By Nick Roush on ©November 14th, 2018 @ 8:00pm
Kentucky rain was pouring down on the football team Wednesday evening. For the last half hour of practice, the Cats practiced in rain and sleet under the Kroger Field lights.
“It was too cold,” Derrick Baity said, shaking his head. “I do NOT like the cold. I really don’t like the cold.”
During their time on the field, defensive coordinator Matt House liked what he saw. “So far, so good, but the true proof in the pudding is Saturday.”
News and Notes
A Long, Quiet Bus Ride — This Kentucky football team is trying to move forward from the loss at Tennessee. To make sure they don’t come out flat, they’re keeping Saturday night’s trip back to Lexington in mind.
“Not to go backwards, but just remember how you felt going back from Knoxville,” Baity said. “It was a long, three-hour ride back from Knoxville; silent. Just keep that in your head.”
Mo Bamba or Grove Street? — Two songs have become synonymous with this team. I asked Baity which he preferred. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that there’s recency bias.
Sack Record Celebration — Josh Allen is one sack away from breaking Oliver Barnett’s career sack record. Today he shared what that moment will mean to him
“It would mean a lot. Like I said, I worked extremely hard. that was one of my goals coming back this season is to break records,” Allen said. “I game back to break records. It’s going to mean a lot to me.”
It’s tough to put into words and it’s tough for Allen to predict how he will react when it happens.
“I don’t know. I was thinking about it, but I’ll probably just go off and do whatever. There’s going to be a lot of emotions. It’s going to hit me hard and it’s going to be exciting that I’m going to be in the history books.”
Senior Day Tears? — Saturday’s pregame ceremony will be emotional for 16 seniors who are playing their final game at Kroger Field. For some, like Derrick Baity, they haven’t thought too much about what it will be like. Others know they might get choked up. They are all a bunch of tough guys, but Mike Edwards believes Josh Allen will crack.
“He’s big, but he’s soft at heart,” Edwards said. Allen did not dispute the claim.
“It’s going to be real shocking. I probably will, I probably won’t. That’s a game day decision.”
By Jack Pilgrim on ©November 14th, 2018 @ 7:00pm
If you’ve turned on ESPN anytime over the last several weeks, you’d know about the Le’Veon Bell saga in Pittsburgh. Long story short, Bell has been holding out for the Steelers this season after the two sides couldn’t come to a long-term contract agreement this past offseason. Yesterday afternoon, the official deadline to sign his $14.5-million franchise tag and return this season passed, meaning the superstar running back would be forced to sit out the remainder of the year.
Ever since, his teammates and coaches, along with the rest of the NFL, criticized him for putting money before his passion for the game and leaving the Steelers out to dry.
Former Kentucky pass-rusher and Steeler teammate Bud Dupree got in on the fun, helping unload Bell’s locker this afternoon and taking his cleats in the process.
A video of Dupree lacing up Bell’s Jordan XI PE cleats and trying them out surfaced this afternoon, where he gave the running back his well-wishes in the future and appreciation for his new gameday footwear.
“Wish you success my guy, but appreciate the cleats man,” Dupree said in the video.
Take a look:
Steelers players went into Le’Veon Bell’s locker, removing his nameplate and rummaging through items. Bud Dupree says thanks for the Jordan brand cleats. pic.twitter.com/gQaAu9hUPd
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) November 14, 2018
(Bonus points if you caught that Kentucky apparel in his locker…)
Steelers reporter Dale Lolley says Dupree essentially told him “finders keepers, losers weepers.”
“He’s probably not coming back for them,” the former Wildcat said.
Can you blame him for taking them? Those things are beautiful.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©November 14th, 2018 @ 6:30pm
Tonight’s game is a late one. Thankfully, the KSR Pregame Show is here to help you pass the time until the 9 p.m. tip.
Matt, Ryan, and Drew are live in the Lexington studios to get you ready for tonight’s game vs. North Dakota, so turn that radio dial to 630 WLAP or listen online via iHeart Radio.
By Nick Roush on ©November 14th, 2018 @ 6:00pm
Kentucky fans have learned what it’s like to cheer for a major player in the college football landscape.
In less than a month the football fan base’s sentiment changed from, “just give us a shot to play Georgia for the SEC East,” to, “this is a frustrating disappointment.” What changed?
After an overtime loss at Texas A&M exposed Kentucky’s offense, the Cats gutted through game-winning drives in the fourth quarter to beat Vanderbilt and Missouri. Ranked No. 9 in the initial College Football Playoff rankings, Kentucky fans got a week to dream about the SEC Championship and a potential Playoff berth.
In the two weeks since, the Cats were outclassed by a superior Georgia team. The emotional hangover lingered into Knoxville where UK suffered its worst loss of the season.
With two games to play, Kentucky is 7-3 and ranked 17th by the CFB Playoff committee. Even though they finished SEC play with another loss at Neyland Stadium, UK’s 5-3 SEC record is the best in 41 years. After listening to today’s edition of Kentucky Sports Radio, I thought I was covering a Joker Phillips team, not a team that’s been in the Top 25 for eight straight weeks.
Nobody is happy after a loss. That feeling is amplified after a loss to a rival. You can be angry after a loss, but pleased with the team’s overall success; they aren’t mutually exclusive. However, the critiques I’ve heard since Saturday have reached ridiculous new heights.
“The Offense has to Change”
Remember when Eddie Gran decided to change the offense before the Texas A&M game? Facing a stout rush defense, UK’s offensive coordinator didn’t think the Cats could run it at Kyle Field. When he put the game in Terry Wilson’s hands, he was crucified. For two weeks the decision to not give the ball to Benny Snell was questioned by the Big Blue Nation.
After the Bye Week, Benny Snell got the ball. The best running back to ever wear a Kentucky uniform rushed for 169 yards and the game-winning touchdown. When SEC Inside published video of Snell’s final drive heroics, the BBN’s jaw-dropped in amazement.
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) October 24, 2018
Although an unforgettable game in the long-term, the Vanderbilt performance represents what this offense is and it’s biggest problem.
1. Do you really wanna not give Benny Snell the ball?
The rushing game has undoubtedly struggled in recent games, but it’s been the cornerstone of Kentucky’s success over the last three years, thanks to Benny Snell. With an excellent defense, Mark Stoops chose an offensive emphasis on ball control over taking risky shots on explosive plays. If you disagree with Stoops, fine, but that also means Benny gets the ball less. Do you really not want to feed 2-6? He is hungry.
2. A Slim Margin
Many fans were infuriated by some of the comments made by Mark Stoops and Eddie Gran since the Tennessee loss. Demanding change, none of them realized the offense that has looked so terrible since the second half of the South Carolina game, actually looks the same.
Since that “dramatic” turning point for the offense, they’re still producing about the same number of yards. UK’s offense just kills themselves once they get into scoring range (pre-snap penalties on third down, snaps over the QBs head, etc.). What many would describe as the worst offensive performance in three years, Kentucky gained more yards against Missouri than they did in a 28-0 win over Mississippi State. Alabama didn’t even score 28 points on Miss. State.
Is it frustrating to watch this offense operate at times? Of course. But it was not a problem until Kentucky lost two games (the only two games UK’s defense gave up more than 20 points all season).
“We Missed a Rare Opportunity”
Kentucky played one game a for a chance to go to the SEC. It’s the first time that has ever happened in the history of this school. In the preseason that was a ridiculous notion. Unfortunately, they ran into the defending SEC Champs and National Runners-Up.
The loss stunk, but there was still an opportunity to go to a New Year’s Six game with a 10-2 finish. When that went out the window, well…here we are.
I wanted UK to play Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. I also wanted John Wall to win a National Championship. I wanted to go 40-0.
They lost. It happens. I was mad for a few days. Now when I remember those teams, I don’t think about how I cried into a pillow after the Wisconsin game, I think about the time Willie killed a guy at Florida and at the Yum! Center. I think about Boogie and Wall’s game-winners and the beautiful dance. When I think about this year’s Kentucky football team, I will never forget a victorious My Old Kentucky Home at The Swamp, the dominance in the rain against Miss. State, the walk-off win at Missouri and the week of euphoria that followed.
There’s a difference between the two losses in 2018 and the basketball losses in ’15 and ’10: this football team still has two games to play.
A wise man once told me, “Never tell fans how to fan.” I am breaking this rule for the 17 football players who changed the trajectory of this football team forever. Before their final game at Kroger Field, instead of feeling the warm embrace of the Big Blue Nation, they are hearing they aren’t good enough. That’s not fair.
Josh Allen, Benny Snell, Mike Edwards, Darius West, C.J. Conrad and many more took a chance on Kentucky when few others would. They’ve given the Big Blue Nation unforgettable memories. They won more SEC games than group before them. They created a winning culture that will ensure they aren’t the last UK team to play for an SEC Championship. The least they deserve is your support in the three finals games of a spectacular season.
By KSR on ©November 14th, 2018 @ 5:30pm
The early signing period is officially here. Celebrate the momentous basketball recruiting occasion by listening to another episode of Hardly Committed. T.J. Walker tells you who will sign, who will wait until the spring, and he breaks down a classic Office episode, The Fight. Highlights:
— Reason to worry about Kahlil Whitney?
— Could somebody quietly sign before announcing a commitment?
— What happened when Terrence Jones initially committed to Washington?
— A center who wanted to go to UK that is averaging 18-14 to start the season.
— Whose wife is a better cook?
— Amateur turtle racing.
— Will Jaden McDaniels sign in the fall?
— How schools negatively recruit against Kentucky.
— A podcast within a podcast within a podcast.
Subscribe to Hardly Committed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app to get the podcast delivered directly to your phone. You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play, and streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©November 14th, 2018 @ 4:41pm
As Drew already told you, Tyrese Maxey signed his letter of intent to play at Kentucky this morning, and the school just sent out a release celebrating the occasion.
“Tyrese has unbelievable competitive spirit,” John Calipari said of the five-star combo guard. “I love Tyrese’s basketball savvy. He has an elite ability to score the ball, yet he creates shots for his teammates, he defends and he rebounds. In all the time I’ve watched him play, rarely does he make the wrong play. He may not make every shot, but he almost always make the right play. You can tell that he’s a coach’s son. Physically he is going to be able compete with the best in the country.”
Maxey averaged 22.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.3 steals per game last season and led South Garland High School to the state semifinals and USA Basketball to the gold medal at the 2018 FIBA Americas Championship. He’s ranked as high as No. 7 overall by ESPN and said he chose Kentucky because of how Calipari develops his guards.
“Growing up watching Coach Cal-led teams, all the way back to Memphis, he always lets his guards play,” Maxey said. “He has a track record of developing guards and helping them reach their potential. I want to be coached and I know Coach Cal will push me and hold me accountable. I’m happy to be a part of this great tradition.”
The fall signing period began this morning and runs through November 21. In-state star Dontaie Allen will sign his letter of intent on Friday at his school, while fellow UK commit Kahlil Whitney may wait until the spring. (Don’t panic.)
By TJ Walker on ©November 14th, 2018 @ 4:00pm
Five-star center Isaiah Stewart told Rivals.com that he won’t be signing in the early signing period and is unsure when he will make a final decision on his college choice. The 6-foot-9, 230-pound La Lumiere star is considering UK, Michigan State, Duke, Syracuse and Washington, but when dissecting each school he didn’t seem overly high on the Cats.
“(The visit to Kentucky) was good. That visit, Kentucky came in pretty late, but I got the chance to go down there and see how they do things and see what they are all about.”
Stewart was asked what UK’s all aboute:
“It is sort of like a powerhouse, with all of the players that went there in the past and how they have gotten guys to the league. I feel like it is a place that usually, whenever you talk about Kentucky and you are a highly ranked player, it is something that you just have to look at.”
He said Michigan State felt like home, he mentioned Coach K at Duke, he said he would be embraced at Washington and that Syracuse is the hometown team. All seemingly more intimate than “sort of like a powerhouse,” but trying to nitpick recruit’s quotes is a dangerous game. Only once did UK have momentum and it was after his official visit, but a week or two later that buzz was gone. Stewart has officially visited UK, Michigan State, Washington and Syracuse. He’s still planning an official to Duke but is unsure when he will make it Durham.
Stranger things have happened but it seems like the Cats are on the outside looking in when it comes to Stewart’s recruitment. Read the entire interview HERE.
By Drew Franklin on ©November 14th, 2018 @ 3:00pm
The accolades keep rolling in for Kentucky’s Josh Allen, one of the best players in all of college football. His latest achievements include his inclusion in the running for two of the sport’s top individual awards: the Walter Camp Player of the Year and Bronko Nagurski Trophy.
Allen has been named one of 15 “Players to Watch” for the 2018 Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year award, the fourth-oldest college football award in the nation. Allen is one of just five defensive players to make the list, which will be narrowed down to five finalists two weeks from today.
The 14 other Walter Camp semifinalists are: Deandre Baker, Senior, Defensive Back, Georgia; Devin Bush, Junior, Linebacker, Michigan; Travis Etienne, Sophomore, Running Back, Clemson; Will Grier, Senior, Quarterback, West Virginia; Dwayne Haskins, Junior, Quarterback, Ohio State; Darrell Henderson, Junior, Running Back, Memphis; Trace McSorley, Senior, Quarterback, Penn State; McKenzie Milton, Junior, Quarterback, UCF; Gardner Minshew, Senior, Quarterback, Washington State; Kyler Murray, Junior, Quarterback, Oklahoma; Tua Tagovailoa, Sophomore, Quarterback, Alabama; Jonathan Taylor, Sophomore, Running Back, Wisconsin; Jerry Tillery, Senior, Defensive Tackle, Notre Dame; Quinnen Williams, Sophomore, Nose Guard, Alabama.
Baker Mayfield won the award in 2017.
Allen was also named one of the five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, awarded to the nation’s top defensive player.
The other finalists are: Michigan linebacker Devin Bush, LSU safety Grant Delpit, Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins and Alabama nose guard Quinnen Williams.
By Drew Franklin on ©November 14th, 2018 @ 2:00pm
Many of you may recognize DJ Warren Peace from various UK events, ranging from home basketball and football games to the secondary sports and several other outings on campus. He has become the university’s go-to guy for music, and he’s profiled in this new video.
Before you watch it, let me preface all this by saying I’ve known Warren for several years and there isn’t a nicer person in Lexington. You can’t walk past him without him asking how you’re doing and what’s been up, etc.
On top of that he’s really good at his job, especially when he’s getting the basketball team ready in Rupp Arena. Quade Green is a huge fan, as you’ll see in the video.
Now learn more about him:
By Adam Luckett on ©November 14th, 2018 @ 1:15pm
Kentucky will be back in Rupp Arena tonight for its second home game of the season and they’ll look to pick up consecutive victories for the first time this season. It’ll be another late tip at 9:00 pm with the SEC Network in the house. Friend of KSR Tom Hart and Jon Sundvold will be on the call.
After a tough matchup with Southern Illinois, the schedule will lighten up for John Calipari’s squad the rest of November. Per KenPom, the Wildcats will not face a top 100 opponent until UNC Greensboro comes to Lexington on the first weekend in December. Now is the time to grow for this young roster and to get some players that have gotten off to a rocky start some confidence.
Nuts and Bolts
Brian Jones is in his 13th season in Grand Forks and this program has come a long way under his watch. The Fighting Hawks were in Division II when Jones arrived for the 2006-07 season and he helped this program make the transition to Divison I. Under him they’ve seen a fair share of success.
UND has been to the postseason in six of the last eight seasons highlighted by a Big Sky title and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2017. Brian Jones worked for Steve Alford for nearly a decade at Iowa and they do not play slow. Look for the Fighting Hawks to not be afraid to push the pace. UND has some real rebounding inefficiencies so they will hardly ever crash the offensive glass. Kentucky will have plenty of second chance points opportunities.
This will be the first ever meeting between the two programs and will be UND’s first ever game against a current SEC opponent. This past Saturday, UND picked up a nice non-conference road win over Milwaukee. After spending the last few years in the Big Sky, 2017-18 will be UND’s first season in the Summit League. In the preseason, the Fighting Hawks were picked to finish near the bottom of the conference after a 12-20 run last season.
Out in the desert, Kentucky is currently a 27-point favorite with a total of 152. That’s a projected final score of 89.5-62.5. On the season, Kentucky is 0-2 against the spread while North Dakota is 0-1 against the number.
To look for UND’s go-to player all you have to do is look at the wing. Cortez Seales is a 6-foot-4, 190-pound senior from Iowa who emerged as a scoring threat last season for the Fighting Hawks. Through two games this season, Seales leads the team in points and shot attempts. The former sixth man of the year as in the Big Sky does most of his damage slashing towards the basket. Look for UND to invert the offense and give the southpaw some touches on the block.
Joining Cortez Seales in the backcourt will be junior Billy Brown at the point guard spot. After a reserve role last season, the upperclassmen has seen starter’s minutes to start the year. However, UND’s best returning player was point guard Marlon Stewart and he has yet to play this season. The former Creighton Blue Jay gives this offense a nice scoring combo with Seales and without him it’s taking away a lot of firepower.
Without the volume shooting of Marlon Stewart, UND has been playing two freshmen a lot in Davids Atelbauers and Aanen Moody. Both of these guys can stretch the floor and hit from deep.
The Fighting Hawks have some questions about perimeter depth, but they really don’t have those issues in the post. UND has gotten some very productive minutes from their bigs to start the season.
After averaging 11.6 points and six rebounds in a full-time starting role last season, senior Conner Avants is back for his senior season and he is UND’s best scoring option in the paint. The undersized 6-foot-7 and 235-pound low block scorer is very efficient with the basketball. He shot .569 from the field last season and has hit 10-of-13 shots to start this year. He is this team’s only proven rebounder and if you keep him off the glass it’s going to be a long day in the paint for this frontline. He may be this squad’s best passer.
Joining Conner Avants in the post will be junior Kienan Walter who is the floor spacer. The 6-foot-9 lanky big is a threat to hit from deep. Joining him in this role will be freshman Elijah Hazekamp who has provided instant scoring off of the bench.
UND has athletic deficiencies in the paint, but they are efficient with the basketball and space the floor. This will make Kentucky’s half-court defense communicate and move.
Keys to Victory
- In the win over Southern Illinois, we may have seen Kentucky establish an early identity for the season. In that win, the Wildcats dominated the glass and guarded a perimeter oriented offense without fouling. Against North Dakota, they should continue to do the same. UK must create extra possessions via the offensive glass and not give UND any cheap buckets. Set the tone early and this one will get out of hand quickly.
- In the win over SIU, we saw the emergence of Immanuel Quickley and Nick Richards after very poor performances against Duke. Now some of UK’s other players need to begin turning the corner. The Wildcats desperately need Tyler Herro to bust out of this early season shooting slump and for P.J. Washington to be a consistent scorer in the half-court. Look for UK to get them both early touches on designed sets.
- Anytime you’re playing an inferior opponent, the biggest thing you should worry about is matching their intensity. Kentucky will handle their business as long as they give effort while playing. Due to what seems like early season confidence issues, we have not seen that version of this Kentucky squad for extended minutes since the Bahamas trip. Can Kentucky hit shots and get stops early to get some swagger back? Even if they don’t, the young guys must learn to consistently play hard when things aren’t going well.
For years, North Dakota was known as the ‘Fighting Sioux’ but that changed nearly two decades ago. Along with many other NCAA teams in the early 2000s, UND changed their name due to their original mascot being considered derogatory to Native Americans.
In 2oo5, the NCAA declared North Dakota and 18 other schools have “hostile and abusive” mascots or images in related to Native Americans. If these schools would not change the logos, they would be facing NCAA sanctions that would limit the school’s postseason participation. Since then, schools such as UND, Syracuse and Marquette have changed their nicknames.
However, that decision wasn’t made without controversy. After the school decided to change its name they made the decision to keep ownership of the “Fighting Sioux” trademark. But with that there is one big catch. UND must still sell items with the logo and name to prove that they have ownership.
So, nearly two decades later, this controversy still brews on with the school itself selling merchandise that is prohibited by the NCAA.
By Drew Franklin on ©November 14th, 2018 @ 1:00pm
With Kentucky’s two basketball programs playing consecutive games in Rupp Arena tonight and tomorrow night, you should consider watching them right down the street from Rupp Arena (assuming you’re not going) at KSBar and Grille. (If you are going, pregame with us!)
We’ll have the games playing on all of our televisions (it’s a lot of televisions) and we’re running drink specials that might put us out of business but we’re doing it anyway in the spirit of a good time for BBN.
So join us for either game or both games at 1030 South Broadway in Lexington. You should also follow the KSBar and Grille Facebook page here for more upcoming events.
And if you decide to go tonight, tomorrow or any other time, I highly recommend the wings (half dry rub/half sweet habanero) or the brisket. All of the food is delicious, but those are my two favorites.
By Drew Franklin on ©November 14th, 2018 @ 12:30pm
The dirtiest move in the history of basketball occurred last night with a nasty cheap shot in a Division III game.
Kewan Platt of Fitchburg State tried to behead Nichols’ Nate Tenaglia as Tenaglia shot a three-pointer in the corner. We do not know what led Platt to put his elbow in Tanglia’s chin, but the move is inexcusable and should cost Platt his basketball career.
I’m all for forgiveness and hearing both sides of the story, but this is disgusting. Platt should be banned from any kind of basketball forever — even watching it on TV in the comfort of his own home.
I hope Tanaglia’s teammates returned the favor before Platt could get to halfcourt. That’s a bench-clearing move.
See for yourself:
This is disgusting ? pic.twitter.com/D8xihwFmwT
— Overtime (@overtime) November 14, 2018
For what it’s worth, the shot went in.
UPDATE: Fitchburg State suspends player, releases statement:
The school suspended the player indefinitely and barred him from campus:
The Fitchburg State community is appalled by the conduct displayed during Tuesday night’s home basketball game. The player involved has been indefinitely suspended from the team and barred from campus, effective immediately.
His behavior is antithetical to our community values and good sportsmanship. Fitchburg State does not tolerate behavior that violates those standards. The case is being reviewed at the student conduct level for consideration of further sanctions.
By Zack Geoghegan on ©November 14th, 2018 @ 12:00pm
Good afternoon, folks. It was a light load for the Association on Tuesday night. Let’s talk NBA.
Hornets – 89 @ Cavaliers – 113
- Two completely different versions of both of these teams showed up for this game. For Cleveland – a team who only had five rotational players due to an array of injuries suffered by several key players – they played their best game of the season. No matter what shot they took or where they attempted it, it went in. The bevy of role players stepped in and did not hesitate with their playing time.
- The Hornets, on the other hand, were near full health, but could not hit a shot to save their lives. They finished the game 8-41 from three and at one point missed 20 straight three-pointers. I don’t care how bad the Cavs are, you’ll never win an NBA game shooting 19.5 percent in this era. It also didn’t help that Kemba Walker – the third leading scorer in the league – scored only seven points on 2-16 (!!) shooting. It also ALSO didn’t help that Malik Monk went 3-13 from the field, either. But that’s part of the Hornets gameplan. Get up and down the court and fire at will. If the shots aren’t falling, then so do their chances of winning.
Malik Monk goin’ ? pic.twitter.com/yfKCrZjJ5r
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) November 14, 2018
- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist sat out this game due to a right ankle sprain he suffered in the Hornets win over the Pistons on Sunday. He was seen in a walking boot following the game on Sunday and is questionable for Saturday’s matchup with the new-look 76ers.
- Now let’s talk about Andrew Harrison. I’ve been a huge defender of Harrison over the years and after he finally started to show some improvement last season in Memphis, I thought he might finally be on the track to being an NBA role player. After he was waived by the Grizzlies a couple weeks ago, I thought he was getting royally screwed. Well, two games into his tenure with the Cavaliers and I have a better understanding of why Memphis did what they did. Harrison must have regressed over the summer or is simply struggling to acclimate to his new team because he looks absolutely lost. All the basic floor general fundamentals he seemingly developed last season have been nowhere to be found. I’m going to chalk it up to a lack of chemistry and he’s going to continue to receive playing time as long as the entire roster is injured, but it’s still concerning. This is not the same Harrison that started 46 games last season.
Rockets – 109 @ Nuggets – 99
- The Houston Rockets were able to keep the Nuggets from separating themselves and jumping out to a big lead. Houston was constantly ahead by five points for the majority of the game and then stretched the lead just enough to close out Denver in the end.
- Jamal Murray – who was shooting a mere 35.3 percent from the field since his 48-point outburst – came back to form a bit, scoring 15 points on 7-13 shooting. Trey Lyles only played in 12 minutes but scored eight points on 3-4 shooting. In the absence of Will Barton – the injured starting small forward for Denver – the Nuggets have been running with Juancho Hernangomez in favor of Lyles. Lyles has been playing well as of late, but there’s only been so much clock to go around and these two play a similar style. Hernangomez has played just as well as, if not better than, Lyles, so it’s not a huge shock. But it’s going to be up to Lyles to play himself into more minutes.
Jamal Murray got ’em dancin’ ? pic.twitter.com/QSSV8nvQa5
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) November 14, 2018
Blocked oop on one end ?
2-hand Lyles slam on the other ? pic.twitter.com/UjgoR4gb7u
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) November 14, 2018
- Alex Poythress played 20 minutes against the Steph Curry and Draymond Green-less Golden State Warriors, scoring four points on 2-5 shooting to go along with eight rebounds.
|Jamal Murray (DEN)||99-109 L vs. HOU||15||7-13 (0-3)||1||5||1||0||3||-4||34|
|Trey Lyles (DEN)||99-109 L vs. HOU||8||3-4 (1-1)||1||0||1||0||1||-12||12|
|Malik Monk (CHA)||89-113 L @ CLE||6||3-13 (0-8)||2||2||1||0||1||-12||23|
|Alex Poythress (ATL)||103-110 L @ GSW||4||2-5 (0-1)||8||0||0||0||0||+4||20|
|Andrew Harrison (CLE)||113-89 W vs. CHA||2||0-3 (0-2)||2||2||0||0||1||+2||12|
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)||89-113 L @ CLE||DNP-Ankle||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|DeMarcus Cousins (GSW)||110-103 W vs. ATL||DNP-Achilles||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Brandon Knight (HOU)||109-99 W @ DEN||DNP-Knee||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)||99-109 L vs. HOU||DNP-Foot||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:00: Sixers @ Magic (Briscoe)
7:00: Cavaliers (An. Harrison) @ Wizards (Wall)
7:30: Bulls @ Celtics
7:30: Heat (Adebayo) @ Nets
7:30: Pistons @ Raptors
8:00: Grizzlies @ Bucks (Bledsoe, Meeks-suspended)
8:00 (ESPN): Pelicans (Davis, Miller, Randle) @ Timberwolves (Towns)
8:00: Knicks (Kanter, Knox) @ Thunder (Diallo, Noel, Patterson)
8:30: Jazz @ Mavericks
9:00: Spurs @ Suns (Booker)
10:30 (ESPN): Trail Blazers @ Lakers (Rondo)
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By Drew Franklin on ©November 14th, 2018 @ 11:24am
Tyrese Maxey is officially a Kentucky Wildcat.
The five-star guard, ranked ninth overall in the 2018 class, signed his Letter of Intent to solidify his spot as a member of the Cats’ next class of talent on Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period.
It’s official at South Garland: Tyrese Maxey (@TyreseMaxey), the No. 1 overall player in Texas for 2019, signs with Kentucky and four-star guard Chris Harris Jr. (@chrisharris_2) signs with Texas A&M. #txhsbb pic.twitter.com/wFJGjXPSKS
— Callie Caplan (@CallieCaplan) November 14, 2018
Maxey is the first of UK’s three commits to ink his LOI. Dontaie Allen will sign on the dotted line in a ceremony at his school on Friday, but it’s unclear when (or if) Kahlil Whitney will sign his.