This picture has nothing to do with anything, but I still love it
It is a beautiful Wednesday night here in Louisville, where I am stuck watching Georgia-Vandy and Wisconsin-Purdue for CBS. Both games are close and mediocre, which seems to be the theme of the season. I thought I would check in with a few thoughts on the goings on as of late.
— I cant remember a UK game in a long time that produced as many talking points as the game vs Mississippi State. From the awful Sky Cam to Rick Stansbury blowing a gasket to Renardo Sidney being fat, there really was something for everyone. I was impressed with how well Kentucky moved the basketball and just how thorough they played on the offensive end. However the defense still concerns me as it was the second straight game where the Cats didn’t extend out after the shooter and allowed wide open three point looks. Calipari for his part still seems confident and I like that…but as for me, I am just taking everything with a grain of salt. This team could do anything in March, from making the Final Four to losing in the first roun. I will hope for the best and whatever happens, happens. Until then, enjoy the ride.
— A source told me tonight that UK is attempting to get a visit this weekend from 2011 sharpshooter Trevor Lacey. Lacey would be the final member of the class and if he can get qualified, is exactly the type of perimeter threat that UK needs. Also, he is a four year guy, the type of player that I think you will see Calipari add more and more as the years go on. We should know tomorrow if he will be able to actually make the trip.
— I know I say it a lot on radio, but it deserves repeating here. Tee Martin is an absolute superstar as an Assistant coach. If you talk to him, you just know he is headed for big things and his impact on recruiting has been absolutely huge. An observer of recruiting in the South told me this weekend that “Kentucky is in earlier on better kids in the class of 2012 than they have ever been.” Whether that will equate to huge dividends at the end remains to be seen, but it can’t hurt. As the year goes on, we will see more and more that the biggest recruit UK landed this Spring was Tee Martin. Kudos to Joker and Mitch Barnhart for making it happen.
— Speaking of Mitch, the story about the UK Board of Trustee members being frustrated on the contract extension doesn’t surprise me. In my conversations with some members before the story broke, I could sense some discontent for what they felt like was a forgone conclusion by Lee Todd. I like Lee Todd a great deal and I think Mitch is a good athletics director. But I think it was a poor move by an outgoing President to make such a decision without the Board being involved and before a new President comes on board.
— I am very proud of Beisner for getting KSR involved in the Jimmy V showdown with North Carolina to raise money for cancer research. Beisner came up with the idea and it was his work on the project that helped get UK, UNC and Vitale on board. There are many things about KSR that I am proud of, but when we do things like this, it makes me the happiest.
— If you are going to be in Louisville tomorrow, remember to go to the Dance Blue fundraiser at 7 pm at Big Blue Country. The list of UK people involved is extensive from Kenny Walker to Perry Stevenson to Mark Krebs to Dave Baker, etc. It should be a fun night for UK fans in the Ville to get together and make jokes about the Cards. Plus BTI and the TUrkey Hunter will make a public appearance. If that isn’t a reason to go, I don’t know what is.
— A couple of links to KSR endeavors you may not have seen. Below are some CBS articles I have done in the past couple of days, and the link to subscribe to our podcasts for the radio show and the KSR podcast on iTunes. We will be at Dance Blue Friday night for our next edition of the podcast and we look forward to you listening up if you can.
Keep the faith….beat South Carolina and Arkansas and there is still a chance for big things coming this year. And either way, with the SEC Tournament upcoming and 13 KSRers and friends going to Atlanta to share one house, I am going to have fun no matter what.