By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©February 24th, 2018 @ 10:30pm
What did John Calipari think about Kentucky’s win over Missouri tonight? Find out below courtesy of our friends at KyWildcatsTV:
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By Nick Roush on ©February 24th, 2018 @ 7:00pm
Blake Bone saved the best for last.
The 6’5″ Kentucky wide receiver’s career was marred by inconsistency, but the South Carolina native was able to put it all together in his senior season. Bone caught 13 passes for 234 yards and 2 touchdowns. The best catch of his career came when Kentucky fans least expected it.
On the road against the eventual SEC Champs, Kentucky got out to a fast start thanks to a Josh Allen interception. Unfortunately, the UK offense was forced to settle for a field goal. A Georgia touchdown on the following drive put Kentucky in danger, but the Cats had one more response, thanks to Bone’s unbelievable 45-yard over-the-shoulder reception.
“How did he catch that?” Gary Danielson asked. I still have no answer.
â€” CBS Sports (@CBSSports) November 18, 2017
That drive ended with a field goal. Georgia was able to run away with the game after the Cats left too many points on the board.
Yesterday wasn’t the most fun day to be a Kentucky Wildcats basketball fan, let’s just be honest. Seeing the names of Nerlens Noel, Bam Adebayo, and Kevin Knox on the Yahoo! Sports article was the worst way to start a Friday. But today is a new day, and the season goes on. Having said that, the rest of this post is working under the assumption that Kevin Knox will play and start for the Cats tonight. On top of that, I’m also working under the assumption that Michael Porter Jr will not start for Missouri tonight in his first game cleared from injury.
The last match up with the Tigers was one of the Wildcats’ worst games all season. It was the first time Missouri had ever beaten UK in men’s basketball and started a four game losing streak for the Cats. Kentucky only had one player score over 8 points, they shot 2 of 20 from three, and 7 of 9 players were in foul trouble for the majority of the game. However, Missouri didn’t play that well either, as the Cats’ defense held them to a low amount of points, but the offense couldn’t help the defense out.
Today’s game looks a bit different, as the wake of yesterday’s news is sure to provide some distraction, but on top of that, one of the top recruits in the class may be suiting up for the first time since opening night for the Tigers, in Michael Porter Jr. The presence of a player of that caliber will definitely make the match up have a bit more fire power. Let’s take a look at the possible starting lineup for the Tigers tonight.
#3 Kassius Robertson, Senior Guard, 6’3″
Kassius Robertson is in his first season at Missouri, utilizing the graduate transfer option after spending three years as Canisius. Robertson was one of the top scorers in the MAAC last season and shot over 40% from three in both his sophomore and junior seasons. Robertson has stepped into the scoring role that the injured Michael Porter Jr. left open.
The graduate transfer senior has been a great addition for Cuonzo Martin this season. Robertson is leading the team in scoring, at 16.5 points per game, and three point shooting, at 42.4% on the year. He’s also hitting 81.9% of his free throws, pulling down 2.9 rebounds, dishing out 2.5 assists, and leading the team at 1 steal per game. He finished with 16 points, 4 assists, and 5 turnovers against UK earlier this year.
Despite not being a true point guard, Robertson has the ball in his hands a lot, to create for this Tiger offense. The second guard in the starting lineup has changed throughout the year, but Robertson has been steady. Kentucky will most likely start their best defensive guard, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, on Robertson to begin the game, as they did last time. The problem for Robertson may be defending Shai, as he led Kentucky with 15 points and 6 assists in the previous match up.
#21 Jordan Barnett, Senior Forward, 6’7″
Jordan Barnett returns to the starting lineup for the Missouri Tigers this season, after leading them in scoring through most of last year. He sat out his sophomore season due to transfer rules, after starting his collegiate career with the Longhorns at Texas. In the game three weeks ago, Barnett had 16 points and 6 rebounds.
The senior is probably the most dangerous player on this Missouri team for opponents to game plan against. Reason being is that Barnett can score at a high rate on the perimeter, as well as get to the rim using his size. He’s currently averaging 13.9 points and 5.9 rebounds, good for second on the team in both categories. He’s a lights out shooter, hitting 40.6% of his threes and 89.2% of his free throws on the year.
At the small forward position, the Jordan Barnett versus Kevin Knox match up will be key in today’s game. Both teams rely on their 3-man to score from both inside and out, as well as set a tone for the offense. Look for both of these forwards to be involved early and often in the offensive load. Knox struggled amongst the boos from Missouri fans in the first game, as somehow they thought that he spurned them by not going there, even though the Tigers were never a serious option in his decision. Knox will need to have more than 5 points on 6 shots in today’s game.
#24 Kevin Puryear, Junior Forward, 6’7″
Kevin Puryear is now a three year starter for this Missouri Tiger program. He’s been a steady contributor since his freshman season, when he was named to the 2016 SEC All-Freshman team. He was actually the best freshman scorer at Missouri in almost 25 years. He had 7 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals in the first game against Kentucky.
The junior has seen a drop in his overall stats this season, with the influx of some new talent under first year head coach Cuonzo Martin. He’s had a decrease in points, rebounds, assists, blocks, and three point percentage from last season. Nevertheless, he’s still a solid contributor, averaging 9.1 points and 4.6 rebounds. He’s shooting 28.9% from behind the arc and 81.5% from the charity stripe.
At 6’7″ and 238 pounds, Puryear is a thick body at the power forward position for the Tigers, matching up with Kentucky’s PJ Washington and Wenyen Gabriel at the 4 spot. The two players, Washington and Puryear, have near the same measurements for height and weight, with Washington being just two pounds less than Puryear. Washington will need to fight for rebounds to not be out-bodied by Puryear today. Neither Wenyen or PJ played well in the first match up, so getting nearly anything out of them will be an improvement.
#23 Jeremiah Tilmon, Freshman Forward, 6’10”
Jeremiah Tilmon is the lone freshman in the starting lineup for Cuonzo Martin; however, he is sometimes joined by Jontay Porter, brother of Michael Porter Jr. Tilmon was a four-star rated recruit coming out of high school and was regarded as a top 50 player in the class. He had 9 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 blocks against Kentucky three weeks ago.
Tilmon is on his way to becoming a force in the paint for Missouri, with a solid start in his freshman season. He’s averaging 8.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 1 block per game. He struggles shooting, only hitting 47.5% of his free throws. He splits time with Jontay Porter, who leads the Tigers in rebounds and blocked shots, despite only being a part-time starter.
Measuring in at 6’10” and 252 pounds, Tilmon is the presence in the post for the Tigers, alongside Porter who stands at 6’11” and 240 pounds. Both are talented bigs who took advantage of Kentucky’s bigs last game, as neither Nick Richards or Sacha Killeya-Jones gave much of anything to the Cats. Richards has been playing well as of late, and Kentucky will need a strong presence from him tonight.
#33 Cullen VanLeer, Junior Guard, 6’4″
Cullen VanLeer started about half of least season’s games, and has started just 10 games this year. In the match up three weeks ago against the Cats, VanLeer finished with 3 points and 2 assists in 19 minutes.
The junior puts another guard in the lineup for Cuonzo Martin, despite not being a huge stat sheet stuffer. His current averages are 2.6 points and 1.4 rebounds, while shooting 31.7% from three on the year. Interesting stat on VanLeer is that he’s attempting just 7 free throws this season, and has missed all seven for a 0.00% free throw percentage. Now that I type that, he’ll probably make his first one of the year against the Cats.
As the second of two guards in the starting lineup, VanLeer will most likely match up with Hamidou Diallo for Kentucky. This is a match up that Hami should be to finally get back on track against. Diallo has struggled to find a rhythm this year, and maybe he’ll be able to get it going today. If not, Quade Green has been playing very well as of late, alongside Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, so look for that lineup combination to continue.
Go Cats. Beat Tigers.
Skip Bayless calls Anthony Davis the “most overrated player in basketball,” Davis makes history two days later
By Jack Pilgrim on ©February 24th, 2018 @ 5:00pm
On Wednesday morning, Fox Sports One’s Skip Bayless released the hot take of all hot takes, saying former Wildcat Anthony Davis was the most overrated player in basketball.
Anthony Davis is the most overrated player in basketball. Now on @undisputed
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) February 21, 2018
Just two days later, New Orleans big man made history, becoming the first player in NBA history with a statline of over 40/15/5/5 in a game. Last night against the Miami Heat, Davis put up 45 points, 17 rebounds, 5 steals and 5 blocks in the team’s 124-123 victory.
Check out the highlights from Davis’ historic night:
— NBA (@NBA) February 24, 2018
Immediately after the game, the official Pelicans twitter account clapped back to Bayless by showing the commentator’s college statistics, where he averaged a whopping 1.4 points per contest.
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) February 22, 2018
And then they called him out again.
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) February 24, 2018
Over his last ten games, Davis is averaging 32.7 points, 13 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.4 blocks, and 2.5 steals per contest.
In fact, Davis has been on the most impressive run of his career, scoring at least 38 points in six of his last nine games, including four games of over 42 points in that span.
With 1441 total points in 52 games this year, Davis has managed 68.6-times the total points Bayless scored as a senior in high school.
Stay in your lane, Skip.
This morning, we told you four-star power forward Shareef O’Neal was second-guessing his future as an Arizona Wildcat.
Now, Shaq’s son has officially re-opened his recruitment to ensure he plays in the NCAA tournament next season.
At this time I'm am opening up my recruitment due to the current events with the UofA Bball team.I would like to thank all the coaches for recruiting me. At the time my family and I think it's in my best interest to look at other options to assure my play in the NCAA next year.
— Shareef O’Neal (@SSJreef) February 24, 2018
When the FBI investigation first included Arizona as potential participants, rumors spread that the forward prospect was contemplating a decommitment.
He only signed financial paperwork with the school in case the Wildcats were included in any punishment.
Last night, ESPN reported head coach Sean Miller paid $100,000 to lock up the commitment of No. 1 prospect DeAndre Ayton. Later that night, Yahoo! Sports linked the school to three other shady recruitments including Brian Bowen, Rawle Alkins, and Lauri Markkanen.
Today, it was announced Sean Miller would not be coaching tonight, and his future with the team is in doubt. The school has yet to decide whether to play Ayton or sit him out, as well.
Needless to say, the future is incredibly dark for Arizona, and O’Neal wanted no part of that.
Kentucky has been linked to the talented prospect for months now, specifically following the initial round of FBI news. His father, Shaquille, reportedly loves Kentucky and John Calipari, and respects the school’s ability to get players to the NBA.
With Kentucky needing another forward for next year, it’s very likely the Cats get involved in his recruitment.
Watch him work:
Bring him on home, Coach Cal.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©February 24th, 2018 @ 3:00pm
Episode two of Inside the Madness: Kentucky Basketball has officially released on Facebook Live.
In the second edition, we get an inside look at Kentucky’s matchup against Virginia Tech back in December, featuring some inside information on Quade Green’s eye injury/goggle use, and the teammate support he received during that time.
We then get a one-on-one look with Wenyen Gabriel’s upbringing and humbling life story, and why exactly he’s so proud to represent his Sudanese heritage.
In the days leading up to the UCLA matchup, the entire Kentucky team and coaching staff participated in a charity event for Christmas, where they gave out food, had Santa Claus for the kids, and even provided gift cards and rent checks to families in need.
The documentary then takes us to New Orleans for Kentucky’s matchup with the UCLA Bruins, featuring the team finding chemistry off the floor, despite struggling on it.
Take a look at the entire episode below:
We’re back with episode 2!Guard Quade Green sidelined from a game day injury is questionable for Kentucky’s match up with Virginia Tech. Coach Cal has the team spread some holiday cheer and help those who are less fortunate. The Wildcats hit New Orleans and check out the big easy as they prepare for a game against UCLA.
Posted by Inside the Madness: Kentucky Basketball on Saturday, February 24, 2018
Once again, excellent work by the Facebook Live crew.