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November 21st, 2014

Kobi Simmons visiting this weekend

It looks like 2015 four-star big man Thomas Bryant won’t be the only recruit on campus this weekend. This afternoon, 2016 five-star point guard Kobi Simmons tweeted that he’ll also take an unofficial visit to Kentucky this weekend.

The 6’5″ Georgia native is considered the fourth best point guard in his class and and visited UK for the Alumni Game last year. UK visited him in Alpharetta earlier this month. Recently, he visited Kansas, Ohio State and Missouri, and also has offers from Louisville, Syracuse and Texas.

Enjoy yourself, Kobi. Enjoy these highlights, readers:


Brian Long is ready for tonight

In a promising sign for the third platoon, Brian Long hit the half court shot in today’s shootaround. Long’s dad is in town from New Jersey for tonight’s game, and something tells me he’ll get to see his son play in Rupp.


Kentucky Stole My Fish: Top 10 Tweets of the Week

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The Kentucky basketball program has always its detractors. It comes with the territory when you’re the winningest program in the history of ever. However, there are a few fans of rival programs who have taken that hate to a whole new level. For a collection of all the salt, shade, envy, awe, and downright stupidity offered up by opposing fans on message boards, Facebook, etc., follow @UKStoleMyFish. As a reminder, these are actual posts from actual people. For real.

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Texas starting point guard injured last night, likely out for the UK game

Texas announced today that its starting point guard, Isaiah Taylor, suffered a wrist injury last night against Iowa and is unable to go tonight against California. ESPN.com reports the injury will keep Taylor out “an extended amount of time,” although exactly how long is undetermined.

The Longhorns will travel to Lexington in two weeks to take on Kentucky and Rick Barnes will need his star guard if Texas is going to have any chance against the Cats at all. Taylor is averaging 15 points, four rebounds and two assists through three games this season.

He will undergo further examination when the team arrives back in Austin tomorrow.


A great Friday afternoon read on Barry “Slice” Rohrssen

We here at Kentucky Sports Radio love Barry “Slice” Rohrssen and you should too. We don’t trust anyone who doesn’t like Slice, honestly. Those people are terrible human beings.

So as Slice’s biggest fans, we like it when someone writes nice things about him on the internet, like Adam Zagoria did yesterday in his “Kentucky’s ‘Slice’ Paying Immediate Dividends As a Recruiter” piece. Zagoria dug up the origin of the Slice nickname and talked to one New York City high school coach who said, ““Without a doubt, he’s the most well-respected coach I know.”

“He’s like no other assistant coach, I’m teling you.”

Read it here. It’s good.


Mike Jarvis talking to Boston during today’s shootaround

Former Boston head coach Mike Jarvis is in Lexington today with the Terriers at the team’s shootaround in Rupp Arena. Jarvis coached Boston from 1985 to 1990 before moving on to George Washington, St. John’s and Florida Atlantic, where he was fired after last season.

Boston practiced at Trinity High School in Louisville yesterday.

They will lose in Rupp Arena tonight.


Someone should tell the KU video department they lost Tuesday night

So this video’s a little misleading, huh? Rock Chalk Video created a highlight reel of the Jayhawks’ 32-point loss to Kentucky and somehow made it look like a happy night for Kansas. I remember a different version of the evening.


Call in the reinforcements with the new PLATOONS t-shirt

The new KSR PLATOONS t-shirt is available for purchase over at KentuckyBranded.com. It’s the perfect gift for the Kentucky basketball fan in your family, or for yourself. (Let’s be honest, you should buy it for yourself first.)

So head over to KentuckyBranded.com to pick one or four up before they’re gone. You’ve heard all about platoons and platooning, now you can wear it across your chest.

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#FlashbackFriday: Rick Pitino and the Boston Terriers

Way back before he was lying and cheating and losing recruits to John Calipari, a young Rick Pitino took over the head coaching job at Boston University. Then an up-and-coming 25-year-old, Pitino took the Terriers to the NCAA tournament for the first time in 24 years. He stuck around from 1979 to 1983 before leaving for the New York Knicks.

Tonight, that same Boston University will take on your University of Kentucky Wildcats, another basketball program Pitino saved. His stamp is all over this game, and I’m not sure I like that.

Beat Boston.


Charles Barkley says DeMarcus Cousins can’t whoop his ass

Following Sacramento’s win over Chicago on TNT last night, Ernie Johnson asked Charles Barkley about his feud with DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins recently said he has no respect for Barkley and never will, while Barkley insists he is only doing his job when he is critical of Cousins’ maturity.

But then Barkley’s explanation took a turn when he said, “I don’t know the kid at all. But I do know one thing, he can’t whoop my ass.”

“It will be some furniture moving if he ever puts his hands on me.”

Watch the entire clip below:


We’re at Home Run Burgers in Louisville! (Friday Show Thread)

Kentucky Sports Radio is at Home Run Burgers in Louisville this morning for a live remote broadcast of your favorite show. Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond are at the Hurstbourne Parkway location to stuff their faces with delicious burgers and fries while talking UK sports for two hours on air.

Stop by if you’re in the area, and if not, tune in however you can.

Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080.

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KSR Affiliate List

WBGN (1340am): Bowling Green
WTCO (1450am): Campbellsville
WAIN (93.9fm): Columbia
WHIR (1230am): Danville
WCLU (1490am): Glasgow
WGOH (1370am): Grayson
WTUK (105.1fm): Harlan
WHOP (95.3fm): Hopkinsville
WJKY (1060am): Jamestown
WLAP (630am): Lexington
WFTG (1400am): London
WKJK (1080am): Louisville
WFMW (730am): Madisonville
WWXL (1450am): Manchester
WFTM (1240am): Maysville
WKYM (101.7fm): Monticello
WMSK (1550am): Morganfield
WLME (102.7fm):Owensboro
WPAD (1560am): Paducah
WKYH (600am): Paintsville
WLSI (900am) Pikeville
WPRT (960am): Prestonsburg
WSFC (1240am): Somerset
WTCW (920am): Whitesburg
WHAY (98.3fm): Whitley City
WBTH (1400am): Williamson

On Delay (ALL TIMES LISTED EASTERN)…

WCBL (1290am): Benton, 12-2pm
WVHI (1330am): Evansville, IN, 5-7pm
WMTL (870am): Leitchfield, 11am-1pm
WLBQ (1570am): Morgantown, 3-5pm
WRIL (106.3fm): Middlesboro, Thur 8-10pm


BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: QUARTERFINALS of State Football Playoffs Tonight

One of the better parts of the sports culture in this state is an extreme loyalty to one’s high school.  Some people consider their high school’s rival to be as important as their college one.  And while football still takes a backseat to basketball for most in this state, in some communities the football tradition is a source of great pride.  Well, the high school football playoffs began last week, with 96 teams now remaining for 6 state championships.  Each Friday I will update the schedule from here on out.  Along with the schedule, I have attached each team’s Lit Ranking before the playoffs began to give you a sense of the favorite in each game.  Those in bold are the defending champions.

Class 6-A (defending champion Scott County eliminated)
3. St. Xavier vs. 4. Trinity (at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium)
15. Meade County at 10. Central Hardin
19. Butler at 13. Ballard
7. Simon Kenton at 6. Dixie Heights

Class 5-A
4. Graves County at 1. Bowling Green
18. John Hardin at 14. Iroquois
6. Cooper at 10. Anderson County
2. Pulaski County at 3. Southwestern

Class 4-A (defending champion Collins eliminated)
7. Madisonville-North Hopkins at 8. Owensboro
5. North Oldham at 14. Fairdale
3. Boyle County at 9. Lexington Catholic
4. Covington Catholic at 2. Highlands

Class 3-A
5. Paducah Tilghman at 1. South Warren
6. Central at 3. Corbin
10. Bourbon County  at 9. Russell
15. Lawrence County at 2. Belfry

Class 2-A
6. Murray at 4. Caldwell County
3. Desales at 1. Christian Academy
13. Newport Central Catholic at 10. Newport
7. Prestonsburg at 11. Shelby Valley

Class 1-A
7. Russellville at 1. Mayfield
6. Frankfort at 2. Beechwood
5. Williamsburg at 8. Hazard
10. Paintsville at 3. Raceland


KSR’s Top Ten Tweets of the Day

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We will focus most of our attention on relevant Kentucky sports-centric tweets but, as per usual, there are no limits to our madness. You, the KSR fans, can also participate in our top-10 tweet countdown by using hashtags such as #BBN #KSR #KSRTopTen, or by tweeting @KySportsRadio.

 

#10 Ian Jackson Smar

Looks like it’s another Blue-White scrimmage tonight. I’m ok with that.

 

 

#9 Josh Lewenberg

That’s our guy.

 

 

#8 Mike Rutherford

Someone come pay my bail, please.

 

 

#7 Fake Gimel

OF COURSE WE COULD

 

 

#6 Excited Coach Cal

Excited.

 

#5 netw3rk

He’s Mr. Plow, that’s his name.

 

 

#4 CJ Fogler

Top-notch photobomb, sir.

 

#3 Kentucky Stole My Fish

That was the opposite of all that for me. PS: excellent descriptors Mr. Jayhawk fan.

 

 

#2 Andy Kennedy

TRAU

 

 

#1 Shabba Ranks

I love Charles but… bruh.

 

@BrennanKSR + Funkhouser


November 20th, 2014

Thursday Night News and Views

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Is ebola still a thing or did everyone finally realize it’s not that big of a threat to our well-being? I haven’t heard anything about it in a while, so I’m going to assume we’ve moved on to bigger, realer problems like winter storms and Bill Cosby still walking the earth. However, if ebola is indeed still something to fear, I feel much better knowing the nurses being trained to treat it are Cats fans. Scarlett up there, she’ll swat ebola like it’s a Kansas layup if it ever comes her way. Send me to her hospital if I somehow contract the disease in Lexington. I trust anyone representing #BBN in Texas.

But enough virus talk, we have Kentucky basketball to discuss this evening. Below you’ll find some quotes from John Robic and the twins, a new visitor this weekend, and a little more. Check it out and then get over to TNT for a rare Sacramento Kings game on national TV.

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John Robic gives credit to the Bahamas for his team’s chemistry.

“This group genuinely likes each other,” Coach Robic said, prior to Thursday’s practice. “I think we really, really benefited by our summer trip. For them to get six real games in, even though, you know, they didn’t count, it showed. They really came together. They’ve been that way every day in practice and we have great kids that, you’re right, they’ve given up some of their game but they’re just — they want to win.”

But the haters will tell you: Look at all those egos, just dying to get back in the game:

“I think they’re doing what it takes to win when they’re on the floor and when they’re not on the floor,” Robic added. “It takes a special player and a special person when you’re not in the game to be actively involved.”

And this group is very special, and very involved.

Boston comes to town tomorrow.

After a day of rest on Wednesday and a return to practice today, Kentucky is ready to get back out on the court to play host to Boston University Friday night. The Cats opened as a 29-point favorite out in Las Vegas against a team that has two returning players and zero scholarship seniors.

Tip-off is set for 7:00 pm in a rare FSN television broadcast. KSR’s pregame show will go live at 4:30 on WLAP.

Watch the Harrison twins preview the Terriers.

Aaron believes it’ll take a hot shooting team from outside to defeat his Wildcats. He of all people know what it’s like to try to score against UK’s bigs inside; he does it everyday in practice. Andrew said he and his teammates trust they’ll always have help on defense.

Four-star big man to visit Lexington tomorrow.

Thomas Bryant, the class of 2014’s seventh ranked power forward, will make the trip from Huntington, West Virginia tomorrow for an unofficial visit to UK. Bryant spent the summer playing AAU basketball next to UK target Cheick Diallo, so the staff has gotten plenty of looks at what he can do, but they haven’t extended a scholarship offer. That may change once he gets on campus Friday.

Bryant has already taken official visits to Syracuse, Missouri and Indiana, for some reason.

John Calipari and Ted Dibiase on one stage.

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Did anyone go to Comedy Mania? I need to hear about it. I would’ve gone but Bill Engvall makes me cringe. He’s the absolute worst.

If you were there, leave a comment or write me or something so I know how it went. Any time you get Coach Cal, Sinbad and Ted Dibiase under one roof, it has the makings of a fun night. I hope it went well.

DeMarcus Cousins believes Kentucky would beat the Sixers.

Cousins told Doug Gottlieb he would pick Kentucky in the hypothetical matchup with the Philadelphia 76ers. “I’mma roll with Kentucky as well,” Boogie said on Gottlieb’s show, Thursday. “Honestly I don’t know much about the 76ers. I’ll probably go with Kentucky.”

CAN WE PLEASE STOP THIS??? Kentucky wouldn’t beat the Sixers, ever. They are professionals and were the best players in college in their day and they’ve only gotten better since. A Las Vegas sportsbook set the line at -17 for Philly and I’m not sure I’d take UK to cover. AND IT’S NEVER HAPPENING.

Yet here I am, sharing Boogie’s comments with you because it is still the talk of the basketball world. Ugh. Let’s worry about UK winning 37 more college basketball games instead.

John Wall is on the cover of the new SLAM Magazine.

Take a second to read the cover story here. Wall, who feels disrespected by the media, told the magazine, “I see myself being the MVP of the League, being a Finals MVP, winning a Championship for DC, being a multiple All-Star, All-NBA team and hopefully signing another five-year deal in DC. I love playing here.”

KSR will be LIVE at Home Run Burgers tomorrow.

Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond will be at Home Run Burgers in Louisville for a live remote broadcast of Friday’s show. Stop by 2060 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy for two hours of Kentucky Sports Radio and a side of delicious food. Seriously, those burgers are the best.

Go Cats.


Henry Cho, John Calipari, Sinbad and Bill Engvall in the photo you’ve always wanted

This photo was taken before tonight’s Comedy Mania at Rupp Arena and it’s the most bizarre assortment of people you will see today.