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What To Watch For Tonight

Basketball season is here and the 2012 Blue/White scrimmage is just hours away. Can you believe it? It seems like just yesterday we were watching Anthony Davis and Co. run the table in the NCAA Tournament. I guess it’s true what they say: Time flies when your favorite team is awesome at basketball.

Here’s what to watch for tonight…


1. Will someone emerge from the Beckham/Hood/Polson trio?

Calipari made it very clear that he needs one of those three players to step it up and contribute this season. The Big Blue Madness scrimmage didn’t do Jon Hood any favors, so maybe he’s out to redeem himself tonight.

Fans will also be getting their first glimpse of the 2012-13 version of Twany Beckham tonight. He didn’t participate in the Big Blue Madness scrimmage but he has recovered from the back injury and he’s ready to get going. A practice report earlier this week on said Beckham has been causing problems for Alex Poythress. That’s good to hear.

2. Who is that white guy?

It’s Tod Lanter. The new kid.

Lanter joined the team as a practice player after Big Blue Madness. Expect him to participate tonight.

Look out, Brian Long.

3. Nerlens versus Willie.

This is the only matchup you’ll see tonight with real, star-quality competition. Cauley-Stein got the best of Noel at Madness when he threw down a two-handed dunk over the top of him on a fastbreak. Now that Nerlens has had almost two weeks to watch the clip over and over on YouTube, I’m sure he’s out for payback.

Look for Nerlens to try to posterize the 7-footer.

4. Nerlens with Willie.

As Cal has mentioned a couple times already this preseason, Nerlens and Willie will play together, but it’s tough to do right now with no one to match up against them. It’s unlikely that we’ll see it tonight, but there’s still a slim chance we could see a glimpse of the Twin Towers playing together.

Maybe this lineup?…

[Tod Lanter, Brian Long, Sam Malone, Nerlens Noel and Willie Cauley-Stein] vs. [Ryan Harrow, Julius Mays, Archie Goodwin, Alex Poythress and Kyle Wiltjer]

5. Will Kyle Wiltjer look like Larry Bird 2 again?

Wiltjer was unstoppable at Big Blue Madness. He showed an array of new moves and knocked down nearly every shot he took. Hell, half of us were ready to give him the POY award.

Was he feeding off the energy from his Montell Jordan introduction that night? Or will we see it again tonight?


Other things to look for:

— Alex Poythress dunking

— Ryan Harrow dribbling

— Ryan Harrow dunking

— Brian Long appreciating


It all starts at 7:00 ET on Fox Sports South. Live blog at 6:45.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

21 Comments for What To Watch For Tonight

  1. LateNightWorker
    5:10 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    anyone streaming on the Web tonight?

  2. bluesweat
    5:11 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    Long and Lanter better be focused during warmups.

  3. John O
    5:21 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    Just wanted everyone to be know that MSU did suspend Zay Jackson for the entire year.

  4. Jimmy2Chins
    5:22 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    More importantly:
    -can Goodwin hit a 3?
    -will Mays be able to score as needed?
    -is Harrow capable of leading this group?
    -will either big man be able to score this season with their back to the basket?
    -can we execute in the the half court offense in crunch time?
    -can the kids learn to defend aggressively without getting into foul trouble?
    -who will emerge as the leaders of the team?

  5. schwing
    5:24 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    also look for brian longing and ryan harrowing.

  6. That's Live Action!
    5:30 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    Guess I missed something. Why are we giving Long a hard time about appreciating?

  7. jeff in KC
    5:32 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    not relevant but multiple internet sources saying TN has reached an agreement with Jon Gruden

  8. jetblue
    5:34 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    Can someone explain the “Brian Long appreciating” joke? I missed it.

  9. Juan4UK
    5:35 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    Has there been a program change for All Access? I’m getting a non record message on my DVR that says there has been a scheduling change……….

  10. Juan4UK
    5:36 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    #8 thank you, me too.

  11. Juan4UK
    5:37 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    (can’t say I find the humor in ragging on those guys, Hood as well just for not getting along with KSR’s writers.) So what is the deal with Long now?

  12. Dave in Bangkok
    5:41 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    Is it racist to call Tubby Smith “Toby?”

    What if a Black guy calls him that?

  13. St. Paul Raiders
    5:43 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    To: All
    Re: Brian Long

    Last season when we were rolling and there was almost nothing to even quibble with about the team, a caller to the post-game show mentioned that based on Brian Long’s expressions and body language that it looked like he wasn’t really appreciative of how lucky he was to be a part of such a team. A truly psychotic observation that has since become a running joke. It’s no shot a Brian, more about how crazy some of the fanbase is.

  14. That's Live Action!
    5:46 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    13-OK Thanks

  15. Nice!
    5:51 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    Great post #4!

  16. Duke Sucks
    5:53 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    Thank you #13.

  17. MAUIwildcat
    6:03 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    ANyone know where I can stream the action online for UK ALL ACCESS?


  18. Juan4UK
    6:10 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    #13 Ah, ok, perfect then. Thanks

  19. Juan4UK
    6:11 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    # 17 You can try ESPN 3. Other than that, maybe delayed on You Tube.

  20. JPS
    6:41 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    I thought Hood looked pretty good during Midnight Madness. Not sure why he was called out.

  21. Dave in Bangkok
    6:46 pm October 24, 2012 Permalink

    Matt, Ryan, Drew,

    Screw the haters!!!