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The Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors, and Minnesota Timberwolves must have known something about Saturday night was going to equal disaster. All three teams benched at least one of their star players (Gordon Hayward, Kawhi Leonard, and Jimmy Butler, respectively) despite it being only the second or third game of their season – however, all three are coming off some sort of injury so it’s mainly precautionary. The rest of the league should have taken note, as the injury bug infiltrated nearly every NBA court. Ben Simmons (76ers) left with a back injury. Will Barton (Nuggets) was carted off with a hip injury. Aron Baynes (Celtics) had to leave the game. Perhaps the most heartbreaking injury was the one associated with a familiar face. Kevin Knox had to be helped off the court after severely rolling his ankle. X-rays came back negative and he’s only expected to miss about 2-4 weeks, so this could have been much, much worse. But missing time early into your rookie season is never ideal for development. Here’s to a quick recovery for Knox. Now onto the game recaps.

Raptors 117 – Wizards 113

  • The Washington Wizards have gone through two tough losses to begin the season, losing their first game by only one point and Saturday night’s game by four. While John Wall appears to be back to his old self, firing down the court with the explosive speed we’re used to the, so do the Wizards of the past. Wall had 25 points on Saturday, but outside of himself and teammate Bradley Beal (32 points), the Wizards couldn’t find enough scoring to pull off the upset against the Kawhi Leonard-less Raptors.

Celtics 103 – Knicks 101

  •  According to Shams Charania, Kevin Knox is expected to miss about 2-4 weeks after injuring his ankle. That’s the good news. The bad news is he’s going to miss valuable playing time early in his career. Luckily, this is an 82-game season and the Knicks are going to be just as bad whenever he is fully healthy. This shouldn’t affect Knox’s future playing time in any way. He played only four minutes before rolling his ankle (I will not make a Puma joke. I will not make a Puma joke. I will n-)

  • Enes Kanter put up his third straight double-double to begin the season, posting 17 points to go along with 15 rebounds. Kanter has been a workhorse on the boards while bringing back some old school post moves during the era of perimeter shooting. He’s simply been too big to handle on the block for opposing bigs and his hook shot has been buttery around the basket. The old man game has all but left the NBA, but Kanter is one of the lone players surviving – and thriving – off of it.
  • Also, he made a three! The first make during his time as a Knick. He attempted only two threes all of last season. He’s 1-3 through three games this season.

Hornets 113 – Heat 112

  • Kemba Walker was the hero again for the Charlotte Hornets, but not without some help from his trusty sidekicks. Malik Monk poured in 15, including a big three late in the fourth quarter to help extend their lead.
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is growing accustomed to his new life off-the-bench, bringing an entirely different energy to the second unit. MKG recorded a career-high seven blocks (his previous career-high was four), which matched his point total, as well.

  • Bam Adebayo put up 12 points and grabbed six rebounds in 15 minutes of action for the Heat.

Timberwolves 136 – Mavericks 140

  • With Jimmy Butler resting the second night of a back-to-back, we got a glimpse at what the Timberwolves might look like if they were to trade him. The results were less than optimistic. Karl-Anthony Towns didn’t score the 45 points I predicted he might after Friday night’s disappointing performance, but 31 is still damn impressive. He had only 11 points and three rebounds at halftime but turned things on in the second half. Unfortunately, the rest of his team did not. The Mavericks, led by rookie Luka Doncic and second-year player Dennis Smith Jr., propelled the Mavs to victory late in the game.

Suns 91 – Nuggets 119

  • His hot shooting start in game one was cooled off a bit in game two, but Devin Booker still managed to put up 25 points, as he went 14-17 from the charity stripe. Outside of a failed comeback attempt in the second half, the Suns were outmatched by the Nuggets for the entire game. When Nikola Jokic is on the other team posting a 30-point triple-double without missing one field goal attempt (yes, that happened, he was 11-11), there isn’t much that can be done.
  • For the Nuggets, Jamal Murray was hot, scoring 26 points on 50 percent shooting, including a buzzer-beater to take the game into halftime. Trey Lyles contributed only two points in 16 minutes.

Rockets 124 – Lakers 115

  • LeBron James’s home debut for the Los Angeles Lakers was going great up until late in the fourth quarter when all hell decided to break loose. There is no telling why Brandon Ingram went off and for what reason, but he’s going to receive a hefty fine and probably the most severe of the suspensions that will ultimately be dished out Sunday. The initial push by Ingram sparked an all-out brawl with Rajon Rondo and Rockets guard Chris Paul exchanging punches as chaos surrounded them. Paul alleges that Rondo actually spit on him and that’s what kicked the whole thing off between the two, but Rondo and the Lakers have denied this. Paul poked Rondo right in the eye, shoving back his face before the whole ordeal broke out. Ingram came in once Rondo and Paul got into it, landing one final haymaker before peace was eventually reinstalled. All three were ejected. To give you a better idea of how ridiculous this all was, Lance Stephenson – notorious peacemaker and lover of all things – was the one who tried to calm everything down.
  • There’s even speculation that there was a second spitter… This is literally the Keith Hernandez episode of Seinfeld.

  • The league is going to come down hard on this one, I would expect. Especially with multiple punches being thrown by multiple players. Ingram should see a multiple-game suspension while Rondo and Paul could miss a game or two. Rondo was having himself a solid game, as well. Before being ejected he had 13 points on 6-8 shooting with seven rebounds and 10 assists. The Lakers move to 0-2 on the season.

Statistics

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)136-140 L @ DAL319-16 (4-6)52110-533
Jamal Murray (DEN)119-91 W vs. PHX269-18 (3-7)35213+3737
John Wall (WAS)113-117 L vs. TOR257-16 (0-4)46414+234
Devin Booker (PHX)91-119 L @ DEN255-15 (1-6)27106-2436
Enes Kanter (NYK)101-103 L vs. BOS178-15 (1-2)152203-631
Malik Monk (CHA)113-112 W @ MIA155-11 (3-8)11100-125
Rajon Rondo (LAL)115-124 L vs. HOU136-8 (1-2)710202+829
Bam Adebayo (MIA)112-113 L vs. CHA123-6 (0-0)60021-615
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)113-112 W @ MIA73-5 (0-0)32072-1228
Trey Lyles (DEN)119-91 W vs. PHX20-4 (0-0)31006516
Kevin Knox (NYK)101-103 L vs. BOS10-1 (0-0)0000004
Isaiah Briscoe (ORL)115-116 L @ PHI00-2 (0-0)00001-56
Tyler Ulis (CHI)116-118 L vs. DETDNP-CD----------------
Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)119-91 W vs. PHXDNP-Foot----------------
Brandon Knight (HOU)124-115 W @ LALDNP-Knee----------------

Tonight in the NBA

6:00: Hawks (Poythress) @ Cavaliers

7:00: Kings (Cauley-Stein, Fox, Gabriel, Labissiere) @ Thunder (Diallo, Noel, Patterson)

8:00: Warriors @ Nuggets (Lyles, Murray, Vanderbilt-out)

9:00 (NBATV): Rockets (Knight-out) @ Clippers (Gilgeous-Alexander)

 

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After years of battling cancer, Danny Trevathan’s grandmother will see the former Wildcat play for the first time

Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Get your tissues ready, BBN.

Drafted in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft, former Kentucky linebacker Danny Trevathan is currently in his seventh year in the league, playing for both the Denver Broncos and Chicago Bears in that span. He came in as an unknown prospect, worked his way into the rotation with the Broncos, and then finally earned a starting spot with the team.

After signing a four-year, $28 million deal with the Bears in 2016, Trevathan has become a star linebacker in this league.

Despite the development and success, Trevathan hasn’t been able to celebrate with one special individual in his life. Due to an ongoing battle with cancer, one that has lasted several years, the star linebacker’s grandmother has never seen him play in an NFL game.

Until today.

The Chicago Bears surprised Trevathan at practice by bringing in his grandmother, telling him she’ll be in attendance for the team’s matchup with the New England Patriots this afternoon.

The scene is certainly a powerful one. Take a look below:

Trevathan responded to the team’s kind gesture on Twitter, saying it was the first time in his seven-year NFL career that a team has gone out of their way to make him feel special.

Awesome story.

Best of luck to the Bears against New England this afternoon, and well-wishes to Trevathan’s grandmother in her battle with cancer. We all know the former Kentucky star is going to put on a show with grandma cheering from the stands.


Despite obvious work to be done, Kentucky players admit they’d love to see a jump into the top-ten

Only three ranked teams lost in the college football world this weekend, but two of them (Ohio State and Oregon) were ranked ahead of the No. 14 Kentucky Wildcats. Sitting at 6-1 on the year and 4-1 in the SEC, there is a chance the Cats make a push into the top-10 when the latest rankings are released this afternoon.

If not, a win over Missouri on the road next week will almost certainly push the Cats through the threshold and into the single digits.

Their victory on Saturday night may not have been pretty, but head coach Mark Stoops told his team they have no business feeling upset about reaching bowl eligibility just seven games into the season. After years of hard work, being in the position to make a move into the top ten is something to be proud of.

“I told them, “Don’t ever apologize, hold your head high, you’re a 6-1 football team on your way moving up into the top ten, and we have another great opportunity this week.”‘

And if they do get to that point with a jump in the polls? Stoops admits he’s excited to see the work the program has put in over the years finally be rewarded with recognition as one of the top teams in college football.

“Obviously, it shows you’re winning,” said Stoops. “That means something to us. Being consistent. Again, good football teams find ways to win when you’re not at your best.”

Kentucky cornerback Derrick Baity Jr. says he’s definitely excited for a potential jump into the top ten, but he wants his team to use it as motivation going forward. There are still six (or more) games to be played this season with even greater accomplishments on the line.

“To us personally, we’ll probably look at it like “We’ve got to do something, we’ve got to do something more.” The season’s not over with, there’s a lot more going into the SEC East that we can do. I mean, a top-ten ranking, like I hope we take it how we’ve been taking it. Keep going, the season’s not over with,” said Baity.

Broken hand and all, junior linebacker Kash Daniel feels a better ranking in the poll means his team did their job that weekend, but he’s just looking forward to Kentucky’s matchup with Missouri next weekend.

“I mean, that’d be cool,” said Daniel. “Obviously being top-ten in the country would be cool, but I’m just worried about Mizzou right now. It’d be cool to see that number by our name higher than it was last week. Ultimately, being ranked is great and all, but it doesn’t guarantee anything. Anybody can beat anybody.”

As for quarterback Terry Wilson, rankings don’t mean a thing. Upsets happen every weekend, and he just wants to focus on putting in the work to ensure his team isn’t on the losing end of one.

“We’re not worried about it,” said Wilson. “We’re just worried about us, gotta take care of what we have to take care of. I feel like the rankings really don’t mean anything. All of the things going on in college football, all of the upsets and stuff like that. We just have to worry about us and worry about next week.”

Regardless of the rankings released this afternoon, star running back Benny Snell knows Kentucky is one of the best teams in college football.

We’re a top-ten team,” he said. “It takes time, but we gotta work for it. … It’ll mean a lot, we have come a long way. We’ve been underdogs for so long, but we have to keep that same mentality.”


Today on KSR: We’re Going Bowling!

Today on KSR: We’re Going Bowling!

Good morning friends! Happy Sunday! Anyone break out their bowling shoes last night? Can you believe it’s not even Halloween and we’ve already secured a bowl bid? What a time to be alive. So, sit back, relax, get yourself a coffee on this chilly morning and let me tell you what you need to know:

In Benny We Trust

I’m not going to lie to you, KSR readers. About five minutes into the second half I turned to my friends and said: “Kentucky football is reverting back to the Kentucky football we know and hate.” Yep, I know that was a stupid and unfair thing to say, but I was angry and windburnt and may have had three cups of moonshine at a tailgate. But Benny Snell is not your typical Kentucky Football Player. He’s better. Despite barely seeing the ball all game, he unleashed the beast and scored the “game-winning” touchdown. If you need something to hype you up this morning, I suggest re-watching it.

He’s a record breaker.

Here’s a Pretty Sight

Oh is that us at the top?

Despite Mizzou blowing out Memphis last night and the scariness of UGA I’ve been talking about all season, I think we have a legitimate chance in playing UGA for the East on November 3rd. And I think if we play like we played pre-TAMU, we can win.  If that’s the case, BBN you’re all formally invited to party at my parents’ house in Atlanta for the SEC Championship weekend! See ya there!

Purdue took down OSU

It was perhaps the most important game yesterday, and Purdue pulled off the upset. They beat Ohio State 49-20 for a very meaningful win. A Purdue student, Tyler Trent is battling a scary form of bone cancer. The scene after the game was filled with excitement and emotion as the team declared the win “For Tyler.” And if you want to cry, watch this video:

Tears. Tears Everywhere.

Around the SEC

Here’s what happened in and around the SEC yesterday:

  • Auburn beat Ole Miss 31-16.
  • Alabama beat UT 58-21 (shocker).
  • LSU beat Mississippi State 19-3.
  • Arkansas beat Tulsa 23-0.
  • Missouri beat Memphis 65-33.

Alabama pulled the biggest and best troll move after their merciless win against Tennesee.

Butch Jones was promptly greeted with a Gatorade bath after the game as well as a victory cigar in the Bama Locker room. Leaving your old team in a dumpster fire and then beating them badly next season while still being on their payroll? That’s a gangster move, Butch.

Cats in the NFL

Here’s who’s playing today:

  • Wesley Woodyard and the Titans have already kicked off in their London game vs the Chargers.
  • Avery Williamson and the Jets take on the Vikings at 1 PM
  • John Toth and the Eagles play the Panthers at 1 PM
  • Garrett Johnson and Danny Trevathan of the Bears play the Patriots at 1 PM

And that’s about it.

That’s all from me today, friends! Happy Sunday and Go Cats!


How much time will Kash Daniel miss with a fractured hand? “Not one play.”

After a relatively clean game on the injury front, Kentucky fans held their breath a bit when starting linebacker Kash Daniel worked his way to the locker room for x-rays after suffering a hand injury on a crucial fourth-and-one stop.

The tests reportedly came back negative and Daniel came back in with his hand heavily wrapped and then played the majority of the second half. Despite fighting through it, the UK Sports Network team reported Daniel was still dealing with severe pain, leading him to sit out Vanderbilt’s final drive of the game.

Though the school announced the initial x-rays were negative, Mark Stoops didn’t necessarily ease our worries about Daniel’s availability going forward at the podium during his postgame press conference.

“We’ll take a look at it, do some x-rays, see what we got to do.,” Stoops said.

When it was Daniel’s time to give a health update during his media availability, the veteran linebacker actually announced he fractured his hand on Kentucky’s huge stop on fourth down.

“I broke it,” he said. “Well, fractured. However you want to put it.”

The fourth-and-one play resulted in a tackle for loss for Daniel, followed by a forced fumble and a fumble recovery by the Cats. It may have resulted in quite a bit of pain, but it was a major momentum swing in Kentucky’s favor.

Daniel broke down the sequence, saying he heard his hand “pop” when he fought through on the tackle for loss.

“There was one yard to go, so I saw a C-gap open up and I shot it,” he said. “(Quinton Bohanna) did a great job getting off his block, coming in and hitting it. I don’t know who knocked it loose, but that’s the play I broke my hand on. I was trying to go in and then I heard something pop.”

When asked about how long the injury will keep him out, the junior linebacker gave the most “Kash Daniel” response imaginable.

“Not one play,” he said. “I’m clubbed up, ready to go. I’ll be playing next week.”

With Kentucky set to take on Missouri’s high-powered offense, Daniel will be an absolute necessity for the Cats next week.

And luckily for us, it sounds like he’s ready to give it a go.


Benny Snell and the Defense Saved Kentucky from an Embarrassing Loss to Vanderbilt

Benny Snell and the Defense Saved Kentucky from an Embarrassing Loss to Vanderbilt

Angry after the loss to Texas A&M, most expected Kentucky to come out firing following the bye week.  Instead of rested, the Cats were rusty.  Thanks to the defense and Benny Snell’s heroics, No. 14 Kentucky escaped with a 14-7 win over Vanderbilt.

No one could ever describe the win as pretty, but a win is a win. “I’m never going to apologize for a victory,” Mark Stoops said after the game.  “I can’t apologize for being 6-1.”

Kentucky’s sixth win of the season is significant.  The Cats are bowl eligible for the third straight season, something that’s only happened two other times in school history. The win also moves Kentucky into a tie with Georgia and Florida (6-1, 4-1 in the SEC) at the top of the SEC East standings.  Here’s how they got there…

Goal Line Stand

Kentucky’s defense was stuck behind the eight-ball for most of the night.  It started with two early UK turnovers, one of which turned int a Vanderbilt touchdown.  After that, the Commodores got nothing from the UK defense.

Searching for a go-ahead second half score, Vanderbilt had a third and one inside the ten.  The first attempt was stuffed behind the line of scrimmage.  Instead of kicking a field goal with high winds swirling, Vandy opted to go for it on fourth down.  With a heavily-wrapped injured hand, Kash Daniel fired through the middle of the offensive line to force a fumble that was recovered by Quinton Bohanna.

Josh Allen’s third down tackle for loss and Daniel’s fourth down strip gave Kentucky momentum they desperately needed.  Benny Snell ran with that momentum.

Benny’s Beast Mode

Benny had been bottled up for most of the game.  The goal line stand gave him enough fuel to unleash a game-winning drive.

Kentucky needed 80 yards for a go-ahead score.  After ten carries Benny had 74 more rushing yards and a game-winning touchdown.  They were 74 angry yards, punctuated by stiff-arms and powerful lowered shoulders.  Snell was a man possessed, unstoppable until he reached the end zone.

Snell finished the day with 169 yards rushing on 32 carries (5.3 ypc).  Benny is now third all-time in scoring and second in career 100-yard rushing games.

The Worst Wind

Some of the game’s ugliness can be attributed to unconventional weather.  In the first half 50 mph wind gusts blew through Kroger Field.  At one point, the goalposts looked like they were going to tip over.  The wild wind made two of the team’s shaky aspects look even worse.

In the kicking game, Miles Butler made a lot of the Big Blue Nation Chance Poore fans.  Thirty-nine yards away from giving the Cats a lead, the ball fell short and wide right.  The wind probably did not help, but you can’t give it all the credit.

In the passing game, Terry Wilson did not look much different tonight than he did two weeks ago at Texas A&M.  Terry used his legs to get 91 yards, but he could not use his arm to move the ball down the field.  Wilson completed only 3-of-9 passes for 18 yards, including a touchdown on a back-shoulder fade to Lynn Bowden.  One deep ball to Dorian Baker could’ve been a score, but the ball didn’t make it far enough.  Maybe the wind knocked it down, but the wind can’t get credit for all of the incompletions.

The Worst Penalties

Two of the worst penalties in the history of American football cost Kentucky at least ten points.  Lynn Bowden took the opening kick of the second half 90 yards for a score, one that was erased on a questionable holding call by Tavin Richardson.  It only looked more questionable when the referee’s flag didn’t come out until Bowden was well past Richardson.

Every bad call ever pales in comparison to the injustice served to Derrick Baity.  A Kyle Shurmur pass was criminally under-thrown.  The ball gently soared through the air into Baity’s hands.  As he ran away, the official threw his flag.  Where the official saw a hold, I don’t know.  If you don’t take my word for it, take Jacob Tamme’s.

Thanks, Davonte Robinson

The highly-touted Lexington native has been stuck behind veterans throughout his career.  Tonight he showed us that he’s tired of playing second fiddle.

Robinson’s name was called early and often.  He had seven tackles, one for loss and a crucial pass break up.  Even though Kentucky will lose a lot in the secondary after this season, Robinson’s future is bright.

All of the Sacks

Josh Allen and Boogie Watson are making a case as the best pass-rushing combo in college football.  After tonight Boogie now has at least one sack in the last four games.  Watson also had a tackle for loss.

It’s hard to accurately describe the kind of football Josh Allen is playing right now.  Watching Allen tee-off on third downs is a treat one must savor, because few people can do the things he can on a football field.

“Big time players make big time plays in big time games.”

He’s exactly right.  Allen’s eight tackles were his least impressive stat of the night.  One of his two tackles for loss came on a third and one.  His only pass break up came on a third down.  He had two sacks, including a strip sack that ended the game.  Allen saves his best for when it matters most.  Enjoy it while you can.

Questions Unanswered

The Vanderbilt game was supposed to be fun.  It was supposed to help this team build momentum.  Terry Wilson was supposed to regain his confidence before a road test against the high-flying Missouri Tigers.  None of that happened.

Kentucky almost won at Kyle Field without an offensive snap over the 50 yard-line.  Kentucky won its fourth SEC game by completing only three passes for 18 yards.

Since the second half against South Carolina, Kentucky’s offense has not looked the same.  It lacks explosion with a quarterback who lacks confidence.  They were supposed to find solutions to fix the offensive problems during the bye week.  Instead, we are only left with more questions, questions that must be addressed immediately.


Everything Mark Stoops said after the game

MARK STOOPS: Once again, very proud of our football team. In fact, finding a way to win the game, to grind out a tough, hard-fought victory. Nasty night. Very windy. Tough conditions. Really appreciate the way we fought it out.

Love the way the defense played really all night. We gave up the one play early. Lonnie (Johnson) kind of lost his footing, got beat in a one-on-one situation. Really played a good game the rest of the game. Just appreciate their effort.

Offensively we struggled at times. You got to love that drive (late in the game). We struggled in field goal kicking. Obviously it being balanced, but once again everybody in the stadium knew we were going to run the football, were able to run it, grind out a 70-yard or 80-yard drive, get it in the end zone to score. It says a lot about our football team, their attitude, their toughness, finding a way to win.

Never going to apologize for a victory. Certainly there are things we need to do better. We always do that. Win or lose, we’re going to go back to work, look at ourselves, look at things we can do better, starting with me.

Again, you can’t apologize for being 6-1. Looking forward to another opportunity here this week.

Q. What do you say about when the game is on the line, your best players step up?
MARK STOOPS: It really does say a lot. Those guys have been steady for us for years. To put it on Benny (Snell)’s back there when, once again, everybody knew he was running the ball. Thought our offense, the coaches did a really good job of getting formations and keep on finding ways to open up some holes.

Our O-line’s mentality, their toughness, and Benny making some really good runs, really felt like we had an opportunity even at the end there to get that last run to put it away, to ice it. We just missed it by fractions.

But they did a really good job. Of course, Josh (Allen), predictable pass situations, that’s when he’s at his best. Doesn’t surprise me.

Q. Surprised you ran the ball that much?
MARK STOOPS: I think the wind and the weather. One again, we can’t shoot ourselves in the foot with turnovers. They had possession of the football. We’re moving it, controlling the clock. With the wind, it was a tough first half. We didn’t get a lot of opportunities.

We got to get going. Terry (Wilson) has the nice run, we have a first down at the 45 or somewhere in there, 40, put the ball on the ground. That really changes things drastically.

Q. (Question regarding Kash Daniel’s status)
MARK STOOPS: He got a hand injury. We’ll take a look at it, do some x-rays, see what we got to do.

Q. Benny was slow getting into the locker room at halftime. Was he hurt or sick?
MARK STOOPS: He tweaked the foot a little bit. So nothing major. Obviously he was in there at the end.

Q. If you had a field goal in that last drive, would you go back to Miles (Butler) or considering Chance (Poore)?
MARK STOOPS: I was considering putting Chance in, yes.

Q. Are you going to eventually need more out of the passing game?
MARK STOOPS: Yes, for sure.

(more…)


WATCH: Highlights from the Cats’ win

Gather around the computer, tablet or mobile device to rewatch some of Kentucky’s best plays from its 14-7 win over the visiting Commodores from Vanderbilt.

There weren’t as many highlights as we wanted against a team like Vandy, but the win counts the same.


UK has four SEC wins for third straight year for the first time ever

UK has four SEC wins for third straight year for the first time ever

For the first time in the long history of the Kentucky football program, the Wildcats have four SEC wins for a third consecutive season.

Kentucky has been competing in the Southeastern Conference for 81 years, so that is a pretty impressive feat given the years and years and years of sitting in the bottom tier of the league. Now they’re winning at a new level and doing it consistently in Mark Stoops’ sixth season. It’s new territory for Big Blue Nation, so enjoy it.

On that note, here’s a crazy statistic for the day, courtesy of Joe Gerth: Kentucky has as many SEC wins as Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Auburn, Missouri, and Vanderbilt combined this year:

While we’re at it, let’s just take a nice long look at the current standings:

Beautiful. So beautiful.


Injury Report: Kash Daniel has a hand injury

Kentucky almost escaped its ugly game against Vanderbilt without injury.

There is only one injury of note, but it’s to a key player on the team. Mark Stoops said after the game that Kash Daniel suffered a hand injury and it will need an x-ray before we know more.

“We’ll take a look at it, do some x-rays, see what we got to do.,” Stoops said.

Daniel played much of the second half while dealing with the injury. The UK Sports Network broadcast noted he had been playing through severe pain and the hand was heavily taped. But by the end of the game it became too much for Daniel to go on, and he went to the sideline for Vanderbilt’s last drive. True freshman Chris Oats stepped in in his place.

I suppose we’ll have to wait until Monday’s press conference to hear how long it will keep Daniel out going forward, if at all.