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Today On KSR: We’re going to Boise

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Good morning, dear Kentucky-Sports-Radio-dot-com readers! Drew here, typing a few words before the KSR crew boards an airplane for Boise, Idaho, best known as the “City of Trees,” according to Google. Boise is one of those fictional places I never in a million years thought I’d visit in my life, yet here I am, packing my best potato-eating clothes for five days of it. Thanks a lot, NCAA.

But before we #wheelsup, I’ve been tasked with today’s edition of the morning post. So let’s run through what’s happening in the world today…


Kentucky got its first commitment from the Class of 2019.

John Calipari received a commitment from D.J. Jeffries, a five-star forward out of the Memphis area, last night. Jeffries picked the Cats over Mississippi State and Alabama, and says he has a chance to be a star at the next level.

The addition of Jeffries is also important because it further helps UK’s chances with James Wiseman, Calipari’s top target in the class, who happens to be Jeffries’ AAU teammate. Together, they could make a very nice package deal out of Memphis, where Tubby Smith did not recruit Jeffries, for some odd reason.

For plenty more on Jeffries, read our “Need To Know” on him:

Need to Know: DJ Jeffries

The NCAA Tournament begins today!

The Dayton action gets going with two play-in games Tuesday night:

6:40 pm | (16) LIU Brooklyn vs. (16) Radford | TruTV

9:10 pm | (11) St. Bonaventure vs. (11) UCLA | TruTV

You know what that means? It’s that time of year when we have to find TruTV.

John Calipari does not expect Jarred Vanderbilt will play this weekend.

For Kentucky to advance to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament, it sounds like they’ll have to do it without Jarred Vanderbilt.

During Monday’s SEC teleconference, Coach Cal provided a not-so-positive update on his injured forward, saying, “If he’s not able to go full bore, I’m not playing him – for him or for us. If he is at 85, 90 percent, I don’t think I’d play him… So my guess would be hard this weekend. He wants to play, but I just don’t see it right now being able to put him in there and feel comfortable about it.”

When asked about next weekend, Cal said, “Maybe, maybe.”

Kentucky’s title odds down to 16/1.

After opening at 28/1 Sunday night, Kentucky has been bet down to 16/1 to win the NCAA Championship. The Cats are at 15/2 to win the South Region, while our friends from Tennessee are 6/1 to reach the Final Four out of the South.

Remember: Don’t gamble. But if you do, good luck.

R.I.P. Craig Mack.

The “Flava In Ya Ear” rapper died of heart failure at the young age of 46 last night. Get your day going with his music, if you’re into that type of stuff:

Matt and Ryan also have some “Flava In Ya Ear.”

They have two hours of KSR coming your way before we leave for Tree City or whatever it’s called. Tune in at 10 am and give them a call to send them off to the tournament.

Go Cats.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

9 responses to “Today On KSR: We’re going to Boise”

  1. Smyrna_Cat

    Boise is a very nice city, for those who haven’t been there. Worth a visit, especially to see the Cats!

  2. Duff86

    Man, wish I was going to Boise. It’s still ski season too, and Jackson Hole is only a half-day’s drive!

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  3. Good Times

    I agree, Boise is very nice. The people there are the nicest I have ever encountered. Also a very active city that has a lot of amenities without that large metropolitan feel + the gorgeous backdrop of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

  4. runtsfan

    Lots of fruit trees originally planted to supply the miners headed to California for the gold rush. Nice place and you can see a BIG BLUE football field.

  5. DavenderCatTheSequel

    Boise is a great city. Idahoans are the nicest people in America.

    1. Smyrna_Cat

      Except for some of the “white nationalists” in northern Idaho.

      I really like the state. Great place to visit, and hiking is awesome.

  6. falsedell

    I moved from Lexington to Meridian, a “suburb” of Boise,in October for work. I always compare it to Lexington. The only difference is the lack of humidity. Just remember, if you get cold, walk into the sunlight. It will feel about 20 degrees warmer.

  7. sincitycat

    Boise’s elevation is 2,730′ so I’m glad we are playing a team from our elevation level so it should effect both teams equally. Elevation can cause fatigue until you get used to it. Idaho is pretty but too conservative for me.