Pairings have been announced for the KHSAA Boys and Girls Sweet 16 basketball tournaments.
Houchens Industries Girls Sweet 16 at EA Diddle Arena-Bowling Green
Region 2 will play the opening game of the tournament on March 12th at noon against the 16th region winner.
Region 4 meets the 11th region winner at 8 pm March 12th.
Region 1 begins play on Thursday March 13th against the 11th region winner at noon, with the 3rd region winner meeting the 8th region winner at 8 pm.
Quarterfinal games will be Friday March 14th beginning at noon. Semi final games will be on Saturday March 15th at 6:30 and 8 pm, with the championship game on Sunday March 16th at 2 pm.
PNC Bank Boys Sweet 16 at Rupp Arena-Lexington
Region 2 gets the opening game on Wednesday March 19th at 11 am Central time against the 8th region winner, with the 3rd region winner meeting the 7th region winner at 12:30 pm Central time.
The 1st region winner plays the 12th region winner at 11 am Central time on Thursday March 20th, with the 4th region winner meeting the 14th region winner at 12:30 pm Central time.
Quarterfinal play is March 21st beginning at 11 am Central time. Semi final games will be held March 22nd at 5:30 and 7 pm Central time with the championship game Sunday March 23rd at 1 pm Central time.
High School Basketball: The Kentucky High School Athletics Association is announcing the pairings for the PNC Boys Sweet 16 and Houchens Industries Girls Sweet 16 this afternoon. The boys tournament will be played in Lexington’s Rupp Arena March 19-22, with the girls tournament the week before March 12-15 in EA Diddle Arena in Bowling Green.
Hopkinsville is ranked fifth in the Courier Journal Boys Litkenhous Top 20 poll. Ballard is ranked first this week, with Warren Central ranked 20th.
College Basketball: Syracuse has jumped to the top spot in this week’s Associated Press poll following Arizona’s loss to Cal over the weekend. The Wildcats are ranked second, followed by Florida, Wichita State and San Diego State in the top five, with Villanova, Cincinnati, Kansas, Michigan State and Michigan rounding out the top 10.
Louisville is ranked 14th and Kentucky is ranked 18th this week.
There’s three Top 25 games this evening. Newly ranked number one Syracuse hosts Notre Dame, 6th ranked Villanova welcomes Xavier and 19th ranked Oklahoma State hosts 16th ranked Iowa State.
Arizona forward Brandon Ashley will miss the remainder of the season with a foot injury he suffered in Saturday's loss to Cal. It was the first loss of the season for the top-ranked Wildcats, who will now go the rest of the way without their third-leading scorer and rebounder.
NFL: Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith said this morning he was just glad to be part of such a great experience. The Seahawks thrashed the Denver Broncos last night in Super Bowl 48 by a score of 43-8. Smith said he didn't expect his team to win in a blowout.
Meanwhile, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said his team was very excited about winning the franchise’s first world championship.
High School Basketball: Glasgow won the Girls Touchstone Energy All A state tournament Sunday, defeating Danville 53-43, while Newport Central Catholic defeated Cordia 72-61 for the boys championship.
Tonight’s games: It’s not yet certain if any games will be played this evening, including an 8th district girls matchup between Christian County and University Heights. The game is scheduled for 7:30 in Colonel Gym and if it’s played, the Heritage Bank pre game show is set for 7:15 on News/Talk WHOP and online at whopam.com.
Hopkinsville is tied for fifth in this week’s Boys Top 20 Cantrall poll in the Lexington Herald Leader, which has Trinity number one. Warren Central is 18th and Henderson County is 20th.
Butler is the new number one in the Girls Top 20 Cantrall poll, with Henderson County ranked 6th, Allen County Scottsville 13th, Glasgow 15th, Murray ranked 22nd and Bowling Green 25th.
High School Wrestling: Several area teams participated in the Fort Knox Invitational Saturday. Christian County finished second in the event, with Hopkinsville fourth, Fort Campbell fifth, Trigg County 10th and University Heights 11th. The event was won by Ryle High School.
College Basketball: Women’s action Sunday saw 13th ranked Kentucky get by 12th ranked LSU 63-56, 5th ranked Louisville defeated South Florida 79-59, 16th ranked Vanderbilt edged 17th ranked Texas A&M 71-69 and 10th ranked Tennessee defeated Alabama 64-54.
Tonight’s games: Former Christian County standout Donovan Kates and Manhattan host St. Peter’s. Women’s action has Austin Peay at Southeast Missouri, with the game tipping off at 6:30 this evening instead of 11 am this morning due to weather.
Kentucky coach John Calipari has his call in show at 5 this evening, with Big Blue Weekly at 6 on Lite 98.7. The Wildcats are back in action tomorrow night hosting Ole Miss, with pre game coverage at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
College Football: The Leaf Chronicle reports Clarksville High offensive lineman Bruno Reagan has decided to change his commitment from South Florida and is expected to sign to play for Vanderbilt University. Reagan says some staff changes at USF and interest from other schools caused him to change his mind and commit to Vanderbilt.
High School Basketball-Friday’s scores
Girls: University Heights lost to Glasgow 53-46 in the quarterfinals of the Touchstone Energy All A state tournament Friday in Frankfort. Denayia Holmes led the 17-2 Lady Blazers with 20 points, with Demetria Snorton and LeLe Grubbs adding 12 each.
Other action saw Christian County defeat Caldwell County 56-40, Crittenden County got by Fort Campbell 42-34, Franklin Simpson over Todd Central 59-27, South Warren over Russellville 78-35, Bowling Green rolled over Warren Central 73-53, Greenwood routed Warren East 72-33, Lyon County over Dawson Springs 50-13, Madisonville slipped by Hopkins Central 52-45, Henderson County over Union County 60-31.
3rd region winner Owensboro Catholic remained alive in the All A state tournament with a 77-61 win over Leslie County, while 1st region winner St. Mary was eliminated by Cordia 63-47, Community Christian over Carlisle County 61-49, Marshall County nipped Paducah Tilghman 41-40, Murray defeated Calloway County 61-47 and Ballard Memorial over Livingston Central 46-41.
Boys: Franklin Simpson nipped Todd Central 48-46, South Warren rolled Russellville 63-40, Warren Central defeated Bowling Green 52-44, Warren East gets by Greenwood 66-62, Lyon County rolled Dawson Springs 75-45, Madisonville routed Hopkins Central 53-32, Trigg County defeated Union County 60-56 in overtime, Henderson County over Webster County 56-46, Apollo over Muhlenberg County 70-61, Marshall County nipped Paducah Tilghman 57-56, Mayfield over Cairo, IL 64-59, Ballard Memorial over Livingston Central 59-49, Calloway County defeated Murray 59-38.
Girls: Hopkinsville hosts Fort Campbell, Caldwell County welcomes Crittenden County, South Warren hosts Barren County, Trigg County goes to Hickman County, Webster County at Ohio County, Henderson County entertains Apollo, Livingston Central hosts St. Mary, Union County at Carlisle County, Mayfield hosts Community Christian, McCracken County welcomes Graves County.
Boys: Christian County and Hopkinsville renew their rivalry this evening at Colonel Gym. The 2nd ranked Tigers won the first meeting 80-67 at Tiger Gym. Before the game, the numbers of basketball players Robert “Snake” Grace and Arnika Brown, along with football standout Keith Tandy will be retired. Coverage begins with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 7:15 on News/Talk WHOP and online at whopam.com.
Other games have Todd Central hosting Barren County and Russellville hosts Daviess County.
Boy/Girl doubleheaders: Bowling Green hosts Monroe County, Greenwood welcomes Cumberland County, Livingston Central hosts St. Mary, McCracken County welcomes Graves County.
College Basketball: Jarvis Williams had 26 points and 13 rebounds as Murray State defeated Austin Peay 96-88. Cameron Payne added 12 points and a career high 12 assists to also help lead the Racers in the win. Austin Peay was led in scoring by Ed Dyson and Chris Horton who each had 19 points.
Former Christian County player Donovan Kates had three points in Manhattan’s 83-75 loss to Iona.
Kentucky returns to action today at Missouri, with pre game coverage at 10:30 this morning on Lite 98.7. Other SEC games have Anthony Hickey and the LSU Tigers hosting Arkansas, Vanderbilt hosts Mississippi State and Tennessee is at Alabama.
12th ranked Louisville hosts Central Florida and Western Kentucky hosts Texas State in a men’s/women’s doubleheader.
College Football: The University of Kentucky has received the go ahead to construct a new on campus practice facility. The Lexington Herald Leader reports the privately financed two story facility is expected to be complete by early 2016.
The new practice facility will have field turf, which leads to the possibility that Commonwealth Stadium may also go to turf. The current Bermuda playing surface was installed in 2005. If Kentucky goes to a synthetic turf, it would become the fifth Southeastern Conference school to have it.
The University of Tennessee announced Friday it is dropping its apparel contract with Adidas when it concludes in June, 2015 and will be going to Nike for all sports teams attire. The Tennessean reports no length of contract or its terms with Nike have been announced.
NHL: Despite battling an upper body injury, Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber had two goals including the game winner as the Predators defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-2 in overtime. The Predators are back in action this evening at St. Louis.
High School Basketball: University Heights lost in the quarterfinals of the Girls All A State tournament to Glasgow 53-46. The Lady Blazers were led in scoring by Denayia Holmes with 20, Demetria Snorton and LeLe Grubbs each pitched 12 as UHA falls to 17-2 on the season.
Christian County and Hopkinsville get set to renew their rivalry Saturday night at Colonel Gym. Before the game, the jerseys of basketball standouts Robert “Snake” Grace and Arnika Brown, along with footballer Keith Tandy will be retired. Coverage of the game will begin with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 7:15 on News/Talk WHOP and online at whopam.com.
High School Football: WKYT-Lexington is reporting Chuck Smith—who was recently named the new coach at Madison Central—is leaving before coaching a game to return to the school that he built into a state power in the late 90’s in Boyle County and Mark Scenters is the new coach at Madison Central.
NFL: The coaches for Super Bowl 48 had a news conference in New York this morning. Denver Broncos coach John Fox says the team who performs the best will win Sunday’s game, while Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says the winner will come from who performs the best between the Seahawks top ranked defense and the powerful Broncos offense.
Reports out of St. Louis and Los Angeles indicate St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroneke has purchased 60 acres of land in Inglewood, CA. The land is located between the Forum and Hollywood Park and according to Los Angeles Times sources, the land could be the central point for a new stadium. Los Angeles has not had an NFL franchise since 1995.
Golf: Rory McIlroy has a one stroke lead after two rounds of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. McIlroy’s two under par 70 is good for a one stroke lead over American Brooks Koepka who had a seven under 65 today. Tiger Woods is eight shot back after firing a 73.
Second round play is underway at the PGA Tour’s Waste Management Phoenix Open. Nashville’s Brandt Snedeker is currently in action, with one of the co leaders Bubba Watson also on the course, with YE Yang about to begin his day. Watson and Yang began the day as co leaders after seven under 64’s on Thursday.