January 19th, 2018

BBNBA: Karl-Anthony Towns’ big night comes up short against the Rockets

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In the wake of the All-Star starters being announced yesterday afternoon, and hearing that fellow former Kentucky Wildcat big men DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis were named, Karl-Anthony Towns must have felt a little chip on his shoulder for being the one dominant big man from Lexington left out. Taking on the Houston Rockets, a team that is just a few games ahead of them in the Western Conference standings, the Minnesota Timberwolves fell by the score of 116-98.

It wasn’t the usual suspects for the Rockets that killed the Wolves, as Chris Paul had 19 points and James Harden was held to 10. However, big production out of Eric Gordon off the bench with 30 points and seven made 3s, as well as, Clint Capela with 20 points, proved to be too much for Minnesota to handle. The loss shouldn’t fall on the shoulders of Towns though, as he had another big game.

Big KAT finished with 22 points, 16 rebounds, 5 blocks, 3 assists, and 2 steals in 37 minutes. Another double-double in the books for Towns, as he continues to lead the league in that stat. He’s now scored a double-double in 39 of the 47 games this season. Not far behind Towns is DeMarcus Cousins holding the second place slot with 34 double-doubles in 44 games.

Not to mention the incredible on-ball defense Towns played on this possession against Chris Paul.



PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Karl-Anthony Towns116-98 loss to Rockets2210-19 (1-7)163250+237




  • San Antonio Spurs at Toronto Raptors, 7pm ET
  • Miami Heat (Bam Adebayo) at Brooklyn Nets, 7:30pm ET
  • Washington Wizards (John Wall, Jodie Meeks) at Detroit Pistons, 8pm ET on ESPN
  • Sacramento Kings (De’Aaron Fox, Willie Cauley-Stein, Skal Labissiere) at Memphis Grizzlies (Andrew Harrison), 8pm ET
  • Phoenix Suns (Devin Booker, Tyler Ulis) at Denver Nuggets (Jamal Murray, Trey Lyles), 9pm ET
  • New York Knicks (Enes Kanter) at Utah Jazz, 10:30pm ET on ESPN
  • Indiana Pacers (Alex Poythress) at Los Angeles Lakers (Julius Randle), 10:30pm ET


NCAA will allow hockey players to have agents

Today in “the NCAA is hypocritical”: The NCAA just passed a proposal to allow men’s hockey players to be represented by an agent without jeopardizing their college eligibility.

So why hockey and not basketball or football? A friend who is a huge hockey fan informs me that because hockey players are eligible to be drafted at age 17, many are drafted and already have their rights owned by teams before they go to college (similar to baseball). Because of that, many have “advisors” (a watered down version of an agent that can’t negotiate for you), so the NCAA legalized representation in hopes of remaining competitive with junior hockey in Canada, which is still the predominant route to the NHL.

Regardless, today’s rule sets an interesting precedent that does one of two things: Suggests legal representation is on its way to all sports; or if not, makes the NCAA even more hypocritical for allowing it in some sports and not all. Given the organization’s track record, I’m going with the latter.

College GameDay filming around Lexington today

Want to up your chances of making it on College GameDay? The crew will be filming today at Blue Door Smokehouse around 11:30 a.m., so put on your Kentucky gear and get on down to 226 Walton Avenue to get you some delicious barbeque and be on the broadcast:

The Travelocity Gnome has also been spotted in Lexington this morning. Can anyone name that breakfast spot?

Obviously, your best chance to make it on TV is tomorrow’s broadcast from Rupp Arena. GameDay will go live at 11 a.m. ET, but doors will open at 9 a.m. Attendance is free (and encouraged!). I wonder if they’ll use any of my suggestions?

7 Ways to Make College GameDay Better

[H/t Herald Leader]

KSR is at Rock House Brewing (Friday Show Thread)

Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Friday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio, which is coming to you live from Rock House Brewing in Lexington (119 Luigart Ct). Today, the gang will preview a big weekend, which includes College Gameday, UK vs. Florida, and Zion Williamson’s decision. If you’re in the area, come on out to enjoy the show, which includes a free Shannon The Dude Brew for everyone in the building (21 and over, of course).

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Hello Friday!

There are many great ways to celebrate the start of the weekend.  George Jones is always a good idea after you’ve spent all week Workin’ for the Weekend.  If you’re looking for a new way to start your weekend, Flo Rida and Jason DeRulo are here to help.  Try not to bob your head.  I dare you.

Here’s what’s happening around the BBN on this fantastic Friday.

One Day till Zion’s Decision

We are under 36 hours until Zion Williamson’s decision and there’s still no indication as to which hat he’ll wear at his 8:00 p.m. announcement.  All signs point to Clemson, who paid him an in-home visit yesterday, but nobody has yet to rule out UK.  There’s a chance Kentucky fans could be in for a spectacular surprise before the Cats tip-off against Florida at Rupp Arena.

Coach Cal Previews Florida

The Kentucky head coach will be back at the podium to talk about the College Gameday match-up early this afternoon.  Hopefully he will tell us that Quade Green has returned to practice and is prepared to play tomorrow night.

Brad’s Beard is Put on Blast

PeliCats are All-Star Starters

Two former Cats are two of the best forwards in the NBA.  DeMarcus Cousins and Antony Davis have been rewarded with starting positions in next month’s All-Star Game in L.A.  We’ll find out which Wildcats will join them when the all-star reserves are announced Tuesday, January 23 during TNT NBA Tip-Off at 7 p.m.

The Snow is Melting

For most it’s great news to start the weekend, however, it also means the end of videos like this .

Laugh at Les Miles

The only thing better than watching a video of a sledding accident is seeing Les Miles discover a fidget spinner.

January 18th, 2018

Seth Greenberg explains “unwarranted arrogance” comments

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN’s Seth Greenberg ruffled some feathers with his comments about the “unwarranted arrogance” of Kentucky’s freshmen.

“These guys are spoiled by the process by the time they turn 13 years old,” Greenberg said during his rant on Wednesday morning’s edition of SportsCenter. “They’re clueless in understanding how hard you have to play and what type of teammate you need to be. They’re not a good team because they are not connected, and you can say it’s because they are freshmen, and that sounds great, but they aren’t connected because they are all about themselves instead of the good of the group.”

“It’s not about Kentucky,” he added. “It’s about how quick can I get to the league. It’s all about me, me, me. They don’t know how to play hard. They’re not competitive. They can’t maintain an intensity. And quite honestly, John Calipari coaches his teams really hard, but they’re more concerned about themselves than the good of the group.”

See Greenberg’s entire rant here:

Greenberg joined Kentucky Sports Radio on Thursday to explain his position.

First, he said his comments were meant to be more about college basketball in general, and not specific to Kentucky. He wishes the media and fans would talk more about the good teams like Virginia, Purdue and Villanova.

“We need to appreciate some of these other teams because they’ve earned it,” he said. “They’re playing at a high level. Now they don’t have the sexiness of a Kentucky or a Duke or maybe a Kansas, but they’re good basketball teams that have won games and are playing good basketball and they’re further along, and they should be further along.”

“I wasn’t singling out Kentucky. I was singling out the culture of our game. I was also singling out that there are other teams out there that deserved to be mentioned because they are playing at a high level. Plain and simple.”

But let’s get to his Kentucky-specific comments, which is why he was on the show, and why you’re still reading this.

Greenberg said, “Look, I love the Kentucky kids. I’ve spent time with them. They’re great kids. But you know what, they have to learn how to play hard all the time. They have to learn how to play harder, longer. They have to learn to trust each other. They have to learn to allow themselves to be coached. That’s a process. They’re being told ‘no’ for the first time.”

When asked about saying Kentucky players only care about getting to the league, Greenberg noted that it isn’t always the case because every team is a different; and this current team, “has not gotten to the point where they’re going to dig down and play for the good of the group.”

“This group has to learn how to play hard all of the time. Those teams were more competitive… Every group is different, but this group has not been as tough, as emotional, and they don’t have that one guy that says ‘lets go.'”

And lastly, Greenberg said some of the current Wildcats are not allowing Calipari to do what he does best because they aren’t accepting his coaching.

“Look, Cal is the best at getting guys to be the best version of themselves and giving up a little bit of themselves for the good of the group. But along that process there is a fight, and how certain kids see themselves and who they need to be to be winning players, sometimes is two different things. When Cal is not in their ear coaching them — when Cal says, ‘you know what, some guys aren’t allowing me to coach them’ or ‘they’re going and doing they’re own thing’ — that means they’re not allowing themselves to be coached. No one is better at doing it than he is, but you can’t coach someone who doesn’t want to be coached.”

“I think they’re good kids but I don’t think they’re as competitive as they need to be and I don’t think they’re as tough as they need to be.”

Hear the entire interview:

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Five Things Kentucky Football Must Find Before Spring Practice

1. Two Assistant Coaches

And one of the will probably not be Ed Reed.  It would be a fantastic hire, but at this point adding Reed as UK’s tenth assistant is wishful thinking.  More importantly, Mark Stoops needs to find an excellent wide receivers coach to replace Lamar Thomas.  Who that might be remains a mystery, but the four receivers from the 2017 class have a ton of talent that cannot go to waste.

2. A Way to Keep Xavier Peters’ Commitment

Arguably the toughest task at hand, Vince Marrow has to find a way to prevent the All-American linebacker from falling in love on official visits.  He’ll be at Florida this weekend, Florida State next weekend and Miami the following weekend.  Marrow is the king of building bonds early in the recruiting process.  Hopefully his bond with Peters is too strong for Florida football powerhouses to break.

3. A Running Back

Bryant Koback’s sudden departure leaves just four players in the running back room this fall — Benny Snell, Sihiem King, A.J. Rose and incoming freshman Chris Rodriguez.  2018 will likely be King and Snell’s final season at Kentucky.  Stoops must add at least one player on National Signing Day.  Stoops hopes that one player is on campus this weekend, Kavosiey Smoke.

Smoke is a big badass and it’s not just because of his name (well, kind of).  The No. 29 running back in America is a bruiser who earned All-State honors in Alabama.  UK’s toughest competition is North Carolina and Auburn.  Stoops must get a running back and Smoke is his best remaining option.

4. Leadership

The only Team Captain that will return in 2018 is Mike Edwards.  The offense lost five starters and the defense lost just two starters, but two of those losses are big ones: Courtney Love and Stephen Johnson.  They brought a calming presence and called plays on the field.  Off the field they were an example for all of the underclassmen.

Becoming a leader is atypical; the best leaders have innate qualities that set them apart from the pack.  One person I expect to set the tone as he returns to the team is C.J. Conrad.  Benny Snell’s work ethic leads by example, but can he become a vocal leader on the offense?  The ideal defensive leader is the middle linebacker.  If Kash Daniel can speak to his teammates on the field as well as he can into a wrestling ring microphone, the defense should be in good hands.

5. Consistency

Stoops has “knocked down doors” through consecutive seven-win seasons.  The reason there wasn’t an eight or nine-win season is because of consistency.  You can’t be consistent in October unless you’re consistently doing your job the right way every single day in January and February.

For the Kentucky football program to knock down another door and take the next step as a program, they must transform offseason consistency onto the field this fall.

Selection Committee will unveil Top 16 teams on Feb. 11

For the second year in a row, the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee will unveil their top 16 teams one month before Selection Sunday.

The sneak peek will take place February 11 at 12:30 p.m. ET on CBS prior to the Michigan/Wisconsin game. Selection committee chair and Creighton athletic director Bruce Rasmussen will reveal the Top 16 alongside Greg Gumbel, Clark Kellogg, Seth Davis, and bracket expert Jerry Palm.

Last year, Kentucky was projected to be a three-seed in the sneak peek, but ended up earning the two-seed in the South Region. We all remember how that ended.

[CBS Sports]

Matt breaks down Governor Bevin’s budget proposal on Hey Kentucky

Tonight on Hey Kentucky, Matt breaks down Governor Bevin’s budget proposal, which is the talk of the Commonwealth. Check out his thoughts below:

To see the entire episode, which is cohosted by Kentucky legend Goose Givens, head on over to HeyKentucky.com.

7 Ways to Make College GameDay Better

On Saturday, College GameDay will be live from Rupp Arena for the seventh time. It will be Kentucky’s 15th appearance on the program, which, believe it or not, is embarking on its 14th season.

For Kentucky fans, GameDay hit its peak in the first year of the John Calipari Era when 22,144 fans filled up Rupp Arena, shattering the previous record of 8,159 held by Kansas State. After so many years, it’s only natural that the show’s gotten a little stale, so in honor of their seventh trip to Rupp, I came up with seven ways to jazz it up a bit.

1. Let Seth Greenberg and John Calipari debate one-and-done

Greenberg backed off his comments about Kentucky’s “spoiled” freshmen this morning on KSR, but obviously he has feelings on the topic or he never would have brought it up on SportsCenter this week. Greenberg and Cal are friends, so why not let them debate the matter live on the show with the rest of the panel? The one-and-done phenomenon has polarized the sport for years and there’s no bigger symbol of it than Calipari and Kentucky, so open it up for discussion. You know Cal will be game.

2. Let Jay Bilas work the Rupp ice cream machines

Twice this season, Bilas has raved about — and, in turn, received — Rupp Arena ice cream. Why not invite him into the Borden ice cream booth to try his hand at making the perfect swirl?

3. Rupp ice cream eating contest

Take it one step further by bringing those cones down for an eating contest. Which fan can survive the brain freeze?

4. More shoutouts from former players

Last year, John Wall sent in a video in which he picked Kentucky to beat Kansas by taking off a hoodie to unveil his old jersey. With so many Cats in the league now, this should be an obvious and relatively easy bit. The All-Star Game is coming up next month, so the show could dedicate an entire segment to the Cats in the league.

5. Guest picker: John Short

If only to see the panel’s reaction when he predicts “Kentucky by 35 biggins.”

6. More crowd interaction

Aside from the halfcourt shot to win $18,000 and showing off all the signs, there typically isn’t a lot of fan interaction at GameDay, which can make it a pretty boring event to attend. Kentucky fans are the most knowledgable in the sport, so put them to the test with some trivia. A “Pick Your Favorite Florida Villain” bit would be perfect. (The answer is always Joakim Noah.)

7. Let Ryan Lemond give a pep talk

Want to really get the crowd riled up? Unleash Ryan Lemond on them. I guarantee you no one will yawn, check their phone, or read a book during his pep talk. Just don’t let him say “squirt to the ceiling” again. …Actually, do. It’ll be the most interesting thing to happen on GameDay in years.

Skyline Chili coming to Lexington

In news that makes Matt Jones very happy, Skyline Chili is expanding to Lexington.

According to the Herald-Leader, a new outpost of the Cincinnati-based chili restaurant is coming to 2850 Richmond Road, close to the New Circle Road exit. Skyline prides itself on Cincinnati-style chili, which includes cinnamon, chocolate, allspice, and Worcestershire sauce and is served atop a bed of noodles with an absurd amount of shredded cheese. Personally, I’m not a fan, but I know many of you are, so rock on.

No word on when it will open, but I’m sure Matt will first in line.


Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins named NBA All-Star Game starters

Photo: Copyright 2017 NBAE

At the very least, two former Cats will take part in next month’s NBA All-Star Game. Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins were just named NBA All-Star Game starters, which were chosen by a combination of votes from fans (50%), players (25%), and media (25%).

The reserves, as selected by NBA head coaches, will be unveiled Tuesday, January 23 during TNT NBA Tip-Off at 7 p.m. Four-time NBA All-Star John Wall will surely be among them and Karl Towns, snubbed from last year’s game, also has an excellent shot.

Here are the rest of the starting lineups.

NBA East All-Star starters:

  • LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers (Captain)
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
  • Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics
  • DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors

NBA West All-Star starters:

  • Steph Curry, Golden State Warriors (Captain)
  • James Harden, Houston Rockets
  • Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors
  • Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
  • DeMarcus Cousins, New Orleans Pelicans

This year’s All-Star Game will take place on Sunday, February 18 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles (8 p.m., TNT).

JoJo Kemp has a Coaching Job

JoJo Kemp’s got a brand new gig.

The former Kentucky running back will return to the football field as a coach.  This fall Kemp will coach running backs for Wes Johnson at Dunbar High School.  JoJo will join another Wildcat on the staff, former UK wide receiver Alex Montgomery.

In four years at Kentucky, the Deland, Florida product rushed for 19 touchdowns and 1,709 yards (5.05 yards per carry), good enough to crack the Top 15 of Kentucky’s all-time rushing list.  The statistical mark he left on the program is incomparable to the moment he created after the Cats upset Steve Spurrier’s South Carolina Gamecocks in 2014.

How could you not want to play for that guy?