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Junior Naismith’s Saturday Morning Wake Up


Phog Allen Fieldhouse has been packed since ESPN began going live during Sportscenter at 8:00 am EST this morning.  The place is in a frenzy.

When Seth Greenburg got his first on-camera opportunity, this mustachioed child creeped into the frame.  His wonderful hair was fantastic juxtaposed with Greenburg’s bald head.  The four-letter network loved the little ames Naismith so much, he sat next to Jay Williams at the desk for the next live hit.  He even brought along his peach basket and mini basketball, knocking down a jumper to close the segment.  He also had a prediction for today’s game.

It won’t be the last time you see Jr. Naismith.

College Gameday begins in an hour on ESPN.  Until then, you can stay excited by watching today’s hype video.


Calipari has a History in Lawrence

He hasn’t been there since he started coaching at Kentucky (he’s still 3-0 vs. KU), but he got his start in Lawrence as a part-time assistant in the early 80’s.  You’ll probably hear plenty of it during today’s broadcast, along with pictures of Young Cal.

Since he’s returned to his former home, he’s already had a few encounters with the locals. This one is what you might describe as “awkward,” but nonetheless funny.  Cal’s such a good sport.

Josh Harrelson Needs Your Help

Jorts could be an All-Star in the Latvian Basketball League (at least I think “Lativijas” means Latvia).  He needs votes from the fans.  You should help him, mostly because Jorts is the man, but also because you won’t understand a word that’s on the website.  It’s entirely in another language, but you can figure out how to make sure Harrelson is taken care of.  Click here, then select Jorts’ name (it’s the third option) on the left side of your screen.

Josh Forrest Plays in the Senior Bowl Today

The UK linebacker will be wearing #45 for the South Squad today at 2:30 on NFL Network.  It’s the final Senior game for a former Wildcat, and he’s probably got the most to prove.

Serena Williams Lost the Australian Open

She was about to tie Steffi Graf with 22 Grand Slam titles, but Angelique Kerber had other plans, taking Serena down in three sets.  The Men’s title will be decided between Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic tonight at 3:00 am on ESPN.

A Shoutout to my Sisters

Allow me to be a proud big brother for a moment.  When NKU took on Cleveland State Thursday Night, my sisters nearly outscored their entire team.  Christine tied her career-high with 26 points, but Courtney was even better.  She doesn’t get too much PT, but when she was put in at the end of the first quarter, they never took her out again.  “The Derek Willis of NKU Women’s Basketball” dropped 22 points, 10 more than her career-high, and she could’ve scored more if she didn’t lose her legs at the free throw line late in the game.  Their 48 points was only three shy of CSU’s 51 total.

You probably don’t care, but I’d rather watch that performance than the Cats any day of the week.

Today’s SEC/Big 12 Challenge Schedule

I could type out the college basketball on TV schedule, but this graphic looks better than any product I’d pump put.



Sean Farnham and Fran Fraschilla have a friendly wager on all of the matches, selecting the best players from each conference for a fantasy-esque showdown.  I like where Farnham’s head is.



Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

5 Comments for Junior Naismith’s Saturday Morning Wake Up

  1. ComebackCats
    10:18 am January 30, 2016 Permalink

    Come on Cal! You gotta believe baby!!

  2. kenny
    11:06 am January 30, 2016 Permalink

    Alternate ending*
    Cal tells guy ” we may run out of time, but we won’t take an L”
    Refuse to lose, practice what you preach Cal lol

  3. The Rest of the story
    12:02 pm January 30, 2016 Permalink

    Wow here is KSR with their hype machine at full power. Reality people, Cats will likely lose this game but it means Nothing. Non conference game will not determine where the Cats will be in March. Cats just need to win SEC. This is no more than a yardstick to see where the Cats are and where they need to be. DO NOT LET KSR HYPE THIS BIGGER THAN IT REALLY IS.

    • UK Big Board Update
      1:55 pm January 30, 2016 Permalink

      The only one taking it too seriously…. seems to be you.

  4. OhBigBlue
    12:07 pm January 30, 2016 Permalink

    Love the HYPE – way to go Matt & Co – KY has nothing to lose here, so they go out – relax – play hard – have fun – and above all… be the best version of yourself you can be!!! Cal saying we will probably lose is code for – we may just WIN – don’t count us out!
    IF you are sharing in the hype, STAT: KY has the best historical chance to win being the ONLY team to play @ Kansas more than 5 times, and keeping a better than .500 winning pct.
    Road to the FINAL 4, baby!!!