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December 22nd, 2014

Daniel Orton involved in a brawl in Chinese professional game

Remember our old pal Daniel Orton? He’s playing basketball in China right now, and yesterday, was involved in a brawl with practically the entire Tianjin team that spilled into the stands. Check out the footage above.

But he’s a good kiiiiiiid, right?

Two coaches still not giving UK their first place votes

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UK is the unanimous #1 in the AP poll for the third week in a row, and while they are also #1 in the USA Today/Coaches poll, two coaches still aren’t giving the Cats their first-place votes. Who are they? Let’s look at the list of voters and take our best guess once again…

Tommy Amaker, Harvard
Randy Bennett, Saint Mary’s
Jim Boeheim, Syracuse
Todd Bozeman, Morgan State
Glenn Braica, St. Francis Brooklyn
Rick Byrd, Belmont
Scott Cherry, High Point
Tim Cluess, Iona
Ed Conroy, Tulane
Keith Dambrot, Akron
Scott Drew, Baylor
Matt Driscoll, North Florida
Steve Fisher, San Diego State
Bruiser Flint, Drexel
Mark Fox, Georgia
John Gallagher, Hartford
Ray Harper, Western Kentucky
Dick Hunsaker, Utah Valley
George Ivory, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Ben Jacobson, Northern Iowa
Rob Jeter, Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Danny Kaspar, Texas State
Mike McConathy, Northwestern State
Greg McDermott, Creighton
Matt Painter, Purdue
Dave Paulsen, Bucknell
Randy Rahe, Weber State
Joe Scott, Denver
Herb Sendek, Arizona State
Shaka Smart, Virginia Commonwealth
Bob Williams, UC-Santa Barbara
Mike Young, Wofford

I wonder if a win over Louisville will be enough to convince Amaker and Boehiem–I mean, whichever coaches are still voting for Duke and Arizona–that the Cats are the best team in the land.

Find yourself in the CBS Sports Classic Coke Zero FanCam!

Hey, those two look familiar...

Hey, those two look familiar…

Were you at the game Saturday? Find yourself in the CBS Sports Classic Coke Zero FanCam! Apparently there’s some contest that goes along with it, but I’ll let you figure that out for yourself.

Here’s the link: CBS Sports Classic Coke Zero FanCam

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to spend my day looking for three goggles, awkward faces, and people taking selfies.

Stoops on offense: “I’m not ready to define it as Air Raid”

When Mark Stoops hired Shannon Dawson, it showed that he’s sticking with the Air Raid system, a version of which Dawson and Dana Holgorsen ran at West Virginia; however, Mark Stoops said he wasn’t ready to define the new offense as “Air Raid” just yet. “I’m not ready to define it as Air Raid,” Stoops said in a press conference today. “Things evolve constantly.”

Don’t put away that siren just yet. As Stoops said on the radio with Matt and Ryan last week, what he likes so much about Dawson’s offense is that it’s Air Raid with a little bit more balance with the running game. “It’s the same system. It’s very similar,” Stoops said of Dawson’s version, which ranks 9th in the country in passing. “Obviously, they throw the ball. …The bottom line is if you have to defend the run game, it’s going to open things up in the pass game. The more effective you are in the run game, the more effective you’ll be in the pass game.”

As we’ve heard Stoops say countless times, to win in the SEC, you have to have balance. “I believe to compete in this conference, you have to be physical. You have to have some balance,” Stoops said. “That’s what I love about Shannon and what he and Dana have done at West Virginia is they’ve really run the ball very well and have some physicality about them. But still throwing the heck out of the ball and still very creative with how they’re doing things.”

And while Holgorsen handled most of the playcalling at West Virginia, Stoops says he has complete faith in Dawson to call the shots on offense. “Shannon is a great offensive mind and a great coach,” Stoops said. “I have no worries about him putting it together and calling plays.”

How is the Dawson hire going over with recruits? “The recruits are very excited about it, because bottom line, it’s a fun offense to be a part of,” Stoops said.

Listening, Damien?

UK unanimous #1 in the AP poll for the third straight week

Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

Another week, another unanimous #1 ranking in the AP poll. Enjoy it in all its glory:

1. Kentucky (65)
2. Duke
3. Arizona
4. Louisville
5. Virginia
6. Wisconsin
7. Villanova
8. Gonzaga
9. Texas
10. Kansas
11. Wichita State
12. Iowa State
13. Washington
14. Utah
15. Maryland
16. Notre Dame
17. St. John’s
18. West Virginia
19. Oklahoma
20. North Carolina
21. Ohio State
22. Baylor
23. UNI
24. Colorado State
25. TCU

Ryan Timmons likely out of spring practice


A bit of unfortunate news from Mark Stoops: in addition to ankle surgery, Ryan Timmons also had shoulder surgery after the season, which Stoops anticipates will keep him out of spring practice.

No, I don’t think he’ll be good to go for spring,” Stoops said. “Ryan was playing very banged up and I appreciate his effort. And we all know there are things he can do better and he will do better, but he really competed all year through some major injuries.”

That may explain the drops.

Stoops: “Recruiting is going exceptionally well”

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A jolly Mark Stoops met with the media this afternoon to recap the 2014 season and answer questions about his new offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson. After admitting it was “difficult” to watch the bowl season kick off after coming up short with five wins, Stoops said there are plenty of things to look forward to, including recruiting. “Recruiting is going exceptionally well once again,” Stoops said. “All signs are pointing toward a very good class.”

Hopefully one that will include Damien Harris, who will announce his decision on January 9th.

More coming as we go along…

LIVE: Mark Stoops reviews the season and talks about Shannon Dawson

ESPN: How John Calipari hacked college basketball


Everyone points to recruiting as the key to John Calipari’s success, and for the most part, they’re right, but ESPN’s John Gasaway has another theory this morning. Gasaway writes that the secret to Cal’s success has been assembling multiple rim protectors on one team, creating a wall around the basket:

Calipari has taken the role of “rim protector” and made it plural. Ordinarily, this role is supposed to be filled by one guy who’s susceptible to foul trouble and less than skilled offensively, but UK’s paying no price to speak of for having center-type players logging minutes at the 4 spot. These rim protectors don’t foul often, and they’re also excellent offensive rebounders. This season, the Wildcats have pulled down 46 percent of their missed shots.

The way college basketball is supposed to work, Willie Cauley-Stein, Karl-Anthony Towns, Dakari Johnson and Marcus Lee should be playing the 5 spot for four different teams. Instead, they’re playing alongside each other. Calipari has flouted convention and built a wall of size around the basket. That wall won’t always be the determining factor — Columbia and North Carolina actually shot somewhat normal percentages on their 2s in back-to-back games against Kentucky. But having multiple rim-protectors on the floor at the same time gives the Wildcats the potential to simply nullify any opponent’s aspirations to compete, let alone win. Just ask UCLA.

Calipari is famous for developing point guards, but after DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, Nerlens Noel, Willie Cauley-Stein, Dakari Johnson, Karl Towns, Marcus Lee, etc. etc. etc., his bigs may be his calling card so far at UK.

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This video from KyWildcatsTV is the best Christmas present you’ll get




The North Pole (KSRTech)

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Follow earlier hacks of Target, Home Depot, and Sony, today saw the largest data breach in history as the North Pole was hacked.  According to an e-mail from the name, address, Christmas Credit Rating (Naughty/Nice), and list of presents for every person in the world has been stolen and all of humanity’s Christmas accounts have been compromised.

Within hours of the news breaking, a group called the Egalitarian Liberation Front claimed responsibility for both the hack and the leak.  A spokesman for the E.L.F. who identified himself only as “Hermey, cited “sickening working conditions in the North Pole, lack of benefits, and the general, untenable outpouring of capitalistic greed” as reasons for the hack.  A subsequent release stated that unless the nations of the world gave in to their demands, the only present anyone would get is a 2-sided LP of “Grandma Got Runover By a Reindeer” and the version of “All I Want For Christmas is You” with Justin Bieber.

This release was followed closely by a release from representatives of Santa Claus led by Yukon Cornelius, J.D., saying that the North Pole was prepared to launch litigation against any media outlet publishing lists of gifts.  “The only thing giving these hackers power is the insistence of the media on publishing this information.  We plan to sue anyone who looks up their gift as well as switching them from ‘Nice’ to ‘Naughty’ if need be.  I’m looking at you Bumble.”

To go along with the outpouring of grief from American children and retailers, there were reports of riots on the streets of Santa’s Christmas Village and several candy cane stabbings in Cracker Barrels across the nation.  In response to the violence President Obama asked the nation for calm and reflection on the true meaning of Christmas.  “Besides,” the President sighed, visibly aged, “apparently Santa still wasn’t going to give me a competent legislature this year so who really cares?”

Devin Booker named SEC Freshman of the Week

Congrats to Devin Booker, who was named SEC Freshman of the Week by the league this morning. Booker is coming off of two huge games against North Carolina and UCLA, and against the Bruins, he scored a career-high 19 points, including 5-6 threes. All in 19 minutes. This is the fourth time this season a UK player has won SEC Freshman of the Week honors.

Did anyone else notice this motion Booker does after hitting threes?


Here’s another one from the second half:


Finally found a good angle from KyWildcatsTV:


Bring on the Cards (Monday Show Thread)

Good morning, friends. Everyone recovered from Chicago? No? Well, thankfully you’ve got two hours of Kentucky Sports Radio to ease the pain. In what will be a shortened week, Matt and Ryan will do their best to review UK’s dominant win over UCLA, just how awesome this team is, and of course, Saturday’s looming matchup with the Cards.

Before we get started, here’s the schedule for the week:

MONDAY – normal show
TUESDAY – normal show
WEDNESDAY – Christmas Eve, NO SHOW
FRIDAY – Live show at Bearno’s in Jeffersonville, Indiana

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

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WBGN (1340am): Bowling Green
WTCO (1450am): Campbellsville
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WHIR (1230am): Danville
WCLU (1490am): Glasgow
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WBTH (1400am): Williamson


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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Unsung Heros a Common Occurrence Against Louisville

It seems that very often in the UK-UL series (not always), there is a guy on the UK roster that comes through and plays a key role in the game without people expecting it.  An unsung hero.  Here are just a few examples:

2012: Ryan Harrow

-Yes, Kentucky lost this game, but if there was 1 positive we took away it was the play of Harrow.  17 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and most importantly, no turnovers.  Many people thought Harrow had turned the corner.  Of course we know that didn’t happen.

2010: Josh Harrellson

-Maybe the most unsung of heros, Harrellson at that point had a career high of 15 points.  He scored 23.  Harrellson never made 10 or more field in his career until this game and never did after.  UL just had no answers for Jorts that game.

2006: Jodie Meeks

-It what had to be the worst played game in series history, Meeks was the star.  Yes, he became a prolific scorer, but at that point in his freshman year, he had only scored in double figures once.  Against Louisville, he poured in 18.  Very unexpected.

2005: Sherray Thomas

-Huh?  Really?  Oh yeah, in the 2005 contest, only 2 UK players scored in double figures.  Rajon Rondo and…….Sherray Thomas.

1992: Gimel Martinez

-In his other 3 games against UL, Martinez scored 5 points total.  In the 1992 contest, he scored 14.  Only 2 other times in his career did he score more in a game.  UK won by 20 in Freedom Hall by the way.

Those are just a few, but I wonder who you might think this year’s unsung hero might be.  How to define who might qualify is a tough task, but I generally think the guy can’t be one of your two best players.  That eliminates WCS and Aaron Harrison.  Either way, just want to know what you think.  Who will be the guy that could surprise us with a big game Saturday?  Maybe score a career high.

KSR’s Top 10 Tweets of the Weekend

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(Darrell Bird | Catspause)

It’s time again for KSR’s Top Tweets of the Weekend. You can participate by using hashtags such as #BBN #KSR #KSRTop10 or just by simply tweeting @KYsportsradio. We will focus most of our attention on Kentucky sports-centric tweets but, as usual, there are no limits to our madness.

#10 -Drew Barker-

I’ve been doing this for 10 minutes straight trying to get it right.

#9 Lyndsey Gough

I feel like I can do anything now.

#8 Doug Gottlieb

annnnd the kid hit in the face is its fans?

#7 Evil Scratch

Accurate representation.

#6 Nate Willis

I feel like this could be an issue in the future.

#5 Kevin Jones M.D

For just $10 dollars you could help UCLA recover from its loss….

#4 Darius Miller

You know its bad if Darius thinks it got out of hand.

#3 Dave Scott

#2 Dr. Siciliano Calipari

Even on ‘break’ Cal can’t turn off that coaching face.

#1 Hayley Minogue

That’s going to leave a bruise.