Good morning, Big Blue Nation! It’s a lovely Sunday morning with temperatures feeling like spring.
With a much-needed win over Florida yesterday, the Wildcats have helped their fate and locked up the 2nd seed in the SEC Tournament this weekend in Nashville. Last night, the SEC released the seedings and schedule for the tournament. At 7:30 PM on Friday night, #2 Kentucky will face the winner of Thursday’s matchup between #7 Arkansas and #10 Vanderbilt. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday matchups can be found on the SEC Network. Friday will also be televised in its entirety on ESPNU. Saturday and Sunday’s semifinals and conference championship will air on ABC as it has in the past few years with Brad Nessler and Jimmy Dykes on the call.
UK Hoops cruised past Georgia after going on a 15-0 run early in the second half. UK Hoops advances to their third SEC Tournament championship game appearance in the last four seasons. They face Texas A&M tomorrow night at 6 PM on ESPN2. DeNesh Stallworth led the team with 18 points while senior A’dia Mathies put 11 points on the board. They previously lost in both the 2010 and 2011 finals. Last season, the Cats saw an early exit after losing to LSU in the semifinals.
UK Baseball suffered a loss yesterday as the Michigan State Spartans evened up the series at 1 game a piece. The 6-1 loss managed to end a nine-game winning streak for the Cats and it was the first home loss going back to the 2012 season. Junior third baseman Paul McConkey hit his first career home run in the 8th inning. UK Baseball will resume the series at 1 PM today as junior LHP Corey Littrell (1-0) will face sophomore RHP Mick VanVossen (0-0, 6.30).
UK Softball opened up its new softball stadium this weekend. The series is evened up at 1 game a piece as they resume at 1 PM this afternoon. The softball team is ranked #15.
In the boy’s state basketball tournament this weekend, the first semifinal saw Madison Central defeat Hopkinsville 60-56. Dominique Hawkins scored 30 points to lead Madison Central while Jordan Majors had 31 for Hopkinsville. In the second semifinal, Ballard beat Montgomery County 59-55. The championship game is set for 2 PM today.