Good morning and happy Monday from everyone here at KSR HQ in Lexington, Kentucky. It is a slow-moving Monday, but it is a short work week for most so just power through as best as you can and you will have a plate full of starchy carbohydrates piled high in front of your face before you know it. In the meantime, here is this week’s Monday Morning Things To Know, a recap of the weekend to get you caught up.
Your University of Kentucky men’s basketball team won two games over the weekend, beginning with a victory over Mount St. Mary’s on Friday followed by another win against Lamar on Sunday. The latter is fresh on our minds, so we will focus on it, the Cats’ third straight win since the embarrassing loss to Evansville.
— Nick Richards had a double-double, his third of the season and the fourth of his career. Richards is the fourth Calipari player to post at least three double-doubles within the team’s first six games of the season; the others are Patrick Patterson, Terrence Jones and Julius Randle.
— Tyrese Maxey was the game’s leading scorer with 21 points for the Wildcats, his second-best game so far. The freshman hit four three-pointers, all coming during a four-minute span in the first half in which Kentucky scored 20 unanswered points.
— Ashton Hagans had another big night at point guard, scoring 15 points and dishing out nine assists to his teammates. Hagans also hit three of four from three-point range after going 0-for-9 in UK’s first five games of the season.
— Immanuel Quickley reach double-figure scoring yet again with 11 points. Quickley has scored in double figures in all five games he has been a part of this year.
— Kentucky made a season-high 10 three-pointers while shooting a season-best 45.5% from long range. Keion Brooks hit the first of his career, joining Maxey, Hagans, Quickley and Nate Sestina as the five players who made at least one three-pointer Sunday evening.
— UK had a season-high 13 blocked shots. Richards had seven of those. SEVEN!
Kentucky is going bowling! Mark Stoops’ Wildcats earned their sixth victory of the season with a 50-7 win over UT Martin on Saturday. It is the fourth straight season with bowl eligibility, the second-longest bowl streak in school history.
As for the game, Kentucky rushed for 462 yards, a new single-game record; and scored a season-high 50 points, the most in a home game since 2016 when they put 62 on New Mexico State.
— Stoops moved into sole possession of third all-time in wins with his 42nd victory as the head coach of the Cats.
— Kentucky’s defense extended its streak of allowing 34 points or less to 25 straight games, the longest active streak in the nation. The defense also kept UT Martin’s passing attack out of the end zone to maintain its place atop the list of fewest TD passes allowed with only six given up all season.
— Lynn Bowden rushed for 129 yards for his fifth 100-yard rushing yard game at quarterback, the most 100-yard games by any quarterback in school history.
— Everyone got involved in Kentucky’s rushing attack, including first-timers Travis Tisdale and Tyler Markray with long rushes and touchdowns.
Enjoy our video recap of the game:
You know what week it is.
It gets real now BBN. Let’s Go.
— CoachMarrowUK (@vincemarrow) November 24, 2019
Kentucky opened as a four-point favorite over Louisville out in Las Vegas.
It was a big Sunday for a couple of former Wildcats in black and gold:
— Benny Snell carried the load for Pittsburgh in Cincinnati with a career-high 21 carries for a career-high 98 yards on the ground to lead the Steelers. After the game, he was excited to do an interview with KSR:
— Snell had a great day on the ground for Pittsburgh, but it was Bud Dupree who sealed the victory for the Steelers with this strip sack and recovery:
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 24, 2019
— In New England, the Dallas Cowboys couldn’t find the end zone in the 13-9 loss to the Patriots, but Randall Cobb made some big plays for a team-high 86 yards receiving.
— Are the Tennessee Titans the best team in football? Discuss.
KSBAR AND GRILLE
Are you taking advantage of the awesome gift card deal? You can knock out all of your Christmas shopping at once and get something out of it for yourself.
KSR LIVE REMOTE SHOWS
With it being a short week for the holiday, KSR will have two live radio remote shows for listeners around Lexington and Louisville. On Tuesday we will be at the new Clayton & Crume brick-and-mortar store at 216 S Shelby Street in Louisville; Wednesday we will be in Lexington at Puccini’s Pizza and Pasta’s Brighton Place location at 3090 Helmsdale Place.
We hope to see you.
WHAT’S AHEAD TODAY
— At noon, Mark Stoops will hold his Monday press conference luncheon at Kroger Field to preview the upcoming Governor’s Cup. I assume Kash Daniel will also be a point of conversation. You can follow along via the live stream here on KSR.
— It’s Monday, which means you will get a new KSR Football Podcast. The guys and I will be down at KSBar and Grille to record a new episode before Monday Night Football. It will go online right around kickoff.
— Kyle Tucker will join us on the Kentucky Sports Radio radio show this morning. Tune in at 10 a.m. for our opinions on everything that happened over the weekend.