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December 5th, 2018

BBNBA: Fox Leads Kings Over Suns, Harrison Signs With Pelicans

(Photo via NBA.com)

Good afternoon, folks. Only three former Wildcats took the court yesterday. Let’s talk NBA anyways.

RECAP

  • The Sacramento Kings made a mockery of the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night. The final score doesn’t really do the game proper justice. After the first quarter, the Kings were up 36-9. Thirty-six to nine. Three-six to zero-nine. Granted, Phoenix was without Devin Booker – the one and only source of offense for the already terrible Suns – due to a recent hamstring injury. The game was over after 12 minutes. The Suns fought hard in the second half, but could never overcome the massive hole they quickly dug themselves into. It would also help if they had at least one real point guard on their roster.
  • For the Kings, De’Aaron Fox scored 16 points on 5-11 shooting to go along with seven assists and only one turnover. Willie Cauley-Stein dealt with a bit of foul trouble that limited him to 18 minutes but he still contributed six points, four rebounds, five assists, and four steals.

  • Watch Fox whip out the filthy Shammgod move on Deandre Ayton around the 1:20 mark.
  • In Miami, Bam Adebayo had one of those “holy s**t” type of highlight plays for the Heat. He finished with six points, seven rebounds, and three blocks. But no sequence was more impressive than this one.

  • Like, what? He did this, too.

  • Yikes.
  • Something I’d also like to note. Hassan Whiteside, the starting center for the Heat, left the game with about 40 seconds left. Not because he was injured, but because he was benched. Whiteside did not play the fourth quarter as Heat coach Erik Spoelstra elected to run with Adebayo and Kelly Olynyk down the stretch. Fine by me. I’m sure Adebayo would love to soak up those extra minutes.
  • In off the court news, after being waived by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, Andrew Harrison was picked up on another two-way contract with – of course – the New Orleans Pelicans. Or the Kentucky NBA farm system, as we should just refer to them from now on.

STATISTICS

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
De'Aaron Fox (SAC)122-105 W @ PHX165-11 (1-1)07101+1426
Bam Adebayo (MIA)90-105 L vs. ORL63-7 (0-0)71132-623
Willie Cauley-Stein (SAC)122-105 W @ PHX63-5 (0-0)45402+1418
Devin Booker (PHX)105-122 L vs. SACDNP-Hamstring----------------
Isaiah Briscoe (ORL)105-90 W @ MIADNP-CD----------------
Skal Labissiere (SAC)122-105 W @ PHXDNP-CD----------------

TONIGHT IN THE NBA

7:00: Warriors (Cousins-out) @ Cavaliers

7:00: Nuggets (Lyles, Murray, Vanderbilt-out) @ Magic (Briscoe)

7:30: Wizards (Wall) @ Hawks (Poythress-out)

7:30: Thunder (Diallo-out, Noel, Patterson) @ Nets

8:00 (ESPN): Sixers @ Raptors

8:00: Clippers (Gilgeous-Alexander) @ Grizzlies

8:00: Pistons @ Bucks (Bledsoe)

8:00: Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk) @ Timberwolves (Towns)

8:00: Mavericks @ Pelicans (Davis, An. Harrison, Miller, Randle)

10:30 (ESPN): Spurs @ Lakers (Rondo-out)


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WATCH: Buzzer-beater creates Mountain Classic Miracle

If you weren’t one of the fortunate souls at the WYMT Food City Mountain Classic in Hazard last night, you missed a miracle.

Down 46-44 to Harlan County, Perry Central’s Dylan Cornett threw up a 3/4-court prayer at the buzzer…and it went in.

If you’ve got some more time this morning, I recommend watching the entire 12-minute clip of the final moments of the game over at WYMT.com. It’s totally worth it.

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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: UK Taking Advantage at the Free Throw Line

One thing that John Calipari teams have never been know for is success at the free throw line.  In fact, only 3 of Calipari’s previous 9 teams have ranked in the Top 100 in the country in free throw percentage and none higher than 68th.  While five of his teams have ranked below 200th and two of them were in the bottom 100 in the country.  Point being, UK has typically gotten to the free throw line a lot but not converted at a high percentage.

This year’s team is flipping the script so far on that.  They currently rank 41st in the country in free throw percentage, making over 75% of their attempts and that has also translated to this team making 22 free throws every game, best for a Calipari group by a large margin:

OVERALL FREE THROW PERCENTAGE
2018-19: 75.2% (41st)
2014-15: 72.6% (71st)
2011-12: 72.3% (68th)
2010-11: 71.0% (96th)
2016-17: 70.4% (176th)
2017-18: 69.8% (259th)
2015-16: 69.0% (229th)
2013-14: 68.1% (242nd)
2009-10: 66.8% (207th)
2012-13: 64.2% (314th)

FREE THROWS MADE PER GAME
2018-19: 22.8
2013-14: 19.5
2016-17: 18.2
2014-15: 17.6
2017-18: 17.5
2009-10: 17.1
2011-12: 17.0
2015-16: 15.6
2012-13: 14.7
2010-11: 14.7

And here’s another great thing: UK has a BUNCH of guys shooting free throws well.  Take, for instance, the 2010-11 team.  They shot free throws at a high percentage because Brandon Knight was taking so many of them but overall they made the fewest free throws of any Calipari team.  Just look at the amount of players on each team who shot over 70% from the foul line and notice the two teams that are tied with this one:

REGULARS SHOOTING 70% OR HIGHER
2018-19 (6 players): Travis, Herro, Green, Quickley, Richards, Hagans
2014-15 (6 players): Harrison, Harrison, Booker, Towns, Ulis, Lyles
2011-12 (6 players): Davis, Lamb, Gilchrist, Tegaue, Miller, Wiltjer
2017-18 (4 players): Knox, Gilgeous-Alexander, Green, Richards
2015-16 (4 players): Murray, Ulis, Poythress, Ulis
2013-14 (4 players): Randle, Young, Harrison, Harrison
2016-17 (3 players): Monk, Fox, Hawkins
2012-13 (3 players): Wiltjer, Harrow, Mays
2010-11 (3 players): Knight, Lamb, Miller
2009-10 (3 players): Wall, Miller, Dodson

This team has a long way to go, no doubt.  But I think you have to look at the things they are doing well already and judge if that strength will be constant throughout the season.  This team’s ability to get to the free throw line in bunches and make them at a very high clip will give them a huge advantage all season long.  They have a boatload of guys that can be on the floor at the end of close games and feel confident they can knock down the big free throws.  It’s a refreshing change of pace and storyline for a Cal team and we’ll see if it proves to be a big factor in some big games this year.


KSR Show Thread 12/5: Montreal, Canada

Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Wednesday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio, which is coming to you live from Montreal, Canada. Tune in to hear the gang recap their journey to the Great White North, the latest developments in the Wandale Robinson situation, and much, much more.

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Today on KSR: What’s Wandale going to do?

(@Robinson_era)

Happy Wednesday, KSR readers! I hope your week is flying by and you’ve had a nice start to your morning. If things are off to a rocky start, how about some morning notes to cheer you up?

Let’s get to it.

Wandale Robinson:

What a wild Tuesday afternoon and evening it was for the BBN. Reports surfaced around 3 p.m. on Tuesday that not only was Wandale Robinson considering a flip, but in the next day or two he would decommit from UK and commit to Nebraska. Things would happen fast, reports said.

Well, it didn’t happen Tuesday and it certainly got the attention of UK’s staff. There will be more visits over the coming days from UK but despite yesterday Robinson saying he would enroll at UK early and was recruiting other players to join him, it seems clear there’s still work to be done.

Signing day is in two weeks. Buckle up, buckeroos.

Big Dog in Louisville:

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Marrow was in Louisville with Ballard star Jared Casey announcing on Thursday. All signs point towards UK for the four-star linebacker.

But let’s hope that Marrow stopped by Frankfort on the way back.

Kahlil Whitney is still good at basketball:

Remember, he will be signing in the spring and there’s nothing to fear. Whitney will be a Cat.

We’ll hear from UK volleyball:

UK coach Craig Skinner and select players will meet with the media today to discuss their upcoming Sweet 16 match against powerhouse Nebraska in Minneapolis. If the Cats can pull off the upset they will take on Oregon or host Minnesota in the Elite Eight.

The Cats take on the Huskers on Friday at 2 p.m. on ESPNU.

Winner gets Wandale?

And Matthew Mitchell:

The 8-0 Wildcats are having a surprising start to their season but with momentum riding high it’s a huge week/weekend for No. 19 Kentucky. Mitchell will preview UK’s game against Rhode Island on Thursday and after that game the Cats will travel to Louisville on Sunday to take on No. 5 UofL.

If this time next week we’re talking about UK being 10-0 then Kentucky should be a top 10 team and Matthew Mitchell should be an early candidate for coach of the year.

Regardless, the turnaround has been great and the Cats should be a threat in the SEC this season. After what happened a couple years ago I didn’t think UK would be back in the top 25 for years.

Alabama basketball stinks:

The Tide moved to 5-3 on the season after losing to Georgia State last night. Alabama has now lost to Northeastern, UCF and Georgia State. Not great, Bob!

Still wish John Petty would have picked Kentucky. He finished with just six points and four rebounds tonight.

Frederic Scott Satterfield met the UofL media:

Did you miss what Satterfield said at his introductory press conference? We have you covered. And yes, UK was mentioned.

10 things Frederic “Scott” Satterfield said on Tuesday

Dontaie Allen had another big game:

The UK signee remains so hot right now. Playing just three quarters he had 34 points and 13 rebounds in Pendleton County’s 82-47 win against Nicholas County on Tuesday.

The moves the average to 41 points and 16.5 rebounds per game and that includes two 50+ point performances already. It’s still the first week of December and he’s just getting started.

Bump that man up in the rankings.

Also, UK commit Tyrese Maxey had 38 points in a loss. Scoring shouldn’t be an issue for the Cats next season.

Andrew Harrison is back in the NBA:

Andrew will join Anthony Davis and former teammate Julius Randle in the Big Easy. He had his moments at Memphis in previous seasons but let’s hope he can be more consistent in New Orleans and turn that two-way deal into a long-term NBA deal.

I always think Andrew is one of the more underrated players in the Calipari era. Helped lead UK to back-to-back Final Fours as the starting point guard.

Udoka hurt:

Kansas was only up four midway through the second half against Wofford but the Jayhawks used a 30-9 run to win by 25. But it was a costly win. Junior Udoka Azubuike suffered a high-ankle sprain and is out indefinitely. That’s a serious injury and I wouldn’t be surprised if a month or two goes by and he’s still out. That may be of interest to UK fans because the Jayhawks travel to Rupp the last weekend of January.

Seton Hall back in the win column:

Seton Hall led the majority of the game against UofL on Saturday but fell short, however, the Pirates did win a tuneup game against New Hampshire 77-57 last night. Next up is UK in New York on Saturday. We’ll preview Seton Hall later this week. UK should win, but the Pirates aren’t a pushover.

Heavyweight:

Looking for a new podcast? Try Heavyweight. (CLICK HERE TO LISTEN). It’s funny but serious, touching on life issues/regrets that people have faced over the years. The host, Jonathan Goldstein, tries to look into the past to solve listener’s issues, but like KSR he does it in a pretty ridiculous manner.

I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy it.

Also, my podcast, Hardly Committed, is dropping today. That’s pretty good, too.


December 4th, 2018

Hey Kentucky! freezes in New Hampshire

The Hey Kentucky! crew battles the elements in frigid New Hampshire where both Matt Jones and Drew Franklin say it’s the coldest they’ve ever been. Watch just to see them in misery.

If you’re more interested in their fire takes, they address UofL’s new coach, UK recruiting, and Wayne Lewis.

Also, Chris Tomlin does a fun bit about something unique to New Hampshire. Check. It. Out.

Here’s a tidbit here, but watch the entire episode HERE.


10 things Frederic “Scott” Satterfield said on Tuesday

New UofL head coach Frederic “Scott” Satterfield had his introductory press conference Tuesday evening and he’s already won over the Louisville media.

The new coach of UK’s biggest rival addressed his recruiting tactics, his thought’s on UofL’s program, leaving Appalachian State and even touched on playing against Kentucky.

Here are 10 quotes from Frederic and my spin on what he really meant.

“My parents are back in (North Carolina), ACC country, where we’ll have some teams on the schedule we’re trying to beat.”

I think what Satterfield meant to say is that he wishes UNC didn’t hire that dinosaur Mack Brown so he could have led the Tar Heels and been closer to his folks because who doesn’t like being closer to their parents? Hell, Satterfield would have likely settled for the Georgia Tech gig.

“I’m living my dream right now here at the University of Louisville. This is the job I wanted, there were other places that called. I wanted to be here.”

Satterfield actually meant “Louisville is paying me nearly 8x as much as I was making at App State. I wasn’t a serious candidate for any other Power Five program and now I’m getting $3.25 million a year. Of course I’m living the dream. I’m rich!”

I can’t say I blame him.

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“We’re gonna love on them.”

Satterfield was talking about supporting his players, and I’m all for showing your players love. However, a little too much love is what had his predecessor fired from Arkansas. Previous Louisville coaches have loved a little too much over the years.

“You want somebody to believe in you, and (Vince Tyra) did. He’s believing in me.”

“He just believed in Jeff Brohm a lot more.”

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“The ceiling is very, very high here and we’re gonna get there.”

Sheesh. Right after ServPro just finished cleaning the ceilings at Minardi Hall. Let’s take it easy on the ceilings at UofL.

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“I think there’s a couple guys we’ll probably bring immediately.”

Satterfield was referring to bringing a few of his assistant coaches from App State with him to Louisville. A Sun Belt staff in the ACC. What could go wrong?! Satterfield is paid more than half the coaches in the ACC, and with UofL still paying Bobby Petrino a ridiculous buyout there’s a chance that he’s going to be balling on a budget when it comes to hiring assistants.

“I want to compete for a national championship one day and that’s what we’re gonna be gunning for.”

Shoot for the stars and if you fall short you’ll land on the new empty expansion at Cardinal Stadium. Seriously, he should be dreaming big. It probably isn’t happening, but UK guns for titles, too. Can’t hate it.

“We have some hungry young men in that locker room right now. Starving. Starving for discipline. Starving for success.”

Dammit. The Bobby Buyout strikes again. Louisville players are literally hungry. To make matters worse Papa is no longer in the house since UofL cut ties with Papa John. Thoughts and prayers for the hungry Louisville football team.

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“Everything I’ve heard, ever, has been positive about this University. Ever.”

This is just a lie. Unless Frederic has been off the internet and hasn’t picked up a newspaper over the last few years there’s just no way this is true. Hookers. Paying recruits. Fired coaches. Loser Athletic Director (Tom Jurich). 2-10 football.

You didn’t hear about ANY of it?! We have to wonder what else Satterfield has missed.

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“I can’t wait. I can’t wait to play Kentucky. That’s going to be awesome…. You win those games and it helps in recruiting.”

Satterfield says winning the Governor’s Cup can help UofL recruiting in Kentucky and Ohio. Whoa, whoa, whoa. That’s where UK recruits. Let’s worry about coming within 45 points before thinking about beating the Cats.