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March 26th, 2015

Quite possibly the most West Virginia picture ever wants your score predictions

Courtesy of Finna. Good grief.

Let’s hear your score predictions…


Big Blue Banners are taking over Lexington

Tonight is the big night, folks, and if you are a resident of what is now being referred to as “College Town” (The University of Kentucky) you might have mistaken your daily walk to campus as a trip through an art gallery. A Kentucky-themed art gallery, that is. Around this time every year, college students at UK get extremely creative and design large banners in support of the Cats to hang outside their homes. This year, I snagged a few from Twitter and Instagram just for your personal enjoyment.

The Ode to Drake

The Clever Rap Remix

The Kentucky Classic

The Nursery Rhyme

The So Inappropriate It’s Funny

The Van Gogh

The Millionth Play on Willie But We’ll Let It Slide

The PG Innuendo

201 is game day ready!!   A photo posted by mtm1394 (@mtm1394) on Mar 25, 2015 at 9:34pm PDT

The Play on ‘9’

House banner for the Cats!! A photo posted by Drew (@mtndrew11) on Mar 25, 2015 at 5:51pm PDT

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The most ignorant banners in the neighborhood   A photo posted by Michael Graehler (@majorsprinkles) on Mar 24, 2015 at 2:51pm PDT

The Rated R Innuendo

and we pinky promise this 😉. candyland keeps it classy. #BBN A photo posted by Eliza Wick (@eliza_jane33) on Mar 24, 2015 at 2:23pm PDT

The Overdone Drake Album Cover that Never Gets Old

Best banner yet @champagnepapi #BBN #UKbasketball #kentucky A photo posted by Tasha Koehlitz (@tashakoehlitz) on Mar 24, 2015 at 12:32pm PDT


Get ready for tonight’s game with the Pregame Show

Evening, friends. We’re about three hours from tip-off, which means it’s time for the KSR Pregame Show. Drew and Ryan are LIVE from the lobby of the beautiful Renaissance Cleveland to take your calls and chat about the game.

Listen via WLAP.com or on 630 AM in Lexington to hear the show. They’ll be on 98.1 The Bull beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Stick around for the Texas Roadhouse Countdown to Tip-Off Pregame Show on the UK Sports Network.  A list of affiliates around the state can be found here or you can listen online here.

Feel free to comment below.


A Friendly March Reminder From a Student, For the Students 

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James Crisp | AP

Throughout Kentucky’s 2015 Pursuit of Perfection, there has been an unending stream of emotions, ranging from anxiety to awesomeness and everything in between.  But there’s one emotion that is still impossible to replicate until it happens: Championship Euphoria.

Championship Euphoria — Bliss, Heaven, Utopia, whatever you wanna call it — has only occurred once in my lifetime, and all it takes is 10 seconds from a 2012 Lexington celebration highlight reel to remember its wonderfulness.  I’m not saying I went to UK simply for this reason, but April 2, 2012 was the greatest day in my life.  There is no question about it.  It would be disrespectful to say it was like we won the war, but I kissed strangers like it was V-J Day in Times Square.

But for every party, there’s a pooper.

The following day national news paid more attention to the State Street “riots” than the Brow and Co.’s dominance over Kansas.  50 arrests, 60 fires and a gunshot victim.  That statement will quickly grab a viewers eye, but things are not always as they appear (Compare ABC News coverage to the H-L’s).

I started my celebration on the corner of Woodland and Euclid for a solid hour, witnessing 0 arrests and more High-5’s than McDonald’s hamburgers served.  I then forced myself to enter the madness across campus at State Street.  I was late to this party, but nonetheless a great experience.  Fires burned, crowds were close together, it was unbelievable hysteria.  I departed the scene as happy as the previous, only leaving behind my voice.  No tear gas or handcuffs for this guy.  Upon returning to my fraternity house to retire for the evening, I was greeted by joyous, screaming friends, “I GOT TEAR GASSED!”  I wouldn’t have been happy about it, but they were already excited to tell their grandkids how they celebrated.  Of the 50 arrests, they were probably well-deserved.  The only friend of mine taken to the Big House probably deserved; he was too intoxicated to walk down a sidewalk without getting hit by a car on Nicholasville Road.

All the above may sound dangerous, but the “riots” I experienced on April 2, 2012 didn’t prevent me from avoiding “danger” in 2014.  Not even a broken ankle could keep me from crutching my large, clumsy body three blocks to join in on the awesomeness.  It didn’t stop this girl either.

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For the fourth time in five years, I hope to join my fellow students in unprecedented camaraderie by flooding the streets in celebration of Kentucky’s road to glory as the Champions of March Madness.  After the wins, we will party like it’s April 2, 2012.  National news crews will condemn the “riots,” but there’s no reason to care, because they are ignorant of the amazing experience of Championship Euphoria.

I do not wish to be the moral compass for the entire campus, but I do have one request: IF the best team in the country is somehow upset in the greatest upset in the history of sports, PLEASE, do not destroy Lexington in anger.

To put it simply, we’re better than that.  On a deeper level, we cannot play into the hands of national pundits.  People watching this tournament are either good guys (cheering for Kentucky), or bad guys (waiting for Kentucky to lose).  If we act like idiots and burn the town down because of one detrimental loss, the bad guys not only win, but it gives validity to their hate, with our aggressive misery only fueling their satisfaction.

There is little to convince me that a loss is possible (knocks on wood), but if it does, act like we’ve been here before.  Because we were, about a year ago.


Stephen A. Smith said UK planned to fire Coach Cal last season

Quite possibly the dumbest thing you will hear all day, Stephen A. Smith told ESPN First Take viewers that the University of Kentucky planned to fire John Calipari at the end of last season. According to Smith’s “sources,” had the Cats not made the unexpected run to the Final Four, Coach Cal would’ve been fired by Mitch Barnhart.

“My sources told me that if John Calipari had not gotten to the Final Four last year, that Kentucky was going to fire him. Because you have a situation where he’s not particularly liked by some folks at Kentucky. He’s not particularly liked by some of the power brokers within the NCAA fraternity. And the combination of those two things was putting immense pressure; they don’t like how he is using the one-and-done rule to really be the face of college basketball.”

You can listen to Smith’s comments on the First Take audio replay here. He begins talking about Calipari and Kentucky around the 1:10 mark.

It might be time for some new “sources,” bud.


Boogie is ready

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DeMarcus Cousins just posted this on Facebook. He’s ready.


The Harrison twins and Daxter Miles have history

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From Kevin Richardson at the Baltimore Sun, the Harrison twins and West Virginia’s Daxter Miles have a little history on the basketball court. Long before Miles was running his mouth in Cleveland before tonight’s Sweet 16, he met the twins in a 2012 AAU game in Baltimore. Things got a little a chippy back then, and according to Richardson, the players had to be separated a few times.

You can see video of the game and the Harrison-Miles rivalry here.

Round 2 tips off later tonight.


Watch Matt’s appearance on Outside The Lines

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Matt Jones was a guest on ESPN’s Outside The Lines earlier today to talk Cats and Calipari with Andy Katz, Seth Greenberg and Ian O’Connor.

You can watch the clip below thanks to our friend at UKBasketballLive.com, who recorded Matt’s appearance for us:


Another West Virginia player is running his mouth

Yesterday it was Daxter Miles’ guarantee that West Virginia would upset Kentucky tonight in the Sweet 16, and today it’s fellow Mountaineer freshman Jevon Carter talking trash to the Harrison twins on Twitter.

Carter tweeted, “Harrison twins really playing Nintendo? I knew them boys were cheap”

The tweet has since been deleted, but nothing dies on the internet:

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He also retweeted this photo from a fan:

Carter is 2-for-14 from the field in the NCAA Tournament.

Please shut up. It’s for your own good.

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This is Jevon Carter playing defense against Maryland last weekend:

I wonder if he will wear his skates again tonight.


Slice with the overhead heave from halfcourt

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Slice knocked down the halfcourt shot to close today’s shootaround with a two-handed overhead toss off the glass. (We won’t call him out for standing in front of the line.)

Kentucky is undefeated this season when a player or coach hits a halfcourt shot during shootaround. That’s a fact. Look it up.

Slice! The good omens continue.

A video posted by Kentucky Men's Basketball (@kentuckymbb) on


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We’re a little under seven hours away (ugh) from tipoff in Quaker Oats/Quicken Loans Arena and blue is slowly making its way into the city of Cleveland. I’ve been cooped up in my hotel room all day, but I did do a lap around the mall and casino a little earlier and saw plenty of blue moving into the hotels. However, I also saw plenty of Mountaineer blue and gold so it may not be the lopsided crowds we saw in Nashville and Louisville the past two weekends. The UK fans here in Cleveland need to bring the noise tonight.

 

— Seth Greenberg, one of the good guys in the media, made a good point today about the new Calipari-to-the-NBA rumors swirling around everywhere. Greenberg believes these “sources” are planting the rumors to affect recruiting at Kentucky. With several elite prospects out there and UK still looking to land three or four of them, the thought of Cal bolting this summer could sway some decisions. Bold strategy by, oh, let’s say Bill Self. (I have no idea if it’s Bill Self, or if it’s true. Good point by Greenberg, though.)

— Shane Battier picked West Virginia to win tonight. In related news, someone pays Shane Battier money to talk about college basketball.

— UK still sitting at -13 out in Las Vegas. Give me the Cats to cover, please. I think all of this new media-driven hype around the Mountaineers is only setting this game up for a blowout. Daxter Miles didn’t do his team any favors yesterday, either. Cats win big tonight.

Brad Paisley is talking trash on Twitter. (And has a deal with Four Roses bourbon, apparently.) Paisley tweeted: “Dear Kentucky, I love you, your bluegrass & your people, & tonight we toast @4RosesBourbon to your 36-1 season.”

He will soon drink his pain away a little at a time. But he’ll never get drunk enough to get tonight’s game off his mind.

— Our friends at Thoroughbred in Lexington are ready for the game!

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I love Thoroughbred.

— Matt just wrapped up his appearance on ESPN’s Outside The LinesWe hope to have video on the site soon so check back a little later if you missed the show.

Ryan Lemond and I will be on the air tonight at 7:00 pm for the KSR pregame show. Tune in and give us a call as we broadcast live from the lobby of The Renaissance. Matt Jones and Oscar Combs will take over at 8:00 pm for the official IMG pregame show in the arena.

— I’ll leave you with this reader submission from #TeamWes:

David Wesley “Wes” Freeland is a man of many passions and talents. On any given day, you can find him cheering on the Kentucky Wildcats, training for a marathon, watching the Thoroughbreds race, or shopping for a new pair of running shoes. His athleticism is far better than most his age and his spirit and determination is admired by all who know him.

He is a husband, father, son, brother, friend and FIGHTER. Wes has run many marathons in his lifetime, but he was not at all prepared nor did he train for what would prove to be the most difficult marathon of all – CANCER.

In July 2014, Wes was diagnosed with Grade IV Glioblastoma, the most aggressive form of brain cancer. For the past 8 months he has experienced many ups and downs, but very little has deterred his determination to beat this deadly disease. At the young age of 36, Wes tied on his best pair of running shoes and took off on a journey he thought he’d never have to run.

His love for Kentucky basketball and running started at a very young age. Wes started running track and cross country at Elizabethtown High School in the 7th grade. He was State AA 800 meter champion in 1994 through 1996, and was a member of the State AA champion 3200 meter relay team in 1994 and 1995, setting a record in ’95.

After high school, Wes attended the University of Kentucky where he was a member of the UK Cross Country and Track Team from 1996 through 1999. His athleticism earned him letters his sophomore, junior and senior years. He was also a member of the K Club, before graduating in 2001.

Most recently, Wes learned that his cancer was showing signs of progression. While the original tumor has remained unchanged since surgery, some other unwelcome lesions have appeared. As a result, Wes started a new chemotherapy regimen and remains determined as ever to keep fighting.

Although fatigued, he is always ready to cheer on the CATS. Whether he’s watching the game from home or a hospital bed, one thing remains certain, he will be wearing blue and white. While Wes is cheering for the Cats path to perfection, his family and friends are cheering for him. Although very different situations, one could say Wes and the UK basketball players have something in common, DETERMINATION.

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The New York Times profiled John Robic and you should read it

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Marc Tracy of The New York Times wrote an excellent profile of UK assistant John Robic and it was released to the world yesterday. Tracy, who also wrote the Dominique Hawkins piece for The Times, explains the successful dynamic between Coach Robic and his longtime boss, John Calipari. The two have been together for 17 seasons; they’re exact opposites; and it’s a perfect match.

Tracy writes, “Calipari is extroverted and boisterous; Robic is introverted and dry. Calipari’s expressions are dynamic; Robic has a steady gaze. Calipari has carefully slicked-back black hair; Robic has a mop of blond and gray.”

“The division of labor is partly strategic. If Calipari had tried to do it all, he might not have led Kentucky to three of the past four Final Fours or to a 36-0 record this season entering the N.C.A.A. tournament’s round of 16.”

It’s something we’ve witnessed since the two landed in Lexington in 2009. We’re big fans of Robic, as you know, and he doesn’t get nearly enough credit for the work he does behind the scenes, while Cal works the spotlight.

Give Tracy’s work a read — if for nothing else, do it because this photo of Robes is incredible.

That’s a D-III All-American handling the rock right there.


Photobombing: West Virginia University

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Welcome, future Mountaineer, to West Virginia University! Here all your dreams of higher learning come true, you’ll experience top-rated professorial guidance and create long and lasting friendships with the very people you’ll inevitably rely upon to pry your foot out of a sprung bear trap later in life. We all need those people and you’ll find them — and a lasting education — at West Virginia University! Let’s see all the great things WVU has to offer!

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Classroom time is important, and at WVU you’ll find open, accessible instructors in every class setting. Also, you’ll be pleased to know that the average wait time as your professors seek to figure out the overhead projector has been cut, after comprehensive training, from twenty minutes in 2013 to only fifteen minutes in 2014!

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Visit our library to find literally tens of books and feel free to enjoy an apple, bagel or coffee as you study diligently for your next quiz. Whatever your major, we promise you will find a minimum of two books or three comprehensive brochures on the subject. Here we find Susan, who has been working to pass Pre-Calculus for the last eighteen years. You’ll get it this year, Susan!

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“Siri, what is the weather today?” Ha, ha! Just kidding. No one knows what this machine does. But it just goes to show the inventiveness of a Mountaineer imagination knows no boundaries! Who knows what you’ll invent at WVU? The sky’s the limit! (Please note that mountains are closer to the sky than many other geographical areas, minimizing limits.)

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Here are two friendly representatives from the WVU Creative Role-Players Club. Due to more restrictive regulations placed upon student activity groups in 2014-15, there is a significantly less chance of them murdering you and wearing a suit made of your skin as their next creative role-play. Sign up today!

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The West Virginia University Beard Club boasts 700 members and has been nationally recognized by the…hey, wait a minute — Janice, when did you shave your beard? These students live in Beard Hall, where it’s always a party and no shower drains are operational at any time. To qualify for beard hall please include a picture of your beard with your student application.

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West Virginia University is all about tradition — timeless, annual events like ‘Beat Martin Sheen at Cornhole.” Last year he defeated over six-hundred teams and he didn’t even have a partner. His elbow has been acting up so this might be the year you’ll take him down! Good luck!

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There’s nothing like “dorm life!” Relax with friends and talk about your favorite Netflixes and emojos. Like Hunger Games? Hang up a poster! Please remember that if you are going to have three or more persons in a room at any time you’ll be required to have a dorm soldier present.

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Your interests are always represented at West Virginia University! From archery to zoology, there’s a group for you to join and make new friends. Here’s the members of WVU’s Invisible Horseback Riding Team trotting around campus. Giddyup, ladies!

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No matter how large your residence room is, you’ll want to all gather very closely together in one corner to enjoy popcorn and talk about your favorite bands and music albums. Here are four happy West Virginia Tech students laughing about that great viral internet memo today. Hey, you guys! Where’s your dorm soldier?

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Weekends are for letting your hair down and relaxing. Hang out with friends, go to Mountaineers games and yell at foreigners. Go back to Maryland and eat your crab cakes, you ain’t welcome here! Just kidding. But seriously, get out of here crab face.

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Attend formals, dances and other great get-togethers at West Virginia University! Maybe you’ll be crowned the next Mr. and Ms. Mountaineer! (pictured: Mr. and Ms. Mountaineer, 2014).

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At West Virginia University you’ll be well on your way to a great new life in your chosen field and on graduation day nothing will feel as great as the sense of accomplishment on a great four years and a great degree. Please do not toss your caps into the air as you may kill any number of predatory hawks or falcons circling overhead as our university is located in a mountainous hell of no escape. See you soon at WVU!


Matt will be on Outside The Lines today at 2:30

I just watched Matt run out the KSR hotel room door in one of his finest suits to meet up with some of his favorite ESPN personalities, in the snow, for a taping of Outside The LinesThe mouth of this whole KSR operation is scheduled to chat with Andy Katz, Seth Greenberg and Ian O’Connor about John Calipari at approximately 2:30 pm.

So tune in to OTL on ESPN to see your boy on the big stage here in about an hour. We’ll have video on the site a little later for those of you who can’t make it to a television in time.


Dakari Johnson and Devin Williams go way back

Photo via Makini Campbell

There are all sorts of storylines in this game, but one you may not have heard is Dakari Johnson and West Virginia’s Devin Williams played together in high school. Dakari and Devin shared the front court at Montverde Academy in Florida, and tonight, they’ll face off in the Sweet 16.

While most of his teammates were talking trash, Williams is just ready to reunite with an old friend. “I can’t wait to see my brother,” he told TJ Beisner yesterday.

Hopefully Dakari is giving his teammates a thorough scouting report on Williams, who may be West Virginia’s x-factor. Williams is on a tear lately, averaging 18.3 points and 9.8 rebounds over the last four games. At 6’9″, 255 lbs., he’s shorter than UK’s bigs but a solid presence, and coincidentally, Dakari might be the best option the Cats have to contain him.

Let’s save the warm and fuzzy feelings for after the game, boys.