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.
– NBA (@NBA) February 18, 2017
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
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.
Tonight there was a huge fight at the Henry Clay Tates Creek girl's game.
We'll have more at 11. pic.twitter.com/hD7SeZNkIj
— LEX 18 News (@LEX18News) February 18, 2017
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