Welcome to the weekend, friends. Friday has come and gone, but today could very well be a special Saturday in the Big Blue Nation. Let’s get ready for the action as the Kentucky Derby is now just one week away.
Kentucky volleyball plays Texas for the national championship
Fresh off their monster national semifinal victory over Washington in just four sets, the No. 2 Wildcats will make their first-ever national championship game appearance tonight when they take on No. 4 Texas at 8:00 p.m. on ESPN2.
Kentucky has had a historic season with Craig Skinner bringing home national coach of the year honors while Madison Lilley was named the best player in college volleyball this season. Now the dream season comes to an end.
— NCAA Women’s Volleyball (@NCAAVolleyball) April 23, 2021
Both Skinner and Lilley met with the media yesterday to discuss the upcoming national title game against the Longhorns. The entire BBN will be locked in tonight to see if the ‘Cats can bring home the hardware.
Kentucky remembers Terrence Clarke
It was a tough day for many in the Bluegrass State, but everyone had to feel for Terrence Clarke’s family, friends, and teammates. Just one day after the tragic passing of the 19-year-old young man, Kentucky’s basketball team held a candlelight vigil to remember their friend. The BBN showed their support.
Thank you BBN for coming out to celebrate TCs life and being there to support the players. It’s been a tough time but u showed why you are the best fans in the world. Thank u
— Bruiser Flint (@bruflint14) April 24, 2021
Friday was truly a tragic day for a lot of people, but it was not very hard to see how much Clarke meant to a lot of people. John Calipari perhaps put the situation best by writing about just how “special” the young man from Boston truly was.
Terrence’s big smile will always be remembered.
Cam’Ron Fletcher commits to Florida State
The St. Louis native put his name in the transfer portal a few weeks ago, but things had gone quiet for the former top-100 recruit. That all ended yesterday afternoon when Fletcher announced that he will be a Seminole.
Leonard Hamilton seemingly always has wing players between 6-5 and 6-9 that can provide switchability on defense and make plays in space on offense. Fletcher seems to be a very good fit in that structure and should do just fine in Tallahassee.
You could make the argument that Fletcher is heading to the best current basketball program in the tradition-rich ACC. Imagine saying that about Florida State hoops just a few years ago.
Softball rolls, Baseball flops
No. 14 Kentucky used a massive five-run inning to rally past No. 15 LSU for the big home win. The Wildcats are now 7-9 in SEC play and look to keep the positive softball momentum rolling today. Renee Abernathy’s grand slam was the biggest moment of the win.
Hosting Alabama in a series that could have major postseason implications, the Bat ‘Cats got off to a horrific start with ace Cole Stupp on the mound. T.J. Collett collected his 11th home run of the season, but the pitching and defense left much to be desired as the bats went cold in the 10-1 romp.
Kentucky baseball will host Alabama at 2:00 p.m. over at Kentucky Proud Park while Kentucky softball takes on LSU at 4:00 p.m. at John Cropp Stadium. The softball game will be televised on ESPN2.
KSR’s own Zack Geoghegan and Jack Pilgrim have boots on the ground in Indianapolis for the spring tournament. Kentucky target Shaedon Sharpe was in action last night and certainly looks the part.
— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) April 23, 2021
The Kansas native is a top-75 prospect according to the 247 Sports Composite. Later on today, No. 1 player and Michigan State pledge Emoni Bates will take on No. 2 player Jalen Duren. It might be too late for Kentucky to get in on Bates, but the rebuilt Kentucky coaching staff will likely make Duren a top-flight priority. The 6-10 five-man from Philadelphia is the best big in the class of 2022.
Stay tuned for updates from the event throughout the day.