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USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team Claims Gold Medal

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The USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team defeated Canada 99-84 to claim the gold medal at the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Valdivia, Chile on Saturday night. As one might expect where any collection of elite high school basketball talent is concerned, several Kentucky 2017 recruiting targets were in the thick of the action.

 

P.J. Washington of Frisco, Texas and Findlay Prep in Nevada poured in 19 points and grabbed five rebounds in a starting effort. The 6-foot-7 power forward is ranked No. 15 overall in the current 2017 247Sports Composite. Though thought to be a Texas lean, Kentucky is front and center in the recruiting battle.

 

Hamidou Diallo, one of only five United States players to score in double digits, posted 14 points and six rebounds in 26 minutes off the bench. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Corona, N.Y. and Putnam Science Academy in Connecticut is the No. 8 overall player and top-ranked shooting guard in the 2017 class, as well as a heavy Kentucky favorite.

 

With five points and two assists in 18 minutes, Trae Young’s performance was highlighted by a clutch three-pointer to tie the game with 3:51 remaining in the first half. The Norman, Okla. native is ranked No. 20 overall in the current 247Sports Composite, where Kentucky is thought to hold a slight edge with the 6-foot-1 point guard.

 

6-foot-11 power forward Mohamed Bamba from New York City and Westtown School in Pennsylvania added two points and seven rebounds in 11 minutes. The No. 3 overall player is predicted to favor Duke over Kentucky, but still holds the Wildcats as a final possibility.

 

Quade Green of Philadelphia contributed four points and two assists in just six minutes off the bench. The 6-foot-1 point guard is 247Sports Composite’s No. 26 player in the class of 2017.

 

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Fun Facts About UK’s Non-Conference Foes

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Earlier this week UK released the non-conference schedule for the 2016-17 season.  We’re familiar with many of them — UofL, Michigan State, UNC, UCLA and Kansas — but some of these names are new to Kentucky fans.  After some serious investigating Wikipedia-ing, I’ve found fun facts to share with the BBN about the ten unfamiliar foes.

I think most of you know by now that Clarion University is Coach Cal’s alma mater, but I bet you didn’t know it’s also Kurt Angle’s alma mater.  Before winning the ’96 Olympic gold medal in wrestling, he won two heavyweight D-I titles at Clarion.

You might think of Asbury as only a seminary school, but you’d be surprised how many Kentucky connections have been involved with the basketball program.  Not surprisingly, they’re mostly related to Billy G.

Adam Delph was PRP’s Sixth Region Player of the Year before walking on at UK for a year, then transferring to Asbury.  Remember Dakotah Euton?  Kentucky’s Larry Bird Jr. who committed to Billy Clyde as a sophomore?  He finished his career at Asbury after a few years in Akron.

This year they’ll have Dixie Highway’s finest, Jack Schmitt, on the court.  The sharpshooter was a part of a legendary St. Paul backcourt alongside Nathan Roush.  UK’s elite backcourt defense will be put to the test early.

You probably remember SFA from their almost-Sweet 16 appearance in last year’s NCAA Tournament, falling to Notre Dame on a last-second tip-in.  You probably don’t know the Lumberjacks’ unique spirit sticks.  Instead of banging inflatable batons to make noise at football games, they bang axe handles on the ground in unison to create noise at athletic events.

A Catholic school in Buffalo, the Canisius mascot is the Golden Griffin.  Its origins are from Lake Erie explorer, Frenchman Robert de la Salle.  The boat he used to explore the Great Lake was “Le Grifon,” named after the mythical creature that features the body of a lion and the head of an eagle.

Known primarily as “the basketball team that got stuck in last year’s epic 2016 snowstorm,” their basketball team actually has quite the storied history.  In the 50’s the Dukes reached an NCAA Tournament Regional Final and won the NIT in 1955, defeating Dayton 70-58.

Before it was Cleveland State, it was the Cleveland YMCA.  After offering free classes for 50 years, they changed their name to the Cleveland YMCA School of Technology, a.k.a. Y-Tech in 1921.  It didn’t formally become Cleveland State until 1964.

The Skyhawks have been frequent flyers to Lexington, but only their football team.  The Cats opened the season in 2014 with a 59-14 win and they’ll be back in 2019.  On the basketball court, they’ve only met once.  Back in 1994 UK won 124-50.

No school has ever had a larger enrollment than ASU with 82,000 in 2014.  Some of the most famous students to ever walk through the halls: Pat Tillman, Reggie Jackson, Brock Osweiler, James Harden, Byron Scott, Terrell Suggs, Jake “The Snake” Plummer and Dustin Pedroia.

Before they became famous with Bryce Drew’s NCAA Tournament buzzer-beater, their 1945 basketball team was known around the nation as the “Valparaiso Giants.”  The tallest basketball team in the world was showcased in a game at Madison Square Garden.

The Long Island University has been the home to presidential debates in the last two elections.  This year they’ll be be the first university to ever host three consecutive presidential debates when Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton take the same stage for the first time on September 26.


Why Terrence Jones Joined the Pelicans

After the Houston Rockets decided not to use their team option to keep Terrence Jones with the team for another year, Jones jumped on board with the New Orleans Pelicans.  He could have made more money elsewhere.  Instead, he decided to take the league minimum.

“I wanted an opportunity to play for a team that is young and defining itself, but could still compete right away,” Jones told Basketball Insiders. “I wanted a larger role, where I could really compete and help a team win.”

That might be the initial reasoning, but Anthony Davis has a lot to do with it.  The National Championship teammates created a dynamic frontcourt at Kentucky.  Davis brought finesse and length to the forward position, while Jones extended the floor and brought strength.  Jones is confident that can be replicated in New Orleans.

“When you win a championship with a guy, you create this special bond and you can’t question their drive or willingness to sacrifice,” Jones said, speaking of his relationship with Davis. “We won a lot of games together and I know what he’s capable of. We both work well together and we’ve already got a great chemistry and friendship. When he’s healthy, I think he’s as good as any other big in the league so I am excited to see what we can do this year.”

I believe most of the BBN is excited to see what the two can do together for a team that’s rebuilding, but also has the capability to make a run in the Western Conference.

[Basketball Insiders]


The Ten Best Things MKG said in Lexington

The Ten Best Things MKG said in Lexington

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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist returned to town today to host a camp on campus and was kind enough to take the time to talk to reporters for ten minutes.

Before you see the best quotes, know this: everything you’ve ever heard about MKG being the nicest guy ever is true, and then some.  This was the first time I’d been in an interview setting with former No. 2 pick and I am still trying to comprehend how nice he is.  He was always one of my favorites, but today only solidified his standing.

Now back to the post…

“Things happen. It’s out of my control.”

Last season was a tough one.  After injuring his shoulder in the preseason, he returned for seven games, only to suffer another shoulder injury.  He isn’t the kind of guy to stay down for too long.  Now anxious to return to the court, he thanked his family and friends for supporting him through the tough time.

“I don’t want to say I’m jealous because I’m happy in Charlotte, but I’m excited for them both.”

Two of his National Championship teammates will be back on the floor next season when Terrence Jones suits up for the New Orleans Pelicans alongside Anthony Davis.  He believes their comfortability will make them both better.

“The new football facility is crazy, and I’m very, very jealous like we didn’t get a new (basketball) facility here.  I really, really don’t understand that. I really don’t understand that one.”

Kidd-Gilchrist is so jealous of the new football felicity, he’s not even going to take a tour, “I don’t want to.”  It’s a strange world we live in when basketball players are jealous of the things football players have.

“I showed him the ropes a little bit.  He was my rook, but we were the same age basically.”

During Aaron Harrison‘s rookie season, he received plenty of help from Kidd-Gilchrist and it wasn’t because they were forced to be around one another.  Aaron was assigned to “take care” of MKG throughout the season, going through the typical BS that rookies must go through as a rite of passage.

Was he going to take it easy on him? “Absolutely not.”  Laundry was Harrison’s primary duty, but sometimes he was forced to fetch lunch.

On the court, Kidd-Gilchrist taught him patience.  It’s a long season.  It can be difficult to deal with, especially when you aren’t playing.  Hopefully those are lessons the not-so youngster learned from his not-so elder. (MKG is only one year older, but he’s entering his 5th year while Aaron is entering his second.)

“I watched him in high school a few times. He’s strong, a dog and he knows how to play the game.”

MKG has yet to play pickup games with this year’s team, but he’s a big fan, especially of Bam Adebayo.  From North Carolina, MKG was able to watch the future Cat play in the area a few times and (understandably so) he likes what he sees.

“I just want to help my team win at the end of the day.  I don’t get into stats and all that.  My job is to win the basketball game.”

This guy is humble.  Even though he wants to eventually be an All-Star, he doesn’t care about points, assists and rebounds as long as his team is winning.

“You’ll see this season.  I don’t want to brag on myself.”

Once again, humility.

“I talk to MJ a lot about everything in the game of basketball.”

He can’t always be humble, but at least when he’s bragging it’s a humblebrag.

“I go to Cane’s. I go to Cane’s every day.”

When he’s back in town, he can’t go a day without seeing Stone Cold Willow for some delicious chicken tenders.  It’s just one of the things that makes him feel like he’s home.

“I got a National Championship ring so it’s always going to be home for me.”


Briscoe and the freshmen assemble for preseason photoshoot

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I spy with my little eye some very interesting pictures being taken at Memorial Coliseum. Matt Hernandez and the Athlon Sports crew are doing a preseason photoshoot with the 2016-17 Kentucky Wildcats, and if this morning’s unofficial team picture wasn’t enough to have you counting down the days until Big Blue Madness, these definitely will:

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85 days, by the way.


UK’s self-reported violations for last season include a picture with Drake & accidental tweets/calls

It’s that time of year again, when we look back at all the secondary violations UK reported to the NCAA for the previous school year and shake our heads. SEC Country’s Kyle Tucker did the dirty work this go around, filing an open records request and discovering that UK self-reported 14 secondary violations to the NCAA for the 2015-16 school year. Keep in mind that most of these are laughably minor, and because UK reported them themselves, the penalties are pretty mild.

There were four Level III (non-suspension) violations for football, including UK accidentally paying for a recruit’s parents’ lodging the night before an official visit; a recruit talking to a former player (“who is considered a booster”) at a game; an assistant coach accidentally tweeting a recruit something that was meant to be a direct message; and an assistant coach accidentally calling a recruit and his parents one day after the no-contact period began.

The one men’s basketball violation is one we already knew about: Tyler Ulis taking a picture with Drake at his concert in Chicago. This is considered “preferential treatment,” although UK pointed out that the two merely said hello and took a picture, and that’s it. No tickets, no access to the after party, nothing. If you remember, Ulis was briefly declared ineligible and reinstated on the day of Big Blue Madness.

There were three violations for women’s basketball (including Matthew Mitchell pocket dialing a recruit), one for baseball, three for women’s golf, one for men’s golf, and one for women’s volleyball, all Level III (non-suspension). Head on over to SEC Country to check them out and laugh at the institution we call the NCAA.

[NCAA Check-Up: A look at Kentucky athletics’ 14 minor violations in 2015-16]


Your first unofficial team picture’s Friday Morning Wakeup

Your first unofficial team picture’s Friday Morning Wakeup

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While most of you were sleeping, your University of Kentucky Wildcats were up working. Strength coach Rob Harris had the team going late into the night at Memorial Coliseum, allowing them a brief pause to show off their hard work. Over the offseason, the team has made a habit of early morning cardio/endurance sessions at the Nutter Center and late night hoop sessions at the Joe Craft Center and it’s clearly working; every player in this picture looks ripped, including Brad Calipari, who has worked harder than anyone to transform himself into a UK Basketball player (in turn, his new chest tattoo reads “Earned, not Given”). This picture is further proof that you’re not going to convince me Bam Adebayo is only 19 years old, and the rumors about Isaiah Briscoe being the hardest worker in this group are true. Also, Dominique Hawkins looks like he belongs in the new UK Football training facility — look at those arms!

I’ll let you dissect the picture for yourself in the comments. If anyone’s interested in starting the KSR Push up club, let me know.

Meanwhile, here’s what we have to look forward to on this blazing hot Friday…

The media tours the new practice facility

Yesterday morning, the football team got to tour its new home for the first time, meaning we got our first real look at the new $45 million UK Football practice facility through their pictures and videos. If you’re still hungry for more, the media will tour the facility at 1 p.m. Freddie Maggard and Nick Roush will be there for us, so check the site after lunch for pictures, videos, and their perspectives.

Also, if you haven’t had a chance yet, you owe it to yourself to read Freddie’s post last night about the old Nutter Training Facility. Freddie’s writing is always great, but it’s best when it comes from the heart, and his post about his father and former coach Jerry Claiborne will pull at a few heartstrings.

Calipari still recruiting in Vegas

Yesterday, Calipari watched 2018 stars Romeo Langford and Zion Williamson, along with 2019 prospect Matthew Hurt. One of the events he stopped by was the adidas Summer Championships, where Isaiah Stokes, little brother of former Tennessee star Jarnell Stokes, shattered a backboard:

Joel Justus is having fun with sea lions in Chile

I’d argue that 75% of Instagram posts are not interesting, and I’ll include most of mine in that number. So, today, I applaud UK assistant coach Joel Justus, who has turned into two of the most interesting Instagram videos I’ve seen this week. Justus is in Valdivia, Chile for the FIBA Americas U18 Championship to watch Mohamed Bamba, Hamidou Diallo, Quade Green, PJ Washington, and Trae Young, and, apparently, some very enthusiastic sea lions. Justus has his Instagram videos on lockdown, but he shared this Twitter video of a hungry, grumpy sea lion yesterday:

Team USA has cruised so far, with three lopsided wins over Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and Chile. Tonight, they’ll take on Brazil in the Semifinals at 8:15 p.m.

Until then, be on the lookout for Trae Young’s final list, which he teased on Twitter yesterday:

The real Team USA takes on Argentina

Team USA’s training camp in Vegas ends today with the squad’s first scrimmage against Argentina at 9 p.m. ET. Next week, the training camp will travel to Los Angeles, Oakland, Chicago, and Houston before the group heads to Rio. I’ll have more about DeMarcus Cousins’ run at training camp later this morning.

Support the Southeastern Cal Ripken 12U Baseball team in the World Series

Lexington’s own Southeastern All-Stars are on their way to the Cal Ripken World Series in Aberdeen, Maryland next week, and could use your support. They won the East Kentucky State Championship and the Ohio Valley Regional to make the prestigious event, and head to Maryland on Thursday for the ten-day tournament. As you might imagine, that’s not cheap, so if you feel inclined, visit their RallyMe page to learn more and donate.

KSR wraps up at the RNC

It’s been a long week for Matt, Ryan, and Drew in Cleveland, so tune in to hear them wrap things up from the Republican National Convention.


RANK the Top 10 Buzzer Beaters in UK Basketball History

RANK the Top 10 Buzzer Beaters in UK Basketball History

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On today’s show, the guys took a break from the RNC proceedings to rank the best buzzer beaters in modern UK Basketball history. It’s a fun topic and today’s a slow news day, so I thought we’d bring that debate over to the website. There are a lot of contenders, but here is my Top 10:

1. Aaron Harrison, Wisconsin (2014 Final Four)

Aaron saved his best buzzer beater for last. I still get chills when I watch this clip.

2. Aaron Harrison, Michigan (2014 Elite Eight)

Even with a hand in his face, Stone Cold Aaron drained this three to take Kentucky to the Final Four. After a similar shot by Aaron vs. Louisville, this is when UK’s run started to feel like fate.

3. Brandon Knight, Ohio State (2011 Sweet 16)

Like Knight, this shot is always underrated and underappreciated.

4. Aaron Harrison, Louisville (2014 Sweet 16)

This shot gave Kentucky the lead for good after a huge comeback vs. defending national champion Louisville. I fully admit that, against any other team, it would be lower on this list, but Louisville is Louisville, and the celebration in Indy that night was one for the ages.

5. DeMarcus Cousins, Mississippi State (2010 SEC Championship)

Otherwise known as the shot that made my husband a UK fan. The best part? Boogie and Wall thought they had won the game, when really, that shot only forced overtime.

6. Nazr Mohammed, at Vanderbilt (1998)

Some may have this shot lower on their lists, but I was a HUGE Nazr fan growing up and watching that improbable floater fall through the net and the ensuing chaos was just awesome. Remember Tubby rushing the team off the court? And Heshimu Evans “Superman” celebration? Classic.

7. Patrick Sparks, Michigan State (2005 Elite Eight)

This shot forced overtime vs. Michigan State in the 2005 Elite Eight, and even though Michigan State went on to win that game in double overtime, Sparks’ three was one for the ages.

(TIE) 8. Cameron Mills and Scott Padgett, Duke (1998 Elite Eight)

Not a buzzer-beater, but a clutch shot all the same. Padgett’s three with 39.4 seconds left to give Kentucky the lead for good was even bigger:

9. Sean Woods, Duke (1992 Elite Eight)

Laettner’s shot will always steal the headlines from this game, but Woods’ shot to take the lead with 2.1 seconds left should not be ignored. (Warning: the rest of that clip includes “You-Know-What,” so keep your finger on the pause button.)

10. Jeff Brassow, Arizona (1993 Maui Invitational)

Look how young Rick looks!

Honorable Mention: Brandon Knight vs. Princeton (2011 NCAA Tournament), Cedric Jenkins vs. Louisville (1987), Anthony Epps vs. Arizona (1997 National Championship game), Kenny Walker vs. Charles Barkley & Auburn (1984 SEC Tournament)


I’m sure most of you disagree with this list, but luckily, the wonders of technology allow you to weigh in on your favorites. Rank your Top 10 below:


Marquis Teague signs with Israeli pro team

It looks like Marquis Teague’s run in the Summer League wasn’t enough to earn him a spot on an NBA team. According to David Pick, Teague has signed a contract with Israeli pro team Ironi Nahariya, whose roster also includes former Oregon State standout Nick Faust, Richard Howell (NC State), Cameron Clark (Oklahoma), and Michael Umeh (UNLV).

Teague averaged 10.6 points, 3.6 assists, and 2.2 rebounds in 20.4 minutes for the Dallas Mavericks in the Summer League, and, according to Pick’s report, will keep working on his game in Israel before giving the NBA another shot.

I actually thought Teague looked decent in the Summer League, but you have to wonder what would have happened had he stayed at UK a few more years.

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ESPN: Malik Monk will be UK’s “clutch player” this season

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In the John Calipari Era, we’ve had our share of “clutch players”: John Wall, Brandon Knight, Tyler Ulis, Jamal Murray, and, of course, the most clutch of them all, Aaron Harrison. Who’s next in line? According to ESPN’s C.L. Brown, Malik Monk.

“Most teams wouldn’t hand the ball to a freshman before he has ever played a game in college,” Brown writes. “UK isn’t most programs, though. In back-to-back games while at Bentonville (Ark.) High School, Monk made consecutive buzzer-beating 3-pointers. Both came while he was double-teamed; he even had to double-clutch on one. He’s likely to do it again in the clutch at the next level.”

Monk actually won the three-point contest at the McDonald’s All-American Game, and also participated in the Dunk Contest. Calipari isn’t backing off the high expectations for the talented guard, saying earlier this summer that only Superman could beat Monk out for a starting spot.

“If someone beats him out,” the coach began, “I’d be very happy because that guy would have to have an ’S’ on the front of his jersey.”

After watching Monk’s latest mixtape, maybe we all need to get Superman capes this season?

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Tan John Calipari’s Thursday Morning Wakeup

Tan John Calipari’s Thursday Morning Wakeup

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Last night, John Calipari arrived in Las Vegas to help out with the USA Basketball Fantasy Camp and do some recruiting. Between the end of the Summer League and Team USA Training Camp, a lot of Calipari’s former pupils are in Sin City as well, and you better believe Cal’s checking in on them, tweeting pictures with Derrick Rose, DeMarcus Cousins, the Harrison Twins, Willie Cauley-Stein, Tyler Ulis, and Devin Booker:

Two things strike me about these pictures: 1) How happy Cal looks; and 2) How tan he is. Seriously, I know the man has some Italian blood in him, but he looks like a VIP member at Sun Tan City. Between trips to Spain, the Jersey Shore and Jamaica, Cal’s looking absolutely sun kissed. He’s already darker than Devin Booker, and with a few more days in the Vegas sun, he’ll catch up to the rest of the players. If this keeps up, we’re going to have to nickname him “Magda”:

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Calipari watched Kevin Knox last night

There are several recruiting tournaments going on in Vegas this week, and last night, Calipari stopped by the Las Vegas Fab 48 tourney to watch Kevin Knox, the second best small forward in the 2017 class. Duke’s considered the heavy favorite for Knox, but Cal made sure to put in an appearance at his game last night. He also checked in on rising sophomores Scottie Lewis and Bryan Antoine.

The football team is currently touring the new practice facility

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Photos and videos of the team touring Kentucky’s new $45 million practice facility have dominated social media this morning, and I’ll have a wrap-up of them in just a bit, but for now, enjoy their initial reactions, as captured by KyWildcatsTV:

The media gets to tour the facility tomorrow, so brace yourself for more pictures, as well as a breakdown from Nick Roush and Freddie Maggard.

Speaking of Freddie, can someone explain Pokemon Go to him?

UK invited fans to come catch Pokemon at Commonwealth Stadium yesterday, which resulted in this text from our beloved Freddie:

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Odds Freddie is actually the Wildcat Mascot, who brought a net to yesterday’s meetup?

Mark Stoops will (briefly) talk to reporters

Talking season is in full swing, and today, Stoops will address fans at the Rotary Luncheon at Fasig-Tipton in Lexington. Beforehand, he’ll briefly address reporters, so if he says anything of interest (besides, “we need to win games”), I’ll pass it along.

I’m no sneakerhead, but DeMarcus Cousins’ Team USA kicks are sharp

ICYMI, the NCAA is investigating South Florida

Things aren’t exactly going well for Orlando Antigua in South Florida. Yesterday, ESPN reported that Antigua’s brother, Oliver, is the focus of an NCAA investigation, and shortly after that report, Oliver resigned from his position as assistant coach. While Calipari’s haters will pounce on this as proof ‘Cal’s disciples are as crooked as he is!’, it’s important to note that Oliver Antigua never worked for Calipari.

Through two years at South Florida, Orlando Antigua is 17-48 with a dismal 8-25 record last season. There are few people in this world nicer than the former UK assistant, so here’s hoping the NCAA investigation doesn’t mean the end of his tenure as head coach.

KSR is at the RNC for Day 4 of the Convention

Things got a little dramatic at last night’s proceedings, so tune in to hear Matt, Ryan, and Drew break it down in the most ridiculous manner possible.


Calipari’s hanging with Derrick Rose and recruiting in Vegas

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Where in the world is John Calipari today? Las Vegas, where he’s hanging with his former point guard Derrick Rose, who is now with the New York Knicks. Calipari is in Sin City to help out with the USA Basketball Fantasy Camp and evaluate recruits at the Las Vegas Fab 48 tournament, where he’s currently watching Kevin Knox. Remember him? He’s good at basketball.

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Small Forward | 6-8 | 195 lbs.
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ESPN No. 7 | 2 SF Top247 No. 8 | 2 SF
Rivals No. 7 | 2 SF Scout No. 6 | 2 SF

While in town, I’m sure Calipari  also check in on DeMarcus Cousins, Willie Cauley-Stein, Devin Booker, and Julius Randle at Team USA Training Camp.

I don’t think it’s possible to look any happier (or tanner) than Cal in that picture. A few more days in the Vegas sun and he’ll be as dark as Derrick.


Where were you when Kentucky won the 2012 National Championship?

Where were you when Kentucky won the 2012 National Championship?

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The 2012 National Championship game just tipped off on SEC Network, and, to celebrate, I thought we’d relive the moment through our own experiences. I’ll start, followed by Nick, Drew, Matt and Ryan.

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I’ve always said that not going to New Orleans for the 2012 National Championship game was one of my biggest regrets in life, and it still is; however, my husband and I were feeling pretty poor after going to the regional in Atlanta and saving for our wedding the next month, so watching the game surrounded by fellow Nashville Cats fans at Corner Pub was a good alternative. At the time, I was working as a part-time editor for KSR (along with my normal full-time job) and ran the live blogs during games, so I took my laptop and tried my best not to spill beer on it throughout the night.

My husband and I also brought our friend, Charity, a Kansas fan, with us, and, despite her trash talk, she admitted afterwards that watching the game with us and the BBN in the bar was a pretty cool experience. We didn’t convert her to the blue and white, but I think Kentucky definitely gained her respect.

I was a nervous wreck throughout the game and channeled most of my nerves into the live blog (CAPPED UP), but I’ll never forget the feeling of standing in the corner watching the final seconds tick down. Few things will ever top it.


Nick Roush

The 2012 National Championship night is one of the most stressful, joyous nights of my young life.  A sophomore at UK, I was in my third semester living in a “Six Pack” fraternity house and four months removed from writing my first post for KSR in January of 2012.

Sticking to ritual, I watched every tournament game at a friend’s house on Woodland, near the infamous Euclid corner from the 90’s championship celebrations.  Included in the ritual was a giant cooler of Busch Light and tailgating in the streets, which were virtually shutdown all around campus.

Partying next door were a few football players the girls loved to flirt with.  In an attempt to show off, one found a tire lying in the back of a deserted pickup truck.  Showing his best discus form, he launched said tire into the middle of the road, NAILING an oncoming car right in the windshield.  The crowd let out a collective, “OH!” yet the car continued down the street.  All was fine…

Fast forward three hours to game-time.  I held my traditional spot inside along with 15 others, while 30 or more watched the game on a TV setup on the front porch.  The score was 6-4 when it hit the fan.  The stupid tire-throwing football player came back to bite us.

A handful of policemen showed up at the front door to break up the party, right in the middle of the most hallowed night of my early life.  Then, adrenaline kicked in.

The girls who owned the house panicked.  With tears growing in their eyes, they couldn’t speak when the officers asked, “Who lives here?”  “Me, sir,” I responded.

They began questioning me about the tire that hit the windshield.  Remaining composed, I used my best manners to explain what happened.  I didn’t throw the neighbors under the bus, but I did explain that no one in our party threw the tire.  Satisfied with the story, their demands were simple: everybody leave, but you can come back and continue when we’re gone, but ONLY inside.  Do NOT force us to return.

The conditions were followed and we were able to get back to the game after only about five minutes ticked off the game clock.  My foot didn’t stop tapping the rest of the night. I could only drink to soothe my hoarse throat.  In hindsight, the game was never close, but I couldn’t help myself on that warm April night.

As the end drew near, our excitement could not be contained.  When the clock struck zero, I was sprinting down Woodland to the corner on Euclid.  Nothing could get in the way of our indescribable joy.


Drew Franklin

I had scheduled a post saying we won with five minutes left in the game, and had to run back to the media room to delete it when Kansas made a comeback. I then spent the rest of the night refreshing the website after it crashed and finally made it out to Bourbon Street around 2 a.m.

I also made “One Shining Moment.” Go Cats.


Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond


Your turn.

Where were you when Kentucky beat Kansas for the 2012 National Championship?


The 2012 National Championship Game is coming up on the SEC Network

Got plans tonight? Cancel them. Or, just set your DVR to record the 2012 National Championship game between Kentucky and Kansas, which starts in thirty minutes on the SEC Network.

If you’re in a football mood, you can still catch the exciting end of Kentucky’s monumental upset of #1 LSU in 2007. Overtime should be starting about now…


Chuck Hayes, Rich Brooks & Wesley Woodyard will be Inducted in the UK Hall of Fame

Chuck Hayes, Rich Brooks & Wesley Woodyard will be Inducted in the UK Hall of Fame

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The University of Kentucky will induct six new members into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame: Chuck Hayes, Rich Brooks, Wesley Woodyard, James Johnson (wrestling), Molly Johnson-Belcher (softball) and Bernadette Madigan-Dugan (cross country/track and field).

This year’s Hall of Fame weekend is September 23-24.  It’s the same weekend UK will host South Carolina, unveiling a new statue outside of the new Football Training Center featuring the four African-American players who helped integrate the Southeastern Conference.

After sharing their greatest successes together on the football field, it’s fitting that Woodyard and Brooks will be inducted into the UK Hall of Fame together.  The bowl trophies they brought home were nice, but their win over No. 1 LSU is considered by many to be their crowning achievement.  You can re-watch that game on the SEC Network tonight at 6:00.

Before Hayes began his 11-year NBA career, he was a fan-favorite in Lexington.  The 2005 SEC Defensive Player of the Year was undersized, but never backed down from bigger opponents.  He was nasty on the court, but he couldn’t have kinder off the court, especially when accompanied by Juvenile.

For more on the Hall of Fame athletes, click here.