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— Good afternoon, friends. How’s life? You good? Great to hear. We’re just a little over three hours away from Kentucky’s regular season home opener against Lafayette and the Cats will be without starting point guard Ryan Harrow for the third consecutive game. Harrow is still out with (insert latest rumor) and it’s unclear when he’ll return to the team. Is it flu-like symptoms? Is it mono? Is he hiding from the pressure of being the next Calipari point guard? No one knows. But we do know that his team needs him out there on the court. Kentucky will be fine tonight against Lafayette, but this is a regular season game Harrow could use for experience before things get really tough.
— Tonight’s game will be televised on Fox Sports South. It’ll also be available on ESPN 3 for those of you outside the FSS viewing area. Tipoff is at 7:00 ET.
— Three things to watch for tonight:
When Nerlens leaves his feet, it’s up to everyone else on the floor to put a body on someone and grab the rebound. Kentucky struggled with that in its first two games. We’ll see what improvements, if any, they’ve made on the glass tonight. Be a helper. Help the helper. Help the helper’s helper.
(2.) Kyle Wiltjer creating his own shot.
Calipari was disappointed with Wiltjer’s ability to create shots for himself against Duke. Look for him to be more aggressive on the offensive end tonight to keep his minutes.
(3.) Archie Goodwin, the distributor.
We know Archie can get in the lane at will, but he’s struggled with getting rid of the ball to an open teammate when the shot isn’t there. Will we see Archie distribute the ball or try to dunk on the entire Lafayette roster tonight? I’m okay with either one, honestly.
— Moving on to news from your favorite new college basketball analyst, Billy Gillispie picked Michigan, Indiana, Florida and Creighton to reach the Final Four in the latest episode of Campus Insiders. He also has a prediction for Kentucky:
The “Seeing Is Bill-ieving” title for Gillispie’s segment on the show is terrible. He should make the host and whoever came up with the name do wall-sits in the Campus Insiders bathroom during the next taping. Then again, he probably already does that anyway.
— In recruiting news, Karl Towns’ athletic director thinks he is going to fit perfectly at Kentucky. “Karl really fell in love with Orlando (Antigua). That is his main guy,” Towns’ AD told The Kentucky Kernel. “When he gets down to Kentucky he is going to be an unbelievable celebrity.” Come on down.
— #RIP Twinkies and Mini-Muffins
How will Louisville make its non-conference schedule without cupcakes?
How will Tennessee recruit without Hostesses???
This is devastating.
— I haven’t had the opportunity to congratulate Mrs. Tyler Thompson on becoming KSR’s newest full-time employee, so I will use this space to do so. Tyler has been great in her part-time role with the site for as long as she’s been involved and I’m excited to work side-by-side with her in the future. (Unless, of course, this is KSR’s way of pushing me out the door.) With two people sitting around a computer at all times, you can expect to see a better quality of posts and more creative projects in the future. So, congrats to Tyler for taking the plunge. I guess I’ll have to start showering before work now.
— Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond were on the airwaves this morning to preview tonight’s game and continue debating the never-ending topic: Kentucky football’s coaching search. Have a listen…