Tuesday, March 8, 2022

25 Games to Go

It's amazing how fast it all goes.  Congratulations to Male and Ballard for playing one of the greatest basketball games in the history of the KHSAA.

4th Region Semi-Finals (at W. Kentucky):
(8) Bowling Green 78, Clinton Co. 47
(5) Warren Central 70, Barren Co. 37

5th Region Semi-Finals (at Nelson Co.):
Elizabethtown 57, Campbellsville 31
John Hardin 86, Bardstown 71

7th Region Final (at Lou. Valley):
(2) Lou. Male 82, (4) Lou. Ballard 80 (3 OT)

8th Region Semi-Finals (at Henry Co.):
N. Oldham 48, Collins 41
Woodford Co. 69, Oldham Co. 65

10th Region Semi-Finals (at Cov. Holmes):
Bracken Co. 71, Campbell Co. 69 (OT)
(1) George Rogers Clark 57, Mason Co. 45

11th Region Final (at E. Kentucky):
Lex. Henry Clay 41, Lex. Douglass 36

12th Region Semi-Finals (at Pulaski Co.):
Lincoln Co. 69, McCreary Cent. 49
Pulaski Co. 59, Boyle Co. 51

13th Region Final (at Corbin Arena):
(6) N. Laurel 69, Knox Cent. 56

15th Region Final (at Appalachian Wireless Arena):
(9) Pikeville 63, Pike Co. Cent. 42

16th Region Semi-Finals (at Morehead St.):
(7) Ashland Blazer 59, Bath Co. 55
Boyd Co. 66, Rowan Co. 59


  1. Ten regional finals tonight:

    3d: McLean Co. v. Muhlenberg Co.
    4th: (8) Bowling Green v. (5) Warren Cent.
    5th: Elizabethtown v. John Hardin
    6th: Lou. Doss v. Lou. Jeffersontown
    8th: N. Oldham v. Woodford Co.
    9th: (3) Cov. Catholic v. Dixie Heights
    10th: (1) George Rogers Clark v. Bracken Co.
    12th: Lincoln Co. v. Pulaski Co.
    14th: Estill Co. v. Perry Co. Cent.
    16th: (7) Ashland Blazer v. Boyd Co.

    1. I'm so looking forward to going through these comments. OK, I'm rooting for McLean, Central, Etown, Jtown (I was in Jtown just on Sunday and had a blast), Woodford, Dixie, Bracken, Lincoln, Estill and Blazer.

  2. The last poll featured 11 teams because there was a tie for 10th:

    Greenwood (T10) lost to (8) Bowling Green in the 14th District Semi-Finals.
    McCracken Co. (T10) lost to Murray in the 1st Region Finals.
    Lou. Ballard (4) lost to Lou. Male (2) in the 7th Region Finals.

    The other eight teams are all still alive. Lou. Male (2), North Laurel (6), and Pikeville (9) have already qualified for State. The other five ranked teams are playing in regional finals tonight.

  3. In 1975, Male defeated Henry Clay in the finals of the State Tournament. This is the first year since then that both Male and Henry Clay have made it this far.

    1. As previously reported: A stunner for me personally.

  4. If the current MaxPreps rankings are accurate, the State Semi-Finals would be:

    Lou. Doss v. George Rogers Clark
    Cov. Catholic v. Lou. Male

    1. I would be rooting for Male in this scenario because two of my best WKU friends went to Male, and one of them was quite a good basketball player. But I'll bet I would wear him out now.

  5. Bellarmine beat Jacksonville 77-72 to win the Atlantic Sun Tournament. Dan Issel and Artis Gilmore were both at the game, which makes me happy.

    1. That is excellent! My dad had a story about literally running in to Artis Gilmore in a train station in Chicago. He was not surprised by Gilmore's height (because Dad was a basketball fan); it was Gilmore's width that really took Dad aback.

  6. In the 4th Region, Bowling Green and Warren Central are tied at 45 with 3:32 left in the game.

  7. In the 6th Region, J-Town leads Doss 51-50 with 3:15 left.

  8. In the 9th Region, CovCath leads Dixie Heights 38-34 after three quarters.

  9. Now BGHS and Warren Central are tied at 48 with 2:37 left in the game.

  10. Now Doss leads J-Town 52-51 with 2:26 left.

  11. Wait: now J-Town leads 53-52 with 1:46 left.

  12. I think that on this night, every year, there should be a special broadcast all over Kentucky -- and on the Internet -- that takes you from one regional game to the next, like ESPN used to do for the NCAA's.

    1. I feel like that's what you accomplish at the HP.

    2. But I agree, and I think KET could potentially pay for a lot of itself all year with this move if Matt Bevin ever moves back to Kentucky from wherever he's living now and becomes our "governor" again.

  13. J-Town leads 55-53 with 54.7 seconds left. Warren Central leads BGHS 51-48 with 40.2 seconds left.

  14. J-Town leads 57-53 with 39.6 seconds left. Warren Central leads 54-50 with 29 seconds left.

  15. J-Town leads 57-54 with 22.9 seconds left, but Doss has the ball.

  16. Warren Central beats BGHS 58-50, and the Dragons advance to face Male in the Sweet 16. Fourth regional title in the last five years for Warren Central.

  17. J-Town steals the ball and wins the game 59-54.

  18. Other finals:

    3d Region: Muhlenberg Co. 60, McLean Co. 47
    8th Region: N. Oldham 63, Woodford Co. 53
    9th Region: CovCath 59, Dixie Heights 43
    10th Region: GRC 80, Bracken Co. 45
    12th Region: Lincoln Co. 42, Pulaski Co. 40
    16th Region: Ashland Blazer 84, Boyd Co. 52

    Still waiting on the 5th Region and the 14th Region.

  19. In the Horizon League Final, Northern Kentucky loses to Wright State 72 to 71. Heartbreak for the Norse. But Louisville beats Georgia Tech 84-74 to keep its season alive in the ACC.

  20. Eric's guy Ray Harper has guided Jacksonville State into the NCAA Tournament. Bellarmine won the Atlantic Sun. But since Bellarmine isn't eligible for the Tournament, Jacksonville State (the best team in the regular season) gets the bid.

  21. Ray Harper has coached 11 seasons in D-1: five with Western Kentucky and six with Jacksonville State. He's never had a team ranked higher than 110 on Ken Pom. And yet this will be his fourth trip to the NCAA Tournament.

    1. If I was Calipari, I'd hire Ray Harper away from Jacksonville State and then buy him a house with a pond or whatever he wants in Muhlenberg County. Any time UK was facing some knife-fight game in one of these awful places like Starkville, then I might give myself and the rest of the full-time coaching staff a few days off, dispatch the helicopter Joe B used to recruit Larry Johnson and Fred Cowan and let RayRay have at it.