Emotions ran high and with tears in their eyes, the Louisville Cardinals earned their second consecutive trip to the Final Four with a 85-63 win over Duke in the finals of the Midwest Region Sunday in Indianapolis.
The Cards fought through the emotions of losing Kevin Ware in the first half with a broken leg and picked up their 33rd win of the season behind Russ Smith’s 23 points, along with 14 points and 11 rebounds from Gorgui Dieng. The Cardinals will face Wichita State Saturday in Atlanta.
Michigan joined Louisville in the Final Four after dominating Florida in the finals of the South Region 79-59. The Wolverines opened the game with a 13-0 run and never looked back. Michigan will face Syracuse Saturday in Atlanta.
The emotions of Louisville’s win in the men’s tournament carried over to the women’s tournament as well as the Cardinals upset top overall seed Baylor 82-81. Monique Reid’s free throws with 2.6 seconds left gave Louisville the victory. Louisville will face Tennessee in the Oklahoma City region final, after the Lady Vols rolled over Oklahoma 74-59. The game takes place tomorrow night.
A trip to the Final Four in New Orleans is on the line tonight as 30-5 Kentucky faces 32-4 Connecticut in the Bridgeport region final. Tip off is at 6:30, with pre game coverage at 6:15 on Lite 98.7.
Also this evening is the Spokane region final as Georgia meets California.
Kentucky coach John Calipari announced Sunday guard Ryan Harrow is transferring to Georgia State. In a statement, Calipari said he supported Harrow’s decision to move closer to home to be with his ailing father, who suffered a stroke before the start of the basketball season.
Harrow will seek a waiver from the NCAA to be allowed to play next season, otherwise he will have to sit out a year. Harrow transferred to Kentucky from North Carolina State following his freshman season.
Western Kentucky University’s Board of Regents have scheduled a meeting at 11:30 this morning to vote on the school leaving the Sun Belt Conference to join Conference USA. As we reported late last week, it had been widely speculated that WKU would have the opportunity to join CUSA. WKU would join Conference USA in 2014. WKU has been a member of the Sun Belt since 1982 in all sports but football, which came into the fold when the program went to Football Bowl Subdivision in 2009.
High School Baseball-Today’s games: Fort Campbell hosts St. Mary, Caldwell County entertains Logan County, Henderson County travels to Crittenden County, Madisonville is at Seminole, FL.
High School Softball- Today’s games: Christian County goes to Union County, Hopkinsville is at Franklin Simpson, Russellville hosts Butler County.
High School Basketball: Hopkinsville’s Jordan Majors was selected to the Kentucky Senior All Star team over the weekend. Majors averaged 21.6 points per game in leading the Tigers to the semi finals of the Boys Sweet 16 before they lost to state champion Madison Central.
Also named to the Kentucky Junior All Star team was Hopkinsville's Tra Edwards. Edwards averaged 10 points per game this past season. Both Kentucky senior and junior teams will play against their counterparts from Indiana in June.
Owensboro Catholic’s Becca Greenwell was chosen to the Kentucky Senior Girls All Star team announced Sunday.
MLB: The Cincinnati Reds open the season this afternoon hosting the LA Angels of Anaheim at Great American Ballpark. Pre game coverage begins at 2:40 on News/Talk WHOP.
Other openers include the Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh, Atlanta hosts Philadelphia and St. Louis is at Arizona.
Minor League Baseball: The Bowling Green Hot Rods have unveiled their roster for the 2013 season. It includes seven of Baseball America’s Top 30 Tampa Bay Rays prospects and the first ever Kentucky native. Luke Maile, a catcher-first baseman of Edgewood joins the Hot Rods this season. Maile played collegiately at Kentucky. The Hot Rods open their season Thursday at South Bend, with the Midwest League team opening the home portion of the season next Monday against Lansing.
NHL: The Nashville Predators wrap up a two game road trip at Chicago this evening, with pre game coverage at 7:30 on News/Talk WH