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Ken-Jah Bosley Wants Eight Notes from the Weekend

By now, you’ve probably heard about Madison Central’s epic fourth quarter comeback to beat Ballard to win the Kentucky Boys’ State Championship. The Indians were down by as many as 16 in the third quarter, but stormed back behind Sweet 16 MVP Dominique Hawkins and Ken-Jah Bosley, who threw up the game-winning three with 2.2 seconds left in the game. It’s just the latest thriller in a weekend chock-full of great basketball, and another reminder that March Madness is finally here. The postseason has begun, and before the craziness ensues, let’s look back at the weekend that was in Kentucky sports:

1. The Cats find a pulse

We’ve rehashed Kentucky’s monumental win over Florida plenty this weekend, but it feels so good we’re going to do it some more. Heading into yesterday’s game, I think most fans had given up on the Cats’ chances of making the tournament. After losing to Georgia, the mood in the BBN was as low as it’s been since the Billy Gillispie era, but desperate times call for desperate measures. All season we’ve been waiting for the pieces to come together for this squad and the possibility of not reaching the Tournament finally snapped them out of their slump. Florida was bigger, stronger, and more experienced, but for once, the Cats were the team that wanted it more. At the last possible second, this group is finally showing some heart.

2. Alex Poythress started with the man in the mirror

There were a lot of key factors to yesterday’s win. From Willie Cauley-Stein playing eleven minutes with four fouls to Archie Goodwin’s never-give-up mentality and Julius Mays’ leadership, it was all great, but the resurgence of Alex Poythress may be the most important going forward. Prior to the game, Poythress told reporters that he knew it was time for him to step up and he did, scoring 9 points and grabbing 12 huge rebounds. Afterwards, a smiling Alex said that the night before the game, he looked into the mirror and realized that he hadn’t been giving his all this season and that it was time to “grow up.” I will refrain from using the phrase “he’s turned a corner” because it’s pretty much cursed at this point, but Alex’s attitude shift could mean wonders for this team’s postseason chances.

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3. Rupp Arena gives the Cats another life

I’ve been fortunate enough to see many great games in Rupp Arena. I was there for Tayshaun’s five threes vs. North Carolina, Rick Pitino’s first game in Rupp as Louisville’s head coach, several huge games against Florida and UNC, and most recently, the Missouri game. But the last eight minutes of yesterday’s game will always stand out for me. Cal said that on Friday night, he knew the only edge Kentucky could have over Florida would be the crowd, and took to Twitter to challenge the crowd to stand up at the eight minute mark in the second half and cheer until the end. The fans responded, creating one of the most electric atmospheres I’ve ever had the pleasure of witnessing. As Kentucky fans, we suck at giving up on our teams. Our faith and support for the Cats is as ingrained in us as the lyrics to “My Old Kentucky Home” and Keeneland. On Saturday, the team needed us and for once, we were finally able to repay them for the countless memories they’ve given us over the years. For eight minutes, Rupp Arena rose to its feet (blue hairs and all) and poured all of its energy into the team, who in turn, came back to beat Florida and possibly extend the season. As the buzzer sounded, fans and players rejoiced in cathartic chaos so overwhelming that this blogger was too stunned to leave her seat for a good ten minutes. Well done, Rupp.


4. There’s still work to do.

Although Kentucky is one of Joe Lunardi’s “last four in,” there is still some work to do. The SEC Tournament kicks off in Nashville on Wednesday and thanks to some truly ridiculous tiebreakers, the Cats ended up with a pretty favorable draw. As a two seed, Kentucky will play the winner of Arkansas and Vanderbilt on Friday night at 6:30 p.m. CT, and if they win, they’ll take on what will likely be the winner of Ole Miss and Missouri. Barring a major meltdown, the Cats should be able to handle Arkansas or Vandy (especially with strong fan support), and have shown they are capable of knocking off Ole Miss and Missouri. More importantly, the semifinal matchup could strengthen Kentucky’s resume, and if it’s Ole Miss, give Kentucky a crucial edge over them on the bubble. Despite the doom and gloom that surrounded this program after the loss in Athens, the Cats have a manageable route to the Tournament.

5. Nashville awaits

Who was happiest to hear about UK’s win over Florida? The bar owners on lower Broadway in Nashville. The afterglow of the Florida win has led several fans who were on the fence about coming to Nashville to resurrect their plans, and for the umpteenth year in a row, the SEC Tournament will be dominated by the Big Blue Nation. In the past, John Calipari has downplayed the importance of the SEC Tournament, but this year, it’s Kentucky’s last chance to make a good impression. I, for one, cannot wait for Kentucky fans to trickle in and take over Music City, because while this city is great any day of the week, it’s downright awesome when it’s full of blue. (I hear the bands at Tootsie’s are already practicing the fight song.) Matt, Drew, and I will be court side for all five days, along with countless other members of the KSR family like Aaron Flener and Kristen Geil. Friday’s morning show will be live from a bar downtown, and as we get closer (and plans become final), we’ll let you know where. Win or lose, the BBN will party.

6. The Women come up short

Texas A&M continued their improbable run to the SEC Women’s Championship Sunday evening with a 75-67 win over Kentucky. Wilder has a full recap below, but Matthew Mitchell’s squad simply couldn’t get into a rhythm offensively. The Cats’ main sharp shooter, Jennifer O’Neill, was cold from the outside all night, and Texas A&M’s Kelsey Bone was too much for them to handle. Texas A&M coach Gary Blair truly had the line of the night when he said: “When you get a hoss like Bone, you learn how to ride her.” Wow. I’m just going to leave that one right there.

The women find out their postseason path on Monday, March 18th. The loss to Texas A&M was disappointing, but merely a blip on the radar for what is sure to be a deep tournament run.

7. Kentucky may have found a new point guard for next year…and beyond

The biggest story out of the Sweet 16 for Kentucky fans was the UK coaching staff’s interest in Dominique Hawkins, the 2013 PG from Madison Central. Cal and his staff watched Hawkins throughout the tournament, and if they offer him a scholarship, he will likely be a Cat. While Hawkins earned MVP honors, James “Beetle” Bolden also turned some heads. Bolden is a sophomore at Holmes and his 29 point, 13 rebound performance against Hawkins and Madison Central impressed Orlando Antigua so much that he called Bolden’s home to express Kentucky’s interest. Cal will always have elite PGs coming in year after year, but if he can find a quality back-up to stick around for three or four, it will make the transition from season to season much smoother.

8. Spring football starts in one week

And this guy is ready. spring-game

We’ve got an exciting and busy week ahead. On Monday, Jared Lorenzen will be in studio with Ryan Lemond to talk about the Cats, followed by the man, the myth, the ‘stache, Alan Cutler on Tuesday. Buckle up and get some rest.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

50 Comments for Ken-Jah Bosley Wants Eight Notes from the Weekend

  1. Let's Roll
    11:08 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink


  2. tdogg40330
    11:13 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    I miss listening to Matt and Drew, when do they return??

  3. Bolden
    11:17 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    JAMES BOLDEN dribbles wayyyy too much. Will get the ball stolen every time in D-1 basketball!!

  4. bmt22033
    11:25 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    You gotta give Brandon Knight credit for trying to stop this but DeAndre Jordan almost KILLED him with this jam…

  5. Spenser
    11:31 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    @4…that was nearly a homicide. I thought Knight was broke in half

  6. sons of anarchy
    11:37 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    just as long as these in-state kids dont end up being overrated/overhyped and end up a dud im all for giving the kid a scholly. at the same time i dont want them to not get the love from the UK staff and play for another SEC team and torch us everytime they face us on the hardwood. but i truly think Cal has learned his lesson and will start pursuing a few more 4 year guys.

  7. CardinalsSuck
    11:56 pm March 10, 2013 Permalink

    Is sam malone picking his nose in that pic? Lol! Get a good one bro!!!

  8. Cokely
    12:29 am March 11, 2013 Permalink

    7.) That would be Brian Long. I wonder if he even appreciates that booger.

  9. Bhahahaah
    12:36 am March 11, 2013 Permalink

    #8) Well played sir hahahahahahaha comedy

  10. CardinalsSuck
    12:36 am March 11, 2013 Permalink

    8) ur right…..I will blame my wrongness on daylight savings!

  11. CardinalsSuck
    12:38 am March 11, 2013 Permalink

    The dude fist pumping in the same pic and the dancing ladies obviously think he picked a winner!

  12. Just Good Ole LOL Again
    12:47 am March 11, 2013 Permalink

    Leave it to a true blue fan to point out his perceived issue with a freaking tenth grader. What a jerk! Yeah, that’s you #3. Bolden’s probably 16 years old and could still take you in a 1 on 1.

  13. jpo
    1:16 am March 11, 2013 Permalink

    8. LOL!

  14. Wait Just A Minute
    1:38 am March 11, 2013 Permalink

    Hawkins a PG??? Wait just a minute. Did you watch the same tournament I did? Madison Central shared PG responsibility with Hawkins & Ken-Jah and neither one of them are a true point. Hawkins got by with playing PG because it is Kentucky high school basketball. He is a natural wing player that could play SG or SF in college. I definitely don’t think he can play the point, especially since most of his production this week was from offensive rebound putbacks and free throws from getting fouled on those putbacks. He does have a nice jump shot and good handles, but a PG he is not. That being said I hope he is offered from Cal – he’s just not going to be a PG.

  15. Chicago Chris
    1:38 am March 11, 2013 Permalink

    Middle Tennessee just took a bubble bid. Yargh.

  16. Mike
    2:03 am March 11, 2013 Permalink

    They’re trying to get ppl to buy tickets so bad.

  17. Tommy Pickles
    2:19 am March 11, 2013 Permalink

    14- If you don’t want to call Hawkins a PG that’s fine because to everyone else he’s a WINNER! Nobody cares if you think he’s not a point guard. He is a basketball player that is tough and finds a way to win.

  18. Buckets
    2:45 am March 11, 2013 Permalink

    Looks like this Hawkins kid really showed out this week and I’d be happy to see him at Kentucky next year. Nothing wrong with getting good players and good in-state kids who dream of wearing that jersey. Jarrod Polson has certainly earned everything he’s gotten and he’s proven to be a valuable part of the team. I’m proud of all the guys who play and carry themselves the right way, but there’s a little something extra special when it’s a Kentucky kid. Big ups to Madison Central for not quitting and gutting out an incredible win, and what a game-winner!

  19. SeaCat
    2:54 am March 11, 2013 Permalink

    Hire Popps as a writer!
    He is brilliant!!!

  20. HawaiianCat
    5:20 am March 11, 2013 Permalink

    Agree AP is key going forward and that his frequent disappearing act has been a major factor in this team not performing up to (unrealistic?) expectations. I for one would be happy to see him back for another year or two as I think it takes most kids, even those with NBA talent, at least two years to “get it”. I seem to recall TJones struggling down the stretch in SEC play and into the postseason during his freshman season as well. The only reason he avoided the same idiotic vitriol from all the “experts” on this site is that BKnight, DMiller and others stepped up their game. We hung a Final 4 banner that year with TJONES playing a much diminished role compared to early season. My point is that Cal was able to adjust the focus to Brandon and Darius when it became obvious that Terrence couldn’t carry the load as a freshman. Unfortunately, this team doesn’t have the luxury of an NBA lottery point guard that was Knight, a veteran guard/forward with the versatility of Miller, or the shutdown defender that was Liggins. Thus, I think we can look forward to an abbreviated postseason this year, but should welcome Alex back for a much deeper run to #9 next year…much as we were thrilled to have Terrence back. With or without Randle, we are a better, deeper team next year with Alex on board.

  21. Macey could play
    5:29 am March 11, 2013 Permalink

    If Hawkins from MCHS gets a ride to UK then Justice from Knott Co will start. He was clearly the better of the 2!

  22. FatBlueKid
    5:36 am March 11, 2013 Permalink

    I think right now we are a solid 7-10 seed. I think if we win the SEC tourney we could get a 6. We lose the 1st game we are a 10. Someone explain to me how UaVEl is a 1 seed?? What have they done this year. THey are AWFUL! What a joke! They lost 3 in a row, they don’t have 1 signature win because Sryacuse has shown they are Atrocious! If they are anything higher than a 3-4 seed it is an absolute travesty! I call on of BBN if they get to play games on our hallowed floor to please please by up as many tickets as possible and scream and boo and let them know they are not welcome! Make it an absolute road game. THe thought of them being a 1 seed and using our floor makes me want to vomit!

  23. RealCatsFan
    7:03 am March 11, 2013 Permalink

    Local news just showed Clappy the Clown running up to Michigan’s assistant coach and yelling at him that he “wrecked our program”. Gee, all high and pious isn’t he? Meanwhile, wasn’t there a big ESPN article about an Indiana AAU program funneling players to IU? What a douche! Now I know where Zeller gets his douchiness.

  24. IU Fan
    7:09 am March 11, 2013 Permalink

    GO HOOSIERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Big 10 Champions!!!!!!!!!!!! The only school in the area to be Conference Champs this year!!! No other school in Indiana or Kentucky can boost that accomplishment, once again proving our dominance!!!

  25. UK fan
    7:18 am March 11, 2013 Permalink

    Would you like to cut down the nets in front of my garage?

  26. IU Fan
    7:21 am March 11, 2013 Permalink

    # 21 You are out of your mind if you think winning the LESS,E.C. Tournament would boost U of K to a 6 seed. They have one good win on their resume’ preceded by 4 straight blow out losses on the road. Florida by 17, Tenn by 30, Arkansas by 13 and Georgia by 10. U of K sucks. If they were to win the LESS,E.C. They would be lucky to get an 11 or 12 because their RPI and S.O.S are terrible.
    IU is the best of the best, the 2013 NATIONAL CHAMPS…..Write it down!!!

  27. RealCatsFan
    7:22 am March 11, 2013 Permalink

    23, Congrats on your first championship in anything basketball related in, what, 15 years? Unless you want a championship for storming the court and cutting down the nets after you lose on senior day. Also, I wouldn’t exactly call 5 regular season losses “dominance”. Nice try, though.

    On second thought, no one can be that stupid – that has to be a UK fan being sarcastic, right?

  28. Michael F. Jox
    7:23 am March 11, 2013 Permalink

    14 – I agree. Although Hawkins’ performance in the sweet 16 was great, he is not a PG. As for the “Bolden dribbles too much” complaint. What do you expect? The kid also shot too much and grabbed too many rebounds for your taste as well probably, but hey, he had to carry that team practically. And don’t go dismissing the Bolden kid as a “quality back-up” so quick, Mrs. TT

  29. RealCatsFan
    7:28 am March 11, 2013 Permalink

    25, sure, I’ll write it down – and throw it back at you if you have the nads to come back on this site after the Hoosiers flame out in the tournament. I’ll be waiting! 🙂

    As a rational UK fan, I’m quite aware that this UK team has major issues, and yes, they did get blown out on the road by some questionable teams. I’ll be happy to take an occasional lull between Elite Eights, Final Fours and National Championships! You seem to be awfully caught up in the Cats to be trolling a UK site early in the morning after your dominant Hoosiers got a little zebra love to help with their dominating victory. Shouldn’t you be cutting down some nets at the local YMCA?

  30. Real
    7:42 am March 11, 2013 Permalink

    So that’s your recruiting pitch to Hawkins? Come be a 4 year back up like polson. You will never play over 5 star recruits, even if you earn it. Do yourself a favor young man. Go where you can play & get a degree.

  31. stillHere
    7:44 am March 11, 2013 Permalink

    I haven’t been to the Sweet 16 since I was in highschool, but from the video I was reminded that its hard to get lower-level seats in Rupp even for our highschool games…. Seriously- does this happen anywhere else?

  32. redneck democrat
    7:44 am March 11, 2013 Permalink

    Boldens potential is off the charts.He really needs to develop his right hand noticed that as often as he went to his right about two bounces was all he could maintain.In Ky high school b-ball doesnt really matter but will at the next level.Being a soph he has time to work that out.

  33. Darius Miller
    7:50 am March 11, 2013 Permalink

    29, I had no problem with playing backup to 5-star recruits. In fact, I thrived on it so much, I got my degree AND am not making millions in the NBA from my exposure at UK. Plus, I have this really cool national championship ring to remind me of all the good times!

  34. Darius Miller
    7:51 am March 11, 2013 Permalink

    32 – “now making millions”…

  35. Poppschmidty
    7:54 am March 11, 2013 Permalink

    AP is suffering from Terrence Jones syndrom. We all know he could be sooooo much better, but he’s so damn timid during the games. Hell, at the end of the Florida games he was just standing in the corner doing absolutely nothing. He needs another year here to mature into the player we all know he can be.

  36. kes
    8:19 am March 11, 2013 Permalink

    3, you are an idiot. dribbles too much…LOL.

  37. kes
    8:22 am March 11, 2013 Permalink

    21. HERE WE GO AGAIN! a kid from the mountains is an average high school player, and every toothless hick from eastern ky thinks he is the next rex chapman and should play for ky. we have all seen it a THOUSAND times. justice will be at NKU or morehead AT BEST….

  38. Rick
    8:38 am March 11, 2013 Permalink

    Alright guys I need some help!I would like to go to the SEC tournament. What is the best approach to get decent seats for the game. I plan to go down Friday afternoon. Should I buy off the internet or scalp them in Nashville? If you have tickets you want to get rid of my email address is [email protected], I need 2…

  39. SEC Tournament Brackets
    8:43 am March 11, 2013 Permalink

    I think KSR needs to post the SEC tournament bracket at least 10 more times

  40. rick rick play
    8:57 am March 11, 2013 Permalink

    I’m just glad Ballard got beat. Did you know they cheat in softball? Want to give a big shout out to PRP & KHSAA for stopping two of the six that were recruited. Now if the two girls that play for Ballard from Oldham county were ruled ineligible that would be a nice start.

  41. UKfanNKY
    9:02 am March 11, 2013 Permalink

    I love all these Coaches on here that don’t know shit!! IU fan are you kidding so you lose on senior night and still cut down the nets?? Only the Indiana Loosers….hoosier ya mama hoosier ya daddy…..GO CATS!!!

  42. bluristhurr
    9:05 am March 11, 2013 Permalink

    Are you sure Aaron Flener isn’t staying at home and watching The Bachelor? After all that’s all they contribute to a SPORTS site.

  43. ThatsAShame
    9:10 am March 11, 2013 Permalink

    rick rick: Did you know that one of the refs for the basketball finals has a daughter that was denied entry into Ballard although they live within the school limits? Also did you realize that this ref called 11 more fouls on Ballard players during the game than the next official? Do you know that?

  44. bluristhurr
    9:19 am March 11, 2013 Permalink

    IU fan, congratulations on winning your first conference regular season title since 1993. In my life time you have won 3 out right for an average of once every 10 years.

  45. James K
    9:21 am March 11, 2013 Permalink

    That video from the sweet sixteen gave me chills. Gotta love the sweet sixteen; such a cool event.

  46. W.W.B.B.N.D?
    9:28 am March 11, 2013 Permalink

    An area of improvement that UK can make for a big impact for tournament success is free throw shooting. UK has missed 10-15 free throws in almost ever game this year. I think they missed 14 at UL and lost by 3, and they missed 11(?) against florida saturday. They must improve their focus at the free throw line.

  47. rick rick play
    10:00 am March 11, 2013 Permalink

    @43. Apparently the reds daughter isn’t very good in softball. I think its funny that BALLARD CHEATS and still can’t win.
    Do you think it is fair to have players on your team that live in a different county. One of which is a verbal to Tennessee? That is all I’m trying to say. I think it is crazy that the edge daughter can’t get into Ballard but other girls that live outside county can get in. Wow

  48. What is going on
    10:20 am March 11, 2013 Permalink

    Know what your talking about when you talk about Bolden from Holmes. He won’t be a back up. Obviously you haven’t seen the kid play. He can handle being double teamed at will and handles being triple teamed pretty good. Hawkins is amazing and needs to play for the Cats, but Bolden put some serious moves on him. Maybe instead of watching only Lexington TV stations, the UK coaching staff can get cable or make a trip to northern Kentucky once in awhile. There is some serious talent that gets overlooked. Glad Bolden happened to make the state tournament.

  49. D-Hawk
    10:22 am March 11, 2013 Permalink

    Cal needs to go ahead and offer me.

  50. Jason
    11:17 am March 11, 2013 Permalink

    I have 3 ticket booklets for all sessions to the tournament I’m selling at face value ($345) if anyone is interested. Not trying to make money off of them, just get back what I paid. I go every year, but I can’t go this year due to an unforseen family issue. My email is [email protected]. Message me if interested.