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November 28th, 2014

Thon Maker is up next in the Bluegrass Showdown LIVE STREAM

The must-have player from the 2016 class is on the floor in the Bluegrass Showdown. Tune in to the live stream to watch Thon Maker destroy whoever gets in his way:


WHO IS READY FOR BETH MOWINS AND JOEY GALLOWAY TOMORROW???

Anyone? Anyone at all?

Come on! It’s Beth Mowins on play-by-play and Joey Galloway dropping knowledge as her analyst.

Let’s get fired up!


Calipari says Dakari’s free throw shooting is all mental

Andy Lyons | Getty Images

Andy Lyons | Getty Images

Dakari Johnson went an absurd 12-of-14 from the stripe in Kentucky’s Tuesday win against UT Arlington, much better than his career 45 percent foul shooting entering that game. He was 12-of-25 on the year before finding the hot hand against the Mavericks.

In today’s pre-Providence press conference, Coach Cal was asked what happened to turn the poor shooting big man into Kyle Macy 2.0:

“Let me ask you, if he went for 12 for 14, that means he’s capable of that,” Cal told reporters. “So what gets in the way of him making 12 out of 14? It’s those six inches between his ears.”

Cal believes Dakari’s bad misses come when he’s thinking, ‘I may miss this one,’ when he needs to be shooting with confidence on every trip to the line.

“They weren’t bouncing around and in and swishing,” Cal said of Tuesday’s made shots. “But he’s capable now and he has to have his own confidence and demonstrated performance, which he has had. I say that to other guys on my team. I’ve said it for years.”

It will be interesting to see how Johnson responds on Sunday against Providence. If he has another impressive night at the foul line, do we dare say Dakari is a player we’re comfortable seeing at the line?


Watch Caleb Swanigan LIVE in the Bluegrass Showdown

Caleb Swanigan, the first of several UK targets in the Bluegrass Showdown, is currently on the court for Homestead out of Indiana. Coach Cal, Kenny Payne, Bruce Pearl and several other coaches from around college basketball are in attendance to watch the former offensive lineman play.

Swanigan is the third-ranked center in the class with heavy interest from the Cats since his breakout performance at the Peach Jam. He picked up his offer in July and took an unofficial visit to Lexington in October.

Watch him LIVE below:


Kentucky to face a brand new Bobby Petrino tomorrow

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No matter what happens in tomorrow’s game, remember: Bobby Petrino is a changed man, coaching in a family atmosphere at Louisville. Wins and losses are meaningless. It’s all about loving your neighbor and being the best person you can be. He’s a family man now. HE CADDIED FOR HIS DAUGHTER.

Football is an afterthought. Remember that tomorrow at noon when the Governor’s Cup kicks off, because that’s the way Bobby sees it. He’s a brand new man.


George Briscoe says Isaiah signed to “put it to bed”

When Isaiah Briscoe committed to the University of Kentucky earlier this month, he said on the ESPN Recruiting TV special that he will wait until the spring to sign the paperwork. However, 24 hours later, news broke that he changed his mind and sent his Letter of Intent to UK.

In an interview with ESPN Insider this week, George Briscoe, Isaiah’s father, explained the sudden change of plan:

“We went out to dinner right after the show and spoke as a family,” Briscoe told ESPN.com“We didn’t want to leave any doubt that we were all in and 100 percent solidified, so we decided to sign and put it to bed.”

The signed LOI was a relief for Cal and his staff; had Briscoe waited, he still would’ve been heavily pursued by St. John’s until the spring, and UK would’ve spent precious time keeping him on board when they could be out recruiting others. But now, he’s 100 percent in and can’t be touched.

 


Louisville planning a “Red Out” tomorrow

The University of Louisville is encouraging its fans to wear red — much more specific than the usual “please wear shirts” — to tomorrow’s game in Papa John’s Stadium. The Cardinals are calling it a “Red Out” for the Governor’s Cup game.

Sir, you’ll have to leave your “I Promise To Rep The Ville” shirt at home this time. The earrings and knockoff sunglasses are fine, as is any additional jewelry and accessories you purchased from a kiosk in the middle of the mall.

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Cal says Aaron’s still his go-to guy late in the game

Photo by Darrell Bird, CatsPause.com

Photo by Darrell Bird, CatsPause.com

When asked what improvements need to be made in the Cats’ perimeter shooting, John Calipari said that Aaron Harrison needs to start making more 3-pointers. So far this season, Aaron is only 7-28 from behind the arc for 25%, but Calipari says Aaron is still his go-to guy in late game situations.

“If it’s a late game and it’s tight, who do you think I’m gonna go to? I don’t care if he’s shooting 12%, I’m going to him. The reason is demonstrated performance. I’ve seen it, I know it. I’m not testing the waters with other guys. Ain’t happening.”

Even the purest shooters can panic in clutch situations. Not Aaron. “He believes he’s making it. Everyone in the building believes he’s making it. The other team believes he’s making it,” Cal said. “We’ve just gotta create it so he can get it off.”

Meanwhile, your Calipari GIF of the day:

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Coach Cal confirms UCLA will replace UNC for two seasons

Today Coach Cal confirmed what we already believed to be true: the new series with UCLA will serve as a replacement for the North Carolina series for two years. “North Carolina has already sent us a contract for after those two years,” Cal said today. “This is plugging that hole right now.”

Kentucky is scheduled to play North Carolina in Las Vegas in 2016 as part of the CBS Sports Classic, so the home-and-home series needed that year off. But taking off one season throws off both schedules, so the two sides agreed to take a two-year hiatus to accommodate the CBS tournament and keep their home schedules balanced for the future.

Therefore, we get a trip to UCLA next season and a visit from the Bruins in 2016 before it’s back to Cats and Heels.

In related news, No. 5 North Carolina stomped No. 22 UCLA last night, 78-56. We’ll see them in back-to-back weekends beginning December 13th with UNC coming to Rupp, followed by a subzero trip to Chicago on December 20th. Can’t wait.


Watch John Calipari preview Providence


Damien Harris expected to visit UK December 12-14

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What’s the latest on Damien Harris? A source tells 247 Sports’ Steve Wiltfong that the 5-star running back will visit Kentucky December 12-14, the weekend he had previously picked to announce his decision. That’s the same weekend several of Kentucky’s current commitments will take their official visits, along with top targets defensive back Marcus Lewis, Tennessee tight end commit Kyle Oliver, Vanderbilt linebacker pledge Josh Smith and receiver Tavin Richardson.

No word on whether or not Harris’ visit will be an official or not, but it will be his seventh to UK this fall. This weekend, Harris will take his official to Alabama for the Iron Bowl, his second visit to Tuscaloosa in recent weeks. It’s looking more and more likely that Harris will push his announcement back to January.

In promising news, Wiltfong’s source added that he’d be surprised if Harris ended up anywhere other than Lexington.

[247 Sports]


How your favorite Cats spent the holiday

@bradcalipari

@bradcalipari

Everyone sleep off their white wine–I mean turkey hangovers? Good. Before we move on to the Louisville hate, here’s a look at how some of your favorite Cats spent their Thanksgiving day…

It looks like Patrick Towles and some of his teammates spent the afternoon together after a big meal at the Nutter Training Center:

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Beat Louisville, boys.

Meanwhile, James Young and his mother and always fabulous grandmother let someone else do the cooking:

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Avery Williamson enjoyed time with his sister:

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And Eric Bledsoe his family:

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Hopefully, Boogie recreated this picture:


Beat. The. Cards. (Friday Show Thread)

@Alshnicole

@Alshnicole

Happy Friday, folks. I trust you had a lovely Thanksgiving. With the cooking out of the way, it’s time to turn our attention to tomorrow’s huge football game. I hear Louisville hate pairs perfectly with turkey leftovers, so turn up that radio and get ready to hate all things Cardinal. Tune in as Matt and Ryan do their best to get you ready for tomorrow’s showdown. And then get some more mashed potatoes. They really were delicious.

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

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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: State Football SEMIFINALS 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 3 weeks ago, with 24 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)
4. Trinity at 15. Meade County
13. Ballard at 6. Dixie Heights

Class 5-A (defending champion Bowling Green eliminated)
4. Graves County at 18. John Hardin
6. Cooper at 2. Pulaski County

Class 4-A (defending champion Collins eliminated)
8. Owensboro at 5. North Oldham
9. Lexington Catholic at 2. Highlands

Class 3-A
1. South Warren at 6. Central
9. Russell at 2. Belfry

Class 2-A
6. Murray at 3. Desales
13. Newport Central Catholic at 11. Shelby Valley

Class 1-A
1. Mayfield at 2. Beechwood
5. Williamsburg at 3. Raceland