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Late Wednesday Night Notes

(I brought your favorite picture back. You’re welcome)

Sorry but we’re doing things a little differently tonight because of some outside interference. The KSTV Christmas dinner ran late (Will Mapes was dancing the night away) and the screen on my MacBook shattered this afternoon so I’m trying to write tonight’s night post on a loaner computer. I’m pretty sure this device was last used at the Philadelphia Convention when our Founding Fathers wrote The Constitution. I’m sure my work will be quite similar to their’s — assuming they wrote in bullet points with bolded key sentences — but these notes probably won’t have the same impact on humanity.

Bear with me as we hurry through this…

— Loyola comes to town Thurday in the rare 1:00 p.m. weekday afternoon game during Christmas break. The Greyhounds enter their first ever meeting with Kentucky with an 8-2 record on season, fresh off a 10-point loss to St. Bonaventure. Calipari believes this game will be good for his team because of the style of play Loyola uses. He told reporters, “They play a funky zone, they press, and they press on the side-out. They are going to come after us and press, they will not back down.” This Loyola team is more physical and a little older than some of the other ‘cupcake’ opponents Kentucky has faced this season and they are capable of getting hot from outside. “The two games they lost, they had a chance to win both of them. They could have come in here at 10-0,” Calipari said.

— Kentucky will most likely be playing this game without Terrence Jones and it’s not because of the late night shopping he did at Fayette Mall on tonight. Jones did not practice on Wednesday, even though he was dressed up and ready to go before practice. Calipari said Jones wants to play but he’ll probably hold him out again until that pinky is fully healed. I don’t have any problem with Jones watching this one in street clothes so Kyle Wiltjer and Eloy Vargas can get more time on the court; those guys need all the minutes they can get right now. Plus, the last thing we need is Terrence Jones re-injuring that pinky in a 30-point blowout.

— Speaking of that Kyle Wiltjer fellow, Calipari had a few things to say about his struggling freshman big man. “We need a confident player out there making baskets because that’s what he does for us,” he said. “We also have to figure out how we are going to play defensively with him in. I have to come up with some plans and schemes with him on that court because he will do what we ask him to do.” Cal also spoke about Wiltjer’s struggles on offense against Samford and how he made a big shot right out of the huddle when he was called upon. “We were in the huddle and he hadn’t made a shot so I said we were going back at him, let’s see if he makes it now. That’s the one where Darius went off the screen and threw it back to him and he made the 3. It’s a good sign, the kid has courage, he can miss five shots and I can put him back in and expect him to make a shot.” I don’t know if you remember that exact play but Darius drew two defenders and made a great pass to Wiltjer, who knocked down the three with all net.

— Jerry Tipton was on hand before practice today and he asked a very Tipton-esque question when talking to Sam Malone. Tipton asked, “What thought do you have that maybe God is trying to tell you that you should play chess?” Way to be so sypathetic, Jerry. It hadn’t even been a full 24 hours since UK announced that Malone had torn his ACL. Although Tipton’s question was out of line, give young Sam Malone credit for being able to laugh about his injury. When asked what his first thought was when he found out he tore his ACL, Malone said he just wondered how the team would win without him. His bum leg was actually a cadaver ACL, which led Malone to say, “I guess the dead guy wasn’t very athletic.” It’s good to see that his spirits are up. I just wonder who will drive reckless to the basket in his absence.

— I am going to throw this computer at the wall in a minute. (Deep breath)

— Switching over to the gridiron, Joker Phillips held a teleconference today to update everyone on where his program stands after the recruiting period. The biggest news he gave us was an update on the quarterback situation for next season. It’ll be a competition for the starting job and Morgan Newton will be involved, although he won’t be ready for a return until May or June. Joker said Newton will get a chance to compete but he won’t participate in spring ball. Max Smith will be back at 100%, giving him a head start for the job. That is, if either one of them can hold off incoming freshman Patrick Towles.

— Joker also gave a few updates on other individuals on the team:

— Wide receiver Brian Adams plans to leave the team to focus on baseball.
Josh Clemons should be ready to go by the time spring ball rolls around.
— Linebacker Ridge Wilson will not have any contact in the spring.
— The staff is considering moving running back Marcus Caffey to cornerback.

— Jorts had a big game for the New York Knickerbockers tonight against the Nets. He finished with 7 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 blocks in 24 minutes of action. After the game, Knicks postgame announcers said they not only expect him to remain on the Knicks roster but they think Jorts could make his way into the starting lineup. That would mean beating out Tyson Chandler for the spot.

— I’m really getting frustrated.

Jarnell Stokes will announce his college decision tomorrow. believes it’s between Florida, Tennessee, and Memphis.

Shabazz Muhammad narrowed his list down to six schools. Scroll down on KSR to find the video where he talks about all six of them. I’m not even going to try to link to it.

— Watch Homeland. It’s very good.

That’s all for tonight. We’ll be back on track tomorrow. Hopefully.

Go Cats.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

44 Comments for Late Wednesday Night Notes

  1. DokHolliday
    12:15 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    I’d take em all….

  2. TRex
    12:21 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    Not one is wearing panties!

  3. BloodyBlue
    12:28 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    i wish we had a scholarship for Stokes!!!!!! and Birch!!!!
    Damn! Damn! Damn!
    Why not!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. here ya go
    12:37 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    why can’t colleges have a lingerie football league? this would be my Kentucky offense!

  5. MyKnickerbockersAreShort
    12:41 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    D’Antoni said Jorts is, “strong as dirt”. I like it!

  6. Sheriff Buford T. Justice
    12:42 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    The denimlition man, taking new york by storm..

  7. blueandwhite
    1:22 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    Can KSR please talk about Stacey Pooles transfer situation?!?!?!?!?!

  8. SagaciousMind
    1:22 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    I’m not suprised Brian Adams is leaving. What’s the point in playing when ur qb cant get the ball to u? As for Marcus Caffey, if they decide to move him, I will not be surprised at all to hear that he will be transfering. I was surprised Miles Simpson didnt leave. U cant recruit these kids promising them they will play a certain position and then move them. If they are fine with it, cool. But if not, he will leave. And yay for Jorts! Man he has come such a long way. He is the success story Cal should always use when players have crappy work ethics.

  9. cracka
    1:25 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    i thought maybe if i clicked on the picture it would get bigger … it did! ask and you shall receive! it worked twice!

    and they even numbered themselves for us! such smart ladies!

  10. looking at you, #8
    1:43 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    homeland is decent, at best. & tipton’s a dick.

  11. dontgoanywhere
    2:38 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    #6 has the most amazing legs I’ve seen since…since the last time drew posted this picture. Please post this once a week-it won’t get old

  12. Bledsoe's Biceps
    6:54 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    Jorts has looked great in both preseason games for the Knicks. It looks like he’ll not only make the roster, but should see significant minutes. Way to go.

    I’m sure Cal will find a way to make it work for Wiltjer and get him to that next level quickly. He’ll be needed. Just part of that HS to college transition most of them go through.

  13. barn
    7:37 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    i’ll do the ugly ones. you can have the others

  14. RickyPVoodooDoll
    7:54 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    So, Tipton is allowed at practice but Matt is not?

  15. Mr. Obvious
    8:00 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    I will take #6, #9, #6, #9, 6, 9, 69, 69. Now, see how well that worked out. Thats your math lesson for today!

  16. Al's IndiCats
    8:01 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    Malone should’ve told Tipton what does God tell you each morning when you look in the mirror? Face lift? Quit looking in the mirror? Or should this be the day to elate all UK fans and hang yourself?

  17. Perv
    8:09 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    1, 9, 6. 8, 7, 4, 3, 5, 2

  18. nassau65
    8:09 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    that picture never ever gets old Drew.

  19. Zeus
    8:11 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    What is the exact rule per playing a recruited walk-on? I don’t undrstand why Stokes wouldn’t be allowed to play without a scholarship, when Drummond has announced he’s playing without a scholarship for UConn.

  20. SteelDirigible
    8:15 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    Liggins and Orton posted up some decent stats for the Magic.

  21. Shaw
    8:54 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t get it. UK has a short bench and no schollys to give to Stokes and Birch. Poole should have known he was in over his head last summer during the pickup games and left then.

  22. tfordstyle
    8:57 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    this game going to be streamed somewhere?

  23. William Braskey
    8:57 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    Homeland and American Horror Story are two of the best new shows on the tube. Homeland’s Season 1 finale was a bit underwhelming, but it makes for great stories to come in Season 2.

  24. Al's IndiCats
    8:58 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    21, you answered your own question. It’s UConn! They go on probation and still be able to snub their collective noses at any governing body. First someone else gave up their scholly for drummond, (I forget who it was) but then he took (Drummond)finances from an outside source. But then the kid who gave up the scholly was put back on scholarship. If I read that correctly. But someone blogged yesterday that once your relinquish a scholarship you cannot be put back on it…If I have this wrong would someone straighten this out for me….Thanks!

  25. scott
    9:00 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    #6 from the midriff down-what a field day.

  26. Charles
    9:18 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    1 , 2 , 6 , 9 You folks can battle for the others……..And on the 5th day Charles rested

  27. bigblueky
    9:20 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    #24, in the same boat, if anyone knows a link please help!

  28. Terry
    9:29 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    All those nice looking woman are going to receive letter stalking from Matt Jones and KSTV for christmas.

  29. tfordstyle
    9:29 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    yea for those few ppl left that still work – a stream would be nice. otherwise im going to have to take my lunch to set up the tivo.

  30. ball&chain
    10:04 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    Samford dance team this puts you to shame

  31. BigBlueKy
    10:06 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    For those looking for a link to the game today… they are showing it on ESPN 3

  32. The Outlaw Josey Wales
    10:09 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    Look dem get away sticks on # 2 & 4!

  33. saki7
    10:17 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    I imagine them spitting in everyone’s faces, but they aren’t the IU dance team. Being from UK, they would more likely graciously decline, so as not to hurt feelings.

  34. StevieStyles
    10:34 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    I would pay good money for a poster of this picture….bring it to the KSR store!

  35. Gene
    10:48 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    I watched the Knicks game (I’m in NY, Jorts was terrific. He plays withe the same energy & verve he showed at UK. However, he’s not beating out Chandler for a starting position. However, I expect that he’ll make the team and get some minutes.

  36. LHW
    10:50 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    Please find a place to put that picture permanently on this page.

    #7 is hot.

  37. Number1CatFan
    10:55 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    LOVE the photo, can’t get enough of that. Want to see it everyday!!

  38. Number1CatFan
    10:59 am December 22, 2011 Permalink

    #6 is my FAV!!! 1 and 9 though run a close second.

  39. Quagmire
    12:39 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    odds, or evens?

  40. Sean Barker
    2:10 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    I really like your use of the bold function in this post. A lot of times people on here bold the most irrelevant phrases.

  41. Jay Williams WHO?
    3:14 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    The blondes at each end will do

  42. James
    7:51 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    Why you singlin’ out the white chicks? I want some DARK BOOTY. You have no chance with those ladies, Drew.

  43. catlover
    8:13 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    1 3 5 7 9 and 6 hotttt
    love it

  44. catlover
    8:13 pm December 22, 2011 Permalink

    1 3 5 6 7 9 hot love it