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Saturday morning links

Good morning Kentucky, we’ve got a big day ahead of us. The top two teams in baseball resume their three-game series, spring football showcases itself in Commonwealth, the pony’s are running at Keeneland, and Nerlens Noel is in town! Happy Saturday, Big Blue Nation. Let’s get to the notes.

— Your second-ranked Kentucky baseball team took one on the chin last night, losing to top-ranked LSU 5-4.  Two throwing errors in the first inning proved costly, as the Tigers plated two unearned runs to take an early lead. Freshman hitting prodigy Austin Cousino had a game he’ll hope to forget, striking out in all five on his plate appearances. The good news for the Cats is that they have rebounded well from their (few) losses; in three of their five SEC series’ Kentucky has lost the opening game, only to come back and win the next two. They play again today at 2:00.

The basketball national championship trophy will be on display before the game, so show up early to get a picture with it.

— The softball team will appear on ESPNU today, facing Mississippi State in Starkville. The Cats dropped the first game of the series last night 4-3, despite a strong showing from Alice O’Brien who contributed a pair of doubles, and Ellen Weaver who knocked a two-run homer. Kentucky is 23-24 overall, and 10-10 in the SEC.

— Even with some of the regular faces sitting out, football fans will get their first glimpse of the future of Kentucky on the gridiron today, and see just how close the Cats are — if at all — to turning a corner. Joker Phillips remains upbeat in practice, saying today, “I love being out here in the spring and working on our fundamentals and our technique.” The Blue/White game starts tonight at 6 p.m. If you go, parking and admission is free, and you’ll walk away with a poster of Matt Roark crowd surfing after helping to defeat Tennessee.

— Unfortunately, the spring game will go on without running back Brandon Gainer who left the team yesterday. He was sitting out spring practice to focus on academics. Gainer was a heralded recruit coming from Miami, and ESPNU rated him the No. 15 running back prospect for 2010. He was listed fifth on the depth chart coming into this season.

— Need more reason to get out to Commonwealth Stadium? Nerlens Noel will be there. Keep an eye out for the hair – it’ll be a dead giveaway.

— To wrap up, Bill Simmons at Grantland made a pitch for Anthony Davis to be placed on the U.S. Olympic basketball team in place of injured Dwight Howard. We’ll have more on this later, but you can take a look at his mailbag entry here.

Article written by Stuart Hammer

B.S. Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kentucky. @StuartHammerKSR

15 Comments for Saturday morning links

  1. silly kentuckians
    10:17 am April 21, 2012 Permalink


  2. cccatfan
    10:27 am April 21, 2012 Permalink

    AD would fit in perfect on the Olympic Team, we have introduced him to the nation, now time to introduce him to the world.

  3. WeWant9
    10:30 am April 21, 2012 Permalink

    What does the Pic have to do with the story? Losing by 1 run last night is not taking one on the chin…

  4. Purnells
    10:41 am April 21, 2012 Permalink

    Morning “link”…. Sausage “link” . . . GET IT NOW.??
    Is it true the first team will start 14 points behind in the B/W game to get used to the way they’ll start every game this year, 14 points behind????

  5. KyCoronation
    11:04 am April 21, 2012 Permalink

    Why does everyone keep saying Cal could have his best recruiting class ever in 2013? Has anybody besides Derek Willis committed from that class? Has any of the big names even said they are leaning our way? Just curious as to all the talk.

  6. Ridge Runner
    11:17 am April 21, 2012 Permalink

    5) I kinda see your point as its sort of the same when you hear people saying…”a person could be the richest ever, IF”. I mean hell we all could say that as could every college who recruits the big names, IF they get them.

    It appears everywhere we read however, UK is in the mix more so than others and getting good vibes from many of the top 5 and (even some top 6-10 recruits)…Jabari Parker, Julius Randle and the Harrison twins as an example. It has people excited, but again you have a point.

  7. Ridge Runner
    11:29 am April 21, 2012 Permalink

    4) I know I am slow on many things. But..umm….can you clarify the 14pt deficit you think we need to get used before we start “every” game next year?

    We lose all our NBA-starters granted and that will hurt especially early on. But every game? Ya lost me.

  8. crazycatfan
    11:30 am April 21, 2012 Permalink

    IS NOEL GOING TO BE AT KEENELAND TODAY??? Glad he’s here in person to feel the love from the BBN!!!

  9. crazycatfan
    11:30 am April 21, 2012 Permalink

    7 – He’s talking football.

  10. BlueDeuce
    11:31 am April 21, 2012 Permalink

    Noel will be a legend before stepping foot on the court! He gets it!!

  11. Ridge Runner
    11:34 am April 21, 2012 Permalink

    9)…Thx! ha! Now, I will substitute being “slow” to being “Basketball Preoccupied”. Look over me, puleeeze.

  12. crazycatfan
    11:36 am April 21, 2012 Permalink

    11) Perfectly understandable! LOL

  13. Mike
    11:41 am April 21, 2012 Permalink

    How does Brandon Gainer who supposedly was rated #15 RB in the country in 2010 end up 5th on U.K.’s depth chart?? We all know how well Choker and staff coach up their players but this is as ridiculous as anything I’ve ever seen. With the 2012 exodus will there be any players standing at year’s end?

  14. Bob
    3:35 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    That sausage link hasn’t been cooked enough.

  15. REAL BLY
    4:25 pm April 21, 2012 Permalink

    I love UK….but good Lord our football program is a nightmare!!!