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
Brotherhood — When Archie Goodwin went down at the end of the Morehead State game, Rupp held a horrified breath. Julius Mays cut the tension by hoisting Goodwin on his back and carrying him back to the bench piggy-back style. The simple act of brotherhood lightened the mood and showed how much this team has bonded over the past few months. It was also one of the first insights we’ve had into this squad’s character so far. Is the piggy-back the new three
Beastliness — At times this season, you may have forgotten that Alex Poythress was even on the team. The quiet power forward from Clarksville roared back on the scene against Morehead State, scoring twenty points and throwing down a monstrous dunk that still has the rims at Rupp shaking in their bolts. Courage doesn’t always roar, but it sure did against the Eagles Wednesday night.
Erin’s stock continued to rise when she entered talks with her father and Matt to appear on the radio show during the holiday break. Make it happen! #ErintoKSR
The Kentucky Effect — I can hear Cal’s speech at the 2013 Big Blue Madness now: “Willie Cauley-Stein came here a skinny football player who was the 40th best recruit in his class. Now, he’s a lottery pick in the NBA draft.” #KentuckyEffect
#Beat Tennessee – Even though we beat them last year and it’s a lame duck game, the memory of 26 losses in a row still lingers. Here’s hoping the Cats lay the smack down on the Vols and start a new streak.
Flatter than a Flat Top (No change)
The coaching search — We’re in Week Three of the coaching search and still don’t have a coach or clear leader. According to our sources, the top options so far are Sonny Dykes, Butch Jones, Tommy Tuberville, an NFL name and another unknown. The only real developments this week were Kirby Smart declining the offer and Tuberville becoming a major candidate. With most teams wrapping up their seasons this weekend, Week Four should be more eventful.
Falling like Black Friday prices
Sean Woods — After stirring up the fan base with comments about the current Kentucky team giving off bad vibes at the Hurricane Sandy telethon, Sean Woods went on an apology tour leading up to his Morehead State team’s game against the Cats Wednesday night. Woods got a nice ovation from the crowd and everyone seemed to have moved on from the ordeal, until Woods went off and shoved his guard Devon Atkinson late in the second half. The confrontation was caught on camera, made national news, and Woods could be facing disciplinary action at Morehead State. Needless to say, the Unforgettable had a week he would really like to forget.
Fouls — Part of Woods’ game plan against the Cats included fouling the Cats all. night. long. There were 44 total fouls in the game, 32 by Morehead State and 12 by Kentucky. Fortunately, the Cats had a decent night from the free-throw stripe, shooting 31-of-41. However, Nerlens really needs to work on his free throw shot.
Archie Goodwin’s control — There’s no denying that Archie Goodwin is fast, athletic, and downright skilled on the fast break. Yet, the talented freshman is too fast sometimes, and ends up barreling across the floor. For Archie to grow into the super player he can be, he has to learn some control. Like Cal said, you can’t go 600 mph all the time.
Kentucky’s first half performance — The Cats looked uglier than a turkey carcass in the first half against Morehead State, turning the ball over and falling behind by double-digits. Fortunately, they achieved some offensive rhythm in the second half, but the first half was a troubling low that we hopefully won’t see again.
Thieves — Off topic, but my husband’s car was broken into yesterday morning while we were on a hike with friends and my purse and wallet were stolen. Who does that on Thanksgiving?! I hope you enjoyed your $218.36 worth of crap from Walgreens, a-hole. (On the other hand, kudos to Bank of America’s Fraud Detection department. They shut that thing down.)
TREND OF THE WEEK: Ryan Harrow’s mystery illness
After being sidelined by a mystery illness for almost two weeks, Harrow left the team on Wednesday to tend to an issue with his family. After the Morehead State game, Cal said that Ryan’s mother was concerned about him and his family wanted to make sure he was okay. He’s expected back on campus tomorrow. The only thing certain about the situation is that Ryan is hurting, and I hope he knows the Big Blue Nation is behind him. Some things are bigger than basketball. #GetWellRyan