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November 23rd, 2014

KSR Pre-game Show Begins Soon

Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

We’re counting down to tip-off between your Kentucky Wildcats and the Montana St. Bobcats.  Tip-off is at 6:00 PM and you can catch all the action on the SEC Network.

Before the game, join the KSR crew as they discuss everything you need to know leading up to tip-off.  Coverage will begin in about 15 minutes.

You can listen online via iHeartRadio, or tune in to 630 WLAP.

Call in and talk a little UK basketball this evening, as well as give your predictions for tonight’s game!


Previewing the Montana State Bobcats

 

I could make this post pretty short just by saying: the Bobcats are pretty bad this season. They enter this evening’s showdown with the top ranked Wildcats at 0-3 on the season. They have one common opponent with Kentucky: Grand Canyon. UK defeated the Lopes by 40, while the Bobcats lost to GCU by 16 so…I’d say the Cats are expected to win by around 56 today then. MSU has also played UCLA this year, a future UK opponent, and lost 113-78. They were scheduled to play Buffalo this past week, but that game has been postponed because of ya know…the blizzard.

Hailing from Bozeman, Montana, the Bobcats compete in the Big Sky Conference. MSU has made the NCAA Tournament a total of three times, their last appearance coming in 1996 when they lost in the first round to Syracuse. Montana State has a new head coach this year after Brad Huse resigned in the Spring. Brian Fish is in his first year as a head coach following stints as an assistant at Oregon, Creighton, San Diego University, Marshall and TCU.

Despite a winless record, the Bobcats do have three players averaging double-figures in points. Danny Robison, Marcus Colbert and Michael Dison all average at least 10 points a game, and surely one of them will heat up in Rupp because there’s always that one visiting player who does. The defense for MSU is what’s lacking as the Bobcats are giving up an average of 82 a game. Montana State does have some height to put up against Kentucky in the post with one seven footer freshman, two 6’9 and two 6’8 players, many of whom are lacking experience. Expect to see them in the game regardless though, as Coach Fish will surely be overwhelmed with the monstrous height of the Cats.

Who’s your leading scorer for the Cats today? Over/under winning by 30?

@WilderTreadKSR


Cats in the NFL: Sunday, November 23

It’s another busy day for the former Kentucky Wildcats in the NFL. Let’s see what’s going on this sports-packed Sunday.

Randall Cobb & Tim Masthay – Green Bay Packers

The Packers hit the road against divisional rival Minnesota this afternoon at 1. The Pack are winners of six of their last seven games and look to continue that against the lowly Vikings. Minnesota also has former Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater leading their team so that hast to give Masthay and Cobb some extra incentive, right?

Avery Williamson & Wesley Woodyard – Tennessee Titans

It’s been a tough year for the Titans so far, but individually, former Wildcats Williamson and Woodyard have shined in Nashville. Tennessee travels to Philadelphia this week for a matchup with the Eagles, and with rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger yet to pick up his first win leading the Titans, it could be a long day for the boys in blue. Williamson was praised this week in an article written by the Associated Press after his two sacks against Ben Roethlisberger. Keep it up big guy.

Stevie Johnson – San Francisco 49ers

Johnson has proven himself as a steady receiver everywhere he plays as his first year in San Francisco has gone well. Johnson has 32 receptions on the year for 407 yards and three TDs. The 49ers will need him at home this afternoon in the 4:00 game against the Redskins of Washington.

Jacob Tamme & Danny Trevathan – Denver Broncos

Tamme has done well for himself in Denver under the spotlight of Peyton Manning. Tamme has 10 receptions on the year in the tight end position for two TDs. The Broncos play in Mile High Stadium this afternoon against the up and coming Miami Dolphins in an AFC showdown.

Corey Peters – Atlanta Falcons

Corey Peters is in his fifth season in the NFL and the Falcons somehow find themselves atop the AFC South despite having a losing record. He has 16 tackles on the year and one sack, but it’ll be a tough challenge for Atlanta as they host the much improved Browns this afternoon at 1.

@WilderTreadKSR


Poythress to Miss Today’s Game

Bleacher Report

For the second game in a row Poythress will not be playing for the Cats as he has been sidelined by an illness. Calipari said that Poythress is improved but wants to play it safe and sit him out one more game.

Dominique with the start again? We shall see…

@WilderTreadKSR


ICYMI: Anthony Davis is Good at Basketball

Nola.com

If you went to sleep early last night, you missed the best performance of Anthony Davis’ young NBA career as the Pelicans defeated the Jazz 106-94. Davis finished with a career-high 43 points and 14 rebounds. The uni-blocker was hyper efficient, shooting 16-23 from the floor and abusing defenders on the pick and roll, in the mid-range game and driving to the basket. He was even 11-12 from the free throw line. You name it, Davis scored it.

Take a look at his shot chart from last night and relish in this sweet, sweet time for Kentucky basketball. Singlehandedly dominating the college AND the professional game.

SINation

SINation

@WilderTreadKSR


Sunday Morning Links

After a slow day in UK sports on Saturday with a football bye week, it’s gameday again in Lexington as the Cats host the Montana State Bobcats at 6pm in Rupp Arena. Calipari did tweet out that it was his daughter Megan’s birthday yesterday, and it wasn’t, so ESPN ran that story four about 90% of the day because: Kentucky basketball right?

On to the links…

-John Clay takes a look at what might be the biggest challenge for the Wildcats this season with an unprecedented level of talent on the court: keeping Kentucky interested in the games between the big games.

-Kentucky had a week off of the gridiron yesterday, but many teams around the country played hotly contested games. Guess what….FSU won….barely….again. Every win is a win.

-The Kentucky women were able to escape on the road last night after blowing a 20 point lead over Central Michigan. Matthew Mitchell isn’t too concerned, he’s just happy his team walked a way with a victory.

-The Wildcat women’s soccer team is into their first ever Sweet 16 and they aren’t done yet. Going for an Elite 8 on Virginia’s home field, the Cavs and Cats kickoff this afternoon at 5.

@WilderTreadKSR


November 22nd, 2014

Randall Cobb’s News & Views

Cobb

Since we didn’t get to see UK football in action this week, I want to talk a little football.  Tonight, I’d like to highlight one of Kentucky’s best former football players.  Randall Cobb has had a phenomenal 4th season in the NFL.  After 10 games played this season, Cobb already has 54 receptions for 779 yards and 10 touchdowns.  Before the season began, he only had 13 career touchdowns.  So if you’re doing the math, that projects Cobb to possibly more than double his career number of touchdowns this year.  Keep in mind though, Cobb missed most of last season due to a knee injury.

It certainly helps when you’re on the Green Bay Packers, and you have Aaron Rodgers throwing you the ball.  But the crazy thing is, Cobb’s teammate Jordy Nelson has 1000 yards receiving and 9 touchdowns of his own.  Cobb is definitely proving to be an elite receiver at the next level.

Being a Bengals fan all my life, I can certainly tell you that he makes it worth watching the Packers.  It also helps that I have him on my fantasy football team, too.  Which brings me to another stat; Cobb is ranked as the 6th best WR overall in the NFL fantasy football standings, averaging 13.2 points per game so far.  I’d say that’s pretty good.

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Anthony Davis goes wild on the Utah Jazz

If the game had ended earlier, Davis would’ve got the highlight of the night.  However, the game just finished and wow, did Davis have a career night or what?  Davis ended up with a career-high 43 points and 14 rebounds, leading the New Orleans Pelicans to a 106-94 victory of the Utah Jazz.  There’s no doubt that Davis has become an elite power forward in the NBA, no surprise to us.

Tonight’s performance puts Anthony up to 24.8 points per game and 11.2 rebounds per game on the year.  The former Wildcat continues to dominate the paint, as he looks to play DeMarcus Cousins and the Kings next.

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UK Hoops defeats Central Michigan in a close one

Matthew Mitchell had to sweat it out on the road this evening, as the UK Hoops team won a nail-bitter, 71-68.  What was once a 20 point lead, the 13th/9th ranked Cats almost let one get away in the 2nd half.  Central Michigan started to cause some problems after switching to a zone trap defense, which allowed them to cut into UK’s big lead.

Leading UK Hoops tonight was Jennifer O’Neill, who had 19 points and connecting on 5 three-pointers.  A win’s a win, so the Cats will take it and look on to Illinois, who’ll they play next on Thanksgiving day.

(Image via UKAthletics)

(Image via UKAthletics)

The Cats and Cards will kickoff at Noon next weekend

Well it seemed like an eternity, but tonight the UK/UL football game was finally set for a noon kickoff.  The Cats will roll into Papa John’s Stadium early Saturday morning, hoping to end their 5-game losing streak and become bowl eligible.

Being the Cats’ final bye week, Coach Stoops feels like his team will be refreshed and ready to go.  It was a long stretch for UK over the past two months, playing some of the nation’s best teams (SEC) back-to-back-to-back.  Hopefully the team will get the most out of this rest and be prepared to upset Louisville, who’s coming off of a 31-28 victory over Notre Dame.


Kentucky/Louisville Football Game a Noon Kickoff

After a week of waiting, it has been announced that next Saturday’s Kentucky/Louisville football game in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium will be a noon kickoff and televised on ESPN2.

Expect Cardinals to begin the Crown Royal/line beard themed pregame to begin around 5am.

#BeatLouisville

@WilderTreadKSR


Kentucky Women Hang On to Escape Central Michigan On The Road

Photo: Britney Howard UKAthletics

Photo: Britney Howard UKAthletics

Playing in their first road game of the season, the 13/9th ranked Kentucky women’s basketball team watched a once 20 point lead dwindle down to two , but the Cats hung on to win 71-68. Senior Jennifer O’Neill led the way offensively with 19 points on five three-pointers followed by Makayla Epps with 12 and Linnae Harper with 10.

It wasn’t pretty, but it was a win, and a road win at that. The Cats are now 4-0 with a win over top-10 Baylor under their belt, and now an impressive victory of the predicted winners of the MAC on the road.  CMU is a perennial mid-major power in women’s college basketball, and Coach Mitchell is sure to be happy to have his Cats tested early on. There is plenty of film to watch and plenty to improve upon and Kentucky will do just that as the season progresses.

These two teams faced each other in Lexington a year ago, and Kentucky ran away with the 22 point win. It looked to be more of the same this year as the Cats were able to build an 18 point lead at halftime, but then things fell apart. The Chips switched to a trapping 2-3 zone which rattled the rhythm of Kentucky’s offense, and CMU cut the lead all the way down to just two points before the Cats were able to seal the victory.

The Cats will gear up for a Thanksgiving weekend tournament in the Virgin Islands next week, as Kentucky will face up against Illinois on Turkey Day, followed by Oklahoma and South Florida on Friday and Saturday. Let’s all agree that we’re extremely jealous and would do anything to be in the Virgin Islands on the beach, or is that just me?

Cats.

@WilderTreadKSR


Your Damien Harris Update

The Bad

The Madison Southern standout has been on the move recently, and in a very southern direction. The back took an unofficial visit last weekend to Tuscaloosa for the Bama win over then top-ranked Mississippi State. Harris is again going back to Tuscaloosa next weekend on his official visit for the Crimson Tide’s final game of the year against their rival, Auburn. For our sake, I’d say there’ll be a bunch of War Eagle cheers throughout the Big Blue Nation next weekend.

The Indifferent

Harris still has to take official visits to Florida and Texas A&M after he visits UK on the 13th. Gut feeling that neither of those visits will even matter in the long run, though.

The Good

Something worth noting I believe is that Harris visited UK 3 seperate times after his official visit to Ohio State. One of which was the day after he had just gone to OSU, so that has got to be good.

He is still scheduled for his Dec. 13th official visit to UK, which coincidentally also happens to be UK basketball’s home game against a more than likely Top-10 ranked Carolina Tarheel team. HA! Take that Bama! But really, if the Cats come up with a big win against the dirty birds next weekend at Petrino’s Pizza Palace, it’ll be a great atmosphere for Damien Harris to soak in and he’ll get to see one last time in person what the BBN is all about.

I’m no expert, but I’d say someone at UK probably had something to do with the “coincidental” timing of the visit. UK currently leads 247’s crystal ball predictions with 49%, behind UK is OSU with 45% and Michigan with 4%.

@kaansoloKSR


Cal had a message for his squad

Coach Cal took to both Twitter and Facebook to voice the message above that he gave his team today in practice. As a player, hearing that has to light a fire under the Cats before they go out tomorrow and take the court against Montana St at 6 PM EST. Still no reports yet on whether Shaq Alex Poythress will be back in the starting line-up tomorrow against the Bobcats.

Put up or shut up.

@kaansoloKSR


UK Hoop Cats take on Central Michigan at 8 PM EST tonight

The UK women’s team takes on the Chippewas of Central Michigan in an away game for the Cats tonight. The game is live streaming on ESPN3 and will also be broadcast on the UK Radio Network. 

The Cats are led by senior guard, Jennifer O’Neill, who had 22 points against Baylor on Monday in what was the second-largest crowd ever to watch a UK Hoops game. This is UK’s first road game of the season and the Cats are looking to come back to Lexington with a 4-0 record for the second straight year.

Go Cats!

@kaansoloKSR

 


ICYMI: Florida almost lost in OT last night…to ULM

SEC basketball continues to look like the SEC basketball we have known it to be these past few years, and the Florida Gators aren’t helping out. Donovan’s 8th-ranked Gators did their best Will Muschamp impression and almost lost to Louisiana Monroe at home last night.

The Gators barely ended up beating the Warhawks by a narrow margin of victory, 61-56. This Gator squad was fresh off a Monday-night loss to Miami, a game that the Gators did lose at home. Yes, last night the Gators were without starters Eli Carter and Dorian Finney-Smith, but the Gators on the court didn’t look that great, they struggled heavily to score the ball. They were led in scoring by Michael Frazier II with 21 points (4-11 from the field, 11-13 FT).

If Florida doesn’t get it together, and Arkansas doesn’t play up to at least the minimal hype they’ve been receiving, it may be the easiest SEC basketball season the Cats have ever played. The SEC is just bad. Again.


Basketball recruits seemed to have had a great time on their visit to UK

 

UK hosted a plethora of basketball talent to campus this weekend. Kobi Simmons (2016 five-star point guard) took a visit through the facilities earlier today and took to twitter to post about it.

The Wildcats also hosted three other heralded recruits for Friday night against Boston. Huntington Prep teammates Thomas Bryant (2015 five-star center), Miles Bridges (2016 five-star small forward), and Curtis Jones (2016 four-star guard) all took a trip to Rupp for the game last night. All three do not have offers from UK yet, but I bet at least the first two will be getting letters soon.


Matthew Mitchell brings in another top 20 recruiting class

Britney Howard | Ukathletics.com

Britney Howard | Ukathletics.com

Matthew Mitchell has a lot to be cheering about after signing his sixth-straight top 20 recruiting class. Four of the nation’s best recruits signed letters of intent to play for the Cats next season. The class is ranked seventh nationally by Blue Star Basketball and 13th by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report.

Here is a little breakdown of each player they signed:

Batouly Camara

This 6′ 2″ Neew York City power forward is considered the No. 2 PF and the ninth-best post player in the country. Last season, she averaged 12.5 points and 12.0 rebounds per game in helping lead Blair Academy in Blairstown, N.J., to a 19-3 finish.

 

Maci Morris

A Pineville, Ky. native, Morris has played varsity basketball for Bell County High School since 7th grade. Last season she averaged a team-high 22.0 points, 9.5 rebounds per game and shot 55.4 percent from the field in helping the Lady Cats win the 52nd District championship and advance to the 13th Region title game.

 

Taylor Murray

Although she might not have the height at 5′ 6″, the Maryland native is rated as the No. 18 point guard by espnW and the No. 15 overall player by MaxPreps. She is a four-year starter at Annapolis Area Christian where she averaged a team-high 25.5 points, 9.6 rebounds, 9.3 steals and 3.1 assists last season.

Most impressively,  Murray was named to the USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team this past summer and  she helped the USA to a 5-0 record, a gold medal and a berth into the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship.

 

Morgan Rich

Another Kentucky native, from Scottsville, 6-Foot Rich averaged d 20.4 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 2.5 steals and 2.2 blocks last season before tearing her right anterior cruciate ligament in February. She signs as  the No. 30 guard in the 2015 class.

Prior to her injury, Rich broke the Allen County-Scottsville career scoring record with 1,754 points and set the school’s single-game scoring record with 45 points. As a sophomore, she broke the school record for most points in a single season with 672 and was all-state honorable mention.

 

 

 

Don’t forget the women travel to Central Michigan today to face the Chippewas for its first road contest of the season. You can catch the game on ESPN3 at 8 p.m.

 

@Sealey_KSR