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All-Star Saturday’s Top 10: Beat Georgia

The first Wildcat to earn hardware in New Orleans this weekend, via @NBA.

The first Wildcat to earn hardware in New Orleans this weekend, via @NBA.

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls from all around the world, good morning and welcome to Kentucky Sports Radio.  It’s a big day around the Big Blue Nation.  The Cats’ toughest remaining road test is in Athens, Georgia tonight at 6:00 on ESPN.  At the conclusion of the game, four Wildcats will try to keep the Taco Bell Skills Challenge Trophy in the family on TNT.  Without further adieu, here’s everything happening…

A Strong Start for the BBNBA All-Star Weekend

Friday Night’s Rising Stars Challenge showcased first and second-year former Kentucky Wildcat stars.  With four players on the floor, one was bound to walk away with MVP honors, right?  Right.  Jamal Murray knocked down nine three-pointers en route to 36 points, 11 assists and an MVP award.

Joining Murray on the victorious World Team, Trey Lyles had 9 points, 2 assists and 1 rebound.  For Team USA, Karl-Anthony Towns had 24 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists while Devin Booker posted 17 points and 6 assists.

Today’s All-Star Weekend Schedule

Dakari Johnson and Alex Poythress will do work in the D-League All-Star Game today at 2:30 on NBA TV. Tonight at 8:00 on TNT, Devin Booker, DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis and John Wall will try to keep the Taco Bell Skills Challenge Trophy in the UK familia.  Last year the Big KAT became the first big to win the competition.  With four of the eight competitors rocking Kentucky blue, according to my math the chances it stays in-house are 50 percent.

The Unibrow is Watching You

The UK billboard isn’t the only one in New Orleans to feature former Cats.  The hometown hero watches over the city like a superhero in this enormous sign from Nike.



The Cats are 7.5-Point Favorites Over Georgia

Don’t trust it.  Just stay away.  I have a bad feeling J.J. Frazier is going to get stupid and take this thing into overtime.  Luckily, I’m no soothsayer, so it’s possible UK’s reboot can run the Dawgs off their homecourt, but I’m not feeling it.

Can the Cats Keep a Lead?

This week’s edition of “Calipari’s Complaints” has focused on the Cats’ inability to maintain a large lead.  A coach will never be satisfied until it’s proven in a game, but Cal said at yesterday’s press conference, “The situational work has been good for them.”

“We get leads and (the players) think, ‘OK, it’s my turn to go do my thing.’ Then you turn around and it’s an eight-point game. What just happened? Me thinking they would already know — they don’t know. I was tough yesterday (Thursday). Yesterday was a rough practice.”

Fox’s Hair hasn’t Changed…

…as of yesterday afternoon.  These things can change on a dime, but it looks like this is what we’ll see this evening in Athens.


Renovations are Coming to the Joe Craft Center

When the Kentucky basketball practice facility opened ten years ago, it was without a doubt the “Gold Standard in College Basketball.”  After spending 300 days a year in it for ten years, there was so much wear and tear, it was time for a change.  With new facilities for football, baseball, softball, soccer and pretty much every other sport, it’s once again the basketball team’s turn.

“You knew we had to be in line,” Calipari said.  “There’s a line because of us. I didn’t mind being last. We just had to be in line, and they knew it. ”

P.J. Washington is Doing Great Things in Marshall County


Via @TheGrindSession

The future Kentucky power forward had an okay start to the weekend.  Washington had 23 points, 18 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 blocks in a 19-point win over Hopkinsville.  He’s back in action at Marshall County tonight at 6:30 .

A Fight to End All Fights

You could watch World Star fights for seven days straight without seeing anything this crazy.  I don’t know what sparked the Henry Clay and Tates Creek girls to throw down, but WOW.

Today’s College Basketball Schedule

  • Noon: No. 25 Notre Dame at NC State on ESPN
  • Noon: Northern Iowa at Wichita State on ESPN2
  • 1:00: No. 3 Kansas at No. 4 Baylor on CBS
  • 2:00: No. 15 Florida at Mississippi State on ESPN
  • 2:00: Texas Tech at No. 9 West Virginia on ESPN2
  • 3:30: LSU at Alabama on SEC Network
  • 4:00: Michigan State at No. 16 Purdue on ESPN
  • 4:00: No. 17 Florida State at Pitt on ESPN2
  • 6:00: The best team that ever played basketball at Georgia on ESPN
  • 8:00: No. 5 Arizona at Washington on ESPN2
  • 8:15: No. 14 Virginia at No. 10 North Carolina on ESPN

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

3 Comments for All-Star Saturday’s Top 10: Beat Georgia

  1. dcarlinf1
    10:35 am February 18, 2017 Permalink

    I guess Louisville doesn’t exist on the basketball schedule for today

  2. UK Big Bored Update
    11:32 am February 18, 2017 Permalink

    On CGD, couple of pundits – Greenberg & Wms – predicting uavel to win it all.
    Davis likes UK. Bilas – playing to UNC crowd – picks Ol Roy’s boys (Huckle Berry Hound’s pups).

    So uavel & UNC. Two CHEATING – and unpunished – programs.
    Gawd forbid.

    As much as I despise Grayson Allen, and coach CheatShefski, I enjoy watching Luke Kennard play ball.
    Yet, if dook wins it all – that will suck. So while the ACC is full of stinkin’ cheat, the ACC is stout.

    If the CATS don’t step up, this could a ‘turrible’ year.