The hottest ticket in all of sports yesterday surrounding Lubbock, Texas and the 15,000 Red Raider fans left with an overtime loss to Kentucky. The Cats had an 8 point lead in the closing minutes, but Texas Tech fought back and sent the game into overtime where Nick Richards took over and led the way.
Here are the stories you need to know to start your day:
Nick Richards is a legit candidate for SEC Player of the Year
Can you believe I actually wrote that headline? The crazy thing is… it really isn’t that crazy of a statement.
“Junior Nick Richards” continued on his hot streak in Lubbock with 25 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks. The last Cat to achieve that line? Anthony Davis in 2012.
Over his last eight games, Richards is averaging 17.6 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. Not even the biggest Nick Richards hater in the world can say it is a “fluke” anymore. The Jamaican is here and here to stay.
We are all Coach Cal below:
We’ve had elite players and plenty of unforgettable performances before,
Yet no one has ever gotten a @ukcoachcalipari ?.
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) January 26, 2020
Turnovers = Kentucky Win?
Anyone that knows anything about me knows that I am a big stats guy. I love diving into stats whether pointless or actually meaningful. If you are like me, Corey Price is a must follow on Twitter. He provides awesome stats into Kentucky sports that even stats haters can appreciate.
Yesterday, he posted this gem:
How about this for a stat: In the John Calipari era, Kentucky is a perfect 10-0 in games in which they commit at least 20 turnovers! unbelievable
— Corey Price (@coreyp08) January 26, 2020
This is absolutely unbelievable. It is rare you can make someone in the media go absolutely speechless, but this made me do it. Is this proof that his teams are more active offensively? Proof they’re playing hard? I am not sure there is an exact answer to it; other than it being absolutely crazy.
John Calipari speaks on Khalil Whitney’s transfer
With his first media opportunity since the surprising transfer of Khalil Whitney, head coach John Calipari was asked about the decision.
Calipari said, “Before he left, he had tears, I had tears. I hugged him and I just said, ‘You make it. Make it. If you’re going to do this, you make it.”
For more on Cal’s comments, you can click here.
Cal throws shade at Indiana
If there is one thing I can appreciate more than throwing shade at Louisville, it would doing the same towards Indiana. In his postgame comments, while praising Texas Tech, Calipari threw a subtle jab at Indiana. For his full comments, click here.
— Lee K. Howard (@HowardWKYT) January 26, 2020
Coach, I am here for it.
Robic vs. Scorekeeper?
The man with the best hair in college basketball put himself into the headlines after the game after reportedly calling out the official scorekeeper for “cheating.”
Apparently John Robic leaned over to the official scorer and called him a cheater as the teams shook hands. I assume for fouling out Maxey when he wasn't fouled out?
— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) January 26, 2020
To set the scene, Tyrese Maxey picked up what was his fourth foul of the game in the closing minutes, but the scorekeeper had it as his fifth. After a brief pause, the officials were able to determine it was in fact only his fourth foul.
After his tweet gained a lot of traction, Tucker posted a response after a conversation with Robic.
John Robic tells me he was not the one who screamed "you cheating MFer" at the official scorekeeper at Texas Tech. The scorekeeper thought so, because he was hollering after Robic, "Hey! Hey! Hey!" right after. Could've been anyone in the handshake line passing by the table.
— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) January 26, 2020
So if it wasn’t Robic, who is the most likely culprit? The world may never know.
College GameDay to Auburn next Saturday
Last Saturday, the Cats won in a tough environment at Arkansas. Yesterday, they won in an electric atmosphere in Lubbock. Now, ESPN is rewarding them by giving their next road test their College GameDay ritual.
Auburn will host the show before the Tigers and Cats tip off later that day. It will be the first matchup since the dreaded Elite Eight game in Kansas City last year.
Scoop: Mike Stoops to Kentucky is a real possibility
As we always say, Scoop gotta Scoop and he left us with a big scoop yesterday morning. While this post has been basketball-centric, the potential of a big addition to the football staff could be coming.
— Ryan Lemond (@ryanlemond) January 25, 2020
Stoops was let go as the defensive coordinator at Oklahoma a few years ago, but has spent time at Alabama recently. As we well know, this can be the place embattled assistants go to revitalize their career.
SEC Scores from Yesterday
The SEC/Big 12 Challenge again lived up to the hype with multiple really good games throughout the day yesterday:
- #14 West Virginia 74-51 over Mizzou
- #16 Auburn 80-76 over Iowa State
- LSU 69-67 over Texas
- Oklahoma 63-62 over Mississippi State
- #3 Kansas 74-68 over Tennessee
- Oklahoma State 73-62 over Texas A&M
- Arkansas 78-67 over TCU
- Ole Miss 70-60 over Georgia
- Alabama 77-74 over Kansas State
- #1 Baylor 72-61 over Florida
- South Carolina 90-64 over Vandy
That’s the news you need to know to start your Sunday. Enjoy your day and Go Cats!