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’98 Champ Wayne Turner to Sign New UK Art Tribute Poster This Saturday

’98 Champ Wayne Turner to Sign New UK Art Tribute Poster This Saturday

For fans who may want to meet UK’s great point guard from the 1998 NCAA Championship team and get his signature on the new tribute poster to that 7th title, Wayne Turner will be available for the BBN this weekend.  This Saturday 2/16 before the big UK-Tennessee game, “Wildcat Legends” is proud to release its beautiful new art tribute poster of UK’s 1998 National Championship team, entitled “The ComeBack Cats.”  The poster is being released this season during the 20th Anniversary of the defense of that title, in which the team rallied from large deficits in numerous NCAA tournament games, including the championship game against Utah. The colorful, photo-realistic art features all 13 team members and Coach Tubby Smith, plus a post-championship game trophy celebration that includes posthumous tributes to former UK greats C.M. Newton and Bill Keightley.
In addition to Turner’s autograph, Final Four MOP Jeff Sheppard’s signature has been pre-signed on the poster. The Sheppard-Turner-signed poster is available for $45, or the unsigned poster is only $15; “Wildcat Legends” artist David Bryan Blondell will also be on hand to autograph either version of the poster at no additional cost. Personal memorabilia items cans also be signed by Wayne for $15 per signature.
The pre-game Poster-release event will be held in the hours before the 8pm tip-off in the Lexington Center mall foodcourt (immediately adjacent to Rupp Arena), in front of Your Frame Of Mind Galleries, and WAYNE TURNER WILL BE THERE FROM 6:30—7:30.  
ALL fans are welcome to attend and add this beautiful art print to their collection, regardless if they have game tickets or not. Please visit or see their Facebook page at for more information.

All four ESPN experts pick Tennessee to beat Kentucky

All four ESPN experts pick Tennessee to beat Kentucky

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Tennessee will come into Rupp Arena as the No. 1 team in the country tomorrow night, and if you listen to ESPN’s panel of experts, they’ll leave with a win. All four of ESPN’s college basketball writers picked the Vols to beat Kentucky in their predictions for the weekend:

“Give me Tennessee on the road,” Jeff Borzello writes. “I think the Volunteers will pose too many issues for Kentucky with Grant Williams and Admiral Schofield, as PJ Washington can guard only one of them. I also think Tennessee offers a little bit more from the perimeter — which could be the difference in a game where both teams prefer to live in the paint.”

“I suspect, however, that LSU just showed the blueprint for how to score points against UK at Rupp,” adds John Gasaway. “Basically, the cheat code here is normal shooting (which against Kentucky is outstanding) plus zero turnovers and an offensive board on one in every three shots you miss. The Vols are eminently capable of checking all of those boxes.”

That’s cool. I like this team better when people pick against them. Read the rest of the predictions at the link below.


SEC lobbying for replay on game-ending situations after no-call in Kentucky/LSU game

After officials missed LSU’s basket interference on the game-winning tip-in and were unable to review it per NCAA rules, the SEC is doing its part to make sure it doesn’t happen again. According to Kyle Tucker, the SEC will lobby for instant replay in game-ending situations, such as goaltending and basket interference; in fact, they’ve already talked to the NCAA about it.

As John Calipari said on Tuesday night, it looks like Kentucky being screwed over is going to lead to another rule change.

“It’s another one — do you remember we lost in the Final Four when there was a goal, a shot clock violation and they said it was not reviewable and then they changed the rule to say, why would you want to lose a game on a shot clock violation and it’s easy to go check? Well, this one easy to go check, too. Just go check it. Why would you not — why would that not be reviewable? So we’re like Wilt Chamberlain; we change rules. I don’t know.”

[The Athletic]

There’s an LSU t-shirt commemorating “The Tip”

There’s an LSU t-shirt commemorating “The Tip”

Look at LSU taking a page out of Indiana’s book. Breaking T is selling a t-shirt commemorating “The Tip,” aka Kavall Bigby-Williams’ controversial tip-in at the end of the Kentucky/LSU game. You know, the one that should have been called basket interference but the refs weren’t allowed to review it on replay, so LSU won.

“The shot missed, but the tip was good! Sorry Lexington,” the item’s description reads.

Here, Breaking T, let me fix that for you:

Knocking off No. 5 Kentucky in Rupp is definitely something to be proud of, but to make a t-shirt about a basket that should have been waved off? C’mon, Tigers. At least Christian Watford’s shot was legal.

H/t John Clay

KSR Show Thread 2/15: Live at Don Franklin in Bardstown

KSR Show Thread 2/15: Live at Don Franklin in Bardstown

Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Friday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio, which is coming to you live from Don Franklin Buick Chevrolet in Bardstown (120 W John Rowan Blvd). If you’re in the area, come on out for the chance to win tickets to Kentucky vs. Tennessee. If you’re not, just tune in and let the gang entertain you.

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NBA All-Star Weekend begins tonight

Starting at 7:00 p.m. ET, the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend gets things rolling with the Celebrity Game, featuring a plethora of former athletes, actors, rappers, comedians, and more.

Here is the entire roster:


Mike Colter (“Luke Cage” actor)
Chris Daughtry (recording artist)
Terrence J (on-air host, actor)
Famous Los (comedian, social media influencer)
Dr. Oz (television personality)
Rapsody (rapper, recording artist)
Bo Rinehart (NEEDTOBREATHE vocalist and musician)
JB Smoove (actor, comedian)
Steve Smith (NFL great)
A’ja Wilson (2018 WNBA Rookie of the Year)
Jay Williams (ESPN college basketball analyst)
Jason Weinmann(hometown hero)

Ronnie 2K (Director of Influencer Marketing, 2K Sports)
Ray Allen (Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer)
AJ Buckley (“SEAL Team” actor)
Bad Bunny (recording artist)
Stefanie Dolson (WNBA’s Chicago Sky center)
Marc Lasry (co-owner, Milwaukee Bucks)
Hasan Minhaj (actor, comedian, host of Netflix’s Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj)
Quavo (rapper, recording artist)
Adam Ray (comedian, About Last Night podcast)
Amanda Seales (actor, comedian, recording artist)
James Shaw Jr. (hometown hero)
Brad Williams (comedian, About Last Night podcast)

And then starting at 9:00 p.m. is the Rising Stars Challenge, where three former Kentucky Wildcats are set to face off.

For Team U.S.: De’Aaron Fox and Kevin Knox.

For Team World: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

Take a look at the entire roster:

Team U.S.
Jarrett Allen, Marvin Bagley III, Lonzo Ball (injured), John Collins, De’Aaron Fox, Jaren Jackson Jr., Kevin Knox, Kyle Kuzma, Donovan Mitchell, Jayson Tatum

Team World
OG Anunoby, Deandre Ayton, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Luka Doncic, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Rodions Kurucs, Lauri Markkanen, Josh Okogie, Cedi Osman, Ben Simmons

It’s opening day for UK Baseball!

It may be only February 15 with freezing temperatures and snow expected to make its way into the Lexington area tonight, but for the UK baseball team, it’s time to get their season started.

The BatCats are in Clarksville, Tennessee ready to take on Austin Peay at 1:00 p.m. this afternoon.

It won’t be televised anywhere, but you can listen to the game on 98.5 FM Lexington or keep up on

They’ll play three games against Austin Peay this weekend, followed by three games against Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas next weekend before finding their way back to Lexington for their first official home game at Kentucky Proud Park.

Speaking of UK baseball…

Two former UK athletes were on the Ellen Show

Former UK baseball player Riley Mahan and former Kentucky volleyball player Jackie Napper, now engaged, were on the Ellen Show to participate in a game called “You Bet Your Fiancée.”

The rules are simple: outsmart your opponent, or fall in terror from the ceiling down to the floor.

As expected, the dynamic former Wildcat duo dominated on the big stage, running away with the blowout victory to take home a 65-inch television.

Well done by both of them.

Alvin Gentry is done talking about Anthony Davis

The New Orleans Pelicans pulled off an impressive 131-122 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder last night, but at what cost?

After just 16 minutes of action, star forward Anthony Davis suffered a reported muscle contusion on his left shoulder, keeping him out the rest of the way.

An MRI revealed the injury was minor and wouldn’t keep him out for an extended period of time, but it did add controversy to Davis’ situation in New Orleans as to whether or not he should even be playing in these games.

After the victory, New Orleans head coach Alvin Gentry was quick to lash out about the situation, saying “This whole thing has been a dumpster fire.”

While the Anthony Davis situation is an absolute mess and needs to get resolved sooner rather than later, former Kentucky forward Julius Randle is making the most of his time as New Orleans’ premiere big man of the future.

Last night, Randle dropped a ridiculous 33 points, 11 rebounds, and six assists in his team’s big home victory.

John Calipari and players talk to the media

Kentucky head coach John Calipari and a few select players will be available to speak to the media this afternoon to close out the team’s loss on Tuesday night and to break down Saturday’s highly-anticipated matchup with No. 1 Tennessee.

KSR will be there to bring you all the coverage you need to get you excited for the top-five matchup tomorrow evening.

Unlike last time prior to the Kansas game, the ESPN College GameDay crew will not be available to speak to the media, so don’t expect any quotes or comments from them later this afternoon.

KSR in an hour

From 10 a.m. to noon this morning, Matt Jones, Ryan Lemond, Shannon the Dude, and the entire KSR crew will be LIVE from Don Franklin.

They will also be giving away two tickets for the Kentucky vs. Tennessee game, so head on out for a chance to see one of the most exciting college basketball matchups of the year.

We’ll see you there.

Learn about KSR’s postseason advertising opportunities!

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Lessons learned from last year’s games vs. Tennessee

Lessons learned from last year’s games vs. Tennessee

One of Tennessee’s biggest strengths is experience. With a plethora of upperclassmen, this Volunteers squad is practically a carbon copy of the one Kentucky faced three times last season, but with another year of growth and maturity.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at what happened in those three games to determine Kentucky’s best strategy for Saturday.

January 6: No. 23 Tennessee 76, No. 17 Kentucky 65 (Knoxville)

Several Kentucky players were battling the flu, PJ Washington went down with cramps, and the refs were terrible. Excuses aside, the Cats got whipped, with Kevin Knox turning in one of the worst games of his Kentucky career.

KEY FACTOR: PJ Washington exiting the game with cramps. Before going to the locker room with 12 minutes left, PJ had 13 points and was winning his matchup with Grant Williams. Once PJ was out, Williams took over, scoring 16 of his 18 points in the second half. Afterwards, Williams admitted that PJ was in his head.

“He shut me down in the first half,” Williams said. “I’ll give it to him. He was in my head a little bit. I think the cramps hurt their team a lot. Just the fact they were playing with so much confidence when he was in the game.”

QUOTES: “They out toughed us,” Caliapri said. “They just threw us around. It was embarrassing. As soon as we had PJ out of the game, we had no shot of winning…When PJ went down, they saw a wounded animal and went right at them. We were literally standing with cheerleaders on a bunch of shots. ”

February 6: No. 15 Tennessee 61, No. 24 Kentucky 59 (Lexington)

Costly turnovers by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander resulted in a clutch three by Lamont Turner with 26 seconds left and the game-winning dunk by Admiral Schofield with four seconds left, the latter a cruel twist of the knife in what was an epic collapse by Kentucky.

KEY FACTOR: There were plenty of reasons Kentucky lost — Kevin Knox, PJ Washington, and Hamidou Diallo didn’t play well — but what people will remember most is Calipari’s decision NOT to call a timeout to set up a play in the final seconds. As a result, chaos ensued and the Cats took an L at Rupp.

QUOTES: “I make mistakes at the end and cost them the game,” Calipari said. “But I should have called a timeout. I don’t ever like to in those situations, but this is a different team. This team is too young. They’re just too young to know that what’s there and if they get in trouble just call a timeout.”

March 11: Kentucky 77, No. 13 Tennessee 72 (SEC Championship, St. Louis)

Unlike his last meeting with the Vols, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander shined, finishing with 29 points and SEC Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors. Similarly, Kevin Knox played much better, turning in 18 points, including three threes. Kentucky led by as many as 17 in the first half, but Admiral Schofield brought Tennessee back into it, leading a 15-3 run to bring the Vols within five at half. From there, it was a back and forth battle, but Shai’s free throws with 2.4 seconds left clinched the victory.

KEY FACTOR: Shai. After costing the Cats in the last game vs. Tennessee, Shai took over this time around, hitting clutch bucket after clutch bucket to drag Kentucky to the win.

Also big: three-point shooting. Kentucky was 7-16 (43.8 percent) from behind the arc vs. 3-14 (21.4 percent) in Rupp a month prior. And any discussion of this game is incomplete without the clip of Sacha Killeya-Jones’ dunk:

QUOTES: “I think right now he’s playing his best basketball because he’s one of our leaders,” Kevin Knox said of Shai. He knows he’s getting better with the decision-making. Late in the game, he made some huge plays, knocked down some free throws, and found people. He’s also doing it on the defensive end. He’s really good defensively, and he’s playing really well right now.”

So, what lessons did we learn from last season about this Tennessee team?

  • PJ is capable of shutting Grant Williams down
  • Can’t get bullied in the post (paging Reid Travis)
  • Call the timeout if you need to, Cal
  • Hit threes
  • Strong guard play is key
  • Random dunks by big men off the bench are good omens

We got this.

KSR’s Top 10 Tweets of the Day


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#10 JR. Windbag

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#9 Bert Box

That was easily my favorite call in recent memory

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#7 Sean Barr

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#4 Jimmy Caudle

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Four Kentucky cities listed for highest divorce rates in the nation

Valentine’s Day is usually dedicated to love and romance, but in Kentucky, things are reportedly not as happy and uplifting as some of the other states in the country.

According to a recent study by, Kentucky has four of the top 20 cities in the nation in terms of highest divorce rates.

The four cities? Campbellsville (No. 7), Middlesboro (No. 9), Somerset (No. 12), and Mount Sterling (No. 17).

The site’s research is backed up by the U.S. Census Bureau’s marital status reports and their information for all areas across the nation related to the highest percentage of divorcees and the surrounding influences to the results (demographics, economic conditions, etc.)

The national divorce average for 2017 was 10.9 percent, while the list of top 20 cities in terms of divorce rates were all above 15 percent.

Nothing says “Happy Valentine’s Day” like high divorce rates in Kentucky!