Good morning, friends. It’s another exciting Monday on the calendar, the 116th day of the year, and National Pretzel Day. Let’s get it going with a rundown of what you need to know as we put the weekend behind us and move on with a fresh week ahead. It’s Derby Week, you know. Hope you have a good one.
Kentucky Volleyball returned to Lexington with the trophy.
The biggest news from the weekend is of course Kentucky Volleyball’s national championship win and Sunday’s welcome home party in Lexington. The Cats returned home Sunday afternoon with the hardware from the school’s first ever NCAA title and there were parties waiting at the airport and Memorial Coliseum once they arrived home.
A special welcome home for the UK Women’s Volleyball team, the new NCAA National Champions! pic.twitter.com/nBbRdnXpjW
— Blue Grass Airport (@BGAirport) April 26, 2021
The corner formerly known as Kennedy’s Bookstore had a welcome home surprise too:
Watch the entire celebration:
Drake Jackson and Landon Young had fun with their fans at KSBar and Grille.
Before they leave the Bluegrass to pursue their NFL dreams, Drake Jackson and Landon Young held a meet-and-greet with fans at KSBar and Grille this past weekend. I’m not sure there is a bigger indicator of Kentucky Football’s success under Stoops than two offensive linemen drawing a good crowd at an autograph signing.
See how it went in this video from Bradley McKee:
The NFL Draft is this week.
The draft has become must-see TV for Kentucky Football fans and this week the program should see a player drafted on all three days. Jamin Davis is projected to go in the first round during Thursday night’s primetime event; Kelvin Joseph has second-round potential Friday night; and then several Wildcats, including Jackson and Young, should stay by the phone on Saturday for the later rounds.
Here’s the TV schedule:
Round 1: Thursday, April 29 (8 p.m. ET)
Rounds 2-3: Friday, April 30 (7 p.m. ET)
Rounds 4-7: Saturday, May 1 (12 p.m. ET)
This new mock draft for NFL.com has Jackson to the Titans and Young to the Bears. KSR supports those moves.
Final Four of the Kids’ Logo Contest to be announced today.
Come back later today to place your vote in the two semifinal matchups in the Kids’ Logo Contest. We’ll announce the Final Four and put it to vote.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN, JAI LUCAS?
Dust off, Chin up… Back at it! Get the most out of TODAY!
— Jai Lucas (@CoachJLuc) April 26, 2021
Is this a tease? Is something happening today? New commitment? Chin? Like Chin Coleman? What does this mean, Jai Lucas!
UK Baseball swept a Sunday doubleheader against Alabama to win the weekend series.
Kentucky Baseball won an important series against Alabama thanks to two wins on Sunday to clinch the three-game series in Kentucky Proud Park. After dropping Friday’s Game 1 to the Tide followed by a rain-out on Saturday, the Cats got hot on Sunday, helped out by TJ Collett’s three home runs in the second game to clinch the series with an 11-0 win. UK took the first Sunday game, 5-2.
The two Sunday victories moved the Cats to .500 in conference play at 9-9. Still ahead are series against Tennessee, Florida, South Carolina and then Vanderbilt, so it’s a difficult road to close out the season and, hopefully, earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
Kentucky is back in action tomorrow night with EKU at home. First pitch at 6:30.
UK Softball dropped two to LSU on Sunday.
The baseball team won its two Sunday games on UK’s campus to get back to .500 in league play, but Kentucky Softball wasn’t as fortunate. Rachel Lawson’s team dropped both of its games against LSU to lose the series, 1-2, after giving up 10 runs in each of Sunday’s losses. The Cats are now 32-12 on the year and 7-11 in SEC play.
Kentucky is on the road at Texas A&M next weekend, then South Carolina comes to Lexington, then it’s SEC Tournament time.
NBA TV has a good one tonight.
The Kentucky Knicks are looking to make it 10 in a row tonight as the franchise finds new life under MVP candidate Julius Randle and John Calpari’s other “sons” on the roster. Standing in the way of 10 straight for New York? Another one of Calipari’s sons, Devin Booker and his second-place Phoenix Suns.
Randle’s New York and Booker’s Phoenix play at 7:30 p.m. on NBA TV.
Tune in to KSR Radio at 10 a.m.
You know the drill. Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond will recap in the weekend, including Shannon The Dude’s big OVW match against a female wrestler.