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-We’re just thirteen hours away from seeing the Cats return to the floor to complete the “Terrence Jones series” with the Portland Pilots. The past two seasons brought two games which were dominated by Kentucky. In 2010 the Cats won 79-48 in the Rose Garden behind Brandon Knight’s 21 points. Last year in Rupp the future national champions rolled 87-63 with Jones scoring 19 against his hometown team. The last time Kentucky was on the floor it was a tale of two halves. In the first the Blue was dominant, in the second we looked sluggish and tired. Which team is going to show up tomorrow is the question?
-As a result of that second half the stakes are high for this young Kentucky team. Following the game against Samford Coach Cal criticized the team’s conditioning saying the only reason they didn’t show up in the second half was because they weren’t in shape. He then asserted that “We’re going to be the most in-shape team in the next three weeks,” and “If they play a full game, both halves, maybe we won’t condition. But I don’t think they can..” The choice is simple: Show up or enroll in Camp Cal for winter break.
-One man apparently ready to prove his physical fitness is Ryan Harrow. Our onetime starting point guard said yesterday he worked out three times. First at 7:00 am with Rock Oliver, then some afternoon delight at team practice, followed by some late night shoot around. Hopefully that work will translate to success on the floor tomorrow. If nothing else Harrow got a jump start on Camp Cal.
-Apparently, you can go home again. Favorite sons Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will be heading back to Lexington this summer to enroll in some classes according to a tweet from earlier today. The young guys continue to impress with their dedication to education. I know if I was set up to be a multimillionaire for life I’d have a hard time returning to school. Hopefully the duo will start a trend of NBA guys being on campus for a few weeks to work out and work in the class room. The Craft Center would start to resemble the NBA all-star game.
-UK Hoops took to the floor of Rupp Arena tonight for their yearly home game away from Memorial as they took on the Blue Demons of DePaul. The extra space proved to be necessary as the team and fans set a new attendance record for a Women’s Basketball game at Kentucky with over 18,000 in attendance. The record crowd was treated to a show as the ladies took care of business with a 96-64 win. Next up UK will face off against a very good Middle Tennessee State team at 1. The Blue Raiders beat Kentucky last season, and took Tennessee to overtime a few weeks ago. BE THERE.
-An excellent year for UK volleyball was brought to an end tonight as the upset bid against #1 Penn State came up short. Congrats to Coach Skinner and all the girls for an excellent year. You made BBN proud.
-After being denied by just about every Coach and their brother Tennessee finally name a head coach. Butch Jones has agreed to do the job nobody else would. Yes, one of the coaches once rumored to be next in line here in Lexington held off to wear orange in Knoxville. Last season the Vols crushed Cincinnati 45-23, leaving many fans up in arms as any team the Dooley lead Vols could beat to a pulp they didn’t want.
That’s all the news and views fit to print for tonight. Get back tomorrow to get ready for the Portland game. The fun starts at 9:30 with the KSR pre-game show, tune in! Finally I leave you with the best piano ballad about Mark Stoops that has ever been written. It’s been stuck in my head for the better part of the day.