History is on Kentucky’s side when the Ole Miss Rebels come to Rupp Arena Saturday afternoon for a 2 p.m. ET tip-off on ESPN.
The first Saturday home game for the Wildcats in more than a month, Ole Miss will try to do something it hasn’t done since 1998: beat Kentucky on the road. Since the series began 95 years ago, the Rebels have only won in Lexington twice. The first win happened when Basil Hayden coached Kentucky in 1927.
Unlike the previously unsuccessful teams, Ole Miss has Breein Tyree running the show. The 6’2″ senior guard from New Jersey is tied for first in the SEC in scoring alongside Arkansas’ Mason Jones, averaging 20 points per game. Shooting better than 37% from behind the three-point line, he dropped 40 Tuesday night against Miss. State. Over the last three games he’s scored 101 points, putting him in rarified air.
SEC players to score 100+ over a 3-game span in the last 20 seasons:
? Jodie Meeks 107 Pts (2009)
? Mason Jones 104 Pts (2020)
? Jodie Meeks 103 Pts (2009)
? Breein Tyree 101 Pts (2020)
? Marcus Thornton 101 Pts (2008) pic.twitter.com/kB4rHE3jOB
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) February 12, 2020
Can Kentucky contain Kermit Davis’ Landsharks? We’ll learn soon enough, but first, we got to talk football.
The Big Dog is Back
For the second time this offseason, Kentucky Football fended off competition to keep Vince Marrow in Lexington. Michigan State reportedly made multiple offers to try to persuade the Big Dog to take his recruiting talents to East Lansing. Instead of teaming up with Mel Tucker, he’s staying by Mark Stoops’ side.
— Mark Stoops (@UKCoachStoops) February 15, 2020
Marrow will most certainly receive a raise after a week of negotiating. We do not know the details of the contract extension at this time.
As Freddie Maggard wrote, the investment into Stoops’ staff made by Mitch Barnhart is the next step Kentucky needed to climb to bring an SEC Championship closer to reality. At a crossroads in the program, the university proved it is all in on its football team.
Vegas, TV, Radio
The Wildcats opened as 9.5-point favorites over Ole Miss. In some books that number has already been bet up to ten. You will find the total around 136.5 points. Ole Miss has covered in six straight games.
If you haven’t had enough of Karl Ravech and Jimmy Dykes, you’re in luck! They’ll be on the call for ESPN when the ball is tipped at 2 p.m. ET. If you’re tired of that tandem, you can listen to the Voice of the Wildcats on a few different platforms.
- AM: 840 WHAS, 630 WLAP
- FM: 98.1 WBUL
- Satellite: XM-190 and Sirius-211
- Online: iHeart Radio
Richie Farmer is on the KSR Pregame Show
“Is Richie gonna play?”
Once the primary subject of many UK basketball pregame shows, now Richie Farmer is going on the air to talk about the Wildcats. The Kentucky basketball legend will join Matt Jones and Drew Franklin at KSBar and Grille to preview Saturday’s matchup with the Rebels. All off the action begins at 11:30 a.m. ET on 630 WLAP and iHeart Radio.
The Firecrackers Return to Rupp
Red Panda steals the spotlight, but The Firecrackers are the Real Halftime MVPs. The jump-ropers are the most exciting show on hardwood. Make sure you stay in your seat once the halftime buzzer sounds.
Secure an Incredible BBNBA Poster
These posters will be available for every fan that attends this afternoon’s game at Rupp Arena. If you could grab one for me, I’d be forever grateful. The first 200 students will also receive t-shirts that salute UK’s two NBA All-Stars, Anthony Davis and Bam Adebayo.
All-Star Week Festivities
Let’s be honest with each other: All-Star Saturday night is the best part of all-star weekend. Devin Booker will try to retake his Three-Point Shooting crown after Bam Adebayo and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander compete in the Skills Challenge. At +500, SGA is a great value to win the competition. The action begins at 8 p.m. ET on TNT.
College Basketball on TV
- Noon: Oklahoma at #3 Kansas on ESPN
- Noon: Syracuse at #8 Florida State on ESPN2
- Noon: Northwestern at #13 Penn State on BTN
- Noon: Purdue at Ohio State on Fox
- 1:00: #24 Texas Tech at Oklahoma State on CBS
- 1:00: Miss. State at Arkansas on SECN
- 2:30: Georgetown at #19 Butler on Fox
- 4:00: #14 West Virginia at #1 Baylor on ESPN+
- 4:00: #5 Louisville at Clemson on ACCN
- 4:00: Notre Dame at #7 Duke on ESPN
- 4:00: #25 LSU at Alabama on ESPN2
- 6:00: #9 Maryland at Michigan State on ESPN
- 6:00: #11 Auburn at Missouri on ESPN2
- 7:30: DePaul at #23 Creighton on FS1
- 8:00: #10 Seton Hall at Providence on CBSSN
- 8:00: Virginia at North Carolina on ESPN
- 10:00: #2 Gonzaga at Pepperdine
- 10:00: #16 Colorado at Oregon State on FS1
- 10:00: Washington at UCLA on ESPN2
UK Baseball Falls in Season Opener
Nick Mingione’s Kentucky baseball team made their 2020 debut on the diamond in Texas, falling 5-1 to TCU. The Bat Cats went down three runs in the first inning and never could find a way to rally. They’ll run it back this afternoon at 3 p.m. for game two of the series. You can stream all of the action at GoFrogs.com.
Meanwhile in Arizona, the UK softball team split a pair of Friday games. The tenth-ranked Wildcats retook the lead with five runs in the sixth to outscore Boise State 16-14 to improve their record to 5-0 for the first time since 2014. The undefeated run ended late Friday night on the West Coast, falling to No. 21 Arizona State 3-2. Rachel Lawson’s team will return to action vs. Illinois State this afternoon at 4 p.m. ET.