• BLOG: Comment after Morehead-Louisville game common, but troubling

    We have heard it time and time again after a close game that comes down to a final shot with a close play. Such was the case Thursday when Morehead State upset Louisville in the NCAA Tournament.

    You have seen the replays time and again by now. Morehead's Demonte Harper put an incredible fake on Louisville's Peyton Siva, then nailed a 3-pointer with 4.2 seconds to play.

    That is plenty of time for Louisville to get off a shot. Morehead's pressure forced Louisville to settle for a contested 3-pointer from Mike Marra.

  • BLOG: Some thoughts on Thursday's Madness

  • BLOG: The real March Madness is being played in Rupp Arena this week

  • BLOG: Catching my breath

    Still stunned

    I'm still stunned that the Anderson County girls' basketball team will not be playing in Diddle Arena on Wednesday.

    But that is the beauty (if you win) and craziness (if you lose) of March Madness. Unlike the NBA, where the best team nearly always wins a series, high school and college tournaments are one-and-done affairs.

    Teams get in foul trouble. Some teams get hot, or as was the case for Anderson County on Saturday night, teams that normally shoot well, don't.

  • BLOG: Lady Bearcats can make basketball history Saturday

    It is tough enough to win a regional championship in Kentucky basketball. Out of more than 260 high schools only a select few, the “Sweet 16” are fortunate enough to have the combination of basketball skill and luck to make it through five or six win-or-go-home games.  Each game, in theory at least, is a bit tougher than the next.

  • BLOG: Anderson 'will have its hands full' with Owen on Friday night

    Anderson County will have a major challenge in Friday’s Eighth Region Tournament semi-final when the Lady Bearcats tangle with Owen County.

  • BLOG: Final Four atmosphere awaits Lady Bearcats

    I can't think of a better basketball day than when it is time for the semi-finals of the regional tournament.

    Four teams, all good, all with the same goal, usually gathered in a high school gymnasium not quite equipped to handle a crowd of that magnitude. But they manage that one night a year.

  • BLOG: McKee can do her talking with a championship

    When I heard the news that Anderson County’s Eriel McKee had not been named to the coaches’ All-Region team, I reacted like any normal person who has seen much girls’ basketball this year would.

    “You ARE kidding, right?”

    No kidding. When the 15-girl team was announced recently, there was no McKee on it.

    It is unbelievable.

  • BLOG: Anderson very impressive in regional opener

    About 40 minutes before tipoff of Tuesday's Eighth Region Tournament game, I asked Anderson County girls' basketball coach Tony Kays if his team was ready to play.

    It was a legitimate question as the Lady Bearcats have had a tendency to play to the competition at times and have slacked a little against teams that they are supposed to handle, such as Oldham. To make matters more interesting, Oldham had a team that many thought could be a spoiler in the region.

  • BLOG: Anderson girls favored Tuesday, but ...

    Anderson County will open girls' Eighth Region Tournament play on Tuesday night when the Lady Bearcats take on Oldham County at approximately 7:30. 

    Owen County and Simon Kenton will play in the first game, one that on paper looks like a dandy.
    Paper also says Anderson should advance to the regional semifinals for the sixth time in the last eight years. The Lady Bearcats beat Oldham County by 20 points in the second week of the season, but every game is different, especially those three months apart.