It took a little big longer than most of us expected, but Bud Dupree is →
By Ricki Barker on ©May 02nd, 2015 @ 11:30pm
Your local cable companies want Saturday Night News and Views. Apparently, so many people want to watch the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight tonight that it has KO’d many cable companies pay-per-view services. HBO released a statement that the overwhelming number of PPV orders for the fight is projected to break revenue records.
While cable companies are scrambling to fix the PPV mess, take a break and recap some of the highlights of today’s sports-filled goodness.
Coach Cal is in Las Vegas and took a moment to snap a quick pic outside MGM Grand Arena.
As I was walking in the back door, I found these. Can't wait for a great fight. pic.twitter.com/bUkM4AwJta
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 3, 2015
Meanwhile Coach Mark Stoops is hanging out with former boxer Mike Tyson in preparation for tonight’s fight. Watch those ears, Coach!
— Mark Stoops (@UKCoachStoops) May 3, 2015
American Pharoah won the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby. This makes jockey Victor Espinoza’s second straight Derby win, after last year’s success on California Chrome.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has to be feeling great. While American Pharoah won the Run for the Roses, his other horse Dortmund finish in third place. This makes Baffert’s fourth Derby win in front of a record crowd of 170,513 fans at Churchill Downs.
The Baltimore Ravens selected Za’Darius Smith 122nd overall in the fourth round of the NFL draft today. This means Smith and Dupree will both be playing in the AFC North. Looks like some other wildcats will also get a shot at making a roster through free agency.
That’s it for tonight. See you back tomorrow morning, BBN.
By Trey Huntsman on ©May 02nd, 2015 @ 11:01pm
Following a 13-3 loss on Friday to Vanderbilt, Kentucky responded with an 11-5 win over the Commodores on Saturday night. Led by Dustin Beggs’ 12 strikeouts over 8.1 innings, Kentucky ran away with their 26th win of the season.
Kentucky’s offense backed Beggs up throughout the night. After an RBI single by Vanderbilt’s Dansby Swanson in the first, Kentucky’s Dorian Hairston responded with a solo home run in the second. The Commodores would get another run in the third, but Kentucky’s offense took over in the bottom half. An RBI single by Evan White tied the game at two, before Ka’ai Tom hit an RBI groundout to give Kentucky their first lead. JaVon Shelby, the hottest hitter in the Cats’ lineup delivered two more RBIs on a double to extend the lead to 5-2 after three innings.
After allowing two early runs, Beggs began to settle in during the fourth inning. Beggs sat down the Commodores in order in the fourth and fifth innings as the Kentucky offense continued to strike for more runs. Hairston, Greg Fettes and Kyle Barrett all contributed RBIs in a fifth inning that saw Kentucky score six runs on four hits and two errors. Vanderbilt starter Phillip Pfeifer was pulled two outs into the fifth after allowing 10 runs on nine hits. After all was said and done in the fifth, Kentucky led 11-2.
Beggs continued to dominate late in the ball game. Vanderbilt’s three and four hitters in the lineup struck out three times a piece against Kentucky. Beggs finished with a career-high 12 strikeouts over 8.1 innings. The 11-5 win was Beggs’ seventh on the season and fourth in a row.
While Hairston knocked in a pair of runs on two hits, Kentucky also found another source of runs in the bottom of their lineup. Connor Heady had hits in all three of his at-bats and scored twice for Kentucky.
Kentucky was happy to have a nine run lead in the ninth as Vanderbilt’s offense woke up against Beggs and Andrew Nelson. After Beggs struck out the lead off hitter and allowed a single, Nelson came in to try and finish the game. Nelson allowed three runs to cross on two more hits and two walks. Zach Strecker came in and finished off the the last two outs and to wrap up an 11-5 victory for Kentucky.
The rubber match of this series will take place Sunday at noon. It has not been announced who will start for Kentucky, but Vanderbilt will send Lexington-native Walker Buehler to the mound on Sunday. The game will be available on SECN+.
By Kindsey Bernhard on ©May 02nd, 2015 @ 9:30pm
Before Dante Fowler Jr. started the trend of studded loafers at the NFL Draft, our own Isaiah Briscoe sported them first. Briscoe sported the Christian Louboutin Rollerboy Studded Loafers to prom he attended on April 23.
Briscoe went with the red theme, which must be fashionable these days because Bud Dupree did also. Although I can’t wrap my head around the fact why people enjoy that color, we will let them pass just this one time.
So BBN, which shoes do you like better? Briscoe’s or Fowler’s?
Briscoe can wear all the studded loafers he wants to at Kentucky as long as we see him do things like this.
By Kindsey Bernhard on ©May 02nd, 2015 @ 9:15pm
Despite not being selected in the NFL Draft, a few other former Kentucky players will get their chance to make it in the NFL.
After not hearing his name in the NFL Draft, Braylon Heard will attend the Cleveland Browns’ rookie mini-camp on a tryout basis.
Former tight end, Ronnie Shields, will sign as an undrafted free agent with the Seattle Seahawks. Javess Blue, a former wide out, will do the same with Green Bay Packers.
Good luck to all the former Cats! The Big Blue Nation wishes you all the best in your future endeavors.
In other news, if you were wondering what your UK Football coach was up to tonight?
— Mark Stoops (@UKCoachStoops) May 3, 2015
By Kindsey Bernhard on ©May 02nd, 2015 @ 8:30pm
Former University of Kentucky pitcher, Andrew Albers, was called up to the major by the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday.
After a loss to the Indians, the Blue Jays decided to shake up their pitching roster. The 29-year-old Canadian will become the fifth Canadian to play for the Blue Jays in 2015.
“As a Canadian it’s always something you look to — to be a part of that organization,” Albers told Sportsnet at the time. “I’m really looking forward to it.”
The left-hander has a 3.09 ERA with 12 strikeout and six walks in his four starts with Triple-A Buffalo Bisons spanning 23.1 innings. His fastball only averages 86 mph, but he has only allowed a mini of 2.0 walk per nine allowed.
This is not the first time Albers’ name has been called up for the majors. In 2013, he started 10 games for the Minnesota Twins, posting a 4.05 ERA. Albers spent the 2014 season pitching in South Korea for the Hanwha Eagles before signing a minor league deal with Toronto in December.
During his four season at Kentucky from 2005 to 2008, Albers posted a 4.48 ERA. During his senior season, he was 7-4 with a 2.40 ERA as a reliever.
By Kindsey Bernhard on ©May 02nd, 2015 @ 6:57pm
The favorite American Pharoah won the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby. After winning the Derby on California Chrome last year, jockey Victor Espinoza once again wins the Kentucky Derby. American Pharaoh was one of two horses in the race for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. His other horse, Dortmund, came in third place. This is Baffert’s fourth Derby win, but his first win since 2002. Thanks to picture perfect weather, a record crowd of 170,513 witnessed the Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs.
It appears Matt had some success at the Derby.
Three years in a row hit the Trifecta. Streak is alive!
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) May 2, 2015
If you missed the opening of the national telecast on NBC, one of BBN’s finest Ashley Judd narrated an excellent video to start the Kentucky Derby coverage.
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) May 2, 2015
By Courtney Sealey on ©May 02nd, 2015 @ 5:30pm
After a long and sweaty season it has to be nice for athletes around the state and country to put on a nice suit and show off their style outside of the uniform. What better place to that than the Kentucky Derby and the Oaks.
Here are some pictures from around the festivities this weekend:
Perrin got here. Oaks Day! pic.twitter.com/ffXgA4qD4U
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) May 1, 2015
— Madison Fugate (@MileyFugate) April 30, 2015
Steve Novak wants a Won Every Game t shirt pic.twitter.com/E8VUQlwYI1
— Sam Malone (@SamMaloneuk13) May 2, 2015
— Sam Malone (@SamMaloneuk13) May 2, 2015
— Aaron Harrison (@AaronICE2) May 1, 2015
— Lee Thomas (@DeuceThomas) May 2, 2015
— candig (@candi_g) May 2, 2015
— LexGo.com (@LexGoKY) May 2, 2015
— Bradley McKee (@Bradley_Cn2) May 2, 2015
— Cheyene Miller (@CheyeneMiller19) May 2, 2015
By Courtney Sealey on ©May 02nd, 2015 @ 4:00pm
Well. It looks like we all have a common enemy to add to the list. Although we don’t know their name, 678 Winky Face found the fast track to joining the ranks of BBN’s most hated. Yesterday when trying to decide if it was a man or woman, Matt brought up the point that guys aren’t as good with emojis as females are.
Based on that point, and a little inspiration from @FakeBarneyKSR, I thought he could use some help with appropriate responses to 678 Winky Face. Here are a few I came up with:
The Broken Heart
The Evil Smiley
The Pile of ……
The Sad Cat
Do you have better responses? Let us know in the comment section.
By Andrew Cassady on ©May 02nd, 2015 @ 3:00pm
John Wall Vs The Atlanta Hawks
Last night the Hawks finished off the Nets with a beatdown in Brooklyn to advance to the East Semis. Their reward? A one day turnaround to take on John Wall and the Wizards. Washington went 1-3 against the Hawks in the regular season but won their last meeting on April 12, 108-99. They also looked really sharp in dismantling the Raptors in the opening round sweep. Should be a very entertaining series that tips off tomorrow at noon.
Nazr Mohammed Vs The Cleveland Cavaliers
The Bulls dismantled the Bucks in Game 6, 120-66 and Nazr got some playing time as a result. In 7 minutes the big man scored 2 points, grabbed a rebound, and blocked a shot. Now the Bulls will head to Cleveland to take on the depleted Cavs. JR Smith is suspended two games for an elbow. Kevin Love is done for the year due to s shoulder injury. You can’t count out a team with Lebron James and Kyrie Irving but the Bulls have a better shot to advance now than they did a week ago.
Terrence Jones Vs ???
The Rockets are still waiting for their next opponent as Game 7 between the Clippers and Spurs is tonight at 8. I would imagine that Houston would prefer to see LA rather than the defending champions but that is just me. Round two of the playoffs begins tomorrow. Only 3 guys remain but they all could reach the conference finals.
By Kindsey Bernhard on ©May 02nd, 2015 @ 2:00pm
Za’Darius Smith has finally heard his name called in the NFL Draft. The Baltimore Ravens selected Smith 122nd overall in the fourth round of the draft today.
Smith and Dupree will both be playing in the AFC North. So lucky for us, we get to see these two square off twice in one season!
Coach Stoops and the #BBN are very proud.
Congratulations to @TheRealZSmith on being drafted in the 4th round by the Ravens! Our 1st recruit in 2013, graduated and gets to the NFL!
— Mark Stoops (@UKCoachStoops) May 2, 2015
By Spencer Howle on ©May 02nd, 2015 @ 1:04pm
Yes, I know the final score was 13-3. But there was more to this game than the box score would indicate. Kentucky (25-19, 10-11) was one strike away from the potential outcome being totally different against defending National Champion and 6th-ranked Vanderbilt (34-13, 16-6) Friday night at Cliff Hagan Stadium. However, the Commodores mustered up some insane timely hitting en route to a late 10-run rally to knock off the Wildcats.
Things were looking good…
The Cats found themselves toe-to-toe with one of college baseball’s elite teams, and another pitching duel, for the better part of the game. Vandy opened the game with single runs in the first and second innings, but UK responded to tie it up in the bottom of the second. JaVon Shelby led off with a mammoth solo homer to cut the deficit in half. Dorian Hairston followed with a walk and advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Marcus Carson. Seasoned veteran Thomas Bernal then ripped a whistling liner off the base of the leftfield wall to score Hairston, tying the game at two apiece.
UK captured a 3-2 lead in the third inning before the Dores leveled things in the fourth. Ka’ai Tom knocked a one-out single through the right side and reached second on a failed pickoff attempt. After Shelby walked on the following at bat, Hairston singled up the middle to score Tom. A Vandy solo shot in the following frame evened the game at 3-3.
Then it got weird…
UK starter Zack Brown, facing the bottom half of the Vandy batting order, quickly found himself in a predicament as Vandy loaded the bases with no outs. Showing great poise, Brown got a strikeout and a line out. With a full count and two away, leadoff man Ro Coleman punched a blooper to the left-center gap that turned into a 3-RBI double. Slugger Rhett Wiseman followed that up with his second homer of the game, a two-run shot to centerfield, which blew the game wide open and gave Vandy an 8-3 lead.
Even then, UK threatened in the bottom of the seventh. With bases loaded and two outs, Shelby battled Vandy reliever Kyle Wright but eventually struck out swinging on a breaking ball in the dirt. The Dores would pour it on in the top of the eighth with five more runs before the game finally came to end.
While this one stings, the Cats’ sophomore hurler and emerging star Zack Brown will gain tremendous experience. Brown has been on a roll in series-opening starts, including shutout wins versus Tennessee and Florida, and looked the part of an SEC ace for nearly seven innings before the wheels fell off. Vandy starter Carson Fulmer is one of the premier pitchers in the country and Brown held his own for most of the game. Good news for the future of UK baseball.
The Cats will look to bounce back on Saturday at Cliff Hagan Stadium at 6:30 p.m. The pitching matchup at least seems favorable with UK junior righty Dustin Beggs (6-2, 2.84 ERA) facing Vandy’s Phillip Pfeifer (3-2, 3.18 ERA).
By Andrew Cassady on ©May 02nd, 2015 @ 1:00pm
With Jaylen Brown heading to California and no word on Jamal Murray visiting Lexington this weekend. It’s beginning to look like the 2015-2016 roster is set. Who will we be rolling out and how do they break down? Let’s take a look.
Point Guard: Tyler Ulis & Dominique Hawkins
In Ulis we trust. After an awesome freshman year all eyes will be on Tyler Ulis in year two. Kentucky’s dynamic point guard should see improvements in every statistical category next season from points to assists. We’ve got the best true point guard in the nation. Backing him up will be local legend Dominique Hawkins. Hawkins needs to work on his offense to become a true second option behind Ulis. At Madison Central he was able to find and create his own shot but it hasn’t been witnessed much at the college level. He can match Ulis’ defensive intensity now he just needs to imitate the floater in the lane as well.
Shooting Guard: Isaiah Briscoe & Mychal Mulder
Two new comers will be playing the two spot for Kentucky. Briscoe will get the majority of the minutes as his size makes him ideal for Cal to use driving to the basket. Mulder will be a great option for Kentucky to turn to when they need a bucket. I’m sure there will be times when Briscoe and Mulder are playing together because the Cats need to go with a larger lineup. Charles Matthews could be in this group as well.
Small Forward: Derek Willis & Charles Matthews
With Brown off the table the season now hinges on the improvement of Derek Willis. In his first two years at Kentucky, Willis has appeared timid and almost shell-shocked by Rupp Arena. Some of that could be from being a local product expected to contribute to championship caliber teams and the pressure being to much. Next year the pressure will be full force and Derek has to respond. Otherwise the Cats will be forced to play with a 3-guard lineup. Matthews, Briscoe, and Mulder would alternate time between the 2/3 spots and Kentucky would go from being one of the bigger teams in the country to one of the smallest. Let’s hope Derek is putting in the work to improve right now.
Power Forward: Alex Poythress & Marcus Lee
No reason to worry about the 4. Alex Poythress should bounce back from his ACL tear to be just as explosive as ever. Alex could be one of the nation’s best players as we all witnesses in that Duke game his freshman year. Next year the team will need him and Marcus to score some points. Who cares if they are all dunks. Marcus should continue to be the spark off the bench but playing more minutes than ever. Marcus grew as a defender during his sophomore year and could be a mini-WCS by the end of his junior season.
Center: Skal Labissiere
Skal is the nation’s best freshman and the likely number one pick in next year’s draft. As long as he’s eligible to play Kentucky should be in great shape on both sides of the floor at the center position. If he’s not eligible who knows what Kentucky will do? Move Marcus to the 5 and pray everyone stays healthy? That’s the only option we will have.
The Cats roster is solid for the starting 5 but depth could really be an issue. After having 12 guys last year it will be an adjustment to go back to a 7 man rotation a la 2012. Those guys won the title playing 7, why cant’ these?
By Andrew Cassady on ©May 02nd, 2015 @ 11:30am
As if today wasn’t already a busy enough sporting Saturday with the Kentucky Derby, NBA playoffs, and Pacquaio-Mayweather we also have rounds 4-7 of the NFL draft and several Kentucky guys could be hearing their name called.
First up Za’Darius Smith. Smith has been projected to go in the fourth or fifth round in most projections. If he’s still on the board in the fifth I look for the Bills to take a chance on Big Z. Bills general manager Doug Whaley told Joe Buscaglia of WKBW that Smith is an ideal fit for the Bills because of his positional versatility as a defensive lineman. Basically everyone in these late rounds has their eye on the size and speed of Smith. He won’t be waiting around too long I think.
Braylon Heard and Darrian Smith are also expected to be drafted today in the later rounds but those late rounds are murky. Where do you hope the former cats will end up?
By Andrew Cassady on ©May 02nd, 2015 @ 10:00am
Welcome to derby day! Not only is today the 141st run for the roses but the first Saturday in May is also the day where comic and book stores across the nation give out free new comics. The state of Kentucky has more comic shops per capita than most major cities with Lexington having 5 (Comic Interlude, A+ Comics and Collectibles, Heroes Realm, and two Collectibles Etc locations), Louisville having 6+ (The Great Escape, The Zone, The Destination, Roll of the Die, and Comic Book World), Bowling Green has two, Pikeville has Page 3. If you want to find a shop in your area check out the store locator. You really can’t beat the price for free Avengers and Batman.
Jaylen Brown picked California last night and his commitment launched the Golden Bears up 27 spots and into the top 5. Duke holds the top spot, followed by Kentucky, but it’s kind of amazing to see how far spread the 5 star players are this year. Duke is the only team with more than two which could bring some parity to college basketball next season.
Kyle Tucker caught up with Stoops at the NFL draft and asked about the ongoing quarterback battle. What’s Stoops up to next? Today he’s in Vegas to watch Floyd Mayweather take on Manny Pacquiao. Living the dream.
Mark Story asks if Florida can remain relevant without Billy D? Probably not. Donovan’s departure opens up a power void for second place in the SEC that Rick Barnes, Ben Howland, Mike Anderson, and Bruce Pearl will be desperate to fill.
The Courier Journal brings you their expert picks for the Derby. I’ll be betting my entire life savings on American Pharaoh to Win/Place/Show so about 6:25 I’ll be dancing or destitute. Good luck today if wagering is your thing.
By Andrew Cassady on ©May 01st, 2015 @ 11:01pm
Tomorrow marks the 141st run for the roses as the first Saturday in May is already upon us. It’s a holiday across our great commonwealth as the eyes of the sporting world descend upon the big fashion and big thrills of the Kentucky Derby. So sing one song for your old Kentucky home, drink a mint julep, read Hunter S. Thompson, grab a bucket of KFC, and celebrate the fastest two minutes in sports tomorrow. People are calling this field one of the best assembled in quite some time which should make the race one for the ages.
On to the news and views
Cats Take Over Barnstable Brown
— Scott Utterback (@Utterback13) May 2, 2015
Salt N’ Pepa. Dakari Johnson. Sam Malone. The Twins. Julius Randle. Our own Matt Jones and Drew Franklin. Every year the Barnstable Brown gala is the place to be on the Friday before the derby and tonight was no exception. Several picture rolled in from twitter with the former Cats enjoying themselves. I’m going to miss these guys
Jaylen Brown To California
We all bought in. Kentucky had made some major progress and was down to the wire with Michigan. 678WinkyFace said Kentucky had taken the lead. The missing piece for Kentucky’s team seemed to be lining up and word began to trickle out Brown would be announcing tonight. Well, he did announce tonight after much deliberation and Kentucky fans scouring every tweet.
Jaylen Brown is heading to Berkeley to play for the Golden Bears of California. It’s a major coup for Cuonzo Martin an one that nobody saw coming. Top players from 2015 have now picked schools like UNLV, Miss State, LSU, and Cal. What an odd year.
The hope for Kentucky to add to the class now remains with Jamal Murray. Will he be on campus this weekend or not?
Meet Isaiah Brown
Kentucky may not have landed Jaylen Brown but they will be adding Isaiah Brown to the football roster. Brown is a 2015 wide receiver/defensive back from Augusta Christian High School in Martinez, Georgia who will be walking-on position to the UK football team. His high school teammate and offensive tackle signee Calvin Taylor is also a member of the class. Can’t have too many athletes on the team, especially at those positions.
Coach Cal Congratulates Billy D
Billy Donovan is headed to Oklahoma City, and this afternoon, John Calipari took to social media to wish his former SEC colleague well:
I want to congratulate Billy Donovan on his new opportunity in Oklahoma City. What a great opportunity for a great guy. For six years we competed against each other yet remained friends. I always loved seeing his dad at the games and spending time with him. I’ll miss coaching against Billy but he’ll do terrific work for the Thunder. Oklahoma City made a great choice.
SEC basketball two steps forward, one step back. Who will Florida bring in next?
That’s all the news and views I have after being bummed out by the Jaylen Brown decision. I’ll be back tomorrow to get you geared up for the derby and bring all the UK news in the most ridiculous manner possible. Until then, go Cats!