Good morning, Big Blue Nation! Happy Friday to you all!
With no Kentucky football game to look forward to this weekend or preview – and we certainly don’t want to recap last weekend’s nightmare in Columbia – today will consist of a bit more basketball news and features, recruiting tidbits, and some of the new podcasts on the KSR podcast network, among other topics.
Let’s jump right in.
UK Media Day leftovers
Kentucky Basketball Media Day was held on Tuesday afternoon, but the KSR staff continues to pump out features and leftovers from what John Calipari and the UK players had to say.
On Thursday, Tyler Thompson wrote about Immanuel Quickley’s impressive jump as a sophomore and Tyrese Maxey’s smiling tendencies, while Drew Franklin broke down the importance of Keion Brooks thriving as a small ball four this season.
Here is a running list of the features the KSR staff has been working on over the last few days.
- Keion Brooks needs to be big when Kentucky goes small
- Immanuel Quickley ‘not even the same player’ as last year
- Tyrese Maxey on why he never stops smiling
- Ashton Hagans and Tyrese Maxey are like “two dogs with one bone” in practice
- Nate Sestina’s mission to be the perfect teammate
- I like the word Ashton Hagans used to describe this team
- UK players name which coach they would room with on the road
- Players reveal who has the messiest room on the UK Basketball team
- 5 Fun Moments from John Calipari’s Media Day Press Conference
And we’re not done. Today, I will have a feature on Johnny Juzang’s rumored status as a star shooter on the team, along with one or two other surprises throughout the day.
In need of more? Let Mrs. Calipari give you an inside look at Media Day…
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) October 2, 2019
We’re still in football mode – we promise – but hopefully you guys feel a little more familiar with your 2019-20 Wildcats before Big Blue Madness next weekend.
UK Basketball takes on the UK E-Sports team…
The Kentucky basketball team is expected to be great on the floor this year, but just how good are they playing video games?
The Wildcats invited the UK E-Sports team over the the basketball facilities for a friendly competition. The goal? To find out which team is better at Call of Duty.
Immanuel Quickley talked a big game to start with, as did a few other players. But how did they do?
Take a look:
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) October 3, 2019
Basketball official visits
Speaking of basketball, Kentucky is set to host two very important visitors this weekend.
Starting today, 2020 four-star commit Lance Ware will be on campus for his official visit, where he will be joined by 2021 five-star point guard prospect and reclassification candidate Devin Askew.
Askew, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound combo guard out of Santa Ana, CA, is expected to make a decision later this month, with Kentucky and Louisville seen as the heavy favorites in his recruitment.
Hopefully Ware convinces the nation’s No. 1 point guard to join him in Lexington next season.
Fall Meet at Keeneland begins
It’s that time of year again.
Today is opening day of the Fall Meet at Keeneland, with the gates set to open at 11 a.m. and first post taking place at 1:05 p.m.
— Keeneland Racing (@keenelandracing) October 4, 2019
Fall Meet will last from October 4 through October 26.
On Thursday alone, the official KSR podcast network dropped FOUR new episodes, including one brand new show to add to your listening list.
First, Aaron Torres released another edition of the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast, where he was joined by college football analyst and ESPN College GameDay cohost Kirk Herbstreit. He also discussed California’s Fair Pay to Play Act, talked about his beef with Richard Sherman, and opened up the college hoops mailbag.
Then, I dropped a new episode of the Sources Say Podcast, where I was joined by Travis Graf and David Sisk of Cats Illustrated to discuss Kentucky’s stance with some of its top basketball targets, how California’s Fair Pay to Play Act will impact UK’s recruiting efforts, and a few Coach Cal leftovers from UK Media Day.
Hayley Harmon, Claire Crouch, and Jacqueline Nie then debuted a brand new show on the KSR podcast network, “The A Block,” to break down a variety of topics including the royal family, Kroger Field struggles, Justin Bieber, and how the process of naming a podcast is more difficult than naming a baby.
To close the day out, football nerds Nick Roush and Adam Luckett broke down everything wrong with Kentucky football at the moment, why it’s so crucial for the team to have a bye week, a few superlatives, and some unsung UK football heroes.
If you’re looking for the KSR podcast network feed with all of the shows listed in one place, you can find that here.
KSR in an hour
The KSR crew is back in Lexington, where Matt Jones, Ryan Lemond, and Shannon the Dude will be LIVE from 10 a.m. to noon at Fusion Brewing.
If you come out, you might even walk away with Big Blue Madness tickets…
Tomorrow KSR Radio is LIVE at Fusion Brewing from 10 am-Noon in Lexington
I will be giving away BIG BLUE MADNESS tickets as well
Come see us and help @ryanlemond pronounce the name of the place
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) October 4, 2019
You won’t want to miss it.