Happy Friday, folks! Kentucky returns to the court tonight for the first time since the game no one wants to talk about, and thank goodness! The taste left in our mouth from Tuesday was sour and disgusting and I think nearly every UK fan was ready for the Cats to play another basketball game ASAP. But our wait is over and the Cats host Southern Illinois at 7 p.m. tonight.
Cal previewed the Salukis:
As you may expect, John Calipari said that Southern Illinois is good enough to beat the Cats, but his Thursday press conference focused as more of a followup on where things stand after Tuesday.
But getting away from tonight’s game and Tuesday’s loss, Cal was asked about Christian Dawkins’ emails, which mentioned potential payment plans to two UK players (one current and one former). Cal didn’t seem overly concerned about Ashton Hagans’ eligibility or the eligibility status of former Cat Jarred Vanderbilt:
“The best thing about coaching here is you coach basketball. What you’re talking about, our administration and compliance are so thorough, doubly thorough, that I trust everything is fine. They get parents involved. I mean, they go to a point where it’s uncomfortable for me, you shouldn’t be having to do this. But then this.. you say, ‘Hey, I’m glad you guys do that.’”
It was an informative presser from Cal. Read about the five most newsworthy things HERE.
Stoops talked, too:
Cal wasn’t the only UK head coach to speak to the media on Thursday. We heard from Mark Stoops for the last time until Saturday as the Cats take on Tennessee. Stoops said that Tennessee was low down, they dirty, they some snitches.
OK, he didn’t actually say that, but it would have been pretty cool if he did. Stoops’ most newsworthy tidbit from Thursday was talking about the kicker situation. The Cats are planning on using Chance Poore, which means he could only play in one game the rest of the season before having his red shirt taken away. In my opinion this is UK’s last possible loss in the regular season. Use Poore on Saturday and have him sit against Middle Tennessee and UofL. The Cats should be able to get by both those opponents without Poore, and then you use him one final time in the bowl game.
Heartbreak for Booker:
Former Kentucky great Devin Booker lost a heartbreaker in overtime to the Boston Celtics. Booker finished with a season-high 38 points and nine assists, but Marcus Morris’ three at the end of regulation forced overtime and the Celtics overtook Phoenix for a 116-109 win out west.
The Suns have fallen to 2-9.
In other UK in NBA news- SGA had a career high 19 points and it’s clear he’s going to shine just like he did at Kentucky.
Eric Bledsoe had 26 points in 26 minutes for the Bucks.
Marcus Morris buries the three to send the game to overtime against his former team, as the Boston Celtics COMEBACK from a 22-point deficit to defeat the Suns! ??? pic.twitter.com/y2Rmny3SQd
— NBA UK (@NBAUK) November 9, 2018
Not Phoenix’s only loss:
Phoenix Rising FC fell to Louisville City FC 1-0 at Lynn Stadium in Louisville last evening. LouCity’s captured the USL Cup for the second consecutive season becoming the first team to go back-to-back in the USL.
It had been an up-and-down year for LouCity as the club lost its head coach during the middle of the season, took weeks to hire a replacement and was spent after a long run in the US Open Cup. But patience paid. Once the club hired John Hackworth the team regrouped and went on a monster run to finish the season and coasted through the USL playoffs once again.
It was another special night for LouCity and only one more season until they open their new stadium in 2020.
Former Cat George Davis IV had a tremendous game for LouCity, but it was Luke Spencer who propelled the boys in purple to the lead.
— USL (@USL) November 9, 2018
Petrino’s swan song?:
The buzz around Louisville is that tonight’s game against Syracuse may be his last for the Cardinals. UofL is having an abysmal season and currently stand at 2-7 on the year. UofL fans have Jeff Brohm fever, but even if the Cards can’t land the Purdue head coach, they want something different than Petrino.
The Cardinals are 21-point underdogs and don’t be surprised to see AD Vince Tyra try and stop the bleeding if UofL is blown out once again. Louisville has lost several commitments in an already underwhelming 2019 class, and now many players are quitting the team or requesting transfers.
Things aren’t pretty in Louisville and Petrino is receiving all the blame. Of course I hate this move because I wanted to make sure the Cats beat Petrino at Cardinal Stadium to end the season.
If it turns out to be the end, adios Petrino. Don’t let the door hit ya.
Jaden McDaniels starts his official visit:
Five-star wing/word Jaden McDaniels will travel from Seattle to Lexington to start his official visit to UK. It’s McDaniels’ fourth official visit and an incredibly important one for the Cats.
KSR is live at The Ketch:
Check out the KSR crew at The Ketch in Lex. It’s a huge Kentucky sports weekend and nothing will get you ready for it like traveling to a KSR remote. It’s been a tough six days for UK sports, but things change this weekend starting tonight.
KSR Radio tomorrow is at The Ketch from 10-Noon. Come join the party at a great place to eat in Lexington
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) November 9, 2018