By Nick Roush on ©November 13th, 2018 @ 1:45pm
Saturday’s matchup against Middle Tennessee State will be the last time 16 seniors play at Kroger Field. Senior Day is always an emotional moment. The ante is upped when you consider this class’ accomplishments.
Over the last three years this group has won 13 SEC games, tied for the most in school history. Two players should surpass historic milestones during their final game at Kroger Field. Mike Edwards is one tackle away from becoming just the second defensive back in the 300-tackle club. Josh Allen needs just one sack to tie Dennis Johnson’s single-season record and break Oliver Barnett’s career sack record.
This year’s Senior Day roster features quite a few playmakers that will leave an indelible mark on the Kentucky football program.
- #41 Josh Allen, Outside Linebacker
- #64 “Big” George Asafo-Adjei, Offensive Tackle
- #8 Derrick Baity, Cornerback
- #2 Dorian Baker, Wide Receiver
- #33 David Bouvier, Wide Receiver
- #95 Miles Butler, Placekicker
- #87 C.J. Conrad, Tight End
- #98 Tymere Dubose, Defensive Tackle
- #7 Mike Edwards, Safety
- #6 Lonnie Johnson Jr., Cornerback
- #34 Jordan Jones, Linebacker
- #99 Adrian Middleton, Defensive Tackle
- #65 Bunchy Stallings, Offensive Guard
- #25 Darius West, Safety
- #21 Chris Westry, Cornerback
- #42 Tristan Yeomans, Longsnapper
Arrive at Kroger Field around 11:30 to give the seniors one final salute. Tickets are still available for as low as $19 and discounted group rates are available to youth football teams by contacting [email protected]
By Nick Roush on ©November 13th, 2018 @ 1:00pm
In the world of college athletics, you don’t have to look far to find promotions that are intended to fill seats.
John Calipari has made it an annual tradition to give two students who attend the Blue/White Game free tuition for the spring semester. One student in the Rupp Arena stands this Thursday’s women’s basketball game against Virginia will receive spring tuition expenses from Matthew Mitchell. There’s a promotion on Western Kentucky’s campus that is not meant to put people in the stands.
WKU volleyball coach Travis Hudson will pay for a semester of tuition to a student who can help one of his former players. Shortly after finishing her All-American career at WKU, Alyssa Cavanaugh was diagnosed with leukemia. In order to win the battle, Cavanaugh needs a donor for a bone marrow transplant. A difficult task, Hudson took matters into his own hands.
“As I watched people walk in this building, I just had this overwhelming feeling in my heart that there’s 20,000 of those people walking around campus, and it’s so easy to find out if you’re a match. It’s so simple.
“If anybody on this campus — if any student on this campus who will take five minutes to register, and it comes back, and they happen to be the match for Alyssa Cavanaugh, their next semester of tuition on the Hill is on me,” Hudson told the College Heights Herald. “That sounds like a pretty good gig. I was a poor college student at one time.”
Hudson initially setup shop at four different sporting events across to sign up potential donors. Now he’s taking the search to the entire Western Kentucky campus. If they can’t find one on campus, he’s willing to take it across the country to ensure Cavanaugh finds a match.
Hudson’s heart-warming efforts to help a former player in their greatest hour of need are just one reason why we love sports.
If you’d like to help be a part of the solution, potential donors can begin the registration process with Be the Match here.
By Zack Geoghegan on ©November 13th, 2018 @ 12:30pm
Good afternoon, folks. How am I suppose to talk to my children about the 2018-19 Sacramento Kings being good at basketball? Let’s talk NBA.
Pelicans – 126 @ Raptors – 110
- That sure is one way to get back into your winning ways. After losing six games in a row, the Pelicans finally have a healthy Anthony Davis and damn do they look dangerous again. Even without Nikola Mirotic (ankle) and Elfrid Payton (ankle) – two starters – Davis was all they needed. Well, and E’Twaun Moore, too, who had 30 points for only the third time in his career.
- I’m going to spew a bunch of numbers and streaks regarding Davis because he accomplished a lot on Monday night. His 25 points (on 11-20) shooting and 20 rebounds was the fifth 20/20 game of his career. He added two blocks, which brings his current streak of games with at least one block up to 30. The Pelicans win over the previously 12-1 Raptors ends Toronto’s six-game winning streak and marks the third win in a row for New Orleans. AD is right back in the early MVP conversation.
- That Jrue Holiday guy is also unreal and probably my current favorite for Defensive Player of the Year.
- Julius Randle contributed 17 points, 12 rebounds, and four assists on 7-12 shooting. I cannot stress how efficient Randle is when he gets to the rim. Sometimes it looks like he just flings the ball sideways into the air but it also lands perfectly in the basket. He’s turned it into an art form. He’s hitting 69 percent of his shots that come at the rim this season, according to Cleaning the Glass.
- Darius Miller was 2-7 from deep, adding six points. While I love Miller to death and he was one of the first Kentucky players that I grew up idolizing – the first being Gerald Fitch – he sure does struggle as an NBA player. One thing that can’t be denied is Miller is an elite outside shooter. He can stop and pop from three with the best in the league and his numbers back that up. But, man, in practically any other situation in an NBA game, he looks completely lost.
- In any event, though, Miller knows his job and doesn’t try to overexert himself. The Pelicans are back over .500 at 7-6.
Nets – 113 @ Timberwolves – 120
- The first Timberwolves game post-Jimmy Butler was a tragic one, but not for anyone on Minnesota’s side. Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert landed severely on his ankle after going for a chase down block late in the first half. If you haven’t seen the video yet I would highly advise against it. It’s reminiscent of Gordon Hayward’s leg injury from last season. It really is a shame, too. LeVert has been overcoming injuries since he was at Michigan and after finally getting back to full strength, having a breakout season at 24, being the front-runner for Most Improved Player, he had it all yanked away in one unfortunate moment. I watched the fall live and it made me sick to my stomach. LeVert was a player I was closely monitoring this season. Injuries suck.
- But a basketball game still had to be played and Karl-Anthony Towns led the Wolves to victory. Without Butler – or the new additions from the Butler trade that will likely play for the first time on Wednesday – Towns went to work, but with plenty of miscues along the way. He put up 25 points and a season-high 21 rebounds (not quite the 40/20 stat line I predicted, but close enough) in addition to 10 ugly turnovers. The devil’s triple-double is what I’m going to call it (or maybe the anti-triple-double?). He shot 9-11 from the field including 2-2 from three and was incredible in the first half. The second-half was a bit of a different story as Towns played more reluctantly, but a win is a win and it snapped the Wolves five-game losing streak.
Suns – 101 @ Thunder – 118
- The Phoenix Suns may somehow be worse than last season – when they won only 21 games. I almost feel bad for Devin Booker at this point (but then I don’t because I remember that gargantuan contract he received not long ago). The Suns suck. They’re 2-11. You know the front office is looking over at the Dallas Mavericks and watching Luka Doncic play like the Rookie of the Year and thinking in the back of their head “did we screw this up, again?”. The answer could very well be yes, but we’ll still give Deandre Ayton more time to improve and come into his own. Booker was 7-18 from the field for 19 points to go along with four rebounds and five assists. I guess having no real point guard and overpaying for one-year of Trevor Ariza isn’t the move… Huh.
- As for the three Kentuckians on the Oklahoma City side, Nerlens Noel was the best of the trio, scoring nine points and pulling down six rebounds in only 15 minutes of play. Hamidou Diallo also added nine points in 13 minutes while Patrick Patterson was 2-3 from the field for five points in 15 minutes of his own.
Spurs – 99 @ Kings – 104
- These are the games the Sacramento Kings aren’t supposed to win. But these aren’t the Kings of olden times, who have been cast under a 15-year shadow of doubt and misery. De’Aaron Fox is the most exciting player in basketball right now. The Kings are the most exciting team in basketball. Go debate someone else if you disagree. They beat the San Antonio Spurs for the first time in FOURTEEN tries to bring their season record to 8-6.
- When Gregg Popovich is saying these like this about your franchise, things are going in the right direction: ”Their culture is changing,” Popovich said. ”Guys are committed, guys are physical, taking some pride in defense. They look really good.”
- Fox was spectacular – again. He scored 19 points on 7-9 shooting (he was 3-4 from three and now sits at 19-43 from deep on the season – 44.2 percent) plus three rebounds, seven assists, and two steals. His intensity on defense is growing every game and there may not be a player in the league who can stop and chop their feet quicker than Fox.
- Willie Cauley-Stein was special, too. He added 13 points and 13 rebounds, two of those points coming off this acrobatic alley-oop finish from Fox that all but put the game away.
Willie Cauley-Stein got Sacramento lit tonight ??? pic.twitter.com/jxSK82apxJ
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) November 13, 2018
- First of all, how in the hell did he manage to dunk that? That looked like a layup the whole way and then Cauley-Stein just decided to grow his arms several inches in a matter of seconds.
- I got as hype watching that beautiful display of basketball as I did when WCS was finishing the same kind of emphatic dunks during his tenure in Lexington. This is my favorite team to watch in the NBA right now. They just keep getting better and I can’t explain it. The schedule is going to stay rough for the next eight or so games, so I’m not going to get too ahead of myself, but they sure are fun and good. Something is brewing in Sactown. My Kings hoodie is already in the mail.
Warriors – 116 @ Clippers – 121 (OT)
- Just like the Kings improve with every game, so does Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. After putting up 18 points on 8-11 shooting against the freaking Golden State Warriors – albeit, without Steph Curry who is out with a groin injury – SGA has now put up 18 points, 16, and 19 in his previous three games. He’s averaging 14.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.0 steal, and 1.5 blocks per game while shooting 52.4 percent from the field over his last four games – all as a starter. He’s unbelievably crafty driving to the rim and already coming into his own as an excellent defender, especially with that insane wingspan poking at every single pass or dribble. Poor Quinn Cook stood absolutely no chance.
- Make sure to watch the play 52 seconds into this highlight video.
- As a Kentucky fan, nothing makes me happier than watching SGA continue to prove his slew of doubters wrong. As a Cleveland Cavaliers fan, nothing upsets me more than a bunch of those doubters being the people who run my favorite franchise. I’ll still never understand comparing SGA and Collin Sexton side-by-side then picking the one who went to Alabama. I never understood it in June, I don’t understand it now, and I won’t understand it as long as SGA outplays Sexton.
- This was actually a huge overtime win for the Clippers over the defending champs. It bumps the team up to 8-5, something no one would have thought to be possible after they drained their core of Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan, and Blake Griffin all within a year of each other.
- The Washington Wizards have now won two games in a row after taking down the Orlando Magic. John Wall had 25 points and 10 assists. The Wizards are back, baby!
- They’re not.
- Bam Adebayo had eight points and four rebounds as the Miami Heat fell to the Philadelphia 76ers. Neither one of Adebayo, Kelly Olynyk, or Hassan Whiteside could stop the Shaq-like beast that currently is Joel Embiid.
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|Tyler Ulis (CHI)||98-103 L vs. DAL||DNP-G League||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
7:00 (NBATV): Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk) @ Cavaliers (An. Harrison)
9:00: Rockets (Knight-out) @ Nuggets (Lyles, Murray, Vanderbilt-out)
10:30 (NBATV): Hawks (Poythress) @ Warriors (Cousins-out)
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By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©November 13th, 2018 @ 12:00pm
The Georgia basketball team plays Temple tonight in Philadelphia, but the first road trip of the Tom Crean era got off to a bumpy start.
The Bulldogs’ charter plane ran off the runway at Anderson Regional Airport in South Carolina and got stuck in the mud, leaving the team on the tarmac for three hours until the crew determined they wouldn’t be able to take off. (Normally, the team flies out of Athens-Ben Epps Airport, but the runway there is being repaved.) From the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
“The University of Georgia men’s basketball team’s travel to Philadelphia was delayed by weather,” the school explained via a statement read over the phone. “The team was scheduled to depart from the airport in Anderson, S.C. at 5 p.m. The team boarded the plane at approximately 6:15. While the plane was taxiing on the tarmac at a slow rate of the speed, it drove off the concrete and became stuck in mud. At 9 p.m. it was determined the plane would need inspections that would not allow it to be used Monday night.”
D’oh. After staying in Anderson last night, the team will attempt to fly to Philly again today. The Bulldogs are 1-0 after a 110-76 win over Savannah State on Friday.
UPDATE: Here’s the plane stuck in the mud, as shared by the Georgia Basketball Twitter account.
We sure hope it’s always sunny in Philadelphia- had to make it out of the mud to get here! Better late than never. We’re locked in and looking forward to competing at 7pm tonight pic.twitter.com/gDFAz7Lvtc
— Georgia Basketball (@UGABasketball) November 13, 2018
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©November 13th, 2018 @ 11:30am
The football and men’s basketball teams may be disappointing as of late, but UK Hoops is 2-0 with a huge game vs. Virginia in Rupp Arena coming up on Thursday night.
Matthew Mitchell’s group is doing its best to pack Rupp, giving out free tickets at Kroger stores in Lexington last night. That promo is over, but check out a newly grey and bearded Coach Mitchell taking over the intercom:
UK is also offering $3 tickets to the game on Ticketmaster with the promo KROGER. Students get in for free and one lucky student will win free in-state tuition from Matthew Mitchell. That’s an offer you can’t refuse.
If you can’t make it in person, the game will air at 8:30 p.m. on SEC Network. You go, girls.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©November 13th, 2018 @ 10:30am
Kentucky’s embarrassing loss to Tennessee changed the national narrative on the Cats quite a bit. ESPN’s Ryan McGee included Kentucky Football in his “Bottom 10,” a ranking of the most miserable fanbases, thanks to an assist from the basketball team.
5. The Cold Kentucky Rain (7-3)
A mere two weeks ago the nation was buzzing about the boys in blue and their chances of crashing the SEC title game and perhaps even bigger games beyond that. But the Wildcats lost to Georgia at home and followed that with their 17th consecutive loss in Knoxville, this time to a four-win Tennessee team. Meanwhile, the basketball team was run over by a truck with no brakes. Authorities say it had North Carolina plates, was painted dark blue and the driver looked like the Count from Sesame Street. Reports say he shouted, “One … two … three … four … five! The Coveted Fifth Spot goes to you, from K! UK! Bwahahahaha!”
Ouch. He ain’t wrong. Also on the list: Western Kentucky at No. 3 and Louisville at No. 10. Respect to McGee for pointing out that Louisville firing Bobby Petrino also contributed to Kentucky’s slump because we won’t get the season-ending joy of sending him out with a rout. Dangit.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©November 13th, 2018 @ 9:55am
Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Tuesday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio. Today, the gang will discuss Mark Stoops’ comments about the offense, the SEC Tournament staying in Nashville, and the latest whispers about Jeff Brohm and the Louisville job. Tune in or miss out!
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By Nick Roush on ©November 13th, 2018 @ 9:00am
It’s been a tough few weeks to be a Kentucky fan. If you’re feeling down about the losses, just remember, it could be worse. You could be Lee Cruse.
The Hey Kentucky co-host and Funkhouser Podcaster made a not-so friendly wager on the Tennessee game with his Live with Lee and Hayley co-host, Hayley Harmon. After Lee’s Cats lost to Hayley’s Vols, he had to get a T cut into the back of his head on live television.
Cruse must be commended for not balking on the bet, but that won’t stop me from laughing while he agonizes during the embarrassing haircut. Let Lee’s pain give you joy and exorcise your UK losing demons (the cut begins around the 3:30 mark).
Stoops isn’t Throwing Anyone Under the Bus
There’s no panic from Mark Stoops after Kentucky’s loss to Tennessee. On his call-in show, he freely accepted criticism from fans, but refused to call out coaches or players by name.
“We accept that, but you’re not going to sit there and point fingers and cast the blame on people,” he said. “Because they’re also the same people that put us in a position that we’re going to win the most games we have in school history in the last, what, 40 years?”
It’s a fair response from Stoops. Now he must make sure his team returns to form and takes care of business in the final two games of the season.
A Late Kickoff
For the first time since the Governor’s Cup was moved to the last game of the season, the Cats and the Cards will not kick off at noon. Game time has been set for 7:00 at Cardinal Stadium. If you can brave the cold night to enjoy the Three Stripe Life, there are plenty of tickets still available for as low as $38.
New Football Podcast
Wanna figure out what’s really wrong with the offense? Listen to the latest edition of the KSR Football Podcast. Talking about the team’s problems isn’t incredibly lighthearted, that’s why we finished the show with a celebration of UK’s senior’s class.
Coach Cal at the Podium
After spending a few days lying low with his team, John Calipari will be back in front of a microphone this afternoon around 2:30 to tell us what the Cats have been up to and provide a preview of the North Dakota game.
Get used to Nashville
The SEC Tournament isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Today officials are expected to announce the SEC Basketball Tournament will remain in Nashville until 2035. The contract in Nashville has been extended ten years. Outside of 2022 in Tampa, prepare to spend one weekend each March at Bridgestone Arena.
UK Soccer to Host in NCAA Tournament
The Cats drew the No. 3 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. The C-USA Champs will play at home up until the Final Four, beginning at The Bell this Sunday at 4:00 against the winner of Portland-UCLA. Get your tickets now before they’re gone.
Hue and Marvin
Hue Jackson is going back to Cincinnati. The head coach of the Cleveland Browns just a few weeks ago, Jackson is getting the band back together with Marvin Lewis. It actually worked well for the Bengals last time, but after Jackson’s tumultuous tenure in Cleveland, this match made in heaven will surely end disastrously.
Fox to Willie
It was a great night in the BBNBA. Anthony Davis and Karl-Anthony Towns each posted 25 and 20, while De’Aaron Fox and Willie Cauley-Stein lobbed their way to a win over the Spurs. The Kings improved to 8-6 and are now eighth in the Western Conference.
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) November 13, 2018
By TJ Walker on ©November 12th, 2018 @ 11:00pm
Hey, folks. I hope everyone had a good weekend. There have been better sports weeks for Kentucky fans, but the basketball team is still going to be a contender come March and the football team is still having a great season despite a bad month. The Cats will have two five-star players sign in the coming days for next season’s basketball team and another incredibly talented four-star in-state wing will sign on Friday. It’s not all bad news despite things seemingly not going UK’s way as of late.
Five-star wing/forward Jaden McDaniels visited UK on Friday and there’s more smoke in the Wiseman recruitment. Let’s get to the notes.
The visit was GREAT (drink, drink, drink!). Despite Kentucky struggling against Southern Illinois I’m told that McDaniels and his family really enjoyed Lexington and they thought the atmosphere at Rupp Arena was impressive. Yes, really. I did hear from a friend that the second half atmosphere was solid, so while we always joke about the lower level at Rupp supposedly they did their job on Friday for the final 15-20 minutes. In that first half I was worried McDaniels may pull a Lonnie Walker and fall asleep.
I’m not sure if I’m ready to say UK leads for McDaniels, but all that I’ve heard throughout his recruitment is that his dad is the one that actively involved in the decision making process and after this weekend the biggest piece of information I have is that the dad prefers UK. Is that Jaden’s choice? I have no clue, but the relationship between UK’s staff and McDaniels’ dad is strong enough to land a commitment. Also, I don’t have confirmation from anyone I trust that the dad is pulling the strings in this recruitment, but that’s the scuttlebutt among recruiting experts. But, I do trust that the dad prefers UK. I’m told if not UK then he’d like McDaniels to stay home at Washington.
Now the big question is when will McDaniels decide? Two trusted sources told me they don’t think he signs in the fall, but one thought he would commit in the next few weeks. The other thought he would wait until January or February. He has one official left on the table and could go to UCLA, but there are currently no plans. His final five includes UK, Texas, Washington, San Diego State and UCLA. He’s officially visited the first four schools. Both guys I spoke with said they like UK’s chances regardless (one thought Washington was right there, too), but if we hear of a decision in the next week or two then UK would be the landing spot. People close to UK are unsure when he plans on committing.
Supposedly it wasn’t just the visit that pushed UK to the top, but instead all the work Kentucky’s staff has put in behind the scenes for the last two months. John Calipari visited twice and the Cats have been in constant contact. One source said this was like the Kevin Knox recruitment where no one gave UK a great chance at landing him, but in reality the Cats were putting in more work than anyone.
So, as of today (and I’m surprised typing this), UK seems to be in a great spot. I’m not sure McDaniels would be the frontcourt piece people were expecting/hoping for, but it’d give UK plenty of options for next season. Rebounding may be an issue but scoring wouldn’t.
Did you all see all the reports about how Memphis’ staff is telling boosters and media members that Wiseman is a lock to stay home? Well, it’s what we said last week. Memphis’ coaching staff is talking and talking a lot. Sometimes we’ve seen some staffs spread misinformation to try and have the public momentum push the kid in a certain direction, but I’m told this is 100 percent genuine. Memphis’ staff has reason to believe that Wiseman is staying home and playing for Memphis, per people close to Memphis’ staff.
Wiseman’s family has told me that it’s not true. They have told other reporters that it’s not true. They’re telling anyone that can listen that he’s not committed anywhere and he’s still undecided. Maybe they’re telling the truth. They probably are being honest when they say that no final decision has been made, but what else are they supposed to say? “Yup, James is going to Memphis, we’re just figuring out a commitment date?” “Yup, something crazy would have to happen for him to go elsewhere.” “Stop paying attention because this thing is over.” I did find it interesting that Wiseman’s sister went out of her way to reach out to me to tell me that a decision hasn’t been made.
I think Wiseman ends up at Memphis but the family aspect is interesting and UK doesn’t feel they have lost. They don’t think there’s been a silent commitment and they still feel like they have a chance to land Wiseman. So, if you’re looking for some optimism, there you go. Also, Evan Daniels of 247 Sports spoke directly with Wiseman’s mom about the Memphis buzz and he is still currently predicting UK.
So, I lean towards Memphis but never say never.
He officially visited Michigan State and I have no new updates on that official visit, but I did speak with someone on Friday that told me it will be Duke, Michigan State or UK. I feel like I’ve been saying that for a few weeks, but here we are. Again, like Wiseman, there’s not much of a UK buzz in this recruitment but people close to UK haven’t conceded.
In those two recruitments the Cats don’t have a lot of momentum, so if you want to give up on them no one would blame you. Obviously there’s not a great deal of information on Carey’s recruitment and I’m hoping to learn more after touching base after the MSU visit. Let’s touch back with Carey later this week.
I’ve had a few people ask me if a beatdown like that can hurt recruiting. It doesn’t help, but it doesn’t hurt. What will hurt more is that Duke will be the college basketball sweethearts all season and constantly featured on ESPN. That won’t really hurt UK until maybe next year but more likely 2021 and later, but Wiseman isn’t picking Memphis because UK was smacked by Duke. Carey isn’t picking Duke over UK because the Blue Devils beat them in Indy. If those players go elsewhere that game had nothing to do with it.
Duke is the cool school again, and that will plant a seed in younger kids, but that stuff constantly changes. The Cats are still licking their wounds from Tuesday but it won’t hurt UK on the recruiting trail.
If UK were to miss on Wiseman, Carey and Stewart (I don’t see him ending up at Kentucky but I don’t have a great feel/connection to this recruitment) you’re probably wondering where Kentucky goes from there. Last week I mentioned that there would either be a grad-transfer or a 2020 reclassification (one UK fan Twitter follower mentioned/suggested Hunter Dickinson in 2020. He’d be physically ready) and I’m very confident in one of those two things happening. I’ve been asked if UK will get involved with Precious Achiuwa, C.J. Walker or Kofi Cockburn. I don’t believe that happens. Maybe Kentucky will send out a feeler to one of the three, or reconnect with Walker, but I doubt the Cats will be able to do enough to get into the picture.
Walker waiting until the spring was somewhat of a surprise, so maybe that means a shift in the recruitment, but the Cats were never heavily involved and my guess is that doesn’t change.
I still think UK gets Hurt. If you get Hurt along with McDaniels then you would need to find a bruising grad-transfer big and you’d be ready to roll. I’m not sure you could find a better offensive frontcourt, but there clearly would be some questions rebounding and defensively.
In the intermediate be on the lookout for commitment decisions. The sky isn’t falling just yet and never count out Calipari.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©November 12th, 2018 @ 10:49pm
I hope you’re a fan of Nashville, because Kentucky fans are about to see a whole lot more of it over the next two decades.
The Tennessean reports a deal has been finalized for the SEC Tournament to be played at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena through 2035. The original contract, which has been extended ten years, had the tournament in the city through 2025.
The SEC men’s tournament will be now be held in Nashville every year except one, with the exception being in 2022 when the event will be played in Tampa, Fla. In that year, the women’s team will take its place at Bridgestone Area.
An official announcement is expected to be made tomorrow.
Playing in Nashville: It just means more.
By Savannah Patton on ©November 12th, 2018 @ 10:30pm
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.
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#10 Matthew’s New Glasses
— Matthew's New Glasses (@matthew_specs) November 12, 2018
I love this Twitter Account.
— Brad (@UKblueinmyveins) November 12, 2018
I need this!
— Kev (@Kevinsbullen) November 12, 2018
Yeah he will!
#7 Mack Jensen
— Mack Jensen (@SpaceJamMJ) November 12, 2018
#6 Glenna Helm
@KySportsRadio Lee has a Tennessee T in his hair???? ??
— Glenna Helm (@HelmGlenna) November 12, 2018
Say it aint so!
Banners aren't hung in November. Keep grinding guys, #BBN is behind you!
— Brian (@BlueWhiteUK) November 12, 2018
We’ll be there by March
#4 Sophomore Nick Richards
— Sophomore Nick Richards (@SophomoreNick) November 10, 2018
This is hilarious!
#3 Randolph Vance
— Randolph Vance (@GovRocknar) November 11, 2018
Now I’m hungry…
#2 Phillip Schaaf
— Philip Schaaf (@Pschaaf02) November 12, 2018
We’re here to inform!
#1 John Yahnig
— John Yahnig (@thejohnyahnig) November 10, 2018
By KSR on ©November 12th, 2018 @ 10:00pm
Election Day is officially over, but the Hey Kentucky! crew managed to secure a pretty significant interview with one of the key figures in Kentucky’s Sixth Congressional District race.
Matt Jones sat down with Rep. Andy Barr in his first official interview since his big victory over retired Marine Lt. Col. Amy McGrath.
In the discussion, Jones asked Barr about the victory, his campaign tactics, why he didn’t join McGrath for the Hey Kentucky! debate, and President Donald Trump’s impact on the final results. As an added bonus, Barr told a story about his first interaction with President Barack Obama, where the two parties actually talked about former Kentucky center Nerlens Noel and the UK basketball program.
Take a look at part one of the interview below:
For entire interview, take a look below:
By Jack Pilgrim on ©November 12th, 2018 @ 9:30pm
What a week it has been for the Kentucky basketball squad, huh?
After coming in as a consensus top-three team in the nation and a national championship favorite, the Wildcats fell back to earth like a sack of rocks.
Following their 34-point blowout loss to Duke to open the season and a ho-hum victory against Southern Illinois on Friday night, Kentucky dropped from No. 2 to No. 10 in the latest AP Poll this afternoon. To make matters worse, the Blue Devils jumped from No. 4 to No. 1 overall, overtaking the top spot initially held by Kansas.
This evening, however, Andy Katz and the NCAA.com crew proved to be even more critical of Kentucky’s rough start.
In their week-two Power Rankings, NCAA.com dropped the Wildcats from No. 1 all the way down to No. 13 in the nation. They still feel UK can compete for the program’s ninth championship in history, but they have a long way to go.
13. Kentucky: The Wildcats drop from my No. 1 spot after getting destroyed by Duke and then having to hold on to beat Southern Illinois. I’m still convinced the Wildcats will contend for the title, but they’re not ready yet.
Beyond NCAA.com and the official AP Poll, CBS Sports pushed the Kentucky to No. 9 overall, Sports Illustrated dropped the Cats to No. 10, and ESPN has them listed at No. 11.
Let’s just turn things back around against North Dakota on Wednesday, okay?
Mark Stoops accepts offensive criticism, but won’t apologize for a potential nine-win regular season
By Jack Pilgrim on ©November 12th, 2018 @ 8:30pm
It was an all-systems-failure in Knoxville, but Kentucky football head coach Mark Stoops isn’t going to apologize to anyone for his team being in position to win nine games in the regular season.
During his weekly radio show, one fan called into the show to air his grievances with the Kentucky offense, calling out Eddie Gran and Darin Hinshaw in the process. In his mind, the UK co-offensive coordinators are being paid quite a bit of money to not put up more than 17 points over the last five weeks.
Stoops accepted the fact that the Wildcat offense has been struggling, but he was quick to remind the caller that this is team is in position to do something that hasn’t been done at Kentucky in decades.
“We accept that, but you’re not going to sit there and point fingers and cast the blame on people,” he said. “Because they’re also the same people that put us in a position that we’re going to win the most games we have in school history in the last, what, 40 years?”
Stoops said that he understands that history was there to be made and he’s frustrated they couldn’t seal the deal on that, but there are only three historically great SEC teams with better records than the Cats right now. In his mind, that stands for something.
“I believe in the last 40 years, there have been some great coaches here,” Stoops said. “I believe there have been some coaches that have done a really good job, guys I have great respect for. There are three people in the SEC that have better records than us. These are programs that have been doing things right for 50, 75, 100 years. And we’re right in the middle of it.”
Earlier today at his weekly press conference, Stoops was asked whether or not he was willing to shake things up offensively to close out the season. The Kentucky head coach said going into “panic mode” would be a bad idea.
“That wouldn’t be a very good idea. We got two opportunities to get the most victories we’ve had in a regular season since 1977. I don’t think that’d be very wise. We did a lot of good things to win seven games, and we plan on trying to get to eight and nine. I appreciate all the good things that they did to put us in that position. That would be called panic mode,” Stoops said.
The perfect recipe of grinding out victories by controlling the clock and pounding the ball on the ground over the last three years has led to Kentucky finishing with the most conference wins in school history. More success is there to be had and the staff is just as frustrated, but nobody is perfect.
“We’re not perfect, but we’re going to keep on shriving,” he said. “You’re entitled to your frustration, but we’re just as frustrated as you are. We found a recipe to win the most SEC games in the last three years as anyone in the history of this school. Because guess what? It’s not easy.”