Kentucky is 20-0 after winning one of the worst college basketball games you will ever →
By C.M. Tomlin on ©January 30th, 2015 @ 1:00pm
Gil Corrano, Sports Reporter, The West Point Gazette
“I covered his first game as a head coach — Army versus Lehigh — in 1975. Army had been 3-22 the season before and no one was expecting much out of this new first-timer. But they beat Lehigh by 27 points in the season opener. Afterward, I caught up with him and asked him how it felt, you know, to be turning things around. I’ll never forget it; he looked me the eye and said ‘Now I have to win 999 more.’ I remember that I laughed, because I thought it was a joke, but then he held up a walnut and crushed it in his fist and let the shattered shell fall to the floor. I could see even then that he was motivated.”
Jim DeSalle, Duke Athletics Staff, 1980
“The weekend after we made Mike’s hiring official, I took him out for a drink to talk to him about his future at the university. I kidded him that his name was hard to pronounce, that it looked like some sort of crazy vanity license plate meant to convey a phrase with all the vowels taken out. He didn’t like that; he smashed a Michelob bottle on the bar and held the jagged glass to my neck. He was wild-eyed and screaming ‘Everyone will learn to say my name! Everyone!‘ The whole bar got quiet. It was weird, but I could tell he meant business.”
Linda Preston, Owner and Operator of Linda’s Playplace, Durham, NC
“In 1982 we filmed a PSA at our facility about kids and exercise, and Coach Krzyzewski came to film a piece on being a good sport. Everything went well on-camera, but off-camera one of the kids told Coach that he liked basketball even when he didn’t win. Coach Krzyzewski got really mad; he started smashing lego structures with his hands and kicked a ball through a plate glass window — and he told the kid that winning was the only thing. He ran outside shrieking and ripped some monkey bars out of the ground and did like $2,000 worth of damage. The kids were all crying and scared. One of those kids was Clay Aiken.”
Karl Malone, Member of the “Dream Team,” 1992 Olympics
We had just won our game against Panama and I hadn’t played as well as I could have; I was walking out of the arena and a taxi cab ran over me from behind, then stopped, backed up and ran over me again. Coach K was hanging out of the window of the taxi yelling ‘You will not take this win from me! You will not take my wins away from me!‘ I was really injured badly and was like ‘You’re not even the head coach! This doesn’t even count on your record!’ People were running around like ‘No mas! No mas! Detener the automóvil!‘ But we went back out there and brought home the gold.”
J.J. Redick, Duke University Basketball Player, 2002-2006
“We lost a game at Maryland in 2003 and after the game, I told Chris Duhon that we’d get them next time. Coach overheard it and picked up a brick — I don’t even know where he got it — and threw it at me, screaming that it would have been his 650th win and we screwed it all up for him. Then he stopped the bus on a bridge and made me get into a burlap sack, tied it with rope and pushed it into the Patuxent River. I almost died but I barely escaped from the sack before I froze to death. I guess I just didn’t have the drive, back then, that I needed. Coach gave me that drive.”
Bobby Knight, former Indiana Head Coach
“I remember after that 903rd win, where he broke my record. He visited my home and rang the doorbell. I came to the door to ask who it was and he said ‘Coach, it’s me, Mike. I wanted to talk to you about how much you’ve meant to me and what an inspiration you’ve been.’ I think he thought I’d be happy to see him, but instead I asked him to take one step back and then I pulled the lever that activates a trap door on my porch and he fell into the hole I had built to capture trespassers. People aren’t supposed to even get that close to the house to begin with.”
Mike Krzyzewski, Duke Head Coach
“There will be others who win more, but it’s kind of neat to be the first person to 1,000.”
Jim Boeheim, Syracuse Head Coach
“I don’t know who did this, but someone threw a rock through the front window of my home last night with a note that read STOP WINNING GAMES OR ELSE. I’ve turned it over to the authorities for a proper investigation, but I have my suspicions.”
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©January 30th, 2015 @ 12:45pm
…which makes you even luckier if you’re fortunate enough to attend. Marlana has sung the anthem for several women’s games over the years, the football game vs. Vandy this past September, and one of the basketball alumni games, but this will be her first time singing the anthem during a regular season men’s game in Rupp.
Because we gotta:
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©January 30th, 2015 @ 12:00pm
The Fast Food Bracket was a big hit (or miss, depending on your choices) last week, so I thought I’d get us all in the mood for Super Bowl Sunday with The Today Show’s Super Bowl Snack Bracket. See if you agree with my picks:
Wings vs. Party Mix: WINGS
I love me some Chex Mix (without the rye chips, please), but there is something so right about the combination of wings and football. They’re the Luke and Laura of Super Bowl snacks. Much messier to consume in a group setting than party mix, but man, when that tangy buffalo sauce hits your lips, it’s football snackin’ heaven.
Buffalo Chicken dip vs. Onion dip: BUFFALO CHICKEN DIP
Buffalo Chicken dip is the crack of Super Bowl snacks. Onion dip is good, but gives you awful breath. Easy call.
Salsa vs. Hummus: SALSA
While hummus has come a long way in recent years, it’s still the most boring snack on the menu. We all like to pretend that we love hummus, but unless you get the kind with the really spicy stuff in the middle, it pretty much goes untouched. Again, love hummus for a chill weekend cookout, but this is Super Bowl Sunday. No healthy stuff here. Salsa all the way.
Queso vs. Sub sandwich: QUESO
The novelty of the 6′ Subway sandwich is always fun, but queso is cheese and therefore wins in a landslide.
Chili vs. Sliders: CHILI
Like wings, chili just goes with football. And people LOVE to make chili. So much they get oddly competitive about it. Personally, I’m a fan of chorizo chili, but appreciate all varieties. It’s also much easier to make than sliders, which…if someone goes through the trouble of making enough sliders for an entire Super Bowl gathering, well, they’re doing too much. Chili in a landslide.
Guacamole vs. Potato Skins: POTATO SKINS
Some may view this as an upset, but I’m rolling with the potato skins here. I love guacamole, but there’s something deliciously decadent about a potato skin. It combines all the wonderful things in the world: carbs, cheese, and bacon, and on a day that embraces unhealthy food decisions, why not?
Nachos vs. Pigs in a blanket: NACHOS
Tough matchup, but I’ll vote nachos, even though they are kind of gross to eat in a group setting. Again, this is mainly because of the cheese factor.
Spinach dip vs. 7-layer dip: SPINACH DIP
If there’s one dip that you can trick yourself into thinking is somewhat healthy (even though it’s TOTALLY not), it’s Spinach Dip. 7-layer dip is a strong contender, but I’m going with spinach.
Wings vs. Buffalo Chicken Dip: WINGS
This may be the most difficult matchup in the entire bracket, but I have to go with wings for the aforementioned reasons. Wings and football are peas and carrots, and watching people try to eat them without looking grotesque can be just as entertaining as the game. I hate this loss for Buffalo Chicken Dip.
Salsa vs. Queso: QUESO
Because it’s cheese.
Chili vs. potato skins: CHILI
Potato skins are fun, but not enough to trump an iconic football snack.
Nachos vs. Spinach Dip: NACHOS
Even though by this point in the party, they’re congealed and when you dig in, you either get an entire chip full of cheese or a chip with nothing at all, gotta go with nachos, simply because when you are lucky enough to get that chip full of cheese, it is bliss.
Wings vs. Queso: WINGS
It was a good run, cheese, but you’re not beating a heavyweight like wings.
Chili vs. Nachos: CHILI
Chili in a knockout. The congealing effect comes back to bite nachos in the end.
Wings vs. Chili: CHILI
This is the Duke vs. Kentucky of Super Bowl snacks. Ali vs. Frazier. Both foods are excellent contenders, and thankfully, in real life, there is no loser here. Both also have excellent fixins: ranch/bleu cheese and celery for wings and cheese, sour cream, chives, and crackers for chili. It’s a close one, but I’m voting chili as my champion for the sheer fact that it’s even better the next day. Wings don’t have that kind of staying power. It’s a close one, though.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©January 30th, 2015 @ 11:28am
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©January 30th, 2015 @ 11:00am
The Kentucky football program has a BIG chance to recapture some momentum this afternoon when three-star wide receiver Tavin Richardson announces his decision at 4 p.m. ET. The 6’3″ 214 lbs. South Carolina native has been a longtime Kentucky target, and took an official visit to Lexington this past weekend, where he posed for that picture right there. Richardson is choosing between Kentucky and Central Florida, and by all accounts, the staff will be shocked if he doesn’t pick the Cats.
Meanwhile, Tommy Mainord and Derrick Ansley were in the DC area last night to check in on four-star safety Marcus Lewis, who will announce his decision on Tuesday. Lewis is teammates with current UK commit Jabari Greenwood, and both posted this picture with the UK coaches on Twitter last night:
— Jabari Greenwood (@JusCallMe_BARI) January 30, 2015
You look pretty awesome. Lewis is down to Kentucky and Miami, and landing a commitment from him would be absolutely huge for the program. He’s considered the fifth best safety in the country, and Kentucky sure could use some good mojo heading into Signing Day.
Come on down, Tavin and Marcus. We need you.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©January 30th, 2015 @ 10:30am
A photo posted by DeMarcus Cousins (@boogiecousins) on
UPDATE: Clay Travis has responded in a surprisingly impressive manner, pledging $5,000 to Demarcus’ charity of choice:
@boogiecousins Funny and well played. $5k to your charity of choice. Let me know where to send it.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravisBGID) January 30, 2015
That may be the only decent thing he’s ever done.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©January 30th, 2015 @ 9:55am
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By Drew Franklin on ©January 30th, 2015 @ 9:30am
By Bryan the Intern on ©January 30th, 2015 @ 9:00am
H/T to my buddy and yours, Beisner, for releasing this little nugget yesterday about Tyler Ulis. Beisner said that Ulis’ father told him before the season that a major goal of Tyler Ulis was to break the career assist record at UK. For those of you currently unaware, the current record is Dirk Minnifield at 646 assists. But considering that Ulis is a rarity at UK these days in that he could very likely stay for 4 years, I think it’s worth investigating whether or not it’s realistic that Tyler could challenge that record.
Ulis currently has 65 assists on the season through 20 games. Assuming UK does make the national title game this year (40 games), that means that Ulis is on pace for 130 assists this season. For comparison’s sake, Minniefield had 126 assists in his freshman season. So right there, Ulis is already on pace to be ahead of Minnifield through 1 season. And obviously keep in mind that Tyler is doing this while completely splitting time with Andrew Harrison. For the next 3 years (hopefully), Ulis will very likely be the starter and get many more minutes than he is right now. Of course Calipari could recruit another stud point guard and Ulis has to split time again, but right now he appears to be the guy.
While Ulis is on pace to beat Minniefield’s freshman assist total, he will have obviously have to increase that pace for the next 3 years. So if he continues to split time with somebody else, that will greatly limit his ability to do that. But for this post, let’s assume he plays serious minutes. What kind of pace will Ulis have to have to beat the assist record?
Ulis will likely benefit from playing more games in his career. Minnifield never played more than 34 games in a season, and that was in his freshman year. I think it’s likely Ulis will play more than that each year. I mean, UK gets a minimum of 31 regular season games a year now. Even if we go conservative and say UK plays 2 SEC Tournament games and 3 NCAA Tournament games a year, that still is 36 games a year. So let’s do the math:
FRESHMAN: 40 games, 3.6 apg, 130 total assists
SOPHOMORE: 36 games, 4.6 apg, 166 total assists (going up 1.0 apg)
JUNIOR: 36 games, 5.1 apg, 183 total assists (going up 0.5 apg)
SENIOR: 36 games, 5.6 apg, 202 total assists (going up 0.5 apg)
TOTAL: 681 career assists
That would be a new UK record. And I went on the conservative side of things on how many games UK could play in each year and how much improvement Ulis would have from year to year.
So what do you think? Is the assist record in danger if Tyler Ulis stays for 4 years?
By Brennan English on ©January 30th, 2015 @ 8:30am
We will focus most of our attention on relevant Kentucky sports-centric tweets but, as per usual, there are no limits to our madness. You, the KSR fans, can also participate in our top-10 tweet countdown by using hashtags such as #BBN #KSR #KSRTopTen, or by tweeting @KySportsRadio.
#10 Devin Booker
Knock us because you not us.
— Devin Booker (@DevinBook) January 29, 2015
Hear that Mizzou?
#9 Spencer Hall
Boogie Cousins is going to show as a starter at the All-Star game and no one will have the deathwish to tell him he's not.
— SPENCER HALL (@edsbs) January 30, 2015
Take what’s yours, Boogie.
#8 Tyler Thompson
Hey, haters: halfway there. pic.twitter.com/zQVVx3oqsD
— Tyler Thompson (@MrsTylerKSR) January 30, 2015
I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake.
#7 John Wilmhoff
— John Wilmhoff (@JohnWilmhoff) January 30, 2015
Get on it.
#6 Kelly Anderson
— Kelly Anderson (@bluekel) January 30, 2015
Well played, sir.
#5 Patrick Patterson
— Patrick Patterson (@pdpatt) January 30, 2015
#4 Dave Scott
— Dave Scott (@Finna_Go_HAM) January 30, 2015
48. Father of three. Minivan. Accounting firm in the burbs.
The last time the Kentucky Wildcats started 20-0, Pat Riley was their leading scorer. Yes. That Pat Riley.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 30, 2015
I’ve heard of him.
#2 Megan Calipari
— Megan Calipari (@MeganteCalipari) January 29, 2015
#1 Drew Franklin
— Drew Franklin (@DrewFranklinKSR) January 30, 2015
WHOOMP, THERE IT IS.
By Drew Franklin on ©January 30th, 2015 @ 12:24am
Kentucky is 20-0 after winning one of the worst college basketball games you will ever see. Missouri stretched it out longer than it needed to go by fouling on seemingly every possession, but the game is finally over and Columbia is in the rearview mirror with a 69-53 victory.
It’s really late and, honestly, I quit paying attention midway through the second half. (You wanted it to end, too. Don’t lie.) So we’re going to run through this recap quickly so we can rest up and attack it all again tomorrow as we get ready for Saturday’s game in Lex.
Let’s get to it, night owls…
Andrew Harrison was excellent.
EXCELLENT and hopefully this silences some of the Andrew-haters. Remember Cal saying the rain in Lexington is Andrew’s fault? The wreck on 75 is Andrew’s fault? We need to get away from all that because it’s unfair, undeserved and Andrew’s a great point guard, like he showed us tonight against Missouri.
He really played with confidence, got to the foul line a lot, hit his free throws, found his teammates, played good defense and did really anything else one could ask of him. It was an all-around great game from Jeff Goodman’s least favorite player in America.
Way to go, Andrew. We forgive you for the rain in Lexington.
There were entirely too many fouls called.
The two teams combined for 54 fouls in this one. Fifty. Four. Fouls. There’s no excuse for that. Kim Anderson said he didn’t want his team to commit 31 fouls, but it’s clear his gameplan was to get physical, and in some cases, hack the hell out of Kentucky.
54 fouls… I mean, really guys???
Devin Booker loves road games, but struggled a little tonight.
Tonight was a homecoming for Devin Booker, but he loves all road atmospheres, not just this one, he says. Booker told Mike Pratt he grew up watching college basketball and enjoys being the enemy now that he’s at this level. He loves to hear boos when he touches the ball.
However, he wasn’t the Devin Booker we’ve grown used to tonight. “He struggled a little,” Cal said of his star freshman.
The one-time Mizzou target went 3-for-7 from the field for nine points, plus four turnovers. It wasn’t quite enough to silence the crowd, especially when this happened:
Tyler Ulis made a bad pass.
Guys, I really don’t know how to say this because I don’t believe it myself but Tyler Ulis made a bad pass. I saw it. I saw it with my own eyes. He threw it out of bounds when trying to get it to a big man inside.
Someone check hell because I believe it’s frozen over.
Willie Cauley-Stein took the night off.
Two points on one field goal attempt, three rebounds, no blocks, no steals and 0-for-4 at the line.
Kentucky can win against teams like Missouri when Willie zones out, but it can’t happen against a legit contender. Gotta have Willie to win the big ones.
“He will be fine,” said Andrew Harrison.
This team now has the third best start in school history.
Three more wins to tie 1965-66, five more to tie 1953-54 and six more wins until the best of the best.
Damn this is a season.
I’ll leave you with this awesome Vine.
Ohhhhhhhhh… We’re halfway there!
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©January 30th, 2015 @ 12:20am
Seth Greenberg handled the sideline duties tonight, and ESPN decided to get funky with it and resurrect Jimmy Dykes’ old shoulder cam to celebrate. While I appreciated Greenberg’s head stubble in HD, it’s not exactly my favorite camera angle, although it still beats the dreaded overhead cam from a few years ago.
Actually, it kind of made me miss Jimmy Dykes a little bit:
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©January 30th, 2015 @ 12:02am
Actually, they probably don’t, but it gave me an excuse to use this video. That guy up front LOVES HIM some Metallica.
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By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©January 29th, 2015 @ 11:58pm
Coming in, you can’t blame Devin Booker for being a little nervous. His father was a legend at Missouri and the Tigers recruited him HARD. Booker was the subject of several student section chants throughout the night and he struggled, scoring nine points off 3-7 shooting from the field and 0-1 from behind-the-arc, especially chilly stats for a shooter that’s been en fuego the past month.
After the game, John Calipari said he should have expected that Devin would struggle tonight. “He didn’t play with an edge, he was almost standing straight up. Turning it over because he wasn’t being aggressive,” Cal said. “He’s 18 years old, he’s one of the youngest kids in college basketball. He’s coming to Missouri where his dad played and he’s getting booed. What did you expect? I should have expected that more. I got on him hard in the first half, the shots that he missed today he doesn’t usually miss those, and he missed them badly. He wasn’t shooting in the ocean today.”
Shake it off, shake it off, Devin. The BBN, especially Josephine, still loves you.