Shoutout to KSR fan McKayla, who tossed a coin in the famous Trevi Fountain in Rome to wish for Kentucky’s ninth national championship. Hopefully McKayla threw another coin over her left shoulder to ensure she’ll return to Rome one day; I did that back in the summer of 2004 and can’t wait to fulfill that promise in May on our fifth anniversary trip across Italy. That reminds me, I need to do my Duolingo minutes today…
While I take care of that, enjoy a rundown of today’s happenings in the UK sports world.
1. What’s the latest on De’Aaron Fox’s ankle?
Fox turned his ankle eight minutes in to Saturday’s win over South Carolina, and while the Cats were able to beat the Gamecocks by 16 without him thanks to Dominique Hawkins, everyone wants to know when Fox will be back. After the game, John Calipari suggested the injury wasn’t too bad, telling reporters there wasn’t any swelling and it may simple have been a stinger, but Fox returned to the bench on crutches in a walking boot, so the staff is clearly being cautious with it. We should get an update today, and just cross your fingers Fox’s injury isn’t the dreaded high-ankle sprain.
2. Meanwhile, we gotta go to Tennessee
With Fox’s ankle and Saturday’s showdown with Kansas, this is already a big week, but first, the Cats must travel to Knoxville to take care of business vs. a 10-9 Tennessee team. The Vols are 3-4 in conference play so far, with losses to Ole Miss, South Carolina, Florida, and Arkansas, but given all the distractions, this could be the perfect trap game. As someone who witnessed the debacle in Thompson-Boling last year, you don’t have to remind me of what could happen twice, and I just hope me making the trek down I-40 East doesn’t jinx everything to pieces.
3. Calipari was at the AFC Championship last night
Calipari is a huge Steelers fan, but played nice at Gillette Stadium last night as Pittsburgh fell to New England in the AFC Championship. Cal posted lots of pictures, including this one with Gronk:
Amazing what the Pats have done without this guy – Gronk! pic.twitter.com/ScrWfh8EEn
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) January 23, 2017
On the flip side, the Falcons beat Randall Cobb and the Packers to advance to the Super Bowl, but at least fellow Boyle County native Jacob Tamme has a chance of getting a ring. I think I speak for most of America when I say, “Go Falcons!”.
4. Mo Bamba wrapped up a visit
This weekend, five-star power forward Mo Bamba took his official visit to Kentucky, and made the rounds in the Bluegrass, eating cake behind the bench during the South Carolina game, having breakfast with Calipari on Sunday, and even meeting Triple Crown winner American Pharaoh. Kentucky signee Quade Green and the rest of the 2017 class have been recruiting Bamba hard, so hopefully we’ll hear some feedback on his visit over the next few days.
5. Kevin Knox is on deck
From one big recruiting weekend to another, right? With Jarred Vanderbilt and Hamidou Diallo on board, Kentucky’s pretty loaded on the wing for the 2017-18 season, but the staff is still pursuing five-star small forward Kevin Knox, who will take his official to Kentucky this weekend for the Kansas game. Suddenly, the game we’ve all been looking forward to all season is bigger than ever, in part because…
6. “College Gameday” is coming to Lexington
It felt like common knowledge when it was finally made official, but ESPN’s “College Gameday” is coming to Lexington for Kentucky/Kansas. The show airs live at 11 a.m. ET Saturday morning, but doors will open at Rupp at 9:30 a.m. Attendance is free.
If you didn’t know before now, don’t worry, because ESPN will remind you one million times before then. After a pathetic showing at Cameron Indoor Stadium, Seth Greenberg issued this challenge to the BBN:
— Seth Greenberg (@SethOnHoops) January 22, 2017
Don’t worry, Seth, we got this.
If Gameday’s not enough for you, Paul Finebaum will also host his show from the Rupp Arena lobby, just off High Street from 3-7 p.m. Friday afternoon. Like GameDay, fans are encouraged to attend and admission is free.
7. Signing Day is a week from Wednesday
Kentucky has 23 commitments in the 2017 class, and with Signing Day fast approaching, the staff is criss-crossing the country to make sure all of those commitments stay on board. Will they snag a few more? Four-star offensive lineman Thayer Munford visited Ohio State this weekend and this morning, there are reports he committed to the Buckeyes, but Kentucky still has an eye on other targets like former commit Russ Yeast, who hosted Stoops in his house on Thursday night. It seemed like Kentucky was out of the picture for Yeast, but maybe that’s not the case. Stay tuned…
8. I finally saw “La La Land”
I enjoy the occasional musical and after the Golden Globes slobbered all over “La La Land,” I decided to give it a shot this weekend. To me, it was just okay. While I appreciate the artistry, creativity, and the “DREAM SO DREAMING WON’T DIE” sentiment, the movie seemed to get caught up in itself at times, although maybe that was the point. Regardless, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling were fantastic, and I don’t think I’ll get that song out of my head anytime soon. Still rooting for “Hell or High Water” to win the Oscar, but it won’t because Hollywood loves nothing more than Hollywood worship. This SNL skit sums up the “La La Land” obsession perfectly:
9. Shoutout to Danville sophomore Ivy Turner for joining the 1,000 point club
Breaking 1,000 points in your high school basketball career is impressive, but it’s even more so when you do it as a sophomore. Danville’s Ivy Turner did just that last week during Danville’s win over Garrard County. Turner ranks in the top ten in the state in scoring, and helped lead the Ads to their fifth-straight All-A region title this weekend. Go Ivy, and Go Ads!
10. A good excuse to go to Raising Cane’s for lunch
Want to travel to Kentucky’s road game in Tuscaloosa in style? Register for the chance to go to the game in a private jet and a pair of tickets to UK/Alabama on February 11 simply by following the instructions below:
Radio in an hour…