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Stadium Frame Final Four Print Wants Afternoon Notes and Podcast

The celebration is over but it can live on forever inside your home or office with this Final Four print from Stadium Frame. The 34×24 framed photo is matted with coins and features a shot of the Superdome court just after the final buzzer sounded to end Kentucky’s magical 2011-12 season. Go to www.Final4Prints.com to purchase the print you see here, or pick out another print or variation of this one from Stadium Frame.

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Phew, lots of news. Let’s get to it.

— We’re three and a half hours away from Kentucky/Florida in Gainesville. While the Gators fans standing outside the O-Dome digest their free Subway sandwiches, let’s look at three keys to tonight’s game:

1. Defend the three

Florida leads the SEC in field goal percentage (.493; seventh nationally), 3-pointers made per game (8.8), 3-point field goal percentage (.388), assist-turnover ratio (1.4) and assists (15.9). They have a balanced scoring attack, led by Kenny Boynton (13.1 ppg), Erick Murphy (12.1) and Mike Rosario (12.5). The Cats will have to clamp down on the perimeter to keep the crowd in check and the momentum from swinging too far in the Gators’ direction. Florida is 11-0 at home this season, and it looks like they might actually sell this game out, so Kentucky doesn’t need to give the Reptiles anything to get Rowdy about.

2. Take care of the ball

Florida is known for its defensive intensity. They’ve held three opponents to 40 points or fewer, 11 under 50 points and 16 under 60 points. The Gators ranks fourth in the country in scoring defense, allowing 52.7 points per game, and has a nation’s-best +21.5 scoring margin. So far this season, the Cats are turning the ball over 13.2 times per game. Archie Goodwin and Ryan Harrow will need to rise to Calipari’s challenge of taking care of the ball and making smart decisions.

3. Own the middle

If there’s one area where Kentucky may have an advantage, it’s the middle. Nerlens Noel vs. Patric Young will be a battle (Young proved he wasn’t scared of Anthony Davis last year and he won’t be of Noel this year), and the Cats will benefit from having Willie Cauley-Stein back in the rotation. Losing Will Yeguette will hurt the Gators in the post, especially if Young gets in foul trouble.

— Picture break! This shot of Willie Cauley-Stein and his family in the team hotel in Gainesville is great:

This morning, Mark Stoops and company got their first 2014 commitment, Denzel Ware. Ware is a 6’3″, 220 lbs. 4-star defensive end from Crestview, Florida who had originally committed to Florida State while Mark Stoops and DJ Eliot were on the staff. Once they left, he dropped his commitment to entertain offers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia Tech, Ohio State, Texas, USC and others. But, his relationship with DJ Eliot was too strong and he decided to pledge to Kentucky, where he will be the highest rated recruit since Micah Johnson in 2006. Ware is rated the 44th best player in the 2014 class and the nation’s 4th best weakside defensive end by 24/7 Sports. His commitment is just that–a pledge–for the next year, and it’s hard to think that the bigger schools won’t put on some more heat, but it’s proof that Stoops’ connections in Florida and Marrow’s connections in Ohio are already paying off. Plus, that offer list…good Lord.

— Rivals released their 250 to Watch in 2014, and Ware came in at #223. Other notable UK targets: S Jamal Adams at #33 (son of former Cat George Adams and godson of Joker Phillips); QB Drew Barker at #153; OT Nick Rachardson at #180; WR Thaddeus Snodgrass at #198; and S Deion Singleton at #214.

We finally got an Andrew Wiggins update this morning during the flurry of news at the KSR Compound. Wiggins eliminated Ohio State and Syracuse from his list, leaving Kentucky, Florida State, Kansas and North Carolina. He also (tentatively) scheduled three visits to UK, KU and UNC, with his trip to Lexington coming up on February 27th for the Mississippi State game. eRupption Zone, you know what to do.

— Unfortunate news for former Louisville player Jared Swopshire, whose college career ended at Northwestern earlier today after he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery following what seemed to be a minor injury on Saturday. Did the Louisville injury curse follow him to Chicago?

— Want a little “Where Are They Now” on one of your favorite former Gators? Matt Walsh is currently playing pro ball in Europe for Spirou Charleroi in Belgium, where he has an admittedly adorable son and tweets a lot about Florida basketball, including tonight’s game. Walsh said that while he’s rooting hard for his Gators, he always enjoyed playing in Rupp, despite some of the…well, let’s say tough love from the crowd:

On today’s show, Matt and Ryan previewed the Florida game, gave away tickets to the game in one of the most frustrating contests ever, and announced the departure of our friend Drew the Employee (not Franklin), who will be moving to the Windy City to live with his lady love. Enjoy.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

29 Comments for Stadium Frame Final Four Print Wants Afternoon Notes and Podcast



  1. Mike
    3:35 pm February 12, 2013 Permalink

    You mean kentucky/Florida



  2. T.J.
    3:45 pm February 12, 2013 Permalink

    They can’t all be related. Each one is a different tone of black.



  3. Mack
    3:51 pm February 12, 2013 Permalink

    Of course that would be his favorite chant!



  4. Walsh is gay says
    3:59 pm February 12, 2013 Permalink

    Walsh is gay



  5. Cat fan
    4:02 pm February 12, 2013 Permalink

    I go to UK currently but i was at that UK vs. UF game when I was around 12 and I remember that “walsh is gay” chant like it was yesterday. Loudest I have heard Rupp. BTW, Walsh is literally gay



  6. bung
    4:05 pm February 12, 2013 Permalink

    maybe we could finally get serious about running the break and not have to worry about their defense as much…



  7. Wildcatfan812
    4:07 pm February 12, 2013 Permalink

    Someone needs to clean off their cell phone camera lens 🙂



  8. MJ4UK
    4:10 pm February 12, 2013 Permalink

    If there ever was a kid screwed over by a coach, it is Jared Swopshire



  9. RealCatsFan
    4:10 pm February 12, 2013 Permalink

    Well, if you believe in omens, I pulled up behind a white Hyundai Santa Fe at a traffic light this afternoon just as Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird” came on the radio (they’re from Gainesville), and the car had Florida license plates. But the good part was that it had UK stickers plastered all over the back of it! 😀



  10. ThankfulCat
    4:11 pm February 12, 2013 Permalink

    Walsh dated a Playboy playmate.

    Funniest thing I EVER saw was the UT student section holding up her naked picture and chanting

    We’ve seen your girlfriend naked
    Clap, Clap, Clap, ClapClap

    He literally almost air balled a free throw right after



  11. MJ4UK
    4:11 pm February 12, 2013 Permalink

    If you are wanting some more game analysis, not that this site don’t already have it all (props), check out bbnsports.wordpress.com



  12. RealCatsFan
    4:12 pm February 12, 2013 Permalink

    9, yep, heard on the radio that Swop blew out a knee again. No matter who he played for, I really feel for the kid. I guess he will find his future in something other than basketball. (I guess he could still get into coaching it.)



  13. Oh Stadium Frame FinalFour Print
    4:13 pm February 12, 2013 Permalink

    We used to have beautiful college women everyday on “Afternoon Notes” until you came along. When will you be sold out?



  14. MJ4UK
    4:16 pm February 12, 2013 Permalink


  15. Roland
    4:17 pm February 12, 2013 Permalink

    WHAT? ” gave away tickets to the game in one of the most frustrating contests ever”

    Awarding the tickets in the “most ridiculous manner possible.”: KSR. (Not a dig) It is what U guys do.



  16. Roland
    4:18 pm February 12, 2013 Permalink

    I listened to the contest.



  17. Ridge Runner
    4:24 pm February 12, 2013 Permalink

    3. Bless your little heart. You are special.



  18. Dr. Phil
    4:28 pm February 12, 2013 Permalink

    “If your sister is sleeping with your husband?, then, the family is to close”

    Just happened on local TV.



  19. Cal for POTUS
    4:33 pm February 12, 2013 Permalink

    I wonder if this is some of WCS birth family or the family that took him in as a high school kid. If it is his the later, it’s good to see a family take in a kid in need. You will NEVER go wrong helping a needy kid! On the other end of the spectrum is Swoopshire. Pitino was in trusted by his family to keep their kid safe and help him grow as a person as well as a player.
    Pitino has a history of throwing kids down when they no longer benefit him! The NCAA should force schools to honor scholarship’s if the kids get hurt as long as they have the grades and are doing their part. Hell Cal kept Eloy and Polson on scholarship instead of dropping them to get Stokes last year. How much better would we be right now with Stokes. Cal has class Pitino is scum. Look at how Rhodes was treated by Pitino.



  20. Sean2611
    4:40 pm February 12, 2013 Permalink

    I have to work late tonight unfortunalty! Does anyone know where I can watch the game on my iPhone? I could on my droid but not my iPhone bc it does not support adobe flash player! Please help



  21. Roland
    4:44 pm February 12, 2013 Permalink

    Enjoy = podcast link.

    Como blogging…I get it.



  22. Roland
    4:45 pm February 12, 2013 Permalink

    cameo…can’t type either..



  23. Cats in the NBA
    4:46 pm February 12, 2013 Permalink

    Hate to say it, but that gay chant made UK fans look stupid.



  24. How now brown cow
    4:55 pm February 12, 2013 Permalink

    Well.. Maybe so… But back then being called gay wasn’t as cool as it is today…..



  25. Sam
    5:02 pm February 12, 2013 Permalink

    Who’s pictures in the photo, esp the blue and yellow shirt. I assume the blue shirt is his birth dad? Wasn’t he taken in the last couple years of high school by some ex pro football player or something? That’s not who’s pictured, is it?



  26. boom
    6:22 pm February 12, 2013 Permalink

    I was at the game when calthes or however you spell it, missed the three free throws at Rupp for the win. That was the loudest I have ever heard Rupp, and many agree. Many also say the loudest Rupp moment came when Davis blocked the buzzer beater against UNC last year. We need a post to debate the loudest moments in Rupp.