the Raleigh region and will face 10 seed Michigan State at 12:30 Saturday in College Park, Maryland. Tennessee is the 2nd seed in the Des Moines region and will play 15 seed UT Martin Saturday at 4:10 pm in Chicago. Vanderbilt is the 7 seed in the Fresno region and will play 10 seed Middle Tennessee Sunday at 5:10 pm in Nashville.
Austin Peay begins spring practice today, with 16 players returning on offense and defense. Coach Rick Christophel tells The Leaf Chronicle the emergence of new leaders could be critical to the Governors effort to improve on last year’s 3-8 record.
The Tennessee Titans have entered the Peyton Manning sweepstakes. The Tennessean reports Manning will meet with coach Mike Munchak in the next few days at an undisclosed time or place. Titans owner Bud Adams told the Tennessean Sunday Manning was the man he wants and will be disappointed if he does not get him. Manning is also to meet with the Miami Dolphins sometime this week.
The Nashville Predators won a 5-4 shootout over the Phoenix Coyotes last night. The Predators return to action Thursday at San Jose.