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Today we get a break from the worst month on the sports calendar to enjoy basketball in the Bahamas. Tonight at 7:00 the Big Blue Nation will get to see the 2018-19 Kentucky Wildcats for the first time when the team takes the Atlantis Imperial Arena court to face the Bahamas National Team.
The first of four games, these guys aren’t pushovers. The 6’9″ Coleby brothers played college basketball; Kadeem was a starter for the Wichita State team that suffered its first lost of the 2014 season in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to Kentucky. That’s more than enough motivation to take down the kids from Kentucky.
To prepare for their grown foes, John Calipari spent most of yesterday’s practice focused on defense, normally a point of emphasis that doesn’t come into play until much later in the calendar year. Kentucky’s length will give Calipari more wiggle room to be creative defensively. How they execute will determine the game’s outcome.
If the Cats are sloppy, it should not come as a surprise. If they dominate on day one, containing excitement for the upcoming season is going to be impossible.
TV — Tip-off is at 7:00 ET on the SEC Network with Tom Hart, Seth Greenberg and Dan Dakich on the call.
Radio — Hear Tom Leach and Mike Pratt on the UK Sports Network. The KSR Postgame Show with Matt, Drew and Shannon the Dude begins five minutes after the final horn.
If you’re out of the country, there are also a few different ways for you to see the Cats in Atlantis.
We’ve talked about expectations for this trip for quite some time. Instead of thinking about the big picture, T.J. Walker got into the nitty gritty and broke down each player’s game. Read them all before tip-off.
Billy did it again. The master of shoe art from True Blue Customs made the best basketball shoe ever. He turned Keldon Johnson into a jump-man, and added the Tasmanian Devil to the Jordan Xs, a perfect personification of Johnson’s game. One can only hope this restarts the 90s trend of Looney Tunes’s college apparel.
Football: A Day Off
There’s basketball by the beach, but let me remind you the Kentucky football team is still putting in a ton of work. Yesterday we spoke with the offense after the fifth straight day of practice. As fatigue set in, they fought through because they have someone to fight for, Josh Paschal. Before Monday’s practice began, Derrick Baity broke the team down with, “JP on three, JP on me!”
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) August 6, 2018
Today is the team’s first day off during training camp. They’ll return to action Thursday to prepare for Saturday’s scrimmage.
The Ocho is Back
While you wait for the basketball action to begin, you’ll find plenty of other “sports” to watch on television. For August 8, ESPN2 is turning into ESPN 8 “The Ocho,” for 24 hours. A salute to “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story” (the first PG-13 movie Momma Roush let me take the little brother to), programming will feature the most obscure sports in the world, like Kabbadi, dart, chess boxing and sumo. Click here to see the entire schedule.
Pitino to Podcast
Slick Rick once said he was done doing interviews. Now he’ll be talking into a microphone on a weekly basis. Pitino also told Tim Sullivan he’ll start a Twitter account. He’s the same guy who once said this:
“I think anybody in sports who reads social media is not all there. To me, it’s the great class of underachievers who live on the internet and social media. I think it’s people who waste their time and underachieve because they’re not paying attention to what they should be.”
What will the walking contradiction do next?
There are temper tantrums, and then there’s what happened in this Minor League baseball game.
— F-M RedHawks (@FMRedHawks) August 7, 2018
KSR is LIVE in Catlantis
Is Catlantis a thing? Let’s get that started. Meow.