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Shagari Alleyne’s Tuesday News and Views


Happy 30th birthday to Shagari Alleyne, the former Kentucky Wildcat who is now a professional dancer, believe it or not.  At 7’3″, Shagari is the tallest player to ever play for Kentucky, and after three years in Lexington (and several upper deckers), the big guy transferred to Manhattan College.  In 2008, he was invited to join the Harlem Globetrotters under the nickname “Skyscraper,” and hilariously took part in a segment for The Today Show:

The butt bump pass was a particular favorite of mine.  Make the big 3-0 count, Shagari.

Now, on to some news and views from a busy Monday in Kentucky sports…

The new 40 minutes of hell

I’ll be honest: I’m worried about Tuesday night’s game.  Arkansas almost beat Florida last Saturday and is better than their 0-2 conference record suggests.  At home, they’re downright dangerous, which is why Vegas only has the Cats as a 1-point favorite in Bud Walton Arena.  I would also argue this is the Cats’ first real road test since North Carolina, considering that half (or more) of the crowd in Nashville was wearing blue.  Bud Walton is notoriously loud, and combined with Arkansas’ fast-paced style, it could be a long night in Fayetteville.  The Razorbacks lead the SEC and rank 15th in the nation in scoring, and also lead the SEC in assists, scoring margin, field goal percentage, assist/turnover ratio, and turnover margin.

In remarks to the media on Monday, John Calipari agreed that Mike Anderson’s team is playing a style very similar to Nolan Richardson’s infamous “40 minutes of hell”:

“They’re playing that way; they’re playing that way. Offensively, motion into driving and attacking, a few pick-and-rolls, get it up quick, get a shot off quick, go rebound it. Defensively, denying, switching, being active, trapping. They’re doing a good job of that. They shoot the ball well. They shoot it from the 3, they shoot the 2s well and they shoot free throws at 70 percent; so it’s not a game you can go down there and throw a bunch of clunkers up because you’re going to have a problem.”

When asked about the matchup with the Razorbacks, Cal said “if you’re timid in any way, they’ll over run you.”  No more slow starts. More Mortal Kombat finishes.

Cal hit his team in the mouth on Sunday

Just because the Cats got a win on the road Saturday doesn’t mean Cal was satisfied.  On Monday, he told reporters that he “hit [his players] in the mouth” with some cold hard truth about their performance on Sunday:

“I just told them the truth. I just told them the truth. I just said, want me to sit here and BS you, or want me to tell you the truth? It wasn’t just one guy, it was like everybody. And then we were going to practice an hour because we traveled back and practice went an hour and a half because of them. I told them, part of our issue is the focus we have at times on the court, we just lose the – you have to have a sense of urgency and a sense of purpose on each possession and we don’t always do.”

Apparently the players were stunned by Cal’s come-to-Jesus chat.

While coach at Missouri, Mike Anderson apparently used to read his players bedtime stories in the locker room.

While the coach at Missouri, Mike Anderson apparently used to read his players bedtime stories in the locker room.

Mike Anderson sees Cal’s McDonald’s All-Americans, raises him some Burger King All-Americans

Mike Anderson is in his third year at Arkansas, and has had his share of ups and downs in Fayetteville.  He had plenty of nice things to say about the Cats on Monday, calling them the most talented team Cal has ever had, and one of the best in the country.  Anderson said Julius Randle is playing better than anyone in the SEC right now, and will force the Razorbacks to focus on a half-court defense to contain him.  When asked how he felt about going up against Kentucky’s seven McDonald’s All-Americans, Anderson quipped: “There’s Burger King All-Americans that are pretty damn good, too.”

If there were Taco Bell All-Americans, Drew Franklin would be the MVP.

Kentucky climbs to #13 in the AP poll; #12 in the Coaches’ Poll

After winning their first two SEC games last week, the Cats climbed one spot to #13 in the AP poll and four spots to #12 in the Coaches’ Poll.  The top three is the same in both polls: 1) Arizona; 2) Syracuse; 3) Wisconsin.

The coaching carousel continues to turn

So far this offseason, two UK assistants have been rumored candidates for jobs at other schools: secondary coach Derrick Ansley at Georgia and defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh at Alabama.  On Monday, it was reported that Bo Davis will be Alabama’s new d-line coach, a big relief for the BBN. Ansley’s future remains uncertain, and if he leaves, it will be a big blow to the Cats’ recruiting staff.  Meanwhile, Joker Phillips is a finalist for the offensive coordinator job at Texas, and if he gets it, it will fulfill the pact between Phillips and Strong to hire each other once they became head coaches. Best of luck to Joker, who could really use some greener pastures with Will Muschamp’s future at Florida on shaky ground swamp.

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Someone named a racehorse after John Calipari

Cal was in a tweeting mood on Sunday, and posted this picture of a racehorse named “Calipari’s Kitten” with the caption: “I see someone named a horse after me. I’m just glad no one has named a mule after me yet.”  After the Cats brought home #8 in 2012, something tells me we’ll start seeing a lot of Calipari, Anthony Davis, and MKG themed colts and fillies hitting the track in 2015.

Go vote for your NBA Cats to be All-Stars

NBA All-Star voting continues, and there’s still time for you to cast your vote for your favorite Cat to make the squads.  After the latest round of voting, John Wall and Rajon Rondo are 4th and 6th in the Eastern Backcourt vote totals and Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are 7th and 11th in the Western Frontcourt totals. Cousins was named the Western Conference Player of the Week on Monday, and Kings owner Vivek Ranadive made a YouTube video asking the people of India to vote for him:

GO VOTEYou can vote once a day until the 20th.

Namaste, KSR readers.  See you in the morning.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR.

19 responses to “Shagari Alleyne’s Tuesday News and Views”

  1. Bradley

    Well, if the Kings owner is well known/popular in India, Demarcus just made the All-Star team. I wish people here would wake up. He clearly deserves to be on the team. It’s not even close.

  2. Logan

    Ohio State isnt #3 still.

  3. HB

    Love Tyler’s writing!

  4. Micki DeMoss's Mustache

    Shagari’s crowning achievement is still being Drew Franklin’s Eskimo brother.

  5. Some Guy in Kentucky

    College football asst. coaches move around, you just need to be able to find other good coaches to replace them.

  6. Kevin C.

    Holy wardrobe malfunction, Batman….that’s a lot of side-boobage! And not the good kind, either….YECH. ⊙﹏☉

  7. Ohio State is no longer 3.

    Ohio State is no longer 3.

  8. Do whut?

    Thank you very much for wishing Joker good luck. Other KSR writers seem content to criticize him and make fun of him while the comment section is filled with what can only be described as hate for a class act of a man whose done more for the football program than most anyone despite his failures as a head coach. I guess though when the haters are all such smashing successes in their private lives it’s easy for them to look down their esteemed noses at Phillips.

    1. BBN

      Joker is not a class act, more like a moral hypocrite. As far as coaching, a position coach is his ceiling, same for Randy Sanders. The main reason Kentucky deteriorated under Joker was because you had two position coaches filling the head coach and offensive coordinator positions. Add to that nuclear failure Minter as defensive coordinator. What a circus…

    2. Rockfield, Ky

      As far as morals go, Joker would fit in much more with the UL staff. He probably has had more affairs that Pitino and Petrino combined. I know he’s a Kentucky guy and played at UK, but that doesn’t excuse him using the UK position as a means to live the playboy lifestyle.

    3. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      BBN and Rockfield, if you’re going to come on here and make moral accusations against Joker, I wish you would offer some proof.

  9. SheedWallace'sGraySpot

    Secret to a Dancer’s Body?

  10. JoeMoney333

    I love DMC. Come on India! Vote him in!

  11. Rixter

    You think Red McCombs was unhappy with Charlie, wait til he gets a glimpse of Joker (and his record) on the sidelines. I imagine the Texas AD was like “whatchootalkinbout Charlie? You didn’t say NUTHIN about Joker Phillips when I hired you”!

  12. Rupp's Rafters

    Uh, I believe it’s “fast-paste” style.

  13. lou eaton

    Cal may learn a lesson at Arkansas tonight. He said before the season that he has the most athletic team yet. Imagine if he utilized the bench in small spurts, pressed the entire game like he will face tonight how much better this team could be and how energized this would make them. This is not rocket science and many of us believed he would employ this strategy from the beginning. He needs to do something different to keep this group fired up for the entire game!!!!!!!!!! This game will match up two teams with huge differences in talent but similarly a big difference in how to utilize the resources.

  14. Mc

    Nice to see a KSR writer with class to wish Phillips good luck. Would be nice if we had more UK fans on here that we’re not in college still or at least sounding like it. Those who accuse Joker of things show how truly sad and demented they are. I’m hopeful that they can grow up and be real men someday instead of the sad boys they are now…no matter their age. I’m very happy that I am speaking about a minority of UK fans, who happen to be loud mouths.

  15. RealCatsFan

    In related news, someone named a horse’s ass after Bobby Knight.

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