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February 9th, 2016

Marcus Lee gets back that lobbin’ feeling

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The Cats are off to a great start in Rupp, leading Georgia 24-13. Not only are the shots from the outside falling, Kentucky’s inside game is working so far too. Check out this lob from Tyler Ulis to Marcus Lee:

Bring back that lobbin’ feeling!


Kentucky vs. Georgia (First Half Comment Thread)

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Hello, friends. What an exciting day it’s been, and we’ve still got a long way to go. Your University of Kentucky Wildcats are about to take on the Georgia Bulldogs at Rupp Arena. Nick Roush and Freddie Maggard are court side at Rupp, while I’m on the couch here in Nashville. Apparently, the wifi at Rupp is having some issues (still grossed out by the Katina Powell interview, I assume), so bear with us.

If you missed it earlier, Ryan “Scoop” Lemond shared the news with us that Alex Poythress may be out longer than we anticipated with his knee injury. Tonight’s starters are Tyler Ulis, Jamal Murray, Isaiah Briscoe, Derek Willis, and Marcus Lee.

You know the drill. Let us hear your thoughts and refresh the page with CTRL+F5 and Command+R.


UK confirms Alex Poythress is out tonight

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This won’t be news if you heard Scoop Lemond on the pregame show, but UK just confirmed that Alex Poythress is out of tonight’s game with a knee injury. Alex didn’t play vs. Florida either, and according to Ryan, he had a minor procedure and will be out 10-14 days.

Hopefully the Cats can continue to take care of business without him.


Georgia, Georgia: The backcourt breakdown

A little music from my good man, Mr. Charles, to serenade your ears for this Georgia guard play scouting report. Let’s get to it. The Bulldogs have good players, they just don’t have enough of them, frankly. They have struggled shooting the ball over the last two games, and they’re 1-5 on the road so far this year. Not a very pretty statistic for a primarily older, veteran-led Georgia squad.

Their top four players score 80% of their points, despite having 9 players on the roster that log more than 10 minutes per game. With Kentucky coming off a convincing rout of Florida in Rupp on Saturday, we shouldn’t have much issue with an overmatched Georgia squad if the Cats can effectively defend the perimeter tonight. Emoji eyes on you, Jamal. The Cats look primed for some good basketball, and our perimeter defense will tell the story tonight. Without further ado, here’s your UGA backcourt breakdown.

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From left to right, Kenny Gaines, J.J. Frazier, Charles Mann. Know the names, know ’em well. Individually, they each shoot better than 40% from 3-point land, and they all shoot nearly 70% from the line or better. Frazier leads the team in points, steals, assists, free-throw percentage (81%), and comes second in rebounding to big man, Yante Maten. Frazier is the alpha bulldog. He does just about everything very well on the offensive side of the ball, and at just 5’10 he has the talent to play at the next level. He’s got a big ol’ yap on him, but I guess you can talk if you walk the walk.

The senior leaders on this team, Kenny Gaines and Charles Mann, are both excellent shooters and physical scoring guards. Gaines is listed at 6’3″, but he has a forty-five inch vertical leap that allows him to glide to the rim. He’s a very skilled guard and will put pressure on our guards tonight with his strength and athleticism. Charles Mann is a big guard that can spread the floor out and take advantage of mismatches with his 6’5″, 215 pound frame. He loves to drive the ball and get to the free throw line, where he has shot 40 more free-throws than the next closest Bulldog this season. He’s a slasher, that’s his bread and butter, but he can also stroke from long-range.

 


Five Things You Need to Know About Yante Maten

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Tonight the Cats will be coming in hot against the Dawgs after a much needed win against Florida on Saturday. The Bulldogs are currently 13-8 overall and 6-4 in league play, putting them fifth in the SEC.

The Bulldogs have a decent front court with their most valuable asset, Yante Maten. So before tip later on tonight past my bedtime, here are the five things you need to know about Georgia’s up and coming front court star:

On a defensive team, he’s the star

Georgia is without a doubt a defensive team. On average the Bulldogs hold their opponents to just 37.5% from field-goal range, good enough for sixth in the nation. Maten is just one part of that, but he’s a very large part, leading the team in rebounds (7.9) and blocks (2) per game. They must stop him from going up and over to get those blocks and rebounds.

He played well against UK last year

When Georgia and Kentucky met for the first time last year in Rupp, Maten was one rebound away from posting a double-double. Maten came off the bench to score 13 points and grab nine rebounds. Obviously the atmosphere of Rupp didn’t bother him last year and probably won’t bother him this year with more experience under his belt.

A couple of Big 10 teams recruited him in high school

Before his senior year, Maten was just a three-star recruit getting looks from Colorado and Utah, but after a blow-out senior season, schools like Michigan State and Indiana came calling. However, Maten chose Georgia, where he felt God was calling him, and after waiting his turn last year, it’s definitely paying off for him this year.

He apparently dunked on Karl Towns last year

I don’t remember this but, ya know, good for him.

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Isaac Humphries could be a potential matchup

Yesterday, John Robic met with media and discussed why Isaac Humphries playing time had been limited until recently. According to Robic, part of the reason that he hasn’t been playing much is because they haven’t met a team with a lot of size in the post. That’s a different story tonight. In order to win, they’re going to need guys like Humphries to be able to shut down Georgia inside.


Scoop Lemond has some SCOOP

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When Ryan Lemond has scoop, he can’t help but share it.  After all, he is a reporter.

Today’s scoop was dropped on the pregame show regarding Alex Poythress.  Even though Poythress’ status has been considered day-to-day, with tonight’s status unknown, Scoop told the universe that Alex will NOT play tonight and that he expects Poythress to sit out for the next 10-14 days.

Ryan had some reservations, holding back because he believed UK didn’t want the news to be widespread, but the cat’s out of the bag.  After all, Ryan is a reporter.


Three Future Wildcats are Naismith Semifinalists

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Three of Calipari’s 2016 signees — De’Aaron Fox, Bam Adebayo and Malik Monk — make up the list of ten semifinalists for the Naismith Player of the Year Award.

Even though Calipari has had unprecedented recruiting success at Kentucky, he’s never had a Naismith Award Winner.  The last Wildcat to win the award was Ron Mercer, back in 1995.  One Kentuckian made the list; Erin Boley of Elizabethtown was selected as a semifinalist for the women’s award.

The winners will be announced on March 10.


Listen to the KSR Pregame Show

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Today’s been pretty crazy around the KSR compound.  Let’s talk about it.  I don’t know if this show will be the #1 live streaming show in America, but I know Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond will have plenty of fun at Rupp Arena before the Cats take on the Georgia Bulldogs.

Tune to 630 WLAP or LISTEN HERE.


Devin Booker reminded he is a rookie

Devin Booker may be a participant in the upcoming NBA All-Star Weekend, but he is still a rookie in the league. Booker was reminded of that today when his Suns teammates filled his car with styrofoam peanuts, one of the oldest rookie hazing tricks in the book.

Luckily Booker just bought himself a brand new Jeep, according to his SnapChat:

Rough life for the 19-year-old.


Louisville is more Sinful than Las Vegas

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It’s no secret that Louisville is full of sin, but until recently it was difficult to quantify.

Real estate website Trulia.com compiled the Top 10 Sinful Cities and Saintly Sanctuaries in honor of this day of debauchery, Fat Tuesday.  They based their rankings on the seven deadly sins — lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and vanity, and pride.  The Top 10:

1.  New Orleans
2.  Atlantic City
3.  Philadelphia
4.  Tampa
5.  Toledo, Ohio
6.  Louisville
7.  Shreveport, Lousiana 
8.  Las Vegas
9.  San Antonio
10.  Columbus, Ohio

On a day when the Louisville Sex Scandal has been the talk of the town, it’s no surprise the city is more sinful than Vegas, however, lust isn’t what put Louisville ahead of others.  The state’s largest city was ranked in the Top 30 in gluttony, sloth and envy.

If you want to be saintly, I suggest you head to Utah.

1.  Provo-Orem, Utah
2.  Ogden-Clearfield, Utah
3.  Fort Collins, Colorado
4.  Tuscaloosa, Alabama
5.  Raleigh, NC
6.  Claremont, NH-Lebanon, Vermont
7.  Boise, Idaho
8.  Asheville, NC
9.  Greeley, Colorado
10.  Cambridge, Massachusetts

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You’re running out of time for cheap tickets to tonight’s game

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Kentucky basketball’s Winter Special is still available for fans wanting to attend tonight’s game. Upper-level tickets can be purchased for $25 through UK until 6 pm. You can buy them online at Ticketmaster.com with the promo code SNOW.

Again, that’s $25 to see a basketball game in Rupp Arena. You’re not going to beat that, ever. So hurry up and get in on this deal before it ends in about an hour and a half.

Go Cats.


George Karl is (Somehow) Still the Kings’ Head Coach

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Hector Amezcua | The Sacramento Bee

The Cal to the NBA rumors were this close to reaching a new boiling point.

Once a playoff team, the Sacramento Kings continue to slide down the Western Conference standings, losing eight of their last nine games.  After last night’s 20-point loss to the Cavs (their fourth in a row), Rajon Rondo said that maybe 3-4 guys showed up to the Monday morning shootaround.  “How can you expect to win?” he asked reporters.

Following the game, ESPN’s Marc Stein reported that the Kings planned on firing head coach George Karl during All-Star break that begins Wednesday.  Today they took the drama to the next level.  According to Stein, in a face-to-face standoff with Karl and the Kings front office, they’ve decided to keep Karl.  General Manager Vlade Divac said in a statement, “George is our coach and we’re collectively working through our issues.”

For Kentucky fans, it’s relieving to not have to hear anymore Calipari-Vivek rumors, but for Rondo, DeMarcus Cousins and Willie Cauley-Stein, it might just mean they’ll have to endure a tumultuous second half of the season.

The Kings currently have second-longest active NBA playoff drought at nine years, and according to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, there’s a 95% chance it will be extended for another season.


Will Jackson has been Dismissed from the Football Team

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Redshirt freshman cornerback Will Jackson has been dismissed from the Kentucky football team for a violation of team rules, a UK spokesman confirmed to Jon Hale of The Courier-Journal.

A product of the Washington D.C. area, Jackson was a late addition to the 2015 class after experiencing a rash of defections near National Signing Day.  A hulking, strong corner, Freddie Maggard was a big proponent of the raw talent, excited to see his development.  Unfortunately, that will not be at Kentucky.

Jackson’s absence should not be detrimental to the depth chart.  Two members of his recruiting class — Chris Westry and Derrick Baity — finished the year as starters with fellow freshman Kei Beckham redshirting.  Sophomore Jared Tucker is in the mix, J.D. Harmon will be back this fall for his Senior campaign and three of the best ’16 signees are cornerbacks.


WATCH Katina Powell on KSR

 

Due to length, the interview has been broken up into four parts for your viewing pleasure.

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Miss Katina Powell’s KSR interview? Here’s what happened

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Katina Powell just wrapped up her interview with Matt on KSR, and it’s all anyone in the Commonwealth can talk about today. Nick will have full video up on the site soon, but until then, here are some notes….

Who was the player that first opened to the door to Minardi Hall?

One of the most interesting moments of the interview came when Katina described her first trip to Minardi Hall. She said a player opened the door for the girls, but apparently Chuck Smrt, the investigator UofL hired to look into the allegations, told her it was a different player than she originally thought.

“We were let in by a player,” Powell said. “I don’t want to say [which player] because once I spoke with NCAA — or Chuck Smrt — he said it wasn’t the player that I said.”

That means that Smrt knew a player opened the door, validating that it did, in fact, happen.

The line heard around the Bluegrass

I’ve already posted the quote everyone in the state’s talking about, but because of that, it’s worth repeating. Powell said that she dealt with Andre McGee until McGee left Louisville for the University of Missouri-Kansas City, after which she dealt with “Coach Mike,” who had some very interesting demands for her.

“He was just telling me the type of girls that he wanted. He wanted white girls with big butts and big breasts and girls that could squirt to the ceiling and you know, things like that.”

😳 This will rank up there with “down my leg” and “15 seconds” in UofL quotes I can’t unhear.

The ledger was compiled later

Powell brought her journals with her to the show, and a big point of contention since the book came out was that the ledger (record of payments) looked as though it was done all at once, not after each show over the years. Powell confirmed that she compiled the ledger in 2013 from years of notes.

“Yes, and let me explain that. It was done in one sitting,” Powell said. “When I say that I did it as a I went, if you look at the top of my journals, you ‘ll see the amount that was paid at the top. I went back because I wanted to count up how many times I’ve done it and how much was paid and that’s how I did it. Then I sat down one day and went back in all my journals and counted up how many times I did it and how much I was paid and that’s why it was written in one sitting.”

Powell also confirmed that the $10,000 figure she mentioned in the book was only money SHE received, not money that was paid to other dancers.

Powell says she had a sexual relationship with one of the players

But declined to say who.

Peyton Siva only came to one party

Powell confirmed that Chane Behanan, Montrezl Harrell, Russ Smith, Chris Smith, Terrence Jennings, George Goode, and Wayne Blackshear all attended parties, and that Peyton Siva only came to one, near the end.

“He came to the last — close to the last party. He was leaving and he came in and we were shocked because he never had come to parties. You never see Siva. He came to that one party and that was it.”

Powell said that more players attended the parties than the ones she listed, but she couldn’t keep track.

“Right, there were a lot of players that came in,” Powell said. “The only one that I could say that wouldn’t come was Siva because, you know, once you see a lot of the players, you start to think they all look the same, as far as a lot of the white players or — I knew pretty much all the black players. I’m not trying to be racist. I knew the black players. Some of the white players would just step in, come in and do various things and leave back out.”

Powell’s answer about employing her daughters

Powell has been honest and up front about the fact that her daughters performed in shows for her. Today, she maintained that her daughters were “grown” (18 and over) when they started performing, but that one was 17 when she “started picking up money.” The question many of us have been asking is, as a mother, how could she willfully employ her daughters in activities like this?

“My daughters wanted to do it is what people don’t understand,” Powell said. “It was kids their age. They were high school kids, they were coming into college, this was a college setting, the guys weren’t that much older, they were not 17 and having sex with anybody.”

“A lot of parents don’t want to see a lot of their kids do a lot of things, but that’s just the cards sometimes that we’re dealt. I have good girls, I really do. I have really good girls. They’re smart. They don’t get in trouble — well, I can’t say they don’t get in — they do what average kids do. To say that I feel bad, I can’t say that I feel bad because I didn’t make anybody do anything. I never prostituted anybody, I never made anybody do anything. My girls begged and begged me for years to go. Finally, I’m like okay — the other were like, ‘let them go, let them go,’ so.”

Powell estimated that “7-8” members of the 2013 National Championship team participated in parties

Based on the players she’s already listed, I think you can guess who.

She feels bad for Damion Lee and Trey Lewis

Of course, the real losers in this whole mess are UofL fifth-year transfers Damion Lee and Trey Lewis, who were not part of the program when any of it happened and, because of UofL’s self-imposed postseason ban, won’t be able to play in the NCAA Tournament. Powell said that while doesn’t have a lot of regrets, she does feel bad that Lee and Lewis will miss out on the tournament.

“In a sense, I do have some regrets about what I did. I don’t feel like I did the wrong thing. I feel like a lot of people were punished that were innocent,” Powell said of Lee and Lewis. “They did nothing. I didn’t know of those guys, they had nothing to do with this. They had nothing to do with it whatsoever. It seems like it comes down on me because they can’t play in the tournament and you know — all of this. I do feel bad for them. Again, they had nothing to do with it and I never sanctioned those boys.”

She’s received threats

Powell said she plans to stay in Louisville, and for the most part, she only gets stares from Louisville fans when she goes in public; however, she did say that sometimes, she doesn’t feel safe.

“In a sense, sometimes. Sometimes I don’t feel safe. I get threats all the time. I’ve had a local radio station, 104.7, give away Bryson Teller tickets if someone could tell them my address.”

She feels bad for Andre McGee. Pitino? “No comment”

Powell wanted to clear up rumors that she and McGee were romantically involved, telling Matt and listeners that the two were simply friendly business partners.

“Andre and I had no relationship. We had no love affair, we didn’t have any of that. It was just business.” Katina said. “He called me and asked me to do business and I did exactly what I was asked to do. That was the bottom line.”

However, Powell said she does feel bad for Andre for having to go through this. Pitino? Ehh…

“No comment,” Powell said when asked if she felt bad for Pitino. “No comment.” Matt pressed her a little further, to which she finally said, “Do I feel bad? No.”

Check out that glance she gives her lawyer:

Later on, Matt asked if Powell was mad at Rick Pitino, and while she said she was not, she did admit she doesn’t like some of the things Rick has said about her in the media.

“I don’t. That’s his opinion. I’m not mad at Rick Pitino. I have no reason to be mad at Rick. Rick has done nothing personally to me. I’ve never talked to Rick, I’ve never had conversations with Rick.”

How would she feel if this scandal caused Rick to resign?

“That wouldn’t be my call, and I wouldn’t — I have no comment.”

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