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Wildcats start path to Final Four as No. 2 seed against Abilene Christian Thursday in Jacksonville

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s path to the Final Four will begin in the Sunshine State.    The Wildcats (27-6), the No, 2 seed in the Midwest Region, will take on Abilene Christian at 7:10 p.m. Thursday in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament in Jacksonville. The Wildcats (27-6) won the Southland Conference Tournament and received a bid to the Big Dance for the first time in school...

NKU seeded 14th, to meet No. 3 seed Texas Tech in opening round of NCAA Tournament on Friday

By Don Owen NKyTribune reporter Horizon League champion Northern Kentucky University will meet Texas Tech in the first round of the NCAA Tournament’s West Region on Friday afternoon at Tulsa, Okla. The game is set to begin at 1:30 p.m. and will be telecast on TNT. The 14th-seeded Norse enter the NCAA Tournament with a 26-8 record. NKU captured the Horizon League’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament...

Ryle advances to state championship game after players pull together to get semifinal victory

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter LEXINGTON — It took some grit and determination for the Ryle girls basketball team to reach the championship game of the KHSAA/Sweet 16 state tournament for the first time. In a semifinal game on Saturday at Rupp Arena, the Raiders defeated Owensboro Catholic, 55-43, even though they got into foul trouble, shot just 31 percent from the field and their...

Thomas More women capture NCAA Division III national championship in perfect fashion, 81-67 over Bowdoin

Thomas More players and coaches celebrate after capturing the NCAA Division III national championship with an 81-67 win over Bowdoin on Saturday night. The Saints finished with a 33-0 record. (TMU photo)NKyTribune staff SALEM, Va. — Having already announced it will join the NAIA next season, Thomas More University found a perfect way to say farewell to the NCAA on Saturday night — with a national...

SEC Tournament: After 82-78 loss to Vols, Cats must wait to find out its place for NCAA tournament

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today NASHVILLE, Tenn. (KT) — Kentucky won’t know its seeding for the NCAA Tournament until Sunday night but John Calipari isn’t making any early predictions regarding a possible No. 1 seed. 
“I don’t know — I mean, there’s a bunch of teams that would say it,” he said following an 82-78 loss to Tennessee in the Southeastern Conference Tournament semifinals...

Scherr provides offensive spark Ryle needs to win quarterfinal game in girls state tournament

On a fast-break drive to the basket, Ryle guard Maddie Scherr passes the ball to an open teammate during the state tournament quarterfinal game against George Rogers Clark. (Photos by Bob & Ted Jackson) By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter LEXINGTON — The Ryle coaching staff gathered together outside the locker room at halftime of their team’s game against George Rogers Clark...

Turfway Park selections for Saturday

Turfway Park’s Mike Battaglia provides expert picks to the NKyTribune during the live racing meets. Battaglia SATURDAY, MARCH 16 Race 1 REHEARSAL DINNER beat several of these same runners last out and appears to be in a good spot to get her maiden win tonight. ALREADY GONE drops to the bottom for the first time and is the one to beat. SAFARI HEART is a contender. Race 2 MILEVA was no match for...

SEC Tournament: Wildcats roll Tide to advance to semifinals, 73-55, avenging an earlier two-point loss

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today NASHVILLE — Kentucky got even with Alabama.   The Wildcats (27-5) avenged a 77-75 loss to the Crimson Tide earlier this season and welcomed the return of senior Reid Travis to the lineup with a 73-55 win in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament Friday night at Bridgestone Arena.   “It was a good win,” Kentucky coach John Calipari...

Thomas More advances to NCAA Division III national championship game with 69-56 win over Scranton (Pa.)

NKyTribune staff SALEM, Va. — Madison Temple scored 14 of her 20 points in the fourth quarter Friday night as top-ranked Thomas More University posted a 69-56 win over ninth-ranked Scranton (Pa.) in the NCAA Division III Final Four. Emily Schultz added 17 points for Thomas More, which improved to 32-0 and advanced to Saturday night’s NCAA Division III national championship game against second-ranked...

Kentucky Senior Reid Travis returns to practice, expected to play when Cats tourney opener Friday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Reid Travis is expected to return to the lineup when Kentucky opens the postseason against Mississippi or Alabama Friday night in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. Travis practiced with the team this week and was on the floor at Bridgestone Arena Friday morning. The senior forward has missed the past six games because of a strained knee. Travis...

One coach, two players from 9th Region selected for Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame

By Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter Nell Fookes, the most successful coach in the history of 9th Region girls basketball, has been selected for induction into the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame. Scott Draud and Doug Schloemer, two former all-state boys basketball players from the 9th Region, are also among the 2019 induction class that will be officially added to the hall of...

Turfway Park selections for Friday

Turfway Park’s Mike Battaglia provides expert picks to the NKyTribune during the live racing meets. Battaglia FRIDAY, MARCH 15 Race 1 DARINGLY BOLD has been fairly consistent and figures to be coming from off of what should be an honest pace.  Give him the edge. BODHRAN beat the top pick back in February when he made an easy lead. He figures to have company on the front end but will be tough...

Don Owen: A weekend of NCAA basketball grandeur awaits Thomas More, NKU hoops followers

It begins Friday night when Thomas More University squares off against Scranton (Pa.) in the women’s basketball NCAA Division III Final Four in Salem, Va. It ends Sunday evening when Northern Kentucky University learns its NCAA Tournament destination on national television, likely surrounded by a legion of Norse followers in large room on the Highland Heights campus. Thomas More head coach Jeff Hans...

Ryle wins first-round game in girls state tournament by dictating tempo with pressure defense

Terry Boehmker NKyTribune sports reporter LEXINGTON — The Ryle girls basketball team goes into every game with one idea in mind. The Raiders want to create a fast-paced tempo by playing aggressive defense and scoring points in transition. That’s the strategy that carried Ryle to a 56-29 win over Murray in the first round of the KHSAA/Sweet 16 state tournament on Wednesday at Rupp Arena....

The Jeff Ruby Steaks is over, but there is still plenty of live racing at Turfway Park; Thursday’s picks

Turfway Park’s Mike Battaglia provides expert picks to the NKyTribune during the live racing meet. Battaglia THURSDAY, MARCH 14 Race 1 G NINETEEN drops back to a winning level and figures best in this one. DANTU makes his third start back after a long layoff and should improve. MENACE THE DENNIS is a contender. Race 2 WINTER RAIN ran poorly last out but a return to his best would make him a winner...