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March 19th, 2019

The OTT Podcast: It’s electric! Boogie woogie, woogie!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and what better way to celebrate than breaking down the bracket with Tyler and Fake Barney? After grilling some meats, the OTT Podcast crew got down to business, charting out Kentucky’s path to their ninth national championship. Highlights include…

— Barney’s reaction when he found out Kentucky was in North Carolina’s region

— An intense encounter at a grocery store

— Going through the bracket game-by-game

— Why Auburn is the Kevin Bacon of college basketball

— Why Bruce Weber is the Mariah Carey of college basketball

— Whether or not we think Kentucky can REALLY win it all

…and much, much more. You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play. 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. Please leave us a review!

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KSR Show Thread 3/19: A pitstop in Middlesboro

Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Tuesday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio. Today, the gang is in Matt’s stomping grounds of Middlesboro on their way to Jacksonville, Florida. Tune in to hear about the start of their adventure from Matt’s childhood living room.

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Today on KSR: On the Road to Jacksonville

There’s no time to rest.  The KSR crew is already on the road to Jacksonville to watch Kentucky play in the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament.  Before the Cats return to the Sunshine State, Coach Cal had some business to take care of back home.

Tweak Time

John Calipari has been feeling himself since the bracket was revealed on Selection Sunday.  He reached Peak Swaggy Cal when he dropped a “Tweak” into the end of last night’s call-in show.

“We’ve done some tweaking over the years where we tweaked a little bit of offense and it totally changed who we became as a team,” said Coach Cal.  “Now we’ve done that and I’ve done that with this team throughout the year, and I hate to tell you, we’re not done yet.

“I even did some things today that changed up stuff.  We had Nick and E.J. in together.  I said, ‘Let’s put these two together and let’s play like this.'”

And that wasn’t even the craziest part of the program.  ESPN’s Marty Smith crashed the call-in show with a LIVE hit on SportsCenter.

In the middle of it all, he still found time to insist he could survive in the Alaskan wilderness. Hours later he doubled down on Twitter.

The First Four

You only had to wait a day for more basketball.  Tonight the First Four begins in Dayton. The 16 seeds rarely provide any fireworks, but Belmont-Temple is intriguing.  With an extra week of rest and Dylan Windler, who dropped 32 and 21 in the OVC semifinals, the Bruins have the potential to make a nice little run if they get off to a good start tonight.

  • 6:40: #16 Prairie View vs. #16 Farleigh Dickinson on truTV
  • 9:10: #11 Temple vs. #11 Belmont on truTV

Anthony Davis has Completed his Bracket

You’ll never guess who he picked to win it all.

Have you filled in your bracket yet?  Get in the KSR Bracket Challenge for your chance to compete against the KSR crew and win a few amazing prizes.

UK Women Hit Tobacco Road

The Road to the Final Four for the Kentucky women’s basketball team is Tobacco Road.  Matthew Mitchell’s team will begin its journey against Princeton this Saturday in Raleigh.  If the No. 6 seed can get past N.C. State, Baylor awaits in Greensboro.  A look at the entire bracket (that was leaked four hours early).

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Spring Football Returns

I’ll be back at the Joe Craft Football Training Facility this morning to talk to the team after Spring Practice No. 4.  It should provide a slight reprieve from the Madness before it really gets crazy this weekend.

Bats and Legends get Makeovers

Kentucky’s minor league baseball teams are paying homage to the Commonwealth’s Hispanic and Latino heritage by participating in the Copa de la Diversion.

The Bats will transform into the Los Murcielagos de Louisville for a three-day weekend in late June.  The Leyendas will take the field almost a dozen times in Lexington.  Who do you think created the best uniform?

KSR’s Dog of the Day

Sawyer enjoys cold ones from his Wildcat koozie while singing, “On, On, U of K!”


KSR will be live from Matt Jones’ Middlesboro living room in one hour.

March 18th, 2019

KSR’s Top 10 Tweets of the Day


The one and only Big Mick is a meaty masterpiece in its own right. Composed of two quarter-pound patties* of never-fresh, frozen, mostly beef raised close to the processing plant. Only McDowell’s has the frosted beef and processed cheese to give you a major reason for the afternoon trip to the secret bathroom only you and Debra know about on the 9th floor that is under construction.

You can be a part of KSR’s Top 10 Tweets by using hashtags like #KSR #BBN or #KSRtop10. You can also nominate tweets by mentioning them with the hashtag. If we like what we see, it could be posted the next day.

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#10 Tim Seeberger

Tom Hart, adopted king of the KSR masses.

#9 BBN FanMom

The wait from Selection Sunday to Thursday is always the WORST.

#8 The Max Cramer

Who doesn’t get excited about meatloaf???

#7 Mike Schenkenfelder

I need this shirt as well.

#6 Jackie Watson

A classic Matt Jones mistake has now gone viral

#5 Jess TGG

Jess, you NAILED this.

#4 Drew

I just can’t force myself to do any different.

#3 Josh Mackey

You can’t argue with facts.

#2 Not Jerry Tipton

Accurate? Yes. Wrong? No.

#1 CJ Conrad

This list is typically reserved for fans, but how is this not number one? This is great to hear from CJ! Prayers have definitely been answered.

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UK Hoops reacts to Selection Monday: the four biggest takeaways

The Kentucky women’s basketball team now knows where they’re going this weekend, who they’ll play and what time they’ll tip off (you can get all of that info HERE). Although they didn’t get the “normal” Selection Show experience, the team still got together for a Selection Monday feast. I didn’t score any food, but they did let the media speak with Coach Matthew Mitchell as well as seniors Maci Morris and Taylor Murray. Here are the day’s biggest takeaways:

On the bracket leak…

Overall, they didn’t seem too upset. The team must have been practicing when the news broke on Twitter, because Murray said their coach told his players he had a “surprise” for them. Of course, this surprise was an early peak at their bracket. For Morris, it was a relief.

“I’ve been anxious to find out who we play and where we’re going, so finding out a little sooner wasn’t too bad,” the guard laughed.

This year, the team wasn’t necessarily worried about whether or not they’d make the tournament – Coach Mitchell said they felt pretty confident they’d qualify after earning their eighth conference win back in mid-February. Instead, they were really just interested in their opponent and their location. And besides, mistakes happen.

“You have to take life the way things come at you… Things happen. We’ve all made a lot of mistakes and whoever did that, just made a mistake,” Mitchell said of the graphic flub. “We’ll extend them some grace and move on – we’re just happy to be playing.”

On comparing this year to last…

A year can make a huge difference. Last year on Selection Monday, the Kentucky Wildcats did not hear their name called – plus, there was no bracket leak to soften the blow. Mitchell recalled the “crushing” experience.

“You think back to a year ago today when your name’s not called, and it was an incredible disappointment for the first time in eight years,” the head coach said. “The players felt that; they knew what that meant. It was incredibly crushing, incredibly disappointing.”

Fast forward to a year later, and the Cats have earned a No. 6 seed in the 2019 NCAA Tournament. The results of last year’s hard work didn’t culminate in a 2018 Tournament bid, but it did carry over throughout the off-season and into this year. Two years of hard work made today even sweeter, according to the Wildcats’ coach.

This is a team that was able to make the sum be greater than the parts,” he said. “That is a true team and a true testament to these players. I’m particularly proud of this particular bid to the tournament.”

Last year, the team felt what it feels like to experience a season cut short. It stung at the time, sure, but it made the returning players all the more hungry for this season. Morris said the experience taught her about “definitely not taking [the Tournament] for granted.”

This year, there are only a few competing players on the roster who have even experienced post-season play. What do these two particular veterans tell their younger teammates?

It’s the most fun time of the year,” Murray said. “This is what we’ve worked all season for – to try and make a run in the NCAA Tournament and again, to try and make it to the Final Four. We just have to take it one game at a time and enjoy the moment.”

(Photo via | UK Athletics)

On how ready they are to get back on the court…

Very. Kentucky hasn’t played in a game since March 8, when Missouri beat them 70-68 in overtime to advance in the SEC Tournament. While ten days may not seem like a long time away from the game, it’s a lifetime compared to the rigor of conference play. Mitchell said he gave his team three whole days off to rest and recover after the loss, then it was back to business. But those few days off were a huge help, according to Mitchell and his players.

“For this particular team and this particular year, it was really good for us,” Coach said. “Coming down the stretch, we were playing tough, tough games… Our last five games were a real grind and, I thought, had just depleted us from an emotional standpoint and from an energy standpoint.”

He went on to discuss the team’s effort after their short break, saying they were more energetic, more enthusiastic and just had more of a “pop.” During this time of the season, where there’s the possibility of playing multiple games in a very short period of time, that’s more important than ever.

The time off also helped Morris get back into the swing of things, after a minor leg injury affected her performances during the back-half of the season. As the team heads into the Tournament, Mitchell is confident she’ll be back to 100 percent.

“She’s one of the most incredible competitors I’ve ever been around, and I can promise you she wants to win on Saturday. She will move Heaven and Earth to get it done,” Mitchell said. “On my list of concerns, she’s way down on the list. I can tell you she’ll be ready to roll Saturday.”

As for Morris, she’s feeling pretty good about herself, too.

“Time is on your side when it comes to trying to heal yourself,” she said. “Luckily, we’ve had time for my leg to heal up, so I’m just excited to get back out there and play like I used to.”

On their opponent…

The No. 11 Princeton Tigers. Coach Mitchell says he knows their coach, Courtney Banghart, well, but he hasn’t had the chance to catch a Princeton game yet this year. Starting tonight, that’ll change.

“After this, we’ll start digging into the Princeton Tigers,” Mitchell said. “You don’t know who you’re playing, so we just work hard to become the best version of Kentucky… and I like what I’ve seen from that standpoint.”

The Cats got Saturday’s early game: they’ll face the Tigers at 11 a.m. on ESPN2.