After flying high after the rout over Kansas, the Cats needed to be pulled back →
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©November 23rd, 2014 @ 9:00pm
John Calipari loves himself some metaphors. Tonight, he trotted out his latest to explain what it’s like to play at Kentucky: the 100 lbs. coat:
“What these kids deal with to be here, to play here, to be a part of this program, they wear a 100 lbs. coat. What I mean by that is it starts with me. I am rough on them, I am tough on them, I am holding them to a high standard. I am like a hawk, I see everything. I’m coaching them the entire time. They’re getting better, it is not an option. You will get better. That’s me.
Then they’ve got this environment we live in here, which is like ridiculous. That’s another 20 pounds of the coat. Wait, what about the media? ‘They’re gonna win 45 straight, they can beat the 76ers, let’s vote on it’–what?? Then they’ve got their own clutter that’s around them individually that they have to deal with. That’s 100 pounds. The people coming, in the players have windbreakers. They’re loose as a goose, they’re just gonna go play, if I make shots, if I don’t, watch this. Every game we play–and I say this, if you’re not willing to wear the 100 lbs. coat, you don’t come here. You can’t come here because it’s not changing. I’m not changing, I don’t think our fans are changing. I really don’t think the media’s changing and the clutter around these kids, it’s all the same.”
100 lbs. coats, coming soon to The KSR Shop.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©November 23rd, 2014 @ 8:52pm
That was fun, wasn’t it? End your weekend by listening to Matt Jones talk about UK’s rout of Montana State on the KSR Postgame Show, which starts here in just a few minutes. You can listen in on 630 WLAP and 840 WHAS. You can also tune in via the iHeartRadio app right here.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©November 23rd, 2014 @ 8:40pm
You had to feel a little bit for Montana State head coach Brian Fish after the game. At the beginning of the game, the crowd actually gave his team a pity cheer when they finally made it across midcourt, a telling sign of their struggles throughout the night. Fish said after the game that John Calipari told him that tonight was the second best game Kentucky’s played all season. “He said that’s the second best game they played all year. It certainly felt that way. At times, you feel helpless because you don’t know which guy to attack,” Fish said. “It’s McDonald’s All-American after McDonald’s All-American.”
When asked why this was the second best performance by his team all season, Cal pointed to the defensive intensity. “We sustained defensively for the entire time, just like we did against Kansas,” Cal said. “Issue is we played the same way on offense, almost the same.”
And it’s only November.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©November 23rd, 2014 @ 8:22pm
One of the “Are you serious?!” headlines yesterday was John Calipari messing up his daughter’s birthday on Twitter. Because Kentucky is #1 and there was apparently nothing else going on in the world of sports, the story made national headlines. Cal couldn’t believe it either, and brought Megan a birthday balloon to the press conference, telling reporters “Just so you know, I know my daughter’s birthday.”
He said that “Good Morning America” invited him on to talk about messing up Megan’s birthday, but later admitted that was a joke, but he’d go on the show if asked.
Only at Kentucky would that make national news.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©November 23rd, 2014 @ 8:10pm
UK held Montana State to 28 points. 28 freaking points. That’s the fewest points allowed by UK in the shot clock era. Phew. This is the same Montana State team that scored 78 points vs. UCLA earlier this season, which should give you a nice preview of what UK’s game against the Bruins will be like in a month.
By Kory Henry on ©November 23rd, 2014 @ 5:30pm
— UK Equipment Staff (@UKequipment) November 22, 2014
Kentucky basketball has received another custom shoe design, and this time it’s a Lebron James signature shoe. These new kicks look awesome, so who do you think will wear them tonight?
We’re about to find out in just 30 minutes.
By BrandonRamsey on ©November 23rd, 2014 @ 5:00pm
Kentucky Basketball Scouting Report
Opponent: Montana State University Date: 11/23/14
- Hungry, hard-working team still searching for their first victory.
- Multiple perimeter players that can really shoot from 3.
- Pretty experienced group with a splash of young talent.
- Lost to Grand Canyon 61-45.
#22 PG Marcus Colbert: 5’11’’ 180 JR.
Colbert is playmaking guard who can really shoot it from beyond the arc. He has had a great career already for the Bobcats and has had a very good start to his junior campaign averaging about 12 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists per game.
#3 G Michael Dison: 5’9’’ 160 SR.
He is one of four Bobcats players who are averaging in double-figures so far this season. Dison is obviously small, but makes up for it with his all-around scoring ability. He can play either guard position and is a pesky defender.
#0 G Zach Green: 6’4’’ 195 FR.
Green is a true freshman who has started the first four games for the Bobcats, but may have lost his starting spot after the big game Stephan Holm had earlier this week. Green has pretty good size on the perimeter and is a good athlete. Not overly aggressive offensively, more of a slasher and offensive rebounder.
#34 F Danny Robison: 6’8’’ 225 JR.
He is a skilled stretch-4 who is leading the Bobcats in scoring through their first 4 games at 12 points per game. He also pulls down a team-leading 5.5 rebounds per game. He can really shoot it from beyond the arc, we must take away his catch-and-shoot 3’s.
#2 C Blake Brumwell: 6’7’’ 250 SR.
A very physical, but undersized presence on the low block. Brumwell is a very hard worker and uses his strength to bang around down low with taller players. He is averaging around 5 points and 4 rebounds per game.
#1 G Stephan Holm: 6’3’’ 175 SO.
Holm is very versatile offensive player who exploded off the bench for 5 3’s and 20 points in their last game against Cal State Northridge. He is now averaging just over 12 points per game and has attempted 30 3-pointers in just 4 games.
#24 F Eric Norman: 6’9’’ 220 SR.
Norman provides some size and experience off the bench for the Bobcats. He has the skill to play on the perimeter and the size to work down low, but is probably more comfortable outside. He is a good 3-point shooter and offensive rebounder.
#13 F Terrell Brown: 6’4’’ 200 JR.
Brown is extremely athletic and can shoot the 3 ball. His athleticism and strength allows him to be a very good rebounder for his size as well.
Keys to the Game
- Dominate the paint. Once again, taking advantage of a huge mismatch in size and athleticism will be crucial for the ‘Cats. UK’s big men should be able to have their way down low.
- Contest 3-point shots. The Bobcats have a number of guys who can shoot it from the perimeter, and a couple can really get going (Holm, Robison, and Colbert). If we can turn catch-and-shoot 3’s into contest 2’s it should be an easy victory.
- Strong start. After another slow start against BU, it would be great to see the Wildcats jump out and put Montana State away early. Luckily, in both slow starts so far this season we have gotten everything rolling and still won comfortably. One way or another, tonight’s game should be a big win for Kentucky.
By Kory Henry on ©November 23rd, 2014 @ 4:30pm
We’ve all heard about it, now let’s see it as it happened. Anthony Davis had a phenomenal night against the Utah Jazz, putting up 43 points and 14 rebounds. As we wait for tonight’s tip-off, why not check out the highlights of his career performance.
After being the #1 pick in the NBA Draft, we knew he’d become an elite star, but it happened so quickly. As you watch the video, just look at how much better Davis’ jump shot has improved. Not only does he dominate in the paint, but his mid-range game has become crazy good for a player his size. Keep it up, big guy!
That slam at 3:36….whew! Can you imagine how good New Orleans will be if they continue to surround him with better players? They’ll be unstoppable.
By Kory Henry on ©November 23rd, 2014 @ 3:15pm
We’re counting down to tip-off between your Kentucky Wildcats and the Montana St. Bobcats. Tip-off is at 6:00 PM and you can catch all the action on the SEC Network.
Before the game, join the KSR crew as they discuss everything you need to know leading up to tip-off. Coverage will begin in about 15 minutes.
You can listen online via iHeartRadio, or tune in to 630 WLAP.
Call in and talk a little UK basketball this evening, as well as give your predictions for tonight’s game!
By Wilder Treadway on ©November 23rd, 2014 @ 2:30pm
I could make this post pretty short just by saying: the Bobcats are pretty bad this season. They enter this evening’s showdown with the top ranked Wildcats at 0-3 on the season. They have one common opponent with Kentucky: Grand Canyon. UK defeated the Lopes by 40, while the Bobcats lost to GCU by 16 so…I’d say the Cats are expected to win by around 56 today then. MSU has also played UCLA this year, a future UK opponent, and lost 113-78. They were scheduled to play Buffalo this past week, but that game has been postponed because of ya know…the blizzard.
Hailing from Bozeman, Montana, the Bobcats compete in the Big Sky Conference. MSU has made the NCAA Tournament a total of three times, their last appearance coming in 1996 when they lost in the first round to Syracuse. Montana State has a new head coach this year after Brad Huse resigned in the Spring. Brian Fish is in his first year as a head coach following stints as an assistant at Oregon, Creighton, San Diego University, Marshall and TCU.
Despite a winless record, the Bobcats do have three players averaging double-figures in points. Danny Robison, Marcus Colbert and Michael Dison all average at least 10 points a game, and surely one of them will heat up in Rupp because there’s always that one visiting player who does. The defense for MSU is what’s lacking as the Bobcats are giving up an average of 82 a game. Montana State does have some height to put up against Kentucky in the post with one seven footer freshman, two 6’9 and two 6’8 players, many of whom are lacking experience. Expect to see them in the game regardless though, as Coach Fish will surely be overwhelmed with the monstrous height of the Cats.
Who’s your leading scorer for the Cats today? Over/under winning by 30?
By Wilder Treadway on ©November 23rd, 2014 @ 1:00pm
It’s another busy day for the former Kentucky Wildcats in the NFL. Let’s see what’s going on this sports-packed Sunday.
Randall Cobb & Tim Masthay – Green Bay Packers
The Packers hit the road against divisional rival Minnesota this afternoon at 1. The Pack are winners of six of their last seven games and look to continue that against the lowly Vikings. Minnesota also has former Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater leading their team so that hast to give Masthay and Cobb some extra incentive, right?
Avery Williamson & Wesley Woodyard – Tennessee Titans
It’s been a tough year for the Titans so far, but individually, former Wildcats Williamson and Woodyard have shined in Nashville. Tennessee travels to Philadelphia this week for a matchup with the Eagles, and with rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger yet to pick up his first win leading the Titans, it could be a long day for the boys in blue. Williamson was praised this week in an article written by the Associated Press after his two sacks against Ben Roethlisberger. Keep it up big guy.
Stevie Johnson – San Francisco 49ers
Johnson has proven himself as a steady receiver everywhere he plays as his first year in San Francisco has gone well. Johnson has 32 receptions on the year for 407 yards and three TDs. The 49ers will need him at home this afternoon in the 4:00 game against the Redskins of Washington.
Jacob Tamme & Danny Trevathan – Denver Broncos
Tamme has done well for himself in Denver under the spotlight of Peyton Manning. Tamme has 10 receptions on the year in the tight end position for two TDs. The Broncos play in Mile High Stadium this afternoon against the up and coming Miami Dolphins in an AFC showdown.
Corey Peters – Atlanta Falcons
Corey Peters is in his fifth season in the NFL and the Falcons somehow find themselves atop the AFC South despite having a losing record. He has 16 tackles on the year and one sack, but it’ll be a tough challenge for Atlanta as they host the much improved Browns this afternoon at 1.