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Wendy’s KSR Top 10 Tweets of the Day


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own right. Composed of six strips of thick cut, applewood-smoked bacon; cooked in an oven. Two quarter-pound patties* of fresh, never-frozen, North American beef raised close it never sees a freezer. Only Wendy’s has the fresh beef and thick bacon to give you a hamburger worthy of the name Baconator.

You can be a part of Wendy’s KSR Top 10 Tweets by using hashtags like #KSR #BBN or #KSRtop10. You can also nominate tweets by mentioning them with the hashtag. If we like what we see, it could be posted the next day. Now. On to the tweets:


#10 Lynn

No one would’ve ever thunk it.


#9 Moses Maloney

I can do without IU in general.


#8 Stanton Smith

You’re not wrong.


#7 Brad Howard

Matt’s next gig is going to be giving motivational speeches at high schools


#6 John Hayes

What a time to be alive.


#5 Jessy Bacon

They definitely had to call in the big guns.


#4 Wes Ledford

It would have a stronger meaning than Rick’s 2013 title tattoo.


#3 Scott Darst

I don’t know which one freaks me out the most.


#2 Michael Collins

Oh you know someone is 100% making a song out this.


#1 Jordan Croft

Yeah, they didn’t get the 50 degree memo.



Highlights from the Blue-White game

Highlights from the Blue-White game


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

10 Takeaways from a fun Blue/White Game



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

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

1. These were the starting lineups

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

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

2. Malik Monk is a highlight reel

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

One more time from the Rupp Arena scoreboard:

Shew. Please, Malik, don’t hurt ’em.

3. De’Aaron Fox is FAST

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

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

4.  Isaiah Briscoe was the leading scorer

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

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

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

6.  Dominique Hawkins finished in double figures as well

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

7.  Sacha Killeya-Jones had approximately 400 fouls

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

8.  Mychal Mulder has hops

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

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

9. The new scoreboard is awesome, but…

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

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

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


As will I.


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Let’s watch it again.

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

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


So how ’bout that guard play?


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

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

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

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

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

LIVE: John Calipari’s postgame comments



FINAL: Blue 110, White 94

FINAL: Blue 110, White 94




Malik Monk, ladies and gentlemen

Malik Monk, ladies and gentlemen


Oh. My.


WOW: De’Aaron Fox can get up

WOW: De’Aaron Fox can get up


De’Aaron Fox showed off his springs with a nasty put-back dunk off Malik Monk’s miss.

See for yourself:


At this time I would like to remind you that De’Aaron Fox is the point guard and point guards are not supposed to be able to do that.

LIVE BLOG: Blue-White Game

Photo: Chet White |


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Meet your Blue-White starting lineups

Instagram: @the_skj

Instagram: @the_skj

The roster’s a little thin tonight with Isaac Humphries and Tai Wynyard sitting out with injuries.

Here’s your starting five:

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

Humphries, Wynyard will not play tonight

Humphries, Wynyard will not play tonight


UK just announced that Isaac Humphries and Tai Wynyard will not play tonight. Humphries is dealing with some soreness in his knee and has missed several practices the last two weeks; Wynyard has been out since the open practice on October 9, when he caught an inadvertent elbow to the left side of his fact.

This mean it’s going to be a long night for Sacha Killeya-Jones. Good luck with Bam.

Watch Matt’s appearance on the Paul Finebaum Show

Get warmed up for the Blue-White game with Matt’s appearance on The Paul Finebaum Show earlier today. I’m in Rupp and can’t hear it (it’s so loud in here) but I’m sure he said some wonderful stuff.

We’re an hour from tip-off!

We’re an hour from tip-off!


The 2016-17 Cats are warming up on the Rupp Arena floor for the first time this year with an hour to go before the Blue-White game. DJ Warren Peace is here spinning the hottest tunes of today and the video board is as lovely as she was last week. I can’t stop staring at it.

A couple of pre-scrimmage notes from press row:

— Bam Adebayo was all alone on one end of the floor when I walked in at about 5:30. He was really working hard with one of the managers.

— It’s awesome seeing fans here who can’t normally make it to Rupp. So much excitement. It’s going to be a good crowd.

— Derek Willis’ shirt is soaking wet from his shoot-around. How has he already lost so much sweat? Long night ahead.

— Did I mention the video board is beautiful?

— It looks like Isaac Humphries will go. He’s warming up with the team. (Disregard that.)

— Tai Wynyard is on the floor in uniform but not doing much. His status is TBD.



Women’s Basketball Media Day: A Quick Recap



Media day for UK’s women’s basketball team took place earlier today at the Joe Craft Center. We’ll have plenty more as we get you ready for the season, but for now here’s a quick recap.

A lot of questions at the opening press conference with Coach Mitchell revolved around the transition from last year to this season. After losing several players and two commits, the program was in full-on crisis mode.

“There were a lot of tough times and a lot of tough days,” said Coach Mitchell. “Those returning six were rock solid through all of that. I love those six kids, and I love this whole team.”

Out of those returning six, three are expected to be starters: Makayla Epps, Evelyn Akhator and Maci Morris. Epps is the team’s key veteran, as she averaged 17.1 points and 4.8 rebounds last season and was recently named to the Preseason Media All-SEC team.

When asked how well the team is moving on from the struggles of last season, Epps’ response was simple: “We’re pretty past it.” She went on to describe the team’s current attitude, and mentioned how like-minded this team is.

“The people who are with us now have been working really hard. All 12 of us are on the same page. We want to work hard for ourselves, for Coach Mitchell and the rest of the coaching staff, and then of course for the fans who stuck with us.”

Senior Makayla Epps answers questions during Media Day, via

Senior Makayla Epps answers questions during Media Day, via

Besides adding six new players to the roster, the team also gained three new assistant coaches: Kyra Elzy, Niya Butts and Lin Dunn.

“We’ve got to calm her down,” joked Mitchell about Dunn. “She’s fired up and ready for the season.”

The team’s motto for the season, “ONE”, was another main element in today’s press conference. But what does it mean?

“We have to do it together. We have a talented group, but we probably don’t have the most talented group in the country,” said Mitchell. It really has to be one unit marching forward every day.

Epps felt the same way.

“We’re just one family, one team. Everything we do and everything we’re about happens right here on this court.”

As one of just three seniors on the team (Evelyn Akhator and Jessica Hardin are the others), Epps understands the importance of this season.

“It’s my last year playing in the blue and white, and it makes me emotional. Every game I’m going to give all I have, for myself and my team. I’d like to get drafted at the end of this season, but at the end of the day, it’s about the team and not about me.

Currently, the Cats are ranked third in the SEC. While the women are determined to change the outside perception of the program after their tumultuous spring and summer, Mitchell isn’t concerned.

“I promise I’m not sitting around thinking about what others are saying about us. I’ve never found a lot of value in that. We know who we are, and we know the character of these kids. No one is calm – we’re fired up.”

So fired up, in fact, Mitchell has barely had time to process Kelly Clarkson’s recent tweet.

“That was a big moment for me. She’s the American Idol. I wish I had more time to bask in that glow, but we’ve been practicing.”

Hopefully all that practice pays off. The cats’ first game will be at Memorial Coliseum on November 3 vs. Union at 7:00.

Twitter: @MaggieDavisKSR