On Saturday, August 11, runners and walkers will take to the streets of downtown for Lexington’s signature 5K, the 34th running of A Midsummer Night’s Run presented by Lexington Athletic Center. The evening will also include the Fastest Kid In Town race, a 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk, and a festival featuring food vendors, a beer garden, & live music. Register today at www.amidsummer5k.com.
Game One Win
That was fun. Even though it was sloppy for about 10 or 15 minutes, Kentucky’s first game in the Bahamas lived up to the hype. Kentucky was 2-of-20 from behind the three-point line and the game was tied in the second half, but it was never in doubt.
Sophomore Nick Richards was absolutely excellent. He only missed one shot, and the shots he made weren’t easy. He showed off a baby hook, knocked down a fadeaway and finished strong at the rim in a 19-point performance. Tyler Herro was not far behind with 16 points, P.J. Washington had 10 points and Reid Travis grabbed 14 rebounds.
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It’s a Photoshoot
Dr. Mike has already captured quite a few fantastic photos in Atlantis, and we’ve only played one game. Check out his best shots from Game One in the Bahamas on the KSR Facebook page and make sure you’re following him on Twitter.
Quade Green had a Late Night
The Kentucky point guard was not celebrating the win at the Atlantis casino. While wrapping up postgame coverage, the fine folks of UK Media Relations found Quade on the court, working on his free throw form at 12:15.
Quade received an ear-full from Calipari for not shooting more during the game. The only time Coach Cal left his table at the top of the arena to enter the huddle was to relay this message to Green:
“You better keep shooting the ball,” Calipari recalled. “I don’t want you to change your game now because you can’t make a shot. Get in the gym and shoot more so you make shots. But you ain’t changing — no. You stay the course. You had wide open shots. You missed them, every single one of them. Good.
“I don’t know what else to tell you. Get in the gym. But you’ve got to take those and not try to do something crazy, which is what he did at the end of the first half. Instead of throwing it ahead, he tried to make a play and threw the ball away. Why’d you do that? Because I missed every shot and I’m trying to make a play. The normal thing. I just told him, you’re too good a scorer to let one or two missed shots affect you. Keep playing how I play. I know what my game is. If I miss it, I’ll make the next one.”
No Anthem? No Problem
This trip to the Bahamas features fewer bumps in the road, but it hasn’t been smooth sailing all the time. The recording of the Star Spangled Banner malfunctioned just before tip-off. 1,290 Kentucky fans in the Imperial Arena stands solved the problem by singing America’s National Anthem together.
— Curtis Burch (@curtisburch) August 9, 2018
Up Next: San Lorenzo de Almagra
The three-time defending champions in the Argentinian league, tonight’s game could be the Cats’ toughest test of the entire trip. T.J. Walker broke down their roster here. If you don’t know how to watch the game, this should help:
TV — Tip-off is at 7:00 ET on the SEC Network with Tom Hart, Seth Greenberg and Dan Dakich on the call.
Radio — Hear Tom Leach and Mike Pratt on the UK Sports Network. The KSR Postgame Show with Matt, Drew and Shannon the Dude begins five minutes after the final horn.
If you’re out of the country, there are also a few different ways for you to see the Cats in Atlantis.
Kahlil Whitney is a Wildcat
In the ten days since D.J. Jeffries decommitted, John Calipari has found not one, but two scoring wings to fill the void. Dontaie Allen committed during his visit. Five-star Chicago native Kahlil Whitney waited until three days after his visit to publish his commitment video. Along with Tyrese Maxey, Coach Cal has a solid foundation in his top-ranked 2019 class, giving him freedom to pursue the best of the best down the stretch.
The NCAA is Changing Rules
Calipari doesn’t want you to waste your breath talking about them. The NBA and USA Basketball wish the NCAA would’ve given them a heads up before making the preemptive move.
Matt Norlander from CBS Sports had this revelation late last night: “I spoke w/ NCAA VP of MBB Dan Gavitt tonight, have a story going up in the AM about the changes. On Woj’s story/reporting, Gavitt said in part, ‘We could’ve done a little better job of communicating today’s news with [USAB]. I’ll just leave it at that.'”
The Globetrotters still got it.