We’re four hours from tip-off of Kentucky/Mississippi State! While you settle into your various pregame routines (mine include adjusting the position of my phone, computer, and beverage obsessively), here are some notes from the afternoon:
— Mississippi State may be bad, but the Cats can’t afford to overlook them. The Bulldogs are hopelessly overmatched at every position, but freshmen Craig Sword, Gavin Ware and Fred Thomas have been a bright spot for them in recent weeks. Sword leads the team in scoring with 9.8 points per game, and Ware is third among SEC freshmen in rebounding, with 6.5 per game. Thomas is eighth in the SEC in steals, with 1.8 per game. To give you an idea of the Bulldogs’ woes, those are the best things I could find about them in the game notes.
— Interestingly, the biggest stories heading into tonight’s game may not actually be about the game at all. Andrew Wiggins will be in the crowd with his parents on his official visit, and at halftime, the 1996 National Championship team will be honored and given school championship rings. Hopefully the crowd will carry over their rowdy performance from Saturday night to make them all feel at home (looking at you, Referee Guy!).
— In case you missed it below, the details of Kentucky’s plans for renovating Commonwealth Stadium have been released. Here are a few of the highlights on Kentucky’s wish-list:
– The student section moving to the east endzone
– 16 new suites with 14 seats each, a President’s Suite (100 seats), and an Athletic Director’s Suite (30 seats)
– A new facÌ§ade to enhance the stadium’s exterior and hide exposed structural steel columns and corner ramps
– A new club level on the south sideline with approximately 2,200 new seats and lounge areas
– New restrooms in the north and south ends of the stadiums
The new facÌ§ade alone will do wonders to the stadium, as well as keep more noise in the lower bowl. Limestone with ivy, anyone? The plans list a projected “substantial completion” date of August 14, 2015.
— A whopping five SEC teams (including Florida and Alabama…smh) did not sell all of their tickets to the SEC Tournament. If you’d like to be one of the thousands of Cats fans enjoying a 5-day party in Nashville and have $345 to spend, click here.
— Anthony Davis sprained his shoulder in last night’s game against the Brooklyn Nets and did not travel with the team to Oklahoma City. Get well soon, buddy.
— It’s never too early to look ahead, especially when it comes to basketball recruiting. Scout.com released their updated 2015 recruiting rankings this morning, and the #1 player’s name is Diamond Stone, which is just awesome. Please come be a Cat, sir.
On today’s show, Matt and Ryan previewed the game against Mississippi State, chatted with comedian Ben Hoffman, and attempted to help a lovesick UK fan find his mate. Listen online at TalkRadio1080.com.