Good morning, friends, and happy last day of 2015 to you. Confession time: earlier this week, I attempted to start a “Best of 2015” feature for the site and was making some good progress until I fell in the black hole of the Wisconsin game. It happens every now and then, whether I’m flipping through pictures on my phone or looking up old stories. I get lost in all the happy stuff and memories and then BAM! It’s Final Four night and Drew’s Diet Coke spills all over his laptop and it’s done. All these months later, I’m still not really over it, but I guess that gives me a great New Year’s resolution for 2016, right?
Anyways, the most I can muster from 2015 is this picture of that team, which still makes me smile, albeit a little sadly. For you end-of-year list fans, don’t worry. Drew — who has a much steelier resolve about these things than I — will be by with your “Best of 2015” post tonight.
Until then, here’s what you can expect…
It’s probably going to be a really slow news day
But we will push through, because that’s what KSR does. The major football news of the week has broken and we won’t hear any more on that front until Monday’s press conference. Three-a-days just wrapped up at Camp Cal as the team looks ahead to Saturday’s game against Ole Miss. John Calipari seems like the reflective type, so maybe we’ll get a series of tweets or blog post from him about 2015.
We’ll start looking ahead to Ole Miss
Andy Kennedy, Randy Kennedy, and the Ole Miss Black Bear Rebels will make their way to Rupp in the coming days for Saturday’s conference opener. Ole Miss is currently 10-2 with losses to George Mason and Seton Hall, but they also have wins over Memphis and UMass. Stefan Moody’s still there, averaging 23.8 points and 4.3 assists per game, so get ready to see him in Rupp again. Last year, he was the main reason the Rebels forced overtime, and had he not gotten cramps, they could have marred UK’s 31-0 regular season. I’ll be by a little later on with some more things to know about the Rebels, so stay tuned.
Trey Lyles committed some Cat-on-Cat crime last night
Check out his runner over Karl Towns in the Jazz’s loss to the Timberwolves:
They hugged it out, of course:
College football and basketball on TV today
Tonight, of course, is the college football playoffs, a very valid excuse to be lazy instead of going out. Here’s the schedule:
- Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: #18 Houston vs. #9 Florida State, 12 p.m., ESPN
- Orange Bowl: #4 Oklahoma vs. #1 Clemson, 4 p.m., ESPN
- Cotton Bowl: #3 Michigan State vs. #2 Alabama, 8 p.m., ESPN
- NC Central vs. Mississippi State, 2 p.m., ESPN3
- #9 Xavier vs. #16 Villanova, 12 p.m. FS1
- #12 Providence vs. #9 Butler, 2:30 p.m., CBS
Roll Tide Roll.
If staying in on New Year’s Eve and watching football makes you cool, I’m Miles Davis
For the first time in recent memory, my husband and I plan on having a very low-key New Year’s Eve. No regrettable late night champagne for these two, just a nice dinner out followed by football and stretchy pants. If we make it to midnight central, I’ll be shocked. I’m not sure when staying in on New Year’s Eve started to sound like such a superior option, but here we are. Cheers to all you brave souls venturing out for New Year’s festivities. If you’re in the Nashville area, good luck avoiding the Louisville fans, they’re everywhere.
Ryan, Drew, and Jared say goodbye to 2015 on KSR
Matt’s still vacationing, so Ryan, Drew, and Jared are manning the mics this morning to say goodbye to the year that was. Tune in to hear their thoughts on the best and worst moments of 2015.