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Looking Ahead To Champagne Châlons-Reims Basket

At the end of last season Champagne Chalon-Reims got offered to move up to French National League Pro A from their spot in the tier below in Pro B. With the move to ProA CCRB now has more money to sign better players. As a result it doesn’t appear the Cats will get to square off with CCRB star and ex-Vol Ron Slay. Enjoy the final, horrible, headbanded Ron Slay pic you may ever get to witness here on KSR. Enough tears? Good, let’s take a look at the team the Cats will take on tomorrow at 1.

Who do we know?

As Drew posted earlier this week, you can remove one villain in Ron Slay but two more will take his place. Hail Hydra! CCRB will be bringing in De’Sean Butler and Tasmin Mitchell to test our young Cats. Butler, you may recall, teamed up with Joe Mazzulla to knock the beloved 2010 Cats out of the NCAA tournament. I wrote a month ago that we should bring him back to town for the upcoming alumni game to enact some sweet revenge. Hopefully, our young squad will be able to set things right.

Tasmin Mitchell sticks out to me for one reason. The year? 2009. The scene? SEC tournament. Kentucky was decked out in the all black uniforms we haven’t seen since. Fitting, as the tournament was seemingly the funeral of Billy G. The Cats had to win if there was any hope of making the NCAA tournament. Tasmin Mitchell and Marcus Thornton combined for 35 points and Kentucky never really had a chance. Now, Kentucky will have a chance to right some wrongs against a player that picked Baton Rogue over Lexington.

You can’t really see him in this picture but the guy helping defend David Padgett is one Darryl Watkins and he’ll be taking on the Cats tomorrow as well. Watkins started two seasons at Cuse where he made his presence known as a shot blocker. Since then he’s been a professional journeyman with stints in the NBA and Europe’s top leagues. Other Americans for CCRB include Lionel Chalmers who went to Xavier and Mark Payne, who’s hair will give Robic a run for his money.

Can the Cats Win?

Chances are low for tomorrow’s game. CCRB features a bunch of grown men who have been playing professional basketball for a long time. Since they just made the move up to ProA their new roster has yet to really play together so there is a chance Kentucky plays as the better team. I think we can keep things close but in the end CCRB’s experience proves to be the deciding factor.

Do you think Kentucky will pull off the W tomorrow?

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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44 Comments for Looking Ahead To Champagne Châlons-Reims Basket

  1. correct me if im wrong
    9:37 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

    Is that the same butler who was took a cheap shot from douchebeck, I mean zoubeck from puke, I mean duke in the final 4?

    • correct me if im wrong
      9:38 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

      I forgot to add, and hurt his leg really bad lol woops

  2. KSR Spy
    9:39 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

    Hail Hydra!!! Hahahahaha I lost my ish. That made me laugh entirely way too hard.

  3. Gramma Police
    9:47 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

    Do you mean ‘they’re is a chance’, instead of ‘their is a chance’?

    • Whaaaa
      9:59 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink


    • Cal's Coffin
      10:03 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

      Gramma Police, so you think they’re (they are ) is a chance, while Andrew thinks their is a chance. Who knows? Maybe there is a chance.

    • Jeffrey
      11:29 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

      There, the there you are looking for is there.

    • Grammar Police
      11:43 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

      Guys … I think Gramma Police was being sarcastic…

    • CPACAT
      7:58 am August 11, 2014 Permalink

      I see what you did “they’re” Grammar Police…nice.

  4. Jay from Knox
    10:15 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

    I think it was the 2012 season when people were saying UK could beat the bottom few NBA teams and Calipari quickly shot that down. To play a pro team as a college team is an insult to the pro team, humbly I would be happy if we can keep it close. On that same note, after seeing our young guys play full force every little bit of playing time they get it wouldn’t be out of the question to see something crazy happen.

    • Rei
      10:39 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

      I recall that. They were saying UK and UNC could combine and make a team that would have beaten the 7-54 Bobcats. Somehow I still believe that could’ve happened.

  5. MMan
    10:16 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

    In Southeast Kentucky its
    (a might beea chance)

  6. KyMash
    10:23 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

    I say Cats by 12. We’ve got some grown men on our squad as well.

    • Wild Turkee
      10:51 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

      KyMash, you may be drinking a little too much Kentucky Mash, however, I admire your loyalty and will be happy to applaud your prognostication, even the cats win by a single point. Now, should they actually win by 12, you have a bright future my man!

    • Wow
      11:11 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

      You’d be right and then some if this was the regular season but since it’s our 2nd game ever then… Maybe if we lay wel

    • KyMash
      2:51 pm August 11, 2014 Permalink

      Looks like I was way off with this prediction, huh boys? College basketball has not seen a team like ours for some time if ever.

  7. dippity
    10:51 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

    A better question will be how many morons will be screaming how bad the season will be and possibly Cal’s head if they lose, regardless that they are playing a pro team.

    • Wow
      11:08 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

      I honestly doubt anyone will do that, the only time the criticism really reached ridiculous heights was after the bad South Carolina loss

    • Dude
      11:38 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

      Um, no. Where the hell were you? There were idiots squawking after Baylor.

  8. bmt22033
    10:52 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

    I’m gonna say we probably lose tomorrow for 2 reasons: 1) Despite the returning players, this is only the second “real” game that this *team* has played and 2) WCS and Lyles will still be on the bench. That said, I think they can probably keep the game close. Of course, I’ve never seen CCRB play, either, so what do I know…

  9. Dwoos
    11:01 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

    I expect to win. Reality check. How many of our players could sign a contract with the teams in there Pro A league right now? I would say at least 8

  10. Alec
    11:02 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink


  11. Wow
    11:06 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

    Were much more talented and athletic than the opposing team, and i think we would handily win with all our players healthy and playing who we would during the regular season. But with everyone playing limited minutes, and the opposing team will be much stronger than us, it will be a close game

  12. rainman
    11:08 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

    The next team is rebuilding, and only show 2 true guards on the team!
    There is a chance the CAYTS could sneak up on them, but it would
    still be an upset, IMHO!
    Best chance to win may be, run, run, run, and wear them out!

  13. Chris from Paducah
    11:22 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

    Whether we win or lose, I just want to see 2 things: Effort and NO INJURIES.

  14. Confused
    11:44 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

    Was anyone else surprised and confused when Jay Bilas commented about Todd Lanter being
    a 2-time All-SEC selection?????????????

    • Haha
      12:17 am August 11, 2014 Permalink

      Haha thank you! Had no idea what he was talking about.

    • Bertway
      6:26 am August 11, 2014 Permalink

      Pretty sure he was talking about the academic team, but you both are right. The way he phrased it without mentioning academics made it seem like our best player only got to see the floor with 30 seconds left!!

  15. Catcard
    11:55 pm August 10, 2014 Permalink

    Whoa!!! Yee haw!!! No 9 is coming this yr!! Big blue just smacked a bunch of reserves!! Lol lol!! U people are idiots!! Once again preseason hype national champions!!

    • Dude
      12:13 am August 11, 2014 Permalink

      6 and 1, bitch.

      “Oh, Montrezlz comin’ back. Watch out nation!” I predict 7 pts and ANOTHER L.

    • ThatCrackerBZ
      9:16 am August 11, 2014 Permalink

      Maybe you didn’t notice; the “preseason hype national champions” played in that national championship game and beat a few teams you might have heard of along the way.

    • Dick Cheney
      11:19 am August 11, 2014 Permalink

      You’re the worst.

  16. Casper
    1:53 am August 11, 2014 Permalink

    Three games in three days seems excessive.

    • UKSupporter76
      2:23 am August 11, 2014 Permalink

      You know that conference tournaments all feature (at least) 3 games in a 3 day span right? If you’re talking about this early in the (pre)season, I agree, but at face value that comment seems a little silly.

    • Reason
      5:56 am August 11, 2014 Permalink

      Not so sure the Cats are underdogs. A team full of future NBA players or an overseas ProA team. It will be interesting to see.

  17. Bertway
    6:31 am August 11, 2014 Permalink

    Our depth and conditioning today showed that we have a great shot to win against the other two teams as well. The other teams’ players may be more experienced, but we have overall better talent, depth, coaching, conditioning, more to prove, etc. I really like our chances. Even Bilas did not sound too impressed about the other two opponents.

  18. CPACAT
    8:08 am August 11, 2014 Permalink

    I would agree w previous posts that our best chance here may a late surge due to variances in conditioning. If allowed to play slow, half-court game we may get it handed to us.

    Also, don’t discount Lionel Chalmers, he was an absolute baller at XU…dude can flat play.

  19. Bruh
    9:53 am August 11, 2014 Permalink

    UK will win, no doubt

  20. Kevin
    10:25 am August 11, 2014 Permalink

    “Who’s” is not even a word. It’s “whose.”

    • Actually
      11:27 am August 11, 2014 Permalink

      who’s = contraction of “who is”
      whose = possessive of “who”

      if you’re going to be a grammar nazi, at least get it right.

  21. Don Tucker
    11:42 am August 11, 2014 Permalink

    Incorrect. “Who’s” is a contraction of either “Who is” or Who has”.'s?s=t

  22. Don Tucker
    11:43 am August 11, 2014 Permalink

    You tell’em Actually.

  23. MMan
    12:34 pm August 11, 2014 Permalink

    Yuns is whose it is.