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Marshall Henderson’s Monday Three Most Important Things

This is a big week for UK basketball. As I will go into a bit further down, this is the week where Kentucky could all but lock up a NCAA berth or all but assure itself that it won’t have one, depending on the results. And a big part of the storyline for the week will be the newest college basketball psycho talent, Marshall Henderson. The above moment from the Auburn game on Saturday night has already become legendary on the internet. Writers have poured over the many wonderful reactions in the crowd (the fans at Auburn express virtually every emotion possible as Henderson taunts them…there are many I like, from the guy who takes his hat off and curses, to the old man who stands up ready to throw down, but my favorite is the girl in Auburn pajamas and her expression when what looks to be a fathead is tossed from the rows above her…utter terror), but the main point of the moment is that Marshall Henderson is a star to be reckoned with. He currently leads the SEC in scoring at 19 points a game. He averages four made Threes every night, shoots 86% from the line and has been deadly in big occasions all year. With that said, he is also notorious for having terrible decision-making skills, poor shot selection and the ability to win, or lose, a game for his team at any minute. Over the next two days, you will see a lot of Marshall Henderson on this site as we get your prepared for the one player UK has to stop in order to win its biggest game of the year. My hope is that we see more of this Marshall:

and less of the confident, trash-talking Marshall:

If Henderson is making the face above, chances are he is doing things to UK that will make getting a huge win in Oxford nearly impossible. To the storylines for the week:

1. It is Judgment Week for the Cats:

The next six days will do more to determine whether Selection Sunday is a positive day for UK fans or the beginning of a flood of summer tears than any other week this season. Kentucky is facing two games that at the beginning of the season, would have potentially been seen as acceptable losses. A top 20 Ole Miss team on their home court and a Texas A&M team playing a huge home game in their first SEC season would have been understandable losses for a young, maturing UK team. But unfortunately, the Cats now don’t have that luxury. After losing at home to Baylor and the Aggies, Kentucky now faces a situation where this week has become crucial. If Kentucky wins both games, the NCAA Tournament is almost a certainty…lose both and it becomes unlikely. Split the two games and Kentucky is right where it is at this point…in limbo. In fact, for John Calipari’s team this week creates a huge opportunity. If Kentucky is able to get two big wins, they all of a sudden become a team on the rise with potential to do some real damage over the last few weeks of the season. Florida is almost certain to win the conference, but if the Cats win these two games, Kentucky is likely to finish in the Top three and be set up for a potential SEC Tournament win in a blue-clad Nashville. More importantly, with some almost certain UK wins ahead (home games versus Auburn, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State) and doable road games (South Carolina, Arkansas and Georgia), two wins would put Kentucky in a situation in which they can start playing for seeding rather than their Tournament life. I feel very confident about the game in College Station. The Aggies had a once in a lifetime performance and the Cats will want revenge. But a lot of the momentum of the season could come down to the game in Oxford on Tuesday. With Morgan Freeman in attendance, Kentucky needs to have a Million Dollar Baby performance, in which they become a Dark Knight that rises and play for the Glory that a victory would bring, while making a Deep Impact on the conference race before their overall record makes them Gone Baby Gone.

2. Willie Cauley-Stein Returns

While there is no official word, it is expected that Willie Cauley-Stein will return at some point this week. WCS would have a huge impact on the Ole Miss game, as the Rebels’ physical play could cause foul trouble and potential issues on the boards. The Cats haven’t missed Cauley-Stein a lot on the boards, as they have controlled rebounding in all three of the games he has missed. However some of the Cats’ struggles down the stretch in games can be traced to the fatigue of having to play 35+ minutes, especially for guys like Kyle Wiltjer and Julius Mays. The infamous “Twin Tower” lineup hasn’t been all that effective this season, in part because Noel and WCS havent been able to consistently hit the 12 foot jumper. But Cauley-Stein is able to help guard some of the bigger players and when both guys are in, scoring at the rim is a near impossibility. Against both Ole Miss and Texas A&M, the key player will be Archie Goodwin (especially on the defensive end where he will be required to defend Marshall Henderson and Elston Turner). But with Cauley-Stein giving UK its full compliment of players for the first time in two weeks, the CAts will get a bit more flexibility, where they have recently had none.

3. Which of the Big Football Recruits Commit?

A huge weekend of football recruits on campus. Let’s give some quick updates:

Marcus McWilson: The 4 star Safety has become one of the biggest potential gets for UK in the recruiting class and would represent a huge flip by Mark Stoops. There were reports that he committed to UK this weekend, but they were premature. But what he did do was decommit from Nebraska, a huge first step to getting McWilson to Lexington. He visited UK and by all indications, it went very well. I would say he is still very likely to end up a Cat.

James Hearns: The 4 star LB who was once a Florida commit seems very close to pulling the trigger for the Cats. He did an interview with after his visit this weekend in which he denied reports that he committed to UK (the BBK reports were 0-2 on correctness this weekend), but did not that the Cats were his leader. Most everyone believes Hearns ends up in Lexington and if he does, then the question only becomes whether he can get academically eligible.

Jeff Badet: The Florida Wide Receiver was almost a certain UK commit at the beginning of the weekend. However a wrench got thrown into the equation when he received an offer this week from UCLA. His friend and QB Asianti Woulard is now expected to pick UCLA, and there is some worry that he may end up following him to the bright lights and big city of Los Angeles. He is scheduled to visit UCLA this weekend. UK is the leader, but the situation is slightly more tenuous now than it was just a few days ago.

Jason Hatcher: The biggest news of the weekend came from the Trinity High 4 star Defensive End who ended up visiting Lexington in a surprise. Hatcher had been scheduled to visit Louisville, but he cancelled at the last minute. While he told the Courier Journal that his decision to go to Lexington was not one based on a visit (instead he was just “hanging with friends” at the UK game), he was received well at the game and sat with the UK student section for a time. Kentucky is the favorite for Hatcher at this point and if the Cats can pull off his commitment, it will be potentially be the biggest moment of the recruiting season.

Ryan Timmons: Another surprise visit to Lexington was Timmons, who is choosing between the Cats, Ohio State and Florida. Timmons has been a huge focal point for the staff and has been seen by Neal Brown more than any other player. He is the type of explosive athlete that would be a star in the Neal Brown system and his decision may be the most “down to the wire” of all. Most believe Kentucky has an advantage over Florida, but Ohio State will be the wildcard. They had not offered Timmons until this week…will that play a factor in his decision? It remains to be seen.

Finally, Keith Kelsey, a LB from Florida, will be making his decision at 8:30 am on Monday. He is choosing between Kentucky, Louisville and South Florida. He visited Lexington this weekend and the visit apparently went well. However there is a family connection with Charlie Strong, and thus they have been considered a favorite. Some internet reports predict a UK selection, but as of now, I can’t confirm those beliefs. We will all find out together in the morning.

Until then, a note from Memphis tonight….

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Article written by Matt Jones

48 Comments for Marshall Henderson’s Monday Three Most Important Things

  1. don of dons
    10:47 pm January 27, 2013 Permalink


  2. Adolph Rupp
    10:52 pm January 27, 2013 Permalink

    God help us!!!

  3. uk3k
    10:52 pm January 27, 2013 Permalink


  4. Stickman
    10:56 pm January 27, 2013 Permalink

    What a punk that Henderson kid is. You have to wonder what kind of parenting (or lack thereof) results in such piss poor behavior. I hope his coach puts him in his place this week for such a disgusting display of unsportsman-like conduct.

  5. Adolph Rupp
    10:57 pm January 27, 2013 Permalink

    if HE won’t, we are down to Keightley,
    who we have all forgotten…….

  6. TheProfessor
    10:59 pm January 27, 2013 Permalink

    Old Man…”Watch it kid”

  7. Hayley Minogue
    11:00 pm January 27, 2013 Permalink

    This kid is every media outlet’s dream. I mean I completely took off with the girl who spiked her mouth guard… I cannot imagine the dirt/actions there will be to report on. Court side to witness this man would be fantastic.

  8. TheProfessor
    11:03 pm January 27, 2013 Permalink

    Young guy in striped shirt…”[email protected]#$ you, [email protected]#$ you, get the [email protected]#$ out of here!!!

  9. Stickman
    11:04 pm January 27, 2013 Permalink

    That old man would stomp a mud hole in that kid’s ass and then knock back a shot of Maker’s from the flask in his back pocket.

  10. jj
    11:07 pm January 27, 2013 Permalink

    Buckle up BBN, we are about to sign an awesome class that hasnt been seen here in a long………..LONG time. Recruits love this staff and the positive momentum.

  11. JBR
    11:08 pm January 27, 2013 Permalink

    Wow, bbk is 0 for 2 on their commits this weekend. What a surprise. They should be banished from making any money off of our football program…as they are making money off of something after being a Joker apologist and bashing any fan that had a problem with Joker…can you say bandwagon bbk??? They shoud change to bbf (bleed blue florida).

    On basketball…we should just put WCS in to start and get ejected for punching Henderson in the mouth to set the tone. WCS still rests, and a brawl gets even the lowest adrenaline kids jacked.

  12. Sean
    11:08 pm January 27, 2013 Permalink

    If Henderson was playing for UK when he did that he would be a Bluegrass god!!

  13. Red Headed Step Child
    11:12 pm January 27, 2013 Permalink

    That’s what I was thinking # 10. That old man looks like he has “womped” some punk a$$ kids in the past. What I think is funny is that about half the student section looks as if they could kick his a$$ including the fat chic in next photo.

  14. Red Headed Step Child
    11:13 pm January 27, 2013 Permalink

    Comment was for # 9 now. THANKS FOR MODERATION KSR. Doing a much better job

  15. Professional lip reader
    11:13 pm January 27, 2013 Permalink

    Actually, I believe the old man says “What a jackass!” And he is sitting next to his father, who seems to be wondering if it’s time to get up and change his Depends.

  16. MississippiCat
    11:15 pm January 27, 2013 Permalink

    @Matt Jones, There is so much going on in that gif. It is hilarious. Thanks for posting it.

  17. Dear UL and IU fans, We are national champions; you are not. The end.
    11:18 pm January 27, 2013 Permalink

    Seriously, Put Lanter in as a hitman on Henderson. Doesn’t matter if he gets ejected from the game, and I’m sure he’s got a decent right cross.

  18. Red Headed Step Child
    11:19 pm January 27, 2013 Permalink

    Upon futher review, Henderson stepped back when G’Pa stood up. what a bit(h.

  19. UK
    11:28 pm January 27, 2013 Permalink

    The Woulard kid is now considered a UCLA lean? Wasn’t he SURELY going to Clemson last week? And before that he was coming to Kentucky. Is this kid very unsure or are reports just not true at all….?

  20. Bill Keightley Report
    11:28 pm January 27, 2013 Permalink

    5: Never to be forgotten.

  21. bluey
    11:56 pm January 27, 2013 Permalink

    I have a feeling we will be seeing the poo poo face alot tues nite as he’s handing our azz to us.

  22. Kevin C.
    12:15 am January 28, 2013 Permalink

    @ #4… His “coach” is the same guy who got drunk in a bar, and punched a taxi driver…and is still coaching for Ole Miss. Don’t expect him OR the university to admonish him for being a little prick.

  23. Kevin C.
    12:21 am January 28, 2013 Permalink

    @ #12…You’re an idiot. UK fans don’t want players who are thugs, punks, and classless little jerks. To this day, I still don’t even like to see video of Antoine Walker taunting and doing his “shoulder shimmy”. I guarantee you if Cal ever had a player do such a thing, he’d be sitting for a game, and apologizing to the opposing university.

  24. tj
    12:39 am January 28, 2013 Permalink

    AG better learn to play D between now and Tuesday night…also WCS needs to return.

  25. Hey
    12:41 am January 28, 2013 Permalink

    24. No, Cal would not bench him or force an apology.

  26. Tim
    12:58 am January 28, 2013 Permalink

  27. Yep
    3:11 am January 28, 2013 Permalink

    26) yep. And still do.

  28. Jetblue
    3:49 am January 28, 2013 Permalink

    It looks like the black guy is giving him the rape face.

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  30. Wildcatsteeler
    4:53 am January 28, 2013 Permalink

    He’s with an ugly pig. How much juice can he have?

  31. Durrrrr
    5:43 am January 28, 2013 Permalink

    Sure would be nice to have Liggins back for one more.

  32. Beavis
    6:48 am January 28, 2013 Permalink

    We don’t have anyone that can guard Henderson. Push him out on the floor as far as possible and let him shoot. Put the LSU rule in ( when Maravich was playing ) ,,, just make sure no one else on that team scores. # 12,,,,I hope that would not be the case,,,,the kid is setting himself up for a giant fall.

  33. btowncatfan
    7:08 am January 28, 2013 Permalink

    As much as he shoots he should be averaging 25 a game. Shooting less than 40% from the field. Notice no teammates with him. They probably think of much of him as opposing fans.

  34. RealCatsFan
    7:17 am January 28, 2013 Permalink

    Wish MKG had stayed another year – he or Liggins would be a good defender to put on Henderson.

  35. RealCatsFan
    7:19 am January 28, 2013 Permalink

    You can call me crazy, but if Goodwin has trouble containing him, I would consider putting Hood on him with instructions to rough him up and get him mad. Hood, at 6’7″ lacks quickness but has the reach to give him trouble on the outside. Another option would be to shift Poythress over to guard him – maybe the challenge would light a fire under Alex.

  36. BlueRedNeck
    7:24 am January 28, 2013 Permalink

    It would have been hilarious if that fat head had traveled a few more feet and found its mark. If he tried that at a WVU game he would have had a battery upside his head!

  37. snoopaloop
    7:46 am January 28, 2013 Permalink

    If this is the first time you are seeing this GIF, get out from under your rock.

  38. Twitter Account Denied
    8:08 am January 28, 2013 Permalink

    As soon as the old guy stands up, Henderson runs away. Imagine that.

  39. holler baller
    8:11 am January 28, 2013 Permalink

    #12 you couldn’t be more off base. That is one of the most low class things I’ve ever seen on the court.

  40. Can't help but laugh
    9:05 am January 28, 2013 Permalink

    My personal favorite is the thunder thighed chick behind the girl in the PJ’s screaming a big F YOU at him, because you know this is just a slightly high pitched, raspy, “F You Jessica” tone scream that probably echoed much louder above the boys and got her on social probation at the Phi Moo house…

  41. wow
    9:08 am January 28, 2013 Permalink

    Keith Kelsey to UL

  42. Hmmm
    9:29 am January 28, 2013 Permalink

    For some reason my other post was deleted – not sure if it was because I paraphrased G’Land..

    Nonetheless, this kid was going to play at Texas Tech until BCG showed up, then he left to play Junior College ball instead. Before he left Texas he managed to get himself arrested on felony drug charges, which were later dropped. Sounds like a bit of a checkered past…

  43. Bubba Earl
    9:40 am January 28, 2013 Permalink

    Henderson’s “Swag” reminds me of a player at Florida by the name of Jason Williams, who played high school ball with Randy Moss in West Virginia, except Williams had more “tats”

  44. RealCatsFan
    10:42 am January 28, 2013 Permalink

    Jason Williams had his own drug issues – was suspended for the whole season by Billy D. Doubt Kennedy would ever have the Cajones to suspend Henderson for a similar offense.

  45. ukcatfan36
    10:43 am January 28, 2013 Permalink

    If we’re going to play a great game this year then Tuesday night is the time we need to turn it on. I wonder if this team had a great game in them!!!! To be favored to lose to Ole Miss shows how we have fallen this year. Kick it in gear ‘CATS

  46. Bluebloodtoo
    11:42 am January 28, 2013 Permalink

    #12 – I’m not sure about that. I think the BBN has more class that to support that kid. I would love for that kid to be suspended by the SEC/NCAA for unsportsman like conduct. That was completely unnecessary.

  47. the stoner
    6:15 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    How am I not the best part. I am standing next to the Fathead Fall Chick, and I am not even fazed one bit.

  48. thats budda
    7:23 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    Looks like he’s mudcattin that nasty fish. “just stick it in that dirty hole and see if it will bite”