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UK Hoops’ Thursday News and Views

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Well, hey there, Kentucky sports fans. What d’you say we gather around and pay tribute to a group of young ladies who probably don’t get enough love from us on this site? I’m talking about the tenth-ranked UK Hoops team. Matthew Mitchell’s girls play host to the fifth-ranked Duke Blue Devils in a rare Rupp Arena game on Thursday night. It’s the first time that Lexington will showcase a matchup of two top ten women’s basketball teams since 1983.

The Cats are sitting at 8-0 on the season and are one of only 12 remaining unbeaten teams in the country. They’re coming off a 20-point win over No. 11 Louisville in Memorial Coliseum last Sunday. The Blue Devils enter the game at 6-1 with the only loss coming at home to No. 3 Notre Dame by two. Duke has four players who are averaging over 10 points per game, led by freshman center Elizabeth Williams who is averaging a team-high 11.9 points and a team-high 9.4 rebounds. A’dia Mathies leads Kentucky with 16 points per game. Mathies is also averaging a ridiculous 4.1 steals per game to lead the SEC.

So go out and support UK Hoops in Rupp Arena in the biggest non-tournament game they’ll play all season. General admission tickets are $7 and anyone under the age of 5 gets in free. Student and faculty tickets are also free with UK identification and they can be picked up at the Craft Center anytime tomorrow.

Go Cats. Beat Duke.

— Let’s lead off with a bit of sad news: Camp Crean is closed for the winter. IU administration asked students to go home and get in their candy-striped beds. The students did not leave empty handed, though. Those who camped out loitered outside Assembly Hall were given ticket vouchers to assure them a close seat for the game against Kentucky. Any other student will have to show up at 7:00 am on Saturday morning for general admission tickets. In the past, Camp Crean has been open two days before gamedays for students to begin lining up for tickets. The new 7:00 am policy will be enforced from now on. See what happens when you talk bad about Kentucky? We don’t just beat you in basketball, we’ll ruin your traditions. See you Saturday for you “Red Out”, Hoosier Nation.

— To get you ready for the big game against Indiana, Darius Miller will be participating in a live chat with fans at CoachCal.com. Beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, fans will be able to submit questions for Darius to answer. Popular questions will likely include: “Can I get a link to the game?”,”Is Poole warming up?”, “What channel is the game on in Louisville?”, “Link?”, and “Any news on Patterson or Lucas?” Have fun with that, Darius. We’ll be sending the KSR live blog goons over to participate.

Calipari was on the Jim Rome show Wednesday and talked about a number of UK things including the possibility of staying for ten years. “That’s the longest run here I think you could make,” he said. “Because, you know, after you’re done you’d like to live a couple years.” Cal said top-level jobs are exhausting these days, especially with the way the Internet has changed the game. “It’s twelve months a year now,” he said. “Is it a ten year job? Boy, I hope I can last ten years here because I’m having a ball and I’m loving it.”

— The Baltimore Sun has a great article on the Harrison Twins, including an interview with the young men’s father. The article is centered around Aaron Harrison Sr. and the stand-up job he does in protecting and shielding his sons — who are both top ten recruits in the class of 2013 — throughout the recruiting process. Papa Harrison said only one coach has his sons’ phone numbers and that is Maryland coach Bino Ranson — only because he has known the family for years. Maryland is one of the five schools Aaron and Andrew Harrison are considering and InsideMDSports.com believes Kentucky is the Terps’ stiffest competition for the two guards. Still, despite Coach Cal’s history with top-rated guards like the Harrison Twins, Aaron Harrison Sr. said, “We don’t do what the system says is normal. I don’t care about that.” Andrew Harrison is Scout.com’s No. 1 point guard in the class. Aaron Harrison is Scout.com’s No. 1 shooting guard in the class. Now wipe that drool off your face.

— The Big East officially added its five new members on Wednesday and, like you, I’m still scratching my head on this one. It’s not getting any more rational either because the league commissioner suggested that the Big East name won’t change. Commissioner Marinatto said the league’s brand transcends borders, boundaries, or regions. “It’s national,” he said. “Our membership makeup is now reflective of that.” You know what else the membership makeup reflects? A complete lack of regard for the four cardinal directions and the geography of the United States. Change the name. San Diego State is not east of anything.

— In NBA news, Chuck Hayes is expected to accept an offer with Sacramento. Boogie’s Kings offered Chuck a four-year contract valued at $20 million. The Kings have been all over Hayes since his free agency, and with Hayes being from nearby Modesto, California, it’s looking like this is close to being a done deal. The Kings became my favorite NBA team as soon as they drafted DeMarcus — now they’re adding Chuck to the roster to play next to him? Yes, please. You gotta love Tyreke and Jimmer in the backcourt, too.

— Surprise, surprise. Kentucky basketball’s New Year’s Eve game against Louisville is sold out. That atmosphere may challenge what we saw last weekend against North Carolina if Louisville and Kentucky remain undefeated.

— It was a pretty ugly showing for SEC college basketball on Wednesday evening. No. 12 Florida needed overtime to beat Arizona after trying to give the game away to the Wildcats in regulation; Vanderbilt eeked out a four-point win against Davidson in Festus Ezeli’s return to the Commodore lineup; No. 16 Alabama lost by 12 to Dayton; and Georgia lost to Georgia Tech by 12 at home, despite holding a lead at halftime. Wasn’t this supposed to be the year the SEC dominated everyone?

— Hey, Somerset High School football fans, this documentary on the team’s season is pretty neat. There are 13 episodes featuring everything from the season all the way up to the season-ending loss to Holy Cross at semi-state. Enjoy.

— One quick KSR note before we part… Drew The Employee has stepped down from his 9:00 a.m. blogging duties, proving that BTI’s shoes just suck too bad to fill. That, and DTE is working 60 hours a week and couldn’t put in the time to write like he wanted to. Don’t worry, radio fans. You can still hear him every weekday morning on the KSR radio show with Matt from 10:00 – noon. He’s not completely leaving us.

That’s all for now. Talk to you soon.

XOXO

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

59 Comments for UK Hoops’ Thursday News and Views



  1. Sheriff Buford T. Justice
    11:44 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    And in other news, IU continues to be irrelevant in basketball. Can’t wait for saturday!



  2. old_school
    11:44 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    Cal won’t last ten years. His skin is too thin. Did you hear him go off on the fanbase simply because they like a competitive schedule.

    Cal’s trying to dumb down the schedule because his roster next season might be very weak and younger than ever – he even admitted that Monday on his show.

    Cal benefitted greatly in his first three years by having some solid upper classmen nurture his babes. Yes – we all know how talented the freshmen were – but that first team does not make the Elite 8 without Patterson, Ramone Harris, Perry Stevenson, Liggins, Miller, etc.

    Then last year – no way we make the final four with Liggins, Miller and Harrelson.

    This season – Miller is the glue.

    Next season who will our expereienced veteran be? Jared Polson? lol

    Wake up cat fans – Cal in year four is going to be exposed.

    He comes unglued sometimes with the fans and talks to BBN like they’re children. I wonder if he’s mentally stable at times.

    For the long-term success of UK basketball – I hope the NBA comes calling soon.



  3. Rupp's Runt
    11:45 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    IU (Idiot University)



  4. ESPN sux
    11:50 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    Alabama lost to the same Dayton team that Murray State owned on Sunday. Go Racers!



  5. tdogg4033011
    11:56 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    2) you’re an IDIOT …. no way around it



  6. bigredbleedsblue
    11:57 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    old_school with all due respect there are plenty of other programs that you can root for that don’t recruit one and done’s. I am sure you are a Cat fan, but have you really not enjoyed the last few years? There will always be glue guys to go along with the talent brought in. Just enjoy the journey bro!



  7. Boogie4Prez
    11:58 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    I bought DeMarcus’ Kings uni right away. The Kings completely solidified my fanhood now that The Chuck Wagon is there.



  8. Ben
    11:59 pm December 7, 2011 Permalink

    Time for another WHO WANTS TO BE A BLOGGER contest, 2011-2014 edition?



  9. WhatSheOrder?FishFilet?
    12:07 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    anyone know if the game is on ESPN/2/U?



  10. Genuis
    12:08 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    2 ok genuis, if that happens, then less of the frosh go to the league after the season, ultimately leading to “upper classman” and we will see a pattern of a down year every so often.



  11. Genuis
    12:08 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    classmen**



  12. darryl isaac
    12:08 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    Lets have a blogging contest i need a job!



  13. Ricky Bobby
    12:09 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    #2, with all do respect… and remember I am saying with all due respect… your opinion isn’t worth a fly on a cow turd.



  14. tdogg4033011
    12:12 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    9) I think its on Fox Sports Network …..



  15. JaredCarterIsMyHomeboy
    12:47 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    I volunteer to write the morning post, as long as it doesn’t have to be about basketball every day. I could have some really good science articles, and Ron Paul support.



  16. he says she
    12:52 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    2. Why do miserable people like you waste our time if you dislike Cal so much? Go away. Root for someone else… if in fact you are a UK fan.



  17. Big time
    12:53 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    The game is on ESPN i believe, following the Ohio State vs. Kansas game



  18. Eric K
    1:55 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    #2 LOSERVILLE fan, do everyone on this site a favor, GO AWAY!! GO CATS!!



  19. SagaciousMind
    2:08 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    #2, There are no guarantees that MKG, Teague, and Davis will go pro. Right now, Teague is no where near close while MKG and Davis dont really care about the NBA. I think of them as Tyler Hansbrough, Tyler Zeller and whomever types that could easily be 1st rd lottery picks, but choose to come back. Cal can tell them to go all they want, but if they want to stay, they will stay. And many are saying Lamb is only a 2nd rd pick right now and with a loaded draft this year, Lamb may very well be back cuz I know his goal is to be a 1st rd pick with a guaranteed contract. And then you add Beckham and Harrow who know the system to go along with Wiltjer, a healthy Hood, and Polson with next years freshmen, they will be ok. Maybe they dont get off to as good of start, but they will be fine. Next year is when Poole really woulda had his chance to shine, but oh well I guess. I’m not worried. And btw, Cal is only having to drop some games bc of the expansion of the SEC.



  20. SagaciousMind
    2:10 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    15, RON PAUL 2012!!



  21. CalifCatFan
    4:04 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    No one can replace BTI. And just consider ourselves fortunate.



  22. tdogg4033011
    6:21 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    17) yeah, I think he was asking about the womens game though ….. its on FSN



  23. Cat
    6:38 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    I AGREE!!! They don’t get enough love from this site, or any other site.
    I know it’s all about the boys, but if you have ever watched them play,
    you know they defensively tear teams apart. Let’s start giving them some love.
    Go UK Hoops!!!



  24. Hoosiers
    7:06 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    Hope to see Teague rolling around on the ground, clutching his alc tear on Saturday. His family is trash. I hope the extra shoe money he received from his bro was worth it.



  25. kfund
    7:13 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    SDSU is East of Coronado Island



  26. CliffFrankLou
    7:23 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    Stay classy #24. You know what they say about karma.



  27. GoCats2
    7:30 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    #24 true sportsmanship. I love that this game is the biggest game of the decade for Hoosier fans but meanwhile UK fans picked this “rivalry” as the game they would not mind dropping from the schedule because it is just about meaningless to us.



  28. OogieBoogieMan
    7:49 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    My over/under for Cal at KY is 6 years. As he pointed out recently, he looks like he’s aged 5-7 years since his intro press conference in 2009.

    I don’t think he did himself any favors by coaching the DR team this summer. He surely won’t make it 10 years if he doesn’t take some down time when he has the chance.



  29. BOOBOO
    7:53 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    24- obvious UL troll. Still bitter about Teague. Teague never seriously considered IU, so no chance he was going there. At least teague will still have his ACL intact after his “ALC” is gone.



  30. stevie
    7:58 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    Why would you idiots answer #2? He is not an UK fan and his mentality is that of a child. I am awed that his babytalk could offend so many. I am offended by the replies and time you clowns devoted to him.



  31. Bledsoe's Biceps
    7:59 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    Even if I live to be 110, I’ll never understand why some people, like old-school, seem to derive pleasure out of being so miserable and pessimistic 24/7. It must really suck to be him.



  32. Bledsoe's Biceps
    8:01 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    30 – I’m offended that you think you have the only opinion that matters.



  33. Brew Crew
    8:04 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    Everybody needs to get out and support the ladies! And no, I’m not talking about the Somerset High School football team (what kind of mascot is Briar Jumper you ask? Why it’s a roided up bunny), but the UK Hoops squad playing Duke in Rupp! I’ll be there. You better be there too. Or else.



  34. RZA
    8:09 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    Shout out to Perry Wesley on making the Somerset High School The Season documentary films. This kid wrote all the music. Performed all the music. Then put the documentary together. A real talented kid. Representing Somerset Briar Jumpers. Word



  35. RickyPVoodooDoll
    8:22 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    If, Coach Cal is worried about being burned out from coaching, maybe he should not coach national teams of countries that he is not from over the summer.



  36. Umm
    8:29 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    How was #2 wrong? What leaders will we have next year if everyone goes pro? What happens if we don’t even make a final 4 with the so called most talented group cal has ever had?



  37. Fred
    8:54 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    1, 1, 1, 1, 1 – GO CATS! (oh, and #2 is an idiot)



  38. wilDCat
    8:57 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    #36 – What happens if we don’t make the final 4? People are really sad, drink some bourbon, take a bit of time off, and then start rooting for next year’s team. Yeah we have an awesome team, but if we don’t make it, that’s the nature of March. The best team doesn’t always win, we get sad, but we keep on supporting the Cats.



  39. Here ya go
    9:01 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    Since DTE is to lazy to do the 9 am post how about you post articles sent in by the site visitors? that way at least we can pretend to have a reason to rag on each other!



  40. Ben
    9:03 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    My son and I are going to the game tonight! I am just going to enjoy every second that Cal is at KY. Even with all freshman, we will be better than any team in recent memory.



  41. Just saying
    9:10 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    Old School is a UK fan, he posts here a lot. He is honestly an “old school” UK fan that saw success with juniors and seniors on UKs teams. I have thought since Cal’s first season this was the pivitol season for Cal. He has basically put all his eggs in one basket with this team, and with the way he recruits, there is likely to be ZERO upper classmen that actually log minutes. If UK wins it all, no one will care if we have a “down” year of only winning 20 or so games with a team of freshman, but if we DONT then Cal will have had the three “most talented” teams in the nation without a championship. If he doesnt win it this season, he will have “proven” to all his distracters that he simply can not win it.



  42. saki7
    9:16 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    Several writers on ESPN are picking IU for the upset. What a surprise. Apparently the one-sided fan excitement will overcome the discrepancies in talent and overall quality.



  43. UKfanNKY
    9:18 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    What TIME do the Ladies play tonight????? GO CATS!!!!



  44. Floyd
    9:22 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    “Occupy Crean Street”=Total Failure



  45. Just saying
    9:26 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    41- it is impossible to post as someone else on this site. I have some swamp land for sale as well.



  46. Ron Paul
    9:27 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    ME FOR PRESIDENT!



  47. Just saying
    9:31 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    45. I not sure what you mean. If you think Im “Old School” youre an idiot. If youre saying I somehow stole your title, Ive used this exact user name for two years now, glad you finally joined in.



  48. Kidnut
    9:33 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    #2 was wrong because what he says doesn’t apply to today’s college basketball. Teams don’t maintain a coach, they keep them as long as they are producing. The same could be said for any other coach that UK could/would/should hire. Well guess what, Cal is producing at the highest level in college basketball right now. You want to keep UK successful, you stay ahead of the curve or with the curve and recognize/predict a paradigm shift when it is happening.

    Enjoy the moment or else you will just end up waxing poetic about the good old days you probably didn’t enjoy when it was happening. What price is there to pay? We have been at the bottom twice in the last 25 years and some of the most enjoyable moments have come from rising.

    Nothing in the world has been accomplished with the attitude of #2…misery, self-loathing, and fear, the tabard of vile cowards…be brazen, be a lion.



  49. Wildcatfan
    9:34 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    41 – Your analysis is pure drivel.



  50. Chipanzy
    9:36 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    The Big East should change their name to The Big East, West, North, and South.



  51. Al's IndiCats
    9:47 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    WOW, 24 you’re spewing some real hate there dude! For the life of me I cannot understand why someone would want to wish someone harm of that magnatude. I doubt you’re a Hoosier, a Tardnal fan? Maybe! Seek some help from somewhere, ha ha ha or just put an empty greasy assed Bucket on your head…(that’s so all the aliens won’t read your thoughts)



  52. Al's IndiCats
    9:48 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    50, ro the “Compass Conference”



  53. R U FO REALZ?
    9:51 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    41. Cal did not have the most talented team last year–not even close. It seems most of Cal’s detractors who claim to be UK fans as well, are incapable of complex thought. Old School and yourself would fall into that category.

    People that want to disparage Cal for getting the best talent– you are miserable people. Would you rather go back to Tubby style recruiting?



  54. Rasputin's Revenge
    9:54 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    43) The Lady Cats play at 6:00pm. I will be there with my three little ladies. THey are so excited to get into Rupp and be in the lower arena. I was never a fan of women’s basketball but being the dad of three girls and going to a game last year has really changed my mind. The Cats play a very entertaining style of ball.



  55. gobgblue37
    9:56 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    If the Big 10 (12 schools) and the Big 12 (10 schools) hasnt changed their names why should the Big East get critized for not changing its name? Its really unbelieveable that conferences who state that teaching the youth of our country is their #1 priority are so stiffed necked about a name that they cannt change when change is called for.



  56. dahc
    10:08 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    On a side note, I think I like the womens basketball uniforms better than the mens.

    Also Northern Kentucky University (NKU) announcing it’s move to D1’s Atlantic Sun Conf. today.

    That is all



  57. UKfanNKY
    10:16 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    #54…….Thank you! Enjoy the game tonight with your Daughters cherrish every moment!! Lets pull them through tonight!! GO CATS!!!



  58. john4uk
    10:42 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    Attended the Davidson/Vandy game last night,and can’t figure out if Davidson was that good ,or Vandy that bad.Davidson gave Vandy all they could handle and if they hit their free throws,or their normal percentage in three’s,they (Davidson)win this game.One thing though,there were a lot of fouls called.Vandy had committed 7 team fouls in the first five minutes of the second half.



  59. wildcat_marine
    11:52 am December 8, 2011 Permalink

    Drew, thanks for the link to the Somerset doc. As a former Briar Jumper myself, it’s great to see a shoutout from the greatest cite on the www. Keep up the good work.