Creighton is the biggest story in college basketball right now after DESTROYING No. 4 Villanova on its own floor Monday night. The unranked Bluejays put on a shooting clinic in the 96-68 upset of now two-loss Villanova, knocking down a Big East record 21 three-pointers in Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center. Senior Ethan Wragge tied a school record with nine three-pointers for all 27 of his points, while Doug “I’ve Been In College Basketball Since The 90s” McDermott added another five treys and 23 points. Creighton jumped all over the Wildcats early, hitting its first nine shots from beyond the arc and stretching its lead to 28 points, 16 minutes into the game. Wragge hit his first seven triples and knocked down eight before halftime. That’s a new level of hot, and tonight’s Tuesday News and Views is even hotter. Shall we?
Coach Cal visited Rashad Vaughn on Monday.
Cal and Orlando Antigua were in Massachusetts Monday morning to watch Vaughn in the Hoophall Classic. Vaughn, the 12th-ranked prospect in 247’s Composite rankings, scored 12 points in his first game back from a knee injury. He said afterward that he will try to set up an official visit to Kentucky soon and he hopes to announce a final decision in late February or March.
Vaughn is UK’s top remaining target in the 2014 class and he became even more important after another potential shooting guard was arrested last week. Torian Graham, who would almost certainly commit to Kentucky if he had an offer, was arrested with tampering with evidence after police accused him and two teammates of eating marijuana during a traffic stop. Graham had been the backup option behind Vaughn — it is believed UK told Graham to hold off before committing somewhere else because he would have an offer if they didn’t get Vaughn — but his recent arrest likely removes him from consideration.
In related news, Montaque Gill-Caesar is still considering reclassifying to the 2014 class.
John Robic filled in for Calipari in his absence.
With Cal off recruiting, Coach Robic was handed all of the Monday media responsibilities and Kentucky’s slow start against Tennessee was one of the many topics he addressed. When asked why his team can’t seem to get it going early, Robic said, “If we had the answer to that question, we’d be good. It seems like we’re ready to play. Pre-game warmups have been really good, I think it’s a carryover of a really good shootaround that morning. Most teams don’t shoot that early for a noon game, but we do. We don’t go that long, 25 minutes. We thought we were ready. I don’t think they were prepared themselves for how physical the game was going to be. That’s something that you really can’t simulate, and that’s something that cost us early in the game.”
But that still doesn’t tell us why fans are left pulling their hair out in the first five minutes of EVERY GAME.
Kentucky dropped to No. 14 in the AP poll.
The loss to Arkansas only cost the Cats one spot in the new rankings. UK is now ranked 14th in the Top 25, one spot behind UMass and two behind Louisville.
Indiana is not ranked despite leading the nation in court storming this season.
Aaron Harrison thinks his brother’s “breakout game” was the win over Tennessee.
Aaron was one of the two players available before Monday’s practice and a lot of what he had to say was about his brother’s career day against Tennessee. Kentucky’s starting shooting guard said his brother Andrew hadn’t been playing as well as he could all season, but he isn’t sure why. Then the real Andrew showed up on Saturday.
“That was his breakout game,” he said of Andrew’s 26-point effort against Tennessee.
Aaron saw it coming, too, he says. “(Andrew’s) definitely been getting a lot of extra work in lately, putting a lot of shots up. It was going to come sooner or later.”
He believes Andrew was thinking too much before.
UK football added a walk-on on Monday.
Mark Stoops added another Kentucky boy to the 2014 UK football roster. Blake Spencer, an all-state linebacker from Dana, Kentucky, accepted a preferred walk-on spot to join the team. Spencer played outside linebacker and tight end at Betsy Layne High School. He’ll have a full academic scholarship to the University of Kentucky.
I’m not a fan of Kentucky’s all gray look.
Drew Barker modeled the not-so-secret gray UK football uniform on Monday to mixed reviews from the fans. I lean toward disliking the new look, but that’s not to say I’m opposed to change. Unlike most of the people against the gray threads, my complaint isn’t that it strays away from the traditional blue and white; my complaint is that it is too gray. I’m no fashion aficionado, but if it were up to me, I would add a little more blue so it doesn’t look so dull. It needs some blue accents or maybe even blue pants to liven it up; it’s too boring as it is. It kind of reminds me of an all gray cotton sweatsuit, and this isn’t the 70s and Kentucky football isn’t Rocky running the streets of Philadelphia — not yet at least.
That being said, I do support it if it’s the only option for an alternate uniform. These people from the KSR comments section, however, do not:
— Wildcat72: “Our colors are Blue and White. I am sick of this nonsense. Might as well run them out there in hot pink.”
— C…A…T…S…CATS!: Wildcat 72…. COULD NOT HAVE SAID IT BETTER…. BLUE…. WHITE… NOTHING ELSE IS RIGHT!”
— Blue Virus: “Good idea, piss poor execution. Needs more blue and needs to be NEON blue. Sorry, old farts….its the 21st century.”
— Samukgrad: “If I were a recruit, and you told me I was going to wear THAT in a game, I’m looking for a new school with a REAL uniform.”
— KYreds: “We that is UK are not gray we are BLUE&WHITE ! Stick to those colors!”
— Chaz: “Back to the drawing board. Fail.”
— klassact32: “I hate anything that is not blue and white, the school colors!”
— Darrell: “Grey stinks, it just sucks. Go with Blue and White with a different style but not grey. Grey is death!”
Drew Barker and Jeff Badet played catch in the cold.
Shortly after watching Kentucky’s win over Tennessee on Saturday, Drew Barker and Jeff Badet hit the practice field in the freezing cold to get some reps in. Bud Dupree captured it for Instgram:
You gotta love seeing the youngster putting in work already. He’s hungry for that starting job.
What in the world is wrong with Ohio State?
The Buckeyes lost a fourth consecutive game Monday night after starting the season 15-0, and it was to Nebraska, of all teams. Nebraska was 0-4 in Big Ten play entering the game and its head-to-head meetings with Ohio State were among the most lopsided in college basketball in recent years. Ohio State is now in serious danger of dropping out of the top 25 after being ranked third just two weeks ago.
The only explanation I can gather is Aaron Craft is having trouble pushing the tempo with Dan Dakich humping his leg all the time.
North Carolina lost, too.
Kentucky’s loss to the Tar Heels looks worse every time North Carolina takes the court these days. Roy Williams’ dad-blame team is tied for dead last in the daggum ACC after losing its fourth doggone game in 15 days at Virginia Tuesday night.
North Carolina’s problem is obvious: the players can’t read the scouting report. Roy and his staff should consider audio tapes or picture books before Saturday’s game against Clemson.
This Duke sorority recruitment video is the Dukiest thing you’ll see all day.
Have fun with that, Jabari.
Tuesday is Texas A&M day.
A rundown of how you should spend it:
9:00 am…… BTI post
10:00 am…. Kentucky Sports Radio with Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond
6:30 pm…… KSR Pregame Show
7:30 pm…… Texas Roadhouse Countdown to Tip-Off
8:50 pm…… KSR Live Blog
9:00 pm…… UK vs Texas A&M on ESPN
Be sure to check KentuckySportsRadio.com a couple times in there too. I’m about to start working on a video I think you’ll like.