By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©February 15th, 2019 @ 2:00pm
After cooking for John Calipari and the BBN at Rupp Arena last week, Top Chef: Kentucky tackles two more of the state’s icons: Kentucky Fried Chicken and Muhammad Ali. To the recap!
The episode opens on the six remaining chefs in the Rupp Arena visitor’s locker room, where Sara is still reeling from the waffle mix drama. She apologizes to Adrienne for lashing out, explaining how much Rupp Arena means to her because her grandfather used to bring her to Kentucky games growing up. I hear that. Thankfully, they bury the hatchet and everyone moves on. The chefs drive back to Louisville, and the camera pans over their gardens at the mansion. Remember those? You know they’ll come up again.
Back in the kitchen, the chefs are greeted by Padma and Art Smith, an award-winning chef who loves fried chicken so much he copied Colonel Sanders’ facial hair. For the Quickfire Challenge, chefs are tasked with creating their own blend of herbs and spices ala Kentucky Fried Chicken, but the twist is, they can only use herbs and spices they can identify while blindfolded. Sara and Kelsey are the only two chefs who are even remotely good at this, identifying twelve and eleven spices, respectively. Eric gets seven and Adrienne, Eddie, and Justin six. Justin couldn’t even get salt right. I’m not a chef, but how is that even possible?
So, Sara has a huge advantage and ends up winning, in large part because everyone else undercooks or overcooks their chicken. Congrats, Sara! You don’t get immunity, but you do get $5,000, which should buy plenty of tickets to Kentucky games. Also, now I want fried chicken.
This week’s elimination challenge shines a spotlight on The Greatest Kentuckian: Muhammad Ali. The chefs are asked to make a dish inspired by one of Muhammad Ali’s fights as part of a six-course meal for a charity gala. They’ll have 30 minutes to menu plan, $550 to spend at Whole Foods, three hours to prep and cook, and an additional two hours to cook at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville. This week’s guest judge? Laila Ali, Ali’s daughter. That’s pretty awesome, and everyone fangirls a little bit.
We can see why our judges are fangirling—preach, @TheRealLailaAli! ????
— Bravo's Top Chef (@BravoTopChef) February 14, 2019
The chefs have to decide who is doing which course/famous fight, and Sara initially balks at taking the Fight at Freedom Hall because it means she’ll have to make another Kentucky-centric dish. She makes two of the other chefs draw for it and she ends up with it again, so, you know, tough titties. Little does she know this will end up being a blessing in disguise.
Here’s each dish and the fight it’s inspired by:
By KSR on ©February 15th, 2019 @ 1:30pm
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©February 15th, 2019 @ 12:45pm
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.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©February 15th, 2019 @ 12:00pm
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.”
Good morning, folks. The All-Star Weekend is upon us, but first, we need to recap Thursday night’s games. Let’s talk NBA.
[27-30] Hornets – 98 @ [27-32] Magic – 127
- After an absolute throttling of the playoff-hopeful Charlotte Hornets right before the All-Star break, the Orlando Magic have now won five games in a row (for the first time in three seasons) and seven of their previous eight to have them only half-a-game out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Magic led this game 71-36 at halftime and didn’t let up in the second half. It was also Orlando’s first win over Charlotte since Dec. of 2015. This was a monumental win for the Magic for a plethora of reasons. Isaiah Briscoe also posted a nifty stat line of six points, eight rebounds, and five assists in 26 minutes.
- For Charlotte, who is hosting the upcoming All-Star weekend, they looked like they were taking their week off a day too early. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was held scoreless in 13 minutes while Malik Monk added 15 points on 7-16 shooting to go along with his four rebounds and two assists.
[37-20] Thunder – 122 @ [26-33] Pelicans – 131
- If I recall correctly, this was the first Pelicans game where the starting lineup featured all three of Darius Miller, Julius Randle, and Anthony Davis. Unfortunately – or coincidentally, however you’d like to look at it – Davis left in the second quarter with what was later diagnosed as a bruised shoulder. He still finished with 14 points and four rebounds in 15 minutes. But now the major question is… Will Davis play in the All-Star Game? I’d still put my money on yes, but this definitely complicates things. That is, if this wasn’t a “planned” injury. I don’t want to go all “tin foil hat” on you, but of all the times for Davis to get hurt, it happens now? Anyways, he probably is hurt. And somehow the Pelicans still won this game. After being gutted by the Magic in a 30-point loss the game before, I’m honestly not sure how they pulled this one off.
- Miller contributed eight points, four rebounds, and five assists while Randle went off for 33 points on 11-21 shooting to lead the BBNBA in scoring. He also added 11 rebounds and six assists to his totals and three clutch buckets late in the game to seal the win for the Pellies. The Pelicans head coach, Alvin Gentry, was happy his team could pull out a win amidst the Davis drama.
- ”To tell you the truth, this whole thing has been a dumpster fire,” coach Gentry said, alluding to the effect Davis’ trade demand has had on the rest of the team. ”It’s hard for guys to go through what they’ve been through, and to be able to come out and beat a team of that quality, I’m happy for all the guys.”
- For the Thunder, Nerlens Noel played his best game of the season, exploding for 22 points in a mere 21 minutes while also corralling 13 rebounds in addition to his two steals. Patrick Patterson got the start for OKC but scored only five points in 15 minutes. Hamidou Diallo did not play.
- Kevin Knox had a poor shooting night, going 2-9 from the field for only nine points but he managed to bring in 10 rebounds in the process. The Knicks were able to end their longest ever franchise losing streak by beating the Atlanta Hawks.
- Check out the full stat sheet below.
|Julius Randle (NOP)||131-122 W vs. OKC||33||11-21 (2-3)||11||6||1||1||4||+19||38|
|Nerlens Noel (OKC)||122-131 L @ NOP||22||10-16 (0-0)||13||1||2||0||1||+4||21|
|Malik Monk (CHA)||89-127 L @ ORL||15||7-16 (1-7)||4||2||0||0||0||-19||24|
|Anthony Davis (NOP)||131-122 W vs. OKC||14||5-10 (1-2)||4||2||1||1||2||_10||15|
|Kevin Knox (NYK)||106-91 W @ ATL||9||2-9 (2-3)||10||1||0||0||3||+8||22|
|Darius Miller(NOP)||131-122 W vs. OKC||8||3-7 (2-5)||4||5||1||0||0||+19||34|
|Isaiah Briscoe (ORL)||127-89 W vs. CHA||6||2-5 (2-2)||8||5||0||0||1||+23||26|
|Patrick Patterson (OKC)||122-131 L @ NOP||5||2-8 (0-4)||3||0||0||0||1||-20||15|
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)||89-127 L @ ORL||0||0-2 (0-1)||2||0||0||0||0||-13||13|
|Hamidou Diallo (OKC)||122-131 L @ NOP||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Alex Poythress (ATL)||91-106 L vs. NYK||DNP-CD||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:00 (ESPN): NBA All-Star Celebrity Game presented by Ruffles
9:00 (TNT): MTN DEW ICE Rising Stars Challenge
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By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©February 15th, 2019 @ 10:30am
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.
The Kentucky effect is invading Charlotte, North Carolina and the upcoming NBA All-Star Weekend.
Several former Wildcats are expected to participate in each of the events planned for this weekend’s midseason NBA festivities. If you aren’t familiar with NBA All-Star weekend, let me briefly update you.
Basically, it’s a week vacation for players, coaches, and also the media, but mainly, it’s a bunch of different basketball-themed games played over the course of three days. Starting the with All-Star Celebrity Game and the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, followed by the Skills Challenge, 3-Point Contest, and Dunk Contest on Friday, and finished off on Sunday with the main event, the 68th ever NBA All-Star game.
Friday is the weekend teaser, with two events setting the scene early before things really get rolling on Saturday.
NBA All-Star Celebrity Game presented by Ruffles (7 p.m. on ESPN)
The Celebrity Game is up first – and rightfully so since it’s hardly watchable in the first place – featuring celebs ranging from musical artists such as Quavo and Chris Daughtry (for some reason), NBA greats such as Ray Allen, and even Milwaukee Bucks owner Marc Lasry, with several other names I have never heard before and will have to look up to confirm they are real people. Like, seriously, what in the hell is a Dr. Oz? Am I this out of touch already?
The celebrity game is mostly a gimmick and was really only entertaining when Kevin Hart was running around like a child who ate wayyyyy too much sugar right before his bedtime. But even then, it’s basically always been a giant social media gathering and a “who’s who” of being involved with NBA Twitter. I will be avoiding this game at all costs.
MTN DEW ICE Rising Stars Challenge (9 p.m. on TNT)
The main event on Friday, the Rising Stars Challange, takes place immediately after the Celebrity Game. And we’ll see plenty of our more recent Wildcats.
The Rising Stars Challenge features two teams, one compiled of players from the United States and the other of players from across the world. The U.S. team will showcase De’Aaron Fox (SAC) and Kevin Knox (NYK) – who is replacing the injured Lonzo Ball. For the World team, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (LAC) will represent Canada. Here’s a look at the full roster for both sides.
The U.S. vs. The WORLD
— NBA (@NBA) January 30, 2019
At first glance, I’d pick the World team to win because having Luka Doncic and Ben Simmons on the same team seems wildly unfair to any opponent. But the U.S. team might have more depth and overall talent despite the World team having the experience factor on their side. All I know is that if Fox and SGA don’t go one-on-one against each other at least once I will boycott the entire event. We also need a Fox to Knox alley-oop connection so I can liquify the video into a fluid that can then be injected it in my veins.
Saturday (8 p.m. on TNT)
Saturday is when things get fun. While the All-Star game itself is more of a spectacle and watching the best basketball players in the galaxy play a poor man’s version of streetball is legitimately compelling, the mini-games on Saturday is where the real excitement brews.
The Taco Bell Skills Challenge kicks things off as the selected players navigate a course predesigned to make the ball handler pass, dribble, and shoot all while doing so in a shorter amount of time than the field. Representing Kentucky in this year’s event will be De’Aaron Fox, who will play in his second event in as many days.
Fox is among a group that includes two All-Stars from this season along with rookies Trae Young and Luka Doncic. I’d say Fox is poised to do well in this event, considering he is easily the fastest player of the eight participants and one of the two or three best passers. There’s a portion early in the course where a player is required to pass the ball through a hoop-sized hole that always seems to give at least a few players a problem. If Fox can ace that part and land the pass on the first try, his speed will lead him to victory in the event. He’s also the favorite to win it.
This is the fourth year for the event and normally the bigs have been pitted against the guards in the final, which is expected to be the same layout this season. Here are the highlights from last year’s event, which was won by Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie. With a guard winning it last year, this means the record is two wins for the bigs and two wins for the guards. A lot is on the line here, folks.
The MTN DEW 3-Point Contest is a pretty straight forward event. Normally set at eight participants, this year’s event will feature 10 players, including a Kentucky fan favorite, Devin Booker (PHX). Players will shoot 25 total balls out of five different racks spread across the perimeter under the allotted time, with regular basketballs worth one point and the “money ball” worth two points, which is found at the end of every rack.
Booker won the event last year and is one of the favorites to win it again, behind Stephen Curry (GSW) and Buddy Hield (SAC). Curry’s younger brother, Seth (POR), will also play in the shootout. Booker could join a list of six players who have won the event twice. There have been only two – Larry Bird and Craig Hodges in the late ’80s, early ’90s – who have won it three times. Here are the highlights from last year’s shootout.
The AT&T Slam Dunk will cap off an entertaining Saturday, with Hamidou Diallo (OKC) hoping to showcase his otherworldly athleticism that Kentucky fans saw in his season and a half wearing the blue and white. The rest of the field is rather uninteresting, to be honest, especially if you aren’t an NBA addict. But there is real potential for an outstanding battle of the dunkers, here.
Diallo and fellow participant Miles Bridges Jr. are both rookies and John Collins sounds like the name of a Lieutenant in 1782. But don’t let their lack of general popularity fool you. Bridges is one of the most forceful dunkers in the league, linking up Malik Monk multiple times throughout the season for ground shattering alley-oops. Collins is a mutant of an athlete. Diallo has a record-setting vertical that no one has really gotten the chance to see in all it’s glory just yet. I’m expecting some impressive and creative dunks from Diallo. The fourth participant is Dennis Smith Jr. A one-time Kentucky recruit, he has athleticism for a guard that is only comparable to the Russell Westbrook’s and Donovan Mitchell’s of the world.
Smith Jr. is the overwhelming favorite while Diallo is the underwhelming underdog, so bet at your own risk, but I think Diallo is going to make a small name for himself early in his career by unleashing some hellacious dunks and an insane vertical. Check out last year’s contest, won by Donovan Mitchell (UTA).
68th NBA All-Star Game (8:20 p.m. on TNT/TBS | coverage begins at 7 p.m.)
The stage is set for the All-Star Game and it’s Team LeBron vs. Team Giannis.
This year’s event will feature two former Kentucky players, Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN) and Anthony Davis (NOP), who will both suit up for Team LeBron. Well, we know Towns will be suiting up, at least. Davis is expected to play and by all accounts, it appears he will. But man, I still can’t get over how weird everything is with Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans. I don’t know how Davis feels about all of this, but I can guarantee there is some awkwardness stuck in there somewhere. This weekend might be a good opportunity to clear his head, a bit.
It also shouldn’t be overlooked that LeBron picked Davis after the entire debacle at the trade deadline. If you think that was a coincidence then I got some news for you… LeBron also drafted Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, and Klay Thompson, who are all going to be dealing with free agency in some fashion this summer. LeBron is also the tampering King, too.
But I digress…
Watching KAT and AD play should be captivating for both NBA and BBNBA fans alike. It’ll be even more thrilling if we get some Cat-to-KAT alley-oops. As much as I would have loved to see Towns try to dunk on AD, or vice versa, watching them link up as teammates should be just as exciting.
D’Angelo Russell, a Louisville native, was also selected to the game as a reserve for Victor Oladipo. He will play for Team Giannis.
Go Cats. It should be a fun weekend. Tweet at me anything out of the ordinary you might catch on TV/social media.
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By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©February 15th, 2019 @ 9:55am
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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:
Jarrett Allen, Marvin Bagley III, Lonzo Ball (injured), John Collins, De’Aaron Fox, Jaren Jackson Jr., Kevin Knox, Kyle Kuzma, Donovan Mitchell, Jayson Tatum
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’S GAME DAY!!!!!
— Kentucky Baseball (@UKBaseball) February 15, 2019
It won’t be televised anywhere, but you can listen to the game on 98.5 FM Lexington or keep up on UKAthletics.com.
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.
You Bet Your Fiancée is a game where couples bet on what their significant others will know, and I bet on who’s gonna break up afterward. pic.twitter.com/2lau4wcdoR
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) February 14, 2019
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.”
Alvin Gentry has had enough on questions about Anthony Davis. pic.twitter.com/o1QfoJjyQv
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) February 15, 2019
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.
Julius Randle was huge for the @PelicansNBA as they picked up the big win against the Thunder at home! ?
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 15, 2019
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.
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By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©February 14th, 2019 @ 11:00pm
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.
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#10 JR. Windbag
— Jr. Windbag (@paulscott62) February 14, 2019
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#9 Bert Box
— Bert Box (@Bert_by_90) February 14, 2019
That was easily my favorite call in recent memory
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By Jack Pilgrim on ©February 14th, 2019 @ 10:15pm
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 DatingNews.com, 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!