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February 12th, 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 Kentucky Basketball

#BBNBA

 

#9 KentuckyGirl Sarcasm

This is why Bullitt County is infinitely better. 

 

#8 Trey.S.R

It’s like you’re my mirror, ohhhh my mirror staring back at me.

 

#7 Steve Webb

How dare you guys cheat Pitino on all the fun?

 

#6 J Mac

Pitino taught his fan base well. 

 

#5 Dalton Jones

Who needs a guy when you have Kentucky basketball?

 

#4 Heather

Well that’s quite the upgrade.

 

#3 Gabe

Or when he gets the scoop.

 

#2 Deborah Shinkle

If I had a bae on Valentine’s day this year, this is what he would be getting. 

 

#1 John Yahnig

Parenting done right, y’all.

 

@haleysimpKSR


Devin Booker stealing the show so far at the Rising Stars Challenge

The BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge is currently taking place in Toronto, and while he’s only in the game as a replacement for an injured Nerlens Noel, Devin Booker has stolen the show so far. Devin came off the bench to score 18 points in 8 minutes in the first half for Team USA. Devin is 7-10 from the field, 4-6 from the three-point line, and admitted at halftime he came in with something to prove. Jordan Clarkson was a fan:

Meanwhile, Karl Towns has four points at halftime. Need some BBN feels? Check out this playful shove Booker gave Towns during the introductions:

I miss them.


UK Basketball Valentine’s Day Cards For The Special Someone In Your Life

 

So you’ve done it for the second year in a row. Valentine’s Day is nearly here and once again you’ve waited until the last minute to pull something together. This is really getting out of hand.

But worry not, my friends, because KSR still has your back with another batch of Kentucky basketball-themed Valentine’s Day cards. Last year Drew’s valentines cards led to the most November births in the history of the state of Kentucky. This year? Only time will tell.

So print these, cut them out, and give them to the special someone in your life, all I ask is that you use these gifts wisely. With great power, comes great responsibility.

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What’s the perfect way to pop the question? Just be like our man Jamal and be as smooth as silk. This card is the perfect way to take your relationship to that next level.

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@Kelsey_Butler44

KSR fan Kelsey Butler sent in this romantic Bullitt County tradition. Ice down some Mountain Dew High Voltage, queue up the Derek Willis highlights on the Youtube, have yourself a Bullitt County Sunday night.

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Is it too late now to say sorry?

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You may not be able to get in the game but you can highlight some of your other talents this Valentine’s Day. Timber!

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Happy Valentine’s Day BBN!!


Dancing Guy says he will keep dancing (in his seat)

By now, you know the saga of Dancing Guy. On Tuesday, during Darren Moscoe’s usual “Mony Mony” routine, he picked up a young girl and fell while sliding down the hand rail, a scary moment that thankfully didn’t result in any injuries. This morning, UK released a statement banning fans from dancing in the aisles or stairways, which would theoretically confine Dancing Guy to his seat at Rupp. Given that he doesn’t always have an actual seat, this could be problematic going forward, but Moscoe told WKYT tonight that he plans to keep on dancing:

“I just want to dance,” Moscoe said. “I wish to the world I wouldn’t have did that, and I didn’t think about what age or anything she was. I just made a bad mistake.”

Moscoe’s brother said UK reached out to Moscoe to ask him to dance in his seat and not the aisles. While Darren admitted he’ll be sad not to dance on the stairs at Rupp again, he’s fine with keeping it to his seat.

“It doesn’t matter where I dance, I just dance.”

Check out the rest of the story at WKYT.com.


Sports Illustrated says Devin Booker should have been a Top 5 pick

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The Rising Stars Challenge starts in one hour on TNT, and Sports Illustrated’s Andrew Sharp has the perfect way to get ready. Sharp redid the 2015 draft based on how each of the rookies have done so far this season, and, as you might expect, Kentucky’s players are near the top. In fact, some Cats even moved up from their original draft position; however, after an historic rookie season, Karl Towns remained at #1:

1. Timberwolves: Karl Towns (Original draft spot: #1)

Obviously. There were hints of “Porzingis or Towns?” debates early in the year, but then more people watched Towns. He can do everything, and he’s only gotten more deadly as the season’s unfolded. In the past 9 games, he’s averaging 23.2 points, 12.3 rebounds, and 2 blocks. On Wednesday he had 35, 11 rebounds, and 3 blocks to beat the Raptors. At 20 years old. Any Porzingis argument is a waste of time at this point in the year. The better question is, “Brow or KAT?”

Considering the roll that Karl’s on, that’s not a ridiculous question. Meanwhile, Sharp says that Devin Booker’s performance so far this year shows he’s worthy of being a top five pick.

5. Magic: Devin Booker (Original draft spot: #13)

He’s handling the ball more than he ever did at Kentucky, he’s running pick-and-rolls with surprising success, and while all this opportunity is partly a by-product of broader dysfunction in Phoenix, he gets credit for knocking it out of the park. All the added responsibility will make him better in the long run. The Magic would be ecstatic to add Booker here, which tells you a lot about this draft class. The 14th pick in the lottery would be a steal in the top 5.

Sharp has Trey Lyles going 8th to the Detroit Pistons (Original draft spot: #12) and Willie Cauley-Stein going 11th to the Indiana Pacers (Original draft spot: #6). To read his reasoning, head on over to SI.com.

[SI: 2015 NBA draft redo: Where do Rising Stars land?]


Las Vegas likes Kentucky tomorrow

Kentucky opened as a one-point favorite over the Gamecocks when the line was released earlier today out in Las Vegas. That line has since shifted two points to -3, which means gamblers like the Cats in tomorrow’s game.

Here’s a look at the movement from VegasInsider.com:

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Kentucky is 12-13 against the spread on the year and 3-6 against the spread on the road.


Humphries and Hawkins look ahead to South Carolina

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Dominique Hawkins’ injured ankle still isn’t completely healed, but it is “the best it has been,” he told reporters today.

Hawkins and fellow reserve Isaac Humphries were the two players the team made available for the media prior to Friday afternoon’s trip to Columbia.

As Mrs. Tyler informed you earlier, Humphries admitted to not knowing the whereabouts of the entire state of South Carolina. He asked reporters, “Is it on that side (of the country)? Near New York?”

Not quite, bud.

Hear from Kentucky’s two role players in the video below from Kentucky Wildcats TV:


Kentucky is the 5-seed in the East Region in the NCAA Mock Selection

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Various media members are hanging out at the NCAA Headquarters in Indianapolis today for the annual mock selection process, the purpose of which is to showcase how the NCAA Selection Committee chooses which teams make the tournament and where they’re seeded.

Because the tournament is still a month away, the bracket the mock selection comes up with isn’t very relevant, but it’s fun to look at all the same. According to The Sporting News’ Kami Mattioli, the mock selection committee made Kentucky a 5-seed in the East Region, playing their first round games in Denver. Rocky Mountain High!

Again, as Matt stressed on today’s show, don’t get too wrapped up in Kentucky potentially playing all the way in Denver, or who they’re pitted against (in this bracket, #12 seed Arkansas Little Rock). For now, Kentucky getting a 5-seed sounds about right when you consider the criteria: quality wins (Top 50, Top 100, NCAA Tournament teams) and injuries (how long will Alex Poythress really be out?). Kentucky’s schedule is so back-heavy that it can really help itself with wins over Top 50 teams like Texas A&M, South Carolina, and Florida in the coming weeks. Ideally, Kentucky would like to be in the South Region, held in Louisville, and to ensure that, they need to improve enough to move up to a 3-seed because, after that, geography doesn’t matter in the seeding process.

What seed do you predict the Cats will get on Selection Sunday?


John Wall has some solid Valentine’s Day advice

It’s Media Day at NBA All-Star Weekend, and during his rounds, John Wall had some excellent advice for guys trying to impress their ladies on Valentine’s Day.

“Get her flowers and remember her name.” 

Well, that’s certainly a good start. Speaking of Wall, he told reporters that he’s planning to play in Sunday night’s game despite injuring his knee last night. Wall bruised his knee in last night’s game against the Bucks and said he’s undergoing treatment around the clock in Toronto to be ready for Sunday’s All-Star Game.

Here’s a handy infograph of when you can catch your favorite Cats on TV this weekend:


Isaac Humphries doesn’t know where South Carolina is (and that’s okay)

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Kentucky is about to leave for Columbia, South Carolina, but first, Isaac Humphries might need some help finding it on a map. This afternoon, a reporter asked Isaac if he’s heard anything about playing at South Carolina, to which the Aussie big man admitted he doesn’t even know where South Carolina is.

“I haven’t actually. I don’t really know much about – I don’t even know where it is. Is it on that side? Near New York? (Reporter: Toward the Atlantic Ocean) OK, there we go. I don’t even know where I’m going.”

“WHOA MY GOD HE DOESN’T KNOW WHERE SOUTH CAROLINA IS WHAT A DUMMY!,” Twitter responded when that quote came out, but give the man a break. He’s from Australia. Do you know where Queensland is in respect to Victoria? Probably not.

Get ready for lots and lots of palmettos, Isaac, because there’s nothing South Carolina loves more than palmettos…except things with palmettos on them.


Calipari goes to bed at 9 p.m. and other notes from today’s press conference

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John Calipari met with his favorite media members before leaving for South Carolina, and, in true Cal fashion, had some entertaining things to say. Here’s a roundup, along with a replay of the whole presser.

Calipari likes Frank Martin, but “he ain’t gonna bully me”

Calipari had a lot of praise for Frank Martin on the job he’s done with his team, who he says has “taken on his personality.”

“It makes me smile. He’s a great guy. He’s a salt of the Earth kind of guy, but he’s also a terrific coach. They’ve taken on his personality. He ain’t going to bully me personally, but they take on his personality which is tough. They make faces like he does.”

What, faces like this?

UK may be struggling on the road, but so is everyone

College basketball is a clustereff this season. This morning, I read that #4 Iowa’s loss to Indiana was the 28th time an AP Top 5 team lost this season, compared to 21 Top 5 losses in the entire 2014-2015 season. When asked about UK’s struggles on the road, Calipari pointed out that everybody’s struggling on the road this season.

“I think you look around the country, everyone on the road is struggling. When you’re not a dominating team, it’s hard to win on the road. We’ve won games on the road where I was like, there’s no way we’re winning this game,” Cal said. “This is a great test for us.”

The team practiced for two-and-a-half hours yesterday

This team has been putting in some long, physical practices lately, and Calipari said they haven’t let up, going for two-and-a-half grueling hours yesterday.

“Like yesterday’s practice was two-and-a-half hours. I don’t go two-and-a-half hours in the middle of February. And it was all body to body. I mean, that’s what this team needs. If you remember 2013-2014, we were practicing almost three hours at the end of the year. We had no choice. I mean, that team just didn’t get it.”

Fortunately, Calipari said that, despite the grind, he’s feeling refreshed and ready to go.

“Look, I’m having fun with it. I’m enjoying it. I feel refreshed. I’m knowing now it’s the middle of February. You know what that means? The middle of February, it’s on. This is it. This is why we all coach and play. Or if you don’t, you’re in the wrong profession. This is it. Let’s get this right. Gonna be a really hard game for us to win down there, and we know that. This is about our progress, and we’re making progress. I told them, ‘I’m pleased, but I’m not satisfied.'”

Maybe he’s refreshed because he’s going to bed at 9 p.m. each night

When asked if the challenges with this year’s team make the job more fun, Cal said no, it makes him want to go to be really early. Like 9 p.m. early.

“No. It wakes you up early in the morning though. And it really gets you to go to bed early. Like, I’m trying to go to bed at nine, and my wife is going nuts. ‘You can’t go to bed at 9 o’clock.’ I said, ‘I’m going to fall asleep in this chair or that bed.’ So, it tires you out, but it also wakes you up.”

A 9 p.m. bedtime is the norm at our house, Coach. Don’t let Ellen judge you.


Introducing the KSR Caricature Collection at KentuckyBranded.com

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By now, you’ve seen the caricature of Matt, Ryan, and Drew at the pregame show desk, and now, you can own it for yourself!

Kentucky Branded is introducing its KSR Caricature Collection, featuring the drawing of the guys on t-shirts in royal blue and white, coffee mugs, and posters. Get yours before they’re gone!

The KSR Caricature Collection at KentuckyBranded.com


Calipari says he thinks Tai Wynyard wants to redshirt

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The big question on everyone’s mind since Tai Wynyard arrived on campus is whether or not he’d redshirt this season. When Tai didn’t get in during UK’s blowouts of Missouri, Florida, and Georgia, it seemed as though redshirting was probably the plan.

Today, John Calipari told reporters that he wanted to put Tai in a recent game, but sensed that Tai didn’t want to go in.

“You know, I don’t know yet. We’ll probably sit down and talk here on the way to South Carolina. I’m not sure he wants to redshirt, I think he does. But we haven’t really talked about it. I was going to put him in the game and I kind of looked at him like, ‘You don’t want to go in, do you?’ So — But he’s doing fine in practice. I think he’s looking at Isaac saying, ‘Right now I know I’m behind Isaac, why do it?’ But there’s so many things that could happen between now and the end of the year.”

There you go.


After Dancing Guy’s incident, UK outlaws dancing in the aisles

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This morning, I shared an update on Dancing Guy (Darren Moscoe) from one of his friends, who said UK contacted Darren a few days ago to tell him he can’t dance on the rails or on the stairs in Rupp anymore. WKYT just posted a statement from UK saying that all fans must keep the stairways and entry and exit ways clear:

UK Athletics is aware of the accident involving two fans in the lower bowl at Tuesday night’s game vs. Georgia. EMS officials on-site evaluated all involved parties following the accident. To provide all guests with a safe and enjoyable experience, UK Athletics is emphasizing that all fans keep stairways and entry and exit ways clear. We ask that all patrons please be respectful and considerate of their fellow fans.

This is probably for the best, and it should be pointed out that Dancing Guy is still allowed to dance in his seat.

In case you missed it earlier this week, the girl that fell with Dancing Guy, 10-year-old Aubrey Derrickson, told WKYT that she wants Darren to keep dancing:

“I think it hurt him more than it hurt me. When he came down he was breathing really hard,” she said. “I want him to keep dancing. I don’t want him to stop and I did see the video, the apology, video that he posted and that was so sad it really almost made me cry.”

#DancingInTheSeatGuy?

[WKYT]


Jamal Murray didn’t practice yesterday, but expected to play tomorrow

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For some reason, the live stream of John Calipari’s press conference isn’t working, but there is some news to pass along. According to Cal, Jamal Murray didn’t practice yesterday after bumping knees with someone in the Georgia game. Fortunately, Calipari said he expects Murray to play tomorrow in South Carolina, which is very good news because right now, he’s accounting for about a third of Kentucky’s scoring. In other injury news, Calipari said Dominique Hawkins is about 80% back from his high-ankle sprain.

Thankfully, it sounds like Murray’s fine, but what is it with this team and injuries?