In five hours, the Kentucky basketball team’s regular season will be over. It feels like just yesterday we were watching Malik Monk bring down the house at the Blue/White game. Now it’s (almost) tournament time. Here’s what lies ahead in the Cats final regular season tune-up against Texas A&M.
The Last Time UK Played Texas A&M
It was an absolute blowout. Kentucky rolled over the Aggies 100-58 at Rupp Arena. A&M’s large lineup simply couldn’t keep up with the Cats’ pace. Four Kentucky starters scored ten points or more, led by Malik Monk’s 26.
The last time Kentucky visited College Station, it was a much different story. The back-and-forth battle should have ended with a Kentucky win, but the tables turned on one unfortunate, emotional reaction.
Looking for a Complete Game
The Cats are using today’s game to work on a few things before postseason play. Most importantly, John Calipari is searching for 40 minutes of good basketball. His point guard echoed Calipari’s call for desperate basketball earlier this week.
“Sometimes we just have slow starts,” UK freshman guard De’Aaron Fox said. “We just gotta learn how to play desperate the whole 40 minutes.”
A (Kinda Sorta) Homecoming for De’Aaron Fox
Throughout the season most of Kentucky’s players have played a game in or near their hometown. Fox will get his chance when friends and family make the 80-mile trek journey from Katy, Texas to College Station. The best news is that Fox is feeling better. If he’s not 100%, he’s awfully close to it.
The Return of Verne
You thought you saw Verne Lundquist sign off for the final time at this year’s Army-Navy game, but you thought wrong. That was Lundquist’s final college football game. He’s still doing some college basketball work during NCAA Tournament time. He gets a tune-up today with Jim Spanarkel when the Cats and the Aggies tip-off at noon on CBS. The Aggies are 7-point home underdogs.
Bye Bye, Kaylee
Kaylee Hartung has spent the last two basketball seasons parked on the Rupp Arena sidelines. After next week’s SEC Tournament, Kaylee’s time reporting on the Cats will come to a close. The Big Lead reported yesterday that Hartung will leave ESPN for CNN in April. First Musburger, now Hartung. Who’s next, Vitale?
Jon Toth performed as expected: not great, not bad. Boom Williams’ combine story is much more complex. He started impressively, with 18 bench press reps and a 4.51 40-yard dash that improved to 4.44. He was one of the day’s top performers, until they disqualified his second, much faster attempt. Boom didn’t reach the desired numbers, but he’ll have another opportunity at Wednesday’s Pro Day.
UK Advances at the SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament
It was a battle, but Kentucky left the court with a 63-55 quarterfinal win over Alabama thanks to Evelyn Akhator’s 23-point, 9-rebound performance. They’ll play one-seed South Carolina today at 5:00 on ESPNU. Kentucky has already lost to the Gamecocks twice this season. Hopefully the third time’s the charm for the Cats.
Tyler Ulis Hits a Career-High
The Phoenix Suns’ point guard dropped 14 points and 7 assists on Russell Westbrook’s Oklahoma City Thunder. His most impressive points came at the hands of Enes Kanter, but it wasn’t as crazy as this pass through Steven Adams’ legs.
ANOTHER NUTMEG!! Ulis on Adams!! pic.twitter.com/11elEEswPk
— Michael Gallagher (@MikeSGallagher) March 4, 2017
Check out the full highlights here.
Shannon the Dude Enters the Wrestling Ring
America’s favorite Ohio Valley Wrestling commentator was thrust into action on February 11.
— OVW Wrestling (@ovwrestling) February 11, 2017
Now, Shannon is ready for revenge. He called out Tyler Matrix on yesterday’s radio show. “I guarantee it. I’m going to win.” Tonight at 7:30 he’ll enter the ring at 4400 Shepherdsville Road. Will he leave triumphant or on a stretcher? Pack the house to see if he survives.
College Basketball on TV
- Noon: Indiana at Ohio State on ESPN
- 2:00: Florida at Vandy on ESPN
- 2:00: Georgia at Arkansas on ESPN2
- 2:00: No. 19 Notre Dame at No. 8 Louisville on CBS
- 4:00: No. 11 Baylor at Texas on ESPN
- 4:00: No. 25 Miami at No. 15 Florida State
- 4:00: Memphis at No. 14 SMU on ESPN2
- 6:00: No. 6 Oregon at Oregon State on ESPN2
- 6:00: No. 1 Kansas at Oklahoma State on ESPN
- 8:15: No. 17 Duke at No. 5 North Carolina on ESPN
- 10:15: Washington State at No. 3 UCLA on ESPN
The KSR Pregame show begins in 30 minutes at 9:30 on 630 WLAP. Stream it here to get ready for the Cats and the Aggies.