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Marquis Estill helping start a new college basketball team at Midway

Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

Marquis Estill is not only one of the more beloved members of the Tubby Smith Era, he served as an assistant on the 2012-2013 UK team while finishing up his degree. It was thanks to Estill that John Calipari first noticed Dominique Hawkins (like Estill, a Richmond native), who is entering his senior year. Since then, Estill has been an assistant basketball coach at Dunbar in Lexington, where he helped lead the Bulldogs to the state championship last season. Now, Estill is an assistant coach for a brand new college basketball team at Midway University.

For years, Midway was a school for women, but in May, voted to become a fully coed institution with male athletic teams. After St. Catherine College closed in July, St. Catherine’s coach Joe Krupinski brought six of his former players to Midway and added nine more for a roster of 15. He rounded out his coaching staff with Estill and student assistant Jamille Jones.

“We are very excited to add Marquis to our basketball family at Midway,” Krupinski said via press release. “With his combination of coaching and playing experience at the highest levels, and his commitment to developing student-athletes on and off the court and in the classroom, he is an ideal fit to help us get our program off the ground and achieve success — both in the short and long term.”

The Eagles will open their inaugural season this weekend at the Marian Classic at Marian University in Indianapolis and host their first ever home game on November 2 vs. Lindsey Wilson.

Congrats, Marquis!

Former IU player says Bobby Knight broke a clipboard over his head, punched him, and grabbed his testicles

Former Indiana coach Bobby Knight is known for his temper, but now, one of his former players is claiming the legendary coach abused him and his teammates physically and emotionally. Todd Jadlow, who played for Knight at IU from 1985-89, outlines the abuse in his new book, “Jadlow: On The Rebound,” which describes Jadlow’s descent into a life of drugs, alcohol, and family incarceration. In the book, Jadlow accuses Knight of punching him, breaking a clipboard over his head, and grabbing him by the testicles and squeezing. Yikes.

Jadlow says that Knight also made fun of Jadlow’s facial tic in front of the entire team and repeatedly called his teammate Daryl Thomas a “(bleeping) p—-,” made team managers wallpaper Thomas’ locker with pictures of female genitalia, and actually threw tampons at him during practice. (Who throws a tampon?) On one flight home after IU’s 1986 NCAA Tournament loss to Cleveland State, Jadlow says Knight tore up the plane and grabbed Thomas by the neck and shook him violently.

It’s interesting to note that Jadlow was once considered one of Knight’s favorite players, and, when Knight was dismissed from Indiana in 2000 after evidence surfaced that Knight choked a player in 1997, he swore off the Hoosiers, calling the administration two-faced for firing Knight when they should have erected a statue in his honor. Despite his allegations in the book, Jadlow told WTHR’s Bob Kravitz he still considers himself “a Knight guy.”

“I’m a Knight guy, I’m proud to have played for him and love him like a father; let’s not mistake that,” Jadlow said. “But this was the life we led when we were playing for him.”

Jadlow said he reached out to Knight while writing the book, but was told his former coach would not respond. (Guess he’s too busy campaigning for Trump.)


Courier-Journal: Experts say there is a real chance UofL could lose 2013 title

Courier-Journal: Experts say there is a real chance UofL could lose 2013 title


The one question that remains after the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations about the University of Louisville sex scandal is, could Louisville lose its 2013 National Championship? The NCAA determined that 17 UofL players and recruits received impermissible benefits in the form of stripper parties and sex acts, but did not specify whether or not that makes those players ineligible. We’ll know for sure when the NCAA releases its sanctions for UofL in the coming months, but the Courier-Journal interviewed two former members of the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions about the matter and both said there is a real chance Louisville could lose its title.

One of them, Rodney Uphoff, a University of Missouri law professor who served on the committee from 2008-14, said the only defense would be if the player or players mostly rode the bench and did not make a big contribution to the wins.

Jerry Parkinson, a former law school dean at the University of Wyoming who was on the committee from 2000-10, said it became increasingly automatic during his tenure to vacate wins earned with ineligible players. he cited Memphis, whose 38-victory season – including its run to the championship game – was vacated when the NCAA found freshman Derrick Rose’s SAT score was fraudulent because somebody took the test for him.

In her book and interviews following its release, Katina Powell claimed Chane Behanan, Montrezl Harrell, Russ Smith, Chris Smith, Terrence Jennings, George Goode, and Wayne Blackshear all attended parties, and that Peyton Siva only came to one, near the end, but did not have sex with her employees.

That sounds like a group that contributed heavily to Louisville’s 2013 title if you ask me.


Tuesday’s Top 10: Sassy Stoops, NBA Opening Day, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” Cubs/Indians

Tuesday’s Top 10: Sassy Stoops, NBA Opening Day, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” Cubs/Indians


Greetings, everyone, or, as our friends up there at the Royal Hawaiian Surf Academy in LaHaina, Maui, Hawaii would say, “Aloha.” With both football and basketball games on the horizon, this is a busy week, so let’s get to today’s top ten things to know.

1.  Stoops feels like his team has gotten over “the hump”

“The hump” being the tendency to fall apart in crucial moments. Stoops praised his team for not being “fragile” with the game on the line Saturday night, a huge step towards what he’s trying to do in Lexington.

“Absolutely. I feel like that we’re over the hump there. That’s for sure. And that takes a long time because when you don’t have the success, and they constantly hear that and hear that and hear that, the minute you hit adversity, the minute you hear coaches riding and pushing them to the brink, if they don’t respond the right way then it’s not gonna work. It’s never gonna work until they respond the right way.”

Now, the hope is that ball of confidence keeps rolling downhill to a pivotal road trip to Columbia. This afternoon, Eddie Gran will address the media after practice, so check back in tonight for his remarks.

2. Were you one of the people criticizing Stoops’ clock management at the end of the game?

Then Mark Stoops thinks you don’t have a clue about football.

“If they did, they’re not real intelligent,” Stoops said of the SEC Network commentators criticizing him for sitting on his timeouts in the last few minutes of the game. “Anybody that keeps going on and on, they don’t have a clue.”

Well, then Twitter was full of a bunch of idiots on Saturday night. (Breaking news!)

3. Benny Snell and Austin MacGinnis won SEC Player of the Week awards

After huge performances vs. Mississippi State, Benny Snell won SEC Freshmen of the Week and Austin MacGinnis won SEC Special Teams Player of the Week. Benny’s dad celebrated his son’s award by sharing this pic of the two from after the game on Saturday:



4. Get ready for another huge night game at Commonwealth

Before the season started, few people thought this team was capable of beating Georgia; however, both squads are now 4-3 and last week, Georgia lost to Vanderbilt. The Dawgs will still be favored, but the Cats’ chance of an upset went up a notch yesterday when it was announced the game will take place under the lights at 7:30 p.m. on the SEC Network.

First things first: beat Missouri.

5. The real key to Kentucky’s winning streak? The Possom Trot IGA Stoops


This cardboard cutout of Stoops was put out after UK’s loss to Alabama. I guess whoever took this snapchat is counting the bye week as a win — which is totally fair — or, they’re already counting Mizzou as a W. Either way, let’s make sure he stays up the rest of the season.

6. Lots of NBA moves in the past few days

Today is opening day for the NBA, which means teams have been scrambling the past few days to finalize their rosters. There were a lot of moves concerning former Cats, so here’s a quick rundown:

  • James Young made the Celtics’ roster
  • Aaron Harrison made the Hornets’ roster
  • Andrew Harrison made the Grizzlies’ roster
  • DeAndre Liggins made the Cavaliers’ roster
  • Archie Goodwin cut by the Suns

This stat won’t surprise you, but UK has 24 players on opening-day rosters, the most from any school:

  • Eric Bledsoe – Phoenix Suns
  • Devin Booker – Phoenix Suns
  • Willie Cauley-Stein – Sacramento Kings
  • DeMarcus Cousins – Sacramento Kings
  • Anthony Davis – New Orleans Pelicans
  • Aaron Harrison – Charlotte Hornets
  • Andrew Harrison – Memphis Grizzlies
  • Terrence Jones – New Orleans Pelicans
  • Enes Kanter – Oklahoma City Thunder
  • Brandon Knight – Phoenix Suns
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist – Charlotte Hornets
  • Skal Labissiere – Sacramento Kings
  • DeAndre Liggins – Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Trey Lyles – Utah Jazz
  • Jodie Meeks – Orlando Magic
  • Jamal Murray – Denver Nuggets
  • Nerlens Noel – Philadelphia 76ers
  • Patrick Patterson – Toronto Raptors
  • Julius Randle – Los Angeles Lakers
  • Rajon Rondo – Chicago Bulls
  • Karl-Anthony Towns – Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Tyler Ulis – Phoenix Suns
  • John Wall – Washington Wizards
  • James Young – Boston Celtics

That number should go back up to 25 when Archie gets picked up by another squad.

7. Speaking of Opening Day, this is a cool graphic from Bleacher Report:

Three of those guys sure look familiar. Here’s tonight’s schedule, which features two Cats:

  • 7:30 PM: Knicks at Cavaliers (DeAndre Liggins), TNT
  • 10:00 PM: Jazz (Trey Lyles) at Trail Blazers, League Pass

8. The Joe Craft Center getting an update

Yesterday, UK unveiled its plans for the new $49 million baseball stadium, which is very exciting, but Mitch Barnhart also announced plans to update the Joe Craft Center at Memorial Coliseum. The practice facility was built almost ten years ago, but apparently, could use some freshening up. When you’re the gold standard in the sport, you gotta stay shiny, right?

9. “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” is one of the most underrated comedies on TV

I watched the season two premiere yesterday and was pleased that, so far, the show continues to be hilarious and innovative. It’s quirky and probably not for everyone, but if you’re looking for something new to binge, check it out. Even though they debuted a new theme song, the old one will always pop into my head whenever anyone mentions the show.

“I waaaaaaaaas………. working hard a New York job making dough, but it made me blue….”

10. Cubs vs. Indians…who ya got?


The first game of the World Series is tonight (8 p.m., FOX), and although I am not a baseball fan, I’ll probably tune in to see the matchup of two beleaguered programs. It’s been 108 years since the Cubs won the World Series and 68 years since the Indians won it. Misery’s gotta end for somebody in the next few weeks, so who ya got?

12 Takeaways from the 2016 UK Basketball Women’s Clinic

12 Takeaways from the 2016 UK Basketball Women’s Clinic

Photo by UK Athletics

Photo by UK Athletics

Yesterday, I wrapped up another mega UK sports weekend by spending the afternoon at Rupp Arena for eighth annual John Calipari Women’s Basketball Clinic. This is probably the fifth Women’s Clinic I’ve covered, and I’ll admit that it had gotten a bit stale. This year, organizers shook things up by moving the clinic to Rupp Arena for the first time, and, because they were expecting a record number of attendees (1,053 was the final count), changing the autograph rules so the whole clinic wouldn’t consist of watching players sign stuff. There was some early grumbling about the changes (NO RAFFERTY’S?!), but by the end, I think everyone will agree it was one of the best yet.

Let’s break it down, shall we?

1. I was worried when I drove up there

I woke up Sunday morning feeling great; the Cats won a game that would normally end in heartbreak and bowl hopes were looking up. Despite the late, late night, I was energized and ready to roll for a fun day of basketball…and then I checked social media. In what has become a tradition, fans were already lined up outside the doors to the women’s clinic hours before it began, and even though the rules for this year’s clinic were emailed to all attendees, there was some loud grumbling in line. Some people were upset that lunch wouldn’t be served as in years past (outside catering isn’t allowed at Rupp), that players could only autograph balls purchased at the clinic, and, because the players had to sign 1,000 or so balls, that interaction with them would be limited. Matters only got worse when the grumbling was reported on a local sports talk show, on which the hosts joked that a mutiny was in order. With all of that in mind, when I climbed in my car in Danville to make the short drive, I was expecting drama. No one wants to mess with hangry ladies!

2. Let them eat cupcakes

On my way to the clinic, I met up with Lorie Blevins, who made a funny cake about UK Football that we featured on the site a few months back. Lorie was nice enough to bake me some cupcakes, which I had planned on taking home with me to Nashville, but after reading tweets from people in line at the clinic complaining about the lack of food at the clinic, I decided to take some of them in with me and only hand them out to people who promised to quit whining. I tweeted about it, but I don’t think anyone took me seriously, so the looks on people’s faces when I handed out the cupcakes were priceless. I could go on a long rant about this, but the whole incident reminded me just how spoiled and entitled the UK Basketball fanbase can be sometimes. Who cares about Rafferty’s when you get to hang out in Rupp?

(By the way, the cupcakes were delicious. If you’d like to try Lorie’s baking for yourself, you can email her at

3. Nothing shuts everyone up more than a charity donation

Thankfully, it seemed most of the grumbling was pacified by the perks of the event being in Rupp (touring the locker room, hanging out on the court, etc.) and the crackers and granola bars UK provided in the goodie bags. Most of all, people really shut up when John Calipari announced he was donating the $10,000 UK normally spends on food at the clinic to the Markey Cancer Foundation. Nothing quiets the masses more than a charity donation.

4.  Alex Poythress was there

The grumbling about autographs also quieted down when attendees noticed special guest Alex Poythress, who signed autographs for two hours during registration. Alex, who was waived by the Pacers last week but is expected to play for their D-League affiliate, hung out for the duration of the clinic.

5.  The Caliparis brought their dogs


Anyone who knows me or follows me on SnapChat (@mrstylerksr) knows I love dogs. So, when I spotted two dogs under the basket near the table where John Calipari was signing stuff, I immediately made my way over there and started playing with them. Turns out they are the Calipari’s dogs, McGruff (left) and Palmer (right). Ellen Calipari said she didn’t want to leave them at home, so her husband suggested bringing them with her. Both were sweet as could be and loved all the attention.

6. Ellen Calipari is an extrovert now

Of all the offseason developments, the one that’s surprised me most is how involved Ellen Calipari has been with the program since her son Brad joined the team. At Media Day, Cal joked that Ellen’s been to more practices this season than she has the whole time he’s been at Kentucky, but her presence and involvement really is remarkable the past few months. In years past, she’s stayed out of the spotlight to let Cal do his thing, but now, she’s a staple at each event, proudly posing in her son’s jersey at Madness, cheering loudly after each shot he takes, and even participating in yesterday’s training drills with Jen Palumbo:

You go, Ellen.

7.  I was impressed by Isaiah Briscoe

If you’ve heard it once over the past few months, you’ve heard it a million times: Isaiah Briscoe is the leader of this team. I’ll be completely honest: I wasn’t impressed with Briscoe until this weekend. Part of that is due to my odd interaction with him at SEC Basketball Media Day last Wednesday — it’s clear Briscoe dislikes doing media events — however, I saw a totally different side of him on Sunday. Briscoe embraced the crowd from the second he hit the floor, making a point to slap as many fans’ hands as possible and even doling out a few hugs.

After he scored 39 points in the Blue/White game on Friday, we knew Briscoe’s shot had improved, and on Sunday, I saw why. We got to watch thirty minutes of “practice” (basically, a glorified shootaround), and I kept my eyes on Briscoe throughout. UK split their five minute three-point shooting drill between guards and bigs, but Briscoe continued to shoot after the split. After a cold start, Briscoe warmed up, cheering after each three he made and encouraging the ladies to do the same. If I had to guess, I’d say he hit 65-70% of his threes over five minutes, which may not be as impressive as Derek Willis or Malik Monk’s numbers, but considering how far he’s come, it’s much more important.

Hard to tell much from drills, but here are some other brief observations:

  • Isaac Humphries (knee) sat out again
  • Bam Adebayo showed off a really nice touch from midrange
  • The passing was incredibly crisp and fast
  • This team is fast fast fast fast fast fast fast fast

8.  Dominique Hawkins seems poised to take over as “team dancer”

With EJ Floreal off pursuing his track and field career, the role of hype man in the huddle is up for grabs. So far, it seems like Dominique Hawkins is poised to take over the role after busting a move at Madness and again yesterday during the clinic’s intros:

9. The top secret recruiting video is awesome

Attendees were treated to the coaching staff’s ten minute video they show to recruits on visits, but before it began, we were all given a strict warning NOT to film it. Robic even went as far to give me a death stare and jokingly call out KSR in front of the whole group, drawing big laughs from the crowd. While I didn’t dare film the video, I did take some notes. The first half of it was just a recap of the Calipari era, but the second half included clips of Marcus Camby, Sam Cassell, Derrick Rose, John Wall, Anthony Davis, Devin Booker, and Karl Towns talking about how much Cal means to them and describing what makes him special as a coach. Anthony’s story about how Calipari yelled at him for the first time during practice was my favorite.

“I just turned around and looked him like, ‘What?’. I’d never been benched in my life, but he doesn’t care who you are,” Davis said.

10.  Calipari gave away his shirt and shoes to two lucky fans

One of the sweeter moments of the clinic came at the end, when John Calipari gave away his custom pink UK sneakers to one lucky fan, and after someone yelled, “Give us your shirt,” decided to give that away, too. The winner? One of “Cal’s Gals,” the quartet of super fans who makes shirts for the clinic each year. The look on her face when her name was called was priceless:

Turns out that Cal’s gal, Kay, is a teacher, and one of her former students wrote me on Twitter to say that no one is more deserving of the gift than her, recounting how Kay watched the Cats win the 1978 Championship in Lexington, stayed up all night to welcome the team home, then was in school bright and early the next day to teach. Congrats, Kay.

11. Each attendee got a team photo with the team


Sure, there may not have been lunch, but fans did get to leave with a picture with the team, who posed with groups of fans at the end of the clinic. I love Rafferty’s, but that beats a honey croissant any day.


12. Pandering gets you everywhere

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Joe Craft Center to be updated

Joe Craft Center to be updated


The University of Kentucky is actively revamping its major sports facilities and the basketball team’s Joe Craft Center may soon be added to the list.

In a press conference today to discuss the new $49 million baseball stadium and other projects, Mitch Barnhart said the athletic department is looking into an update of the Craft Center, where Coach Cal’s team trains and practices behind Memorial Coliseum.

“The Joe Craft Center across campus was built seven or eight years ago. We’ve been in that awhile and we need to update that,” said Barnhart. “We need to figure out what we need to do to update that as it relates to what we’ve got going on in terms of wellness and nutrition and training, specifically to young people that are on that side of campus.”

Women’s basketball, volleyball, rifle and other programs also share the Craft Center.

Women of BBN are ready for Coach Cal’s Women’s Clinic

Women of BBN are ready for Coach Cal’s Women’s Clinic


Dedicated women of Big Blue Nation braved the chilly temperatures and were lining up for Coach Cal’s Women’s Clinic early this morning. This is Cal’s eighth annual clinic but for the first time in the event’s history, it is taking place inside of the newly renovated Rupp Arena.

According to, “The clinic is designed for women with all levels of basketball knowledge and experience and offers an exclusive inside look at the University of Kentucky men’s basketball program.”

Our own Tyler Thompson will be there for KSR so stay tuned for her tweets, recap, and more. In the meantime, here are some pictures from the morning so far!

Great to have Alex Poythress back at Rupp Arena signing autographs and taking pictures at the Women’s Clinic.

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(Image via @ukcoachcalipari)

(Image via @ukcoachcalipari)

(image via @ukcoachcalipari)

(image via @ukcoachcalipari)

Rex Chapman Will Join the JMI Kentucky Basketball Pregame Show

Replacing Oscar Combs is no small task, a position only fit for a King.  Luckily, JMI Sports found one.

After Oscar Combs spent more than 20 years providing pregame coverage of the Cats for the UK Radio Network, KSR has learned that he will be replaced by Rex Chapman.  King Rex was a Kentucky Mr. Basketball in 1986 and an All-American for UK in 1988 before being drafted 8th overall by the Charlotte Hornets.  After a 12-year career in the league, Rex is returning home.

Adding Chapman to the UK pregame lineup is a fantastic move.  He will be great on the air, but can he still do this?


Five Passes From John Calipari and More from the SEC Nation Set

Five Passes From John Calipari and More from the SEC Nation Set


Two Ways to Stay Loose Before a Big Game

John Calipari said he tells his team two things before every big game:

1.  “Let’s worry about us.”

2.  “Let’s have more fun than any other team in the country.”

One word to Describe his Team


If you watched the Blue/White Game, you saw it last night.  “We gotta play to their strengths so we better play fast.”

BBNBA by the Numbers

Calipari had to take the time to humblebrag while in front of the cameras.  Here are a few numbers he dropped to Marcus Spears who’s still trying to get a scholarship because Cal “makes millionaires.”

  • 75% of the players on scholarship get drafted.
  • 75% of those players get a second contract.
  • 3 players graduated in 3 years.
  • 3.0 average GPA

Calipari the Quarterback

Marcus Spears couldn’t handle Coach Cal in this passing competition.  Tebow was too scared to even try.

UK Stoops Troops

SEC Nation’s Gameday Saturday Top 12

UK Stoops Troops

UK Stoops Troops

Mark Stoops has coached in quite a few big games.  After falling short in prime-time matchups against Florida, Auburn and Tennessee, Stoops could put the Cats on a fast-track to postseason play with a win under the lights against Mississippi State, but he needs your help.  With a high of 59-degrees, it’s perfect football weather, giving you no excuses to miss this important game.  Here’s how the day will go down:

1)  SEC Nation at Willy T.

Right at this moment, SEC Nation’s LIVE broadcast is beginning from outside the William T. Young library.  On a beautiful, brisk morning, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t already be on campus.  Maria Taylor, Paul Finebaum, Tim Tebow and The Big Swagu will be on-air from 10-Noon.  If you see Jack Pilgrim in the audience, say Hi and you might end up on KSR.

2) Today’s Itinerary

Things are just getting started on a busy day in Lexington.  Here’s a taste of what’s happening and when:

  • 11:30-6:40 — $1 Shuttle service from Commonwealth to Keeneland at University and Cooper
  • 1:05 — First Post at Keeneland
  • 3:30 — The KSR Pregame Show begins at the Bluegrass RV Lot
  • 5:15 — The Cat Walk
  • 5:30 — The Bobby Perry Band takes the Gate 12 Plaza Stage
  • 5:30 — Countdown to Kickoff goes LIVE with Freddie Maggard and Christi Thomas
  • 7:30 — Kickoff on the SEC Network with Mark Jones and Rod Gilmore

Wear your gray; UK will keep the Commonwealth’s lights on with these coal anthracite uniforms tonight.



3)  Snapping the Streak vs. Dan Mullen

Dating back to Dan Mullen’s time as Urban Meyer’s offensive coordinator at Florida, Mullen has defeated UK in 11 consecutive games.  His streak against Kentucky is starting to creep into the Spurrier range.  Until Dak Prescott arrived, the games were always close, but the only victory was the 08 team’s revenge for the devastating 2007 loss at Commonwealth Stadium.  If there was ever a time to snap the streak, it’s against this 2-4 team that just came off a double overtime loss in the mountains of Utah.

4) Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the 1976 Peach Bowl Champs

At halftime UK will honor the last football team to win an SEC Championship: Fran Curci’s 1976 Peach Bowl Champions.  After struggling early in the season against three Top 20 opponents, they defeated Penn State and Florida at Commonwealth Stadium before ending their season with a win over Tennessee in Knoxville, something only one team has done since.  Their 21-0 win over North Carolina was an impressive, monumental victory, one that I will closely examine later today.

Members of the '76 team toured the new Joe Craft Football Training Facility last night. They tried to convince Art Still to dress for today's game but failed (@UKStoopsTroops).

Members of the ’76 team toured the new Joe Craft Football Training Facility last night. They tried to convince Art Still to dress for today’s game but failed (@UKStoopsTroops).

5)  They aren’t the only Former Cats being Honored

Commonwealth Stadium will also host the 2006 SEC baseball champion Kentucky Wildcats and the track and field athletes that represented UK in Rio.  The list of athletes is larger than you’d think: Jasmine Camacho-Quinn (Puerto Rico), Leah Nugent (Jamaica), Rondel Sorrillo (Trinidad & Tobago), Mikel Thomas (Trinidad & Tobago) and Luis Orta (Venezuela), will be recognized during the game.

6) A Successful Blue-White Game

The 2017 Kentucky Wildcats showed off their skills in front of a record Blue/White game crowd.  For those that missed it, allow this 5:30 highlight to fill you in on transition buckets, a pleasantly surprising performance from Sacha Killeya-Jones and an absurd Malik Monk dunk.

7) Malik Monk Dunks

I could not limit myself to sharing just one impressive Malik Monk highlight.

8) High School Scores

This week’s high school football schedule wasn’t the best.  The penultimate week of the regular season might as well be called “best teams in the district pound away at the worse teams.”  Next week will be better when Eli Mitchell heads to the mountains for Belfry/Johnson Central, but we still managed to find a few highlights from last night.

  • LCA 42, Danville 40
  • Male 21, Manual 14
  • Russell County 42, Clay County 38
  • Central Hardin 40, North Hardin 14
  • Madison Southern 28, Anderson County 21
  • Trinity 55, Ballard 0
  • Johnson Central 43, Ashland Blazer 6
  • Lafayette 50, Tates Creek 28
  • Newport Central Catholic 56, Newport 14

9) UK Volleyball Extends Its Winning Streak

The Kentucky volleyball team extended their win streak to 13 last night at Memorial Coliseum with a win in three sets over South Carolina.  Craig Skinner’s club hasn’t lost since falling to Marquette on September 9.  They’ll face Missouri Sunday in a matchup between the last two SEC teams without a loss in conference play.

10)  Baseball?

By no means am I a baseball guy.  That’s just not our cup of tea at KSR.  However, there’s big things popping in the baseball world near and far.

The Kentucky Board of Trustees approved nearly $50 million for a new stadium off Alumni Drive and it looks glorious.  It’s scheduled to open in the fall of 2018.

In even crazier news, I’m typing a sentence I never thought I would type: the Cubs are one win away from the World Series.  Clayton Curseshaw is on the mound for the Dodgers tonight, but with a 3-2 lead and home field advantage, if the Cubs can’t make their first Series since 1945 then the curse is a very real thing.

11)  Watch Matt on the Paul Finebaum Show

Hearing Paul and Matt throw jabs at Pitino will make your day.

12) Today’s College Football Schedule and Scoreboard

10 Takeaways from a fun Blue/White Game



Well, that was fun. Tonight, the Blue team beat the White team by a score of 110-94, but I think we can agree that we’re all winners after that spectacular showing of basketball at Rupp Arena. Under Rupp’s new bright lights, the Cats shined, with Isaiah Briscoe, De’Aaron Fox, and Malik Monk scoring a combined 96 points. Folks, we are good.

Let’s break it down before we move on to football tomorrow.

1. These were the starting lineups

De’Aaron Fox Isaiah Briscoe
Malik Monk Mychal Mulder
Dominique Hawkins Brad Calipari
Wenyen Gabriel Derek Willis
Bam Adebayo Sacha Killeya-Jones

The teams changed throughout the game, especially after Bam and Sacha had to go to the locker room with minor face injuries. Neither Isaac Humprhies nor Tai Wynayrd played due to injury.

2. Malik Monk is a highlight reel

We all knew Monk was good, but tonight, he gave the crowd a glimpse of his genius, throwing down several dunks, most notably this stunner in the second half:

One more time from the Rupp Arena scoreboard:

Shew. Please, Malik, don’t hurt ’em.

3. De’Aaron Fox is FAST

Fox finished with 31 points, 12 rebounds, and 6 assists, and sure looked good running the Blue team. Monk’s dunks may have stolen the show, but Fox showed off his trademark speed on this play towards the end of the first half:

We don’t make those John Wall comparisons for no reason, guys.

4.  Isaiah Briscoe was the leading scorer

Who would have predicted that? Briscoe finished with 39 points off 14-30 shooting and 10 assists. In ways, he was the Briscoe of old, bullying to the basket and catching opponents off guard, but he also displayed a new maturity, coaching his teammates on both sides of the ball. We all know how good Calipari’s teams can be with talented freshmen, but we know how great they can be with veterans to lead. It’s hard to tell from an intramural scrimmage, but Briscoe looked like a leader tonight. The improved shooting didn’t hurt, either.

5.  Bam had to leave the first half with an eye injury

Bam disappeared in the first half after taking a shot to the face and reappeared in the second half with a large bandage under his eye. Even a blow to the face didn’t stop the big man from doing his thing. He finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds in 31 minutes, and on a few of those plays, looked like he was trying to bring down the rim in Rupp.

6.  Dominique Hawkins finished in double figures as well

Dom had 22 points off 7-9 shooting, and looks like he’s ready to pick up where he left off before getting injured last season. Fellow senior Derek Willis did okay, finishing with 13 points off 4-9 from the floor, including 2-5 from behind the arc. Those might not be glamorous numbers, but those two will be crucial for this team to succeed.

7.  Sacha Killeya-Jones had approximately 400 fouls

I had to laugh when, at one point in the first half, Sacha Killeya-Jones had 8 points AND 8 fouls. The scorekeepers at Rupp eventually adjusted SKJ’s foul total in his favor, but I’m pretty sure he finished in double digits in fouls to go along with his 15 points, and that’s taking into account the fact that he didn’t play most of the second half after taking a hit to the face. Coming in, we knew Sacha be a project, but I was pleased with how he cleaned up around the rim.

8.  Mychal Mulder has hops

Before the game, I asked Drew Franklin for one bold prediction, and he said that Mychal Mulder, would steal the show. At the time, I wrote that off as Drew being loyal to his cousin, Mulder’s former JuCo coach, but man, Mulder looked good tonight. He finished with 18 points, off both jumpers AND drives to the basket. He’ll be behind Derek Willis and Dominique Hawkins on the bench, but it was good to see Mulder’s confidence tonight.

“You see a more confident player this year,” Calipari said of Mulder afterwards.

9. The new scoreboard is awesome, but…

All eyes were on the magnificent new scoreboard at Rupp Arena tonight, and while it was great to have a huge display for the many highlights we saw, I think we can add a little variety to the show. I love the Smile Cam, but can we throw in a Kiss Cam or a Simba Cam or a Oblivious Cam (where they focus on people paying no attention to the scoreboard)? The new board is pretty, but let’s shake it up, Rupp.

10.  Tonight was the quietest Calipari has been during a Blue/White game

Usually, Calipari is barking at his team throughout the scrimmage, but tonight, he was happy just roving the sidelines and spectating. This is as quiet as I’ve seen him during a Blue/White game in several years, but I have a feeling when he gets home, he’ll do this in the living room:


As will I.


Highlights from the Blue-White game

Highlights from the Blue-White game


Here’s your highlights from the scrimmage, courtesy of Kentucky Wildcats TV.

De’Aaron Fox not surprised by Malik Monk’s dunk

De’Aaron Fox not surprised by Malik Monk’s dunk


Malik Monk’s dunk was all the talk after the game, and for good reason.

De’Aaron Fox said, “Oh my — even the ones he missed look crazy. It’s ridiculous. I’ve known him for years, I’ve seen what he can do. It’s crazy now the world’s seeing it, Big Blue Nation’s seeing it, even some of the guys on the team didn’t expect him to be that athletic. But I’ve known him since we were 15 and he’s been doing that, so it doesn’t surprise me.”

When Monk was asked about the slam, he said he was surprised he was given the lane to do it. He said it was a play called “loop” that he and Fox run a lot, but he’s “not usually that open.”

His dunks aren’t usually followed by 16,000 people screaming, either.

“It was crazy,” Monk said of the reaction. “Everyone got loud and looked up on the replay screen. It was crazy.”

Let’s watch it again.

Cal says Fox or Briscoe will be on the court at all times this year

Cal says Fox or Briscoe will be on the court at all times this year


So how ’bout that guard play?


And just think, the Big 3 haven’t played together yet. Coach Cal said after the game that he will put De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk and Isaiah Briscoe on the same team for the first time in tomorrow’s practice.

“We’ve gotta figure it out,” he said of the backcourt. “We haven’t played them all together. We’re going to start that tomorrow and it’ll be the first time I play all three of those guys together. I had a great meeting with those three today and we’ve got a lot to figure out. It’s going to be organic, as it always is here.”

One thing they do already know is that either Fox or Briscoe will be running the point at all times this season.

“My guess is, we will never be on the court without either Isaiah or De’Aaron, so one of those two — and probably 20 minutes a game will be both of them,” Cal said.

The three guards combined for a casual 96 points in the Blue-White game.

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