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Scouting 101: Samford Bulldogs

Kentucky and Samford are set to tip off tonight at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN 2 and, be honest, you don’t know anything about Samford. Some of you probably thought it was Sanford. That’s why we’re here.

Have a seat, friends. Class is in session…

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Samford University, Eric Bledsoe, and DeMarcus Cousins are from the same dirt.

The private university is located in Homewood, Alabama, a suburb of Birmingham. It was originally founded in 1841 as Howard College in honor of John Howard, known for his work in prison reform in England.

“For God, For Learning, Forever.’

That’s the motto. *Drake Voice*

Samford’s intercollegiate athletics teams are nicknamed the Bulldogs.

The baseball and football teams used the “Baptist Tigers” before changing to the Crimson Bulldogs in 1907.

Notable alumni include Miss America 2005, Miss America First Runner-Up 2002, Miss America Fourth Runner-Up 2006, and Bobby Bowden.

There is a pattern there; I just can’t figure it out.

This is Samford’s first meeting with Kentucky.

However, it’s not Samford’s first game against John Calipari. The Bulldogs were just a pair of free throws away from upsetting Memphis nearly eight years ago to the day. Memphis snuck away with a 63-62 victory.

Samford will try to slow it down.

The Bulldogs use patience and precision cutting in their offensive sets to get back-door layups or wide open three-pointers. With that in mind, Samford’s offense is hard to prepare for and often poses problems for the opposition’s coaches in the league to scout.

Since Head Coach Jimmy Tillette incorporated the Princeton offense at Samford, the Bulldogs have reeled off an 85-66 record in games played against teams that have less than three days to prepare.

Jimmy Tillette is Samford’s all-time winningest coach.

He replaced John Brady, who left for LSU in 1997.

Give your W-2 to Tillette after the game.

He doesn’t look like much of a basketball coach; he looks like he should be doing someone’s taxes.

Although his record says otherwise.

Samford has a Hood, too.

He’s Tyler Hood, a 6-foot-6 redshirt freshman from Kingston, Tennessee. He’s averaging a team-high 15 points per game since moving into the starting lineup two weeks ago.

Beisner is not allowed to talk, write, or tweet about this Hood, either.

The Bulldogs are No. 3 in the nation in three-pointers.

The Bulldogs are averaging 10.7 3-point field goals per contest this season and are shooting 37.4 percent from beyond the arc.

Martin Newton is Samford’s athletic director.

C.M. Newton’s son was Kentucky’s director of basketball operations in Coach Cal’s first two seasons at UK. He managed an $11 million budget, along with fundraising, compliance, scheduling, marketing and academic support for the basketball program. Prior to that, he worked in marketing for Nike and Converse.

He is the only reason why Samford is on UK’s schedule.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

38 Comments for Scouting 101: Samford Bulldogs



  1. SexnNursinHomes
    1:35 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    need some liqour for that bunch and some memory erasers. whew lawd.



  2. Royal Blue
    1:43 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    1) I’m not that picky. I like em all. Not sure if I even care to see this game. Gonna be predictable…they will shoot threes out of their minds and Anthony Davis will dunk a lot…yawn. I think there’s a good Meredith Baxter Birney movie on LifeTime Movie Network. God, I’m sounding like Schwump.



  3. Louisville is Overrated
    1:53 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    The one in the back, on the left side, is by far the best looking of the bunch, but that is not saying much at all. I believe “ole righty” would be a much better option than any of these.



  4. YMCMB
    1:53 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    YOLO



  5. The Ghost of Bill Hicks
    1:58 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    back row left…..I guess.



  6. over the hills and far away
    1:58 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    # 2 Too funny ! You are probably right, they will shoot the 3 ball at a percentage out of their skulls like all visiting teams seem to do, they will get unbelievable bounces of the rim and top of the backboard for buckets, and yeah AD will dunk alot, and yeah we will win by 20-25 !



  7. oldchucktaylors
    1:59 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    Looks like they found Extra Bright Red Lipstick on sale at the Dollar General!



  8. ball&chain
    2:02 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    Buzz your girlfriend……………..Woof



  9. ball&chain
    2:04 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    who thought putting her in the front was a good idea? honestly



  10. Thicki Minaj
    2:07 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    Wow I need to leave Knoxville and head to Alabama I could make that cheer leading squad.



  11. Blue Daisey
    2:09 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    1- if there was a way I could cut your balls off I would. In reality, the probability is that even if these girls aren’t up to your standards, none of them would have you.



  12. SexnNursinHomes
    2:11 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    11- thanks, I wish you could too. they need to be off’d.



  13. Charlie Weis
    2:16 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    Loving me some fupa!



  14. Kidnut
    2:18 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    The coach would look great with a Hitler-stache…



  15. ball&chain
    2:18 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    11. didnt take long for this thread to reach samford



  16. Blue Jesus
    2:19 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    Have there been any changes to the football coaching staff yet? I can’t remember hearing of any but I may be wrong.



  17. jayshidlersroots
    2:23 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    The Dancing Cows?



  18. Yessir
    2:25 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    steve brown is gone



  19. Louisville is Overrated
    2:26 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    I am guessing that the word “Fugly” originated right after someone took a gander at this pic…



  20. Al's IndiCats
    2:26 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    The one in front could eat an ear of corn through a chain link fence, but there again, what do I know?



  21. Threadee McThreadThread
    2:29 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    Third from the left got lost on the way to the campus cafeteria but they used her anyway so that the team picture would look symmetrical — good thing they didn’t take it on a teeter-totter, though.



  22. WinchesterUKfan
    2:30 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    These type of photos always bring out the classiest of KSR nation. #represent



  23. UKGrad04
    2:32 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    Holy S, it’s good to see Sweetchuck from Police Academy landed on his feet. And one small correction: Samford is actually located in Palo Alto, CA. Their mascot is the Cardinal. It’s famous because Justin Timberlake, who founded Napster, first found out about The Facebook there.



  24. racerj5
    2:33 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    Wow! That coach looks like Tim Kazurinski from the old SNL.



  25. Kidnut
    2:33 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    Stay classy UK fans…I suppose one can dream.



  26. swamp donkey
    2:34 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    anyone hear how Shabazz did last night?



  27. Ciggy
    2:36 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    coach looks a bit like bryan cranston. Not much, just a bit.

    I wonder if he cooks meth in the offseason.



  28. btowncatfan
    2:37 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    IMHO the third from right is kind of cute. Otherwise my guess would be that their university accomodations consist of a kennel.



  29. Threadee McThreadThread
    2:42 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    22 – Gee, I wonder why they only post the cheerleaders’ picture when they’re um…how do I be more polite…full of great personalities? #YouLikeBuffetsTooDontcha



  30. VinDatUK
    3:04 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    That’s 9 miles of bad road right there…



  31. Derby_Demon
    3:12 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    #17–How do you know they can dance?



  32. Mr. Obvious
    3:17 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    What’s with the albino on the right?



  33. Government Cheese
    3:44 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    I see some Camel toe action under the FUPA on girl in the middle.



  34. CPACAT
    4:15 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    “He doesn’t look like much of a basketball coach; he looks like he should be doing someone’s taxes.” HEY!! Don’t go throwin’ your local CPA under the bus!!!



  35. Casper
    4:27 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    Second from the left, Y so serious?



  36. DrRxCATS
    6:06 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    How could anyone forget that this is the alma mater of the great Cortland Finnegan. Samford is my pharmacy school home and I have watched some games this year. Lot of 2-3 defense, Lamb along with everyone else on the 3 point line will have a field day. If there was a betting line on the over/under of 3 pointers made I would take the over. ROLLLLL TIDE!



  37. Bob
    8:28 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    C’mon guys, lay off the Omega Mu pledges. Somewhere Booger is smiling.



  38. Wildcat Kyle
    8:56 pm December 20, 2011 Permalink

    Where is Waldo??