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January 29th, 2015

UK Hoops vs. Tennessee Live Diary

(Britney Howard/UK Athletics)

(Britney Howard/UK Athletics)

Good evening Cats fans! Austin and I are here in beautiful Memorial Coliseum where a sea of blue is flooding into the building right now, mixed with a tiny bit of that ‘throw-up inside of a pumpkin’ orange. Tonight’s game is between two top ten teams and is sure to be a battle. #6 Tennessee enters tonight’s game undefeated in conference after beating Georgia earlier this week. The Lady Vols are also third in the SEC in defensive scoring per game with 53.4 ppg. No team has scored more than 58 points on the Vols this season.

Kentucky, on the other hand, is riding a 13 game winning streak in Memorial, the sixth longest streak in program history and the nation’s 14th longest home winning streak. In the last game against Mizzou, five Wildcats scored in double figures with Jen O’Neill and Makayla Epps leading the way with 19 and 18 respectively.

The game is on the SEC Network at 7 if you want to follow along with us tonight before the boys take on Mizzou tonight at 9.


First Half 15:47: Austin: Kentucky, although trailing in the Tennessee series 50-10, has won the past two home games and four of the last six overall in Lexington against the Volunteers. UT grabbed the tip and scored on its first two possessions before UK’s defense settled in and forced a couple turnovers. The Cats have struggled offensively to start the game, once again, making just one of their first eight shots (Harper – 0/4). But a three by Jennings gives UK a 5-4 lead going into the first TV timeout.


5 minutes til tip: J.C.: Guys, this Tennessee orange is so stinking ugly. I honestly think the color has gotten worse since the last time I’ve seen it. Memorial is hopping tonight and is probably 3/4 of the way full already. This is the 61st meeting between the Lady Vols and the Cats with UK meeting Tennessee more than any other rival. Tennessee leads the series, 50-10 with 21 of those wins in Lexington. Tip is coming up shortly.


Hairy Missouri woman thinks you should listen to the KSR pregame show


Sorry. I had to do it. I really am sorry.

Today’s pre-Mizzou show starts at 6:30 p.m. and will stream live on

Stick around for the Texas Roadhouse Countdown to Tip-Off Pregame Show on the UK Sports Network.  A list of affiliates around the state can be found here or you can listen online here.

Feel free to comment below.

Beat Missouri.

I’m sorry!

It doesn’t look like DeMarcus Cousins is going to be an All-Star

Throughout the evening, ESPN’s Marc Stein has been leaking out which players will be named NBA All-Star reserves. Unfortunately, Stein says it appears that DeMarcus Cousins didn’t make the cut:

If true, total blasphemy. Time to break things.

Karl tested the rims at today’s shootaround


So this shot from the UK Athletics photogs is pretty cool.

Sadly, the crowd might look the same during tonight’s game.

Rasheed Sulaimon dismissed from Duke

Mike Kryzewsksisksi dismissed junior guard Rasheed Sulaimon today for being “unable to consistently live up to the standards required to be a member of the Duke program.”

Sulaimon was averaging 20 minutes this season for the Blue Devils with 10 points per game in his career. Last night he missed the first of two clutch free throws in the final minute against Notre Dame — maybe that’s why he is gone?

Whatever it is, Duke’s backcourt just took a serious hit.

Highlights from the first meeting

Kentucky cruised past Missouri the first time around and you can relive it through the highlights via Kentucky Wildcats TV.

That game was a lot of fun.

The new Bracketology is out and Wisconsin is Kentucky’s two seed


Bracketology is pointless with so many games left in the season but it’s always a good talking point as we look ahead to the NCAA Tournament.

In today’s edition, Joe Lunardi has Kentucky in Louisville against the Sacramento State and St. Francis winner, then advancing to get Dayton or Miami. A possible rematch awaits with Wichita State in the Sweet 16.

Kentucky would likely have to meet Wisconsin or Notre Dame, the two and three seeds, to reach the Final Four.

There are certainly other potential twos we’d rather see than Wisconsin, but this region wouldn’t be terrible.

Your thoughts?

If you weren’t a fan of Buckhorn before, you will be now

Beginning right now, at this very moment, you have a new favorite high school basketball team in Kentucky. It’s the Wildcats. The Buckhorn High School Wildcats from Perry County. You love them, don’t you? Exactly.

Buckhorn, your new favorite team, took down University Heights Academy today in the first round of the Kentucky Touchstone Energy All “A” Classic in Frankfort. But never mind that, check out the sweet mullets the players are rocking this season.

How can you not love the Buckhorn mullets???


2016 SEC play to be interrupted by SEC/Big 12 Challenge

ESPN announced today that all 10 of next season’s SEC/Big 12 Challenge games will be played on Saturday, January 30, meaning the SEC will have a small break in the conference action to welcome our friends from the west.

The move was done to draw more attention to the challenge, says Mike Slive.

If I were a bettin’ man, I’d put money on the Cats seeing Kansas in late January next year.

John Feinstein on KSR, defending Virginia over UK and calling Rupp a racist

John Feinstein, the one person to give Virginia a first place vote in the AP poll, was a guest on Kentucky Sports Radio radio this morning and it was… it was something.

Feinstein and Matt talked about the national media’s perception of John Calipari, a hypothetical 10-game series between Kentucky and Virginia, and Adolph Rupp’s reputation as a racist.

Does Feinstein think Rupp was racist, Matt asked?

“Yes,” he said. “That’s my opinion. Yes.”

Well alright. Tell us how you really feel.

Feinstein can be heard at the halfway point of the first hour below:

Hour 1:

Hour 2:

Anderson: “We’re not Kentucky…”

Kim Anderson kept it really real during an appearance on 610 Sports Radio in Kansas City today. The hosts of The Day Shift brought the Missouri head coach on to discuss tonight’s Kentucky game and Anderson said what everyone with eyeballs already knows.

“We’re not Kentucky yet,” Anderson told the show. “We’ve got a lot of work to do.”

Um, yeah, A LOT of work to do, Ken. Missouri’s lost its last five games since opening conference play with an overtime win against LSU. One of those losses was the 49-pointer at Kentucky.

Anderson would add, “I think our guys are excited to be playing at Mizzou Arena against a team like Kentucky.”

Kind of like they were excited for the last one to end?


Kim Anderson wrote a letter to Mizzou students

Missouri head coach Kim Anderson really wants students to attend home basketball games. He sent the student body a letter last night — before the Kentucky game, coincidentally — asking students to fill Mizzou Arena and cheer on the team during the final stretch of games.

But attend class and get your homework done first, kids.


Stone Cold Willow launching an investigation into the Richmond bar fight


Don’t worry, everybody. Stone Cold Willow is launching an investigation into the Richmond bar fight. We can all sit back and wait to see what he uncovers. He’ll get to the bottom of it.

I have decided to Conduct my own Investigation in the EKU-UK Bar Fight Case. #JusticeWillBeServed

A photo posted by William Bolden (@stonecoldwillow) on

KSR shirts in Ladies’ styles now available at!


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What If… Duke Had Defeated Kentucky in 1966?


1965-66 Duke Blue Devils, courtesy of

John Feinstein, a Duke graduate, cited a game that happened 49 years ago while explaining his reasons for voting Virginia No. 1 in the AP poll (seriously, he did). These weren’t off-the-cuff comments. Feinstein actually put these remarks about the 1966 UK team in writing (and his dislike of one-and-dones, McDonald’s All-Americans and scoring 80 points) in an email to Rick Bozich.

The game Feinstein was referring to, of course, was the 1966 National Championship game between Kentucky and Texas Western. Kentucky’s roster was all-white at the time, like many schools in the 1960’s. Texas Western, as we all know, started five African Americans — and beat Kentucky.

To advance to the championship game, Kentucky defeated Duke in the national semifinal. I’ll just let the 1966 Duke team photo speak for itself. If Duke had defeated Kentucky, setting up Duke vs. Texas Western, would a “Glory Road” movie ever exist? Would the game still have been made into a history lesson?

Maybe it would, maybe it wouldn’t; but I highly doubt John Feinstein would care if it would have been Duke. And possibly, his Top 25 vote would now have to do with things such as wins, losses, margin of victory, talent and strength of schedule.

Feinstein joins Matt on this morning’s radio show. It should be a good one.