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Thursday’s Top 10: The Crown, Hamidou Diallo announcement set, SNOW!!!


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I’ll be honest, the majority of things I watch on Netflix are forgettable — looking at you, Fuller House — but over Christmas break, I stumbled upon their original series The Crown. Several people have recommended the drama about Queen Elizabeth’s ascent to the throne, so I took a chance on it, and man, I haven’t enjoyed a show this thoroughly in a while. While shows like Westworld and Stranger Things make your head spin with theories, The Crown has me researching more about Queen Elizabeth II because her story is simply fascinating. Yes, the show tells the story about her becoming queen, but the most interesting part — and the part the show explores the best — is the impact it has on her family, specifically her marriage to Prince Philip; in fact, the show begins with their wedding in 1947. Netflix spent upwards of $100 million on the series, which they hope will span six seasons, each lasting a decade. There are ten episodes in season one; I’m only through six and am already dreading running out of them.

Now, let’s run through today’s agenda before I watch another one…

1. Hamidou Diallo will announce his decision on Saturday

If you missed the news late last night, five-star shooting guard Hamidou Diallo tweeted that he will announce his decision Saturday at 5 p.m. Don’t let that graphic fool you; at the most, Diallo is down to Kentucky, UConn, and Arizona, and even then, all signs point to Kentucky. Diallo was on campus last week for an official visit, which Calipari followed up on at the end of the week. Yesterday, recruiting gurus Evan Daniels and Jerry Meyer said they believe Diallo will end up in Lexington and will sit out this upcoming semester to focus on developing himself for next season. Adam Zagoria says Diallo was working on taking a visit to Arizona up until yesterday, but now that won’t happen. If that’s not a good sign for Kentucky, I don’t know what is.

2. Turning our sights towards Arkansas

As we wait on Diallo’s decision, we can start preparing for Saturday’s showdown with Arkansas, aka the Malik Monk Bowl. Monk, of course, grew up in Lepanto, Arkansas and played high school ball in Bentonville, which is close to Fayetteville, and his brother Marcus played football and basketball for the Razorbacks. Malik ruffled a lot of feathers when he chose Kentucky over Arkansas, and while this game would be A LOT more dramatic if it was in Fayetteville, you know it will hold special meaning for the freshmen phenom.

3. Calipari watched Shai Alexander last night

John Calipari was in my neck of the woods last night to see his future point guard Shai Alexander’s Hamilton Heights play Brentwood Academy in Nashville. Alexander scored 13 points in Hamilton Height’s win, and Calipari also got a look at Brentwood’s Darius Garland, the number one point guard in the 2018 class according to 247 Sports Composite. He doesn’t have an offer from UK yet, but he does have offers from Duke, Louisville, and Indiana, so one is probably on the way.

4. Much more importantly, it’s supposed to SNOW! FREAK OUT!

The Central Kentucky area is supposed to pick up 1-3 inches through tomorrow, which is just enough to send the entire Bluegrass into a panic. Here’s the latest estimate from LEX18:

Of course, down here in the Snow Dome, we’ll probably just get flurries…MAYBE a dusting. Regardless, I’m sure the store is already out of eggs, bread, and milk.

5. UK Hoops hosts Missouri at 7 p.m.

After two tough road losses to Duke and Tennessee last week, your #24 ranked UK Hoops team returns to Memorial Coliseum to host Missouri tonight at 7 p.m. Tickets are still available, or you can watch the game on the SEC Network.

6. It was a wild night in college basketball

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If you didn’t spend your Wednesday night watching college basketball, you missed a classic as #18 Butler took down #1 Villanova at Hinkle Fieldhouse. As you can see in that picture up there, up five in the closing minute, the Bulldogs used a play called “Kentucky” to seal the deal. That’s gotta be a good sign, right?

Meanwhile, Grayson Allen returned to action for Duke after an “indefinite” one-game suspension, which should shock no one. Louisville lost at Notre Dame, Pittsburgh beat #11 Virginia, and the SEC was a hot mess. Vandy, who’s been horrible this year, beat Auburn by almost 20 points, and Missouri lost their fifth straight at LSU.

7. But if you ask Missouri AD Jim Sterk, EVERYTHING IS FINE HERE

Of course, as many have pointed out on Twitter, the fact that he felt the need to issue a statement of support probably means he’s not that supportive at all.

8. College basketball on TV tonight:

  • 7:00 PM: #20 Purdue vs. Ohio State
  • 9:00 PM: California at #4 UCLA
  • 9:00 PM: #5 Gonzaga vs. San Francisco
  • 10:00 PM: Utah vs. #17 Arizona
  • 11:00 PM: Stanford vs. #25 USC
  • 11:00 PM: BYU vs. #19 Saint Mary’s

9. Did you see the buzzer beater at the WMYT Mountain Classic?

Turns out it might have been a hair too late, but what a shot.

10. A new Calipari podcast will drop today

Will it be the one with Rick Pitino? Or will it be feature one of Calipari’s other scheduled guests like Karl Towns, Dan Patrick, and Geno Auriemma? We’ll find out at some point today.

BONUS: Have you downloaded the KSR app yet?

You definitely should. We even fixed that bug where it crashes when you open a story. Do yourself a favor and get it on iTunes or Android.

Radio in an hour…

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

21 responses to “Thursday’s Top 10: The Crown, Hamidou Diallo announcement set, SNOW!!!”

  1. Sentient Third Eye

    I wonder what play “Kentucky” actually was? Did they dribble-drive? Throw a lob?

    1. ClutchCargo

      Maybe they secretly have a player with the last name Monk, and they just throw him the ball and watch him work?

  2. RealCatsFan

    Color me not surprised at Coach Buy-A-Vowel reinstating Gayson Allen one game into his “indefinite” suspension. It was truly Pitinoesque, although I think this time K has actually trumped Pitino. What’s next for K, banging a ho on a restaurant table?

    1. runningunnin.454

      Allen had better behave; Coach K is having a backbone transplant.

    2. 4everblue

      I imagine the whole K move was calculated, ACC showed their lack of integrity by not addressing it at all (which is what they do). I doubt Allen’s issues are anywhere near resolved so now what happens when he does it again? And you know it’s bound to happen, I just can’t wait to see what happens when he does it in he NBA.

    3. Sentient Third Eye

      I predicted that the suspension would last until the ninth, the next time Duke plays a ranked team. But I guess the upset changed that calculus.

  3. runningunnin.454

    I watched the Butler game; and, didn’t see anything about a play called “Kentucky”.
    Elaborate please.

    1. JMFATZ47

      Look at the dry erase board in the picture above the article.

    2. runningunnin.454

      But which play? If it was the long ball inbounds play after Villanova scored, that play was negated because ‘Nova committed a foul before the pass and no time elapsed.
      It did look like a UK outlet pass, though

  4. CATandMONKEY

    Does nobody in the universe understand the definition of ” indefinite? ” It doesn’t necessarily mean forever or ” a long time.” It means any time period from one second(or fraction there of ) to infinity. It gives coaches the luxury of bringing back a player at any time of their choosing. If coach Kryszwesiekaalkzi threw down a four-game suspension, he would have to stick to it or risk looking like an A-hole with no credibility(Well…) were he to allow a player on the floor prior to the 4 game imposed limit.

    1. CATandMONKEY

      …and now I am moderated for using the colorful expression Aaaahooole when referring to Duke’s coach in a hypothetical manner. SMDFH

    2. CATandMONKEY

      Ok then.

  5. DelrayCat

    How in the world is South Carolina vs Texas A&M the marque game for Saturday (being carried nationally in that early afternoon slot), and yet the UK/Arkansas game is buried on SEC network at 8:30???????????????

    1. runningunnin.454

      Like last night, I wanted to watch UL-Notre Dame, two ranked teams; but, they carried Tulsa-Houston or somebody like that.
      ????

  6. Al B. Frank

    4. Much more importantly, it’s supposed to SNOW! FREAK OUT!

    4. UK Hoops hosts Missouri at 7 p.m.

    Yep. Two number fours.

    Also, I stopped at Kroger this morning before heading to work. The guy in front of me at the checkout LITERALLY had three gallons of milk and three loaves of bread. Insane. What do people do with all that milk & bread when it snows?

  7. binarysolo

    Over in Durham, they call players like Kyrie Irving and Jahlil Okafor “Indefinite-and-Dones”.

  8. Harsh-Reality

    The play “KENTUCKY” is probably in tribute to the head coaches home state. Chris Holtman grew up in Nicholasville Ky and played for Jessamine Co. High School. Leading them to the schools first Sweet 16 back in 1990.

    1. UK Big Board Update

      LOL…..

  9. 2Dogs

    Maybe the Missouri AD issued the statement because a bunch of jackass reporters wouldn’t stop asking him about the state of the program. What’s he supposed to say?

  10. Kevin C

    I love that pic…Butler’s coach has “Kentucky” on his dry erase board, and is holding up the “#1” finger.