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February 6th, 2016

Listen to the KSR Pregame Show


The KSR Crew is back for an action-packed hour of radio starting at 1:30.  Matt, Ryan and Drew will get you ready for the must-win against Florida, and I’m sure they’ll have a thing or two to say about what’s going on down I-64.

Also in attendance, a special guest from the best team in the National Football League.  Former Wildcat and current Tennessee Titan Wesley Woodyard will stop by to talk about today’s game, the Super Bowl and fighting Cam Newton in the end zone.

Turn to 630 WLAP or LISTEN HERE.

Look Ahead to 2017 with Kentucky Football’s Junior Day

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Even though the Class of 2016 just wrapped up three days ago, there’s no time for Stoops’ staff to rest, moving forward to the Class of 2017 with today’s Junior Day.

The premiere event to kick off the recruiting season, Stoops’ staff will host most of the current commits that make up the nation’s 10th-ranked class, according to the 247 Composite rankings. It’s also the first time they really get to roll out the red carpet for the uncommitted kids as they try to establish a rapport.  Here are the names that you need to get to know.


A pair of quarterbacks, Lafayette’s Walker Wood and Mac Jones from Florida, will attend Junior Day.  Jones has begun receiving more and more offers, most recently from West Virginia and Boston College.  It will be interesting to see where things stand with each quarterback with Darin Hinshaw now calling the shots through the air.

Mac Jones (@macjones2017) dabs with his mother, who has much better form.

Mac Jones (@macjones2017) dabs with his mother, who has much better form.

Wide receiver/defensive back Russ Yeast, the son of Wildcat great Craig Yeast, will be in Lexington today.  Nobody seemed more solid than the former Wildcat Great’s son, but things have changed recently for Russ.  He’s received a lot more attention from other schools, especially Louisville, and his family moved to Indianapolis when Craig took the position of offensive coordinator at Franklin College.  Putting on a good show today will be very important for Yeast.

Top Targets

The prospect that will catch the most attention from fan’s is Michigan transfer Brian Cole.  The #5 athlete in the Class of 2015 is taking his official visit today.  If things go well, he could be in blue this fall, sitting out a year before being eligible to play in 2017.

Lafayette offensive tackle Jed Wills has been a Wildcat visitor plenty of times before, but today is the first time they can really pull out all of the stops.  The highest ranked player in the state of Kentucky (Top 100 in all national services) recently received an offer from LSU, and is also being pursued by the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Ohio State and Florida.  With more attention coming from big schools, there’s no end in sight for Wills’ recruitment.

Another in-state target is emerging from the mountains.  Belfry defensive tackle Cole Bentley had a strong showing at last month’s U.S. Army combine and could receive and offer from Kentucky soon.

From the state of Ohio, at the top of Vince Marrow’s list is 4-star wide receiver Javonte Richardson.  The Cats’ competition is tough — Michigan State is at the top of his list, and he attended Ohio State’s Junior Day last week.

Alabama 3-star safety J’Marick Woods has plenty of offers on the table — Michigan, Florida, Miss. State, Louisville — but today he’s dabbing in blue and white.



And if you thought that they wouldn’t but the new Wildcat logo on a helmet, this picture from 2018 Ohio linebacker Malik Vann is here to prove you wrong.




If you don’t like that one, you might like this one:



This Banner Hangs Next to the Yum! Center



I’m a big fan of O’Shea’s Irish Pub.  Not just because they have delicious food, not just because I’m friends with the O’Shea’s, and not just because I’ve had many nights I’ll never remember inside their walls.  It’s because like Janice in accounting, Tommy O DGAF.

On the block right next to the Yum! Center, the Louisville institution has hung the anti-Ramsey banner for all of the UofL fans to see on their way to today’s game.

I’m much bigger fan of “Ramsey is a Coward” than “I got your back.”

UK Fans of the Day Want Some Basketball Recruiting Notes


The state is hosting a ton of talent this weekend, with elite prep games in Lexington last night, and in Somerset today and tomorrow, Cal is taking advantage by inviting many of them to campus.

—  According to Jeff Borzello, 2017 studs Billy Preston and Trevon Duval are on campus today.  The API teammates beat Prolific Prep, 111-81 in Lexington last night.  Preston, the 6’10 6th-ranked player in the nation, had 24 points and 15 rebounds while Duval, the #1 point guard in ’17, scored 23 points and dished out 8 assists.  They’ll travel South to Somerset later today, taking on Athlete Institute tonight at 7:30.

—  Sacha Killeya-Jones and his Virginia Episcopal School teammates hung out at last night’s practice before they take on Josh Jackson’s squad this evening at Pulaski County High School.

SKJ’s fellow 2016 signee, De’Aaron Fox, was stupid good last night.  He dropped 50 points, sunk ten 3-pointers, and had this disgusting windmill dunk.

The other signees weren’t quite as electric, but still solid.  Bam Adebayo had 19 points on Senior Night, while Malik Monk scored 18.

The New Wildcat’s Saturday Morning Wake Up


Even though yesterday’s uniform reveal got a little bogged down by Louisville’s postseason ban, the new UK logo will last longer than the Cards will be in trouble (maybe…).  There’s plenty of ways to throw jabs at it, but let’s be real: it isn’t that bad.

While nothing can compare to the amazing logos from the past, after letting this one sit for awhile, I’ve moved past my “this looks like a generic logo from NCAA Football Create-a-Team” feelings.  I can now see how they essentially took the Wildcat head and gave it a “modern” silhouette with sharp lines to add some intimidation.  It’s going to take some time for fans to get used to, but Nike could have done much worse.  Just look at what they did with the Georgia Bulldog:

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And if you don’t like it, don’t buy it.  Just be prepared, because that logo will be on a helmet someday.

Kentucky/Florida: A Must Win

The Cats had been playing so well since the atrocity at Auburn that the second half in Knoxville appeared to be an aberration.  The awfulness came from nowhere, leading to disaster.  Now, we’re not sure what team we’re gonna get.  Before Tennessee, UK’s record under Calipari after a loss was 31-6.  Instead, the Cats lost consecutively for the first time since 2014.

To make matters worse, Florida is playing with some momentum that started after thumping West Virginia at home last weekend.  If the Cats can’t take care of business at home today, it’ll be the first time John Calipari has ever lost three games in a row at Kentucky.  Hopefully that statistic remains an if after today.

Catch the game at 4:00 on CBS, with Bill Raftery on the call.

Louisville is Still Out of the NCAA Tournament

Even though it’s easy to sympathize, it’s just as easy to laugh.

Sacha Killeya-Jones is Playing in Somerset

Pulaski County High School is hosting some of the best prep basketball players in the nation this weekend at the Somerset Shootout.  UK signee Sacha Killeya-Jones is taking on arguably the nation’s best player, Josh Jackson, tonight at 7:00.  I’ll be in the stands and I could not be more excited to see a future Cat against one of the best in the nation.

Two of UK’s Top 2017 targets are facing off at 10:00.  DeAndre Ayton is the #1 player in the class (a 7-footer with a 3-point shot), taking on what could be UK’s first 2017 commit, the nation’s #7 player, small forward Jarred Vanderbilt.  It could be tough to make it with the UK game at 4:00, but I have faith in the BBN.  For the full schedule, click the blue link above.

UK Football Junior Day

Today is the kickoff event for the Class of 2017.  Stoops’ staff will roll out the red carpet to keep together what is currently the 10th-best class in the nation, and bring a few new faces into the fold.  I’ll have a preview a little later in the day.

NBA Cats Messed Around and Got a Triple Double

The UK in the NBA Show continued last night with a pair of Big Blue All-Stars recording triple-doubles.  DeMarcus Cousins dropped 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, while John Wall had 18 points, 10 assists and a career-high 13 rebounds.  Unfortunately, the Kings fell, but Wall’s Wizards got the win over Nerlens Noel’s 76ers, but not before this:

Relive The Best and Worst Super Bowl Halftime Shows

Ahead of tomorrow’s game, The Rolling Stone ranked every modern Super Bowl halftime show since they upped the production value in 1990.  It’s a fun stroll down memory lane (most include video), and the early awfulness they threw at us will help you appreciate Sunday’s performance, no matter how bad Coldplay is.

The KSR Pregame Show Begins at 1:30

Make sure you listen in on 630 WLAP.

February 5th, 2016

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 Dishant

If only they could volunteer as tributes for another team.


#9 Chasen Pierce

But that’s none of our business.


#8 Melissa

I have a feeling that NWA could make a song out of this. 


#7 Jackie Watson



#6 Marty Montgomery

I don’t understand how Matt hasn’t been chased out of Louisville by an angry mob yet. 


#5 Michael Rudolph

Who needs the NCAA tournament when tacos and margaritas are right around the corner?


#4 Matthew Roth

It’s amazing how things change. 


#3 Drew Curtis

Believe it or not, UofL, no he did not cause this.


#2 Patrick Butcher

It really is bad.


#1 scott strasinger

They didn’t hire hookers either.



Meanwhile, in Louisville…


… a fan burned a signed Andre McGee jersey.

What a statement, letting go of that prized possession he probably purchased at a silent auction for nine dollars.

It’s getting bad in J-Co.

PHOTOS: UK’s new football and special-edition basketball uniforms

UK just unveiled their new football and special edition basketball uniforms. Here are the pictures, starting with the new secondary logo:


Now, the new football uniforms:

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Some pictures from the runway presentation:

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Here are the new basketball uniforms, which only be worn once, on the road vs. South Carolina next week:


Here’s the shooting shirt, which features the new Wildcat secondary logo:


Some Things To Know About Florida

Lost in all of the excitement today is Kentucky’s game with Florida in Rupp Arena tomorrow afternoon. Normally we’d spend the better part of our Friday previewing the game ahead, but today called for the critiquing of uniforms and laughing at Louisville.

But I’m still going strong here at the KSR office, approaching my 14th hour in front of the computer today, and I won’t call it quits until we chat a little bit about the game. So join me in going over some of the things you should know about the Florida Gators. Then after that I’m going airplane mode and disappearing into the night. It’s been long one.


Florida has scored 80 or more points in five of its last six games.

Florida has won five of its last six and it score over 80 points in all five of those victories. The one loss came at Vanderbilt, arguably the second toughest place to play in the conference, and Vandy needed two clutch free throws to clinch it in the final seven seconds.

Needless to say, Florida is coming in hot and playing well over the last three weeks.

The Gators are one of the best offensive rebounding teams in the country.

Today John Calipari said, “Let me say this, the best rebounding team in our league offensively is Florida.”

He’s almost right. Florida is third in the conference behind South Carolina and Kentucky in offensive rebounds per game:

1. South Carolina: 14.7
2. Kentucky: 13.7
3. Florida: 13.6

Still not something we want to hear with the Cats’ struggles on the glass. Kentucky is No. 10 in the league in defensive rebounds per game.

It has been 18 years since an unranked Florida team defeated a ranked Kentucky team at Rupp Arena.

You’ll have to go way back to 1998 when Jason Williams and Kenyan Weaks combined for 48 points to take down seventh-ranked Kentucky.

Speaking of 1998…

Mike White hasn’t coached in Rupp Arena, but he’s played in it.

The Gators’ new head coach scored 16 points and had six assists against the Wildcats in 1998 as a starter for Ole Miss. The Rebels won that game, upsetting the eventual national champion, 73-64, on its own floor.

Dorian Finney-Smith is still there.

And not only is he still there, he is the team’s star player. Finney-Smith currently averages 15.1 points and 8.2 rebounds on the year, and has notched a double-double in five of the last eight games.

He’s also one of the SEC’s best free-throw shooters.

Freshman KeVaughn Allen can fill it up.

Florida’s second-leading scorer, Allen has games of 32 and 27 points this season. He was named SEC Freshman of the Week this week with an average of 17.5 point per game in the Gators’ wins over Vanderbilt and No. 9 West Virginia.


Now you know about the Gators and knowledge is power.

Go Cats.

Fun with the new secondary Wildcat logo


The overall reaction to the University of Kentucky’s new secondary Wildcat logo hasn’t been a positive one. For the most part, fans seem to be pretty displeased with the new design.

Many say it’s a blatant rip of other Wildcat logos, namely Kansas State; while others didn’t see a need in adopting a new logo at all.

Personally, I like the new logo, although I didn’t think I would when I caught a glimpse of it last night. It’s already growing on me and I think many of you will be able to say the same as UK gradually incorporates it into more and more things.

No matter which side of the discussion you’re on, it is here to stay and I think we should all have a little fun with it tonight. So let’s do that by poking fun at our own favorite team’s new “fierce” Wildcat…


It kind of looks like the East High School logo in High School Musical.

So I’m told. I’ve never seen High School Musical.

It also looks the ThunderCats logo.


Maybe a bottle of Fireball.

I don’t see that one as much, but it was a popular comparison today.

SBNation compared it to a staple remover.


This one may be my favorite.

Another one that made me laugh is the blowdryer effect.


But I think we can all agree…

It’s definitely two birds in a loving embrace.


You have to feel for Trey Lewis, Damion Lee and the UofL players


I’m all for Louisville’s suffering, but Trey Lewis and Damion Lee do not deserve the punishment handed to them. No one on that roster does, as far as we know. The violations that led to this point occurred before this season, yet this team is the one taking the fall. And that is what’s wrong with the NCAA and these self-imposed sanctions.

Lewis and Lee, Louisville’s two graduate transfer seniors, met with the media today with their teammates standing behind them. Lee told reporters, “When you’re a little kid and you work so hard for something, and you get to that moment where you can finally have it and you can finally taste it, and it gets ripped away from you — it’s like you’ve lost your best friend.”

Both Lewis and Lee said they wouldn’t change anything, though, and their time at Louisville has been the best of their college careers.

It really is too bad they won’t get to experience what they transferred to Louisville to be a part of, although Dan Dakich isn’t quite as sympathetic as the rest of us. He tweeted, “Those 2 kids screwed their previous schools… Karma is a mutha.”

Dakich does have a point there, but it’s still unfortunate they’re taking the fall for other people’s actions.

Rick Pitino’s career has come full circle


Rick Pitino began coaching at Kentucky in the midst of a postseason ban, before winning an NCAA title and bolting to the NBA.

Pitino then left the NBA to begin coaching at Louisville, where he won an NCAA title and earned a postseason ban.

It’s the perfect time to hang it up for Rick.

Full circle, right in the middle of Louisville athletics’ “Coming Full Circle” campaign.

Storybook ending.

Florida’s flight delayed out of Gainesville

It’s unlikely this will have any effect on tomorrow’s basketball game, but it is worth noting that Florida’s basketball team is off to a rough starting getting to Lexington. The Gators’ flight out of Gainesville was delayed, pushing the team’s arrival back until much later tonight.

The unexpected travel hiccup may cost Kentucky’s opponent its Friday night shootaround in Rupp Arena, which may mean nothing at all in the grand scheme of things.

Safe travels to the Gators whenever they finally #wheelsup.

Notes, Quotes and Video From John Calipari’s Pre-Florida Press Conference


John Calipari met with the media today to update everyone on the status of his team following the loss at Tennessee and the upcoming game with Florida, a team Kentucky shares the SEC’s third place with.

Cal said of the Gators, “They’re really good. They’ve got good size. They have a 3-point shooting four. Their guards are good. Their defense is – they’re playing, they look like my old UMass teams. They’re giving you one tough shot. When you drive, you’ve got five guys near you and they’re rebounding with five guys. He’s doing a good job with that team. A really good job.”

More from Cal…


Practice has been hard and all about defense this week.

After giving up 71 points in 25 minutes to an 11-loss Tennessee team, the Cats returned to Lexington for what Calipari described as a “very hard” string of practices.

Today he said, “It was very hard. We made it more physical. I really zeroed in on our defense.”

The team practiced for about an hour and 20 minutes today before shutting things down for Florida. The hope was to create better habits defensively and in rebounding, where they’ve really struggled in recent losses.

Yesterday was a “rough-house practice.”

Tyler Ulis is his consultant. 

Cal said today he called Tyler Ulis into his office and asked him, “What are you seeing? What about this guy? What about that guy? How do we help this? How do we help that?” He also asked for ideas and, “How’s the team?”

Ulis told him, “I’m good and as long as I’m good, I’ll get these guys right.”

He is coaching Jamal Murray on shot selection everyday.

Cal is encouraging Murray to play in a straight line, but when things go wrong, Murray reverts back to his old ways.

“He has never played that way,” said Cal. “When you’re asking a guy to do stuff that will change who he is as a player but he’s never done it, if it gets rough, then they revert back to what they know best.”

Skal Labissiere is getting better, but Cal can’t do it for him.

He acknowledged that Labissiere has been better lately and will have a good opportunity to continue his progression tomorrow, but only Labissiere can do it. Teaching him and coaching him up can only take him so far.

Cal said, “Look, we can teach, we can challenge, we can raise the bar; at the end of the day you’ve gotta go in there and perform. I can’t do it for you. I can’t fight for you. I can’t battle for you. I can cover for you; I can say it’s my fault. But at the end of the day you’ve got to get in there and you’ve got do it, and he’s getting closer.”

Isaiah Briscoe has to avoid getting fouled.

Cal said Briscoe is the only person on the team who will get tough around the basket. We see it when he rips a rebound away from the bigs, including some of his own teammates, to put the ball back up and in. He’s also done well defensively, although not against Tennessee, and he really wants to win.

But Kentucky can’t afford to send Briscoe to the line. He has to learn to pass or get his layup off when he drives inside, not look to draw contact. That’s part of the self-evaluation Cal asks of Briscoe and everyone else on his team.

So how does Briscoe avoid the line when teams are looking to foul him late in games?

“Run up the court. Run. Get off the court. Run. Just outrun the guy. ‘He’s trying to foul me.’ ‘Run faster than him. Don’t get fouled.’ ”

Hear for yourself…

Kentucky opened up at -4.5 against Florida

In all this new uniform and new logo and Louisville postseason ban talk we haven’t had a lot of time to discuss tomorrow’s home game with the Florida Gators.

The line for that game was released earlier today and the Cats opened at -4.5 out in Las Vegas. It has since climbed all the way to -6, which suggests people with money and people who know gambling like Kentucky to win.

As always, gamble responsibly and never let your bookie know your home address. If your bookie does know your home address, I hope you’re caught up on those payments or have a high tolerance for pain.