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Today on KSR: Cats roll for third straight win

The last time I wrote the morning post, it was after the loss at Missouri. That was the start of one of the lowest points in the Calipari era. Yesterday will have to go down as an underrated high point. On paper, this game had the makings of a trap. Kentucky had the distraction of Kevin Knox and his situation and there was the possibility that prized Missouri recruit Michael Porter Jr. could play. The distractions proved to not have an impact as the Cats rolled over the Tigers 88-66.

Kevin Knox Responds to the Accusations

After the game, Kevin Knox spoke to the media for the first time since the report came out Friday that he had dinner with an agent prior to getting to Kentucky. Knox said, “I’m not here to talk about that, I’m here to talk about the win” For more about what Knox said, go read Maggie’s post from last night by clicking here.

Did Hami finally break out of his slump?

It is no secret that Hamidou Diallo has been a major disappointment since the start of conference play. Prior to last night, Diallo had scored in double figures in just 5 of the previous 15 games. During that stretch, he was visibly frustrated with himself. As much as some fans dislike Diallo, there is no question that this team cannot be successful in the NCAA Tournament without Diallo.

When he is at his best, this team becomes a lot better. His athleticism and length are something that not many teams can match up with. With that being said, when Diallo is not at his best, he shouldn’t even be on the floor. He becomes a true liability.

Jarred Vanderbilt will be the best player on this team

There, I said it. If it isn’t by the end of this season, for sure next, Jarred Vanderbilt will be the best player on the team. The Kentucky Freshman is one of the most dominating rebounders that Calipari has had. He is starting to find his own when it comes to the offensive end. The one thing that Vanderbilt has, that cannot be taught; is energy. He plays hard every moment he is on the floor. Fans should love that, especially when there have been a lot of players under Calipari, who would continuously take plays off during games.

How about the Hilltoppers?

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Our friends in Bowling Green are ROLLING. After an offseason that saw all sorts of turmoil, Rick Stansbury has the Hilltoppers on a roll. Last night, WKU beat the 2nd place team in Conference USA, Old Dominion, 88-66. The Tops now improve to 22-7 (14-2 C-USA) on the season before a massive showdown this week against their biggest rival.

On Thursday, WKU will travel to Murfreesboro, Tennessee to take on #24 MTSU. The Blue Raiders defeated the Hilltoppers 66-62 in Bowling Green last month. If you’ve never watched either one of these teams play, I’d highly recommend tuning in to CBS Sports Network on Thursday night at 8pm.

Shareef O’Neal Decommits from Arizona

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Shareef O’Neal has decommitted from Arizona following the reports of the FBI’s investigation into Sean Miller. O’Neal is the son of NBA legend Shaq. At one point, he was thought to have been a Kentucky lean, but things between the parties never seemed to make things happen. Now that he has reopened his recruitment, things could get interesting.

O’Neal is the #33 player in the Class of 2018 and the #9 PF. Shaq has been open in the past about his respect for Coach Cal. I really do think that this could be a great match for both Shareef and the Cats. For more, click here.

Top 25 College Basketball Today

  • Tulsa at Cincinnati- 12pm (CBS Sports Network)
  • Michigan State at Wisconsin- 1pm (CBS)
  • East Carolina at Houston- 3pm (ESPN3)
  • Minnesota at Purdue- 4pm (FS1)
  • Colorado State at Nevada- 4pm (CBS Sports Network)
  • Florida State at NC State- 6pm (ESPNU)

Celebrity Birthdays

  • Rick Flair- 69
  • George Harrison
  • Rashida Jones- 42
  • Carrot Top- 53
  • Joakim Noah- 33
  • Oliver and James Phelps (Fred and George Weasley)- 32

Article written by Sam Gormley

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16 Comments for Today on KSR: Cats roll for third straight win

  1. BBNDan7
    10:09 am February 25, 2018 Permalink

    I don’t see Vanderbilt on next years team if he continues to rise like this

    • Mathlete
      10:16 am February 25, 2018 Permalink


    • henderblue
      10:39 am February 25, 2018 Permalink


    • BlakeBlueNation
      11:47 am February 25, 2018 Permalink

      No way Vando goes if he can’t shoot. He’s predicted 70th right now. Unless he improves offensively his stock won’t raise past mid 2nd round, it’d be best for him to stay.

  2. DelrayCat
    10:14 am February 25, 2018 Permalink

    One thing no one has mentioned….
    If Cats finish strong and continue playing well into the SEC tourney…
    Fans are going to be WAY more optimistic and will spend the money to travel in the Big Dance.
    Our crowds will be HUGE come tourney time!
    The BIG BLUE WAVE needs to come out!!!

    • Ridge Runner
      10:30 am February 25, 2018 Permalink

      Absolutely & hoping for a top 4 seed to get a little more days off (byes). Certainly there for our taking.

    • BlakeBlueNation
      11:51 am February 25, 2018 Permalink

      I believe Vando, Quade, and Wenyen will all stay next year. PJ and Nick are both toss ups in my opinion. The 3 I think will stay are not predicted to be drafted on any boards and I would assume they know that. If they stay and develop more they could raise their draft stock and be taken round 1 like Ulis and Cauley-Stine had. Plus, Cal knows we aren’t going to have 4-5-6 McDonald’s all Americans this year, he’s gonna need a few of these guys to stay. Shai and Knox are locks for the draft. I believe hami will go too. It’s really up to the rest to decide whether to stay or leave.

    • BlakeBlueNation
      11:51 am February 25, 2018 Permalink

      I’m sorry about that, didn’t mean to respond, I meant to write my own comment

  3. Ridge Runner
    10:25 am February 25, 2018 Permalink

    I’m not real satisfied as some are that Kevin answered the meal question (although he did respond) but thought Wendell Carter response was better. No biggie really but being honest. A friggin meal… who cares big picture anyway.

    Oh & George Harrison is 75.

    • ChuckHayesIsAFullGrownMan
      10:39 am February 25, 2018 Permalink

      George Harrison has been dead for the better part of two decades.

    • ClutchCargo
      10:39 am February 25, 2018 Permalink

      George Harrison is dead, so not really 75.

    • Ridge Runner
      10:45 am February 25, 2018 Permalink

      Yes, deceased and should have clarified saying he would have been. My error

    • brian
      12:19 pm February 25, 2018 Permalink

      Man, ever heard of a period?

  4. Alleykat16
    10:39 am February 25, 2018 Permalink

    Look these are young kids that have never played real basketball together before a few months ago and to important parts of that team got hurt and couldn’t play. Now this team started to kind of figure things out a player comes back to play and kind of messed things up but now that they’ve played about 7 or 8 games together the players and coaching staff are starting to figure each other out and what we are seeing is a pretty good team and real fans dont dislike a player because of him struggling real fans love their Cats no matter what these are good kids that try very hard to win they are not bad kids or smart arises, or think they poop don’t stink so if you think these trolls coming on here saying they dont like Hami that they hope he dont come back after the year writer your wrong to call them people fans because they are not CAT fans so try to do better when lumping people together using the would fan trolls ain’t fans they are trolls and I kinda think real UK fans dont troll other school websites because we just dont care about no team but the CATS

  5. henderblue
    10:41 am February 25, 2018 Permalink

    We rollin’. Happy for Hami. Him playing well only makes us better. Don’t see Vanderbilt coming back next year. But I hope so.