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BBNBA: Wiz Win in OT, Booker Drops 28

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Recap

Hornets 106 – Raptors 127

  • Fresh off being named the first Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the new NBA season, Kemba Walker couldn’t muster up enough offense to take down a stout Toronto defense. Malik Monk scored 10 points off the bench while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added six.
  • We’re only four games in, but Monk has looked much more comfortable working within the offense. His three-point percentage is slightly above 40 percent this season on 6.8 attempts per game (last season he shot 34.2 percent on nearly half the volume). The sample size is small, but it’s enough to remain optimistic that Monk could continue to be a focal point of the offense.

Knicks 113 – Bucks 124

  • Kevin Knox missed his first game for the Knicks since the turned ankle on Saturday. The initial feeling was that Knox might miss extended time, but as ESPN reported on Sunday, it shouldn’t be more than a week of recovery for the forward.
  • As for his fellow Knick teammate, Enes Kanter continued his double-double streak to begin the season, now up to four games in a row as he added 14 points and 13 rebounds.
  • Eric Bledsoe also had himself a double-double, but of the passing persuasion. His 16 points and 13 assists were key in opening up the floor. He’s become infatuated with one of the Bucks offseason additions, Brook Lopez, as he can knock down perimeter shots and spread the floor for Milwaukee – and more importantly, Giannis Antetokounmpo – along with sharpshooter Khris Middleton.
  • The Bucks start their season 3-0 for the first time since the 2005-06 season. Also, Middleton (30 points, 7-8 from three) has slowly been speaking some truth into offseason speculation that he might be ready to make the leap towards an All-Star game appearance.

Pacers 91 – Timberwolves 101

  • It was another less-than-stellar game from Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns (for his standards, at least), who brought in 17 points and 15 rebounds in a win against the Pacers that brings his team back to .500. It was Towns first double-double of the season. Small sample sizes can be dangerous, but it’s telling that Towns is averaging only 11.0 shots per game this season when he averaged 14.3 last season (and 18.0 the year before that). It’s obvious he’s not being used to the highest potential as a feature in the Timberwolves offense and that desperately needs to change. It doesn’t matter if it’s the first game or the 82nd, Towns has to have the ball in his hands in order for the team to be it’s most effective and successful. Andrew Wiggins should not be taking more shots per game than Towns. Not on this team. Not on this earth. Not in this universe should that ever be allowed to happen.

Wizards 125 – Trail Blazers 124 (OT)

  • The Wizards got their first win of the season in thrilling fashion, needing overtime against Portland to make it happen. John Wall played in 41 minutes but added only 16 points on 5-19 shooting to go along with nine assists. He missed some free throws down the stretch but made the game-deciding basket with 10 seconds left in overtime.

Suns 103 – Warriors 123

  • Another Suns-Warriors matchup, another victory in the books for Golden State. In fact, that’s the 16th straight win for the Warriors over the Suns, their longest streak against one team in franchise history. Devin Booker continues to have the greenest light in basketball – literally the second he crosses half-court, there’s no guarantee he won’t fire it right then and there if a hand isn’t directly in his face. His 28 points on 11-21 shooting make him the BBNBA Player of the Night, but it wasn’t nearly enough to beat four opposing All-Stars. We even saw some flashes of Point Booker last night (six assists), albeit, with nine turnovers to cancel it out.

Statistics

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Devin Booker (PHX)103-123 L @ GSW2811-21 (3-9)56209-538
Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)101-91 W vs. IND176-12 (1-5)150023+332
Eric Bledsoe (MIL)124-113 W vs. NYK166-11 (2-7)413212+1931
John Wall (WAS)125-124 (OT) W @ POR165-19 (0-2)49114+241
Enes Kanter (NYK)113-124 L @ MIL146-12 (0-0)132002-932
Malik Monk (CHA)106-127 L @ TOR104-12 (2-5)23022-1124
Michael KIdd-Gilchrist (CHA)106-127 L @ TOR63-8 (0-0)51100-1016
Isaiah Briscoe (ORL)93-90 W @ BOSDNP-CD----------------
Andrew Harrison (MEM)92-84 W @ UTADNP-CD----------------
Tyler Ulis (CHI)109-115 L @ DALDNP-CD----------------
Rajon Rondo (LAL)142-143 (OT) L vs. SASDNP-Suspended----------------
DeMarcus Cousins (GSW)123-103 W vs. PHXDNP-Achilles----------------
Kevin Knox (NYK)113-124 L @ MILDNP-Ankle----------------

Tonight in the NBA

7:00 (NBATV): 76ers @ Pistons

8:00: Clippers (Gilgeous-Alexander) @ Pelicans (Davis, Miller, Randle)

9:00: Kings (Cauley-Stein, Fox, Gabriel, Labisierre) @ Nuggets (Lyles, Murray, Vanderbilt-out)

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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Tuesday Morning Defensive Breakdown (Vanderbilt)

Is this the best defense in modern UK history?  I understand that Vanderbilt is not the Kansas City Chiefs or anything but time and again, UK has held opponents well below their season averages.  They have had moments all year where they have to make huge stops and they rarely let us down.  There are pros all over the field and the UK defense has dictated several games this year.  A breakdown of another fantastic performance:

1st Down
Run: 14 rushes, 60 yards
Pass: 4-7, 57 yards (1 sack)

Combined Season Stats
Run: 95 rushes, 412 yards, 1 TD (1 fumble lost)
Pass: 39-82, 387 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT (8 sacks)

Recap: Vandy averaged a little over 5 yards per play on 1st down, a decent number for the Cats.  They mostly limited the Dores to mediocre gains but also did not have many negative plays.  The Cats 1st down defense has been quite good all year, as evidenced by the under 50% completion percentage.

2nd Down
Run: 10 rushes, 36 yards
Pass: 5-6, 51 yards (2 sacks, 1 fumble recovery)

Combined Season Stats
Run: 79 rushes, 313 yards, 2 TD
Pass: 35-61, 351 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT, (7 sacks, 2 fumble recovery)

Recap: Almost all of the Vandy passing yardage came on two completions and UK defense held them to 3.6 yards per carry.  All in all, a very good performance that consistently put Vanderbilt into more difficult 3rd down situations.

3rd Down and Long (6 yards or more)
Run: No Plays
Pass: 4-6, 42 yards, 1 TD, 1 sack (converted 1 of 7)

Overall Season Statistics
Run: 8 rushes, 115 yards, 1 TD (converted 3 of 8)
Pass: 28-49, 364 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT, 3 sacks (converted 14 of 53)

Recap: Cats pass defense was awesome, sans the touchdown pass in the 1st quarter.  Opponents still hovering around 25% completion on the year in these situations, a weak spot for the Cats over the years but a definite strength this year.  Another great stat is that Vandy completed 4 passes here but only converted once, showing the Cats tackling has been solid as well.

3rd Down and Short (5 yards or less)
Run: 2 rushes, 3 yards (converted 1 of 2)
Pass: 2-4, 66 yards (converted 2 of 4)

Overall Season Statistics
Run: 20 rushes, 68 yards (converted 13 of 20)
Pass: 16-25, 196 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT, 2 sacks (converted 15 of 27)

Recap: Cats pretty steady here and maybe the biggest play(s) of the year were the 3rd and 1 and 4th and 1 stops in the red zone.  Totally changed the game and Cats toughness shined bright again.


KSR Show Thread (10/23): Stoops’ bomb, basketball and Petrino

Today on Kentucky Sports Radio radio, Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond hit three big topics: (1) Stoops’ bomb on his Monday call-in show; (2) preseason basketball; and (3) is there a storm brewing in Louisville?

It’ll be a good one.

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Today on KSR: Who’s Ready to be a Billionaire?

Today’s the day. I can feel it. Today’s the day somebody wins $1.6 billion.

The largest Mega Millions jackpot ever, and second-largest lottery prize in history, will be drawn tonight at 11:00 ET.  Even though that number will drop to around $500 million after taxes, it won’t stop people from lining up for a chance to win the jackpot.

After pooling money together for the last three drawings, destiny is calling me.  My group of friends is prepared to use the winnings responsibly, by creating a horse racing conglomerate that will turn $500 million into $5 billion after a few Triple Crown winners.

It’s a fool-proof plan.  I’m sure you have a fool-proof plan for what you would do with the lottery winnings.  Let’s hear it in the comment section.

Stoops Flips Script

Between noon and 6:00 p.m., Mark Stoops’ tone about Kentucky’s quarterback struggles dramatically changed.  At his weekly press conference, Stoops carefully chose his words while stating Terry Wilson would still be UK’s starter.

“We need to address it in a lot of areas. From what we’re doing to set them up for success and set the team up for success. It starts with us and coaching and what we’re doing, the position we’re putting them in to be successful. Also, getting the quarterback to pull the pin and make accurate throws, and to trust himself. He has done that this year. He has been successful. He’s put us in a position to get to the spot we’re in right now. But, he’s also not played his best the past couple games.”

Stoops said Wilson was the starter, but Gunnar Hoak would receive extensive reps in practice this week.  Six hours later on his coaches’ show, Stoops took off the gloves.

“You have to give the other guys an opportunity,” Stoops said. “We’re going to work them hard and we have the past couple weeks in practice and I anticipate playing several quarterbacks this week.”

Tom Leach gave Stoops the chance to clarify his statement.  Stoops did not misspeak.  Danny Clark and Hoak could be thrown into action.

“I definitely think we will,” Stoops said. “We’ll see how it goes. Those guys know that; they’re going to prepare to get reps, all three of them will. We’ll see how the week goes and the game goes.”

Matt hinted on yesterday’s edition of KSR that Clark, not Hoak, could be the first to fill-in for Wilson if need be.  Stoops’ decision to confirm that notion on his call-in show just hours after backing Terry Wilson is completely uncharacteristic.  In his sixth year at Kentucky, none of his actions have shocked me more.  Saturday’s game in Columbia just got a lot more interesting.

Chance Poore Time

There was another weird thing about the Mark Stoops Show.

At the press conference, Stoops sounded like a guy who already moved on to Chance Poore as UK’s placekicker, but as tradition, he would not just go out and say it.  Six hours later, he said Chance will be ready to go and “you’ll likely see him out there.”

Stoops deviated from his usual tone to be more candid about the QB and kicker.  Why? The only logical explanation is that he joined Team NF yesterday afternoon.

Procedure for Kash

UK’s middle linebacker underwent a minor procedure yesterday to fix his broken hand.  Stoops does not anticipate Daniel to miss any action.  “You’d have to cut his hand off,” he joked during the coaches’ show.  Kash will be “clubbed up” to protect his hand during Saturday’s game.

Vote for Josh Allen

The Kentucky outside linebacker is once against up for the Lott Impact Trophy Player of the Week.  Your votes will not only help now, but in the future when the select the Lott POTY.  If Allen wins this week, he’ll share some limelight with George Asafo-Adjei.  The senior right tackle was named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week yesterday, UK’s fourth winner in seven games.

Duffy Explains Aussie Football

The SEC’s second-ranked punter from Australia explained how his first sport works and why it’s “more manly”  than the American version.

During yesterday’s KSR Football Podcast, we heard a story about Duffy’s struggles with the wind from Saturday’s game that I know you will enjoy.  Subscribe and tune in to hear the latest hi-jinks.

The World Series Begins

The opening pitch of the 2018 World Series will be thrown at 8:09 tonight at Fenway Park when the Red Sox host the Dodgers on Fox.  I can’t prepare you for all of the action, but I know some people that can.  Coach Madison and Trey Huntsman hosted big leaguers Doug Flynn, Austin Kearns and J.T. Riddle for a special edition of the KSR Baseball Podcast.  Don’t miss it.


KSR Top 10 Tweets of the Day

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You can be a part of McDowell’s KSR Top 10 Tweets by using hashtags like #KSR #BBN or #KSRtop10. You can also nominate tweets by mentioning them with the hashtag. If we like what we see, it could be posted the next day.

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#10 bill anderson


Yes we do!

#9 Give Benny The Ball


Accurate

#8 Melvin Dillion


Awesome!

#7 Michael Rains


So cute!

#6 Pat Ingram


This is the best chicken you will ever have!

#5 James


This guy….smh.

#4 Sean K


No twitter during the games is the best rule!

#3 Brian D Wells


Amen!

#2 Corky Peek


Vote Josh Allen!

#1 jcrandolph


Football school!


Let’s take a minute and appreciate this stat

Let’s take a minute and appreciate this stat

UK Athletics has never been better than it is at this moment. Let that sink in. In the history of a proud athletic program the Cats have never been better across the board, and this doesn’t include the spring sports where UK will be nationally ranked in a couple sports, too.

And not to get picky, but I don’t think Kansas is better than UK in men’s basketball (although I get it). Also, UK being at No. 12 given its resume in football seems to be a bit of a slight. The Cats are the only football team to have a road win against a team currently ranked in the top 10.

UK volleyball is undefeated in the SEC (8-0) and Kentucky men’s soccer has lost just one game on the season and has notched top five wins against Louisville and Indiana in the out-of-conference. I don’t know too much about UK’s women’s swimming or rifle, but the rifle team seems to always be competing for titles.

Kentucky women’s soccer is rebuilding and obviously Matthew Mitchell’s women’s basketball program is doing more of the same. Before the strange string of transfers a couple years ago UK women’s basketball was consistently in the top 20 and it seems it’s only a matter of time before the Cats return to being a force in the SEC.

Things are amazing for Barnhart’s athletic program and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that as the facilities across the campus improve, the team’s improve, too. Also, no probation is nice, unlike some other schools we know.

And it’s not just athletics, folks. Watch out, country.


Hey Kentucky! has fun with auto-correct

Do you giggle every time Matt Jones accidentally Tweets  SEX instead of SEC? It happens a lot, but Matt a creative fella and decided to make a game inspired by his phone’s auto-correct.

The UK players’ names and iPhone’s don’t get along, so Matt and Mary Jo Perino have some fun trying to figure out who is Imaginary Quilts, Typo Hair, Nice Rice and several more names.

The gang gets to more serious topics throughout the entire episode, including Mitch McConnell getting heckled at a restaurant and how the Cats looked in last night’s Blue/White game.

Watch the entire episode HERE.

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The KSR Football Podcast: Week Eight Win over Vanderbilt

Are you ready for some football?  Austin MacGinnis, Charles Walker, Drew Franklin and Nick Roush are back for another episode of the KSR Football Podcast.  The crew looks ahead to the Missouri game after they break down the good and the bad from the 14-7 win over Vanderbilt.  Highlights:

—  Big time players make big time plays in big time games.

—  Jellybeans to the eyes are the worst.

—  The podcast officially becomes a Tito’s and Terry Touchdown podcast.

—  Connecting the dots with ambiguous recruiting Tweets.

—  No crying on the yacht.

— Drew Lock doesn’t look like the No. 1 NFL Draft quarterback prospect vs. SEC defenses.

— Drew Franklin seeks redemption in the offensive player draft.

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