The University of Louisville/University of Kentucky rivalry will reach new heights Saturday night when the Cards and the Cats clash in the NCAA Final Four in New Orleans. Some are calling it the biggest sporting event in the commonwealth’s history. This has the feel of a Kentucky Derby week, with the national media lens on Louisville and Lexington, focused not on thoroughbreds, but on what makes this basketball rivalry so intense.
Historically, celebrations following big University of Kentucky tournament games have straddled the line between celebrations and civil unrest, and Saturday's historic game against rival University of Louisville has the potential to draw the biggest — and rowdiest — crowd ever. In anticipation of thousands of people spilling into the streets and drunken celebrations that often include the burning of couches, officials from Lexington and UK held a news conference Wednesday to discuss plans to prevent injuries and property damage following Saturday's Final Four matchup. The game will mark the first time in NCAA history that two Kentucky universities have faced off in the Final Four.
Championship-level celebrations often have a way of getting out of hand, and city, county, and campus authorities say they have a plan in place to make sure the Wildcat faithful show their team spirit in a safe and respectable manner.UK Police Chief Joe Monroe says it will take a team effort to stop revelers from engaging in dangerous behavior.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer presented his Lexington counterpart with a bottle of Woodford Reserve Bourbon today as part of a friendly wager on who will win the Final Four matchup between U of L and UK. Fischer says Lexington Mayor Jim Gray needs to brace himself for a loss in New Orleans. “I think later this week you all need to be focused on starting to medicate yourself because there’s going to be a huge disappointment in Catland come Saturday.”
Three Kentucky teams and the Indiana Hoosiers return to action tomorrow in the men’s NCAA basketball tournament. The Murray State Racers take on Marquette at 5:15pm at the KFC Yum Center in Louisville.That’s also where the top-seeded Kentucky Wildcats play their third round game. UK takes on Iowa State at 7:45pm. The Louisville Cards face New Mexico at 9:40pm in Portland, Oregon and the Indiana Hoosiers meet Virginia Commonwealth at 7:10pm in Portland.
Three of the four Kentucky teams in this year’s N-C double A basketball tournament are moving forward with games tomorrow. The University of Kentucky proved too much for Western Kentucky University, winning going away last night 81-66. UK takes on Iowa State, who knocked out defending N-C double A champion Connecticut last night. Murray State defeated Colorado State 58-41 before a vocal crowd in Louisville. The Racers now face Marquette Saturday. The Golden Eagles were a 20 point winner over Brigham Young. The University of Louisville Cardinals got a seven point win over Davidson in the west region. The Cards take on New Mexico Sat, who beat Long Beach State by 13.
The men’s NCAA basketball tournament gets into full swing tomorrow, with four Kentucky teams and the Indiana Hoosiers taking the court. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers hope to extend their surprising post-season run with a victory against top-seeded Kentucky at the KFC Yum Center in Louisville. Tipoff is 6:50pm. Western freshman forward George Fant says he’ll be ready for the Wildcats.
Marcey Bronczyk was beaming and breathless Monday afternoon as she stood outside the ticket booth at Memorial Coliseum. Bronczyk, 53, and her son Chris Bronczyk, 24, both University of Kentucky students, had just won the right to buy tickets to the UK men's basketball team's opening-round appearance in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday in Louisville.
Louisville and Kentucky both begin play next weekend in the women’s NCAA basketball tournament. The pairings were announced tonight. The seventh seeded Cardinals will take on number ten seed Michigan State Saturday in College Park, Maryland. UK is a number two seed and will face 15th-seeded McNeese State Saturday in Ames, Iowa.
Tickets for the NCAA Tournament games at Louisville’s Yum Center are hard to come by and as Alan Lytle reports, that could open the door to a variety of scam artists. Heather Clary with the Better Business Bureau of Central and Eastern Kentucky says it’s a good idea to do some checking on who’s selling before you start buying.
UK freshman Anthony Davis was named the Sporting News 2012 College Basketball Player of the Year on Tuesday. And teammate Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was named to the Sporting News Second Team. Rounding out the first team along with Davis were Draymond Green of Michigan State, Isaiah Canaan of Murray State University, Thomas Robinson of Kansas and Jared Sullinger of Ohio State.
A state historical marker that will eventually be placed at the childhood home of Muhammad Ali was unveiled today. The bronze marker is currently on display at the Kentucky Center for African-American Heritage. It will be moved to the west Louisville home in the spring.
E.A. Couch, who was among the starting five of the 1956 Carr Creek basketball team that won the state high school championship — and who played for legendary University of Kentucky basketball coach Adolph Rupp — died Wednesday at his home in Paintsville after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 75. "He was an excellent ball shooter. A fine gentleman," said Freddie Maggard of Corbin, a guard on the 1956 Carr Creek team.
Starting tonight in Nashville, tournament play begins in the Ohio Valley Conference. Three Kentucky teams are vying for the OVC title. This year’s competitors include frontrunner Murray State, the veterans of Morehead State, and Eastern Kentucky University, which just squeaked into post season play. EKU goes into the OVC tournament, fresh off a victory over Eastern Illinois. Colonel’s coach Jeff Neubauer says that must-win game had a tournament feel. “I think it could be good thing when you stare the end of the season right in the eye and then play really well, I think that can be really healthy for a basketball team,” said Neubauer
Kenneth Faried never took the easy path. Raised in Newark, N.J., Faried could have fallen into the traps — drugs, gangs — that snare too many young people who grow up in the grittiest American cities. He didn't. When he chose to leave Newark to play college basketball in small-town Kentucky at Morehead State, Faried could have given in to the homesickness that overwhelmed him at first. He didn't.
If you're trying to sell one of those Anthony Davis "wingspan" posters on an Internet auction site or anywhere else, the University of Kentucky has a message for you. Stop it. The university is "in the process" of issuing a cease-and-desist order to people attempting to sell the popular posters that depict the shot-blocking forward with his arms outstretched over 10 basketballs, UK spokesman Jay Blanton said Thursday.
Heading into another full weekend of college basketball, there are no undefeated teams in Division One-A. Murray State suffered its first loss of the season last night at home at the hands of Tennessee State 72 to 68. Murray was the last remaining no-loss team before last night’s tight contest. It’s a big weekend for a number of schools including Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State, the University of Kentucky, and the University of Louisville.
Aiming to promote the newest Camry, Toyota will return to Super Bowl Sunday advertising this weekend for the first time in three years, and the automaker has turned to its workers in Georgetown to help. Among Toyota's advertisements during Super Bowl coverage will be one that features the Scott County plant and eight of its workers, and showcases Kentucky's role in building the vehicle that has been the best-selling car in America for 10 years straight and 14 of the past 15 years. The Camry has been assembled in Georgetown since the plant opened in 1988.
The Super Bowl is one of the most watched sporting events in the country every year. People tune in for a variety of reasons – the game, the commercials or the halftime show. This year when the New England Patriots play the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI, Hardin County residents will have another reason to watch the game. Former Elizabethtown standout Brandon Deaderick is a starting defensive lineman for the Patriots.
Tonight, a national award will be presented to college football’s most versatile player. It’s called the Paul Hornung Award, named for the Kentuckian who excelled at several positions during Hall of Fame careers at Notre Dame and the Green Bay Packers in the 1950s and 60s. For Hornung, this Super Bowl week also stirs some memories from his NFL playing days.
The Jockeys’ Guild says it has reached a multi-year agreement with Churchill Downs Incorporated to continue annual payments to the guild, but details of the agreement are being kept quiet. The Jockeys’ Guild held a press conference last year requesting CDI continue its $330,000 contributions, which help the guild subsidize health insurance and disability benefits for members.
It is marketed as "probably the toughest event on the planet," and it's coming to Maysville. In October 2012, Big Rock Off Road Park in Mason County will host a Tough Mudder competition. The site is the only location in Kentucky selected to host one of the grueling events, which has the potential to bring 6,000 to 8,000 people to the area for two-days of competition.
Star Wars lightsaber battles and other sword-fighting cinema helped spur Sawyer Cornett’s early interest in fencing. But the 11-year-old possesses the manners and maturity of a man at least twice his age. A man who would choose a “gentleman sport” over more popular alternatives. In short, Edmond Dantes without the goatee and vendetta. While his Garrard Middle School classmates make rugged tackles and scramble for basketballs, Cornett travels to Lexington several times a week to train with former Egyptian national fencing team coach Amgad Khazbak.
Northern Kentucky University will accept an invitation Thursday to join the Atlantic Sun Conference, putting NKU in Division I collegiate sports. NKU has scheduled a special Board of Regents meeting Thursday afternoon to discuss intercollegiate athletics. Spokesman Chris Cole would not confirm that the university would join the Atlantic Sun, but representatives from that league have been on the Highland Heights campus and have expressed interest in NKU before.
The Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame is looking for a leader to shepherd its development. The Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches is seeking an executive director to take the helm of the Hall of Fame, guiding fundraising and establishing it in Elizabethtown.
State Rep. Jody Richards knows a thing or two about lobbying. And about Western Kentucky University football, for that matter. As WKU football fans intensified a grass-roots effort Tuesday to send the Hilltoppers to a postseason bowl game for the first time since the school joined the ranks of the Football Bowl Subdivision, Richards said the first key to successful lobbying is having a good case.
At an age when many children are still mastering the art of walking, Matthew Dedden was riding a horse. Dedden, 13, has been riding since he was 2 and those years in the saddle paid off last month when he became the National Cutting Horse Association Junior World Champion. "That was my goal at the beginning of the year and it took a lot of work, but I got there," Matthew said. He is believed to be the first NCHA world champion at any level from Kentucky.
A field goal with one second remaining in the game lifted James Madison over Eastern Kentucky University in the Football Championship Series playoffs. The 35 yard kick by J-M-U’s Cameron Starke into a stiff wind capped a comeback of 13 straight points.
For the first time since 1994, Eastern Kentucky University is hosting a football playoff game. One of the biggest challenges may be getting fans to the stadium. Eastern takes on James Madison Saturday in the Football Championship Subdivision contest. The game kicks off just past noon in Roy Kidd Stadium. Just down the road in Lexington UK will battle Tennessee in a season finale. Colonel coach Dean Hood says Kentucky has been wonderful to Eastern in scheduling games and offering facilities. But Hood admits the Big Blue is Eastern’s biggest enemy when it comes to attendance.