The KSR Tour is rolling along and each day is a bit more fun than the last. After Somerset tomorrow, we will be at halfway, so I thought it was time for a few quick thoughts:
— The loss of Mike Edwards today is big and while not surprising, tough for the coming season. The Secondary was an issue of concern for UK last year and the hope was that there could be up to three of the new players come in and make an immediate impact. But after an early injury and now this Edwards news, JUCO signee AJ Stamps now looks to be the only one who can give the bump that people hoped for. Edwards is hurt and says he is still a Wildcat, but the postponement of the enrollment is troubling. One has to hope that he finds his way to campus, however one of Mark Stoops’ earliest and strongest commitments not ending up on campus is quite disappointing heading into fall practice.
— It is becoming a bit repetitive but I keep hearing great things about Tyler Ulis this summer. Everyone praises the kid’s work ethic and ability, and literally all I hear about him are positives. I am not sure if this is just because of the dampened expectations due to size or just the joy of seeing a player who gets his teammates involved so much running the show. But there is no doubt that the people who are around the program love Ulis and the fans surely will too.
Gas is $3.23 in E-town and $4.00 or higher up the road one hour in Louisville. What gives?
— We talked today on the radio about the Brazil loss to Germany and it led me to go over the most embarrassing losses as UK fans over the last 25 years. The selections came in and they were an interesting group. The ones most often named included:
1989 rout by 55 at Kansas
1994 Marquette in NCAA Tournament
2002 Western Kentucky at home
2003 UAB in NCAA Tournament
2007 Mississippi State in SEC Tournament
GILLISPIE YEARS (they deserve their own section)
At Vanderbilt by about 1,000
Georgia in SEC Tournament
Georgia at home on Senior Day
2013 at Tennessee after Noel injury
2013 Robert Morris in NIT
2014 at South Carolina
That seems like a pretty solid list…have any others?
— As we get ready for the Bahamas, I am hearing UK is planning on playing all ten guys equal minutes as much as possible during the Bahamas trip. While I am sure that Calipari will experiment with lineups, I am told that the hope is to play all the ten major guys (Twins, Dakari, Alex, Karl, Ulis, Booker, Willis, Hawkins, Lee…of course Willie and Lyles are out) for equivalent minutes and let each of them work through mistakes. This should be especially helpful for guys like Marcus Lee and Derek Willis who will get a chance to truly show their ability for long stretches for the first time. I literally cannot wait to get on the island.
— WLEX had this headline today…I know at least one woman who would disagree with this headline: