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By Drew Franklin on ©7:30 pm
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Listen here, folks. I’ve been really excited about this since playing (and losing) my first DraftStreet contest early in the college football season. It’s KSR’s first COLLEGE BASKETBALL fantasy free roll with Draft Street, meaning we can all pick Julius Randle and hope our other players have big games to help him out. It’s going to be a lot of fun and someone, hopefully me, will win money and bragging rights over everyone else.
Here’s how it works…
Head over to DraftStreet.com and create an account (if you haven’t already) and join our league. (You can do that by clicking here.) The one-night competition starts Friday night at 7:00 p.m. EST, so get to it. Once you’re in, you will draft an eight-man team from a pool of 74 players participating in games that night. The price of each player varies based on projections, with Randle being the most expensive player available because of course he is.
The top 50 fantasy players in the KSR league will split a $500 prize pool, paid in vouchers to dominate other cash-paying leagues. The first place winner (again, hopefully me) will receive a $109 voucher, followed by $22 to second through 10th place and $5 to the remaining players ranked 50th or better.
If you’re like me, fantasy college basketball sounds too good to be true; but it really exists thanks to our friends at DraftStreet.com and I think it is going to be a lot of fun. I look forward to flaunting my winnings in your face on Saturday.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©7:26 pm
This morning, Mark Stoops called in to KSR to talk about his first season as Kentucky’s coach, the future of the program, and what he thought about UofL assistant coach Clint Hurtt’s comments about the Cats. Enjoy his interview above.
By Stuart Hammer on ©4:30 pm
As we enter December, the college basketball non-conference schedule is nearing its final stages. Most teams have faced off against a headliner foe by now, while others still have more waiting in the wings. One such team is Kentucky, which has four of its next five opponents receiving votes in the AP Poll. Providence was a quality warm up, and that victory will be a boost for the RPI come tournament time because the Friars are a solid team. But this next stretch of games can really set the Cats up well, not only for conference play, but also to help solidify a No. 1 seed in March.
Here is a brief rundown of the schedule and what you can expect to see out of each team. The arrows indicate how much better or worse the teams are compared to Kentucky in each respective stat. You’ll notice outside shooting and assists are the biggest weakness Kentucky has in these matchups. But that’s not exactly the bread and butter of this hard-nosed squad.
Fri, Dec 6 – (20) Baylor Bears
Tue, Dec 10 – (31) Boise State Broncos
Sat, Dec 14 – (29) North Carolina Tar Heels
Sat, Dec 21 – Belmont Bruins
Sat, Dec 28 – (7) Louisville Cardinals
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©3:00 pm
There were some major recruiting developments this week, with Kentucky picking back up on their recruitment of Rashad Vaughn, a 2014 wing player from Las Vegas. While in Vegas to see Stephen Zimmerman, Orlando Antigua stopped by to see Vaughn, 24/7 Composite’s 12th best player in the 2014 class. Vaughn has offers from UNC, Kansas, UNLV, Iowa State, and Baylor, but told ESPN’s Paul Biancardi that he plans to visit Kentucky. He hasn’t set anything up yet, but UK is trying to get him to come to campus for an official visit. To read more, go on over to ESPN Insider.
That’s huge news for what could now be a pretty great 2014 class.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©2:00 pm
The UK coaching staff visited Matt Elam last weekend, and he is the number one remaining target on UK’s 2014 wish list. 24/7 Sports is reporting that Elam is unlikely to take his official visit to Alabama this month, which, if true, is huge news for the Cats.
Elam will take his official visit to Kentucky next weekend, with Drew Barker and the rest of the 2014 commitments. Here’s hoping they show him a good time.
By Drew Franklin on ©1:00 pm
U of L assistant coach and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse rewards member Clint Hurtt recently took a jab at Kentucky football on his Facebook page when he wrote, “Alright I had some idiot Kentucky fan say to me we need to get ready for the Wildcats because their young players got better because they play in the SEC … I said correction you don’t play in the SEC you just participate. You only play when you actually WIN.”
It didn’t take long for Hurtt to delete the idiotic comment (via Bat-phone, I assume) but not before it made its way around the internet. On this morning’s radio show, Matt asked Mark Stoops about the message and his response, though very brief, was brilliant.
“Do you really want me to respond to Clint Hurtt?” Stoops asked. “That’s too easy of a target. Come on, Matt. I can’t respond to him.”
He said it one more time, just in case some of the listeners didn’t get the message.
“It’s too easy of a target,” he reiterated.
By saying he can’t response, Mark Stoops delivered a perfect response.
By Drew Franklin on ©12:25 pm
Next season the Kentucky football team will go through its 3rd season in a row without a definite starting Quarterback. Jalen Whitlow and Max Smith traded duties throughout the year in-between injuries, Reese Phillips and Patrick Towles took the year off with a redshirt, and “God’s gift to Kentucky football” Drew Barker is enrolling in the Spring and will be available for Spring practice. Barker has been the talk of the town throughout, but can a true freshman start at Quarterback for the Cats next year in the difficult SEC? “Absolutely,” was Coach Stoops’ answer this morning on Kentucky Sports Radio.
Coach Stoops also said that he does not expect any on the long list of 5 QBs to leave the team, making for an interesting competition during Spring practice.
By Nick Roush on ©11:35 am
During Mark Stoops’ first postseason interview this morning on KSR, Stoops said that all of his assistant coaches will be returning next season. The win/loss column does not depict it well, but Stoops is very pleased with his coaches’ performance, even giving one a promotion. Vince Marrow will now officially serve as the team’s recruiting coordinator. Marrow’s title is now rather extensive, adding to his role as tight ends’ coach and NFL liaison.
There’s plenty more juicy news coming soon, and don’t forget to listen to the full interview on podcast.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©10:30 am
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©9:55 am
Good morning and welcome to the Thursday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio, coming to you live from Memphis, Tennessee. Matt, Drew, and Aaron Flener stopped in Memphis last night for some rest before the #KSRAcrossAmerica tour rolls on, hopefully ahead of Friday’s big ice storm.
Today’s show is extra special, because MARK STOOPS will call in during the second hour to talk about his first season as UK’s head football coach and where the Cats go from here. Be sure to tune in to hear his first interview since the season ended last Saturday.
Join in the fun and give them a call at (502) 571-1080.
Today’s topics include:
– Getting ready for Baylor
– What’s up, Memphis?
– Winter Storm Cleon trying to ruin all our fun
– Much more…
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By Bryan the Intern on ©9:00 am
It is still incredibly early in the season to start comparing players on this year’s team to those of the past 4 years, but there is no doubt Julius Randle is likely to go down as one of Calipari’s best players in his time at Kentucky. While it seems very unlikely he will end with the accolades that Anthony Davis had, I tend to think he appears to be the best offensive player we have seen at Kentucky in 5 years. So below I put what I thought were the other contenders for best player ON THE OFFENSIVE FLOOR ONLY since 2009-10. That is why total rebounding is not listed, only offensive rebounding. Steals and blocks also not listed.
I came up with 6 serious contenders (not including Randle). And since I know it will be said, no I did not include Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. MKG’s game was so much more than just offense. It was passion, heart, leadership, etc etc. But in the end, he averaged a little over 11ppg and under 2.0 apg in his 1 season. He wasn’t a dominant offensive player like the 6 guys below.
16.7 ppg, 6.5 apg
Off. RPG: 0.8
Highest Point Total: 25
Lowest Point Total: 6
20+ point games: 8 of 37 games
15.1 ppg, 1.0 apg
Off. RPG: 4.1
Highest Point Total: 27
Lowest Point Total: 5
20+ point games: 4 of 38 games
14.3 ppg, 0.9 apg
Off. RPG: 3.1
Highest Point Total: 23
Lowest Point Total: 4
20+ point games: 6 of 38 games
17.3 ppg, 4.2 apg
Off RPG: 0.6
Highest Point Total: 30
Lowest Point Total: 2
20+ point games: 14 of 38 games
Terrence Jones (2 seasons)
14.0 ppg, 1.5 apg
Off RPG: 2.5
Highest Point Total: 35
Lowest Point Total: 0
20+ point games: 12 of 76 games
14.1 ppg, 1.2 apg
Off RPG: 2.9 rpg
Highest Point Total: 28
Lowest Point Total: 3
20+ point games: 6 of 40 games
18.1 ppg, 2.1 apg
Off RPG: 4.7 rpg
Highest Point Total: 27
Lowest Point Total: 10
20+ point games: 4 of 8 games