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November 26th, 2014

Two Providence guards are doubtful for the Kentucky game

Two of Providence’s contributors in the backcourt, one being the starting point guard, suffered ankle injuries Sunday that will likely keep them out of action against Kentucky. Kris Dunn and Jalen Lindsey underwent X-rays and MRIs yesterday to determine the extent of the injuries and head coach Ed Cooley expects them to be out of the next two games.

“They both have really bad sprains, tender to the touch,” Cooley said of his guards, who are both on crutches. “They’re very, very doubtful.”

Dunn is averaging nine points and over seven assists in 27 minutes per game as the team’s floor general. Lindsey, a freshman from Huntington Prep, has provided shooting relief off the bench, averaging over five points while shooting 50 percent from beyond the arc.

Add these injuries to the loss of Texas’ starting point guard and UK is getting some unwanted help in two of its most difficult home games this season.


First North Carolina, now UCLA goes down…

UCLA took the Battle 4 Atlantis court immediately after North Carolina’s loss to Butler, and the Bruins didn’t do any better. Kentucky’s December 20th opponent in Chicago lost to Oklahoma, 75-65.

That Kevon Looney guy is pretty tough, though.

Bring it.


UK Fans of the Day Want Two Quick Afternoon Thoughts

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It’s Thanksgiving so I am going to make this quick, but two big pieces of news came out this afternoon that have been lingering around KSR-ville for a while:

— First, FootballScoop.com reports that UK Offensive Coordinator Neal Brown is a finalist for the Troy head coaching job. This rumor has been making its way around Lexington for a few weeks and has been a story we have been chasing for the past few days. I couldn’t get confirmation that he is taking the job (apparently the new coach will be named next week) but I know there is interest there. Football Scoop is talking to folks on the Troy side and says a decision has nearly been made with an announcement next week. We shall see what happens but Brown has coached there before and they love him. If he is offered it, I would be shocked if he doesn’t take it. Brown is a head coach in waiting and Troy is a good starter job. If he gets its, I expect him to go. It would be a bump in the road, but not necessarily a crushing blow if UK can continue its progress. The key would be to find someone who can still do the Air Raid (or the version we run) so that one doesn’t have to completely re-tool with Towles, etc starting over. Watch for East Carolina Offensive Coordinator Lincoln Riley to be at least one of the candidates.

— Second, Andy Katz reports what we hinted at on radio last week, that UK and UCLA are likely to begin a 2 year home and home series next season. UK would first go to LA and then UCLA would come to Lexington in 2016. I am told that this series will replace the UNC series for two years (although UK will play UNC in 2016 as part of whatever that UNC/Ohio St/UCLA round robin thing is called) and give the Cats a marquee home and home for fans. It will also allow me (selfishly) to travel to the one great college basketball home court I have never been in, Pauley Pavilion.

With that announcement, UK’s non-conference schedule next year would look like this:

Duke (in Chicago)

Ohio State (in Brooklyn)

at UCLA

Louisville in Rupp

South Florida (in Miami)

Big 12 True Road Game

The final of those games is likely to be Kansas, which could put UK in Phog Allen Fieldhouse for the first time in a number of years. If that happens, the return game would be in 2016 in Rupp (UK would not agree to playing a true road game there without the same team playing in Rupp Arena). That would mean UCLA/Kansas in Rupp in the same year…get those tickets now.

For traveling UK fans, that means trips next year to New York, LA, Chicago and Miami…plus possibly Kansas. That is a heck of a road trip (Drew, I hope you are ready for lots of Conway Twitty).

With that, enjoy your holiday…we will be back on radio on Friday. I leave you with young Calipari and his daughters on an early Throwback Thursday:

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The KSR Secret Home-And-Home Series Revealed: UCLA!

UCLA head coach Steve Alford spilled the beans to ESPN.com on the top secret home-and-home series KSR teased you about on the radio last week. It’s a deal with UCLA that would send Big Blue Nation to California next season. UCLA would then come to Rupp Arena in 2016, making it three straight years we’ll see the Bruins.

Josh Hopkins, you live in Los Angeles, your thoughts?


And we thought Kentucky was blowing teams out…

@jamiestogs13

Virginia is up 1,817 points on Tennessee State with 13 minutes to go in the first half. That has to be a record.


UofL fan changes mind on Calipari after hearing entire “SEC Wired” audio

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Last night on the KSR postgame show, a Louisville fan called in to say he recently had a change of heart regarding John Calipari.

The caller, Tim, worked Sunday’s UK-Montana State game for the SEC Network and was assigned to Cal’s in-game audio for the new ‘Wired’ feature, giving him a unique and uncensored perspective into Cal’s coaching.

“I got to listen to everything Cal said for about two and a half hours,” Tim told KSR. “I got a perspective to Cal as a coach, as a man, as a guy who loves his team, that I never thought I would get. The guy who is in the huddle with that team is a different guy than is on the podium at a press conference.”

It was shocking to me. He loves the players. He loves them as brothers; he loves them as a man; he’s trying to get them to reach their individual potential. He is trying to get them as a team to reach a potential that he sees and maybe they don’t even see it for themselves.”

Tim said the perception of Calipari in press conferences is it’s all about Cal and nationally he is seen as a guy who brings in the 10 best players in the country and gets credit for coaching them up when he rolls the ball out there. “That’s not at all what’s going on. He has got a mind of a coach way beyond Xs and Os.

Definitely give the call a listen in the podcast from last night, below. Tim’s call begins at the 14:50 mark and it includes a story of Cal asking Andrew what he wanted to do with Dominique Hawkins and why:


North Carolina lost to Butler

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No. 5 North Carolina just lost to unranked Butler in the Battle 4 Atlantis quarterfinals this afternoon. Player of the Year candidate Marcus Paige scored 18 points for the Heels, but he looked erratic at times and went 5-for-17 from the field, including 3-for-10 from deep. Paige’s second bucket in the game didn’t come until there were two minutes left; if that happens again on December 13, UNC won’t pose much of a threat to the Wildcats in Rupp Arena.

UCLA, another upcoming opponent on UK’s non-conference slate, is up next in Atlantis on ESPN2. Today’s a good day for scouting. (And missing the Bahamas.)


Neal Brown is a finalist for the Troy job

According to the always-informed FootballScoop.com, Neal Brown is a finalist for the head coaching job at Troy University. Brown was an assistant at Troy from 2006 to 2009 and his name has been tossed around as a potential candidate there over the past few weeks.

Football Scoop expects the new coach to be named by Monday. The site mentions Brown as one of two “significant real candidates,” along with LSU running backs coach Frank Wilson.

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The Joe B. and Denny Bluegrass Showcase begins Friday

Let’s be honest here: You’re going to get tired of your in-laws by sundown tomorrow, so here’s an excuse to escape for the weekend. It’s called the Bluegrass Showcase and it features 14 of the nation’s best high school teams in a two-day event in Lexington.

Beginning Friday, the 12-game showcase at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School will see teams from Arlington County Day (FL), Carlisle School (VA), Homestead High School (IN), Huntington Prep (WV), La Lumiere (IN), Life Center Academy (NJ), Orangeville Prep (Ontario, Can.), Prime Prep (TX), Prolific Prep (CA), Quality Ed (NC), Sunrise Christian Academy (KS), Chicago Currie (IL), Faith Baptist Christian Academy North (GA) and White Station (TN).

UK targets Thon Maker (Orangeville), Caleb Swanigan (Homestead), Thomas Bryant (Huntington Prep), Miles Bridges (Huntington Prep), and Josh Jackson (Prolific Prep) headline the event.

For a complete schedule and ticket information, check out the Bluegrass Showcase website here.


Boogie and A.D. did it again last night

DeMarcus Cousins got the best of Anthony Davis last night in their second head-to-head meeting in one week. Cousins got the win and recorded the better line with 22 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and three steals. Davis still played well, though, scoring 14 points with nine rebounds and two blocks. It’s the third time A.D. has been held to under 20 points this season; New Orleans is winless in those three games.

Not be overlooked, Darius Miller made his first career NBA start in the game.

Watch everything Boogie and Davis did in this highlight reel:

Davis won the first meeting, last week in Sacramento. He scored 28 points in the 106-100 win with nine rebounds and three blocks. Cousins had a cool 24 and 17 in that one.

They won’t see each other again until March 27. That’s way too long to wait for a rematch, in my opinion.

 


Jack Givens announces the “Wildcat Legends” fine art series

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Up first: Mike Pratt

Since his playing days at UK in the mid-70’s, Kentucky All-American Jack “Goose” Givens is appreciative of all the support and love he has continually received from Wildcat fans. In fact, the same could be said for many other former UK men’s basketball stars – all remain very popular, and are grateful to talk with fans if not sign memorabilia for them.

The problem is, no comprehensive artistic memorabilia tribute to UK’s legendary stars has been properly formulated and done in the right way, and with the player’s permission – until now.

Announcing the “Wildcat Legends” Fine Art Series, which Givens hopes the BBN will feel IS that proper tribute to honor their living stars of the past.

Set to begin next week, featured “Legends” include Mike Pratt, Cotton Nash, Dan Issel, Kevin Grevey, Kyle Macy and Tony Delk. (More will be announced at a later date.) The “Legends” schedule calls for 3 to 4 art releases of these stars each basketball season for the next few years, each approximately 1 month apart during the season.

“We hope this Series properly reflects the rich history and tradition of Kentucky Basketball,” said Givens, who was instrumental in bringing the project together, “and we further hope it properly honors those elite players like Nash, Issel and Pratt who helped make UK the greatest program in college basketball.”

“Wildcat Legends” will be a series of fine art prints from individual player paintings, highlighting living stars from the 60’s through the 90’s, and features a compilation of action poses of the star during his time on the court (see attached photo of the Pratt art).

The series will be created by native Kentuckian and national sports artist, David Bryan Blondell. Over the past 2 years Blondell has completed beautiful, commissioned artwork for Coach Calipari and his 2012 championship team, and for Coach Hall and the 1978 title squad; fans may have seen both on display at games in Rupp last season.

Reasonably-priced commemorative prints and posters will be produced for each player’s art. Each reproduction will be from an original painting by Blondell, and will be colorful, photo-realistic compositions that seek to capture the player’s likeness and spirit. 50 large, high-quality Limited Edition fine art prints will be numbered and signed by the featured player at his art’s unveiling ceremony, held before a game in Rupp Arena. (Smaller posters of the art will also be available for signing at the event.)

Excited and pleased with the number of great players who have agreed to be featured, the artist also insisted that Givens be included as well. “Jack’s far too modest to presume he should be part of this,” Blondell said, “and I told him that I’m honored to create the Series, but only if he were also featured. No such tribute would be complete without the Goose.”

The first Wildcat honored will be former All-American and current UK radio personality, Mike Pratt. His ‘Art Release Ceremony’ is scheduled in the Rupp mall foodcourt from 4:30 – 6:30 before the Texas game next Friday, December 5th, and Mike will be on hand to autograph his art prints for all fans until 30 minutes before the 7:00 pm tip-off. “I’m thrilled to have been asked to be a part of this,” Pratt said, “and it’s even a greater honor to be the one to lead it off.”

First team All-American Kevin Grevey agreed. “I am excited and honored to be a member of the ‘Wildcat Legends’ Fine Art Series,” Grevey said. “Having seen and enjoyed much of David’s previous artwork, I’m sure these prints will be coveted by our incredible fan base that makes Kentucky basketball so special.”

Co-produced by “Your Frame of Mind Galleries” in Lexington, get additional details and upcoming release dates on their website, www.YourFrameOfMind.biz, or on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/yourframeofmind.

(You can also follow the day-to-day progress of each player’s painting from start-to-finish as Blondell creates it. To do so, follow him on Twitter: @BlondellArt or on Facebook: www.facebook.com/blondellart)

“I hope this elite tribute Series will be something all UK fans can be proud of,” Givens concluded.

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A Few Football Practice Notes from Yesterday

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No red allowed! (@JohnWDRB)

–  Every time UK plays UL in anything now a days, we talk about how the rivalry has lost its luster with this generation of kids, for a variety of reasons.  I can assure you that will not be the case for this football team.  Neal Brown said they’ve been taking some extra time out of team meetings to educate the young guys about the significance off the rivalry, one that Brown played in, as well as John Schlarman and Chad Scott.

–  Patrick Towles doesn’t need to be told about the significance of the rivalry.  Opting out of the red practice jersey for QBs is just the tip of the hate Towles has for the dirty birds.  Jordan Swindle told Kyle Tucker, “I don’t know if there’s a guy on this team that dislikes Louisville more than Pat Towles.  I love that guy.”  That’s the spirit!

–  Win or go home.  In college football, you rarely get ‘win or go home’ opportunities, but that’s exactly what’s at stake this weekend.  Brown hopes that’s more than enough to fuel the fire of his offense, “Listen, I want a hungry outfit. I want a hungry group that’s practicing today,” is what Brown told his group before starting the week of practice.  After getting a Bye to let the batteries recharge, he’s accepting no excuses from his squad.

–  A season-defining game.  It really all comes down to this.  There’s been good and bad, but how they end the year will determine how they’re remembered by the BBN.  Towles is not shying away from the challenge.

“We win on Saturday, it’s a successful season, we go play in a bowl game and everybody forgets about the last five or six.  So we’re looking forward to this one.  We’re excited about a good opportunity.”

 


Start your day with this screenshot of Cal’s face on SportsCenter

What kind of face is that, Coach? It looks like a face we’ll use over and over again on this site, I know that.


Pump your arms for the last KSR before Thanksgiving (Wednesday Show Thread)

Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond will be on the air one last time before breaking on Thursday for turkey and fun with the family. So tune in this morning to hear a recap of last night’s win over UT Arlington, plus a preview of what’s to come Saturday afternoon in Papa John’s Stadium.

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

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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Any UK-UL Records to be Broken?

This year marks the 21st anniversary of the modern Governor’s Cup and we have seen some amazing performances from both sides over the years.  Below you will find some of the individual and team records since the series renewed.  And my question is fairly simple: Which of these records is most likely to be broken on Saturday?

I think the Louisville records are pretty safe, as those are some pretty absurd stats.  But I don’t think the UK rushing and receiving records are totally out of the question.  Can Boom Williams not rush for 124 yards?  Can Javess Blue not have 151 yards receiving?  I think if the offense is clicking that 1 of those 2 records could be broken.  And for UL?  If any of their records are broken, that will mean a very long day for the Cats.

SCORING
Louisville: 59 (2006)
Kentucky: 68 (1998)

MARGIN OF VICTORY
Louisville: 31 (2006)
Kentucky: 34 (1998)

RUSHING
Louisville: Frank Moreau (181 yards, 1999)
Kentucky: Derrick Homer (123 yards, 1998)

PASSING
Louisville: Chris Redman (368 yards, 1998)
Kentucky: Tim Couch (498 yards, 1998)

RECEIVING
Louisville: Zeke Parker (184 yards, 2001)
Kentucky: Craig Yeast (150 yards, 1998)

FIELD GOALS
Louisville: Chris Philpott (3, 2010)
Kentucky: Taylor Begley (3, 2002)