Andy looks on in envy of Randy’s wavy locks.
When you don’t have Marshall Henderson on your sidelines, you have to do something a little weird and outrageous to get fans to come to Ole Miss basketball games. This stunt is actually not that bad at all. The DirecTV commercial spoofs have taken on a life of their own, and Mississippians can’t get enough of the winningest coach in City Youth League history, 8 and under division.
You know it’s getting big when Jay Bilas gets involved.
– Ole Miss Basketball (@OleMissMBB) November 6, 2015
Isaiah Briscoe is Back
The Cats weren’t in dire straits without him, but I know I wasn’t the only person nervous about his bum ankle. After his MRI revealed nothing significant, Briscoe has been participating in Camp Cal practice all week. Against a team that leans on their guards, Ole Miss will be a good test before he plays his first SEC road game on Tuesday.
Jordan Smith is Singing the National Anthem
It’s going to be amazing. No offense basketball team, but I’m more excited to hear the winner of The Voice than to watch them ball. He’s fantastic. Whoever made sure he came home to sing at Rupp deserves a laurel and hearty handshake. Don’t be dumb. Make sure you arrive extra, extra early to make sure you don’t miss any of his amazing performance.
Landon Foster was at the Sugar Bowl
Insert “the only way Kentucky can get to the Sugar Bowl” joke here.
Landon was in NOLA representing UK as one of 22 members on the Allstate Good Works Team. Riding in the parade and suite seats in the Superdome were just a few of the rewards he received for the thousands of hours he’s given to the Lexington community.
I’m still yawning from the New Year’s Six
The new format had a fantastic debut last year, but this year’s version could not have been more boring. It wasn’t wise to move the Playoff games to prime New Year’s Eve pregame hours, and Iowa in the Rose Bowl instead of Ohio State might have been an even bigger bomb. The average margin of victory was 24.2 points. At least we got a fat-guy touchdown from Laremy Tunsil.
There’s Still Bowls to be Played
- Noon: Penn State vs Georgia (Taxslayer Gator Bowl) ESPN
- 3:20: Kansas State vs. Arkansas (Liberty Bowl) ESPN
- 6:45: #15 Oregon vs. #11 TCU (Alamo Bowl) ESPN
- 10:15: West Virginia vs. Arizona State (Cactus Bowl) ESPN
After this, all that’s left is Bama and Clemson in the National Championship. There’s plenty of good college basketball on TV too.
- Noon: #17 West Virginia (11-1) and Kansas State (10-2), ESPNU
- 1:00: #10 Butler (11-2) at #6 Xavier (12-1), FS1
- 3:00: #1 Michigan State (13-1) at Minnesota (6-7), ESPN2
- 3:00: St. John’s (7-7) at #13 Providence (13-1), FS1
- 4:00: #21 Baylor (10-2) at #3 Kansas (11-1), CBS
- 4:00: Tulsa (8-5) at #23 Cincinnati (10-4), ESPNU
- 4:30: Arkansas (6-6) at #19 Texas A&M (10-2), SEC Network
- 5:00: Notre Dame (9-3) at No. 5 Virginia (11-1), ESPN2
- 6:00: Memphis (9-3) at #20 South Carolina (12-0), ESPNU
- 6:00: Iowa (10-3) at #14 Purdue (13-1), BTN
- 7:00: #9 Iowa State (11-1) at No. 2 Oklahoma (11-0), ESPN2
- 8:00: #4 Maryland (12-1) at Northwestern (13-1), BTN
- 10:00: #16 Villanova (11-2) at Creighton (10-4), FS1
- 11:00: #24 Gonzaga (11-3) at San Francisco (8-5), ESPN2
Kash Daniel was Named Mr. Football Yesterday
He’s the first defensive player to take home the award since Lamar Dawson in 2010 and the first future Wildcat since Patrick Towles in 2011. Our own Trey Hunstman caught up with Kash before he takes the trip to San Antonio for the U.S. Army All-American Game. You should definitely give it a read.
Katina Powell’s Attorney Responds to Rick Pitino
During Pitino’s insane 9-minute rant on everything awful/hilarious that is happening at UofL, he did his best to discredit Katina Powell’s statements and the way the media covered it (although accepting that something “scurrilous” happened). Pitino said, “She can’t complete two sentences the right way to write a book.” Powell’s attorney, Larry Wilder, responded to the bully via text message to WDRB’s Eric Crawford, calling them “a distraction from the truth.”
“Unfortunately, tragically, what Ms. Powell said took place at the university took place,” he said. “I appreciate Coach Pitino’s position. I understand he is hopeful that these things didn’t take place. However, the NCAA will render their opinion when they complete their full investigation and I am confident that their opinion will be reflective of the totality of the evidence and the circumstances. Ms. Powell continues to stand by her journals, her statements and the statements of those who have been interviewed by journalists, investigators and other lawyers. I am certain that the fraternity of ‘U of L basketball’ is as closely knit as any other. However, we have all been recent witnesses to just how far members of the ‘brotherhood’ will go to protect one another.”
Just when you thought the Louisville Sex Scandal was going away, Rick brings it up for us. How kind of him. It’s currently on a cycle, refreshing to the top of news pages about every three weeks. We’ll let this marinate until then.
Listen to the KSR Pregame Show
After a little holiday vacation, Matt is back on the radio with Drew and Ryan this afternoon starting at 4:30 on 630 WLAP. A lot has happened since he’s been gone, so expect fireworks to fly high before Kentucky takes on Ole Miss.