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January 22nd, 2017

SEC has Twitter take down Matt Jones’s UK Basketball Tweets

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Are we among friends now? Yes, good. Let’s be honest about something. Besides our beloved Kentucky Wildcats, it is beyond clear by now that SEC Basketball sucks. This year may be the worst year for the conference basketball-wise in history and every night seems to produce some result just a bit more embarrassing than the one before. Whether it is the painful non-conference losses, the alleged 2nd best team in the league taking a home loss to below .500 Vanderbilt or the most egregiously horrendous officiating of my lifetime, SEC Basketball has been a royal train wreck all season long. Thankfully for the SEC, Kentucky and more importantly the Big Blue Nation, exist to break the ubiquitous depression of SEC Basketball with actual excitement and top-level play. Without Kentucky, the SEC is the Atlantic 10 (or worse) and without the BBN, the overall average crowd attendance of league games would likely barely hover above that of your favorite 14th Region High School game. The SEC is a basketball wasteland and one would think the league would thank its lucky stars that UK and the BBN still throw a life preserver to its mediocrity.

However, that seems not to be the case. This weekend’s UK victory over South Carolina produced a view good video moments…Derek Willis had a dunk for the ages, SKJ had a reaction that can create 1,000 memes and Brad Calipari pinched Tai Wynyard’s nipple…all moments that bind us as fans. We posted them here on this site and I retweeted various fan postings of the moments from TV in short clips on my Twitter account. UK/SEC was able to get good (as opposed to normal horrendous) publicity and UK fans were able to share the best moments from an otherwise normal 20 point win. However this evening I received the response you see below from Twitter, as the SEC forced Twitter to take down all of my tweets showing any footage from the UK game. As you can see, the SEC claims ownership of all footage and wants to be the only entity to share it in any form online. (“ALL BRAD CALIPARI NIPPLE PINCHES ARE OURS!”) My tweets were removed and it looks as if they are gone to the dustbin of history, ensuring that the fans that consume the product the most cannot see their favorite moments from a big Rupp Arena home win.

It has seemed in recent weeks that the SEC has stepped up enforcement of its alleged copyright over UK games quite a bit. Our show “Hey Kentucky” was told to no longer showcase what we refer to as “B Roll” highlights from UK games on any presentation of our TV show online, even when that footage has been shot by our own photographers at the game. When we reached out to the SEC, they were increasing enforcement across the board, although as far as I have seen, we have been the only entity that has received such notices. Now this is apparently extending into the social media sphere as well, and it looks to be the policy of the league going forward.

I could go on and on about what a shortsighted, stupid policy the SEC’s current strategy is going forward. No one except UK fans cares about SEC basketball footage and to take it away from UK fans online seems ridiculous. The NBA, NFL and all other conferences have allowed social media sharing to go on and have given quotes saying they believe it helps their product. They are correct. That publicity and sharing helps their best plays get seen by more people, which only makes people want to watch the games more. The SEC Basketball powers that be showcase that the same level of competence they have put into fielding competitive basketball programs extends to their media expertise as well by going in the opposite direction. Going forward it looks as if the league is taking one of these two positions. They are either:

1. Beginning a crackdown of all social media sharing of highlights, first by going after media and then fans or

2. Beginning a crackdown of all KSR-affiliated sharing of highlights, first by TV and social media and later everything else as well

The latter scenario seems a little far-fetched, but I can’t completely dismiss it. Since I started the “Hey Kentucky” TV show, the official media partner of UK (JMI) has cut us out of all of their broadcasts and pressured our people with relationships with the company to no longer work with them. I can’t imagine the SEC would care enough to have a similar policy, but as of yet it seems it has only been our highlights that have been cracked down upon. Absent any more evidence, I will assume we are just the most notable media entity and this isn’t selective enforcement based on pettiness. Surely the league would be better than that.

The more likely scenario is the second. The SEC simply is cutting off its nose to spite its face. Under the guise of “protecting copyright”, they are choosing to limit the sharing of their already mediocre product and keep it from the one group of people that actually like it the most, UK fans. Rather than spend energy and resources in promoting and making what is positive about the league (UK) more visible, they would rather make their product value diminish by hiding it and keeping the best moments in as few of their (owned) resources as possible. While this may be legally valid (fair use applies but my guess is there is some addition to our credential application…which functions as a contract of sorts…that allows them to double down on their suspect business decisions with the self-delusion of legal superiority), it is another example of the league having little clue as to how to market its weakest sport in the new modern media age. SEC Basketball somehow finds a way to be the big loser, even when it wins.

Below is the notice we received from Twitter…nice job SEC…you own the Brad Calipari titty twister for all time. Use it wisely.

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Derek Willis coming into his own as season passes

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It is easy to make the argument that out of all Kentucky basketball players, Derek Willis has received the most criticism this season. Starting with his arrest months before the beginning of the season, his struggles on the defensive end of the court and a surprising shooting slump to start the season.

However, over the past five games, Willis and Wenyen Gabriel have both been the saving grace for the Cats. The biggest change for Willis has been his three-point percentage.

According to CoachCal.com, in the first 14 games of the season, Willis shot just 31.8 percent, 14 of 44 from behind the line. The last five? Willis went seven of 12 for 58.3 percent from three.

Both Willis and Gabriel have begun to knock down shots when the Cats need them to, but they have also stepped it up on the other end of the court.

In the Cats’ win over Auburn, Gabriel pulled down 16 rebounds, the most of any player in the Cal era in SEC play. And then against South Carolina last night, Willis led the team with seven rebounds, stepping up when the Cats were getting almost no help from their guards.

Oh, and who can forget about this?

It was good enough to earn him a shout out from my pastor in church this morning, gotta love Bullitt County.


Seth Greenberg’s challenge to the BBN

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ESPN announced yesterday that College Gameday would fittingly be back at Rupp Arena on Saturday for Kentucky and Kansas and afterwards, Seth Greenberg issued the Big Blue Nation a challenge: Show up.

Historically, Kentucky fans show up anytime they are asked to. The proof is in the pudding:

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Kentucky vs. Tennessee in 2010

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The last time College Gameday was at a Kentucky game was last year when the Cats traveled to Kansas which led to these signs:

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So, BBN, its up to you all to fill up Rupp on Saturday.


Coach Cal Says to “Sweat for Surgeries”

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Last year, as reported in this space, Lexington’s own globally-recognized personal trainer Josh Bowen led a 24-hour fitness-a-thon that raised nearly $22,000 for the extraordinary local charity, Surgery on Sunday (funding 71 surgeries for local working families).

This year, everything’s bigger and better.  In this Trumpian era, Bowen has transformed himself into “Buff Gandhi,” a muscle-man with a compassionate agenda.  His goal this year is grander: to raise more than $30,000 – and pay for 100 surgeries.  And he’s bringing out the big guns to help ramp up the sweating and the money-raising:  BBN’s king this week urged his Facebook friends to join in the fun:

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If you are like me, and follow all of Coach Cal’s direct orders, click here to sign up, donate to a most worthy cause, and join Buff Gandhi and crew this weekend for an important and fun event.

Still need some convincing?  I interview Buff Gandhi below to better understand his motivations, and to provide a preview of Sweat for Surgeries 2.0:

 

 


Congrats to Jacob Tamme on another trip to the Super Bowl!

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Congrats to former UK great Jacob Tamme who is heading back to the Super Bowl after his Atlanta Falcons team beat the Green Bay Packers 44-21. Tamme is making his third Super Bowl trip with three different organizations. Unfortunately he has been out since November after having season-ending shoulder surgery but he still has another chance at a ring. Of course the Falcons’ win also means that Randall Cobb’s season ends in the NFC Championship game. Cobb finished with six receptions for 84 yards.

The AFC Championship is on now between the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots. Could yet another former Cat join Tamme in the Super Bowl? Bud Dupree has that chance. One guy who hopes the Steelers will be facing the Falcons in the Super Bowl? This guy:

Regardless, here’s to hoping for a great game from Bud Dupree. Go former Cats!


Kentucky Women win back-and-forth road game

Screen Shot 2017-01-22 at 5.52.08 PMIn an exciting matchup, UK Hoops defeated Auburn 64-60 on the road, therefore extending their winning streak to four straight SEC games.

After a tip-off delay due to a tornado warning in the Auburn area, the Cats responded to the Tigers’ quick four points with a 7-0 run. Turnovers were an issue for Kentucky early, giving up six in the first quarter alone. Maci Morris and Taylor Murray were both on the mark from the beginning, scoring six points each in the first ten minutes of action. The Cats led 19-14 at the end of the first.

At the start of the game, Kentucky’s offensive skills gave them the lead, as they went 8-13 from the field in the first quarter. By the end of the half, however, Auburn’s defense improved, forcing the Cats’ field goal percentage to drop from 61.5 percent in the first quarter to 28.9 percent in the second. Still, Kentucky went into the locker room leading 29-26.

After halftime, UK seemed lost, allowing a 10-0 Auburn run while giving up five quick turnovers and shooting just 1-4 from the field. Coach Matthew Mitchell received a technical foul. Finally, Makayla Epps hit a three to give the Cats some much-needed momentum.

The rest of the quarter was a battle. At one point, the Cats trailed by seven. By the end of the quarter, however, they were within one point (44-45).

“Our word today is poise,” Epps said after the game. “Coach just kept telling us to keep our poise. I told everyone to stay positive and keep going, and we did.”

The team clearly kept this in mind during the hard-fought fourth quarter. Morris led the team, as she ended her night with 18 points and a career-high nine rebounds. She hit four baskets behind the arc and added one block and one steal. Epps was right behind her with 17 points, while Murray added 14 and Evelyn Akhator scored seven.

“I’m so proud of our team,” Mitchell said. “I’m as proud of this win as I am any win we’ve had in a long, long time.”


UK Hoops will return to action in Lexington on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. to take on Ole Miss.

Twitter: @MaggieDavisKSR


Razorback fan takes ad out of local Arkansas paper in an effort to oust Bret Bielema and Mike Anderson

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In yet another saga of bizarre happenings in the world of SEC sports, this guy from Arkansas wants football coach Bret Bielema and basketball coach Mike Anderson gone, effective immediately.

A die-hard Razorback fan has apparently had enough of the “lack of competitiveness” of Arkansas athletics, and is demanding change… through a local newspaper ad.

He directed all fans to email Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson to put a stop to the program’s “never ending spending that permeates throughout the athletics department.”

Arkansas pays Athletic Director Jeff Long, Bielema and Anderson roughly $8 million combined a year.

Check out the ad below:

Oh, Razorbacks… Never change.


Trae Young’s father calls out local media in Oklahoma, says son can’t play at OU

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Though UK’s 2017 Recruiting Class is already loaded with five 5-star guys, they’re looking to close it out with a few more talented prospects left on the board.

One of the final remaining elite recruits on UK’s radar? 5-star guard Trae Young out of Oklahoma.

Most believe the final list for Young is Kansas, Kentucky, and Oklahoma, but a recent tweet seems to indicate otherwise.

According to Young’s father, Oklahoma is likely not an option for his son…

The tweet has since been deleted.

The article in question criticized Young’s high school team, saying they weren’t capable of competing for the state title if things continue the way they are now. Here are just a few quotes from the story:

So, it’s unclear if the Timberwolves are going back to the state tourney. However, it’s abundantly clear they won’t sniff it if they make their home anywhere near the same time zone and zip code they found themselves in against the Pioneers late Friday night.

A state tourney team? It seems like it should be. It still has state’s most dangerous player and a supporting cast that’s plenty strong enough to get there. But not like this. Never again like this. There’s an old basketball cliche: play hard, play smart, play together. Maybe the T-Wolves could start there.

You can read the full story here.

Most recruiting experts believe Kansas is the favorite for Young right now, especially with Quade Green signing on the dotted line with Kentucky. This news likely leaves just the Wildcats and the Jayhawks for his services.

The question has to be asked… What in the world would Ray Young think of Jerry Tipton if Trae went to Kentucky?


Mohamed Bamba visits American Pharoah on official visit to UK

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On official visits at most schools, most recruits spend time looking at facilities, mingling with the coaching staff and possible future teammates, and watching practice. They get pampered and told how valuable they’d be to each team, why they’d be the “perfect fit,” etc.

But Kentucky is not like “most schools.”

What does 5-star center Mohamed Bamba do on his official visit to Kentucky?

He visits the first Triple Crown winner since 1978, of course.

Bamba was in attendance against Kentucky’s big victory last night against South Carolina, where he sat right behind the UK bench to take it all in.

247 Sports’ Chris Fisher caught a few snapshots of Bamba’s Instagram feed throughout his time on campus.

Come on down, big fella.


Former Cats Prepare for NFL Conference Championships

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Are you ready for some football!? 

Welcome to Championship Sunday! The NFL’s best four teams are about to kickoff, playing to earn their spot in Super Bowl 51. Fortunately for the BBN, both games will feature former Wildcats.

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The first match-up will be the NFC Championship game between the Green Bay Packers & the Atlanta Falcons. Randall Cobb has been a man on a mission during the 2017 playoffs, as he looks to continue his success against the Falcons’ defense. Cobb has 12 catches for 178 yards and three touchdowns so far this postseason. He had an amazing game against the Giants two weeks ago, where he caught all three touchdowns, one of which on a crazy “hail mary” pass.

Earlier this week, Falcons’ safety Ricardo Allen praised Cobb for his abilities on the field:

“He can do it all. He can get in the backfield. He was an ex-quarterback, so he can do double passes. He can play running back. He can play slot. He can play inside; he can play outside. He’s a screen guy. Just looking at him a little bit on TV, he kind of reminds me a little bit of Antonio Brown. He’s a good route-runner with good hands and a good intermediate guy. But he can also take you deep. He’s a short and deep-ball threat. He’s probably one of the best wide receivers Poole will go against this whole year.

While Allen mentioned rookie cornerback Brian Poole would be covering Cobb, it now looks like that task will move to Jalen Collins. With the Packers’ Jordy Nelson out with injured ribs, Cobb becomes their number one receiver. You’ll definitely want to keep an eye on #18 today.

Unfortunately, on the other side of the field, Jacob Tamme will be sitting on the Falcons’ sidelines. Tamme suffered a season-ending shoulder injury back in November, after being a contributing player in Matt Ryan’s passing game.

The NFC Championship begins at 3:05 pm ET, with live coverage of the game on FOX.

The AFC Championship game will immediately follow the NFC’s. In this hard-nosed match-up, we have the Pittsburgh Steelers taking on the New England Patriots. Much like Cobb, Bud Dupree has emerged as a major contributor for his team in the postseason. So far, Dupree has 10 combined tackles and one-half sack in the playoffs, but it’s his pressure on the QB that’s been crucial.

Who could forget that vicious hit on Matt Moore of the Miami Dolphins? Even though it was ruled illegal, it’s this style of play that gains attention around the league. Believe me, Tom Brady knows who wears #48 in black & yellow.

Speaking of Tom Brady, the Texans were able to pressure the elite QB into making mistakes last week. The Steelers’ 3-4 defense hope to continue that pressure. Dupree has been watching the tape, trying to learn how he can rattle the Patriots’ QB in similar fashion:

“We watched it, but they’re probably prepared for that so we probably have to take different angles,” Dupree said. “They’re too good a team to let something like that repeat. They do a lot of great things to systematically try to prevent him from being touched. You got to man-up and win your 1-on-1’s.”

The AFC Championship is set to kickoff at 6:40 pm ET, live on CBS.

Good luck to our former Cats!


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DeMarcus Cousins Scores 42, Gets Terrible Foul Called

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There’s one thing for sure in Sacramento. DeMarcus Cousins is a beast!

The All-Star center continues to dominate inside the NBA paint, as he scored 42 points to go along with 14 rebounds last night. His performance, however, was once again overshadowed by a bogus foul. This time, only 10 seconds remained in the game, with the Kings and Bulls tied at 99 points.

Cousins would trail the Bulls’ Dwayne Wade on a fast break dunk, of which Wade missed and was barely nudged by Cousins on his way down. As usual, the referee blew the whistle, insisting that Boogie had caused Wade to miss with a pushing foul. You be the judge:

Instead of showing his anger and emotions on the court, DeMarcus has decided to try a new approach. Sarcasm.

“I think they made the absolute right call,” said Cousins. “Incredible job by the referee crew tonight. I don’t have a complaint in the world. I think they should get more recognition on how well they ref these games. I don’t think they get the credit they deserve. So kudos to them and I applaud them.”

Following a review of the play, Cousins approached the head referee for an explanation. Boogie was told that the review was a clock issue, and that the foul wasn’t looked at.

“When they went to review it, they said they didn’t see it. They were just checking for the clock, I don’t really understand how that’s possible. Like I said, they made the right call, so it’s all good.”

Regardless of the referees’ biased calls, DeMarcus Cousins continues to be one of the best centers in the NBA. On his way to yet another NBA All-Star game, it’s only a matter of time before Cousins finds a home on a winning team. Whether that’s with the Kings or somewhere else, there’s no doubt the future is still bright for this former Wildcat.


Malik Monk Sets Another School Record

 

 

With all of the freshmen that’s played in the John Calipari era, it’s hard to believe that one has never scored 24+ points in a big SEC game. Last night, Malik Monk put his name in the school’s record books again.

This time, it’s for Monk’s 27 points against #24 South Carolina, making him the highest scoring Freshman against a top-25 SEC opponent in school history.

With De’Aaron Fox going out of the game, it definitely changed how the offense operated. Monk credited teammate Isaiah Briscoe for helping him to get his shots, even when it meant sacrificing Briscoe’s opportunities:

“He gave up his scoring abilities to get me the ball. That’s a great leader because he didn’t have to do that. He’s a great teammate.”

What did Monk say about not having De’Aaron Fox on the court?

“The game changed a lot, because he changes the game as soon as he comes in and as soon as he comes out. We had to adjust real fast and hopefully he’s well. Fox is a leader and brings energy. We’ve never had to really play without him, so without him we had to figure out what to do.”

Luckily, Dominique Hawkins was there to pick up the slack, helping Kentucky to stay ahead of South Carolina:

“Dom always steps up. Whenever we need something, that’s who we count on, so he’s great to have on the team.”

There’s a good possibility that Monk could break his own record again, as long as other top SEC teams are nationally ranked.


Sunday Top 10: Kentucky beats South Carolina, and everything else you need to know

Screen Shot 2017-01-22 at 1.05.56 AMLast night, the Kentucky Wildcats defeated No. 24 South Carolina 85-69, successfully claiming their rightful place as number one in the SEC. The victory came in front of a season-high 24,389 fans. There will be plenty of coverage as the day goes on, but for now, here are 10 things to read while you wake up this morning.

1. Kentucky survived without Fox, Briscoe

Two of UK’s most consistent scorers both contributed far less than normal, combining for just six points. All six came from Fox during his eight minutes of action, meaning Briscoe ended the night with a goose egg next to his name. On the season, these two guards have been averaging a combined 21.9 points per game.

While Fox went out with what is (hopefully) a minor injury, Briscoe just had a bad night. Sometimes shooters struggle, and shots simply don’t fall. But what’s arguably worse than scoring zero points? Briscoe’s poor performance was not limited to scoring. In 29 minutes, he had seven turnovers, just four assists, and only three rebounds. All inexcusable from the sophomore.

Calipari agreed.

“Malik [later clarified to mean Isaiah Briscoe] has had back-to-back, you know, kind of bust kind of games,” Calipari said after the game. “I mean, he’s better than this.”

Agreed.

On the bright side, let’s not forget Malik Monk had another monster night, scoring 27 points. Bam Adebayo also contributed 18 points, while Wenyen Gabriel added 11.

2. Back to Fox’s injury…

As of last night, we didn’t know much about the extent of De’Aaron Fox’s ankle injury. After the game, Coach Cal didn’t have a lot of answers either, saying “I don’t know” quite a bit, while adding “they said there’s no swelling.” While no swelling is a good sign, the BBN will likely be holding their breath until there’s a statement released that officially clears Fox. We’ll keep you updated.

3. Seniors, Kentucky-natives, stepped up

With one key player out and another one struggling, more pressure fell on Kentucky’s bench. Thankfully, Dominique Hawkins and Derek Willis were both up to the task. Willis contributed 12 points and seven rebounds, while Hawkins added five points and seven assists. Although these are decent numbers, they become more impressive when you consider the timing of the plays. Hawkins played as the point guard, coming to the rescue for injured Fox and struggling Briscoe. His cool nature and senior experience calmed the Wildcats whose rhythm was disturbed by the line-up changes. Willis only hit one three-point basket last night, but the shot came after USC had cut the lead to three. And that dunk…

4. RIP Sedee Keita

AKA the South Carolina player murdered last night when Willis ruthlessly dunked all over him. I’m sure you’ve seen the video like, a million times. But would it really hurt to watch it again?

I’ll let you make your own assumptions about SKJ’s reaction.

5. The number of fouls was… better

Last night, 42 fouls were called. Compared to the 52 fouls called during the Mississippi State game, 42 seems far more reasonable, and is slightly more on-par with other games (in other conferences) from last night. In the UofL vs. FSU game, 45 fouls were called; in the No. 14 Arizona vs No. 3 UCLA upset, 35 fouls were called. In No.1 Villanova’s game against Providence, 28 fouls were called. Use that information as you will…

6. Kirstin Maldonado crushed the national anthem

The Grammy Award-winning singer started the night off on a great foot when she performed the national anthem. The Texas native is the lead vocalist for the a cappella group Pentatonix, who won the third season of The Sing Off. If you missed it (or even if you didn’t), take a look here, courtesy of Kentucky Wildcats TV.

7. Speaking of entertainment…

In my personal opinion, there is no other halftime performance at Rupp more enjoyable than the Firecrackers’ annual showcase. While I’m far from a jump-roping expert, their performances are consistently flawless, and last night’s was no exception. Seriously, I don’t understand how they do what they do. Also, special shoutout to the girl wearing a boot on her ankle and still jumping rope. That takes talent.

8. UK Hoops back in action

The Lady Wildcats will be facing off against the Auburn Tigers today at 3 p.m. Kentucky, 4-2 in the SEC, looks to continue their three-game winning streak against the unranked Tigers (4-2). Most recently, UK defeated LSU 55-42 in Baton Rouge. The game will be broadcast on the SEC Network, so be sure to tune in.

9. Deal of a lifetime

Since you’ll already be heading to Raising Cane’s today for your Buy One, Get One free chicken combo, be sure to take part in their latest giveaway.

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10. Conference Championships are TONIGHT

Tune into Fox at 3:05 to watch Randall Cobb and the Green Bay Packers take on the Atlanta Falcons. The Steelers vs. the Patriots are set to kick off at 6:40 on CBS. Who ya got?


Big Blue Buckets: 20% OFF at the KSR Shop!

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