Wake up. It’s game day. And not just any game day, Tennessee game day.
Our Cats spent a sixth straight night in a hotel as part of the weeklong trip throughout the Volunteer state, and in a matter of hours they will tip off against the Volunteers in Thompson-Boling Arena down in Knoxville. Riding a two-game win streak for only the second time all year, the Cats are trying to turn a corner, and a win against Tennessee at Tennessee will be a huge step in the right direction and will avenge the loss from earlier in the season in Rupp Arena.
Tennessee has won four of the last five in the series—a completely unacceptable statistic for The Greatest Tradition In College Basketball—and that run needs to end today. Pour a coffee (I’ll turn my head if you want to put a little extra something in it) and let’s get you ready for an afternoon fight.
How To Watch The Cats and Vols
Bobby Bones fans will be disappointed to learn this game will not be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks, but on CBS instead. A CBS broadcast means a more professional approach with the great Ian Eagle and Jim Spanarkel on the call for the 1 pm start.
Unable to find a TV or can’t listen to Ian Eagle’s voice because it’s too perfect and you’re jealous? You can hear Tom Leach and Mike Pratt call the action other the following audio-only platforms:
AM: 840 WHAS, 630 WLAP
FM: 98.1 WBUL
Satellite: XM-190, Interent 961
Online: iHeart Radio
KSR Pregame Show
Kick off your morning with the KSR Pregame Show coming up at 10:30 am. Matt Jones, Ryan Lemond and I will get you ready for the game and the day with an hour of Saturday morning talk radio before we hand it off to Buzz Baker and Goose Givens for more.
You can find today’s KSR Pregame Show by turning your radio dial to 630 WLAP at 10:30 am ET or by listening online through iHeart Radio.
For Kentucky fans who live in Kentucky’s neighboring states, or the ones close to a state line or with an offshore gambling account, the point spread on the game opened at 7 points, Kentucky the underdog.
The point total on the game opened at 130,5, which, to me, is hammer time for the over, although that number is up to 134 now.
“Healing 4 Hudson”
If you heard yesterday’s KSR radio show, you probably heard Kathy call in from La Center, Kentucky (it’s in Ballard County) with a request for prayers from Big Blue Nation. Last week her 12-year-old nephew, Hudson Pace, found out he has Leukemia and he is currently at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.
Hudson’s family created the Healing 4 Hudson Facebook page with Hudson’s story, updates on his progress and ways to support. Click here to access the page and leave some encouraging words for a young Kentucky fan up against a tough fight.
Here’s a photo of a younger Hudson wearing his Aaron Harrison jersey with some UK cheerleaders:
John Calipari’s Pre-Tennessee Press Conference
Coach Cal checked in from Knoxville fresh out of a workout or the hotel pool. Hear what he had to say about the team and today’s game against the Vols:
Kentucky can still earn a double-bye in the SEC Tournament.
By now we all understand Kentucky’s only NCAA Tournament hopes lie in winning the SEC Tournament. To win the SEC Tournament it will help to earn the double-bye as one of the top four seeds, and though Kentucky is eighth in the standings with only a few weeks to go, our own Aaron Torres laid out the path for resting during the conference tournament’s first two days.
Pregame Links Beyond What You’re Reading Right Now
— Calipari hopes Tennessee road trip will be good for team bonding
— John Calipari says Kentucky is looking to add “a couple games” to the schedule
— Davion Mintz’s father tells The Athletic that a return is “on the table” for the graduate transfer
— Tennessee assistant coach Kim English says Kentucky is much better than record indicates
— Weird Things Happen in Knoxville
Other College Basketball Games That May Interest You
We need you focused from 1:00-3:00 pm today but outside of that you’re free to wander about the college basketball landscape.
From the SEC:
Missouri @ South Carolina, 2:00 pm (ESPN2)
Georgia @ Florida, 3:30 pm (SEC Network)
Auburn @ LSU, 4:00 pm (ESPN)
Mississippi State @ Ole Miss, 6:00 pm (SEC Network)
13 West Virginia @ 12 Texas, 3:00 pm (ABC)
Louisville @ North Carolina, 6:00 pm (ESPN)
7 Virginia @ Duke, 8:00 pm (ESPN)
Former UK basketball player Twany Beckham has a new book coming out, this time with his mother, Deborah Beckham. “Superwoman” tells Deborah’s story from a young mother to a cancer survivor.
“Superwoman” will be released tomorrow on TwanyBeckham.com.
NBA Dunk of the Year Candidate: Anthony Edwards
The former Georgia star killed a guy last night.
— NBA (@NBA) February 20, 2021
In the SEC that’s a charge.
Happy Birthday, Olivier Sarr.
“It’s that throw up orange.”
Beat the Vols. Three wins in a row, let’s do it.