ABC 36 Sports spends the day with EKU hoops pre-UK game


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – It’s not every day you get to see what it’s like behind the scenes before a nationally televised college basketball game.

ABC 36 Sports’ Kennedy Hardman rode the EKU team bus from Richmond to Lexington Wednesday plus hung out with the Colonels at shootaround to bring you a taste of what it’s all like.

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You can see and hear the sights and sounds of the trip in the video.

Plus hear from EKU head coach Dan McHale, associate head man Michael Bradley plus a few of the Colonels weigh in on the experience of entering Rupp Arena for the first time and more.

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Alex Risen joined the ABC 36 News team in October of 2011 as ABC 36’s Weekend Sports Anchor/ Sports Reporter. Alex can also be seen Friday nights co-anchoring the Highschool Highlight Reel. Alex started out in the broadcast business while still in college at the University of Kentucky, heading up the school’s daily student news network as the Sports Director. He made his commercial televsion debut in May of 2011 while at WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky as co-host of a weekly, half-hour high school sports program previewing area schools’ games on Friday nights and as a morning sports anchor. Alex has also spent time as an intern at ESPN in the Statistics and Analysis department, as a production assistant for NBC Sports horse racing and Sunday Night Football productions, and as an intern for WLKY in his hometown of Louisville, KY. Alex graduated from Saint Xavier High School in 2007 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2010 where he graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program. He’s excited to be covering his passion in his home state and make Central Kentucky his home for years to come. Alex can be reached at