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January 27th, 2015

REPORT: The Dowell Twins have decommitted from Kentucky

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More bad news! Scout.com’s Bill Greene is reporting that 2015 four-star twins David and Andrew Dowell have decommitted from Kentucky and will now go to Michigan State:

And the hits keep on coming…


The Top UK Players In the NBA, Week 13

With all these Tuesday night games it’s been a while since we checked in with our former Cats around the association. Time to remedy that. Tonight’s post couldn’t just honor five guys, we had to turn it up to seven. Here are the top UK players in the NBA for Week 13:

7. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

MKG continues to make an impact in the month of January. The Hornets are 9-3 with the Kidd averaging 10.7 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. After being an afterthought for much of the start of the season the Hornets have now slid into the 8th seed of the Eastern standings. MKG’s return from injury is the biggest factor in that.

6. Enes Kanter

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Enes has struggled to find consistency during his short NBA career but this past week he turned in four solid performances for the Jazz. Thus, the big Turk is making his first appearance of the season on the former Cats in the NBA list. Kanter poured in 24 & 17 against the Cavs and then followed up with 23 and 16 against the Bucks. At only 22, Kanter’s game should continue to develop and reach the potential worthy of the number 3 pick.

5. Brandon Knight

I can’t make the case for BK as an All-Star any better than Marc Stein did in his weekly NBA power rankings:

Brandon Knight is generating zero All-Star buzz. Even in the East. But maybe he should be: Knight is one of only eight players averaging 18+ PPG, 5+ APG and 2+ RPG; four of the other seven are All-Star starters … with James Harden, Damian Lillard and Russ Westbrook all likely All-Star reserves.

That’s some elite company. Coaches’ votes for the all-star reserves were due today at noon and hopefully Knight will get his name called next Thursday.

4. DeMarcus Cousins

Consensus around the talking heads of the world wide interwebs seems to be that Cousins will not be named a reserve for the all-star game this season. It would a real shame as the NBA’s best true Center is having  stellar year. Big Cuz is averaging 24.5 points, 13.4 rebounds, 1.8 blocks, and 1.9 steals during the new year but the Kings have been sliding into the Western abyss. Sacramento has lost six in a row and will probably start looking at which player they will pick up in the lottery.

3. Eric Bledsoe

Bledsoe continues to earn that big contract he signed in the offseason by helping the Suns cling to the 8th seed in the Western conference. For January Bledsoe has averaged 17.8 points, 6.6 assists, and 5.3 rebounds. The amount of talent on that 2010 team was ridiculous.

2. John Wall

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After being named a starter for the Eastern All-Stars,  Wall posted two more double-doubles to push his season total to 24. The Wizards are taking on the Lakers tonight but Wall is likely to miss his first game of the season. The star point guard is dealing with a sore Achilles and the Lakers are awful, get the man some rest before the All-Star game.

1. Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis is a freak of nature. He’s averaging 25.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks in 2015 while still posting an amazing PER of 31.91. The newly minted All-Star should rack up a few MVP votes if he continues at this pace.

 


What we know about last Saturday’s bar fight

The story about Saturday night’s alleged bar fight between Drew Barker, Dorian Baker and Tymere Dubose and EKU lineman Colton Scurry has dominated the headlines tonight, and a LOT of rumors are flying back and forth. Therefore, I thought it would be wise to break down what we know and what we don’t know about what happened to save us all a little stress.

What we know

EKU lineman Colton Scurry was hospitalized after an incident at Jerzee’s Bar in Richmond late Saturday night/Sunday morning. Multiple witnesses say Drew Barker, Dorian Baker and Tymere Dubose were involved.

EKU’s statement

“We are currently investigating information reported to us regarding a possible assault on one of our students in an off-campus location, as well as a possible related incident in Telford Hall that may have occurred late Saturday night or early Sunday morning. We can not divulge the the name the students who may have been involved at this time. This is all I know at this time.”

EKU police report

EKU officials received a report today about an assault that went down at Telford Hall at 2:54 a.m. on Sunday. The report says an individual was “assaulted by a person known to them.” It’s still under investigation.

Colton Scurry’s tweet from Monday night

“The two most important days in your life is the day you were born and the day you find out why, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

Witnesses:

From LEX18:

“My boyfriend’s a bouncer there,” Alex Carpenter, an EKU student told LEX 18. “He just said that it was 3 UK players who jumped one of our Eastern football players. And they broke a bottle over his face. They had to take him to the hospital. He had to get some stitches in his face.”

From The Courier-Journal:

“We were in the back part of Jerzee’s,” said Will Ruholt, a friend of Barker’s from Conner High School. “A couple people started talking (abusively) and things started to get a little heated. Colton Scurry is the one who started the entire fight. He pushed me. Multiple people can verify that.”

Scurry’s father:

“He’s got so much swelling,” the father said. “He couldn’t see for the last two days. Several fractures in his face and nose.”

UK has yet to release a statement. Mark Stoops is reportedly on the road recruiting and is gathering information about the incident. Hopefully, we’ll hear more tomorrow.


The Courier-Journal cites witnesses that say EKU player was the aggressor

And now, an update to the earlier story tonight about Colton Scurry, an EKU football player that was allegedly beat up by Drew Barker, Dorian Baker, and Tymere Dubose over the weekend in Richmond. The Courier-Journal is citing witnesses that say Scurry instigated the incident:

“We were in the back part of Jerzee’s,” said Will Ruholt, a friend of Barker’s from Conner High School. “A couple people started talking (abusively) and things started to get a little heated. Colton Scurry is the one who started the entire fight. He pushed me. Multiple people can verify that.”

No arrests have been made yet and UK still hasn’t released a statement. For now, both sides are claiming the other started it all, but when it comes down to it, the three Kentucky players shouldn’t have put themselves in that scenario in the first place, especially after getting in trouble for the air gun incident last year.

[Courier-Journal]

 


6 Side Effects of the Pursuit of Perfection

Don’t get me wrong: I am enjoying the hell out of this season. Starting with the tournament last year, the Kentucky fan base has been on the ride of our lives. An unexpected postseason run, players coming back, the Bahamas trip, and being #1 every single week has the BBN spoiled rotten, and through the Louisville game, it seemed like life couldn’t be better for Kentucky fans; however, as the wins continue to accumulate, I’d argue the mood has shifted a little bit. After a few close calls and routine routs, the remainder of conference play stretches before us with the SEC Tournament far off in the distance as a glittering reminder of when shit gets real.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve noticed I’ve developed some new patterns. Side effects of the run, if you will. Read along and see if you recognize any of them.

1. The anxiety of being undefeated

40-0 is like the last brownie on the plate in the break room. No matter how much you try to avoid it or pretend you’re not thinking about it, it dominates your thoughts. Yes, Kentucky almost lost to Ole Miss and Texas A&M and oh my God, did it humble us. For like a day. Be real: you’re still thinking about it. I’m still thinking about it. As much as they deny it, I can guarantee you the players are still thinking about it.

The dream of going undefeated lingers over the Commonwealth like a high, wispy cloud; for now, it’s up there, not really bothering anyone yet, but as the season goes on and the Cats keep winning, it will grow and grow, until the point that when we reach the tournament, it’s this angry storm cloud that sends out bolts of anxiety every few hours. If UK is still undefeated come tournament time, this isn’t going to be like last season; there will be no unexpected outbursts of joy when we “upset” Wichita State. Beating Louisville will not just be the cherry on top. Each game will be torture, full of held breaths, high blood pressure, and quiet fist pumps until the very end, when we either cry (happy or sad) or just combust from the sheer stress of it all.

2. The nonstop internal debate: Who will beat us?

Whenever the topic of going undefeated comes up, I find myself going through the schedule to figure out who’s going to beat us. Let’s do it together this time:

  • at Missouri: Another game in a hostile road environ—whatever, we beat them by 49 two weeks ago, we will roll
  • Alabama: A team that could really catch us off gua—whatever, we beat them by 22 in Tuscaloosa, we will roll
  • Georgia: They’re ranked 27th in KenPom, could be a really tough–It’s in Rupp, not worried
  • at Florida: Always tough to play Florida at Florida–but they keep losing!
  • at LSU: Lost to them last year on the road–okay, mildly concerned about this one
  • South Carolina: Kept Kentucky on the ropes for a bit–LOL, whatever. We roll
  • at Tennessee: Could be a tough road game…if Tennessee was actually good
  • Auburn: Bruce Pearl! …ain’t gonna beat us on the night we retire Tony Delk’s jersey
  • at Mississippi State: Hostile road env–haha, no way. 
  • Arkansas: Qualls is a legit, they beat us twice last year. …slightly concerned about this one, but not really since it’s in Rupp
  • at Georgia: Legit team in a hostile road environment…has me mildly concerned about this one as well.  
  • Florida: Florida always plays us hard and Billy Donovan is a great coa—pfft, like we’re going to lose on Sam Malone, Brian Long, and Tod Lanter’s senior night
  • SEC Tournament: You never know what will happen! Look at the 2012 SEC Championship. Please, like we’re going to lose what will basically be three straight home games
  • NCAA Tournament: Anything can happen. Look at 2010. Too close to destiny, they will not lose.

3. Nitpicking/Finding things to worry about

With each win, Kentucky fans have less and less to complain about, which can be very disorienting for a fan base that thrives on criticism. Therefore, topics like how much playing time Derek Willis, our 11th man, gets dominate the conversation. People who don’t vote for Kentucky in the AP or Coaches’ polls become targets and for possibly the first time ever, we find ways to be angry at computerized rankings like the RPI. (How do they rank Kansas over Kentucky?! That computer is drunk.) Jerry Tipton is so desperate for something to criticize that he’s picking on little, lovable Ryan Lemond.

The thing they don’t tell you about being perfect is that sometimes, it’s kind of boring.

4. Ennui of the SEC slate

Maybe it’s because we started the season in such a world-crushing manner, beating Kansas so soundly that the BBN collapsed in a collective ball of giggles on the living room floor. Maybe it’s because we survived the emotionally-draining annual thumping of Louisville. Maybe it’s because otherwise horrible SEC teams turn it on and try to hack the ever-living pulp out of Kentucky and still can’t beat us. Whatever the reason, UK’s recent games have been, well, kind of boring. I hate to say it, but the lack of legit competition is making the SEC slate drag on. Aside from maaaaybe Florida at Florida or Arkansas, there aren’t very many “sexy” games coming up.

I’d ask “Is it March 13 yet,” but that defeats my next point…

5. Worrying you’re not in the moment enough

We make fun of Calipari for running some phrases in the ground, but if there’s one phrase we’ve parroted since March, it’s been “cherish this.” Because it’s true. Seasons like this don’t just grow on trees, and odds are a good number of these players will be gone after this season. I’m constantly worried I’m not “in the moment” enough this year. Cherishing wins like Kansas, UCLA, North Carolina, and Louisville were easy, but cherishing a win over, say, South Carolina, is a little less glamorous. “Remember that sick bounce pass from Tyler Ulis to Devin Booker? Man. That was beautiful.

By tournament time, I may just need to strap a GoPro to my head to capture it all.

6. Waiting for the other shoe to drop

Maybe it’s just the world we live in or maybe I’m just a cynic, but I’m a firm believer in “the other shoe.” Things just can’t go well all of the time. That’s not reality. So, in a season made of sunshine, brotherhood, and Devin Booker smiles, I’ve found myself waiting for the other shoe to drop. Can you blame me? I’m a Kentucky fan. I’ve seen some things.

Maybe Alex Poythress’ injury was the other shoe and now we’re in the clear. Maybe me writing this article is the other shoe and the Cats will lose the next game just because. God, I hope that’s not the case. If so, it’s been nice knowing you all.


EKU football player injured in Richmond bar fight, three UK football players possibly involved

An Eastern Kentucky football player was injured in a bar fight in Richmond over the weekend and three UK players are in the middle of the finger pointing, though the extent of their involvement is unknown at this time.

What is known is Colton Scurry, an offensive lineman for the Colonels, was hospitalized with significant facial injuries after an altercation at Jerzee’s in Richmond. There is also an investigation into a related incident on campus, according to EKU.

KSR is hearing the three Wildcats believed to be involved are Drew Barker, Dorian Baker and Tymere Dubose, formerly of last season’s pellet gun incident.

We’ll have more as it comes out.

For now, Ugh.


Still can’t get over these Anthony Davis highlights

As posted in the News and Views post last night, Anthony Davis had a pretty good game against Philly. In just 31 minutes, Davis tallied 32 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 blocks and 3 steals. He also went 12 of 19 from the pant and hit all eight from the line.

Sounds pretty good on paper, right? Well, its even more exciting when you watch the over six minutes of highlights he racked up. Here is a look at the actual highlights from the matchup.

 

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John Wall to face Steph Curry in H-O-R-S-E at NBA All-Star Weekend

The NBA announced a new All-Star weekend competition today, pitting John Wall and Steph Curry against one another in a game of H-O-R-S-E. The All-Star game’s two starting point guards will go shot-for-shot in what they’re calling the ‘Degree Battle of the Game Changers.’

“Curry is having a phenomenal season, and is a great shooter, but there’s more to being a ‘Game Changer’ than throwing up three pointers,” John Wall said in today’s press release. “My skills reign supreme, not only in the east, but across the league and I’m looking forward to seeing what Curry brings to the court.”

For Wall, the entire competition will come down to whether or not dunks are allowed. If it’s just throwing up halfcourt shots, Curry wins this one easily. However, I’m sure the NBA kept that in mind when establishing the rules so Wall should be allowed to utilize his athleticism.

This has potential.


Calipari wants Willie Cauley-Stein to get fouled

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Two years ago, if you had told me John Calipari would say he wants Willie Cauley-Stein to get fouled, I would’ve questioned Cal’s sanity. Willie shot 37 percent from the foul line as a freshman, then 48 percent last season as a sophomore. Those aren’t “go get fouled” numbers.

But today, Cal said he wants to see Willie be more aggressive with the ball and draw fouls inside.

“Catching it three or four feet from the goal and get fouled,” Cal said, when asked what Willie needs to do offensively. “Right now he’s made 85 percent of his free throws the last five or six games, whatever that is, so get fouled. Go in there and ball fake and get fouled.”

Defensively, Willie is about as good as one person can be. Cal said it’s like having a sixth defender out there and his ability to switch makes Kentucky’s pick-and-roll defense very good.

“He’s playing well. I mean, he still needs to do some stuff for us offensively, but I think he’s doing fine.”


Devin Booker still has love for Mizzou

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Missouri began recruiting Devin Booker when he was in middle school, long before Kentucky was knocking on his front door. His father is a basketball legend at Mizzou and Devin came very close to becoming a Tiger as well. But in the end, it was Kentucky, the best basketball decision.

“That’s what it came down to,” Booker said today. “We talked about it together forever, for days on days, and I just came up with the best decision for me.”

Though Kentucky was his choice and where he’s lighting it up this college basketball season, he hasn’t forgotten the school that was on him in the very beginning.

I still have a lot of love for Missouri,” said Booker. “They have a special place in my heart.

Watch Booker talk Mizzou, playing against old men, and defense in today’s interview. Marcus Lee had some things to say, too:


Coach Cal on needing a loss: “It depends how we would deal with it.”

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During his pre-Mizzou press conference today, Coach Cal was asked if he would prefer a loss before the postseason. Cal said it doesn’t matter because he doesn’t know how his guys would respond, so it depends. He also took the opportunity to remind us that the December 2011 loss to Indiana was better for Kentucky in the long run.

“It doesn’t matter. Again, how, it all depends. It depends on how we would deal with it. I know at Memphis what we did: we took that game, we cut it up, and our kids went to another level. The Indiana game, was that lucky for us or lucky for them? Was that good for us or good for them? From that point, my team went (raises hand above head) there, but you know what, it was pretty good for (Indiana). The problem was (Indiana) had to face us again and it wasn’t so lucky that they had beaten us early. There was no way my team wasn’t going to win that game.”

Cal also said the undefeated talk hasn’t come up in the locker room and it’s not on his mind, although I have a hard time believing the latter.

 


LIVE STREAM of John Calipari’s Pre-Missouri Press Conference


You’ll never guess which team is No. 1 in ESPN’s new power rankings

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Chet White | UK Athletics

Kentucky!

That’s right, the Kentucky Wildcats are sitting atop ESPN’s new college basketball power rankings, voted on by several ESPN personalities and released earlier today.

“The Wildcats are still rolling along, making life miserable for opposing offenses. They lead the nation in blocks and are second in points allowed,” the website reads.

Behind Kentucky you’ll find:

2.) Virginia
3.) Gonzaga
4.) Wisconsin
5a.) Arizona
5b.) Duke
7.) Kansas
8.) Villanova
9.) Notre Dame
10.) Utah

Reading about Kentucky being No. 1 never gets old.


Father and son arrested for assault of Louisville high school basketball coach

A father and son have been arrested for allegedly assaulting the Doss High School basketball coach following a loss to Trinity over the weekend.

Demetrius Franklin, the father of a Doss basketball player, has been accused of punching coach Tony Williams multiple times as Williams walked to the locker room after the game. The son, Daelyn Franklin, is also accused of joining in on the attack and striking Williams in the face.

The Franklins (no relation to me, that I’m aware of) claim Williams is the one who did the assaulting. They were arrested at the Hall of Justice in downtown Louisville while trying to take out a warrant on Williams.

[Wave 3: Father, son arrested following postgame assault of basketball coach]


Matthew Mitchell has a future as a kindergarten teacher

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Matthew Mitchell has a future as a kindergarten teacher if his career as a women’s basketball coach and Bruno Mars impersonator do not work out. Coach Mitchell stopped by The Lexington School last Friday to talk to the young KinderKlasse minds.

Watch as he teaches them the Cats chant in this video below:

Coach Mitchell Expert Speaker! from TLS Website on Vimeo.