Nothing makes us happier than when Kentucky fans sport their UK and KSR gear in interesting places throughout the world, such as the Sydney Opera House in Australia. Shoutout to KSR fan Jane for wearing her KSR visor down under. Cheers, mate.
Let’s roll through today’s agenda, shall we?
1. The team survived its three-hour practice
After the way-too-close win over LSU, John Calipari told reporters he was going to make his team run until they puked in practice on Wednesday. Cal took to Twitter yesterday to give an update on the practice and said while no one puked, they did have to carry each other off the floor:
Just got out of 3-hr practice. It was 90% D. Carried each other off floor. Nobody puked. Well, may have in locker room but not on the floor.
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) February 8, 2017
Cal warned his group that anyone who couldn’t finish the practice wouldn’t make the trip to Alabama, so I guess this means everyone finished.
2. KenPom predicts a seven-point win in Tuscaloosa
We’ll get the official line sometime tomorrow, but until then, ye olde KenPom predictor believes the Cats will get a seven-point win over the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa. I love KenPom and his rankings, but that doesn’t make me feel much better about Saturday.
3. ICYMI last night, the numbers behind Kentucky’s slump
For my feature last night, I broke down the numbers behind Kentucky’s slump, which started right after the win over South Carolina on January 21. The stats are pretty disturbing:
Scroll down to my post for a detailed explanation, and please oh please, get it together, Kentucky.
4. Malik Monk and De’Aaron Fox named Wooden Award finalists
Believe it or not, Monk and Fox were two of the 20 players named to the final list for the Wooden Award, given annually to the best player in college basketball. Only six freshmen made the list, and Kentucky is one of just three programs with more than one player selected. Similarly, the odds were updated for the AP Player of the Year race yesterday too, and Monk is fourth behind Kansas’ Frank Mason, Villanova’s Josh Hart, and UCLA’s Lonzo Ball with 7-1 odds.
Now, if he could just rebound the ball, right?
5. Tyler Ulis showed the NBA you don’t mess with Tyler Ulis
Tyler Ulis trying to pick a fight?! pic.twitter.com/yqTmssYfgP
— SB Nation GIF (@SBNationGIF) February 9, 2017
The highlight of the night in the BBNBA had to be this scuffle in the Grizzlies/Suns game, in which Tyler Ulis showed NBA fans across the world what we’ve known for years: you don’t mess with Tyler Ulis, or his best friend Devin Booker. Shoutout to Andrew Harrison for attempting to break up the scuffle, but it wasn’t enough to save Ulis from getting ejected.
I miss those kids.
6. Meanwhile, Willie Cauley-Stein had the dunk of the night
Willie threw down one of his trademark dunks last night in Sacramento’s win over Boston, and man oh man, will it trigger flashbacks to his time at Kentucky:
Holy moly Jim Bob Boly! More coming later this morning in the BBNBA wrap-up.
7. Who ya got tonight: Duke or UNC?
Duke’s a three-point favorite in tonight’s rivalry showdown at Cameron Indoor Stadium, and if they can knock off the Tar Heels, get ready for those “Duke’s back!!!” stories the national media’s been sitting on the past few months. Personally, I hope North Carolina wins big, but I have a sinking feeling that as Kentucky slides, Duke’s going to rise. The basketball gods are that cruel.
We’ll see for ourselves at 8 p.m. on ESPN. Here’s the rest of the college basketball schedule for tonight:
- 7:00 PM: #16 Purdue at Indiana, ESPN2
- 9:00 PM: #7 Wisconsin at Nebraska, BTN
- 9:00 PM: #25 SMU at Temple, ESPN2
- 10:00 PM: #5 Oregon at #10 UCLA, ESPN
- 10:00 PM: #1 Gonzaga at Loyola Marymount
- 10:00 PM: Portland at #20 Saint Mary’s
8. You have to see the finish to last night’s VCU/George Washington game
It appeared George Washington won with a three at the buzzer, but officials put 0.4 seconds back on the clock, which was just enough time for VCU to take a charge on the inbounds pass and go to the line to sink the FTs to win the game:
— derail. (@CainMcCoy) February 9, 2017
9. Come meet Heshimu Evans at All Sports in Fayette Mall on Friday
Need a reminder of a team that had no problem fighting back and being physical? 1998 NCAA Champion Heshimu “Means Warrior” Evans will be at All Sports at Fayette Mall Friday night from 6-7:30 p.m. to meet fans and talk to the media. Since graduating from UK, Evans made the rounds playing professionally overseas (France, Japan, Portugal, Spain and Angola Africa), helping lead the Portuguese National Team to six championships. Currently, he works with the NBA Program in Mumbai, India where he helps inspire youth by promoting the game of basketball. What a great ambassador for the program.
10. Did you see Ellen Calipari and “The Bachelor” spoof on “Hey Kentucky!” last night?
If not, check out the videos below:
I can’t wait to see part two, especially because it will feature more Amanda Lemond. I’m sure the skit will be a hot topic on the radio show, which starts in an hour…