Today we at KSR are excited to announce that we are entering into a new →
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©5:00 pm
On Friday night, it wasn’t just the uniforms that were new. Willie Cauley-Stein debuted a new blond streak in his fro, making him look more like Willie Bride of Franken-Stein. The ‘do, an apparent nod to Wiz Khalifa’s new hairstyle, was a hot topic of conversation throughout the game.
This isn’t the first time Willie’s hit the bleach bottle. Check out this pic of him from high school, when he showed off a similar style (h/t to GYERO):
A week ago, we begged Willie not to cut his hair. Now, will we beg for him to dye it back?
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©4:30 pm
Apparently the Cats aren’t the only ones who have had travel problems in the past few days. According to @BroncoSportsMBB, Boise State’s flight from Chicago to Lexington has been canceled due to the bad weather, which means they’ll be doing the last leg of their trip via bus.
Mother Nature, you’ve got some ‘splaining to do.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©3:45 pm
It’s a new week, and John Calipari is ready to put the Baylor loss behind him. Cal talked about what the loss taught him, and the changes the Cats must make to get better. Here are my five highlights:
1. It’s time to use the bench
Going into this season, Calipari couldn’t stop raving about having his bench back. Many of last season’s problems stemmed from the Cats not having enough players to sub in so he could sit those that needed to learn a lesson. Nine games in, Calipari admitted he’s not using the bench as much as he should, and several guys played way too long on Friday:
“What we have is some guys who are playing with no real intensity that did not deserve to be out there that long. Or, we’re just getting pushed and shoved, and you don’t deserve to be in there.”
2. No defensive intensity, specifically at point guard
Kentucky’s defense was horrid against Baylor, and Cal says he’s still baffled by how his team can look so good one minute, and so badly the next.
“This team, what they seem to do is they get it going and do it right and then they get arrogant and they step back. We, the first five minutes of that game, had no pressure on the ball. None. No talking. And just got shoved out of the way and it’s just–where did we go from where we were and how do we step back? That’s just what young teams do.”
A lot of the problems on defense stem from the guard play, Cal noted: “It starts with point guard. If he can’t pressure the ball, somebody else needs to play.”
Does that mean Dominique will get more minutes?
3. Back to basics
Cal said that if they wanted to teach these kids everything they needed to know, they’d have to have seven hour practices. Unfortunately, they can’t do that, so they have to teach what they think are the most important lessons. Like communication. Cal said that yesterday, they taught the players how to huddle at the free-throw line, and how to be a good teammate, including getting up to greet players as they sub out of the game. Babies, folks. Babies.
4. When it comes to doubleheaders, chivalry may be dead
Once the women’s 4OT game was finally over, it was nearly 11:30 p.m. Calipari acknowledged that and joked that if they ever have a doubleheader again, no more “Ladies first”:
“The women had nine overtimes, we went out, came back in, went out, came back in. If we ever do another doubleheader, they [women's team] will play after us. I don’t care if it’s 11 at night. They will never play before us again.”
No word on the offer for first class seats.
5. Someone asked about the Indiana series again
A reporter asked Cal towards the end of the press conference why he was willing to play Baylor in Cowboys Stadium in Dallas and not Indiana in Lucas Oil Stadium. Cal corrected him and said that Kentucky offered to play Indiana twice in Lucas Oil Stadium, and the Hoosiers refused.
“We offered to play Indiana twice in Indiana and they said no,” Cal said. “So, we move on. Our schedule is one of the best in the country and we’ve got other stuff coming up. We offered two years in Lucas Oil. They won’t do it. What do you want me to do? Beg them, ‘Please, we’ll play in your state twice.’ They don’t want to do it. It’s okay. They’ve got a great program. Tommy’s done a great jobs. We’re hanging on down here. It hasn’t hurt either program.”
Finally, your Calipari .GIF of the day:
Today we at KSR are excited to announce that we are entering into a new partnership agreement with 247Sports. It is an exciting moment for KSR and we believe it will help make KSR even better in the years to come. Here is the official announcement of the agreement:
247Sports is proud to announce we have signed a partnership agreement with Kentucky Sports Radio (KSR), the largest independent college sports blog in America. With power brands like KSR and The Cats’ Pause working together in the Kentucky market, fans of UK football, basketball and recruiting should benefit immensely.
“KSR is the undisputed champ in the Kentucky sports market,” 247Sports founder and CEO Shannon Terry said. “247Sports has a war chest of talent, content and products for fans – highlighted by the industry-generated 247Sports Composite rankings and Crystal Ball prediction engine. By working together, Kentucky fans can have the best of both worlds.”
KSR and 247Sports will continue to operate kentuckysportsradio.com and CatsPause.com independently, but this formal partnership allows the free KSR blog and CatsPause.com’s premium subscription site to complement one another and make each brand stronger.
“We are very excited about the chance to partner up with 247Sports and increase what we can offer to UK and KSR fans,” KentuckySportsRadio.com founder Matt Jones said. “KSR has always strived to be, and will remain, the premier free place for UK fans to gather and get their UK news in the ‘most ridiculous manner possible.’ But now with the resources that 247Sports can provide, especially in the way of recruiting, we think the KSR blog will only become better.”
KSR readers will get exclusive posts and stories from CatsPause.com recruiting writer Chris Fisher and contributions from other recruiting experts in the 247Sports network.
KSR staffers like Matt Jones, Drew Franklin, Tyler Thompson and others will will be a part of CatsPause.com’s message board community and will be available – along with CatsPause.com staffers Chris Fisher, Darrell Bird, Jon Hale and Josh Edwards – to interact with fans day and night to discuss all things UK. All the experts will also make 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions to help UK fans stay informed during the recruiting process.
“247Sports is light years ahead of its competition in cutting edge content, and The Cats’ Pause is the legendary name in the world of UK sports that is known by nearly every fan in the Big Blue Nation,” Jones said. “This partnership will allow all of these entities to work together and thereby create for UK fans the best and most complete Internet coverage in college sports.”
So you may be asking yourself, in layman’s terms what does this all mean? Well as a starting point, it is important to know that, there will be absolutely no change to the KSR Blog or KentuckySportsRadio.com. Drew and Tyler will still be full time KSR blog employees, I will still be doing all the same KSR things and the post formats and numbers will be the same as always. The one major difference is that we will now have contributions on this blog from 247Sports employees such as Chris Fisher and national recruiting analysts. In fact, in the area of recruiting, KSR will be taking a MAJOR step forward, providing even more recruiting information, specifically on the football side. It isn’t a secret that we haven’t focused on football recruiting here on KSR, and now you will see the type of information that is normally only found on pay sites here on KSR for free for the reader. In fact, the first of these posts by Chris Fisher will be up on the site a little bit later today.
While the KSR blog will not change significantly (except to improve), we will be providing some changes for 247Sports’ UK site, CatsPause.com. Drew, Tyler and I will participate in their message board community there, and it will allow us to interact with fans in ways that we haven’t really been able to before. The KSR comment section doesn’t really lend itself to “discussion” (except during the show thread and times to yell at each other and call each other names), so we have for years been kicking around the idea of having a place to interact and talk with KSR fans. We now will be able to do that on CatsPause.com. The message boards there are free (with the occasional “VIP” comment) and Drew, Tyler and I will be a part of them to discuss what is going on in the world of UK sports. When something relevant is discussed there, we will link it here and the hope is that many of you will come over there, register for an account (which you can do at this link) and chat with us. Its just another place to talk UK sports in a forum that we have never had here on KSR. We will also be part of their Crystal Ball prognostications and some of their discussions on the site. None of our work will be in the “VIP” section, but instead will be there for the free account holders.
So why are we doing this? Simply put, 247Sports in the best overall college sports website network in the country. We believe that KSR is the best independent college sports site in the country. We want to always keep that independence but also want to give our readers access to some of the advantages that a network can bring, especially in the world of recruiting. Thus this partnership agreement allows us to do that. You will see many of the cutting edge changes created by 247Sports on this site and the amount of recruiting information will grow exponentially here, especially in the world of football. Simply put, it will make KSR even better, while retaining our independence and “most ridiculous manner possible” mindset.
Our hope is that this partnership agreement will give you even more of what you want in your college sports coverage. You now will have all the benefits of the old KSR, with new coverage from the 247 employees, while also having the ability to go on the 247 site and interact and use their databases and cool products like Crystal Ball, Class Calculator and others in ways you may not have before. We think it is a win-win for both of us, and more importantly for the KSR fans. We hope you enjoy.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©1:35 pm
We knew the Cats would fall after losing to Baylor, but they’re still in the top ten of the latest USA Today/Coaches poll. Barely. They fell to #11 in the latest AP poll.
1. Arizona (30)
2. Ohio State (1)
3. Syracuse (1)
5. Michigan State
8. Wichita State
9. Oklahoma State
T16. Iowa State
21. North Carolina
24. San Diego State
Others receiving votes: Missouri 46, Colorado 42, Pittsburgh 38, New Mexico 28, Boise State 19, Saint Mary’s 18, Indiana 15, Virginia Commonwealth 13, Creighton 8, Virginia 5, Saint Louis 5, George Washington 1
1. Arizona (63)
2. Syracuse (2)
3. Ohio State
5. Michigan State
7. Oklahoma State
12. Wichita State
17. Iowa State
18. North Carolina
25. San Diego State
Others receiving votes: UCLA 104, New Mexico 62, Pittsburgh 47, Boise State 34, Michigan 26, Virginia Commonwealth 17, Dayton 11, Cincinnati 5, Harvard 5, Saint Mary’s 3, Indiana 3, George Washington 2, Creighton 2, Oklahoma 1, Toledo 1
Sounds about right.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©1:00 pm
Stevie Johnson’s talent on the field may be second only to his character off it. During his time in the league, Stevie has showed off a flair for the dramatic in his touchdown celebrations, his undershirts, tweets, and stunts, like the one he pulled with ESPN yesterday. In a piece for ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown,” Stevie went undercover as “Drew Mcelvein,” a drive-thru window server at a Buffalo-area Tim Hortons. Stevie had fun with patrons, asking them bizarre questions like if they wanted cheese on their apple cider and quoting absurd prices. It was his second time going undercover for “Sunday NFL Countdown,” the first being two years ago as a Toyota sales and leasing consultant.
Check out the skit below, and for more info, check out the producer’s take on it over at ESPN.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©12:30 pm
While Friday night’s loss was awful, at least Kentucky isn’t alone when it comes to inexperience. Kansas, another squad with superstar freshmen, also struggled this weekend, losing to Colorado. ESPN’s trio of college basketball analysts Andy Katz, Myron Medcalf, and Dana O’Neil examined which loss was more damaging, and unfortunately, they all agreed that the Cats have more work to do than the Jayhawks to become a national title contender. Here’s a snippet of the conversation:
Dana O’Neil: I’d be more worried if I were Calipari because, while the Wildcats lost just one, they’ve looked lethargic for a while, slow to come around against Cleveland State, Eastern Michigan and Providence. This team seems to think it can turn on the jets whenever and win, and that’s simply not the case. Mix that in with shoddy defense and an upcoming schedule that includes Boise State, North Carolina and Louisville, and Kentucky needs to find itself quickly.
O’Neil’s point about UK thinking they can just turn the jets on and win at any moment is spot on, and that line of thinking was totally debunked on Friday night. Katz mentioned UK’s struggles on defense as well, and Medcalf cited the lack of leaders as a warning sign heading forward. To read all of their thoughts, head on over to the Worldwide Leader:
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©12:00 pm
Need something to cheer you up on this gloomy Monday morning? Drew Barker has a new highlight reel featuring his senior season. Check KSR’s most talented writer doing his thing. He’ll be on campus in less than a month…
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©11:15 am
Got plans tonight? Be sure to set your DVR to record Bill Raftery’s interview with John Calipari, which will air on Fox Sports 1 at 7:30 p.m. ET. You can see a preview of the interview above, in which Calipari opens up about the day he will eventually leave Kentucky:
“There’s a point in which all of us coaches have got to start preparing for the inevitable. To prepare within a month, you’re making a mistake. I don’t reading all the stuff, ‘my name will be thrown in on all these NBA jobs,’ well that’s not–I’m not thinking that way and I’m not reading it.
My thing is, here’s what I’m doing. When I’m done with this, what’s the next purpose? That’s my thoughts, more than, ‘Alright, I want this job, or–’ No. I’ve got the job that I want, so it becomes what will my purpose be when I’m not helping young people prepare for the rest of their lives? That, I am thinking about.”
In Lexington, FoxSports1 is channel 67 (969 for HD) on Time Warner.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©9:55 am
The #KSRAcrossAmerica road trip is finally over, and not a moment too soon. Between UK’s loss to Baylor, the weather, and travel delays a plenty, what was supposed to be a fun weekend in Dallas turned into a nightmare. However, it’s a new day, and we’re all back home safe and sound. Tune in to hear Matt recap the weekend and where the Cats go after their second loss of the season.
CBSSports.com’s Gary Parrish will also call in to the show to discuss his column about the Cats from over the weekend, marking his first appearance on the show in over two years, so you don’t want to miss that.
Join in the fun and give them a call at (502) 571-1080.
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By Bryan the Intern on ©9:00 am
You all know I am a stats guy so I always like to take a glance at the overall statistics after each game, just to see what stands out most to me. Certainly Julius Randle’s rebounding is always a bright spot. The improvement of Willie Cauley-Stein, etc etc. But this year, or at least up to this point, there are some very surprising stats floating around that are not the most positive in the world. I want to know which one of these 5 options surprises you the most.
Option A. James Young shooting 39% overall, 33% from 3
-Young was supposed to be the knockdown shooter of this team. The Doron Lamb. Instead, we have seen a guy who is incredibly streaky. And considering Young has attempted more shots than anybody else on the team, both overall and from 3, that is not a good attribute to have.
Option B. Julius Randle with 6 blocks total this season
-Did you see Randle nearly put his elbow in the rim against Baylor? So explain to me how a guy with that much athleticism, playing the power forward spot, only has 6 blocks in 9 games. Not to mention, teams are now avoiding Willie Cauley-Stein because of his shot blocking ability. So Randle will have plenty of chances to block more shots as the season goes on. Will we see him improve?
Option C. Kentucky with just 36 steals in 9 games
-How does a team with such length and size only average 4 steals per game, which is 261st in the country. Frankly, UK’s defensive intensity has been poor most of the season. That’s how. Aggressive play leads to steals. The fact UK’s opponents have 12 more steals than the Cats this year is not good at all.
Option D. Derrick Willis averaging just 3.4 minutes per game
-Following BBMadness and the Blue-White games, I think many thought Derrick Willis might find the floor more than he has. He hasn’t played in 4 games this year, UK’s 4 toughest games. Yes, he is a freshman, and yes he has some defensive flaws. But at this point, maybe trying a new guy or two with a few more minutes might help.
Option E. Alex Poythress averaging just 4.8 points per game
-Gotta be honest, I thought Alex Poythress would be the key to this team. I said if Poythress could just repeat his freshman year performance from a statistical standpoint that this team could be very, very good. Instead, Alex is averaging under half what he did last season and has been a non-factor most of the season. Seeing how he played against Michigan State made me very happy and optimistic. But that hasn’t really been replicated since.
By Ally Tucker on ©10:30 pm
(Not the highlight of the day for the NFL… The Redskins crowd… Yikes)
The NFL provided us with quite the treat today when in a span of 30 minutes, it seemed as if nearly every single game from the 1:00 time slot ended in dramatic and exciting fashion. If you’re like me, and you have no dog in the fight other than a few fantasy football players of interest, then Sunday afternoon was just plain fun. For those with rooting interest tied deeply to particular teams (I’m looking at you Terrible Towelers), the afternoon might have been nothing short of agonizing. We had the Steelers end of the game near-miracle, that was a mere milimeters away from being one of the most brilliant and exciting finishes in years. Then we had Tom Brady and the Patriots stealing one from the most unfortunate Browns in the waning moments of the game. Then we had perhaps the most overall entertaining game of the day: The Snow Bowl between the Lions and the Eagles. With a field covered in inches of snow, both teams put together a better game of football than many anticipated. The scenes and photos from the game were wild and it became a must-watch, if for no other reason than because of the shock value of the state of the field. And then finally, the poor, poor, poor Vikings. The Vikings’ season, our entertainment. Sorry, Mary Jo Perino.
After an action packed start to the weekend, let’s take a look at 10 thoughts and takeaways from the weekend that was in Kentucky sports…
1) Cal isn’t at a loss like last year, but he is certainly frustrated
During various points last season (a lot of points, in fact), John Calipari seemed almost at a loss when it came to analyzing and figuring out his team. Calipari is certainly not to that point with this team, but he is clearly frustrated after Friday night’s performance. The Cats took one step forward against Providence, and two steps back against Baylor. Calipari seemed genuinely pleased with his team earlier in the week, but whatever positives were to be taken from that victory were quickly erased by the disappointing finish against Baylor. Cal sees what we see… a team loaded with talent and potential. With that said, this team had an opportunity to put the foot on the gas pedal and finish Baylor midway through the second half, and instead did all of the things you can’t do if you want to win a game: lose the rebounding battle, turnovers, poor interior defense, miserable free throw shooting, lack of passion/effort.
2) It’s not time to panic, but there are legitimate concerns to be had with this team…
The good news is, while the Cats are stumbling a bit in the early part of the season… most of the other top teams in the country are doing the same thing. The 4 teams who participated in the Champions Classic (Duke, Kentucky, Kansas and Michigan State) have totaled 7 losses already only a month into the season. That’s probably more than anyone would have expected, but it makes me feel a little bit better about Kentucky’s woes. Kansas strikes an uncanny resemblance to Kentucky, relying heavily on the play of freshmen and a few sophomores. The result has been a struggle with more experienced teams and coaches who can put together confusing defensive schemes to confuse the young players. The 4 teams mentioned above all figure to still be a big part of the national championship picture as the season goes on, but which team will find its stride the soonest and which team will avoid a slide that might wind up hurting seeding come NCAA tournament time (It’s never too early to start thinking about that…)
3) 2 non-double-double games in a row from Julius Randle
It might seem a bit harsh to criticize a guy after a 16 point, 8 rebound performance… but in the case of Julius Randle, he is just held to a higher standard than the average college basketball player. Randle came out guns blazing to start the season, churning out 7 straight double-doubles before missing on the feat for the first time against Providence. Friday’s game against Baylor marks the second game in a row in which Randle has failed to reach the milestone. The early streak probably got expectations a little too high that Randle could do it every time, but a guy as talented and physically as imposing as Randle CAN do it every time. Will he? No. But he can, and I think his production against Baylor could have been a little better.
4) 2 losses both to teams with solid big men
Both of Kentucky’s losses this season (Michigan State and Baylor) have come at the hands of teams with a strong front court. Adreian Payne had a productive night against the Cats when they played in Chicago and Isaiah Austin and Cory Jefferson were both key contributers on Friday night as well. The two combined for 26 points against the Cats and gave Kentucky some trouble on the defensive end. Between Julius Randle, Willie Cauley-Stein, Dakari Johnson and Alex Poythress…Kentucky shouldn’t lose the front court battle too often, and definitely should not lose the rebounding battle (41-25 in favor of Baylor).
5) Still waiting on Andrew Harrison and free throws
The two biggest areas where it seems like Kentucky fans keep waiting to see improvement: Andrew Harrison’s play and free throws. It’s not necessarily that Harrison is playing poorly (He had 6 assists and 7 points against Baylor), but he’s yet to look the part of one of the elite point guards in the country. He still struggles on the defensive end against the dribble, and he still hasn’t completely helped the team into an offensive groove for a total 40 minutes.
In other frustrating news, Kentucky still struggles mightily from the free throw line. Such poor free throw shooting has almost come to be expected from Calipari teams, but it’s flat out costing this Kentucky team games at this poiint. Both the Michigan State and Baylor losses could have been remedied with even slightly improved free throw shooting. Heck, if the Cats could just hang somwhere around the 75% clip, the 40-0 t-shirt folks might still have hope. Kentucky shot 52.2% on the night from the free throw line and that’s unacceptable. The most frustrating part? Even guys like James Young, who is a tremendous shooter, can’t be counted on from the free throw line. As the kids say, the struggle is real. And I used to find the kind of people who call into call-in shows about free throw shooting to be terribly annoying. Now I’m fumbling to find the number to place that call myself.
6) Cal’s system perfect for the rule change…not perfect for poor free throw shooters
As many suspected, the dribble drive and type of offense that Cal runs, allowing players to take on their man 1-v-1, is perfect for the new emphasis on calling touch fouls. Kentucky has found itself on the free throw line plenty of times, and with the advantage in athleticism the Cats can put other teams in foul trouble. With that said, the system doesn’t give much of an advantage if the Cats can’t make free throws.
7) The future Wildcats are looking good…
A couple of future Wildcats from the 2014 class played this weekend in the Marshall County Hoop Fest, giving Kentucky fans a front row seat to watch the next batch of Cats. Devin Booker and Trey Lyles both looked impressive in their performances this weekend, showcasing why the future could be bright in Lexington. Booker, a shooting guard, went for 40 points and 9 rebounds in a losing effort against Ballard. Booker’s numbers were fairly efficient too (9 of 18 from the field, 20 of 24 from the free throw line…HEYYYY!!!). Lyles had two strong performances, taking home MVP honors. Lyles finished with 30 points (10-16 shooting), 19 rebounds and 2 assists in an impressive win over Ballard (Kentucky’s top-ranked team). Lyles’ team had another big win later in the day when they took down Huntington Prep, one of the top teams in the country. Lyles finished with 22 points and 14 rebounds. Hurry up and get to Lexington fellas.
8) Football is still rolling…
Mark Stoops and his staff haven’t stopped moving since Kentucky concluded its season against Tennessee last weekend. If you follow any of the future Wildcats and potential future Wildcats on Twitter, you can see that the staff has been making the rounds to visit the guys. The staff is clearly putting a priority on keeping this year’s recruiting class in tact, while also making some visits to the next crop of players. The momentum hasn’t stalled a bit for the Kentucky staff.
9) Dallas is no one’s favorite place after this weekend…
I don’t think I need to go into much detail on this one. Delayed flights, icy roads, late nights, bad losses… Let’s just forget this ever happened. Unless you are the UK women’s basketball team. The real winners of the weekend were the ladies, as they not only came away with a 2nd win over a top-10 ranked team in the span of a week, but also captured the attention of the sports world in a 4 OT thriller win against Baylor. While most of the world tuned into ESPN to catch the Baylor-Kentucky men’s game, they were instead treated to an instant-classic that saw both teams go back and forth before Kentucky finally pulled away from the Bears. Matthew Mitchell’s squad got a ton of good publicity and buzz from the event, which will hopefully propel them in their quest for the school’s first women’s basketball Final 4.
10) We knew that this stretch of games would be a growing experience… Breathe.
When it’s all said and done, we knew that this stretch of games which the Cats are in the midst of (Providence, Baylor, Boise State, North Carolina, Belmont and Louisville) would provide a huge test and a chance for growth for this young team. We expected Kentucky could potentially take a few blows during this stretch, especially once we cooled on the idea of a perfect season thanks to Michigan State. The reality is that this team is young and this string of games allows very little margin for error. The teams are all good teams, and each game provides a challenge in one way or another for the Cats. With Christmas break just around the corner (meaning the Cats will get unlimited practice time with Cal), this team could undergo some serious growth and improvement, even if they still take a few more losses between now and the first of the year. Just breathe though, folks. Perhaps our expectations were too high to begin with. But this team has plenty of time, and plenty of upcoming chances against good opponents to right the ship.
By Wilder Treadway on ©9:30 pm
At Marshall County’s Hoop Fest this past weekend Devin Booker sat down with Steve Jones from the Courier Journal who picked Booker’s brain about all things UK, the tournament, and his fellow 2014 recruiting class. Booker left the interview with some good quotes, my favorite being “I still think we have the best class. Obviously Duke has a really good class. But I feel like even if we ended right now (with no more signees) we’d be the best class. At the end of the day, we have to show it on the next level. ” He also mentioned that him and the other UK recruits for next season have an ongoing group text to talk about all things, not just basketball. Wonder how much people would be willing to pay to read that…
And hallelujah…he thinks free throws are important. The Wildcats need that.
You can check out the whole thing online here.