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February 26th, 2015

Blast From The Past: “Rod Winkler vs. The World”

Mark Cornelison | The Herald-Leader

Remember Rod Winkler, the Arkansas fan who almost bit off more than he could chew at last year’s game in Fayetteville? You know, the kid who squared up with Aaron Harrison after the game, then defended himself on KSR the next day.

Well let’s flash back to him tonight as we await his Razorbacks this weekend because “he a man like you a man and I’m a man like he a man.” Or whatever he said.

Winkler told KSR, “I don’t never look at nobody and say I don’t want a part of anything.”

He’s from Little Rock and that’s what Little Rockians(ers?) do. They fear no one…

 

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Come see KSR at Total Quality Logistics tomorrow for the chance to win UK/Arkansas tickets

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Matt and Ryan will be at Total Quality Logistics (2473 Fortune Drive, Suite 145) in Lexington in the morning for two hours of KSR fun. Come on out to hear them talk C-A-T-S CATS CATS CATS and for the chance to win tickets to the UK/Arkansas game, a huge, huge prize.

Need more incentive? There will be FREE food from Malone’s and Drake’s, reason alone to get in the car right now to camp out for a spot.

At the last remote at TQL, Ryan delivered this epic pregame speech before the Florida game:


Rick Pitino speaks about the Chris Jones arrest

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Earlier today, former Louisville player Chris Jones pleaded not guilty to charges of rape and sodomy stemming from an incident this past Saturday night. Rick Pitino just addressed the media about Jones and his dismissal from the team, and told reporters that he’s still in shock. “I am totally saddened to the point of disbelief at these allegations,” Pitino said. “It’s very disheartening.”

Without going into too much detail, Pitino said Jones’ initial suspension for last week’s game against Syracuse was for the threatening text he sent to a female student on Tuesday night and Jones’ refusal to turn his phone over to the coaching staff. From there, Pitino said he enforced a two-week suspension with a 9 p.m. curfew, then backtracked on the timeline of the suspension. “I don’t think I gave a timeline,” Pitino retracted. “Normally it’s two weeks.”

Pitino said he reinstated Jones with a strict two-week curfew, which Jones broke Saturday night. Once Pitino found out that Jones broke that curfew, he dismissed him from the team. “There’s a lot more I can’t say,” Pitino said, citing ongoing investigations.

For more coverage, check out WHAS11 or WDRB.com.


If you need me, I’ll be watching this for the next 2 weeks

This song will be this tournament’s “Happy.” Write it down.


Coach Cal ranks fifth in DeCourcy’s “Best Expanded Bracket Era Coaches”

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Mike DeCourcy of El Sporting News ranked the 15 Best Expanded Bracket Era Coaches, a group he calls the “Tourney All-Stars.” Coming in at No. 5 on the list, John Calipari…

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Final Fours: 5

NCAA titles: 1
Tournament record: 43-14
Overview: Calipari has coached during a time when being one of the advantaged had extreme advantages: more television exposure, easier scheduling, increasing differences in the ability to recruit elite talent. He has made the Final Four at all three of his stops, however, and coached in three NCAA championship games. His current team is viewed as a favorite to perhaps become the first in nearly four decades to complete an undefeated championship season, something once dismissed as no longer possible – in part because the tournament had expanded to 64 and required six victories to claim the title.
DeCourcy explains the era as when the NCAA tournament became THE NCAA TOURNAMENT under its current format.
Mike Kryzkaskeskwi, Jim Calhoun, Roy Williams and Rick Pitino are the only coaches ahead of Cal, in that order.

Latest Bracketology has Wisconsin as UK’s 2 seed

Andy Katz told KSR the committee will toss out the idea of keeping things close geographically if that scenario puts Kentucky with the tourney’s best 2 seed; however, today’s Bracketology gives the Cats a potential Elite Eight matchup with Wisconsin, a team on pace to be the tourney’s best 2 seed.

Looking at the current projection from Lundardi, that 8 Ohio State/9 Texas A&M matchup is a good first second round game. Give me the Aggies there, setting up a rematch with UK. Overall, I like the Cats’ chances to reach Indy with this Midwest field:

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Anthony Davis wins NBA Community Assist Award, can’t stop giving back

As if you need another reason to love Anthony Davis, here’s news that he received the NBA’s Community Assist Award for the month of January.

The release from the NBA gives us an idea of just how much charity work Davis puts in around New Orleans:

Kaiser Permanente and the NBA are honoring Davis for his increased commitment to the New Orleans community and his efforts to improve the health of local youth. Davis initiated the launch of AD’s Flight Academy, which hosts monthly events for various youth groups in the New Orleans area. This week, Davis hosted his February event including a night of laser tag, bowling, arcade games and giveaways for 150 students from the Jefferson Parish Parks and Recreation at Laser Tag and Games. Last month, he treated more than 100 kids from a local YMCA chapter to bowling, refreshments and giveaways, including surprise tickets to the following night’s Pelicans game. In December, Davis joined teammates Ryan Anderson and Jeff Withey to host a shopping spree at Toys “R” Us for 75 local kids from Boys Hope Girls Hope, Raintree Child Services and Kingsley House. The week of Thanksgiving, Davis, joined by his immediate family, hosted and served a holiday dinner to residents at the Salvation Army’s Center of Hope.

In addition to donating his time to youth outreach, Davis has led his team in its Player Ticket Program, spending $30,000 to send more than 3,700 underprivileged local children to Pelicans games. His contribution and generosity encouraged several of his teammates to sign up for the program as well.

So it sounds like, when he’s not playing basketball, Davis is always giving back and creating smiles around New Orleans.

“This is just the beginning,” he said.


CBSSports.com talked to Mike Anderson about the Razorbacks and playing UK

Ranked No. 16 and riding a seven-game win streak, Mike Anderson’s Arkansas squad is Kentucky’s toughest competition on the SEC schedule. Problem is, his Razorbacks have to travel to Lexington for their one shot and taking down college basketball’s No. 1 team. That’s not an easy task for anyone.

CBSSports.com caught up with Anderson today for a little chat as his team gets ready for its road trip to the Bluegrass. Anderson, who beat the Wildcats in both meetings last season, sees this year’s game as the ultimate challenge and a great opportunity for his program.

“(Kentucky) is very, very talented,” Anderson told Jon Rothstein. “It’s one of the more talented teams you’re going to see from a depth standpoint. Obviously, the numbers speak for themselves. Kentucky is undefeated right now and they’re a very good basketball team. They’ve got size, a few 7-footers, the Harrison twins are playing very well, Devin Booker — they’ve got McDonald’s All-Americans. The Tyler Ulis kid is a guy that I think is a really good basketball player. They’re one of the best teams in the country and it gives us the ultimate challenge of playing them at their place. It’s a great opportunity.”

[CBSSports.com]


The Cats making the most out of their situation

Gotta make the most of the situation. Since we couldn't get out of Starkville last night, we are practicing here today.

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The Cats are still in Starkville, but as I mentioned earlier, the circumstances won’t keep them from getting ready for Arkansas. Here’s a shot of the team practicing in The Hump as they get ready for Saturday’s game.

And shout-out to Aunt Marti’s Bakery for providing lunch.


One of the defendants arrives in court with an interesting wardrobe selection

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Not making light of an awful, awful story here, but UofL can’t be pleased with Jalen Tilford’s courtroom attire.


Willie Cauley-Stein is a finalist for the Oscar Robertson Trophy

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The 14 finalists for the Oscar Robertson Trophy were announced today and your boy Willie Cauley-Stein made the list, along with your other boy Kyle Wiltjer.

Voted on by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, the Oscar Robertson award is given to the nation’s best player at the College Basketball Awards on April 14 in Oklahoma City.

Here’s a look at the finalists:

Ron Baker, Wichita State
Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia
Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky
Rakeem Christmas, Syracuse
Jerian Grant, Notre Dame
Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin
Georges Niang, Iowa State
Jahlil Okafor, Duke
Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga
Bobby Portis, Arkansas
D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State
Seth Tuttle, Northern Iowa
Kyle Wiltjer, Gonzaga
Delon Wright, Utah


Forty Minutes of Hell

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Hello, friends. You’re looking well today. Oh hey, look at this..let’s see, it’s right over…HERE – You looked, now I get to hit you twice on the arm for looking. Ready? Hold Still. ONE…TWO. There…no, you can’t do it to me, the game’s over. We’re not playing that anymore.

Friends, I don’t have to tell you that this weekend Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson will bring his Hogs (players, not actual hogs) into Rupp for a shot at the king. The Razorbacks are currently second in the SEC and Anderson will no doubt be bringing his favorite strategy “Forty Minutes of Hell” to the proceedings, which of course is his version of the basketball strategy the great Nolan Richardson made famous many years ago. But what exactly is Anderson’s version of “Forty Minutes of Hell” and why should we fear it? I’m pleased today to print, in advance of the game, Anderson’s exact plans for us on Saturday, minute by hellish minute. Shall we? We shall.

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First Half

20:00 – Full-court press.
19:00 – Full-court press.
18:00 – Jabril Durham calls Devin Booker and hangs up, repeatedly.
17:00 – Nick Babb stands behind Sam Malone and keeps flicking him in the ear.
16:00Scary Movie 5 DVD director’s commentary
15:00 – BlueCross BlueShield customer claim hotline.
14:00 – Bobby Portis performs nasal irrigation for sixty seconds.
13:00 – Wildcats attend a one year-old’s birthday party.
12:00 – One corner of Dakari Johnson’s bedsheet keeps coming off the mattress.
11:00 – Kale chips for everyone.
10:00 – Willie Cauley-Stein helps Anton Beard move.
9:00 – Karaoke with ONLY Elton John songs.
8:00 – Karl Towns attends a timeshare presentation.
7:00 – Anthlon Bell stares uncomfortably at Tyler Ulis.
6:00 – Razorbacks flip through radio stations without stopping on one.
5:00 – John Robic accidentally clips a fingernail down too far.
4:00 – Dominique Hawkins goes to Fayette Mall on December 23.
3:00 – A Time-Warner representative goes over their new promotions.
2:00 – The Wildcats remove a tree stump in the heat.
1:00 – Couples’ baby shower.

Second Half

20:00 – Aggressive press.
19:00 – Internet is down.
18:00 – Michael Qualls leaves his wet towel on the guest room carpet.
17:00 – Cal loses Ellen’s Gladware™
16:00 – Alandise Harris sends Andrew Harrison an email with the caps lock on.
15:00Mysteries of Laura marathon.
14:00 – Slice Rohrssen waits for an oven to preheat.
13:00 – Maroon 5 plays three encores.
12:00 – Ky Madden eats an orange with no plate on Aaron Harrison’s couch.
11:00 – Moses Kingsley shows Kenny Payne photos from his trip to Washington D.C.
10:00 – Brian Long loses a contact lens on a busy carpet.
9:00 – Bill Meck breaks in with weather news.
8:00 – Mike Anderson “sexy-dancing.”
7:00 – The Wildcats try to figure out which smoke alarm is beeping.
6:00 – EJ Floreal zips himself up in his fly.
5:00 – Tod Lanter can’t merge.
4:00 – Trey Lyles has to babysit while his friends go to the biggest party of the year.
3:00 – Total breakdown of society.
2:00 – The dark lord Satan turns the arena into a pit of fiery torment.
1:00 – Fouling.


Stuck in Mississippi with the Razorbacks two days away

A Wednesday night game already put Kentucky behind with a shorter turnaround for Arkansas on Saturday, and the weather in Starkville is only making things worse. The team spent the night in Mississippi after last night’s game — something they never do, thanks to fancy airplanes — and they are practicing in Mississippi today before returning home later this afternoon.

Aside from the setback in Arkansas preparation, the team seems really excited to have an extra day in StarkVegas. Last night Cal joked, “I’m just worried about these guys going out tonight.”

Get home, guys.


Young Devin Booker wants to see this Mississippi news station’s story on his return

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UK grad/fan Bryan Kennedy, in his first story for News 25 in South Mississippi, profiled Devin Booker’s return home to ‘The Sip’ last night for Kentucky’s game in Starkville. Kennedy talked to Booker’s father and one of his high school teachers for his story leading up to Booker’s homecoming game at Mississippi State.

Melvin Booker told News 25, “When Devin moved here as a sophomore, that’s when we basically spent every day together talking about life, grinding in the basketball gym, and trying to make him a better person.”

Watch the report below:

(No comment on that airball, Bryan.)


Our favorite high school basketball team gets more statewide love

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Last month we told you about our favorite high school basketball team in Kentucky, the Buckhorn Wildcats, and why you should jump on board the bandwagon, too. (Mullets.)

Well yesterday, the good people at Kentucky For Kentucky took things a step further with a profile of the team’s two star mullets, Peyton Cooper and Shannon Blank. The story also came with a video, a really, really awesome video:

Buckhorn defeated Leslie County in the first round of the 54th District Tournament on Tuesday. They will face Perry County Central at Perry County tomorrow night for the championship.

Go Buckhorn.