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February 18th, 2017

Listen to the KSR Pregame Show!

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It’s time to fire up your radio and tune in to the Kentucky Sports Radio pregame show with Matt Jones, Ryan Lemond and Drew Franklin.

The guys will be talking about tonight’s game down in Athens and whatever other randomness comes up along the way.

So turn your radio dial to 630 WLAP or listen here online; you can also catch the second half-hour on 98.1 The Bull beginning at 5 pm.

Discuss below.


Georgia students have been lined up since 6 am

Everybody’s Super Bowl.

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KenPom predicts Kentucky will win by six

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Kentucky will win by six points down in Athens today, if you’re to believe Ken Pomeroy. KenPom’s magical machine of statistics projects a 79-73 road win for the Wildcats.

It gives Georgia a 28 percent chance of sending Kentucky back to Lexington with a loss.Screen Shot 2017-02-18 at 12.45.56 PM

What’s your score prediction?

Me, I like Cats by… oh, let’s say… somewhere in the by 90 range.


De’Aaron Fox slept through the first Georgia game

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De’Aaron Fox missed the first meeting between Kentucky and Georgia in Rupp Arena earlier this season thanks to a small case of the flu that hit him the morning of the game.

Yesterday, Fox was asked what he remembers about that close overtime game, the only one he has missed all season.

“I probably seen like five minutes total of the game, just because I was sleeping so much,” Fox admitted.

“We didn’t talk too much about it,” he added.” But I seen highlights and I seen like — I think it was the game before that so I kept it on that channel — I saw like the opening two minutes, saw like when it was about to be halftime and then I think I saw Malik’s shot at the end, and then I didn’t see a second of overtime.”

“I couldn’t — it was pretty bad.”

Luckily for Kentucky, Fox is back to full health for the rematch today. Let’s hope Round 2 doesn’t need more late heroics from Malik Monk to get a win.


Pregame Scouting: Georgia Bulldogs – Round 2

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The first times these two teams met this season, the Kentucky Wildcats could not have had a worse start if they tried. Georgia raced out to a 19-5 lead with 12 minutes to go in the first half, before the Cats started to battle back into the game. It took the Cats until less than a minute left in the first half to tie the score at 29 a piece going into the locker room. The second half saw neither team really take over the game, but Malik Monk sure did. He single-handedly kept Kentucky in this game at the offensive end, finishing with 37 points on 7-11 from beyond the arc. He also hit the game-tying shot with about 8 seconds left in regulation to force the overtime period. The Cats came out in overtime and outscored the Bulldogs 14-5, giving UK the 9 point, hard fought victory.

Since that game, Kentucky has gone 3-1, with the only loss coming in the blowout defeat against Florida in Gainesville. On the other hand, Georgia is 2-2 since the Kentucky loss. Tonight’s game in Athens is big for UK down the road for a few reasons. One being the momentum factor. Kentucky has played noticeably better in the past two wins over Alabama and Tennessee. It would be huge to keep the momentum going through the end of the SEC schedule. The second reason being seeding in the NCAA tourney. While this win just shows up as a road victory on the resumé, a loss would pretty much kill any shot at a 2 seed for the Cats.

In the four games since the loss in Rupp Arena, Georgia coach Mark Fox has tinkered with the lineup slightly. He’s kept four starters the same, in Yante Maten, JJ Frazier, Juwan Parker, and Derek Ogbeide. However, the fifth starting spot has gone to four different players in the past five games. My fifth starter prediction from the first match up was Jordan Harris, so I will stick with him for tonight’s game.


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#1 Yante Maten, Junior Forward, 6’8″

Yante Maten returns as the best player from last year’s Georgia Bulldog squad to be one of the best players in the SEC this season. He started every game for Mark Fox last season, on his way to earning Second Team All-SEC. In fact, if you include this season, Maten has started 87 of the 88 games he’s played in a Georgia uniform.

The Junior has been a force for the Dawgs this season. He’s leading the team in points and blocks, as well as second in rebounds. His averages are 19.4 points per game, good for third in the SEC, 7.2 rebounds which ranks sixth in the conference, 1.6 blocks, and 1.6 assists. UK’s weak front court couldn’t handle Maten last season, as he averaged 18 points and 9.5 rebounds in the two games.

In the first game this season, Maten was just as advertised. He finished with 22 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. This was a game that De’Aaron Fox sat out while he was sick. Kentucky definitely struggled adjusting to their primary ball-handler and primary on-ball defender not playing a second of the game, and it showed. I think Isaiah Briscoe comes out on the bigger Maten to begin the game, if Cal chooses to go away from Wenyen Gabriel guarding Maten.

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#30 JJ Frazier, Senior Guard, 5’10”

JJ Frazier was right up there with Yante Maten in the running for best player for Mark Fox last season. He led the team in the scoring, assists, 3-point percentage, and free throw percentage a year ago. He, like Maten, was also tabbed Second Team All-SEC by the coaches.

Frazier is putting up solid numbers in his final collegiate season, leading the team in assists, steals, and free-throw percentage. He’s putting up 16.6 points, 4.3 assists, 3.5 rebounds, and 2 steals per game, which is the third best in the SEC. While his numbers may look good, they are down in comparison to last season, most notably, his shooting from deep. Last season, Frazier shot 39% from 3-point land, and this year that percentage has dropped to 30.6%. His free throw shooting has remained a constant though, hitting 87.4% on the year.

The senior guard will draw the defensive assignment of De’Aaron Fox tonight. Fox will attempt to keep Frazier from having the night he had in the first meeting between these two teams. Frazier finished with 23 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds, and 3 steals. If the Cats want to take care of business on the road tonight, they can’t let JJ get hot in front of the home crowd.

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#3 Juwan Parker, Junior Guard, 6’4″

Juwan Parker missed all of the 2015-16 season due to off-season surgery to fix an injury to his left Achilles. He actually incurred the injury about halfway through the 2014-15 season, and chose to pursue a medical redshirt the following season. Parker was a part-time starter for Mark Fox at the time of his injury, but he missed about a season and a half of playing time.

This season, it would seem that Parker is feeling 100% and is back to his old playing style. The Junior is averaging 9.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, and almost 2 assists. He’s not much of a shooter from downtown, only hitting 8 threes on the season, but he is a solid mid range shooter. His free throw percentage is second on the team at 86.5%.

While Parker’s offensive contributions in the first game in Rupp don’t show much on the stat sheet, his contributions do show in the stat sheet for the defensive side of the floor. Parker had 4 points, an assist, and fouled out while trying to defend Malik Monk. When I said his defensive contributions showed, I was referring to the points column next to Monk’s name. Georgia is going to need a much bigger and more positive contribution if they want a shot at winning tonight’s game.

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#34 Derek Ogbeide, Sophomore Forward, 6’8″

Derek Ogbeide was a solid contributor in his freshman campaign for Mark Fox, despite playing less than 20 minutes per game. He finished second on the team in rebounds and blocked shots a season ago. The Atlanta, Georgia native brings some more muscle to the front line for the Bulldogs.

Ogbeide is a consistent player for Mark Fox this year, playing a blue collar role opposite the flashier stats of Yante Maten down low. He’s averaging 7 points, a team-leading 7.3rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per contest. The shots that Ogbeide does take will be high percentage and most likely under the basket. He’s shooting the best percentage from the field on the team at 58.5%.

With Bam Adebayo forced to sit for long stretches with foul trouble, Kentucky interior defense struggled to handle the big fella Ogbeide. A surprise monster contributor, Ogbeide finished with 18 points, 13 rebounds, and 2 blocks. If Bam has been working on not picking up the silly off the ball fouls, he should be able to win this match up.

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#2 Jordan Harris, Freshman Guard, 6’4″

Jordan Harris is the only freshman playing major minutes for the Bulldogs this season. He was ranked as a four-star prospect by most recruiting services coming out of Seminole County High School in Iron City, Georgia. He was also ranked as the third best shooting guard in the state of Georgia for the class of 2016.

Harris picked up the starting role just before SEC play began and has starting 12 of 25 games for the Bulldogs on the season. He’s scoring 5.2 points, dishing out 1.8 assists, and pulling down 1.6 rebounds per game throughout his freshman season. He’s a threat from downtown as well, hitting 47% of his threes on the season.

The freshman actually came off the bench in the last game against the Cats, but he was the fourth biggest contributor to the team in that meeting. Harris finished with 9 points, 2 rebounds, and an assist. Malik Monk will probably guard Harris or whoever is playing that 5th option on offense slot for Rick Fox.


Another road SEC game for the Kentucky Wildcats, another promo going on to get fans in the building. First 1,000 fans get a fee t-shirt tonight because it is always fun when the Super Bowl comes to town. If this game is anything similar to the sell-out that happened when the 2014-15 Karl Towns-led team played at Georgia, then the Cats have a real tough test in front of them with dealing with the crowd and how the team feeds off the intensity coming from the fans. Containing both Yante Maten and JJ Frazier is the main goal for the defense of John Calipari. The reboot goes again tonight, let’s see how it plays out.

Go Cats. Beat Bulldogs.

@BrettBibbinsKSR


Position Reviews and Previews: Special Teams

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2016 Production and Accolades

Mark Stoops was blessed to have Austin MacGinnis placekick for Kentucky in 2016.  His foot is responsible for two wins, the difference between another five-win season and a bowl game in the state of Florida.

MacGinnis became the first UK kicker with two game-winners since Doug Pelfrey’s boot bailed out Freddie Maggard.  The 51-yard kick that capped off Kentucky’s win over Mississippi State was a turning point for the team, proving they could win, regardless of what adversity they faced.  It came in handy on the road against Louisville.  Leach’s calls still give me chills.

MacGinnis earned SEC Special Team Player of the Week Honors following each game-winner.  MacGinnis made 16-19 field goals (84.2%) and the junior didn’t miss an attempt in the last five games.  He put just under one-third of his kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks.

With Matt House at the helm, the coverage units excelled.  An opponent failed to score a return touchdown all season.  The difference in yardage is hidden, but the coverage units did reveal a few stars in the making, most notably Kash Daniel.

In the return game, Kentucky’s six-year special teams touchdown drought ended thanks to future Heisman Trophy Winner Charles Walker.  Drew Franklin’s analysis might be the best thing ever published on Kentucky Sports Radio dot com.

Grade: A, F

It’s hard to ask for more.  Every unit improved.  The only thing still missing is a kick return touchdown.  And then there’s the punting game.  Truly the outlier of the group, it deserves a separate grade.  You need at least 40 yards per punt to be successful and Grant McKinniss averaged just 39.2 per attempt.  Just a freshman, he has time to improve, but he must improve or Dean Hood will have to start looking for alternatives.

Departures/Newcomers

With 11 different players in six different packages, obviously it’s hard to track who is going where.  However, there are three new people that will make an impact on social teams: Dean Hood, Davonte Robinson and Lynn Bowden.

Hood’s experience as a head coach will be invaluable during the important portion of practice dedicated to specialists.  In the return game, the only thing missing is a kickoff return touchdown.  Robinson and Bowden are two guys with enough speed and athleticism to change the (return) game in 2017.

2017 Outlook

Kentucky will be in good hands in 2017.  With Dean Hood at the helm and a senior Austin McGinnis placekicking, special teams will be a strength.  The only question mark is at punter, but it doesn’t have to be that way if Eddie Gran’s offense never gets stopped.

2016 Reviews and Previews: Offensive LineRunning BackSecondaryLinebackersQuarterback, Wide Receivers, Defensive line


All-Star Saturday’s Top 10: Beat Georgia

The first Wildcat to earn hardware in New Orleans this weekend, via @NBA.

The first Wildcat to earn hardware in New Orleans this weekend, via @NBA.

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls from all around the world, good morning and welcome to Kentucky Sports Radio.  It’s a big day around the Big Blue Nation.  The Cats’ toughest remaining road test is in Athens, Georgia tonight at 6:00 on ESPN.  At the conclusion of the game, four Wildcats will try to keep the Taco Bell Skills Challenge Trophy in the family on TNT.  Without further adieu, here’s everything happening…

A Strong Start for the BBNBA All-Star Weekend

Friday Night’s Rising Stars Challenge showcased first and second-year former Kentucky Wildcat stars.  With four players on the floor, one was bound to walk away with MVP honors, right?  Right.  Jamal Murray knocked down nine three-pointers en route to 36 points, 11 assists and an MVP award.

Joining Murray on the victorious World Team, Trey Lyles had 9 points, 2 assists and 1 rebound.  For Team USA, Karl-Anthony Towns had 24 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists while Devin Booker posted 17 points and 6 assists.

Today’s All-Star Weekend Schedule

Dakari Johnson and Alex Poythress will do work in the D-League All-Star Game today at 2:30 on NBA TV. Tonight at 8:00 on TNT, Devin Booker, DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis and John Wall will try to keep the Taco Bell Skills Challenge Trophy in the UK familia.  Last year the Big KAT became the first big to win the competition.  With four of the eight competitors rocking Kentucky blue, according to my math the chances it stays in-house are 50 percent.

The Unibrow is Watching You

The UK billboard isn’t the only one in New Orleans to feature former Cats.  The hometown hero watches over the city like a superhero in this enormous sign from Nike.

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The Cats are 7.5-Point Favorites Over Georgia

Don’t trust it.  Just stay away.  I have a bad feeling J.J. Frazier is going to get stupid and take this thing into overtime.  Luckily, I’m no soothsayer, so it’s possible UK’s reboot can run the Dawgs off their homecourt, but I’m not feeling it.

Can the Cats Keep a Lead?

This week’s edition of “Calipari’s Complaints” has focused on the Cats’ inability to maintain a large lead.  A coach will never be satisfied until it’s proven in a game, but Cal said at yesterday’s press conference, “The situational work has been good for them.”

“We get leads and (the players) think, ‘OK, it’s my turn to go do my thing.’ Then you turn around and it’s an eight-point game. What just happened? Me thinking they would already know – they don’t know. I was tough yesterday (Thursday). Yesterday was a rough practice.”

Fox’s Hair hasn’t Changed…

…as of yesterday afternoon.  These things can change on a dime, but it looks like this is what we’ll see this evening in Athens.

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Renovations are Coming to the Joe Craft Center

When the Kentucky basketball practice facility opened ten years ago, it was without a doubt the “Gold Standard in College Basketball.”  After spending 300 days a year in it for ten years, there was so much wear and tear, it was time for a change.  With new facilities for football, baseball, softball, soccer and pretty much every other sport, it’s once again the basketball team’s turn.

“You knew we had to be in line,” Calipari said.  “There’s a line because of us. I didn’t mind being last. We just had to be in line, and they knew it. ”

P.J. Washington is Doing Great Things in Marshall County

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The future Kentucky power forward had an okay start to the weekend.  Washington had 23 points, 18 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 blocks in a 19-point win over Hopkinsville.  He’s back in action at Marshall County tonight at 6:30 .

A Fight to End All Fights

You could watch World Star fights for seven days straight without seeing anything this crazy.  I don’t know what sparked the Henry Clay and Tates Creek girls to throw down, but WOW.

Today’s College Basketball Schedule

  • Noon: No. 25 Notre Dame at NC State on ESPN
  • Noon: Northern Iowa at Wichita State on ESPN2
  • 1:00: No. 3 Kansas at No. 4 Baylor on CBS
  • 2:00: No. 15 Florida at Mississippi State on ESPN
  • 2:00: Texas Tech at No. 9 West Virginia on ESPN2
  • 3:30: LSU at Alabama on SEC Network
  • 4:00: Michigan State at No. 16 Purdue on ESPN
  • 4:00: No. 17 Florida State at Pitt on ESPN2
  • 6:00: The best team that ever played basketball at Georgia on ESPN
  • 8:00: No. 5 Arizona at Washington on ESPN2
  • 8:15: No. 14 Virginia at No. 10 North Carolina on ESPN

February 17th, 2017

Jamal Murray named MVP of Rising Stars game

Jamal Murray stole the show in New Orleans tonight, taking home MVP honors in the Rising Stars Challenge.

Murray scored a game-high 36 points with nine three-pointers and 11 assists in the Team World win.

Other Wildcats statistics:

Karl-Anthony Towns: 24 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists
Devin Booker: 17 points, 6 assists
Trey Lyles: 9 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound

Murray had 20-to-1 odds to win the MVP award before the game and before he became the star of Night 1 at All-Star Weekend.


Wendy’s KSR Top 10 Tweets of the Day

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Wendy’s new Spicy Sriracha Chicken Sandwich features our iconic Spicy Chicken, topped with a one of kind Sriracha Jack Cheese, thick-cut Applewood Smoked Bacon, creamy Sriracha aioli, spring mix, and red onion, all served on a toasted Sriracha-infused bakery-style bun.


You can be a part of Wendy’s KSR 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. Now. On to the tweets:

 

#10 Trey Minton

Work happens fast here at KSR.

 

#9 Chase Noel

Alex only hopes to compete.

 

#8 B Wise

I think he could be reaching a little further than the guy in the picture.

 

#7 Josh Stinson

We’re still floating, barely, but we’re here.

 

#6 Chris Smith

It had to happen sooner or later.

 

#5 Jeff Pile

What a shame, they should be trained to do that.

 

#4 Jared Young

I think they need more than ServPro, if we’re being real.

 

#3 Scott Darst

Alternative facts.

 

#2 zacada

Free recruiting for Cal though.

 

#1 JPBlueBlood

Keep fighting!

 

@haleysimpKSR


Fight breaks out at Lexington high school girls game

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Our friends and colleagues at LEX 18 were at the Henry Clay-Tates Creek girls game in Lexington tonight when the action turned to fisticuffs over a loose ball rebound.

Here’s the clip from 18:

Wild stuff, huh?


Kyrie Irving believes Earth is flat and he is completely serious

You know what one year at Duke gets you?

Belief that the Earth is flat, at least in the case of Kyrie Irving.

In a recent podcast appearance with Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye, Irving said, “This is not even a conspiracy theory… the earth is flat.”

“What I’ve been taught is that the earth is round,” he continued. “But if you really think about it from a landscape of the way we travel, the way we move and the fact that, can you really think of us rotating around the sun and all planets aligned, rotating in specific dates, being perpendicular with what’s going on with these planets.”

Irving also said everything NASA tells us is a lie.

“It’s right in front of our faces,” he said. “I’m telling you, it’s right in front of our faces. They lie to us.”

Now, when should we worry about Irving’s mental health?


It’s time to watch four ex-Wildcats in the Rising Stars game

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Get on over to TNT at 9 pm to catch Devin Booker, Karl-Anthony Towns, Trey Lyles and Jamal Murray in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star Weekend.

The game, formerly known as the Rookie/Sophomore Challenge, is a battle between the young stars of the United States and the basketball stars of the world.

The rosters are as follows:

Team USA
Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns)
Malcolm Brogdon (Milwaukee Bucks)
Marquese Chriss (Suns)
Brandon Ingram (Los Angeles Lakers)
Frank Kaminsky (Charlotte Hornets)
Jahlil Okafor (Philadelphia 76ers)
D’Angelo Russell (Lakers)
Jonathon Simmons (San Antonio Spurs)
Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves)
Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers)

World Team
Alex Abrines (Thunder)
Buddy Hield (New Orleans Pelicans)
Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets)
Trey Lyles (Jazz)
Willy Hernangomez (Knicks)
Jamal Murray (Nuggets)
Kristaps Porzingis (Knicks)
Domantas Sabonis (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Dario Saric (76ers)

Team USA is favored by 5.5 points and I’d be lying to you if I said I didn’t have action on the game, while knowing full well that betting on an all-star game is one of the dumbest things a person can do.


Random Leftovers From My Trip To See Nick Richards

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Last night I wrote about my adventure through the frozen tundra of New Jersey to watch Nick Richards foul out of the Primetime Shootout. (You can read that here if you haven’t already.)

Tonight I’d like to share with you a little more from behind the scenes, so I can clear out my photos and put it all behind me forever.

 

Mike Rice is slightly crazy.

Former Rutgers head coach Mike Rice (yeah, that one) is rehabilitating his coaching ways as Richards’ high school coach these days, and after watching him work on The Patrick School bench, I can see how he was abusive to players at his previous job. I don’t mean he is still physically abusive — he wasn’t that at all — but my man is extremely enthusiastic and animated, through good and through bad. I felt nervous and fidgety just watching his sideline mannerisms and antics. He’s so restless and anxious and all up in his players’ faces. Zero chill from Mike Rice during games.

On that note, there’s a good story on his rehabilitation here.

Calipari and Barbee devoured some local pizza.

Coach Cal cheated on his good buddy Papa John by munching on a couple slices of concession stand pizza while watching Richards’ game. The pizza came from Pompeii Pizza, a popular thin crust spot in Roselle Park, and our freelance photographer on the scene captured the action:

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Maybe those weren’t the most flattering photos to share.

I was surprised there was no mention of Isaiah Briscoe at his old school.

Come on, Roselle Catholic. Show some love for Isaiah Briscoe in his old gym. Throw up a jersey, a banner, a McDonald’s All-American banner, a Jordan Brand Classic plaque, or something.

It’s really expensive to drive through New Jersey.

I knew that already but I was reminded when the turnpike emptied out my wallet. It didn’t help that I drove into Manhattan first, where it was a cool $15 to go through a tunnel and $60 to park the car.

Don’t they know I blog for a living?

Cookie dough is really popular in the West Village.

While in Manhattan, I tried to make a stop by Cookie DŌ, a new cookie dough shop near NYU’s campus, only to find people standing in a block-long line IN THE RAIN with a TWO-HOUR WAIT to get in. For COOKIE DOUGH.

FOR COOKIE DOUGH!

New Jersey high school basketball is much more entertaining than Western Kentucky high school basketball.

They play a completely different sport up there. Growing up in Region 2 and attending Madisonville North-Hopkins High School, I can’t say that I’ve ever seen anything like the talent I saw in Jersey. My Maroons would lose by 100 to any one of those teams.

The Patrick School is really, really good.

Check out this short documentary from Adam Zagoria. It’s good stuff and it includes the game I attended at the end.


BatCats Drop Opener In Chapel Hill

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Despite multi-hit games from Zach Reks and Evan White, Kentucky dropped the opening game of the 2017 season 3-1 at North Carolina. Reks and White combined for five of the Cats’ seven hits as All-American and Team USA pitcher J.B Bukauskas struck out ten over six scoreless innings for the Tarheels.

Game Recap

In the top of the first, Reks led off the game with a single to center on the first pitch thrown by Bukauskas. With one away, White found the outfield grass to put runners at first and second. Bukauskas was able navigate out of the jam in the top of the first by inducing an easy groundout and flyout.

Sean Hjelle made his first career start in a UK uniform. The 6’11” sophomore struggled early when the #13 Tarheels came up in the first. UNC used three first inning singles, including an RBI knock by Zack Gahagan, to test Hjelle early. Hjelle allowed two more runs over the course of five innings. The Minnesota-native allowed 11 hits and struck out two in the longest outing of his collegiate career.

UNC added a runs in the third and fourth to extend their lead to 3-0. Bukauskas did not allow another hit after the second inning on his way to a dominant performance. Hjelle left the game in the sixth and was relieved by newcomer Colton Cleary. Combined with Brad Schaenzer, Cleary and the bullpen allowed only one hit in three innings of scoreless baseball. 

The offense could never recoup after the three early runs. Reks drove in Luke Heyer in the top of the ninth to trim the lead to 3-1, but Josh Hiatt shut the door by striking out Kole Cottam to end the game.

Notables

Mingione drops game one. It was a tough start to the Nick Mingione era at Kentucky. The new head coach will look for his first career win as a head coach tomorrow at UNC.

Reks and White shined. It’s important to have your stars shine early in the season. Reks went 3/4 with an RBI and the All-American White was 2/4 with the team’s lone double. White collected both his hits against his Team USA teammate Bukauskas.

Bukauskas was phenomenal. The #6 overall prospect for the MLB Draft this season struck out ten in six innings for the Tarheels. The junior righty can touch the mid to upper 90s on his fastball. As UK saw today, he also can use his changeup and slider effectively.

There was little consistency in the lineup. Outside of White and Reks, the Cats went 2/26 with no extra base hits on Friday. Bukauskas, Rodney Hutchison, and Hiatt combined to strikeout 15 Cats.

Game Two Tomorrow- The Cats have a shot to even the series tomorrow at 2 ET. Zach Logue will take the bump for the BatCats against Jason Morgan and UNC on WatchESPN. Follow along on Twitter for update @TreyHuntsmanKSR.

 

 


The Calipari family made a donation to the locker room makeover

We may never know where all of the $4 million in private funds will come from to overhaul the Joe Craft Center locker rooms, but we do know that some of it will come from the family that lives in that fenced-in house across from Idle Hour on Richmond Road.

That’s right: John and Ellen Calipari donated an undisclosed amount of scratch toward the renovation of John’s men’s basketball locker room in the Craft Center.

Earlier today he said, “It’s great for these kids. They’re here, they’re working. They deserve to feel good.”