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December 12th, 2017

LISTEN: KSR was on Howard Stern today

The Howard Stern Show is one of the biggest radio shows on the planet, so imagine our surprise when they played a clip from KSR this morning.

Eugene, a Kentucky fan from Waddy, is now a regular caller to Howard Stern and KSR, and this morning, called in to tell Howard and company about his trip to New York City for the Kentucky vs. Monmouth game, made possible in part by Matt and KSR. (That’s Eugene with Matt before the game above.)

“Down here, there’s a big radio station that talks about Kentucky all the time called Kentucky Sports Radio,” Eugene said. “And I called them one day and they said, ‘Are you Eugene from The Howard Stern Show? I said, ‘Yeah.’ They said, ‘Well Lord, that’s something. How did you get on his show?’ And I went over how I talked to you that one day and how you had me back the next day and they said, ‘We’d love to give you tickets if you can get up here.’ So I took some money out of savings and I just figured it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Howard, so we took the money out of savings and got us a plane ticket and got us a hotel up there.”

While in the city, Eugene met up with Shuli Egar, a comedian on Howard’s staff, and must have told him the story, because they had the clip of Eugene’s call into KSR from last week ready to roll (Warning: Some of the language is NSFW).

“Look at that, Eugene,” Howard said once the clip was over. “He’s got it kind of wrong, though. I wasn’t putting anybody down; I was just kind of interested in your way of life.”

Eugene assured Howard that everyone’s on the same page about his newfound fame, and they spent the rest of the call talking about how he makes apple pie moonshine.

Pretty cool stuff. Eugene looks exactly like I thought he would, which is a huge compliment.


A Kentucky Defensive Line Target has Emerged

Qua Magone (75) via Recruit Georgia

HALLELUJAH!

I’m happy to report Kentucky is targeting a defensive lineman in the 2018 class.  Today Kentucky extended a scholarship offer to Jerquavion Mahone.

A 6’4″ 295-pound defensive tackle from Manchester, Georgia, Qua Mahone has skirted under the radar playing Class A football (Georgia’s smallest division), the same division UK found T.J. Carter.  A two-way starter for four years, this year he was an all-state selection on the defensive line after making 72 tackles, 30 for loss and 12 sacks.  An agile athlete for his size, Mahone also plays basketball.

A late-bloomer on the recruiting scene, his only other offers are from Jacksonville State and Tennessee. The offer from Kentucky comes on the heels of Mahone’s official visit to Lexington last weekend.

Even though he’s considered a defensive tackle, you’ll see the explosive athlete primarily line up as an edge rusher in his senior highlight reel.


The Kirwan Blanding Towers are finally coming down

After being vacant for two years, UK’s iconic Kirwan and Blanding dormitory towers are finally coming down.

According to the Herald-Leader, the finance committee of the UK Board of Trustees will review a plan today to demolish the 23-story towers and eight surrounding low-rise buildings, which were built in the 1960s. The 13-acre site will become a campus green space, and UK plans to keep the canopy of oak trees, which were planted after the complex opened. The demolition is expected to cost $15 million, which pales in comparison to the $126 million estimate to renovate the buildings to modern standards.

A map of the area, per the Herald-Leader:

Image via the Herald-Leader

If you’ve walked or driven around campus in the past few years, you know that UK isn’t exactly hurting for new dorms these days. In the past five years, $1 billion has been spent on new dorms at UK, and it shows. UK’s new dorms make the Kirwan-Blanding towers look dinosaurs, each featuring private bedrooms, TempurPedic mattresses, community spaces, and state of the art dining areas. It’s not a coincidence that UK’s housing and dining rates are expected to go up again next year.

Back when UK announced the towers would be no longer be used, I imagined what we could use them for, and I’m a little sad UK didn’t take me up on my ideas. I’m sure Doron Lamb would really have appreciated his own floor:

8 Things UK can do with the Kirwan and Blanding Towers

Seriously, kudos UK for turning the area into a green space instead of more buildings. The environment thanks you.

[Kentucky.com]


BBNBA: Andrew Harrison gets a career-high

We start our daily rundown of Kentucky players in the NBA with Andrew Harrison, who had a career-high 16 points in Memphis’ 107-82 loss to Miami last night. Harrison was 5-6 from the floor, 2-2 from three, and 4-4 from the free-throw line, and also chipped in four assists and two steals. Check out how tough he was on this play:

Full highlights:

On the other side of the ball, Bam Adebayo came off the bench to score 14 points, along with four rebounds, two assists, two steals, and two blocks.

Rajon Rondo had a triple double for the Pelicans — the 30th of his career — with 13 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 assists:

DeMarcus Cousins got close to a triple double himself, with 24 points, 14 rebounds, and 8 assists:

Darius Miller chipped in ten points, three rebounds, and four assists. Unfortunately, the Pelicans — who are still without Anthony Davis (left abductor) — still lost, falling 130-123 to the Rockets.

The Charlotte Hornets upset the Thunder thanks to 17 points, four rebounds, and four assists from Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who unfortunately was on the wrong side of this dunk by Russell Westbrook:

I can’t end this with MKG getting dunked on, so here’s him dunking on Alex Abrines:

Tonight’s schedule:

  • 7:00 PM: Nuggets (Trey Lyles, Jamal Murray) vs. Pistons
  • 7:00 PM: Lakers (Julius Randle) vs. Knicks (Enes Kanter), ESPN
  • 7:30 PM: Wizards (John Wall [injured], Jodie Meeks) vs. Nets
  • 9:30 PM: 76ers vs. Timberwolves (Karl Towns), ESPN
  • 10:00 PM: Suns (Tyler Ulis, Devin Booker, Brandon Knight [injured]) vs. Kings (Skal Labissiere, De’Aaron Fox, Willie Cauley-Stein [injured])

Word is John Wall (knee) could return to action tomorrow night vs. the Grizzlies.


Terry Wilson makes it Official: It’s Terry Touchdown

Samuel Marshall | Emerald

In his first interview with Matt Jones on Kentucky Sports Radio, future UK quarterback Terry Wilson had to address a controversy: does he go by ‘Touchdown Terry’ or ‘Terry Touchdown?’

“It could be Touchdown Terry, Terry Touchdown.  As long as I’m getting touchdowns it really shouldn’t matter.”  However, when pressed Wilson admitted he has a favorite.  “But it is Terry Touchdown.  I don’t know where people got Touchdown Terry from.”

Wilson, now considered the nation’s No. 1 junior college quarterback and No. 5 overall JUCO prospect by ESPN,  told KSR’s listening audience his recruitment has concluded.  He will sign on December 20 and arrive on campus in early January.  However, he did say he may take another visit…to Kentucky.

“I’m 100 percent done.  I’m not taking any visits.  The next visit I’ll be taking will probably be back up to Kentucky,” Wilson said.  “That’s the only place I’m going.”

In his conversation with Matt, Wilson explained that Kentucky’s family atmosphere and his relationship with Vince Marrow sealed the deal.  Hear everything he had to say to the Big Blue Nation below:


ESPN gives Virginia Tech the edge over Kentucky

Virginia Tech may not seem like the marquee opponent fans have been clamoring for on the non-conference schedule, but ESPN’s matchup predictor actually gives the Hokies the slight edge over the Cats on Saturday. The predictor, based on ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, gives Virginia Tech a 51.6% chance in Saturday’s game at Rupp Arena:

What the what? Turns out the Hokies lead the nation in scoring with 96.2 points per game and are just outside both Top 25 polls. They’re second only to Evansville in three-point shooting, shooting 46.8% (103-220) from behind the arc through ten games. Right now, they’re tied with Duke for third in assists, with 19.9 per game. Simply put, they’re a well-oiled machine on offense and will put Kentucky’s young defense to the test on Saturday.

All of that sounds scary, but I feel better after looking at the Hokies’ resume. Their only loss is to Saint Louis in the 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden, but after that, the Billikens lost five of their next six. Virginia Tech beat Ole Miss in overtime on December 2, but the Rebels got routed by Middle Tennessee on Saturday.

One thing is for certain: with a high-octane offense coming in, Saturday’s game at Rupp should be a fun one.


John Calipari back on the recruiting trail

On his radio show last night, John Calipari said he might do a little recruiting today, and now, we know who he’s going to see. According to ZagsBlog, Cal and Joel Justus will check in with Matthew Hurt, a 2019 forward from Rochester, Minnesota. North Carolina’s Roy Williams, UCLA assistant David Grace, and potentially coaches from Duke will see Hurt today as well.

Matthew Hurt ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Power Forward 6-9 | 199 lbs. Rochester, MN John Marshall
ESPN: 5 | 2 PF Top 247: 6| 3 PF 247 Composite: 5 | 3 PF Rivals: 5

Hurt took an unofficial visit to Kentucky back on September 29, but has not been given a scholarship offer yet. That could change soon. Here’s what ESPN has to say about him:

“Hurt is long and very skilled power forward with very good athleticism. He has a high basketball IQ and feel for the game. Hurt is an excellent shooter in and around the lane and has range to the arc. He can also score in the post on duck ins and can put the ball on the floor and straight line drive. He can pick and pop or roll and can score very well in either case. Hurt does a good job of moving without the ball within the halfcourt offense. He runs the the floor well and can finish above the rim on the break. Hurt is a good area rebounder as well.”

On Friday, he scored 38 points, and followed it up with 46 points and 17 rebounds on Saturday:

[ZagsBlog]


Touchdown Terry comes on KSR (Tuesday Show Thread)

Good morning, everyone, and welcome to the Tuesday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio, which is coming to you live from the Lexington and Louisville studios. Matt and Shannon are back from New York and will rejoin Ryan in the studio to talk to Kentucky’s new quarterback commit, Touchdown Terry Wilson, and recap everything else going on in the world. Wilson will join the show at 11 a.m., so make sure to tune in or catch it on podcast.

Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080 or send a text to the KSR Texting Machine at (859) 300-3264.

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Today on KSR: Injury updates and Touchdown Terry

The Rupp Arena ice cream may steal the spotlight, but where did this adorable fan get that brownie? It looks delicious. While I ponder that and life’s other mysteries, here’s what’s happening in the world of UK Sports.

Calipari gave us some injury updates last night (sort of)

The Cats are pretty banged up right now, so a good portion of John Calipari’s call-in show dealt with injury updates. Here are Calipari’s comments on Quade Green, Sacha Killeya-Jones, Jemarl Baker, and Jarred Vanderbilt:

  • Quade Green (eye) did not practice yesterday and may not practice today after being poked in the eye during the Monmouth game. “His eye still is barely open so he’s not ready to be out there practicing.”
  • Sacha Killeya-Jones (ankle) did not practice yesterday
  • The earliest Jemarl Baker (knee) could be back is “the end of the year” (hoping calendar and not season). “He’s in practice every day, I’m seeing him all the time. It’s hard.”
  • Jarred Vanderbilt (foot) is going through individual workouts but has yet to practice with the team. “He’s beginning to work out. He’s had a couple of workouts with Coach Payne, but he’s not in practice yet. He’s gotta get to where he can go really hard on the floor individually and then he’s gotta get into some practice and get comfortable. Until we get to that point, I’m not going to push him. You guys know that’s not who I am.”

Let’s just hope Quade and Sacha are able to play on Saturday.

The more I hear about Terry Wilson, the more I like him

I’ll admit that I knew very little about UK’s new quarterback commit Terry Wilson until this weekend, but after reading about him and listening to his interview with TJ Walker and Nick Roush, I am all-in on “Touchdown Terry” (or is it “Terry Touchdown”?). Not only is he clearly very talented, he seems to have respect for the program’s history after meeting Tim Couch and Derrick Ramsey on his visit. And, after hearing him break down Kentucky’s offense — the reason he said he chose the Cats over Nebraska and Florida — how could you not be excited about next season?

Do yourself a favor and listen to the interview below:

Kentucky’s Talent on the Practice Field Convinced Terry Wilson to Commit to UK

Media BURN of the Day: Adam Zagoria to Jeff Goodman

Oh, snap! Team Flowing Locks on this one.

UK’s “Big Blue Only Way Flyaway” Contest is awesome

Finding a way to attend both the Louisville basketball game and the Music City Bowl is a very rich person problem, but UK is making it happen for two lucky fans through their “Big Blue Only Way Flyaway” contest. Two lucky fans will get tickets to the Louisville game and the Music City Bowl, AND roundtrip transportation from Lexington to Nashville on a private jet to make sure they don’t miss a second of the action. You’d be silly not to register. More details below:

Want to see UK/UofL AND Music City Bowl? Enter the Big Blue Only Way Flyaway contest!

Willie Cauley-Stein hosted a screening of Jumanji last night

The former Cat is still battling a back injury, but that didn’t stop him from taking 100+ kids to an advanced screening of the new Jumanji movie last night. Good on ya, Willie.

Mississippi State at #25 Cincinnati tonight

Ben Howland’s Bulldogs are undefeated, but tonight, we’ll really get to see what they’re made of when they take on #25 Cincinnati at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.

Oreo releasing five new flavors in 2018

Oreo went a bit nuts this year and released a bevy of new flavors, including Peeps Oreos, Waffle & Syrup Oreos, Dunkin’ Donuts Mocha Oreos, Firework Oreos (filled with Pop Rocks), and most recently, Fruity Pebble Oreos. They’re not slowing down in 2018, announcing plans to release five more new flavors. Chocolate Hazelnut (aka Nutella) and Spicy Hot Cinnamon hit the shelves on January 1, and in May, Cherry Cola, Kettle Corn, and Piña Colada will get a trial run.

I remember the days when double-stuffed Oreos were a big deal. #Old

Matt and Shannon are back

Tune in one hour from now as Matt, Shannon, and Ryan reunite for two hours of radio fun.


December 11th, 2017

Kentucky’s Talent on the Practice Field Convinced Terry Wilson to Commit to UK

When Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow first arrived in Lexington, they had to sell recruits a vision.  Now all they have to do is take recruits to a practice and show them who they will be working with at UK.

When Terry Wilson came to Lexington, Kentucky pulled out all of the stops for the second-ranked junior college quarterback in America.  He had dinner with Tim Couch, Derrick Ramsey offered to mentor him and he was showered with love from adoring fans at Memorial Coliseum.  All of that paled in comparison to what Wilson saw on UK’s practice field.

“I wanted to go some where and have some guys around me,” Wilson told T.J. Walker and I in an interview on Big X Sports Radio.  “Playing in the SEC, you gotta have some dudes around you that can get you out of trouble sometimes.  When I was at practice and seeing those guys go, it was an eye-opener man. Like, Dude.

“You got Benny in the backfield; you got some awesome receivers; you got Dorian out there; you got Lynn out there; a good o-line.  It just doesn’t get any better than that.  Seeing what I can work with, I was ready to put some pads on and get out there.  I’m just excited to play with those guys.”

When Wilson was first recruited, he fell for the bells and whistles at Oregon.  This time around he cut through the crap and appreciated Marrow’s honest pitch.

“Me being through this before, I was blind to that.  I really didn’t understand.  I was excited to see all the gear and everything like a player coming out of high school would be, walking into a new facility that has new uniforms every game.  Coach Marrow, he keeps it real.  I think that’s what a lot of kids like.  He keeps it real and I could just sense that as soon as I talked to him on the phone.”

Uncle Vince brought an honest pitch.  The Cats are close to being great, but they haven’t quite gotten over the hump.  Once Wilson watched practice, he understood exactly what Marrow was saying.

“You can sense it.  You can just feel that it’s about to happen. It only takes one guy to make it click.”

Touchdown Terry can be that guy.

Listen to the entire interview below starting around the seven-minute mark.  He talked about his first crazy experience with the BBN, his conversation with Couch, and Wilson answers the important question: “Is it ‘Terry Touchdown’ or ‘Touchdown Terry’?”  (Spoiler: “It can be either one,” he laughed.)

You can listen to The Sports Talker with T.J. Walker weekdays from 4:00-6:00 on 1450 AM and 96.1 FM in Louisville on Big X Sports Radio. 


KSR Top 10 Tweets of the Day

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#10 George Armstrong

Are we surprised?

#9 Doug

Put it to use!

#8 Terry Jordon

Matt better watch out!

#7 UK Ford Jason

We’ve missed him!

#6 klworley94

New favorite song!

#5 jamie wireman

Mood of all of BBN right now

#4 Erin Story

We’re makin’ moves!

#3 Elliott

We love you, Jared!

#2 Jackson Brown

Couldn’t ask for anything more!

#1 Patrick Towles

BURN


LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball sign rumored one-year, $4000 (total) contract in Lithuania

The Ball Brothers are headed to Lithuania!

According to Shams Charania of The Vertical, LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball have officially signed one-year contracts to play for Lithuanian team “Vytautas.”

According to some early reports, Vytautas is based in a town of roughly 10,000 people with zero nightlife, no movie theaters, or just about anything other than basketball.

Oh, and the facility they will play in has a capacity of just 1500 people.

A few reporters close to the situation say the head coach of Vytautas doesn’t speak a lick of English, screams at players non-stop at practice, and is incredibly disorganized.

One individual says the contract is worth just $4000 between the both of them, and there’s a good chance they never even see that money.

The money may be low (or non-existent), the facilities may be similar to a high school gym, and the language barrier may be troubling, but it’s not about the quality of living according to Big Baller Brand.

A 16-year-old getting pulled out of high school to play in Lithuania? A mediocre freshman in college giving up his golden opportunity to play at UCLA? What could go wrong?

I’m going to go ahead and put money on neither player finishing the season overseas.


Anthony Davis played a big role in bringing Darius Miller back to New Orleans

We’ve written several articles on the site over the last few weeks about Darius Miller’s resurgence in the NBA and how important he has been for the New Orleans Pelicans this season.

Last week, Miller led the entire NBA in three-point percentage for players with over 75 attempts from the field. With no minimum criteria, Miller was No. 2 in the league behind Boston’s Jayson Tatum

On tonight’s John Calipari call-in show, Coach Cal talked about Darius Miller’s dominant three-point shooting in the league and how proud of him he was for leading the NBA.

Jerry Tipton (being Jerry Tipton) released a tweet immediately afterward with a stat-correction for Calipari, saying Tatum is the NBA leader in 3P%, not Miller.

After seeing Tipton’s tweet, Calipari then (obviously) joked the show was pre-recorded in the first week of December to make the statistic still relevant. Tipton, not understanding what sarcasm is, then released this tweet.

After busting some numbers, Miller is actually sixth in the league for players with at least 80 attempts at 46.4%.

For players with 100 three-point attempts, Miller is third in the NBA behind just Klay Thompson and Buddy Hield. Higher efficiency on more shot attempts for the former Wildcat.

And if you want to be super nitpicky, we can just go to the very top of the list and see who owns the No. 1 spot with no minimum shot attempts.

Take that, Jerry.

Coach Cal went into detail about how proud he was of Miller for grinding it out and making a name for himself after his brief stint overseas.

“Every kid you have has a different path. Some kids are having to play through the D-League, and that’s okay. There’s nothing wrong with that. You have to go down there and be hungry and humble and not think it’s beneath me because this is my launching pad. Darius did it.

“He’s doing great. Even when he was here he was in the D-League and stayed. It shows the character of Darius Miller,” said Cal.

Caught in the middle of the three-point statistics and Miller’s journey in the NBA was how exactly he ended up back in New Orleans. Calipari told Tom Leach that one former Wildcat was instrumental in bringing Miller back from Germany and giving him a big role on the Pelicans.

You know who wanted him on that team? And I called him and thanked him. Anthony Davis,” he said. “Anthony Davis had a lot to do with that. He also gave Terrence Jones a chance. At the end of the day, when you’re as good as Anthony Davis, you have to sign off on some of that stuff. Anthony is one of those great guys.”

Another day, another story of former Wildcats putting in work in the NBA.


Part Two of Matt’s interview with Ashley Judd airs on Hey Kentucky!

Last week, we learned Ashley Judd was named one of TIME Magazine’s Person(s) of the Year amid her sexual harassment allegations that have impacted our culture in a massive way.

Part one of Matt Jones’ exclusive interview with Judd aired on Hey Kentucky! last week, where we learned about her side of the story and an inside look at everything going on in the news.

Tonight, part two aired, where Judd talked to Matt about sparking the movement that is working to change our culture and the way women are treated.

Watch below:

Also, the Hey Kentucky! crew talks about the UK Volleyball team’s loss in the Elite Eight and just how incredible this season has been for them:

To watch the entire episode of Hey Kentucky! head here.


Calipari says Jemarl Baker likely won’t return till end of the year, at best

On tonight’s John Calipari Call-In Show, Coach Cal gave injury updates on several Wildcats. To start the show, he said Quade Green and Sacha Killeya-Jones didn’t practice today, and Jarred Vanderbilt still hasn’t practiced and things are still up in the air with him.

When asked about Jemarl Baker’s status following the knee surgery he had earlier this year, Calipari didn’t seem too optimistic about his chances to make an impact this season.

“He had that knee operated on, so at best, it would be the end of the year. At that point, it’s how much work can you get in to prepare to be in these games if you haven’t played the whole year.”

Coach Cal says he’s there every day supporting the team, but it’s definitely hard for him to watch from the sideline.

“He’s in practice every day, I’m seeing him all the time. It’s hard. It’s hard for him to sit there and know, with the numbers we have, that he’d have the chance to be playing and putting up shots. Doing things he does well. And we could use him,” said Calipari.

The Wildcats may be playing better as of late, but goodness this team is banged up right now.