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February 12th, 2016

Kentucky is the 5-seed in the East Region in the NCAA Mock Selection

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Various media members are hanging out at the NCAA Headquarters in Indianapolis today for the annual mock selection process, the purpose of which is to showcase how the NCAA Selection Committee chooses which teams make the tournament and where they’re seeded.

Because the tournament is still a month away, the bracket the mock selection comes up with isn’t very relevant, but it’s fun to look at all the same. According to The Sporting News’ Kami Mattioli, the mock selection committee made Kentucky a 5-seed in the East Region, playing their first round games in Denver. Rocky Mountain High!

Again, as Matt stressed on today’s show, don’t get too wrapped up in Kentucky potentially playing all the way in Denver, or who they’re pitted against (in this bracket, #12 seed Arkansas Little Rock). For now, Kentucky getting a 5-seed sounds about right when you consider the criteria: quality wins (Top 50, Top 100, NCAA Tournament teams) and injuries (how long will Alex Poythress really be out?). Kentucky’s schedule is so back-heavy that it can really help itself with wins over Top 50 teams like Texas A&M, South Carolina, and Florida in the coming weeks. Ideally, Kentucky would like to be in the South Region, held in Louisville, and to ensure that, they need to improve enough to move up to a 3-seed because, after that, geography doesn’t matter in the seeding process.

What seed do you predict the Cats will get on Selection Sunday?


John Wall has some solid Valentine’s Day advice

It’s Media Day at NBA All-Star Weekend, and during his rounds, John Wall had some excellent advice for guys trying to impress their ladies on Valentine’s Day.

“Get her flowers and remember her name.” 

Well, that’s certainly a good start. Speaking of Wall, he told reporters that he’s planning to play in Sunday night’s game despite injuring his knee last night. Wall bruised his knee in last night’s game against the Bucks and said he’s undergoing treatment around the clock in Toronto to be ready for Sunday’s All-Star Game.

Here’s a handy infograph of when you can catch your favorite Cats on TV this weekend:


Isaac Humphries doesn’t know where South Carolina is (and that’s okay)

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Kentucky is about to leave for Columbia, South Carolina, but first, Isaac Humphries might need some help finding it on a map. This afternoon, a reporter asked Isaac if he’s heard anything about playing at South Carolina, to which the Aussie big man admitted he doesn’t even know where South Carolina is.

“I haven’t actually. I don’t really know much about – I don’t even know where it is. Is it on that side? Near New York? (Reporter: Toward the Atlantic Ocean) OK, there we go. I don’t even know where I’m going.”

“WHOA MY GOD HE DOESN’T KNOW WHERE SOUTH CAROLINA IS WHAT A DUMMY!,” Twitter responded when that quote came out, but give the man a break. He’s from Australia. Do you know where Queensland is in respect to Victoria? Probably not.

Get ready for lots and lots of palmettos, Isaac, because there’s nothing South Carolina loves more than palmettos…except things with palmettos on them.


Calipari goes to bed at 9 p.m. and other notes from today’s press conference

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John Calipari met with his favorite media members before leaving for South Carolina, and, in true Cal fashion, had some entertaining things to say. Here’s a roundup, along with a replay of the whole presser.

Calipari likes Frank Martin, but “he ain’t gonna bully me”

Calipari had a lot of praise for Frank Martin on the job he’s done with his team, who he says has “taken on his personality.”

“It makes me smile. He’s a great guy. He’s a salt of the Earth kind of guy, but he’s also a terrific coach. They’ve taken on his personality. He ain’t going to bully me personally, but they take on his personality which is tough. They make faces like he does.”

What, faces like this?

UK may be struggling on the road, but so is everyone

College basketball is a clustereff this season. This morning, I read that #4 Iowa’s loss to Indiana was the 28th time an AP Top 5 team lost this season, compared to 21 Top 5 losses in the entire 2014-2015 season. When asked about UK’s struggles on the road, Calipari pointed out that everybody’s struggling on the road this season.

“I think you look around the country, everyone on the road is struggling. When you’re not a dominating team, it’s hard to win on the road. We’ve won games on the road where I was like, there’s no way we’re winning this game,” Cal said. “This is a great test for us.”

The team practiced for two-and-a-half hours yesterday

This team has been putting in some long, physical practices lately, and Calipari said they haven’t let up, going for two-and-a-half grueling hours yesterday.

“Like yesterday’s practice was two-and-a-half hours. I don’t go two-and-a-half hours in the middle of February. And it was all body to body. I mean, that’s what this team needs. If you remember 2013-2014, we were practicing almost three hours at the end of the year. We had no choice. I mean, that team just didn’t get it.”

Fortunately, Calipari said that, despite the grind, he’s feeling refreshed and ready to go.

“Look, I’m having fun with it. I’m enjoying it. I feel refreshed. I’m knowing now it’s the middle of February. You know what that means? The middle of February, it’s on. This is it. This is why we all coach and play. Or if you don’t, you’re in the wrong profession. This is it. Let’s get this right. Gonna be a really hard game for us to win down there, and we know that. This is about our progress, and we’re making progress. I told them, ‘I’m pleased, but I’m not satisfied.'”

Maybe he’s refreshed because he’s going to bed at 9 p.m. each night

When asked if the challenges with this year’s team make the job more fun, Cal said no, it makes him want to go to be really early. Like 9 p.m. early.

“No. It wakes you up early in the morning though. And it really gets you to go to bed early. Like, I’m trying to go to bed at nine, and my wife is going nuts. ‘You can’t go to bed at 9 o’clock.’ I said, ‘I’m going to fall asleep in this chair or that bed.’ So, it tires you out, but it also wakes you up.”

A 9 p.m. bedtime is the norm at our house, Coach. Don’t let Ellen judge you.


Introducing the KSR Caricature Collection at KentuckyBranded.com

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By now, you’ve seen the caricature of Matt, Ryan, and Drew at the pregame show desk, and now, you can own it for yourself!

Kentucky Branded is introducing its KSR Caricature Collection, featuring the drawing of the guys on t-shirts in royal blue and white, coffee mugs, and posters. Get yours before they’re gone!

The KSR Caricature Collection at KentuckyBranded.com


Calipari says he thinks Tai Wynyard wants to redshirt

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The big question on everyone’s mind since Tai Wynyard arrived on campus is whether or not he’d redshirt this season. When Tai didn’t get in during UK’s blowouts of Missouri, Florida, and Georgia, it seemed as though redshirting was probably the plan.

Today, John Calipari told reporters that he wanted to put Tai in a recent game, but sensed that Tai didn’t want to go in.

“You know, I don’t know yet. We’ll probably sit down and talk here on the way to South Carolina. I’m not sure he wants to redshirt, I think he does. But we haven’t really talked about it. I was going to put him in the game and I kind of looked at him like, ‘You don’t want to go in, do you?’ So — But he’s doing fine in practice. I think he’s looking at Isaac saying, ‘Right now I know I’m behind Isaac, why do it?’ But there’s so many things that could happen between now and the end of the year.”

There you go.


After Dancing Guy’s incident, UK outlaws dancing in the aisles

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This morning, I shared an update on Dancing Guy (Darren Moscoe) from one of his friends, who said UK contacted Darren a few days ago to tell him he can’t dance on the rails or on the stairs in Rupp anymore. WKYT just posted a statement from UK saying that all fans must keep the stairways and entry and exit ways clear:

UK Athletics is aware of the accident involving two fans in the lower bowl at Tuesday night’s game vs. Georgia. EMS officials on-site evaluated all involved parties following the accident. To provide all guests with a safe and enjoyable experience, UK Athletics is emphasizing that all fans keep stairways and entry and exit ways clear. We ask that all patrons please be respectful and considerate of their fellow fans.

This is probably for the best, and it should be pointed out that Dancing Guy is still allowed to dance in his seat.

In case you missed it earlier this week, the girl that fell with Dancing Guy, 10-year-old Aubrey Derrickson, told WKYT that she wants Darren to keep dancing:

“I think it hurt him more than it hurt me. When he came down he was breathing really hard,” she said. “I want him to keep dancing. I don’t want him to stop and I did see the video, the apology, video that he posted and that was so sad it really almost made me cry.”

#DancingInTheSeatGuy?

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Jamal Murray didn’t practice yesterday, but expected to play tomorrow

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For some reason, the live stream of John Calipari’s press conference isn’t working, but there is some news to pass along. According to Cal, Jamal Murray didn’t practice yesterday after bumping knees with someone in the Georgia game. Fortunately, Calipari said he expects Murray to play tomorrow in South Carolina, which is very good news because right now, he’s accounting for about a third of Kentucky’s scoring. In other injury news, Calipari said Dominique Hawkins is about 80% back from his high-ankle sprain.

Thankfully, it sounds like Murray’s fine, but what is it with this team and injuries?


LIVE: John Calipari previews South Carolina


Man urinates in Wal-Mart while stuffing trout down his pants

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What is it with drunk people trying to shoplift stuff from Wal-Mart by stuffing it down their pants this week? On Wednesday, I shared the story about the man in Whitesburg who tried to steal Legos and dolls by stuffing them down his pants, and today, we’ve got a similar, albeit much grosser, story from Clarksville, Tennessee.

On Wednesday, police arrested 56-year-old David Wylie for urinating in the alcohol aisle of the Wal-Mart while simultaneously trying to stuff a $130 worth of trout down his pants. Wylie — who admitted he had been drinking — tried to leave the store without paying, and when confronted by a policeman, told the officer he didn’t care if he was charged because it would only be a misdemeanor.  He was arrested and charged with shoplifting, vandalism, indecent exposure, and public intoxication.

See, kids, despite what Billy Madison says, peeing in your pants isn’t cool, especially if you do it while drunk and trying to steal trout.

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Kentucky opens as a 1-point favorite at South Carolina

Vegas has spoken and Kentucky opened as a 1-point favorite over South Carolina. Given the Gamecocks’ wins over Texas A&M and LSU this week and the fact that the game’s in Columbia, I think that’s pretty fair.

Can the Cats survive Gamecock Jesus?

The South Carolina fan next to me is READY.

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They tell me he's called Gamecock Jesus.

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Bill Walton is loco and I like it

We’ve known for a while that Bill Walton is a little…shall we say, eccentric? Last night, Walton did his best to entertain viewers during an otherwise boring Cal/Oregon blowout, borrowing a glockenspiel from a fan behind him, much to the chagrin of his partner Dave Pasch:

Dave got even more annoyed when Walton also borrowed the fan’s bear hat:

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Bill: “That’s not a bear, that’s a beaver. That’s a beaver.”

Dave: “That’s a bear, Bill. They’re the Cal Bears. The Bears.”

Bill: “It’s a little tiny bear!”

Dave: “Alright, can we stop interviewing the glockenspiel guy and focus on the game, please?”

He is talking loco and I like it. What do we have to do to get Walton to cover a UK game?


KSR is at Sleep Outfitters in Louisville (Friday Show Thread)

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Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Friday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio, which is coming to you live from the Sleep Outfitters at 10494 Westport Road in Louisville. Come on out to hear the show and for the chance to win tickets to a future game.

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

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WTCO (1450am): Campbellsville
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WHIR (1230am): Danville
WTHX (101.5fm) Elizabethtown
WCLU (1490am): Glasgow
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WWXL (1450am): Manchester
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WKYM (101.7fm): Monticello
WMSK (1550am): Morganfield
WLME (102.7fm):Owensboro
WPAD (1560am): Paducah
WKYH (600am): Paintsville
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WSFC (1240am): Somerset
WTCW (920am): Whitesburg
WHAY (98.3fm): Whitley City
WBTH (1400am): Williamson
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On Delay (ALL TIMES LISTED EASTERN)…

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WMTL (870am): Leitchfield, 11am-1pm
WLBQ (1570am): Morgantown, 3-5pm
WRIL (106.3fm): Middlesboro, Thur 8-10pm
WWTF (1580am): Lexington, 4-6pm


UK Fan in Vietnam Wants the Friday Morning Wakeup

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Good morning, friends. Shoutout to this UK fan in front of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi, Vietnam. Way to rep the Cats abroad and good form on that three goggle.

I bet he wants to know what’s going to happen today in the wide world of Kentucky sports, so let’s tell him.

John Calipari and players will address the media at 12:15 p.m.

Kentucky plays at South Carolina tomorrow, and before the Cats travel to Columbia, John Calipari and select players will address the media around noon. Check the site this afternoon for a recap.

The Rising Stars Challenge is tonight

Karl Towns and Devin Booker will represent Team USA while Trey Lyles will represent Team World. Booker was brought in to replace an injured Nerlens Noel (knee) yesterday, and watching the game at 9 p.m. ET on TNT is as close to you’ll come to seeing last year’s team on the floor again.

Here’s the schedule for the All-Star festivities this weekend:

Friday: BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, 9 p.m., TNT

  • Karl-Anthony Towns – Team USA
  • Devin Booker – Team USA
  • Trey Lyles – Team World

Saturday: Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, 8 p.m., TNT

  • Devin Booker

Saturday: Taco Bell Skills Challenge, 8 p.m., TNT

  • Karl-Anthony Towns
  • Anthony Davis
  • DeMarcus Cousins

Sunday: All-Star Game, 8:30 p.m., TNT

  • John Wall – Eastern Conference
  • DeMarcus Cousins – Western Conference
  • Anthony Davis – Western Conference

Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, and John Wall now have their own All-Star Twitter emojis

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Whenever you tweet the players’ names as a hashtag, those emojis will show up. Boogie’s is my favorite.

Drew was in Davidson, North Carolina to watch Bam Adebayo dunk on children last night

As part of our Next Five features on Kentucky’s 2016 signees, Drew traveled to my old stomping grounds of Davidson, North Carolina last night to watch Bam Adebayo’s High Point Christian take on Davidson Day. Bam made the trip worth his while, looking like a giant among children and throwing down several rim-shaking dunks. This one is particularly impressive:

There’s no way that kid’s 18.

Have you voted for Tyler Ulis for the Wooden Award yet?

It’s really simple. All you have to do is click on the link above to tweet out your vote. I think Ulis has more than proved that he deserves a few seconds of your time this morning.

An update on Dancing Guy

If you haven’t seen the footage of Dancing Guy (Darren Moscoe) dropping a young girl during his dance routine on Tuesday night, then, well, you must not watch TV or use the internet very much. The video went viral, and several people have been lashing out and making fun of Darren all week. One of his friends has been keeping me updated on Darren’s state of mind after the incident, and according to him, Darren was devastated earlier this week (his video apology is incredibly sad) but is in better spirits after receiving support from fans. Yesterday, Darren got a call from UK Athletics telling him he’s not allowed to dance on the rail or steps at Rupp anymore. Hopefully they can come to a compromise and allow him to at least dance in his seat.

I’m pulling double duty this weekend at the Nashville Antiques & Garden Show

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When I’m not blogging this weekend (so, after the game Saturday), I’ll be helping my sister out with the family business at the Nashville Antiques & Garden Show. Come see us at the Music City Center, booth A-22. If beautiful furniture and design are your thing, follow Jayne Thompson Antiques on Instagram.

College basketball on TV tonight

Indiana took down #4 Iowa last night, giving the Hoosiers something new to put on their popcorn boxes. No SEC games tonight, but there are three Top 25 games if you need a college basketball fix before tomorrow:

  • 7 p.m.: #19 Dayton vs. Rhode Island, ESPN2
  • 8 p.m.: #23 USC vs. Arizona State, PAC12 Network
  • 9 p.m.: UCLA vs. #17 Arizona, ESPN

KSR is at Sleep Outfitters in Louisville

Come on out to 10494 Westport Road to hear the show and to register to win tickets to a game. It’s been an exciting week, so let’s end it on a high note, shall we?


BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Road To The SEC Title Rough for Cats

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Mathematically, only Missouri has been eliminated from contention for the SEC regular season title this year.  But realistically, I think most would agree there are really 5 teams vying for the title: Kentucky, LSU, South Carolina, Texas A&M, and Florida.  Of all the amazing accomplishments during the Calipari era, one interesting one that is not so amazing is he’s only won the the SEC title in 3 of 6 years when the league has not been seriously competitive.  Part of that is due to the great run of Florida under Billy Donovan.  Nonetheless, UK has it’s hands full the rest of way is trying to win their 173rd conference title.  We know that UK’s schedule is daunting but what about the other contenders.  Below are each team’s remaining schedule, both home and away, and the combined conference record of those remaining opponents:

KENTUCKY (8-3)
Home: Tennessee, Alabama, LSU
Away: South Carolina, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, Florida
COMBINED: 46-31

SOUTH CAROLINA (8-3)
Home: Kentucky, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia
Away: Missouri, Mississippi St, Arkansas
COMBINED: 35-42

LSU (8-3)
Home: Texas A&M, Alabama, Florida, Missouri
Away: Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky
COMBINED: 38-39

TEXAS A&M (7-4)
Home: Ole Miss, Kentucky, Mississippi St, Vanderbilt
Away: LSU, Missouri, Auburn
COMBINED: 34-43

FLORIDA (7-4)
Home: Alabama, Vanderbilt, Kentucky
Away: Georgia, South Carolina, LSU, Missouri
COMBINED: 42-35

Yikes.  First off, Kentucky is facing the toughest slate of games of these 5 teams no matter home or away.  But they also have 4 road games remaining while LSU, USC, and A&M have just 3.  Also, they still have to play each of the other 4 teams once while this isn’t the case for any of the others.

Now, you can look at this a couple ways.  On the one hand, UK’s road to the title is the hardest of these 5 times.  It’s hard to argue against that.  On that other hand, UK can totally earn this.  If they beat these 4 teams over the next few weeks they will earn the title.  They won’t earn it by beating Missouri down the stretch like the other 4 teams get to do.  UK can literally break the hopes and dreams of these teams to win a rare SEC title, often on those team’s home floors.

What do you think about the schedule down the stretch?  UK should be good and tested by the SEC Tournament and NCAA Tournament but their road to the title is tough.