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Demonte Harper’s Friday News and Views

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Well, Thursday didn’t disappoint us, did it?  The real start of the NCAA Tournament brought big finishes, a couple of upsets and all kinds of sweet, delicious Big Blue goodness in our beloved Commonwealth.  Kentucky escaped a disciplined and somewhat lucky Princeton squad thanks to some heroics from Brandon Knight just a shortwhile after another blue Kentucky team made the Bluegrass proud by sending home little brother.  Donnie Tyndall’s Morehead State team backed up their coaches confidence and knocked off Louisville, thanks to a pair of big plays in the final seconds from their two best players.  Kenneth Faried stood tall on Mike Marra’s final desperation attempt, but it was a three-pointer by senior Demonte Harper with 4.2 seconds left that won the game for the Eagles and restored order again in the world of Kentucky basketball.  Given the circumstances, it was a tremendous play by Harper and one that earns him a place in NCAA Tournament lore.  Given the fact that he’d struggled to make only two of nine shots to that point after averaging 26 points in the first two games, Harper’s confidence in his play-making is even more commendable.  The Eagles now get a date with the Richmond Spiders Saturday for a shot at the Sweet 16. 

Now onto a few UK notes…

 – As was the case with most of the SEC Tournament, the Cats were again carried by the veteran duo of Darius Miller and Josh Harrellson.  For all of the attention given to UK’s freshmen this season – all of it deserved – the emergence on Miller and Jorts during the most critical stretch of UK’s season might be the biggest story of the year.  And, for Kentucky fans, it’s the most enjoyable.  Both players have faced adversity since arriving in Lexington despite taking different paths.  Miller was a contributor from the time he arrived on campus, but seemed to have his confidence shattered by Billy Gillispie and too often found himself the target of fan frustration as he disappeared for stretches and failed to find any sort of consistency.  The low point came in a loss to Ole Miss earlier in the season when he passed up an open three-pointer late in the game.  Instead of fading away as many expected him to do, the junior from Maysville instead used that as a turning point and has been neck-and-neck with Brandon Knight as Kentucky’s most potent and clutch scorer.  Jorts, meanwhile, was essentially a non-factor and only made his way onto the court because the Cats had no one else to turn to.  Like Miller, he’s shown up in a big way and given the Cats more than they would have expected.  Coach Cal makes headlines every year for sending freshmen to the NBA, but the development of Miller and Harrellson might be his most impressive work yet.  For Kentucky, it couldn’t have come at a better time.  For Kentucky fans, it couldn’t have happened to two more deserving players.  Part of what makes college basketball so special is seeing young men develop and successfully live out their dreams.  Miller and Jorts are doing that right now and it’s a wonderful thing.

– With Kentucky’s win over Princeton, they now move on to face West Virginia again and earn a chance at getting a little revenge for last season’s loss in the Elite Eight.  We’ll hear a lot between now and Saturday about Kentucky’s improved shooting this year being a key to knocking off the Mountaineers, but that might not be the most telling stat.  If Kentucky wants to advance to the Sweet 16, they’ll have to clamp down defensively again against a team that struggles to make shots.  West Virginia shoots an awful 42% from the field as a team, which ranks them as 228th in the nation.  The Mountaineers make up for that with rebounding and some defensive power of their own, but Kentucky seemed to rise to the challenge against Alabama and Ole Miss, who play a similar game.  If they can put together anything similar to the offensive output they displayed in those two SEC Tournament games against physical teams and rebound as a team, they should be fine.  But it’s all going to start on defense, where they’ve finally realized they can win ball games.  The Mountaineers present yet another challenge, but this team appears to be more than capable of accepting it.

 – Vegas released their odds for Saturday’s game and Kentucky opened as a three-point underdog to the Mountaineers, but quickly moved to a four-point favorite.  For all the reaons listed above and the strong UK crowd that should be in attendance, it’s not crazy to think of UK as the favorite.  Considering they’re the higher seed, it doesn’t seem all that nuts at all, actually.

– As noted below, the Cats and Mountainers will tip off at 12:15 Saturday.  The early game will be broadcast on CBS and will be followed by Florida and UCLA. 

 – Overall, it was a mixed bag for the SEC on Thursday as Florida coasted and Vandy was upset again.  Vandy’s loss to Richmond marked the first time a team had lost three straight years as a five seed or better in the round of 64 and seemed to be the start of a massive movement by the media to declare Kevin Stallings chances at a major job dead.  Meanwhile, Florida’s pasting of UC-Santa Barbara had the whole world declaring they were worthy of a two-seed.  Regardless of how true either are, it was a one-day microcosm of SEC basketball.  Sometimes it’s really good.  Sometimes it’s really bad.  And it’s probably not changing anytime soon.

 – In some notable non-basketball news, Ohio State’s Jim Tressel requested a five-game suspension after the NCAA upheld the same punishment for his players.  Though they were reprimanded for different crimes against the NCAA monarchy, the Ohio State coach apparently thought it was only fair that they serve the same sentence.  One person who wasn’t impressed with Tressel’s public display of self-sacrifice was Clay Travis, who Tweeted this: “Jim Tressel is relying on y’all — and ESPN — being dumb. Five games isn’t enough for what he did. He’s finished.”  I can’t say I disagree.  At least with the first half.

That’s it for now.  Stay tuned to KSR all day as we get you set for another round of fun in the sun in Tampa and another shot at Bob Huggins.  Matt will get things going with what could be the greatest episode of Kentucky Sports Radio yet at 10am on Talk Radio 1080.  In the meantime, take a few minutes to appreciate the trainwreck that has become Lesley Visser.  I thought she showed up looking like Tawny Kitaen after a week-long bender with Whitesnake, but ABC’s Kent Spencer had a better take.  She’s become Randy “The Ram” Robinson.  Ouch.

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See you in a few..

Article written by Thomas Beisner

80 Comments for Demonte Harper’s Friday News and Views



  1. Rich
    11:52 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Ewwwwww dude



  2. Soap MacTavish
    11:52 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Imagine if we get a showing by both the freshmen and the veterans. It’d be nasty. Oh, and sixteenth.



  3. bleedblue
    11:54 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    That’s my uncle on the left.



  4. Jeremy
    11:58 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    Don’t forget to wipe your West Virginia.



  5. Lonnie B
    11:58 pm March 17, 2011 Permalink

    No way we went from +3 to -4 in 20 minutes. i cannot even find a line anywhere. I hope we are favored by 4 or 5 or that is not good. People will play WVU if they are getting 5 points after each teams showing today.



  6. Rick Flair
    12:08 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    It opened up at UK -3.. Oh and an awful 42%, I hope that was a type-o…



  7. SexnNursinHomes
    12:09 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    I’ll eat shit if Cal loses to huggy bear again. I probably shouldn’t say that.

    Love the UK atmosphere today, we were thick. Especially in that bar across the street from the arena. CATSSSSSS!!!



  8. Jason
    12:12 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    i want the victory of west virginia more than any other UK win in my lifetime. Next to the 5 OT loss to UT in football in 07, last years Elite-freaking-8 loss to those dbags was the most crushing loss i have experienced. What a fluke game that was. Lets beat those chumps and make all those gafs who put WVU stickers on their cars in lexington feel stupid. LEGGGO0!!!!!



  9. Pierce Buster
    12:15 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    I bet Clay Travis doesn’t think Bruce Pearl is “finished…” and he runs an insane asylum of a program as we all know.

    http://www.firebrucepearl.com



  10. Alan Cutler's Fart
    12:18 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    I want this win over WVU more than any other this year. I live in WV and the obnoxious WVU fans and their Jersey attitude just make me sick. I hope we stomp them into the ground, and T Jones posterizes at least one of them.



  11. mocha
    12:18 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    Free Enes.



  12. Alan Cutler's Fart
    12:19 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    Oh, nad hopefully Huggins won’t dry hump one of his players this tournament. This is the NCAA’s Huggins! Not prom night!



  13. Gavin S.
    12:20 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    Yeah, she should fire whoever is doing her makeup. Not good.



  14. SexnNursinHomes
    12:20 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    9- as long you kill unsuspected Mountaineer college chicks from Camp Crystal Lake



  15. hersheyisabear
    12:27 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    If our freshman show up this could be a blood bath. Go CATS!



  16. Daver23
    12:28 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    Ummm..she is in her late 50s. No reason to be so harsh



  17. Jesus for President
    12:47 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    Pitino said “I’ve been coaching this game too long” during his press conference after his loss to MSU. Rick Pitino has been a great ambassador for the game (during his time at UK), but 1 Final Four in 10 years at Loserville proves that he’s done. Stick a fork in him!!



  18. Jeremy
    12:52 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    I still remember that one possession last year against wvu where we missed four consecutive threes. No way that happens again



  19. BTIs_RA
    12:58 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    why’s the game got to be so dang early?!?!?!? I might still be at work! This is turrable! GO CATS!!!



  20. Blueburg
    1:04 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    Florida’s opponent was a joke. All I can say is I’m glad we played a game that did not leave us with the false impression that we are better than we really are.



  21. bluekz
    1:07 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    Good article, until the end. Guess you’re kind of a dick, huh..



  22. The barf
    1:07 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    When did Marra grow African-American midget legs?



  23. mike
    1:13 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    The Cats owe Bob Hugginsmynutsac and WV a beating



  24. Easy
    1:16 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    Man hands ???



  25. Thomas Beisner
    1:20 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    22, are you calling Mickey Rourke ugly?



  26. scott rigots european recruit
    1:24 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    haha, pitino actually said he’s been coaching too long….i hope ul keeps him forever, can’t believe they accept his results year in and year out….



  27. bluekz
    1:53 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    I’ve never made it through a Mickey Rourke movie. Too much of his face is there.



  28. Rjr
    2:07 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    The shot at Lesley Visser was unnecessary. So she got old. It will happen to all of us eventually.



  29. Jeremy
    2:09 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    8. Your comment made me literally laugh out loud. Completely caught me off guard.



  30. bigbill992001
    3:08 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    If I remember correctly, last yr. everyone was saying WVU was a poor shooting team, too.

    Tressel-The NCAA will have the last say on his punishment, but I doubt he’ll be fired. He had a clean record up til Tatgate.



  31. kentucky
    3:16 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    So the author of this blog continues his ignorant statements about Thursday being the real start of the tournament. What a moron. Does it take a total lack of intelligence to be a journalist? It is utterly stupid statements such as that which continue to tell the world that the KSR staff is made up of people with elementary school mentalities. When are we going to get something written here that at least doesn’t embarrass the whole fan base?



  32. the guy on the left
    3:39 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    looks half black and half white.



  33. the guy on the right
    3:40 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    i think you mean me!



  34. Vanderbilt
    5:40 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    We would like to apologize to the SEC for showing we cannot play in the Tourney. We were flatter than a Pitino erection, and played Vandy Pretty. We also apologize for the hoof marks our cheerleaders leave on the gym floor.



  35. bigbluecats350
    6:22 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    i think the thing that may hurt this team would have been a longer lay-off. notice how they improved each time with the short turn around during the sec tournament. yesterday was just jitters and WV played a crappy clemson team that was already wore out. not many teams are as well conditioned as UK. how many teams can play 6 players and run for 40 min and play damn good defense. Cats win big saturday.



  36. Yeah right...
    6:37 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    I love early games !



  37. BlahBlue
    6:51 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    35) yeah, like you wouldn’t do every one of the Vandy cheerleaders in a SexnNursinHome minute.



  38. Eloy Vargina
    6:54 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    Yeah, so she’s 50. Does excuse her for having done so much cosmetic surgery and having so much Botox that her mouth looks like the Joker in batman and her face looks like someone took a roll of ceran wrap and tried to suffocate her? She’s terrifying and I hope they stop showing her.



  39. Tshirt
    7:23 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    love the early game … bourbon in my coffee



  40. Here we go now
    7:23 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    Leslie is 58 yrs old. Cut her some slack.



  41. sore loser
    7:52 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    32- Got sand in your vagina?



  42. Lou eaton
    7:58 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    Not sure why everyone is so giddy about yesterday’s win? How the hell can we be so happy with a lucky win after such horrendous play and chaching? AGAIN, had the coaches ever watched the PUKE-Princeton game they would have pressed immediately. DUKE caused 1000 Princeton turnovers and the game was never really a game but a “blowout”. Unless we have a wakeup WVA will dismantle us AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!



  43. Hugh Jass
    8:00 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    Hey I am all for jokes but Mrs. Visser had a serious accident :/

    “In June 1993, Visser suffered a jogging accident in New York’s Central Park in which she broke her hip and skidded face-first across the pavement.[8] She required surgery on her face and hip and in 2006 she required an artificial hip replaceme:



  44. Zach
    8:02 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    You twats. She had an accident and had plastic surgery. This blog continues it’s downward spiral since Matt left. Stay classy kids.



  45. Chang
    8:04 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    What does it say about our world when part of “getting old” is butchering your face with surgical knives and pumping your lips full of chemicals?

    #32 must live in Dayton or root for Arkansas-Little Rock. In either case he’s an idiot. The only people who care about the “First Four” are people who are irrelevant the other 363 days of the year.



  46. Chang
    8:06 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    #44 and 45 a hip replacement is why her face looks like that?



  47. Some Guy in Kentucky
    8:11 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    Maybe, Coach Cal should make a video of plays for Jones to remind him what kind of plays he should, and could make, because he seems confused. Him and Knight have to step up for UK to keep playing.



  48. catty
    8:23 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    I think the whole issue is with her hair. She looks like one of those teenage girls on tv shows.



  49. Smack Talker
    8:24 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    Who knew there were so many defenders of Ms. Visser…wow

    Next people are going to be upset with the Tyler Parsons Lilith Fair references



  50. podcast listener
    8:37 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    Mr. Beisner, when will the podcast be fixed on the 1080 site? I need my daily matt jones radio show fix.



  51. john
    8:39 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    Its not that there are so many defenders of Ms. Visser #50, its just that this blog sometimes goes way over the top at poking fun at people. It was cruel and not funny.

    She required plastic surgery on her face after an accident – “In June 1993, Visser suffered a jogging accident in New York’s Central Park in which she broke her hip and skidded face-first across the pavement.[8] She required surgery on her face and hip and in 2006 she required an artificial hip replacement.”

    What’s next guys, are we going to make fun of the Down’s Syndrome kids?



  52. rjr
    8:39 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    Its not that there are so many defenders of Ms. Visser #50, its just that this blog sometimes goes way over the top at poking fun at people. It was cruel and not funny.

    She required plastic surgery on her face after an accident – “In June 1993, Visser suffered a jogging accident in New York’s Central Park in which she broke her hip and skidded face-first across the pavement.[8] She required surgery on her face and hip and in 2006 she required an artificial hip replacement.”

    What’s next guys, are we going to make fun of the Down’s Syndrome kids?



  53. rjr
    8:40 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    Sorry for the double post, didn’t think it went through!



  54. Kidnut
    8:46 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    Is it okay to point out that Joe Mazzulla looks like the blinded kid in Slumdog Millionaire?



  55. Some Guy in Kentucky
    8:48 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    I hear that the Louisville police had to talk Jimmy6x off the 2nd street bridge yesterday. They had to bring him some Applebee’s to get him down.



  56. 7 and Counting!!!
    8:49 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    Shoutout to Jorts and his amazing game! He was all over the court and in every play in a pivotal stretch of the second half!!!



  57. Gavin S.
    9:01 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    I did not know she had had and accident and required cosmetic surgery. I retract snarky comment and apologize to Ms. Visser.



  58. IfThenElse
    9:08 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    When did so many people get so righteous and sensitive? My god, I read the blurb about “Ms. Visser’s” accident 4 times. Ok, she had an accident. Let’s all have a moment of silence. As far as the references to this site going downhill since Matt “left”….um, wow, I really do not see a change except that Mr. Jones doesn’t post as much, if at all, on here any more. Next thing you know people will start asking for a “No Bully Zone” icon at the top of the page. Good god.



  59. Big Blue 66
    9:14 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    I am officially requesting a “NO BULLY ZONE”



  60. Skinman
    9:14 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    I see why Mike Marra has been playing so bad. He has three arms and his upper half is white and dressed in white and his lower half it black and dressed in blue.



  61. Mr. Economy
    9:14 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    Hmmm, is snarky really a word?



  62. Norkaintuck
    9:16 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    The way Ms. Visser looks is not the result of surgery done EIGHTEEN YEARS AGO! This is very recent elective cosmetic surgery done in an attempt to look younger and stay relevant and the result is just not flattering. Lesson here is be happy in your own skin and if you’re gonna do it don’t settle for Mickey Rourke’s surgeon.



  63. Mr. Economy
    9:17 am March 18, 2011 Permalink


  64. Blue-blooded
    9:18 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    This blog has become stale and elementary. It’s a sad day for KSR when you need to resort to this approach to negative criticism on people unrelated to the game. I didnt realize KSR had 7th graders writing here.



  65. Mr. Economy
    9:19 am March 18, 2011 Permalink


  66. Get Over It!
    9:20 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    This is ridiculous, as you’ve pointed out the Lesley Visser accident in June of 1993 was 18 years ago. It’s blatantly obvious there has been a great deal of cosmetic surgery post accident surgery. The Beis was just stating the obvious. Give it a rest. Now back to the topic at hand…

    GO BIG BLUE!



  67. Horny UK fan!!
    9:21 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    I hate Mazzulla!!! He looks like he has eye liner on……we owe him a few punches to the balls and about 25 points from Knight. This is a monkey I’m sure Cal would love to shed. GO CATS!!!



  68. BigAbes4UK
    9:22 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    HAHA- I knew you all would be funnin on Vesser. My 15 y/o son said her head looked like the crystal skull from Indiana Jones. That one made me LOL.



  69. Jonah Hex
    9:29 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    Well I gotta say if you would have told me that Jones/Knight/Lamb would have played as bad as they did and we still won- I would have called you a liar.



  70. blueblue
    9:35 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    We all know Cats tip at 12:15pm tommorrow. Morehead is scheduled to tip at 5:15.

    Go CATS!!!! and Go Eagles!!!



  71. Bonkrshr
    9:39 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    In short… And just a reminder…
    If you don’t like kSR go to another site… Just that simple
    Your credit card will be 100% refunded…
    While you certainly can complain about whatever you want…
    Nobody really cares….
    Go cats



  72. jackblue
    9:45 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    Is it true, Karen Sypher was at the game wearing a MORE-HEAD shirt?



  73. Borocat
    10:13 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    I request a “get these PC a**holes off my blog” zone…Leslie and Fergie need a plastic surgery intervention neither of them look like they did three years ago…and it has nothing to do with some accident 18 years ago…and to all those who think this blog is elementary school humor..GO ELSEWHERE! Oh wait there are no more sites out there this relevant you say!?!? Then STFU!



  74. Chris Duncan
    10:37 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    That picture is soooo mean…………but really true. Everyone was thinking it



  75. Jon Hood
    10:47 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    I see ya cryin Rick pitino, I see ya losin hoss-cards.



  76. Chris Carrier
    11:38 am March 18, 2011 Permalink

    UCLA, Tyus Edney, 1995. Barely winning an early round squeaker against a low seed on a last second shot is no indication that a team can’t win it all.



  77. Jaws2
    12:05 pm March 18, 2011 Permalink

    Beisner, don’t insult your’s and others intelligence by quoting the ‘line’ like it has to do something to do with which team is
    ‘favored’ by Vegas. Once the first line is set, any line after is merely an indication of where the money is being bet. It has NOTHING
    to do with who Vegas thinks will win. I’m a little, very little, surprised a sports blog wouldn’t know that.



  78. bluekz
    2:02 pm March 18, 2011 Permalink

    63. That pretty much sums it up. Well said.



  79. bluekz
    2:09 pm March 18, 2011 Permalink

    72. yes, I see your point. I can see by all of the comments that nobody cares.