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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: 20 Year Anniversary of UK’s Biggest SEC Blowout

Kentucky hasn’t blown out many opponents in it’s modern SEC history.  Since the league expanded in 1992, Kentucky’s biggest victory over a conference opponent actually occurred 20 years ago against this week’s foe, Vanderbilt.  UK hammered the Dores that year 55-17, a 38-point win that hasn’t been matched since.  

Tim Couch had one of his greatest performances, throwing for 5 TD’s and nearly 500 yards.

Dare to dream the Cats could get a rare SEC blowout this weekend?  Not saying that a 38-point win is possible as this team is not explosive enough to score that amount, but could we be in for a comfortable, game out of hand by halftime, SEC game this weekend?


KSR Show Thread 10/15: Gearing up for Vandy

KSR Show Thread 10/15: Gearing up for Vandy

Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Monday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio. Today, the gang will recap the bye weekend, Big Blue Madness, and look ahead to Saturday’s big game vs. Vanderbilt. Tune in or miss out.

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Today on KSR: Vanderbilt Week

Today on KSR: Vanderbilt Week

The Bye Week gave us all a nice reprieve to enjoy basketball, the outdoors, and, if you’re like all of my friends on social media, the pumpkin patch, but it’s game week once again, which means it’s time to focus on the Vanderbilt Commodores. Saturday’s game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at Kroger Field and will be broadcast on the SEC Network, setting up another big weekend in the Bluegrass. Lots to do before then, so let’s get to it.

Mark Stoops will address the media at noon

How does Stoops feel about his team after a week “off”? Check the site at noon to find out. We’ll have a live stream of his weekly press conference, along with updates as they happen.

This week’s depth chart will drop shortly beforehand; cross your fingers the bye week helped heal some minor injuries, namely to offensive linemen Naasir Watkins and Drake Jackson.

We’ll find out the Missouri game time

Around 12:30 p.m., the SEC will release the game times for October 27, meaning you’ll be free to plan your Saturday in just a few more hours.

Kentucky is 14th in the AP Poll

Without even playing, Kentucky jumped four spots in the AP Poll to No. 14. After losing to LSU, Georgia is No. 8, followed by Florida at No. 11, Texas A&M at No. 17 and Mississippi State at No. 22.

This goes without saying, but beat Vanderbilt and Kentucky’s path to the SEC Championship becomes a bit more real; however, the ‘Dores gave Florida quite a bit of trouble on Saturday, so the Cats cannot afford to look ahead.

Basketball looks ahead to the Blue-White Game

Big Blue Madness on Friday night was a whole lotta fun and a great reminder of this team’s character and personality. The team got last night off to play the new “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4,” but they’ll soon be back at work preparing for Sunday night’s Blue-White Scrimmage.

Speaking of, have you right-clicked and saved this as your wallpaper yet?

Want to see these guys play in person? Plenty of good tickets are still available for the Blue/White Game starting at $5 each on Ticketmaster.

Can we pause and appreciate Sassy Joe B. Hall?

Joe B.’s coming up on his 90th birthday, but showcased some serious sass this weekend. When asked how long he believes John Calipari will keep coaching at Kentucky, Hall quipped, “As long as they keep paying him eight million dollars a year.”

Never change, Joe B.

NBA Cats on the move

Today at 6 p.m. is the deadline for NBA teams to cut their roster to 15 guaranteed contract players, so this weekend saw plenty of developments for some former Cats:

Liggins will join the Heat’s G-League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, where he’ll play alongside another former Cat, Marcus Lee.

Relive the first half of the season

Need a football fix after the bye week? KyWildcatsTV has you covered.

Za’Darius Smith helped the Ravens break a record

Shoutout to Za’Darius Smith, who had three of Baltimore’s eleven sacks yesterday, a new franchise record. It came against my Titans, but kudos to Za’Darius for an incredible start to the season. Through six games, he already has 5.5 sacks, tying his previous career high.

KSR in an hour

Only one hour until Matt Jones, Ryan Lemond, and Shannon the Dude are back on the radio. Until then, dance into your week like Immanuel Quickley:


Kid reporter steals the show at UK Media Day

Kid reporter steals the show at UK Media Day

Big Blue Nation, meet Elaijah Mayhorn, a fifth-grader at Julius Marks Elementary School in Lexington. Remember that name, because there’s a solid chance you’ll be hearing from her at Kentucky press conferences and media opportunities in about a decade.

Or a year or two. Maybe a couple weeks, who knows. All I know is she’s coming for my job.

Mayhorn made a grand entrance at UK Media Day on Thursday afternoon, when she skipped her way into John Calipari’s press conference garnering Kentucky-blue ribbons in her hair and the most contagious smile you’ve ever seen. There was a sea of media members packed in the room like a can of sardines with lights and cameras, but the intimidating scene didn’t phase her in the slightest.

She took a seat at the KSR table off to the right side of Calipari’s podium, and we instantly had to know her story. But before we could even get a real question out, she turned around and introduced herself.

“Hi, I’m Elaijah,” she said.

There was my story. Forget any of the other madness we were likely to see throughout the day, I knew this girl was going to steal the show.

And she absolutely did.

Calipari got going, bantering back and forth with several reporters in the audience. He took a jab at Jerry Tipton by asking if it was Media Day or Coach Day, compared Rick Pitino showing up to practice to North Korea, and talked about being loopy due to his sleep deprivation, among other things. You know, the usual.

Like a seasoned veteran, however, Mayhorn waited for the first pause in the action to pounce. She raised her hand for the microphone and belted out a hard-hitting question, zero hesitation.

“What do you do when you’re given sass by the players?” she said.

“Sass? What is sass?” Calipari responded.

“Like, attitude.”

“Oh, very good question. What’s your name?”

“Elaijah.”

“Okay, Elaijah, let me say what we do now because I have a team that talks — I want a team to talk. Like the biggest issue we have, they don’t talk enough. The problem is when they talk at the other team, that’s a problem. That’s an attitude.

“So we have a couple guys that start competing, and then they start jawing at each other. They start sassing, as you would say. So now we have attitude points. So if they’re competing and the score is 12-9 and Keldon scores and then starts to chest bump, boop, attitude point, the other team. Now it’s 13-10, and we keep playing.

“My job is every year to try — what is this team, what do they need from me. So to get them — I want them to talk to each other. I just don’t want them to talk to the opponent. Leave them alone. Very good question.”

Attitude points, eh? We haven’t ever heard of anything like that since Calipari arrived back in 2009. But a fifth-grader can walk in and dig up new information from the Kentucky head coach without thinking twice? Interesting.

After the press conference concluded, Calipari shuffled over to Mayhorn, knelt down, took a picture with her, and again told her how great her question was. He then talked to her parents in attendance, telling them she has talent and they should be proud of her.

“Yep, I have to follow this girl around when she talks to the players,” I said to myself.

And you better believe it exceeded expectations.

In the hour we had to talk to players, Mayhorn arm-wrestled Nick Richards, asked Quade Green what his hidden talent is, and talked to Ashton Hagans about his birthday gift for Keldon Johnson, among other gems. She was easily the most valuable reporter of the day:

Luckily, I got all of it on tape for your viewing pleasure.

Take a look at Elaijah Mayhorn’s reporting debut at UK Media Day:

And just like that, I need to pack my things and log-out for good. How can I compete with that?

This kid is a superstar.


(Photo via Dave Eggen)

Miami Heat Waive DeAndre Liggins

(Photo via Dave Eggen)

After being signed to the Miami Heat on Oct. 7DeAndre Liggins was waived this past Thursday.

The former Kentucky guard played in one preseason game for the Heat, scoring 10 points and recording two assists in a win against the New Orleans Pelicans – the team he last played an NBA regular season game for.

The deadline for NBA teams to cut down their roster to 15 guaranteed contract players is Monday at 2 p.m. (does not include two-way players) and the Heat had to make some moves in order to meet the limit.

Liggins, along with former Dayton guard Charles Cooke, will be waived but will have their chance to work their way back onto the roster through the G League.

The signing and waiving of Liggins appears planned from the jump, as they can now use him in partnership with their G League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce (along with former Kentucky forward Marcus Lee, who was also recently waived by the Heat and is expected to play for the Skyforce).

This type of maneuvering will allow Liggins to receive a $50,000 bonus if he stays with the Skyforce for at least two months in addition to the $35,000 G League salary.

This will be Liggins third total stint with the Skyforce as he was a member back in the 2013-14 season – where he was named a D-League All-Star and later the D-League Defensive Player of the Year – and again in the 2015-16 season – where he was once again a D-League All-Star and named to the All-Defensive First Team.


WATCH: Get to know Kentucky football’s “Big Blue Wall”

Benny Snell is getting the majority of credit for Kentucky’s success in the run game this season, but how about some love for the bullies up front?

Bradley McKee of UK Athletics sat down with the Kentucky offensive line to talk about the unit’s mentality, their bond with one another, dealing with Landon Young’s season-ending injury, and the overall success they’ve had under OL coach John Schlarman.

Check out what Naasir Watkins, EJ Price, Landon Young, Drake Jackson, Bunchy Stallings, George Asafo-Adjei, and Logan Stenberg had to say below:

As an added bonus, the Kentucky football video crew put together all of the team’s best plays midway through the season.

Take a look below:

Six more days, BBN.


(Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

BBNBA: Top 10 Preseason Highlights

(Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

The NBA preseason finished up on Friday which means the regular season tips off this coming Tuesday.

I’ve stated my disinterest in the Summer League/preseason before and how the stats that are a result of it shouldn’t be taken too seriously. That being said, the dunks and highlights are still wildly exciting and easily the best thing about the exhibitions that lead up to the regular season.

With the regular season only days away, I went back and shuffled through what felt like hundreds of highlights from the 30-plus former Kentucky Wildcats who participated. I’m sure there will be highlights I missed, but there were a ton to choose from.

I could make a top-10 list just off Bam Adebayo being a ridiculous superhuman freak or off Willie Cauley-Stein alley-oops, but I spread the love and came up with this top-10 list. If you didn’t already know just how athletically gifted some of these guys are, you will soon.

Starting with the always entertaining Malik Monk.

#10 – Malik Monk crosses over DeAndre Jordan


#9 – Tyler Ulis steal/layup on De’Aaron Fox

#8 – De’Aaron Fox shakes Tyler Ulis

*Note: Fox executed this deadly crossover the play immediately following Ulis’ bucket.*

#7 – Hamidou Diallo blocks Donte DiVincenzo

#6 – Michael Kidd-Gilchrist chase down block

#5 – Malik Monk 3/4 court shot

#4 John Wall nutmegs Briante Weber

#3 Isaiah Briscoe sauces the defender

#2 Bam Adebayo double bounce pass

Uhhhhh. What?

#1 Alex Poythress blocks Bam Adebayo

UHHHHH… WHAT?!?!


Kentucky basketball gets the night off to play new Call of Duty video game

Kentucky basketball gets the night off to play new Call of Duty video game

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Do you remember back in September when the Kentucky basketball team was treated to an early look at the latest installment of the Call of Duty series: Call of Duty Black-Ops 4?

Tonight, the team was rewarded with a night off of practice to play their distributed copies of the popular first-person shooter game.

The official Kentucky men’s basketball Twitter account released the following video of the team receiving their shipment of the game on both PS4 and Xbox One.

Needless to say, they were pretty excited for a night of doing nothing but having fun:

“As soon as it comes out, I’m playing it all night, every night,” sophomore forward PJ Washington  said about the new game at UK Media Day last week.

And he wasn’t the only Wildcat looking forward to it.

“We all get the new Call of Duty, I’m probably going to be on there a lot,” said Quade Green.

Kentucky center Nick Richards, on the other hand, said he’s not a fan.

“Nah, I don’t play Call of Duty,” he said.

Hmm… Footage doesn’t lie, Nick.

Neither do photos:

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After a good week of practice and a heck of a show put on at Big Blue Madness, the kids absolutely deserve a night off.

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While we’re at it, take a look at the Big Blue Madness recap video the fine folks at UK Athletics put together:

It’s going to be a fun season.