What We'll See: Post-season basketball ramps up

March 2, 2013 

What we'll see

Sunday

University of Kentucky women's basketball fans get a chance to bid farewell to seniors A'dia Mathies and Brittany Henderson while watching one of the best matchups of the year in Memorial Coliseum. Eighth-ranked Tennessee visits the No. 10 Wildcats in the teams' only meeting (so far) this season, which also happens to be the regular-season finale. (3:30 p.m., ESPNU, WLAP-AM 630)

Wednesday

The 96th boys' state high school basketball tournament tips off in Rupp Arena with 16 regional champions battling over five days for the title. Five days, you say? Yes, a new format this year places the semifinal games on Saturday night and the championship game on Sunday afternoon because the Kentucky Wildcats are using the floor for their game against Florida on Saturday afternoon. A new champion will be crowned this week, after top-ranked Trinity was knocked out in the 7th Region championship game. (Games tip off at noon on Wednesday; Live video of all games can be viewed for free on iHigh.com)Wednesday

The UK softball team, rapidly rising in the polls amid a 15-3 start to the season, plays in front of the home fans for the first time when Marshall visits the Wildcats' newly renovated softball complex for the start of a six-game home stand. (5 p.m.)

Wednesday

Play begins in the women's Southeastern Conference basketball tournament, with a newly expanded field getting together to hammer out a champion at Duluth, Ga. As one of the top four seeds, Kentucky does not have to join the fray until Friday's quarterfinal round. (Wednesday's opener, 6 p.m., Fox Sports South)

Thursday, Saturday

Every game is critical now for the Kentucky men's basketball team, with an NCAA Tournament berth hanging perilously in the balance. The Wildcats wrap up the regular season with a pair of games in which they probably won't be favored. On Thursday, UK visits a Georgia team fresh off its stunner over red-hot Tennesssee (7 p.m., ESPN). On Saturday, Kentucky goes against first-place Florida in Rupp Arena for the Cats' Senior Day, during which UK will say goodbye to Twany Beckham. (Noon, CBS-27)

Mathew Graf

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