There’s a lot going on today. We’ve got a Calipari presser, seniors talking to the media, new polls coming out…heck, we’re only a week and a half from the SEC Tournament. But, we’ve gotta start with the moment everyone’s talking about this morning: the mixup at the Oscars. In case you fell asleep like me, presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were given the wrong envelope when they went up to announce Best Picture and gave the award to “La La Land” instead of “Moonlight.” The moment the Oscars organizers realized the mixup now rivals Steve Harvey’ Miss Universe blunder as the most awkward moment on live television:
– Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 27, 2017
So, regardless of how crappy your Monday is, at least you’re not one of the people responsible for that mess. Man, what a Monday for them.
Here’s hoping for no mixups as we jump into the top ten for the final week of the regular season:
1. Will De’Aaron Fox be able to play Tuesday?
Calipari said that had Fox played Saturday vs. Florida, he would have been at about 70%, so will a few days of rest and recovery result in him being able to go tomorrow night vs. Vandy? Fox has been posting pictures of himself receiving therapy for his injured knee on Snapchat, so stay tuned. Regardless, I doubt he will start vs. the ‘Dores because…
2. Tomorrow is Senior Night
Which means Dominique Hawkins, Derek Willis, and Mychal Mulder will likely start vs. Vanderbilt in their final game in Rupp Arena. With the seniors playing their biggest role of the Calipari Era, emotions will already be high tomorrow night in Rupp, but add in the fact that two of them are Kentucky kids who’ve given their all for their home state school and there won’t be a dry eye in the house during “My Old Kentucky Home.”
3. Dom, Derek, and Mychal will address the media this afternoon
You can watch a live stream of their comments on KSR around 2 p.m. this afternoon, or check the site shortly after for a recap. Same goes for…
4. Calipari, who will preview Vandy
Vandy’s riding a four-game winning streak, including an absolute blowout of Mississippi State at home on Saturday. The ‘Dores are now on the bubble, and with a win over Kentucky, would probably make the tournament. Thank goodness this game is in Rupp, but still, the Cats can’t afford to overlook Vandy tomorrow night.
5. One last look at the win over Florida
Because it was that good:
6. Can we talk about Sacha Killeya-Jones’ feet?
After Kentucky’s big win over Florida, UK sent out this picture of the victorious locker room, and while initially, I was distracted by giddy Jonny David, upon further inspection, Sacha Killeya-Jones’ massive feet are the real story:
I mean, dear Lord. Should Kentucky find itself up the creek without a paddles this postseason, at least they’ll have Sacha’s feet. They’re like Harry Potter’s feet when he took gillyweed. Can we get Karl Towns on a plane to Lexington to compare foot sizes? Maybe even Michael Phelps, because wow. We haven’t seen much of Sacha so far this season, but if those feet are any indication, he’ll be a legend. His toes may be longer than my fingers.
7. UK Hoops is a 4-seed in the SEC Tournament
The ladies lost to #7 South Carolina yesterday, but earned the 4-seed in the SEC Tournament, which starts Wednesday in Greenville, South Carolina. The ladies will begin their postseason journey Friday at approximately 2 p.m. ET in the quarterfinals. vs. the winner of fifth-seeded Tennessee vs. 12th-seeded Alabama or 13th-seeded Vanderbilt.
Here’s the bracket in full:
Our own Haley Simpson will be on site in Greenville to cover it all for us, so stay tuned as the week goes on for previews.
Speaking of brackets…
8. Joe Lunardi moved Kentucky up to a 2-seed
After saying last week that the only way Kentucky could wind up as a two-seed was to beat Florida two more times (the second time being in the SEC Championship), Joe Lunardi went ahead and moved the Cats up to the two-line yesterday:
We’ll see if Joey Brackets changed his mind again when he releases his latest update this morning.
9. Shoutout to Dance Blue for another successful year
Kudos to the students and organizers at UK for another successful Dance Blue charity event. 954 Cats danced 24 hours to raise $1.785 million for children and families fighting childhood cancer through the Golden Matrix Fund. Good on ya, guys and gals.
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Radio in an hour. If you need something to occupy yourself until then, check out Matt’s appearance on “Pardon My Take,” who guest hosted KSR last summer.