We’ve analyzed how the team did on the field Saturday, now it’s time to turn →
By Courtney Sealey on ©7:30 pm
DeMarcus Cousins recently sat down for an interview with USA Basketball in Spain to talk about his new spot on USA World Cup Team. Cousins discussed everything from his knee injury to his feelings on making the team. We have all followed Cousins through his basketball career from high school to where he is now. The entire world has seen his emotional ‘won’t back down’ attitude on the court, but only Kentucky fans know the true Cousins off the court. That is why it was not surprising to see him open up the way he did in the article.
“I am a role model, absolutely. There are different types of people out there, and I come from a different type of place. So, I absolutely think I am a role model. I come from a place where there are not a lot of opportunities,” Cousins explained. “People there, they don’t ever really dream big because they don’t think it ever really exists. Like the things you see on TV, they think it’s just a false world. And them seeing me make it, they believe it is possible. Those people grew up with me; they have seen the struggles; they have seen me fight and work my way to where I am now, so I absolutely believe I am a role model.”
Cousin’s has angered his fellow players and fans alike with his defensive attitude on the court. He is never one to shy away from letting people know when he thinks he has been jibbed on the court. However, it is quotes like this that make us fall in love with him.
Read more quotes from Cousins on making the team here.
The above picture has taken on a life of its own in the past two days, as the UK Hoops team/UK cheerleader group shot has gone viral. It looks photoshopped but it is not and showcases the difference between heights of the young women.
But in order to illustrate the picture’s inherent appeal, someone on Reddit photoshopped the cheerleaders to the basketball players’ height. It is also awesome in a different way and showcases that the internet is a magical thing
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©6:30 pm
Freshman wide receiver Blake Bone got to meet with reporters today, and if you couldn’t tell from his play on the field, he’s not shy. When asked when he got his confidence, Bone quipped “April, 11, 1996. I came out of the womb knowing I’d be a wide receiver for UK.”
Well, alright. Let’s take one more look at his first touchdown as a Cat:
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©6:00 pm
Both Braylon Heard and Javess Blue tweaked their ankles vs. UT-Martin, and both sat out practice for the second straight day on Tuesday. However, offensive coordinator Neal Brown isn’t ready to rule them out for Saturday’s game against Ohio. “we’re optimistic, but we’ll see.”
Nick will be by with a full recap of Brown’s comments in just a little bit.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©5:00 pm
If you want to see Mark Stoops get excited, ask him about the plans for the new training facility. Stoops is pumped for the 98,000-square foot training center and practice fields, and he’ll be even happier when the UK Board of Trustees approves nearly $4 million worth of donations for the facility on Friday.
Who broke open their checkbooks for the future of the program? One name should be pretty familiar: Chris Sullivan, a UK alum and founder of Outback Steakhouse. According to the agenda of the meeting, Sullivan has pledged $1 million towards the facility, with half of it coming in 2014 and the other half in 2015. Roger Nicholson, a UK College of Law graduate who works in the coal and natural resources industry, has pledged $900,000, while another UK grad with coal connections, M. Lynn Parrish, has committed $800,000. Finally, Matthew Mitchell and his wife’s $1 million pledge, to be paid in 10 installments starting this year, will be approved and put towards the facility, which is scheduled to be completed in 2016.
The board will also vote on replacing Commonwealth’s current playing surface with a “synthetic in-fill type surface,” a project that will cost around $1,000,000 and will be privately funded.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©4:30 pm
Over the weekend, the UK Equipment staff hinted that fans could see something new when the Cats take the field on Saturday, and judging by the little crumbs they keep tossing out on Twitter (like the graphic above), it’s looking pretty likely we’ll see the debut of the gray uniforms. Let Drew Barker model them for you:
Remember, the kids will probably love it.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©3:30 pm
Malik Newman has kept his recruitment close to his chest more so than any other 2015 prospect, and the 6’3″ combo guard continues to be coy in his latest blog entry for USA Today HS. Newman touches on a lot of topics in the entry, including his skills in NBA2K (“with those sticks in my hand I’m like Wilt Chamberlain!”), literature (he thinks John Grisham’s The Runaway Jury is “really interesting”), rapping (his rapping name is “Lil Leek”), and of course, recruiting.
Newman says he’s “close” to setting his official visits, and wants to go somewhere for Midnight Madness, but didn’t specify where. Newman did give us some clues as to what certain coaches are telling him…let’s see if we can guess who those coaches are.
I had a coach that’s recruiting me tell me that they were gonna set the record for points per game as a team this year and their point guard was probably gonna lead them in scoring. That was interesting to me because he said if I came there I could do the same thing. I thought that was pretty cool.
I had another coach tell me that I could be one-and-done and probably average about 25 points a game; so they tell me a lot of different things. I just sit back and listen to everything.
Right now, Kentucky, Kansas, UConn, Mississippi State, NC State, Ole Miss, and Duke are considered the top contenders for Newman. Both clues are pretty cryptic, and while the Cats gave John Calipari plenty to crow about in the Bahamas, I can’t see him saying that Andrew will be the team’s leading scorer. (Aaron, maybe.) Kansas lost their starting point guard, but have Devonte Graham coming in, and Bill Self seems very high on him, so maybe that’s it. Same can be said about Duke and Tyus Jones. The second clue doesn’t tell us much at all, but I can’t imagine Coach K encouraging a kid to come to Duke to be a one-and-done without sneering or puking from disgust on the spot.
To read the rest of Lil Leek’s blog, head on over to USA Today.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©2:29 pm
It’s been a pretty slow news day so far, but thankfully, KSR Hall of Famer Kige Ramsey and ESPN’s Keith Olbermann are here to provide some entertainment. Earlier today, Kige shared his thoughts on the debate over whether or not the Washington Redskins should change their name. He predicted Keith Olbermann would take the bait, and he did:
Here comes Keith!
Well, Olbermann took the fight to a different level from here, breaking out the Grammar Card, a go-to move in Twitter brawls:
Despite the spirited debate, Kige says he’s cool with Olbermann, and even likes his suggestion for the Redskins’ new name:
Kige Ramsey: giving them hell since 2007.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©1:30 pm
Team USA just wrapped up a nice little 98-71 rout of New Zealand, and, in what is becoming a familiar refrain, Anthony Davis was the leading scorer with 21 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. Two of those points came from this alley-oop, in which Davis looks more like a cartoon character than an actual human.
Here’s the full highlight:
I’m just glad New Zealand’s war dance didn’t throw Team USA off their game:
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©1:00 pm
The UT-Martin win was fun, but the Cats will face a much tougher opponent on Saturday when Ohio comes to town. Yesterday, Mark Stoops said the Bobcats, who have gone to five straight bowl games, are a “much bigger challenge,” with sound fundamentals on both sides of the ball. “They’re a team that’s not going to beat themselves,” Stoops siad.
Ohio also has a dual-threat quarterback, which has always been an Achilles’ Heel for the Cats. Derrius Vick is a redshirt junior and got his second career start against Kent State this past weekend. He looked every bit the poised veteran, completing 18 of 24 attempts for 262 yards and two touchdowns to go with 35 rushing yards in Ohio’s 17-14 win over Kent State. His performance was enough to catch Mark Stoops’ eye. “I was very impressed with their quarterback,” Stoops said. “He just was very poised, very good quarterback. He can run it and throw it.”
Vick’s come a long way since this snap scared the crap out of him as a redshirt freshman back in 2012.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©12:00 pm
UK has heard our cry for better music at football games, and they’re teaming up with 98.1 The Bull, 100.1 WKQQ, 104.5 The Cat and 103.9 WiLD to poll fans on which songs they’d like to hear during games.
There are four polls for each station’s genre (country, rock, pop, hip-hop) with five options each. You can sample the songs on WLAP’s website and vote for your favorite. Here are the options:
CLICK HERE to go vote and share your favorites in the comments section. Don’t judge me for picking “Bang Bang,” either. It’s catchy.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©11:15 am
Need something to watch during lunch? Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, and Team USA are playing New Zealand in the FIBA World Cup over on ESPN2 in 15 minutes.
So far, New Zealand has lost to Turkey and Orlando Antigua’s Dominican Republic, so it’ll likely be a lopsided affair, but another great chance to see two former Cats tear it up. Davis has looked like an absolute superstar with Team USA this summer, and actually leads the team in scoring with 18 points per game. Cousins, Davis’ backup, is averaging 10 points per game and 6.5 rebounds.
Go Cats. Go America.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©10:15 am
According to Gene Wojciechowski, ESPN is working on a “30 for 30″ on the 1992 UK/Duke regional final. Wojciechowski tweeted last night that he had just wrapped up almost three hours worth of interviews about Christian Laettner, and that the “30 for 30″ will premiere on Selection Sunday next March.
I think I’ll need both tissues and a barf bag for this one.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©9:55 am
Good morning and welcome to the Tuesday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio, which is coming to you live from a radio studio in Manhattan. Matt and Drew are still in New York to cover the US Open for Tennis Channel, but they both saw the game this weekend and want to talk about it. Tune in to hear their thoughts on the Cats’ big opening win, along with some stories from the weekend and just how ridiculous Tom Jurich’s “Bobby has changed” speech on ESPN was last night.
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By Bryan the Intern on ©9:00 am
Every Monday (or in this case Tuesday because of the holiday) I will detail with little commentary how the offense generated yards after each game. I will break it down into 1st down, 2nd and long, 2nd and short, 3rd and long, and 3rd and short situations and tell you how many passes and runs were called in each situation, along with the success or failure of those situations. So without further ado, here were the stats for the UT-Martin massacre:
Run: 13 rushes for 75 yards (5.8 ypc), 3 TD
Pass: 11-14, 277 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Limited Analysis: Obviously, some huge plays on 1st down. Three touchdowns in the running game but the most impressive thing is the passing attack. I like the 50-50 run to pass ratio as well.
2ND AND LONG (6 yards or more)
Run: 4 rushes for 19 yards (4.8 ypc)
Pass: 2-7, 21 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Limited Analysis: Maybe the only real trouble spot is the completion percentage in this scenario. That will need improve so UK can avoid too many 3rd and longs.
2ND AND SHORT (5 yards or less)
Run: 4 rushes for 97 yards (24.3 ypc), 2 TD
Pass: 3-3, 2 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Limited Analysis: Braylon Heard’s long touchdown run the highlight here. Otherwise, a decent but not spectacular group of plays.
3RD AND LONG (6 yards or more)
Run: 1 rush for 0 yards
Pass: 5-6, 110 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Limited Analysis: BIG STAT HERE, UK converted 4 of 6 3rd downs when throwing the ball in this scenario, keeping those drives alive. Often times a huge stat to have.
3RD AND SHORT (5 yards or less)
Run: 5 rushes for 51 yards (10.2 ypc), 1 TD
Pass: 1-2, 12 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Limited Analysis: Cats did a nice job of converting the 3rd and shorts with the running attack.
Run: 1 rush for 1 yard
Pass: 0-1, 0 TD, 0 INT