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March 6th, 2015

Of course Willie was a star kickball player in high school

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This may be the most Willie Cauley-Stein nugget ever…

According to Coach Cal, Willie was a star kickball player in high school. Cal was telling reporters about how he never saw Willie play basketball in high school, and then he dropped this gem: “I watched him play kickball. You could not believe.”

“He would spin ‘em,” Cal said, while flailing his arm.

Badminton was another sport Willie played. Because of course.


LIVE: John Calipari previews Florida


If the SEC Tournament started today…

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…we’d be watching Kentucky take on the winner of Vandy and Alabama. Here’s the bracket based on the latest standings. Because the SEC is a mess, only Kentucky (1), Arkansas (2), and Missouri (14) have clinched their spots so far. With one game left to go, a lot could change.

Meanwhile, here is the latest weather forecast for Nashville:

Not too bad, right?


The latest KyWildcatsTV pump up video is awesome

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No “Uptown Dunk,” but I’M READY TO RUN THROUGH SOME WALLS. GIVE ME A SNOW SHOVEL BECAUSE IMMA DOMINATE THAT DRIVEWAY.


NCAA hands down penalties to Syracuse, Boeheim

After a ten-year investigation, the NCAA just handed down its penalties to Syracuse and Jim Boeheim for multiple infractions including academics and extra benefits. The NCAA suspended Boeheim for nine conference games next season and is taking away twelve scholarships, three a year for four years. Penalties also include a five-year probation and vacation of wins in which ineligible student participated. That does not include Syracuse’s 2003 title.

“During the 10-year period of violations, the head basketball coach did not promote an atmosphere of compliance within his program and did not monitor the activities of those who reported to him as they related to academics and booster involvement,” the NCAA said of Boeheim.

The NCAA did not hand down a postseason ban, although Syracuse self-imposed one for this season. According to Syracuse.com, the scholarship ban will keep Syracuse from adding Thomas Bryant, a 2015 big man that John Calipari and Slice Rohrssen have also been recruiting.

Ouch.

[NCAA]
[Syracuse.com]


Jay Bilas raves about UK’s attitude in close games

Jerry Tipton is on a Twitter spree this morning, tweeting out several quotes from a conversation with Jay Bilas. To read all of the quotes, check out Jerry’s Twitter feed, but I had to share a few of my highlights. Once again, Bilas raved about the Cats, whom he got to see up close in Athens on Tuesday.

“Best team and best team by a pretty good margin. But I don’t feel like they’re unbeatable,” Bilas said, praising Georgia for getting Kentucky’s bigs away from the basket; however, Kentucky’s depth was just too much for the Dawgs, who Bilas said ran out of gas. “They’re not going to knock you out, but you’re going to feel it in the end.”

Most interesting to me were Bilas’ remarks about Kentucky’s attitude in close games. For a team that’s undefeated, Bilas said the Cats were remarkably relaxed when they went to the locker room tied with Georgia at the half.

Kentucky looked like they were playing a game in the park. They had smiles on their faces,” Bilas said. “They weren’t afraid of losing. I’m not a psychologist, but it was a very, very interesting view of things.”

More were that came from on Jerry’s feed.


NCAA looking into whether or not Cliff Alexander’s family got benefits from an agent

Kansas’ Cliff Alexander has already sat out two games because of eligibility issues with the NCAA, and last night, Pat Forde reported that the NCAA is specifically investigating whether or not one or more of Alexander’s family members received benefits from an NBA agent.

Alexander won’t be allowed to play until he’s interviewed by the NCAA and they decide whether or not the benefits were impermissible. The Big 12 tournament starts on Wednesday, which means the clock is ticking for the Jayhawks.

[Yahoo]


Mayor Jim Gray giving away his tickets to the Florida game to winter storm heroes

Central Kentucky has been walloped by winter this year, but Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and his staff have done a great job of clearing the streets and keeping the city safe. This morning, Mayor Gray launched the Spirit of Lexington Award to honor citizens who have helped others during the recent winter storm, and is giving the winner a pretty awesome prize: his own tickets to the Kentucky/Florida game.

To nominate someone for the Spirit of Lexington Award, submit their name to Mayor Gray’s Twitter page, his Facebook page, or email him at mayor@lexingtonky.gov. The winner will be announced at 4:30 p.m. today.


“The Week” says it’s time for the nation to stop hating Kentucky

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News website “The Week” has a great piece out this morning entitled “Stop hating the Kentucky Wildcats” in which author Jon Terbush gives an excellent rebuttal to the lazy Rolling Stone article from a few weeks ago that said Kentucky is killing college basketball. Terbush debunks all of the classic hater arguments against the Cats–one-and-done, NBA factory, Cal’s a cheat!–and says that, in fact, this team is one the whole nation should be rooting for.

“Then there’s the simple truth that the Wildcats are an absolute joy to watch thanks to their unrivaled combination of athleticism and well-coached polish,” Terbush writes, inserting clips of Willie Cauley-Stein’s dunk at Florida and his monster block against Arkansas. “Even Louisville fans have to admire that amazing talent.”

Preach, brother.

[The Week]


KSR is live at Kennedy’s Wildcat Den (Friday SNOW thread)

See what I did there? Because there’s snow on the ground.

Anyways, Matt and Ryan made the trek through the snow to Kennedy’s Wildcat Den this morning to give you two hours of non-stop C-A-T-S CATS CATS CATS. If you’re in the area, come out for your LAST CHANCE to register for SEC Tournament tickets. The guys will also be giving away tickets to tomorrow’s Florida game, which is Senior Day and Kentucky’s chance to round off a perfect regular season. Tickets are a hot commodity and Rupp will be a circus, so get your butt off the couch and sludge through the snow to Kennedy’s.

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

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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Team Turmoil Did One Thing Right

Since 1999, Kentucky has lost at Florida an amazing 11 times.  It’s really amazing considering UK has had quite a few amazing teams during that timespan.  But the great teams always seem to figure out a way to win in Gainesville.  This year’s team likely proved that.  The 2010 and 2012 teams won at Florida.  So did the teams in 2003 and 2004.  But there is this one outlier in that group of wins and that is Team Turmoil.  If you haven’t figured it out yet, I love the history of this program.  And for some odd reason, the game in 2002 has always been one of my favorite games against Florida.  Not only because that team was such a trainwreck but because Florida has begun trying to take over the top spot in the league.  All signs pointed to a Gators win.  And somehow, someway, UK pulled out the win.  While you are snowed in, take the time to witness one of the better wins of the Tubby era:


The New York Times profile on Dominique Hawkins is out

(Photo by Luke Sharrett for The New York Times)

A while back, we told you The New York Times was doing a feature on Dominique Hawkins. The reporter came down to Kentucky and visited a KSR remote to interview fans about Dominique for the piece, which focuses on Kentucky kids playing for UK.

The profile, entitled “Beloved in Kentucky, but Benched for the Wildcats,” is finally out, and features interviews with Dominique, his high school coach Allen Feldhaus Jr., his mother Denise, Matthew Mitchell, Evan Daniels, Devin Booker, and John Calipari, along with fans from the KSR remote. Here’s a snippet:

“I don’t like losing,” he said. “If I get to play 40 minutes and lose, I’m going to feel bad about myself. If I play five minutes and win, I’m going to feel better. I just want to get to the ultimate goal and win a national championship.”

Oddly, there’s no mention of Derek Willis, another Kentucky boy playing for the Cats, but reading about one of our favorite players in the nation’s most prominent paper is a great way to start your Friday.

[New York Times]


Wendy’s KSR Top Ten Tweets of the Day

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You can be a part of Wendy’s KSR Top Ten Tweets by using hashtags like #KSR #BBN or #KSRtopten. If we like what we see, it could be posted the next day. Now. On to the tweets:

 

#10 Logan Stenberg

I’ve had this exact same thought.

 

 

 

 

#9 Donney-Not Donney

Always.

 

 

 

 

#8 I Am T.V. Williams

This is the real question during this snow.

 

 

 

 

#7 Corey Young

Moving on up.

 

 

 

 

#6 Rodney Lipps

And the app was on an Android.

 

 

 

 

#5 Jennie Crawford

We are making lots of enemies this year.

 

 

 

#4 KentuckyForKentucky

Where’s D. Lamb?

 

 

 

 

#3 Kevin

Maybe one day.

 

 

 

 

#2 Kyle Herren

I want to live in that neighborhood.

 

 

 

 

#1 Keely Potts

This is amazing.

@Sealey_KSR


March 5th, 2015

Thursday Night News and Views

Unless you woke up next to Charlotte McKinney or watched a replay of the Kansas game in your free time, it’s hard to imagine anyone having a better Thursday than JB Holmes. As we mentioned a little earlier in the evening, Holmes shot a tournament record 62 today at Doral in the Cadillac Championship, some 11 strokes better than the tour average for the day. Where I come from we call that a whoopin’. That’s old school Madisonville North-Hopkins golf numbers right there. He was really playing well.

You know who else is playing really well at the moment? Everyone on the UK basketball team. I spent a lot of time talking about the current season with our friend Josh Hopkins and a few other Cats fans and we can’t get over how incredibly awesome this run has been. It can’t be said enough. So great. So awesome. So perfect. Savor all of it, my friends.

Let’s talk about sports for a second and then I have to handle some things outside of the internet…

 

UK Hoops advanced in the SEC Tournament.

First and foremost, congratulations to Matthew Mitchell’s UK Hoops team for advancing to the next round in the SEC Tournament. Kentucky defeated Vanderbilt, 67-61, to set up a meeting with Mississippi State. That will be the late game tomorrow night on the SEC Network.

I do not like the new Bracketology.

It’s all speculation at this point, so there’s no reason to get too worked up about it, but let me say I’m not too fond of Joey Bracket’s latest projections. Wisconsin is still the two seed in the Midwest with a potential Sweet 16 rematch with North Carolina standing in UK’s way. A first weekend run-in with DeAngelo Russell in his hometown is also something I’d like to avoid.

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Then again, no one in the entire field scares me. If Kentucky shows up for all six games, Kentucky will be the last team standing.

This snow is ridiculous.

Lexington is a mess right now. We shouldn’t be digging out of our driveways in March.

Calipari wants more turnovers.

Yes, you read that correctly. John Calipari wants his team to give the ball to the opponent a little more often. Though it seems farfetched, Cal makes a good point: Kentucky isn’t taking enough risks, and in turn, isn’t making as many mistakes. More mistakes means more risks. More risks can potentially mean more big plays. That’s his rationale.

He told Colin Cowherd, “I keep telling these guys: risk. We’re not turning it over enough. You can’t end a game with three turnovers. Three turnovers? You’ve gotta have 11 turnovers, 10, 11, 12 turnovers. We played Arkansas, we had nine turnovers. Well, then you’re not risking enough.”

Brian T. Slade became a celebrity via KSR.

On this morning’s edition of Kentucky Sports Radio radio, Brian T. Slade, an Indiana fan, called in to tell the guys Stephen Zimmerman will become a Hoosier once it’s all said and done. A bold statement, considering Indiana isn’t on Zimmerman’s final list.

Moments and several laughs later, Brian T. Slade was trending worldwide on Twitter for his bold, and almost certainly inaccurate, statement.

“Write it down,” Slade told the show.” Brian T. Slade guaranteed. “Make your little jokes, it’ll happen.”

We made our share of little jokes but I’m not convinced it will happen.

Kentucky’s three signees named to Jordan Brand Classic roster.

Skal Labissiere, Charles Matthews and Isaiah Briscoe received their invites to play for the East squad in this year’s Jordan Brand Classic. They will team up with UK targets Jaylen Brown, Thomas Brown, Cheick Diallo, and Caleb Swanigan.

The game will be played on April 17 in the Barclays Center.

Speaking of the Barclays Center, I was there for the NBA dunk contest a few weeks ago and some savage on the street stole my friend’s ticket from his pocket. Lifted it right out as we were going in. I’m still mad about that. He had to get back in the car and go to Manhattan to watch from the hotel. Anyway, that’s my Barclays story…

Casual Gamer Reed wants Tom Crean fired.

The Cats are one win away from regular season perfection.

We’ll have plenty of UK/Florida chat up on the website tomorrow, including comments from the coaches, but for now let’s just say it has the potential to be one of the best Saturdays in Rupp Arena, ever. Florida is not the Florida of yesterday and they’re just wanting this season to end, while Kentucky is playing its final home game and chasing perfection. It has the makings of a blowout.

Can’t. Wait.


UK Hoops Advance to Quarterfinals

photo via UK Athletics

photo via UK Athletics

 

In the second round of the 2015 SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament, the Kentucky Wildcats pick up a 67-61 victory over the Vanderbilt Commodores to advance to the quarterfinals.

 

Kentucky came out aggressive, taking a 16-2 lead. Back on February 8, when these two teams met in Nashville, Linnae Harper led the team with 22 points. She looked to continue that success against Vandy, hitting five of her first six shots, scoring ten of the teams’ first 20 points. With a little under eight minutes to go in the first half, Vanderbilt regrouped and began a 16-3 run to give the Commodores a 25-24 lead at halftime. During this run, Kentucky made just one of their final nine shots, also throwing the ball away six times. UK made only 1-10 three-pointers, and 1-6 free throws in the first half.

 

Coming out of the locker room, the game remained even for the opening of the second half. With 8:57 left in the game, Alexis Jennings was fouled on a shot attempt, leading to two made free throws. Vanderbilt head coach Melanie Balcomb wasn’t happy with the call and picked up a technical foul, leading to Bria Goss also knocking down a pair from the charity stripe. This gave the Wildcats a twelve-point lead, and it looked Vanderbilt could get blown out. But the Commodores wouldn’t go away. They kept it close by focusing on their defense, forcing UK to miss ten of their eleven field goal attempts from 10:32 to 4:14. Despite going cold, though, Matthew Mitchell’s team clung to a six-point lead with just under four minutes remaining. Under one minute left on the game-clock, Vanderbilt leading scorer, Rebekah Dahlman, had a layup that would’ve cut the UK lead to two, waved off after an offensive foul was called. Kentucky hit their free throws to close it out and live another day, while Vanderbilt’s season is likely over.

 

She struggled in the first half, but bounced back, and SEC 6th woman of the year Jennifer O’Neill led the team with 19 points on 6-17 shooting. Sophomore Linnae Harper was the driving force for the Cats tonight, though, scoring 18 points and  grabbing 7 rebounds. At 9:30 tomorrow night, UK will face the no. 11 Mississippi State Bulldogs for the second time this season. If you recall, the first time they met on February 12th in Lexington, it was the night Makayla Epps scored 42 points, as well as hitting the game-winner at the buzzer in the double-overtime. You can catch the game on the SEC Network. Check out the bracket below:

 

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