Sometimes, the script of life matches the script of a movie. Last night was such a night for Makayla Epps, Evelyn Akhator, and UK Hoops. That’s where we’ll start today’s top 10:
1. A storybook Senior Night
On Epps and Akhator’s Senior Night, the ladies upset #3 Mississippi State in overtime, with Epps scoring the bucket to put the Cats ahead for good. Epps made her father proud in her final game in Memorial Coliseum, putting up 22 points and five assists; Akhator had 27 points and 16 rebounds, and there weren’t many dry eyes in the house when the two came through their hoops and swayed with their teammates to “My Old Kentucky Home”:
– KYwildcatsTV (@KYwildcatsTV) February 24, 2017
And Epps’ game-winning putback:
– Kentucky WBB (@KentuckyWBB) February 24, 2017
Another view from KSTV:
– KSTV (@KSTV_Sports) February 24, 2017
“The best feeling for me is that Makayla and Evelyn will always have tonight,” Matthew Mitchell said afterwards.
And what a night it was. UK’s win was so big that…
2. Matthew Mitchell celebrated by jumping on a table
– Kentucky WBB (@KentuckyWBB) February 24, 2017
Not only does Mitchell have nice moves, his team has won five straight. They’ll wrap up the regular season Sunday at #7 South Carolina at 2 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU, and is required viewing for any Kentucky fan.
3. What’s the latest on De’Aaron Fox’s knee?
After Ryan “Scoop” Lemond dropped the bomb that Fox’s knee injury may be worse than originally thought, everyone in the Bluegrass wants to know if he’ll be able to suit up tomorrow. Fox fell awkwardly on his knee during the Missouri game and looked to be in considerable pain, but played through it. On Wednesday, John Calipari said Fox’s knee was bruised and that he was getting treatment for it, but Ryan said on yesterday’s radio show that he believes Fox either won’t be able to play or he will be severely limited. Hopefully, we’ll know more when…
4. Calipari addresses the media this afternoon
Cal will meet with reporters some time around 2:30 p.m. this afternoon to preview tomorrow’s game, and, one would think, give us an update on Fox. Ten dollars says he gives us the ole “We’ll see if he can go in practice” line. While Fox’s knee has stolen the headlines, it’s worth pointing out that Briscoe hurt his ankle vs. Missouri as well. No word from Scoop on the severity of that injury.
5. UK is promoting Fox as an All-American candidate
Yesterday, UK released this promo video touting De’Aaron Fox as an All-American candidate, which should remind you just how vital he is to Kentucky’s success. Do us all a favor and send healing vibes to the Joe Craft Center, where hopefully, Fox’s knee is getting the same magic treatment that Jeff Sheppard’s ankle did back in 1998.
6. DeMarcus Cousins got a double double in his first game with the Pelicans
It’s a shame last night’s Pelicans/Rockets game was only available on NBA League Pass, because otherwise, the ratings would have been through the roof. Anyone who likes basketball wanted to see Boogie’s debut alongside Anthony Davis, and although they didn’t win, there were plenty of promising moments. Boogie finished with 27 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals and 4 blocks, while Anthony had 29 points and 9 rebounds. Check out Boogie’s highlights below:
7. Meanwhile, with Boogie gone, Willie Cauley-Stein and Skal Labissiere shined
DeMarcus Cousins left a huge hole in the Kings’ frontcourt, but don’t worry too much about how they’ll fill it. Last night, Willie Cauley-Stein scored a career-high 29 points and 10 rebounds while Skal Labissiere also turned in a career-high 12 points in the Kings’ win over the Nuggets.
Boogie to the Pelicans clearly may be Willie’s gain, and, in turn, is Kings’ beat reporters gain. Last night, many on the Sacramento beat got their first real taste of the Willie Cauley-Stein we all know and love with quotes like this:
Willie Cauley-Stein: â€œIâ€™m a pizza guy. But when you really think about it, what is pizza? Itâ€™s just dough, sauce, cheese and dedication."
— Aaron Bruski (@aaronbruski) February 24, 2017
Pizza chains of Sacramento, you have a new spokesman. Speaking of, if you’re coming to Nashville for the SEC Tournament, don’t forget to check out Five Points Pizza! Dough, sauce, cheese, and dedication is their specialty. ðŸ•
8. There was plenty of last-minute trade deadline chaos
The NBA trade deadline was yesterday and several Cats were part of some last-minute speculation. Nerlens Noel was traded to the Mavericks, which makes sense given Philly’s stockpile of bigs, but unfortunately, the Mavs are even worse than the 76ers. Terrence Jones was waived by the Pelicans, but he’s played well enough this season that he’ll probably get picked up by another team pretty soon. The Suns tried to find a new home for Brandon Knight, but failed. Hang in there, B-Knight.
9. Shannon Spake is getting her own car in “Cars 3”
— Shannon Spake (@ShannonSpake) February 24, 2017
Shoutout to one of our favorites, Shannon Spake, who announced last night that she’ll have her own car in the next installment of the Cars series, which drops this summer. Spake is now with Fox, where she covers NASCAR, along with college football and basketball. Shannon’s been great to me over the years, and now, she’ll be a hero amongst my nephews.
10. Finally, check out this marriage proposal at Bellarmine last night
– Bellarmine Athletics (@BUKnights) February 23, 2017
Bellarmine’s Destony Curry got the surprise of her life last night when her boyfriend popped out of the Knights mascot costume and proposed during her Senior Night ceremony. Of course, she said yes. Congrats, you crazy kids.
Radio in an hour….