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Two  former  WKU Hilltopper baseball players will be in uniform for the Bowling Green Hot Rods this season. The single a minor league affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays has announced that  Kes Carter and  Matt Rice are on the 2012 Hot Rods roster.

Carter is a left handed hitting outfielder from Brentwood, Tennessee  and Rice is a catcher who also

earned academic honors at WKU.  Opening Day for the Hot Rods this season is set for Thursday, April 5th.

WKU has a new women’s head basketball coach. Former WKU Player and University of Louisville assistant Michelle Clark-Heard was introduced Thursday afternoon as the new leader of the Lady Hilltoppers.

WKU President Gary Ransdell spoke to reporters Wednesday afternoon after if was announced that Ross Bjork  had become the new Athletics Director at the University of Mississippi. Ransdell says Bjork frist told him he was a finalist for the job at Ole Miss last Thursday, following WKU's loss to Kentucky in the NCAA tournament.

Dr. Ransdell admitted the timing was a bit awkward, but he complimented Bjork on his two-year tenure at WKU, and wished him nothing but the best moving forward. The WKU President said Ole Miss was getting a "great AD."

WKU will soon begin a search for a new Athletics Director. The man who has held that positoin for the past two years, Ross Bjork, was introduced Wednesday afternoon as the new AD at the University of Mississippi. WKU President Gary Ransdell will speak to media about the future of the WKU athletics program at a news conference this afternoon at EA Diddle Arena. WKU Public Radio will be covering that event.

Freshman guard Marquis Teague led the Kentucky Wildcats with 24 points and 7 assists, as UK advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 87-71 win over Iowa State Saturday. The victory at the KFC YUM! Center in Louisville gives the Wildcats a chance to avenge their only regular-season loss against Indiana.

Saturday holds another day of basketball bliss for fans in the Bluegrass State. UK, U of L, and Murray State are all in action in the men's NCAA tournament.

UK, who beat WKU Thursday night, takes on Iowa State Saturday at 6:45pm central on CBS. The Wildcats are the tournament's overall #1 seed, and are picked by many analysts as the most talented team in the draw. With the game in Louisville, UK will basically play a home game against the Cyclones.

The WKU Hilltoppers hoped to pull off the biggest NCAA tournament upset in history. Instead, the overall #1 seed showed why they earned that ranking. Kentucky beat WKU 81-66 Thursday night in a game that often wasn't even that close. Terrence Jones scored 22 points for the Wildcats, and three other UK players scored in double-digits.

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The WKU Hilltoppers overcame a sixteen point deficit Tuesday night to defeat Mississippi Valley State and advance to tonight's match up with the Kentucky Wildcats. The First Four win Tuesday night was a dramatic comeback victory that enabled Ray Harper's team to head to Louisville for tonight's game in the KFC Yum! Center.

The Hilltoppers are the only men's team with a losing record in the NCAA tournament. But they're still playing and enjoying their new notoriety. Are they this year's "Cinderella?"

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Basketball fans in Bowling Green, Kentucky are celebrating an amazing come-from-behind victory. It happened last night in the opening game of the NCAA tournament. President Obama and the British prime minister had front row seats, as the Hilltoppers came back from 16 points down to beat Mississippi Valley State.

From member station WKYU, Joe Corcoran has reaction from Bowling Green.

JOE CORCORAN, BYLINE: Even veteran announcer Jim Nantz couldn't contain of his excitement at the end of the game.

(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERING)

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