Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Day One of the State Tournament

Here is the schedule for today's play in the State Tournament.  All games at Rupp Arena.  All times Central.  Rankings based on the last AP poll of the regular season:

11 A.M.:  S. Oldham (22-4) v. (1) Hopkinsville (30-2)
12:30 P.M.:  (6) Lou. Trinity (29-5) v. Owensboro (21-10)
5:30 P.M.:  (3) Scott Co. (32-3) v. Fleming Co. (24-9)
7 P.M.:  Campbell Co. (21-8) v. Johnson Central (25-6)

Kentucky Sports Radio is sending a former Madisonville Maroon to cover the state tournament.  You can read his thoughts here.

49 comments:

  1. Joe B and Denny plan to broadcast from there tomorrow morning.

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  2. Mike Fields ‏@MikeFieldsNotes 6m
    On this date in 1988, Richie Farmer 51 pts but Clay Co. lost to Ballard in state finals. Kenneth Martin 24 pts, Allan Houston 23 for Bruins.
    9:37 AM - 19 Mar 2014


    Farmer's son, sophomore forward Trey Farmer, and the Clay County Tigers shut down the first round tomorrow evening with a game against Covington Catholic that is scheduled to tip at 8 p.m. Eastern. Tomorrow's schedule: McCracken County-Wayne County, noon Eastern; Knott County Central-Bowling Green, 1:30 p.m.; Bardstown-Louisville Pleasure Ridge Park, 6:30, and Clay-CovCath, 8.

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  3. The Twitter desk notes that Soft96 FM in Maysville plans to have Danny Weddle on the mic for this week's games, but, at the moment, we're hearing "Walking in Memphis" by Marc Cohn.

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  4. Oh, good. Now we have Johnny Hates Jazz with "Shattered Dreams." I always kind of liked this song.

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  5. With each soft-enough-for-the-office hit that Soft 96 plays, they ought to honor Sweet 16s of yore. For example, "Shattered Dreams" came out in 1987. Well, that was Richie Farmer's junior year, and Clay County beat Ballard in the championship in overtime, 76-73.

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  6. Incidentally, KSR's Drew Franklin is totally right about Madisonville having a better Ferrell's than does Hopkinsville. I don't blame him for not rooting for Hoptown today. I didn't root for Carlisle County on this date in 1983, either.

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    1. I loved that Carlisle County team, and I was heartbroken when they were beaten by the largest school in the state.

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  7. Soft96 is on the air from Lexington, and, now that the National Anthem is over, so is Danny Weddle!

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  8. Muting Maysville for this first game, though, to listen to the Hoptown-centric coverage on WHOP ...

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  9. Hoptown leads South Oldham, 23-15, after one quarter of the first game. South Oldham is an eager hoister of threes, but it was a 5-foot-9 senior guard from Hoptown, Demarius "Dee" Henry, who threw in four quick three-pointers to push his Tigers out to a 20-7 lead early in the game. Henry was averaging only 11.6 points per game coming into today.

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  10. 41-31 at half. Both teams hit five three-points. Hoptown attempted 12; South Oldham, 14.

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  11. Hoptown leads 54-41 with 1:46 to go in the 3d quarter.

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  12. Hoptown leads 56-43 with one quarter to go.

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  13. Hoptown is looking really good. They lead 62-45 with 6:21 left in the game. If the Tigers get Trinity in the next round, that will be an enormous game.

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  14. South Oldham had to hit a ton of three's to hang with Hopkinsville, but they have made only 7-27, and they trail 78-62 with 1:07 to go. South Oldham is emptying their bench.

    Tra Edwards has 30 points for Hopkinsville.

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  15. Final Score:

    Hopkinsville 83, South Oldham 62

    Hoptown certainly looked like the number one team in the state today.

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  16. There were 64 possessions in this game, which would be equal to 80 possessions in a 40-minute game. To put that in perspective, UK played no games with 80 possessions this year. The fastest game UK played all year was the game at LSU, which had 77 possessions. So Hoptown was going at a blistering pace.

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  17. Next up: Trinity takes on Owensboro.

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    1. Fueled by KSR's Drew Franklin's recommendation, I went out and had cheeseburgers at Ferrell's in downtown Madisonville. They were fantastic.

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  18. Trinity leads 17-9 with 5:50 to go before the half.

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  19. Trinity is going to win this game; the Shamrocks are up 24-14 with 4:07 before the half. So Hoptown has a big task coming up in the quarter-finals.

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  20. On Friday, Trinity will try to become the fifth team in a row from the Seventh Region to reach the semi-finals.

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  21. One quarter to go: Trinity is cruising, up 42-29. Owensboro is 7-30 from the field.

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  22. With Trinity finishing off Owensboro, Soft96 is throwing it back to Maysville for some work-appropriate jams.

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    1. "She Drives Me Crazy" by Fine Young Cannibals.

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  23. Trinity wins 55-41 in a game with 57 possessions.

    Trinity had an offensive efficiency rating of 96.5 and a defensive efficiency rating of 71.9.

    Earlier this afternoon, Hoptown had an offensive efficiency rating of 129.7 and a defensive efficiency rating of 96.9.

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  24. And that's it until 5:30 Central. May as well hang out in downtown Lexington for a couple of hours until Scott County tips off with Fleming County.

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  25. I'm probably going to go out to Joseph Beth to do some early Christmas shopping and then pop over to Whole Foods to check out the samples situation.

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  26. Scott County is heavily favored to beat Fleming County, and the Cardinals have jumped out to a 12-7 lead with 2:44 left in the 1st Quarter.

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  27. Fleming hits a couple of three-pointers, and Scott County's lead is only 15-14 after one quarter.

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  28. Scott County leads 29-25 with 2:56 left before the half. This is a very entertaining game, with a lot of back-and-forth action.

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  29. They just said that Scott County has 2,403 students, while Fleming County has 669.

    According to the KHSAA announcer, there is talk of building a new high school in Scott County -- which would have major repercussions for Kentucky high school sports -- but apparently there are concerns about the cost.

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  30. "It's hard to guard them, if every time they drive, it's a foul."

    That's the halftime comment of Billy Hicks, the coach at Scott County. He has just sat through a half when Fleming County shot 16 free throws, while Scott County got only 3. Five different Cardinals have two fouls.

    But for all of that, Scott County still leads, 38-33, due in part to shooting a blistering 16-29 from the field.

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  31. Justin Thompson, responding to Coach Hicks, tweets "Maybe you should teach your kids to guard without fouling."

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  32. During the KHSAA broadcast, they are showing a series of commercials for Lexington, designed to convince you that Lexington is a real Garden and Gun sort of place -- which it is. The tagline for the commercials is "Southern Starts Here."

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  33. Scott County opens the second half with a 5-0 run. The Cardinals lead 43-33 with 6:45 to go in the third quarter, and Fleming County is forced to call time.

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  34. Scott County leads 53-41 with 2:25 left in the third quarter. I feel like Fleming County is playing quite well, but Scott County looks really good. The Cardinals are 22-39 from the field, including 7-17 from three-point range.

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  35. Scott County leads 53-45 with 49 seconds left in the third quarter. The Cardinals call time.

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  36. Trent Gilbert of Scott County has 20 points in this game, due in large part to making 4-10 three pointers. One of those three-pointers came at the end of the third quarter, and it gave the Cardinals a 56-43 lead.

    Given that the next game features Campbell County and Johnson Central, you have to think that Scott County has a very good chance of reaching the semi-finals.

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  37. Fleming County never gave up, but the Panthers were never able to get closer than six points, and Scott County rolled to a 77-66 win. This game, like the Hoptown game, featured 64 possessions.

    Scott County had an offensive efficiency of 120.3, and a defensive efficiency of 103.1.

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  38. Johnson Central, led by a player named Kyle Gullett, wins the last game of the night. Johnson is a couple counties down from "Don Gullett Country," but I really hope Kyle's kin to the former Reds star.

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  39. Johnson Central comes from behind to beat Campbell County 58-56 in a game with 60 possessions. Campbell County had the ball with 1:15 to go in a game tied at 56, and tried to hold for the last shot. Instead, Johnson Central stole the ball with 10 seconds left, and converted that turnover into a fast break basket that was the difference in the game.

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