Monday, March 12, 2012

Hoops Heaven - The Commonwealth of Kentucky

OK, it's March and I live in Kentucky.  That means I'm in hoops heaven; the girls' State High School Tournament (*) just ended, the boys' State High School Tournament (*) is just beginning, there are two Kentucky teams still alive in the NCAA Division II tournament (Bellarmine and Kentucky Wesleyan) hosted by Northern Kentucky University, four Kentucky teams are in the NAIA Division I playoffs (Lindsey Wilson, Cumberlands, Georgetown and Campbellsville), and the NCAA Division I tournament (with Western Kentucky, Louisville, Kentucky and Murray State) starts later this week, with UK playing in Louisville.  There's a LOT of good basketball in the Commonwealth; it isn't all just Wildcats and Cardinals.

I don't think there's any doubt that, for these three weeks, Kentucky is the center of the basketball universe.

(*) Kentucky is one of only two states (Delaware is the other) that holds a single postseason for high school basketball.  There are no "Class 1A", "Class 2A", etc. to be found in Kentucky high school hoops; every high school in the state competes for a single state championship.  That makes it special...my small town (pop. 1400) put up signs celebrating our high school's 1937 state championship...last year.  The school no longer exists, having been consolidated into the county high school decades ago, but memories are long when it comes to basketball.

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