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Hear from Hawkins, Mulder and Willis Before Senior Night

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The day before their final game at Rupp Arena, Derek Willis, Dominique Hawkins and Mychal Mulder spoke with the media.  KSR will detail each senior tomorrow.  Until then, see what they had to say today.

Dominique Hawkins on how wants to be remembered …

“I feel like I definitely will be remembered for my fight and my heart, always giving 100 percent in each game and diving for loose balls.”

And always smiling …
“And, yeah, always smiling as well. I can’t forget that. Everybody tells me I can’t go a minute without smiling.”

Mychal Mulder on what Senior Night means to him …

“It means a lot. Just to be able to play in this position, it was always a dream of mine to play at this level. Knowing that this is our last home game, I’m going to let it all sink in and suit up one more time with these guys.”

On some of the moments he remembers during his time …
“There is a ton. Every win that I have gotten, all of the lifetime friends that I have made here. Last year we won the SEC, playing in March Madness, those things stand out to me, so just all of it really. If you think about it, there are so many moments that I could go back to for things that I will remember for the rest of my life.”

Derek Willis on how he’ll remember Coach Cal …

“I’ll always remember him. I’ll always remember this place, the fans and everything. I feel like he definitely has helped me turn my life around in a sense. I feel like I wouldn’t focus on certain things I needed to focus on. At times he was forceful with stuff like the stuff he’s implemented, having curfew, keeping you around the gym, different stuff like that, keeping you in school, making sure you’re going to class and all that stuff. It’s kind of like a father figure away from home.

“Also, Mike Stone, our academic adviser, has kind of been that guy as far as getting my education. He’s always been on me about stuff. They definitely have helped me along the way, definitely helped me grow up.”

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Late Night Football Notes for the UK Fans of the Day

Late Night Football Notes for the UK Fans of the Day

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Spring Practice Starts Next Week

It feels like the season just ended, but the team is already back on the field.  I guess that’s what happens when you play postseason football.

Mark Stoops will kick things off with a press conference next Monday, followed by practice Tuesday and Thursday.  The team will receive Spring Break off (March 11-19) before returning to a regular Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday morning routine.  The practices are closed to the public, but they will likely open their doors to the public at least once or twice before the Friday night Blue/White Game on April 14.

For 90 more pages of football, check out the UK Spring Football Media Guide.

New Numbers

Following a departures and the addition of early enrollees to the roster, UK announced a few new number changes for the 2017 season:

  • Mike Edwards: No. 7 (formerly 27)
  • Tavin Richardson (Ladies and Gentlemen): No. 11 (formerly 80)
  • Danny Clark: No. 13
  • Clevan Thomas Jr.: No. 18
  • Lonnie Johnson Jr.: No. 6
  • Cedrick Dort Jr.: No. 27
  • Walker Wood: No. 17
  • Bryant Koback: No. 24
  • Jamin Davis: No. 44

Edwards’ switch will be the most difficult to get used to.  Richardson ditched 80 for his high school number.  Danny Clark will roll with the unlucky No. 13, probably my favorite number for a quarterback, especially a lefty (no offense Jared).  Clevan Thomas has the biggest cojones, opting to wear the most prestigious number in the history of Kentucky football, No. 18.

Dylan Greenberg Returns

Offensive lineman Dylan Greenberg was a walk-on until he was awarded a scholarship for his final season.  That final season went so well, he’s going to do it again.  Greenberg already participated in Senior Day ceremonies, but after being accepted into UK’s MBA program, Greenberg decided to use his last year of eligibility to be a part of Kentucky’s 2017 squad.

This Will Fire You Up

UK’s video department knows how to get your heart racing.  Even though it’s just a workout compilation, it will make you excited for Spring Football.

Hear from the New Coaches Tomorrow Morning

We haven’t heard much from Kentucky’s two new coaches, Dean Hood and Derrick LeBlanc.  The UK football Twitter account has Tweeted a few pictures and Hood has done a few interviews, but that’s it.  That will all change tomorrow morning.  Keep it locked on KSR for coverage starting around 10:00 a.m.


Watch Matt Jones’ Speech at Southland’s Men’s Conference

Watch Matt Jones’ Speech at Southland’s Men’s Conference

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This weekend Matt Jones spoke at Southland Christian Church’s annual men’s conference.  Matt touched on a variety of topics in the 30-minute discussion.  He shared how his parents influenced his life, not being afraid to fail, how his faith helps him in this profession and much more.

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Tom Perez

Tom Perez

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The story of the email scandal that never was might be the best illustration of the character and talents of the newly elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Tom Perez.

It was the fall of 2014, and Attorney General Eric Holder had announced his impending resignation.  Speculation about his replacement reached a fever pitch inside the Beltway, with interest groups lobbying for their favored pick.  Latino organizations seized on Perez, then the U.S. Labor Secretary, previously an Assistant Attorney General for civil rights, as a favored choice.  African-American groups were pushing then-U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch.  LGBT activists were promoting Jenny Durkan, the first openly gay U.S. Attorney, to break that glass ceiling in the Justice Department.

I couldn’t resist.  I picked up my iPhone and quickly penned a jokey email to my old friend, Tom.  “Hey buddy.  I’ve got a great idea.  I’ll announce tomorrow that we’ve been dating for over a decade.  You’ll definitely get the nod!”

I hit send and almost immediately regretted it.  My old friend Tom was now an Obama Cabinet official.  As his colleague, Hillary Clinton, was beginning to realize, personal emails were no longer a protected class.  And while I couldn’t guess at the time, in retrospect, the Russians might have already intercepted my missive.

Did I just torpedo Tom’s candidacy?  Would my ill-considered communique ensure the 2016 election of an erratic GOP strongman to the White House?

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Watch Matt and Drew Debate on Hey Kentucky!

Watch Matt and Drew Debate on Hey Kentucky!

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Matt and Drew discussed a variety of topics on today’s Hey Kentucky, but the most contentious topic was about the University of Louisville.  Surprisingly, hookers weren’t involved (but a lot of money was).  A student who won almost $40,000 in prize money for hitting a halftime half-court shot left empty-handed on a technicality.  Fair or nah?

Watch the entire episode with Matt and Drew after the jump.

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Bracketologyology: Breaking down Joey Bracket’s latest bracket

Bracketologyology: Breaking down Joey Bracket’s latest bracket

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March is right around the corner (Wednesday, to be exact) and Kentucky’s tournament seeding is all the rage around Big Blue Nation these days.

Who are they playing? Where are we going? What should I pack? Do they have a Whataburger there?

So many questions, soon to be answered.

Here’s where it stands now, per the richest man in Bracketology: After weeks of wearing the label of a No. 3 seed, the Wildcats have moved back up to a No. 2, according to Joe Lunardi’s latest projections, with only two regular season games and the SEC Tournament standing between them and Selection Sunday.

Take a look at his updated bracket:

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And here is Kentucky’s region:

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Now let’s dissect and question it all in this first edition of Bracketologyology…

 

Who up Kansas City

Lunardi has Kentucky in the BBQ Capital of the World for a second consecutive bracket update after four straight brackets with the Cats playing in the East Region in New York. In this projection, Kansas is the No. 1 seed and UK is looking at a probable Sweet Sixteen matchup with Arizona. Then, of course, Duke is poking its head out as a dangerous No. 4 seed up there with Kansas.

How about that for a 1-2-3-4 regional semifinal?

Playing Kansas in Kansas City doesn’t sound like much fun.

If the Midwest is the draw, having to go through Kansas in Kansas City to reach the Final Four is a pretty bad hand to be dealt.

Then again, Bill Self will probably find a way to lose before the Elite Eight. (Wichita State perhaps?)

Memphis is also a likely destination.

On this morning’s Leach Report, Tom Leach told his listeners, “I think there is a good chance they are going to end up in Memphis whether they are a two or a three, because you’ve got so many West Coast teams that are right along the two line, with the three teams out of the Pac-12.”

I agree with Tom here. Gonzaga and a Pac-12 school will take up the top two seeds in the West, and if Kentucky were to be a high three seed, it has three closer locations the NCAA can choose from. If a No. 3 seed is the label for Kentucky, Memphis is a possible spot because (a) it’s the closest if the Cats were to get first pick, and (b) teams like Louisville and Florida State (other possible three seeds) can’t go to Memphis with North Carolina as the No. 1 seed there.

Vanderbilt is in, however, Vanderbilt is not really in.

It’s cute to see Vanderbilt in Lunardi’s new Bracketology, but that won’t hold up, barring a miraculous SEC tournament run from the Commodores. Vandy closes the season at Kentucky and against Florida, easily the two best teams in the conference, which will make for a 16-15 (9-9) record in Bryce Drew’s first year. That’s not a tournament resume. Sorry, bud.

Explain to me how Butler dropped from a No. 3 to a No. 4 seed…

…with wins at Villanova and at Xavier last week.

Then explain to me how Baylor is still a No. 2 seed…

… with three losses in four games and five in the the last seven.

UCLA is a dangerous No. 3.

The No. 3 team in the AP poll is a No. 3 seed in the tournament? The Bruins have three losses all year — at Oregon, Arizona, at USC — and they have avenged two of the tree. Throw in the win at Kentucky and a win at Arizona and how is that a No. 3 seed resume?

Kentucky’s bracket will almost certainly have one of these four teams: Louisville, West Virginia, Notre Dame or Wisconsin.

I would like to avoid all four if possible, please.

There is a lot of basketball left to be played, so this bracket means nothing in the grand scheme of things.

But we’re college basketball addicts and love looking ahead to the Big Dance each year. The only thing from the current projection that I think you can count on is the four tops seeds and the regions they will be playing in.


Coach Cal: “We Still Have Not Peaked.”

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It took a few months, but John Calipari believes his team is starting to show signs that they’re coming together.

“This is a process and it is every year.  It’s a brand new team,” Calipari said on tonight’s call-in show.  “It takes some longer than others, but when you have a bunch of good kids who are trying to do the right thing, it’s a process.”

It’s not the Philadelphia 76ers’ process.  His process involves experimentation with different players to find the proper chemistry for his team.  He’s done a lot of different things in practice. Giving his assistant coaches more responsibility is one thing that he is certain worked.  “Just know that I’m going to do everything I can and push every button and try different things.”

Still, this team has a long way to go.  “We still have not peaked.  There may be some teams out there in the country that have, but we’re not one of them.

The team looked like they had figured it all out earlier in the season, but that all changed once their opponents finally figured the team out.  “We hit a little lull, but it is what it is,” Cal said.  “You’re going this with 18-19 year olds, it takes time.”

With just over a week until the start of the SEC Tournament, time is running out.  “Let’s just hope in a couple of weeks we get all this stuff together.” 


De’Aaron Fox is Feeling Better

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John Calipari shared very little about De’Aaron Fox’s status during this afternoon’s press conference. “I have no idea,” he said.  Tonight he has a much better idea.

Fox returned to practice today for the first time since last Tuesday’s game at Missouri.  Cal said, “He did good.”

Kentucky’s point guard will not start — the three seniors will take the floor first with Briscoe and Bam — but Fox’s chances of seeing action tomorrow night are exponentially greater now that he’s returned to practice.


5 Notes from Calipari’s pre-Vandy presser

5 Notes from Calipari’s pre-Vandy presser

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John Calipari talked a lot about the seniors today, and while I already shared some of those comments with you, there are some leftovers worth going over. Let’s get to it.

1. Calipari knew when he watched Dom play in the Sweet 16 in Rupp that he could make it at Kentucky

Dominique’s journey to UK started when former Cat and grad assistant Marquis Estill convinced Calipari to watch Dom play in the Sweet 16 at Rupp the year Kentucky went to the NIT. Calipari said Dom proved to him that day that he could handle the pressure that comes with playing at Kentucky.

“You saw a guy that wasn’t afraid of the moment. You walk in the building and those events, that’s a big deal now. If you grew up in this state and you’re in Rupp Arena and you’re playing at the end of the season and you’re making plays and you’re not afraid, it means you can play here. This isn’t for everybody. You saw that in him.”

2. What was his first impression of Derek?

“With Derek, it was a potential of oh my gosh, this young man here, the length, the ability to shoot the ball, the skill set, we just have to pull this all together,” Cal said before going on a lengthy aside about how some players come into the program with unrealistic expectations. “These three came in knowing what they want to do.”

3. Some players on this team could learn from Derek and Dom’s perseverance

Unlike some of their former teammates, Derek and Dom stuck it out at Kentucky all four years instead of transferring out. Calipari said a few guys on his current team could learn from their perseverance.

“I think again, you have guys that come in and understand what this is. Those two understood it. So did Mychal. This is not easy, it’s not for everybody, is this what you want before you come in and if it is, you’ll stick it out. If you’re delusional, sometimes you’d say, ‘I thought I’d be–‘ What? There’s no magic wand here. Not every kid is within six months be all this and this. Sometimes, it takes guys longer. You try to talk, we’ve got a couple guys on this team, it’s going take you a little longer. Are you willing to work or do you think by, I’ll run and it’ll happen for me somewhere else. Okay, that’s what you believe.”

Listening, Sacha?

4. Cal said he’s taken a recruit sight unseen once at Kentucky and it backfired

When asked if he would have taken Dominique without watching him play in the Sweet 16 in 2013, Cal said probably, but he’s very gun shy about taking recruits he hasn’t watched play in person.

“The only thing is, I hate to take guys sight unseen. Every time I’ve done that in my career, I’ve been wrong. I’m gun shy about that. Even here I did it once, and it was a mistake.”

Gotta be Ryan Harrow, right?

5. He’s not the only staff member losing sleep right now

This morning, Calipari tweeted that the past two nights, he’s woken up at 3 a.m. with his mind racing. He was asked about it today and said he’s not the only staff member not sleeping well right now.

“The last couple of days I’ve just, my mind’s been racing and I kind jumped up, and I told the staff that. Eric (Lindsey) and my wife (Ellen) said, ‘What, do you have anxiety?’ I just laugh. I said, ‘No I don’t have anxiety. I give anxiety.’ And then Kenny Payne was laughing. He said, ‘I woke up in the middle of the night yelling at Bam.’ [Laughter.] And I said, ‘All of us are losing our minds right now.’ As you go through this, this consumes you. I know, you know, people know I do other things. I have to because I’ll wake up at 3 in the morning if I’m not. My mind’s got to be consumed with some other stuff, not just basketball, because even when I’m sleeping that stuff happens. Why didn’t he rebound? What? Where am I? So, we just put it out because we laughed.”

A GIF because Calipari is the best at talking with his hands:

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They call it March Madness for a reason, you know.


Jon Toth and Boom Williams Pre-Combine Evaluations

Jon Toth and Boom Williams Pre-Combine Evaluations

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Jon Toth and Boom Williams will be measured, weighed, timed, interviewed, and appraised at the upcoming NFL Combine. While invitations to the annual event are coveted, Indianapolis participation does not guarantee draft selection.

Below are NFL.com’s pre-combine evaluations for both former Wildcats. These assessments are brutally honest and should become mandatory reading for all college football freshmen.

 

JON TOTH 

STRENGTHS

Four-year starter in competitive SEC. Good size and bulk. Understands his physical limitations and plays to his strengths. Fits into blocks with good body control and at a leveraged strike position. Unlocks hips at contact on down blocks to pin defender and present a running lane. Generates power from his lower half. Held his own against formidable Alabama defensive front. Utilizes efficient, compact punch. Has good hand strength to snatch and engage. Operates with plus hand placement, and willing to re-set hands to improve positioning when necessary. Able to control shoulder and steer opponent away from the hole. Good arm length for a center. Looks for work in pass protection and has enough anchor to thwart a bull rush.

WEAKNESSES

Marginal athlete. Plays with heavy feet and below-average lateral quickness. Could struggle with sudden redirects inside to catch blitzers and twisters. Struggles to mirror athletic, interior rushers in pass pro. Labors to recover once beaten. Snap-to-step quickness is very average. Effectiveness wanes beyond line of scrimmage. Has some hip stiffness which causes him to rely on leaning over bending. A little slow in his climb to second level.

BOTTOM LINE

Toth is a tough, four-year starter. Will appeal to teams looking for centers who can operate in a power-based rushing scheme. While he’s better in a phone booth than on the move, he understands his limitations and does a good job of staying within himself. He’s not the best athlete at the position but his size, arm length, strength and consistency should outweigh that on the next level. Toth has the traits and ability to be an eventual starter in the NFL.

 

Toth is rated a 5.4 by the NFL Network. For comparison purposes, the highest rated center is Ohio State’s Pat Elflein with a 5.8. Utah’s J.J. Dielman’s 5.2 being the lowest. There are eight centers attending this year’s Combine. Toth projects to be mid-pack. In addition, NFL scouts are also projecting the former Wildcat to guard or right tackle. Skill set diversity will enhance Toth’s status on Draft Day.

2016 Draft Day Results: 6 centers were selected. Highest was Alabama’s Ryan Kelly who was taken with the 18th pick in the 1st round to Indianapolis. The last center drafted was Iowa’s Austin Blythe, selected with the 27th pick in the 7th round also by the Colts.


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BOOM WILLIAMS

STRENGTHS

Sports tremendous burst to the edge. Has the acceleration ability to run with extended patience on outside zone plays. Heels barely touch the ground during his runs and he has lateral agility to make wide cuts to avoid tacklers. Able to rip through a crease when he sees it. Combination of speed and elusiveness makes him a nemesis in space. Has some value on slip screens. May offer some kick return value.

WEAKNESSES

Undersized for anything other than a change-of-pace role. Not a very tough runner when tasked with work between the tackles. Runs come crashing to a halt when he senses contact on interior. Unable to break tackles or generate much yardage after contact. Way too hesitant when on downhill runs. Tends to dance and look for large point of entry rather than trusting his blockers. Vision is very average. Drops and fumbles are an issue.

BOTTOM LINE

Scat back with outstanding burst who can create for himself in space, but is not about that life when asked to run between the tackles. Williams doesn’t have the blocking or the hands to be a full-time third-down back and he lacks the decisiveness and vision necessary to handle snaps as a backup. While he does have plus athletic ability, Williams may be too limited in what he can offer a team from a roster flexibility standpoint.

 

There are 33 running backs attending this year’s Combine. LSU’s Leonard Fournette’s 7.2 is the highest rating. Michigan’s De’Veon Smith’s 4.9 the lowest with three RB’s yet to be assigned a grade. Boom Williams was rated a 5.0. His 40-yard time will be vital, as will his pass catching and other on-field drills that showcase positional diversity. Boom’s Combine performance is a critical first step in his process to play professional football.

UPDATE: Williams recently clocked a 4.3-40 at a mock Combine. Trainers expect him to potentially break the 4.2 mark in Indy. This would greatly help his chances to be drafted as he needs to separate from the pack prior to Pro Day.

2016 NFL Draft Day Results: 23 RBs were drafted. Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott was the first taken with the 4th pick in 1st round. Clemson’s Zac Brooks was the last RB selected by the Seahawks with the 26th pick in the 7th round.

 

Wildcat fans won’t have to wait long to watch both Toth and Williams perform. RBs and OL are scheduled to work out on the Combine’s first televised day, Friday, March 3. The NFL Network’s live coverage begins at 9:00 a.m. Kentucky Sports Radio will also provide coverage and updates.


BBNBA: Boogie and the Brow combine for 69 points

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Plenty of Cats were in action last night in the NBA, led by DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis, who combined for 69 points in New Orleans’ loss to Oklahoma City. That’s where we’ll start today’s BBNBA roundup…

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Boogie got a technical 32 seconds in to the game, his 18th of the season, which means he’ll have to serve a one-game suspension:

However, he shook it off and delivered this nice pass to Anthony Davis in the middle:


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Meanwhile, Anthony Davis had 24 points in the first quarter alone, a Pelicans record. Watch them all below:


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Kanter scored 20 points off the bench for the Thunder, and had some impressive D vs. Boogie on this play:


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In the span of 30 seconds, Wall did a whole lotta awesome things last night:


bbnba-lylesTrey Lyles, Jazz (102-92 win over the Wizards)

DNP – Coach’s decision


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Bledsoe got’em on this play:


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Check out Baby Book getting chippy with Khris Middleton!

Middleton is lucky Tyler Ulis didn’t run over and knock him out for messing with his boy.

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Calipari confirms all three seniors will start tomorrow night

Calipari confirms all three seniors will start tomorrow night

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As is his tradition, John Calipari confirmed this afternoon that he will start the program’s three seniors tomorrow night in their final game in Rupp Arena. Calipari spent most of his press conference today reflecting on the careers of Dominique Hawkins, Derek Willis, and Mychal Mulder, who he says are playing the best basketball of their lives.

“They’re all three playing the best of their careers right now,” Cal said. “We need them to play well, and that’s what their doing right now. It takes it off those freshmen, who are sometimes in and out. This stuff is hard. Sometimes you go down based on your focus and your work and then it takes you time to come back from that. If you have a senior that gets it and can step in and take the load off, it’s always good.”

While Cal praised all three seniors, he said he’s been particularly impressed with Dominique Hawkins, who stepped up and made sure the Cats didn’t slip with Fox out vs. Florida.

“The way he’s been playing now, fight, battle. He’ll forget stuff, but what are you going to say with a guy that’s diving all over the floor, taking charges, sticking his nose in, coming up with balls he shouldn’t come up with, making layups and runners, not afraid to play? He’s built his own self-confidence, and he’s built that through practice. He’s another one. Think of the guys he’s played against every day.”

On a team defined by freshmen, it’s the seniors that are making the biggest difference as of late, and Calipari said he thinks all three will play professionally in one way or the other. In fact, he said a general manager from a pro team in Australia was recently at practice to watch Derek, Dom, Mychal, and Isaac Humphries.

“I think all three will play professionally if they choose to do that,” Cal said. “For those three, to finish this thing and have a good run at the end where they walk away fulfilled in every front is what you would want. But I’m happy for all three of them, really.”

Win it for the seniors.


De’Aaron Fox’s status heading into the Vanderbilt game

De’Aaron Fox’s status heading into the Vanderbilt game

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De’Aaron Fox sat out Saturday’s game with a bruised knee and the Cats were able to find a way to beat the Gators, but what’s Fox’s status heading into tomorrow’s matchup with Vanderbilt?

“I have no idea,” Cal said when asked if Fox will play tomorrow night. “I haven’t seen him. This morning, he was in the meeting but I didn’t ask him.” 

After Saturday’s win, Calipari said that had Fox played vs. the Gators, he would have been at about 70%. Since tomorrow is Senior Night, Dominique Hawkins and Mychal Mulder will get the start, but will Fox play at all? Vandy’s a pretty dangerous squad right now, especially since they’re on the bubble.

Can Kentucky survive without Fox for a second game in a row? I say yes, but I’d love to not have to find out.


LIVE: John Calipari previews Vanderbilt

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John Calipari is live from the Joe Craft Center to preview tomorrow’s game vs. Vanderbilt. Check out the live stream below courtesy of our friends at KyWildcatsTV, or check the site shortly after for a full recap:


UK also #9 in the Coaches Poll

UK also #9 in the Coaches Poll

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Looks like Kentucky is the consensus number nine team in the country this week, according to the AP and Coaches Polls. Both polls agree that Kansas is the new number one team in the country:

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After losing twice last week, Duke is still #14 in the Coaches Poll? Of course.