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A’dia Mathies’ Friday News and Views

The ninth-ranked Lady Vols came into a sold-out Memorial Coliseum Thursday night, and left with their first SEC loss in 37 consecutive conference games. No. 9 Kentucky stretched its home winning streak to 15 with the win and moved to 4-0 in conference play for the first time in school history. Everyone in blue and white played great, but none of this would’ve happened without the unbelievable performance by A’dia Mathies. Mathies scored a career-high 34 points to lift UK to a 61-60 victory over Pat Summit’s bunch. It was the most points scored by a UK player since 1987. The 33rd and 34th points were the two most meaningful for Mathies, as she drove to the bucket and scored between two defenders to give Kentucky the lead with four seconds left in the game. Tennessee got a good look on the other end to win it, but the shot came up short and clanked off the front rim.

Before having to come back and end the game on Mathies’ final bucket, Kentucky held a 12-point lead over Tennessee with just over seven minutes left to play. Sloppy defense and missed shots on offense let UT back in the game, and the Vols were out front for all but four seconds of the final 2:38. The final four seconds were all that mattered, though. After the game, Matthew Mitchell spoke about how his team regained composure after giving up the big run. “We had complete control of the game and that was a devastating run. For a team to have the character to come back, even when it was not looking good, and win was great. A’dia really, really played well.” Yes, she did.

The win snapped a four-game losing streak to Tennessee. It also earned A’dia Mathies her very first edition of the News and Views…

— With the first SEC road game behind them, Kentucky’s men’s basketball team moves on to road game No. 2 when they travel to Knoxville to take on the low down dirty snitches on Saturday. If Kentucky plans to pick up its third conference win, they’ll have to play much better than the way they did at Auburn. Auburn is, without a doubt, the worst team in the conference, and it took Kentucky 30 minutes to separate from the Tigers and get the win. A similar performance from the Cats may not result in a win against a much-improved Tennessee team. The Vols knocked off 13th-ranked Florida last weekend and almost pulled off another upset on the road at 15th-ranked Mississippi State Thursday night. This isn’t the same Tennessee team we laughed at earlier in the season.

— If you watched Tennessee at Mississippi State, you might’ve noticed Jarnell Stokes sitting over on the Tennessee bench. Stokes, of course, joined the team just a few weeks ago and had his first practice with the Vols on Monday. The 6-foot-8 rock solid power forward is eligible to play immediately, but UT coach Cuonzo Martin says he is holding him out until he is ready. Something tells me we’ll see him make his debut in orange on Saturday against Kentucky, the team he considered joining before he signed with the Vols. Also, if you watched Tennessee at Mississippi State, you saw that Renardo Sidney has not only gained a few pounds but he looks like he ate a bucket of Mississippi State cheerleaders.

— Tubby Smith and his Golden Gophers of Minnesota took down No. 8 Indiana in Assembly Hall on Thursday night. Minnesota led through most of the game but almost blew a nine-point lead with just over a minute to go. Indiana’s miraculous comeback — it was almost unbelievable to watch — fell short when Christian Watford missed a three-pointer to tie it up at the end of the game. Of course, he misses the one against Tubby. Why couldn’t he miss the one against Kentucky?

— The only three certainties in life are death, taxes, and Asian kids on TV when ESPN pans the Duke student section.

— A veteran NBA executive said teams are now considering taking Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with the first pick in the NBA Draft. According to, “a respected talent evaluator and a man who has been successful in the Draft” believes the race for the first hat is up in the air between Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond, Harrison Barnes, and now MKG. Kidd-Gilchrist’s high-intensity, energetic style of play in every game is wowing NBA scouts and execs. Could UK have the No. 1 and No. 2 picks in the draft?

— According to Adam Zagoria, Chris Thomas,’s No. 1 shooting guard in the class of 2013, says he hasn’t heard from any of UK’s coaches in months. Kentucky is hard after the Harrison Twins for the guard spots in 2013, but Thomas is still an elite talent in what is arguably the most talented recruiting class ever. Off the court issues could hurt him in his recruitment — Zag’s source called him a “high risk, high reward” player — but I haven’t seen any signs of negativity in Chris Thomas’ blog posts on KSR. In fact, I think they’ve been just fine.

— When Western Kentucky fired head coach Ken McDonald last Friday, John Pelphrey’s name popped up almost immediately as a potential candidate to take over the Hilltoppers. The former “Unforgettable” at Kentucky is currently in his first season back on the Florida Gators’ bench as an assistant under Billy Donovan. The WKU Herald reached out to Pelphrey earlier this week to see if he had any interest in the Western job, but Pelphrey respectfully declined an interview with the newspaper. The Florida SID told Cole Claybourn of the WKU Herald, “If that changes, I’ll be sure to let you know.” Pelphrey is obviously focused on his current team as conference play gets rolling, but he’d be crazy to not at least entertain the idea of taking the job. He’ll need a stepping stone head coaching job before he can get back to a major program, and there isn’t a better situation out there for him than the vacancy in Bowling Green.

— Speaking of former Kentucky greats, Tony Delk is on Twitter. Follow him: @tdelk00.

— Nazr Muhammad’s brother threw down one of the nastiest dunks you’ll ever see over in Kuwait. (Before you say it, yes, I know he played for Louisville.)

While Alhaji Mohammed’s dunk was unreal, three things really stood out to me from the clip: (1) The defender’s kicking backflip (2) The incredible announcing (3) The excessive amount of replays.

— I didn’t see this myself, but I’ve been told Skip Bayless took a few shots at Kentucky on ESPN’s SportsNation Thursday afternoon. According to a couple of KSR readers, Bayless said the Cats are very selfish and have no team chemistry. Now, I’ll be honest, I’ve thought the same thing a few times this season after certain stretches, but I don’t think you can say that about how they’ve played all season. And we certainly don’t want to hear it from a Vandy alum who only wants attention for the ludicrous things he says on television. Stick to Tebow, Bayless.

That’ll do it for now. Tune in to Kentucky Sports Radio radio in the morning when I join Matt Jones for a fun-filled Friday in the snow.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

58 Comments for A’dia Mathies’ Friday News and Views

  1. macon_volfan
    11:55 pm January 12, 2012 Permalink

    Stokes wears a size 20 shoe. I can’t fathom that. I’m not so sure he’ll play against UK, though. More likely to see him (in person!!) when the Vols take on UGA next Wednesday (8:00 SEC Network)

    Also, Drew: Don’t forget the deal you made we me on Twitter: a UK football win over UT in exchange for a sweep over UK in basketball this year. I’ve met my end of the deal.

  2. Bulldawg
    12:02 am January 13, 2012 Permalink

    i’m with you, didn’t know which one was funnier – dudes flip kick or the announcers.

  3. skip bayless
    12:08 am January 13, 2012 Permalink

    i’m paid to take on bold & contrarion positions. i make shows like 1st&10 barely watchable. even though ppl hate me the espn morn show & 1st&10 would not be watchable without me.

  4. macon_volfan
    12:10 am January 13, 2012 Permalink

    #3-I preferred Cold Pizza, myself…..

  5. UK Rifle >>> WVU Rifle
    12:19 am January 13, 2012 Permalink

    a) Ladies, congrats on the win! On to USC and UGA on the road for a much needed sweep

    b) macon_volfan, if you are real it is always good to see you post

  6. Brandon
    12:27 am January 13, 2012 Permalink

    if we are so selfish, how come we have 6 players average double figures, something that hasn’t happened in a long time.

    we have had bad stretches, but it isn’t b/c the guys are selfish, almost the opposite.

  7. Uncle Ted
    12:29 am January 13, 2012 Permalink

    Alhaji looks like he could have dunked that on a 12 foot goal

  8. Bildo
    12:35 am January 13, 2012 Permalink

    The Dick Vitale of Kuwati basketball announcers.

  9. Tony
    12:39 am January 13, 2012 Permalink

    A’dia Mathies is a stone-cold killer!!!!
    PS: Hope you enjoyed the rocket ride IU fans…
    Cause now it’s time for the freefall back to reality.
    Couldn’t happen to a classier group of people!
    Gotta love it!

  10. catcrawler
    1:17 am January 13, 2012 Permalink

    Tubby, thanks for avenging our only loss. I feel validated by him beating IU at home.

  11. WhatSheOrder?FishFilet?
    1:20 am January 13, 2012 Permalink

    Bayless doesn’t know a thing about college basketball. Also, A’dia Mathies is cold.

  12. catcrawler
    1:42 am January 13, 2012 Permalink

    AND THAT VIDEO was awesome. That had to be the Arabic version of Dick Vitale!!

  13. Sheeeeiiit
    2:56 am January 13, 2012 Permalink

    9-I thought the same thing about IU. Will they keep up the decent play or will Crean be crying in his beer with Rick in a few weeks. I have a feeling they will go the route of UL and implode. They can’t kid themselves, Tubby is on his way out because they suck so bad. I hate to think a crappy team beat us but I can live with that if we get to see an IU implosion. Just like the one the line beard nation is gifting us since we beat them New Years Eve. Fun thoughts.

  14. soggyUKgrad
    3:32 am January 13, 2012 Permalink

    am I wrong, or has UK never had a team with 6 players who averaged double-digit points? also, Bayless is so obviously fantastical….he says the most random & non-mainstream sh*t in an attempt to make people upset. sports fans should ignore him like we do our drunk uncle and that dude that keeps asking for $$$ b/c he “ran out of gas”

  15. iWantToBeTheDrewFranklin
    4:43 am January 13, 2012 Permalink



  16. Not Tubby
    5:20 am January 13, 2012 Permalink

    Minnesota over IU in Bloomington? Have a party with that, Not Jerry.

  17. Two # 9's!
    6:03 am January 13, 2012 Permalink

    So UK and UT are both ranked 9th? Does this have something to do with Title 9? That’s sexist!

  18. UKUKUK1865
    6:23 am January 13, 2012 Permalink

    BCG would be pissed. She scored over 50 percent of the teams points by herself.

  19. Head Bussa
    6:49 am January 13, 2012 Permalink

    WKU would be dumb if they hired Pelphrey. I like the guy but he didn’t do much at all at Arkansas and he had the opportunity. WKU can do much better.

  20. SexnNursinHomes
    6:58 am January 13, 2012 Permalink

    bayless wears skinny jeans

  21. Bledsoe's Biceps
    6:59 am January 13, 2012 Permalink

    The Ladies are gettin it done. Congrats to A’dia. Keep up the coverage on KSR. They are a fun team to watch.

    Bayless is like so many other “shock jocks”. Just says crap to be controversial and create buzz. Basically a high priced troll. Don’t feed them and they eventually go away.

  22. Head Bussa
    7:00 am January 13, 2012 Permalink

    Also, that video of Mohammed dunking is outstanding. Great dunk, excellent kick roll that missed totally, and the best announcing in the history of Kuwait Club basketball.

  23. Lee
    7:03 am January 13, 2012 Permalink

    You forgot another certainty. While there will be Asian kids in the Duke student section, there WON’T be any African Americans cheering in the same student section, or hardly any other student sections as “African Americans” dont support college sports or hardly any other sports. You’re welcome. Happy King Day yall.

  24. Bledsoe's Biceps
    7:07 am January 13, 2012 Permalink

    On another note…..Today’s KSR radio show needs to address Rick P’s radio show last night. I was channeling surfing and happened to catch some of it. The first two callers called him out. The 1st questioned the offensive schemes. Pitino got all arrogant and said it was a ridiculous question. 2nd one asked if he planned to continue to dodge post game press conferences and interviews after every loss. Ricky just tried to dance around it. The pressure is building.

  25. SwampJankins
    7:09 am January 13, 2012 Permalink

    Skip Bayless would say his own mother is a whore on national television if it gained him some notoriety. He deserves nothing less than having his mouth sewn shut.

  26. Head Bussa
    7:24 am January 13, 2012 Permalink

    For the most part, Skip is right. I would have said that, too, if I hadn’t watched the game the other night. They were not selfish vs. Auburn and certainly looked to be really playing together. That caused some poor play — as some passes were thrown away and others weren’t ready for shots — but overall it looked to me that they were making a real effort to whip the ball around more. I see nothing but great things for this team going forward if they continue to make an effort to really play 5-man offensive bball.

  27. macon_volfan
    7:39 am January 13, 2012 Permalink

    5-I’m real, and I’m fabulous.

  28. mark nardin
    7:50 am January 13, 2012 Permalink

    Selfish teams dont have 6 guys averaging double digits and selfish teams dont play defense the way the Cats do.

  29. Reality Is
    7:54 am January 13, 2012 Permalink

    26. So you say Skip is right and then make an entire argument stating why the team isn’t selfish?

  30. RealCatsFan
    8:06 am January 13, 2012 Permalink

    #8, you beat me to it! Ali’Vitale is the top Arabic announcer in the Muslim world. Wonder if he wears a turban on top of his bald, pointy head? 🙂

    Props to the Lady Cats for Gettin’ It Done!

    IU has had a nice run with some big wins, but they have yet to prove that they can win on the road in a hostile environment. It’s a shame that the home and home series with them had to end this year, because it would have been nice to “welcome” them into Rupp next year.

  31. Barack Obama
    8:20 am January 13, 2012 Permalink

    Nice dunk but he traveled back at half court.

  32. My Two Cents
    8:50 am January 13, 2012 Permalink

    The the announcer the middle eastern version of Dickie V?

  33. Triple Negative
    9:03 am January 13, 2012 Permalink

    There is not a one of us who can’t honestly say that this team isn’t teatering on another loss.

  34. barn
    9:08 am January 13, 2012 Permalink

    19)pelphrey had some problems on the team. he finally straightened them out then was fired. he should have been given 1 more year. he had a top 10 recruiting class coming this year.

  35. RickyPRetirementTour
    9:11 am January 13, 2012 Permalink

    Drew, a good sports bet for this weekend, see if you can get someone to wear a “Got Pitino” shirt to the UL game at the Yum tommorrow.

  36. WUBU
    9:21 am January 13, 2012 Permalink

    One additional thing stood out to me in the video. The upper deck is virtually empty, and most of the fans looked like they were watching a chess match; except for the 2 guys in the upper deck. Both jumped up like they were going to go nuts. Then they both hesitated, almost as if to say, “ummm…is it ok to go nuts when a Westerner scores?” One then decided, “Probably not,” and calmly clapped. The other decided, “Hey, he has an Islamic name. To hell with it! SHOOP SHOOP ALHAJI!!!!”

  37. getyourinforight
    9:24 am January 13, 2012 Permalink

    UT is #6, not #9.

  38. swi-cat
    9:26 am January 13, 2012 Permalink

    i think wku should stick with ray harper. he has won everywhere he has coached and i think he will win there also.

  39. PunjabiPrincess
    9:29 am January 13, 2012 Permalink

    Is it just me or does Alahji Muhammad’s head look like an alien? I really didn’t even see the dunk bc I was too busy concentrating on how abnormally long that dome is.

  40. AJH
    9:29 am January 13, 2012 Permalink

    At times Terrence Jones can be a bit selfish, forcing bad shots (to get his pts for the night)That’s very frustrating too, because defenses know when he has the ball in the lane, he is shooting and not passing, allowing another defender to peel off and help out.

    Remember this…If Terrence Jones lets the game come to him and passes out of the post (especially to Davis), that is UK’s only real shot at winning a championship

  41. A'dia Mathies > Pearl Jr.
    9:37 am January 13, 2012 Permalink

    I was at that game last night. It was an exciting finish, but all-in-all a sloppy game. Both teams went more than 5 minutes without a field goal in the first half…COMBINED. When 2 teams who average 80 points don’t even get halfway there until there is 10:00 left in the game, it’s excruciating to watch (e.g. UK vs. UL).

    With that said, it was also the most dominant performance by an individual Kentucky player that I’ve seen since Jodie Meeks went off against…oh yeah…Tennessee! A’dia Mathies is an absolute BEAST! She put that team on her back last night, and literally willed them to win.

    Kentucky is very VERY fast and athletic. But, Tennessee is athletic and physical. Outside of Samarie Walker and occasionally Azia Bishop, we don’t have many on the team that can get in there and bang (yes, I’m aware of the jokes that statement may create). I’d watch Glory Johnson and Vicki Baugh play any day. They both have amazing moves and incredible ability.


  42. cats11
    10:00 am January 13, 2012 Permalink

    Not tryin to start another KSR vs. The World war, but Claybourn = Anti-Kentucky Douche.

  43. buk
    10:03 am January 13, 2012 Permalink

    What WKU needs to do is stop being a stepping stone school and pay a coach enough where they won’t be looking for another job after they make a tourney run. It’s a big school with nice facilities and a solid fan base. They need to step their game up and quit looking to be another coach’s resume builder.

  44. Come on Drew
    10:11 am January 13, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t have time to read all the comments so I don’t know if anyone has pointed this out, but come on Drew…your 1st sentence says the 9th ranked Vols and your 2nd sentence says the #9 Kentucky. The Vols were 6th ranked, not 9th (or 7th in ESPN polls)

  45. Bluecalizone
    10:22 am January 13, 2012 Permalink

    Skip Bayless=====Root Swabber.

  46. comebackcats
    10:49 am January 13, 2012 Permalink

    Completely inappropritate comment on Asians in the Duke student section. leave that for the racists in the comments section of your blog.

  47. MN CAT
    11:26 am January 13, 2012 Permalink

    Tubby has been the subject of all kinds of criticism here in MN, with the Gophers’s 0-4 Big Ten start. Those who lambasted UK fans for forcing Tubby out (as if UK fired him–which many outside Big Blue Nation still believe) have now been noticing the same things we noticed in Tubby’s last years in Lexington. Tubby really needed the win last night. Glad he got it, since I like him personally.

  48. scott davis
    11:31 am January 13, 2012 Permalink

    I was wondering.if Eddie Sutton is related to popcorn Sutton off of.the show moonshiners on.discovery channel

  49. Sheeeeiiit
    1:10 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    46 – not every joke with a race in it is a racist joke! But when people like you see race in everything, it makes me think: either your a closet racist yourself or you want to be the new thought police for our new and improved politically correct America. Either way relax, Jeez. It’s not like Drew called on all UK fans to take up arms against all of Asia.

    23 – that’s just stupid. Lots of African American love to watch sports and also attend Duke. last I checked referee guy wasn’t white.

  50. Jimmy Phelps
    1:39 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    What stood out to me was that it was clearly a charge. The defender took a knee in the chest after firmly establishing position.

  51. ctejr
    1:42 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    Sorry #49, you are wrong (and right). While you’re correct that every joke with a racial element is not automatically racist, Drew’s comment about Asian students at Duke was out of line and not even funny. Drew, you write great stuff but might want to admit this was in poor taste…

  52. The Rev.
    3:23 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    #51 – It was not a joke, it’s a fact…or as Drew put it, a certainty. Don’t get your panties up in a bunch, there was nothing out of line about that.

  53. ctejr
    3:29 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    #52, guess you did not have grades to get into Duke? Drew’s line was, well, out of line…

  54. ctejr
    3:33 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    But I don’t want to infer that Drew was looking to be offensive – just sometimes humor misses the mark. We all have it happen…besides, we got bigger fish to fry like worrying about the Cats figuring out how to mesh better!

  55. Lee
    7:30 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    #49……look at the crowd makeup at any football/baseball stadium or basketball arena and you’ll see about 95% of the fans are white and 5% black. The only exception is a “black college or high school” where all the students are black. Go turn on your tv and get your eyes open. I’m not against blacks….I’m just pointing out facts.

    #52….Drew’s comment wasnt necessary. He wrote it with bad taste. But he wouldnt have the balls to make a comment about blacks in that manner because they’re afraid of the uproar it would cause.

  56. Sheeeeiiit
    8:27 pm January 13, 2012 Permalink

    55 – That’s why it’s called a minority. With certain exceptions you will most always have more whites at any given place in America. In Africa – more black people, Mexico – more Mexicans, India – more Indians. Not much of a surprise there. So I’m not seeing a problem or a good point.

    Also you guys bashing the Asian comment, think of it this way. It is typical these days to say the Duke comment was in bad taste, racist or whatever. But in reality Asians tend to be very intelligent and therefore many can attend Duke and other schools with high level academics. So it could also be said that Drew was complimenting the Asians in the Duke stands. But you thought police wouldn’t have a job if you left it at that. So you cry foul and make yourselves feel good for the day. It’s easy to take anything out of context and twist it around. I think it’s pretty obvious there are no racists writing for KSR. It’s sad that such a small comment can get twisted around. What he wrote means nothing and hurts no one until the thought police get a hold of it. Now Drew secretly hates Asians and black people can’t get tickets to college sports games. What the heck?

  57. Lee
    3:59 pm January 14, 2012 Permalink

    #56….here’s my last comment on this. Blacks ARENT a minority on the basketball court. Whites usually are. If you go by percentage makeup of each race, blacks are WAY under represented in the stands of almost any sporting event. Period. As far as the Asian comment, it wasnt necessary. Its pretty clear it was meant in a way to humor the majority of the suckups that read this blog. By the way…..if you arent Drew himself, you’re probably his mother.

  58. Sheeeeiiit
    5:26 pm January 14, 2012 Permalink

    57 – Not Drew, not his mother. Just a Cats fan who thinks its rediculous to make a big deal of a joke. But Which is worse? Him making a joke or you putting down the people who read KSR. Calling random people suck ups, now that’s offensive and unnecessary.
    So whites are being shut out on the court and blacks are being withheld tickets in the stands. Right, now I get what your saying. Wait, no I don’t.