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Creighton’s Tuesday News and Views


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.

Go Cats.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

64 responses to “Creighton’s Tuesday News and Views”

  1. Ukbradstith

    Those threes were flat out crazy. Dude was shooting like 30 feet out on some of them. Impossible to beat a team shooting like that.

  2. Ukbradstith

    Where did my comment go?

    1. Ukbradstith

      Nevermind, it came back!

  3. Cincy Cayt

    Drew, thank you. As a Cats fan in Ohio I’m going to need to steal that Aaron Craft/Dan Dakich line.

    1. jeffcat53

      Almost snorted coffee through the nose on the Dakich comment.

    2. UKCincy

      Same here jeffcat!

    3. &^#* You Drew, I DID spit coffee on my computer with that statment!

      Ditto!

  4. Seriously

    The dark girl is fine though. I mean FINE.

    1. schwing

      i could lay into the two blondes in the back. the others are entirely average, but at least they aren’t fat. except for that one.

    2. schwing

      wait, nevermind. i watched the video. yikes. effing yikes.

  5. bill

    Barker looks like an old butchy grandma with saggy tits in that uniform.

    1. Dana S

      And I just heard the cheerleaders were doing a cheer about those gray uniforms, it went “U-G-L-Y, you ain’t got no alibi, yer UGLY!”

  6. Derp

    Drew, you do realize that there is in fact blue on the pants. They’re exactly like our white uniforms… Except they’re gray.

  7. UK CHEERLEADERS ROCK!!!

    Every true fan of college sports & pro sports support their team’s true colors first. With UK, it’s Blue and White. If in doubt, ask the UK Cheerleaders, they just won the National Cheerleading Championship again.

    Trivia question I ask, how many times has the UK Cheerleaders won the National Cheer leading Championships???? I know it is total dominance, what is the number????

    1. jpg

      15 times.

    2. WRB

      15 times in the last 20 years. 20 championships total since they started.

    3. Spectator

      Do you think the cheerleaders will get out of my way now, so I can watch the game?

  8. Tennessee Wildcat

    Our team colors are blue and white. Grey or black is just not our team colors and if there is something that needs to be changed with the uniform, just change the blue and white layout. You don’t see Alabama using grey, orange, yellow or blue as their colors or trying alternate colors. They don’t have to use other colors to be great. We shouldn’t either. Tradition is more important than pacifying hipsters.

  9. Sad, so sad....but that's Duke

    OK, I’m confused. Does that sorority have SEVEN or NINE members? Oh, wait…maybe there WERE seven members, and they gained TWO after that video, thus editing themselves in to show real-time growth? No, wait…maybe there WERE NINE members, and two dropped out from shame once they saw the finished video and edited themselves out?

    1. NL

      Seriously, that was the worst recruitment video I’ve ever seen. Drew needs to post the Arizona State one just so we can get the Duke one out of our minds.

    2. schwing

      ol’ chunks in the back counts for two.

  10. bigbluekermit

    Amazing work, Drew.

  11. jpg

    You guys need to stop with this ‘UK is only Blue and White’ stuff! Everyone knows, but there are a lot of teams that wear grey and black when the colors are not apart of their tradition. It is called ‘thinking forward’! UK needs to use any edge it can get to help Stoops get the players he needs to lead UK to success. This is an example of ‘appealing to recruits’!

    UK is not ALABAMA in football! Very few teams are. Look at the pictures of recruits on their visits. When they are snapped wearing a uniform, most of the time it is the black top. If they like them, I like them. I love the black uniforms personally, but these greys could use a little bit more color. Maybe a blue and white checker pattern down the leg (like the basketball short). Or a blue and off blue combination.

    1. no

      when was the last time a recruit cited uniforms as an important factor in his college decision? they have so many other things to think about, whether or not the uniform is fashion forward is probably somewhere near the bottom of the list. plus, it’s not like the classic blue & white uniforms are so hideous (or even hideous at all!) that a whole new color palette is needed.

      grey and black are fine for practice uniforms, but not game uniforms. the grey uniform from earlier looks so cheap, not what i want uk football players in.

    2. 9-asty

      I agree with “no” about the recruiting aspect. I was once invited to UL to attend one of their football games. Immediately after leaving I wouldn’t have been able to tell you what color their uniforms were. I was a lot more interested in their facilities and meeting the coaches. The coolest thing I remember was seeing Ray Buchanan down on the field near the recruits. That being said, I don’t think many recruits pay that much attention to the unis unless they are really outlandish.
      I think the grey unis are more for the current players than anything else, and if they want to wear grey or purple or yellow for a game, I say let them do it.

    3. jpg

      Where did I say it was a pivotal decision for a recruit? All I am saying is that the recruits like the uniforms! Part of BBN, especially our older sect, are making a big fuss, because our colors ‘our Blue and White’. Black and Grey are used by a lot of other programs. They appeal to recruits, and have been snapped by so many of our recruits on visits (ex: the mate grey helmets).

      These uniforms are part of the rebranding effort the admin and this new staff are trying to implement. UK football has little tradition and success, so they are trying to do things that catch the eyes of the recruits. It is commonsense.

    4. Do whut?

      Ask an Oregon Duck if unis matter. While I’m more than happy to be regaled with tales of how you were recruited to play collegiate sports your personal experience or decision making process is entirely immaterial to today’s athlete. The kids post the pics for a reason. No while it’s not likely to be a major factor in deciding which school to go to it can be when all things are equal. Ultimately though I would say lighten up Francis. Traditions are meant to be broken. At least bent every now and then.

  12. Question...

    I thought that NC State was the home of the wolfpack. However, after watching that Duke sorority video, it is clear that Duke is the true home of the wolfpack. Bow wow.

  13. ibescootch

    Thanks a lot, Drew. I was about to go to bed, and then watched that ridiculous sorority video because it was sitting in front of me. I then spent a half hour falling down the Youtube black hole, watching other sorority recruitment videos.

    How do any of these girls do these videos, watch them afterwards, and NOT say, “We look like complete morons. This should never see the light of any earthly day.” I’m neither a rapper, a music video director, a video editor, or a black guy, but even I, a 33 year old white middle class male, think all of these videos are unbelievably cheesy. Unbelievable. I don’t even believe it.

    Oh, and the uniforms- a little drab, I agree. What about some giant blue claw marks across the front of the uni’s? Tastefully done, of course. That, would be sweet.

  14. barn

    the coaches should wear leisure suits

  15. C.C

    Uniforms may not be a deal breaker for recruits, but I guarantee they are a factor. They’re 18yr old kids. Blue, white, black, grey..I don’t care. Just win baby!!

  16. Buckets

    Duke sorority video: Biggest. Dorks. Ever.

  17. btowncatfan

    Anyone else notice that Drew Barker looks like James Franco in that picture. Also, seen the gray uniforms on other players and they looked ok, Barker for some reason just doesn’t wear it well. Looks like he is wearing a uniform at least two sizes too small for him.

  18. btowncatfan

    It also looks bad with the white underneath.

  19. Volleyball Setter

    A preferred walk on does not get a scholarship. Pretty basic if one knows football.

    Also I have seen other QBs and WRs practicing everyday.
    You get hung up on those that have to tweet everything they do, 24 hours a day.
    Love the guys that just work hard and don’t give a rats tail what the social media thinks.
    They are my heroes! I love watching them and hanging out with them.

    1. * N C A A *

      No, it is that basic. A preferred walk-on is given a roster spot, but not a scholarship. Drew, how about you and Tyler go make us some sandwiches? Leave the football talk to the men.

  20. Linda Tailor

    These girls would fit right in with the sorority girls at Transy.

  21. Dan

    I literally laughed out loud at the Dakich/Craft joke! GOLD!!

  22. 2mites

    The game tonight people, nothing said in 21 posts so far. Well I will be first. Big night for the twins and the Cats roll after a slow ( yet again ) start and go on to a 84 – 61 win.

  23. Shut up

    Those grey uniforms are sick!! You old farts who think this program has some sort of tradition to stand by are part of the reason this football program isn’t successful!! You all have NO IDEA what alternate uniforms mean to these recruits. It’s HUGE! And who cares what you old people have to think anyways, the four star quarterback who had offers from every team that throttles us every year likes them, so maybe THATS what matters.

  24. Ls

    Grey is awdul

  25. Ls

    Awful

  26. Kidnut

    They were forming diamonds, I get it!

  27. HUBER

    If you’ve attended UK, you know UK’s ADPi >>>>>>>>>>> What Duke calls an ADPi’s. And it’s not even close.

    1. UKGrad

      Very true. I prefer the Pi Phis to any though. Those girls are down and definitely know how to party

  28. barn

    Shut up. you’d love the movie Wild In The Streets

  29. Old Fart

    Even our old fans don’t like gray. They dye their hair blue.

  30. PhilUK18

    The hideousness and awkwardness of those girls will haunt my dreams forever

  31. Old Fart

    Old people should have no problem with the gray look. Back in the days of Black and White TV, UK always wore gray.

  32. Rixter

    Is there any chance Graham doesn’t wind up at Louisville, the worldwide home of second chances?

  33. Rixter

    I don’t get the gray. either. It’s not a school color. Whats next, red uniforms?

  34. cincicat

    Get over the gray uniforms. We no longer live in a world of absolutes. It’s no longer clearly blue or white. There are many shades of gray now…50 to be be exact!

  35. Dakich humping Craft's leg...

    It’s funny because it’s true.

  36. JP

    I think I would really like the blue helmet/gray jersey/blue pants combo. Also, the gray helmet/blue jersey gray pants work as well.

    1. jpg

      Now you are thinking outside the box. Most of the older gen. can not think like that. Black and grey are neutral colors for a lot of teams.

  37. John Conner

    Drew, a preferred walk on player bust their tail for the university “because they love a sport.”, but didn’t get a scholarship for many reasons. At UK, one reason may be there weren’t enough scholarships available, another may be they are good but need to prove to the coaching staff they can play in the SEC.

    Preferred walk on players get:
    no scholarship,
    no meal money,
    no book money,
    no housing money,
    nothing!

    If they eat with the team, they pay for each and every meal.

    There are several preferred walk no players in many of the sports at UK, including football. Some had scholarship offers from other schools, but chose UK. It’s interesting reading about and studying players and what motivates them. Some great stories of current UK walk ons on other websites.

    One of the most famous walk ons in UK football history was John Conner.

    1. Tennessee pride

      Right on!

  38. Do whut?

    I always thought a preferred walk-on was one who is first in line for a scholarship should one become available. Then again who knows?

  39. Booney13

    How was Villanova even ranked number 4

  40. bluebloodtoo

    I look at those grey uniforms and all i see are the “denim” look uniforms that the basketball team wore in the early 90’s. Those are now the punch line to jokes. How will we refer to these in a few years?

    How to make them better? Don’t make them look like the ash grey. Those pants look like the tshirt sheets i had in college. They make me want to laugh, instead of fear the player.

    1. bluebloodtoo

      How about we stick to Blue and White, but add some minor silver highlights on the numbering or logos so we can wear the chrome helmets with the blue and white? That sounds pretty awesome to me.

  41. catcard202

    Stoops&Co. are in the early stages of re-branding UK FB…& trying to sell it to a set of athletes that care not about UK’s traditional FB uni’s. They want to look cool & trendy & high tech…(And these new additions do!)…So, if it helps Stoops sell UK, I’m all for it! And want some new gear!!

    These new combo’s afford UK a LARGE variety of uniform options, to sell kids on…(the below is from memory – but easily verifiable information – google it!)

    Helmets: White / Blue / Chrome / Matte Grey.. (plus a rumored Matte White)
    Jerseys: White / Blue / Black / Grey
    Pants: White / Blue / Black / Grey

  42. kybigblue

    Go Big Gray! Go Big Gray! Go Big Gray!