Yesterday I received a text requesting my presence for a Church League basketball game. The out-of-shape squad (ironically named “The Nicks”) was ailing from ankle injuries, and needed the size against former UofL center Terrence Farley’s team. I hadn’t played basketball in probably a year, so I was going to be little to no help, but my friend Corbin Maynard, a recent Bellarmine basketball graduate, was going to be the ringer to put us over the top. When Farley was a no-show, it was our game for the taking.
I promised Corbin if he dropped 30 I’d write a post dedicated to him. Instead, he only scored 3 points we lost by 30. At least in the process we get a technical foul and I made a 3-pointer, despite missing roughly eleventy shots from 5-feet away from the basket.
My 3-pointer wasn’t the only highlight from the night. Check out these handles:
I know that looks a lot like Kyrie Irving, but I’m a different man when I hit the hardwood.
UK Tips-off in Auburn at 4:00
Mark Jones and Kara Lawson have the call for ESPN. UK is favored by 12 points over Bruce Pearl’s squad, even though Pearl’s teams have a habit of hanging close with Calipari. If you ignore the win/loss column, Auburn and UK don’t look so different on the stat sheet.
Name One Player that Plays for Auburn
In fact, I dare you to name any person to ever play basketball for Auburn not named…
1. Charles Barkley
2. Chris Porter
4. KC Ross-Miller (Because it’s a wonderful Billy Gillespie anecdote)
I’m sure it’s nearly impossible for anyone not named Josh Hopkins (or the many UK grads who are now vet students, Hi Katie!). My point is, disregard what Bruce Pearl brings to the table — Kentucky should easily take care of Auburn. I’m sick of watching this team think they can mess around and get a triple-double, when in reality if they mess around they either get blown out by mediocre teams or hang on to win against really bad ones.
Here’s to hoping that I won’t be spending my night writing an angry post asking what in the world Calipari is doing with this team.
Cal’s ’16 Class was Not Too Shabby Last Night
Before traveling up to the HoopHall Classic, Bam Adebayo put on a show, scoring 21 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in a win for High Point Christian. De’Aaron Fox slightly outdid him on the stat sheet, scoring 30 points in a victory.
They could add another player to the class this evening. Kobi Simmons will choose between UK, Ohio State and Arizona at 6:00 on ESPN.
Good News for the Class of 2016 Continues to Roll In
Yesterday started hot when 247 announced that Landon Young is now ranked as the 12th best player in the nation and only the fourth 5-star player in UK history. The good news kept coming when Patrick Loney reported that Junior College defensive tackle Naquez Pringle signed with Kentucky. A new commit is always nice to hear, especially in the final month before National Signing Day, but today
could should be an even better day for Mark Stoops.
When Kentucky tips off against Auburn at 4:00, JuCO quarterback Stephen Johnson will be announcing his college decision. The dual-threat quarterback just wrapped up an official visit in Lexington. If he doesn’t end up in blue I’ll be shocked. Landing Johnson won’t just be another body to add depth at quarterback, he could very well be the starter when Kentucky kicks off the season against Southern Miss on September 3.
It wasn’t all roses on the football recruiting front. Jonathan Kongbo III, the #1 JUCO player in the nation, flirted a little with the Cats, but UK did not make the cut when he announced his final eight this morning.
Top 8 ðŸ’ pic.twitter.com/sut1HCwvGZ
— Jonathan Kongbo III (@King_Kongbo) January 16, 2016
This is the first post I’ve written on my New Mac Book Pro
Adulting never felt so good.
Saturday’s Sports on TV
The NFL Divisional Playoffs Begin:
- Chiefs @ Patriots, 4:35 on CBS
- Packers @ Cardinals, 8:15 on NBC
Along with some solid college basketball:
- Noon, Ohio State @ #3 Maryland on ESPN2
- Noon, NC State @ #5 North Carolina on ESPN
- 1:00, #6 Villanova @ Georgetown on CBS
- 4:00, #11 West Virginia @ #2 Oklahoma on ESPN2
- 6:00, Alabama @ Vanderbilt on the SEC Network
- 6:00, Oklahoma State @ Texas on ESPN2
Listen to the KSR Pregame Show
Make sure you’re tuned into 630 WLAP at 1:30 to get you ready for UK/Auburn.