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Indiana turned down another chance to play Kentucky

Indiana turned down another chance to play Kentucky

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Indiana turned down the chance to play Kentucky. Again.

Once one of the best rivalries in the sport, the Kentucky vs. Indiana basketball series has fallen by the wayside. In 2016, the Hoosiers knocked the Cats out of the NCAA Tournament, but the home-and-home series has been dormant since Kentucky lost to Indiana in Assembly Hall in December 2011. Unfortunately, Indiana fans’ behavior during and after the game spelled the end of the home-and-home series in Kentucky’s eyes, but the Cats have offered to play Indiana numerous times in neutral court settings, and each time, the Hoosiers have said no.

Today on KSR, UK Basketball scheduling guru DeWayne Peevy said he and John Calipari reached out to Indiana a few years ago to invite them to participate in the CBS Sports Classic, but the Hoosiers declined.

“We had an opportunity, the CBS Sports Classic we had, we invited Indiana to be a part of that because it was an idea that Cal and I crafted because we were trying to have the four best teams, the [schools with the most] national championships. They decided to pass on that at the time, but there may be another opportunity. We’ll see.”

Since the CBS Sports Classic’s inception in 2014, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio State, and UCLA have squared off in the United Center, the Barclays Center, and last year, T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. This year, Kentucky will play UCLA at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on December 23. No offense to Ohio State, who actually beat the Cats in the event in 2015, but Indiana would be a much more intriguing addition to the series.

Now that Tom Crean is gone and Cal’s friend Archie Miller is the head coach in Bloomington, is there new hope for the series? Peevy said he hasn’t spoken to anyone at Indiana about it since the new staff came in, but he’s always willing to listen.

“I’ve seen some public comments about different things, but I haven’t talked to anybody from Indiana’s administration or the basketball staff myself. But we’re always willing to listen to different proposals.”

Your move, Indiana.


Calipari says the team will practice for the first time tonight

With the FIBA World Cup now over, John Calipari is finally back in Lexington to focus on next year’s squad. Calipari called in to today’s show with DeWayne Peevy to tell fans he met with the team for the first time last night, and today, they’ll go through their first practice as a complete group.

“My team, met with them yesterday for the first time, all of them together. Everyone’s healthy, which means that I’m probably going to practice them today for the first time. We’ve done individuals because we’ve had guys — PJ (Washington) and Hami(dou Diallo) weren’t there, a couple guys were out with injury stuff. So now we’re all together, which will be kind of neat to see.”

“I had a meeting, I just told them this will be the hardest thing I’ve ever done, which means it will be the hardest thing they’ve ever done. The most inexperienced team I’ve ever coached, which means maybe the most inexperienced team ever to try to do something unique and special. And if you think it’s going to be easy, there’s a magic wand, you’re in the wrong room. It’s going to be hard, everybody’s going to have to be about each other even though they’re responsible for themselves. You’ve got to be about each other or this thing doesn’t get done. Great meeting, I’m going to have a workout with them tonight or tomorrow.”

If things go well, I think we can expect a swaggy tweet from Cal tonight and a blog post from him tomorrow breaking down the workout. What will that practice look like? Here’s a new mixtape featuring all of UK’s 2017 recruits:


John Wall and Randall Cobb are headed to the UK Athletics Hall of Fame

John Wall and Randall Cobb are headed to the UK Athletics Hall of Fame

If you’re listening to KSR, you just heard DeWayne Peevy announce some big news. John Wall and Randall Cobb headline the 2017 UK Athletics Hall of Fame class, which also includes Collin Cowgill (baseball), Ralph Hacker (broadcaster), Sherry Hoover Bordner (cross country/indoor track/outdoor track), and Sarah Rumely (volleyball). The group will be inducted during Hall of Fame Weekend, Sept. 22-23, in conjunction with the football home game vs. Florida.

Check out bios of each member below, courtesy of UK Athletics:

Sherry Hoover Bordner, Cross Country/Indoor Track/Outdoor Track, 1986-89

A seven-time All-America honoree … Won SEC championships in the mile and on a pair of relay teams during her career … Set 10 school records during her career, including outdoor records in the 800- and 1,500-meter runs, 4×800 meter relay and the distance medley relay, and indoor records in the 1,500 meter run and 4×800 meter relay … Broke outdoor freshman record in the 800 meters and indoor freshman records in the 1000-yard run, 1,500-meter run and the mile … Member of the 1988 national champion cross country squad, which remains the only women’s national championship team at UK.

Randall Cobb, Football, 2008-10

Arguably the most versatile, dynamic playmaker in UK football history as a wide receiver, quarterback, punt returner and kickoff returner … First-team All-America as a junior … Two-year first-team All-SEC … Set SEC single-season record for all-purpose yardage (2,396 yards in 2010) … Set UK career record for touchdowns (37), although he played only three seasons … Clutch player who scored five game-winning fourth-quarter touchdowns in his career, vs. Arkansas, Louisville and South Carolina at home, also at Auburn and Georgia … Left UK after his junior season and was a second-round draft pick by the Green Bay Packers … Has been a star wide receiver during his six-year career with the Packers, making the 2011 NFL All-Rookie Team and being selected to the Pro Bowl following the 2014 season … Returned to UK and finished his degree. 

Collin Cowgill, Baseball, 2005-08

One of the top players in Kentucky baseball history, paced UK from a last-place finish in 2005 to its first-ever SEC Championship in 2006 … First-team All-America in 2008 by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, leading UK to a then-record 44 wins and a berth in the NCAA Tournament … Also first-team All-SEC by the league coaches … A two-time Academic All-America selection … Ranks among the UK career leaders in runs, homers, RBI, walks, on-base percentage, sac bunts, sac flies, hit by pitches and steals … Fifth-round pick by Arizona in the 2008 MLB Draft … Reached the majors in 2011 and has played for the Diamondbacks, the Oakland Athletics, the New York Mets, the Los Angeles Angels and Cleveland Indians.

Ralph Hacker, Broadcaster, 1966-2000

Spent 34 years on the UK Radio Network … Served as the men’s basketball analyst for many years with legendary broadcaster Cawood Ledford … Following Ledford’s retirement, he took over play-by-play duties for eight years, including UK’s 1996 and 1998 national championship seasons … The play-by-play voice of the Wildcat football team for five seasons … Was president of HMH Broadcasting, building a prominent network that featured then-UK flagship station WVLK … Also hosted head coaches’ pregame and postgame shows, as well as the weekly “Big Blue Line” call-in shows … All totaled, he was on the radio call for three men’s basketball national championships, seven Final Fours and four football bowl games. 

Sarah Rumely, Volleyball, 2006-09

Only player in program history to be named SEC Freshman of the Year (2006) and SEC Player of the Year (2008) … Two-time AVCA All-American … Four-time All-SEC … Academic All-American third team … Led team to NCAA Tournament four times, including the Sweet 16 in 2009 … Finished career owning UK records in career assists (5,703) and aces (165) … 5,703 career assists also ranked fifth all-time in SEC history … Capped career ranking in the top 10 in sets played (3rd), block assists (9th), digs and attack percentage (10th) … Only player to record a triple-double in a match in program history (10 kills, 56 assists, 18 digs vs. Ole Miss) … Led team to No. 7 national ranking in ‘09 … Played professionally overseas … Currently an assistant coach at LSU.

John Wall, Men’s Basketball2010

First national player of the year in program history as winner of the Adolph Rupp Trophy … Named 2010 USBWA National Freshman of the Year … Consensus first-team All-American … 2010 SEC Player of the Year by Associated Press and SEC Coaches … SEC Freshman of the Year by the AP … First-team All-SEC … Named SEC Tournament MVP … Led UK to a No. 1 national ranking, SEC regular-season championship and the SEC Tournament championship … Set single-season assists record with 241 assists (broken 2016 by Tyler Ulis) … Averaged 16.6 points and 6.5 assists … First No. 1 overall NBA Draft pick in UK history … Four-time NBA All-Star through first seven seasons, averaging double-figure scoring every season … Tabbed third-team All-NBA in 2017 … Washington franchise career leader in assists and steals.

I think this calls for a little T-Rev, don’t you?

 


Monday’s Top 10: It’s A Total UK Takeover

Monday’s Top 10: It’s A Total UK Takeover

Good morning, friends, and what a way to start the week. At midnight, UK’s takeover of the SEC Network began, meaning if you want to spend your day doing nothing but watching UK sports, it’s totally possible. In fact, I bet your boss would totally understand. With that in mind, let’s hop right in to the top 10.

1. Stop what you’re doing and program that DVR

It’s all UK all day on the SEC Network, so if you’ve been looking to catch up on some of the biggest games of the year, program the DVR to record the following:

  • 8:30-10 a.m. – Gymnastics vs. Alabama, Feb. 10, 2017
  • 10-10:30 a.m. – Big Blue Review
  • 10:30-11 a.m. – The Kentucky Experience: Wildcat Roundtable
  • 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Women’s basketball vs. Mississippi State, Feb. 23, 2017
  • 12:30-2:30 p.m. – Softball vs. Florida, April 15, 2017
  • 2:30-4:30 p.m. – Softball vs. Texas A&M, April 29, 2017
  • 4:30-5 p.m. – Big Blue Review
  • 5-5:30 p.m. – The Kentucky Experience: Wildcat Roundtable
  • 5:30-7:30 p.m. – Baseball vs. North Carolina State, June 5, 2017
  • 7:30-8 p.m. – Never Been Done Before: Kentucky Baseball 2017
  • 8-10 p.m. – Football at Louisville, Nov. 26, 2016
  • 10 p.m.-midnight – One and Not Done

2. Just in case you can’t wait until 8 p.m. for football highlights

Don’t feel bad for needing a fix. I pretty much watch this every morning.

3. It’s UK Takeover Week on KSR as well

Normally, I reserve show news and guest host announcements for the end of the wakeup post, but today’s show is so big it’s up at #3. Deputy Director of Athletics DeWayne Peevy will host today’s show alongside Ryan Lemond, and I’m sure he’s going to bring on some special guests that the rest of us could only dream of having in our Rolodex (contact list for you young folk). DeWayne’s hosting gig is just an appetizer for UK’s takeover of KSR this week. Here’s the entire schedule:

July 17: DeWayne Peevy
July 18: Nick Mingione
July 19: Tim Couch
July 20: Matthew Mitchell
July 21: UK Football coaches

4. Matt was spotted at the Tour De France

Had fun at the Tour De France today. Great afternoon

A post shared by Matt Jones (@kysportsradio) on

Where in the world is Matt Jones? Yesterday, he did a short Periscope from the Tour de France with an adorable old French man who didn’t speak any English. Today, I believe our fearless leader is headed towards Switzerland. Between all of my coworker’s vacations, I’ve got five straight dayshifts staring at me this week, so he better bring me a Toblerone.

5. Meanwhile, Tom Izzo was spotted eating popcorn off the floor

Does the five second rule apply here? With most foods, I might say yes, but he’s got more kernels in that box and who the heck knows what’s happened in that hallway, so let it be, Tom. Let it be.

6. Immanuel Quickley will visit UK on September 16

Kentucky remains in the driver’s seat for the five-star point guard, who set the dates for official visits last night. Per Evan Daniels, Quickley will visit Kentucky the weekend of September 16, the last of his four official visits. This keeps him on track to announce his decision before the start of his senior season in late September. Speaking of…

7. Did you hear he’s a potential package deal with Zion Williamson?

The biggest news out of the adidas Gauntlet Finale was the possibility of Quickley teaming up with Zion Williamson at the next level. That’s excellent news for Kentucky because the Cats are currently the favorite for both. For more on Williamson, check out Jack Pilgrim’s in-depth profile from yesterday.

8. Jerry Bird passed away yesterday

UK lost two greats this weekend. On Saturday, UK Football legend Babe Parilli passed away at the age of 87, and yesterday, former UK Basketball player Jerry Bird passed away at the age of 83. Bird played at UK from 1954-56, helping the Cats to two SEC titles and the 1954 Helms Athletic Foundation title. He was inducted into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005 as a part of the hall of fame’s charter class and his No. 22 jersey is retired in the Rupp Arena rafters.

After his basketball career in the NBA was over, Bird returned to his hometown of Corbin and worked for American Greeting Card until retirement. A memorial service in his honor is planned for Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Central Baptist Church in Corbin. It is open to the public.

9. What did we think of the season premiere of “Game of Thrones”?

No spoilers, but I was very pleased with the exception of one horrible cameo. I thought GofT was above such things. Nick Roush and TJ Walker are currently taping a new episode of “Kentucky Thrones Radio,” so look for that on the KSR podcast feed later today.

10. DeWayne Peevy and friends one hour from now

Call in and congratulate him on his son’s 9U team winning the State Championship yesterday:

Ice cream on Uncle Matt, kiddos.


WATCH: Five-star forward Zion Williamson destroys the competition at adidas Uprising Gauntlet Finale

We’ve been keeping you updated on Zion Williamson’s ridiculous weekend at the adidas Uprising Gauntlet Finale, and now we have your highlights from the event.

Williamson averaged 27.1 points, 11.3 rebounds, and four assists a game in front of Coach Cal, Coach K, Bill Self, Tom Izzo, and just about every assistant coach in America.

Clutch plays, ferocious dunks, beautiful post moves, and absolutely disgusting blocks. What more could you want from a potential future Wildcat?

See for yourself how incredible this kid is with KSR’s highlights:

If that wasn’t enough, catch up on some of the other videos from the weekend:

We’ve got to get this kid to Lexington at all costs…


Where in the World is Coach Cal?

Photo via @AdamZagoria

Fresh home from Egypt, Coach Cal has been back on the recruiting trail this week. Pictured above, you can spot Calipari at the Peach Jam watching 2019 recruit Wendell Moore. Cal has made appearances at both the Peach Jam and Adidas Gauntlet event in Spartanburg, SC.

Cal is also taking some time to see some of his “familia” as he calls it.

The classic dad selfie with Melvin Booker is too much for me to handle.


Selection Committee will place more emphasis on road wins this season

Every year, we talk about how Kentucky gets screwed by the Selection Committee, but today, the NCAA made a change that actually makes sense. Today, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Committee announced they will place greater emphasis on road wins on each team’s resume. Now, where a game is played will have more importance than the ranking of the opponent. Road wins will count more, and, because the committee is factoring location into degree of difficulty, road losses won’t hurt as much; that’s welcome news for teams like Kentucky, where every game is the other team’s Super Bowl.

“We consulted with experts within the coaching and analytics fields who looked at historical data, based on winning percentages by game location, to come up with these dividing lines within each of the columns,” said Mark Hollis, the director of athletics at Michigan State and the current chair of the committee. “The emphasis of performing well on the road is important, as was the need for teams not to be penalized as much for road losses. Beating elite competition, regardless of the game location, will still be rewarded, but the committee wanted the team sheets to reflect that a road game against a team ranked 60th is mathematically more difficult and of higher quality than a home game versus a team ranked 35th. We feel this change accomplishes that.”

The Committee also pledged to study more metrics to evaluate teams, such as KenPom, Sagarin, KPI, and BPI ratings. Currently, the RPI is the only metric used on team sheets. John Calipari and other coaches have argued for the committee to use a composite ranking of all of the metrics for a fairer evaluation. There’s a bit of dissent on that topic, so the committee will continue to look at it in hopes of having the new system ready for the 2018-19 season.

Baby steps, but at least they’re ones in the right direction.

[NCAA]


WATCH: Nick Richards lifted Wenyen Gabriel and more in the weight room today

WATCH: Nick Richards lifted Wenyen Gabriel and more in the weight room today

We’ve seen several videos of the UK Basketball team working out recently, but this one may take the cake. Check out big man Nick Richards lifting Wenyen Gabriel and more on a seated row machine this morning:

Wenyen’s listed at 213 lbs. on UK’s roster from last year. Let’s say he’s added 10 lbs. of muscle thanks to his summer workout regimen, taking him up to 223. You gym rats figure out how much weight’s on either side of that machine and get back to me with a total for how much Richards ended up rowing/lifting.

Also, in case his barking wasn’t indication enough, here’s another reminder that strength coach Rob Harris is a pretty intense dude:

Where was this motivation at 6 a.m. when I woke up for spin class?

UPDATE: More video of the Cats at work courtesy of KyWildcatsTV…


Jarred Vanderbilt’s foot looks just fine in this video

Jarred Vanderbilt’s foot looks just fine in this video

The status of Jarred Vanderbilt’s foot has kept Kentucky fans on pins and needles for months, but if this video is any indication, it looks just fine. Vanderbilt helped out with UK’s ongoing #HorseWithTheCats series this afternoon, squaring off vs. Josh Hopkins on the blue courts. Watch him showcase what he would do with the game on the line in the final seconds, courtesy of @KentuckyMBB:

A month ago, Calipari said Vanderbilt was “probably two weeks” from being able to fully participate in workouts, so it looks like he’s right on schedule. As for Hopkins, who is never one to back down from a challenge, he tried out his best Dirk Nowitzki impression on Kevin Knox:

He also faced off vs. Nick Richards. We’ll have to wait for the final cut from KyWildcatsTV to see how that matchup turned out.


WATCH: Quade Green channels The Hulk during UK Basketball summer workouts

WATCH: Quade Green channels The Hulk during UK Basketball summer workouts

While John Calipari’s been away, the UK Basketball team has been hard at work, transforming their bodies during summer workouts. Check out the latest series of videos from @KentuckyMBB and @KyWildcatsTV, which features the team hitting the sandpits at the football training center:

And the weight room:

Do we need to nickname Quade Green “The Hulk” after this?

I think so.


UK releases schedule for Monday’s SEC Network Takeover

Make some space on the DVR because Kentucky’s taking over the SEC Network on Monday with some of your favorite games from the past year.

This morning, UK released the schedule for the takeover, which will begin with Malik Monk’s 47-point performance vs. North Carolina and end with the football team’s epic upset of Louisville. Other highlights: UK’s Sweet 16 win over UCLA, the baseball team’s run to the Super Regionals, and John Calipari’s 30 for 30, One and Not Done.

Here’s the complete schedule:

Midnight-1:30 a.m.: Men’s basketball vs. North Carolina, Dec. 17, 2016

Malik Monk pours in a UK freshman record 47 points to lead the Wildcats to a 103-100 victory over UNC in one of the best college basketball games this season.

1:30 a.m.-3:30 a.m.: Football vs. Mississippi State, Oct. 22, 2016

UK climbs out of an early 11-point deficit for a 40-38 heart-stopping win over Mississippi State, capped by a 51-yard Austin MacGinnis field goal as time expires.

3:30 a.m.-5:30 a.m.: Men’s soccer vs. Louisville, Sept. 6, 2016

Noah Hutchins heads in the game-winning goal just before halftime and UK shuts out Louisville in an annual rivalry battle.

5:30 a.m.-7 a.m.: Men’s basketball vs. UCLA, March 24, 2017

De’Aaron Fox dazzles with 39 points as UK downs UCLA in the Sweet 16 in one of the most anticipated matchups of this NCAA Tournament.

7-8:30 a.m. – Volleyball at Florida, Sept. 28, 2016

UK sweeps No. 5 Florida for the first time since 1990 behind a tremendous defensive performance and an efficient offense guided by Olivia Dailey.

8:30-10 a.m. – Gymnastics vs. Alabama, Feb. 10, 2017

The Wildcats post a school-record score en route to the first win in program history over perennial gymnastics power Alabama.

10-10:30 a.m. – Big Blue Review

This original piece looks back at the highlights from a 2016-17 season in which UK set a school record by finishing 10th in the Directors’ Cup.

10:30-11 a.m. – The Kentucky Experience: Wildcat Roundtable

Mitch Barnhart sits down with some of the most prominent Wildcats to discuss life as a student and an athlete at the University of Kentucky.

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Women’s basketball vs. Mississippi State, Feb. 23, 2017

UK takes down second-ranked Mississippi State on Senior Night behind Makayla Epps’ game-winning put-back in her final regular-season game at Memorial Coliseum.

12:30-2:30 p.m. – Softball vs. Florida, April 15, 2017

Meagan Prince stars in the circle and Katie Reed has three hits, two runs and two RBI as Kentucky downs third-ranked Florida, 5-1.

2:30-4:30 p.m. – Softball vs. Texas A&M, April 29, 2017

En route to a series win over the No. 4 Aggies, UK celebrates Senior Day with a 7-2 victory over Texas A&M.

4:30-5 p.m. – Big Blue Review

This original piece looks back at the highlights from a 2016-17 season in which UK set a school record by finishing 10th in the Directors’ Cup.

5-5:30 p.m. – The Kentucky Experience: Wildcat Roundtable

Mitch Barnhart sits down with some of the most prominent Wildcats to discuss life as a student and an athlete at the University of Kentucky.

5:30-7:30 p.m. – Baseball vs. North Carolina State, June 5, 2017

UK advances to the first super regional in school history by taking down North Carolina State in front of a Cliff Hagan Stadium record crowd of 5,005.

7:30-8 p.m. – Never Been Done Before: Kentucky Baseball 2017

This piece takes a behind-the-scenes look at UK baseball’s first trip to super regionals in Nick Mingione’s first season as head coach.

8-10 p.m. – Football at Louisville, Nov. 26, 2016

Kentucky picks up its signature win of a 2016 season in which the Wildcats became bowl eligible for the first time since 2010, with Stephen Johnson leading UK to an upset of rival Louisville and Austin MacGinnis kicking another game-winning field goal.

10 p.m.-midnight – One and Not Done

John Calipari is profiled in this 30 for 30 documentary that traces his humble roots to his time leading the Kentucky men’s basketball program.


Tomorrow on KSR: The Ringer’s Tate Frazier and Mark Titus

Tomorrow on KSR: The Ringer’s Tate Frazier and Mark Titus

Are you ready to talk college basketball? Then you’ll love tomorrow’s show, which is hosted by Tate Frazier and Mark Titus. Both are writers for The Ringer and run the site’s college basketball podcast, “T’d Up,” so they’ll have plenty to say about the NBA Draft, last season, this upcoming season, and of course, John Calipari. Considering Frazier’s a North Carolina fan and Titus an Indiana/Ohio State fan, things could get interesting.

You’re probably familiar with Titus, a former Ohio State walk-on, since he’s been on the show a few times (I’m also a big fan of his weekly college basketball power rankings). Frazier has become a familiar name around here as well; in January, he found out via KSR that Bill Self wore a hairpiece, and last summer, he wrote a column about how Calipari blurs the line between college coach and NBA agent that’s worth your time. Hopefully he can keep the Luke Maye mentions to a minimum.

How big is tomorrow’s show? Frazier teased it on Bill Simmons’ latest BS Podcast around the 1:24:14 mark:

Can you believe we’re halfway through the #MattIsGoneTour? Here’s the rest of the guest host schedule:

July 12: Tate Frazier and Mark Titus of The Ringer
July 13: The Sklar Brothers
July 14: Laura Rutledge of the SEC Network

Week Four

July 17: Dewayne Peevy
July 18: Nick Mingione
July 19: Tim Couch
July 20: Matthew Mitchell
July 21: UK Football coaches

Week Five

July 24: Seth Greenberg
July 25: Ramel “Smooth” Bradley
July 26: Cole Cubelic of the SEC Network
July 27: Guest Hosts
July 28: KSR Crew

If you can’t listen to the shows live, make sure you are subscribed to the NEW iTunes KSR radio feed.


Guy who makes Twitter polls upset Kentucky fans voted in his Twitter poll

Kentucky fans have a long history of dominating online polls, and today, that upset one Twitter pollmaker so much he took his polls and went home. @CBB_polls, which bills itself as “the best college basketball poll page,” has been running a series of polls about the sport, the most recent asking fans to vote on the best arena in college basketball. Rupp Arena won that poll, but the pollmaker was so upset about the result he or she posted this message and announced they are suspending their polls until the start of the season.

It’s worth noting that I can’t link the actual tweet because @CBB_polls blocked me and apparently every UK fan who has participated in the polls, making it especially sweet that Rupp still won. Last week, they ran a poll asking which team has better fans, Kentucky or Iowa State, and the Cyclones had a commanding lead until the poll was brought to our attention and we linked it a few times. Sorry for the free publicity, dude.

Back to today’s response. Their digs at Rupp Arena aside, you have to love how this person is trying to argue for “correctness” and subjectivity on a forum like Twitter. If @CBB_polls is expecting Twitter to be fair all of the time, they’ve got a long summer ahead of them. Twitter polls are meant to be taken over by fanbases and shared to increase exposure. In fact, I’d be willing to bet the account’s followers doubled or tripled after the BBN became aware of that poll last week.

On second thought, by shaming fans for doing exactly as he or she asked, maybe this person does fit right in on Twitter.


Monday’s Top 10: SEC Media Days begins, Team USA comes home, Summer League amps up

Monday’s Top 10: SEC Media Days begins, Team USA comes home, Summer League amps up

Good morning, friends, and welcome to a new week. Shoutout to these two Cats fans, who are posing in front of the Dottifoss waterfall in Iceland, the most powerful waterfall in all of Europe. If the picture wasn’t great enough, the two met a fellow Kentuckian while filling up their car at a gas station in nearby Akureyri. As I always say, small world, Big Blue Nation.

With that in mind, let’s jump right in to today’s top 10.

1. SEC Media Days begins today

Today is the unofficial start to football season. SEC Media Days begins in Hoover, Alabama, meaning sportswriters across the South will freeze their butts off in the Wynfrey Hotel and drink more than their fair share of Sunkist and Dr. Pepper over the next four days. Kentucky isn’t up until Wednesday, but Freddie Maggard and Nick Roush arrived in Hoover last night. Check back in an hour from now for Freddie’s preview. In the meantime, here’s a schedule of what you can expect today, starting at 12:30 p.m. ET:

  • SEC commissioner Greg Sankey
  • Arkansas coach Bret Bielema; QB Austin Allen, OL Frank Ragnow, DB Kevin Richardson II
  • LSU coach Ed Orgeron; WR D.J. Chark, RB Derrius Guice, DB Christian LaCouture
  • Tennessee coach Butch Jones; DB Emmanuel Moseley, OL Jashon Robertson, DL Kendal Vickers

Because this is the SEC, all of the fun will be televised on the SEC Network, along with WatchESPN.com. Bonus points to whomever spots Freddie or Nick on TV first.

2. Keep an eye out for a new Depth Chart Podcast

In addition to several posts throughout the day, Freddie and Nick will be taping a daily edition of the Depth Chart Podcast, which you’ll be able to find on your KSR podcast feed each evening. Tune in for their expert analysis on all of the happenings in Hoover, including how popular Freddie is on Radio Row. You can hear their preview, which hit the feed last night.

You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play.  Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise.  You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to “Kentucky Sports Radio” on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.

3. We have our first actual Depth Chart

Scroll down to the post directly below this one or click here to check it out.

4. Team USA got the Bronze Medal in Egypt

On Saturday, Team USA was upset by Team Canada, led by 2019 phenom RJ Barrett. Barrett had a ridiculous 38 points and 13 rebounds in Canada’s 99-87 semifinal win, and he went on to lead his country to the tournament title on Sunday, ousting Italy 79-60. John Calipari’s squad finished third, beating Spain 96-72.

Team USA’s semifinal was extremely disappointing, but like the pro he is, Calipari shouldered the blame, telling reporters not finding a way to shut down Barrett was “my mistake, not these kids’ mistake.” Despite the early exit, he said he was proud of his team for rallying to beat Spain for the bronze medal.

“To be able to bounce back and play the way they did from start to finish shows me a lot about them. We were all still really disappointed. We came here to not only play for the gold, but win the gold, and to play like we did and have Canada come out and play so well, it was just disappointing that we couldn’t get it done. To come back today and play and win the bronze, it’s a good way to end.”

5. RJ Barrett is the real deal

Barrett was named the tournament’s MVP, leading all scorers with 21.6 points per game, along with 8.3 rebounds and 4.6 rebounds. Barrett is the number one player in the 2019, but is considering reclassifying to 2018. These highlights of his performance will show you why:

He’s good.

6. Hamidou Diallo’s tweet will make you feel better about USA’s loss

Neither can we.

7. Davis Bertans now knows not to mess with Alex Poythress

Poythress didn’t take too kindly to Bertans’ elbow to the face last night:

Alex finished with 10 points and 6 rebounds in the 76ers’ loss, while Aaron Harrison chipped in 14 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists. Isaiah Briscoe had 5 points, 2 rebounds, and 3 assists.

In other Summer League news, De’Aaron Fox continued his impressive start for Sacramento, putting up 17 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists (5 turnovers), and 3 steals. Skal Labissiere had 13 points and 8 rebounds. Dominique Hawkins didn’t play.

Today’s action, headlined by Lonzo Ball vs. De’Aaron Fox in the nightcap:

  • 4:30 PM ET: Miami Heat (Bam Adebayo) vs. Washington Wizards, NBATV
  • 6:00 PM ET: Brooklyn Nets (Archie Goodwin) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (James Young), ESPNU
  • 10:30 PM ET: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Sacramento Kings (De’Aaron Fox, Skal Labissiere, Dominique Hawkins)

After spending 24 hours with three 10-year-old boys this weekend, I can verify that Ball vs. Fox is the rivalry of the future in the NBA.

8. Do you live in Northern Kentucky, love UK, and golf?

If you answered yes, check out the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati UK Alumni Club Golf Scramble, which will take place at Summit Hills Country Club on Monday, July 24. So, two weeks from today. Details below:

Registration is $140 per person which includes golf, continental breakfast, grill lunch, two drink tickets on the course and admission to the Big Blue Follow Through Party. Early bird registration ends Monday, July 10 (so, TODAY), after which the cost increases to $160 per person. All proceeds go to the club’s scholarship fund for UK students. More information and golfer registration can be found at www.ukalumni.net/nkygcgolfscramble2017.

9. I made a guest appearance on a podcast about the new Spider-Man movie

My friends at the “2 Guys, 1 Girl, Santa” podcast were nice enough to invite me on their show this weekend to discuss the newest Spider-Man movie, Spider-Man: Homecoming. We had a rollicking good time discussing the latest addition to the franchise, so if you’ve seen the movie OR you’re okay with spoilers, check it out below:

They’re just getting their feet under them with this podcasting thing, so please leave them some feedback @GuyGirlSanta.

10. Today on KSR: Cameron Mills and Lee K. Howard

We had a scheduling change, so Cameron Mills and Lee K. Howard will man the mics in Matt’s absence this morning. Tune in an hour from now to hear their takes on all things UK Sports.


Top 5 Moments from Coach Cal Team USA Press Conference

Photo: FIBA

Admitting when he’d been out-coached 

Coach Calipari wasn’t afraid to say that Team USA’s loss to Canada was no fluke, “Yesterday we really got outplayed, out coached, everything” he admitted, but added that he was proud of his guys for bouncing back the next day, “You come back and you play like we played, you know this guy here, Immanuel, he played out of his mind… he came like ok that’s done, bounce back, let’s play.”

Talking about his Kentucky boys 

“I learned a lot about PJ and Hami both some strengths and weaknesses, you saw I did some stuff with Hami at the end cuz he was struggling and I wanted him to know ‘I’m with you, I’m with you, I’m gunna help you but you gotta let me coach you.'” Doesn’t that just warm your heart? Calipari will always look out for his Wildcats.

Talking about using his Kentucky coaching technique 

Even though, for the FIBA U19 Tournament, Coach Calipari was the head of the USA Team he let us know he never takes off his UK coaching hat. “I approached this just, so you know, like I was coaching my Kentucky team,” saying that he coaches each player individually, so they know the game is about them.

Announcing he’s a proud Italian 

When asked who he thought would win the Canada v Italy game, he said coyly that he was friends with the Canadian coach but reminded everyone he was a duel-citizen of both the U.S and Italy. “I’m gunna keep it to myself but I’m an Italian citizen,” Calipari smiled.  

Reminding us that Big Blue Nation is all that matters

Calipari switched gears when asked about what he will take back home from the tournament. Hamidou Diallo and PJ Washington are already Wildcats and Calipari said after the tournament, he has a better idea on how to coach them. “I think those two will be outstanding, I can’t wait to get back to my team.” Aww BBN missed you too.

Bonus Moment

(If you go to minute 2:32 you can hear Calipari say “oh shit” when he finds out a Draft Express reporter is about to question him)