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KSR Trend Watch: March 1st

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

Kentucky’s Tournament chances — A win over Missouri bought the Cats a threadbare cushion when it comes to their Tournament chances, but it’s a crowded bubble and absolutely nothing is certain in college basketball this season. For the Cats to go dancing, they have to keep winning. Wins over Arkansas and Georgia secure their spot, in my opinion. If the Cats win out, they’ll get at least a share of the SEC regular season title, something that seemed absurd a few weeks ago.

Julius Mays — Ladies and gentlemen, we have our leader. I hope the trainers have stocked up on BenGay.

Ryan Harrow — A big part of the Cats’ post-Nerlens success has been the play of Ryan Harrow. We’ve gone over this in-depth this week, but after an up-and-down season, Harrow appears to be piecing it all together just in time for the Cats to make some noise in March. A lot of that is thanks to the Cats opening up the court, allowing him to get some shots on the perimeter, but the bulk of it can be attributed to Ryan’s new found confidence. Keep it up and we’ll all make motivational posters of you, buddy.

Beast Mode — How have we not received any Photoshops of Alex Poythress riding The Beast at King’s Island by now? Poythress has been a different player this past week, scoring 37 points and grabbing 15 rebounds over the last two games. More importantly, he looks sure of himself, fighting for shots and hustling on both ends of the court. Courage is roaring.

The Rupp Arena crowd — After our rallying cries for the Blue Hairs to stand up and cheer (old lady, if John Calipari uses that term, I can too), the crowd delivered on Saturday against Missouri. Major props to Referee Guy and the student section for their part as well. Don’t worry, we won’t hold you not putting up the Billy Gillispie fat head up against you.

Blue collars — Before the Missouri game, Jay Bilas said that for Kentucky to beat the Tigers, they’d have to play “blue collar basketball,” meaning they needed to forget about the fancy stuff (ahem, Ryan Harrow) and commit to doing all the small things to help the team. The Cats listened, and got their biggest win of the season.

The past — The highlight from Wednesday night’s game was the halftime ceremony honoring the 1996 National Championship team. The team finally received rings for their title, something put into motion by the UK basketball staff earlier this season. We always joke about Cal’s “La Familia,” but the respect he gives the program’s former players is second to none. Once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat. (Also, Mark Pope can come be the “Y” ANYTIME. I now have a shortcut to that .gif of him doing the CATS chant on my desktop for whenever I’m feeling down.)

The future — Also in attendance Wednesday night? Andrew Wiggins and his parents. Wiggins is one of Kentucky’s last three targets in the 2013 class and judging from the people he started following on Twitter, he made some nice friends in Lexington.

iPads — During the SEC Coaches’ Teleconference on Monday, Coach Cal raved about iPads and the impact they’ve had on recruiting. How long before he gets an Apple endorsement?

Friday of the SEC Tournament — Kentucky’s next three games are paramount for their NCAA Tournament chances, but they are also important for their seed in the SEC Tournament. Kentucky is currently tied for 2nd in the SEC standings with Alabama, and in order to get the double bye in the Tournament, they have to stay in the top four. If the Gators beat Alabama on Saturday, they’ll clinch the #1 seed, which means Kentucky needs to secure #2, #3, or #4, preferably #2 or #3, because it would spare us from possibly facing Florida until the finals.

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(Chet White, UK Athletics)

White collars — Did Calipari find some of Tubby’s old shirts in the back room of Memorial? While I applaud Cal’s willingness to take a fashion risk, that blue is just a little too bold to pull off.

The Big Blue Shake — ESPN GameDay wanted to capitalize on the “Harlem Shake” craze, but was too cheap to pay for the rights to the song, so instead, the UK band play something completely different while Jay Bilas shimmied across the floor in a very odd mask. Seeing the fans come on the court and dance behind the desk was fun, but all in all, the intro came off as pretty lame.

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adidas — All of adidas’ impact camo uniforms are awful, but Notre Dame’s are officially hideous. Hey adidas, the early ’90s called and they want their Zubaz back.

Thursday of the SEC Tournament — I love this group, but I’d feel MUCH more comfortable with them playing on Friday, not Thursday.

Saltiness — I think we all felt a little sorry for Mississippi State’s Rick Ray on Wednesday night. He’s lost half of his team over the course of the season due to transfer, dismissals, suspensions and injuries. At one point, he had to play what looked to be a high school freshman against the Cats. I get it, that sucks. But there’s no need to get all salty in the postgame interviews. Ray said that his team has had more trials and tribulations than any in the country, “so excuse me if I don’t start crying for what is going on at Kentucky compared to what is going on here.” Kevin Stallings may have some competition for the SEC’s biggest crybaby. #AintNoTimeForThat

TREND OF THE WEEK: Kentucky football

As of this morning, 27,000 seats had been reserved for the UK football spring game, which will shatter the previous spring game record of 20,700, set back in 1987. The presale was meant only for season ticket holders, but after the promo code was leaked, fans pounced on the opportunity to snatch up tickets. That upset some season ticket holders, but caused a surge of momentum so big that it reduced Mark Stoops to tweeting his excitement in all caps. The football staff released the number of tickets sold throughout the day on Twitter, which got the fan base and players buzzing, caught the attention of some national college football reporters, and as Mark Stoops pointed out, showed recruits just how much the fans care about the program. LOYALTY, indeed.

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.

21 Comments for KSR Trend Watch: March 1st



  1. SexnNursinHomes
    1:02 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    TT, can ya get us a pinch of some Wiggins news? Just a hit, that’s all I need.
    #jonesing



  2. Xyz
    1:07 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    If we are depending on RH to be the best player, then UK is screwed. Jarrod is better.



  3. I Say
    1:10 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    I completely feel for Rick Ray, his situation is way worse than ours. Like he said, yea we have all freshman but our freshman our mcdonalds all-americans and lottery picks.



  4. jorts day aniversary
    1:10 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    its the jorts day aniversery!!



  5. Rockfield, KY
    1:12 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    SnNH,

    She gave you a taste in the post, but anything more than that is going to cost you. This is some high quality stuff we’re talking here.



  6. TheNewOriginal
    1:14 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    How does a win for Florida clinch the #1 seed? At that point, they still have two games to go with only a 1 game lead on second place.



  7. Blake
    1:19 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    6- You are correct, Florida won’t be clinching anything for a while. If they beat Bama and UT were to end up as the #3 seed then if we win out we would win the tiebreaker with our win over UT. It is a long way from locked up.



  8. SexnNursinHomes
    1:20 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    5- man come’on, you know that first hit always leads to more. Especially the high quality stuff..

    TT break out the stash dammit.



  9. Blue
    1:20 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    6…If Florida beats Alabama, then they would finish tied with us in the standings in a best case scenario. But, they would hold the tiebreaker and secure the 1-seed.



  10. Bluehair
    1:25 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    You don’t really think it was your rallying cry that made the crowd come alive do you? I think it had more to do with the situation and the excitement of the game.



  11. John Ellis
    1:43 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    If Florida beats Alabama then loses the next game and to us, we win the title, if UK wins out. Which is entirely possible, refs or no refs.

    I’d look out for the two phantom fouls on Willie at Arkansas putting him on the bench – the usual way a road SEC ref screws the visitors. From Issel on.



  12. JLP
    1:59 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t see anything wrong with Rick Ray’s comments. Merely the truth. How would you feel in his position?



  13. Ridge Runner
    2:05 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    The Big Blue Shake, –yes I hear ya Ms T. Oh what could have been and certainly a missed opportunity.

    5 & 8, you sirs are bad. hahaha



  14. Ridge Runner
    2:06 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    12, I think (well for me) it was overall right but it came across as “a crying lil b/tch” a bit much”. Could have toned that part down if ya know what most of us mean.



  15. BigBlue
    2:08 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    You’re leaving out the more interesting scenario that if Alabama beats Florida (definitely could happen) but loses one of its other remaining games (could happen at Ole Miss), and Kentucky wins out, UK would be the outright regular season champion. So for tomorrow, Roll Tide.



  16. Ridge Runner
    2:08 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    –sorry about too many quotes in 14 above –and really none were needed above. Look over me.
    🙁



  17. Chicago Chris
    3:00 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    The early 90’s were 20 years ago. Remember when bell bottoms (aka “boot cut”) reappeared in the late 90’s? Do the math.

    Fashion works in cycles. The only thing that has changed is that you are now actually old enough to remember the original time the fashion came around.

    That said, I don’t like the unis either.



  18. Platinum Unis
    5:09 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    This site is really starving for good writers. Sure, it’s not real journalism, but it’s still bad.

    MTT, you try too hard – as do many other writers on the site – to be funny. When you try too hard, it’s just not funny. At least you don’t inundate us with parenthesis like these other writers who’ve never heard of an em dash.



  19. UKBlue
    5:12 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Cal blue shirts with white collars are money !!



  20. Wild Turkey 101
    6:56 pm March 1, 2013 Permalink

    Trending down also is Kyle Wiltjer. At one point he was driving by defenders, now he’s dead in his tracks.



  21. rufus
    1:45 am March 2, 2013 Permalink

    KSR, will you please get off referee guy’s nuts? You know there are more people involved with the student section, right?