It’s happened time and time again this season: just when you get comfortable with Kentucky, →
By Drew Franklin on ©February 12th, 2016 @ 7:00pm
Kentucky opened as a one-point favorite over the Gamecocks when the line was released earlier today out in Las Vegas. That line has since shifted two points to -3, which means gamblers like the Cats in tomorrow’s game.
Here’s a look at the movement from VegasInsider.com:
Kentucky is 12-13 against the spread on the year and 3-6 against the spread on the road.
By Drew Franklin on ©February 12th, 2016 @ 6:00pm
Dominique Hawkins’ injured ankle still isn’t completely healed, but it is “the best it has been,” he told reporters today.
Hawkins and fellow reserve Isaac Humphries were the two players the team made available for the media prior to Friday afternoon’s trip to Columbia.
As Mrs. Tyler informed you earlier, Humphries admitted to not knowing the whereabouts of the entire state of South Carolina. He asked reporters, “Is it on that side (of the country)? Near New York?”
Not quite, bud.
Hear from Kentucky’s two role players in the video below from Kentucky Wildcats TV:
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©February 12th, 2016 @ 5:00pm
Various media members are hanging out at the NCAA Headquarters in Indianapolis today for the annual mock selection process, the purpose of which is to showcase how the NCAA Selection Committee chooses which teams make the tournament and where they’re seeded.
Because the tournament is still a month away, the bracket the mock selection comes up with isn’t very relevant, but it’s fun to look at all the same. According to The Sporting News’ Kami Mattioli, the mock selection committee made Kentucky a 5-seed in the East Region, playing their first round games in Denver. Rocky Mountain High!
Again, as Matt stressed on today’s show, don’t get too wrapped up in Kentucky potentially playing all the way in Denver, or who they’re pitted against (in this bracket, #12 seed Arkansas Little Rock). For now, Kentucky getting a 5-seed sounds about right when you consider the criteria: quality wins (Top 50, Top 100, NCAA Tournament teams) and injuries (how long will Alex Poythress really be out?). Kentucky’s schedule is so back-heavy that it can really help itself with wins over Top 50 teams like Texas A&M, South Carolina, and Florida in the coming weeks. Ideally, Kentucky would like to be in the South Region, held in Louisville, and to ensure that, they need to improve enough to move up to a 3-seed because, after that, geography doesn’t matter in the seeding process.
What seed do you predict the Cats will get on Selection Sunday?
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©February 12th, 2016 @ 4:15pm
It’s Media Day at NBA All-Star Weekend, and during his rounds, John Wall had some excellent advice for guys trying to impress their ladies on Valentine’s Day.
“Get her flowers and remember her name.”
Well, that’s certainly a good start. Speaking of Wall, he told reporters that he’s planning to play in Sunday night’s game despite injuring his knee last night. Wall bruised his knee in last night’s game against the Bucks and said he’s undergoing treatment around the clock in Toronto to be ready for Sunday’s All-Star Game.
Here’s a handy infograph of when you can catch your favorite Cats on TV this weekend:
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©February 12th, 2016 @ 3:30pm
Kentucky is about to leave for Columbia, South Carolina, but first, Isaac Humphries might need some help finding it on a map. This afternoon, a reporter asked Isaac if he’s heard anything about playing at South Carolina, to which the Aussie big man admitted he doesn’t even know where South Carolina is.
“I haven’t actually. I don’t really know much about – I don’t even know where it is. Is it on that side? Near New York? (Reporter: Toward the Atlantic Ocean) OK, there we go. I don’t even know where I’m going.”
“WHOA MY GOD HE DOESN’T KNOW WHERE SOUTH CAROLINA IS WHAT A DUMMY!,” Twitter responded when that quote came out, but give the man a break. He’s from Australia. Do you know where Queensland is in respect to Victoria? Probably not.
Get ready for lots and lots of palmettos, Isaac, because there’s nothing South Carolina loves more than palmettos…except things with palmettos on them.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©February 12th, 2016 @ 2:30pm
John Calipari met with his favorite media members before leaving for South Carolina, and, in true Cal fashion, had some entertaining things to say. Here’s a roundup, along with a replay of the whole presser.
Calipari likes Frank Martin, but “he ain’t gonna bully me”
Calipari had a lot of praise for Frank Martin on the job he’s done with his team, who he says has “taken on his personality.”
“It makes me smile. He’s a great guy. He’s a salt of the Earth kind of guy, but he’s also a terrific coach. They’ve taken on his personality. He ain’t going to bully me personally, but they take on his personality which is tough. They make faces like he does.”
What, faces like this?
UK may be struggling on the road, but so is everyone
College basketball is a clustereff this season. This morning, I read that #4 Iowa’s loss to Indiana was the 28th time an AP Top 5 team lost this season, compared to 21 Top 5 losses in the entire 2014-2015 season. When asked about UK’s struggles on the road, Calipari pointed out that everybody’s struggling on the road this season.
“I think you look around the country, everyone on the road is struggling. When you’re not a dominating team, it’s hard to win on the road. We’ve won games on the road where I was like, there’s no way we’re winning this game,” Cal said. “This is a great test for us.”
The team practiced for two-and-a-half hours yesterday
This team has been putting in some long, physical practices lately, and Calipari said they haven’t let up, going for two-and-a-half grueling hours yesterday.
“Like yesterday’s practice was two-and-a-half hours. I don’t go two-and-a-half hours in the middle of February. And it was all body to body. I mean, that’s what this team needs. If you remember 2013-2014, we were practicing almost three hours at the end of the year. We had no choice. I mean, that team just didn’t get it.”
Fortunately, Calipari said that, despite the grind, he’s feeling refreshed and ready to go.
“Look, I’m having fun with it. I’m enjoying it. I feel refreshed. I’m knowing now it’s the middle of February. You know what that means? The middle of February, it’s on. This is it. This is why we all coach and play. Or if you don’t, you’re in the wrong profession. This is it. Let’s get this right. Gonna be a really hard game for us to win down there, and we know that. This is about our progress, and we’re making progress. I told them, ‘I’m pleased, but I’m not satisfied.'”
Maybe he’s refreshed because he’s going to bed at 9 p.m. each night
When asked if the challenges with this year’s team make the job more fun, Cal said no, it makes him want to go to be really early. Like 9 p.m. early.
“No. It wakes you up early in the morning though. And it really gets you to go to bed early. Like, I’m trying to go to bed at nine, and my wife is going nuts. ‘You can’t go to bed at 9 o’clock.’ I said, ‘I’m going to fall asleep in this chair or that bed.’ So, it tires you out, but it also wakes you up.”
A 9 p.m. bedtime is the norm at our house, Coach. Don’t let Ellen judge you.
By Kentucky Branded on ©February 12th, 2016 @ 2:00pm
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By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©February 12th, 2016 @ 1:35pm
The big question on everyone’s mind since Tai Wynyard arrived on campus is whether or not he’d redshirt this season. When Tai didn’t get in during UK’s blowouts of Missouri, Florida, and Georgia, it seemed as though redshirting was probably the plan.
Today, John Calipari told reporters that he wanted to put Tai in a recent game, but sensed that Tai didn’t want to go in.
“You know, I don’t know yet. We’ll probably sit down and talk here on the way to South Carolina. I’m not sure he wants to redshirt, I think he does. But we haven’t really talked about it. I was going to put him in the game and I kind of looked at him like, ‘You don’t want to go in, do you?’ So — But he’s doing fine in practice. I think he’s looking at Isaac saying, ‘Right now I know I’m behind Isaac, why do it?’ But there’s so many things that could happen between now and the end of the year.”
There you go.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©February 12th, 2016 @ 1:00pm
This morning, I shared an update on Dancing Guy (Darren Moscoe) from one of his friends, who said UK contacted Darren a few days ago to tell him he can’t dance on the rails or on the stairs in Rupp anymore. WKYT just posted a statement from UK saying that all fans must keep the stairways and entry and exit ways clear:
UK Athletics is aware of the accident involving two fans in the lower bowl at Tuesday night’s game vs. Georgia. EMS officials on-site evaluated all involved parties following the accident. To provide all guests with a safe and enjoyable experience, UK Athletics is emphasizing that all fans keep stairways and entry and exit ways clear. We ask that all patrons please be respectful and considerate of their fellow fans.
This is probably for the best, and it should be pointed out that Dancing Guy is still allowed to dance in his seat.
In case you missed it earlier this week, the girl that fell with Dancing Guy, 10-year-old Aubrey Derrickson, told WKYT that she wants Darren to keep dancing:
“I think it hurt him more than it hurt me. When he came down he was breathing really hard,” she said. “I want him to keep dancing. I don’t want him to stop and I did see the video, the apology, video that he posted and that was so sad it really almost made me cry.”
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©February 12th, 2016 @ 12:42pm
For some reason, the live stream of John Calipari’s press conference isn’t working, but there is some news to pass along. According to Cal, Jamal Murray didn’t practice yesterday after bumping knees with someone in the Georgia game. Fortunately, Calipari said he expects Murray to play tomorrow in South Carolina, which is very good news because right now, he’s accounting for about a third of Kentucky’s scoring. In other injury news, Calipari said Dominique Hawkins is about 80% back from his high-ankle sprain.
Thankfully, it sounds like Murray’s fine, but what is it with this team and injuries?
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©February 12th, 2016 @ 11:30am
What is it with drunk people trying to shoplift stuff from Wal-Mart by stuffing it down their pants this week? On Wednesday, I shared the story about the man in Whitesburg who tried to steal Legos and dolls by stuffing them down his pants, and today, we’ve got a similar, albeit much grosser, story from Clarksville, Tennessee.
On Wednesday, police arrested 56-year-old David Wylie for urinating in the alcohol aisle of the Wal-Mart while simultaneously trying to stuff a $130 worth of trout down his pants. Wylie — who admitted he had been drinking — tried to leave the store without paying, and when confronted by a policeman, told the officer he didn’t care if he was charged because it would only be a misdemeanor. He was arrested and charged with shoplifting, vandalism, indecent exposure, and public intoxication.
See, kids, despite what Billy Madison says, peeing in your pants isn’t cool, especially if you do it while drunk and trying to steal trout.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©February 12th, 2016 @ 10:45am
Vegas has spoken and Kentucky opened as a 1-point favorite over South Carolina. Given the Gamecocks’ wins over Texas A&M and LSU this week and the fact that the game’s in Columbia, I think that’s pretty fair.
Can the Cats survive Gamecock Jesus?
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By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©February 12th, 2016 @ 10:00am
We’ve known for a while that Bill Walton is a little…shall we say, eccentric? Last night, Walton did his best to entertain viewers during an otherwise boring Cal/Oregon blowout, borrowing a glockenspiel from a fan behind him, much to the chagrin of his partner Dave Pasch:
Dave got even more annoyed when Walton also borrowed the fan’s bear hat:
Bill: “That’s not a bear, that’s a beaver. That’s a beaver.”
Dave: “That’s a bear, Bill. They’re the Cal Bears. The Bears.”
Bill: “It’s a little tiny bear!”
Dave: “Alright, can we stop interviewing the glockenspiel guy and focus on the game, please?”
He is talking loco and I like it. What do we have to do to get Walton to cover a UK game?
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©February 12th, 2016 @ 9:45am
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