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William Herschel’s Wednesday News and Views



Remember that meaningless information you learned in elementary school about the solar system? (sorry Mrs. Harris, Lorenz and Ruyak) Well, you can thank William Herschel for that time you giggled when your teacher tried to teach you about Uranus. On March 13th, 1781, the German-born English astronomer discovered Uranus, the seventh planet from the sun. Herschel’s discovery of a new planet was the first to be made by use of a telescope, which allowed Herschel to determine that Uranus was indeed a planet and not a star, as previous astronomers thought. Like Jupiter and Saturn, Uranus is made up of hydrogen, helium, and methane. The third largest planet orbits the sun once every 84 earth years and is the only “sideways” planet (it spins perpendicular to its solar orbital plane, duh). You can thank the great astronomer William Herschel for discovering Uranus. I’m not sure what we all would have done without the knowledge of its existence as a planet.

Now moving on to today’s news and views, leading off with video of today’s press conference quotes from John Calipari, Willie Cauley-Stein and Kyle Wiltjer:

John Calipari

Willie Cauley-Stein

Kyle Wiltjer

— Calipari also joined Andy Katz for an interview today on ESPN’s Katz Korner.

— At KSR, Corey Nichols got the day started as he does every weekday with this nice preview of Kentucky’s first SEC tournament game against either Vanderbilt or Arkansas.

— It was announced today that despite his season-ending injury, Nerlens Noel was named SEC Freshman of the Year and SEC Defensive Player of the Year by the league’s coaches.

From Mrs. Tyler’s post:

Noel averaged 10.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in 24 games played. He logged 106 blocked shots and 50 steals to become just the second player in school history to amass 100 or more blocked shots in a season. His 50 steals were the fifth-most by a Kentucky freshman in a single season.

That’s not all. Noel was all named to All-SEC first team, All-Defensive team and All-Freshman team. Willie Cauley-Stein, Archie Goodwin and Alex Poythress also made the All-Freshman team.

Kyle Wiltjer was also named SEC Sixth Man of the Year after averaging 10.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game during the regular season. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was named SEC Player of the Year and Billy Donovan SEC Coach of the Year.

— Click here for a breakdown by yours truly of the SEC bubble teams, and what each will have to do in Nashville to insure a trip to the big dance.

— Last night, John Robic sat in for Cal on his weekly call-in show and answered a question about how the staff may handle next season’s roster with five recruits signed, one committed, and a possibly a few more on the way:

“If you look at our current roster right now, you’re allowed 13 scholarships. Well, we have a few walk-ons that are on scholarships that’s a 1-year contract; we have a couple seniors in Julius Mays and Twany Beckham; we have to see who, if anyone, will go to the NBA draft. With that in mind, we will never be in a situation where we will be over signed. We have a lot of flexibility right now, we are still continuing to recruit, because if you go home and do the math, there’s 13 on our roster. Take away the walk-ons, take away a couple to the NBA, take away the seniors, there’s a lot of flexibility there. That’s why we continue to recruit.”

It was a huge, record-setting day for the UK softball and baseball teams today:

— Freshman pitcher Katie Henderson threw the ninth no-hitter in school history in an 18-0 thrashing of No. 24 UNC in Lexington today. The softball team improves to 19-4 on the season. It was only Henderson’s second career start. In her first start, Henderson gave up only one hit in a 14-0 win over Howard. Her career line is 10 IP, 1 hit, 12 K’s, 0 runs. Not bad. All nine no-hitters in school history have been during the tenure of sixth-year head coach Rachel Lawson.

— Kentucky baseball improves to 14-2 after defeating Ohio today at Cliff Hagan Stadium, 6-3. The Bat Cats scored all six runs in the first three innings and closer Trevor Gott earned his 16th career save, making him the all-time career saves leader for UK. 16 saves doesn’t sound like a lot, but in college ball, managers do not always pitch the same guy in the ninth inning in every save opportunity. Unlike major league managers, college coaches actually use their brains and use a variety of pitchers in different situations. Tomorrow, the Bat Cats host Cincinnati at 4:00 in the final tune-up before SEC play begins this weekend at Florida.

— Did you miss the epic thriller in the final Big East meeting between South Florida and Seton Hall tonight? The teams entered overtime tied, 37-37. Seton Hall prevailed by a final of 46-42, in OT. It’s such a shame that the greed of conference realignment has ruined great Big East games like this one from continuing in the future.

–With 7:30 remaining in regulation of the Horizon League championship, Wright State and Valparaiso are scoring at a normal pace. Julius Mays’ old squad leads Valparaiso, 47-42 (UPDATE: Valparaiso comes back to win).

— Scroll down the page to view KSR’s Guide to Nashville and scroll down just a bit further to view the many great pictures from the KSR Photo Contest which can win you a trip to the SEC Tournament, but remember, the contest ends at Midnight tonight!

— And one last thing. Thanks to all of you for letting me step in to help while Matt and Drew are gone in California. Tonight is my final evening on the site, and it’s been really fun. Follow me on Twitter @wilmhoffCBB.

Article written by John Wilmhoff

Former beer vendor, college mascot and ESPN editor. This spring, you can also find me blogging about the Reds on Follow me on Twitter: @JohnWilmhoff

39 Comments for William Herschel’s Wednesday News and Views

  1. Mack
    10:58 pm March 12, 2013 Permalink

    Any word on Noel’s Knee today?

  2. McFly
    11:01 pm March 12, 2013 Permalink

    Cue the Uranus jokes in 3…2…1…

  3. No More Cutler
    11:05 pm March 12, 2013 Permalink

    Who is hosting the show tomorrow?

  4. BeauKnows
    11:07 pm March 12, 2013 Permalink

    heh heh…u said uranus…heh heh.

  5. RSB
    11:10 pm March 12, 2013 Permalink

    Uranus is a gas giant.

  6. catsfan32
    11:13 pm March 12, 2013 Permalink

    I know it hasn’t been talked about much lately, but does anyone truly believe that there is a real shot at Noel returning? I like to think that he’s the type of kid who would like to leave his stamp on the college game more(a la Jared Sullinger) That didn’t really work for Sullinger, but for Noel, I think it would. I don’t know. Maybe just wishful thinking on my part

  7. Debbie Downer
    11:18 pm March 12, 2013 Permalink

    Sullinger is short and fat and he’s on a team in the NBA.. How is that not
    Working out?

  8. Rae
    11:22 pm March 12, 2013 Permalink

    6. I think Noel should only leave if he is truly confident and sure of himself. It could be a long and lonely rehab in the NBA with executives breathing down his neck to get well quickly, maybe too quickly. Here, he could take his time, with supportive brothers by his side and a coach that cares about him.

    On the other hand, I wouldn’t blame him if he hightailed it out of here for that paycheck. I do think it is a matter of head vs. heart.

  9. USAFlamerkid
    11:22 pm March 12, 2013 Permalink

    @6. I doubt it but I too like to think like you. It would be epic if he came back. He definitely would be in contention for being one of my favorite uk players. . Random but I just now came across this. Heard about it but never had seen it…. I hate Cody zeller more than anyone I’ve disliked in years

  10. John Ellis
    11:37 pm March 12, 2013 Permalink

    Nerlens would have been SEC POY with a developed offensive game (he still doesn’t shoot the ball, he pushes it). So plenty to work on if he comes back. Next year’s team is apparently a monster, but you know it’s 18 year olds like this year so Uncle Nerlens would be great.

  11. catsfan32
    11:45 pm March 12, 2013 Permalink

    @7 not the point. The point is that sullinger went from potentially the #1 pick to wherever he was selected the next year.

  12. JoeStaley
    12:31 am March 13, 2013 Permalink

    Randle says he’s leaning towards signing with Kentucky!

  13. you are a moron
    12:34 am March 13, 2013 Permalink

    Obviously the USF Seton hall game was terrible but your trying to depreciate the Big East(and UofL by association) is pathetic. You do know Georgia(that beat UK by double figures) lost to that same crappy Seton Hall team. The SEC POY wouldn’t even start for the cards

  14. Cope
    12:43 am March 13, 2013 Permalink

    12. LOL not funny…..

  15. jmfatz47
    12:57 am March 13, 2013 Permalink

    Night post very weak.

  16. oz10
    1:07 am March 13, 2013 Permalink


  17. SadCat
    1:21 am March 13, 2013 Permalink

    This post is why interns and soon
    all journalists will not get paid for
    their work. Too easy to rehash
    info that is so readily available…

  18. Jpo
    1:44 am March 13, 2013 Permalink

    15. Your commenting skills very weak.

  19. Kevin C.
    2:18 am March 13, 2013 Permalink

    Uncle Julius could have been forced into retirement today, had he not transferred to UK ; instead, he’s still got major work to do. GO CATS!

  20. John Ellis
    2:37 am March 13, 2013 Permalink

    Didn’t seem to be any surprises in the tournaments tonight, no bubble shoves.

    I hope Wiltjer’s award will inspire him to a spurt. He needs to at least do what he did last year, come in as a spot three point shooter and boost the lead. Hood outplayed him the past couple of weeks.

  21. Ridge Runner
    3:52 am March 13, 2013 Permalink

    20, anything (zero pts las game) at this point would be welcomed.

  22. Jake
    5:16 am March 13, 2013 Permalink

    The quetions these reporters ask our players are absolutely
    ridiculous well done Kyle

  23. tdogg40330
    5:40 am March 13, 2013 Permalink

    I love WCS interviews ….

  24. Question
    6:27 am March 13, 2013 Permalink

    If we lose on Friday, are we pretty much out of the tourney? I assume Friday is a must win.

  25. Question
    6:28 am March 13, 2013 Permalink

    Out of the NCAA tourney that is.

  26. tdogg40330
    6:54 am March 13, 2013 Permalink

    24) I’m not sure, I’d feel alot better with a win Friday though …lol.
    They should be alright either way I think, JMO. GO CATS !!!!

  27. me
    7:09 am March 13, 2013 Permalink

    #24 / #25 – No.

    It may make some people’s head explode, but ‘officially’ out of the tournament, no. And joe lanardi and espn and some other people that don’t matter much will say all kinds of things negative about us. BUT, until 6 or 7 on Sunday night, when the folks from the selection group actually puts names on the lines – we will not be out. The ncaa selection crew will be under extreme pressure – could you
    imagine them leaving us off and technically saying the names of the schools (bubble teams) that took our spot. If those bubble teams lay an egg and get blown out in their first game – some in the media (vitale and Billis) will be calling for the ncaa’s head.

    Oh and if by some crazy chance we don’t make it – it will just be fuel for Cal to go undefeated and blow everyone out next year. And you think that exchange between clappy and the UM assistant was bad, Cal will drop-kick emmert in the nuts on the podium right after emmert hands us the trophy.

  28. Remember that Big EastV SEC series earlier this season?
    7:57 am March 13, 2013 Permalink

    Your comments about the Big East make you look incredibly ignorant. Remember how the Big East played eight games against the SEC earlier this year and won 6 of them? Remember how that included a 14 point spanking by ND over KY? Remember how the very teams you were making fun of in this post beat SEC teams? Remember how TN only came up with 36 points against Georgetown? Kentucky won the tite last year. Congratz! But, remember that there was only one other SEC team in the sweet 16, Florida, who then lost to Louisville, one of the 4 Big East teams in the sweet 16.

  29. Complaint Department
    8:22 am March 13, 2013 Permalink

    yeah this all this was already posted yesterday. Pretty weak stuff. Man first we had to listen to that awful host yesterday now this. Can I have my money back?

  30. WWMKGD?
    8:38 am March 13, 2013 Permalink

    29 – Yeah, a majority of the “News and Views” is usually just a recap of the day before. Kinda sucks sometimes for those of us that are on KSR every hour on the hour. At least they didn’t lead with Alexander Graham Bell for the THIRD time in a week.

  31. RealCatsFan
    8:48 am March 13, 2013 Permalink

    More contest pictures, please! Rock on, Mullet Cat!

  32. Remember?
    9:08 am March 13, 2013 Permalink

    @28 Remember when u came to a UK site and went on and on about the results of pointless games from November/December? Remember when those 2 SEC teams from the Sweet 16 last year won 5 NCAA Championships since Louisville won their last one? Remember?

  33. 32. remember? is an idiot
    9:22 am March 13, 2013 Permalink

    #32 remember? Generally, the current season is considered more relevant than past years. But, if you want to talk history, let’s go. How about that U.K. team that shaved points back in the 50’s when the NIT tourney was the real national title and the NCAA was barely getting off the ground, remember? How about rubbing 8 titles in everyone’s face even though four of them came before the 3 point line? I am a U.K. student. I am a big fan of my school, but Cal doesn’t know or care who I or any of my classmates are. And, I can certainly assure you that he doesn’t care about a bunch of uneducated hicks who’ve never set foot on campus but still religiously love a college sports team even though they have no connection to the university. What’s really more pathetic: the fact that I read this website because I attend U.K. and care about college sports even if I’m not the biggest fan of Cal or Kentucky basketball, or the huge numbers of people with no association with the University of Kentucky who spew hateful, ugly comments about every other team and, if you recall, U.K.’s dance team?

  34. HWV
    9:23 am March 13, 2013 Permalink

    Anyone know when the team is leaving for Nashville?

  35. Some Guy in Kentucky
    9:27 am March 13, 2013 Permalink

    What is UK’s record in the SEC tournament when it is played in Nashville?

  36. RealCatsFan
    9:45 am March 13, 2013 Permalink

    33, sorry, I doubt if you are going to get much mileage on your claim of being a UK student. If that is the case, you sound a bit disgruntled that you are not attending the University of Louisville, or perhaps IU. You can go ahead and eliminate UK’s titles from the 50’s and 40’s if you want, but they will even then still have twice as many banners as UL, and since you also want to eliminate any title prior to the establishment of the 3-point line, then that would effectively eliminate ALL BUT TWO of the titles of both IU and UL!

  37. BPM
    10:14 am March 13, 2013 Permalink

    While 33 is no doubt a fully enlightened genius, he still doesn’t explain why a game that is tied 37-37 going into overtime is great basketball. Please explain that college boy.

  38. Remember?
    10:19 am March 13, 2013 Permalink

    For the record I went to UK and graduated from UK in 2011 but I hate when people that went or go to UK think that allows them to be UK fans. If you are from Kentucky and you have cheered for UK your entire life then you are a bigger and better fan than somebody who just goes to UK but doesnt like Cal or the team. And speaking of spewing ugly and hateful comments, I think you were very successful with that calling people hicks and such. In the future accept what you are which is a UK student who feels entitled to make stupid comments.

  39. HOOHOO sucks
    7:37 pm March 13, 2013 Permalink

    Hey HOOHOO, I think dick discovered uranus…