Join Todd Hamilton for Sports Tonight at 5:06 on News/Talk WHOP. Among guests this evening, Todd will visit with former UK basketball standout Cameron Mills who was in town earlier this week and have a preview of the Christian County-Bowling Green football game. Jeff Sisk will have a season ending interview with Hopkinsville football coach Mark Clark.
Then at 6:06, it’s the Reds Hot Stove League program hosted by Marty and Thom Brennaman.
College Basketball: Kentucky trailed by as many as 15 and came back to tie the game in the second half, but fell to second ranked Michigan State 78-74 in the Champions Classic in Chicago. Freshman Julius Randle had his third double-double of the season with 27 points-23 in the second half and 13 rebounds to lead the Wildcats in scoring.
Fellow freshmen James Young had 19 points and Andrew Harrison added 11 for Kentucky, now 2-1 on the season. The Wildcats return to action Sunday hosting Robert Morris, with pregame coverage at 4:30 on Lite 98.7.
Elsewhere last night: Third ranked Louisville rolled to its second win of the season over Hofstra 97-69. Russ Smith had 21 of his 30 points in the first half. Murray State won its home opener over Brescia 97-69, Vanderbilt edged Georgia State 86-80 and Tennessee fell to Xavier 67-63.
Former Christian County standout Anthony Hickey Jr. had 16 points and seven assists in a reserve role in LSU’s 92-90 season opening loss at Massachusetts. The Tigers are back in action Saturday night hosting Northwestern State.
Meanwhile, former Colonel Donovan Kates did not score in Manhattan’s 71-70 win over Columbia.
Austin Peay’s Lady Governors defeated Southern Illinois 71-69 on Tiasha Gray’s jumper with 1.9 seconds remaining. Austin Peay is now 1-1 on the season.
Women’s basketball action today has 7th ranked Kentucky meeting Georgia Southern.
Nine freshmen, including three from Kentucky, are on the initial list for the John R. Wooden award, presented to the nation’s top collegiate player. Julius Randle, Andrew Harrison and James Young made the list of 50 players.
Also making the list from Louisville were upperclassmen Russ Smith and Montrezl Harrell. That number will be trimmed to 25 at midseason, with the recipient to be named during the Final Four in North Texas next year.
NHL: The New York Islanders handed the Nashville Predators their third straight loss last night by the score of 3-1. Nashville finishes its seven game road trip Friday night at Pittsburgh, before returning to Bridgestone Arena Saturday night to host the Chicago Blackhawks.