Greetings, friends. I’m back from Vegas after one of the most fun weekends I can remember, so pardon me if I’m a little sleepy this morning. Not only were we treated to the best regular season game I’ve witnessed, hanging out with the BBN at adult Disney World was ridiculously fun. Shoutout to all the Kentucky fans I met; we certainly had a good time, didn’t we? Let’s power through this Monday. We’ll do it together.
Thankfully, there’s a lot of news to keep us occupied, especially with Wednesday’s showdown with Louisville looming. Let’s run through today’s agenda.
1. The Louisville game is only a few days away
I don’t know about you guys, but it feels like Madness was yesterday. This season is flying by, and Kentucky’s thrilling win over North Carolina helped recapture some of the mojo lost after the Cats took an L to UCLA a few weeks back. Personally, given Kentucky’s success this season, the football team’s upset of the Cards, and all of the drama going down on Floyd Street, it feels like there’s a little bit of the “things are going too well right now, aren’t they?” fear/karma, but I feel better than ever about Wednesday’s game at the Yum Center. We’ll preview the game ad nauseam between now and then, but the matchups definitely favor the Cats, and I just don’t see how Louisville keeps up with us, especially after Malik Monk’s performance for the ages.
2. Prediction: Malik Monk wins SEC Player of the Week
Speaking of Monk, there’s no way he doesn’t win SEC Player of the Week, right? Monk’s 47 points are the most in a single game by a UK Freshman ever and the sixth most by a Kentucky Wildcat in the program’s storied history. Making things even better was Monk’s game-winning three, which resulted in one of the most gleeful celebrations by Kentucky fans ever. Vegas wasn’t ready for us.
3. ICYMI, the players celebrated by singing carols at the Lodge
The players had a Christmas meal and gave gifts to nearly 80 people today from our community in the lodge. They also sang some carols. pic.twitter.com/uHUWv1lXpL
– John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) December 18, 2016
Thank God they’re good at basketball, right?
4. Where will Kentucky end up in the polls?
Right now, the Cats are ranked 6th in the AP poll and 7th in the Coaches’ Poll. Where will they be after a win over 7/6 North Carolina? Find out around noon.
5. Forget to record the game like me?
Thankfully, CBS Sports Network will replay Saturday’s game at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET today, so set that DVR. Here are some highlights to tide you over until then:
6. Troll of the Day: Adam Lucas
Most of the Carolina fans I encountered in Vegas handled the loss with class, but not Adam Lucas, a columnist on the Tar Heels’ official website. Lucas turned in the most hypocritical, butt-hurt take on what was an amazing game by both teams with this article, in which he implies that somehow, Calipari is lesser than Roy because he wore jeans to the postgame presser and that Kentucky cheats even though UNC is the one under NCAA investigation for academic fraud:
You can hate the game because the opponent was Kentucky and being in the same building with them reminds you of exactly how differently things work in Lexington. John Calipari arrived at his postgame press conference with his tie off, top two buttons on his shirt unbuttoned, and having changed into blue jeans. There are not two top-level programs in America right now that arrive at the end result off the court more differently than Carolina and Kentucky.
I’ll remind you again that post is on UNC’s official website, GoHeels.com. Absolutely pathetic. I’d rather link Jeff Goodman than that drivel.
7. Jarred Vanderbilt has Kentucky in his final four
The five-star small forward released his final four last night and Kentucky made the cut, along with North Carolina, Oregon, and TCU. Vanderbilt, De’Aaron Fox’s former AAU teammate, visited Kentucky for Madness and the Cats seem to have the momentum right now, leading his Crystal Ball with 44% of the predictions.
8. Eddie Gran will talk to the media after practice today
Basketball has taken center stage the past week, but the Tax Slayer Bowl is only eleven days away. The football team has practice this afternoon, after which Eddie Gran will speak to the media. Tune in to the site this evening for a full recap.
9. Part three of Freddie Maggard’s Georgia Tech glossary will be posted tonight
Check the site around 7:30 or 8 to read Freddie’s latest breakdown of the Yellow Jackets’ flex bone offense. I’ve never been more grateful for Freddie’s ability to take something complex and explain it in terms I can understand.
10. Frontier Airlines encountered the wrath of the BBN yesterday
Yesterday was a tough day to travel, with several delays and cancellations across the country, specifically those trying to get home from Vegas. I know several fans who had to stay an extra night in Sin City because their flights were cancelled, many of them through Frontier. Frontier encountered the wrath of the BBN when they inexplicably canceled a flight from Cincinnati to Phoenix, which left the Mercer County Lady Titans basketball team scrambling to try to find a way across the country to participate in prestigious Nike Tournament of Champions. Larry Vaught has the complete story, which will leave you furious and hopefully unwilling to give Frontier any of your money from now on.
The guys are traveling back from Vegas, so our old friend Big EZ is stepping in on the radio show, which starts in an hour. Plenty of time to get some more coffee, or in my case, tea.