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February 23rd, 2018

Listen to Matt’s appearance on “Pardon My Take”

KSR’s very own Matt Jones made a special guest appearance on Friday’s edition of the popular “Pardon My Take” podcast, and you should take a moment to listen to it, if you want.

The timing wasn’t the best, considering it was recorded last night and Matt said he doesn’t believe UK fans should worry about the FBI report, but it’s a great listen nonetheless.

Of course, the real reason Matt went on the show was to discuss Rick Pitino’s press conference, which Big Cat and PFT attended in New York.

You can hear it all here, and you should. Rock on down to Electric Avenue with them on your Friday commute.


Kentucky giving up six points to Mizzou

Denny Medley | USA Today

Las Vegas released its line for the Kentucky-Missouri game and it has the Cats as six-point favorites over the visiting Tigers.

Kentucky is on a roll with two covers in its last two games, while Mizzou has failed to cover in each of its last two, losing outright in games against LSU and Ole Miss. Mizzou won the first meeting with UK, 69-60, in Columbia.

Don’t gamble, friends. Matt Bevin said it’s bad.


BBNBA: Kanter notches a double-double in Knicks win

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Last night was the first night of NBA action back from the All-Star break, and as usual, a handful of former Kentucky Wildcats took the floor. The New York Knicks knocked off the Orlando Magic by the score of 120-113, and former Cat Enes Kanter finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds. His efforts were good for his 29th double-double on the season which ranks 10th in the NBA.

In fact, former Kentucky guys are riddled throughout the top 10 in double-doubles in the league. Karl-Anthony Towns sits at the top of the list with 51, DeMarcus Cousins is fourth at 38, and Anthony Davis ranks sixth at 36. That means Kentucky makes up 40% of the top 10 in the NBA in terms of double-doubles. Is that good? That seems good.

Numbers:

 

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Enes Kanter120-113 win over Magic126-9 (0-0)121010-521
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist111-96 win over Nets134-7 (0-0)51011+1424
Malik Monk111-96 win over Nets21-1 (0-0)00002+01
Willie Cauley-Stein110-107 loss to Thunder115-12 (0-0)60210-1919
Skal Labissiere110-107 loss to Thunder83-5 (0-1)10020+2413
Patrick Patterson110-107 win over Kings00-1 (0-0)10000-78
Jodie Meeks110-103 win over Cavaliers103-8 (2-4)01000+017

 

Highlights:

Schedule:

  • Boston Celtics at Detroit Pistons, 7pm ET
  • Atlanta Hawks at Indiana Pacers (Alex Poythress), 7pm ET
  • Charlotte Hornets (Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Malik Monk) at Washington Wizards (John Wall, Jodie Meeks), 7pm ET
  • Milwaukee Bucks (Eric Bledsoe) at Toronto Raptors, 7:30pm ET
  • Minnesota Timberwolves (Karl-Anthony Towns) at Houston Rockets, 8pm ET on ESPN
  • Cleveland Cavaliers at Memphis Grizzlies (Andrew Harrison), 8pm ET
  • Miami Heat (Bam Adebayo) at New Orleans Pelicans (Anthony Davis, Rajon Rondo, Darius Miller, DeAndre Liggins), 8pm ET
  • San Antonio Spurs at Denver Nuggets (Jamal Murray, Trey Lyles), 9pm ET
  • Los Angeles Clippers at Phoenix Suns (Devin Booker, Tyler Ulis, Brandon Knight), 9pm ET
  • Portland Trail Blazers at Utah Jazz, 9pm ET
  • Dallas Mavericks (Nerlens Noel) at Los Angeles Lakers (Julius Randle), 10:30pm ET on ESPN

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Duke’s Wendell Carter cleared of any wrongdoing by Duke

Duke’s Wendell Carter didn’t do anything wrong, according to Duke.

Duke conducted its own investigation into its own player and determined there was no funny business going on. Nothing to see here, they say.

Read the full release on the internal review, which I’m sure was very thorough:

“A Duke student-athlete was identified in a Yahoo! Sports report this morning about men’s college basketball. Duke immediately reviewed the matter and, based on the available information, determined there are no eligibility issues related to today’s report. Duke has already contacted the NCAA and will continue to work collaboratively with the NCAA and the Atlantic Coast Conference. Duke has an uncompromising commitment to compliance in athletics. That has not, and will not, change.”

Welp, I guess that settles that.

(On a serious note with Duke hating aside: It was BS for Yahoo to include Carter in its report to get headlines without any evidence. Same goes for Knox and the other names who didn’t receive money.)


Everything Calipari said and didn’t say about the Yahoo report

Everyone tuned into John Calipari’s press conference hoping he would say something about the Yahoo Sports report that dropped this morning, but with the help of Deputy Director of Athletics DeWayne Peevy, Cal stuck to the script. Peevy prefaced the media opportunity — held every day before a game — by saying that the school has no additional information regarding the report other than the statements they released this morning. As you might imagine, that didn’t stop reporters from trying. 

Here’s a transcript of the first few minutes, followed by a video:

Peevy: “Coach Calipari is here today to talk about tomorrow’s game vs. Missouri. If you don’t have any questions about that, we can let him go to practice. Once again, we don’t have any additional information other than what we provided to you earlier in the statement. We’ll make Coach Calipari available for you now.”

Kyle Tucker: “Is there anything you can say about the story, your reaction?”

Calipari: “I know nothing more than what you guys know and that’s why there is no reason for me to speak on it. You guys know what I know.”

Reporter: “Is there any concern about eligibility?”

Calipari: “Not –“

Peevy: “As I said, we have no additional information other than what we shared. If we have anything more, we’ll make sure we communicate that to you.”

Alan Cutler: “Cal, without saying what you can’t say — [Cal looks at Peevy] Hang on, just give me a second.”

Calipari: “Go ahead, go ahead. Run me down. Go ahead.”  [If you didn’t catch that, it was a reference to Cutler chasing down Billy Gillispie]

Cutler: “Without saying what you can’t say, just emotionally speaking, you have to be disappointed with this crap coming out.”

Calipari: “I mean, yeah. For all of basketball, this stuff. Yeah. But again, the statement I made is from me, where we stand on this and how I feel about it.”

Reporter: “Have you had a chance to talk to Kevin about this?”

Calipari: “No.”

Peevy: “Do you have any questions about the game tomorrow, Missouri?”

Reporter: Will Kevin play tomorrow?

Calipari: “At this point, I believe so. If there’s something I don’t know” [Looks at Peevy]

Peevy: “Like I said, once again, there’s nothing additional to what you already know.”

Lyndsey Gough: “Is this a distraction for your team?”

Calipari: “I don’t even know. I haven’t met with them yet so I don’t know.”

Reporter: “When you see this kind of attention –“

Calipari: “Any Missouri questions?”

It was hard not to notice how sweaty Calipari was, to the point he brought it up himself a few minutes later.

“I just got done working out, guys. That’s why I’m sweaty.”

Watch for yourself below:


Calipari believes Kevin Knox will play tomorrow

John Calipari and Kevin Knox have not discussed this morning’s Yahoo! report that named Knox one of the college basketball players who met with shady sports agent Christian Dawkins.

Knox’s father, Kevin Knox Sr., has since come forward to say that meeting never happened, but Calipari has not yet had that conversation with his star forward.

Kevin Knox’s father denies son met with agent

When asked if Cal expects Knox to play against Missouri, Cal simply said, “At this point, I believe so. I mean (unless) there is something I don’t know.”

Calipari also said he hasn’t met with anyone from his team today.


LIVE: John Calipari press conference

John Calipari is about to address reporters about tomorrow’s game vs. Missouri and, one would imagine, Yahoo Sports’ report from this morning alleging three former/current Kentucky players met with or accepted money from ASM Sports. Tune in below courtesy of KyWildcatsTV:


Still no word on whether Michael Porter Jr. will play tomorrow

Hey, remember that we play a game tomorrow? Yesterday, it was announced that Missouri star Michael Porter Jr. has been cleared to practice, which begged the question as to whether or not he’ll play in tomorrow night’s game vs. Kentucky. Today, Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin confirmed Porter returned to practice but didn’t say whether or not he’ll play tomorrow in Rupp.

“He will get implemented in practice today and then we’ll go one day at a time,” Martin said, via Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I don’t really have a timetable after that. It’s just one day at a time.”

When asked, Martin said he hadn’t considered whether or not he’ll let Porter dress out for tomorrow’s game, but joked that he might to “throw [Kentucky] off.”

I’ve seen this story before. He’s playing.

[St. Louis Post-Dispatch]