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Basketball Season Coverage
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©November 09th, 2017 @ 11:08am
After making the Oscar Robertson Trophy watch list earlier this week, Kentucky freshmen Kevin Knox and Hamidou Diallo were just named to the watch list for the Naismith Trophy, also given annually to the nation’s top player.
Knox and Diallo were two of the nine freshmen on the list of 50 candidates, along with Michael Porter (Missouri), Collin Sexton (Alabama), Trevon Duval (Duke), Wendell Carter (Duke), Mohamed Bamba (Texas), Marvin Bagley III (Duke), and Deandre Ayton (Arizona). Here’s the list in full:
|Jaylen Adams||Sr.||G||St. Bonaventure||Atlantic 10|
|Marvin Bagley III||Fr.||F||Duke||ACC|
|Mohamed Bamba||Fr.||F||Texas||Big 12|
|Joel Berry II||Sr.||G||UNC||ACC|
|Trevon Bluiett||Sr.||G||Xavier||BIG East|
|Miles Bridges||So.||G/F||Michigan State||Big Ten|
|Jalen Brunson||Jr.||G||Villanova||BIG EAST|
|Jeffrey Carroll||Sr.||G||Oklahoma State||Big 12|
|Jevon Carter||Sr.||G||West Virginia||Big 12|
|Wendell Carter Jr.||Fr.||F||Duke||ACC|
|Bonzie Colson||Sr.||F||Notre Dame||ACC|
|Mike Daum||Jr.||F||South Dakota State||Summit League|
|Tyler Davis||Jr.||C||Texas A&M||SEC|
|Angel Delgado||Sr.||C||Seton Hall||BIG EAST|
|Vince Edwards||Sr.||F||Purdue||Big Ten|
|Matt Farrell||Sr.||G||Notre Dame||ACC|
|Marcus Foster||Sr.||G||Creighton||BIG EAST|
|Devonte’ Graham||Sr.||G||Kansas||Big 12|
|Ethan Happ||Jr.||F||Wisconsin||Big Ten|
|Chandler Hutchison||Sr.||G||Boise State||Mountain West|
|Justin Jackson||So.||F||Maryland||Big Ten|
|Jock Landale||Sr.||C||St. Mary’s||WCC|
|Kelan Martin||Sr.||F||Butler||BIG EAST|
|Nate Mason||Sr.||G||Minnesota||Big Ten|
|Bryant McIntosh||Sr.||G||Northwestern||Big Ten|
|Shake Milton||Jr.||G||SMU||American Athletic|
|Malik Newman||So.||G||Kansas||Big 12|
|Michael Porter Jr.||Fr.||F||Missouri||SEC|
|Landry Shamet||So.||G||Wichita State||American Athletic|
|Moritz Wagner||Jr.||F||Michigan||Big Ten|
|Nick Ward||So.||F||Michigan State||Big Ten|
|Robert Williams||So.||F||Texas A&M||SEC|
The list will be narrowed to 30 in February, and presented on April 1 by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.
Go Knox. Go Diallo. Go Cats.
By Aaron Torres on ©November 08th, 2017 @ 11:00pm
People, we’ve made it! I don’t know how else to tell you, but after eight long, cold months of the off-season, college hoops season is finally here. And I for one couldn’t be more excited.
Sure, the off-season was filled with some, umm, not so uplifting headlines (the FBI probe, the NCAA’s non-punishment of UNC, Rick Pitino getting fired, UCLA players getting arrested in China) but let’s be honest: Once the games tip off it will all be forgotten (or at least pushed to the back-burner). And with opening night now just 48 hours away, we are closer to real, meaningful basketball than we’ve been in a long time.
So as we get set for games to tip-off Friday night, what are 10 national storylines to watch? Here are 10:
Will the SEC get it’s you-know-what together
If you follow me at all on Twitter, you know that over the last six months I’ve spent more time hyping SEC basketball than your average soccer mom does her lousy, unathletic kid who will never play past JV in high school. It started last year when three SEC teams made the Elite Eight, and I truly believed it had a trickle-down effect into this year, where it felt like upwards of 7-8 teams could compete for NCAA Tournament bids. I even came up with a snazzy nickname for this whole deal. I called it “The SEC basketball revolution” and I damn near printed up t-shirts.
Thank god I didn’t though, because the “SEC basketball revolution” is falling apart faster than an NCAA Tournament bracket that has Kansas winning the national championship. Point blank, it’s been an ugly couple weeks for the league, where three different tourney-worthy schools are dealing with various issues.
It starts in Alabama, where both Auburn and Alabama have become engulfed in this FBI/college basketball case and the impact is just now being felt. Auburn recently held out two of its best players (Austin Wiley and Danjel Purifoy) while the FBI case continues to unfold and just this week we found out that Alabama is going to sit star freshman Collin Sexton for the foreseeable future as well. To be blunt that’s terrible news for SEC hoops, and impacts two teams that were in line for major seasons. Alabama was a tourney team and a threat to make a deep run with Sexton. They’ll struggle to make the tourney without him. Auburn can kiss their tourney hopes goodbye without Purifoy and Wiley as well.
Then to add extra insult to SEC injury, Texas A&M recently suspended four starters in total for their last exhibition game, and two won’t play in their opener against West Virginia. That includes star Robert Williams. It doesn’t appear that those suspensions will have a long-term impact on this team going forward, but it’s still an ugly deal for the SEC. It’s also an ugly deal for A&M which will probably get run out of the building on Friday night by Bob Huggins’ club.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©November 08th, 2017 @ 10:00pm
With college basketball season officially starting this week, the hot takes are already rolling in.
ESPN’s Myron Medcalf released a “Bold predictions for this college basketball season” piece, and (to no one’s surprise) your Kentucky Wildcats were No. 1 on the list for a not-so-favorable reason.
Here is Medcalf’s UK section:
1. Kentucky won’t win the SEC
Under John Calipari, Kentucky’s best teams have compensated for their mediocre 3-point shooting with an elite offensive rebounding rate. The 2014-15 squad shot under 35 percent from beyond the arc and failed to crack the top 50 inside the 3-point line (51.2 percent). But that 38-1 team also snatched an outrageous 38.5 percent of its missed shots, eighth in the country, per KenPom.com.
In 2017-18, this is a young Wildcats team that lacks the clear physical advantages and maturity to dominate the offensive glass and the shooters to minimize the significance of excelling in the paint. The injuries to Jemarl Baker, perhaps the best 3-point marksman on the squad, and Jarred Vanderbilt, the versatile forward, could bleed into SEC play, where a group of strong contenders awaits. That hurts. Overall, Kentucky’s challenges could send the program back to 2012-13, when the Wildcats couldn’t buy enough 3-pointers or snatch enough offensive rebounds to avoid a trip to the NIT. This is definitely an NCAA tournament team but not a certain conference champion.
This could be similar to Kentucky’s NIT year in 2012-13? Come on, now.
The Louisville Cardinals also made the list, where he had high hopes for interim coach David Padgett.
5. David Padgett will sign a multiyear deal midseason to stay with the Cards and lead the team to the second weekend of the NCAA tournament
Padgett, whom Louisville players backed as a replacement after the school removed Rick Pitino, is inexperienced. But he has a top-10 roster with or without Brian Bowen, whose lawyer claims is innocent and naive to the bribery scheme that disrupted the program. Expect Padgett, who has handled this turbulent chapter with class, to pull a Steve Fisher and lead Louisville on a deep run into the NCAA tournament, a journey that includes a new multiyear deal to keep his job as Louisville’s head coach.
We’ll see if the NCAA allows them to even play in the tournament before we start saying they’ll make it to the second weekend.
His other bold predictions include Gregg Marshall leaving Wichita State after the season, Richard Pitino winning the Big Ten at Minnesota, and the FBI scandal continuing to place a dark cloud over the sport, among others.
If you wish to read more of Medcalf’s hot takes, the entire article is here.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©November 08th, 2017 @ 9:00pm
Back in September, the University of Kentucky announced freshman Jarred Vanderbilt would be out until January due to a fracture he suffered in his left foot.
Less than a month later, Vanderbilt was walking around Kentucky facilities with no boot and no visible limp.
Following Kentucky’s exhibition victory over Morehead State, John Calipari told reporters the star freshman received a favorable updated timeline on a return, and that he could start practicing sooner rather than later.
But when can we expect Vanderbilt to suit up and actually play a game?
Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader interviewed Vanderbilt’s father, Robert, about his son’s return from injury.
“It might be a little sooner than that,” the player’s father, Robert Vanderbilt, said of a January return. “But Coach Cal has not talked about that. He’s talked about ‘We’re not going to rush him back.’
He reiterated that Calipari is in no rush to bring him back, saying they were going to be delicate with this situation to make sure these injuries don’t continue in the future.
“Coach Cal is going to bring him back slowly.”
The elder Vanderbilt said he had spoken to Calipari about how the player’s basketball future as well as Kentucky’s season would be part of the decision-making process.
We’re talking longevity here . . . ,” Robert Vanderbilt said. “There’s no sense in rushing.”
Tipton also interviewed Vanderbilt’s coach at Victory Prep in Houston, Rodney McCray, about what he has told his former player and the mindset to have going forward.
“I told him, you’re at one of the best schools in the country. They want to make sure you’re right and ready to come back when it’s time to come back. If you need extra time, they’re going to give you extra time. They’re going to make sure that you’re ready to go when it’s time. They’re going to look out for your best interests.”
It’s going to be sooner than expected, but don’t expect a miraculous appearance on Friday night against Utah Valley.
Regardless, it’s great to hear Vanderbilt is improving and the timetable has improved.
He’s a special talent, and the BBN needs to be excited about it.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©November 08th, 2017 @ 8:30pm
The Kentucky basketball season officially begins on Friday night against Utah Valley, so you know what that means…
It’s UK basketball preview time on Hey Kentucky!
Jack “Goose” Givens, Todd Lanter, and Heshimu Evans joined Matt at the desk to break down your newest Wildcats.
Watch the entire preview below:
You can watch the whole episode, along with other Hey Kentucky!, here.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©November 08th, 2017 @ 5:11pm
College basketball starts this weekend, so what will John Calipari do on his day between games? Go on Monday Night Football to promote the Champions Classic, of course. KSR is hearing that Cal will be the halftime guest during Monday night’s game between the Dolphins and the Panthers at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, one night before his team takes on Kansas in Chicago.
With all the negativity surrounding the sport due to the bribery scandal, expect Cal to do as Cal does: promote college basketball, and, of course, Kentucky. And remind everyone how young his team is. And mention his players in the NBA. And use at least three of his dozens of catchphrases. Get ready to be talked over, Sean McDonough and Jon Gruden.
Calipari when he sees that primetime spotlight…
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©November 08th, 2017 @ 4:29pm
Auburn is already in hot water due to former assistant Chuck Person’s involvement in the bribery scheme rocking college basketball, but if this new report is true, head coach Bruce Pearl’s days are numbered.
According to ESPN’s Mark Schlabach, Pearl is refusing to cooperate in Auburn’s internal investigation into the program, to the point university officials have told him that his job is in jeopardy if he doesn’t. While Pearl is not named in the FBI’s report, refusing to cooperate seems like a very, very dumb decision. Auburn officials will reportedly decide on Pearl’s future in the next week or two.
Yesterday, a federal grand jury in New York indicted Person on six federal charges of bribery, fraud, and conspiracy. Person allegedly received $91,500 in bribery payments in a scheme to steer two Auburn players to certain agents and financial advisors. While unnamed in the report, those unnamed players are sophomore Austin Wiley and sophomore forward Danjel Purifoy, who have been sidelined indefinitely.
Meanwhile, Pearl is beginning his fourth season at Auburn with a 44-54 record. The Tigers have never finished better than 11th in the SEC or played in the postseason during his tenure, which began after a three-year show cause penalty for violations during his time at Tennessee.
Sounds like the writing’s on the wall to me.
College basketball starts on Friday, so of course Joe Lunardi already has Bracketology for us to look at.
Where does Lunardi think the Cats will go in March, even though they’ve played zero games for real and have a bazillion freshmen on the roster? He currently has Kentucky as a 2-seed in the South, playing 15-seed Ball State in Pittsburgh (although, if Kentucky is indeed a 2-seed in the South, they’ll probably play in Nashville):
Before you get all up in arms about 1-seed Duke, a quick reminder that there are 125 days until the NCAA Tournament begins, which means there are plenty of more pressing matters in your life. Such as, what time you’re hosting your Thanksgiving dinner because your sister also has to go to her husband’s family’s house on the same day, and oh yeah, can you use almond milk in all your recipes instead of real milk because we just found out David is lactose intolerant? Also, Sarah’s vegan now, so no cheese.
If that hypothetical holiday scenario has you in a panic, comfort yourself with the reliability of early Bracketology below:
The college basketball season is upon us and your University of Kentucky Wildcats enter the year with one of the youngest teams in all of the land. John Calipari returns only one player who saw more than seven minutes per game in 2016-17, therefore inexperience is the Cats’ obvious weakness.
But now that we’ve gotten a small glimpse of the team in three preseason exhibition games, new questions and concerns have been raised. Read those below as we get ready for Kentucky’s regular season opener Friday night.
Is shooting really an issue?
Just as inexperience is the obvious weakness, outside shooting has been the most assumed. However, Kentucky saw some potential from Quade Green (7-for-11), Wenyen Gabriel (4-for-9) and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2-for-3) in the preseason. As a team, Kentucky went 19-for-46 (41 percent), although its two best scorers — Hamidou Diallo and Kevin Knox — made only five of their combined 18 attempts.
All of those numbers are from a very small sample size, but Green was a pleasant surprise as a three-point threat. If he can do anything close to that consistently, it will alleviate some of the concerns. But it will take more than the point guard scoring from outside, so Diallo and Knox, who will likely start on the wing, will have to do better or shooting will be an issue.
How good can Shai Gilgeous-Alexander be?
Quade Green’s steady hand put the starting point guard debate to rest, but that doesn’t mean Shai Gilgeous-Alexander won’t see the floor. With the threat he poses as a long, versatile guard, it will be impossible to keep him on the bench.
Gilgeous-Alexander was most impressive on defense, but he also looked nice off the ball offensively. He’s one of those energy guys that will fill up the box score, and he was arguably the biggest surprise of the entire preseason.
Hamidou Diallo, will he live up to the hype?
Diallo had an up-and-down preseason given the expectations placed upon him, highlighted by an 8-for-12 night from the field in the game against Morehead State. But his offense was inconsistent in the other two games as he often forced the action like the second coming of Archie Goodwin.
Diallo’s outside shooting could’ve also been better for a starting shooting guard, but a 2-for-4 game against Morehead leaves a little bit of hope for the future. There is no doubt he is a very good player, but is he the superstar we all expect to see?
Can Nick Richards rebound? Can he be the shot blocker Calipari has missed?
Since Willie Cauley-Stein’s All-American season in 2014-15, Calipari has been without the interior shot-blocking presence he’s had so often. Nick Richards has the potential to be that player, but will he?
In Kentucky’s first two exhibition games, Richards played soft against much smaller competition. Against Thomas More, he had only three rebounds (inexcusable) and one block; against Morehead State, he managed three blocks, but zero rebounds (INEXCUSABLE). He heard the whispers about his poor play before the third exhibition game, and responded with 17 points, six rebounds and a block against Centre.
But the doubt is still there, considering he grabbed only nine rebounds as the biggest player on the court in three straight games. What will happen when he meets someone his own size? Kansas, with Udoka Azubuike and Billy Preston, is less than a week away; if Richards couldn’t rebound against Thomas More, how will he do against them?
Sacha Killeya-Jones, buy or sell?
No one on the roster has a higher ceiling mixed with a lower floor than Sacha Killeya-Jones. He could literally be anything — from a player who steals the starting center role to a player who disappears down the bench for a second straight year.
In his year and a half in Lexington, we’ve seen the good in Killeya-Jones and we’ve also seen the bad, and nobody can seem to figure out what keeps him from being good more often. He’ll have his opportunities in his sophomore year, and anything can happen. I’m not sure anyone knows what to expect from him.
Will John Calipari play zone defense?
Calipari and a zone? Until this year, the answer was never. But this year, it’s undeniable: Calipari has to play some zone, even if it kills him.
He broke his own rule by trying it against Centre, and admitted he didn’t hate it.
“I tell you, we got our hands on a lot of balls, we, you’re really that long, it’s pretty good stuff,” he said in his postgame press conference.
Kentucky hadn’t really practiced a zone defense before that game, Cal said, so it’ll be interesting to see if they work on it moving forward. Someone close to the program told me Cal knows, and has said, he has to do it this year.
Will Quade Green play defense?
Quade Green was as good as anyone in Kentucky’s three exhibition games. He exceeded expectations in just about every aspect of the game, while proving he’s way ahead of schedule in excelling in the point guard role. As mentioned above, his outside shot was a pleasant surprised; he commanded the offense and set up scoring opportunities with few mistakes (17 assists, four turnovers); and he was a pest defensively with as many as four steals in a single game.
But since we’re going player by player here, I have to think of something to question, so… can he guard bigger guards? Tyler Ulis was amazing at that for his size, while Green’s overall defensive prowess remains to be seen. I’m reaching here, admittedly, but only because Green was so good in the preseason.
Is Kevin Knox a star in the making?
Knox led the team with 58 points in the three exhibition games, only to see his name left off ESPN’s 50 Best Players In College Basketball list. He’s obviously good, but is he ELITE good? After seeing his first three appearances in Rupp Arena, I wouldn’t bet against him.
Is Wenyen Gabriel poised for a breakout season?
Only one man on the roster knows what it’s like to play meaningful college basketball minutes. His name is Wenyen Gabriel, and he is ready to take his game to the next level in his second season.
“I committed myself to having a breakout year the moment last season ended,” Gabriel told KSR. “I’m standing by my word.”
Gabriel’s ‘breakout’ is off to a nice start. In the final exhibition game, he scored 20 points on 8-for-11 shooting from the field and was a rebound shy of a double-double. No worries about the double-double, though; he had one in UK’s first exhibition game.
Will Tai Wynyard contribute anything?
Unless Nick Richards and Sacha Killeya-Jones don’t pan out, I’m afraid we won’t see too much Tai Wynyard in redshirt sophomore campaign. After sitting out the first exhibition against Thomas More, Cal put him in for rebounding help against Morehead State, and he had a ball ripped from his hands as soon as he got in. He only saw three minutes that game, then five against Centre, with only rebound to show for it.
If Wynyard isn’t in there banging for rebounds, there is no reason to play him.
When Jarred Vanderbilt steps on the court, how far behind will he be?
The good news: Jarred Vanderbilt will be back much earlier than we expected.
The bad news: At best, Jarred Vanderbilt will have missed over a month of practice and three games, probably more.
What is P.J. Washington?
Preseason chatter said Charles Barkley. Preseason action showed flashes of that, but also showed a turnover-prone freshman who wasn’t always in the game. Athletically, he’s as good as it gets. He played physical, but not always. His dunks are nasty. His jumper, wet. So what is he? I don’t know the answer, but I think we’re going to love it more and more as time goes on.
How is Calipari going to play all of these guys?
The guard rotation appears to be Quade Green and Hamidou Diallo as the starting backcourt with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander coming off the bench to relieve either position. If things go as planned, Calipari will have two consistent rim protectors in Nick Richards and Sacha Killeya-Jones at center. That leaves Kevin Knox, Wenyen Gabriel, P.J. Washington and Jarred Vanderbilt to share the forward spots, and the three who have been playing look pretty dang good. If Vanderbilt is as advertised, that makes four legitimate weapons.
Leave it to Cal to figure it out because that’s what he does. In the meantime it’ll make for great competition in practice and allow everyone to play free defensively without being overly concerned about fouling out. The bench will make for a nice teaching tool, too.
What a great problem to have.
How soon will they be tested?
Kentucky may be the fifth-ranked team in the preseason poll, but it will be challenged right out of the gate. Expect the Cats to get their first real test as early as the second game of the season when Vermont, the favorite in the American East, comes to town this Sunday. If not then, fourth-ranked Kansas is only two days later in the Champion Classic.
It’s finally upon us, BBN.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©November 08th, 2017 @ 11:13am
Bobby Knight is a cranky old curmudgeon, but in a new interview, he even outdoes himself.
In a preview of an interview with Joe Buck that will air tonight, Knight was offered the chance to show remorse for incidents in his past, such as choking and grabbing players, and not only did he double down on his actions, he blamed the Indiana University administration for ousting him and took shots at John Wooden and UCLA.
When asked about choking former player Neil Reed during a practice, Knight admitted that wasn’t the only time he grabbed a kid.
“Well, I’m not going to talk about it, because I’m sure that at one time or another I grabbed a lot of kids,” Knight said.
When Buck gave Knight an out by asking if he thought society had changed since then, Knight went on the offensive.
“No, I think that people changed there. Enough people changed there that were tired of basketball being the guiding light of the university, and I won’t go in any other direction.”
He had even harsher words for the former IU student he grabbed after the student greeted Knight by saying, “Hey Knight, what’s going on?”.
“That kid made a dumb mistake,” Knight said. “I went over to that kid and I did a lot more for the son of a bitch than his parents ever did for him. And I went over there and I said ‘Son, let me tell you something, you don’t address adults like that under any circumstances.’ And that’s why I have no use for Indiana University, because they used that as a reason to get me out of there, and that’s absolute bullshit.”
He also ripped John Wooden for cheating during his historic run at UCLA.
“I’ve never been a Wooden fan,” Knight said, bringing up Wooden’s top recruiter Sam Gilbert. “I have a lot of respect for Wooden as a coach, how he coached, he was a good coach, but from then on, and I don’t mind saying it, I don’t respect Wooden, because he allowed Sam Gilbert to do whatever it took to recruit kids. And one time he told me, he said ‘I just didn’t know how to deal with Sam Gilbert.’ And I’m saying to myself ‘I damn sure could have dealt with him.’ Personally, I liked John, as a person, but it isn’t just John, it’s a whole UCLA approach to recruiting. I think John was called in and told he didn’t have to worry about recruiting, that they had people that would take care of that for him. And that’s coming from people who really know the circumstances.”
If you want to see the interview with Knight in its entirety, it will air on Undeniable on Audience Network tonight at 8 p.m. Or, you could just gouge your eyes out, which would probably be somewhat more enjoyable.
By Drew Franklin on ©November 07th, 2017 @ 6:00pm
Get ready for the start of college basketball by watching this 14-minute video that explains the new rules for the 2017-18 season.
All 26 new rules are covered, and all NCAA head coaches and officials are required to watch this same video.
By Drew Franklin on ©November 07th, 2017 @ 3:53pm
Three UCLA basketball players, including LiAngelo Ball, were arrested in China during the team’s foreign trip this week.
The players are freshman forward Cody Riley, freshman guard Jalen Hill, and Lavar Ball’s baby boy. They were reportedly picked up for shoplifting by local police, and there is no further information at this time.
UCLA released a statement Tuesday afternoon, saying, “We are aware of a situation involving student-athletes in Hangzhou, China. The University is cooperating fully with local authorities on this matter, and we have no further comment at this time.”
Why on earth would one of the Ball boys shoplift? Doesn’t he own a Ferrari?! LiAngelo is really trying to be the biggest failure of the bunch. Or maybe he’s trying to pave his own way as a one-handed basketball star once China cuts his off.
UPDATE: This doesn’t look good…
Here’s what happens when a U.S. citizen is arrested in China:
Anyone who breaks the law in China is subject to prosecution under the Chinese legal system. If a person is convicted and sentenced to imprisonment by a Chinese court, this sentence will be served in a Chinese prison.
While in China one is subject to the same laws as is a Chinese citizen. A U.S. passport does not entitle its bearer to any special privileges. One should not expect to receive preferential treatment or to expect that the same array of legal rights accorded one under the U.S. judicial system are necessarily applicable in China.
Maybe don’t steal in China, especially when you’re a big baller.
ESPN has more on the story:
One source told ESPN that nearly 20 police officers came into the Hyatt Hangzhou around 8 a.m. local time Tuesday and spoke to several Georgia Tech and UCLA players. The players, according to the source, were kept in a room for hours and not allowed to speak to any coaches.
“They weren’t messing around,” the source told ESPN. “The kids were scared.”
The Georgia Tech players were allowed to leave the room hours later, and the UCLA players were seen getting into a police vehicle around 1 p.m. local time, according to the source.
Kentucky will kick off the college basketball season this Friday with a home contest against the Fightin’ Mark Popes of Utah Valley. That game is set for a 7 pm tip in Rupp Arena and it will be televised on the SEC Network.
But why watch it on television when you can go to the arena and see the Cats live? That is the case for those passionate fans who are able to attend, as there are still seats available for the home opener. In fact, there are still single-game tickets available for several of the non-conference basketball games these next two months.
Click here to purchase tickets through Ticketmaster.com before they get bought up by someone else.
Or consider the new six-game ticket packages that are also available online.
In related news, when did it get so easy to get a Kentucky basketball ticket?
By Drew Franklin on ©November 07th, 2017 @ 1:30pm
The hardworking college basketball team over at the Worldwide Leader In Sports released its picks for the 2018 NCAA Championship and Final Four this morning, and Kentucky didn’t get much love.
Twenty-six of ESPN’s so-called “experts” participated in the poll, and only one, Adam Rittenberg, predicted the Kentucky Wildcats will win it all this coming season. (Thanks, Adam Rittenberg!)
Rittenberg, John Thompson III, Jimmy Dykes and Alex Scarborough were the only four to put Kentucky in their Final Four picks.
Michigan State was the overwhelming favorite having received 14 of the picks for national champion. Duke and Arizona were second with four picks apiece; followed by Kansas, Florida, Xavier and Kentucky, each with one.
As for the Player of the Year, Michigan State’s Miles Bridges ran away with the voting with 20 of the 26 votes. Tom Izzo was the favorite to win Coach of the Year, while John Calipari did not receive any votes.
Click here to read all of the Michigan State love on ESPN.com.
Oh, and Tom Crean is the one who picked Xavier to win it all, if you’re wondering.
By Drew Franklin on ©November 07th, 2017 @ 11:45am
Kentucky Wildcats TV released a new video celebrating Kentucky’s many basketball alums in the NBA, and it’s awesome.
The video’s message is direct: “The Greatest Play At UK.”
I don’t think the timing of the video is a coincidence as R.J. Barrett, Zion Williamson and other top prospects in the Class of 2018 finalize their college decisions in the coming days.