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March 27th, 2015

Andrew Harrison called that crazy circus shot

Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

We may need to add fortune teller to the growing list of Andrew Harrison’s skills. Last week, Andrew predicted the Cincinnati/Purdue game would go to overtime, and it did. According to his teammates last night, Andrew also predicted he’d made a crazy circus shot in the game, and he did.

“It was crazy,” Dakari said. “He said he called it, but that was crazy stuff.”

“Actually in the first half, when he stole it and went up, he said he should’ve put it behind his back,” Aaron Harrison told Jon Hale. “So he just did it right there. It was pretty cool.”

“I practice it all the time,” Andrew quipped.

“That was smooth, I’ve never seen anything like that before, especially on a stage like this,” Karl said. “That just shows you how loose we are.”

 

The shot just gets more and more ridiculous each time you watch it:

Hey Andrew, how are you feeling about tomorrow’s game?


Kentucky dominates the ratings again

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© Rick Osentoski

Kentucky has been a ratings monster this season and last night was no exception. According to Matt Norlander, last night’s games earned a 9.1 overnight rating, the highest ever for a Thursday Sweet 16 slate.

Cats.


Aaron popped his own finger back into place

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When Aaron Harrison ran off the court in pain during the second half, it looked like something was seriously wrong. Harrison was doubled over, holding his left hand and sprinting back to the locker room.

The picture of Andrew’s dislocated finger circulated quickly on Twitter, and just as I was getting control over my dry heaves, Aaron was back on the bench. Because he’s a stone cold killer, he popped his finger back into place himself.

“I had no choice,” Aaron said. “I just felt like I needed to get it back, so I pulled it. Chris put a towel over it and I just pulled it out myself and it went back in.”

Thankfully, the injury was to Aaron’s left hand–his non-shooting hand–and minutes later, he checked back into the game. “I just told him I can still shoot Coach, I’m good,” Aaron said of his conversation with Cal on the bench. “I went back out there so I could get back in the game.”

I’m the same way when I get a paper cut.


Tyler Ulis says be careful what you wish for

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Ulis was especially swaggy in last night’s locker room, telling reporters that West Virginia got what they asked for.

“Be careful what you ask for,” Ulis said. “Like Cal always says, they can talk, but eventually they’ve gotta step in the ring. It’s like when everyone talks about Floyd (Mayweather), they gonna beat him. We came in, and we just tried to beat them down.”

How did it feel?

“It feels great,” Ulis said, repeating for emphasis, “it feels great.” He later told me he wanted to hang 50 on the Mountaineers. “We wanted to come out and kill them, win by 50 and show them what we’re about.”

Watch swaggy Ulis for yourself:


UK’s win ties largest in Sweet 16 history

How big was Kentucky’s win last night? UK’s 39-point margin ties Louisville’s 2009 win over Arizona for the largest ever in Sweet 16 history.

Additionally, according to Darren Rovell, Kentucky is the first team to double up its opponent this late in the NCAA Tournament since 1940.

More history for a historic squad.


The Final Four court is too red for my liking

The court is officially in place at Lucas Oil Stadium and it is way too red for my liking. Of all colors, why red?


UK opens an 11.5-point favorite over Notre Dame

Vegas has spoken, and the Cats opened as an 11.5-point favorite over Notre Dame. So far, the line has moved down slightly to 11 points.

Cover? Definitely cover.


The best national reactions to last night’s game

IG: SportsNation

IG: SportsNation

Judging by Twitter, it seemed like everyone in America watched last night’s game. By now, you’ve seen most of the local takes on the game, but what are people saying outside of the Commonwealth? Here’s a sampling of the best reactions to last night’s rout:

Comedian Frank Caliendo:

Nerlens Noel:

SportsCenter with a sobering stat:

Fox Sports’Aaron Torres:

Drake:

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Shane Battier:

Ashley Judd:

Seth Rosenthal:

That about sums it up.


Recapping a fun night in Cleveland (Friday Show Thread)

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Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Friday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio. Everyone else get plenty of sleep? Ha! Me neither. But, after last night’s beatdown of West Virginia, who needs sleep? The Cats are in the Elite Eight and looked absolutely dominant against the Mountaineers. A mere eight hours after finishing the postgame show, Matt and Drew will be on to talk about it some more.

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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: The Follow-Up Game After a Blowout

Andrew Weber-USA Today

Andrew Weber-USA Today

Since the NCAA began seeding the NCAA Tournament in 1979, UK has been involved in a few blowouts at the Sweet 16 round or later.  But for our purposes, how has the bounceback game generally gone for the Cats?  Well, below are the examples:

1993 (1-seed)
Sweet 16: Defeated 5-seed Wake Forest 103-69
Elite 8: Defeated 3-seed Florida State 106-81
Final Four: Lost to 1-seed Michigan 81-78 (ot)

1995 (1-seed)
Sweet 16: Defeated 5-seed Arizona State 97-73
Elite 8: Lost to 2-seed North Carolina 74-61

1996 (1-seed)
Sweet 16: Defeated 4-seed Utah 101-70
Elite 8: Defeated 2-seed Wake Forest 83-63
Final Four: Defeated 1-seed UMASS 81-74

1998 (2-seed)
Sweet 16: Defeated 6-seed UCLA 94-68
Elite 8: Defeated 1-seed Duke 86-84

2015 (1-seed)
Sweet 16: Defeated 5-seed West Virginia 78-39
Elite 8: ???????

Just a combined 3-3 in the games following the blowout.  Now of course this UK team is probably better than any of those other teams, so I am not sure that number should particularly scare anybody.  I think the bigger point is that UK better buckle down once again for Notre Dame.  Last night was a lot of fun but if we think the Irish will roll over and die because WVU did, we will be sorely mistaken.


Donnie Tyndall out at Tennessee

Here’s some breaking news to get your morning rolling. According to various outlets, Tennessee head coach Donnie Tyndall just got fired.

Although not confirmed, the firing most likely is a result of the ongoing NCAA investigation into Tyndall’s tenure at Southern Miss. The NCAA is investigating the program for improper financial aid provided to non-scholarship players, along with academic misconduct.


Wendy’s KSR Top Ten Tweets of the Day

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___________________________________________________________________ You can be a part of Wendy’s KSR Top Ten Tweets by using hashtags like #KSR #BBN or #KSRtopten. If we like what we see, it could be posted the next day. Now. On to the tweets:

#10 Michael Vinson

I am officially publicly shaming this guy on KSR.

 

 

 

 

#9 Oscar Combs

I love this duo together.

 

 

 

 

#8 Brad Paisley

I hate country even more now.

 

 

 

 

#7 Andrew 36-0 Payne

It’s because Gottlieb is all powerful and can do what he wants.

 

 

 

 

#6 Barry Carty

Too late, guys.

 

 

 

 

#5 brandon lutsch

Alright. That’s one face down and about twenty to go.

 

 

 

 

#4 Kyle Gibson

 

 

 

 

#3 Phillip Stickler

Accurate.

 

 

 

 

#2 Amelia B. McCormick

The sad thing is you probably aren’t the first Kentucky fan to do this.

 

 

 

 

#1 Matthew Mahone

You are wrong, Matthew. WVU has 17 NCAA titles.
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Kentucky ended West Virginia with a blowout, 78-39

Andrew Weber-USA Today

Andrew Weber-USA Today

Not since March 26th, 1949 has a team failed to score 40 points in an NCAA Tournament game against the Kentucky Wildcats. That’s what happens when you run your mouth, I guess, which West Virginia did a lot this week. Bob Huggins said he was okay with the trash talking, downplaying the notion it fueled Kentucky’s players to play harder. “That’s a bunch of BS,” Huggins said, when asked if he thought UK used his Mountaineers’ words as motivation.

Whether the talking did or didn’t add to the fire, Kentucky played like a team that was out for blood. The Cats dominated from the opening tip en route to a 44-18 halftime score and on to the 39-point win. That’s not how Sweet 16 games are to be played, FYI. It tied the record for largest margin of victory in the Sweet 16 and was only the second time in history a team doubled up its opponent in a regional semifinal or later. Again, it was a whoopin’.

Oh, and it was all done without Karl Towns, the future No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. Towns scored one point and grabbed two rebounds in 13 minutes of action. Calipari said, “We know how good Karl is and he feels bad about how he played, but he’d feel great for his teammates but he needs to have a presence.”

Kentucky did get big games from just about everyone else, including Dakari Johnson, who reached double figures for the first time since mid-February. He was joined by four other Wildcats — Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison, Trey Lyles and Devin Booker — with double digits in the scoring column.

As for the opponent, West Virginia shot 24 percent from the field — the lowest by any team in a Sweet 16 game, ever — and had only two players with more than six points. Daxter Miles, Mr. Guarantee, added zero to the scoring column. He went 0-for-3 from the field in the game he was certain Kentucky would lose.

Up next for the Wildcats is Notre Dame for a spot in the Final Four. The Irish are the complete opposite of what Kentucky saw in West Virginia tonight. Mike Brey’s team has one of the best offenses in the country but doesn’t defend, so buckle up for a high-scoring contest.

And don’t worry, Aaron Harrison’s finger is fine.

 


Dakari says he came up with the 36-WON tweet, not Devin

Photo by Chet White, UK Athletics

Right after the game, Devin Booker tweeted “36 and won,” a great take on Daxter Miles’ 36-1 shot at the Cats yesterday. The tweet was a popular topic in the locker room tonight, but Dakari Johnson said he came up with it first.

“Nah! I came up with it,” Dakari said, interrupting Booker’s interviews. “I’ll let him take the credit though. I’ll let him take the credit.”

Brother keeping.