Congratulations folks, you made it to the end of the first day of 2013. For those of you nursing a hangover, it’s time for some sweet sober sleep, and for the rest of you, well, you missed one hell of a party. Before we part ways to go eat black-eyed peas and make some more resolutions, let’s review the very few notes from this day in UK sports.
— Tomorrow, the Cats take on Eastern Michigan in their last tune-up before SEC play. Fun fact: Kentucky has a 62-19 record in the first game of the new year, which, along with the fact that Eastern Michigan hasn’t won a game on the road this season, bodes well for the Cats. On Monday, Willie Cauley-Stein told reporters that the team is at a critical juncture after the loss to Louisville, and that they can either build on a promising performance or take a step back and start all over again. Let’s hope the Cats commit to the former and come out firing against the Eagles.
— Another fun fact from my pregame research: Nerlens Noel currently leads the team in steals, with 32, 18 more than the next closest teammate. At the pace he’s going right now (2.7 per game), he’ll finish the season with 89 steals, breaking Rajon Rondo’s school record of 87. #themoreyouknow
— Want to go to tomorrow night’s game but don’t have a ticket? Since students are still on break, you can buy eRupption Zone tickets from the Rupp Arena ticket office starting at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 each and the limit is one per person. You can start lining up at noon, so bring a book if you’re eager. And a blanket.
— We may not have to wait too much longer to find out where Dakari Johnson is headed. The 2013 big man told Adam Zagoria that he will make his college decision once his season is over and doesn’t plan to take any visits until then. Monteverde’s last game of the season is January 26th. Johnson is currently considering Kentucky, Syracuse and Georgetown, but many think he’s favoring the Cats. Come on down…
— I missed this yesterday, but apparently Pat Forde thinks Kentucky is a bubble team. I think he is a turd.
— The father of four-star dual threat QB Asaintii Woulard told Larry Vaught that if his son’s visit to Kentucky on January 11th goes well, he will likely commit to the Cats:
“Once the coaching staff changed, he ended up resending his information to Kentucky and they reached out to him. He was embraced by this new staff and they are really on him the best I can tell. … If he likes what he sees on his visit, I think he’ll be ready to commit to Kentucky.”
Woulard’s father also told Larry that his son is a big fan of Taylor Swift, something we’ll just pretend we didn’t hear.
— As one former Cat was sent to the D-League (Darius Miller), two have come back. The Thunder recalled Daniel Orton and DeAndre Liggins from the Tulsa 66ers. I miss Liggins.
— The new year has everyone wanting to look forward. ESPN bracket guru Joe Lunardi currently has the Cats projected as a seven seed in the tournament, with #2 seed Indiana as a potential second round opponent. That has fun written all over it.
— The Big Blue Nation truly is everywhere, even the Capital One Bowl between Nebraska and Georgia:
That’s all for now. Enjoy the last two hours of your holiday, because it’s back to reality in the morning…see you then.