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May 18th, 2018

Friday Morning Rapid Fire for UK Fans in Pompeii

There’s no time to waste.  Here’s what’s going on around the Big Blue Nation:

Mixed Combine Results —  Last year Hamidou Diallo was the story of the NBA Combine after posting an historically high vertical leap.  Yesterday Diallo did not grab headlines, but he did nothing to disprove that he’s an elite athlete.  Figuring out P.J. Washington’s day is much more difficult.

In the testing portion of the event, Washington’s numbers were unimpressive, dropping dramatically from what he posted at UK last summer.  However, his numbers in the scrimmage were incredible.  He had a 14-point, 13-rebound double-double in front of hundreds of scouts.  Washington’s test numbers probably didn’t help his stock, but his game performance certainly did.

Bat Cats Beat — Searching for a few SEC road wins to secure a regional hosting bid, the Cats got off to a bad start.  Kentucky’s injured bullpen had the best starter on the mound, Sean Hjelle, but he got absolutely smoked.  Vanderbilt crushed Kentucky 8-1 to start the final series of the regular season.

A Big Cat in Anchorage — The east end of Louisville is freaking out over a reported big cat sighting, but is it actually a big cat?  Louisville Metro Animal Services said “a mountain lion or unusually large cat” was spotted in the Anchorage area.  I hate to burst their bubble, but this is no mountain lion.

KY Represents in Jeopardy —  Tates Creek teacher Claire Bishop could win Jeopardy’s Teachers Tournament tonight.  One of three finalists, she made a furious charge late to close a wide lead, but the Final Jeopardy category was a trap.  Bishop and another contestant have to overcome about $15,000 to win, but anything is possible.

Stick to Football, Terry —  That’s why they call him Terry Touchdown, not Terry Birdie.

A Twitter Change — I shouldn’t complain about a free website, but they took away a blogger’s favorite feature.  You can no longer embed Twitter videos.  For those that don’t know what that means, it means you have to see that stupid white Tweet block every time we post a video from Twitter, instead of simply seeing a media player.  Thanks, Jack.

R.I.P. Bret Bearup — The former Kentucky basketball player passed away suddenly yesterday at 56.  A friend to many, his impact was felt much further off the court.

Final Four of the KSR Food Bracket — Taco Bell narrowly edged out Waffle House to make it to the Final Four.  They’ll take on Buffalo Wild Wings for a berth in the title.  Outback is in the other semifinal, taking on Roosters after an Elite Eight upset of Cracker Barrel.  There will only be two restaurants remaining after this morning’s show at the Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fest.


May 17th, 2018

Bret Bearup passes away at 56

Former UK basketball player Bret Bearup has died. He was just 56 years old.

Bearup was found dead on Thursday in Denver and the cause of death is unknown, per the Lexington Herald Leader’s Jerry Tipton.

As a star recruit Bearup never did fully live up to expectations at UK during his career that spanned five years from the 1980-1981 season to 1985, but he made a lasting impression off the court. A fan favorite, Bearup had an amazing personality.

Bearup would play in 26 games his freshman season coming from Greenlawn, N.Y., but would miss the following season and redshirt. UK’s front court featured stars like Sam Bowie and Melvin Turpin, so the 6-foot-9, 230-pound center/forward didn’t see much action until his senior season.

He played in 31 games in 1985 while averaging 6.3 points and nearly 10 rebounds per game. The Cats lost in the Sweet 16 to St. John’s to end Bearup’s career.

Bearup’s sudden passing comes after his ex-wife BethAnn Bearup told Tipton that he had recently lost 80 pounds and was “feeling good.”

Keep his three kids in your thoughts and prayers. The sudden passing of Bearup won’t be easy for anyone that knew him. Several have already taken to Twitter to express kind words and memories.


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Kentucky Drops Series Opener At Vanderbilt

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The BatCats had no answer for Vanderbilt’s pitching staff as they lost the series opener in Nashville by a score of 8-1. The loss dropped UK into a tie for ninth in the SEC heading into the final two games of the regular season.

VU starter Drake Fellows had the Cats’ number all night. UK hit four balls out of the infield against Fellows in tonight’s loss. The sophomore righty struck out six and induced 15 groundouts as he cruised to his sixth win of the season. The Dores hung four runs on UK starter Sean Hjelle before Pat DeMarco put the game out of reach with a two-run home run in the seventh.

The UK bullpen was without Zach Haake, Chris Machamer, and Carson Coleman tonight. Nick Mingione’s group needed a lengthy outing from Hjelle to keep their bullpen rested for the weekend. Vandy did their best to drive Hjelle’s pitch count up early. The Cats’ starter threw 20+ pitches in the first two innings. In the top of the first, the Commodores scored their first run of the game when Philip Clarke doubled home a run.

Vanderbilt would score their first crooked number of the game in the fifth against Hjelle. Clarke doubled in his second run of the game before Connor Kaiser and Stephen Scott drove in runs to break the game open. By jumping out to a 4-0 lead, Vandy was the eighth SEC team to score four or more runs against Hjelle in a game.

Hjelle would come back out in the sixth and empty the tank. The UK starter stranded two runners in the sixth to finish the day with a line of six innings, four runs, eight hits, three walks, and nine strikeouts. Brett Marshall entered in the seventh in relief. DeMarco greeted the Cats’ reliever with a two-run home run over the green monster in left. He didn’t need it, but the homer gave Fellows a six-run cushion.

Fellows was in complete control tonight. The Dores’ starter held UK scoreless in the first seven innings of tonight’s game, thanks in large part to UK bouncing into 16 groundball outs. UK would not put a run on the board until the top of the eighth. Ben Aklinski led the inning off with the Cats’ third hit of the night. Tristan Pompey continued his hot-hitting stretch with a two-out double to drive in Aklinski. The RBI double extended UK’s streak of not being shutout to 61 games.

The Cats’ bullpen has been depleted by injuries over the last week. Trailing 6-1, Mingione elected to save what was left of his bullpen and subbed outfielder Ryan Johnson in on the mound. The JUCO transfer threw hard, but could not control his pitches. Vandy hung two runs on the Cats’ newest pitcher in the eighth as they polished off an 8-1 win over UK.

UK will need a win tomorrow to force a rubber match on Saturday. Zack Thompson will try to silence the Commodores’ lineup and keep the Cats’ hosting chances alive.

 


247Sports updated rankings

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247Sports updated their 2019 rankings and it included some interesting moves for the three UK commits.

Ashton Hagans remains UK’s highest ranked commitment in the class of 2019, but that may not last long. Hagans is expected to make the jump to the 2018 class and play for Kentucky next season.

Hagans fell one spot to No. 7 in the rankings. As of now he’s the top ranked “true” point guard in the class of 2019.

Tyrese Maxey was also rumored to potentially make the jump to 2018 but had a change of heart that will keep him in 2019. Since committing to the Cats, Maxey was bumped up three spots from No. 17 to No. 14. Maxey is the second ranked combo guard. He’s behind the No. 2 player in the class, Cole Anthony.

While Hagans dropped a spot it could be worse. Ask D.J. Jeffries. The first UK commit in 2019 dropped 14 spots to No. 41. While Maxey and Hagans are obvious five-star players, Jeffries is stuck at four.

Jeffries hasn’t been a scrub in the early spring AAU session, but he’s clearly a notch below the best talent in the class. UK didn’t take the Mississippi native to be an instant star when he arrives on Kentucky’s campus for the 2019-2020 season, but instead UK’s coaches think he can develop into a nice multiyear player. Expect the drop in the rankings to serve as motivation for Jeffries.

Seven other players in the class of 2019 hold an offer from UK. If the Cats can add two or three of those players it could be a super class.

James Wiseman– No. 1 in the class (remained No. 1).

Vernon Carey– No. 3 in the class  (dropped one spot).

Matthew Hurt- No. 6 in the class (dropped two spots).

Keion Brooks- No. 9 in the class (moved up seven spots).

Bryan Antoine- No. 11 in the class (moved down three spots).

Scottie Lewis- No. 13 in the class (moved down four spots).

Jalen Lecque- No. 15 in the class (moved down five spots).

Other 2019 recruits of interest that don’t currently hold an offer from the Cats:

No. 2: Cole Anthony. It’s strange the Cats haven’t offered. Maybe Anthony prefers other schools and UK won’t waste its time?

No. 5: Charles Bassey. Bassey plays his high school basketball in Louisville but when UK, Duke and UNC aren’t interested that may be telling.

No. 54 David Johnson. Johnson plays for Trinity in Louisville. Once committed to UofL, the Cats have shown interest in Johnson.

No. 137 Dekeyvan Tandy. Most UK fans would love to see Tandy in blue, but after his father’s recent comments it seems unlikely UK will offer.

No. 154 Dontaie Allen. This may be the Kentuckian that ends up at UK. Allen moved up 61 spots in the latest rankings.

No. 243 Michael Moreno. The Scott County prospect hopes to have a big senior season.

 


The Aaron Torres Sports Podcast: Marshall head coach Dan D’Antoni

A new episode of the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast is here, as Dan D’Antoni, Marshall’s head coach and the brother of Rockets’ coach Dan D’Antoni is today’s guest.
Before D’Antoni joins the show however, Aaron welcomes in his good friend Nick Coffey of 790 KRD in Louisville. The pair discuss:
Rick Pitino’s Romeo Langford CommentsThe guys chat about Rick Pitino’s latest non-interview that turned into an interview, this one on Romeo Langford. Nick discusses how Pitino’s comments about Langford came about and the guys explain why Langford and his family didn’t do anything wrong in the process. They also wonder: When will Rick Pitino actually stock giving these interviews?
Vegas, Baby! In light of Monday’s news, the guys discuss the possibility of the Final Four coming to Vegas. How soon can it happen and what would it actually be like? Also, after finding out that Kentucky will play two games in Vegas in 2019, Aaron wonders, does John Calipari have a death wish for his fans?
Next up, Marshall head coach Dan D’Antoni joins the show, to give us some background on his wild ride through coaching. It starts with…
How D’Antoni got to MarshallD’Antoni’s journey began as an assistant at Marshall before he went to the high schools ranks and then joined his brother in the NBA. He also explains how Marshall pushed to get his brother as head coach, and how he “came in second” yet again.
D’Antoni’s Time in the NBAD’Antoni talks about he and his brother revolutionized the NBA, when he served as an assistant with his brother in Phoenix. He talks about how their system came to be, and whether he feels like the Suns were robbed of a championship while in Phoenix.
The Western Conference Finals: D’Antoni takes us behind the scenes as his brother prepares for Game 3. He explains how the two spoke about adjustments prior to Game 2, and how a call from Mike ruined his morning.

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P.J. Washington’s NBA Combine Numbers Decline

P.J. Washington needed an excellent showing at this weekend’s NBA Combine to solidify a selection in this year’s draft.  After one day of testing, most of his numbers are worse than what he posted when he first got to UK’s campus last summer.

When the Kentucky basketball team arrives on campus, each player is tested in the combine drills.  The UK Pro Day in October should be a barometer for the player’s early progress.  Washington did not participate in most of the drill’s at UK’s Pro Day, but his initial numbers were released after the event.  There’s only one NBA Combine time better than what he posted lasted summer.

Pre-UK Pro Day NBA Combine
Lane Agility 10.87 11.39
Shuttle Run 3.02 3.42
3/4 Sprint 3.34 3.2
Standing Vertical 35.5″ 27″
Max Vertical 43″ 34″

Washington’s three-quarter court sprint was faster today, but that’s it.  His vertical leap dramatically decreased by almost nine inches in each category. Some people just have bad days, but that does not explain these differences.

However in the scrimmage portion of the combine, Washington performed well.  He turned an offensive rebound on a missed free throw into points, he ran the floor and even knocked down his free throws.  Washington didn’t show off an extended range, missing an open look from the short corner, but he attacked the rim and played physical to finish with 14 points, 13 rebounds and 2 steals in 19 minutes.

After one day at the NBA Combine in Chicago, Washington produced mixed results.


Popular UK professor under fire (again)

Notable UK professor Buck Ryan is under fire again and this time Kentucky is looking to move on for good.

The Lexington Herald Leader is reporting that UK is looking to fire the tenured Ryan because “he made students buy his book for classes he taught and then kept the proceeds without telling administrators.”

You can read the LHL’s story here.

Kentucky’s case is simple: Ryan took advantage of his students by forcing them to purchase his book. That is not a practice unique to Ryan. As a student from 2009-2013 I had Ryan for several classes, but I was forced to purchase teacher’s books in other classes, too.

But unluckily for Ryan it’s not that simple. UK has rules in place for these practices and teachers must donate royalties from their books to UK or charities of their choosing, but not the Buck Ryan bank account charity. Supposedly kept his earnings and UK alleges that the audit revealed Ryan once had the journalism school print his books because he wasn’t going to charge students. That didn’t come to fruition.

Ryan has been with UK since 1994 and was once the director of the journalism school. He plans to fight for his job but it’s not the first time he’s been in trouble at UK.

In 2015 Ryan was reprimanded for inappropriate touching and language of sexual nature:

“More than a preponderance of the evidence reveals that Mr. Ryan acted inappropriately in violation of the discrimination and harassment policy prohibiting inappropriate touching and language of a sexual nature,” Bender’s letter said. “Making it especially egregious is the fact that he was with students at a university where he was a representative of the University of Kentucky, and he fails to acknowledge any responsibility.”

Ryan criticized that investigation in 2015 and said all he did was sing “California Girls” to a group of students.

You can read more about that here. 

I had Ryan a couple times at UK and he’s the only member of UK’s journalism school that I don’t have great things to say about. Any UK JOU grad knows Ryan and several non-JOU majors took JOU 101, which Ryan taught for years. I never had the sense he cared about his students and all of his classes were planned so far in advance that you were rushed through the material. If the class was behind he would scrap a project and move to something different.

Also, Ryan was guilty of having favorites and teaching differently to those select students. No teacher should provide different learning experiences because he likes some students more than others.

I don’t have great things to say about Ryan and I won’t pretend to know UK’s case against him, but there’s so many great professors in UK’s journalism department that moving on may not be the worst thing for those involved.

Strangely enough, the book that Ryan profited from “Writing Baby, Editing Dog & You: A Friendly Place to Begin Your Writing,” was actually more helpful than anything Ryan taught in class.


KSR Food Bracket 2018: The Final Four is set

KSR’s 64-restaurant tournament is down to its Final Four.

Taco Bell, Buffalo Wild Wings, Outback and Rooster’s all survived the first four rounds and won their regions to make the final weekend of the 2018 KSR Food Bracket. That’s my favorite, Taco Bell; our own restaurant’s direct competitor, Buffalo Wild Wings; a former KSR Food Bracket champion, Outback; and Matt’s favorite restaurant, Rooster’s.

It’s going to be a war to determine this summer’s champion.

Here’s the updated bracket:


Julius Randle Explains how Kentucky Basketball Prepared him for the Lakers

Before he was a Los Angeles Laker, Julius Randle helped take Kentucky to a National Championship game.  Jumping from the college level to the NBA wasn’t so bad, thanks to Coach Cal’s system at Kentucky.

The former seventh-overall draft pick is in Chicago this week and stopped by ESPN’s desk at the NBA Combine to talk about upcoming free agency, his draft experience and much more.  Naturally, his time at Kentucky was a talking point.  Randle said the expectations at UK are not so different than the Lakers.

“It’s very similar, to where the fans expect a lot out of you.  It’s great.  You love to have a fanbase that’s passionate.”

The Lakers’ fans remain engaged, even though they have not had much success during Randle’s four-year tenure.  There have been more losses than wins, but he still managed to post some impressive numbers ahead of a restricted free agency offseason.

Randle attributes his success to one of Calipari’s core tenets: accountability.

“I think the biggest thing coming out of Kentucky that Coach (Cal) teaches is accountability.  For young men going into the NBA, there’s a lot of free time, a lot of stuff to where you have to be accountable for your actions off the court, but on the court as well.”


WATCH: Hamidou Diallo’s Vertical Leap at the NBA Combine

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At the 2017 NBA Combine, Hamidou Diallo wowed NBA Scouts with the highest vertical leap at the event.  His 44.5″ vertical tied for the eighth-best in NBA history.

Diallo set the bar high, no pun intended.  See how he performed under pressure:

Unfortunately, Diallo could not surpass his previous mark.  Even though he almost touched every single plastic marker, it was four inches shorter than last year’s leap.  At 40.5,” he’s currently tied for fourth with Grayson Allen.

Diallo’s athleticism manifested in every other drill.  Players are still being tested, but he’s currently in the top five of the shuttle run (4.44), three quarter sprint (3.1) and lane agility (10.53).  You’ll find all of the combine numbers here.


The players whose NBA Combine performance could impact college basketball next season

While most of the sports world has spent the last few days focused on the NBA playoffs and Rick Pitino’s latest non-interview (which of course turned into an interview), the reality is that this was a massive week in terms of putting together the puzzle that is the NBA Draft. On Tuesday night we learned the NBA Draft lottery order (the Phoenix Suns are on the clock) and Wednesday marked the first of three days of the NBA Combine.

That’s right starting yesterday, some 70-odd draft hopefuls descended upon Chicago for – to throw out a terribly overused cliché – the biggest job interview of their lives. For the best players (think Duke’s Marvin Bagley or Texas’ Mo Bamba) the trip to Chicago is only for the basics; to meet with NBA personnel and do a couple of one-on-one interviews. For others whose draft stock is more up in the air, they’ll be in Chicago to pretty much do everything, from interviews and measurements to five-on-five play.

With the combine underway, it also means that by the end of the weekend, we should also start to have a clearer picture of who will stay in the NBA Draft and who will stay out. Obviously the combine isn’t a be-all, end-all for players, but it could be the final push they need to stay in the draft or the final push they need to know they’re not ready. So with that said, what players have the most to gain and lose?

More importantly, how will it impact college basketball next year? It’s time to take a look.

But before we get started, a few caveats. One, we are only looking at players who’ve declared without an agent and who could – at least in theory – return to college hoops. Therefore we won’t be talking about some of the more randomly interesting prospects (say like Kansas’ Billy Preston) if they have no chance returning to college. We’re also going to skip those like Jarred Vanderbilt who elected to pass on the Combine altogether as well.

But for these players, a big week in the NBA Draft Combine could swing things one way or the other. Here are seven interesting players:

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Katina Powell Arrested in a Louisville Football Shirt

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Following a court appearance, Katina Powell was arrested today while wearing a Louisville football t-shirt.

The infamous Breaking Cardinal Rules author was booked at Louisville Metro Corrections just before 2:00 p.m. on a pair of forgery charges.  She will be arraigned tomorrow for criminal possession of a forged instrument and theft by deception.

The arrest reportedly happened while Powell appeared in court for an eviction hearing, after her daughter allegedly pulled a handgun on man in the front-yard of the home.  Powell initially missed the scheduled Thursday morning hearing for an alleged panic attack.  She eventually got to the courthouse at 1:00, was evicted, then arrested.

It’s not the first time Powell’s had a run-in with the law since her book blew the whistle on the Louisville basketball team.  In January she was arrested, accused of stealing toothbrushes from a local Wal-Mart.

UPDATE

We now know the reason why Powell was arrested.  According to the Courier-Journal, Powell is accused of stealing three checks and cashing them for $2,900.  The person she allegedly stole them from is an ex-boyfriend who wants her back.

“I want her in my life,” Thomas Tyre, an area dentist, told the CJ. “I’m sad about what happened.”