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September 14th, 2014

Bettie Adams Proves You Are Never Too Old To Camp Out For Big Blue Madness

Myself with Betty (right) and her daughter Debbie

Myself with Bettie (right) and her daughter Debbie

As I descended upon Tent City Tuesday afternoon, there were probably around 200 or more people already in line, but I was lucky enough to place my chair beside Betty Adams and her friends and family. Betty, who is 75, began waiting across the street from Memorial Colosseum around 12:30 Sunday night and is camping out for her first Big Blue Madness.

“I love it,” she said. “I’m a little tired, but not too tired to sit here. I sat through the cold rain, but I made it.”

After seeing Madness on TV last year, she knew she could not miss it this year. Betty has been a Kentucky fan for over 35 years and has seen many great moments in Kentucky basketball and football history, but nothing compares to this. “Putting all these tents up has been crazy. I was glad I was sitting across the street at my table because I knew if I ran across I would have been trampled to death.”

Although she cannot wait for Madness on October 17, she said the interactions with some of her favorite players such as the Harrison Twins and other fans has been fun as well. (Playing nasty neighbor with her has been the highlight of the camp out for me so far.) Betty is having the time of her life and is already making plans on being back next year. “If the Lord lets me be here , I’ll be here.”

Kentucky Sports Radio LIVE from Tent City tomorrow


Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond will be broadcasting live from the Big Blue Madness campout tomorrow morning and you’re invited to come out and listen to the show. Join the KSR gang for two hours of UK sports talk while hanging out with the campers on the blue courts. Feel free to stop by even if you’re not camping, and if you are camping, please do your best to not smell terrible. (Kidding. But seriously.)

This is always one of the best shows of the year and the guys are looking forward to joining the masses in Tent City. See you there!


Let’s get to know UK’s next potential offer, Isaiah Briscoe


Last week, John Calipari and the Kentucky staffed reached out to Isaiah Briscoe, a five-star point guard from Newark, New Jersey. Briscoe doesn’t currently have an offer from the Cats, but that could change after his in-home visit with Calipari and company tonight. Calipari doesn’t just visit anyone; the odds are very high that he’ll extend an offer to Briscoe tonight, so let’s get to know a little something about him.

Isaiah Briscoe
Point Guard

6’3.5″, 200 lbs.
Newark, New Jersey (Roselle Catholic)

Top247: No. 6 overall, No. 1 PG
247 Composite: No. 9 overall, No. 1 PG
Rivals: No. 9 overall
ESPN: No. 13 overall, No. 1 PG
Scout: No. 15 overall, No. 3 PG

Also considering: Arizona, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. John’s, Villanova, Missouri, UConn, Georgia Tech

247 Crystal Ball prediction: 64% St. John’s, 18% Arizona, 12% Rutgers, 3% UK, 3% Missouri

He first caught Calipari’s eye at the Peach Jam

Briscoe popped onto Cal’s radar until an impressive performance at the Peach Jam in July. He averaged 21 points, 7.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists and led his team to the Peach Jam title and won MVP honors. He also won a FIBA gold medal with the Team USA under-18 squad in June.

He’s built like a typical Calipari point guard

At 6’3.5″, 200 lbs., Briscoe is the prototype of a Calipari point guard–big, physical, and powerful enough to muscle his way into the lane. He’s also a great shooter and passer, as his coach Dave Boff told the Herald-Leader’s Ben Roberts. “He’s a fantastic passer. A great finisher around the rim and a good shooter with significant range from behind the arc.” Wait, does Kentucky really need another point guard next season? Briscoe’s coach said if Tyler Ulis comes back next year, it’s not a problem. “It’s not so much about starting. It’s about getting some good minutes as a freshman and the opportunity to start your development process.”

His nickname is also “Boogie” and there’s a YouTube series about him

Isaiah’s name on Twitter is “The Boogie CBG,” and 8EyeMedia started a YouTube series about him. Here’s the first episode:

Personally, I can’t wait until the spinoff, “Tootie and Slap.”

There’s a possibility he and Antonio Blakeney could be a package deal

Package deals are about as reliable as Tom Crean in the postseason, but there is buzz that Briscoe and Antonio Blakeney may team up at the next level now that Blakeney’s free of his commitment to Louisville. The two schools both are considering? Kentucky and Missouri. Last night, 247 Sports’ Jerry Meyer tweeted that he was hearing Blakeney and Briscoe to Missouri was “not that far fetched,” but Kentucky seems like a much more pleasant option, doesn’t it?

He and his family don’t mind that Kentucky started recruiting him so late

Briscoe’s dad told Chris Fisher that they don’t mind that Calipari and Kentucky have only just became involved in his son’s recruitment. “We don’t think about that. We know how Kentucky recruits,” the elder Briscoe said. “They get the best of the best and sometimes you have to wait your turn at a place like Kentucky. They produce so many pros sometimes you have to wait and see if your position is at a log jam.”

He scored 61 points in a game earlier this summer

In other news, the game announcer on that video is hilarious. Is that Reverend Brown from “Coming to America”??

He’s currently on crutches

Briscoe suffered a slight fracture in his right foot during an AAU trip to Las Vegas in late July, and is currently wearing a boot and walking on crutches. Not for much longer though; Briscoe tweeted that the crutches and the boot come off September 23rd. Sad face, annoyed face.

His fellow 2015 prospects voted him the Biggest Trash Talker in his class

USA Today’s Jason Jordan polled more than 30 elite players over the summer, and they voted Briscoe the “Biggest Trash Talker” in his class, as well as the player with the “Best Handle.” Here’s why:

He doesn’t have a timetable for his decision

Briscoe cut his list to five schools in early August: Arizona, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. John’s, and Villanova. However, other schools have now entered the mix, including Kentucky, UConn, Missouri, and Georgia Tech. His dad told Chris Fisher there’s no timetable for his decision: “Whenever the right time comes. It’s not necessarily the spring. It could be tomorrow.” If he gets an offer from Calipari tonight, expect him to schedule a trip to Lexington sometime soon.

We’ll have an update on Briscoe’s visit with Cal as soon as it’s available. 

UK Hoops served breakfast and asked trivia questions this morning

Members of Matthew Mitchell’s UK Hoops squad surprised campers with breakfast this morning and challenged some of them to UK trivia. Watch as the ladies try to stump some of the Big Blue faith around the campout.

And if you missed it, you have to hear Coach Mitchell’s appearance on KSR this morning. When we say he is the best, we really mean he is the best.

How the UK recruits and commits fared: 9/12

Damien Harris- Ran for 321 yards on 19 carries and scored seven touchdowns in the Madison Southern’s 49-35 win last Friday night. Tons of UK fans showed up to watch Harris completely take over the game.

Zy’Aire Hughes- McCracken County did not play a game last weekend.

Eli Brown- Had three carries for 93 yards, one of which was an 86-yard touchdown run. Warren East beat Ohio County in a 63-0 blowout.

Jordan Jones- His team (Cardinal Mooney) beat (Akron) Ohio Buchtel by a score of 31-0.

CJ Conrad- He was covered by a double team all night long and did not get a reception in the game. His team lost 14-0 to Galion (Ohio).

Alex Stump- Stump had five catches and two touchdowns in a 42-0 St. Edward win.

Keion Wakefield- Had 4 receptions for 89 yards and two touchdowns in a 49-12 rout of Jeffersontown.

Quinton Baker- Ran for 3 touchdowns in a 29-27 loss to Russell County last weekend.

Jabari Greenwood- Greenwood had four catches for 96 yards and caught a 57-yard screen pass for a touchdown. His team won 38-3 and improved to 3-0 on the season.

Darius Fullwood- Fullwood had four tackles in the game, and two were for a loss. His team won 23-0 and improved to 3-0 on the season.

Ryan Davis- Had 15 carries for 153 yards in 39-22 loss against St. Petersburg (Florida).

Drake Jackson- Woodford County lost a close game at home against Marion County by a score of 30-29.

Can you beat Team KSR in the UK Alumni Golf Scramble?


I’m sending out a challenge to our readers and listeners: You and three of your friends can’t beat Team KSR in golf. Here’s your chance if you want to try…

Our friends at the Fayette County UK Alumni Club are having their annual golf scramble on Tuesday, September 23 at Keene Run Golf Course. The cost is $125 per person, which covers your green fee, range balls, tee prizes, long drive and closest to the pin contests, lunch, drinks and snacks. Registration and lunch starts at 11:30 am and the shotgun start will be at 1 pm; individual golfers and foursomes are welcome.

All money raised will go toward the club’s scholarship endowment which provides scholarships for deserving students to attend UK. There will also be a silent auction and raffle for the cause.

I’m told many former UK basketball and football players and coaches have committed to this event, and there will be an appearance by the UK cheerleaders and dance team. Plus the unstoppable team of Kentucky Sports Radio will be on the course making tap-in birdies and tap-in eagles.

If you’re interested, and you should be, register by September 19 (TOMORROW) at or send an email to for more information. I’m told there are only a few spots remaining so get in if you want to get beat.

Think you can hit one down the middle off this tee box?

If you play and a miracle somehow occurs and you shoot lower than KSR, I will post your team on the website saying you took us down.

Bring it.

We found the most uncomfortable BBM camper


Is it too late to get that TempurPedic mattress back? If so, can we get another? This poor guy appears to have the most uncomfortable setup at Tent City. That, or he partied a little too hard this afternoon down the street at Tin Roof.

Someone wake him up when it’s time to get the tickets.


Damien Harris might take his official visit to UK for the Vandy game

You want some Damien Harris scoop? I GOT SOME DAMIEN HARRIS SCOOP! According to Alex Davis of Kentucky Preps, Harris may take his official visit to Kentucky next weekend for the Vanderbilt game. Harris told Davis that Kentucky wants him to take his official when UK plays North Carolina in basketball on December 13, but that’s the day Harris is planning to announce his decision, and therefore outside of his timetable. Now, he’s eying next weekend’s contest against Vandy for his official trip to Lexington.

Next Saturday’s game just got even bigger. For the love of God, y’all, #PackCommonwealth.


Campout Fan Of The Day And His Aaron Harrison-Themed Shirt Wants Afternoon Notes

UK fan Adam Weaver posed with Aaron Harrison in a t-shirt that I believe is a tribute to Aaron’s performance toward the end of last year’s NCAA Tournament. Judging by the two massive (basket)balls on the shirt, I think he is trying to reiterate what Dakari Johnson said after the win against Michigan last March: “Aaron has big (you-know-whats).”

Testicular fortitude aside, let’s run through some afternoon notes before I get on the road for Atlanta. Hashtag bachelor party. See you at The Cheetah.


– Kentucky released its finalized 2014-15 basketball schedule today with all start times and TV information included. It looks like the Wildcats will get 17 appearances on the ESPN family of networks, 10 on the SEC Network, five on CBS and one regional broadcast on FSN. At first glance I also noticed only two Wednesday night games and five Sundays in November, meaning we won’t get to see a lot of NFL that month. If there is an NFL by November.

– Before he joins the madness at Memorial Coliseum late tonight, John Calipari will visit with Isaiah Briscoe, Tyus Battle and Cheick Diallo. Briscoe is up to the No. 1 point guard spot in the 2015 class, however, he still does not have that coveted offer from Calipari and UK. If one comes today, and it very well might, the late push shouldn’t penalize the Wildcats. Briscoe’s father recently told 247Sports, “We don’t think about that. We know how Kentucky recruits.”

Battle and Diallo have their offers from UK. Diallo took his official visit to Kentucky over the summer, and Battle, a 2016 star, plans to attend Big Blue Madness next month.

Skal Labissiere is ready to get to Lexington this weekend:

He arrives tomorrow and I trust Big Blue Nation will give him a warm welcome at the campout.

– Many SEC football followers will tell you Florida is down this year, thus downplaying UK’s performance in The Swamp, but don’t tell that to Nick Saban. Saban took up for the Gators today, saying, “It’s always exciting to get into SEC play, obviously some really, really good teams we have to play, starting with Florida, who I think is vastly improved and really off to a good start. They have a lot of really, really good football players and they’re showing great balance on offense and really playing well on defense, like they typically do. This is a really, really good overall team, it will be challenging for us… I think they have a really good team this year.”

Of course Saban is going to play up his next opponent, but that’s still some high praise for a man who knows a thing or 12 about football.

– I’m no fan of Major League Baseball and I certainly don’t follow the New York Yankees, but Gatorade’s new tribute to Derek Jeter is pretty awesome:

I wish we could get something similar from each of the UK basketball players who leave for the NBA, but YouTube doesn’t have the bandwidth to store all of those videos.

– We learned this week that Louisiana-Lafayette will be coming to Commonwealth Stadium next fall, but after a small Twitter goof, it’s unlikely whoever is currently in charge of the Ragin’ Cajuns’ social media will make that trip. That person will soon be looking for work after tweeting a link to a porn website from the athletic department’s official account:


If that wasn’t a mistake, I need to know more about these luncheons and how we go about getting invited.

Coach Cal on Boeheim, Coach K and USA Basketball


John Calipari went on Twitter this afternoon and put the Boeheim/Coach K/USA Basketball mess to bed with a lengthy statement:

Jim’s comments were brought to my attention and I called him. We are friends. I have unbelievable respect for him and how he runs his program. Any concerns that college coaches have had in the past have always been addressed by USA basketball. The job that Coach K and Coach Boeheim have done to turn around USA Basketball, to make it what it is today is truly amazing.

If – and I emphasize if – they gained any advantage, because of that work, I don’t begrudge them in the least. My time with the DR team showed me how hard and how much time it takes away from your own team and your recruiting to do those things right. There’s not a college coach in the country that would say no to Jerry Colangelo if he asked them to coach the national team. My hope is they would handle it the same way it’s being handled now.

So there ya go.

MUST HEAR: Matthew Mitchell on KSR this morning


It’s a real treat any time we can convince Matthew Mitchell to come on the KSR airwaves, whether it be as the host or just helping out with Matt and Ryan. This morning the guys convinced him to come in and carry the second hour, and he did not disappoint. He killed it, as he always does.

Listen as Mitchell talks “boozing it up” before Tolly Ho, skipping Saturday’s football game for the Jason Aldean concert, and his personal financial contributions back to the athletic department. He was on fire in the second hour and doing what he does best: giving Ryan Lemond a hard time.

Not to be too overshadowed by Mitchell’s guest appearance is KSR’s new favorite game, “Tell Us Where Not To Eat.” Callers throughout the entire show shared bad restaurant experiences and encouraged listeners to avoid certain places across the state. You’ll want to hear it:

Hour 1

Hour 2

The team delivered lunches to local schools for its God’s Pantry Backpack Program


The basketball team packed up lunches for its annual God’s Pantry Backpack Program and delivered them to three local elementary schools Thursday morning.

John Robic, Aaron Harrison, Alex Poythress, Dakari Johnson and Dominique Hawkins stopped by Cassidy Elementary to read and speak to students after delivering the meals. Coach Robic was quick to tell the students that Poythress will need only three years to graduate.

When asked by a student if basketball was their first love, Dakari Johnson admitted to favoring soccer as his favorite sport as a child (there’s a sight), while Aaron Harrison wanted to play football but it was too hot outdoors in Texas.

On a more serious note, Hawkins told a story about the time Eastern Kentucky basketball players visited his school when he was a young student. “I wanted to be those guys,” he told Kyle Tucker and other reporters at Cassidy. Now Dominique is happy to return the favor as a member of the UK basketball team.

Watch the Cats’ morning at Cassidy below, via Kentucky Wildcats TV:

Meanwhile, UK sent its four freshmen — Karl Towns, Devin Booker, Tyler Ulis and Trey Lyles — across town to Lansdowne Elementary:


UK’s 2014-15 Men’s Basketball Schedule Is Complete

Microsoft Word - 2014-15 Men's Basketball Schedule

The University of Kentucky men’s basketball program released its finalized 2014-15 schedule today with all start times and TV information included. The Cats will have 32 nationally televised games this year on either the SEC Network, one of the three ESPNs, or CBS.

One game, at home against Boston on November 21, will be televised regionally on FSN.

The annual Blue-White Scrimmage on October 27 at Rupp Arena  will be carried online through the SEC Network digital platform and WatchESPN.

Go Cats.

Is this John Calipari’s response to Jim Boeheim?

It appears Coach Cal threw one of his not-so-subtle jabs at Jim Beoheim on Twitter this afternoon. The shot is more than likely a response to Boeheim’s “a little bit disingenuous of him” comment regarding Calipari’s complaint about Mike Kryzseszkwskfrski using his position with USA Basketball to promote Duke.

Cal tweeted, “A friend told me an orange a day reduces your chance of a heart attack by 50%. I told him having great players reduces your chance even more.”

Your move, Boeheim.

Bleacher Report predicts Trey Lyles to be named SEC Freshman of the Year

(Trey with Rene’ Cornette, creator of ‘Succeed and Proceed’ — and part of someone’s finger)

Someone at Bleacher Report has a lot of faith Trey Lyles will catch up quickly once he finally starts playing basketball at UK. A Bleacher Report columnist, Thad Novak, predicted the upcoming 2014-15 Freshman of the Year in every conference and he expects Lyles to take the trophy over Karl Towns, Tyler Ulis, Devin Booker and every other rookie in the Southeastern Conference.

It would really be fairer if the SEC offered a Non-Kentucky Freshman of the Year trophy, to give the likes of Florida’s Devin Robinson or Mizzou’s JaKeenan Gant a fighting chance.

As it is, though, the members of John Calipari’s latest recruiting class will be battling it out among themselves again, with Trey Lyles the best bet to come out ahead.

Lyles—a 6’10” forward with a precocious offensive repertoire—has the benefit of stepping into Julius Randle’s vacant starting job, where he’ll share the floor with the playmaking Harrison twins.

He’s a shot-blocker as well as a scorer, and while classmate Karl-Anthony Towns also features both of those skills, Towns isn’t as sure to be on the floor in crunch time. (Bleacher Report)

I believe Lyles will be a contributor to the Cats this season, but if I’m picking a preseason SEC Freshman of the Year, my money is on Towns, maybe even Tyler Ulis. We saw great things from those two in the Bahamas while Lyles is still waiting to begin the catch-up process. I’d love to see him take it, though.