Kentucky football may have the week off, but KSR still has a matchup worth paying close attention to in our weekly Kroger Game of the Week.
The KSR crew will head down Clays Mill Road this morning and into the evening to cover Lexington Catholic’s home matchup versus Covington Catholic, scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
Cov. Cath has made three straight 5A title games, while Lex. Cath’s last state title appearance came in 2015. On the year, the Colonels sit at 7-0 overall and come in ranked No. 10 (No. 3 in 5A) in KSR’s state rankings. As for the Knights, they currently sit at 4-2 overall, with their two losses coming against No. 12 LCA (23-20) and No. 3 Boyle County (40-0).
As for individual standouts, Cov. Cath is led by senior quarterback Caleb Jacob, who started on the 2018 state runner-up team and the 2019 state title team. He has tossed for 1,268 yards, ten touchdowns and seven interceptions on 89-147 passing this year to go with 284 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground. Lex. Cath is led by junior quarterback Jack Gohmann, who has thrown for 1,064 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions this year to go with 227 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
We’ll have full coverage of the game this evening, but until then, get KSR’s preview below:
Drew Franklin will also be back with another game preview of his own today.
Kentucky to host Big Blue Madness and Pro Day
Who’s ready for some basketball? You don’t have to wait long.
The University of Kentucky is set to host virtual Big Blue Madness and Pro Day events in the coming weeks, with both airing on the SEC Network.
Pro Day, an exclusive Kentucky men’s basketball event, will be televised Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. on the SEC Network. The following week, on Nov. 20, the SEC Network will televise Big Blue Madness, presented by Papa John’s, at 9 p.m., officially tipping off the 2020-21 seasons for the UK men’s and women’s basketball teams.
Both events will take place in Memorial Coliseum. It will be the first Big Blue Madness in Memorial Coliseum since 2004 and the first Pro Day exclusively inside Memorial Coliseum.
What can fans hope to expect? Tyler Thompson gave a preview yesterday highlighting some ideas the KSR crew had to make the event live up to its potential:
BJ Boston will speak to the media
Speaking of UK basketball, Kentucky star freshman BJ Boston will speak to the media this morning to preview the season and discuss what he’s seeing from the team in early practices.
With Boston expected to be one of UK’s top players this season, the quotes and video content will certainly be worth paying close attention to this afternoon.
Immanuel Quickley continues to impress leading up to the NBA Draft
With less than two weeks remaining until the NBA Draft, official numbers from this fall’s Draft Combine trickling out, with former Kentucky guard Immanuel Quickley standing out as one of the event’s top shooters.
According to Jonathan Givony of Draft Express, Quickley was a top-eight finisher in all major shooting categories, including:
- No. 2 in the 3-point shooting endurance drill (76% on 5 minutes of consecutive game-speed spot-3s)
- No. 2 in the top 3-Point star drill (75% on 20 attempts, spot-up off movement)
- No. 4 in free throw percentage (94% on 100 attempts)
- No. 8 in spot-up 3-pointers (72%)
Ted Valentine said what?
One of the most polarizing officials in college basketball made some head-turning, yet unsurprising remarks this week about his love for the spotlight that comes with being a referee.
In an appearance on The Goodman and Hummel Podcast, “TV” Ted Valentine said he embraces the attention he receives during games and feeds off fan energy.
“Let me tell you what. I must be one of those people that, the more upset you get with me, the more I just do my thing. That’s just how I am,” Valentine said. “I take all that negativity and I turn it into something, it’s what I do. … I’ve embraced it, it is what it is.
“I embrace it more because fans are more lovable now, fans are a lot different than it was, this will be my 39th season. Fans are who they are,” Valentine added. “I feed off of them, I just do, I feed off of them. I just feed off of them, they give me a lot of a vibe.”
Valentine added that he loves officiating on elevated floors because “it’s like you’re up on a stage.”
“I’ve always loved those [elevated] floors, that’s why I love the Final Four. It’s like you’re up on a stage,” Valentine said. “You either perform or you don’t perform. I’ve always liked those arenas, I love those places. Those were always my atmosphere.”
Interesting comments, indeed.
KSR’s UK Basketball Fall Preview in an hour
Matt Jones dedicates one radio show leading up to the season every year entirely to the Kentucky basketball team and what he’s hearing about the practices. That show is today.
Everything you need to know about the UK basketball roster and what to expect this season will be at your disposal when KSR starts in hour. You won’t want to miss it.
Until then, Kyle Tucker of The Athletic released his season preview this morning, and it’s a must-read for any Kentucky fan looking for scoop on the 2020-21 roster:
Among the highlights:
- BJ Boston has “legit star” potential
- Terrence Clarke could be one of the best athletes Calipari has had
- Isaiah Jackson hype continues to grow
- Calipari is refreshed
- Championship potential
“I think we can be really, really, really good. Like, really good,” one source close to the program told Tucker. “And you can tell that Cal thinks so too. He’s excited. Everybody in the building is. We’re 10-deep with guys who can play, and they’re absolutely getting after it every day in practice. I just hope we can get the season played, because this team is going to be really fun.”
For the entire preview, read Tucker’s piece here.
And then, get ready for KSR’s official fall preview on the radio at 10 a.m.