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By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©March 27th, 2015 @ 2:00pm
We may need to add fortune teller to the growing list of Andrew Harrison’s skills. Last week, Andrew predicted the Cincinnati/Purdue game would go to overtime, and it did. According to his teammates last night, Andrew also predicted he’d made a crazy circus shot in the game, and he did.
“It was crazy,” Dakari said. “He said he called it, but that was crazy stuff.”
“Actually in the first half, when he stole it and went up, he said he should’ve put it behind his back,” Aaron Harrison told Jon Hale. “So he just did it right there. It was pretty cool.”
“I practice it all the time,” Andrew quipped.
“That was smooth, I’ve never seen anything like that before, especially on a stage like this,” Karl said. “That just shows you how loose we are.”
The shot just gets more and more ridiculous each time you watch it:
Hey Andrew, how are you feeling about tomorrow’s game?
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©March 27th, 2015 @ 1:30pm
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©March 27th, 2015 @ 1:00pm
When Aaron Harrison ran off the court in pain during the second half, it looked like something was seriously wrong. Harrison was doubled over, holding his left hand and sprinting back to the locker room.
The picture of Andrew’s dislocated finger circulated quickly on Twitter, and just as I was getting control over my dry heaves, Aaron was back on the bench. Because he’s a stone cold killer, he popped his finger back into place himself.
“I had no choice,” Aaron said. “I just felt like I needed to get it back, so I pulled it. Chris put a towel over it and I just pulled it out myself and it went back in.”
Thankfully, the injury was to Aaron’s left hand–his non-shooting hand–and minutes later, he checked back into the game. “I just told him I can still shoot Coach, I’m good,” Aaron said of his conversation with Cal on the bench. “I went back out there so I could get back in the game.”
I’m the same way when I get a paper cut.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©March 27th, 2015 @ 12:30pm
Tyler Ulis was especially swaggy in last night’s locker room, telling reporters that West Virginia got what they asked for.
“Be careful what you ask for,” Ulis said. “Like Cal always says, they can talk, but eventually they’ve gotta step in the ring. It’s like when everyone talks about Floyd (Mayweather), they gonna beat him. We came in, and we just tried to beat them down.”
How did it feel?
“It feels great,” Ulis said, repeating for emphasis, “it feels great.” He later told me he wanted to hang 50 on the Mountaineers. “We wanted to come out and kill them, win by 50 and show them what we’re about.”
Watch swaggy Ulis for yourself:
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©March 27th, 2015 @ 12:00pm
How big was Kentucky’s win last night? UK’s 39-point margin ties Louisville’s 2009 win over Arizona for the largest ever in Sweet 16 history.
Additionally, according to Darren Rovell, Kentucky is the first team to double up its opponent this late in the NCAA Tournament since 1940.
More history for a historic squad.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©March 27th, 2015 @ 11:00am
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©March 27th, 2015 @ 10:30am
Judging by Twitter, it seemed like everyone in America watched last night’s game. By now, you’ve seen most of the local takes on the game, but what are people saying outside of the Commonwealth? Here’s a sampling of the best reactions to last night’s rout:
Comedian Frank Caliendo:
“By 36-1, I really meant we’d lose this one by 36.” – That West Virginia guard
— Frank Caliendo (@FrankCaliendo) March 27, 2015
West Virginia still talkin that mess or naa?? Ha. #BBN
— Nerlens Noel (@NerlensNoel3) March 27, 2015
SportsCenter with a sobering stat:
WVU freshman Daxter Miles Jr. – who said Kentucky would be 36-1 after playing Mountaineers – finishes with 0 points (0-3 FG) in 19 minutes.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 27, 2015
Fox Sports’Aaron Torres:
Amazing stat @JoshtheGoldman just told me: If Kentucky hadn't scored a single point in the second half, theyd still have won by 5 points
— Aaron Torres (@Aaron_Torres) March 27, 2015
For the record, I am in next to last place in my pool. But you probably already guessed that.
— Shane Battier (@ShaneBattier) March 27, 2015
— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) March 27, 2015
— Seth Rosenthal (@seth_rosenthal) March 27, 2015
That about sums it up.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©March 27th, 2015 @ 9:55am
Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Friday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio. Everyone else get plenty of sleep? Ha! Me neither. But, after last night’s beatdown of West Virginia, who needs sleep? The Cats are in the Elite Eight and looked absolutely dominant against the Mountaineers. A mere eight hours after finishing the postgame show, Matt and Drew will be on to talk about it some more.
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By Bryan the Intern on ©March 27th, 2015 @ 9:00am
Since the NCAA began seeding the NCAA Tournament in 1979, UK has been involved in a few blowouts at the Sweet 16 round or later. But for our purposes, how has the bounceback game generally gone for the Cats? Well, below are the examples:
Sweet 16: Defeated 5-seed Wake Forest 103-69
Elite 8: Defeated 3-seed Florida State 106-81
Final Four: Lost to 1-seed Michigan 81-78 (ot)
Sweet 16: Defeated 5-seed Arizona State 97-73
Elite 8: Lost to 2-seed North Carolina 74-61
Sweet 16: Defeated 4-seed Utah 101-70
Elite 8: Defeated 2-seed Wake Forest 83-63
Final Four: Defeated 1-seed UMASS 81-74
Sweet 16: Defeated 6-seed UCLA 94-68
Elite 8: Defeated 1-seed Duke 86-84
Sweet 16: Defeated 5-seed West Virginia 78-39
Elite 8: ???????
Just a combined 3-3 in the games following the blowout. Now of course this UK team is probably better than any of those other teams, so I am not sure that number should particularly scare anybody. I think the bigger point is that UK better buckle down once again for Notre Dame. Last night was a lot of fun but if we think the Irish will roll over and die because WVU did, we will be sorely mistaken.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©March 27th, 2015 @ 8:34am
Here’s some breaking news to get your morning rolling. According to various outlets, Tennessee head coach Donnie Tyndall just got fired.
Although not confirmed, the firing most likely is a result of the ongoing NCAA investigation into Tyndall’s tenure at Southern Miss. The NCAA is investigating the program for improper financial aid provided to non-scholarship players, along with academic misconduct.
By Courtney Sealey on ©March 27th, 2015 @ 8:30am
Wendy’s Fresh-Made Salads offer healthy fast food choices, fresh toppings, and the choice to select from nutritious options for healthy living. ___________________________________________________________________ You can be a part of Wendy’s KSR Top Ten Tweets by using hashtags like #KSR #BBN or #KSRtopten. If we like what we see, it could be posted the next day. Now. On to the tweets:
#10 Michael Vinson
— Michael Vinson (@mlv4cats) March 26, 2015
I am officially publicly shaming this guy on KSR.
#9 Oscar Combs
Sitting here on 16th floor of Clev'lnd hotel, watching snow fall & all I'm thinking about is @JaredLorenzen22 ordering up a chocolate shake.
— Oscar Combs (@wildcatnews) March 26, 2015
@wildcatnews I know u meant shakeS!!! Not gonna be just one.
— jared lorenzen (@JaredLorenzen22) March 26, 2015
I love this duo together.
#8 Brad Paisley
— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) March 26, 2015
I hate country even more now.
#7 Andrew 36-0 Payne
So Gottliebs upset pick last week? Buffalo over WVU. But somehow this week WVU is gonna beat UK? Which is it? Can't have both bud. #KSRTop10
— Andrew 36-0 Payne (@majorpayne12321) March 26, 2015
It’s because Gottlieb is all powerful and can do what he wants.
#6 Barry Carty
— Barry Carty (@barrycarty13) March 26, 2015
Too late, guys.
#5 brandon lutsch
— brandon lutsch (@blutsch813) March 26, 2015
Alright. That’s one face down and about twenty to go.
#4 Kyle Gibson
Huntington would be a key strategic outpost if a war breaks out between Kentucky and West Virginia.
— Kyle Gibson (@KyleisGibson) March 26, 2015
#3 Phillip Stickler
— Phillip Stickler (@SSG_Stickman83) March 26, 2015
#2 Amelia B. McCormick
— Amelia B. McCormick (@AmeliaMcCormick) March 26, 2015
The sad thing is you probably aren’t the first Kentucky fan to do this.
#1 Matthew Mahone
— Matthew Mahone (@mmahone75) March 26, 2015
You are wrong, Matthew. WVU has 17 NCAA titles.
(from the rifle team)
By Drew Franklin on ©March 27th, 2015 @ 2:00am
Not since March 26th, 1949 has a team failed to score 40 points in an NCAA Tournament game against the Kentucky Wildcats. That’s what happens when you run your mouth, I guess, which West Virginia did a lot this week. Bob Huggins said he was okay with the trash talking, downplaying the notion it fueled Kentucky’s players to play harder. “That’s a bunch of BS,” Huggins said, when asked if he thought UK used his Mountaineers’ words as motivation.
Whether the talking did or didn’t add to the fire, Kentucky played like a team that was out for blood. The Cats dominated from the opening tip en route to a 44-18 halftime score and on to the 39-point win. That’s not how Sweet 16 games are to be played, FYI. It tied the record for largest margin of victory in the Sweet 16 and was only the second time in history a team doubled up its opponent in a regional semifinal or later. Again, it was a whoopin’.
Oh, and it was all done without Karl Towns, the future No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. Towns scored one point and grabbed two rebounds in 13 minutes of action. Calipari said, “We know how good Karl is and he feels bad about how he played, but he’d feel great for his teammates but he needs to have a presence.”
Kentucky did get big games from just about everyone else, including Dakari Johnson, who reached double figures for the first time since mid-February. He was joined by four other Wildcats — Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison, Trey Lyles and Devin Booker — with double digits in the scoring column.
As for the opponent, West Virginia shot 24 percent from the field — the lowest by any team in a Sweet 16 game, ever — and had only two players with more than six points. Daxter Miles, Mr. Guarantee, added zero to the scoring column. He went 0-for-3 from the field in the game he was certain Kentucky would lose.
Up next for the Wildcats is Notre Dame for a spot in the Final Four. The Irish are the complete opposite of what Kentucky saw in West Virginia tonight. Mike Brey’s team has one of the best offenses in the country but doesn’t defend, so buckle up for a high-scoring contest.
And don’t worry, Aaron Harrison’s finger is fine.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©March 27th, 2015 @ 1:40am
Right after the game, Devin Booker tweeted “36 and won,” a great take on Daxter Miles’ 36-1 shot at the Cats yesterday. The tweet was a popular topic in the locker room tonight, but Dakari Johnson said he came up with it first.
“Nah! I came up with it,” Dakari said, interrupting Booker’s interviews. “I’ll let him take the credit though. I’ll let him take the credit.”