Shoutout to KSR and UK fan Ryan, who was in New Orleans last night to see the Pelicans get their first win since bringing DeMarcus Cousins on board. Coincidentally, Boogie had to sit out last night’s game because he’s had 18 technical fouls this season, but I’m sure Ryan enjoyed watching Anthony Davis get 33 point and 14 rebounds in the 109-86 win over Detroit.
I bet Ryan would like hearing what’s going on in the world of UK sports today, don’t you?
1. UK will preview the Texas A&M game
Usually, UK does media opportunities the day before the game, but I guess because the Texas A&M game is at noon on Saturday, and, you know, in Texas, they’re getting a head start this afternoon. An assistant coach and select players will meet with reporters to discuss the final game of the regular season. Check the site around 2:30 p.m. for a live stream, or shortly thereafter for a full recap.
2. Tennessee kissed its tournament hopes goodbye
Monday, Joe Lunardi had Tennessee as the fifth team out of the NCAA Tournament, but the Vols destroyed any hopes of making the big dance with a ten point loss to LSU last night. It was the Tigers’ first win in 15 games. Yikes. Meanwhile, Georgia won by one at home vs. Auburn, Florida beat Arkansas, and Alabama beat Ole Miss. Lunardi will probably release another version of Bracketology today, and if I had to guess, Vanderbilt will replace Tennessee on the bubble. Seriously, the ‘Dores are playing well.
3. Will we get a new episode of Calipari’s podcast?
Thursdays generally mean a new episode of John Calipari’s podcast, but nothing has popped up in my iTunes feed yet this morning. Last week, Cal had John Wall on to talk about his time at Kentucky and I think it was his best episode yet. Hearing Wall tell stories about the 2009-10 team was awesome, and if you haven’t listened yet, I suggest you do so soon.
4. Drew’s Quade Green profile will drop tonight
A few weeks back, Drew traveled to Philadelphia to watch Quade Green play for our ‘Next Man Up’ series, and tonight, we’ll finally get to hear about that experience. Check the site at 7:30 p.m. to hear all about UK’s future point guard.
5. Louisville lost
I watched a little bit of the first half of Louisville/Wake last night, so imagine my delight this morning when I woke up to see the Cards actually lost to the 17-12 Demon Deacons. Louisville’s vaunted defense allowed 88 points from Wake, who got their first ranked win of the season, which was excuse enough for fans to storm the court:
Shoutout to this fan for a truly fantastic sign:
— Billy Birk (@BirkBilly) March 2, 2017
Louisville’s loss just further proves my point that no team is immune to struggle this season, especially heading into March. Scroll down to my post from last night to read reasons why Kentucky fans should feel optimistic heading into the postseason.
6. We’ll find out who UK Hoops will face in the SEC Tournament tomorrow
Matthew Mitchell’s squad is en route to Greenville, South Carolina, where tomorrow, they’ll take on the winner of Tennessee/Alabama. If you’d like to do a little scouting, that game’s on the SEC Network at 2:30 p.m. Here’s the bracket after Round 1:
Our own Haley Simpson will be in Greenville to cover UK Hoops this weekend, so stay tuned for updates.
7. Skal started for the Kings last night
Shoutout to Skal Labissiere, who got his first career start in the Kings’ loss to the Nets last night:
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) March 2, 2017
Skal finished wtih 10 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal, and one block in 15 minutes while Willie had 9 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals off the bench. Clearly, with DeMarcus in Nola, they’re enjoying the extra playing time.
We’ll have more on the NBA Cats in today’s BBNBA roundup in just a bit.
8. The NFL Combine has begun
Jon Toth and Boom Williams are in Indy for the NFL Combine, which got underway earlier this week. Yesterday, Toth and Boom went through measurements, with Toth coming in at 6’5″ 307 lbs. and Boom coming in at 5’7″ 190 lbs. Oddly, Toth’s arms were half an inch longer than they were at the Senior Bowl about a month ago, further proving Freddie’s theory that Toth is actually a superhero sent down from a different planet. Or, you know, someone messed up the measurements at the Senior Bowl. Either one.
The real action starts tomorrow morning, when Toth and Boom will go through drills. You can watch live starting at 9 a.m. Friday morning on the NFL Network. Or, you can check the site throughout the day to see Freddie’s updates, because you knowhe won’t miss a second.
9. The early forecast for the SEC Tournament looks good
It’s still a week out, but be sure to back some short sleeves for your trip to Nashville. Friday looks absolutely perfect. Speaking of Nashville, it’s never too early to start planning…
10. Here’s JD Shelburne’s schedule for the SEC Tournament
There’s a 95% chance that Ryan Lemond will be at each performance.
Radio in an hour.