By Savannah Patton on ©November 12th, 2018 @ 10:30pm
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#10 Matthew’s New Glasses
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I love this Twitter Account.
— Brad (@UKblueinmyveins) November 12, 2018
I need this!
— Kev (@Kevinsbullen) November 12, 2018
Yeah he will!
#7 Mack Jensen
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#6 Glenna Helm
@KySportsRadio Lee has a Tennessee T in his hair???? ??
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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
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#1 John Yahnig
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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.”
By KSR on ©November 12th, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Well, that sucked.
The Cats could not win at Rocky Top. Nick Roush, Drew Franklin, Jack Pilgrim and Adam Luckett try to explain what went wrong and diagnose the problems with UK’s offense before they share their favorite memories of the Senior Class that will leave UK with more SEC wins than any other group in school history. Highlights:
— The moment the offensive line started to decline.
— Is there a disconnect between Gran and Stoops?
— Neyland stinks
— An emotional up and down season.
— Bobby Gone.
— Takes so hot, two firetrucks had to come.
— Jack apologizes on behalf of Chris Westry.
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By Drew Franklin on ©November 12th, 2018 @ 6:00pm
I hope you didn’t jump on Kentucky’s title odds too early because you can get a better value today after the Cats’ disappointing first week of the season.
Bovada lists Kentucky at 7/1 odds to win it all in its updated odds for college basketball’s championship. The odds were 5/1 this time last week.
Duke is still the favorite, now at 2/1, which is a stupid bet.
|Virginia Tech||90/1||Kansas State||100/1|
|Notre Dame||125/1||Ohio State||125/1|
|Penn State||125/1||St. John’s||125/1|
|Loyola Chicago||300/1||Texas A&M||300/1|
You can also bet on whether or not Duke will go 40-0. It’s 8/1 odds for YES and 1/16 for NO.
By Nick Roush on ©November 12th, 2018 @ 5:00pm
“As I mentioned Saturday night after the game, feel the same way today. We obviously didn’t play good enough. I didn’t have them prepared well enough and we need to do a better job. That’s a very important game that we did not put forth our best effort, and that can’t happen. It’s inexcusable and we need to do a better job. With that being said, that’s one game and we have to move on and get ready to prepare for a victory here this week. We’ve got to do whatever we’ve got to do to get ready to play this game against Middle (Tennessee) to get our eighth victory. Again, it’s very important. Doesn’t diminish all the good things our team has done throughout this year, and appreciate their effort throughout this season. Again, as I mentioned Saturday, I didn’t do a good enough job getting them motivated and getting them prepared to play last week, and that’s what we have to do. We’ll get back at it here this week.”
On if he thinks it’s time to re-think the entire offensive scheme…
“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.”
On if he considers this to be somewhat of a breather game…
“There’s no team that we can say that’s a breather. You see it again, you see it in college football, and you see it all the time. You saw Tennessee score seven points on Charlotte the week before, and come out and play lights out against us. These are college kids, there’s going to be ups and downs. You’ve have to be good enough to win when you don’t play your best. It’s very difficult to play at your peak for 12 straight weeks and some of the teams that are competing for 13, so it’s difficult. You’ve got to be good enough to overcome them when you don’t play well. Sometimes you do and sometimes you don’t. I think there are three teams in this league, we’ve got a pretty good league don’t we? 14 teams in this league that have pretty good programs, and I think three of them have a better record than us. I don’t think it’s time to scrap everything.”
On if the film showed that some guys were just going through the motions Saturday like Benny (Snell Jr.) mentioned…
“Definitely. I said it after the game, I was the first one to say it. I said it to the team prior to them talking to you. I didn’t do a very good job because we weren’t ready to play at the level that we needed to play at. I think you could see Tennessee, where maybe they played that way the week before, and they got straightened out and came out and played with a lot of passion and energy. Our team has done that throughout this year. We didn’t Saturday and that’s on me. I appreciate Benny (Snell Jr.) pointing those things out, and that’s what leaders should do. I don’t think he’s pointing at any one person, just in general, I told them that we didn’t do a good enough job.”
By Nick Roush on ©November 12th, 2018 @ 4:00pm
After a disappointing 24-7 loss to Tennessee in Knoxville, Mark Stoops will not scrap the scheme and start from scratch. Kentucky’s head coach is not panicking. After all, they are still 7-3.
“I don’t think that’d be very wise,” Stoops said at his weekly press conference. “We did a lot of good things to win seven games. We plan on trying to get the eighth and ninth. I appreciate all the good things that they did to put us in that position. That would be called panic mode.”
Most of the panic in the BBN revolves around Kentucky’s dismal offense. The Cats have not scored more than 17 points in a game since September. That’s just one of the many stats that highlights Kentucky’s poor production.
Even though the unit has struggled to score points, Stoops doesn’t think they are so far off that drastic changes must be made. From afar, the problems appear to be complicated. Stoops sees the problem plainly: every time the offense is prepared to finish a long drive with a score, they make a critical mistake.
In the Georgia game, a third and short near the goal line turned into third and long after a pre-snap penalty. On the first drive against Tennessee, Benny Snell missed a hole on a second down that made it third and short, then a lineman missed a block. One drive later, Kentucky advanced the ball all the way down to the 26 before a snap flew over Terry Wilson’s head. One play later a receiver dropped a pass.
“Those are things that we can’t overcome. That’s where we have to put it all together and play clean,” Stoops said.
“We have to make long drives. In our victories throughout the season, we’ve had 12-13 play drives because we’re not overly explosive, but you have to be very good and you have to be very precise and you can’t have a missed assignment here, a missed assignment there.”
The numbers reinforce that statement. In two relatively high-scoring wins against South Carolina and Mississippi State, Kentucky produced just over 300 yards of offense. In the five games since, UK has not surpassed 20 points, yet the offensive production is on par with MSU and SCAR.
At Tennessee Kentucky gained four or more yards on 17 of their 27 runs. That’s good enough to score points if you have an explosive offense, but the Cats simply don’t have enough playmakers.
“We need to be very precise. The complete game changers, we don’t have a lot of them on offense. We’ve gotta make sure that we execute and we’re very efficient in what we do,” said Stoops.
Finding the right recipe for offensive success follows mistake-free football. This team cannot play perfect. That’s asking too much. However, they have been good enough in previous games to play through their own shortcomings.
“You got to be good enough to overcome them when you don’t play well. Sometimes you do, sometimes you don’t.”
On Saturday, Kentucky did not have it in them to beat Tennessee. The Cats appeared to be emotionally drained from the roller coaster season of highs and lows. Instead of attacking the Vols with a ferocious physicality, Tennessee was the aggressor.
“We haven’t been very good when we’ve been the hunted. We’re a much better football team when we’re the hunter. We’ve gotta understand what level you’ve gotta play with all the time.”
Kentucky must flip the switch and re-inject energy back into the team for Senior Day. If not, it might be time to take a second look at the panic button.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©November 12th, 2018 @ 3:30pm
Barring a major surprise in tomorrow night’s playoff rankings, Kentucky’s loss to Tennessee knocked them out of contention for a New Year’s Six bowl. At 7-3 with two winnable games left, where do college football experts believe the Cats will end up this postseason? The Citrus Bowl in Orlando on January 1 (1 p.m., ABC).
ESPN: Outback Bowl vs. Michigan State OR Citrus Bowl vs. Northwestern
Sports Illustrated: Belk Bowl vs. NC State
The Sporting News: TaxSlayer Bowl vs. Michigan State
CBS Sports: Citrus Bowl vs. Penn State
SB Nation: Citrus Bowl vs. Penn State
247 Sports: Citrus Bowl vs. Northwestern
Brett McMurphy: Fiesta Bowl vs. UCF
McMurphy is the only major prognosticator to still have the Cats in a New Year’s Six Bowl, which he says is dependent on them winning out and beating Florida out for the spot (currently, he has the Gators in the Citrus Bowl). Tomorrow’s updated playoff rankings will tell us a lot.
Don’t forget, Citrus Bowl reps have already visited Kentucky this season. There are far worse things than Orlando in January…just please let Northwestern end up somewhere else.
By KSR on ©November 12th, 2018 @ 3:00pm
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By Drew Franklin on ©November 12th, 2018 @ 1:50pm
The University of Kentucky men’s soccer team earned the No. 3 seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament, it was announced Monday via the tournament’s selection show. And with the No. 3 seed comes home field advantage as the Cats will host the second round at the Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex.
Portland and UCLA will play in a first-round meeting out west, and UK will get the winner in the second round after a first-round bye.
Watch the Cats receive the news:
— Kentucky Men’s Soccer (@UKMensSoccer) November 12, 2018
Check out the entire tournament bracket:
Go ahead and get your tickets here.
By Brett Bibbins on ©November 12th, 2018 @ 1:45pm
- Enes Kanter’s 16 points and Kevin Knox’s 17 points, both off the bench yesterday, outpaced the New York Knicks starters by a total of 33 to 20. The Knicks seem to have moved into full-on tank mode early this year, as they didn’t have a single starter score double-figures in the 115-89 loss to Orlando.
- Conversely, Eric Bledsoe was the only Milwaukee Bucks starter to not score 20 or more points in their win over the Denver Nuggets yesterday. Bledsoe’s 12 points and 8 rebounds were enough to help lead the Bucks to victory. In the loss, Jamal Murray scored 14, and Trey Lyles had 16 off the bench.
- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist went down early during the Hornets 113-103 win over the Pistons yesterday. MKG played just 5 minutes before suffering what Charlotte is calling a right ankle sprain. He was seen in a walking boot after the game, but there is no timeline for his return as of right now. Malik Monk also went down hard after a cheap shot from Blake Griffin. Griffin was ejected for the play and Monk was able to return to the game (you can see the play below).
|Enes Kanter||115-89 loss to Magic||16||7-15 (0-1)||15||1||0||0||1||-20||26|
|Kevin Knox||115-89 loss to Magic||17||4-11 (2-6)||3||0||0||0||2||-13||26|
|Isaiah Briscoe||115-89 win over Knicks||0||0-0 (0-0||0||0||0||0||0||+0||DNP - Coach's Decision|
|Eric Bledsoe||121-114 win over Nuggets||12||4-10 (1-3)||8||3||3||1||1||+14||30|
|Trey Lyles||121-114 loss to Bucks||16||7-11 (2-5)||5||0||0||0||0||+7||20|
|Jamal Murray||121-114 loss to Bucks||14||7-16 (0-1)||5||2||2||0||3||-4||34|
|Malik Monk||113-103 win over Pistons||4||0-5 (0-3)||5||2||0||0||1||+7||18|
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist||113-103 win over Pistons||5||2-3 (0-1)||0||0||0||2||0||-3||5|
|Rajon Rondo||107-106 win over Hawks||2||1-4 (0-1)||6||5||0||0||1||-17||16|
|Alex Poythress||107-106 loss to Lakers||0||0-1 (0-1)||0||0||0||0||0||-9||3|
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) November 12, 2018
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) November 12, 2018
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) November 12, 2018
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— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) November 12, 2018
fawn over this pic.twitter.com/Wf85JjVy9Z
— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) November 12, 2018
— Sports ON Tap (@SONTHighlights) November 11, 2018
— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) November 11, 2018
- Orlando Magic (Isaiah Briscoe) at Washington Wizards (John Wall), 7pm ET
- Philadelphia 76ers at Miami Heat (Bam Adebayo), 7:30pm ET
- New Orleans Pelicans (Anthony Davis, Darius Miller, Julius Randle) at Toronto Raptors, 7:30pm ET
- Brooklynn Nets at Minnesota Timberwolves (Karl-Anthony Towns), 8pm ET
- Dallas Mavericks at Chicago Bulls, 8pm ET
- Utah Jazz at Memphis Grizzlies, 8pm ET
- Phoenix Suns (Devin Booker) at Oklahoma City Thunder (Patrick Patterson, Nerlens Noel, Hamidou Diallo), 8pm ET
- San Antonio Spurs at Sacramento Kings (Willie Cauley-Stein, Skal Labissiere, De’Aaron Fox), 10pm ET
- Golden State Warriors (DeMarcus Cousins) at Los Angeles Clippers (Shai Gilgeous-Alexander), 10:30pm ET
By Nick Roush on ©November 12th, 2018 @ 1:20pm
Saturday will be the final send-off for 16 seniors at Kroger Field. The game against Middle Tennessee State will serve as a celebration, especially if and when the Cats snap a two-game losing streak, the first losing streak of the season.
The last two weeks of football have been disheartening, to say the least. Still, Stoops won’t let the seniors’ accomplishments get overlooked by a bump in the road.
During the head coach’s weekly press conference, the Courier Journal’s Jon Hale asked Stoops, “The senior class that’s playing in their last home game on Saturday is going to go out with as many wins as any Kentucky senior class in a long time. What has that group meant to your program?”
Stoops responded: “I appreciate that Jon. I’d like you to rephrase that a little bit louder so everybody can hear that.”
It was not just a tongue in cheek remark. Stoops made Hale say it louder so the folks in the back could hear that this group of seniors has won more SEC games over the last three years than any team in the history of University of Kentucky football.
“The most in school history as far as SEC victories. I think they deserve a little credit for that. I think we all, I’m the first one, you always want to hang onto things. What can you do better? That’s what drives us everyday, it’s what drives me everyday and that’s what I wanna do. But I also wanna give recognition to that senior class, what they’ve done and what they’ve meant to this program and how much I greatly appreciate them and I think the Big Blue Nation appreciates them. They will, it’s a fact; over the last three years they’ve won the most SEC games as anybody in the history of this school. That’s a long time folks. I appreciate what they’ve done.”
Kentucky has won 13 SEC games in the three-year span, largely thanks to contributions from the senior class. This season has been an historic success, even with the recent shortcomings, ones that will not be overlooked as they prepare for MTSU.
“That can’t happen, it’s in excusable and we need to do a better job. With that being said, it’s one game. We have to move on and prepare for a victory this week,” Stoop said. “It doesn’t diminish all the good things our team has done throughout this year.”
If the Cats can move past the Tennessee loss and finish the season with two more wins, it will be the most by a Kentucky team in 41 years. That’s incredible. Don’t forget that (or Stoops will send you a reminder).
By Drew Franklin on ©November 12th, 2018 @ 12:58pm
As expected, Kentucky saw a big plunge in the new AP college basketball poll on Monday. The Cats fell from No. 2 overall in the preseason rankings all the way down to No. 10 in the Week 1 update.
Duke took over the top spot from Kansas due to its bludgeoning of Kentucky in the season opener.
7. North Carolina
11. Michigan State
12. Kansas State
14. Florida State
16. Virginia Tech
17. Mississippi State
It could’ve been worse, honestly.