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By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©November 20th, 2014 @ 5:30pm
There are A LOT of great UK parody Twitter accounts out there nowadays, from Not Jerry Tipton to Alex Poythress the type of dude. Another one came across my timeline this afternoon: @UKStoleMyFish. UK Stole My Fish tweets out actual, unedited message board comments from rival fans, which, given the Cats’ success lately, makes for some pretty hilarious reading. Here are just a few:
"Ugh. The KY juggernaut continues." #UNC
— KentuckyStoleMyFish (@UKStoleMyFish) November 20, 2014
"I'll take Pitino's way of doing things every day over the way they are doing it down the road." #UofL (UK was up 30 on KU at the time.)
— KentuckyStoleMyFish (@UKStoleMyFish) November 20, 2014
"This was the basketball equivalent of the Spanish-American War." #Kansas
— KentuckyStoleMyFish (@UKStoleMyFish) November 20, 2014
We are excited to announce that UK Stole My Fish will also be doing a weekly post for KSR on Fridays, starting tomorrow, so get ready to see more.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©November 20th, 2014 @ 5:00pm
Get ready to see a lot of threes tomorrow night in Rupp. Last season, Boston University ranked 31st in the nation in three-point attempts with 282, or 8.1 per game. Through two games this season, they’re 17-40 for an impressive 42.5% (UK is 29%). Today, John Robic was asked how the team will defend the three since burning it up behind the arc is pretty much the only way teams will be able to beat UK this season.
“I mean, we’re so big that if we can keep them off the foul line and keep them off the three-point line, it’s gonna be tough to score. Teams are gonna come in with the theory that, ‘we have to beat them from the three-point line.’ If we can do a good job of that and make them drive into our bigs, we like what our bigs do defensively, and that’s an important stat. We just can’t give away free points from the three-point line.”
Boston’s Cheddi Mosely is hitting an impressive 67% from behind the arc so far this season. Hopefully, the Cats clamp down on the perimeter and don’t turn him into another Devan Downey.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©November 20th, 2014 @ 4:35pm
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©November 20th, 2014 @ 4:10pm
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©November 20th, 2014 @ 3:25pm
John Calipari says the main reason UK did the Bahamas trip was to get his players to buy into the platoon system. It worked; today, John Robic told the media that the platoon system is succeeding because the players genuinely like each other and are therefore willing to sacrifice individual goals for the team. “This group genuinely likes each other,” Robic said, pointing to the Bahamas trip as a crucial bonding experience. “We have great kids that — you’re right, they have given up some of their game, but they want to win. I think they’re doing what it takes to win when they’re on the floor and when they’re not on the floor. It takes a special player and a special person when you’re not in the game to be actively involved, and they are every time they go in and out.”
Tuesday night showed us what Kentucky is capable of when the platoon system is running on all cylinders. Robic said he was very pleased with his team’s play, especially how they rose to the challenge after Kansas’ run at the end of the first half. “Probably the biggest thing is how they were going to react to a high-level game against a very good, top-ranked opponent. We obviously played really well and I thought everybody responded very, very well in that game, even towards the end of the first half when Kansas made a little run at us to cut it at halftime,” Robic said. “Guys grouped together at halftime and really answered the challenge coming out of that halftime to score the first six points and bump that lead up.”
The Bahamas: forming platoons and unlikely friendships between media members since summer 2014.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©November 20th, 2014 @ 2:45pm
The Harrison Twins are usually pretty reserved in their comments to the press, but even they let a little swag slip out in today’s media opportunity. Both said they could sympathize with Kansas after UK’s relentless beatdown because that’s what practice is like everyday at UK.
Also, to all the haters who claim the players’ egos will get in the way of the platoon system, the Twins said that routing a top-five team in the fashion UK did Kansas playing only 20 minutes a game is just as satisfying as getting 30+ minutes of playing time.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©November 20th, 2014 @ 2:25pm
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©November 20th, 2014 @ 1:52pm
UK’s 2015 recruiting just got even stranger. According to Corey Evans, 2015 power forward Thomas Bryant will take an unofficial visit to Kentucky tomorrow. UK has not offered the 6’10” big man, but that may change very soon.
Bryan is considered the 7th best power forward and the 25th overall player in the 2015 class by 247 Sports Composite, and plays for the famous Huntington Prep in West Virginia. Syracuse, Indiana, and Missouri are high on the Rochester, New York native’s list, with Syracuse the perceived favorite. It’s also worth mentioning that former Huntington Prep coach Rob Fulford is now an assistant on Missouri’s staff.
He’ll be in Rupp tomorrow night for UK/Boston University, so make him feel welcome. Until then, watch him work:
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©November 20th, 2014 @ 1:30pm
I’ll admit, I didn’t watch the first season of CMT’s “Party Down South” (“Jersey Shore” in the south) because the billboard on Broadway and West End in Nashville made it look pretty disgusting, but apparently it was successful enough to get a second season. Why do you care? That second season features a UK student. Harrodsburg native Hunter Robinson is one of the stars and makes quite the impression in this trailer that came out a few weeks ago. The part where he’s tells a keg “you saved me from the dark times” has Emmy written all over it.
According to the Herald-Leader (who actually did a story on this, believe it or not), Robinson beat out almost 1,000 applicants to be on the show and filled out an application late one night after he googled one of the original cast members he thought was hot.
“Party Down South 2″ premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET on CMT. Make us proud, Hunter.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©November 20th, 2014 @ 12:00pm
A few weeks after his interview with John Calipari, Seth Davis interviewed the coach down the road, Rick Pitino. Seth asked Rick about his relationship with Cal, which Rick insists isn’t a personal rivalry at all. “Personal rivalries are not good, school rivalries are great,” Rick said.” Oh, come on. Can we get a little bit realer now?
“I don’t think we’ve ever been enemies and I don’t think we’ve ever been true friends. We’ve been friendly. I have never in any way disliked him, in any way form or fashion. I don’t dislike anybody. I have a lot of flaws in my life, that’s not one of them. I’m not a hater at all. I don’t believe in hate in anything, anybody. I reserve those judgments for other people.”
Riiiight. Seth tried another tactic, asking Rick if he feels Calipari needs a foil to play against. Rick didn’t bite:
“You know, I can’t speak for him, I really can’t. I respect him a great deal as a basketball coach, I really do. I like what he does offensively and defensively. He certainly has the team from a recruiting standpoint, he’s getting it done. I respect the way he coaches. Throughout the years–I’ve known him since he was 15-year-old as a camper at Five-Star at Clarion State and he’s always been a student of the game. I’ve always had respect for him as a young person teaching shooting at Five-Star to today coaching. I don’t let it be a personal rivalry. Kentucky is a different story. That’s a real rivalry.”
Okay, if you have such warm fuzzies towards Cal, when’s the last time you shared a meal with him? “I think it was Cleveland, Indianapolis,” Rick said. “No more or less than any basketball coach.” Seth even hinted at Rick and Cal having a radio show together ala Joe B. and Denny. Rick’s response? “I think that was just canceled.”
So that’s a no, then?
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©November 20th, 2014 @ 11:15am
Excellent news: ESPN has assigned Bobby Knight to cover American Athletic Conference games this season, which means he will no longer drive us nuts during UK’s conference games. Instead, Joe Tessitore and Sean Farnham will call ESPN’s Thursday night SEC games. Farnham will also take Jimmy Dykes’ spot on ESPN’s Super Tuesday SEC slot, alongside Brad Nessler and Shannon Spake. Kara Lawson and Mark Jones will call SEC games on Saturdays.
Krackel for everyone!
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©November 20th, 2014 @ 10:30am
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©November 20th, 2014 @ 9:55am
Good morning, friends. I think Coach Cal is trying to tell us it’s time for Kentucky Sports Radio. Today, the guys will wrap up discussion of the win over Kansas and get you ready for tomorrow night’s game against Boston University. Tune in to hear that and much, much more.
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By Bryan the Intern on ©November 20th, 2014 @ 9:00am
Take a look at UK’s remaining schedule and there are still several potholes remaining on any kind of quest to go 40-0. Obviously, at least 3 of the 6 NCAA Tournament games will be difficult. But in the regular season, Texas, North Carolina, UCLA, and Florida (twice) still remain. And then there is Louisville. It is the only non-conference road game UK plays this year and it is very possible that the Cards are the best team on UK’s schedule. UL’s starting lineup is probably one of the best in the country, but UK holds severe advantages in overall size and depth. Matt on the postgame show Tuesday night mentioned that UL will probably be the biggest threat on UK’s schedule.
So I want to play the hypothetical game with you for a minute. Take this scenario and let me know if you take this deal:
-UK WINS THE NATIONAL TITLE
-UK GOES UNDEFEATED IN SEC PLAY
-UK FINISHES THE SEASON 39-1
-UK’S ONLY LOSS WOULD BE TO LOUISVILLE
If UK loses it’s toughest game remaining on the schedule, which in this scenario is Louisville, but wins the rest, where would your emotions lie? Or would you remove the guarantee of the national title if it meant that UK could win the Louisville game? Now consider the fact that removing the guarantee of a national title doesn’t mean UK doesn’t still win it. It simply means that it will not be a guarantee.
The point of this exercise is to get a sense from the fanbase about how important the UL game is this year when Kentucky might have one of it’s all-time best teams. Winning a national title is hard, even for a team as good as this one. The odds are still probably 3 to 1 at best that they win it. That’s significantly better than most year but still means UK would win the title less than 50% of the time. So even if it means that we have to take grief from UL fans for a few months, I would still take that deal. At the end of the day, the biggest goal of the year is to win the title. And any deal that guarantees that, I would take. Doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be a little bit tainted losing to Louisville, but at the end of the day, the banner is all that matters.
Your thoughts? How much would a loss to Louisville taint a national title, if any?