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January 26th, 2015

Kim Anderson calls Devin Booker’s shooting “pretty salty”

This morning, Devin Booker won SEC Freshman of the Week for the third straight week, a testament to his blazing hot shooting from the outside. Over the past nine games, Booker is 22-33 from behind the arc, causing Missouri head coach Kim Anderson to label him “pretty salty” in today’s SEC Coaches Teleconference.

“He’s playing way too good,” Anderson laughed. “He’s shooting the ball well, and for a freshman is really mature. You think about it, he’s shooting 50 percent from three. That’s pretty salty.”

Salty, smooth, hot, whatever you want to call it, the BBN likes it. John Calipari said that while he’s pleased with Booker’s play, especially his defense, he wants to see him drive the lane more often. “I want to see him attack the basket better,” Cal said on today’s teleconference. “Right now when he attacks the basket, he doesn’t avoid people. He’s still flailing a little bit. I don’t want him to just be a catch-and-shoot player. I want him to be an offensive threat.”

This gets better?

Malik Newman’s dad calls what Calipari’s doing “special”

Malik Newman remains one of Kentucky’s top prospects for the 2015 class, and yesterday, his father, Horatio Webster, called into the Sunday Morning Sports Talk show on 630 AM to talk about his son’s recruitment. Webster told Mark Buerger and Larry Vaught that with the number of players on the roster, this year’s Kentucky team “could’ve been a disaster,” but John Calipari’s use of the platoon system has instead made it something special:

“It’s special what Coach Cal is doing down there because [to keep] almost a McDonald’s All-American team together and all of them gel as one, that takes a special coach to do that,” Webster said. “In order to keep everybody happy and keep a smile on everybody’s face. That team could’ve went any way, it could’ve been a disaster or it could turn out like it is now. And you have to give Coach Cal and his staff all the credit for  that. I don’t know how he did it, I don’t know how he do it, but that’s why he gets paid the big bucks.”

Newman is considering Kentucky, Kansas, NC State, Ole Miss, and others, and plans to visit Kentucky soon. He got his first taste of the Big Blue Nation at the Marshall County Hoops Fest in December. “The fans–I really can’t describe it, but it was unbelievable. You looked, they reacted to everything Malik did. I don’t know if that was part of the recruiting plan, I don’t know if y’all sent out a memo before we got there, but whatever the case may be, whatever Malik did, they reacted to in an excited way. It was fun. He really enjoyed it.”

Webster says Malik won’t announce until late April, and he has no clue where he’ll end up. “No idea” Webster said. “I was talking to him two nights ago and I said, ‘Malik, April is approaching really fast, so you need to be doing something and he just looked at me and smiled and said, ‘OK.’ I can’t get anything out of him.”

If Devin Booker ends up going to the NBA, could we end up trading one Mississippi shooting guard for another?


Bracket Racket: Lundari and Palm have four SEC teams making the dance

It’s Monday, and the Cats haven’t lost yet, so they’re still the overall #1-seed in the latest mock brackets making the rounds this morning. Joe Lunardi projects four SEC teams to make the tournament: Kentucky (1), Arkansas (7), Georgia (9), and LSU (9).

Not surprisingly, Lunardi has Louisville in Kentucky’s bracket once again as the 4-seed:

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CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm also has the Cards in Kentucky’s bracket as the 4-seed:

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Palm also has four SEC teams making the dance: Kentucky (1), Arkansas (6), Georgia (7), and LSU (7). Alabama and Texas A&M are in his first four out, along with my alma mater, Davidson.

Which bracket do you prefer? I’ll take Palm’s, please. No desire to face a team like Notre Dame.


Thanks to KSR reader Steve for this screenshot of Wave 3’s website today, which includes not one, not two, not three, but FOUR stories about UofL players in trouble with the law. We joke about Louisville’s criminal tendencies a lot, but this screenshot kind of puts it into perspective.

Also, I really want to know what those 8 “Clueless” secrets are.

For the first time this season, UK unanimous #1 in the Coaches Poll

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It’s hard to believe, but for the first time this season, Kentucky is the unanimous #1 team in the country in the USA Today/Coaches Poll. That’s right, no votes for Virginia. None for Duke. We even made a believer out of Wofford’s coach.

Calipari advocates summer practice/exhibition games

Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

Given the impact it’s had on his team, you can’t blame John Calipari for wanting another trip to the Bahamas. When asked what changes he wants to see in college basketball on today’s SEC Coaches Teleconference, Cal advocated 10 days of practice in late summer with exhibition games each year, not just every four years as the current rules allow. Cal likened the practice period to spring practice in football.

College basketball should own August. Should own it,” Cal said, mentioning the television coverage UK’s trip received on ESPNU and the SEC Network. “Then why don’t we have, like football, spring football, 10 day or 12 days of practice in the summer that you can play exhibition games. Teams from Europe can play you, or if you want to take a trip you’ve got time to take a trip and go do what we did in the Bahamas.”

Cal said the idea, like many of his suggestions for the NCAA, is common sense. “That Bahamas trip we took was huge for this team,” Cal said. “Why should we have an advantage? If you don’t choose to take a trip, practice 10 or 12 days. Now, you’re not going to kill your kids but you know, ‘Hey, I don’t want to fall behind.’ Let’s all every year — if you want to take a foreign trip two out of four years do it, but every year you should be able to practice 10 days. And if a foreign team wants to come over — Greece wants to come over — and play 12 of our teams, why not? Then come over and play. Televise it. Who cares? I think those are things that we can do that don’t change what we’re trying to do, just continue to grow our sport.”

Or, we can go to Greece. Let’s do that.

John Feinstein still voting for Virginia over Kentucky in the AP poll

Kentucky’s still #1 in the latest AP poll, but you probably expected that; however, even after they almost lost to Virginia Tech yesterday, Virginia is still getting a first-place vote. From who? John Feinstein of course. Feinstein was the only media member to vote the Cavaliers over the Cats in this week’s poll, further proving that he just flat out hates Kentucky. Also logic.

Here’s the entire poll for your amusement:

1. Kentucky (64)
2. Virginia (1)
3. Gonzaga
4. Duke
5. Wisconsin
6. Arizona
7. Villanova
8. Notre Dame
9. Kansas
10. Louisville
11. Utah
12. Wichita State
13. North Carolina
14. VCU
15. Iowa State
16. Maryland
17. West Virginia
18. UNI
19. Texas
20. Baylor
21. Georgetown
22. Indiana
23. Miami (Fl.)
24. Oklahoma
25. Butler

Calipari defends the SEC in today’s teleconference

(Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

(Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

John Calipari has had it with people calling the SEC weak. We’ve got to all – every coach and any media that’s watching – we’ve got to stop it,” Cal said of the criticism of the league during today’s SEC Coaches Teleconference. “This league, top to bottom right now, you can lose any road game, it doesn’t mean you’re not a good team.”

“This league right now is solid. Just because we’re really good doesn’t mean the league’s not good,” Cal added, trotting out the “everyone’s Super Bowl” line. “There’s not one game we’ll walk into that the other team’s not ready.” Cal said he’s encouraging his team to view the crazy road environments “more as an honor” than anything, and wants them to “go in there and prove it was worth the fans coming.” So far, so good.

Meanwhile, Trey Lyles was back with the blue platoon on Saturday, which Cal said is because Dominique Hawkins missed a lot of practice last week due to injury. With Dominique back, he says he expects things to return to normal. So, mystery solved.

Monday Morning Patronage

The 'de Medici family.  Famous Patrons of the Arts.

The ‘de Medici family. Famous Patrons of the Arts.

Patronage–giving money to artists in order to help them finish their works–has seen a “Renaissance” in the recent past.  With the advent of Kickstarter, Indiegogo and others, more and more projects in a variety of arts, technology, and everything in between have been able to become a reality.  So this morning, in between bits of my lung flying out of my mouth as I lounge around with the flu, I thought I would share some of  my favorite pop-culture projects with you, my dear reader.

Note:  Funkhouser does not formally endorse any of these projects, we are only attempting to  explore some of the most exciting frontiers for pop-culture that are out there.  


Demonoid 1970

This really nifty project from director Alaric Rocha is part of a larger “documentary” about a lost Mexican filmmaker from the 1960s-70s, Juan F. Moctezuma II.  Demonoid (1970) is one of the films purportedly made by this filmmaker and is about “a group of friends on a harmless camping trip where one of them is horrifyingly possessed by the Aztec demon, Itzpapáltol.  In order to save themselves, not to mention the world, the friends must perform the new fire ceremony, an ancient Aztec ritual requiring nothing less than human sacrifice.”  Sounds like a winner to me!

Perks include apparel, a bottle of home-brewed beer from the cast (in Chicago only), a copy of the film, and–at $5000–a role in the film where you will be killed and get to film a death scene!  Que bueno!


Star Trek Continues 2015

Click link to view the project page!

Click the photo to view the project page!

Picking up where Star Trek: The Original Series has left off, Star Trek Continues has been making some truly fantastic episodes that really capture the look and spirit of the Kirk/Spock/McCoy era of Star Trek.  Perks include scripts, downloads of the episodes, signed photographs of the actors, and–at the $2500 level–Lou Ferrigno’s screen used mustache extensions from a previous episode!  How cool!


Lexington Historical Society Colonial Singers CD

Click the photo to view the project!

Click the photo to view the project!

A group of old-timers, dressed in colonial regalia, singing colonial era drinking songs, at a tavern in Lexington, MA???  I was in the day I first breathed this free air that George Washington so cordially bestowed on us and our progeny!  It’s like a mixture between playing Assassin’s Creed III, drinking cider in an Irish pub, and visiting your drunk grandmother once a year.  Best line in the video? —>”We can see what we drink by the light of the weed!” (Note: For Tobacco Use Only).

Perks include a copy of the CD, a copy of the CD and a hand-made tea towel, a copy of the CD and a large, engraved, pewter mug, and last but not least, a personal concert for you and yours (as long as you live within 30 miles of Lexington, MA.).


Exploding Kittens

Click the picture to view this project!

Click the photo to view the project!

A card game from a couple of game designers, Elan Lee and Shane Small, and Matthew Inman, creator of the webcomic The Oatmeal, that revolves around defusing exploding kittens.  It looks like great fun for everyone and even includes an R-Rated version.  Perks include copies of the game and the R-Rated version.  If you’ve ever read the Oatmeal, no doubt you know a little about the hilarity to expect from this game!


Jerry Tipton takes another shot at Ryan Lemond

In his recap of the South Carolina game, Lexington Herald-Leader writer Jerry Tipton took yet another shot at our own Ryan Lemond, writing that Ryan has “leather lungs.” This comes a week after Jerry tweeted he wanted to throw “a sock full of manure” at Ryan during his halftime show. The two allegedly talked it out a few days later and everything seemed to be fine, then Jerry included this little barb in his game story yesterday.

Good natured or rude? As they say in “Mean Girls,” it’s only okay when we make fun of Ryan, right?

Devin Booker named SEC Freshman of the Week for the third week straight

For the third week in a row, Devin Booker has been named SEC Freshman of the Week. Booker had 18 points in UK’s win over South Carolina after only putting up 6 vs. Vandy. He’s a scorching 22 for 33 over his last nine games from 3-point range, which has him popping up in mock drafts left and right. This is his fourth SEC Freshman of the Week honor.

Time to reload that shotgun:

Tai Wynyard talks about committing to Kentucky

Yesterday, Kentucky picked up a commitment from New Zealand forward Tai Wynyard, the son of world champion wood choppers. Wynyard, who played with the New Zealand national team this summer, spoke with Maori TV station TVNZ about his commitment.

Yes, I have committed to Kentucky for the 2016 season,” Wynyard, who visited campus two weeks ago for the Missouri game, said. “Being right behind the bench and seeing the coaching from John Calipari was just amazing, and that probably was the biggest upside for me.” The New Zealand academic calendar could allow Wynyard to reclassify and join the Cats in January 2016, but he says he hasn’t made that decision yet.

Tai’s mother Karmyn said she liked that her son would have the opportunity to get a championship ring, and Tai called the opportunity a dream come true. “Any little boy, this is their dream to be able to play for the best university in the country–their country. It’s just amazing to get the opportunity.”

The BBN clearly had an impact on Tai. “The fans? Oh my god, the fans are amazing over there,” Tai said. “I would walk out and they’d be chanting ‘Oh, it’s the Lumberjack, it’s the Lumberjack!’ I’m like, how do they even know me? I’d get into the airport and they took a photo of me and put it in their paper or whatever, like ‘Here’s a new recruit who’s coming to look at Kentucky.'”

Actually, it was our website, but whatever. Welcome aboard, Tai.

Recapping the road trip to Columbia (Monday Show Thread)

Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Monday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio. Matt is back in Louisville after a road trip to Columbia with his boys and is ready to recap Kentucky’s win over the Gamecocks, Kentucky’s newest basketball commitment Tai Wynyard and the latest happenings in football recruiting. And yes, share some stories from the road.

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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Monday Morning SEC Power Rankings

1. Kentucky (Last Week: 1)
Record: 19-0, 6-0
BPI: 1
Past Week Results: Win-Vanderbilt 65-57, Win-South Carolina 58-43
Next 2 SEC games: at Missouri, Alabama
Analysis: After a tougher than expected game against Vandy, Cats absolutely dominate Gamecocks.  Two rematch games this week should pose no threat.

2. Georgia (Last Week: 3)
Record: 13-5, 4-2
BPI: 21
Past Week Results: Win-Ole Miss 69-64, Win-Mississippi St 72-66
Next 2 SEC games: Vanderbilt, at South Carolina
Analysis: 4 straight league wins and will be favored twice this week before heading to Lexington next week.

3. LSU (Last Week: 6)
Record: 15-4, 4-2
BPI: 37
Past Week Results: Win-Florida 79-61, Win-Vanderbilt 79-75 (ot)
Next 2 SEC games: South Carolina, at Mississippi St
Analysis: Followed up dominating win with squeaker over Vandy.  Nothing wrong getting 2 road wins in a week, no matter how they come.

4. Tennessee (Last Week: 2)
Record: 12-6, 4-2
BPI: 67
Last Week Results: Win-South Carolina 66-62, Loss-Texas A&M 67-61
Next 2 SEC games: at Arkansas, Auburn
Analysis: Had a real chance to put stranglehold on 2nd place in the league but gagged away game against A&M.  This team still has some serious holes.

5. Arkansas (Last Week: 5)
Record: 15-3, 4-2
BPI: 33
Past Week Results: Win-Alabama 93-91 (ot), Win-Missouri 61-60
This Week’s games: Tennessee, at Florida
Analysis: No team is underperforming more than the Hogs but they still sit tied at 2nd in the league.  Worst road team in the league?

6. Texas A&M (Last Week: 10)
Record: 13-5, 4-2
BPI: 47
Last Week Results: Win-Missouri 62-50, Win-Tennessee 66-61
Next 2 SEC games: at Auburn, Vanderbilt
Analysis: Imagine if they had beaten Kentucky.  They would be in 1st place in the league.  Even still, they are proving themselves to be a contender.

7. Ole Miss (Last Week: 7)
Record: 12-7, 3-3
BPI: 42
Last Week Results: Loss-Georgia 69-64, Win-Florida 72-71
Next 2 SEC games: Mississippi St, at Missouri
Analysis: Incredibly up and down team.  Only beating Florida by 1 at home is actually a red flag in some ways.

8. Alabama (Last Week: 9)
Record: 13-6, 3-3
BPI: 59
Last Week Results: Loss-Arkansas 93-91 (ot), Win-Auburn 57-55
Next 2 SEC games: Florida, at Kentucky
Analysis: Teetered on brink of terrible week but survived against rival Auburn.  They tease being a real threat in the league but generally have been mediocre.

9. Florida (Last Week: 4)
Record: 10-9, 3-3
BPI: 35
Past Week Results: Loss-LSU 79-61, Loss-Ole Miss 72-71
Next 2 SEC games: at Alabama, Arkansas
Analysis: It’s turned into a trainwreck season for the Gators now and this week gets no easier.  Is this even an NIT team?

10. Vanderbilt (Last Week: 12)
Record: 11-8, 1-5
RPI: 53
Last Week Results: Loss-Kentucky 65-57, Loss-LSU 79-75 (ot)
Next 2 SEC games: at Georgia, at Texas A&M
Analysis: Were they very competitive this week?  Of course.  But they are still just 1-5 in conference and until they win some of these games, they will float towards the bottom of the league.

11. Mississippi State (Last Week: 14)
Record: 9-10, 2-4
BPI: 154
Last Week Results: Win-Auburn 78-71, Loss-Georgia 72-66
Next 2 SEC games: at Ole Miss, LSU
Analysis: They had the potential to quit on the year early on but they’ve turned it around to win 2 out of 3.  Still a bottom feeder this year though.

12. South Carolina (Last Week: 8)
Record: 10-8, 1-5
BPI: 63
Last Week Results: Loss-Tennessee 66-62, Loss-Kentucky 58-43
Next 2 SEC games: at LSU, Georgia
Analysis: Gamecocks in a bit of tailspin now as UK toyed with them for 40 minutes.  Needed the UT win and blew that one too.

13. Auburn (Last Week: 11)
Record: 10-9, 2-4
BPI: 136
Last Week Results: Loss-Mississippi State 78-71, Loss-Alabama 57-55
Next 2 SEC games: Texas A&M, at Tennessee
Analysis: Ugly week for Bruce Pearl.  They might fight for last place in the league.  It’s that bad.

14. Missouri (Last Week: 13)
Record: 7-12, 1-5
BPI: 156
Last Week Results: Loss-Texas A&M 62-50, Loss-Arkansas 61-60
Next 2 SEC games: Kentucky, Ole Miss
Analysis: Worst offense in league history?  Is that a legitimate discussion?

KSR’s Top Ten Tweets of the Weekened

(Darrell Bird | Catspause)

(Darrell Bird | Catspause)

It’s time again for KSR’s Top Tweets of the Weekend. You can participate by using hashtags such as #BBN #KSR 
#KSRTop10 or just by simply tweeting @KYsportsradio. We will focus most of our attention on Kentucky sports-centric tweets but, as usual, there are no limits to our madness.


#10 Patrick Towles

But what does it mean?





#9 Animize

What? Why didn’t you invite us?





#8 Randall Cobb

You can do anything if you just believe.





#7 Derek Thomas

Matt was way too happy at that game. It must have went well with Kaylee.





#6 Dick Vitale

Kentucky is Dickie V’s favorite. But it’s just like when parents can’t tell a kid they are the favorite.





#5 Bradley Osbourne

Still upset over that.





#4 Landon Foster

So that’s what it takes, huh?





#3 jon thomason

Ohhhhhh….. burrrrrnnnnnn. Nice, Jon.





#2 Kaylee Hartung






#1 Kentucky Wildcats