Kentucky Sports Radio

University of Kentucky Basketball, Football, and Recruiting news brought to you in the most ridiculous manner possible.
February 22nd, 2017

Wendy’s want to send you to Nashville to cheer on the Cats!

372500

Do you want to cheer the Cats on in Nashville next month? Wendy’s is teaming up with “Hey, Kentucky!” to give away two all-session tickets books to the conference tournament in Nashville.

All you have to do is click the link below to register, and cross your fingers that you’ll win! It’s that easy.

Wendy’s Hey Kentucky Basketball Tickets Giveaway


New deals for Gran and House, plus the new assistant salaries

KSR-5767

We now know what it will cost to pay Mark Stoops’ two new assistant coaches, Dean Hood and Derrick LeBlanc, as well as the extensions for Eddie Gran and newly-promoted Matt House.

According to Jon Hale over at The Courier-Journal, who first reported the deals, Gran has signed a brand new extension that will keep him in Lexington through the 2019 season. The new contract will pay him $825,000 for the 2017 season with raises of $25,000 each year in 2018 and 2019. Gran’s first contract paid him $650,000 for 2016 and was set to expire after one more year.

Kentucky’s new defensive coordinator, Matt House, received a significant pay raise in his new role, going from $275,000 a year as special teams coordinator to $650,000 a year to run the defense.

As for the new guys on the team, Dean Hood signed a two-year deal at $350,000 per year and Derrick LeBlanc will make $300,000 a year for two years.

Coach Salary
Eddie Gran, Off. Coordinator $825,000 (2017); $850,000 (2018); $875,000 (2019)
Matt House, Def. Coordinator $650,000 yr. through 2019
Dean Hood, OLB/ST Coach $350,000 yr. through 2018
Derrick LeBlanc, D-Line Coach $300,000 yr. through 2018

Also worth noting: the Gran and House deals come with a $150,000 per-year buyout, while the buyout for Hood and LeBlanc is set at $100,000 per.

It’s reports like these that really make me question why I am blogging about college football and not coaching college football.


Calipari says Briscoe was better last night, still wants more

Denny Medley | USA Today

Denny Medley | USA Today

Isaiah Briscoe is the hottest of topics around Big Blue Nation right now (join the debate here) and it is only getting hotter after Briscoe fouled out for a second consecutive game, only to see his team pull away in the end once he took a seat.

The struggling sophomore did go 4-for-6 from the field with five rebounds and three assists, but the six turnovers in 23 minutes overshadows those contributions.

Then you can throw in Tony Delk’s postgame comments, in which he said he would rather see Mychal Mulder start in Briscoe’s place.

But John Calipari is still on board with Briscoe, at least in the meantime, as he said Briscoe was better in last night’s road win:

He was better today. It took him two, three weeks to get to where he was. Now it’s going to take him some time to get out of it. And we’re only in the first week of it. He’s probably two weeks away from really breaking what he needs to do to get back to where he was.

I just said, ‘As a team, as an individual player, what were you doing that got you on this path? Stop! Don’t do that anymore. Go back to what you were doing, the mission you were on, the time in the gym you spent, all the things you were doing, do it again. But you’re going to have to do it over two, three straight weeks or you stay where you are.’”


2017 UK Football season tickets on sale now

KSR-0102

I know you’re focused on Kentucky’s upcoming run through March but some of you may like to know that Kentucky football tickets went on sale this morning.

Season ticket packages for the upcoming 2017 season hit internet shelves at 9 am and you can get a head start on the guy next to you by ordering yours today.

Standard seating starts at $310 to see all seven wins, or you can go even cheaper with the Pocket Pass or seats in the North 200-level.

For all the information one could ever need, check out UKFootballTix.com.

The 2017 home late is as follows:

1. Eastern Kentucky, Sept. 9
2. Florida, Sept. 23
3. Eastern Michigan, Sept. 30
4. Missouri, Oct. 7
5. Tennessee, Oct. 28
6. Ole Miss, Nov. 4
7. Louisville, Nov. 25

Go Cats.


KSR is at Southland Christian Church today (Wednesday Show Thread)

ksr-logo

Lexingtonians, get on over to Southland Christian Church on Richmond Road for a live remote broadcast of today’s show.

Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond are in the cafe (with donuts) to discuss last night’s win over Missouri.

Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080.

Listen to Kentucky Sports Radio

affiliate-list


Big Blue Buckets: 20% OFF at the KSR Shop!

big_blue_buckets_ksr_2016

Well it wasn’t pretty but the ‘Cats came away with a road win against Missouri. But you know what is pretty, when the ‘Cats win, you win at the KSR Shop! Head to ShopKSR.com to receive 20% OFF your entire purchase! 

Come to the KSR Shop now for all your favorite UK and KSR gear. Check out our KSR hats and sweatshirts, UK fleece pants, polo shirts, and the popular State Pride apparel. Hurry before this day after the game special deal ends. All you have to do is head to ShopKSR.com now and enter promo code BBB.

 

[Big Blue Buckets: 20% OFF at the KSR Shop!]

 


Wednesday’s Top 10: Why didn’t Kentucky pummel Missouri?

cal

After a good night’s sleep (four hours) and a hearty breakfast of coffee and more coffee, I sit here at my desk, looking back at last night’s basketball game, wondering why.

Why did Kentucky not demolish Missouri on its home floor in a game the Tigers couldn’t even sell out? Why? Why was it a game until the final minutes?

Or should I say: How? How do you not bludgeon Missouri’s incompetent basketball team to make a statement with March right around the corner? Missouri has two SEC wins, seven all year. An elite team, which we believe Kentucky to be, should be up 20 at the under-16 timeout. But nope, last night Kentucky played down to its opponent and I had to read more than one text message asking, “Are we going to lose this game?”

And please save the “SEC road atmosphere” and “everybody’s Super Bowl” and “any road win is a win.” That’s what we say when the Cats survive 30+ points from J.J. Frazier in Athens or Vandy shooting the lights out in Nashville.

Kentucky played it tight against Missouri last night. MISSOURI. And Missouri sucks.

Let’s do this 10 thing…

 

1. The fight/hunger in this team is disappointing.

If I’m the 11th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats and I am up by only one point at halftime against Missouri, I come out with my pants on fire and try to hold them scoreless in the second half because I know my opponent shouldn’t even be on the same floor as me, let alone within one point. I’m telling myself, ‘I’m one of the best basketball players in the country and the guy across from me will be selling insurance in two years. Watch me embarrass him and remind him of that.’

To me, this Kentucky team lacks that drive to want to kill. That’s been the case in many games this season when they’ve gone up big and let teams creep back in (LSU being the most obvious). You have to want to beat teams to a pulp if you’re elite and you should be embarrassed by a one-point lead against Missouri. If you’re dominant, show it. Be dominant. Don’t play down to your competition and give them the pleasure of being in the game.

2. Bam Adebayo finally played like the Bam Adebayo we expected to see each night.

Hell of a game for the big fella — 22 points and a career-high 15 rebounds — after the conversation around him the last couple of days was his fall from NBA draft boards. It’s pretty hard to believe it was only his fourth double-double of the season, but it was a double-double nonetheless.

After getting wind of the negative NBA chatter around Bam and then watching Bam’s big night, Coach Cal said, “If someone passes on him in the draft this year, they should be f-f-fired.”

3. Malik Monk was cold for a second straight game.

Monk is 2-for-10 from outside in Kentucky’s last two games, both on the road. By my calculations, that means he is due to go the **** off against Florida in Rupp Arena on Saturday. (Please?)

4. This is one way to beat traffic:

court-storm2

Does Missouri get a fine for that? Maybe like a fraction of a fine?

5. Calipari admitted he deserved the technical foul, but wants you to know he did not swear.

It was a family-friendly technical, one could say:

“I can say this: I did not swear, but I did deserve it. I did deserve it, I’ll just say that. But I did not swear. I don’t swear. I was at mass this morning with all of the kids at the Catholic church, begging forgiveness knowing I was going to get a technical tonight. Please, in advance I’m asking for forgiveness.”

6. How about this jackass St. Louis sportscaster pulling the “Calipari cheats” card?

Uh, hey Martin, Missouri basketball is currently on probation for cheating.

7. Mark my words:

The high pick-and-roll offense will end Kentucky’s season in the tournament. Write it down, put it on your bathroom mirror, whatever — just mark it down. Kentucky will get pick-and-rolled out of the tournament by a team with a small, frustrating point guard…

… unless they are able to figure out how to defend it in the next couple of weeks. So figure it out, guys.

8. Tom Crean is finna be toast.

I think you and I will coach as many Indiana basketball games as Tom Crean next year as Crean is counting down the days until IU hands him his pink slip. The Hoosiers lost to Iowa last night to fall to 5-10 in the Big Ten and 15-13 overall, after beginning the year as the preseason No. 11 team.

I gotta be honest, though: I’m going to miss him. What if they hire a guy who doesn’t have a butt-cut or doesn’t make the best faces for internet memes or doesn’t cut down the nets every year or doesn’t kiss his son on the mouth? What will we do then?

9. Florida kept SEC race alive with 15-point win over third-place South Carolina.

Florida handled its business against the visiting Gamecocks last night to maintain the tie for first place. With the Gators and Cats sitting at 13-2 in league play with three to go, Saturday’s game in Lexington will likely determine the regular season champion of the SEC, as well as the No. 1 seed in Nashville.

10. Let me tell you about a couple of fun events coming up in Louisville next week…

First and foremost, the Bourbon Classic is next week and you should try to attend one of the many events throughout the week if you like the sweet nectar of the Bluegrass and you are able to pull it off. Check out BourbonClassic.com to read all about the Classic and to look into tickets. I highly recommend Friday night’s Classic Cocktail and Culinary Challenge, where you smash food and drink from some of the world’s best bartenders and chefs. Or there is the Pappy Van Winkle event on Tuesday for those of you who like drinking 10y, 12y, 15y and 20y Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon. You really can’t go wrong attending any of it.

Or if getting day drunk during a Cats game is more of your speed, Tin Roof Louisville is hosting its annual DanceBlue fundraiser during the Texas A&M game. Doors open at 10 am for the real savages and a portion of the proceeds will go directly to DanceBlue.

IMG_3578.JPG


RECAP: Kentucky won, but that was horrible

phpAx1OGiIMG_0734

Technically, Kentucky won tonight, but it sure doesn’t feel like it. Before we get into the recap, I’ll remind you that Missouri has only won seven games this season, two in SEC play, and lost at home to North Carolina Central by ten, the same margin by which the Cats won tonight. Yes, Kim Anderson’s team has been playing better as of late, but let’s not sit here and pretend that the reason tonight’s game was close was because Tigers played amazing basketball. The sad truth is, if not for Bam Adebayo, Kentucky would have lost this game, the thought of which is the only thing uglier than the 40 minutes of basketball we witnessed tonight.

But, the Cats survived, beating Missouri 72-62. Let’s talk about it, then burn the tape. So many weird things happened, I’m not sure where to start.

Bam played his best game of the year

Let’s start with the good: Bam Adebayo. Bam put the team on his sweaty back tonight and got only his fourth double-double of the season, first in SEC play. Bam finished with 22 points, 15 rebounds, and 3 blocks. He was 6-9 from the field and a stellar 10-13 from the line. He wasn’t perfect, but in the second half, he carried Kentucky. Bam has fallen out of the first round in some mock drafts, and if tonight’s performance wasn’t indication enough of his upside, John Calipari hammered the message home in the postgame press conference.

“If someone passes on him in the draft this year, they should be f-f-fired,” Cal said. “‘Only thing he does is dunk.’ Yeah, he dunks. He’s going to dunk on your neck. He does that too, but he guards every position. For anybody to say, ‘Well, he’s not this and this.’ You’re not on an NBA team because if you were they’ll look back and you’ll get fired.”

Exhibit A of Bam dunking on your neck:

Unfortunately, Bam’s performance was the only positive I have for tonight.

The first half entire game was awful

We all knew this team was prone to bouts of terrible basketball, but that first half was brutal. In fact, between Kentucky looking lost, Missouri’s yellow court, the terrible chants from the student section, and the officiating, watching tonight’s game felt like torture. How bad were the Cats in the first half? They only scored 31 points, no one scored in double figures, and they turned the ball over nine times to only four assists. Somehow, they led by one, but that half felt like a horrible dream, which only got weirder when SEC Network’s Laura Rutledge had the nerve to ask Calipari what he thought of the Missouri student section chanting “CAL, YOU SUCK” at him as he headed into the tunnel:

This is far from the thing we should be the most concerned about right now, but come on, Laura. How the heck was Calipari supposed to respond to that? As Jeremy Shannon said on Twitter, simply walking away from that question was the best defense we saw from Kentucky all night.

When asked about the interaction after the game, Calipari downplayed it, telling reporters that Rutledge came over to him to apologize for the question in the second half, to which he responded, “I don’t even know what you’re talking about.”

I don’t believe that for a second, but classy response.

Malik Monk was ice cold

Monk was cold tonight, finishing with only 11 points off 4-12 from the floor, 1-5 from behind the three-point line. Unfortunately, tonight’s performance is another reminder that when Monk’s cold, you just don’t get much from him. Making matters worse were the rest of the team’s shooting woes. Usually, when Monk’s off, at least someone else will step up and shoot the ball well. That wasn’t really the case tonight, with Kentucky shooting only 28% from three, although Mychal Mulder and Wenyen Gabriel both had crucial treys down the stretch.

Calipari got T’d up

The TV broadcast was at commercial when it happened, but Calipari got a technical from Teddy Valentine at the 7:47 mark after TV Teddy whistled Wenyen Gabriel for traveling when he clearly should have called a jump ball, one of many questionable calls by the refs. After the game, Calipari said he didn’t cuss, but that he deserved the technical. (Which means he totally cussed, right?)

Some stats that prove just how bad/weird this game was

  • Kentucky had a season-high 17 turnovers to only 10 assists
  • Kentucky only had two steals, a season low
  • Kentucky only had 2 fast break points
  • Missouri kept it close by shooting only 37%, 18% from the three

This isn’t a stat, but in a sign of just how bizarre this game was, a Missouri student decided to storm the court in the final seconds of his team’s ten-point loss:

Even the TV announcers didn’t hold back on that one, calling the guy “some idiot.” That’s how desperate we all were for this game to be over.

Can this team beat Florida?

If we’re talking about the squad that just played in Columbia, no way. Like it or not, Saturday’s game vs. Florida is coming and it’s huge. Whoever wins will get the #1-seed in the SEC Tournament, and probably a better seed in the NCAA Tournament.

I’m not sure what happened to that team we all loved in December, but Calipari better find them in the next two weeks. If what we watched tonight is a preview of what’s to come, then I have the same reaction as Calipari did to Rutledge’s question:

cal-walkaway


Tony Delk says start Mychal Mulder, sit Isaiah Briscoe

IMG_1476

On the SEC Network’s Tuesday night wrap-up show, Tony Delk said what many Kentucky fans are thinking right now: Mychal Mulder needs more clock.

Although, Delk went even further than that, saying Mulder should start over Isaiah Briscoe.

“I like guys who can make shots from the outside,” Delk said. “And that would be Mulder. So when you have Fox — he’s really good at getting into the paint, creating opportunities for his teammates — but what he does a good job of is finding shooters on the outside, and when Mulder comes in, it stretches the floor, he’s long, he’s athletic, he can finish at the basket and he can put the ball on the floor.”

“Fox, I really like him when he has a bunch of shooters on the court and you have Willis, Mulder and Monk… You need driving lanes when you’re a guard and you need shooters on the outside. The game has changed and it is all about knocking down shots from outside. Making that three-pointer is something every team needs to go into the tournament.”

I agree wholeheartedly with Tony and it’s nice to hear someone with the credibility of TD (and Pat Bradley, who agreed with Tony on the show) make the argument that the offense needs more shooters. Teams are packing it inside and it’s only making things harder on De’Aaron Fox, who is arguably the best offensive weapon with his driving ability. Surround De’Aaron with shooters and he has the lanes to attack and more than one option outside for the long ball. That’s the way Kentucky needs to play, with Briscoe coming in as needed as the sixth man.

Give Fox the rock, surround him with shooters, and let Bam sit back and get all the putbacks and lobs.


February 21st, 2017

Sideline reporter looked to apologize to Calipari after the game

Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 11.37.48 PM

According to our sources on the scene, the SEC Network’s Laura Rutledge was seen looking for John Calipari after the game so she could apologize for her question during their halftime interview.

She either (a) realized she messed up; or (b) was told by her producers she was out of line (and getting crushed on Twitter).

We do not know if Rutledge was able to extend that apology to Calipari, but she did get a postgame interview, so they’re all good.

UPDATE

Calipari said Rutledge did find him and apologize.

“She came over and apologized and I’m like, ‘I don’t even know what you’re talking about.’ I had no idea. If the other team — if I walk in a building and they’re not cussing me and booing me, I will retire. It’s time to retire.”


Adebayo led Kentucky with huge double-double

Tuesday night’s Most Valuable Player award goes to Bam Adebayo and that’s not even up for debate.

The Kentucky big man scored a team-high 22 points with a career-high 15 rebounds and three blocks. According to one Corey Price, Adebayo’s impressive stat line marked the first time a Wildcat had ever gone for 22/15/3 in an SEC road game. (Ever, as in program history.)

Afterwards, Adebayo told reporters in his postgame press conference, “I feel like I played great. We came out with a W, so I’m happy.”

It’s hard to imagine Kentucky winning that game without Adebayo’s dominance in the paint. He played an outstanding game when no one else did.

Put that in your mock draft, Chad Ford.


Cats win despite ugly play at Mizzou

Denny Medley | USA Today

Denny Medley | USA Today

That was supposed to be a blowout.

It was not a blowout.

miz-box


Wendy’s KSR Top 10 Tweets of the Day

spicysriracha_640x640

Wendy’s new Spicy Sriracha Chicken Sandwich features our iconic Spicy Chicken, topped with a one of kind Sriracha Jack Cheese, thick-cut Applewood Smoked Bacon, creamy Sriracha aioli, spring mix, and red onion, all served on a toasted Sriracha-infused bakery-style bun.


You can be a part of Wendy’s KSR Top 10 Tweets by using hashtags like #KSR #BBN or #KSRtop10. You can also nominate tweets by mentioning them with the hashtag. If we like what we see, it could be posted the next day. Now. On to the tweets:

#10 Jamie Stogsdill

Peace out homies

 

#9 Randolph Vance

Does sight have anything to do with bad radio?

 

#8 Chester

That fits.

 

#7 Guy Jones III

Just your regular L7Weenie

 

#6 Tyler Warfel

Raising them right.

 

#5 Darrin Herndon

Of all the times we actually need him.

 

#4 Jeff Smith

This is the hero we deserve.

 

#3 Thomas Clay

You right, you right.

 

#2 Jennie Crawford

I feel that.

 

#1 Jay Mallory

Same.

 

@haleysimpKSR


Calipari walks away from reporter’s question as students chant “Cal you suck!”

Screen Shot 2017-02-21 at 10.03.30 PM

John Calipari did his best to keep his cool during his halftime interview as Mizzou students chanted “Cal-You-Suck!” just a few feet away.

Then for some reason, SEC Network sideline reporter Laura Rutledge thought it would be a good idea to ask Cal about the student’s chant.

He didn’t like the question.

It’s safe to say Laura Rutledge has done her last interview with John Calipari.


At The Half: Kentucky 31, Missouri 30

Denny Medley | USA Today

Denny Medley | USA Today

Did anyone enjoy that?

We sure didn’t.

mizzou-box