After two days off to gorge ourselves, open gifts, and take pictures with baby neices and nephews, KSR is back on track today with regularly scheduled posting and an eggnog hangover. We hope all of you had a very Merry Christmas and safe travels over the holiday and we’re looking forward to starting a brand new year with you.
But first, you need an early edition of the afternoon notes sans podcast.
— Before the Louisville Cardinals come to Rupp on New Year’s Eve, the Cats have a game coming up on Wednesday against Lamar. We’ll talk more about that game over the next day or so but for now you just need to know that Pat Knight is Lamar’s head coach. That’s Bobby Knight’s son. Should we glue the chairs down?
— One Louisville player doesn’t sound too excited about playing against Kentucky. After Louisville’s close call against the Hilltoppers Friday night, Peyton Siva predicted bad things in Louisville’s upcoming games against Georgetown and Kentucky. “If we play like we did against (Western Kentucky), we’ll get beat by 40 by both. We’ve got to come in with a better attitude.” I’m VERY confident that UK will win against Louisville on Saturday, but I think 40 points is a stretch. Louisville will at least keep it within 38.
— Over on the football side of things, the full 2012 SEC football schedule is expected to be released today. Now featuring Texas A&M and Missouri!!!
— An incoming Kentucky football player got some great news over the weekend when quarterback Patrick Towles was named third-team All-American by ESPN. Tyler Montell will have more on Patrick Towles later this afternoon but congrats to the young man on such a big time honor for a Kentucky kid. He has the potential to get Kentucky back on track.
— The Orlando Magic lost to Nazr Mohammed’s Oklahoma City Thunder yesterday, and the blame can be put on Stan Van Gundy for how he set the roster. DeAndre Liggins and Daniel Orton didn’t dress for Orlando in the season opener, eliminating the Kentucky Effect for the Magic. The NBA allows teams to dress 13 guys, so Liggins and Orton were likely No. 14 and 15. Expect Liggins to be wearing a game jersey much sooner than Orton going forward; Coach Van Gundy has said before that Orton is a long way from playing time. Nazr grabbed seven rebounds and scored one bucket in the win.
— If you haven’t seen the Stone Cold Willow Show yet, I really don’t know what you’re waiting for. (NSFW)
— The Washington Post has a great piece on John Wall and how the lockout helped him become a better player. Wall spent the offseason working on his game and he and his teammates believe fans will see a much-improved point guard this season. “I think you can start talking about John in the same breath as Derrick Rose, Chris Paul, and Deron Williams this year,” his teammate Shelvin Mack said.
— UK will live stream today’s practice this afternoon and KSR will live blog the event as best as we can. The practice is tentatively scheduled for 5:00 p.m. ET so we’ll tentatively schedule the live blog for 4:45 p.m. ET. This is a very cool thing Calipari and the boys are doing for the fans. I can’t wait to see who wins the Helmet Dunk of the Week.