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December 19th, 2014

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Chi-beria Bound

Over the years the Windy City has been pretty kind to the Kentucky Wildcats as several UK greats hail from the Second City. Those greats include guys like Antione Walker,  Nazr Mohammed, and DeAndre Liggins. Oh and let’s not forget perhaps the greatest player Kentucky has ever seen, Anthony Davis. Then there is Tyler Ulis who embodies the toughness and grit of those Chicago legends and became a fan favorite the moment he made his Bahamas debut. Tomorrow young Ulis will be jamming to Kanye’s homecoming as he returns to play in the United Center in front of friends and family.

Tyler had this to say about the return, “I can’t wait to get back home, play in front of the home crowd. Everybody’s there. My family is going to be there watching, lots of my hometown friends and stuff like that. It’s going to be exciting,” Ulis said. So, no pressure? “Not really because I’ve been playing around them my whole life. It’s just another game.” I expect Tyler to have yet another big game in the Blue and White.

Kentucky Favored Once Again

Another game and another double-digit spread Vegas thinks UK will post on their opponent. The Cats opened as a 15-point favorite and it was quickly bet up to 16. If Kentucky can shut down daddy’s boy Bryce Alford, who leads the team in scoring at 18 points per game, then the margin could be even higher.

Shannon Dawson and UK Make It Official

The story broke on late Wednesday but Kentucky wasn’t able to announce anything until the job posting closed. With the formalities out of the way UK had a news release today welcoming Coach Dawson to the Big Blue Nation.

“I’m very excited to bring Shannon Dawson to the University of Kentucky,” Stoops said, “He has done a great job in helping build programs to success on every level. I’ve been impressed with the balance of West Virginia’s offense and how difficult they are to defend. I love the continuity he will bring to what we’ve been doing as we build on the progress we’ve made so far.

“In learning more about Shannon, I’ve found out what a strong leader he is and heard nothing but good things about him throughout our profession,” Stoops concluded.

Dawson returned the kind words and says he can’t wait to be a part of what Mark Stoops is building in Lexington. “The opportunity to work with Coach Stoops is awesome and growing up in SEC country, I’ve always wanted to coach in the league,” Dawson said. “I’ve recruited against Kentucky the last couple of years and have been impressed with how Coach Stoops is building a foundation and has the program going in the right direction. I look forward to helping him and his staff do that.”

Dawson got a nice bump in pay from his WVU days and will be making $550,000 per year as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Welcome to Lexington where we also know a thing or two about burning couches.

Charles Matthews On ESPN

Charles Matthews and his St. Rita team out of Chicago were on ESPN2 tonight taking on the nation’s twelfth ranked team Simeon. Coach Cal, Slice, Kenny Payne, and our own Matt Jones all made the trip out to watch him play and Matthews didn’t disappoint. Charles finished with 17 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, and a four blocks while show casing the athleticism that makes him ideal for Cal’s offense. In the screenshot above you can witness him elevating for a rebound over half the dudes on the court. He will be a fun player to watch when he arrives in Lexington.

Matthews and St. Rita pulled off the upset 51-46.

Tomorrow’s Court Is Something

Kentucky has played in Cancun ballrooms, Connecticut casinos, and Alaskan shootouts over the years but it’s hard to think of a bigger eyesore than what they’ll be playing on tomorrow. There’s just too much going on with this court and with the teams locked in, it’s a safe bet we will be playing on it the next three years.  At least they put the UK on Aaron Harrison’s favorite spot.

Finally, shoutout to Tyler Brause, Alvin Davis, Mike Douglas, Tre Dunn, Teven Eatmon-Nared, Jabari Johnson, Malcolm McDuffen, Raymond Sanders, Ronnie Shields, Miles Simpson, Maxwell Smith, Za’Darius Smith, Darrell “D.J.” Warren, and Zach West along with our own Wilder Treadway and Hayley Minogue who graduated from UK tonight. Way to make the Big Blue Nation proud.

See you in the morning. Go Cats.

Charles Matthews Impressed In Chicago

Charles Matthews was in action tonight in front of Calipari and the coaching staff and he took full advantage of the opportunity. Matthews finished with 17 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, and four blocks. He got it done on both ends of the floor as he drilled shots, defended, and made plays that nobody else on the court could have made. It was an impressive performance on national TV. Matthews and St. Rita survived a late comeback and took down 12th ranked Simeon 51-26.

If there are 43 players in the nation better than this kid then I’d like to see them.

It’s time for Green Bay to pay Randall Cobb


We all know Randall Cobb is the man. Since leaving Kentucky in 2011, Cobb has blossomed into one of the top receivers in the NFL. Cobb is headed towards free agency after this season, and despite Aaron Rodgers calling out for the Packers to re-sign him, Cobb says there are still no current contract talks. “It is what it is,” Cobb told reporters this week. This season, Goldeneyes has 76 receptions for 1,076 yards and 10 touchdowns, and he and Jordy Nelson are the best receiving tandem in the league.

Tuesday on his radio show, Rodgers said it’s “important” to Green Bay’s future success to lock down Cobb. In addition to his lavish stats, Rodgers said Cobb is a “great teammate,” an “excellent practice player,” a developing leader and someone who embodies “what it means to be a Packer.”

Pay the man, Green Bay.


Kentucky Stole My Fish: Top 10 Best Worst Posts of the Week


The Kentucky basketball program has always its detractors. It comes with the territory when you’re the winningest program in the history of ever. However, there are a few fans of rival programs who have taken that hate to a whole new level. For a collection of all the salt, shade, envy, awe, and downright stupidity offered up by opposing fans on message boards, Facebook, etc., follow Kentucky Stole My Fish. As a reminder, these are actual posts from actual people. For real.
































Coach Cal Doing Some Sightseeing In Chicago


UK Commit Charles Matthews and his St. Ritas squad are currently taking on 12th ranked Simeon just outside of Chicago so Coach Cal, Slice, and Kenny Payne went to watch him work. At the half St Ritas led 24-20 and Matthews had 5 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists while showcasing some crazy athleticism that will make him fun to have on campus next season.

You can watch him play as well right now on ESPN2.

Andrew Dowell has an adorable and potentially dangerous idea for Signing Day

Andrew Dowell has quite a request for National Signing Day. The four-star running back and one-half of the Dowell twins is trying to get his hands on a baby wildcat for the day he signs his Letter of Intent to Kentucky. And not just any baby wildcat, Andrew wants a white one.

Great in theory, disastrous when it bites his finger off.

Gary Parrish thinks neutral court games ruin the game

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For the upcoming CBS Sports Classic, Gary Parrish wrote a piece on how neutral court games are not okay. This weekend there will be a combined 25 NCAA titles in Chicago, each playing on a neutral court. Outside the CBS Sports Classic, and I am assuming the Champions Classic although he never mentions it, Parrish believes the neutral court games happen too often and ruin the game atmosphere. Here’s a little excerpt:

“Only because every interesting non-league game played on a neutral court is one less interesting non-league game we get on a college campus with a big band, rowdy student section and the type of atmosphere, in general, that often makes college basketball great.”

Obviously Parrish didn’t take the Big Blue Mist into account. Kentucky fans will travel near and far just to get a glimpse of the Cats in action. I’ve never known a game environment to suffer at a Kentucky neutral court game (If you can think of one comment below). The neutral court games in New Orleans, Atlanta, Nashville, New York, Dallas (just to name a few) all have given us some of the best game environments Kentucky has had in years. It’s like a mini-vacation with thousands of your closest friends.

Often times it seems that consistent game-goers seem to have more fun traveling to games on a neutral court than playing at home in Rupp. Several times a season there are complaints about the environment in Rupp, while there are only a few (if any) complaints about neutral court games. Is it a bad thing that Kentucky has just as much fun at neutral site games as home games? Who knows. I guess it just depends on how you look at it.

Parrish had plenty more to say. Read the full article here.


Stoops with his graduating seniors

Today is Graduation Day at UK, and fourteen football Cats will receive their diplomas this evening at Memorial Coliseum: Tyler Brause, Alvin Davis, Mike Douglas, Tre Dunn, Teven Eatmon-Nared, Jabari Johnson, Malcolm McDuffen, Raymond Sanders, Ronnie Shields, Miles Simpson, Maxwell Smith, Za’Darius Smith, Darrell “D.J.” Warren, and Zach West.

Mark Stoops posed for this picture with some of his graduating seniors a little while ago. Congrats to them, and a special note of congratulations to two of our own, Wilder Treadway and Hayley Minogue, who will also graduate this evening. Wilder and Hayley have done an incredible job covering UK Hoops in the most ridiculous manner possible, and hopefully we can hang on to them at KSR a little while longer.


Steve Alford is looking for his 500th tomorrow (repeat title next weekend)


Upsetting the unanimous No. 1 team in the United Center would be quite a way to earn a 500th career victory, and that’s what Steve Alford hopes to accomplish tomorrow.

Problem is, that ain’t happening, Steve.

No, Steve will likely lose his second attempt at win No. 500 after losing to Gonzaga in his first shot last weekend. The Wildcats are looking to push that ceremony back at least another eight days, when UCLA travels to Alabama on December 28.

It’s not like he’s in a hurry to tally up more wins, either; Alford currently leads all coaches 50 and under in victories. So he’s got time.

Sorry, bud.

The CBS Sports Classic court is…interesting…

Giant, giant logos. Why???

Daddy’s Boy is more than a Daddy’s Boy

Bryce Alford is UCLA head coach Steve Alford’s son; he’s also his starting point guard.

The younger Alford, a sophomore, started in all 11 of UCLA’s games this season and leads the team in scoring at 18 points per game. He also has a team-high 6.7 assists per game and leads the Bruins in minutes played.

Alford’s numbers also stand out in the Pac-12 Conference, where he ranks first in assists, third in scoring, third in assist-turnover ratio, and fourth in free throw percentage. This comes after being named First Team All-Freshman in the league a year ago.

Needless to say, Bryce Alford is more than a Daddy’s Boy taking up a uniform and a seat on the bench. That award goes to Kory Alford, Steve’s other son on the Bruins roster, who has played a grand total of 12 minutes this season with three total points.

Save your Daddy’s Boy taunts for him.

Kentucky opens as a 15-point favorite against UCLA

Vegas has spoken: the Cats opened as a 15-point favorite over UCLA. That has already been bet up to 16 points.

Cover? Definitely cover.

10 Things to Know About UCLA

Tomorrow, the Cats will take on fellow blue blood UCLA in the CBS Sports Classic in Chicago. Maybe it’s because there’s been a lot of football news this week or just that UCLA is so terrible, but there hasn’t been a ton of hype around this game. We’ll leave the serious scouting report to Brandon Ramsey tomorrow morning, but until then, here are 10 things to get you ready for the Bruins.

1. John Calipari once called Alford “the best human being I’ve ever been around”

When Alford was hired at New Mexico in 2007, Calipari had nothing but praise for Alford.

“The University of New Mexico just created its first upset before ever playing a game. What a great hire for the Lobos-this guy can really coach. The University, the state, the team and the fans just got someone special. Steve Alford is the best human being I’ve ever been around.”

More proof of their friendship? Calipari agreed to do a home-and-home with UCLA starting next year. He doesn’t do that for just anyone.

2. Two of Steve Alford’s sons play for him

That’s Kory on the left and Bryce on the right. Kory’s older and transferred to UCLA from New Mexico. He doesn’t play often. Bryce is the starting point guard and averages 18 points per game and 6.7 assists.

3. He’s also really good at trick shots

He may need that to score against Kentucky.

4. That North Carolina team we just beat? UCLA lost to them by 22

That’s one of three losses for the Bruins this season. In the Battle 4 Atlantis, they lost to the Tar Heels and Oklahoma, but rallied to beat UAB by 12. Last Saturday, Gonzaga beat them 87-74 in Pauly Pavilion, with Kyle Wiltjer scoring 24 points.

5. Tony Parker is tight with Alex Poythress

Drew told you this earlier in the week, but Parker and Poythress played on the same AAU team growing up. The two are so close that Alex tried to recruit Tony to Kentucky, calling him everyday to talk about the Cats and make sure Tony was watching UK’s games. Even though Parker had an offer from Kentucky, it didn’t work, but the two are still close, and Parker reached out to Alex after his injury last week:

6. Kevon Looney is the only freshman in the country averaging a double-double

Right now, the freshman forward is averaging 13.9 points and 10.9 rebounds per game. Looney is the centerpiece of UCLA’s offense, which is averaging 80.8 points per game. Right now, Matt Norlander says Looney is the third best freshman in the country behind Duke’s Jahlil Okafor and Indiana’s James Blackmon, Jr. In turn, his NBA stock is rising and one scout told Adam Zagoria that Looney is “the most dominant rebounder in college basketball.”

Hmm. I bet our bigs will have something to say about that.

7. June 10 is Kevon Looney Day in Milwaukee

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Looney grew up in Milwaukee and chose UCLA over Duke, which shocked just about everyone. He was a consensus five-star, top 15 recruit. Kentucky never offered.

8. This is the 11th meeting between the two blue bloods

UK leads the series 6-4. The last time we played the Bruins? November 2006 in the Maui Classic. At the time, UCLA was ranked #5 and Kentucky #20, and the Bruins won. That UCLA team had Russell Westbrook on it and went on to lose to Florida in the Final Four. Get ready to see a lot more of the pale blue and gold; the Cats just agreed to a two-game home-and-home series with UCLA starting next season at Pauley Pavilion.

9. Several UCLA players will be taking finals today

Yesterday, Steve Alford said that because it’s finals week, several of his players will be doing proctored exams in the hotel today. “That part doesn’t make it any easier when you’re prepping for the best team in the country,” Alford said. So, if you’re staying in the same hotel as the Bruins, please be quiet and courteous. Just kidding. Be loud.

10. Former Bruin Kris Johnson has the best quote ever about Kentucky fans

Johnson played for UCLA from 1994-1998 and after the Cats beat the Bruins in the 1998 Tournament on their way to the title, he couldn’t help but long to be a part of the Big Blue Nation:

“When you see Kentucky’s fans, you just wonder. You think how wonderful it would be to go to their school. You wish you could trade places for a day, just so you could experience that feeling.”

It’s pretty great, isn’t it?

Watch Charles Matthews on ESPN2 tonight

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We don’t talk about UK’s first 2015 commitment Charles Matthews that often, but UK fans will have a great chance to get to know him better tonight. Matthews and his St. Rita squad will take on Simeon at 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2 as part of the Geico ESPN High School Basketball Showcase.

Obviously, the game is in Chicago, as is the Kentucky team, so there’s a very good chance Calipari and the squad will make the trek to Moraine Valley Community Collegein in the Palos Hills suburb of Chi-town to see the future Cat play. If they do, I can guarantee you we’ll have pictures on the site.

Until then, enjoy some highlights:

Dawson will make $550,000 per year

Now that the Shannon Dawson hire is official, some details are finally coming out. According to UK, Dawson will earn $550,000 per year, the same salary as his predecessor Neal Brown. That’s a substaintial pay raise for Dawson, who made about $250,000 per year at West Virginia.