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December 11th, 2017

Kentucky’s Talent on the Practice Field Convinced Terry Wilson to Commit to UK

When Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow first arrived in Lexington, they had to sell recruits a vision.  Now all they have to do is take recruits to a practice and show them who they will be working with at UK.

When Terry Wilson came to Lexington, Kentucky pulled out all of the stops for the second-ranked junior college quarterback in America.  He had dinner with Tim Couch, Derrick Ramsey offered to mentor him and he was showered with love from adoring fans at Memorial Coliseum.  All of that paled in comparison to what Wilson saw on UK’s practice field.

“I wanted to go some where and have some guys around me,” Wilson told T.J. Walker and I in an interview on Big X Sports Radio.  “Playing in the SEC, you gotta have some dudes around you that can get you out of trouble sometimes.  When I was at practice and seeing those guys go, it was an eye-opener man. Like, Dude.

“You got Benny in the backfield; you got some awesome receivers; you got Dorian out there; you got Lynn out there; a good o-line.  It just doesn’t get any better than that.  Seeing what I can work with, I was ready to put some pads on and get out there.  I’m just excited to play with those guys.”

When Wilson was first recruited, he fell for the bells and whistles at Oregon.  This time around he cut through the crap and appreciated Marrow’s honest pitch.

“Me being through this before, I was blind to that.  I really didn’t understand.  I was excited to see all the gear and everything like a player coming out of high school would be, walking into a new facility that has new uniforms every game.  Coach Marrow, he keeps it real.  I think that’s what a lot of kids like.  He keeps it real and I could just sense that as soon as I talked to him on the phone.”

Uncle Vince brought an honest pitch.  The Cats are close to being great, but they haven’t quite gotten over the hump.  Once Wilson watched practice, he understood exactly what Marrow was saying.

“You can sense it.  You can just feel that it’s about to happen. It only takes one guy to make it click.”

Touchdown Terry can be that guy.

Listen to the entire interview below starting around the seven-minute mark.  He talked about his first crazy experience with the BBN, his conversation with Couch, and Wilson answers the important question: “Is it ‘Terry Touchdown’ or ‘Touchdown Terry’?”  (Spoiler: “It can be either one,” he laughed.)

You can listen to The Sports Talker with T.J. Walker weekdays from 4:00-6:00 on 1450 AM and 96.1 FM in Louisville on Big X Sports Radio. 


KSR Top 10 Tweets of the Day

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#10 George Armstrong

Are we surprised?

#9 Doug

Put it to use!

#8 Terry Jordon

Matt better watch out!

#7 UK Ford Jason

We’ve missed him!

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New favorite song!

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Mood of all of BBN right now

#4 Erin Story

We’re makin’ moves!

#3 Elliott

We love you, Jared!

#2 Jackson Brown

Couldn’t ask for anything more!

#1 Patrick Towles

BURN


LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball sign rumored one-year, $4000 (total) contract in Lithuania

The Ball Brothers are headed to Lithuania!

According to Shams Charania of The Vertical, LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball have officially signed one-year contracts to play for Lithuanian team “Vytautas.”

According to some early reports, Vytautas is based in a town of roughly 10,000 people with zero nightlife, no movie theaters, or just about anything other than basketball.

Oh, and the facility they will play in has a capacity of just 1500 people.

A few reporters close to the situation say the head coach of Vytautas doesn’t speak a lick of English, screams at players non-stop at practice, and is incredibly disorganized.

One individual says the contract is worth just $4000 between the both of them, and there’s a good chance they never even see that money.

The money may be low (or non-existent), the facilities may be similar to a high school gym, and the language barrier may be troubling, but it’s not about the quality of living according to Big Baller Brand.

A 16-year-old getting pulled out of high school to play in Lithuania? A mediocre freshman in college giving up his golden opportunity to play at UCLA? What could go wrong?

I’m going to go ahead and put money on neither player finishing the season overseas.


Anthony Davis played a big role in bringing Darius Miller back to New Orleans

We’ve written several articles on the site over the last few weeks about Darius Miller’s resurgence in the NBA and how important he has been for the New Orleans Pelicans this season.

Last week, Miller led the entire NBA in three-point percentage for players with over 75 attempts from the field. With no minimum criteria, Miller was No. 2 in the league behind Boston’s Jayson Tatum

On tonight’s John Calipari call-in show, Coach Cal talked about Darius Miller’s dominant three-point shooting in the league and how proud of him he was for leading the NBA.

Jerry Tipton (being Jerry Tipton) released a tweet immediately afterward with a stat-correction for Calipari, saying Tatum is the NBA leader in 3P%, not Miller.

After seeing Tipton’s tweet, Calipari then (obviously) joked the show was pre-recorded in the first week of December to make the statistic still relevant. Tipton, not understanding what sarcasm is, then released this tweet.

After busting some numbers, Miller is actually sixth in the league for players with at least 80 attempts at 46.4%.

For players with 100 three-point attempts, Miller is third in the NBA behind just Klay Thompson and Buddy Hield. Higher efficiency on more shot attempts for the former Wildcat.

And if you want to be super nitpicky, we can just go to the very top of the list and see who owns the No. 1 spot with no minimum shot attempts.

Take that, Jerry.

Coach Cal went into detail about how proud he was of Miller for grinding it out and making a name for himself after his brief stint overseas.

“Every kid you have has a different path. Some kids are having to play through the D-League, and that’s okay. There’s nothing wrong with that. You have to go down there and be hungry and humble and not think it’s beneath me because this is my launching pad. Darius did it.

“He’s doing great. Even when he was here he was in the D-League and stayed. It shows the character of Darius Miller,” said Cal.

Caught in the middle of the three-point statistics and Miller’s journey in the NBA was how exactly he ended up back in New Orleans. Calipari told Tom Leach that one former Wildcat was instrumental in bringing Miller back from Germany and giving him a big role on the Pelicans.

You know who wanted him on that team? And I called him and thanked him. Anthony Davis,” he said. “Anthony Davis had a lot to do with that. He also gave Terrence Jones a chance. At the end of the day, when you’re as good as Anthony Davis, you have to sign off on some of that stuff. Anthony is one of those great guys.”

Another day, another story of former Wildcats putting in work in the NBA.


Part Two of Matt’s interview with Ashley Judd airs on Hey Kentucky!

Last week, we learned Ashley Judd was named one of TIME Magazine’s Person(s) of the Year amid her sexual harassment allegations that have impacted our culture in a massive way.

Part one of Matt Jones’ exclusive interview with Judd aired on Hey Kentucky! last week, where we learned about her side of the story and an inside look at everything going on in the news.

Tonight, part two aired, where Judd talked to Matt about sparking the movement that is working to change our culture and the way women are treated.

Watch below:

Also, the Hey Kentucky! crew talks about the UK Volleyball team’s loss in the Elite Eight and just how incredible this season has been for them:

To watch the entire episode of Hey Kentucky! head here.


Calipari says Jemarl Baker likely won’t return till end of the year, at best

On tonight’s John Calipari Call-In Show, Coach Cal gave injury updates on several Wildcats. To start the show, he said Quade Green and Sacha Killeya-Jones didn’t practice today, and Jarred Vanderbilt still hasn’t practiced and things are still up in the air with him.

When asked about Jemarl Baker’s status following the knee surgery he had earlier this year, Calipari didn’t seem too optimistic about his chances to make an impact this season.

“He had that knee operated on, so at best, it would be the end of the year. At that point, it’s how much work can you get in to prepare to be in these games if you haven’t played the whole year.”

Coach Cal says he’s there every day supporting the team, but it’s definitely hard for him to watch from the sideline.

“He’s in practice every day, I’m seeing him all the time. It’s hard. It’s hard for him to sit there and know, with the numbers we have, that he’d have the chance to be playing and putting up shots. Doing things he does well. And we could use him,” said Calipari.

The Wildcats may be playing better as of late, but goodness this team is banged up right now.


FINAL HOURS: Green Monday sale at the KSR Shop!

The KSR Shop and Kentucky Branded are having a massive sale to kick off the new week. If you still need to finish your holiday shopping, you have come to the right place. Head to ShopKSR.com to receive 50% OFF select sweatshirts and 25% OFF everything else. Further, you will receive FREE SHIPPING on orders over $40.00!

Everyone loves new fleecy sweatshirts and warm pullovers. Plus, there are lots of other great gift ideas like Kentucky themed coffee mugs, ornaments, hats, jewelry, and more. This big Green Monday sale ends at midnight!

[Green Monday sale at the KSR Shop]


Want to see UK/UofL AND Music City Bowl? Enter the Big Blue Only Way Flyaway contest!

Are you looking for a way to attend both the UK vs. UofL game in Lexington and the Music City Bowl in Nashville on December 29? If so, UK Athletics has the solution for you!

With the “Big Blue Only Way Flyaway,” two fans will get a VIP experience to enjoy the men’s basketball/football doubleheader with a roundtrip private flight to and from Nashville after the basketball game. Each winner will receive two tickets each for both events.

Here is the release from UK Athletics:

The VIP experience will include tickets to two showcase events for the Wildcats on Dec. 29 – men’s basketball vs. Louisville at 1 p.m. ET and football’s Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl game vs. Northwestern at 4:30 p.m. ET. The lucky winner will fly round-trip on a private jet from Lexington to Nashville to make it a dream day for a Kentucky fan.

The UK Sports Network will be offering the chance to enter to win by downloading the new official UK Athletics app; clicking on the “Big Blue Only Way Flyaway” tab, located in the left-hand navigation menu; and filling out an entry form by Dec. 23. The app can be downloaded for free on Apple devices through the App Store and on Android devices through Google Play by searching for “UK Athletics.”

Two (2) winners will be chosen and given two (2) tickets each, plus pre-game VIP hospitality, to the UK vs. Louisville men’s basketball game. The winners will then participate in a halftime contest for the ultimate prize. The winner of the halftime contest, along with one guest, will immediately leave Rupp Arena, be transported to Blue Grass Airport (LEX), and board a private jet to Nashville for the Music City Bowl. At the completion of the football game, the fans will be transported to Nashville Airport (BNA) and will board the private jet for the return trip to Lexington. Flights will be provided by Nexgen Aviation.

Tom Leach talked about it tonight on the Coach Cal call-in show:

This is a dream opportunity for any Kentucky fan, so download the UK Athletics app and follow the instructions on the “Big Blue Only Way Flyaway” tab.

Someone has to win, so it might as well be you!


Calipari on Jarred Vanderbilt: “I’m not going to push him”

The big question on everyone’s mind as we near the midpoint in the season is, when — or if — Jarred Vanderbilt will play? The freshman big man has been out all season with a foot injury, and on his radio show tonight, John Calipari stressed that he will not rush him.

“He’s beginning to work out, he’s had a couple of workouts with Coach Payne, but he’s not in practice yet. He’s gotta get to where he can go really hard on the floor individually and then he’s gotta get into some practice and get comfortable. Until we get to that point, I’m not going to push him. You guys know that’s not who I am.

“And I’m not going to put him into a situation that wasn’t beneficial to him. I’m not going to play a guy, ‘Well we could use him eight minutes per game.’ No, I’m not going to do that to the kid. ‘Well, if we had him for eight minutes.’ No, I’m not going to do that to him. I want him to come back and again, the injury he has, we’ve had a couple others play with that similar kind of injury, he’s just got to get back to where — you know, he’s been out for a while.

“Let’s get fighting a little bit, let’s get individually right, and then let’s get with this team and get right and let’s see if we can do it; if he can’t, that’s okay too. You have to worry more about the kid’s health and his ability to go perform for him and us and if not, you’ve just got to let him sit.”

My money’s still on December 31 vs. Georgia.


Quade Green, Sacha Killeya-Jones injury update

© Nicole Sweet | USATSI

Will Kentucky have Sacha Killeya-Jones (ankle) and Quade Green (eye) vs. Virginia Tech on Saturday? Judging by John Calipari’s comments tonight, that remains to be seen.

Killeya-Jones sprained his left ankle last week during practice and missed Saturday’s game vs. Monmouth, while Green had to leave the game after being poked in the eye. Calipari just said on his call-in show that neither practiced today. 

“Neither one, I don’t believe, I didn’t see Sacha working out. Quade was on the court, but his eye still is barely open so he’s not ready to be out there practicing. I don’t know if he’ll practice tomorrow to be honest with you.”

So…will they be able to go on Saturday?

“I didn’t talk to the trainers or the doc, so I don’t want to say that.”

Get well soon, guys. We need you.


Frank Martin fights with fans on Twitter over low attendance

Frank Martin is so unhappy about attendance at South Carolina games this season he’s fighting with fans on Twitter.

Martin has proven time and time again he’s not afraid to fire back at his haters — including our own Matt Jones — but on Saturday, he went after his own. The notoriously intense South Carolina head coach called out Gamecock fans for their poor attendance, starting with a rant during his press conference following the UMass game on December 2.

“There must have been some kind of a golf tournament or an evaluation of seventh-round offensive linemen or something in town because obviously our fans decided that showing up here today wasn’t that important,” Martin said, per The Sun News. “But I can’t worry about fans. I’ve got to get my team right.”

Wednesday’s crowd vs. Wyoming was so bad Martin called out the marketing department.

“It would be nice if our marketing department helped us to get people in seats,” Martin said. “It’s a little disappointing to continue to play, after the two winningest years in the history of the school, in a building with [4,000] to 5,000 people. It’s embarrassing.”

Ouch. On Saturday afternoon, Martin took his frustrations to the worst possible place: Twitter.

The best is his exchange with @AngryVolFan, who was clearly an angry Vol fan.

He dealt with the inevitable “triggered” line like a pro:

Frank Martin when you bring that weak sauce to his timeline, probably:


Psst: UK at Vandy basketball tickets on sale

Looking for a fun SEC road trip this season? Don’t tell anyone I told you, but tickets to Kentucky at Vanderbilt on Saturday, January 13 are on sale now through Vandy’s website.

For $60/ticket, you can secure your seat in one of the end zones of Vandy’s weird gym to see the Cats play the Commodores. Vandy sure isn’t the team we thought they’d be so far, but they always give Kentucky fits at Memorial Gym. Add in the fact that Monday is Martin Luther King Day and you’ve got yourself a nice long weekend in Nashville. That’s at least six meals at Five Points Pizza if you schedule it right.

Head on over to Ticketmaster so we can take over Memorial Gym, one of my favorite traditions each year, as is Vandy fans chanting “overrated” while losing:

 


Who Kentucky Must Target to Finish the 2018 Recruiting Class

The Oklahoman

Yesterday Kentucky found their quarterback for the 2018 class.  A primary focus since Jarren Williams’ decommitment, Kentucky’s coaches are now looking elsewhere to fill positions of need before next Wednesday’s signing day.  Now with 19 prospects in the class, Stoops hopes to have 23 or 24 at the conclusion of the recruiting period.  Here’s what the class looks like so far.

Kentucky Football 2018 Recruiting Class

NamePositionHometownHeightWeight 247 Composite
Marquan McCallOGOak Park, Mi.6-43204-star
Darian KinnardOTCleveland, Oh.6-73364-star
Xavier PetersOLBWest Chester, Oh.6-42254-star
Terry WilsonQBOmaha, Ne.6-21803-star
DeAndre SquareS/OLBDetroit, Mi.6-12003-star
Brenden BatesTECincinnati, Oh.6-52303-star
Stanley GarnerCBFt. Lauderdale, Fl.6-31803-star
Meechi HarrisWRXenia, Oh.6-21883-star
Quintin WilsonCCincinnati, Oh. 6-32903-star
Marvin AlexanderWRHollywood, Fl.6-31753-star
Jamari BrownCBPompano Beach, Fl.6-31803-star
Davoan HawkinsDEHollywood, Fl.6-42703-star
Akeem HayesATH/WRHollywood, Fl.5-101753-star
Keaton UpshawTELima, Oh.6-72253-star
Christopher RodriguezRBMcDonough, Ga.5-112003-star
Ashton PierreATHDeerfield Beach, Fl.6-21913-star
Domonique WilliamsJUCO CBKnoxville, Tn.5-101903-star
Chance PooreKAnderson, Sc.6-32003-star
Max DuffyPWestern Australia6-11763-star

There are a few areas of need that must be addressed.  There’s one on everybody’s mind…

INTERIOR DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Kentucky’s only defensive tackle commit, Tyler Bentley, flipped to Pitt today.  The only returning nose tackle is Quinton Bohanna.  The thinnest position on defense, the weakest link on the team, currently has no reinforcements in place.

Who are they targeting?  That’s a good question, one that I unfortunately do not know how to answer.  It’s a weird situation.  Justin Rowland reported that UK preemptively told Bentley, “Thanks, but no thanks.”  It might make sense if they had others lined up, but there’s been absolutely zero buzz about any other UK defensive line recruits.  There weren’t any that visited last weekend, and I don’t know of any that have scheduled visits for this upcoming weekend.

Kentucky needs to find interior defensive linemen, but where they will find them remains a mystery.

Other Needs Addressed

Kentucky piled up receivers in the last class.  They didn’t need to do it again this year, but they found two in Florida that are worth the offers.  Kentucky has steadily built up depth at linebacker.  Xavier Peters is the perfect addition to keep that train rolling.  On special teams, Kentucky is replacing a departing punter and kicker with the No. 1 and No. 2 kickers in the country.

The Cats have landed commitments from a couple of fantastic offensive linemen: All-American Darian Kinnard, Marquan McCall, Quintin Wilson and USC transfer E.J. Price.  They could add one more for a solid five in the 2018 class, Florida offensive tackle Kenneth Horsey.  After an official visit to Lexington this weekend, a Yahtzee! from Horsey could come in the near future.

Using the final available scholarships to get the most talented players available, Stoops is trying his hand at a few four-star defensive backs, even though they’ll likely land elsewhere.  JUCO outside linebacker Bryant Pirtle may be another necessary addition if Josh Allen makes the leap to the NFL.

At the end of the day, Kentucky’s 2018 class looks good, except for one glaring omission: defensive tackles.  Davoan Hawkins is currently the only defensive lineman in the class, but he can’t clog up the middle.  The Cats were able to snag Bohanna at the eleventh hour last year.  They must do that a few times to close out the 2018 recruiting class.


The Aaron Torres Sports Podcast E3: Rob Dauster

In the latest edition of the podcast that is sweeping the nation, the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast, Aaron welcomes old friend Nick Coffey, as well as NBC Sports college basketball insider Rob Dauster.  They touch on the Heisman Trophy ceremony and a wild week of college hoops, including…

— Aaron’s Twitter beef with former American Idol winner Taylor Hicks.
— Kansas lost at home to…Arizona State?
—  What to make of Kentucky’s win over Monmouth and Louisville’s victory against Indiana.
— Rob and Aaron discuss what they have learned from the first month of the college basketball season.
—  Is the SEC the best conference in college basketball?

You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play.  Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise.  You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to “Kentucky Sports Radio” on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.


Kentucky still #1, but college basketball attendance down nationwide

There’s been a lot of talk about the number of empty seats at Rupp Arena this season, but decreased attendance is a problem nationwide, and Kentucky still fills more seats than any other program in the country.

I spent the morning looking at the numbers and eight of the top ten programs in attendance last season are experiencing significant drops in attendance this season. Through seven home games, Kentucky’s attendance is down 13%, due in part to a very weak non-conference schedule; however, the crowd at Rupp for the Harvard game was the best yet, with 22,922 fans on hand to watch the Cats beat the Crimson. With Virginia Tech and Louisville coming to Rupp in the next few weeks and a stronger conference schedule on the horizon, I’d expect Kentucky’s attendance to continue to rise.

What about the rest of the country? Here’s a look at last year’s top ten in attendance and how they’re faring this season. Keep in mind the numbers are from each school, so the figures are likely inflated.

Home attendance in college basketball 2016-17 vs. 2017-18

2016-17 Rank School 2016-17 Average 2017-18 Average Difference
1 Kentucky 23,461 20,497 Down 13%
2 Syracuse 21,181 18,853 Down 11%
3 Louisville 20,846 18,354 Down 12%
4 North Carolina 18,067 15,025 Down 17%
5 Creighton 17,412 15,984 Down 8%
6 Wisconsin 17,286 17,287 No change
7 Maryland 16,628 14,426 Down 13%
8 Kansas 16,395 16,300 No change
9 Indiana 16,363 15,027 Down 8%
10 North Carolina St. 15,906 13,569 Down 15%

As you can see, North Carolina has by far the biggest drop in attendance thus far, down 17% from last season. Right now, Tar Heel fans are only filling about 70% of the Dean Dome, which holds 21,750. How about those defending national champs!

Louisville got a small bump thanks to Saturday’s game vs. Indiana, but the number of empty seats in the Yum Center this season tells you exactly how Cards fans feel about life post Rick Pitino:

Siena vs. Louisville, December 6

Indiana vs. Louisville, December 9

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This new trend has kept @EmptySeatPics busy:

Western Carolina vs. North Carolina, December 6

@jdraynor14

Ohio vs. Maryland, December 7

Miami (OH) vs. Missouri, December 5

@jjinwaldoKC

Of course, as conference play starts, attendance will likely go up everywhere, but after a rough November, it’s good to know that empty seats aren’t just a problem at Rupp and Kentucky fans still support their team more than any other fan base in the country.