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November 24th, 2015

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.

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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?

Two former Mr. Basketballs in town for tonight’s game


Dominique Hawkins won’t be the only former Mr. Kentucky Basketball involved in tonight’s game. No, tonight, there will be three former Mr. Kentucky Basketballs in Rupp Arena.

Hawkins’ predecessor, Nate Dieudonne, the 2012 Mr. Basketball, is a senior for the Boston Terriers. A former Louisville Trinity star, Dieudonne scored 10 points with five rebounds and four assists in last year’s meeting in Rupp Arena. He’s currently averaging 11.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game as one of the team’s starting forwards.

Then the 1987 Mr. Basketball, John Pelphrey, will be sitting courtside as the color analyst for the SEC Network broadcast. Pelphrey joined the network this season after serving as an assistant under Billy Donovan at Florida.

Who knows, maybe we’ll get a Jon Hood or Jack Givens sighting somewhere in the crowd to add to the list. What’s Steffphon Pettigrew doing tonight?

Biggest News of the Day, Maybe the Year: Shake Shack is coming to Lexington

Allow me to be my fat self for a moment, if you will. There is some pretty big news today regarding Lexington and one of the best burgers in America.

According to Eater Nashville, Lexington will open the first Shake Shack in Kentucky. The universally-praised burger joint will open at The Summit at Fritz Farm, the new $156 million, 60-acre development at Man O’War and Nicholasville Road. The development’s website confirms Shake Shack’s future location.

If you’re new to the Shake Shack name, go ahead and educate yourself. It is quietly building a global restaurant empire. Think In-N-Out, but with variety.

Shake Shack is a must for me every time I’m in New York. I can’t imagine how many times I will eat it once it comes to Lexington, but I plan to go ahead and move up a couple pant sizes in preparation for its arrival.


Mother of Indiana star says it’s time to get the F*** out of IU

There was a time when it was looking like Troy Williams would become a Kentucky Wildcat. The five-star prospect in the 2013 class was down to UK and North Carolina, and word was spreading that Kentucky would be the pick in May of that year, when he planned to announce.

Then things changed, for whatever reason, and Williams opened up his recruitment and left the Wildcats off his next list. He would eventually pick Indiana, where he started all 32 games as a freshman and earned All-Big Ten Honorable Mention honors as a sophomore.

This year, Williams is one of the stars of the Hoosiers, but Tom Crean elected to not start him in today’s game against St. John’s.

Williams’ mother caught word of that and blasted Crean in a Facebook post:

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The post went viral and she has since apologized:

Good for her, but the internet won’t forget her original message.

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Sacha Killeya-Jones is on an unofficial visit.

As you know by now, Killeya-Jones, the first commitment of John Calipari’s heralded 2016 recruiting class, is in Lexington to check out his future school. 247Sports’ fourth-ranked power forward arrived yesterday and will be at tonight’s home game against Boston.

We may need to do something about the Duke haircut.

Wenyen Gabriel shined over the weekend.

Calipari’s second commitment in the class, Wenyen Gabriel was a star at this past weekend’s National Prep Showcase in Connecticut. Evan Daniels of called Gabriel’s 21-point, 11-rebound game an “eye-opening performance” and said Gabriel has taken another step in the right direction.

Gabriel is now up to a legit 6-10 and Daniels believes he can still play the three for Kentucky in 2016-17.

Wow. Strong words for a guy who already has potentially scary upside.

Coach Cal watched Bam Adebayo on Saturday.

Here is what Calipari saw from his next big man, while we were watching the UK-Charlotte football game:

I can’t believe that guy is only a senior in high school. He’s a grown ass man.

UK football commit ranked No. 32 in JUCO rankings.

Kentucky’s Tate Leavitt is the 32nd-ranked player and the fifth-ranked offensive tackle in ESPN’s new JUCO rankings.

The four-star from Ohio plans to be on campus for the spring semester and will play two seasons as a Wildcat. With the current look of Kentucky’s offensive line, he will likely walk in and compete for a starting job right away.

Expect football visitors for the Louisville game.

Among those, current UK commit Jaylin Bannerman, a linebacker/defensive end from Ohio. Bannerman will take his official visit to Kentucky this weekend.

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Kentucky Joe has a Christmas song


Kentucky Joe called in to KSR this morning to sing his new song for the holiday season. It’s called “On Christmas Morning I Became A Wildcat Fan” and it’s the best thing since Judy Garland told us all to “Have A Merry Christmas”.

As Joe explains it, the new hit is about the moment he became a UK fan, when he received his first Kentucky Wildcats shirt on Christmas morning. I’ll let him tell the rest in “On Christmas Morning I Became A Wildcat Fan”:

The Governor’s Cup and Thanksgiving on the KSR Podcast

Normally during Louisville week, the hate would be overflowing from our Podcast Crew.  There aren’t many that hate Louisville more than Jared Lorenzen, but the hate really won’t kick in until the day after Thanksgiving.  Instead of talking a lot of trash, we talked about Kentucky’s chances of getting a bowl birth with a win over Louisville, AND:

—  The position group that will win or lose the game.

—  Our favorite Thanksgiving side dishes.

—  Our confidence in the Cats, on a scale of 1-10.

—  The right way to do Thanksgiving, “The Jared Lorenzen Way.”

—  Tyler’s crush on Les Miles.

—  Freddie’s childhood as a raccoon hunter.

Find it on iTunes at “Kentucky Sports Radio” or LISTEN HERE.

There is a website dedicated to Tom Crean’s buyout

Many Indiana basketball fans are understandably upset with the Tom Crean era in Bloomington. Those people were hit with even more frustration last night following 13th-ranked Indiana’s loss to unranked Wake Forest.

Now there’s a website dedicated to Tom Crean’s buyout, complete with a countdown clock until the buyout drops $3.5 million next summer.

Yeah, it has gotten that bad in Hoosier Land.

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Meanwhile, Kentucky is ranked No. 1 and John Calipari just signed the top recruiting class before Christmas.

Louisville doesn’t know who will start at quarterback

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Louisville’s depth chart for the Kentucky game lists Kyle Bolin or Lamar Jackson as the team’s starting quarterback.

“Not sure who will start at quarterback, “Bobby Petrino said yesterday. “In the game the other day, they made good plays at times and they made bad plays at times. We’ve got to get out on the practice field and figure it out on the practice field.”

Bolin, a sophomore from Lexington, started the last three games for Louisville, with wins over Syracuse and Virginia, and last Saturday’s loss to Pittsburgh. He also started in the Week 3 loss to Clemson.

The other option is Jackson, who has started six games as a true freshman and appeared in 10 of Louisville’s 11 games. Jackson has thrown for 1,483 yards with nine touchdowns and seven interceptions to Bolin’s 1,109 yards with seven touchdowns and four interceptions.

For Kentucky fans, we’d like to avoid Jackson at all costs. He is a running quarterback and we all know how that tends to go in Commonwealth Stadium. Groan.

Petrino said of Jackson’s mobility, “It is one of his strengths and certainly, I think, is something he’s good at it. He does a good job of running the football whether it’s called plays or improvising off dropback passes.”

So it is that, or the hometown kid looking to beat Kentucky for a second consecutive season. Bolin stepped in and threw three second half touchdowns to defeat the Cats a year ago.

Either way, beat Louisville.

Boston beat Albany, lost to NJIT

If you’re wondering how Boston University stacks up against opponents Kentucky has already seen this season, you can thank the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic for giving us something to go by.

The 2015 Classic features Kentucky and four of its first five opponents in a round-robin event, with tonight’s game being the Cats’ third of four contests. Albany and NJIT were the first two opponents, and Friday night’s game with South Florida will conclude the classic.

Boston has already played three of its four, and holds a 2-1 record in those games. The Terriers defeated Albany and South Florida, while NJIT handed it a double-digit loss last Thursday.

vs. Albany… W, 69-64
@ NJIT… L, 76-90
@ South Florida… W, 78-64

vs. Albany… W, 78-65
vs. NJIT… W, 87-57
vs. South Florida… Friday @ 5 pm (ESPN)

We can take it a step further by looking at the Pomeroy Rankings, where Albany ranks No. 117, Boston is No. 124, and NJIT is No. 130.

Let’s just say the three teams present an equal level of competition for the Cats.

Anthony Davis served Thanksgiving dinner to the homeless last night

Anthony Davis and his family served 300 homeless men at the New Orleans Mission last night. It was the first event of the season for Davis and his charity, AD’s Flight Academy, in New Orleans. AD’s Flight Academy is a series of community service events throughout the year; last season he did a number of events with underprivileged teens around the city, including trips to the bowling alley, movie theater and laser tag.

Thanksgiving dinner with Davis has become an annual tradition in NOLA.

“I was trying to give Thanksgiving to some people who might not have family around or are less fortunate to celebrate,” he told ”So I brought my family here and some of my closest friends to celebrate with these people. It’s an honor. They talked about basketball and they’ll post me up and all this. It is just fun to see them smile.”

For a full photo gallery of Davis’ Thanksgiving, click here.