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November 25th, 2014

UK vs. UT-Arlington LIVE BLOG

Live Blog UK vs. UT-Arlington

Look who’s also in the building…


Rex Champan. Hopefully this means he’s doing better these days.

Patrick Towles says no red jerseys at the facility this week


A short football note before we get back to basketball: Patrick Towles just finished up his comments to the media at the Nutter Field House, and came in wearing his blue #14 jersey rather than the traditional red non-contact jersey he sports during practice.

Why? Towles said the quarterbacks decided to ban red jerseys from the facility leading up to Saturday’s showdown with the dirty birds. “No red in the building this week,” Towles said.

Just another reason to love this kid. Get ‘em, Patrick.

Doug Shows is in the house


Tonight’s officials are Doug Shows, Lamar Simpson, and Sean Casey. In the Calipari era, the Cats are 25-8 in games Shows has officiated. Shows is notorious for calling technicals on Calipari, although I doubt tonight’s game will get that contentious.

These Harrison Twins earrings want tonight’s over/unders

BBN, what will you think of next? Tonight’s game will probably be another blowout, so let’s entertain ourselves by setting some over/unders:

1. Points scored by Kentucky: 85.5

2. Points scored by UT-Arlington: 38.5

3. Yips by Yip Lady: 6.5

4. Derek Willis minutes: 5.5

5. Blocks: 9.5

6. Number of times Matt says “you’re exactly right” on the pregame show: 2.5

7. Dunks: 11.5

8. Blue Platoon points: 33.5

9. Missed free throws: 10.5

10. Brian Long points: 0.5

Let’s hear it.

Get ready for UT-Arlington with the KSR Pregame Show

Smell that? No, not the Mr. Kan’s Chinese food, college basketball. We’re only a few hours away from tip of Kentucky/UT-Arlington, so tune in to 630 WLAP in Lexington to hear the KSR pregame show with Matt, Drew, and Ryan live from the Rupp Arena food court. The show starts at 4:30 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.

Stephen Zimmerman and his mom fire back at Dan Dakich


Hey, another reason to dislike Dan Dakich! Everyone’s favorite Hoosier troll went on the attack this afternoon, calling out players whose moms are actively and publicly involved in their recruitments:

While this seems to be a clear swipe at Stephen Zimmerman, it is possible that Thomas Bryant’s mother’s comments about Indiana prompted Dakich’s tweet. In the same interview Bryant said UK wasn’t right for her son, Linda Bryant also said she was worried by the situation at Indiana right now:

“They have a lot going on,” Linda said. “It seems like we went down there under false pretenses. They didn’t tell us anything about failed drug tests or that type of thing going on. My son doesn’t need to be around that stuff.”

However, Stephen Zimmerman’s mom is famously active in her son’s recruitment, and Dakich’s comments are a major insult to them both. The Zimmermans wasted no time firing back.

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I knew I liked this woman.

Thomas Bryant’s mom says UK is not the right place for her son

Four-star 2015 big man Thomas Bryant took an unofficial visit to Kentucky over the weekend, but according to his mother, it was nothing more than a fun trip with his friends. Linda Bryant said that her son is down to Syracuse and Indiana, with Syracuse the likely favorite. Bryant doesn’t have an offer from Kentucky, and realistically, his mother says UK is not the school for him:

“You have to give kudos to the man (Calipari) for being able to recruit like that,” Linda said. “But I don’t think that’s the right place for my son. He’s a young man who is still learning the game. He needs to be focused on that, not worrying which platoon he is on.”

Fair enough. Kentucky’s not for everyone. Besides, the Cats already have one commitment from a 2015 big man in Skal Labissiere and are still courting Cheick Diallo, Stephen Zimmerman, Carlton Bragg, Ivan Rabb, and Caleb Swanigan.


Remember the “Yip Lady” from UT-Arlington?

This had escaped my memory, but during last year’s Kentucky/UT-Arlington game, there was a woman who sat behind the Maverick’s bench and “yipped” every time Kentucky was at the line. It got so bad that UK fans started yipping whenever UT-Arlington’s players shot their free throws and, according to Hunter Goatley, the arena “sounded like a pond full of frogs at the end of the game.”

I went back to the tape and found the yips, which seem to come from the lady in the orange jacket over near UT-Arlington’s bench…

Will Yip Lady be back tonight?

I think you’ll like the new picture in the Joe Craft Center


Jay Bilas says “it’s possible” for UK to beat the 76ers

The debate is so out of hand that former Cats are fighting over it.

Whether or not Kentucky could beat the Philadelphia 76ers is the pointless debate that will never end, and today, ESPN’s Jay Bilas and Jeff Goodman chipped in their thoughts. I’m sure you can guess what Goodman thinks, but Bilas admitted that “it’s possible” Kentucky could beat Philadelphia, but only because the 76ers are so bad:

Kentucky could beat Philadelphia. It’s possible. But, that says less about how good Kentucky is, and more about just how historically bad Philadelphia is. The more pertinent question this team is facing is whether it is the worst team in NBA history. If Kentucky could beat Philadelphia, the next question is whether Philadelphia would really qualify as an NBA team.

Ouch. Read the whole debate over on ESPN Insider. Hopefully it’s the last we’ll hear about this or I’ll have to start doing this:

The latest per-34 ratings and lineup breakdowns

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

This season, the fine folks at the UK Media Relations department are putting together “per-34 ratings” to show what each players’ stats would be if they played 34 minutes at the same efficiency rate they do 20 minutes. Last week, Trey Lyles led all scorers, but after three solid games, Dakari Johnson is now on top, followed by Devin Booker.

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Right now, Dakari is averaging 10.8 points and 8.4 rebounds in 19.6 minutes per game. Not too bad.

Similarly, UK broke down each lineups’ average plus/minus stat (that lineup’s impact on the team’s point differential), points for and against, and the average time each lineup is on the court:

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Now that Poythress has recovered from his illness, it will be interesting to see how those stats change.

(All stats courtesy of UK)

Want eRupption Zone tickets for tonight?

Want eRupption Zone tickets for tonight? Good news: UK is offering eRupption Zone tickets to the general public for $5 at the Rupp Arena Ticket Office (window A) this afternoon. Tickets will be available for CASH ONLY on a first come, first serve basis. Tickets will be distributed at 5:30 p.m., but you can start lining up at 2 p.m. You must be in line by 5 p.m. to get a ticket. Limit one per person.

$5 to see this team? Best deal ever.

Patrick Patterson and Eric Bledsoe remind us of la familia

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Over the weekend, Eric Bledsoe and Nerlens Noel made headlines for getting into a shoving match that reportedly stemmed from Bledsoe’s comments about Kentucky beating the 76ers in a matchup that will never happen. In case you missed the Cat on Cat crime, here’s footage.

Last night, la familia was a little friendlier, as Eric Bledsoe’s Suns faced off against Patrick Patterson and Chuck Hayes’ Raptors. Bledsoe had 25 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks in the Suns’ loss, while Patrick Patterson had 2 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. Patrick posted this picture of the two on Instagram after the game with the caption “Great game & great effort by both teams tonight.. Always good seeing my brother @ebled2.. Miss the old days at UK. #lafamilia #brothers #bbn.”

Nice shoes.

UT-Arlington woke up to a fire in their hotel this morning


I trust you all had a nice, relaxing morning. Not so much for the UT-Arlington Mavericks. According to UT-Arlington play-by-play announcer Josh Sours, the Mavericks were woken up early this morning by a fire on the second floor of their hotel, which appears to be the Hyatt.

UT-Arlington’s official Twitter account sent out this tweet about the abrupt wake-up call, which I have to admit is pretty funny: