Boys Sweet 16
Poor shooting and turnovers sent the Hopkinsville Tigers out of the PNC/KHSAA Boys Sweet 16 Wednesday. The Tigers fell to Southwestern 51-42. Hoptown shot 28.3 percent for the game and turned the ball over 25 times.
Hopkinsville was led in scoring by Jordan Majors with 18 and Demarius Henry with 10 in finishing the season 32-3, while Southwestern moves to the quarterfinals with a 28-8 record and will face Rowan County in the first quarterfinal game Friday. The Vikings defeated North Laurel 64-46.
The evening session Wednesday saw Trinity defeat Bullitt East 52-32 and Clark County win over 3rd region representative Apollo 56-36. Trinity and Clark County will play the second quarterfinal game Friday afternoon.
Today’s games: 4th region winner Bowling Green meets Oldham County of the 8th region at 11 am Hopkinsville time, with Boone County and Knott County Central in the second afternoon game.
Tonight’s games have 1st region winner Marshall County meeting Scott County at 5:30, with John Hardin and Johnson Central in the nightcap. Coverage of both games begins at 5:15 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
High School Baseball: University Heights hosts Russellville, Fort Campbell at Stewart County, TN, Trigg County welcomes Mayfield, Madisonville hosts Muhlenberg County, Caldwell County entertains Henderson County.
High School Softball: University Heights hosts Paducah Tilghman,
The NCAA tournament begins today across the nation.
Louisville: Murray State meets Colorado State in opening round play in the West Region at 11:15 am. The Racers bring a 30-1 record into the contest, while Colorado State of the Mountain West Conference is 20-11.
Top seed Kentucky meets instate rival Western Kentucky in the opening game of the South Region at 5:50 pm. The Wildcats bring a 32-2 record into the game, while Western is 16-18. Pre game coverage begins at 4 on Lite 98.7.
Portland: The Louisville Cardinals meets Davidson in their first game of the West Regional. The Cards are 26-9, while Davidson is 25-7. Tip off is at 12:40 pm Hopkinsville time.
Albuquerque: Vanderbilt meets Harvard in its first game of the East Regional. The Commodores are 24-10, while Harvard is 26-4. Tip off at 3:40 pm Hopkinsville time.
Last night in the First Four in Dayton: Vermont defeated Lamar 71-59 and South Florida defeated Cal 65-54.
The Courier Journal reports Western Kentucky is showing interest in Rowan County High senior guard DJ Townsend. Townsend is averaging 18 points per game and scored 11 for the Vikings in their win over North Laurel at the Sweet 16 Wednesday. Teammate Adam Wing has already signed with Evansville.
As the Tennessee Lady Vols get set to face UT Martin in the first round of the Women’s NCAA Tournament, coach Pat Summitt says she has made no decision about her coaching future.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Summitt said following practice Wednesday her focus was on winning another national championship. Summitt announced last August she had early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.
The Tennessean reports Vanderbilt has completed its investigation into tampering charges against former Maryland quarterback Danny O’ Brien. Coach James Franklin said Wednesday it would be inappropriate for him to say anything on the matter.
Vice Chancellor of Athletics David Williams says the report has been forwarded to the Southeastern Conference and the report was done internally because at worst it would be a secondary NCAA violation.
Free agent quarterback Peyton Manning spent eight hours Wednesday meeting with Tennessee Titans officials. Now the waiting begins to see if Manning will choose the Titans or Denver, Arizona or Miami as his next destination. Manning reportedly has no time table to make a decision, but could make it in the next few days.
The Nashville Predators return to action this evening at San Jose, with first puck to drop at 9:30.
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.