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Nike Hyper Elite Platinum’s Tuesday News and Views

What’s your favorite color, baby?! Blue!… And!.. Is that grey?!

Whether you love them or hate them, Kentucky will be wearing the new Nike Hyper Elite Platinum uniforms on Tuesday night when Tennessee comes to town for a rematch. The new special edition look from Nike will only be worn one time (that we know of) and then the Cats will return to the traditional blue and white look on Saturday.

According to the press release from Nike, the Hyper Elite Platinum line was designed specifically for superior performance and lower environmental impact.  The fabric of the Nike Hyper Elite Platinum shorts are made from 100 percent recycled polyester while the jersey fabric is made from at least 96% recycled polyester. Both the shorts and jersey are tailored for the optimal efficiency of movement and are five percent lighter than the previous Nike Hyper Elite uniform. At UK’s practice on Monday, Ryan Harrow said he felt like he had “a few more muscles” when modeling the new threads for the media. Terrence Jones also likes the one-game change in appearance.

While the players all seem to approve, the fans of Big Blue Nation are divided over the new look. Many believe it’s a crime to step out of the box by wearing grey instead of white in a home game at Rupp. It’s OK for fans to dislike the change, but it’s also important for fans to remember it is just one game. What the Cats wear Tuesday night has no real impact on anything. Just let the boys have fun and be proud Kentucky is one of the elite programs included in Nike’s campaign.

It’s recycled polyester time in the Bluegrass.

And it’s News and Views time on KSR.

 Monday! It’s the day of the week when Coach Cal does a whole lot of talking to the media. He kicked the chatter off early this week with the shortest teleconference in the history of modern teleconferencing. Cal, who is rarely short of things to say, poked his head in the SEC teleconference for no more than two minutes to answer one question from Larry Vaught about Ryan Harrow. When asked about Harrow’s progression, he called the NC State transfer a mix between Brandon Knight and Marquis Teague, saying his shot is better than Teague’s but he’s not quite as physical.

I blame Larry Vaught’s Droid for such a brief discussion.

 Reporters got a second chance to nab quotes from Calipari at his pre-Tennessee press conference before Monday’s practice. He called the Volunteers a better team from top to bottom since the last time the two teams met on January 14th.

“They’re better,” he said. “All of them, they’re all better. Stokes is getting more comfortable, but they’re all better. Maymon is physical. He’s good. He scores. Guard play is good. McBee is really playing as well as he’s played since I’ve seen him. Their other guards are playing good. They’re a good team.”

He said Vanderbilt is the only team that has really gotten to Tennessee, referring to the Vols’ 18-point loss last Saturday in Nashville.

“Every other game they could have won. Vanderbilt made shots. If they make shots against us they’ll beat us the same way they beat them. So Vanderbilt is really good.”

 Cal also had some good things to say about his own players, most notably Terrence Jones. After hearing LSU head coach Trent Johnson say “you can go ahead and crown Kentucky” if Terrence Jones plays like he did against the Tigers, Cal said “he didn’t know if it’s that much” but the visiting locker room was a happy locker room in Baton Rouge.

“The team was ecstatic,” he said. “It wasn’t scoring. He was tough. He came up with balls. He posted physically strong even though the guy battled him. He battled back. The four jumps for a ball, we haven’t seen that all year. Well that’s now what we’re all looking for. Everybody will be saying that if he’s capable of doing that then let’s do it every game. Now, it’s hard because they’re not machines. They’re not computers. But, it’s what you strive for. It’s what you prepare for.”

  Jones had a season-high 27 points against LSU and was one rebound shy of his first double-double of the season. He told reporters he would’ve asked Calipari if he could stay in the game for 30 more seconds had he known he had nine rebounds. Double-doubles aren’t easy to come by on this team, ya know.

Jones said, “I mean it’s hard to rebound with all these dudes on my team. There are three dudes trying to get ten each game. I don’t even keep track during the game so I just play it by what they say at the end of the game.”

 The CBS Sports Network ran a special with John Calipari on Monday night. Enjoy this clip and let me know if anything he said sounds familiar:

The 30-minute One2One: John Calipari special will re-air Tuesday night at 6:00 pm.

 Kentucky opened up as a 16.5 point favorite over Tennessee. If you’re still gambling on Kentucky basketball games, please call 1-800-522-4700 for a 24-hour addiction hotline. It’s completely confidential.

 Don’t give up on Amile Jefferson yet! The 6-foot-7 Philadelphia forward is still considering the Cats, despite reports that he is down to a 60/40 split between Duke and NC State. According to his father, Amile Jefferson is still considering Kentucky and he will wait until after his high school season ends before announcing his decision. The season could end as soon as next Tuesday. His father said John Calipari still stays in contact with his son.

 Don’t forget to vote for Darius Miller in the 2012 Dunks of the Year contest. Each week, six dunks will face off with the top two vote-getters nabbing a spot in the finals. The winner will be revealed during a one-hour Dunks of the Year special on ESPN, March 26.

 Check out Josh Hopkins’s Super Bowl prediction on the red carpet (3:00 mark):

Hopkins accompanied his good friend Octavia Spencer to the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday. Spencer won Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Help.


That’ll do it for now.

Go Cats.

Beat the Vols.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

49 Comments for Nike Hyper Elite Platinum’s Tuesday News and Views

  1. Willis
    11:16 pm January 30, 2012 Permalink

    I like the uniforms I think they look pretty good

  2. Leroy Rossenbagger
    11:21 pm January 30, 2012 Permalink

    Hey guys. We gotta step up and vote for who is the freshman of the year on Cody Zeller is actually leading the poll. Are you freakin’ kidding me?

  3. BBN
    11:23 pm January 30, 2012 Permalink

    Josh Hopkins is awesome! Who else would say something totally off topic like that on the red carpet about UK? (Besides Ashley Judd) True fan! BBN!

  4. tyson
    11:23 pm January 30, 2012 Permalink

    WOW!!! it’s fantastic that the site redesign that Matt has been talking about for 2 years is finally here!!! the UK insignia to start each topic in the night posts are FANtastic!!! GREAT redesign guys!!!

  5. Carl
    11:26 pm January 30, 2012 Permalink

    1. Love the uniforms, but I’m not sure I would care to see them every game.
    2. Cal is the man.
    3. booobies 🙂 Josh who?

  6. PittCat
    11:33 pm January 30, 2012 Permalink

    Josh Hopkins looked insanely uncomfortable standing there. looked high

  7. guest
    11:33 pm January 30, 2012 Permalink

    I like Joe Lunardi. He’s good at his job, apparently has no biases, and isn’t impossible to like as are many mothership personalities. He’s also wrong.
    Joe said Syracuse is going to be the overall #1 seed, and it isn’t close. When asked about UK v. Syracuse, he said it’s up to Fab Melo.
    While I do think Syracuse will get the overall #1 if Melo returns (because UConn twice, UofL twice, and G’Town at home is not as difficult as Florida twice, Vandy twice, and Miss St. on the road), it’s a very close call. Also, in a matchup b/n UK and the Cuse, I’m taking our front line all day long.

  8. Computer Blue
    11:55 pm January 30, 2012 Permalink

    We specialise in the colour grey. This is the United Kingdom not the University of KY.

  9. Tomas
    12:07 am January 31, 2012 Permalink

    How could any rational person be upset about these jerseys?

  10. jesse
    12:09 am January 31, 2012 Permalink

    Jerseys are pretty cool..warm up jackets are horrible

  11. ToO
    12:26 am January 31, 2012 Permalink

    @ #6, he’s resisting the urge to look at them boobies!

  12. AuburnCat
    1:19 am January 31, 2012 Permalink

    Per Bleed Blue Kentucky, we landed 4* LB Khalid Henderson!

  13. JBR
    1:50 am January 31, 2012 Permalink

    BBK? Well, then Joker is great and all is well with the world.(and if you disagree, just go let their writers tell you how stupid you are!) Sounds like Henderson may have been a little unhappy that the aaron guy leaked that info…per his text saying he wasn’t announcing anything until Wednesday.

  14. Buckets
    1:56 am January 31, 2012 Permalink

    The new unis are sweet.

  15. Seth
    2:28 am January 31, 2012 Permalink

    Hey Big Blue Nation, will you all come vote for my sister and fellow Kentucky fan’s band ‘September Say Goodbye’?!?!? Give them 5 STARS for the full votes. Thanks BBN and KSR!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Seth
    2:29 am January 31, 2012 Permalink

    And I Hope UCONN didn’t jinx the new Uniforms!!!!

  17. BigBlueSkyDog
    6:25 am January 31, 2012 Permalink

    I like the uniforms and the warm-ups. Ain’t gonna pay $140 for ’em though. Sorry KSR shop.

  18. Doc Brown
    7:01 am January 31, 2012 Permalink

    I’m not gonna lie I have no idea who that Josh dude is but he seems to be Nice, important, and a UK fan so I’m all for him. I do realize now he is not a PGA golfer though so that’s a plus!

  19. SexnNursinHomes
    7:20 am January 31, 2012 Permalink

    Recycled polyester? you know that someone’s ball sack previously stained that mesh. Probably Brittany Griner’s.

  20. Aaron Craft's Rosacea
    7:23 am January 31, 2012 Permalink

    Sorry Maria but Giants all the way.

  21. Stop environmentalists
    7:32 am January 31, 2012 Permalink

    An environmentally-friendly jersey that is made for 15 players of 10-15 different teams that will be used once. Makes perfect sense!

    7:35 am January 31, 2012 Permalink

    Hey the team likes them and at least they don’t look like Blue Jeans as in 1996. Furthermore we won’t wear them in the Final Four. But they do look a bit like the Detroit Lions uniforms.

    7:35 am January 31, 2012 Permalink

    Uniforms fit what the NCAA and the agenda is. Make it all grey for all teams with subtle colors. Lets all be comrades.

  24. Al B. Sure
    7:39 am January 31, 2012 Permalink

    BBN needs to get over to Dick Vitale’s website and vote for Davis or Kidd-Gilchrist for Freshman of the Year in “Dick Vitale’s Weekly Poll”:

    … at the moment, AD has only a very slim lead over Cody Zeller:

    Who is the best freshman in college basketball?
    Anthony Davis
    444 44%
    Cody Zeller
    430 42.6%
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
    52 5.1%
    Trey Burke
    39 3.9%
    Moe Harkless
    23 2.3%
    Tony Wroten
    22 2.2%

  25. Wildcat84
    7:48 am January 31, 2012 Permalink

    I still utterly hate those uniforms. BLUE AND WHITE. Not gray, not green, not day glo orange, not purple, BLUE AND WHITE. Get it?

  26. Eloy the Destroyer
    7:50 am January 31, 2012 Permalink

    I am diggin the new threads.

  27. bigbluedude
    8:08 am January 31, 2012 Permalink

    25. agree, BLUE-WHITE, PERIOD!

  28. blueink
    8:13 am January 31, 2012 Permalink

    i don’t think it will happen, but i would love to see the G-men absolutely throttle the Pats … i mean like 45-17, still i think the D line gets to pretty Tom BrUggdy and the Gents win in a close one

  29. blueink
    8:14 am January 31, 2012 Permalink

    ps, i think the unis are sweeeet for real

  30. Bristol Cat
    8:16 am January 31, 2012 Permalink

    Just like $3.50 per gallon gas has conditioned us to think $2.50 is not that bad, the denim uniforms of 1996 conditioned us to any future alt. uniforms.

  31. Al's IndiCats
    8:22 am January 31, 2012 Permalink

    Give Josh PROPS!!!!! Even during the biggest football game of the year, he gives a shout out to the CATS!!!!!!!!!

  32. Bulldawg
    8:23 am January 31, 2012 Permalink

    Josh Hopkins – “Kentucky Basketball!” = priceless. GBB!!!

  33. kentuckyrules
    8:28 am January 31, 2012 Permalink

    Platinum unis are OK to me, one time is fine, and the gray is just a darker version of white. At least there is BLUE in there and it says KENTUCKY on the front! Also, don’t forget, the guys really like them, and we don’t need it on their mind that we are all griping about their unis (which they like and feel like they should NOT like them – then feel guilt). Let those who don’t like them turn a blind eye, and focus all the negative energy on taking down UT, by a lot :).

  34. Sholler
    8:35 am January 31, 2012 Permalink

    You know you are a true Kentucky fan when you’ve spent the first hour at work getting nothing done, because you are too busy finding the UK picture that is just right for your wallpaper on your computer…

    With that being said, anyone have any suggestions? I want an in-game picture of like Gilchrist and Davis chest bumping or something.

  35. kentuckyrules
    8:38 am January 31, 2012 Permalink

    #34: I do the same thing!!! HAHAHA. I have a good one of Davis (posed) w/ a UK background. I think I snagged it from one of the UK fan sites, don’t remember though. Also spend my time reading in here (lately) and ASOB as well.

  36. bung
    8:39 am January 31, 2012 Permalink

    blue and white are our colors…

  37. Dee
    8:40 am January 31, 2012 Permalink

    649 49.7%
    Cody Zeller
    508 38.9%
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
    64 4.9%
    Trey Burke
    39 3%
    Moe Harkless
    24 1.8%
    Tony Wroten
    22 1.7%

  38. Dee
    8:41 am January 31, 2012 Permalink

    Anthony Davis
    649 49.7%

  39. Some Guy in Kentucky
    8:43 am January 31, 2012 Permalink

    The jerseys look better with the lights on, but how much would they cost if they where not recycled material? $140 really?

  40. GoCats2
    8:45 am January 31, 2012 Permalink

    Do you have to sign up for facebook to vote for the Dunk of the year? I love you Darius, but I am not going down that road.

  41. Dee
    8:45 am January 31, 2012 Permalink

    Anthony Davis
    670 50.3%
    Cody Zeller
    514 38.6%
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
    64 4.8%

    BBN and KSR making a difference already…

  42. kentuckyrules
    8:52 am January 31, 2012 Permalink

    BTW: new unis DO have BLUE and WHITE in them 😛 …look at the letters.

  43. Brittany Griner doesn't have a vagina
    8:53 am January 31, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t see how frosh of the year is even debated with guys besides Davis and Gillie. That’s a two man race. NO Zeller is worth two craps. Write it down.

  44. UK1990
    9:47 am January 31, 2012 Permalink

    Jones actually had 11 rebounds, should have had the double-double. The quote from Cal about his ‘4 jumps for the ball were 4 rebounds and 4 shots but he was only credited with 2 each in the box for some reason.

  45. Apathetic Andy
    10:20 am January 31, 2012 Permalink

    Hate the uniforms even though it’s only one game. Do the NY Yankees wear the Pittsburgh Pirates uniforms even if it’s only one game? Hell no. They wear their colors, we should wear ours. That’s just what teams do. Teams can wear throw back unis, but these are throw up unis.

  46. tubby
    10:40 am January 31, 2012 Permalink

    For some people change is actually physically painful.

  47. fletch
    11:17 am January 31, 2012 Permalink

    agree with #45. our new cheer, go big blue-big gray, no wait ,big black, ahh, what ever.

  48. Dave Ball
    12:33 pm January 31, 2012 Permalink

    yeah…UK will destroy UT by 34 wearing the platinum elites and everyone will scream for their immediate usage in every game from here on out…39-1??? sure…I’m going inside now to watch “The Blue and The Grey” miniseries

  49. I'll hang up and listen...
    2:15 pm January 31, 2012 Permalink

    Dear Mr. Franklin, please don’t spell “gray” with an “e”, I’m pretty sure you aren’t British.