Good morning, Big Blue Nation! Happy Friday to you all.
Thursday was quite the day for news in the world of UK Athletics, so we’ll start today with a quick review of what you may have missed yesterday and a preview of what you can expect today.
Kentucky will have three representatives at the McDonald’s All-American Game
On Thursday afternoon, the McDonald’s All-American selection committee announced its official participants for the 2020 McDonald’s All-American Game scheduled to take place in Houston.
For the men’s team, 2020 five-star guards and Kentucky signees Terrence Clarke and BJ Boston made the cut, while 2020 five-star wing and UK signee Treasure Hunt made the women’s team.
In terms of snubs, Kentucky five-star signees Devin Askew and Isaiah Jackson were notable prospects who didn’t make the men’s team, while future Cats Nyah Leveretter and Erin Toller also missed the cut for the women’s team.
Counting Boston and Clarke, Kentucky has had 69 McDonald’s All-Americans since the game began in 1977, 37 during the John Calipari Era. Alums on this year’s team include Tyrese Maxey (2019), Kahlil Whitney (2019), EJ Montgomery (2018), Immanuel Quickley (2018), and Nick Richards (2017).
Hunt also becomes the 11th McDonald’s All-American in Kentucky Women’s Basketball history, joining greats like Taylor Murray (2015), Alyssa Rice (2014), Makayla Epps (2013), Linnae Harper (2013), Janee Thompson (2012), Bria Goss (2011), Jennifer O’Neill (2010), Samarie Walker (2010) and Denesha Stallworth (2009).
The 2020 McDonald’s All-American Games will take place at the Toyota Center in Houston on April 1. They will be televised by ESPN and ESPN2.
Free beer? Free beer.
Texas Tech’s rowdy atmosphere at United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock just got a whole lot rowdier.
This week, Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard and point guard Davide Moretti announced that the Red Raiders would be giving students free food and beer (for those of age) at a tailgate beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
They also encouraged everyone to wear black because it’ll be a blackout.
Check out the team’s call to the fan base:
Students: Whether you qualified for the Kentucky Guarantee or not, we have seats for you.
— Texas Tech Basketball (@TexasTechMBB) January 23, 2020
It’s gonna be a tough one.
Texas Tech’s hype video is interesting
To go with their blackout/dark theme, the Red Raiders released a hype video to prepare fans for the high-profile Kentucky game.
And it’s… uh… interesting.
— Texas Tech Basketball (@TexasTechMBB) January 24, 2020
“Fear the dark.” Spooky.
Indiana basketball embarrasses itself again
On Thursday evening, the Indiana Hoosiers (somehow) reached a new low.
During halftime of the team’s matchup with No. 11 Michigan State, two fans were given the chance to win $1,000. To obtain the prize, they had to recreate “The Wat Shot.”
— Jack Grossman (@JackGrossman97) January 24, 2020
Christian Watford’s shot – which secured a meaningless regular-season victory on Dec. 10, 2011 – is quickly approaching its tenth anniversary. Think the Hoosiers hang a banner in December to celebrate?
While they continue to beat that shot like a dead horse, we’ll celebrate the 102-90 victory in the Sweet 16 that season and the 2012 National Championship.
Fair trade, if you ask me.
Logan Stenberg turns head at the Senior Bowl
Thus week, former Kentucky offensive lineman Logan Stenberg is down in Mobil, AL preparing for the 2020 Senior Bowl, set to take place Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET on the NFL Network.
And like we saw out of Lonnie Johnson Jr. in the same event last year, the former Wildcat is making himself a good bit of money early on.
In several of the early top performer reports, Stenberg was featured in several:
Top 5 Guards:
1a – Jonah Jackson (Ohio St)
1b – Ben Bredeson (Mich)
1c – John Simpson (Clem)
4 Calvin Throckmorton (Oregon)
5. Logan Stenberg (KY) pic.twitter.com/h0nEKrVmEU
— Paul Alexander (@CoachPaulAlex) January 24, 2020
Logan Stenberg is gonna have a nice long career. Guys that are big & physical as he is usually does. I keep seeing Richie Incognito 2.0. Just needs to make sure he moves his feet and he’ll make a lot of money. pic.twitter.com/sd1osushN8
— PrimeTime Prospects™? (@NFLPTP) January 23, 2020
Logan Stenberg has really impressed this week against a really good IDL group. He will be a really good addition on day 2/early day 3 pic.twitter.com/by6hoKQgwg
— Tyler Forness (@CCSTheRealForno) January 23, 2020
#Kentucky guard Logan Stenberg just buried Robert Windsor in the early 1on1 period.
— Jonah Tuls (@JonahTulsNFL) January 22, 2020
The Senior Bowl will kick off several pre-draft events and activities in the coming months, with the actual draft set to take place April 23-25, 2020 in Las Vegas.
Calipari speaks to the media
With John Calipari visiting future Wildcats Devin Askew and BJ Boston up in Springfield, MA for their games in the HoopHall Classic on Monday, UK assistant coach Tony Barbee served as the alternate for the team’s preview press conference for the Georgia game.
This time around, though, Calipari is expected to be back in Lexington to preview Texas Tech this morning.
Tentatively scheduled for 11 p.m. ET, select Kentucky basketball players will speak to the media, followed by Calipari at 11:15 p.m. ET.
We’ll have all you need from the press conference and player media opportunity right here at Kentucky Sports Radio.
KSR is LIVE from Louisvile with tickets to give away
Matt Jones, Ryan Lemond, and the rest of the KSR crew will be live this morning at Mile Wide Brewing on Barrett Avenue in Louisville.
There, they will break down Kentucky’s matchup against Texas Tech in Lubbock and give away tickets to the Vanderbilt game next week.
10 a.m. to noon.
Come see about it.