Greetings, friends, and happy new year. I trust everyone’s recovered from their New Year’s Eve celebrations. After spending some time at a friend’s house, I rang in 2017 at home with my husband and dog jamming out to Biz Markie on Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution. It was kind of awesome, not gonna lie.
Let’s roll through today’s agenda, shall we?
1. Kentucky plays Texas A&M tomorrow
The Cats rolled in their conference opener last week, and tomorrow night, they’ll host Texas A&M at Rupp. The Aggies are 8-4 this season and are coming off a 10-point loss to Tennessee last week, so unless Kentucky comes out completely unprepared, they shouldn’t struggle. We’ll find out the line a little later today.
2. We’ll also find out where Kentucky’s ranked
The Cats are currently 8th in both polls. I doubt they’ll move much, but it will be interesting to see how the rest of the top ten shakes out after Duke and North Carolina both lost.
3. Kentucky is #1 in the new KenPom ratings
If you prefer Ken Pomeroy’s ratings to the polls, you’ll be happy to hear that Kentucky’s the new #1 team in the country according to KenPom’s measure. The KenPom top ten:
4. West Virginia
8. North Carolina
4. It’s almost time for the first SEC Coaches Teleconference of the season!
The start of league play also means the start of the weekly SEC Coaches Teleconference, which means we’ll hear from John Calipari around 11:35 a.m. I’ll bring you any updates. Odds he works in a plug for his podcast?
5. Tony Barbee will preview Texas A&M this afternoon
Since Calipari will be on the SEC call this morning, he’s letting assistant coach Tony Barbee discuss tomorrow’s game vs. the Aggies with reporters after lunch. We’ll have a live stream of his comments around 2 p.m. and a full recap afterwards.
6. Please tell me you saw this Saturday night
In case you were out partying instead of watching football Saturday night, Clemson defensive lineman Christian Wilkins got a little, um, up close and personal with Ohio State running back Curtis Samuel:
2016 memories pic.twitter.com/DlL9jGHp5m
– Deadspin (@Deadspin) January 1, 2017
After the game, Wilkins apologized for his um, “grab,” saying he was just being silly and this is the type of stuff you do when you’re competing. Really? Samuel responded on Twitter Sunday morning:
— Curtis Samuel (@CurtisSamuel4__) January 1, 2017
#Sweetness? Really? Here’s today’s college football schedule:
- 1:00 PM: Outback Bowl – #17 Florida at Iowa, ABC
- 1:00 PM: Cotton Bowl – #15 Western Michigan vs. #8 Wisconsin, ESPN
- 5:00 PM: Rose Bowl – #9 USC vs. #5 Penn State, ESPN
- 8:30 PM: Sugar Bowl – #14 Auburn vs. #7 Oklahoma, ESPN
7. ICYMI, Boom Williams declared for the NFL Draft
The big news to come out of Kentucky’s bowl game may have been Boom Williams’ decision to turn pro. Boom said he and his parents came to the decision on Friday night, and informed the team after the game was over.
“Me and my family prayed hard about it and we talked about it last night and just came to the decision that we felt like this was the perfect time for me to try to pursue my dreams of going to the NFL,” Williams said. “BBN has the best fans in the nation. I’ll certainly miss the fans. Like I said, it’s just a part of life. At the end of the day, I love Kentucky and I’ll always bleed blue.”
This season, Boom amassed 1,163 yards and seven touchdowns, and over his three-year Kentucky career, put up 2,486 yards and 17 touchdowns. Early feedback suggests he’s got a ways to go to get on the boards, but you can’t blame the kid for wanting to take his chance while he still can.
8. What’s the latest with Hamidou Diallo?
Diallo took an official visit to Kentucky last week, which John Calipari followed up on in person on Friday. The five-star shooting guard is expected to visit Arizona this week, but no date has been set. Will he still visit Arizona or did Calipari say enough to convince him to come to Kentucky already? Thankfully, we’ll find out soon because Diallo only has a few weeks to decide if he wants to enroll for the spring semester. Stay tuned…
9. ICYMI, Bud Dupree had a big play in yesterday’s Steelers/Browns game
– Jeff Drummond (@JDrumUK) January 1, 2017
Dupree sacked and stripped RG3 to help the Steelers beat the Browns 27-24 in overtime (!). Yes, believe it or not, the 1-15 Browns managed to take the 11-5 Steelers to overtime, but couldn’t bring home the W. Dupree had 7 tackles and the aforementioned sack, bringing his season total up to 4.5 sacks. Good on ya, Dupree.
10. I still like “Hell or High Water” over “Manchester by the Sea”
If felt like everyone and their mom was at the movies in Nashville yesterday, or at least, in our showing of “Manchester by the Sea.” The drama starring Casey Affleck has a lot of Oscar buzz and while it was certainly well-acted and interesting, I still prefer “Hell or High Water.” Something tells me the Oscar for best movie will still go to “La La Land,” because there’s nothing Hollywood loves more than a musical about Hollywood.
No new radio show today because apparently today’s a holiday since New Year’s Day was on a Sunday this year. I’ll still be here to bring you UK sports news in the most ridiculous manner possible, so check back early and often.