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November 14th, 2018

Hardly Committed E15: Early Signing Period, Terrence Jones’ Flip and The Fight

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.

VIDEO: UK profiles DJ Warren Peace

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:

VIDEO: The dirtiest cheap shot in the history of basketball

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:

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.

The OTT Podcast: Thanksgiving vs. Christmas

The holiday season is upon us, which means The OTT Podcast crew is back to settle another inane debate: Thanksgiving vs. Christmas. Highlights include…

— A brief recap of a crappy sports week

— People who put their Christmas trees up way too early (cough, Fake Barney, cough)

— Tyler’s case for why Thanksgiving is the superior holiday

— The best strategy for your office’s White Elephant gift exchange

— The plot for every single Netflix/Hallmark Christmas movie

— Whiskey Sours and pie eating races

…and much, much more. You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play. I Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise. You can also get it directly on your phone by subscribing to The OTT Podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.

KSR Show Thread (11/14): Getting ready for North Dakota

Kentucky will play its third basketball game of the season tonight against North Dakota, and what to expect from the Cats will be a big part of today’s KSR show.

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Today on KSR: The Cats take on North Dakota

Wake up, it’s gameday! The Cats return to Rupp Arena to take on North Dakota for a late 9 p.m. tip and it’s going to be a busy day for Kentucky Sports Radio.

We’ll have plenty of gameday coverage, more talk from the football coaches/players as they prepare for Senior Day, and plenty more.

Let’s get to it!

The Cats take on the Fighting Hawks:

And folks, North Dakota is undefeated. The Fighting (tony) Hawks beat DIII Northland College in the opener and then Milwaukee in a nailbiter on Saturday night.

Despite North Dakota’s hot start the Cats should have no problems tonight. Kentucky is eight days removed from the shocking blowout to Duke and it’s clear that loss impacted Kentucky on Friday against a scrappy Southern Illinois team.

But UK ended that game against the Salukis on a 26-13 and the first sense of momentum since the Bahamas. We’ll have a scouting report for you this afternoon and the normal game coverage you’ve grown to love.

The Cats desperately need a “feel good” game and Vegas thinks they get it tonight. UK opened as a 26.5 point favorite, but Drew Franklin is staying away. So he says…

Kentucky is a huge favorite against North Dakota

Stop by KSbaR before the game:

Folks, it’s for a good cause. The picture above gives you all the details but everyone at KSR would appreciate you stopping by for a good cause.

In Kentucky 1 in 6 people are unsure where they will get their next meal. We’re talking about Kentuckians, our neighbors and our family. Give what you can to help make a change.

If you can’t go KSbaR, CLICK HERE to donate, but if you can make it we’d love to see you.

Get those fax machines ready:

Ah, the humble fax machine. It seems to only be used during college signing ceremonies and good news for you fax machine stock- the fall signing period starts today. Kentucky commit Tyrese Maxey will be the first to officially join UK’s 2019 class when he signs at 10 a.m. CT.

Dontaie Allen will sign on Friday, but in somewhat of a surprise twist Kahlil Whitney is not planning on signing in the fall period. But don’t panic. His mom shared the details with KSR on Tuesday.

Once a recruit signs with a school, the school can officially talk about the recruit publicly, but be patient with UK. The Cats generally don’t release statements on their signees until the end of the period or when they feel all their commits have signed. So, it’ll likely be another week before we hear Calipari comment on Maxey and Allen.

Below is a look at where UK stands in the fall signing period:

Kahlil Whitney won’t sign with UK this week, his mom says

Defense’s Day:

We’ll hear from UK’s defense today. Coaches and players will speak with the media as UK prepares for its last home game of the season against Middle Tennessee.

Folks complaing about UK’s offense has dominated radio shows, social media and websites since the Tennessee loss, but Kentucky’s defense has taken a step back the last two weeks. It certainly hasn’t been as bad as the offense, but giving up 24 points to Tennessee wasn’t ideal for the Cats.

It will be the last time we will see a good chunk of this defense play at Kroger Field, so I’ll be anxiously awaiting to hear what they think about Senior Day and how the team is responding after back-to-back losses.

Speaking of football:

Our rivals to the west seem to be Jeff Brohm or bust, as you know. But it seems like Vegas is leaning more towards Brohm than bust. Here are updated odds on Louisville’s coaching search from Uncle Bo(voda)


Wandale makes a jump:

A big jump. 131 spots! He’s the No. 114 player in America according to 247 Sports, the highest ranked player in Kentucky and the nation’s No. 2 all-purpose back.

And he’s a Cat. Although I’m a little concerned that Mark Stoops’ is literally trying to already hold him back in the picture above.

In all seriousness, the kid is going to be a stud and what a great job by UK’s staff to keep him home. Read more about his new ranking HERE.

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SEC Fever on Tuesday night:

It was a mostly good night for SEC basketball on Tuesday. LSU handed Penny his first loss as Memphis fell in Baton Rouge by nine. Penny’s squad looked formidable and played LSU tough, but man, Will Wade’s bunch is vastly underrated. They have size and athleticism on the frontcourt and a great scoring point guard in Tremont Waters. LSU is probably behind UK, Auburn and Tennessee, but not far behind.

Tennessee beat a pesky Georgia Tech bunch 66-53 to move to 3-0 on the season. Georgia Tech probably isn’t making the NCAA Tournament, but they’re a decent group and it was a solid win by UT.

USC picked up its second win of the season against Norfolk State 81-64 in a game I did not watch.

Tom Crean provided the SEC its lone loss on Tuesday. Classic. Georgia fell at Temple 81-77. Get used to it, Tommy boy.

Louisville’s TopGolf passed another hurdle:

Another win for TopGolf in Louisville as the Planning, Zoning and Annexation Committee voted to send the project to the full council. Now there is one final vote by the Metro Council on Nov. 29th. Once it passes that it will be a full-go!

However, the Hurstbourne curmudgeons won’t have it. Some residents are going to file a lawsuit today against Metro government over the planning commission’s approval of the TopGolf lighting plan for the Oxmoor Center. Despite two long hearings and a vote they want to drag this out until they get their way. Not happening.

Still the GOAT Halloween costumes.