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By Drew Franklin on ©1:04 pm
By Drew Franklin on ©12:50 pm
In case you missed last night’s interview on Fox Sports 1, here it is in its entirety. Watch as John Vincent Calipari sits down with Bill Raftery to discuss his coaching career, NBA rumors, and how things are going at the University of Kentucky this season.
“This year’s team is the best post up team I’ve ever had, including my years with the Nets.”
By Drew Franklin on ©12:00 pm
The Boise State men’s basketball team arrived in Lexington a little later than planned, thanks to the weather in Chicago yesterday. As we mentioned several times on the site yesterday, the team had to take a bus from the Windy City, approximately a seven hour ride, after its flight to Bluegrass Airport was canceled. The Broncos left Chicago around 5:00 p.m. and finally made it to Lexington a little after 1:00 a.m.
Well we're here. Get some shots up at 1:30? pic.twitter.com/tv0klyCiqC
— Boise State Men's BB (@BroncoSportsMBB) December 10, 2013
The New York Times has a story on six Kentucky mothers, their support for their sons’ high school basketball careers, and how the enthusiasm may lead to a reality television show. A TV deal has already been signed and the producer thinks it has a real shot at television success:
Overaggressive parents hollering from the stands have become a cliché of American childhood, but these moms have turned parental cheering into an art form — and, they hope, a business. Six Kentucky families have signed a deal with NorthSouth Productions, a television company, to make a reality show about their hoops-mad families.
It is unclear if the project will appear on the screen any time soon, but the producer Blaine Hopkins called the mothers perfectly suited to reality TV, describing them as “hysterical, passionate, real and competitive.”
Henry Clay High School’s Jordan Green is one of the featured basketball sons. His mother, Michelle Green, put her house of ten years on the market, then filed bankruptcy when the deal went south, just to get her son in the Henry Clay school district. She said basketball is a business for the family.
The other families have similar stories of sacrifice for basketball, although Green is the only legit Division 1 prospect from the group. It’ll make for an interesting show, I suppose, but it better get going soon if it’s going to happen, considering the boys are all seniors.
I’d watch it.
By Drew Franklin on ©10:30 am
The University of Kentucky student body failed to claim all of its allotted student tickets for the next round of men’s basketball games at last night’s lottery. According to the UK ticket office, tickets are still available for several home basketball games, including the biggest game on the season against the defending champion Louisville Cardinals.
The remaining tickets went on sale at the ticket office this morning at 9:00 a.m. for $5.00. If they aren’t all sold today, they’ll go on sale to the general public tomorrow night on Ticketmaster.
Tickets are also available for tonight’s game against Boise State.
Come on, students. What’s the problem?
By Drew Franklin on ©10:05 am
So much for Jonah Bolden potentially joining Kentucky’s 2014 recruiting class. The forward from Australia is heading to UCLA after visiting campus yesterday. An up-and-comer in the class, Bolden did not have an offer from Kentucky but UK had shown interest in the 6-foot-9 forward, who is a teammate of UK target Rashad Vaughn at Findlay Prep.
It was nice knowing ya, Jonah. Good luck to ya, bud.
Good morning, Cats fans. How ya feeling? Good. That’s good to know. You should tune in to Kentucky Sports Radio radio this morning and listen to Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond. They’ll be previewing the Boise State game, explaining KSR’s new partnership with 247Sports and hitting several other UK-related topics. Plus, Tony Vanetti is going to stop by for a little fun with the callers.
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By Bryan the Intern on ©9:00 am
First off, let me say that I completely support, enjoy, endorse, and recommend the John Calipari style of recruiting. It has given us a national championship and 2 Final Fours. There has been more enjoyment in the 4+ years Cal has been here than the 11 years before him. This post is in no way criticizing or second-guessing that method of running a program. Calipari exploits the 1-year rule better than any coach in history and I am damn glad he is our side.
With that said, one of the more unimportant (in the grand scheme) side effects of that is that the great tradition of UK Senior Day has really declined in its pomp and circumstance. Just look at the 4 Senior Days that have occurred since Calipari has arrived in Lexington:
2010: Perry Stevenson, Ramon Harris, Mark Krebs
2011: Josh Harrellson
2012: Darius Miller, Eloy Vargas
2013: Julius Mays, Twany Beckham
Harrellson was loved by the fans, although that came late in his time at UK. And certainly Miller was a special moment. But of those guys listed above, only Vargas, Mays, and Beckham were recruited by Calipari, and all 3 of those guys transferred into the program. Meaning Cal still hasn’t had a player go through the program for 4 years. That will change this year with Jarrod Polson, and Jon Hood has spent his entire career with Cal, although he committed under Gillispie. But the future does not look bright for Senior Day:
2014: Jon Hood, Jarrod Polson
2015: Sam Malone, Brian Long, Tod Lanter
Both Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley-Stein would, in theory, be seniors in 2016. But there is little doubt Cauley won’t be here, and I think the general consensus was Poythress was out after this season too. Now, his current play might not suggest that, but I would still say it seems unlikely Alex will be here in 2016. Meaning that year, the program could be without a senior class for the first time since 1943-44.
Now, in the grand scheme of things, who really cares? If the team is winning then you have to keep doing what you are doing. I just wonder if fans miss those great Senior Day activities. Miss seeing the seniors bust through the picture of themselves (which might be creepy now that I type it). But I also wonder, considering the environment of college basketball, if you think Senior Day should be revamped a bit. Let the guys who we know are gone after 1 or 2 seasons celebrate on that day as well. Anthony Davis and MKG get to participate in the festivities that day. Personally, I would not support such an idea, but I also wonder if fans might want a little more crowded Senior Day. Give me your thoughts and while you do, take a listen to many people’s favorite senior day:
By T.Walters on ©8:08 am
picture by @SFHowie
UK students showed up in full force last night for the Student lottery for tickets to the UL game. The picture above showcases a full Memorial Coliseum for the event, which saw students get slotted for the big rivalry game. While we have talked a lot about student attendance over the course of the year (it still needs to be better for games like Boise State tonight), last night proved that for a big game, there certainly is no passion like what happens in Lexington.
By Drew Franklin on ©11:13 pm
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Kentucky dropped out of the AP Top 10.
The Cats come in at No. 11 in this week’s AP college basketball poll, dropping out of the top ten for the first time this season. Arizona is the new No. 1, followed by unbeaten Syracuse, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Louisville, Oklahoma State, Duke, UConn, and Villanova.
UK is ranked tenth in the new USA Today Coaches poll.
Matthew Mitchell’s team won’t open any more UK double-headers.
Calipari joked, kind of, about the women playing “nine” overtimes in AT&T Stadium before his team could take the floor Friday night. Though it was exciting for the women’s basketball program and an incredible game for the fans, it’s the last time the women will open for the men. If there are any double-headers in the future, the women get the nightcap.
Cal told the media on Monday, “If we ever do a double-header, they will play after us. I don’t care if it’s 11:00 at night, you will never play before us again.”
It’d be easy to blame UK’s unexpected loss on the extremely late start in Dallas, if not for the Cats’ 16-7 lead five minutes into the game. The blame goes on the effort, free throw shooting and rebounding, not the women’s game running longer than planned.
“Still should’ve won the game,” Cal said.
Yeah, we know. We were there.
Why Baylor and not Indiana?
The IU question is back. Oh boy! Here’s how Calipari responded:
“We offered to play Indiana twice in Indiana and they said no. I said, we offered to play them two years in Indiana and they said no. We played Baylor, where did we play them? So we move on. Our schedule is one of the best in the country and we’ve got other stuff coming up. We offered two years in Lucas Oil. They won’t do it, what do you want me to do? I can beg them, ‘please, we’ll play in your state twice.’ They won’t want to do it, it’s OK. They’ve got a great program, Tommy (Crean) has done a great job, we’re hanging on down here. It hasn’t hurt either program.”
It appears he is still putting all the blame on Crean and Indiana for the demise of the UK-IU series. Crean wants to play in Assembly Hall; Calipari wants to play at a neutral site, even if that neutral site is in Indianapolis. Neither will budge. Personally, I don’t mind that it’s over. These games in future Final Four stadiums and domes better prepare the team for April. It’d be nice to play Indiana in one of those games, but if Crean is committed to Assembly Hall, we’ll catch ya later. I’m OK with never going back to that place.
Don’t sleep on Boise State.
Don’t let that 12-point spread fool you; Boise State is legit. I’m surprised the Broncos aren’t ranked after starting the season 8-0 — I thought they’d be ranked in the preseason — and you’ll see why Tuesday night, if you don’t already know. Boise is a high-scoring team, currently ranked first in the nation with almost 92 points per game, with a number of guys who can really fill it up in a dribble-drive style offense. The Broncos are a much smaller team than Kentucky, often running with four guards, but their quickness and scoring efficiency will cause problems for Kentucky’s defense if the effort isn’t there, as we’ve seen several times throughout the season.
Kentucky’s size should win out, but Boise is a good, experienced team capable of leaving Lexington with a W if they get hot and UK isn’t in it for 40 minutes.
Jerry Meyer now predicting Rashad Vaughn to UK.
247Sports basketball recruiting analyst Jerry Meyer switched his Crystal Ball pick from UNLV to Kentucky on Monday. Meyer predicted UK for Vaughn early in his recruitment but switched to the Rebels when contact between John Calipari and the five star guard dwindled this fall. Now that the Cats are back in play, Meyer, one of the most trusted in the business, once again believes Vaughn will become a Cat.
You can see all of Rashad Vaughn’s Crystal Ball predictions here. Iowa State leads with 41 percent of the vote, ahead of UNLV’s 30 percent and UK at 16 percent, but most of the predictions were made over the summer before UK re-entered the picture.
Nick Saban visited Matt Elam on Monday.
The Alabama head football coach arrived in Elizabethtown a day early to check in on one of his top remaining targets. Elam will welcome Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly to E-Town Wednesday, followed by a visit from Mark Stoops on Thursday and then he will officially visit the University of Kentucky this weekend.
Alabama recently took the lead over UK in Elam’s Crystal Ball predictions.
The acoUstiKats just killed it on The Sing-off.
UK’s a capella singing group performed “Blurred Lines” for Jewel and the other judges on NBC’s The Sing-off. You can see the video in the post below this one. Nice job, fellas.
John Calipari sat down for a one-on-one interview with Bill Raftery.
Coach Cal was featured on Fox Sports 1′s 1-on-1 interview series Monday night with Bill Raftery. Most of what he said in the interview sounded very familiar to UK fans (imagine that) but it was still very entertaining to watch. One interesting tidbit I don’t believe we’ve heard before… He said he cheated his family early in his career by not being around, focusing solely on becoming a great basketball coach. He wishes he had been there for Erin, his oldest, more than he was, but “she’s a doctor now, Ellen had it under control.”
We hope to have video on the site tomorrow.
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“Twitter was full.”
We’re excited about our partnership with 247Sports.
In case you missed it earlier today, we have entered a partnership with 247Sports that we believe will benefit all parties, you especially. For KSR, it means additional content from 247Sports experts here on our site, where football recruiting news has been scarce. It DOES NOT mean KSR will be charging for anything, now or 12 months from now. KSR will remain exactly the same but with additional recruiting-specific content from Chris Fisher and others in the 247Sports network.
The partnership also means we’ll be joining the 247Sports/Cats Pause message board community. The comments section on KSR has always been great for interaction, but as the posts move down the page, the discussion goes away. 247Sports provides us with a platform to do what we’ve always wanted to do here: have funny, intelligent dialogue with our readers and fellow UK fans. Our posts over there will always be free; it’s just a way to do what we wish we could do here. You can join us by creating a free account here.
That’ll do it for now, ladies and gents. Join me back here Tuesday as we preview the game.
By Matt Jones on ©11:05 pm
Some late basketball recruiting news tonight as 247 Sports recruiting expert Jerry Meyer has moved Rashad Vaughn to a UK pick in his “Crystal Ball” prognostications. For those of you that don’t know what that is, Meyer and others predict where they think all of the top recruits will go and then lock their predictions in. Meyer had Vaughn going elsewhere, but today he changed that pick to Kentucky. Vaughn is ranked #13 overall in the 247 Composite Rankings and is an elite 5 star Shooting Guard. If Kentucky can get him, it would be a huge late Calipari grab and make the class end up with the one thing it is lacking right now, a great wing.
For more on Vaughn as a player and the other predictions for him, check out his player page here.
By Andrew Cassady on ©9:30 pm
Three years ago Brandon Knight led the Cats onto the floor in Maui where he proceeded to go 3-15, including 0-8 from downtown, in a loss to UConn. Marquis Teague seemed to be a turnover machine until hitting his stride against Arkansas and averaging more assists for the remainder of the year. Tyreke Evans had a bunch of 4, 5, and 6 point games before becoming an offensive juggernaut that couldn’t be contained. The guys who make the leap instantly go on to be number one picks like John Wall and Derrick Rose, the rest just take some more time. Andrew Harrison is going to need some more time.
Maybe it’s a bit unfair the young point guard draws all this criticism. After all through 9 games he is averaging 10 points, +2 Assist-to-Turnover ratio, and leads the team from the charity stripe with 80%. Perhaps his biggest knock is simply the body language. If only he played every play with fire and passion. If only he took foul calls in stride without a glare to the ref. If only. If only. Coming into the year we thought we had a point guard who was the ultimate combo of all of Cal’s guys. A bit of Teague, Knight, and Evans to mold an unstoppable player.
Maybe we were right although in different ways. Maybe he has the outside shot like Knight but needs until March to get the clutch shot to fall with consistency. Perhaps he can find the open man like Teague but needs the time to develop that confidence and chemistry to know who to go to and when. Could he be like Evans and come off of a slow start to be one of the elite players in all of college basketball. Those guys all had players around them who could shoulder the blame as they needed time to mature. This group of Cats needs their point guard ready right now.
I think Andrew Harrison can be the elite combo of all of Cal’s guards that we envisioned to start the year. But like those guys its just going to take some time. Do you agree or do you think Andrew was all hype with no substance?
By Drew Franklin on ©8:00 pm
With the loss and inclement Dallas weather still fresh on their minds, your University of Kentucky Wildcats have a quick turnaround before tomorrow night’s game against should-be ranked Boise State. The Broncos come into Rupp Arena for a 9:00 pm tip-off in the first ever meeting between the two schools and one of the five most difficult contests on UK’s non-conference schedule.
Many of you know Boise State as that school out west with the blue turf and the running back who proposed to a cheerleader after a bowl game, but the basketball program is making some noise of its own and I have a little information for you below. Enjoy and get educated.
Boise State University is in the state of Idaho, not the state of Boise.
Boise is the capital and most populous city in Idaho, America’s “Gem State.” It is the 99th largest U.S. city by population and it reeks of potatoes. Ask any Boise resident and they’ll tell you they hate potato jokes. Hate ‘em. They also hate Napoleon Dynamite jokes.
Boise State plays in Taco Bell Arena.
If you know me, you know why I’m begging for a home and home series with Boise State for the next 50 years.
Boise State bumped Kentucky from the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
Remember UK being on the bubble last season and then failing to reach the Big Dance?
Blame Boise State.
The Broncos were one of the last four in, leaving Kentucky as one of the last four out.
Five starters return from a year ago.
That makes Boise one of the most experienced teams in the country and the only 2012-13 tournament team to bring the entire starting rotation back for another season.
90 percent of the minutes and 92.4 percent of the scoring is back from last season.
Kentucky and Boise State have one common opponent this season in UT-Arlington.
Both teams defeated the Mavericks by 29 points.
That means whatever you want it to mean.
The Broncos are the highest scoring team in college basketball.
At 91.9 points per game, you won’t find a team that fills up the scoreboard like Boise State. The Broncos cleared the century mark in three of its first four games and fell two points shy of hitting a hundo in the fifth game of the season, at home against Idaho.
Kentucky ranks 40th in scoring at 82 points per game, while giving up 64.3
Boise is 8-0 for the first time in school history.
Only 14 other teams remain unbeaten at this point in 2013-14.
Leading scorer Anthony Drmic is from Australia.
Drmic is averaging 20.4 points per game in seven games this season. He missed Boise’s last outing, at home against Carroll College, but he will return to the court against Kentucky.
Fran Fraschilla calls him “a baller.” He also leads the team with 19 steals.
Junior guard Derrick Marks scored 39 in a game earlier this year.
The Chicago native had game highs of 38, 35, 30, 27 and 27 last season as a sophomore, so he can really score when he’s hot.
Keep an eye on that guy.
The Broncos are currently on a bus, somewhere in Indiana.
After its flight out of Chicago was canceled, the Boise State men’s basketball team boarded a bus for Lexington around 5:30 pm Monday night. That puts the Broncos somewhere in the middle of Indiana, surrounded by windmills and broken Hoosier dreams. They’ll be lucky to arrive in Lexington by 1:00 am.
Boise State is a 12-point underdog against Kentucky.
That’s too high, if you ask me. This team is good. Very good.