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October 15th, 2017

Denver Post: Jamal Murray ready for pain-free season

Even though he was here for just one season, Jamal Murray became a fan favorite. Whether it was his quick release on his shot or firing an “arrow” at EJ Floral, Murray captured the heart of Kentucky fans.

In his first season in the NBA, the former Cat averaged 9.9 points in just a little over 25 minutes per game. This was all while battling two Sports Hernias through the majority of the season. Per the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, a sports hernia is a painful, soft tissue injury that occurs in the groin area. Personally, I can’t imagine playing basketball with one hernia let alone two.

Today, the Denver Post published an article about the now healthy Jamal Murray. On the hernias, the article said:

“The pain began as soon as Jamal Murray moved to get out of bed.

It persisted during light pregame stretches. It reached a level Murray “couldn’t explain” when he’d slide laterally on defense or barrel through traffic for a layup.”

Nuggets head coach Michael Malone said that Murray never said a word about the injury, which shows his mental toughness.

The article goes more in depth about Murray and how he has dealt with past injuries. You can find it in its’ entirety by clicking HERE.


Obituary: The “Student/Athlete” (1964-2017)

INDIANAPOLIS — The “Student/Athlete” died on Friday, October 13, 2017, after decades on life support, at the age of 53.  The cause of death was asphyxiation, brutally smothered by one of its parents, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA”). An autopsy revealed the murder weapon: an NCAA press release announcing that the University of North Carolina athletic program would receive no penalties for an academic scandal that one impertinent recovering politician termed “the most morally offensive institutional misconduct in the history of college sports.”  Minutes after the Student/Athlete’s passing, another lifeless body was discovered: the NCAA’s Credibility, whose death had been rumored for years.

The lineage of the deceased charts back to ancient Greece, where the concept of the Athenian Ideal of Amateurism was born. The term “Student/Athlete” was conceived in 1964, coined by the NCAA’s first executive director, Walter Byers.  Byers gave birth to the nomenclature as a shield against reformers’ efforts to compensate college athletes under workers’ compensation principles.  Byers named the baby “Student/Athlete” because “Student” comes first: The NCAA and its member schools, of course, have always placed primary priority on the educational training of their athletes, with sporting activities simply an incidental sideline to their personal development.

From the moment of its birth, however, the Student/Athlete suffered from a variety of debilitating ailments.  Coaches, boosters, and agent-wannabes regularly infected the concept through their efforts to grab for their pieces of the financial riches accumulated by the volunteer activities of athletes.

Occasionally, over the years, the NCAA tried to inject health and wellness back into the Student/Athlete by imposing sanctions on players and programs (outside of the Tarheel State, of course) when the amateur ideal was undermined.  These included severe violations of the principle…where the academic virtue of college sports suffered mortal threats…suspensions were levied, for example, on students accepting slices of pizza and used mattresses, assistant coaches butt-dialing recruits, and athletes posing for free in a charity calendar.  Most recently, the NCAA exposed and excised a metastasizing cancerous growth on the paradigm, through a months-long investigation in which they identified and commenced punishing coaches and agents involved in a landmark shoe company pay-for-play conspiracy.

Oh wait, that was the FBI.

Still, the NCAA was handed an historic opportunity to breathe new life into the Student/Athlete when it was presented with a scandal that subverted the very moral bargain universities cut with their students.  For nearly two full decades, in order to keep athletes eligible to play (and earn money for their institution), University of North Carolina officials steered more than 1500 players toward fake courses, in which they received no education; in fact, many had no contact with instructors.  The vast supermajority who didn’t go pro were subsequently cast adrift on the job market with fewer tangible skills and less training. This was a clear example of a complete loss of institutional control in a way that directly harmed the very young people whom the university was entrusted to protect. This was the textbook case of undermining the very concept of a “Student/Athlete.” Indeed, as Walter Byers’ modern day counterpart, NCAA President Mark Emmert, stated: “This is a case that potentially strikes at the heart of what higher education is about.”

But, apparently, since only about half of the students that attended these sham classes were athletes — since over 1000 non-athlete students suffered simultaneously from this sports-inspired ruse with a devalued diploma — the NCAA did not consider this enforcement action within their jurisdiction.  That’s some logic.  In the words of today’s most esteemed political philosopher:

(h/t anonymous embarrassed UNC alum)

The Student/Athlete is survived by Rank Hypocrisy, Utter Disbelief, Wealthy Shady Shoe Middlemen, a Devalued Sport, and a Pissed Off BBN.  Funeral services were held this weekend in the Dean Dome under the banner of a third championship that should have been vacated. In lieu of flowers, please consider the impossible: suppressing all of your basest instincts and rooting for Duke when they take on the Tarheels.


Mississippi State opens as 10-point favorites

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Vegas has spoken and they don’t seem to have as much confidence in the Cats. Kentucky will open as a 10 point underdog in their trip to Starkville on Saturday. Speaking as someone who does not know a lot about everything that goes into creating a spread, I do expect for that number to go more towards the Cats favor.

Something to keep in mind is that Mississippi State, unlike Kentucky, has yet to play in a close game. In fact, their closest game of the season was yesterday in their 35-10 win over BYU.

Overall, what does all of this mean? Absolutely nothing. I like this team and like their chances in Starkville. Go Cats. Beat Mississippi State.


See who voted for Kentucky in this week’s AP Top 25 Poll

Kentucky received votes in the AP Top 25 college football ranking for Week 8.

Thanks to the people over at Reddit, we were able to see who voted for Kentucky.

@RedditCFB

The people who voted for Kentucky are:

  • Lauren Chute, SEC Country – 25th
  • Michael Lev, Arizona Daily Star – 24th
  • Soren Petro, Sports Radio 810 WHB – 21st

John Clay from the Lexington Herald-Leader did not vote for Kentucky.

Kentucky came in at No. 26 in the Coaches Poll and a win at Mississippi State will guarantee a spot in the Top 25 in both polls.

 


Watch the Kentucky Volleyball celebrate after win over Florida

@AVCAVolleyball

The No. 8 ranked (No. 3 RPI) Kentucky volleyball team defeated the No. 1 and undefeated Florida Gators today.

Kentucky defeated Florida 3-1 and in Gainesville.

Head coach, Craig Skinner, and the team celebrated accordingly afterward.

Mark Stoops sent his congratulations.

At least one sport can beat Florida………


I am a big fan of Spencer Hall, aka EDSBS

Spencer Hall, or as everyone knows him as, the guy from Everyday Should Be Saturday was tweeting fire this morning.

This year does rule.

Hall, or EDSBS, was defending Kentucky from people saying Kentucky hasn’t played anyone good and has one-score margin wins against bad teams.

I don’t know what a tire fire is, so to find out I googled it. According to Urban Dictionary a tire fire is “a complete waste of time and money in a graduate school program.”

I don’t really know how that applies to that game, but go Kentucky graduate program.

Also, if you want something entertaining to do, read the replies on his tweets.

Nothing anyone can say can change that fact we are 5-1 and haters gonna hate.


No. 8 Kentucky Volleyball knocks off No. 1 Florida

Down goes Frazier.

The No. 8 ranked (No. 3 RPI) Kentucky Wildcat volleyball team just knocked off the undefeated No. 1 Florida Gators, winning 3-1 in Gainesville.

This is the third time in history UK has been able to defeat the Gators on the road, and their first time taking down the No. 1 team in the nation.

The Volleyball Cats did an exceptional job on both ends, blocking on the wings, finding open holes on blocks, and shifting momentum whenever Florida managed to get a full head of steam on offense.

Kaz Brown and Emily Franklin both found success on slide plays, with Leah Edmond dominating on outside hits. Setter Madison Lilley had a field day, putting the ball in position for her teammates with ease. The Kentucky blockers had a solid outing, but libero Ashley Dusek wore out the Gator offense all afternoon.

The Cats will almost certainly move into the top-three following today’s victory, with a shot at No. 1 entirely possible.

This is the 11th consecutive victory for Kentucky, and it doesn’t look like anyone in the country can stop them.

UK is now 16-2 (7-0 in the SEC) on the year, with a battle against Tennessee set for next Sunday at Memorial Coliseum at 1:30 pm ET.

CATS BY A MILLION


Kentucky ranked No. 26 in Coaches Poll

Kentucky was this close to having a number next to their name…

The newest Coaches Poll has been released, and the Wildcats came in at No. 26 in the nation.

They received 64 votes, ahead of schools like South Carolina, Florida, Georgia Tech, and… Mississippi State.

After Florida went down last night, the Wildcats found themselves alone at second place in the SEC East behind Georgia.

Win on the road next weekend, and Kentucky will find themselves ranked across all polls.

Let’s get it done.


What Could Jarred Vanderbilt Miss?

Mark Zerof | USA Today

Worst case scenario, we won’t get to see Jarred Vanderbilt take the floor for the Cats until January. Word is he could return earlier than expected, but for now, we have to assume UK will suit up for the first two months of the season without one of their most versatile players.

At 6’9″, 213 lbs., Jarred has a lethal combo of strength and speed, and his ability to guard 4-5 positions on the court make him invaluable if the Cats want to make a deep March run. While I’m sure we’re all glad JV will return with plenty of time to prepare for the postseason, there are still several critical matchups Vanderbilt is at risk of missing.

November 14: Kansas (United Center, Chicago)

Like Kentucky has plenty of depth at the forward spot, if you include Vanderbilt, KU is loaded with wings. Returning guards Devonte Graham (6’2″) and Lagerald Vick (6’5″) will form the backbone of Kansas’ backcourt, leaving former 5-star guard and Mississippi St. Bulldog Malik Newman (6’3″) to try to assert himself on the perimeter.

But maybe the most intriguing factor for the Jayhawks is returning forward Sviatoslav “Svi” Mykhailiuk, a 6’8″ deadeye shooter who despite his size prefers to stick to the 3-point line. Svi was left alone on the outside far too often last season, making opponents pay again and again with deep 3’s. Mykailiuk doesn’t play much of a factor in the post. He’s a subpar rebounder for his size, so having a guy like Jarred Vanderbilt who is athletic enough to move inside-out, finding the open shooter or the loose rebound when needed, would be sorely missed against Kansas.

December 23: UCLA (Smoothie King Center, New Orleans)

When this modern rivalry is renewed at the CBS Sports Classic this year, all eyes are gonna be on Thomas Welsh for UCLA. The 7-foot senior promises to be an absolute load in the paint for the Bruins. If you care to recall UK’s first matchup with UCLA from last season, the Cats struggled to stop Welsh. He played only 19 minutes, yet he scored 14 points on 5/7 shooting to go along with 8 boards.

Nick Richards is a solid defender, no doubt, but Welsh has about 15 pounds on him, and undoubtedly has a bit more offensive finesse. It’s gonna take some help defense, as well as rebounding support, to nullify Welsh.

And even if Richards can handle Welsh on his own, it’d still be fun to watch Jarred Vanderbilt harass LiAngelo Ball a little bit. Did you forget LiAngelo was a Bruin now? I sure did!

December 29: Louisville (Rupp Arena)

Not to rub salt in any wounds here but… Louisville is not the team they were just a few weeks ago.

Brian Bowen is effectively gone from the program, leaving the likely scrambling David Padgett to come up with some sort of formidable lineup to face UK. They still have some weapons, though, that could give the young Cats fits, especially without JV.

6’7″ Deng Adel jumps out as the likeliest adversary should Vanderbilt return to the court in time for this game. Adel was a long shot to get drafted over the summer, so he decided to return to UofL with hopes of becoming a lottery pick.

Adel was unpolished but athletic in his first two years at Louisville. He averaged about 12 points and 4.5 rebounds per game his sophomore season while developing his 3-point game. This year, he’ll start off as a much more well rounded player, assuming the offseason program tumult has stunted anybody’s progress. If Padgett hopes to field a decent team, Adel is likely their star, and Vanderbilt matches up with him exceedingly well.

Also, true 7-footer Anas Mahmoud will still be the tallest guy on the court, so Jarred’s rebounding prowess would come in handy as well.

 

In the wake of Vanderbilt’s injury, Coach Cal has had nothing but praise for the freshman forward. He sees a ton of potential in his young star. And it’s clear his absence will throw off Cal’s plans for any opponent. So let’s hope for a speedy recovery, because the Cats could use an all-purpose star like JV as soon as possible.

@JayWinkKSR


Several NBA Cats waived on Saturday afternoon

Most days we have good news to report about former Wildcats in the NBA.

Today, however, there’s a bit of bad news.

Three former Kentucky Wildcats have been waived by their respective NBA teams.

Despite superstar guard Damian Lillard taking him under his wing, Isaiah Briscoe has been released by the Portland Trail Blazers.

Former Cat Archie Goodwin was included on the Portland roster cuts, as well.

After signing with the Heat on October 11, DeAndre Liggins has been released by the team.

This is the fifth time Liggins has either traded or waived this offseason, though the Heat are expected to keep him on their G-League affiliate.

Here was the entire list of local roster cuts to kick off the weekend:

With the NBA season officially kicking off this week, this news comes at a rough time as teams are making their final cuts to get down to the maximum 15-man roster. That being said, hopefully we see new homes for the former Wildcats sooner rather than later.


Reminder: 8th Ranked UK Volleyball takes on No. 1 Florida at 1 PM

@KentuckyVB

Today marks just the third top-10 matchup in SEC volleyball history, as the 8th ranked Wildcats travel to Gainesville to square off against the top team in the nation, Florida.

You can catch the match at 1 PM on the SEC Network. These ladies have been tearing it up lately, and I’m sure they’d appreciate you tuning in.

It’s Gameday!!!!!!! #1 vs #8 on the SEC Network today 😼😼

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For a more in depth preview, get the full breakdown from UK Athletics right here.

@JayWinkKSR


UK Basketball Recruiting Rewind: Anthony Davis

It’s time for another Recruiting Rewind. Want more? Reminisce with me as we look back on the recruitments of John Wall, Terrence Jones, Nerlens Noel, Karl-Anthony Towns, Brandon Knight, and Willie Cauley-Stein.


Does Big Blue Madness signal the official beginning of the basketball season? I always thought it was the first non-exhibition game, but if it means I get to say the season is truly underway almost 4 weeks early, I’ll take it.

So to celebrate the “official” start of the season, we’re rewinding to 2010, when Coach Cal landed the eventual alpha of the 2012 National Championship team, The Brow himself, Anthony Davis.

The Recruitment

The go-to fun tid-bit regarding Davis is his remarkable high school growth spurt. Over the course of 4 years, he grew nearly a foot, transforming from a potential Cleveland State point guard to the number 1 overall player in the 2011 class.

By the time his evolution was complete, his opponents didn’t stand a chance.

The word “unfair” comes to mind.

The final race for AD’s services came down to UK, DePaul, Syracuse and Ohio State.

The Commitment

Davis committed to Kentucky in August of 2010, over a year before he would debut for the Cats. Kentucky dodged a bit of a bullet, though, because of allegations that came out hot on the heels of his impending decision.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Davis’ father, Anthony Davis Sr., had requested upwards of $200,000 for his sons’ services. After a swift response from Lexington lawyers, The Sun-Times was forced to amend their piece, now calling the pay-for-play request “rumors”, before eventually citing sources from multiple universities from whom Davis Sr. had requested money.

Nothing would come of the reports, and Davis and his family publicly denied any under the table dealings. They also threatened to sue the Sun-Times, but both sides slowly dropped the issue.

As the hype for Davis continued to build, preseason accolades began to roll in. He was lauded as the potential no. 1 overall pick in the 2012 draft, as well as being a potential All-American.

But Davis would receive only one vote for preseason AP All-American team.

Man, I bet those folks wish they could cast that ballot again.

The Performance

Averaging 32 minutes played in each of the team’s 40 games, Davis was assembly line levels of efficient. He averaged a double-double, with 14.2 points and 10.4 boards a game to go along with 4.7 blocks. He broke records left and right, taking a backseat only when someone else was carrying the team.

I mean, the guy was a big play machine.

And where does making plays like that on a weekly basis take you?

@JayWinkKSR


Cats in the NFL Schedule Week Six

Danny Trevathan returns to action today after serving a one game suspension for an illegal hit on Davante Adams two weeks ago.  (Dan Powers/Appleton Post-Crescent via USA TODAY Sports)

Six former Kentucky Wildcats will take the field today with Avery Williamson and Wesley Woodyard having to wait until tomorrow night as they host the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football.

One of the best games of the day features our very own, Randall Cobb, as his Packers try to run away with the NFC North as they travel to Minnesota to face the Vikings.

Player GameTime/TV
Za'Darius SmithChicago Bears @ Baltimore Ravens 1:00/FOX
Danny TrevathanChicago Bears @ Baltimore Ravens 1:00/FOX
Larry WarfordDetroit Lions @ New Orleans Saints 1:00/FOX
Randall CobbGreen Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings 1:00/FOX
Corey Peters Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Arizona Cardinals 4:05/FOX
Bud DupreePittsburgh Steelers @ Kansas City Chiefs4:25/CBS
Avery WilliamsonIndianapolis Colts @ Tennessee Titans Monday/8:30/ESPN
Wesley Woodyard Indianapolis Colts @ Tennessee Titans Monday/8:30/ESPN

@EMitchKSR


WATCH: Bol Bol, Zion Williamson, and Keldon Johnson balled out at Team USA minicamp

(Kelly Kline/Under Armour)

Three of Kentucky’s biggest recruits left on the board competed at the Team USA minicamp last weekend in Colorado Springs, and highlight tapes of the event are starting to trickle out.

Bol Bol somehow managed to look longer and more athletic than we’ve seen in the past. I still have yet to understand how someone so tall can do what this kid does…

Keldon Johnson showed off some impressive athleticism and proved why recruiting analysts have been so high on him as of late:

And Zion Williamson was… Zion Williamson. Here was his highlight montage with top prospect Emmitt Williams:

Here’s another montage with interviews of top recruits talking about how ridiculously talented the five-star forward is (including Immanuel Quickley)

And another mixtape from the event with ‘Jelly Fam’ Jahvon Quinerly…

Seriously… One kid played well enough that he had THREE highlight tapes made for him over just one weekend.

There’s a very good chance Kentucky lands all three of these kids, with commitments possible in the anywhere from the next couple days to the next few months.

That wouldn’t be a bad way to close out the Fall signing period, huh?

Come on down, guys.


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