Yesterday marked the final Saturday without Kentucky Basketball/Football until after the NCAA Tournament. It really is amazing how much work can get done when I am not waiting the entire day for a night game. If you spent the day being productive, or not, here are the big storylines you might have missed from yesterday/need to start your Sunday.
Crazy Football Stat
There is not many things I love more than a good statistic. I love digging deep into numbers and trying to find obscurities on the teams I care about and/or cover. Our fearless leader posted one that definitely fits into that category last night:
Through 8 games Kentucky not only has a 4-4 record but also
– Exact same amount of Points scored as opponents
– Same # of Touchdowns and FGs
– Same # of Total Yards
– Same # of Penalties
That’s kind of absurd
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) November 3, 2019
There is a faction of people who are very anti-statistics. While I will never understand where you are coming from, I can hear you clamoring as I type. “This doesn’t matter…” Well, you’re right. It doesn’t matter. Sometimes it is just interesting to hear and say, “wow, that is really cool.” This can be an example of just that.
Five-Star Isaiah Jackson to decide in two weeks
Five-star forward Isaiah Jackson announced yesterday on his social media that he will be announcing his commitment on either November 15th or November 16th.
The Michigan native is down to Kentucky, Alabama and Syracuse. The 24/7 Sports Crystal Ball has been trending towards Alabama in recent weeks, but Calipari has visited him multiple times since the end of August.
Jack Pilgrim had more on Jackson and his recruitment yesterday. You can find that by clicking here.
Quade Green gains transfer waiver
Green transferred from Kentucky just before Christmas last season before ending up in the Emerald State. If the waiver wouldn’t have been approved by the NCAA, he would have had to have waited until the spring semester to play for the Huskies.
Personally, I am happy for Quade. I have no ill-will towards him at all and wish him all of the success this season on what could potentially be a very good Washington team.
Michigan State is two days away
We are officially two days away from tipping off the 2019 season at Madison Square Garden. The two exhibition games may have put a damper on some fans’ expectations, but I am just ready for basketball to finally be back.
Many of the “experts” have picked Michigan State to win the National Championship and the voters agreed with that in voting the Spartans as the #1 team in the land.
This will be the fourth time in program history that a #2 ranked Kentucky team will play the #1 overall team. In the previous three games, the Cats are 1-2. The losses came in the 1975 National Championship to UCLA and to North Carolina in 1981. The lone victory came in the 1996 Final Four over UMass.
SEC Football Scores from yesterday
- #8 Georgia 24-17 over #6 Florida
- Texas A&M 45-14 over UTSA
- Mississippi State 54-24 over Arkansas
- #11 Auburn 20-14 over Ole Miss
- Tennessee 30-7 over UAB
- South Carolina 24-7 over Vanderbilt
The coaches that are possibly on the hot seat did not help themselves yesterday with Chad Morris, Matt Luke and Derek Mason all losing. Luke’s team had a shot to beat Auburn, but couldn’t get it done in the closing seconds.
There is the news you need to know to start your day. May your NFL team win and your fantasy football team succeed! Go Cats!