No, that’s not Michael Porter in that photo you see above. That is Sam Malone, one piece of the nation’s #1 recruiting class that’ll be taking the court this fall, and he wants the afternoon notes and podcast. He looks huge in that photo so I’ll oblige.
— I’m writing this from the KSR satellite office on Broadway in Nashville. I got into town at about 6:00 last night and saw a couple UK fans at dinner. The crowd is slowly picking up this afternoon as I’m seeing more and more identical UK Nike Elite golf shirts walking the streets. The downtown bars and restaurants should be packed with fans pretty soon. I can’t say the same for the stadium.
— Right now Kentucky is a 17-point favorite for the game. I like it.
— Don’t forget the Cat-Walk at the East Service Gate off Second Street at 6:15 CT. It’s your first chance of the year to give Bookie Cobbins a high-five. #winning
— Dave Neal and Andre Ware will be on the microphones tonight. 9:15 ET. ESPN U. Again, that’s 9:15 Eastern time on ESPN U.
— While you were driving to Nashville, Nazr Mohammed, Rajon Rondo, and DeMarcus Cousins played a couple pickup games at UK this afternoon. How cool is it seeing Rondo hanging out at UK all summer? Glad to have him back. Same goes for Nazr and DeMarcus, although it’s not as surprising to see them on campus. Nazr is just up the street in Louisville and DeMarcus is, well, DeMarcus.
— Ford F-150 is the official truck of UK Athletics. UK announced the partnership this morning with an official press release. Yawn.
— Here’s your podcast. Ryan Lemond joined Matt for a whole bunch of football talk in the last show before the football season kicks off.
— 6 hours. #RISE