Basketball Season Coverage
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©January 17th, 2018 @ 3:30pm
GREAT news: college basketball will start even earlier next season.
Today, the NCAA Division I Council approved legislation to move the starting date of the 2018-19 season to the Tuesday before the second Friday of November, meaning Kentucky’s season will start on Tuesday, November 6 instead of Friday, November 9. In turn, teams may begin practicing the Tuesday before the second Saturday of October, so, October 9.
With most of Kentucky’s roster expected back, an exciting new freshman class coming in, and a foreign trip to get a head start on it all, next season is shaping up to be another perfect storm. Bring it on.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©January 17th, 2018 @ 1:00pm
If this new report is correct, student athletes will soon become free agents.
An NCAA official tells ESPN’s Matt Schick they are “95% certain” the organization will begin granting transfers immediate eligibility in basketball and football, meaning that athletes will be able to move from one school to another without having to sit out a season:
I spoke w/ an NCAA official this week who was â€œ95% certainâ€ transfers will soon be allowed to play immediately in basketball & football. Could be a one-time freebie, plus grad transfer option. So in theory, a student-athlete could play for three different schools w/o sitting out.
— Matt Schick (@ESPN_Schick) January 17, 2018
There are a lot of ways to look at this. On one hand, it’s the fairest option for the players; however, with transfers already at an all-time high in both sports, it will lead to massive roster turnover year after year, which will inevitably hurt smaller programs more than larger ones and likely lead to even more corruption in the sport.
How does the NCAA plan to regulate the chaos? Over the weekend, Jon Rothstein reported that the proposal includes a “one-time freebie” caveat that would only allow players with a 2.7 or 2.8 GPA or higher to transfer without sitting out a year. That’s a good start, but a free market in college sports would still be madness.
The proposal is only up for discussion at the NCAA Convention in Indianapolis this afternoon, so it won’t be voted on; regardless, the debate rages on. Thoughts?
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©January 17th, 2018 @ 10:30am
Last night’s loss was a reminder that Kentucky’s freshmen aren’t over their growing pains yet, which shouldn’t be surprising to anyone who’s watched a John Calipari team in January; however, Seth Greenberg is so tired of talking about one-and-dones that he turned a SportsCenter segment about Kentucky’s loss to South Carolina into a two-minute rant about how ESPN should dedicate more coverage to better, veteran teams than the “spoiled” freshmen at Kentucky and other high-profile programs.
“To me, we spend all our time talking about the freshmen: DeAndre Ayton, Marvin Bagley, the great Kentucky freshmen, instead of maybe talking about the best teams. Because these guys are not the best teams. Why donâ€™t we spend some time talking about the Villanovas, that are connected, the Purdues? What Virginiaâ€™s doing. These guys are spoiled by the process by the time theyâ€™re 13 years old. And theyâ€™re clueless on understanding how hard you have to play, what type of teammate you need to be.”
Greenberg applauded Calipari for “[coaching] his teams really hard,” but argued that because kids are recruited so early now, they arrive at school “enabled” and “unrealistic.”
“These guys have been recruited since they were 13 years old. Theyâ€™ve been enabled since they were 13 years old. They donâ€™t think, itâ€™s not about Kentucky, itâ€™s about how quick can I get to the league? Itâ€™s all about me, me, me. They donâ€™t know how to play hard. Theyâ€™re not competitive. They canâ€™t maintain an intensity.”
After complaining that the crew hadn’t talked about Purdue yet, he continued.
“Iâ€™m just saying that we get all caught up in Kentucky. And these kids are unrealistic. They think at 13, theyâ€™re not even thinking about college, theyâ€™re thinking about how quick can I get to the league. How about being a good college player? How about learning how to play hard, learning how toÂ Â compete instead of thinking that itâ€™s a ‘rite of passage.’ Because right now, the hardest-playing, toughest team finds a way to win. South Carolina was that team.”
I mean, he’s not wrong. But, Greenberg should know by now what draws ratings, and teams like Purdue aren’t it. Until the one-and-done rule changes, that won’t change, and even then, the success and failures of the Kentuckys and Dukes of the world will always grab eyes.
It’ll be interesting to see if we get a follow-up when College GameDay comes to town on Saturday.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©January 17th, 2018 @ 10:30am
One day, John Calipari will leave Kentucky, but count DeMarcus Cousins among those who believe it will be for retirement, not the NBA.
“I don’t think so,” Cousins told Jeff Goodman when asked if he thinks Cal will go to the NBA again. “He’s in a position to walk into the sunset. He’s in the perfect place.”
Cousins added that if Calipari did want to go back to the NBA, he’d be better prepared than the first time around due to his experience coaching one-and-dones.
“He was young. You live and learn. He’s dealt with all types of personnel, future pros, and that’s prepared himself to deal with pros.”
After last night’s loss, it sounds like some of you would prefer Cal to just go to the pros, but if history has taught us anything, nobody is better at getting young talent to come together in March than him.
By Drew Franklin on ©January 17th, 2018 @ 9:00am
The KSR office is running on fumes today after the world’s longest basketball game kept us up way past our bedtime and the post-game obligations kept us up way later than that. But the coffee’s hot and the takes are hotter, so let’s get right to them in this speed round of morning takeaways from the game.
Jarred Vanderbilt:Â Finally, the speculation is over! Vanderbilt entered the game with more energy and excitement than Ryan Lemond at a t-shirt giveaway, but once he settled down and got those nerves under control, dude looked good. He’s going to need some time before he’s caught up, but we got a little taste of what he can become when he’s ready, and he is just what the team needs.
Officiating: No comment, per company policy.
Hamidou Diallo:Â The hell is he doing? Between that idiotic foul and forgetting he has teammates whenever he has the ball, Diallo was South Carolina’s second best player last night. It’s too bad Kentucky doesn’t have another guard right now because Diallo needs to take a seat until he can get himself under control. Archie Goodwin thinks he’s too selfish.
Diallo’s Foul:Â South Carolina outscored Kentucky by 22 points after Diallo committed the foul, which he then denied to Calipari on the bench, like we didn’t all see it.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander:Â Worst game since the haircut.
Quade Green:Â Come back soon.
20 years:Â It has been 20 years since Kentucky committed that many fouls (32) in a non-overtime game. Three Wildcats fouled out and three others had four.
Chris Silva:Â South Carolina’s sophomore forward was as good as advertised and more. He should really consider the NBA this spring because I don’t have any interest in seeing him in a UK-South Carolina game again. What he did to poor Wenyen was just wrong.
What the f*** are you doing:Â Cal seemed to be mad at someone when the TV camera went in for a close-up in the second half.
Nick Richards:Â Richards had his second best game in the scoring column; unfortunately, his missed dunk overshadows his five made baskets.
Free throws:Â No team deserves to win when it hits only 23 of 36 at the stripe. To make matters worse, South Carolina’s big guy with the funny hair hit four in a row when he hasn’t hit four in a row in his entire life.
Three-point shooting:Â I can’t remember sweating out the streak so far into a game. Luckily, Knox hit a three-pointer to keep it alive; on the contrary, Knox was the only player to hit a three-pointer and he went 1-for-8 from beyond the arc. This team is in desperate need of a steady outside shot.
Florida:Â Saturday is a must-win game now. It was a need-to-win game until last night; now a Kentucky victory is aÂ must.Â UK can’t drop any home games from here on out and it’ll need to steal a couple of road wins, too.