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November 30th, 2015

Alex enters beast mode

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The Cats are slowly pulling away from Illinois State, thanks to the hustle and aggressive play of Alex Poythress. Check out this finish by Alex and the roar afterwards:

Finally, some fire from this group.

UK vs. Illinois State (Second Half Comment Thread)


Well, that was ugly. Without Tyler Ulis, Kentucky looked totally lost on both sides of the floor, trailing Illinois State for the majority of the first half. The score is tied at 31 at halftime, and if Skal Labissiere and Jamal Murray don’t show up, it could get ugly.

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 Tied Halftime Box Score


It hasn’t been the best shooting night for the Cats, leaving an uphill battle for the second half.

The team brought Ellen Calipari brownies for her birthday

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It hasn’t been a pretty half so far. In fact, I’ve been struggling to find a highlight to share with you guys. So, instead, I’ll share this touching moment from before the game. Today is Ellen Calipari’s birthday, and, since it’s custom for Ellen to bake the players brownies on their birthdays, tonight, the team returned the favor, bringing her a plate of brownies before tip off.

And here’s Ellen enjoying her birthday treat:



UK vs. Illinois State (First Half Comment Thread)


Your Kentucky Wildcats are back in action tonight against the Illinois State Redbirds, which means it’s time for us to talk about it in the comments section. Drew is somewhere in Kansas with Matt, Ryan, and Shannon, so Nick Roush is filling in courtside at Rupp Arena.

If you missed the news earlier, Tyler Ulis is OUT for this game with a hyperextended elbow. Good thing we’ve got three other point guards on the roster.

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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Charles Matthews is getting his First Career Start

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Without Tyler Ulis, tonight will be the first career start for Charles Matthews.  After an impressive game at home against Boston and an explosive nine first half points against South Florida, Matthews has earned this opportunity.

Tip-off in just about 15 minutes on ESPN2, with a comment thread coming even sooner.

Is This the Best Thing to Come Across the Lexington Police Scanner?


So, this has been floating around Twitter today and I honestly wonder if it’s been topped from a basketball/police scanner combo. I think it’s due for a caption contest as there are a lot of ways this can go. So, before the game tonight let’s have a little fun while we get ready for Illinois State. Here’s the original Tweet from HLpublicsafety:

I guess, dare I say it? ‘You people are crazy.’

Tyler Ulis is in Street Clothes for Tonight’s Game

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Late to head out to the court for warmups, I held out hope until Tyler Ulis hit the Rupp Arena floor in Timberlands.  Luckily, his elbow isn’t restricted in any way, and he looked fine handling the ball near midcourt while his teammates got loose.

Hopefully they’re just saving him for UCLA.  Here’s Calipari’s comment from Twitter.

7 Things to Know About Illinois State


Tonight, your University of Kentucky Wildcats will take on the Illinois State Redbirds at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2. We’ve got some time to kill before tip off, so let’s get to know our opponent.

They played Maryland pretty close last week

This is Illinois State’s second game against a top two opponent in a one-week span. Last week, they lost to #2 Maryland 77-66 in the Cancun Challenge, but actually led the Terrapins by two with six minutes left before Maryland went on a 21-8 run. Overall this season, they’re 3-4, with wins over Morehead State, Houston Baptist, and Quincy.

They’ve got two good guards in Paris Lee and DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell

Lee, the point guard, is currently averaging 12 points and 4 assists per game. Akoon-Purcell is the leading scorer, averaging 15.9 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. At 6’5″, 200 lbs., he’s got the size to take on Jamal Murray and Isaiah Briscoe.

Calipari was full of praise for the two yesterday.

“I mean, we’re playing a good team. Illinois State, I watched their Maryland game. They had Maryland beat. They’ve got their quick guard, (Paris) Lee; I’m not sure what we’ll be able to do with him. They’ve got a kid (DeVaughn Akoon-)Purcell that’s scoring 16-17 a game. Will be a tough matchup for us depending on how we play.”

Mark Jones and Kara Lawson will call the game

I really like Lawson as a color analyst, so I’m looking forward to hearing her tonight. Last night, she posted this pic from an empty Rupp Arena:


Famous alumni include John Malkovich, Sean Hayes, Craig Robinson, Jane Lynch, Gary Sinise, and that guy from Office Space

First off, that’s a lot of great actors. Second of all, it also reminds me that John Malkovich is a Willie Cauley-Stein fan:

Does that mean he’ll be cheering for Willie’s alma mater instead of his own? Probably not, but I’ll use any excuse to talk about John Malkovich.

They like to run

Yesterday, Calipari said Illinois State runs a style of offense similar to the Princeton offense in that they put all five guys on the perimeter.

“They run. It’s not Princeton (offense); it’s more like a five-out where you’ve got to play it like you’re playing Princeton. But they do good stuff. So we’ve got a hard game.”

Last week, Maryland coach Mark Turgeon praised the Redbirds’ speed, telling reporters “they were faster at almost every position than we were.” What they have in speed, they lack in shooting. So far this season, Illinois State’s only shooting 41.3% from the field, 34.5% from three-point land, and 58% from the free throw line.

They have a 7-footer

His name is Daouda “David” Ndiaye and even though he doesn’t start, you’ll see him. The freshman had nine points and four blocks in Illinois State’s win over Quincy. For once, one of these teams will be able to match UK’s size inside. Kind of.

UK is currently a 20-point favorite

What do you think? Over or under?

Kyvin Goodin-Rogers leaving UK Hoops

The hits just keep on coming for the Kentucky Women’s Basketball program. As first reported by Jen Smith, junior forward Kyvin Goodin-Rogers is leaving the UK Hoops program, becoming the fourth player in six weeks to do so.

Goodin-Rogers had played in 39 career games with 15 career starts, averaging 4.2 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. This season, Goodin-Rogers was averaging 5.6 points and 1.6 rebounds per game. She has been granted a full release by UK.

“Kyvin has decided it is in her best interest to leave our program and play her remaining years elsewhere,” Mitchell said. “We appreciate all the hard work that Kyvin put in while she was with our program and wish her nothing but success on and off the court moving forward.”

Four hours ago, Goodin-Rogers posted this on Twitter:

First Chrishae Rowe (dismissed), then Linnae Harper and Morgan Rich, and now Kyvin Goodin-Rogers? What the heck is happening to UK Hoops?!

UK will not go to a bowl game

Breaking news: the NCAA just announced it will fill extra bowl games with teams with 5-7 records based on Academic Progress Rate (APR). This means Kentucky is out. The highest APRs of the 5-7 teams remaining are in, in order, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas State, Minnesota, San Jose State, Illinois, and Rice. Kentucky’s score, 945, falls well below the scores from those programs.

The extra practices would have been nice, but this is probably for the best. Time to take this season around the shed and put it to bed.

Where the Increase in Scoring is Coming From


Have fun with this. I’m a complete nerd when it comes to advanced stats in basketball. I love them. I think they tell a lot about the game. Well, last week I talked about how through the first week in college basketball the rule changes were playing a role in the game.

Well, now over at KPI Sports I found even more indepth details about where the scoring is coming from. Here are the quick hitters. Scoring is up 5.46 points per team (about eight percent) but only 2.5% points per possession. 68 percent of the scoring increase is due to the increased pace of play, while the remaining 32 percent is increased offensive efficiency. 83 percent of the increased scoring is coming from made field goals, while a shockingly low number of 17 percent is from free throws.

Defensively blocks, steals and turnovers are all down, which says the freedom of movement campaign is actually working.

I know that’s a lot of numbers, but overall it shows college basketball is doing what it’s set out to do, which is clean the game up. Sure, it can seem annoying with the free throws, but really it’s more just playing the game that has bumped the scoring up.

The KSR Pregame Show is live from Dorothy’s house from “The Wizard of Oz”

KSR has done some radio shows in some odd places over the years, but today’s may take the cake. The gang is in Liberal, Kansas at Dorothy’s house from “The Wizard of Oz” to preview Kentucky vs. Illinois State. The show starts at 4:30 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.

ESPN still projects Kentucky to the Independence Bowl

Earlier today, I outlined the possible scenario in which Kentucky could still go to a bowl despite their 5-7 record. The NCAA is expected to decide in the coming days how to pick which 5-7 teams get to go bowling, and if they decide to go by APR scores, the Cats are out; however, that’s not stopping ESPN’s Mark Schlabach from putting Kentucky in his latest bowl projections. Schlabach has Kentucky playing NC State in the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana on December 26, the same day as the UK vs. Louisville basketball game.

If that does happen (a huge “if” right now), the two games won’t conflict. UK/Louisville is at noon, while the Independence Bowl kicks off at 5:45 p.m. ET on ESPN. Previously, we had heard the SEC wouldn’t allow UK to go to that bowl because of that conflict, but now, who knows. All I know is I’m ready for some resolution on the matter.


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