Brace yourself. Sandstorm is coming.
Tonight, Kentucky will take on the South Carolina Gamecocks in Columbia, the Cats’ second SEC road game of the season. It will be a rare 6:30 p.m. tip on the SEC Network, so prepare accordingly.
While the Cats are riding a four-game winning streak, the Gamecocks have dropped their last three, including a 56-55 heartbreaker at Tennessee on Saturday. South Carolina is 8-7 this season and has yet to win a conference game, losing its SEC opener at home to Florida 81-68. Their stunning win at then-No. 9 Virginia back on Dec. 22 looks a lot less impressive these days. Not only did the Gamecocks lose to Stetson in their next game out, the Cavaliers are out of the AP Top 25 after back-to-back losses to Boston College and Syracuse.
That being said, Columbia will be rocking tonight. Kentucky lost its last game in Colonial Life Arena in 2018 thanks to a career night from Chris Silva and a rare off night from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (fun fact: this was also Jarred Vanderbilt’s debut). The Cats rose to the occasion in their first true road test last week at Georgia and held off a pesky Alabama team on Saturday. Meanwhile, South Carolina is still searching for an identity on offense, ranks 345th in the country in free-throw percentage (61.4%), and has only two players averaging in double figures in scoring (sophomore guard A.J. Lawson – 14.5 ppg; senior forward Maik Kotsar – 10.7 ppg).
But, we all know how this goes. Frank Martin’s teams are notoriously physical and will probably shoot lights out. Kentucky cannot afford to let the Gamecocks be the aggressor.
Tale of the Tape
Vegas, TV, Radio
Kentucky is a 5.5-point favorite. The total is currently 136 points. The Cats are 7-8 against the spread this season, going under the total eight times.
Mike Morgan and Jon Sundvold will be on the call for the SEC Network tonight. If you can’t watch the game, you can listen to Tom Leach and Mike Pratt on the UK Sports Network.
- AM: 840 WHAS, 630 WLAP
- FM: 98.1 WBUL
- Satellite: Sirius 105, XM 190, and Internet 961
- Online: iHeart Radio
College Basketball on TV
A wild season of college basketball continued last night. Fresh off its first win over North Carolina in Chapel Hill ever, Clemson upset No. 3 Duke 79-72 and Pitt took No. 11 Louisville to overtime before losing 73-68. Jeff Capel’s team should have tied it up at 70 with 30 seconds left, but a ref called a foul instead:
Here's video of that controversial call in the Louisville-Pitt game. Pitt ties it in OT at 70-all with a tip-in, but the officials wave it off and instead call a foul … on Pitt. So so bad. pic.twitter.com/ouD2XCZ4Fz
— Kyle Boone (@Kyle__Boone) January 15, 2020
I’d say something about that call, but we don’t comment on officiating here at KSR.
Here’s the schedule for tonight:
- 6:30 PM: #18 Seton Hall at #5 Butler, FS1
- 6:30 PM: #10 Kentucky at South Carolina, SEC Network
- 7:00 PM: Tennessee at Georgia, ESPNU
- 7:00 PM: Virginia at #9 Florida State, ESPN2
- 7:00 PM: #25 Creighton at Georgetown, CBS Sports Network
- 8:00 PM: Iowa State at #2 Baylor, ESPN+
- 8:30 PM: Vanderbilt at Arkansas, SEC Network
- 9:00 PM: #4 Auburn at Alabama, ESPN2
- 9:00 PM: #16 Wichita State at Temple, ESPNU
Jeopardy: Greatest of All-Time
WARNING! JEOPARDY SPOILERS ARE COMING. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
Jeopardy crowned its Greatest of All-Time contestant last night, as Ken Jennings beat out James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter for the grand prize of $1 million. Jennings, who made his 74-game run on Jeopardy over 15 years ago, has now made a total of $4.37 million on the show and is undeniably the GOAT.
Even though I was #TeamKen, James won me over with this savage dig at Brad in between games:
— Jeopardy! Sports (@JeopardySports) January 15, 2020
Podcasts, Podcasts, Podcasts
Need to kill time before tipoff? Last night, Jack Pilgrim and the Sources Say crew broke down Greg Brown’s official visit to Lexington and the Cats’ winning streak with special guest Zack Geoghegan, who is joining Jack to cover tonight’s game in Columbia. Later today, you’ll also get a new episode of 11 Personnel in which Nick Roush and Adam Luckett break down the National Championship game.
Drama at Penn State
Former Penn State safety Isaiah Humphries filed a federal lawsuit yesterday against the school, coach James Franklin, and former teammate Damion Barber, alleging that he was subject to hazing, which the Franklin knew about but ignored. The allegations are disturbing, especially Humphries’ claims that the players who harassed him and other underclassmen did so while saying, “I am going to Sandusky you,” referencing former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who is serving a 30- to 60-year prison term for sexually abusing children. You can read more about that at ESPN.
KSR Dog of the Day
Another day another procedure for Peanut Maggard. Little dude is battling. pic.twitter.com/NMRkSID1XV
— Freddie Maggard (@FredMaggard610) January 14, 2020
Everyone say a little something for Freddie Maggard’s pup Peanut, who is currently in the hospital recovering from surgery complications. He’s a fighter, but could use your healing thoughts today.
Reminder: Lynn Bowden will be at KSBar Friday night
Lynn Bowden’s signing tour kicks off at KSBar and Grille Friday night from 6-8 p.m. We’re expecting a huge crowd, so if you’d like to reserve your spot in line, you can do so by stopping by the hostess station at the bar from now until Friday.
Bowden will be on tomorrow’s show to talk about his time as a Wildcat and what’s ahead. If you missed it yesterday, Kash Daniel joined the guys in studio to preview his signing tour and it was one of the best interviews we’ve ever had. The Paintsville native opened up about his battle with depression and how he’s rediscovered his joy for the game, even tearing up at times when talking about what it means to represent Eastern Kentucky. You can listen to the hour-long conversation on our YouTube page. You can also see a complete list of Lynn and Kash’s tour stops here.
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