It can be hard to keep up with all the changing trends in Kentucky sports these days. Therefore, in order to keep you informed on the latest happenings in the Big Blue Nation, I chart the trends of the week, from basketball to football to every ridiculous little thing in between. Keep up with what’s hot and what’s not with KSR’s Trend Watch!
Rising faster than Kevin Stallings’ cholesterol count
Ryan Harrow — Harrow had a breakout game against Marshall, leading the team in scoring with 23 points. Better yet, he played with confidence, looking more and more like the point guard Calipari wants him to be. Harrow will face a much tougher task against Peyton Siva tomorrow, but Kentucky’s chances at upsetting the Cards look much better after his performance on Saturday.
Underdogs — For once, all of the pressure is on Louisville to beat the Cats. Ranked fourth in the country, the Cards are the overwhelming favorite in tomorrow’s game. With an epic 2013 class lining up in the wings, this is Rick Pitino’s best chance to beat Cal and the Cats for the foreseeable future.
Erin Calipari — Calipari’s eldest daughter did so well on the radio show last week that Cal has agreed to let her host an episode of his “Mailbag” series. How many questions do you think she’ll get about her mom’s salad?
Kentucky football — For the fifth week in a row, Kentucky football is trending up. Why? Four star dual threat quarterback Asiantii Woulard is visiting on January 11th. Woulard is the fourth-ranked player in the nation and has interest from almost every elite school in the country. But, he’s visiting Kentucky. #StoopinIceCream
Olive oil — What do you get for the man that has everything? Apparently olive oil, which is exactly what the Calipari kids bought their dad for Christmas. In related news, sales of EVOO in Lexington have skyrocketed.
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Rick Pitino’s credibility — Two weeks ago, Rick Pitino said there was no chance that Gorgui Dieng would play against Kentucky. Two days ago, he said there was a 100% chance Gorgui Dieng would play against Kentucky. Rick, you’re not fooling anyone with that ish anymore.
The NFL Pro Bowl — Despite one of, if not the best kick returner in the league, Randall Cobb was snubbed by NFL Pro Bowl voters in favor of Leon Washington. Sure, Washington a talented player, but does he have golden eyes?
Consistency — Both Archie Goodwin and Alex Poythress struggled against Marshall. Poythress was particularly inconsistent, drawing the ire of Calipari for his lackluster effort. Alex is a beast, but so far we’ve only seen that in spurts. For the Cats to pull off the upset tomorrow, we need beast mode to be engaged for a full 40 minutes.
Jon Hood’s immune system — Jon Hood’s “upper respiratory infection” (sources tell us it’s mono) has gotten so bad he’s been told to stay away from the team until he’s no longer contagious. Sounds like lake hair should have put on a hat after swimming in Kentucky Lake in 30-degree weather.
TREND OF THE WEEK: The Rivalry
There’s nothing like the week before the UK/Louisville game. It’s our very own civil war, turning friends into foes and the city of Louisville into a battleground. With Louisville favored to win by most everyone, the pressure is finally off the Cats and fans, who have a win-win situation at hand, barring a major blowout. If Kentucky plays well and loses, it’s disappointing, but expected. If they pull off an upset, hold on to your couches, because the city of Lexington will be on fire.