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By Jonathan Schuette on ©March 07th, 2014 @ 10:45pm
Unless this very visit to KSR late in the evening is your very first glimpse at news on the day, then I virtually guarantee you’ve heard of today’s most notable celebrity birthday. If you’ve logged onto any assorted social media account, pop culture news site, or even turned on your local drive time radio show on the way to work this morning, you’ve almost assuredly heard that today, March 7th, is Bryan Cranston’s birthday. The American born actor, most known for his role as Walter White in AMC’s Breaking Bad, turned 58 years young today. While the younger population around the world currently knows him for his critically acclaimed role in Breaking Bad, others recognize Cranston for his roles in wildly popular shows like Malcolm in the Middle and Seinfeld. He hasn’t been limited to those three shows either, judging by his IMDB profile, Cranston has been credited with 130 acting jobs since his career began back in the early 1980’s.
This is usually the part of the celebrity bio where I’d try and say something complementary about Cranston and his wonderful career, but alas, I can’t really add anything as it’s all already been stated by everyone else who writes about pop culture on the internet. So, to conclude, I’ll leave you with my personal favorite (and wildly underrated) scene from Breaking Bad where Walt confronts Drug lord, Tuco Salamanca.
(It’s Breaking Bad, so I’ll throw in a NSFW tag.)
On to the day’s news:
-The Cats opened up as an 8-point underdog for tomorrow’s contest in Gainesville. According to Vegas Insider, Kentucky is 12-14-2 against the point spread this season and is 4-6-1 against the spread on the road. I’ve seen numerous predictions from Twitter and other sources, but it seems as though people are leaning toward a Gator cover in tomorrow afternoon’s match-up. It’s also worth noting that Kentucky is 6-13 all-time when facing the nation’s top ranked team. In case it has slipped your mind, the tip for tomorrow’s contest is slated for high noon on CBS.
–Willie Cauley-Stein and James Young had the opportunity to speak with members of the media today about the state of the program and the prospects for the team’s immediate future. Their full comments can be found by following this link, but below you’ll find some of their most notable statements.
On if this team can make a run …
“Definitely. It’s to that point where our backs are kind of against the wall. Players are going to have to show that they’re players — everybody on the team. It’s definitely a thing that we’ve got to keep in mind when we go in there.”
On what he took from the first Florida game …
“After that game I felt like we could beat anybody in the country. And then the next couple of games (I felt like we could) lose to anybody in the country. So it’s like a wide spectrum of our team. That just goes with what Cal tries to do here.”
On if they hit a wall against Florida after doing so well the first 30 minutes and if that’s a conditioning thing …
“No. I think being a young team you make those mistakes at the end. We’re so young you don’t really know when the crunch time or the winning time is. It’s the last five minutes of the game and that’s when — everything else before that really doesn’t matter. You win or lose a game in the last five minutes, and I think we’ve learned that the past year pretty much. The last five games have been a struggle, but definitely watching that game back on film, easily you win if you take care of the things that you’re supposed to do as an individual.”
On going back and looking at his video from a down shooting night against Alabama …
“I looked at the video and I just kept leaning back a little bit too much and just kicking my leg out. I came to the gym a little bit later and worked on my shot a little bit so it should be good.”
On it getting discouraging to keep missing shots …
“I try to just not think about the next shot and just keep moving forward and just shoot. I kind of got my confidence down last game and I think that’s really affecting my shot.”
On playing with pressure off their shoulders …
“Yeah and just play with an unleashed offense is what Coach says. Go out there and have fun with it and we’re doing a lot better with that in practice. We just got to turn that into game and have more fun with it.”
-During his pre-Florida presser, John Calipari told the press he didn’t believe that this team was done – not by any stretch of the imagination. “To have people say ‘this team is done,’ I just don’t believe it. A team that has this kind of skill and ability?” Calipari said. However, numbers aren’t the whole story. The x-factor for this team is confidence. “Let’s hope the light goes on. If it goes on this game, fine. If it takes another game, fine. We just need the light to go on. I’ve had teams come around at all different times. I believe in this team, I believe in the individual players. These are great players.”
–Matthew Mitchell and his UK Hoops squad earned a much needed victory over Florida in the quarterfinals of the SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament this afternoon. The Cats held off numerous runs from the Gators and ended up prevailing 75-70 despite trailing by seven at the halftime intermission. Our own Wilder Treadway gave a full recap of this afternoon’s game in Duluth, Georgia and it can be found by following this link or scrolling down a bit further.
The women will do battle with the top-seeded Gamecocks of South Carolina at noon tomorrow on ESPNU. Set your DVR accordingly.
– In news that makes you go “D’awwwww,” John Wall took to Instagram today to help grant a young cancer patient named Miyah’s dream of meeting pop star, Nicki Minaj. In a mere matter of hours, Wall’s video reached Nicki Minaj and plans are in order to help fulfill young Miyah’s dream of wearing one of Minaj’s signature pink wigs. Way to help make the world a better place, John!
We’ll see you bright and early for pregame coverage tomorrow, Cats fans.
With six minutes remaining in the game three weeks ago in Lexington the Cats and the Gators were all knotted up at 53 apiece. From there Florida found a way to score on their next nine possessions and put the game on ice through veteran play. Kentucky on the other had was outscored 16-6 over that final stretch while showcasing the same problems that have been plaguing them all season long. Tomorrow afternoon is one final chance to get it all right in time for the post-season. Here’s what the Cats will need to do in order to pull off the upset.
Take The Crowd Out of It
First and foremost the Cats will need to try and take the rowdy reptiles out of the game early. The O-Dome is always hyped to host the Wildcats and with a perfect SEC record on the line you can expect tomorrow to be no different. One of the problems the Cats have faced all season long is the slow start. They can ill afford one of those tomorrow. In Lexington the Cats jumped out to a 5-0 lead which the rode all the way to a 3 point margin at the half. If they can come out early tomorrow and hit some early jumpers the crowd could get quiet and offer UK a chance at the upset. After a hot start the boys in blue will need to work on containing UF’s ability to score.
Shut Down Wilbekin
Senior guard Scotty Wilbekin has just about wrapped up SEC player of the year and for good reason. Wilbekin is averaging 12.9 points, 3.9 assists, and 2.6 rebounds this season while leading the Gators to the #1 ranking. Scotty has been the guy with the ball in his hands when Florida has needed a bucket late and was key to their win in Rupp. Wilbekin scored 23 in our match-up a few weeks ago including 7-8 from the charity stripe. If Andrew can find a way to keep Wilbekin around his averages then the Cats will have a better chance at the W.
Julius Randle to Go Insane
Julius Randle played pretty well in the Lexington loss as he finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds on 4-7 shooting. Unfortunately Casey Prather played a bit better as he finished with 24 points and 4 rebounds. Randle has been the subject of continuous double and triple teams over the last few weeks and a reason for that has been the poor outside shooting of the Cats. If the other guys can play well then Randle can be freed up like he was against Ole Miss when he scored 25. A big game from Julius will be one of the biggest reasons behind a Cat win.
Do you have any hope remaining the Cats can win if they nail these keys to the game?
By Hayley Minogue on ©March 07th, 2014 @ 8:45pm
What a day it has been. From the bright and shining moments of a 6AM wake up call in Lexington, to the
6.5 5.5 hour drive, to the rivalry game that FINALLY ended in our favor, today has been good…Secondary mascot that, it’s been great (the live blog gets it). For those of you who don’t know, my PIC Wilder Treadway and I are in Duluth, Georgia covering the women’s SEC tournament. This is our second year in Duluth for the tournament, and if this year’s time off the court goes anything like last year’s did, we’re in for a weekend filled with embarrassing tweets, hilarious quotes, and of course, so much Pho (Duluth has the highest concentration of Koreans in North America). So, I’ve decided to share with you all some of my favorite moments from the first 18 hours of our trip. Let the Top Five Duluth moments count down begin!
5. “There’s snot all over the back of your shirt…”
This quote came to us bright and early from a fantastic gentleman that we met in Starbucks before we had even left Lexington. 6AM came a bit too early for one of us (I’ll give you one guess…), so coffee was going to be a necessity. Wilder and I stepped inside our favorite cafe for a quick cup, and while waiting in line, he sneezed. The gentleman behind us said “bless you,” and when Wilder said thanks, he responded by telling me that Wilder had sneezed all over me, and that “there’s snot all over the back of your shirt.” Yes, he was kidding, but it got our day started with some light chuckles. We got to talking about our trip, talked about his family that lives in Georgia, and we went our separate ways, but not before well wishes and good lucks. Kentucky is so unique in it’s fan base, and I just thought I should share one of my #BBN proud moments with you all. GO CATS!
After our victory over Florida this afternoon, we were very excited to go to the post game press conference to hear what both coaches were going to be saying about the outcome. After Coach Mitchell, DeNesha Stallworth, and Jen O’Neill wrapped up their portion of the press conference, they headed back towards the locker room. Wilder and I did a quick “Are you going? I am? Ok call me. Can’t wait to see you again. Miss you already” and I was off to click down the halls after the team. But before I could even get away from the makeshift interview room, I crossed paths with the Florida coach, two of her starters, and the Florida SID (sports information director). Unfortunately for me, I happened to make eye contact with the SID at the exact moment that she was presumably whispering something to her Gators. So naturally, I assumed it was targeted towards me. What exactly was said you ask? I wonder the same thing… but it sounded to me like, “See you in the locker room after the conference.” So great. An invitation to the Florida locker room accidentally issued to me?… or nah?
3. All the Alberta Dialogue- More Whispering
When we travel to tournaments, Wilder and I always try to have some sort of goals or aspirations that are ridiculous, and for this year’s tournament, we decided the goal would be Mascot SnapChat Selfies. Alberta, the Florida Lady Gator, is a lot. Her face is kinda messed up, and just her general motions are awkward and forced. Wilder and I went to grab a refreshment at half time, and on our way back, she was exiting the court when we were walking back out. I quickly told Wilder to grab her for a picture, and like a true journalist would, he whispered at her, “Hey Alberta come here…” Yes, I said whispered. Barely would have registered on a decibel meter. Then we parted ways, opportunity lost forever. RIP Alberta SnapChat.
2. Bria Goss Got Jokes
Speaking of Mascots… After my invitation to the Florida locker room fell through (darn), I headed to the UK locker room to do some more research for this article. I decided a safe question would be “Other than the Wildcat, who is your favorite mascot?” and boy, was I right. Kastine Evans said she liked LSU because their fans chant “Tiger Bait,” while Jen O’Neill said she was a fan of Alabama because of the Elephant’s funny nose. Then, Bria Goss bestowed upon me the absolute best answer I could have ever hoped for. Goss said, “”I like the Gamecocks.. cause when they break it down in the huddle they say ‘Lady Cocks’… ‘LADY COCKS ON THREE!’” I could not contain myself. I lost it, right there in the locker room, in front of everyone. Bria Goss also told me that she had vouched for Wilder’s absence in the class they share on Wednesday, telling their teacher that he had left for Duluth to cover the tournament…She did not, however, know that she had accidentally lied to her teacher, as sweet little Wilder was actually just to sweepy to get out of bed. #Oops
1. Maryland Eastern Shore would be offended…
Nothing says “SEC Love” like getting all the fans together for a nice, civil tournament where the refs call everything, right? We were lucky enough to have chosen seats right in front of a very large Florida population, and they were not too pleased with the officiating. The entire game, we were #blessed enough to listen to them demand “AND 1!!!” every single time a Gator shot, “THREE SECONDS!” every time a Wildcat stepped into the paint, and “CARRYING!!!” every dang time the ball was in play and not in a Florida player’s hands. The best quote of this trip so far was so thoughtfully delivered to us in the second half, when a dreaded (as in hair) heckler screamed at the top of her lungs, “THIS AINT THE MEAC REF!!! LET THESE GIRLS PLAY!” Consider me #confused. Are the ladies in the MEAC not allowed to be as physical as the rest of the conferences? Are the MEAC girls fragile? Are they supposed to stop more frequently for breaks of some sort? Perhaps they need water more often? If anyone would like to fill me in… please.
That’s all that we have for now my friends. Check out the KY Wildcats TV highlight reel from this afternoons game, as well as a special treat that I have included from a basketball game earlier this week in Louisville. Make sure to join us tomorrow at noon, as we take on the top seeded Gamecocks. Go Cats!
Much has been made about Kentucky’s perilous drop from preseason number 1 to #25 in this weeks polls, but let’s not pretend like the wildcats are alone. Not a single preseason top 5 team has had the kind of season their fans were expecting. Let’s take a look at where they were, where they are, and where they might go.
Preseason Ranking: 1
Current Rank: 25
Conference Record: 12-5
Season Outlook: If you are reading this at 8PM on a Friday night, I don’t need to tell you too much about what Kentucky’s future looks like. At this point, the preseason expectations have all but vanished, and just seeing the team play well to end the season would likely count as a victory for most fans. It starts tomorrow with a noon game against Florida, and then next weekend with the SEC tournament.
Preseason Ranking: 2
Current Ranking: 22
Conference Record: 12-5
Season Outlook: Michigan State was hobbled with injuries, sure. But they have also dropped 6 of their last 11 in almost reverse Izzo fashion. Typically the Spartans are rounding in to form later in the season and pose to be a tough out to any team in the tournament… but with recent losses to Georgetown, Illinois and Nebraska, they aren’t striking fear in to too many teams. Still, Lunardi has them as a 4 seed, which seems a little high.
Preseason Ranking: 3
Current Ranking: 11
Conference Record: 14-3
Season Outlook: What once looked like a major hangover after a title year, is starting to turn around a little bit. The AAC’s NCAA tournament will be interesting. Throughout the conference season, a number of teams have appeared to be better than we originally expected, with Memphis, SMU, Cincinnati, Connecticut and Louisville ending up ranked. Are they as legitimate as they look, or have they been feeding on the weaker dredges of the conference? It’s tough to say. Louisville could be poised to go deep in March, but they are still a leap away from being the kind of team you expect to win the title, like they were last year.
Preseason Ranking: 4
Current Ranking: 4
Conference Record: 12-5
Season Outlook: Say what you want about ESPN bias towards Duke, but how many other teams have lost games and rose in the polls? At times they look like title contenders, at times they lose to Wake Forest and UNC. And I am pretty sure no team has every lost to Wake Forest and gone on to win the title. The ACC tournament will be telling. The biggest question with the Blue Devils is – can they beat quality teams back to back to back? It doesn’t seem like a group that can go without opening themselves up to an unexpected loss. Also, just for the sake of mentioning it? Same conference record as Kentucky and Michigan State, for what it’s worth.
Preseason Ranking: 5
Current Ranking: 8
Conference Record: 14-3
Season Outlook: Kansas actually seems to be the most poised of the preseason top 5 to cut down the nets in April. A lot of it will depend on the availability of Freshman superstar Joel Embiid, who has been having back issues for the latter half of the season. They are currently projected to be a one seed, and with the dwindling strength of the Big 12, might as well be a shoo-in to a match up with a 16.
Final takeaway? It’s not been the season we thought it would. Last year we knew it was a down year in CBB, but everyone thought this would be one of the best seasons to date. With all the super star freshman coming in, and a lot of key returnees, it was predicted that there would be a number of legendary teams poised to battle it out. Instead? It’s been a grab bag of successes and failures. Any of the above teams could go on to win the tournament and end at the top of the polls where they started. Or any could fail to make it out of the first weekend.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©March 07th, 2014 @ 7:30pm
For the past month, Florida fans have been trying to get Justin Timberlake to come to Gainesville to sing the national anthem on Senior Day via the #BringJT2UF social media campaign. Timberlake just wrapped up the South Florida portion of his tour, so Florida fans thought he should swing by Gainesville to give Florida’s seniors the ultimate send-off.
Well, Justin Timberlake has better things to do, and posted this on Twitter a little while ago:
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) March 7, 2014
Sorry, Gators. I hear Matt Walsh is available if you don’t have a back up.