By Jack Pilgrim on ©January 15th, 2019 @ 5:00pm
Yesterday afternoon, former Kentucky star De’Aaron Fox teased a bit of news coming sometime this afternoon involving his partnership with Nike basketball.
The video he shared on Twitter was of him working on his phone, hitting a button, and then freaking out about the results. He also tagged #NikeAdapt at the end of the tweet:
— De'Aaron Fox (@swipathefox) January 14, 2019
Today, the cat was let out of the bag, as Nike released an ad for their newest shoe, the Nike Adapt BB, a basketball shoe with self-tying laces set to release globally on February 17.
Boston Celtics star forward Jayson Tatum was the athlete featured in the promo:
Introducing Nike Adapt BB. Power laces for the perfect fit.
— Nike (@Nike) January 15, 2019
Tatum, a fellow Nike athlete, will reportedly wear the Nike Adapt BB tomorrow evening in their game against the Toronto Raptors.
Though it hasn’t been confirmed quite yet, Fox is also expected to wear the Back to the Future-esque self-tying shoes in an upcoming game soon.
He sported them in an ad released this afternoon:
— De'Aaron Fox (@swipathefox) January 15, 2019
Nike released official limited edition Back to the Future Nike Mags back in 2016, with just 89 pairs made available to be raffled off with proceeds going to the Michael J. Park Foundation‘s research on Parkinson’s disease.
This is what those looked like:
Interested in the Nike Mags? You can find a pair on StockX.com for a buy-it-now price of just $43,888 here.
For the Nike Adapt BB, you can preorder a pair for $350 here. At that price, you might as well just buy two.
By Nick Roush on ©January 15th, 2019 @ 4:30pm
John Calipari and Tom Crean share quite a bit of history. Some of it fairs well for Kentucky. Most recently Crean left the court victorious, searching for scissors to cut down the nets.
Dating back to his time at Marquette, Crean is 4-4 against UK. As Indiana’s head coach, Crean only claimed two wins over Kentucky. One was immortalized on a popcorn box. The other happened in the second round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament.
Instead of funny Crean faces, we got a memorable GIF…
…and a viral crying Kentucky fan.
Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray played their part, combining for 43 of Kentucky’s 67 points, but the Cats simply had no answer for Thomas Bryant. The athletic Indiana post, and former Calipari recruit, made 6-of-8 shots to finish with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Yogi Ferrell scored 18 and Troy Williams added 13 to propel IU to a 73-67 victory in Des Moines.
It’s the only time a Calipari tournament team failed to make it to the second weekend. A loss we’d all like to forget, if that served as retribution for Kentucky’s thrilling 2012 Sweet 16 win over Crean’s Hoosiers, so be it.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©January 15th, 2019 @ 4:25pm
We’re two and a half hours from tipoff of Kentucky vs. Georgia, which means it’s time for the KSR Pregame Show.
Matt and Ryan are live
in the Lexington studios at KSBar and Grille to get you ready for tonight’s game, so turn that radio dial to 630 WLAP or listen online via iHeart Radio.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©January 15th, 2019 @ 3:59pm
According to Georgia, tonight’s game vs. Kentucky has been sold out since October, but a quick glance at the secondary ticket markets suggests you can still get into Stegeman Coliseum for a very low price.
Upper level tickets are going for as low as $17 on Vivid Seats, lower level for as low as $37. By my count, approximately 250 tickets are still up for grabs on secondary markets, so if you live in the Athens/Atlanta area and are even toying with the idea of making the trip, get in that car and go.
One part of the 10,500-seat arena that will be full is the student section. Starting this morning, students lined up to get wristbands for the game:
The student section has SOLD OUT. Can’t wait to see everyone tonight! Don’t forget: doors open at 5:30pm. Students must have their wristband and UGA id for admission at Gate G! #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/BKDWVllAQv
— Georgia Basketball (@UGABasketball) January 15, 2019
Here’s the line for student ticket wristbands, circa 20 minutes ago. The Georgia-Kentucky game is tonight at 7 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN. pic.twitter.com/DAFBxuXgJ3
— Henry Queen (@C_HenryQueen) January 15, 2019
Tom Crean issued this plea to Georgia fans yesterday.
“We need them to be here early, to be loud, to be crazy, obnoxious, whatever it takes early on to establish themselves. Just for them to be into the game and help us through everything. If we are on a run, help us keep going. If we have to get a run going, help us get that going. Continue to read the game the way they have and just be loud.”
Kentucky failed the “Everybody’s Super Bowl” test at Alabama a week and a half ago. Will they keep their composure when Stegeman gets rocking tonight?
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©January 15th, 2019 @ 3:05pm
One of the biggest storylines going into tonight’s game is Ashton Hagans’ homecoming. By now you’ve heard all about how Kentucky’s rising star was once committed to his home state Bulldogs, but reopened his recruitment once Georgia fired Mark Fox. From there, the decision to come to Lexington was easy.
Earlier today, Nick Roush shared what John Calipari and Reid Travis said about Hagans handling the pressure of playing in front of what could be a contentious crowd at Stegeman Coliseum, but how do the Bulldogs feel about it? Tom Crean, who put in a last-ditch effort to woo Hagans when he was hired, had nothing but praise for the freshman yesterday.
“I would venture to say there isn’t a better defensive and attack minded guard in the freshman class throughout the country,” Crean said, via Bulldawg Illustrated. “He is playing that way. His ability to create steals, he had eight against North Carolina and his ability to create havoc on the ball, off the ball, getting to the rim, it is outstanding. He is playing with a ton of confidence. I think people who knew him, or knew of him, knew he had that and all of the sudden, as he got more opportunity at Kentucky and with the transfer of Green it came out even more. He is playing at an extremely high level.”
Sophomore guard Rayshaun Hammonds agreed.
“We know he’s a competitive guard, we know he’s a 94-feet guard,” Hammonds told RedandBlack.com. “We’ve given him props on defense, we know he can play.”
Who knows how the Georgia crowd will treat Hagans, but Crean made it clear he has no hard feelings on how things turned out.
“I think first and foremost he had decommitted before we got here. I know him and we certainly went to visit him but he never came to campus. When you don’t have somebody on campus I don’t put into context that we didn’t get him. We never got him up here to see what we were doing and that’s fine. He made a choice for himself and that’s good.”
For more on Hagans’ homecoming, I suggest you check out Kyle Tucker’s latest feature, which includes an interview with Hagans’ father, Marvin, who says he’s not worried at all about his son tonight.
“We ain’t worried about that. Ashton is mentally tough.”
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©January 15th, 2019 @ 2:30pm
One of the biggest game day traditions of the John Calipari era is the halfcourt shot at shootaround. Today, an unlikely Cat connected with the basket in Athens, Georgia: Nick Richards. Watch below as the seven-footer nails the shot to his teammates’ delight:
? Gooooooooood vibes pic.twitter.com/g2dbPQFpuv
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) January 15, 2019
Calipari has called Richards the key to Kentucky being a national championship-caliber squad, a sentiment he’s hammering home with the big man in practice.
“Coach is basically emphasizing that if I’m a rim protector, we’re probably going to win a national championship,” Richards said. “That’s one of the key things we need to win a national championship, is a rim protector.”
“When Nick plays and he competes and battles inside and fights for position, he blocks shots and rebounds above the rim, he is a disruptor defensively. He disrupts them,” said Calipari. “They can’t come flying in there. They can’t shoot anything near the basket because he’s going to block it. We need to have him on the floor more, and EJ (Montgomery) is the same.”
Hopefully Nick’s halfcourt shot is a good omen for a breakout game tonight.
By Brett Bibbins on ©January 15th, 2019 @ 2:00pm
1. The two best players for Georgia through the first half of the season are Rayshaun Hammonds and Nicolas Claxton. These two are the top two producers in points, rebounds, blocks, and steals for the Bulldogs on the year. On top of that Claxton also leads the team in assists, and Hammonds is second on team in three-point shooting. Currently, Claxton is averaging 12.6 points, a tied for the SEC lead 9.5 rebounds, an SEC-leading 3.3 blocks, 2.2 assists, and 1.3 steals per game. Claxton has made an awesome jump from his freshman to sophomore year, and presents a match up nightmare for most teams. Leading the team in assists as the tallest player on the roster is extremely uncommon, but shows how much of the offense runs through Claxton. As for Hammonds, he’s putting up 13.9 points, 6.7 boards, 1.7 assists, and nearly one steal per contest, while hitting 42.1% of his threes and 84.2% of his free throws. Another huge leap for the Bulldogs from freshman to sophomore year, Hammonds has seen big jumps in all of his statistical contributions, despite playing nearly the same minutes as last year. The one downfall for these two sophomore studs is that they are turnover prone, combining for nearly 4 turnovers per game, despite not playing the guard positions.
2. Similar to the lineup that Vanderbilt was throwing at the Cats for extended periods, Georgia starts a group that has a solid size advantage over Kentucky. A starting lineup of 6’4″ William Jackson II , 6’4″ Teshaun Hightower, 6’8″ Rayshaun Hammonds, 6’9″ Derek Ogbeide, and 6’11” Nicolas Claxton doesn’t sound too incredibly large, until you realize that their 6’8″ small forward outweighs Keldon Johnson by 25 pounds, 6’8″ PJ Washington will be defending Claxton, who is longer, quicker, three inches taller, and more versatile than how Washington’s playing at the moment, and that Reid Travis is 15 pounds lighter than Ogbeide. The Bulldogs present both an athletic big and a power big, which means Reid Travis and PJ Washington need to get out of their collective funk and provide some sort of offensive production, while playing with high effort on the defensive end.
3. I’d be remiss if I failed to mention Georgia’s new Head Coach this season. We last saw Tom Crean underperforming on a regular basis leading the Hoosiers at Indiana. Hoosier fans grew impatient with the constant “next year” mentality that had seemingly encompassed the program. In 9 years at Indiana, Crean made the NCAA Tournament just 4 times, the Sweet 16 only three times, and never advanced to an Elite 8. Even the year he had two top-4 picks in the draft, Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller, Crean lost as a number 1 seed to 4 seeded Syracuse in the Sweet 16. After being let go at Indiana, Crean took a season off, but the hiatus was short as the Georgia job came calling. The Bulldog faithful has been energized by the Tom Crean hire, and he seems to genuinely like working at Georgia. He’s pumped up the fanbase with hope of future success, and that includes tonight’s game against Kentucky. The game is sold out and they let students start to line up prior to noon this morning to get into the game.
4. Georgia’s non-conference schedule was set up to put them in a good position to vie for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. They were slated to take on two ranked teams, along with being the favorite in every other game they played outside of those two games. However, it did not go as planned for the Bulldogs, as they fell to both of their ranked opponents, Clemson and Arizona State. To add insult to injury of those two losses, both of those ranked teams have now fallen out of the rankings in the time since beating Georgia. The Dawgs’ best win is an 11-point win at rival Georgia Tech, but their struggles outweigh the positives. Losses to Temple and Georgia State won’t help come Selection Sunday, and they’ve dropped two of their first three SEC games, to Tennessee and Auburn. Georgia currently sits at 9-6, desperately needing a résumé boosting win. Kentucky can’t have the slow starts that have plagued their start of conference play, as the crowd will be raucous.
5. John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats have beaten the Georgia Bulldogs 11 straight times, dating back to 2013. In fact, Kentucky is 16-2 against Georgia since Coach Cal took over in Lexington. The only two wins for the Bulldogs in the Coach Cal era came in Athens. In 2011, Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb combined for 42 points, but Kentucky had three players foul out and Trey Thompkins dominated for Georgia, finishing with 25 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 blocks in a 77-70 victory for the Bulldogs over the 10th ranked Wildcats. Then, in 2013, the Cats were still reeling from the loss of Nerlens Noel for the season, Georgia was able to win by 10 points, behind a strong 24 point and 10 rebound performance from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
Go Cats. Beat Dawgs.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©January 15th, 2019 @ 1:00pm
Kentucky star running back Benny Snell just finished up his #SnellYeahTour over the weekend, but two other popular Wildcats are also ready for a statewide meet-and-greet with the Big Blue Nation.
Superstar pass rusher Josh Allen, a potential No. 1 overall pick in this spring’s NFL Draft, announced his signing tour for March.
Signing tour in March stay tuned BBN
— Joshua Allen (@JoshAllen41_) January 14, 2019
Soon after, former Kentucky tight end and fan-favorite CJ Conrad announced he would be joining Allen on the tour.
Coming soon with my guy https://t.co/1mM92V9PUS
— CJ Conrad (@cjconrad1) January 15, 2019
Details of cities, specific locations, and prices are still in the works and have not been released quite yet, but we promise to keep you updated as we hear more about it.
All I know is if it’s anything like the #SnellYeahTour, the BBN is in for a treat.
By Adam Luckett on ©January 15th, 2019 @ 12:00pm
After consecutive SEC home victories, the Wildcats will head out on the road for another conference clash.
In Athens, they’ll be taking on Tom Crean at Stegeman Coliseum for the first time in SEC play.
The former Marquette and Indiana head coach has taken over the underachieving program and it’s clear the Bulldogs are in rebuild mode. After a valiant effort in a loss at Auburn, the Dawgs will look to pull the upset and achieve the first marquee victory of the Crean era.
Nuts and Bolts
After a nine-year run under one of the most respected head coaches in the SEC, Georgia and Mark Fox parted ways last season. The former Nevada head coach owned a .551 winning percentage and had two NCAA Tournament appearances during his time in Athens. Under Fox, it seemed like the Dawgs always found themselves on the bubble. At the end of the day, he was unable to collect enough wins. It was time for UGA to make a move.
Heading into the coaching carousel, this was a program that desperately needed a shot in the arm. Georgia hasn’t won an NCAA Tournament game since 2002 and has only been to the Sweet 16 twice in its entire existence. UGA has only won the SEC regular season title twice and the conference tournament three times. With the rest of the SEC totally investing in hoops, it was time for UGA to join the party.
It didn’t take long for Tom Crean to emerge as the top target and he agreed to a six-year contract that will pay him $3.2 million per year. The brother-in-law of Jim Harbaugh came to Athens with over 300 career wins, two Big Ten titles, and five Sweet 16 appearances. Three more than the entire UGA program. The Dawgs now appear to be serious about winning on the hardwood.
Georgia will enter tonight’s game with a 9-6 overall record and a ranking of 89th in KenPom. The Bulldogs are off to a 1-2 start in SEC play and will be playing in front of a capacity crowd at Stegeman Coliseum tonight. This season, under Crean, UGA wants to pound the ball inside and then attack the offensive glass. The Bulldogs have a nice collection of bigs and they do a great job at drawing fouls and getting points from the free throw line. On defense, UGA is fairly athletic and primarily plays man-to-man. They have some really good rim protectors controlling the paint.
This will be the 153rd meeting between the two programs with UK owning a 126-26 series advantage. The Wildcats have won 11 in a row in this series with John Calipari owning a 16-2 record against UGA. Tom Crean, however, has had some success against the Wildcats. Crean beat Kentucky twice in the NCAA Tournament and of course the Christian Watford shot in December of 2011.
Out in the desert, Kentucky is a 7.5 point favorite with a total of 147.5. That’s a projected final score of 77.5-70. On the season, UK is 6-8 against the spread while Georgia is 10-4. At home, the Bulldogs are 7-1 against the number. Kentucky is 0-3 against the spread in SEC play.
UGA rolls with a three-man platoon in the backcourt, but the most dangerous offensive weapon comes off the bench. Tyree Crump is putting up 10.8 points per game in just 19.7 minutes. He’s one of the best bench scorers in the SEC and he is UGA’s best three-point shooter. The junior from Bainbridge, Georgia is shooting 41 percent from deep on 78 attempts. He’s Georgia’s most efficient offensive player and is a really good free throw shooter. The junior has a high assist rate, but must improve his defense to get more minutes on the floor.
Teshaun Hightower runs the point for the Bulldogs and the sophomore has been very average to this season. The 6-foot-5 sophomore is playing just under 20 minutes per game and hasn’t done anything special for Tom Crean’s squad. The Georgia native is shooting under 30 percent from three and has just 26 assists with 25 turnovers.
William Jackson II has over 60 career starts and is a very important piece for this team in his senior season. Jackson doesn’t do anything very well, but he’s always in the right spot and is a player the coach staff can trust. The off guard is shooting 34.9 percent from three and will not shy away from the moment.
The Dawgs have one of the biggest frontcourts in the country and it starts on the wing. Rayshaun Hammonds was a top-60 prospect in the class of 2017 and he is living up to that billing in his sophomore season.
The lefty is very long and big for a wing (6-foot-8, 235 pounds) and he’s been a matchup nightmare for a ton of opponents. The lengthy forward leads the Bulldogs in scoring and has shooting percentage splits of .514/.421/.842. That’s really, really good.
Hammonds is used heavily on the offensive end and he has been a very effective rebounder on both sides of the court. He’s a really good player and will be a tough matchup for Kentucky.
In the post, Nicolas Claxton is an athletic big who plays the five spot for the Dawgs. The 6-foot-11 sophomore is putting up 12.6 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. He’s been one of the best rim protectors in the country with 50 blocks in just 14 games (3.3 per outing). He leads the team in assists and steals. The super sophomore is a stat sheet stuffer. He will be quite the challenge for UK’s bigs to deal with.
Next to Claxton will be Derek Ogbeide. The senior has been in Athens forever. The Nigeria native does all of the dirty work for the Bulldogs and is having a career year averaging just under 10 points per game. Ogbeide is a solid rebounder and a really good post defender. The Bulldogs have the pieces to matchup with UK’s frontcourt.
Off the bench, E’Torrion Wilridge is an athletic wing who can give UGA a small ball option when UGA wants to slide Rayshaun Hammonds to the four. However, Wilridge is not a threat on offense and plays because of what he brings on the defensive end of the floor.
Keys to Victory
- It’s been a rough couple of games for UK’s bigs. Both Reid Travis and P.J. Washington have hit a bit of a rough patch recently and they must shake out of it right now. Georgia has a legit NBA player in Rayshaun Hammonds, a bruising senior in Derek Ogbeide, and an elite shot blocker and rebounder in Nicolas Claxton. UGA will provide one of the stiffest challenges UK has faced this season down low. If Travis and Washington don’t play well, UK could be in for a long night in Athens.
- The Bulldogs are very limited on the perimeter. The UGA starters bring no offensive punch to the table. Tyree Crump can get buckets quickly off the bench, but he is a liability on defense. Look for Ashton Hagans to draw him on defense. Kentucky must win this advantage in the ballgame. Immanuel Quickley has come alive in recent games, but tonight could be a night where Tyler Herro could make a huge impact.
- Georgia is very limited on offense, but they do two things fairly well. The Bulldogs get to the free throw line and gobble up offensive rebounds. However, these are two things UK has done a great job in limiting this season. Kentucky must continue to guard without fouling and keep the Dawgs off the offensive glass.
- UGA has been a really bad three-point shooting team this season. UK has been really bad at guarding the three-point shot this season. The Dawgs will need to hit some threes to have a chance. After a strong performance against Vanderbilt, Kentucky must continue to challenge the perimeter shooters.
By Brett Bibbins on ©January 15th, 2019 @ 11:30am
- If not for James Harden going for 30+ points in 17 straight games, everyone would be talking about how dominant Anthony Davis has been lately for the Pelicans. Last night, Davis took over yet again, finishing with 46 points, 16 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals. The Brow was 12 for 12 from the free throw line, including four of them in the final 13 seconds to help seal the victory. Starting alongside Davis, Julius Randle had a big night of his own, putting up 27 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists. The two of them have benefitted so much from playing with the other, if the Pelicans had some stronger guard and bench play, they could contend for a top spot in the Western Conference. Darius Miller played nearly 30 minutes tonight off the bench for the Pels, scoring 6 points and channeling his inner Anthony Davis with 4 blocks.
This was AD's 17th career game with 40+ pts and 15+ reb.
In the last 35 seasons, only Shaq has had more such games (19). pic.twitter.com/r9AkZTCAaP
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) January 15, 2019
- The win for New Orleans came at the cost of a poor night for Clippers’ guard Shai Gilegous-Alexander. SGA was held scoreless and played a career-low 13 minutes. Patrick Beverly has all but taken over the main guard spot from SGA as far as minutes played goes, but SGA remains in the starting lineup for now. The “rookie wall” is very real and Gilgeous-Alexander may very well be hitting it as of late.
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By Jack Pilgrim on ©January 15th, 2019 @ 10:45am
Classes officially started last week at the University of Kentucky, and like every other student on campus, I slowly made my way through each class on my schedule for syllabus week.
In one instance later in the week, I was trekking my way into the brand new UK Student Center when an individual walked past me that caught me off guard. There are thousands of students walking through campus each day, and I only had time to take a quick glance, but I could’ve sworn I had seen him before. Did I have a past class with him? Same high school? Played sports together growing up?
I brushed it off and didn’t think anything of it until this morning. Making that same journey into the Student Center, I walked down a flight of stairs into the dining area, and that same individual from the week before was walking my direction. This time, though, I got a closer look at him and still couldn’t figure it out. He was 6-feet tall or so, wearing a sweatshirt and sweatpants, longer hair, etc. But the face was so freaking familiar.
Sitting down for a Chick-fil-A chicken biscuit, I was making my typical morning rounds on social media. Then I came across the following post on Twitter from University of Kentucky assistant athletic director Tony Neely:
— Tony Neely (@tneel) January 14, 2019
Bookbag on and pencil in hand, the individual I had seen twice absolutely was former Kentucky star linebacker and current New York Jet Avery Williamson.
Williamson, who finished with a career-high 121 tackles (41 solo), three sacks, six tackles for loss, and two forced fumbles in 2018, is back in Lexington this semester to finish his degree at UK.
After being drafted in the fifth round by the Tennessee Titans in 2014, Williamson played the first season of a three-year, $22 million deal with the Jets he signed last offseason.
At Kentucky, Williamson played from 2010-2013, racking up 296 total tackles, four sacks, ten tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, and two interceptions.
Congratulations to the former Wildcat great on coming back to earn his degree!
By Bryan the Intern on ©January 15th, 2019 @ 10:00am
Kentucky heads into another, on paper, quite winnable game tonight against Georgia. There is nothing that would suggest if the Cats don’t bring their “A” game they won’t win comfortably. Georgia is not any threat to make the NCAA Tournament as Tom Crean tries to rebuild a program that used to be a Top 4 team in the conference. But if recent history tells us anything, it is that Kentucky fans can no longer assume that ANY road game in the conference is a gimme. Just a glance:
2016: at LSU 85-67
2016: at Auburn 75-70
2016: at Tennessee 84-77
2016: at Texas A&M 79-77
2016: at Vanderbilt 74-62
2017: at Tennessee 82-80
2017: at Florida 88-66
2018: at Tennessee 76-65
2018: at South Carolina 76-68
2018: at Missouri 69-60
2018: at Texas A&M 85-74
2018: at Auburn 76-66
2018: at Florida 80-67
2019: at Alabama 79-77
Since the 2016 season, UK is just 14-14 in road games in the conference. And there is more to that record than meets the eye:
-Average margin of defeat in those 14 losses is 9.5 points. The Cats are not just getting beat at the buzzer consistently like they were in the 2011 season. They are getting beat comfortably.
-In 10 of the 14 losses, UK came into the game ranked and the opponent was unranked. They are losing games to teams they shouldn’t.
-UK has given up 75 or more points in 12 of the 14 games. They are often losing these games on the defensive end of the floor.
So while I think many people are overlooking the game tonight as an automatic win on the schedule, I think it will be a very telling game. After the Alabama loss, a loss which looks worse and worse as the weeks go on, UK really needs to show up focused and hammer an inferior team on their home court. No more slow starts. No more offensive droughts. No more defensive breakdowns. Take care of business like a supposed Final Four contender would.
I think we have to start seeing some improvement on many fronts to think this team has any shot at a deep run in March. And while it might not seem like it, I think the result of tonight’s game, and margin of victory, will be an important indicator of that improvement.
By Nick Roush on ©January 15th, 2019 @ 9:55am
Tonight Tom Crean will once share a sideline with John Calipari when the Kentucky Wildcats travel to Athens to take on the Georgia Bulldogs. Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond will prepare you for the game, and make jokes at Crean’s expense, on today’s edition of Kentucky Sports Radio.
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