What We'll See: Winter and spring collide in jam-packed sports week

March 30, 2013 

What we'll see

Sunday

Louisville has not won a national championship in men's basketball since 1986, but first things first. The Cardinals can advance to their second consecutive Final Four with a victory over Duke in a tradition-rich matchup at Indianapolis. (5:05 p.m., CBS-27)

Monday

Fans in Cincinnati will be treated to a matchup of two of the top teams in the majors when the Los Angeles Angels visit the Reds on baseball's Opening Day. (4:10 p.m., Fox Sports Ohio)

Monday

The Kentucky women's basketball team has never been to the Final Four and, for the second season in a row, the Elite Eight roadblock is perennial power Connecticut. In what essentially measures up as a home game for the Huskies in the Bridgeport (Conn.) Region finals, Kentucky will need the best performance one of its best-ever teams can muster to break down the barrier. (7:30 p.m., ESPN)

Tuesday

No. 9 Kentucky visits No. 18 Louisville for an early-season, non-conference baseball showdown. The Cards hammered the Cats in both meetings last season, 12-0 and 10-2, so count on UK to be looking for some payback. (6 p.m., WLAP-AM 630).Wednesday

One night after their baseball teams take the diamond together, No. 11 Louisville hosts No. 21 Kentucky in softball, with a similar revenge theme in play. The Cards took three one-run games from the Cats last season. (6 p.m.)

Wednesday

Kentucky's ridiculousness of recruiting riches will be on national display during the McDonald's All-American Games at the United Center in Chicago. UK has six players in the boys' game, with Dakari Johnson and Julius Randle representing the East and Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison, Marcus Lee and James Young suiting up for the West (9:30 p.m., ESPN). The girls' game features Kentucky signees Makayla Epps for the East and Linnae Harper for the West (7 p.m., ESPNU). Herald-Leader recruiting writer Ben Roberts will be on top of all the goings on in Chicago beginning Sunday night. Watch for his updates on our Next Cats recruiting blog on Kentucky.com.

Thursday

The new-look Lexington Legends, now an affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, open the 2013 season at Augusta (7:05 p.m., WLXG-AM 1300). The team's home opener is April 8, against Asheville.

Friday

Keeneland opens its Spring Meet, which features 16 days of racing through April 26. The $100,000 Transylvania Stakes is the featured event on opening day. (First post 1:05 p.m., TVG)

Mathew Graf

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