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Thursday’s Top 10: Nobody puked, Nobody messes with Tyler Ulis, and Nobody can believe that VCU/George Washington finish

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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:

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:

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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

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:

Unbelievable.

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…

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

14 Comments for Thursday’s Top 10: Nobody puked, Nobody messes with Tyler Ulis, and Nobody can believe that VCU/George Washington finish



  1. runningunnin.454
    9:20 am February 9, 2017 Permalink

    Duke-UNC? You’re not on pins and needles for the Gonzaga v LMU game?
    Have to give it to Duke and home court advantage.



  2. ukjaybrat
    9:21 am February 9, 2017 Permalink

    1) please god make it count for something. get better
    2) see #1
    3) see #1 again
    4) no comment… see #1
    6) that memphis guy almost got his block knocked off. he don’ even know
    6) pretty sure willie has been wanted for murder more than any other cal player. that was just nasty
    7) meh… go carolina?
    8) i loved the call and the execution. he could very easily have gotten called for a block in that situation. with virtually no time on the clock it’s the best play you got.
    9) wish i could be there. but can’t
    10) didn’t see either of them yet. plan to watch both during lunch. guessing they were both really good?



    • runningunnin.454
      9:41 am February 9, 2017 Permalink

      Willie wasn’t charged with murder; but Boogie was fined 25,0000 + one game suspension in honor of his 16th technical.



    • RealCatsFan
      9:45 am February 9, 2017 Permalink

      Jay, couple comments – #6 – wow, I miss Willie – we sure could use him this year; #7 Definitely UNC – I would pull for the Taliban All Stars against Duke; #10 – meh for “The Bachelor” in general, but I do plan to watch the interview with Ellen C.

      I am listening to Jon Hood on the Leach Report, and let’s just say he was being diplomatic when the question of Cal having “extra patience” with certain freshmen came up. Hoody got the hook quicker than possibly any player in UK history.



  3. Blue_Cat75
    9:33 am February 9, 2017 Permalink

    Love the reaction of the lady at the press table.



  4. Han
    9:42 am February 9, 2017 Permalink

    1) Hope they can get their mojo back, though I don’t want to hear any Captain Ahab type stuff. Coaches going overboard with practices and such (BCG here, that NCAA coach who put 3 guys in the hospital last month).
    5) Tyler Ulis is still gonna look about 8 years old when he’s 50.
    6) WCS was Davis-esque putting that ball in from that far back.
    8) Member when we tried that inbounds foul play against George in the SEC Tourney under BCG and the ref didn’t call it? Our guy was set way early and got destroyed, but no call.



    • RealCatsFan
      9:46 am February 9, 2017 Permalink

      Han, your mention of BCG reminds me of the time he instructed a UK player to intentionally goal tend a free throw. 😀 One of the most bizarre sequences in UK history.



    • Matty_Cam
      10:23 am February 9, 2017 Permalink

      You know, as crazy as BCG was, he had the right intention there. He didn’t know the rules and maybe he should have (I know I didn’t before that call) but if the Georgia players misses the shot, we have no timeouts and we have to heave the ball from 85 feet for the win. If we “goaltend” and they count the point for the UGA player, we actually can run an inbounds plays to try and tie the game.

      And credit where credit is due, the play where Ramel should have gotten the foul could just like VCU did last night, was brilliant. The rest of BCG’s tenure, not so much. <—– understatement of the year candidate, I know.



  5. eeewee
    10:01 am February 9, 2017 Permalink

    Video from Kentucky/Georgia in 2008. Why didn’t we get that call?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82hQQKJAZK8&feature=youtu.be&t=1h50m21s

    The sequence leads to Stevenson blocking a free throw, if you keep watching.



  6. Tipa
    10:35 am February 9, 2017 Permalink

    As bad a Coach Billy G was, he ran that same in-bounds play (successfully?) 3 or 4 times in a game. We never got a charge call on one of them. I’m surprised the Refs did their job, usually they swallow the whistle or call a block when the player was clearly set just because the intent of the defender was not to run into the stationary player..



  7. 96ChampionBestTeamEver
    11:09 am February 9, 2017 Permalink

    Concerning the VCU game anyone remember Billy Clyde set that inbound charge beautifully along the baseline in the Georgia game in the SEC tourney and the ref swallowed his whistle. That was the game played before no crowd at all.



  8. Wilfred Smith
    12:58 pm February 9, 2017 Permalink

    Heshimu means warrior was the Willie played receiver of its’ time.



    • Megan
      5:16 pm February 9, 2017 Permalink

      Wait … Willie played receiver?



  9. Megan
    5:47 pm February 9, 2017 Permalink

    The inbounds play is pure Pete Carril. At Princeton, he had a sequence of quick plays for just such a situation. First, the guy out of bounds fakes the inbounds pass, extending his hands but not breaking the plane. If the defender reaches out and touches the ball, technical. If the defender doesn’t bite, you try to run him into a screen, as VCU did here. If that doesn’t work, you throw the ball to a teammate who’s also out of bounds, which is legal, and if the defender touches the pass, that’s again a technical. Your teammate throws it high toward a defender, hoping a teammate will grab it first and then go to the line because the defender didn’t give him room to come down.

    Coach Carril had it all worked out.