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November 24th, 2015

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Kentucky Fights for a Win over Boston, 82-62

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It was never easy, but the Kentucky Wildcats took care of business in Rupp Arena.

It was a cold shooting night against Boston’s zone defense, finishing only 20% from behind the arc, but Kentucky persisted in the paint to overcome their shooting woes.  Things got chippy at times, but Kentucky kept their heads high until coasting to a 20-point victory down the stretch.  Skal Labissiere’s hook shot was smooth and Alex Poythress was powerful on the offensive glass.  The two combined for 30 points and 17 rebounds.

The big question for this year’s team, “What happens if the guards aren’t hitting their shots?”  Even though it wasn’t pretty, they answered that question tonight.

Skal Showed the BBN What He’s Got



Skal Labissiere has been the difference in tonight’s game.  A cold shooting night from 3-point land against the Boston zone defense left them without many options early on, until Skal made them feel his presence.

His hook shot was money, no matter if he was one-on-one or challenged with a double-team.  When the guards split the zone, he was there to finish.  Not just with the finesse; he showed us physicality we hadn’t seen before.

Nearing a 20-point performance on the offensive end, he’s shown up better than ever before on the defensive end.  He’s missed on some shot-blocking gambles before, but tonight he had one of the most unbelievable blocks I’ve ever seen.  Sitting under the same basket, I didn’t think he could get to it, but his arms just kept going, and going, and going.

Skal is proving he’s the player we all thought he could be – one of the best post players in America.


Wendy’s KSR Top 10 Tweets of the Day


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You can be a part of Wendy’s KSR Top 10 Tweets by using hashtags like #KSR #BBN or #KSRtop10. You can also nominate tweets by mentioning them with the hashtag. If we like what we see, it could be posted the next day. Now. On to the tweets:

#10 Juwan Burgess 11/14

I love what you’ve done to the place.



#9 Heather Ley

When they lost to Kentucky 2 years in a row. Duh.



#8 Taborn Kissick

Burn them now.



#7 Tim Shearer

I mean they are going to be live in Louisville tomorrow.



#6 T

Slaps knee.



#5 Justin Wyatt

I can’t tell if those are tears of joy or sadness, so let’s go with sadness.



#4 John Robic’s Hair

Matt Jones never stops dreaming.



#3 ☕netw3rk

So much sadness.



#2 Autumn Woods HC

This might be the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.



#1 Backdoor Slider

Let’s not ruin Becca’s life by introducing Kentucky Joe to her.




John Pelphrey was an Unforgettable “Y”

John Pelphrey double-dipped tonight, leaving the SEC Network’s play-by-play table to be the ceremonial “Y” at midcourt during the second half.

He got a standing ovation from everyone…except a jealous fan from District 12.

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UK vs. Boston University Second Half Thread



Great start, ugly middle, great finish. Admit it, the first half had you a little worried, but Kentucky got it together and leads Boston 40-33.

Time for the second half. Remember, CTRL+F5 and Command+R will refresh the page for you.

Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson is at tonight’s game

Kenny Sky Walker isn’t the only celebrity at Rupp tonight. Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson is courtside to see the Cats play the Boston Terriers. Something tells me he’ll be the Y in the second half.

Will the eRupption Zone do this again?

UPDATE: Another pic of Hutcherson…


Your Halftime Box Score


Ulis to Poythress is a beautiful sight

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After Kentucky sprinted out to a 10-0 lead, it looked like it was going to be a long night for Boston. Like a true Terrier, Boston is persistent and hasn’t given up yet, even after this beautiful lob from Tyler Ulis to Alex Poythress, one of Ulis’ four assists so far:

Speaking of HUTCHERSON, Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson is at Rupp tonight. Nick Roush is going to get his picture at halftime or else he’s not allowed back in the KSR compound.

Cats up by 9 with 7:21 left in the half…

UK vs. Boston University First Half Comment Thread


After a lackluster outing against Wright State, your Kentucky Wildcats are back in action tonight at Rupp Arena, where they’ll take on the Terriers from Boston University.

Kentucky should take care of business pretty easily tonight, so let’s enjoy ourselves in the comments section. Drew’s out of town, so Nick Roush is filling in courtside at Rupp Arena.

By now you know the drill, leave comments below to discuss the game. Feel free to ask us any questions about basketball or life as well.

And remember, CTRL+F5 and Command+R will refresh the page for you.

A Few Notes from the Rupp Arena Floor


Normally I’m relegated to strictly covering the football team at Commonwealth Stadium, but tonight I am sitting on the floor of Rupp Arena.  I’ve never been this close to the Kentucky basketball team before.  I’m gonna do my best to keep it together, but until then I’m just gonna write about what the hell is going on.

—  There’s nothing like walking out through the tunnel.  I envisioned it thousands of times as a kid playing in the street, but to actually do it for the first time was breathtaking.  I tried to not play it up beforehand – after all, I’m supposed to be a professional – but no matter how much I tried to keep my cool, it was an unforgettable experience.

I'm just a little excited.

I’m just a little excited.

 —  Big Bertha has gotten louder.  I know I haven’t been here in a year or so, but I don’t remember her being THIS loud.  Instead of talking to Larry Vaught,  I’ll be screaming at him until game time.

—  It was a sprint for the first fans into Rupp.  It was kind of cool seeing the Arena empty with only Wildcats and a few media members, then 90 minutes before tipoff people were tripping over each other to get into their seats.  A few waited to get their soft serve ice cream, but the place is already filling up.  I have a feeling we’re going to have a great crowd to kick off the holiday weekend.

—  These guys don’t miss in warm-ups.  OK, they miss some, but there’s not a more beautiful sight in the world then watching a shooter get on a roll and hit a dozen shots in a row.  It isn’t strictly for the “shooters.”  Humphries, Skal and Marcus Lee have had their fair share of streaks from mid-range.  I love it, but I’d love to see them do it more from the free throw line.

—  We’re 60 minutes from tip-off.  I’m taking the Cats…by 90.

Dawson Believes Barker is Ready

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Dawson likes what He Sees in Drew Barker

It’s no secret that Kentucky couldn’t throw the ball much in the wintry elements against Charlotte.  Despite the way the game went, Shannon Dawson saw two things from Barker that were encouraging: he did well on 3rd-and-medium and when things broke down, he kept the play alive.  This week Barker has played loose.  He isn’t worried about Barker’s freshman nerves getting the best of him.

“He’s got a great look in his eye. He’s a competitive kid. He’s ready.”

Barker isn’t looking back at last year’s pregame scuffle.  He’s focused on being comfortable in the pocket and adjusting to the speed of the game.

A Worry for the O-Line

Jon Schlarman said the one thing the offensive line needs to be better at is handling the twists/stunts from the defensive line.  This came not 10 minutes after Shannon Dawson said that what UofL does best defensively is being active and disruptive on the defensive line with twists/stunts.  Hopefully they’ve learned how to handle it better this week or Barker will be dodging defenders all afternoon.

UK’s Offense is Used to Good Defenses

UofL’s defense has allowed a lot of points over the last two games, but throughout the year they’ve been one of the best in the country.  For some opponents, it might be a tall task, but Kentucky has gone up against a Top 20 defense just about every week.  “If we’re not used to this by now, you’re crazy.”  

Zach West Hopes the Seniors can Leave a Legacy with a Win

There aren’t too many guys left on the team that came to UK with West and Swindle as freshmen.  They’ve been through a lot together, but West believes they can be the ones that officially make the transition into the next era of Kentucky football.  The difference between when he got here and now?

“We’ve got guys on this team that believe they can win games, and that wasn’t the case when we first got here.  When Stoops first came here and he asked how many guys thought we could win the SEC Championship, I bet maybe a handful of guys raised their hand.  That’s different now.  Now the whole room’s gonna raise their hand.”

Get ready for tonight’s game with the KSR Pregame Show

Matt, Ryan, and Drew are hanging out in the Rupp Arena food court to get you ready for tonight’s game against Boston. Today’s KSR Pregame Show starts at 6:30 p.m. and will stream live on

Stick around for the Texas Roadhouse Countdown to Tip-Off Pregame Show on the UK Sports Network.  A list of affiliates around the state can be found here or you can listen online here.

Feel free to comment below.

Karl Towns reads mean tweets about himself

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Famous people reading mean tweets about themselves has become a popular skit thanks to Jimmy Kimmel, and this week, the Minnesota Timberwolves got in on the fun. Karl Towns, Tyus Jones, Shabazz Mohammed, and Zach Lavine took turns reading people’s insults, and, Karl being Karl, he fully committed to the part:

Is Tyus Jones the most boring person in the world or what?