Today On KSR: CJ Fredrick Watch, a busy UK Football weekend and more
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It was a very busy weekend for fans of UK Athletics (you) as UK Football wrapped up its spring season and added not one, not two, but three huge commitments to the 2022 class with the additions of the Wade twins out of Nashville and then Kiyaunta Goodwin, the NFL prospect out of Louisville/Southern Indiana. Joining football in the news, the UK Basketball roster situation added a new plot twist late last night, and some of UK’s secondary sports were in action, including No. 2 overall seed UK Volleyball in the NCAA Tournament.
Let’s get right to it…
UK Volleyball advanced to the Elite Eight.
The Kentucky volleyball team is in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament for only the second time in school history. Last night the Cats swept our friends from Western Kentucky (25-20, 25-16, 25-10) to move on to the NCAA Regional Final, where No. 7 overall seed Purdue is the opponent for a spot in the Final Four. They’ll play tonight on ESPNU, 45 minutes after the conclusion of the 6:30 p.m. match between Wisconsin and Florida. We’ll call it 8:30ish. Be sure to tune in to support another Kentucky program trying to kick down a door and reach its first Final Four. Go Cats.
CJ Fredrick Watch
A certain someone (me) has been dropping hints that Iowa’s CJ Fredrick will enter the transfer portal and transfer to the University of Kentucky for his college basketball future. First mentioned on a KSR pregame show back in February, we’re now getting closer to seeing that plan in action as Fredrick reportedly entered the transfer portal on Sunday, thus opening the door for phase 2 of his move to Lexington.
At Iowa, Fredrick averaged 8.8 points and shot 46 percent from 3 in his two seasons as a Hawkeye. Should he follow through with the move as expected, it will bring him back home to the Bluegrass where he was a star and KHSAA state champion at Covington Catholic High School in Northern Kentucky, although he is a Cincinnatian by birth.
Kentucky fans will also be excited to see a proven shooter join the fold for the 2020-21 season. Fredrick was an All-Big 10 Freshman in 2019-20 and one of the best outside shooters in Iowa school history by percentage.
Coaching Staff Watch
A new KSR Football Podcast will drop tonight.
With UK’s spring game behind us, the KSR Football Podcast will record a new episode to recap the 15-practice spring football season. Nick Roush, Freddie Maggard, Charles Walker and I will record tonight around dinner time and release shortly after we’re done so you can listen before bedtime, maybe even in bed with your significant other if that’s something you two are into.
The spring game came with a little controversy.
Kentucky’s spring football game was closed to fans this year… unless the fans have money. While you and I sat at home wondering what was happening behind closed Kroger Field doors, the K Fund’s social media page thanked a select group of K Fund donors who were in the stands to watch the scrimmage.
Wealthy people get more perks—that’s how the world works—but it was a pretty big slap in the face to the everyday season ticket holders and UK fans everywhere, all who would’ve loved an opportunity to see some of the action. The game wasn’t televised like every other spring game around the SEC, media was never allowed in all spring to tell the stories, and the program’s social accounts wouldn’t share full-length highlights, but the rich were in the stands to see it all and it further divided a fan base that already feels divided between rich and not. Is it a huge deal? No. This is life. Is it another example of UK pushing away the bleacher fans? Absolutely.
Listen to Mark Stoops recap all the things you couldn’t see at spring practice.
UK Baseball gave up 17 in the series finale at Georgia.
Sunday wasn’t a great day for UK Baseball. In a rubber match with Georgia at Georgia, the Cats gave up 17 runs to the Dawgs to lose the three-game road series, 17-6.
Nick Mingione’s club can’t dwell on the defeat, though—they host Louisville in Lexington tomorrow night. First pitch at 5 p.m.
Bam called game in Miami.
Miami earned a big win for the playoff race with a stepback buzzer-beater by Bam Adebayo to beat the second-place Brooklyn Nets.
Last year’s Eastern Conference champion, the Heat still need to keep winning to remain in the playoff hunt. They’re currently the seventh-place team in the conference, thanks to the win.
The Knicks keep winning with the Calipari All-Stars.
Make it six in a row for the surging New York Knicks after Sunday’s defeat of Zion Williamson’s Pelicans in the Garden. The game needed OT but it was the Knicks moving on with a victory and it was done with four of John Calipari’s former players—Julius Randle, Nerlens Noel, Immanuel Quickley and Derrick Rose—playing the final minutes of regulation and overtime. On the other side, Eric Bledsoe, another former Calipari player, did a lot of the playmaking for New Orleans in the loss, adding to Calipari’s recruiting profile in the game.
Also worth nothing from the game, do not try to dunk on Nerlens Noel.
Alyssa Wray is still alive in American Idol.
Last night she advanced to the top nine with a hit from The Greatest Showman:
You can listen to Kentucky voices that aren’t as great as Alyssa’s when KSR takes over the radio with a full house and lots to discuss from 10 am to noon.