Good evening ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages and welcome to the final News and Views for the month of November. That’s right in just one hour December will be upon us and all those who partook of No Shave November can free themselves from the scourge of uncontrolled facial hair. Tonight’s views are brought to you by one Samuel Clemens who looks to celebrate Movember pretty hard himself. Clemons is one of the most famous men that ever lives although you may know him better by his pen name, Mark Twain. Twain was born on this day in 1835 as Haley’s Comet flew over the Earth and went on to become the father of American literature. Twain penned such classics as the Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, and a Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. Those three works in turn resulted in an awesome Rush song, the decline of censorship, and influenced the greatest movie of all time, Army of Darkness. Twain would die one day after Haley’s comet circled the Earth once again just as he had wished. Twain was quoted as saying “The Almighty has said, no doubt: ‘Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together.”
RIP Sam, on to the News and Views:
-So the young Cats lost their second game of the year last night and must now face a quick turnaround to play just two days later. A tough task for any team but the game adds an extra layer of drama as they must face one of the many teams they knocked out of last year’s NCAA tournament, the Baylor Bears. Both teams had to give up much to the NBA draft but Baylor brings back a few guys who have to be hungry for revenge. Despite that storyline UK opened as a 7.5 point favorite.
-Chief among those players out for vengeance has to be Brady Heslip who was held to just four points in the elite eight match up. Heslip has been out for the past 10 days after an emergency appendectomy but wouldn’t you know it, the kid is going to be back in time to play in Rupp Arena. Back in March that handsome devil Andrew Cassady profiled the sharp shooter for KSR. Give it a read before giving him a boo tomorrow afternoon.
-Cal spoke with the media today where he said that the Wildcats are simply a “November basketball team” and that they need to develop “a will to win and a competitive spirit.” Hopefully that spirit develops as they become a December basketball team tomorrow and if it doesn’t I see no way they become a March/April basketball team.
-Around the NBA, former Cat Terrance Jones was sent down to the D-League today as playing time for PFs is sparse in Houston. The move shouldn’t be much of a surprise considering the Rocket’s front office moves in the past. Our guy Patrick Patterson was sent down back in November of 2010 and things have worked out pretty well for him. Expect Jones to get called back up as the logjam at the forward position begins to clear up.
-A quick Happy Birthday to the man, the myth, the legend Joe B. Hall. Hall turns a cool 84 today and also shares a birthday with Ellen Calipari. Happy birthday to two of the Cats with the best seats for every game.
– While our new coach Mark Stoops won’t be on campus until Sunday the fine folks on campus have already started rolling out the welcome wagon. Langston Newton tweeted out the above photo of the Nutter Field House which has been decked out for Mark. Tomorrow night our new coach is in action as FSU takes on Georgia Tech for the ACC championship, a bet a bunch of TVs in the bluegrass will now be tuning in.
-Also on the field is the SEC championship, which will determine who gets the privilege to pummel Notre Dame for the 7th straight SEC national champion. If Georgia wins the game it would create an interesting tidbit for Cat fans. That would put Georgia, Florida, Louisville, and
Kent St (so close) in the BCS meaning the Cats had to take on 3 of the 10 teams. Talk about a tough schedule.
– A big congrats to the volleyball team as they took down ETSU tonight in Memorial to advance in the NCAA tournament. The ladies will now take on Ohio State in the second round tomorrow at 7:00. Get out and support #WeAreUK
Well November was a very eventful month around Big Blue Nation. The basketball team finally made their debut and have already demonstrated what will make them great as well as the things that will keep us all up at night. November brought about an end to the Joker Phillips era while also bringing us a new coach in Mark Stoops. The Stoops hire also brings great hope for recruiting and facility upgrades so there is much to be optimistic about on the field. The future is also bright on the court as well as we already inked the number one recruiting class for next year and it can only go up. November was an up and down month overall but one that has us all excited for what comes next. Hopefully December will bring news just as good or better than what November gave us. Looking at you Coley and Towns.