Uh oh! The Cats are back.
Just a few days removed from one win in the state of Tennessee, Kentucky returns to the Volunteer state to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores at Memorial Gymnasium in Nashville. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Allow me to use a cliche when I say, it feels like Kentucky played Vanderbilt just yesterday. That’s because the two teams met at Rupp Arena only 13 days ago, playing just three games in-between the rubber match. Oddly enough, it’s not the only time the SEC schedulers have done this. Only three games separated the two matchups with Georgia and only three games will come in-between the Florida games.
The last time the Cats faced the Commodores, many Kentucky fans feared another NCAA Tournament resume-destroying loss was in the works when UK trailed at halftime. Vandy extended the lead all the way to ten points before the Cats snapped back to reality with a 12-3 run to retake the lead with nine minutes to play. Kentucky ultimately ran away with a 71-62 win.
While searching for those highlights, I discovered that 71-62 was the same result at Vandy in 2014. It’s a stroll down memory lane that I’m sure you will enjoy.
One big thing has changed since that matchup: Vanderbilt won an SEC game. The 99-90 win last Wednesday against an LSU team that was previously unbeaten in SEC play snapped the longest conference losing streak in the league’s history. It was all possible thanks to 33 points from Saben Lee and 31 points from Maxwell Evans.
Memorial may not have the same magic from years’ past, but this team has enough pieces to get hot and completely wreck an NCAA Tournament resume. Luckily, the Cats should remember how narrowly they avoided that disaster just 13 days ago.
The Wildcats are 11-point favorites in Vegas with a total of 144.5. Kentucky improved its record to 6-5 ATS in the 2020 calendar year following the big win over the Vols. Speaking of the big win over the Vols, have you seen the latest edition of The Jouney? Probably not. Don’t scroll past it. Watch it right now.
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) February 11, 2020
It’s like deja vu all over again in Nashville. Karl Ravech, Jimmy Dykes and Marty Smith are on the call for the 7 p.m. ET tip-off on ESPN. It’s the same venue where one year ago we learned about Dykes’ smash-hit Broadway song, Rockin’ Little Heartbeat.
For those who don’t want to take a ride on Jimmy’s Jet, you can listen to the Voice of the Wildcats on a few different platforms. The KSR Pregame Show will get rolling at 4:30 p.m. ET on 630 WLAP.
- AM: 840 WHAS, 630 WLAP
- FM: 98.1 WBUL
- Satellite: XM-190 and Sirius-211
- Online: iHeart Radio
Super Tuesday TV Slate
The Wildcats are the featured game of the night that ends with undefeated San Diego State in the spotlight.
- 6:30: #13 Penn State at Purdue on ESPN
- 7:00 The Basketball Egg Bowl, Miss. State at Ole Miss on ESPNU
- 7:00: NC State at Syracuse on ESPN2
- 8:30: Nebraska at #9 Maryland on BTN
- 9:00: Michigan State at #22 Illinois on ESPN
- 9:00: Notre Dame at Virginia on ESPN2
- 9:00: Missouri at #25 LSU on SECN
- 9:00: Oklahoma State at Kansas State on ESPNU
- 11:00: New Mexico at #4 San Diego State on ESPN
You’ll never believe this: Duke got a favorable call in a crucial moment to win a game against a top ten opponent.
Saturday night an official swallowed his whistle on a late North Carolina inbounds pass. Instead of a foul, it was a turnover to Duke, setting up the game-winning bucket. Last night against Florida State an official called a phantom foul in the final seconds to give the Blue Devils a dagger.
Up by three, a block forced Duke to take a desperate shot near the end of the shot clock. A defensive rebound would have given the Seminoles a chance to force overtime. They had players in position, until Matthew Hurt came in through the lane like Miley Cyrus. Instead of calling a foul on the wrecking ball, the officials at Cameron Indoor awarded Hurt a pair of free throws for elbowing a Seminole in the face.
This was a foul on Florida State? Seems like 2 fouls on Duke. pic.twitter.com/KI8i5QNlJd
— Andrew Perloff (@andrewperloff) February 11, 2020
I’d say “unbelievable” but that’s a lie. Of course the whistle went Duke’s way when it mattered most.
More 11 Personnel
There XFL season inspired Adam Luckett and I to pick up the podcast mics a little early. There’s one thing I meant to add at the end: my conversation with Austin MacGinnis prior to his debut with the Dallas Renegades. Go ahead and listen to it all below then smash that subscribe button to hear all the latest UK football talk your heart desires.
There’s a new social media craze sweeping the nation, quite literally. The Broomstick Challenge appeared all over Facebook and Twitter on Monday. According to NASA, the alignment of the planets shifted Earth’s gravitational pull on Feb. 10, leading to a phenomenon that allowed one’s broomstick to stand upright on its end.
— Laura Sanders (@LauraRoxSchool) February 11, 2020
— Black Vai (@BlackVaii) February 11, 2020
Amazing stuff. It’s so amazing you can do it today, tomorrow, the day after that, and after that, and the day before that because it’s all a hoax. NASA did not release this information. A broom has and always will be able to stand up on its end if you carefully balance a broom that has intact bristles. If you are just now realizing you got duped, don’t worry. The internet finds a way to get everybody every once in awhile.