By Maggie Davis on ©February 19th, 2019 @ 11:49pm
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It wasn’t pretty, but Kentucky did just enough to come away with a 66-58 win over Missouri. PJ Washington and Tyler Herro led the way for the Wildcats with 18 points apiece, while Ashton Hagans added 12 points of his own. The entire second half was a struggle for Kentucky, especially on the offensive end.
Luckily, you can skip through the rough parts and just re-watch the best moments, thanks to our friends at KY Wildcats TV. Check out the highlights here:
John Calipari did not have a post-game update on Reid Travis’ knee injury; he can only hope the injury is not a severe one that will keep his star forward out any longer.
“His knee was bothering him, so we’ll get the MRI and go from there and see,” Coach Cal said after the game. “Hopefully he’s going to be OK.”
Cal didn’t even see the collision that caused the knee strain, he admitted, but it changed the way Kentucky played in the second half.
“When Reid got hurt, I was just trying to get out of the gym. We were tentatively offensively,” he told Tom Leach in his radio interview. His message to his team was “let’s just get out of here.”
John Calipari is at the podium to discuss Kentucky’s win before he leaves Columbia. You can follow along via the Facebook live stream:
Ashton Hagans and PJ Washington had some things to say about the game too:
After an exciting first half that saw Kentucky maintain an impressive 41-23 lead, the second half turned into the sleepy performance we all expected going into the evening.
The Kentucky Wildcats fought off a tough late effort from the Missouri Tigers to pull off a 66-58 victory on the road, the team’s sixth consecutive victory away from home.
With the win, the Cats move to 22-4 on the year and 11-2 in the SEC.
PJ Washington finished with a tying team-high 18 points (7-13 shooting, 2-4 from three) to go with eight rebounds, three assists, and one block. He has now upped his scoring average in ten consecutive games, moving up to 19.9 points per game during that span.
Tyler Herro continued his dominant ways on the road, finishing with 18 points (4-9 shooting, 2-5 from three, 8-8 FT), five rebounds, two assists, and one steal. For the season, the Kentucky guard is now shooting 92.4 percent from the line, good for No. 1 in school history (single-season) for players with 50 or more attempts.
After finishing the first half with zero points and four turnovers, Ashton Hagans managed to end the day with 12 points (3-5 shooting, 2-4 from three), two assists, and four turnovers.
Nick Richards had seven points (3-3 shooting) and four rebounds in just 12 minutes of action.
Keldon Johnson added five points, six rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block in the victory.
Beyond those five, Immanuel Quickley and Reid Travis each finished with three points.
Overall, Kentucky was outrebounded 28-34, finished with more turnovers (14-12), and fewer assists (10-11). That being said, the Cats shot 48 percent from the field (compared to 37 percent for Mizzou), 37 percent from three (33 percent for MU), and 86.4 percent from the free throw line (71.4 percent for MU). Even with the sloppy overall performance, Kentucky still managed to lead for 37:43 of the game compared to 0:42 for Missouri.
In easily the biggest news of the night, Travis went down with a knee injury, which was soon diagnosed as a sprain that kept him out to end the game. ESPN announcer Jimmy Dykes said that was the best-case scenario for the star forward, but we’ll have to find out specifics in the near future.
Here is the entire box score:
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©February 19th, 2019 @ 10:52pm
Bad news from Columbia: Reid Travis sprained his right knee around the ten-minute mark of the second half of Kentucky vs. Missouri. He will not return to the game.
The injury occurred when Keldon Johnson fell into Reid’s leg after going up for a rebound. Reid’s knee bent inward, and when Kentucky regained possession, a timeout was called and he limped off the floor. He was able to leave the game and go to the locker room under his own power.
Play in which Reid Travis injured his right knee. pic.twitter.com/Eb9OFpcbGg
— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) February 20, 2019
Reid had a stress fracture his freshman year at Stanford, but it was in his left leg, not his right, so at least there’s that.
We’ll bring you updates as we have them.
By Nick Roush on ©February 19th, 2019 @ 10:43pm
You’ve heard for more than a week that Brad White was probably going to replace Matt House. Now that White’s promotion from outside linebackers coach to defensive coordinator is imminent, here’s a little more on the man who will be calling the Cats’ defense in 2019.
The Mastermind Behind Josh Allen
Josh Allen is an incredible athlete. The Kentucky edge rusher was on a path to unprecedented success before White arrived in Lexington. White helped him get there a little quicker.
White brought six years of NFL expertise from the Indianapolis Colts to UK’s outside linebackers room in 2018. The tactician used a detailed-oriented approach, but wasn’t afraid to mix it up in the middle of drills.
“He told us to hold nothing back, so I’m not holding anything back,” Josh Allen said prior to the Citrus Bowl. “He knows the consequences,” Allen laughed.
Endearing to his players, he was a hot commodity on the open coaching market. As others pursued from other Power Five conferences and the NFL, Mark Stoops kept the rising star on his staff by promoting him to defensive coordinator.
Unlike most of the other UK assistants, the Rhode Island native does not have roots in a talent-rich recruiting area. However, he can tap into an area area that is typically dominated by the team UK just beat in the Citrus Bowl, Penn State. Even though he spent six seasons off the recruiting trail, KSR has learned that White fell back in love with recruiting this year. With Josh Allen’s name recognition, results should soon follow.
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) March 14, 2018
Coaching with his Mentor
White learned football at the collegiate level from Dean Hood, UK’s special teams coordinator and safeties coach. White starred as Hood’s middle linebacker at Wake Forest from 2002-04.
“Coach Hood is a big mentor of mine. I know these players have been taught the right way,” White said at his introductory press conference in 2018.
A first time defensive coordinator, it will be important for White to have a steady support system. With his mentor right down the hall, and a defensive-minded head coach, White has plenty of experienced colleagues ready to lend a hand at any time.
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Those expecting a hangover game following Kentucky’s big victory over Tennessee on Saturday were (happily) proven wrong this evening.
On the road against Missouri, Kentucky currently leads 41-23 at halftime.
PJ Washington leads all scorers with 15 points (6-10 shooting, 2-4 from three) to go with five rebounds and two assists.
Tyler Herro is continuing his dominant ways on the road, finishing with ten points (3-5 shooting, 2-4 from three), four rebounds, one assist, and one steal.
Nick Richards has seven points (3-3 shooting) and four rebounds in just seven minutes of action.
Beyond those three, Immanuel Quickley, Reid Travis, and Keldon Johnson each have three points at the break.
Here is the entire box score:
Finish them off.
By Nick Roush on ©February 19th, 2019 @ 9:38pm
Kentucky will have a familiar face calling the defense next fall. Sources tell KSR Brad White will be the Cats’ next defensive coordinator.
White will be Mark Stoops’ third defensive coordinator in seven seasons. He replaces Matt House, who departed after three seasons in Lexington to become the Kansas City Chiefs linebackers coach.
Last year was White’s first in Lexington. In that short time as UK’s outside linebackers coach, he helped transform Josh Allen into a record-breaking National Defensive Player of the Year. He is expected to continue coaching that position. Prior to joining Stoops’ staff, White spent six seasons with the Indianapolis Colts.
White will receive help from Jon Sumrall. The former UK linebacker coached inside linebackers at Ole Miss last season and has an excellent reputation as a recruiter.
Mark Stoops’ defense will be led by a rising star in the coaching industry, and he has new protege to help him recruit. A win-win for Kentucky’s defense.
By Drew Franklin on ©February 19th, 2019 @ 9:31pm
If things keep going the way they’re going in Las Vegas, UNLV could be in the market for a new head basketball coach this spring. And if it comes to that, Rick Pitino is on the Runnin’ Rebels short list of candidates to replace Marvin Menzies, who still has a job…. for now.
According to speculation throughout the internet, Pitino will be a hot name in the coaching search at UNLV. He may even be the name on the list, according to Joe Arrigo, a UNLV insider:
Per sources: IF (and I say if) there is a #UNLVbb head basketball coaching change, Rick Pitino is on the very short list, but another name to watch closely is former Ohio St. head basketball coach Thad Matta
— Joe Arrigo (@joearrigo) February 19, 2019
As for my sources, they haven’t been wrong about UNLV related info, ever. I’ll stick with them and what they told me last night that Pitino & Matta are the 2 leading candidates on a short list, with Pitino the 1st choice and that NO DEAL is done.
God bless & ??
— Joe Arrigo (@joearrigo) February 19, 2019
Pitino and UNLV aren’t new to each other. He reportedly turned down the UNLV job in 2001, choosing to coach the Louisville Cardinals instead, which was a real wild ride for 16 years. But would he be in for revisiting the conversation? He’s not going to stay in Greece forever.
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By Drew Franklin on ©February 19th, 2019 @ 8:00pm
You University of Kentucky men’s basketball program released another episode of its popular “The Journey” web series, a KY Wildcats TV joint. If you haven’t yet seen it, watch the entire video below. It’ll get you more than ready for the upcoming contest with Mizzou.
“You’re prepared for this. What a great opportunity, literally for every guy in the room just to go play. This is a man-oh-man game. Let’s help each other.”
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) February 19, 2019
Now that I’ve seen it (43 times and counting), here are my five favorite parts of the show:
1. Marlana Van Hoose singing the national anthem.
The night got off to a great start with Marlana Van Hoose belting the national anthem moments before tip-off. It was one of her better showings, too; thanks to the Rupp Arena crowd helping her finish off the song with their unsolicited background vocals. The home crowd takes over for Everett McCorvey once a year for the national anthem, but this was the first time the crowd has joined Marlana Van Hoose and it made for a neat moment to get things going.
2. “Ashton, I’m putting it all on you.”
In a behind-the-scenes look at the locker room prior to the game, we hear Kenny Payne tell Ashton Hagans, “I’m putting it all on you.”
“I know our wings are going to run, I know our bigs are going to rebound,” Payne said. “Our transition is going to start with you.”
It’s not in the video, but on Monday, Payne said Kentucky is really good when Hagans is locked in, which he was.
3. Was that a Ryan Lemond fathead in the student section?
Yep. That was a Ryan Lemond fathead in the student section.
4. Coach Cal’s comments after the game.
After Kentucky pulled off the big win, Coach Cal said two very interesting things to the team. First, he singled out Nick Richards for making a big play and said, “What he doesn’t get is every one of us, including every fan, knows how important he is to this team and wants him to do well.”
Then he told the entire team,”If you guys decide this is who you guys are, we’re fine. If you guys get arrogant, it’s my job to see it coming.”
Point being, don’t get comfortable and let off the gas.
5. Keldon Johnson was out of his mind and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist loved it.
Real recognize real, they say.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©February 19th, 2019 @ 7:30pm
The Kentucky basketball team has moved on from their victory over Tennessee and is ready for their matchup with Missouri this evening.
Yesterday afternoon, UK assistant coach Kenny Payne, forward Reid Travis, and guard Ashton Hagans broke down the team’s matchup with the Tigers and what fans can expect this evening.
Kenny Payne talked about winning the SEC, Calipari silencing the crowd, getting over the Tennessee game, and why he’s impressed with Missouri.
Reid Travis discussed whether or not he actually gets an IV after games, how excited he was to beat Tennessee, and how he’s handling the end-of-year grind as a fifth-year senior.
Ashton Hagans talked about getting his braces off, whether he pouts like Kenny Payne says he does, and his increased defensive intensity.
Just days after Matt House officially departed for the Kansas City Chiefs, Mark Stoops made his next move. Multiple Ole Miss media outlets report that former UK linebacker Jon Sumrall will leave Oxford to return for a position at his alma mater.
There’s no other way to spin it: this is a great hire by Mark Stoops.
Sumrall’s credentials are extensive in spite of his age. In three years at Troy, he served as special teams coordinator and helped Neal Brown’s defense finish in the Top 25 nationally in scoring, rushing and total defense. The man knows his X’s and O’s.
On the recruiting front, the Huntsville, Alabama native has connections in his home state and its eastern border, Georgia. In only one year at Ole Miss, he served as the primary recruiter for at least four players in the Rebels’ 22nd-ranked recruiting class, including four-star middle linebacker Lakia Henry, a day-one starter next season.
Most importantly, Sumrall checks all of the boxes to pave the way for Brad White to become UK’s defensive coordinator.
Sumrall can easily fill House’s vacancy as middle linebackers coach, leaving White the opportunity to still coach the edge defenders while coordinating the defense. Not only does Sumrall give the defensive side of the ball a young, aggressive recruiter, he has ties to an area UK needs to tap into to take the next step. The cherry on top — Sumrall is a Kentucky guy. He will not be too eager to leave his old stomping grounds.
In six years as UK’s head coach, Stoops has a knack for finding rising talent in the coaching ranks. Five of his former defensive assistants are coordinating defenses or special teams in Power Five conferences. That doesn’t include House’s move to the NFL. Sumrall is the next UK assistant with an incredibly bright future.
Stoops deserves plenty of praise for the impending move, but I’m giving all the credit to Adam Luckett. Minutes after news broke about House’s departure, I texted KSR’s resident Gridiron Guru.
He spoke it into existence. Follow that man, BBN. @AdamLuckettBOS